June 23rd - July 2nd, 2013
(9 nights 10 days)
Hindus and Buddhists have a tradition of Parikrama or circumambulation. There are several such parikramas in Indian Himalayas. One of these is Kinner Kailash considered to be home of Lord Shiva. There are small, temple and monasteries on this route and the scenery is fantastic. This region, Kinnaur is the land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains and it is the border district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also rich in flora & fauna and its culture and language is different from other parts of the state. Kinnaur, the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, is about 250 km away from Shimla. The landscape of the area varies from the lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the stark magnificence of the Hangrang Valley. The massive snow clad ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash.
- Day 1: Delhi-Chandigarh- Thanedar- 195 kms/5-6 hrs Reach Chandigarh by mid- morning by train/ flight. Met by our representative and drive to Thanedar via Shimla; the summer capital of the British at the time of their rule. Night stay in Banjara Orchard Retreat.
- Day 2: Thanedar- Sangla- 158 kms- 6 hrs After breakfast, drive to Sangla. Settle into your tents on arrival. After tea/ coffee, we go for a short walk to Batseri village. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in tents.
For six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Your discovery of the lesser-known Himalayas can begin at the Banjara Camp in the Sangla Valley. At a height of 2,700 Mts the Banjara Camp is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and is set on the banks of the Baspa River that surges through the valley. Long walks to discover the amazing fauna and flora of the valley, treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks, angling for trout, experiencing some of the local culture and traditions, rock climbing, rappelling are only some of the delights that are on offer.
- Day 3: Sangla- Rakcham- Sangla- 6 kms one way- 5 hrs round trip Acclimatization walk to Rakcham village via Batseri village. This is the signature walk of the valley. Afternoon at leisure as we prepare for the trek the next day. Evening around a bonfire.
- Day 4: Sangla- Thangi (2650M)- Lambar (2875M)- 80 kms/ 3 hrs drive and 9 kms trek We start early. After breakfast, drive to Thangi, 2966M. Thangi is on the Silk route and well connected to Shimla. Walk to Lambar where we set up camp for the night. Night stay in tents.
- Day 5: Lambar- Charang (3600M)- 12 kms/ 5 hrs Walk along the river Lambar Gad. Visit an ancient monastery at Surting, supposed to have been built by Pandavas of Hindu Mythology. Medium gradient. We camp along a stream or in Charang Village.
- Day 6: Charang- Lalanti (4200M) 7 kms/ 4 hrs
- Day 7: Lalanti- Base of Charang la 4800M)- 6 kms/ 4 hrs Today the walk is essentially over the boulders with limited space for camping.
- Day 8: Base- Charang la (5200M) Chitkul (3450m) - Sangla- 9 kms trek & 20kms drive Cross over the 5200M high Charang Pass. Steep walk down to Chitkul, 3450M. Drive to Banjara Camp for night stay.
- Day 9: Sangla- Thanedar After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Thanedar. Overnight stay in Banjara Orchard Retreat in Thanedar.
- Day 10: Drop at Kalka/ Chandigarh- 6/7 hrs
CostCost Per Person: INR 52500/-