Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Board the morning Shatabdi express train to Chandigarh. Reach Chandigarh at 1100 hrs and meet our executive at the Chandigarh railway station. From here drive towards hill town of Shimla. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay in Shimla.
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. Overnight stay in tent.
Ride to Sarahan famous for the Himalayan views it offers and the Bhimakali temple. Overnight stay in hotel.
The Gods were generous when they gave Sarahan its settings. Located halfway up a high mountainside, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering pine trees that give way to stately oaks. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs.
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 begins in the Sangla Valley. Overnight stay in tent.
The day is for relexation and explores the area. One can walk to Rakcham village (the signature walk of the valley) or ride to Chitkul; the last border village (20 kms one way).
Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the regional capital; Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. It is said that as and when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his horseback.
In the morning after breakfast cycle to Pooh. Pooh is a small village in Spiti valley with a small cantonment. Overnight in Pooh.
We enter the Spiti valley today. The terrain will leave you breathless and speechless. From lush green valley of Kinnaur, we move to rock-hard cold desert mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds that account for the sparsely populated villages. At a height of 10,500 ft this high altitude desert is home to the second most important Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region - the Tabo Gompa. It is now 1008 years old and is rumored to be the place the Dalai Lama will finally settle in.
Kaza is the capital of Spiti Valley. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in "Kim" in these words: "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains... Surely the Gods live here.
In the morning after breakfast visit the Ki monastery, Kibber and Gete village. Later ride back to Kaza for overnight stay.
Ki Monastery is a Gelugpa sect monastery. Its hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses the Dukhang - the assembly hall - and the uppermost floor has another temple and head Lama's quarters on the one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of 'Thangkas' salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century.
From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundred of square kilometers. Kibber is small village and is the take off point for the popular trek to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, we drive up to a still smaller village of Gete. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia connected by road.
A long day in the cold desert of Spiti. Overnight camping in Losar.
We enter the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh after crossing the 4500M high Kunzum La. Chandra and Bhaga rivers confluence at Gramphoo to Chandrabhaga River. Overnight in Gramphoo.
Ride over the 3800M Rohtang pass and enter the Kullu district of Himachal. Today we move from the barren landscape of Lahaul to lush green landscape of Manali. Overnight stay in hotel.
In the morning after breakfast take a sightseeing of Manali town and by evening drive to Delhi by AC Luxury Volvo Coach. Overnight journey.
Arrival at Delhi in the morning and then transfer to airport to catch onward flight.
Chadar trekking was a fantastic experience and adventure... Until the 15th I only saw one tourist, but after 15th more people showed up. The guide Lama looked behind every time danger was near for me or for my equipment. At one point he even risked his own safety by when he jumped to hold me from sliding down from a high frozen waterfall into the Zanskar river.