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  • Astounding Himalayas In ‘Sikand Purana’ it is recorded, in a hundred ages of God, I Village tourism Promoters could not tell thee of the glories of Himalayas’ Kishori Niwas, Longwood, Shimla – 171001, Himachal Pradesh (India) Contact : Shimla (0091- 9816149102, 91 – 9218797990), Delhi (0091 - 9313348742), E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas@synthasite.com Even if you are not traveling with us you are welcome to contact us for any kind of information regarding your visit to The Himalayas. When I touch the water of a mountain stream it flows with a melodious sound. Air waves my hair and clouds envelope me in their lap and I do not see around me. All of sudden they disappear and trees bend down to give me their lovely touch. When I walk through them they protect me with their palm shaped branches and I become a part of them. Oaks and Rhododendrons take me in their arms and lift me up through me up and make me touch the tops of pines. Come with me. I promise to take you to some of the most breathtaking scenery crossing uninhabited Plains, Gorges, Valleys and Mountain Passes. You shall also be exploring isolated Monasteries, Trekking in the remote areas, walk or drive through the stunning Landscapes and be staying in Village Houses at some places. Here at Astounding Himalayas We Promise to Take you to The Lap of Nature Welcome to Astounding Himalayas – Village Tourism Promoters. We are sure that you enjoy traveling in Himalayas ……Yes??? Well, no one can say No…… We start from Shimla – The Former Summer Capital of British Empire in India before 1947, and before returning to Manali, we cross the highest passes on the way Kunzum Pass (4551mt) & Rohtang Pass (3978 mt) OR Head towards Leh crossing world’s second motorable highest pass Tanglang La (5350 mt).
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Kindly Read the Following Carefully Before you Take These Trips Travel Research These treks are for those who enjoy walking & traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner. Although we run these trekking programs on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for your convenience and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to trek to some remote areas where every one wishes to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons, such as health, or time sometimes can’t go there. The following is to inform you that these trips require a very Special Type of Traveler; • One who enjoys in the unknown. • One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel. • One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips. • One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required. • One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve. Physical Rating The participant to these treks should have a good level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. On the treks we have porters or mules to carry all the material such as Tents, Your Luggage, Kitchen Equipment, Kitchen staff and injured. The terrain of the region is Mountainous and Challenging. The trails at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to walk slow and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy these treks who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on these treks is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera. The effects of altitude can be a problem, so the itineraries have been designed in such a way that we gain height gradually. Group Size Looking at the comforts of the Travelers and the Staff our group size remains as follows : • Maximum – 18 pax • Minimum - 2 pax Accommodation Guest Houses, Tents. During these treks we shall be traveling away from the usual and crowded tourist places. Somost of the time we shall be staying in tents pitched by us where as at some, a very few places are there where we have PWD Guest Houses and Forest Rest Houses. Although all the guest houses used are decided after a personal visit and have attached toilets and bathrooms but may not be able to provide hot water showers. During the treks we are bound to use pit tented toilets. Body sponging is possible at the places where showers are not available. Like European and American countries there are not any designated places to pitch tents during the treks and we are allowed to pitch tent where ever it is feasible. The only thing that we have to see is the water source. Transport Train, Jeeps, Bus, Walking. There are some very long travel days, often on rough dirt roads. Landslides, Road blockage or Vehicle Malfunction may cause disruption to the trip. So be ready for a sudden change in the itinerary that might extend your stay in India by two to five days. Meals All the treks are accompanied by a Professional Cook, Helpers and an Escort cum Guide who take care for comforts of the groups. All possible kitchen equipment and ration is carried along and Chinese, Continental & Indian items are the parts of the meals. Every time we try our best to provide the best possible food that includes, Fruits, Salads, Drinks, Juices, Mineral Water, Soup, Sweet Dish and the Main Course, but at some places may be we are unable to provide some particular item due to the shortage or unavailability of the material. Travel Insurance It is compulsory to get your Travel Insurance certificate to participate on any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been checked by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. Health Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit along with the Oxygen Cylinder and Mask (One for each vehicle), still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com You might experience Acute Mountain Sickness and Oxygen deprivation. A first aid box is always carried along with the trip that contains all the required medicines. Season for Trekking In spring you might find snowy conditions anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place. By the October any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold. July to September are the rainy months in India so if you are trekking in Green areas, below 12000 ft, you might have long rainy days. Remmeber that himlayan climate is particularly dependant on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 3.5 degree Fahrenheit for every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common. Cultural Shock India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. In most of the small of big towns here pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge. Weather Conditions July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. Although the Boarder Road Organization people are very well equipped and work very fast in these conditions but still then a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely. In these conditions Government of India and the State tourism Department also become very active and extends the best possible help but we always seek your cooperation. Check out the India Meteorological web site http://www.imd.ernet.in/main_new.htm for the latest news on the weather forecast in India. Inner line Permit Spiti falls in the inner line area as it shares it boarders with Tibet & China. So you need to have inner line permit to visit these places which is an easy process. We attach herewith a form for the same that is to be filled and send along with the documents required. • A copy of Passport, A copy of Visa and 4 copies of your Photograph. Safety and Security Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home as you won't need it while travelling. Keep your baggage under lock and key. Check List • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets. • Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travelers cheques, Money pouch. • First aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes. • Wide brim hat or umbrella • Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce. • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day. • Trekking boots – light weighted. • Boot Protector. • Floaters – as a backup footgear. • Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs • Heavier outer socks. • Tights, for Women. At least one pair. • T – Shirts. Take several. • Light weighted. • Walking pants. • Rain Pants. • Warm socks. (Just incase if you have to walk). • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight. • Lightweight travel towel. • Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos. • Iodine based water purification tablets. • Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper. • Inner sheet/sleeping sheet are recommended due to the basic nature of some of our accommodation. • Please bring your own sleeping bag. • Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket. • A wind proof jacket.
