We can start this tour from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka or Shimla or as you require.
Day 1. Delhi to Shimla
> 370 km / 7 hours
Our jeep picks you up in Delhi and then we proceed to Shimla - Overnight at Sangeet hotel in Shimla.
Day 2. Shimla to Sarahan
> 2100 m /165 km / 5 hours
The next morning, after breakfast, we leave for Sarahan. It is famous for its pagoda style Bhimakali temple, one of the 51th Shakti Peetha, and also reputed for its pheasant sanctuary.
On our way, we have our lunch at Rampur at the Nau Nabh heritage hotel.
Day 3. Sarahan to the Green Valley of Sangla
> 2700 m / 90 km / 4h
We leave Sarahan and check into the Hotel Mount Kailash in Sangla where we have our lunch. We visit the Sangla market and the famous Kamru fort, which was once the seat of the Bushahr dynasty and boasts the Kamakhya Devi Temple, another good example of the Kinnaur architecture.
Day 4. Sangla to Chitkul to Rakcham
> 3450 m / 30 km / 2 h
After breakfast we leave for Chitkul, the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. It is also the starting point of the trek to Uttaranchar (Harkidun) and the ending point of the Holy Kinner Kailash Parikarma trek.
Lunch will be served at Chitkul at the Rani Guesthouse, and we will stay overnight at the hotel Apple Pie or in a Tented accommodation in Rakcham village, 10km back towards Sangla.
Day 5. Rakcham to Kalpa
> 2960 m / 55 km / 3 h
After breakfast, we drive to Kalpa. Kalpa was once known as ‘Chine’ when a British colony was established there during the British Empire, and Kalpa is also one of the most famous tourist places within Kinnaur.
We check into the Little Heaven homestay.
Foreigners must get the inner-line permit at the S.D.M. office in Reckong Peo. While we wait for your permit, we will have lunch at one of the best restaurants in town: Khunu Dokhang and Little Chef.
Free evening, walk in Kalpa village.
Day 6. Kalpa and its surroundings
After breakfast we leave for Roghi, a small hamlet 4km away, where we can admire the very peculiar Kinnauri architecture. The temple of the village is wooden and carved with Hindu deities. This temple is the first one within Kinnaur to have this type of Kinnauri wooden carvings. The temple is said to be 500 years old
Next, we walk uphill to visit the forest rest house built in 1859. From there, the scenic beauty of the Kinner Kailash is simply breath taking.
We go back to Kalpa and visit Kalpa itself, as well as its surroundings: Kothi Durga Ma Temple, the Buddhist Monastery, Pangi village (15 km). We can also do some shopping at the Reckong Peo main market.
We go back to the homestay at Kalpa to have a good dinner.
[Option: one can stay for one/two more days and trek to Tsaka (3800 m), a big pastureland which provides drinking water to inhabitants of Kalpa. One can enjoy snow at 4000m from the months of April to June.]
Day 7. Kalpa to Nako
> 3600 m / 110 km / 5 h
After breakfast, we drive to Nako. We stay there overnight in tented accommodation or in a homestay near the lake. Local food will be served for dinner. Nako is the last tourist hub of Kinnaur before entering the Spiti region.
Option: one can stay an extra day and trek to the Tashigang Gompa.
Day 8. Nako to Tabo
> 3200 m / 65 km / 3 h
After breakfast, we leave for Tabo, which is famous for its monastery that is over 1000 years old. Overnight stay will be at the monastery’s guesthouse, at Sonam Guesthouse, or at the Maitreya Regency.
Day 9. Tabo to Mud
> 3800 m / 80 km / 4 h
We leave for Mud village in the Pin Valley National Park and we also make stops at the famous Dankhar Monastery (940 years old) and the Kungri monastery.
Overnight stay in Mud at Tara homestay.
Day 10. Mud
We spend all day in Mud. There is a scenic walk through the pastureland where we can see yak, musk deer, mountain goat, blue sheep and many other fauna.
Night stay in Mud at the Tara homestay.
Day 11. Mud to Kaza
> 3600m / 50 km / 2,5 h
We leave for Kaza. When we arrive there, we first check into the hotel Deyzor or Zostel. After lunch, we go and visit Kye Monastery and Kibber village. Back to the hotel in the evening.
Day 12. Kaza to Komic to Kaza
> 4500m / 36 km / 2h
We drive to Langza valley to take pictures of the world’s highest driveable road and post office village: Komic and Hikkim.
Langza is one of the largest villages of the valley and has a huge ancient Buddha statue.
In the evening, we go back to Kaza and we will have free time for some shopping.
Local brew and food will be served ON REQUEST.
Day 13. Kaza to Chandartal lake
> 4250m / 80 km / 4-5 h
Early in the morning, we leave for Chandartal Lake via Losar and Kunzum La (4550 m). We check in at our own campsite, ‘Kabila Nature Camp’.
Evening will be spent around a campfire with folk dance and music.
NB: Folk dance and music must be planned prior the tour.
Day 14. Chandratal Lake to Keylong
> 3100m / 108 km / 5 h
We leave for Keylong (3100 m/108 km), which takes almost a day to reach due to tough road.
Keylong is the headquarters of the administrative district of Lahaul & Spiti. It has a lovely marketplace. Evening time will be spent shopping and wandering around.
Overnight at Keylong.
Day 15 & 16. Monasteries visits
The two following days will be spent visiting four Buddhist monasteries around Keylong:
- Guru Ghantal Monastery: Laying high over the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga, 17 km before Keylong, it is regarded as the oldest monastery in Lahaul.
- Kardang monastery: Situated 5 km from Keylong, it is regarded as one of the most revered places of the Drug-Pa (the Red Hat sect). It has a large library and also some exquisite Thangka paintings, musical instruments, and old weapons.
- Shashur Gompa: Situated 5 km from Keylong, Deva Gyatso founded this monastery in the 17th century, and it is surprisingly surrounded by forest.
- Tayul Gompa: Situated 6 km from Keylong and containing a huge statue of Guru Padmasambhava, its library houses the 101 volumes of the sacred Kangyur text.
Overnight at one of the Gompas’ guesthouses or at a homestay
Day 17. Keylong to Manali
We will spend almost all day traveling through scenic landscapes to Rohtang pass (120 km / 3940m). We check into a hotel in Manali.