Lahaul - Spiti Backpacking Journey | Chandratal Backpacking - GIO Adventures

Lahaoul & Spiti explorer with Chandratal & Manali


Rs.16,200
Product Code: BPLC
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Duration: 8 Days
Season: Jun-Sep
Grade: Moderate
Region: Lahaul / Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)
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ITINERARY


DAY 01: Arrive Manali (2030m)

Arrive in Manali. Today you have the option of taking it easy in Manali. One can roam around the local market, visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots in and around Manali. Also you can decide to just laze around at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 02: Manali – Jispa (Drive 135 kms/4-5 hrs)

This day you start on one of the greatest road trip on the planet. You will be driving on the famous Manali – Leh highway and reach Jispa today. Ahead of Manali you will cross the famous Rohtang Pass (3980m), with excellent views of the Pir Panjal range. You will stop here for some photography. This pass is open only during a few summer months every year. From here you descend to the Chandra River and drive to the quaint village of Jispa. Enroute you will visit the beautiful town of Keylong. Overnight in a hotel/guesthouse.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 03: Jispa – Baralacha La(4892m) – Jispa

You will start early and drive for about 8-9 hours throughout the day. Today you will drive to the Baralacha La (4892m). It’s a double pass linking both the upper Chandra valley and Bhaga valleys with the Lingti valley and the vast Lingti plains. Baralacha La has a small lake – Surajtal which is considered to be source of river Bhaga. In the afternoon we return back to Jispa. Overnight in the hotel.

Meal Plan- B, D

DAY 04: Jispa – Kaza (3800m), drive 110 kms/3-4 hrs)

Today after morning breakfast, we drive to kaza, which will take odd 4 hours. Kaza is overlooked by high mountain ridges on all sides. It has two access points : one from Kinnaur valley and the other from the Lahaul valley, 11 km from Ki monastery. Kaza is known for its colourful cultural heritage, and is home for ancient Sakya Tangyud Monastary and historic Gompas spread in the vicinity. Evening at leisure, overnight at hotel in Kaza.

Meal Plan- B, D

DAY 05: Kaza – Tabo(3049m) – Dhankar(3890m) – Dhankar lake (4285m) – Kaza (3800m) Drive /3-4 hrs and trek/2-3 hrs

After breakfast we will set out on a beautiful drive towards Tabo. Visit the town of Tabo is selled around a Buddhist monastery which, is over a thousand years old. Tabo is situated on the banks of River Spiti. From here we drive to Dhankar Monastery. This spectacular Gompa is built on a 300m high spur and overlooks the confluence of Spiti & Pin river. We visit the gompa and from here hike up to Dhankar lake and spend some time around the lake, thereafter we head back to Dhankar village and drive towards Kaza. In the evening we reach Kaza. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Meal Plan- B, D

DAY 06: Kaza(3800) – Kye(4166m) – Kibber(4270m) – Gete(4270) – Kaza (3800m, drive/4-5 hrs)

From Kaza it’s a beautiful drive of 14 kms to Kye village and visit the monastery. From here you drive further 11 kms to reach the village at Kibber. Spend some time here and then drive another 6 kms to reach the extremely scenic and possibly the highest village in the world, Gete (4270m). Have lunch at the village and from there walk to the village at Kibber. This is a great hike and you’re going to relish every second of it. From here drive back to Kaza. Evening take a walk in the local market. Overnight in a hotel/guesthouse

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 07: Kaza – Kunzum La (4550m) – Chandratal (4270m, drive 3 hrs & trek 3 hrs)

This morning we board the vehicles and drive to Kunzum La (4550m) and from there walk to Chandartal (moon lake). This walk will take around 3 hrs and there are excellent views throughout. For people not wanting to trek they can drive till a point very close to the lake. This spectacular lake with its green water is extremely enchanting and has the snow clad mountains providing an excellent background. Overnight in tents.

