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9 Days Mystic, Hidden Lahaul and Spiti Valley Safari in India

Trebo Hotel, Shimla, Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh, India

Cultural Tour and Bird Safari India

Evergreen Adventure & Consultancies invites you to join this cultural tour safari to Lahaul and Spiti regions. You will be enchanted by various animals while enjoying a game drive in Pin Valley National Park. You will also be immersed of cultural spots that you will visit. India is always on the list of best holiday destination. Valleys, big mountains, and wildlife make India as one of the favorite tourist destination in the world. Get to know the wilderness and cultures!

Meet the guides

Dhirendra
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Highlights

  • Game drive in Pin Valley
  • Shimla visit to explore local markets
  • Explore Sangla, Chitkul, Raksham regions
  • Nako Lake and the world’s highest post office in the world visits
  • Kungri Monastery and the beautiful hamlet of Mudh visits
  • Special session of Buddhist meditation by the monk
  • 7 brunches, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


8 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
21:00

You will be accommodated in the mentioned accommodations or similar. The accommodations will be at Trebo Hotel (deluxe) in Shimla on day one, Hotel Kinner Villa (deluxe) in Sangla on day two and three, Hotel Delek (deluxe) in Kaza from day four to six, in an authentic local homestay (deluxe) with a local family in Lhalung on day seven, and at Hotel Snow Country (semi-deluxe) in Manali on day eight and nine. The accommodations range from an upper economy hotel, guesthouses, to homestay. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis.

Program

Day 1: New Delhi - Shimla

You will start from New Delhi at your hotel just after the breakfast and have a plan to reach Shimla by afternoon. In the evening, you will roam over the Ridge Mall Road. Then, you will explore local markets and enjoy stories and history of the place over a buffet dinner.

  • Meals Included: Brunch and dinner
  • Distance: 350 kilometers - 7 hours

Day 2: Shimla - Sangla

You will leave Shimla in the early morning after breakfast towards Sangla in Kinnaur District and have halts one the way. By the evening tea, you will reach Sangla.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner
  • Distance: 240 kilometers - 7 hours

Day 3: Explore Sangla / Chitkul / Raksham region

Now, this day will bring a lot of endeavors for you. With the expert team, you will enjoy the beauty and adventure of Sangla Valley to the full on this day. You will drive to Chitkul 60 kilometers away from Sangla in three to four hours. It will give you to explore every moment of this adventurous journey.

You will drive to Chitkul, a pretty village on the ancient Hindustan - Tibet route. You will also have a lot of options to shape your trip perfect. There are also options for other activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, and trout fishing. There is also an option to try your hand at - extra charges may apply for some of these. Also, you may visit the pretty villages around and enjoy sitting along the Baspa River.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner

Day 4: Sangla - Nako - Tabo - Kaza (full day)

In this morning, you will start a little bit early to experience the pre-dawn of Kalpa. This will bring serenity and awakens in your mind. Moreover, you cannot but feel overawed with the Kinner Kailash Peak looking upon you. You will then go to the small but picturesque Nako Lake. You will also have lunch along the banks of the lake. You will then proceed to Tabo reaching in the evening for a much-deserved rest.

  • Distance: 225 kilometers

Day 5: Kaza - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Gette - Kaza

Today, on the fifth day of the Spiti Valley tour, you will drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world. Later, you will drive to Hikkim where you will visit the world’s highest post office in the world. If possible, you can even meet the post-master and hear his stories. After sending out a postcard, you will drive to Langza.

Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza houses a population of 137 in 33 households. Once you are here, you can walk into the village and visit the ancient Lang (temple) which is estimated to be around 1,000 years old.

At Langza, you will walk back to the pre-historic era when Spiti was submerged by the Tethys Sea as you will be exploring a land very rich with fossils of marine animals and plants which were here millions of years ago. You will drive back down to Kaza for lunch. After then, you will have a special session of Buddhist meditation by the monk. This will give you enlightenment and you receive the tips for life betterment from the monk itself.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner
  • Height: 14,806 feet - 6 to 7 hours

Day 6: Exploring Kaza - Visit Pin Valley National Park

On the sixth day of our Spiti Valley tour, you will drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley. You can imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds with some rare plant varieties, a river that gushes when it isn’t frozen and trekking opportunities for the adventure seekers. The Pin Valley promises all this and more. You will first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh - the last motorable village of the Pin Valley.

Declared as a national park in 1987, Pin Valley has altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards. In addition, other animals indigenous to the region and park are the Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox, and marten. Birds such as the pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, chukor, and raven paint the skies a pretty picture. You will then drive back to Kaza in the evening and spend the night in a comfortable and warm hotel in Kaza.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner
  • Height: 12,450 feet - 4 to 5 hours (high altitude villages of Langza, Hikkim, and Komic)

Day 7: Kaza - Tabo - Dhankar - Dhankar Lake Trek - Lhalung

After delicious breakfast, you will continue your Spiti Valley tour and drive towards the only other town of Spiti Valley - Tabo. Also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo houses the 1,010-year-old Tabo Monastery which is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its ancient paintings that depict the life of The Buddha and intricate portraits of gods and demons along with life-size statues of bodhisattvas in a fusion of western Tibetan, Indian, and Kashmiri styles.

