(10 nights 11 days)
Kinnaur, the land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards 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 capital of Himachal Pradesh and is situated on the NH-22 (Hindustan Tibet Road). 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 peak of Kinner Kailash dominates the massive snow clad ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene.
- Day 1: Delhi - Chandigarh - Thanedar - 195 kms/5-6 hrs Reach Chandigarh by mid- morning by Shatabdi express train. Met by our representative and drive to Thanedar via Simla; the summer capital of the British at the time of their rule. Night stay in Banjara’s Orchard Retreat.
80 kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan-Tibet road lays Kotgarh, which enjoys a special place in Himachal history. In 1916 Samuel Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to Kotgarh, the place he adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. He made Thanedar his home, married a local girl and changed his religion in the later part of life.
- Day 2: Thanedar - Sangla - 158 kms - 6 hrs After breakfast, drive to Sangla via Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan en route. Arrive in Sangla in the evening. Overnight stay in Banjara camp, Sangla
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.
- Day 4: Sangla - Thangi - Lambar - 80 kms/3 hrs drive Drive to Thangi, 2966M. Thangi is on the Silk route and well connected to Simla. Walk to Lambar, 2896M. Night stay in tents.
- Day 5: Lambar - Charang - 9 kms - 4 hrs Walk along the river Lambar Gad. Visit an ancient monastery at Surting, supposedly built by Pandavas of Hindu Mythology. Medium gradient. We camp along a stream or in Charang Village.
- Day 6: Charang - Lalanti (4100 mtrs) - 10 kms/5 hrs
- Day 7: Lalanti - Base - 3-4 hrs Today the walk is essentially over the boulders with limited space for camping.
- Day 8: Base - Charangla (5120 mtrs) - Chitkul - Sangla Cross over the 5200M high Charang Pass. Steep walk down to Chitkul, 3450M. Drive to Banjara Camp for night stay.
- Day 9: Sangla Rest day at Chitkul or you could try rock climbing / angling for trout.
- Day 10: Sangla - Thanedar After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Thanedar. Overnight stay in Banjara Orchard Retreat in Thanedar.
- Day 11: Thanedar - Kalka - Delhi (145 kms/5-6 hrs) Drive from Thanedar to Kalka. Board Shatabdi train to Delhi departing at 1730 hrs.