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com • A pair of gloves. • A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering. • Food- although you can buy quite a variety of food (trek mix, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate) for the trek in Delhi, there may be specific brand items you should consider bringing from your home country if it is important to you. • Underwear. Three pairs are enough. • Bras. For Women, a couple. • Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market. • Sleeping Bag • Toilet Paper. • Toilet Kit. • Insect Repellent. • Bug Powder. • A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc. Optional Accessories • A good book. • A digital Camera with a good quality lens. • Binoculars. • GPS. (If possible). Travel Light During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage, though distances are never great. Most travelers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases. Keep your bags locked. The smaller your bag is the better, for when it comes to traveling on trains or buses usually only smaller bags will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas, often the only place to put it is on your seat or on the roof. So to get maximum comfort, pack small and light! The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m. Dressing It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended at all times. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings. At religious places such as Bhima kali Temple at Sarahan or Kamru Fort in Sangla or some Monasteries you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition other wise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises. You are required to cover your head before entering every Sikh Temple. You may cover it with a handkerchief or a piece of cloth provided by the temple. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear. Photography and Interaction with Local During our treks there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them. People in Indian villages are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation. Single Travelers Single travelers are welcome too. Although they have to pay more than the group members as they shall require a separate room and in case they require a separate vehicle too they have to pay extra amount for the full vehicle. Your Escort cum Guide Our all groups are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to help you through out the trip and let you have a hassle free tour. He provides information about the places you are travelling through, offers suggestion for things to do and see, recommends local eating venues and introduces you to the local friends. He is your guide too as well and keeps a vast knowledge about the country, its traditions, culture, lifestyle, religion, and society. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting. Your leader is available with you from on arrival day until your departure day. Your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety and security reasons.
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.icom Kinner Kailash Parikrama (High Altitude Trek) Delhi / Shimla / Klkpa / Thangi / Charag Pass / Chitkul / Sangla / Shimla / Delhi Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from You Shall be trekking for : 6 days Trekking Period Green to Brown, gradually and cross some of the The Highest Point you cross : 4800 mts very high passes such as Kunzum Pass 4551 meters and Tanglang La Pass – 5328 meter. Drink lots of water and use asprin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September end Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so). Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02:Train to Kalka : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi. (dep : 0630. Arr kalka : 1200). Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 Shimla : Halfday Heritage walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the after noon we shall meet and discuss anything you have in your mind regarding the trip. Day 04: Shimla to Kalpa : 2759m (55 KM – 2 hrs. drive) : Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 05: Kalpa to Thangi – 60km (2800 meters): Drive to Thangi. Thangi is our basecamp from wher we have to start trekking. Overnight in the camp. Day 06: Thangi to Lambar : Walk for 10 km – 5 to 6 hrs. A gradual climb takes you to the camp at the height of 3000 meters. Day 07: Lambar to Kunnu : 15 km walk for 5 to 6 hrs. Camp at the height of 3500 meters. Day 08: Kunnu to Charang : 15 km walk for 5 to 6 hrs. Camp at the height of 3500 meters. Day 09: Charang to Lalanti : 15 km walk for 6 to 8 hrs. Overnight at the camp at the height of 4400 meter. Day 10: Lalanti to Base camp of Charang Pass : 10 km walk for 6 hrs. Camp at the height of 4800 meters. Day 11: Charang Pass to Chitkul : 10 km walk descend to Chitkul. The most beautiful village in Kinnaur (Sangla Valley). Chitkul is connected by road and is 26 kilometer from Sangla. Day 12 : Sangla to Shimla : 8 hrs drive to Shimla. Overnight in a hotel. Day 13 : Shimlato Delhi : 8 hrs drive to Shimla. Overnight in a hotel. Day 14 :Shimla Delhi : Morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to board Toy Train to Kalka. (Dep : 1030 – Arr. Kalka : 1530). From Kalka board Shatabadi express to Delhi. (Dep. 1730 – Arr Delhi : 2130). Met on arrival at New Delhi Railway Station and transfer to Hotel / International airport. *******
