Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama

Presentation

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Duration: 22 Days / 9 Days trek / Period : Mid May to September / Grade : challenging                                   Trek, Culture & Road trip

Kinnaur is the most scenic but less known district of Himachal Pradesh, located on the Indo-Tibet border. It is surrounded by Tibet on the east, Garhwal Himalaya trek on the south, Spiti Valley on the north and Kullu on the west. The Sutlej River, which rises on the southern slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar in Tibet flows through the Kinnaur valley. Due to the proximity of Kinnaur to Tibet, the life style and religion of its inhabitants had been influenced by Buddhism, mostly in the northern and central regions, although the majority of the people practice Hinduism.

The Kinnaur Kailash also kown as Kinner Kailash in the local dialect is a mountain range in the kinnaur district of the most exemplary Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur Kailash (6050m) and Jonkarden (6473m) are the most famed peaks of Himachal that dominate the range bordering the district of Kinnaur in the south. Through the routes of Kinnar Kailash Trek, the expeditors can achieve the only pass called Charang La at an altitude of 5300m. This pass is considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist Kinnauris. The entire trek path is endowed with lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards snow-clad peaks and cold desert mountains. The Kinnaur region is being gifted with rich flora & fauna and the massive snow clad ranges serve a regal dignity to the scene dominated by the peak of Kinnaur Kailash.

The landscape of the region differs from the lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the bleak magnificent Hangrang valley. May to September is the most preferable time to make a trip to the enchanting Kinnaur Kailash.

This outstanding trek will be preceded by the Bhrigu Lake in Himachal Pradesh around Manali acclimatization trek to guarantee its better achievement and will be enamelled of visits of villages – sanctuaries like Tabo, Chitkul, Kalpa, Sarahan. Then we’ll make a last step at Shimla before to go down to Delhi where this amazing journey will finish.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi from abroad , Transfer hotel , evening drive to Manali by VOLVO BUS 585 km (night bus)

Day 2, 3, 4 Manali Rest day and local Sightseeing + Training

Day 5 > 7 : Bhrigu Lake / Acclimatization trek 

Day 8 : Manali – Tabo (250 km) 3050 mts

Day 9 : Tabo Rest and acclimatization

Day 10 : Tabo – Kalpa (163 km) 2800 mts

Day 11 : Kalpa Free day visit the neighbourhood and Rekong Peo

Day 12 : En route : Kalpa – Thangi 

START TREK

Day 13 : Thangi – Lambar (2890m)

Day 14 : Lambar – Shurting (8 kms) 3150 meters

Day 15 : Shurting – Charang (6 kms) 3450 mts

Day 16 : Charang – Lalanti Base (8 kms) 4420mtrs

Day 17 : Lalanti – Chitkul (through Charang Ghati) 5242 mts

END TREK

Day 18  : Chitkul 3500 mts

Day 19 : Chitkul – Sarahan (107 km)

Day 20 : Sarahan – Shimla (147 km)

Day 21 : Shimla – Delhi (350 km)

Day 22 :  Delhi Rest and last shopping & visits. Transfer to Airport. Departure

Details

Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi from abroad morning time / evening drive to Manali by VOLVO BUS or MINi BUS 585 km

Pick up from airport to hotel, overnight in hotel Daytime rest and departure to Manali  for a night journey direction Chandigarh and the Kullu Valley

Day 2 : Arrival to Manali 

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Arrival early morning transfer to hotel and rest and free day.

Day 3 : Manali Rest & Training

Rest in morning and guided walk (3hrs) upon Manu Temple to Rasta Cafe and Manali heights. Overnight in Hotel

Day 4 : Manali Training & Acclimatization

Trek to Kharma (2500 m) ascending the Manali Valley. Lunch pic-nic & return to hotel. Overnight in Hotel

ACCLIMATIZATION BHRIGU LAKE TREK 

bhrigu lake

Day 5 : Manali to Gulaba then trek to Raualikholi (3770 m) 4-5 hrs uphill

We drive 15km up to the Manali Rohtang highway to the meadows of Gulaba. The views of the upper Kullu Valley from here are quite spectacular. The trail towards the lake goes eastward and climbs through the dense forest of Deodar. We will cross a small stream to the idyllic camp site of Kothi Theli.

