Day 1: Delhi - Manali (2050 m), 12 hrs. Our journey begins on the train leaving Delhi at 7:40 am arriving at Chandigarh at 11:00 am. We then drive further north into the mountains to Manali. Manali is a former British hill station, located in the Alpine lower reaches of the Himalaya. It is now a vibrant market town with a great atmosphere. Explore the town before the overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Manali. Have a relaxing day after yesterdays long day of travel. Visit Manali market, Roerich Art Gallery, Hadimba Temple, and walk around town. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Manali - Kaza (3686 m), 8-9 hrs. We start early and drive further north into the mountains gaining more height today. Over these two days of driving the landscape changes from flat agricultural land, to alpine meadows, sharp peaks and evergreen forests, and the barren mountain deserts of Spiti - a slow but interesting journey. Overnight in the hotel in Kaza.
Day 4: Kaza - Langza (4400 m), 1 hr. A relatively easy day in order to acclimatize to the increase in altitude. No need to wake up early this day. One can start after a leisurely breakfast and reach Langza by noon in order to pay a visit to the Lang (temple). The Lang is regarded to be the headquarters of all the deities of the valley and houses some beautiful old frescoes and thankas (paintings on silken canvas). Dinner and overnight in a home-stay.
Day 5: Langza - Jureley (4740 m), 5-6 hrs. We start early as it is the first long day of trekking and should be taken slowly, as exercising at altitude can be very draining. The trail traverses along a natural fossil center with the opportunity to spot some rare relics of Spiti's geological history. Most of the route takes us past impressively constructed irrigation channels, getting an insight into the laborious and intricate system of water management. The route runs along side the amazing Pasham Range who’s main peaks Chau Chau Khang Nilda (6380 m) and Chau Khang Namo (5964 m) form a beautiful backdrop. If you're lucky, you may spot Blue Sheep along this route, as well as a host of native flora.
Day 6: Jureley - Mulchay (4560 m), 4-5 hrs. The trail slowly winds itself over pasture lands and the day is spent marveling at the grazing yaks and wild horse. The night is spent camping at a summer settlement of the villagers. Every year a few of the villagers shift to these settlements along with the village livestock for the purpose of grazing the animals and collecting winter fodder and fuel.
Day 7: Mulchay - Demul (4357 m), 2-3 hrs. As we leave Mulchay, there is a sense of anticipation that builds before approaching Demul. Located in one of the most remote areas of Spiti, this village has a very interesting legend associated with its foundation, which you will learn on arrival. After a warm lunch in a home-stay, we take a look around the village and meet the local people. The local villagers are a good source of information, not only for the sights but also for the unique history surrounding the village.
Day 8: Demul - Lhalung (3758 m), 4-5 hrs. The route is primarily all downhill today. Lunch is at a village called Saglung, housing all of two houses. This village, apart from having such a small population, is amazingly picturesque and the people are very friendly. Lhalung, which is not too far, also has plenty to offer. The oldest temple and possibly one of the oldest tree (dating back over a millennium) in Spiti are found here.
Day 9: Lhalung - Dhankhar (3890 m), 4-5 hrs. This route winds itself along the road for a while before a gradual ascent up the mountain side brings us to one of most picturesque spots in Spiti. The waters in Dhankhar lake are crystal clear and they often reflect a perfect image of the surrounding landscape. After lunch we descend down a steep trail to the ancient capital of Spiti. Dhankhar village is hard to describe as it balances precariously across the geological relics of mud stone pillars and high cliffs, it's hard to describe Dhankhar as words are inadequate for this village, balanced precariously amidst geological relics.
Day 10: Dhankhar - Kaza (3686 m), 1.5 hrs. One can spend the morning visiting the old and new monasteries, the remains of the Dhankhar Fort and the museum of cultural artifacts. We have lunch in the home-stay and then drive to Kaza in the afternoon.
Day 11: Kaza - Manali (2050 m), 8-9 hrs. We drive to Manali, enjoying the landscape as it transforms back to the lush alpine lush alpine terrain of the Kullu valley. Overnight hotel in Manali.
Day 12: Manali - Delhi, 12 hrs. Drive back to Chandigah and board the train to Delhi arriving in the evening. End of the service.
Note: Please contact us for sightseeing in Delhi, or a trip to the Taj Mahal at the start or end of this trip. We can also tailor this trip with a rafting expedition or wildlife safari.
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