Lahaul-Spiti-Chandratal 11 Nights 12 Days
Day 1: Chandigarh – Shimla
Arrive at Chandigarh. Proceed to Shimla. After reaching check-in at Hotel, Evening visit Mall road. Overnight at Shimla.
Day 2: Shimla – Sarahan
After Breakfast start for Sarahan. On Arrival at Sarahan visit Bhimkali Temple Devoted to Goddess Bhimakali, this temple is believed to have been built around 800 years ago. It is known for its unique architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Buddhist architectural styles. Overnight at Sarahan.
Day 3: Sarahan – Chitkul – Kalpa
Start our epic Himalayan road trip today and start driving to Sangla. The Sangla Valley is situated beside of Baspa river. It is known predominately for its agriculture. Every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots, or potatoes. Then start for Chitkul, which is one of the most scenic settlements in the valley and the last inhabited village before the India-China border. Walk around the Bapsa river and pay tributes to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. After spending some time in Chitkul, later Proceed to Kalpa. Overnight at Kalpa.
Day 4: Kalpa – Tabo
In the morning after breakfast proceed to Tabo. Enroute visit Gue Monastery, home of Old Indian Mummy. Gue is an almost isolated habitation with no other village in view, but what makes it famous is over the 500-years-old mummy of a Buddhist monk. On a small hillock just on the outskirts of the village in a small room, inside a glass cabin, lies the mummy of an old monk. After arriving in Tabo visit Tabo Monastery. Overnight at Tabo.
Day 5: Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley National Park – Kaza
Start to drive for the high villages of Dhankar. Continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is famously known as one of the “most treacherous roads of the world” by the lonely planet in a visual spectacle. Visit Dhankar, which is renowned for its 1200-year old monastery balanced precariously on a rocky precipice. Then we proceed for Pin Valley National Park. We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. Later Proceed to Kaza - the commercial capital of the Spiti valley. Overnight at Kaza.
Day 6: Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Kaza
After breakfast, we start for some of the highest inhabited regions in the world. The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘Eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. This little hamlet ensures to bring you thousands of miles away from your familiar settings to a place of soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks. Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. If possible, you can even meet the post-master and hear his stories.
Day 7: Kaza – Ki Monastery – Gitte – Kibber
Start for the world-famous Ki Monastery. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. Later we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 meters and 18 km from Kaza. Then we drive higher up to the secluded village of Gitte where we absorb stunning aerial views of Kaza and tie a prayer flag. Overnight at Kibber.
Day 8: Kibber – Losar – Kumzum la – Chandratal lake
In the morning we will start for one of the most photogenic places of the Spiti Valley – the Chandratal Lake. On the way we pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kuzum Mata” as she is called. At 15,000 feet above sea-level, the Kuzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley. Chandratal Lake – A visual marvel, this stunning blue colored Lake is set at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level in the heart of high Himalayas and is a must-see on a full moon night. Overnight at a camp 2 km away from Chandratal Lake. ( Tent stay)
Day 9: Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali
After breakfast, we drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. We will continue our driving on the Kaza – Manali highway and stop at Chatru for lunch. Drive through the famous Rohtang Pass and return to Manali. Overnight at Manali.
Day 10: Manali
After breakfast proceeds to explore the ancient temples like Vashisht Kund, Hidimba Mandir, and Cultural Museum. Enjoy water rafting in the Beas river (Operational). Free day for shopping or leisure activities. Overnight at Manali.
Day 11: Manali – Chandigarh
After Breakfast Proceed to Chandigarh, Arrive late evening in Chandigarh. Overnight at Chandigarh.
Day 12: Departure from Chandigarh
Start for the return journey.