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Pin Valley Trek. Delhi / Kullu / Manikaran / Pin Parbati Pass / Pin Valley Duration : See the extensions. Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from You Shall be trekking for : 6 days Green to Brown, gradually and cross some of the The Highest Point you cross : 4800 mts very high passes such as Kunzum Pass 4551 meters and Tanglang La Pass – 5328 meter. Drink lots of water and use asprin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Level : High Altitude. You start from Green and enter brown area. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September end Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so). Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02 : Delhi – Kullu - Manikaran : Early morning transfer to domestic airport to board flight to Kullu. On arrival transfer to hotel in Kullu. Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 :Manikaran – Pulga (17 km by jeep) - Khirganga - 11km. – famous for its hot springs & lovely camping sight at height of 2920 m. Day 04 : Khirganga - Tundabhuj - 18 km - Crossing grazing grounds, camp at height of 3400 m. Day 05 : Tundabhuj - Pando Seo Thatch - 12 km - Crossing rocky patches & crossing two natural rock bridges, camping at height of 3780 mtrs. Day 06 : Pando Seo Thatch - Barndwari Thatch - 10 km - Gentle walk through grass lands - height 3920 m. Day 07 : Baradwari Thatch - Mantalai – 10 km – Reach the source of the river Parbati at a height of 4150 m. Day 08 : Mantalai - Pin Parbati Pass (5319 m) - 17 km - Camping on the other side of the pass. Day 09 : Camp - Chhochoden - 20 km. - Walk along the Pin river camp at a height of 4000 m. Day 10: Chhochoden - Mud - 10 km - crossing the bifurcation to the Bhaba Pass, camping at the first village in Spiti on this route at height of 4000 m. Day 11:Mud - Mikkim - 13 km – Camping at Mikkim or by road one can reach either Attargo (22 krns.) or Kaza (22 km) or Tabo (30km). Option 01 Day 12: Tabo - Shimla : Drive to Nako : 2950 M (65 KM – 4hrs drive) : A pleasant day drive to the small village of Nako. On this drive you enter from brown to green area gradually. Day 13 : Nako – Sangla : 2680 m (150 km – 7 to 8 hrs drive) You now enter the Kinnaur district and the beautiful valley of Sangla. It is also known as Baspa valley as Baspa river flows through the valley. The valley offers enchanting view of snow clad peaks in the surroundings. On arrival check into a guest house or the pitch your tents. Day 14: Sangla : Visit to the ancient Kamru fort & temple dedicated to Nag Devta – The Snake God. Afternoon visit to Chitkul, the highest and the last village in this valley. Day 15: Sangla to Shimla : 2195 m (250 km – 8 hrs drive) : Drive through the Satluj valley and reach Shimla by the evening. Day 16: Shimla : Halfday Heritage Walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. Day 17 : Shimla Delhi : Morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to board Toy Train to Kalka. (Dep : 1030 – Arr. Kalka : 1530). From Kalka board Shatabadi express to Delhi. (Dep. 1730 – Arr Delhi : 2130). Met on arrival at New Delhi Railway Station and transfer to Hotel / International airport. Option 02 Day 12 : Tabo/Attargo to Kibber : 4205 M. (85 KM – 4 to 5 hours drive) : This is a long day drive along side the Spiti river. We cross the Head Quarters of the Spiff District-Kaza. En route visit Dankar Gompa and its Museum that depicts Budhism of the area. Kibber is the highest village of the world that is connected with electricity, water, road and telephone. Day 13 : Kibber to Ki Monastery : (18 KM). Today after a hot breakfast, drive to Ki Monastery located at the height of 3969 Meter. Visit the ancient monastery built on what is believed to be have been a crater of an extinct Volcano. The Monastery boasts of ancient brass instruments consisting of Trumpets, Cymbals & Drums. Later visit village of Kibber, one of the highest villages in the world. The Gompa situated above the village is one of the best preserved in the region. Overnight at Kibber guest house or tents. Day 14: Kibber to Kaylong : 3350 Meter (10 to 12 hrs drive) : After crossing the Kunzum pass (4551 Meter) you enter Lahaul Valley. Now drive along the Chandra River, which later becomes the Chandra Bhaga at the confluence in Tandi Bridge. The landscape is barren all around while the valley floor is lush green with fields of Barley, Potato, and Hops springd with trees of Willow & Poplar. En-route we stop at tiny hamlet of Chatru for refreshment. Day 15 : Kaylong to Udaipur (2650 Meter) and Trilokinath (2760 Meter) : Today drive along the Chandra Bhaga to sacred sites of Trilokinath & Udaipur. Trilokinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perhaps the only place in the
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com world that is revered by both Hindus & Buddhist. Udaipur is famous for the temple of Mrikula Devi, that was built by Pandas during their exile. After visiting these exquisite temples return to Kaylong after a full days 100 KM drive. Day 16 : Kaylong to Khardong Monastery : A pleasant hike of five kilometers take you to Khardong Monastery. It has beautiful collections of murals and wall paintings. Return to Kaylong. Day 17 : Keylong to Sarchu (4253 Meter) : 115 KM : 6 to 7 hrs drive : Morning after breakfast drive over the Baralacha Pass (4883 meters) and the picturesque Suraj Tal Lake (4800 Meters) slowly entering another cold desert in Himalayas. Overnight at camp Sarchu. Sarchu is the place where we leave Himachal Pradesh Behind and enter Jammu & Kashmir State. Day 18: Sarchu – Leh : (3450 Meter) : 246 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : On this route we also cross the plateau of ‘More Plans’ for 45 kilometers. The beauty here is unexplainable. Then over the Tanglang La Pass (5328 meter) the highest point of the tour where you stand on the world’s second highest motor able pass. Day 19: Leh : Visit Shey Gompa, Hemis Gompa and Thiksey Gompa. Day 20: Leh : Visit Alchi, Likir and Spituk Monasteries. Day 21 : Leh : Day of excursion in Leh. Optional tour to a few other monasteries. Day 22 : Flight to Delhi. Dep. 0530 – Arr Delhi : 0730). Met on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to Hotel / International airport. *****