After spending a couple of hours at Tabo, you will drive towards Dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River in a hidden bowl is the tiny hamlet of Dhankar. The former capital of the Royals of Spiti Valley, also known as the Nono who ruled the dust-colored badlands of Spiti Valley, goes back in time as you explore the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa which perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff.

If time permits, you may do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise Dhankar Tso or Dhankar Lake which offers views over the valley and towards the twin peaks of Mane Rang (6,593 meters). Later, you will take a short drive to Lhalung - another beautiful high altitude Spiti Valley village. The word Lhalung means ‘land of god’ and the village of Lhalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains which supposedly transforms in color depending on the mood of the deities.

Red denotes anger while yellow signifies happiness. Apart from being home to hospitable local families, the village of Lhalung is also home to one of the oldest gompas in Spiti Valley. The Lhalung Monastery - also known as Sarkhang and a golden temple - is situated at a height of 3,658 meters. You will spend the night at an authentic local homestay with a local family, listening to stories of life at above 12,000 feet.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner
  • Height: 12,774 feet - 4 to 5 hours

Day 8: Kaza - Manali

You will leave at dawn for Manali for yet another day of memorable driving via Rohtang Pass. You will drive along and over rivers, cross glaciers, and bump along undulating tracks. It may be dusk when you reach Manali where you will celebrate the journey over champagne.

  • Meals included: Brunch and dinner
  • Distance: 205 kilometers - 8 hours

Day 9: Manali - Delhi

Today will be the time to head back to Delhi or wherever one wants to head to. You will be dropped at the airport or hotel as per your convenience.

  • Departure city: Ex-New Delhi
  • Distance: 570 kilometers - 13 hours

Included excursions

  • Experience the pre-dawn of Kalpa
  • Explore Sangla, Chitkul, and Raksham region
  • Kungri Monastery and the beautiful hamlet of Mudh visits
  • Langza visit to explore a land very rich with fossils of marine animals and plants
  • Nako Lake and the world’s highest post office in the world visits
  • Shimla visit to explore local markets
  • Spend a couple hours in ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo

Guides

Dhirendra Thapa

Location

This safari will cover several places in India such as New Delhi, Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Pin Parvati Valley, KazaTabo, and Manali. Lahaul and Spiti is one of the state lies on the international border with Tibet. Lahaul and Spiti are the perfect locations for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Many Bollywood have been filmed in this valley due to its aesthetic look and Buddhist culture. Hindi movie “PAAP” is one of those films.

It is located at an altitude of 3,340 meters in the north eastern corner. These are the two remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. Before these two districts were combined, the Lahaul capital was Kardang and Dhankar was the capital of Spiti. But now, these are spread over an area of 13835-squsre-kilometer and as per 2001 census, the total populations of these districts were recorded around 33,224. When you pass Rohtang pass and get an altitude of 4,000 meters and after crossing the pass, you will realize the clear impression of Buddhist culture.

You will see the road side chortens. By visiting this valley and snowcapped hills, it will create a splendid view of the valley. Lahaul and Spiti are two isolated Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh that lie on the Indo-Tibet border. A beautiful land of captivating Buddhist art and culture, Lahaul, is distinguished by inflicting mountains and glaciers while the vegetation, climate, and the landscape of Spiti are similar to that of Tibet. That's why the village of Spiti is also popular as 'Little Tibet'.

Features

Activities

  • Hiking

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga shala

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Rappelling in Chitkul
  • River crossing in Chitkul
  • Rock climbing in Chitkul
  • Trout fishing in Chitkul

What's included

  • Game drive in Pin Valley National Park
  • Shimla visit to explore local markets
  • Explore Sangla, Chitkul, Raksham region
  • Experience the pre-dawn of Kalpa
  • Nako Lake and the world’s highest post office in the world visits
  • Langza visit to explore a land very rich with fossils of marine animals and plants
  • Special meditation session under guidance of mystic Buddhist monk for enlightenment
  • Kungri Monastery and the beautiful hamlet of Mudh visits
  • Spend a couple hours in ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo
  • Route planning and research
  • Local guidance and support from experts
  • Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with oxygen cylinders, emergency food supplies, and first-aid kits
  • All inner line permits for restricted areas
  • Road books and maps
  • Toyata Innova rental including fuel, toll tax, road tax, etc.
  • 7 brunches and 7 dinners
  • Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water, and soft beverages for every vehicle
  • 8 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • International or domestic passenger flights
  • Insurance and documentation costs such as travel insurance
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances (ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.)
  • Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey
  • Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera
  • Any medical expenses incurred during the trip

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.

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Cancellation policy

If one cancels 42 days before arrival, 30% of your deposit will be refunded.

Please allow us 7 days booking time to receive inline permits for you.

Sunday April 14, 2019
(9 days / 8 nights)

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