Remote Spiti & Scenic Pin Valley
Remote Spiti & Scenic Pin Valley would take you through the mystical tribal regions of Himachal covering the scenic landscape of the the serene Pin valley and elusive Spiti Valley. We would explore the serene Pin Valley and further. Finally we enter the cold desert of Spiti Valley is thoroughly amazed to witness the 'out-of-the-world' landscape or rather moonscape if we can say so while discovering many an ancient revered Buddhist monasteries
Kalka - ShimlaOn reaching the Kalka station (in case you prefer to travel by train), our representative of Travel Your Dreams would warmly receive and escorted you to our waiting vehicle. Soon, we move out and skirt our way up-hill. We would soon pass by Solan and thereafter reach Shimla - the Queen of the Hills. En-route we feel the fresh mountain air brushing across our faces as we contemplate our journey to the mesmerizing Kinnaur Valley. Reaching Shimla we check into the resort and relax in the cool environment of Shimla. Late afternoon we take explore the Mall Road returning back to our resort for dinner.
Shimla - SarahanAfter an early sumptuous breakfast we check out of the resort. Soon, we pass by Kufri as we drive through some lush pine forest till we reach Narkanda, as we can see lines of snow-clad mountains. The gargling waters of the Beas river catches our eyes as we meander through the serpentine Himalayan road. Continuing ahead we stop by Rampur for lunch. We keep following the NH 22 till we reach Jeori where we could see Sarahan high up the mountains as if in a suspended state. Soon the snow-clad Shrikhand Peak comes to our view as we gaze it in awe. In less than an hour we reach Sarahan and after checking ourselves we pay a visit to the revered Bhimakali Temple, one of the 51 shaktipeeth as per Hindu mythology. Late afternoon we explore the cute Sarahan village and visit the all-wooden Bhushar Palace of the erstwhile Bhushar Kings.
Sarahan - KalpaWe start off early and move ahead towards Recong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur district. Reaching Jeori we move up ahead in the NH 22, the old Hindustan-Tibet highway. Soon the snow-clad mountains appear all in a line as we make our way ahead through this scenic landscape. We pass by Bhavanagar and thereafter at Tapri we stop by for a quick tasty lunch by a roadside dhaba. Continuing ahead we soon get the first grand view of the Kinnaur Kailash peak, the abode of Lord Shiva (there are 3 Kailash, the main Kailash in Tibet, Chotta Kailash in Uttarakhand and this one in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh). We are thoroughly amazed at its sheer size, which, seem to be within hand reach. Stopping by at Peo for a while we soon follow the road going up-hill for the next 14 km to enter Kalpa. The drive through Pine and Deodar forested road is a sheer delight. The view of Kinnaur Kailash from Kalpa is sheer ecstasy. We are simply unable move our eyes anywhere, as if getting totally glued. We check into the resort and late afternoon take a hike exploring Kalpa. We can feel the icy wind blowing across our face till we return to the comfort of the resort indoors.
Kalpa – NakoWe reluctantly wake up early to watch the first rays of the sun kissing the Kinnaur Kailash peak and it is a dazzling sight as the peak turns golden. We gaze and capture its moments in our inner minds. After breakfast we move out and en-route discover the high altitude alpine Nako Lake situated in the Nako village. Time as if shop still at this Himalayan laid back village as we explore its surrounding and is totally mesmerized to witness the view of this tranquil lake with its azure waters. Soaking ourselves thoroughly we spend a quiet evening gazing a star-studded sky in the awesome settings of our eco camp.
Nako – Gui Village – TaboLeaving the cute Nako village we gradually enter the delightful Spiti Valley. Our first destination is the Gui Village famous for it over 600 year old Mummy Lama – a well preserved mummified remains of a holy Buddhist monk. Gue, is one of the most isolated village of Spiti, lying very close to the border of Tibet. After that amazing discovery we make our way towards Tabo. The various rock formations and the barren mountains with various hues keep us thoroughly mesmerized till we reach Tabo late afternoon. After some rest we soon go exploring the Tabo Monastery. Situated at a height of 3280 meters, Tabo monastery, set amidst the village itself is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries and is regarded as only next in importance to the Tholing Gompa of Tibet. Tabo is credited as the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in Indian Himalayas. According to an inscription on one of the walls, the monastery was founded in AD 996. Tabo Gompa is the the largest monastic complex in Spiti. Late evening we return back to our hotel/guest house and relax and unwind.
Tabo - Dhankar Monastery - Khungri Monastery - KazaToday we take a detour and go exploring the scenic Pin valley. But before we do that we first drive to the awesome Dhankar Monastery of Spiti Valley. Dhankar Gompa (also Drangkhar or Dhangkar Gompa; Brang-mkhar or Grang-mkhar) is a Buddhist temple situated approximately at an elevation of 3,894 metres (12,774 feet) in the Spiti Valley, The complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers. After a thorough exploration we make our way ahead to the Pin Valley of Spiti which is considered the most beautiful in the region and undoubtedly its beauty would keep us thoroughly spellbound. Moving ahead we reach the Khungri Monastery. Khungri is of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact Kungri is Spiti's second oldest monastery, built around 1330. After a thorough rendezvous of the Pin Valley we make our way to Kaza. After that amazing discovery we make our way towards Kaza. Situated at a height of 3800 meters, Kaza is the sub-divisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley of the Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal.
Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber Village - KazaSet amidst a cold desert landscape Kaza has very close semblance to the neighbouring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture. Kaza, situated along the Spiti River is the largest township and commercial center of the Spiti Valley. After breakfast we move out of Kaza and make our way towards Ki Monastery. This monastery can be seen from quite a distance as if suspended high on a cliff. Ki Gompa is also spelled as Ki, Kye or Kee is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft). Thereafter, we move ahead and make our way to the Kibber village. Situated at a height of 4205 meters Kibber is one of the highest villages of the world. A walk within this high-altitude village with its colourful mud-plastered houses surely is an experience on its own. Thereafter we return back to Kaza and late afternoon visit many a curio shops to pick up souvenirs and other handicraft items to our loved one back home.
Kaza – Losar - Kunzum Pass – KazaPost breakfast we move out of Kaza and make our way towards Losar. Depending on the snow conditions, we move ahead of Losar for a half day visit to the 4451 meters high Kunzum Pass. All around would be a snow-land as we move through some awesome settings. To make things more exciting we are dropped a couple of kilometers before Kunzum Pass as we make the last patch on foot. Each step is an effort in itself as we gasp for our breadth walking though knee deep snow. It is surely an experience you would treasure forever. Finally we reach the Kunzum La shrine and after bowing our heads and taking Kunzum Mata's blessings we drive back to Kaza for the night.
Kaza - TaboWe have a long day ahead as we start back early from Losar and passing by Kaza we drive though the same scenic out-of-the-world landscape make our way back towards Tabo which we reach by afternoon and simply laze around the sleepy Tabo village.
Tabo - NakoWe start off from Tabo after breakfast and passing by the cold desert landscape of Spiti valley make our way to Nako which we reach late afternoon and simply laze around the sleepy Nako village.
Nako – Rampur - ShimlaWe start off early as it a long drive back to Shimla It is the last day of our mesmerizing Remote Spiti & Pin Valley trip as we move out of Nako and make our way return drive towards Shimla. We stop by at Rampur for lunch and late afternoon we reach back Shimla. Those interested we would be happy to arrange a half day Shimla sightseeing trip the next day covering prominent historical landmarks of the bye-gone colonial era, when Shimla served as the summer capital of British India.
## Drive till Kunzum La Pass depends on the snow conditions, in case roads are blocked by snow, this trip will be curtailed by a day.