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Kibber – Tsomoriri – Parang Pass Trek High Altitude Trek Delhi - Shimla Klalpa - Tabo - Kibber - Thaltak - Jugthang - Gongma - Dokpo - Lukung - Norbu - Kingdom - Tsomoriri - Kingdom - Leh You Shall be Trekking for : 08 days The Highest Point you cross : 5450 meters. Best Time : May to September Tso-Moriri is a huge mountain lake in the South East Ladakh, in the Rupshu (Chang-Thang Plateau, geographically- a part of Tibetan plateau) region. This lake is situated at an altitude of 4,600m above sea level, at a distance of 240 km from Leh city. It is pearl shape and contains large mineral deposits. Karzok village is situated on the South West bank of this lake at a height of 4'650m and it's the world's highest inhabited village. Karzok monastery and its inhabitants, the nomad's are known as Changpas, are most outstanding features of this lake, who live in Robos (Tent made from Yak wool) during summer looking after their flocks of sheep. They produce Pashmina wool, one of the finest and costliest varieties. The circumference of this lake is around 36 km. Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02 : Train to Kalka : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi. (dep : 0630. Arr kalka : 1200). Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 : Shimla : Half day Heritage walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the after noon we shall meet and discuss anything you have in your mind regarding the trip. Day 04 : Shimla to Kalpa : 2759m (175 Km – 7 hrs. drive) : Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 05 : Kalpa to Tabo : 3050 M (195 Km – 7 hrs drive) : Tabo is known as The Ajantas of Himalayas due to its wall paintings in the old Monestery of Tabo. Day 06 : Tabo to Kibber : 4205 m (85 Km – 4 to 5 hours drive) : This is a long drive along side the Spiti river. We cross the Head Quarters of the Spiti District-Kaza. En route visit Dankar Gompa and its Museum that depicts Budhism of the area. Kibber is the highest village of the world that is connected with electricity, water, road and telephone. Visit Ki Gompa Chosen as the place for 2000 Kalchakra More then 260 young monks receiving religious training here. By the evening arrive at Kibber. Day 07 : Kibber - Thanltak : 4550 m : 6 HOURS : First day of Trek, leaving Kibber behind to the narrow Parilungbi gorge. Cross the Parang Chu by bridge and follow a small stream until Dumla village which is last inhabitated village on route. Now a Gradual climb to the a ridge from where splendid and spectacular view of Shilla Peak (6303 m) to southeast half an hour down to the campsite of Thaltak. Day 08 : Thaltak - Jugthang : 4850 m : Base camp 5 hrs : Now trail descend to Parilungla Chu. Climb to saghthag and walking over moraine stretch further gradual and exhausting climb to reach the glaciated valley, one to the north and one to the south. Follow the moraine stretch towards north and then arrive at the campsite of Jugthag at as altitude of 4850m. Day 09: Jugthang - Gongma : 4800 m : Over Parang Pass 5450m 6 hrs : An eventful day for those who have never climbed this height Before. From camp climb up gradually to Parangla on patches of snow panoramic views of Peaks of Ladakh, Lahoul and Spiti for below you can see the Pare chu river which originates from this pass and flows towards southern part of Tibet and again enters Spiti to join Spiti river. Descend through crevasses and glacier then following the left site of river arrive at campsite of Karsha Gongma. Day 10 : Gongma - Dokpo Phirtse : 4700 m - 5hrs : Go through Kharas, Dokpo phirtse, Dakar, Kuru and Thaktote, gentle and easy walking alone the Pare ChuTo be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse camp site. Day 11 : Dokpo Phirtse - Lukung : 4515 m - 5hrs : Today again easy walking along the right bank of Pare-chu. Now the valley becomes wide as you follow the Pare-chu. At different places you come across Patches of grass at nomad's summer place. Day 12 : Lukung - Norbu Sumdo : 4300M m - 5hrs : Short stretch along the right bank until arriving a place where a stream joins with pare-chu. The trail goes further to chulnar village in Tibet. Pare- chu river to be cross at this point and trek up to right and valley. Walk towards right and valley and as you trek upwards the landscape changes from dusty plain to green pasture ground. Here you will be welcomed by changpas. (Tibetan nomads) Overnight camp at Norbu Sumdo. Day 13 : Norbu Sumdo - Kingdom : 4573m - 5 hrs : A wonderful and exciting day of trekking as here landscape changes dramatically. Walking through pastures and sandy patches the valley becomes broader and broader. Walking through Chumik Shailfo and crossing stream finally arrive at Tso-moriri Lake. The lake is 24 kms in length and 6kms wide. Changpas can be seen with their flocks of sheep's, goats and yaks near around the lake. Kyang birds like bar headed goose the migratory birds black-necked ducks are also found around Changthang. Day 14 : Rest and exploration around the lake. Day 15 : Kingdom - Korzok - Along the lake for 7 hrs to Karzok village. Evening visit Korzok gompa. Day 16 : Explore around Korzok village : Today visit the Changpa campsites on a large meadow above Korzok. Spend the day watching nomadic life at work. Return to Korzok by late afternoon. Overnight at Camp. Day 17 : Drive to Leh : After breakfast drive Korzok - Mahe - Leh (226 kms / 7 hrs). A long day's drive back to Leh via Mahe Bridge and travelling along the Indus river valley gets us to Leh by late afternoon. Overnight in hotel. Day 18 : Leh : Stok Palace - Shey - Thiksey - Hemish - Leh : After breakfast fullday sight seeing to the Stok Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemish monasteries. Day 19 : Leh - Khardung La (5602m) 39 km : After breakfast we take you to Khadong Pass (18390ft).This is world's highest altitude motorable pass. Evening is free to visit Leh market. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel. Day 20 : Flight to Delhi.
