Day 1: Delhi to ShimlaOur jeep picks you up in Delhi and we proceed to Shimla - Overnight at Shimla in a hotel. During the evening there is free time to wander on the famous Mall Road of Shimla.
Day 2: Shimla to KalpaWe drive to Kalpa by jeep (220 km/8 hrs) and have lunch on the way at the Nau Bhagh Heritage hotel. When we arrive in Kalpa, we check in at the 'Little Heaven’ homestay, a lovely wooden house offering the best view in Kalpa village.
Day 3: Inner-line Permit in Reckong PeoFull day free - We go to Reckong Peo for shopping and to get the Inner-Line Permit required for foreigners at the Sub Divisional Magistrate Office. Then we go back to Kalpa in the afternoon and pack the sacks with the help of our guides.
Day 4 (1st day of trek) - Kalpa to Kafnu to Mulling
> 68 km by jeep from Kalpa to Kafnu (4h) > 12 km trek from Kafnu to Mulling / Difficulty: Gradual / Average duration: 7-8h.We leave early in the morning, drive 68km to Kafnu, and have our breakfast there. At around 11 am, we start our trek to Mulling. From Kafnu to the bridge (Homte) there is 2km of dusty road.
*We cross the bridge and follow the left bank of the river during 4.5 km of ascent. After 7 km of trekking, we reach a beautiful campsite surrounded by trees, called Champoria (2900m). 10.5 km further, we reach Jhandi Top (3250m).
*The trek is quite long but not too tough; it’s a gradual path to Mulling. After a 1.5km walk, we camp near the riverside or in the forest department’s hut. We also have a meal and a bonfire.
Day 5 (2nd day of trek) - Mulling to Kara
> Difficulty: Moderate to tough / Distance: 6km / Average duration: 5hThis trek is tougher than the one the day before, but is also rather short. The first half is a moderate ascent of 3km followed by 1.5km of steep ascent, and the last 1.5 km up to Kara are easy.
*After the first half of the trek we have to cross the Bhawa river on a natural bridge made out of boulders. Then, we have to ascend a 1.5km zigzag path. We leave the pine tree forest and get an amazing view of the whole Bhaba valley.
*We camp at Kara (3600m) by the riverside. We may have the chance to encounter local shepherds and share a meal with them.
Day 6 (3rd day of trek): Kara to Fustirang camp base.
> Difficulty: Hard-steep / Distance: 5km / Average duration: 4hAfter breakfast, we pack our food and leave for Fustirang. This day, the trek is short but quite tough. Right after the campsite we have to cross the tributary of the Bhawa river two times.
*While we are already above the tree line, one can also see that the terrain is changing with some snow on the way (depending on the trek season).
*Fustirang is a perfect viewpoint to get a glimpse of the three beautiful mountains passes: Tari Khago, Nimish Khago, Wang–Khago (Bhaba Pass); respectively 5200m /4930m /4920m altitude approximately.
Day 7 (4th day of trek) - Fustirang to Magroongchey
> Difficulty: Hard / Distance: 11km / Average duration: 9h.This day is one of the most difficult days of the trek, which leads us to the Bhaba Pass (Wang Khago 4920m).
*The trek starts with a steep ascent of 3km before we reach the pass. When we arrive at the Bhaba pass, we leave behind us the lush Bhaba valley for the arid desert mountain of the Pin valley.
*From the Pass, there is 2 km of steep descent. We reach the Pin River and cross it, removing our footwear. There is then a gradual 5km descent through moraine and scree all the way to the Magroongchey campsite (4200m).
*NB: From the Pass we have two options to get down to the base. Either we can take the proper trekking path or we can have some fun! We can go down by sliding, using your sack cover/rain coat or even a simple plastic bag. At the base, we take some rest, have our lunch, and then start to trek down to the Magrooongchey riverside camp.
Day 8 (5th day of trek) - Magroongchey to Changoh (Shan-Gongma)
> Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9km / Average duration: 6-7hThe 5th and 6th day of the trek are easier. After breakfast, we move to Changoh, about 9km far from the Magroongchey campsite via Bara Buldar (3950-meter/ 4km).
*At Bara Buldar we stop a few hours, a good time to admire the stunning landscape that is distinctive of Spiti. The terrain here is a mix of moraine, scree, grasslands and mountains of various colours. About 300 meters after Bara Buldar, we have to cross a tributary of the Pin River using a log bridge. The trail from Bara Buldar is completely flat and is dominated by red soil and stones all the way to Changoh.
Day 9 (6th and last day of trek) - Changoh (Shan-Gongma) to Mud
> Difficulty: Gradual / Distance: 7km / Average duration: 5hThis is the last day of our trek and the landscape around us is just breath taking; endless open spaces surrounded by the purple Hues Mountains.
*We start our walk in the morning on a flat path. After 1 hour we can see the Mud village perched on a small hill in the distance, but it takes 4 more hours to reach it. We need to cross the Pin River to access the village.
*After 5h, we arrive at the Mud village (3750m) and we stay at the Tara homestay.
*Before dinner we all get together, the team members and trekkers, in order to know about your experience of the trek. There is a possibility of Folk music and Dance performance as scheduled before the trek.
Day 10: Mud to Kaza via Kungri Monastery.
> 50km by jeep to KazaEarly in the morning, we move to Kaza (3600m) by jeep, 50km away from Mud, and check into a hotel. During the afternoon, we visit the famous and stunning Kye Monastery and Kibber village. In the evening, we go back to Kaza.
Day 11: Kaza to Nako via Dhankhar Monastery and Tabo Monastery
> 34km by jeep to Dankhar / 30km by jeep toTabo / 60km by jeep to NakoEarly in the morning after a chai and some cookies, we leave for Dhankhar monastery (3900m), about 34 km from Kaza. This monastery is famous for its unique architecture and is about 1000 years old.
*We have breakfast at Dhankhar. After breakfast, we leave to Tabo to visit the world famous Buddhist Monastery.
*We spend almost 2 hours there. We have lunch at Sonam Guesthouse in Tabo, and then we proceed to Nako. We stay in a homestay, hotel or tented accommodation according to availibility.
Day 12: Nako to Kalpa
> 110km by jeep to Kalpa / 4-5hWe spend the whole morning in Nako village to visit the monastery where it is said that a footprint of Padamsambhava is engraved.
*Early in the afternoon, we proceed to Kalpa. Lunch will be served on the way at Spillo (little chef restaurant). We stay in Kalpa at the 'Little Heaven’ homestay.
Day 13 : Kalpa to Sangla
> 50km by jeep to Sangla / 2hAfter breakfast, we leave for Sangla (2700m). We visit the Kamru fort and the Sangla bazaar. We have our lunch at Sangla and we proceed to Rakcham village, about 10 km on the way to Chitkul. We stay at the hotel Apple Pie.
Day 14 : Sangla to Chitkul to Sarahan
> 9km by jeep to Chitkul / 11okm by jeep to SarahanEarly in the morning we leave for Chitkul (3450m), situated 9km from Rakcham, the last habitat towards the Tibetan border. We have our breakfast at the Rani Guesthouse and spend almost half a day visiting there, and then we leave for Sarahan (110km/ 5-6h.)
*On the way to Sarahan we visit the villages of Karcham, Wangtu, Bhawanagar and Jeori.