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Dankhar & Spiti valley

Spiti valley trekking 8 nights 9 days

Spiti is located on the Tibetan border enclosed on the South East by Tibet, North West by Ladakh, and West by Lahoul and Kullu. Geologically and archeologically Spiti valley is a living museum. Spiti is high altitude cold desert and in its lunar landscapes are still stretches, where every other rock is fossils. Spiti valley is formed by the Spiti River, which rises on the slopes of Kunzom pass (4’551 m) and ends at the river confluence with Pare-Chu near Sumdo. The length of the valley is about 150km. Enroute Spiti River receives the water of many streams: Guindi Nala, Parilungbi Chu, Pin River and Lingti River. There are two routes to Spiti, one over Rohtang-pass (3’978m/13’050ft) and Kunzom pass and other via Shimla, Rampur and Kinnaur.

Spiti was once a part of the West-Tibetan Kingdom of Guge in the early 17th century. Guge became fragmented and Spiti, along with Lahoul, came under Ladakhi rule. A vital link of Great Trans Himalayan trade route from Lhasa to Kashmir and Spiti – Literally “The middle country” – found itself locked between the mountain range and International border, now a part of Himalayan tribal sub-division of Lahoul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.

Today more and more travellers, tourists, trekkers, geologists and researchers are discovering this wonderful and last inhabitable world.

TRIP FACTS

Regions: Kullu, Lahoul & Spiti.

Best Season: End June to Mid October,

Trip Length: 13 nights 14 days Ex New Delhi to New Delhi.

Trip Length: 8 nights 9 days Ex Manali to Manali.

Max. Elevation: 4551 m or 5974m with Kanamo climb 3 days extra

Cost and info

OUTLINE TRIP ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival at New Delhi (Pick up at airport  to Manali option)
Day 02: Drive or fly to Manali (1950m).
Day 03: Manali: Acclimatize.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang-la (3978m)- Kunzom-la (4551m) – Kiato (3960m) – Chichim (4140m). Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Kibber (4205m) – Gete (4380m), Camp. Visit Tashi Gang (4400m)  afternoon.
Day 06: Trek to Kee – Langza (4400m), Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Comik (4500m), Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Demul (4350m), Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Lalung (3800m), Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Dankhar (3890m) 3 hrs. Drive to Tabo (3300m). Camp/Guest House.
Day 11: Drive to Mud (3820m) – Kaza (3600m)– Rangrik. Visit Kaza. Camp.
Day 12: Drive to Losar (4100m)– Manali (1950m).

Day 13: Drive of fly to New Delhi.
Day 14: Train or fly home.

8 nights 9 days Ex Manali Cost Includes:

1) Trekking and camping facilities.

2) Meal: While on trekking Indian, Tibetan, local and western cuisine is served.

3) Trekking permits / National park fee/ camp fee.

4) Staff: Guide (well English speaking local guide, cook, kitchen boy, trekking mules/riding horses.

5) Transportation: to and fro per itinerary.

6) Medical supplies: First aid kit.

Cost Excludes:

1) Domestic flight.

2) Alcoholic beverage, mineral water and soft drinks.

3) Personal insurance.

3) Hotel accommodations at Manali or similar.

4) Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards beyond tour programme.

5) Entrance fee at monasteries

6) Personal tipping to staff


Kaza (3360 mtrs )

Testimonials of Spiti valley trekking

Spiti valley trekking 9 nights 10 days - “The trek has been very well organized. There was nothing we could complaint about. We can recommend the agency - POTALA Adventurers - anybody who intends to make a trekking tour from Manali. The staff made an excellent job, from the guide over the cook, who offered very tasty food every day. They help us and each other in every situations and worked perfactly together. Our great compliments to them”

E. Seltman and F. Ortlieb -- GERMANY -- 08 Aug. 2010

SPITI VALLEY TREKKING itinerary

  

Day 01: Arrival at New Delhi (Pick up at airport to Manali option)


Day 02: Drive or fly to Manali (1950m).


Day 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

 

           

           

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