Pin Valley National Park
This is a national park and that too the only one of Himachal Pradesh situated in the cold desert area. This whole region has the effect of Buddhism and thus there are built the gompas or monasteries here. The main animals found here are snow leopard, ibex, bharal, red fox, marten, weasel, pika, vulture, chukor, golden eagle and others. The main specirs of flora found here are shrubs, herbs, scrubs, juniper and birch in the form of forests.
After a day of tremulous bumpy ride we reached the base camp Dhaula. It’s a eye pleasing camp-site beside Rupin river amidst dense forest. All the weariness was forgotten and the only thing predominated was a sense of tranquillity which one always feels when in Himalayas.By now my subconscious had already kicked in drawing a comparison between KGL and Rupin pass. This part of Himalayas was so different yet alluring. Once the greetings were exchanged with the fellow trekkers, we slipped into our sleeping bags all gearing up for the next day.
03/06/2016 06:30 - The bus stops at Reckong Peo for couple of hours to freshen up from 04:30 to 06:30 next morning after overnight journey and continues journey to Kaza and this is the only bus in the day from Peo to Kaza. Most of the seats are booked by people coming from Shimla and I was given seat only till Kaza as special bus stops here and will not go to Kaza.I managed to stand in bus as many others did. I had no proper sleep yesterday night and was travelling non-stop for more than 24 hours from Bangalore till Peo and continuing till Tabo which will take 8 more hours from Peo.My physical and mental stress are relieved from the time I met an Israeli girl at Peo bus-stand. I helped her get seat in bus. After some time in bus journey , we became temporary friends.I got an idea to travel with her for couple of days and so got down at Nako where she got down though I planned to go till Tabo skipping Nako. I told her that I was very tired and I cannot travel any further when she asked why I got down(She might have understood why I actually got down).We walked into Nako village from the outskirts where we got down. We checked a budget room in local home stay , I asked her if both of us can share a room or she needs a separate room. She was okay to share and my wish came true finally(I had a wish to experience travel with a female partner).Though it was new and surprising to me , it was common for her.After little rest and freshing up , we went out for lunch. We had discussed a lot on our personal and culture issues of both India and Israel having Israeli special food at a famous local hotel.I was lucky to stop at Nako as it turned out to be memorable day as Nako is the type of village I wanted to visit in this trip. Friendly local people in small numbers , farmers and cattle , their small old brick houses. Also the small lake for a leisure and peaceful walk.She met many of Israelites in the evening at Tea time , many of them she had already met earlier in Kinnaur Valley. One thing I understood is that more than 50% of Spiti tourists are foreigners and 90% of them are Israelites. I see very few South Indians are travelling here.Most of the Israelites are either travelling alone or as a group of 2-4 most of India for few months. Few of them are drug addicted and are travelling just for complete fun and entertainment as they had finished serving in Army there. These people are actually corrupting the local youth.
Ashique Park to Kinnaur Kailash Shivling to Ashique Park (19-20 km)Again, there are two points on the way to Kinnaur Kailash peak from Ashiqui Park: Bheem Dwar and Parvati Kund. The distance between Ashiqui Park and Kinnaur Kailash is about 8-10 km which should take about 7-9 hrs.Bheem Dwar is about 4 km from Ashique Park at an altitude of 12400 ft. The first part of the this trail is a steep climb of about 2 km. This should take about 1.5 hrs. However, the next part is downhill. Bheem Dwar is a small cave under big stones. It is an ideal place for camping because, one: plenty of available water, and two: it can accommodate about 10-12 people at a time.The next point on the way to Kinnaur Kailash is Parvati Kund. There is no source of water in between Bheem Dwar and Parvati Kund. The trail from Bheem Dwar to Parvati Kund is about 3 km and should take about 3 hrs. The first half is a vertical cliff of about 1.5 km and the last half up to Parvati Kund is covered with rocks, boulders, and snow. Parvati Kund is a small glacial lake at around 9843 ft.Parvati Kund to Kinnaur Kailash peak is the last part of the trek. It is a vertical climb of around 2.5 km which should take about 3-4 hrs.The way to Kinnaur Kailash from Parvati Kund is full of moraines. There would also be some small stone tunnels and caves on the way. There is only one route from Parvati Kund to Kinnaur Kailash marked by stone pillars.
Situated in the sangla Valley, this place is famous for the ancient fort built here in pagoda style. The fort houses beautiful idols of Lord Buddha and Kamakshi Devi, a form of Goddess Sati or Dhakti. The idols are placed in the thrid floor of the fort and this has made the place a famous pilgrimage spot too. The idol of Kamakshi Devi is said to have been brought down from Gwahati. There is also a temple of Badrinath here which dates back to the 15th century. A fair is held every three years in honor of the goddess who is taken to the gangotri to get washed.
Karcham Wangtoo Dam
Karcham is an important place in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.It is a 1000 MW Hydro-electric plant on the Sutlej river where the power station is located in Wangtoo.The dam is a delight to watch as there are mountains surrounding this dam and the entire landscape is mesmerizing..One will get hypnotised by the natural view there.
Swargarohini comprises of 4 mountain peaks in the Bandarpunch Range of the Garhwal Himalayas. It derives its name from the legend that this is forms the path to heavens, which was taken up by the Pandavas, Draupadi and their dog, itis also said ti be the only place that can take the human body and the soul to the heavens.