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Bhaba Pass Trek. Delhi / Shimla / Kafnoo / Mud / Spiti / Shimla OR Leh Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights OR 22 Days / 21 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from You Shall be trekking for : 6 days Trekking Period Green to Brown, gradually and cross some of the The Highest Point you cross : 4800 mts very high passes such as Bhaba Pass Drink lots of water and use asprin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Level : High Altitude. You start from Green and enter brown area. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September end Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so). This trek combines the green of the Kinnaur region with the stark desolateness of the Spiti valley. The trek begins at Kafnoo in Kinnaur and crosses over the Pin Bhaba pass at 4865 meters, the most frequently used crossing by the locals. The trail ascends along the left bank of the Wangar river after crossing a footbridge. The path climbs through single crop fields of Mastrang and passes through a mixed forest of conifers and temperate broad- leafed species. The trail climbs through little clearings of potato and buckwheat till it reaches the meadows of Mulling (3350 meters), fringed by birch and birdcherry, leaving the Wangar river far below. From here the trail continues to Pistrang, a sheltered glade with a spring at one end and over a steep ascent to the pass. The descent is more gradual to the Pin valley, over boulder-strewn glaciers, making it a sharp contrast to lush green Kinnaur. This trek is combined with a drive through Spiti and its many important monasteries and quaint villages to make an experience only the valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti can provide. There is an option to go to Leh. Just go through th itinerary and its options. Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02:Train to Kalka : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi. (dep : 0630. Arr kalka : 1200). Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 : Shimla : Half day Heritage walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the after noon we shall meet and discuss anything you have in your mind regarding the trip. Day 04: Shimla to Kafnoo : 2759m (275 KM – 8 hrs. drive) : Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 06 : Kafnoo - Muling (5-6hrs) : Through Mustrang Village and Forest. After a few hours of steep climb the path gradually ascends to the campsite, a lush green meadow on the banks of the River Bhaba. Camp. Day 07 : Muling - Pistrang (5-6hrs) At the base of Bhaba Pass. The walk involves a small river crossing and a gradual ascent. Camp. Day 08 : Pistrang - Baldar. (4-5hrs). The first two hrs is a steep climb to the top of the Bhaba Pass (approx. 4,865mts). The path now leads into Pin Valley of Spiti. Camp. Day 09 : Baldar - Gurguru. (4-5 hrs). Day 10 : Gurguru - Mud (4-5hrs) : The first Spiti village. It houses about 30 to 40 families. Camp. Day 11:Mud - Mikkim - 13 km – Camping at Mikkim or by road one can reach either Attargo (22 krns.) or Kaza (22 km) or Tabo (30km). Option 01 Day 12: Tabo - Shimla : Drive to Nako : 2950 M (65 KM – 4hrs drive) : A pleasant day drive to the small village of Nako. On this drive you enter from brown to green area gradually. Day 13 : Nako – Sangla : 2680 m (150 km – 7 to 8 hrs drive) You now enter the Kinnaur district and the beautiful valley of Sangla. It is also known as Baspa valley as Baspa river flows through the valley. The valley offers enchanting view of snow clad peaks in the surroundings. On arrival check into a guest house or the pitch your tents. Day 14: Sangla : Visit to the ancient Kamru fort & temple dedicated to Nag Devta – The Snake God. Afternoon visit to Chitkul, the highest and the last village in this valley. Day 15: Sangla to Shimla : 2195 m (250 km – 8 hrs drive) : Drive through the Satluj valley and reach Shimla by the evening. Day 16: Shimla : Halfday Heritage Walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. Day 17 : Shimla Delhi : Morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to board Toy Train to Kalka. (Dep : 1030 – Arr. Kalka : 1530). From Kalka board Shatabadi express to Delhi. (Dep. 1730 – Arr Delhi : 2130). Met on arrival at New Delhi Railway Station and transfer to Hotel / International airport. Option 02 Day 12 : Tabo/Attargo to Kibber : 4205 M. (85 KM – 4 to 5 hours drive) : This is a long day drive along side the Spiti river. We cross the Head Quarters of the Spiff District-Kaza. En route visit Dankar Gompa and its Museum that depicts Budhism of the area. Kibber is the highest village of the world that is connected with electricity, water, road and telephone. Day 13 : Kibber to Ki Monastery : (18 KM). Today after a hot breakfast, drive to Ki Monastery located at the height of 3969 Meter. Visit the ancient monastery built on what is believed to be have been a crater of an extinct Volcano. The Monastery boasts of ancient brass instruments consisting of Trumpets, Cymbals & Drums. Later visit village of Kibber, one of the highest villages in the world. The Gompa situated above the village is one of the best preserved in the region. Overnight at Kibber guest house or tents. Day 14: Kibber to Kaylong : 3350 Meter (10 to 12 hrs drive) : After crossing the Kunzum pass (4551 Meter) you enter Lahaul