Day 6 : Raualikholi to Bhrigu (4268 m) to Panduropa (3450 m) 5-6 hours

We ascent towards the lake slowly as the altitude can make us a little breathless. We cross a mountain stream and then keep climbing till we cross a mountain ridge beyond which lies the Bhrigu Lake. After having taken Lunch here we will ascent down towards our next campsite. From here we will have breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Day 7 : Panduropa to Vashisht village then to Manali 4hrs downhill
Steep descent to the village Vashisht. Great view of the entire Kullu Valley. Walk through forest and slowly emerge into apple orchards and finally reach Vashisht. Back to hotel, rest and free evening.

Day 8 : Manali – Kaza – Tabo (250 km) 3050 mts

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Departure by jeep or minibus very early morning (4 am) for a very long road trip , direction Rothang Pass (3940m, main door for Lahaul & Ladakh) , then direction Batal and Kumzum La (4500m), enter Spiti Valley direction Kaza (capital of Spiti) and finally the last 50 km to reach the wonderfull Tabo.

Day 9 : Tabo Rest and acclimatization

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Visit & relax (and acclimatization) in this super relax mainly pedestrian Spiti’s village situated at 3000 meters high. It houses the most famous Monastery of Himachal Pradesh. This is over 1000 year old and treated as the most sacred Monastery next only to Tholling Gompa in Tibet. The temples are built in the west-tibetan style. The innner wall of Tabo is covered by frescos and painting from Buddha’s life. Often reffered as `Ajanta of Himalayas’ Tabo’s paintings are still preserved in most original form.

Day 10 : Tabo – Kalpa (163 km) 2800 mts

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Reached by a winding 7km road up through pine woods and apple orchards from Rekong Peo, Kalpa is a little gem of a village. Majestic views of the Kinner Kailash massif grab your eyeballs and don’t let go. There are several guesthouses in Chini, the main part of the village, plus a number of modern hotels on Roghi Rd, a half-kilometre walk or longer drive above the centre. For an ambitious full-day hike, ask locals about the trail up to the meadows and ponds of Chakkha, starting from Hotel Kinner Kailash.

Day 11 : Kalpa Acclimatization day Free day visit the neighbourhood and Rekong Peo

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We also make our inner Line permits for the trek.

START TREK

Day 12 : Kalpa – Thangi (2660m) – Lambar (2890m)

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We drive early morning to the village of Thangi situated high above the road where we start our trek along the road on construction and having to maybe cross some streams if former rainfalls. Lambar is reached by a path that crosses a bridge and is situated high on top of an abysmal gorge, with the quaint village nestled atop.Campsite and overnight in tents.

Day 13 : Lambar – Shurting (8 kms) 3150 meters

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Today we go towards Shurting towards the northern east direction climbing the height and following the stream. It is a parallel stroll. Surting is a little high land, here two river watercourses meets together forming the Lambar River. An ultra-modern advanced ITBP post located at 3150 meters where your names will be entered with regard to movement of the trekkers. Bonfire and overnight stay in the camp set up in Shurting.

Day 14 : Shurting – Charang (6 kms) 3450 mts

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This is a parallel hike of about three to four hours. Charang is well-known for its 11th century monastery known as the Rangrik Tungma Complex. After reaching the destination you can explore the spectacular surroundings and indulge in some relaxation and acclimatization. We will stay overnight in the camp located near to a gorge in Charang village.

Day 15 : Charang (3450m) – Lalanti (4200m)

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We return to the village, cross the bridge and go through the village gate past with a path bears left up to the ridge that separates the Tirung Valley from the valley that descends from the Charang Ghati Pass. The climb upon the grassy bank is tiring and takes about 2,5 hours.On the other side of then ridge the valley sides are very steep. At first we proceed gently along the right bank of the stream, but the valley becomes steeper. The valley widens and flattens and we reach soon the Lalanti camp, a tin shelter shaped like a tunnel on a grassy knoll.

Day 16 : Lalanti (4200m) – High camp (4500m)

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This is a short leg but well recommended for a better acclimatization before the tomorrow high pass. From Lalanti we so take a path that climbs gently along the left bank of the stream. The path sometimes disappears when it goes along rocky stretches. Rockfall is very loose so we need to be careful here. At the top of the valley we see the pass faraway. We Reach an shallow lake and we set up our camp at its other side just beneath the pass.

