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Manali – Bhaba Pass – Kinnaur Valley Trek

Months: Mid June to Mid October.
Number of Trek Days: 7 Days (Entire Tour)
Maximum Altitude: 4950m
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1: On arrival at Delhi airport we meet you and transfer you to your pre-reserved hotel. The morning is free to relax. In the afternoon we take on a half day old Delhi city tour. See the Red Fort, the mosque known as Jama Masjid both built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan many centuries ago and stroll along the narrow backstreets selling mouthwatering kebabs and pilafs. (Optional as you may want spend the day relaxing in your hotel). Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: We leave Delhi early after breakfast and drive to the city of Chandigarh where we arrive by early afternoon. Check into your pre-reserved hotel and then after lunch visit the famous 25 acre Rock Gardens known for its unusual figures and sculptures created out of industrial and urban waste items. We then take you to the famous Rose Gardens Asia's largest rose garden, spread over 30 acres of land where you get to see over 50,000 rose-bushes with 1600 species of this delightful flower. We then return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 3: leave after a leisurely breakfast and drive through the foothills into Himachal Pradesh and passing a few towns and numerous villages arrive at the hill resort of Manali by late afternoon. On arrival we check you into your pre-reserved hotel. In the evening take a stroll along the Mall Road the main shopping area and if you prefer dine out at one of the finer restaurants in town. Try Chopsticks for authentic Chinese, The Mayur for excellent Indian cuisine and the Khyber for North West Indian food and Sagar for vegetarian food from Gujarat and Punjab. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 4: We take a local sightseeing tour of the town visiting the hot sulfur springs at the ancient village of Vashisht 3 Kms away; the 500 year old Hadimba Devi temple built amidst a thick grove of gigantic Deodar trees; the quaint cottage now a art gallery of the famous Russian Philosopher, Adventurer and Painter – Nicolas Roerich in Naggar 23 Kms south of Manali; here we also explore the ancient castle now a heritage tourism hotel with its fabulous views of the upper and lower Kullu valley. In the evening we return to the hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 5: We leave early today and crossing the 13,050 ft high Rohtang Pass drive down into the Lahaul Valley. From here the road to the right goes to Kaza the district headquarters for Spiti sub-division while the road to the left goes on to Keylong the district headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti and continues to Leh Ladakh. We turn right and driving through amazingly wind sculpted granite and mud hills ascend to the Kunzum La from the small hamlet of Batal. A From here there is bifurcation on a rough jeepable road to the stunning Chandratal Lake a large water body surrounded by stark barren mountains. (An option here is to spend a night on the lakes shore) Ä We climb up to the Kunzum Pass and then descend gradually into the Spiti valley and the first village of Losar. From here the road goes through gorges and wide plains till we reach the almost medieval town of Kaza – sub divisional headquarters of Kaza. We set up camp near the Rangrik Bridge a few Kms before Kaza.

Day 6: After an early breakfast we head towards the Pin Valley and the small village of Mud at 3900 metres where we reach before lunch. From here we begin our trek towards the south west where a trail leads to our campsite at Gurguru.

Day 7: Leaving the grassy slopes of Gurguru we ascend gradually towards the base of the Bhaba Pass and camp near the slopes at Baldar a green camping area at about 4100m. From here one trail heading east goes to the Pin Parvati pass and into the Parvati and Kullu valleys.

Day 8: We begin our ascent to the Bhaba pass at 4950m. The slope goes over scree and moraine and at times over patches of snow / ice. The views from the pass are really fascinating and vast. From here we descend into the lush green Kinnaur valley a welcome sight for eyes that have been seeing only dry, barren mountains these past days. Walking along the valley floor as it slowly widens out we reach our camping site at the small hamlet of Fushtiaring on the banks of the meandering Wanger River.

Day 9: Four to five hour walk from our camp following the left bank of the River Wanger takes us to the village of Mulling. The trek involves crossing one stream a couple of times and finally the Wanger River itself on a natural rock bridge. By evening we reach an inviting patch of green meadows where we set up camp for the night.

Day 10: Today the trail continues beside the Wanger River on its left bank and then enters a thickly forested path through stately trees of Pine, Fir, Cedar and Birch till we emerge into the village of Kafnu . From here we are met by our driver and we take our jeep to the small town of Kalpa (2900m) in the Kinnaur valley. Kalpa is a laidback leisurely town full of apple orchards and excellent views of the famous Kinner Kailash mountain ranges. You check into your pre-reserved hotel for the night.

Day 11: After breakfast we drive down through Kinnaur's district headquarters the sprawling town of Rekong Peo and on to the main Hindustan Tibet Highway and drive through this green valley till we turn off to ascend to the small village town of Sarahan high up on a mountain ridge. We visit the exquisitely built Bhimkali temple a fusion of Hindu and Tibetan architecture; stroll along the sleepy bazaar and the n return to our hotel overlooking the Sutlej River valley far below.

Day 12: Today an entire day's drive takes us into the modern capital of the state- Shimla. It was once the summer capital of British India till independence. We check into a pre-revered hotel and then take time to stroll along the Mall Road the prominent promenade of this quaint though over populated town.

Day 13: We take you on a tour of this historic town with its profusion of imposing Edwardian and Georgian buildings startlingly resembling a British town. The hillsides further up are home to pretty little cottages with typical British names like Holly's Home, Birchwood Cottage, Oaks End and Pinewood Lodge. After lunch we take a drive to the small hamlets of Mashobra that has an old church on a hillock surrounded by pine forests, and built in the early 2oth century; the nine hole golf course at Naldehra with its expansive greens and excellent views; and return stopping briefly at the winter ski resort of Kufri that gives you 180 ° views of the glittering snow clad Greater Himalayan ranges to the north. We return to Shimla and your hotel by evening.

Day 14: Today we drive down into the plains and back to Delhi where we take you to your pre-reserved hotel by evening.

Day 15: The last day in India we have kept this day free for shopping and a leisurely afternoon. After dinner we drive you to the International airport to board your flight home or to your next destination.

Other Treks around Himachal
S. No. Treks Days
1.

The Manali- Miyar Valley Trail into Zanskar

19
2.

Manali –Shimla Trek via Jalori Pass

11
3. Manali Chandratal Lake 11
4. Manali – Shingo La – Padum (Zanskar) 11
5. Manali – Baralacha La – Phirtsela pass – Padum 12
6. The Pin Parvati Trail 14
7. Manali Bara Banghal Trek 15
8. Manali - Kaza - Parang La – Tso Moriri – Leh Trail 18
9. Manali – Shingo La – Padum – Lamayuru 24

 


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