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Valley. Now drive along the Chandra River, which later becomes the Chandra Bhaga at the confluence in Tandi Bridge. The landscape is barren all around while the valley floor is lush green with fields of Barley, Potato, and Hops springd with trees of Willow & Poplar. En-route we stop at tiny hamlet of Chatru for refreshment. Day 15 : Kaylong to Udaipur (2650 Meter) and Trilokinath (2760 Meter) : Today drive along the Chandra Bhaga to sacred sites of Trilokinath & Udaipur. Trilokinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perhaps the only place in the world that is revered by both Hindus & Buddhist. Udaipur is famous for the temple of Mrikula Devi, that was built by Pandas during their exile. After visiting these exquisite temples return to Kaylong after a full days 100 KM drive. Day 16 : Kaylong to Khardong Monastery : A pleasant hike of five kilometers take you to Khardong Monastery. It has beautiful collections of murals and wall paintings. Return to Kaylong. Day 17 : Keylong to Sarchu (4253 Meter) : 115 KM : 6 to 7 hrs drive : Morning after breakfast drive over the Baralacha Pass (4883 meters) and the picturesque Suraj Tal Lake (4800 Meters) slowly entering another cold desert in Himalayas. Overnight at camp Sarchu. Sarchu is the place where we leave Himachal Pradesh Behind and enter Jammu & Kashmir State. Day 18: Sarchu – Leh : (3450 Meter) : 246 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : On this route we also cross the plateau of ‘More Plans’ for 45 kilometers. The beauty here is unexplainable. Then over the Tanglang La Pass (5328 meter) the highest point of the tour where you stand on the world’s second highest motor able pass. Day 19: Leh : Visit Shey Gompa, Hemis Gompa and Thiksey Gompa. Day 20: Leh : Visit Alchi, Likir and Spituk Monasteries. Day 21 : Leh : Day of excursion in Leh. Optional tour to a few other monasteries. Day 22 : Flight to Delhi. Dep. 0530 – Arr Delhi : 0730). Met on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to Hotel / International airport. ****
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Chandertal – Baralacha Pass Trek. Delhi / Manali / Batal / Chandertal / Topko Gongma / Topko Yongma / Baralacha Pass Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from You Shall be trekking for : 4 days Trekking Period Green to Brown, gradually and start your trek from The Highest Point you cross : 4800 mts very high pass Kunzum Pass 4551 m. Tanglang La – (5328 m) we shall cross by Jeep on the seventh day. Drink lots of water and use asprin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September End Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so. The trek can also be started from Manali that adds more three to four days to it). Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02 : Delhi – Kullu - Manali : Early morning transfer to domestic airport to board flight to Kullu. On arrival transfer to Manali. Day 03 : Manali – Chadertal : Drive to Kunzum Pass (122 km). Walk from Kunzum Pass (4551 m) to Chandertal Lake (4270 m – 11 km). Camp near the lake). This is an easy trek with barren mountains around and beautiful scenery of snow clad peaks. Day 04 : Chandertal – Topko Gongma (12 km – 4 hrs) Morning after breakfast trek to Topko Gongma. We gain height gradually and reach the destination by lunch time. Camp there. Day 05 : Topko Gongma – Topko Yongma (12 km – 4 hrs): Morning after breakfast trek to Topko Yongma. Day 06 :Topko Yongma – Baralacha Pass (10 km – 3 to 4 hrs): Morning after breakfast trek to Baralacha Pass (4830 m). Baralacha is one of the highest passes on the way to Leh from Manali. Your jeeps wait here to take you to Leh. We drive from here to Sarchu that is 32 km. overnight stay at Sarchu. Day 07: Sarchu – Leh : (3450 Meter) : 246 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : On this route we also cross the plateau of ‘More Plans’ for 45 kilometers. The beauty here is unexplainable. Then over the Tanglang La Pass (5328 meter) the highest point of the tour where you stand on the world’s second highest motor able pass. Day 08: Leh : Visit Shey Gompa, Hemis Gompa and Thiksey Gompa. Day 09: Leh : Visit Alchi, Likir and Spituk Monasteries. Day 10 : Leh : Day of excursion in Leh. Optional tour to a few other monasteries. Day 11 : Flight to Delhi. Dep. 0530 – Arr Delhi : 0730). Met on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to Hotel / International airport. ****
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Darcha – Lamyuru High Altitude Trek Dehli - Manali - Darcha to Palamo - Palamo Zanskar Sumdo - Chhumik Nakpo - Shingo la - Lakhong - Kargyak - Purne - Phuktal - Vipula - Raru - Padum - Karsha - Pishu-Hanumil - Perfi La - Snerste-Lingshed - Gazo or foot of Sengge La - Photoksar - Sir Sir La - Hanupatta - Wanla - Prinkiti La - Lamayuru – Leh You Shall be trekking for : 21 days The Highest Point you cross : 4800 meters. Best time to Visit : June to 2nd week of October This is more of a nomadic trek involving many high altitude passes and monasteries in Himalayan environment. A trail connecting green Kullu valley with high altitude cold desert of Leh Ladakh is a worthwhile experience to cherish throughout your life. Itinerary Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02 : Delhi - Chandigarh : Transfr to railway station to board Shatbadi Express at 07.40 in the morning. Pick up from Chandigarh and drive to Manali by car/jeep. Arrival in Manali and check into hotel for rest in Manali. Day 03 : Manali (2050m) : After breakfast we will take you to the famous Hadimba temple - a famous woodwork in Pagoda style architecture. Then we will visit Nagar castle and Roerich Art Gallery - dedicated to the famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich who married the Indian cine idol Devika Rani and lived there. After all explorations we return to the hotel for overnight stay. Day 04 : Manali - Darcha (3360m) : 7 hrs drive over Rohtang pass (3978m) which is the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar valleys. Day 05 : Darcha - Palamo (3825m : 4-5 hrs) Darcha will be our starting point and then passing through two villages of Rareek and Chikka. We will reach Palmo passing by a spectacular gorge. Overnight stay in camp. Day 06 : Palamo - Zanskar Sumdo (4100m : 5 hrs) : A gradual climb, we reach a second ford. 400m of gradual climb from Palamo to Zanskar Sumdo. We camp beside a ford. Day 07 : Zanskar Sumdo - Chhumik Nakpo (4670m : 6 hrs) : Following the stream which comes from Shingo La. Overnight camping in small meadows. Day 08 : Chhumik Nakpo - Shigo La (5090m : 7 - 8 hrs) : An eventful day for those who have never climbed to this altitude. From the camp, we climb moderately to the base of the pass. Finally at the top of the pass of Shingo La (5090m) to see the view of various peaks. We walk over the glacier and fallen rocks. Finally we reach Lakhong camp beside small stream. Day 09 : Lakhong - Kargyak (4230m : 5 - 6 hrs) : Come to the right side of stream and walk on fallen rocks, then cross a small stream. After one hour, we pass beneath the face of the Gomborangjum and descend to Kargyak - the first village of the Zanskar region. Day 8 : Kargyak - Purne (3965m : 6 hrs) : Walking through a Buddhist area means to go always from the left side of Chorten (Stupa) and recite 'OM MANE PADME HUM' (Sanskrit hymn). Reach Tanze a small village. Little away from Tanze is a small bridge across, to the left bank. Then we arrive in Testa, a beautiful village. The path continues downwards as we near the river. We stay on the left bank, and then climb to Yal and then we take a steep descent towards a large bridge to cross to go Purne. Day 9 : Purne -Phutkal (4055m : Purne; 6 hrs) : Go up the right bank of the Tsarap River into the splendid gorges. From there, we see the most spectacular sights in the Zanskar regions. Phuktal Monastery is built under a huge cave and belongs to the tradition of Gelukpas (Yellow section). We visit Phuktal and return by the same route to Purne. Day 10 : Purne - Vipula (3865m : 5 - 6 hrs) : From Purne we cross the bridge and then go up the left bank. We walk through small canyons of pudding stones. Two hours later reach Kheydang a small village in a popular grove. We pass below the village of Surle. Finally we reach the camp site of Vipula near a teashop. Day 11 : Vipula - Raru (3960m : 6 hrs) : We travel a long way to the large bridge which leads to Ichar village. We have a gradual climb before coming to a major tributary (bridge), then to the camp site of Raru. Overnight camping near the lake. Day 12 : Raru Padum (3530 m : 5 - 6 hrs) : From the camp we cross a beautiful plain covered with flowers and the monastery of Mune. We go down a steep to the main trail. After two hours, we arrive at Burden Gompa, a Kargyudpa Monastery famous for its prayer wheel. Several beautiful villages on the right bank of Tsarap River. A dusty trail takes us to the sub- headquarters of the Zanskar regions, Padum. Day 13 : Padum Karsha (3320 m); 4 - 5 hrs) : We trek towards Pipiting, a dusty plain, towards the Doda river and then we cross it and walk up towards Karsha Monastery. Visit the monastery, which belongs to the Gelukpas section, and have a good view of the valley. Karsha is the biggest monastery in Zanskar region, having 150 monks of the yellow section. We camp at Karsha. Day 14 : Karsha Pishu (3660m : 5 hrs) : Walk along the left bank of Zanskar River. Above Rinam see the Thongde monastery on the right side of Zanskar river. The trail further takes you to the Pishu village. A very attractive camp site below the village of Pishu. Day 15 : Pishu Hanumil (3650m : 5 - 6 hrs) : We cross a bridge before Pidmo, then another 2 hours later we hike to the camp site at Hanumil. Day 16 : Hanumil - Perfi La (4650m) - Snertse (3940m) : 6 hrs : We still continue on the left bank of the Zanskar River. We cross a small stream on the left, the trail leads away from the edge of the Zanskar and up to the foot of the pass. Steep and difficult climb to Perfi La (4560m), after a steep descent to Uma Chhu river, we cross a bridge and climb to 500m. We continue on sandy slope, then one and half hour to the camp at Snertse. Day 17 : Snerste - Hanumil (4800m) - Lingshed (4100m) : 7 - 8 hrs : We have a very long gradual climb to the pass of
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Hanumil (4800m) through the gorges. It takes us two and half hours to reach the pass from the camp. A 1000m long descent, then another 250m climb to a small pass. We then walk down to the camp site at Lingshed. Day 18 : Rest day at Lingshed to visit Lingshed Gompa. Day 19 : Lingshed Gazo or foot of Sengge La (13090 ft/3990 m) : 6 hrs : We take an hour of easy climb to Netoski La (4475m.). Look out at the view of Nerag on the other bank of Zanskar River and then gradually descend to the villages of Gongma and Skiumpata. We cross a small stream and climb to the pass of Kuba La (4520m.). Day 20 : Foot of Sengge La - Sengge La (5060m) - Photoksar (4400m) : 6 - 7 hrs : From our camp we take a 2 hour steep climb to Sengge La pass (5060m) and then take a short climb to Bhumiktse La (4520m) descent towards Photoksar, a beautiful village at the base of huge mountain wall, and cross the bridge and camp near the stream. Day 21 : Photoksar - Sir Sir La (4965m) - Hanupatta (4070m) 5 - 6 hrs : Long ascent of the Sirsir La (4965m) then an easy descent to the river, cross the river by bridge and we walk along the left bank. We camp before Hanupatta village. Day 22 : Hanupatta - Wanla (3470m) : 5 - 6 hrs : We continue along the left bank until we enter the gorges and reach Yapola. Another 3 hours to Phenjila, a small village ad then walk along the right bank to reach village Wanla. Day 23 : Wanla - Prinkiti La (3930m) - Lamayuru (3750m) 4 - 5 hrs : Walk up to Shillakong along the right bank and cross the bridge, reach a Chorten (Stupa) and then follow a dry and narrow gorge going up to Prinkiti La (3930m). We walk down and cross a small river towards the village of Lamayuru that has a famous ancient monastery. This monastery is the oldest in Ladakh region and has a big library of Buddhist literature. Day 24 : Lamayuru (3750m) - Leh (3505m) : Drive to Leh from Lamayuru and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel Day 25 : Leh - Stok Palace - Shey - Thiksey - Hemish - Leh : After breakfast fullday sight seeing to the Stok Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemish monasteries. Day 26 : Leh - Khardung La (5602m) 39 km : After breakfast we take you to Khadong Pass (18390ft).This is world's highest altitude motorable pass. Evening is free to visit Leh market. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel. Day 27 : Flight to Delhi. Await transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination. ****
