Kinnaur Kailash Mountain Trek (17-Days)
This singularly unusual Himalayan trekking journey will take us deep into Budhist Kinnaur, one of Northern India's least known and most compelling mountain regions. Located oon the IndoTibetan border, Kinnaur, Land of the Gods, is perhaps the most fascinating region of the Indian Himalayas. Set with the Western Himalaya, it boasts some of the highest mountains in Himalchal Pradesh. This is the only area in the World where Budhist worship has gone on completely uninterrupted, and Kinnaur has never been subject to outside invasion. Being restricted to all untill 1993, it has the mystique of a forbidden kingdom and an aura of the unknown. Nature's work here is awe-inspiring . Bisecting the Kinnaur valley is the foaming Satluj River, which rises near Mount Kailash in Tibet, passes through spectacular gorges carved by its strong currents. You will be provided with many opportunities to learn about Tibetan Buddhist and the history of the people in this fascinating and untouched region.
- Trip length: 17 Days
- Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging - Grade Explanation
- Starts in: Delhi
- Ends in: Delhi
- Accommodation: Hotel & camping
- Transpertation: Train & private car
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Day 02 - Sightseeing in Delhi
Day 03 - Train from Delhi to Pathankot
Day 04 - Drive from Pathankot to Dharamshala
Day 05 - Sightseeing in Dharamshala
Day 06 - Drive from Dharamshala to Bathad
Day 07 - Trek from Bathad to Bashleo Pass [3270 m]
Day 08 - Bashleo Pass - Kullu Sarahan
Day 09 - Drive to Thangi
Day 10 - Trek to Lambar (2896 M)
Day 11 - Charang (3700 M)
Day 12 - Trek to Lalanti (4500 M)
Day 13 - Trek to Chitkul (3450 M) and drive to Sangla
Day 14 - Leisure time at Sangla
Day 15 - Drive to Shimla
Day 16 - Delhi on train
Day 17 - Departure
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. You will also have a pleasure to visit President House, an official residence of India's President. 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 Pathankot
Right after breakfast, you will be driven to the railway station to catch an overnight train to Pathankot.
Day 4 Drive from Pathankot to Dharamshala
Our staff will receive you at the railway station in Pathankot and from there you will be escorted to your hotel in Pathankot. After refreshment, you can visit Namgyal monastery in the evening. As the night approaches, you return to your hotel for dinner and accommodation.
Day 5 Sightseeing in Dharamshala
Dharamshala sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. The major attractions of the tour include visits to Norbulingka Institute, Tibetan Medical Library, medical centre etc. In the free time you can undertake other activities of your choice.
Day 6 Drive from Dharamshala to Bathad
You take an early morning drive to Bathad right after breakfast. It normally takes six hours to reach Bathad. You get a leisure time to acclimatize for your forthcoming adventure. Eventually, you spend the night in your camp tent at a superb location in Bathad.
Day 7 Trek from Bathad to Bashleo Pass [3270 m]
Trekking journey begins from Bathad. Following the steep trail, you ascend up to Bashleo Pass. After few ascents, the trail eases and becomes more pleasurable. Upon reaching at an altitude of 3270 m, you camp at a beautiful site savouring the majestic beauty of Bashleo Pass.
Day 8 Bashleo Pass - Kullu Sarahan
In the wake of amazing views, you trek towards Kullu Saharan soon after breakfast. Our staff after warm reception will 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 9 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 10 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 11 Lambar - 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 12 Shruling - 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 Train to Delhi
In the morning after breakfast you can roam around Shimla and make some rich cultural explorations. After lunch you will take a train ride to Delhi. Our staff will receive you at the Delhi railway station and then escort you to your hotel. You get to enjoy high facilities, meals and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 17 Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi airport to board a flight back to your home town.