Waking up on time is really easy when you are parked on a national highway.With trucks serving as our alarm’s we were up by 6.Waking up to clean and crisp mountain air was a worthy treat.We had parked in front of a tea stall the previous night and the guy was eager for us to move and vacate his spot.Our tea was ready even before we got off the car. With a warm cuppa in our tummy’s we were ready to leave much to the chaiwallah’s delight. Next stop was Shimla for some breakfast and clean toilets. We were in Shimla in no time, and stopped at the Holiday Home hotel which is a flagship hotel of Himachal tourism. The food was really good and the toilets were clean. With our tummies tight and eyes bright we started towards Narkanda. The drive to Narkanda from Shimla was splendid, the roads were smooth and the view was remarkable. The route took us through the blissful towns of Kufri and Fagu. With the clouds hanging low over the cliffs, the temperature was dropping. Lush green mountains and the clean grey roads added to the magnificence, thanks to the much anticipated drizzle. Narkanda is a small town and serves as base for a lot of people traveling to Kinnaur and Spiti. The town was bustling and people were tanking up and gathering supplies. We met a group of people from Denmark who were doing the same circuit as us on Enfields. After discussing the route and munching on some snacks we were off again. The road towards Sangla was less road and more stones, with tunnelling work in progress we were soon back on the Indian roads we are so used to. We managed to reach Wangdu dam by 9.30pm and made our way through complete darkness and muddy roads to a small town by the Sutlej called Tapri (2100m). Tapri has a few hotels and one big forest guest house. The guest house was booked and we settled for small place by the name of hotel pagmarang bar. The ‘BAR’ part played a vital role in the selection process. Rooms were basic and clean and the management was friendly. We headed to the bar and got down to business. The food was good specially the Chinese and the helpings plentiful. Snug, tipsy and well fed we finally called it a night. Accommodation for the night: Hotel Pagramang Bar. Room rent per night ~700 INR Distance covered: 200km Tip of the day: Try not to drive after sundown unless you are Batman
There was no road to Chanshal or Larot until a few years ago. Trekking was the only possibility. Now there is a rest house at Larot and a road that goes past the Chanshal Pass 4600mts into the tribal regions of Dodra and Kwar, twin villages which live and breathe in a time of their own. The only option is to camp out or stay in the few home stays that come up in the recent years. The grand vistas are breathtaking (thats an understatement) and the meadows and slopes of the Chanshal valley are great for skiing, through when does that happen here, we cant say. Trails lead up to Sangla valley and Netwar in the Jaunsar Bawa region of Uttarakhand. I would recommend biking it up, though no matter how you reach, this would remain your into the wild trip for times to come. Larot is 48 kms from Rohru and further up is Chanshal pass.
How to reach: Go from Mussoorie to Sankri, then trek or taxi to the templeMythology: One of the most famous temples in India, this is built in the same place that Duryodhana tried to burn down Pandava's home in exile, Lakshagriha. But the valley continues to worship Duryodhana as their king and follow age old polyandrous culture. The women here enjoy liberation unknown to us in metropolitan cities and can divorce/choose their partners without societal pressure. The people are in fact some of the nicest you will meet in the country.
Camping at Odi Thach 07 july 2016 The Black Clouds Were Very Scary which stopped Us Moving Forward To Mantalai Lake. The Target Was To Reach Mantalai But Weather Conditions Were Not In Our Favour and Made Us To Rest In this beautiful Flower Valley . The Clouds Were Playing and after some times it covered us completly . Camping with The Wild Freezing wind. The parvati valley shows the Completely DIfferent Side than Seen in kasol and Kheerganga.
Pin Bhaba Pass is classified as a moderate-difficult trek. Day 5 is a gruelling experience because of the challenges posed during the pass-crossing. It is a strenuous hike up and down two starkly different mountain valleys. It requires high-levels of fitness, endurance and skill to accomplish this task.
Day 2: Leh to Tilat Sumdo(Private jeeps) Depart from Leh early in the morning & arrive at Tilat Sumdo. From here the temperatures start dropping further in the night. Here we start our first walk on the Chadar. There will be a briefing session on how to walk on the chadar along with how to identify the right surface to walk. There are various risk factors associated with the way you walk on the chadar, hence it is important to take things slowely. Here we will setup our campsites & stay for the night. Camp at Tilat Sumdo
Rakcham Bus Stop
Before entering the Sangla valley one passes the village of Rakcham . Situated on the confluence of Baspa river and the Mighty Sutlej , this place is relatively unknown to many and is covered with mesmerising landscapes . After a short tea break here , We were good to go for the final 2 hours of our journey.
We Trek at Day3 in the morning 4:30am. Now the plan has changed to directly go to Chandernahan lake and not taking halt at Lithum thach. Ideally people take 2nd halt at Lithum thach and on 3rd day move to the lake. We reached litham thach at 7am and went to the Gallari lake. It was straight up and not many people visits this lake. chandenahan lake was 90 degree left. Trek to the Final was the most difficult as we felt acclimatization and it was straight uphill which took almost 2 hrs. But when we reached it was worth it. Lake was little dried up but did climb up 2nd Pond and it was sky blue. Our journey has come to an end now the mission was to reach at home in sandasu by the evening. We reached till 4 pm back to the Janglik pul and Sandasu around 7Pm.