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Wonders of Lahaul | Spiti

Tripoto
25th Jul 2015

Day 1

Chandigarh to Manali

The journey starts from Chandigarh airport at 12pm. We make our way to Manali enroute stopping at a typical Punjabi Dhaba for lunch. We reach Manali latest by 9pm and settle into our hotel for the night. 

Travel distance: 291kms

Travel time: 9 hours

Stay: Inn at Old Manali

Day 2

Manali

This day is kept to explore and enjoy old Manali. Small walks to beautiful view points where you are the only one staring at the gushing Beas, great cafes and eateries and getting a feel of this vibrant town-a favorite of backpackers. Go ziplining over the Beas, or walk around the old town.

Experiences: Local café, Old Manali Market, Manu Temple, Solace Chai with the best view 

Stay: Inn

Inclusions: Breakfast: a set menu

Day 3

Manali to Jispa

An early morning start takes us to Jispa, a 6 hour ride away. We are camping in Jispa in beautiful Swiss tents surrounded by mountains on all sides. The Bhaga River flowing by calls for a small picnic in the late afternoon.

Experiences: Swiss Tent stay, River side Picnic

Travel distance: 138

Travel time: 6 hours

Stay: Camps site. Swiss Tents with attached toilets

Inclusions: Breakfast | Dinner | Picnic

Day 4

Jispa to Chandertal

We start early to go to Chandertal. We are staying in camps here and the lake is a good 45 mins hike from the camps. No thoroughfare is allowed beyond this point. So we set off to spend a day on the banks of the beautiful lake which is the source of the river Chandra.

Experiences: Camp next to the moon shaped lake, Bonfire

Travel distance: 150kms

Travel time: 7 hours 

Stay: Camps w/o attached toilets

Inclusions: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 

Chandertal to Kaza via Tabo and Dhankar

This day we head out into the heart of the Spiti Valley to Kaza and go further to visit Tabo, the oldest Buddhist monastery. We also go to the dizzying Dhankar Monastery perched on top of a hill and return to our guesthouse in Kaza. Tabo is a 2 hour drive beyond Kaza.

Experiences: Monasteries, Smaller Nuances of the Hamlets around Tabo, bicycling up the mountain

Travel distance: 116kms

Travel time: 5+2 hours

Stay: Guesthouse at Kaza

Inclusions: Breakfast

Day 6

Village walks in Ke, Kibber and Komic

We are staying in Kaza for another day, but drive up to Kibber, Ke and Komic, the latter being the highest village in Asia. Spend the day soaking in the culture, the daily lives of the people who inhabit these high altitude settlements. Come back to Kaza for the night.

Experiences: Photo village walk, eat and stay with a local 

Travel distance: 40kms

Travel time: 4 hours

Stay: Guesthouse/ Homestay at Komic

Inclusions: Breakfast

Day 7

Kaza-Manali

This day after a cycling exploration of the town Kaza/explorations on foot, we head back to Manali by 12pm. We cross Kunzum La and Rohtang La to go back to Old Manali

Travel distance: 209km

Travel time: 8 hours

Stay: Inn

Inclusions: Breakfast

Day 8

Manali-Chandigarh

We start early to leave for Chandigarh, from where we go back home after 8 days of being in the mountains.

Travel distance: 291kms

Travel time: 9 hours

Inclusions: Breakfast |on the road

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