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KC10: 10N/11D - EXPLORE KINNAUR & SPITI

This trip can be undertaken only after Rohtang Pass re-opens (after mid-June)

Day 01: CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA (125 km/5 hrs)

On arrival, transfer from Chandigarh to Shimla, a drive of approximately 5 hrs. Overnight at Shimla.

Day 02: SHIMLA TO SARAHAN (174 km/6 hrs)

After breakfast, we start our exploration. Our first destination is Sarahan.
En-route visit Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda, all famous for their scenic beauty. Sarahan is surrounded by apple orchards. From Sarahan, you can witness the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155 mts). Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: SARAHAN TO SANGLA

Early morning, visit the holy temple of Goddess Bhimakali. This temple is a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both the communities. Later, drive to Sangla, the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla Valley is surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. Overnight at Kinner Camps, Sangla.

Day 04: VISIT TO CHITKUL AND BATSERI

After breakfast, visit the Kamru Fort and Kamakhya devi temple. Proceed on an excursion to Chitkul village. Chitkul is a fairy land. The traditional houses, temples, Gompas and the people of Baspa valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri La. Next, visit Batseri and the badri Narayan temple. You can proceed for a walk on the glacier, after which you return to Kinner Camps. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 05: SANGLA TO NAKO (133 km/5 hrs)

A distance of 184Kms and 6 hour drive, Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the winter and villagers play ice hockey during this period. Here, you can visit the temple of Padamsambhava, the second incarnation of Lord Buddha, who made Buddhism popular in the trans Himalayas. Also, visit the 1000yr old Nako monastery. Overnight at Kinner Camp, Nako, which is situated close to the village.

Day 06: NAKO TO KAZA (106 km/4 hrs)

Post breakfast, we start our journey by witnessing the Ajanta of Himalayas - the Tabo Monastery. Tabo has the oldest caves on barren mountains and beautiful thangka paintings, one of the most precious paintings of Buddhism. En-route, visit Gui village which has a 500 year old mummy of a meditating lama in a sitting posture. This makes for an enthralling journey. Overnight at Kaza.

Day 07: EXCURSION TO KI & KIBBER

After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Ki monastery and Kibber village, at an altitude of 4205 mts. After lunch, a drive to the highest motorable road - Langza - and en-route visit the Komik and Hikim villages. Return to Kaza for an overnight stay.

Day 08: KAZA TO KEYLONG (188 km/8 hrs)

Today is a long drive over the majestic Kunzum La pass. Kaza to Chhota Dadarpul (3960 mts) is a tough drive, but the different landscapes makes your journey really adventurous. Overnight stay at Keylong.

DAY 09: KEYLONG – TRILOKINATH – UDAIPUR – KEYLONG

After breakfast visit Gondla [3110 mts/18 km], situated on the right bank of the River Chandra, which is famous for its ancient Fort. After an early lunch, leave for Trilokinath [2660 mts/57 km], which is famous for its Triloknath Temple, sacred to both Hindus & Buddhists. On your return visit Udaipur [2523 mts/53 km], home to the Mrikula Devi Temple, which is famous for its wood carvings. Udaipur is located in Upper Lahaul in the Pattan Valley. Earlier, this village was known as Margul, and was renamed at the time of Raja Udai Singh of Chamba [1690 – 1728 AD]. Return back to Keylong, where you have free time for shopping. Keylong is famous for shawls, local tweeds, caps, rugs, footwear, natural olive & almond oil, silver jewelry, pullovers, woolen jackets, metal craft, bamboo products & fresh fruits. Dinner and overnight stay at Keylong.

DAY 10: KEYLONG TO MANALI (115 km/6 hrs)

After an early breakfast, visit Kardang [5 km], Shasur [3 km], and Guru Ghantal [8 km]. After early lunch, check-out from the hotel & depart for Manali. Arrive at Manali & check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. Dinner & overnight stay.

DAY 11: MANALI TO CHANDIGARH (315 km/9-10 hrs)

Today, we part ways after a long and incredible journey. After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & depart for Chandigarh. Lunch will be en-route. Arrive at Chandigarh to return home with happy memories.
Alternately, overnight at Chandigarh and catch the next day flight back home.