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TOUR TO MAGNIFICENT SANGLA & SPITI VALLEY

You arrive into Shimla - beautiful hill town of Himachal Pradesh (former capital city during summertime for British) for an overnight stay mainly for climate customization and go on to the amazing valley in Sangla where we get some of the most beautiful apples in the country and probably the world. Sangla at a height of 2700m is a place, which only opens for 6 months before going into hibernation for the winter beneath layers of snow. The place boasts some of the most beautiful flora and fauna and a simply breathtaking setting beside the Baspa River and with views of towering snow capped mountains.

Revel in the lush green beauty of the valley before moving onto the barren landscape of Spiti known as a forbidden country a few years back. Visit the 1008 years old monastery in Tabo or drive to the highest village Gete near Kaza. Experience the feeling of being on top of the world, literally, before descending to the Orchard town of Thanedar, home to the first apple in the country, which was brought down by a Mr. Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia. His orchard can be viewed from your hotel/resort/camp where you can unwind in the luxurious comforts and hospitality before getting ready to face the world back home.


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Itinerary for Sangla & Spiti: Ready when You Are

 
Day 01 Arrive in Shimla. Overnight in Shimla.
Day 02 Sangla 225km/9hr approximately. Drive to your hotel/resort/camp.
Day 03 Sangla Rock climb, rappell, river cross or angle for trout. Bonfire in the evening.
Day 04 Sangla Visit Chitkul (3,450M) - 20kms from the camp.
This is the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. Excellent for trekking. Lunch along the glacier fed mountain stream.
Day 05 Sangla – Kaza - 229 km / 9 hr.
After an early breakfast we start the fascinating drive to Kaza. We leave behind verdant, forest clad mountains as we go over the tree line towards the Spiti region. After driving for about 5 hrs on national highway, just short of Yangthang, we take a detour, to visit the picturesque Nako Lake and have a picnic lunch by the lakeside. Post –lunch we drive on through breath taking, mountain desert terrain to reach the hotel/resort/camp in Kaza.
Day 06 Ki Gompa – Kibber – Gete – Kaza.
After breakfast, visit Ki monastery and Kibber village. Ki gompa 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 the head Lama’s quarters, on 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. The pastures are spread over hundreds 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. Drive back to the resort/camp for a late lunch and spend rest of the day at leisure.
Day 07 Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo - Kalpa - 210 km / 7 hrs.
After breakfast drive down to Dhankar Monastery. Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti, sits pretty on a hilltop. The fort here overlooks the Spiti valley and it was used as a jail in olden days. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. A statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than seven-century old monastery. Move on to visit the glorious Tabo Gompa; reputed to be the oldest (an inscription on a wall here indicates, it was founded in AD 996) continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas, with its original decoration and iconographic program intact. Finish off with your packed lunch and drive on to reach Kalpa late in the evening. Famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations, this place also offers the best panoramic view of the 6,000m high Kinner-Kailash range. Night stay in Kalpa.
Day 08 Kalpa – Thanedar - 155 kms / 6 hrs.
Drive to hotel/resort/camp in Thanedar for overnight stay.
Day 09 Thanedar Visit Paramjyotir temple, Hatu Peak and Tani Jubbar Lake.
Day 10 Thanedar – Chandigarh 190km/6hr or Thandear – Shimla 80km/2.5 hr or Thanedar - Delhi 440km/10hr.
Leave your destination after early breakfast.