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Lahaul and Spiti Trip 2016

A drive to Lahaul – Spiti in the high altitude Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh is a must do in the life of any traveller. It is a journey that will live with you forever.

Starting with apple country in Narkanda, you will cross the lush Sangla Valley before hitting the cold deserts of Lahaul and Spiti. Landscapes will change from green to barren, the skies will come in many hues, and snow capped peaks will dare you to conquer them. You will cross traditional villages meeting people living in a world of their own, tending to their fields and livestock and always welcoming of even strangers. You will be touched by the spirituality of the region, even as you have great adventure all along.

"Driving has been challenging but rewarding. These guys don’t know the meaning of the word problem. The organization of the whole trip was very smooth and we formed a great bond with the whole group."
-Shona Walton, UK

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Date: 16th July 2016 – 24th July 2016

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Route: Delhi – Narkanda – Sangla – Kalpa – Nako Lake – Tabo –
Kaza – Losar – Rohtang Pass – Manali

Cost = Rs. 65,000 (per person sharing twin room)

Cost Includes

  • Route Planning and Research.
  • Activities to make the experience truly memorable.
  • Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with GPS, oxygen cylinders, emergency food supplies and first – aid kits.
  • Road books, maps and wireless radio sets for every vehicle.
  • Accommodation – all hotels and camps.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner.
  • Local guidance and support from experts.
  • All inner line permits for restricted areas.
  • Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water and soft beverages for every vehicle.
  • Entry fees for monasteries.
  • Currently applicable taxes and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Your own international or domestic passenger flights.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned.
  • Alcoholic beverages (consumption not recommended between Tabo and Rohtang Pass)
  • Vehicle, fuel or any fuel additives.
  • Insurance, tips, personal phone calls.
  • Airfare/ train fare to and from Delhi.
  • Insurance and documentation costs such as travel insurance, visa applications etc.
  • Vehicle servicing, repairs, toll taxes, traffic lines.
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather, snowfall etc.
  • Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey.
  • Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera.
  • Any hotel, subsistence or other costs incurred prior to the official start date of an expedition and after the official end date of the expedition.

The Itinerary for Lahaul and Spiti Road Trip has been designed for gradual acclimatization and to include the best hotel options available on this route.

Day 1- Delhi to Narkanda by road

Day 01

16th July’16 – Delhi – Narkanda (450 kms/ 09 hours)

Stay amidst apple orchards in Narkanda. Enjoy stories and history of the place over a bonfire and buffet dinner. We leave Delhi at dawn so we arrive in time to watch the sun set in Narkanda. Enjoy a gala dinner and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 - Self drive from Narkanda to Sarahan then Sangla

Day 02

17th July’16 – Narkanda – Sarahan – Sangla (150 kms/ 05 hours)

Early morning orchard walk followed by breakfast. We leave for Sangla in Kinnaur district, and picnic on the way. Reach in time for evening tea to enjoy the crisp twilight zone.

Day 4 - Explore the Sangla/ Chitkul/ Raksham region

Day 03 & 04

18th July’16 & 19th July’16 – Explore the Sangla/ Chitkul/ Raksham region

Enjoy the beauty and adventure of Sangla Valley to the full on this day. We drive to Chitkul, a pretty village on the ancient Hindustan – Tibet route. Those interested can hike 5kms to the armed forces border post overlooking China, while others enjoy a picnic. There is also an option to try your hand at rock climbing, Rappelling, River Crossing and Trout Fishing – extra charges may apply for some of these.

Sangla is known for its day hikes. Those looking for soft adventure can join the Raksham walk that takes you along rivers, through meadows and forests and over glaciers. And for the hardier lot, there is the challenging meadows walk that will have you seek a masseuse at the end of the day.

Also visit the pretty villages around, and enjoy sitting along the Baspa river.

Day 5 - Spiti valley

Day 05

20th July’16 – Sangla – Nako – Tabo (190 kms/ Full Day)

This will be a day of driving fun. We start pre- dawn to catch the early morning serenity of Kalpa, the only place in India where pine nuts (chilkozas) grow. And you cannot but feel over- awed with the Kinner Kailash peak looking upon you.

We then go to the small but picturesque Nako Lake – we also lunch along the banks of the lake. We then proceed to Tabo reaching in the evening for a much deserved rest.

Day 6 - drive through  highest location in Spiti Valley

Day 06

21st July’16 – Tabo – Kaza via Dhankar Monastery (70 kms/ 02 hours)

Check out Tabo with its awesome mud monastery dating back to 996 A.D., the oldest in the country. Look up to the mountain faces, and you will find caves where people still live in. Our next stop will be at Dhankar Monastery, strategically built at the highest location in Spiti Valley (3894 mts). The statue of the Meditating Buddha forms the center of the monastery. We continue on to Kaza at an altitude of 12000 feet.

Day 7 - Exploring Kaza– Visit Pin Valley National Park, High altitude villages of Langza, Hikkim and Komic

Day 07

22nd July’16 – Exploring Kaza– Visit Pin Valley National Park, High altitude villages of Langza, Hikkim and Komic

The villages around Kaza are believed to be the highest in the world, mostly caught in their own time warp. The drives to these villages are stunning to say the least. We also drop in at the Key Monastery, perched on a cliff looking down at the spectacular valleys below.

Day 7 - Rohtang Pass

Day 08

23rd July’16 – Kaza – Manali (205 kms/ 05 hours)

We leave at dawn for Manali for yet another day of memorable driving via Rohtang Pass. We will drive along and over rivers, cross glaciers, and bump along undulating tracks. It may be dusk when we reach Manali – where we celebrate the journey over pizzas and champagne.


Day 09

24th July’16 – Manali – Delhi (570 kms/ 13 hours)

Time to head back to Delhi.

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