The itinerary below is made for the Kinnaur region only. We can also carry our homestay tour to the Spiti valley. Like all our trips, this one can be tailored according to your wishes.
Day 1: Kalpa - Pangi - Rarang - Jangi (60 km)
We drive from Kalpa to Pangi (15 km) by jeep. Pangi is one of the biggest villages in Kinnaur district and it faces the great Kinner Kailash peak, also known as Jorkandan peak. We will stay there for about 30 minutes and then continue up to Rarang village.
Rarang is a monastic village containing caves that used to serve as retreats for Buddhist monks including Ga Rinpoche. There, we will visit the old traditional houses, the grain houses, and the temple of the local deity called Pathoro Dumbar. During this visit, we can also taste local cuisine snacks.
After Rarang, we proceed to Jangi village (10 km) above the old National Highway, also called the Hindustan Tibet Road. But first we have to drive 8 km up and down by jeep to show the inner line permit for foreigner.
We wander in Jangi village for about 2 hours, and then check into our homestay and have lunch there.
Jangi is a small village surrounded by dense pine and cedar trees. In the late afternoon, we travel 14 km by jeep and visit Da’Chompa (3150m), situated in the outskirts of Lippa (2800m). We walk uphill for 30 minutes in order to see the back print of Guru Rinpoche, which is said to be engraved in a rock.
We return to Jangi, overnight in a homestay there.
Day 2: Jangi - Lippa - Kanam (25km)
After breakfast we leave for Lippa (10km) by jeep, visit Lippa village, and then start to trek up to Labrang village. The trekking route is the old Hindustan Tibet Road, or Silk Route. Locals and shepherds now use it as a mule road. The trek will end above Spillo village. Our jeep will pick us up there and drive us to Labrang village (4-5 km) where our lunch will be served.
In Labrang (2900m), there are traditional wooden houses and a beautiful Fort that is 450-500 years old, built during the Thakurs kingdom. We then trek to Kanam village, following the regular path and check into our KANUM HOMESTAY in Kanam.
Day 3: Kanam
After breakfast, we begin our visit of Kanam’s monasteries. In Kanam there are 7 monasteries, including the temple of a local deity named Dabla.
Kha-Che-Lagang is one of the oldest monasteries within the area, established by the great scholar and translator Ringchen-Tsangpo from 958 to 1055 A.D.
In Kanam village, one can see the great scripts of Lord Buddha’s teachings called KANGYUR and TANGYUR, and the Kangyur monastery is where they have been kept for centuries.
For many years, Kanam has been an educational hub and the Kangyur monastery has served as a school for local people. From 1829 to 1831, a Hungarian translator Choma De Chorus stayed in the Kha Che Lagang monastery, studied, and translated all of the Kangyur and Tangyur scripts.
Local cuisine lunch will be provided in the village.
After lunch, we trek uphill to Surpu Gompa (3100m) and then we return to our KANUM HOMESTAY in Kanam, where dinner will be served together with local wine made from apples and wild apricots.
Day 4: Kanam to Sunnam via Shyatso Khud (18 km).
After breakfast, we trek to Shyatso Khud (9 km) by following the old Hindustan Tibet Road. Then, the jeep will pick us up at the Shyatso Khud and we will head towards Sunnam.
As we drive, we will enter a small valley called 'Ropa valley' from where one of the major treks, Manirang Pass, starts. There are 6 villages in this green valley and also three different types languages: Sunnami in Sunnam village, standard kinnauri in Giabong and Ropa village, Shumtso in Rushkalang village but interestingly whole valley understand and speaks Shumtso language and it has been a favorite destination for linguistic study since centuries
Lunch will be served at Giabong village in a Dhaba.
Overnight stay at Giabong or Sunnam.
Day 5: Sunnam to Hangrang valley (Hango or Leo).
Early in the morning, we start to trek up to Hango-Leo. The trek is quite steep, thus it will take at least half a day to reach the pass (3850m).
Packed breakfast and lunch will be provided on the way to Hangrang valley. After the pass, it will take more than 3 hours to reach Hango village. We can stay overnight in Hango or carry on to Leo, which is 10 km further.
Day 6: Hango/Leo to Nako
We leave for Leo by jeep or we trek 10 km to Leo, and then another 8 km trek to Nako, using a steep trail. The trek will start right after breakfast. Lunch will be served on the way to Nako in a restaurant.
Overnight at a homestay in Nako village (hot shower provided).
Day 7: Nako
The full day will be spent in visiting Nako and its surrounding or, if you prefer, it can be a rest day
Day 8: Nako to Kalpa via Moorang
After breakfast, we head back to Kalpa via Moorang to see the Moorang fort.
Overnight stay in Kalpa at the Little Heaven Homestay.
End of Homestay Tour/Trek.