DAY 08: Chandratal – Manali (2000m, drive 5-6 hrs)

Post breakfast you will board the jeeps and drive to Manali via the famous Rohtang pass. Check into a hotel. Evenin

Meal Plan – B

PRICE


Please Note: If you need to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price of the same

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transport by a comfortable Mahindra Xylo/ Mahindra Scorpio/ Tempo Traveler. Transport is included from day 2 to day 8 of the itinerary
  • Accommodation in neat and clean guest houses/homestays/ camps. Accomodation for first 10 nights
    • Manali x 1 night
    • Jispa x 2 night
    • Kaza x 3 nights
    • Chandratal x 1 night
  • Experienced and knowledgeable trip leader for the trip. All our guides/ trip leaders are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding trips.
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • All permits and permissions for the trip
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any entry fees for the monuments, monasteries etc
  • Any costs rising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts and trousers 4 -5 pairs
  2. Fleece jacket
  3. Water and wind proof jacket
  4. Thermal top and bottom
  5. Warm jacket
  6. Balaclava
  7. Gloves
  8. Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
  9. Lip care
  10. Torch with extra batteries.
  11. Body Moisturizer
  12. Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
  13. Warm Socks (4-5pairs)
  14. Sports shoes
  15. Sandals
  16. Sun cap
  17. Sun screen lotion
  18. Sunglasses
  19. Head torch with extra batteries.
  20. Toiletries
  21. Small light towel and napkin
  22. Personal medicines
  23. Camera with extra batteries.

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the safari.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

08Days | Jun - Sep | Moderate | Max Alt : 4892 mts (Baralacha La)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Manali (2030m)
Day 02: Manali Jispa [Drive 135 Kms/4-5 Hrs]
Day 03: Jispa Baralacha La(4892m) Jispa
Day 04: Jispa Kaza (3800m), [Drive 110 Kms/3-4 Hrs]
Day 05: Kaza Tabo(3049m) Dhankar(3890m) Dhankar Lake (4285m) Kaza (3800m) [Drive /3-4 Hrs And Trek/2-3 Hrs]
Day 06: Kaza(3800) Kye(4166m) Kibber(4270m) Gete(4270) Kaza (3800m) [Drive/4-5 Hrs]
Day 07: Kaza Kunzum La (4550m) Chandratal (4270m) [Drive 3 Hrs & Trek 3 Hrs]
Day 08: Chandratal Manali (2000m) [Drive 5-6 Hrs]

Description

During next few days you will be wandering through the highest mountain system on this planet. Starting from the famous hill station of Manali, you will start off with your journey to Jispa. On the way you will be driving over the famous Rohtang pass (4114m). This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. Crossing this wonder of nature you will enter the province of Lahaul, where you will head to the mountain village of Jispa on the banks of river Bhaga. Your stay here will enable you to get acclimatised to the high altitudes of the region. Jispa is located at a height of 10,890 feet above sea level in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. When you sleep at night, and all you hear is the Bhaga river along which this village is located. Jispa is as quiet as you can hope an inhabited place in India to be. With views as beautiful as you can wish them to be. During your stay in Jispa you will go on a long drive to the high pass of Baralacha La(4892m), This is also the spot where two major rivers originate: The Chandra and the Bhaga. They merge to become the Chandrabhaga at Tandi, a few miles from Jispa. Buddhists seem to attach a lot of religious significance to these passes. Invariably you will find some colourful Buddhist flags tied and fluttering in the wind.

Further in your road trip you will be visiting the land of highest villages in the valley of Spiti. To explore the high altitude cold desert region of Spiti valley, Kaza will be your base for much of it. At about 3800 metres (12,500 feet) Kaza is surrounded by a treasure trove of natural beauty, history, culture and religion. During your stay in Kaza you will visit the ancient Dhankar Monastery, The monastery lies on a cliff and from here you can see an amazing view of the Spiti river. It is situated at an elevation of 3,894 metres (12,774 feet) in the Spiti Valley between the towns of Kaza and Tabo. Dhankar is also famous for a magnificent lake which was formed along with the Himalayas. Further you will visit the high villages of the valley namely Kibber and Gete, followed by a short visit to the famous Ki/Key monastery. It is a hilltop monastery located 12 kms before Kaza at an altitude of 4166m. The setting is wondrous with the sweeping valley views and the Spiti river flowing down below. Travelling through these wonders of the mighty Himalayas, in the last leg of your trip, you visit the famous moon lake called Chandra Tal. It is a barren but beautiful lake located at a height of 14,100 feet in Himachal Pradesh.The lake got its name because of its crescent shape, believed to be discovered by traders who came to the region from Tibet and Ladakh.The sweet water lake is around 2.5 km wide. It is the source of Chandra River which merges with Bhaga River to form Chandrabhaga River and later assumes the identity of Chenab.

DETAILS
Duration 8 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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