The trek starts from Kinnaur, which is lush green and finishes in barren Spiti region with stark landscape. The trip also offers a chance to visit many Buddhist monasteries, different culture and tradition in 'Little Tibet'. Visit Chitkul; the last border outpost or Comic; the highest village in Asia and the famous monasteries of Tabo and Ki.
The results of old contacts with Tibet are still visible in the fairs and festivals and other customs of the people in the remote areas. The extended family system is still prevalent in the region. Polyandry prevails in the villages. The people of the region practice fraternal polyandry and the patriarchal system of inheritance. All the brothers of the bridegroom are considered automatically the husbands of the bride. Polyandry helps to perpetuate the name of their family and safeguard the family property from fragmentation. The polyandrous tribes of the Himalayas can be compared with the Pandavas of the ancient Indian epic of Mahabharata, who are believed to have had a polygamous system. However, such marriages are on the decline.
(9 nights 10 days)
- Day 1: Chandigarh – Thanedar (7700
Ft.)- 195 kms/ 6 hrs
Reach Chandigarh by Shatabdi train / flight around 1100 hrs and drive to
Thanedar via Shimla; the summer capital of the British at the time of their
rule. Overnight stay at Banjara’s Orchard Retreat.
Thanedar (7700 ft.) is slightly higher than and the road linking the two
runs almost near the crest of the mountain with a gradual ascent. One is
constantly treated to a bird's-eye view of the different valleys as the road
twists and turns from one spur to another. Below Thanedar, to the north is the
Sutlej Valley and beyond it is the snowy massif. Thanedar is where
history of apples in India began. Discover the town which is full of apple
Orchard everywhere you see.
- Day 2: Thanedar - Sangla (8700 Ft)-
165 kms/ 6 hrs
A walk in the Saroga forest early in the morning. Around mid - morning, drive
to Sangla. Arrive in Sangla early
evening. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in tents at Banjara Camp.
Sangla - At a height of 2,700 mts, Sangla town is surrounded by towering
mountains on all sides and is set on the
banks of the Baspa River that surges through the valley. Walks to di scover the
amazing fauna and flora of the
valley, treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks, experiencing some of the
local culture and traditions, rock
climbing, rappelling and river crossing are only some of the delights that are
on offer. Surrounded by apple
orchards, the campsite has cosy tents and rooms with attached, tiled bathrooms
and running hot water. The
Retreat (situated right beside the campsite & opened to guests in May 2009) - a
two storied stone & wood house
in rustic style has large, comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated rooms.
- Day 3: Sangla- Rakcham walk 12 kms/
4-5 hrs Today’s is the acclimatization hike. Hike up to Rakcham village. This is a
beautiful hike and we call it the
Signature walk of the valley’. Back to camp in the evening. Overnight stay in
Rakcham Walk - A level-cum-gradually climbing path first takes one to
Batseri Village across the Baspa River. A ‘dekko’ at the temple and one is
quickly out of the village into the forest. After about half an hour the path
takes a sharp climb and goes on for thirty minutes where one hits the first
‘glacier’. That can be the first 'chota' halt. Across the glacier one quickly
melts into the forest and here the path goes gradually up. Half an hour and
many fascinating views later the path takes a sudden descent and opens out into
the valley. Lo and behold! Another small glacier walk (only till early June) and
a balance walking across a few streams later one comes to
a plain flat ground. This is generally the mid way break point where we stop
briefly for refreshments. Resume the walk after a short break. A big tract of
Poplar forest welcomes you as you walk on. The path from here
takes a gradual ascent and goes on for 30-40 minutes to level in a forest which
gives way to the fields of Rackcham village. The Valley opens up here revealing
the snow-clad mountains across which lies Uttaranchal
and Tibet depending on which direction one is looking at. Here one has the
option to either take the vehicle back to the camp or else walk back on the road
to the camp (7 kms/1.5 hrs). On this walk, one gets to see most
of the tree and plant variety the valley has to offer. For a regular walker it
is a 'long walk' and for the uninitiated it can be termed as a ‘good hike’. So
at the end of the walk, one is glad to see the vehicles waiting
to drive you back to camp and yet many a 5-6 years old have done this without a
whimper of protest.
- Day 4: Sangla – Kafnu (7216Ft) –
Mulling (10759Ft) – Drive- 66km / 3 hr and trek – 15 kms/ 5 hrs Drive to Kafnu, 2200M. The starting point of the trek. Walk to Mulling,
3280M, through forest and meadows.
Steep climb in parts. Night stay in trekking tents.
- Day 5: Mulling – Kara (11677 ft)-
6kms/3hr Kara at 3560M is a nice meadow with lots of alpine flowers.
- Day 6: Kara - Phustirang (13776
Follow the left bank of the river to Phustring (base of the pass),
4200M. Several streams join here. you get fantastic views of the Hansbeshan
- Day 7: Phustirang - Chhochhoden
Early morning departure. A steep 3km/3hr walk leads to the 4865M high pass.
There is a very good chance of finding snow at the pass. All peaks towards Spiti
are visible. Camp overnight.
- Day 8: Chhochhoden - Mud - Kaza
The walk is on the right bank of River Pin and has very gradual gradient.
Drive from Mud and drive to Kaza. Night stay at a guest house.
- Day 9: Kaza- Manali- 200 kms/ 8-9
Drive for Manali via Kunzum and Rohtang la as we head back towards home.
Reach Manali in the evening and settle into your room. Evening at leisure. Night
stay in hotel.
- Day 10: Drop at Chandigarh airport/
railway station- 8-9 hrs