Day 17 : High Camp (4500m) – Lalanti Pass (5242m) – Chitkul (3450m) – 10 km

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Today is the most challenging and tough day for the trekkers. At around 4:00 AM, we will start the trek. It’s a difficult climb up to the Charang Pass (5242meters). It’s worth setting off as early as possible while the scree beneath the pass is still frozen solid and the snow has not yet been softened by the sun (crampons and ice axe required  !!!). We need to take a supply of water (no sources on the way). The path through the scree on the steep slope is quite invisible from below. We must be still very careful here of falling rocks. The climb to to the pass takes about 3 hours.  Coming down towards the pass is a long portion of strolling. After a walking for all day long we will finish our trek at Chitkul Lalanti. It is a soaring altitude shepherd territory and you can also get to see snow leopard here in the winters. Ibex can also be seen in this area. We will stay here for overnight in the hotel / guesthouse.

lalanti-pass

END TREK

Day 18 : Chitkul 3500 mts

kinnaurOn this day you can spend the entire day enjoying the spectacular and picturesque sights around the Chitkul village.

CHITKUL  is located at an altitude of 3500 metres. It is the uppermost and the last village of the Sangla Valley. Ahead of Chitkul is there is the complicated and astonishing mountain territory and further moving ahead is Tibet. In fact, Chitkul is located in the region that was earlier used as the route for trade and commerce between Tibet and India. One can simply see the Tibetan influence in the jewellery they wear and as well as in the looks of the people. Chitkul is packed with distinctive and spectacular sights. Trekkers will come across cutting and twisting streams, gorgeous countryside, thickly forested hillside, extensive alpine meadows and last but not the least, deserted mountains. In Chitkul, there are three Goddess Mathi’s temples. The earlier temples situated here are believed to be built about five hundred years ago.

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Day 19 : Chitkul – Sarahan (107 km)

We leave Chitkul with regret early in the morning. We cross the Sangla Valley before diving towards Shimla to the splendid village of Sarahan and its incredible Bhimakhali temple.

The former summer capital of the Bushahr kingdom, Sarahan is dominated by the fabulous two-towered Bhimakali Temple, dedicated to a local version of the goddess Kali and built in the traditional Kinnauri manner from layers of stone and timber to absorb the force of earthquakes. The right-hand tower (as viewed from the entrance) was recently rebuilt after the 12th-century original collapsed. The left-hand tower dates from the 1920s and contains the highly revered Bhimakali shrine beneath a beautiful silver-filigree canopy on its top floor. The towers’ curved, peaked roofs suggest the Tibetan influence on Kinnauri architecture, which becomes more marked as you move up the valley.

For entry to the innermost courtyard with the towers, male visitors must wear a cap (available on the spot), and cameras, mobile phones and leather items must be left in lockers.

Day 20 : Sarahan – Shimla 

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Still a beautiful road today before arriving at Shimla.

SHIMLA also known as Simla, is the capital and the largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is also a district which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaurin the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the hilly regions of the state.

Small hamlets were recorded prior to 1815 when British forces took control of the area. The climatic conditions attracted the British to establish the city in the dense forests of Himalayas. As the summer capital, Shimla hosted many important political meetings including the Simla Accord of 1914 and the Simla Conference of 1945. After independence, the state of Himachal Pradesh came into being in 1948 as a result of integration of 28 princely states. Even after independence, the city remained an important political centre, hosting the Simla Agreement of 1972. After reorganisation of state of Himachal Pradesh, the existing Mahasu district was named Shimla. Its name is derived from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali.

Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches. The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural environment of the city attracts tourists. Attractions include the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, the Mall Road and the Ridge, which together form the city centre. The Kalka–Shimla Railway line built by the British, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also a major tourist attraction. Owing to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia. Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia. Apart from being a tourism centre, the city is also an educational hub with a number of colleges and research institutions.

Day 21 : Shimla – Delhi (350 km)

Shopping and departure in the evening (18:30) for Delhi by night bus. Allow about 12 hours for this trip.

Day 22 : Delhi

Arrival early morning. Rest and last shopping & visits. Transfer to Airport. Departure

Map

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51600
41700
31950
22200
1ON DEMAND/ON REQUEST

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation & transports
  • Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
  • Tour manager from Manali to Shimla.
  • Guide for the training days and treks.
  • All monastery entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi with assistance
  • Trek on full board
  • All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
  • All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
  • Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
  • Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
  • Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Trekking shoes
  • Food & meals while not treking
  • Government Service tax 3.09% on package
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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