SPITI VALLEY TREKKING
01: Arrival at New Delhi (Pick up at airport to Manali option)
02: Drive or fly to Manali (1950m).
03: Manali: Acclimatize.
Day 04: Manali – Rohtang-la (3978m) –
Batal(4030m) - Kunzom-la (4551m) – Kiato (3960m) – Chichim (4140m)
Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.)
Which is get way to Lahoul & Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar.16km down to foot of the pass a small place called Gramphu. A dusty
and rugged path leads towards Batal. We drive along the left banks of Chandra River an about 14km to Chatru then on the right
bank of Chandra River to Batal. Now road climb to Kunzom la pass and enters in Spiti valley. We arrive at Losar the most picturesque
village in Spiti valley at an altitude of 4000m. After Kiato we take the link road that crosses the Takling nallah and climbs
to Ladarcha to Chichim. We camp in between Ladarch and Chichim.
Day 05: Trek to Kibber (4205m) – Gete (4380m), Camp. Visit Tashi Gang (4400m) afternoon.
Today after breakfast leaving Chichim behind we descend to small nallah that will take us to Parilungbi gorge. Gentle
climb and through the fields to Kibber village, passing through Kibber village we ascend through a small plateau and alpine
pasture. On our back magnificient view of Kibber village, a short distance beyond Gete village (4,400m). We camp at Gete village
for our next day descent to Kee. Afternoon climb up for an hour, on route find
some fossils. Spiti is living museum for geologist. We continue to Tashi Gang village known to be second highest inhabited
village. Exploring surrounding we retrace back to our camp.
Day 06: Trek to Kee – Langza (4400m), camp.
Today leaving Gete we trek
down to visit Kee Monastery, Which has biggest largest Spiti valley, having 260 young and old monks receiving religious as
well as dances. Monastery has numbers rare painting, scriptures and scrolls. Our horses retrace back to Kibber, and take main
road due to descent is not suitable for trekking mules. After visiting Kee monastery we descend to Kee village and 3 kms on
the road to campsite of Rangrik Bridge. We climb steeply to Langza village. After 3-4 hrs of a long climbing there is presentation
of Chocho Khang Nilda (6380m) the third highest peak in Spiti valley. The first impressive view of Langza village will refresh
your soul. The upper section of this village called Langza gongma where Lang monastery situated, which is believed to be an
oldest as Tabo complex and lower section of village called Langza yongma. Visit Langza monastery. The major attraction in
Langza involves exploring fossils - the remains of Tethys Sea of ancient Gondwana land. To find this we walk 30 minutes above
lang on the small narrow stream, where these pieces can be observe, camp near the village.
Day 07: Trek to Hikkim - Comik (4500m), camp. 5-6 hrs.
Today after breakfast we gradually
ascend along the ridge to Hikkim village. Langza, Hikkim and Comik, these three villages are situated between at an altitude
of 4,400m to 4,600m. Favorite route those looking for fossils on living geological museum. At Hikkim we stop for lunch and
climb gently to Komic village. At Hikkim, The ruins of Tangyud can be seen near Hikkim village which has been destroyed in
1972 earth quake. Built in 14th Century and it belongs to Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The lamas of this gompa are known
to be proficient in tantra. After Hikkim short climb to Comik, relatively first view of Tangyud monastery. The village of
Comik located at a short descent from monastery. The short trail to Kum Kum cave, the meditation retreat to Lamas of this
monastery is worth visit, camp near the village.
Day 08: Trek to Demul (4350m), 6-7 hrs, camp.
Today early breakfast and leaving camp we reltively
ascend to Kaugme high pasture land of Spiti. After an hour of walk from Komic crossing a small pass 4700M with prayer flags
and chorten, we get panoramic view of Cho Cho khang namo and chau chau khang nilda and numbers of other peaks in Pin valley.
Traversing over the small plateau we can find small doksa. Climbing uphill along the high pasture we cross another pass at
4600m. We can encounter with wild animals and birds, enroute there are numbers of medicine plants. We stop for lunch at Doksa
where villagers from Demul and Komic do come here for summer grazing with domestic animals. We descend down to Demul village.
The final ascent to another pass lies at 4700m from where a panoramic view of Manirang peak second highest in Spiti valley
can be seen. The beautiful view of Lingti valley can be seen from this high village, which is 60 km. Long to North.
Day 09: Trek to Lalung (3800m), 5 hrs, camp.
After village we descend steep 600m 1:30 hours to
Sanglung before crossing bridge. We descend to Zong phu where caves were used by inhabitants of Demul as security from outside
attacks in ancient times. Now steep descend through narrow gorge for 2 hrs. to the valley floor to Lingti river, the major
tributary of the Spiti river. Now we trek along the right bank of Lingti to Sanglung village 3600m, where we stop for lunch
amidst barley and peas fields. Continue to trek after crossing bridge we climb to Lalung village for 45 minutes through fields
and numbers of seabuck thorn tree planted along the route. Lalung is the last village in Lingti valley. At the end of this
valley Tibet is not so far from here. We visit Lalaung monastery known as Sherkhang temple, believed to be 1000 year old,
older than Tabo gompa, built by Rinchen Zangpo. Legend declares that Rinchen Zangpo planted a willow tree and said if this
willow tree survives till next day than monastery should be constructed here, it survived and built temple in one single night.
Still the same willow tree can be seen at Lalung monastic compound. We camp beside temple.
Day 10: Trek to Dankhar (3890m), 3 hrs. Drive to Tabo.
Today after breakfast we trek along the well maintained
route to Dankhar. We leave the main route and ascend gently along the ridge at the main valley of Spiti. From this point wonderful
view of 2 major junctions of Spiti River with Lingti and Pin River can be seen. Dankhar ridge can be seen from this point.
Easy walk towards Dankhar monastery through alpine meadows. We arrive at Dankhar where first visit to Queen’s palace
than old Dankhar monastery. New monastery built nearby. Dankhar traditionally was the old capital of Spiti valley. Our vehicle
will pick us at this point to drive to Tabo. We visit Tabo Monastery which is 1,000 years old. Built in 996 A.D. by Rinchen
Tsangpo, Monastery is also known as Ajanta of Himalayas. Sherlang, Duang Domlang. Gompa regard by many as only next to Tholong
monastery in Tibet. 10th century Tabo monastery has large number of scriptures, peaces of arts, wall painting, Thankas and
stucco. Tabo monastery is oldest archeologically the most important monastery of Spiti, camp.
Day 11: Drive to Mud – Kaza – Rangrik. Visit Kaza (3600m).
Drive to Attargo, from where Pin
River meets Spiti River. A 20 km rugged road will take you to the pin valley, known for the land of Ibex and snow Leopard.
We visit Kungri monastery, built in 14th century 1330 AD belongs to Nyngmapa sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Today this monastery
has huge complex due to foreign aids, numbers of young monk’s receiving religious training at this monastery. We continue
drive to Mud, the last village in the valley and finally drive back to Attargo and continue to Kaza and our campsite at Rangrik.
We visit Kaza before driving to campsite.
Day 12: Drive to Losar (4100m) – Manali (1950m).
Today drive to back to Kunzom la and Rohtang pass and back to Manali.
Day 13: Drive of fly to New Delhi.
Day 14: Train or fly home