KINNER KAILASH TREK
|Duration: 12 Night / 13 Days
|Destinations: Himachal Pradesh
Legend has it that Kinnaur with all its beauty and splendor fell from the clouds to take its place in the Himalayas .the strikingly beautiful kinnaur is bounded to the north by the zanskar range and to the south , the greater Himalaya . The journey through Kinnaur is not just merely a visual experience but an intensely spiritual voyage too.
Kinner Kailash mountain is regarded as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva.
In the olden times the traditional Kinner Kailash Parikarama was a long journey on foot, over 200kms. Beginning from the Buddhist temple of Powari in the Lower Kinnaur , the route wound along the bank of the Satluj ,into the Tedong valley, over the charang pass , and back to Powari again. now motor roads have cut down the walk to a five day trek from Thangi in the Tedong valley to Chitkul , the last village in the Baspa valley . During the Janam Ashtami (Birth day of Lord Krishna) Festival, which usually falls in the Month of August there is a traditional festival when all the pilgrims from adjoining villages gather at the Village of Charang and embark on the onward yatra of Kinner Kailash.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi:
Our staff will escort you with warm reception and utmost hospitality from Delhi airport to your hotel in Delhi. After offering you the thorough briefings on your travel plan, you can thereon enjoy your leisure time according to your wish.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Delhi:
The entire day will be exclusively planned to guide you around the major attractions of Delhi. Delhi sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. 17th century Red Fort which was built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan gives you delightful reflection on the India history. On approaching Jama Masjid, you get some insights into Muslim religion, culture and belief. India Gate is another living pride of New Delhi and it is also a reminder of the World War. Thereafter, the journey takes you to Qutab Minar. At the end of the day, you finally head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Train from Delhi to Kalka to Simla:
Early in the morning, you will be driven to the railway station to catch train to Kalka. Drive to Simla for night stay.
Day 4: Simla to Sarahan:
After breakfast we drive you to Sarahan. Pristine villages and beautiful apple orchards create an awe-inspiring view in Sarahan with Shrikhand Mahadev Peak [5155 m) looming over the town. Sarahan is also popular for its Bhimakali Temple which is regarded very sacred by both Buddhist and Hindu and thus showcases the outstanding architecture representing the homogeneity of two different religions. Best meals and accommodation will be serviced at your hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Thangi [2660 m]:
After breakfast, you will be driven to Thangi. From Thangi you will start your circumnavigation around the sacred Mount Kailash. In the evening you can explore around the interesting village settlements of Thangi and bask in the grandeur of nature. Thangi is influenced by both Hindu and Buddhist cultures. If you head to the east of Thangi village, you will find a check point on a small hill. After meals you camp for the night in Thangi.
Day 6: Trek from Thangi to Lambar [2930 m]:
As you trek away from Thangi towards Lambar, you follow the trail that ascends up the gorge and make way to the valley as you descend further. Further ahead, lush conifer forest and verdant vegetation welcome with awesome view. After crossing a bridge, you walk past traditional houses. Finally, you overnight at your campsite in Lambar.
Day 7: Lambar to Shruling [3370 m]:
After breakfast, you transverse along the trail that passes by Tirung Valley and a narrow gorge. After a while the trail encounters more gorge, boulder-strewn route riverside and cliffs. Leaving behind the pine forests, the trail enters lush forests of juniper and wild roses. As you near Shruling, you can witness rich meadows. Charang villages and Gompa are the major attractions of Kinnaur region. You get free time to explore these regions. There is a school and medical centers in Charang. On heading 2 km away from Charang village, you will find an ancient gompa that has for years remained a sacred religious site. After your insightful excursion, you head back to Shruling for meals and overnight stay.
Day 8: Shruling to Lalanti [4200 m]:
Soon after breakfast, you ascend up the valley, cross the Lalanti River and enter lush meadows. The trail further narrows as it follows steep ascents. You meanders past large meadow and rich grazing pastures and finally arrive in Lalanti at an elevation of 4200 m. You camp for the night at an amazing campsite that overlooks mesmerizing view of Zanskar range and glaciated undulating passes.
Day 9: Lalanti to Chitkul via Charang La and drive to Sangla:
Heading away from Lalanti you have to walk along the trail that crosses rich pastures and scree slopes. The trail wends way to glacial lake, moraine fields and rock cairns. It normally takes five hours to reach Charang La from Lalanti. Charang La offers superb vantage point to view awe-inspiring sight of Kinnaur Kailash range, Dhaula Dhar range and other stunning snow-capped peaks. Thereafter, the trail descends to Chitkul and further on you have to drive to Sangla where after meals you spend the night.
Day 10: Free time in Sangla:
The entire day is set aside for absolute rest. After resting, you can explore around or simply go for nature walk or enjoy a good book.
Day 11: Drive from Sangla to Shimla:
Soon after breakfast, you will be driven for 7 hours to Shimla. After getting refreshment in your hotel, you can utilize your leisure time indulging in whatever activities you feel like.
Day 12: Shimla to Chandigarh to Delhi:
In the morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh. Take a train to Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Departure:
After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi airport to board a flight back to your home town. Trip End.