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If one has arrived at the Himalaya to hike across high passes and vast tree-covered mountainsides, one will be spoiled for choices in Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. The old trade route to Ladakh and Tibet may have been tarmacked, but most of this remote and spectacular region is still only accessible on foot. Its trails, though well frequented in high season, are long, hard and high, punctuated by few settlements, so be ready for this unending exploration journey!
This is one of the most remote and challenging treks, crossing passes as high as 18,300 ft. We follow ancient trade routes still used by the nomadic herdsmen of Changthang. Spiti has only been opened to foreigners since 1993, Travel with the experts!.
• Get an opportunity to cross 5000m+ Himalayan passes and walking through remote places with contrasting landscapes
• Witness the spectacular Himalayan landscape of Spiti region that can challenge our very ideas of mountain beauty
• Camp under the star-studded sky of Ladakh, on the bank of Tso Kar
• Witness ancient and architecturally rich monasteries of Ladakh and Spiti
• Create history for yourself by walking on an ancient trade route between Ladakh and Tibet
• Learn more about the rich Buddhist culture and its traditions
Drive by AC Volvo in the evening at 18:00 hrs to Manali. Overnight journey.
Reach Manali by morning at 08:30 hrs. After reaching Manali, meet our representative and check-in to the hotel. Take rest this day. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Today, we will drive over the Rohtang Pass, which is the doorway to Lahaul. Drive through Losar, which is the first village in Spiti Village to reach Kaza. On arrival, check-in to the hotel and overnight stay in hotel.
Post breakfast, we will explore Dhankar Monastery. It is the former capital of Spiti and positioned above the meeting point of Pin and Spiti rivers. After this, continue towards Tabo Gompa, which is one of the greatest monasteries in Himalayan Area. Explore paintings and sculptures, which are more than 1000 years old. Drive back to Kaza for overnight stay.
Day 05: KAZA – KIBBER – DUMLA (4200m, drive 30 mins & trek 2 hrs)
Today, we drive to Key and from here we shall trek uphill to Gate and then descend to Kibber village. After lunch, we continue our trek to Dumla locked up between hills and beautiful campsite. Further, we shall descent to narrow Parilungbi gorge and cross the Parang River by bridge and follow a small stream to reach Dumla village, which is the last inhabited village on route. Late afternoon, visit Chichim village located nearby.
Today, after the breakfast, we shall climb a high ridge and then descend to the beautiful meadows at Thaltak. Campsite offers beautiful views and overlooks deep gorges. Overnight in tents
Our trek for today will be a long and strenuous one. We shall go down to the Paralungbi gorge and then hike upstream. We will cross a river and climb through a rocky trail to reach the campsite. Overnight in tents.
Today’s day will be kept for better acclimatization and giving our legs some rest before we attempt the pass. One can go on a short exploratory hike today. Overnight in tents.
Early in the morning, we shall head out for the pass. It will take about 2-3 hours to reach the Parang La (5490m). Like all passes this one also offers spectacular views of both the Spiti and the Changthang valleys. After witnessing the view, we will walk for around 3 more hours from the pass to reach the campsite at Dak Karzong. Overnight in tents.
Today, we shall descend along the open plains of the Pare Chu to reach Datang Yongma. Overnight in tents.
Our trek today will be besides Pare Chu. We will cross Racholemo and Norbu Sumdo to reach our campsite at Chumik Shilde. Overnight in tents.
Today, we will walk across the plains to reach Kiangdom at the southern edge of Tso Moriri.. This place is reckoned to be the bird watchers paradise. Overnight in tents.
Our trek today will be on a beautiful trail of the shores of the lake. The view of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666m) in the backdrop is absolutely picturesque. We shall visit the ancient monastery at the Korzok village as well. Overnight in tents.
Post breakfast, we shall trek across several large nomadic encampments to Gyama over Gyamsharma La. Overnight stay in the tent.
We shall trek to Rajung Karu by crossing Kyamayuri La today. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 16: Rajung Karu – Nuruchan
Post breakfast, we will trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to a small hamlet and Gompa of Nuruchan. Overnight stay at Nuruchan.
Our trek today will be to Tso Kar, which is one of the most beautiful lakes of the Changthang plains. Overnight at Tso Kar.
In the morning, we shall trek from Tso Kar to Tanglang La (5328 meters) and from here drive to Leh by jeep.
Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Catch the morning flight from Leh to Delhi.