The Spiti way!
Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, Himachal Pradesh
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The vast, desolated northern tracts of Himachal are amongst the most spectacular and sparsely populated regions on earth. And one particular part of it, Lahaul-Spiti, offers you some of the most breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan ranges. The contrast between stark, arid landscapes and a vibrant Buddhist culture makes Spiti an interesting place to visit. The panoramic beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas here will take you to a whole different world. The valley is home to many ancient monasteries, some dating back as far as the 10th century. The gracious hospitality that the natives offer adds a different beauty to the whole experience. The quite valley roads, barren landscape and snow – capped mountains are a perfect site to lose yourself!
- Beautiful landscapes & panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks - Visit some of the most ancient monasteries in the world - Visit Kibber, the highest motorable village - Camp at Chandra Taal - Experience the local way of living with home-stays - An authentic, rustic experience without compromising comfort - Fantastic opportunities for stargazing and star-trail photography
Today, we start our journey from Chandigarh at 8:30 AM and proceed towards Rampur for over-night stay. Campers travelling by train or from any place other than Pune/Mumbai are requested to reach Chandigarh by 8:30 AM on Thursday, 16th August 2019. Accommodation at Rampur will be at a luxury hotel on double/triple sharing basis.
We start our day early and after a good breakfast proceed to our next destination. Today’s journey will take us through some breathtaking landscapes. By evening, we will reach Kalpa to embrace the KinnaurKailash peaks basking in the golden light at sunset. Accommodation at Kalpa will be a luxury hotel on double/triple sharing basis.
After breakfast, we will proceed towards Tabo for the overnight stay. En-route, we will visit Nako Lake and Geu – the only place in the world where a mummified monk has been preserved. A spectacular journey through some beautiful landscapes will take us to Tabo by evening. Accommodation at Tabowill be at a heritage hotel on double/triple sharing basis.
Today we will explore the majestic Tabo monastery. TaboMonastery, is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and also a protected site by Archeological Survey of India. After a sumptuous breakfast, we will head out to explore the Dhankar Monastery. Dhankar is the former capital of Spitiempire and it houses the DhankarGompa, which stands on a wind-cut cliff of a barren mountain offering beautiful panorama of the surrounding landscape.We will reach Kaza by evening and have a relaxing evening in the town.It is the district headquarters of Spiti and is the largest town in the valley. It sits on the banks of the river Spiti and is bordered by mountains on either side. Accommodation at Kaza will be at a rustic hotel on double/triple sharing.
The small villages of Hikkim and Komic await us today. Hikkim houses the highest post office in the world and is also the highest polling station in the world. Komic is a high altitude small, peaceful village. It offers spectacular views of surrounding landscapes and is a nice place to spend some relaxing time. We will return to Kaza for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will leave for Kibber. En-route, we will visit the Key Gompa, which is, without any doubt, one of the best spots in Spiti Valley. Just a few kilometers ahead of Key, lays the small village of Kibber. In the backdrop of the village, one can see Mount Kanamo which is the highest peak in this region standing at 19,600 ft. Accommodation at Kibber will be at a homestay run by Tshiring and his family on triple sharing basis. (Opting for home stays is also beneficial for the local communities as it helps them earn an extra bread for their families with the use of their traditional skills and knowledge)
We start our day early in the morning to proceed to our next destination.Breakfast en-route. Today’s journey will take us through one of the highest passes in the Himalayas – The Kunzum La. A small winding road will take us to Chandra Taal. It is a spectacular high altitude waterbody and is fed by the surrounding glaciers. This place offers magnificent views of night sky and Milky Way. Accommodation at Chandra Taal will be in tents with attached washrooms on double/triple sharing basis.
The long way home! We will start our return journey today. We will leave Chandra Taal in the morning and proceed to Manali for overnight stay. We cross another high altitude mountain pass today – the famous Rohtang La. Late in the evening, we will reach Manali. Accommodation at Manali will be at a luxury hotel on double/triple sharing basis.
Day two of our return journey will take us from Manali to Chandigarh. We will reach Chandigrah by nightfall and will check-in at our hotel. If you wish to skip this overnight halt, you can book your flight/train tickets for departure after 11:00 PM on 24rd August 2019. Accommodation at Chandigarh will be at a luxury hotel on double/triple sharing.
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After a good night’s sleep, we will check-out of our hotel after breakfast and start on our return journey home individually.
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1. Transportation in a non-AC Tempo traveler during the entire camp from Chandigarh to Chandigarh. 2. Accommodation for 9 nights at hotels/guest houses/homestays on triple sharing. 3. All meals starting from Breakfast on 16th August 2019, till Lunch on 25th August 2019. 4. All activities with the members of local communities. 5. Entry fees at monuments. 6. Assistance of instructors & expertise from Footloose Journeys. 7. Travel Insurance. 8. GST @ 5%
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1. Campers are requested to reserve their seats by depositing an advance of INR 15,000 per person. The balance camp fees are to be deposited a minimum of 20 days prior to departure. 2. The weather in Himalayas during winters is volatile. Please note that this itinerary may be changed depending upon the weather conditions.Footloose Journeys reserves the right to cancel/modify any camp having regard to force majeure situations including unfavorable weather, natural calamities, strikes, riots, political unrest etc. 3. Footloose Journeys shall endeavor to provide best possible alternative arrangements for transport & accommodation in case situations referred to in Point No. 3 above exist. 4. Any additional cost of such alternative arrangements for transport & accommodation is to be reimbursed/ borne by campers. 5. No refund of camp fees will be granted in case of cancellation/alteration in camp schedule because of any situation beyond organizer’s control. 6. No refund of camp fees will be granted if any camper is unable to complete the camp owing to his/her medical conditions. 7. Campers shall have no right to claim damages/ losses arising from force majeure situations.Footloose Journeys shall not be responsible for any injury/ disability/ loss of life caused due to any accident during the camp. 8. Campers with medical history of high blood pressure, asthma, heart issues are advised to consult a doctor before joining the camp. 9. The above terms & conditions are enforceable in the court of law at Pune district, Maharashtra, India.
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