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Markha Valley Delhi / Manali / Kaylong / Sarchu / Leh / Spituk / Zinchen / Yurutse / Skiu / Markha / Tchatchutse / Nimaling / Shang / Hemis / Leh Duration : 19 Days / 18 Nights You Shall be trekking for : 8 days The Highest Point you cross : 5150 m Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September Markha valley lies in Ladakh, also called quot;The Little Tibetquot; or quot;The Moonlandquot; because of its topography. The accessibility and beauty of this trek has made it the most popular hiking and trekking routes in recent years. The best period is from June to October. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi : Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Day 02 : Delhi – Chandigarh - Manali (Train/Coach) : Transfer to railway station for super fast train to Chandigarh 3 hrs. Arrive Chandigarh, met upon arrival and drive straight to reach Manali (1920 M) by covering 338 kms. Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay. Day 03 : Manali : Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed for half day city tour. Overnight stay in hotel. Day 04 : Manali - Kaylong : (110 km/6 hrs.) : Morning after breakfast drive to Kaylong via Rohtang pass (3980 M). Arrive and overnight stay in guest house. Day 05 : Kaylong - Sarchu : (150 km - 4253 M : 6 hours.) Morning after breakfast drive to Sarchu via baralachala (4892 M). Sarchu is inhabited by Himalayan Clan Gaddi and few lonely soldiers at an army outpost. It is also the actual border between Lahaul and Zanskar. Arrive and overnight stay in tents. Day 06 : Sarchu – Leh (3500 M : 250 kms/8 - 9 hrs approx.) : Morning after breakfast drive to Leh via Lachulangla (5065 M) and Tanglang La (5360 M) - the second highest pass in the world with metalled road. Leh is the capital of Ladakh and is situated on the banks of the river Indus. Arrive and check into hotel for overnight stay. Day 07 : Leh : Morning free for independent activities. Afternoon sightseeing of Spituk, Phyang & Shankar Gompas. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 08 : Leh to Spituk (starting point of trek) After breakfast leave for Spituk village. After crossing Spituk bridge, start trek to Zinchen. (Trek / 4 hrs approx). Dinner and overnight in camp. Day 09 : Zinchen - Yurutse (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs approx) : After breakfast leave for Zinchen with box lunch, an easy days trek. Dinner an overnight in hotel. Day 10 : Yurutse - Skiu (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs approx) : After breakfast start trekking to reach Skiu via Gandala (4900 M) by covering approx. 11 kms. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 11 : Skiu - Markha (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs approx) : Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Markha (3550 M) after crossing Chaluk Village. Markha village has about 30 homes and from here you will enter the Markha Valley. Just east of the village there is a Markha Gompa on a hill. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 12 : Markha - Tchatchutse (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs approx) : Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Tchatchutse via Hankar village. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 13 : Tchatchutse - Nimaling (trek / 5 - 6 hrs approx) : Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Nimaling (4900 M) has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep., goats, yaks and cowyak crossbreeds graze during the summer months, rising to the south is 6400 M high Kang Yaze (Nimaling Peak), a lovely mountain, but not an easy one to climb, Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 14 : Nimaling - Shang (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs approx) : Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Kongmaru La (5150 M). The trek to Kongmaru la passes through narrow Gorges. At the top of the pass, view of the Ladakh range and the villages of the Indus valley to the north is excellent. Cross the pass and proceed to Shang. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 15 : Shang - Hemis (Trek / 4 hrs) : Morning after breakfast start your last leg of the trek to Martselang and further to Hemis. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Day 16 : Hemis – Leh : After breakfast visit Hemis Monastery. Later drive back Hemis to Leh by jeep. Overnight in hotel. Day 17 : Leh : After breakfast free at leisure. Afternoon visit Leh palace. Leh Gompa and bazaar. Overnight stay in hotel. Day 18 : Leh/Delhi (Flight) Transfer to domestic airport in time to board flight for Delhi on arrival transfer to hotel. Day 19 : Flight to Delhi : Await transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination. ****
  • Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com TIPS for TOURISTS The followings are the Tips for those Foreigner Travelers who wish to travel on their own: • Foreigners who wish to over stay, should contact the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office or the Sadar Police Station in town. • Stay only in the Hotels/ Guesthouses that are registered with the State Tourism Department. A certificate to this effect is displayed by them near the reception counter. • Photography is prohibited inside of some buildings Government Buildings, Monasteries, Temples, Army and Police offices. For assistance or guidance ask your guide or nearest tourist office. • There are various people in the town who offer guide services. Although they are approved by State Tourism Department but agree to work for a very small amount for the reasons mentioned. During the trip they insist on or suggest going for shopping or insist to go to the places where get a commission. Kindly do not get deceived by cheap rates quoted by them. Hire only reliable guides. It does not matter if you have to pay a little more. You may also contact at whht@sancharnet.in for Escort cum Guide services in Himalayas. • Change money only at the Authorised Foreign Exchange Outlets / Banks / Hotels. Insist on a receipt for the money changed. • If you have lost some important document such as your passport or air ticket, immediately inform or contact the nearest Police station or the State Tourism Office. • For medical assistance, contact Government hospitals, private clinics or nursing homes. • Dispose off liter carefully. There are dustbins placed at every corner. Use of plastic bags is banned in Himachal Pradesh. • Smoking is not allowed at public places such as railway stations, railway trains, buses, markets etc. • For sightseeing and excursions, contact Government Tourist Office or Government approved Travels Agents and Transporters. ****** Even if you are not traveling with us You are welcome to Contact us for any Kind of Information Regarding your visit to Himalayas For Further Details and Reservations Contact Us at Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters Kishori Niwas, Longwood, Shimla – 171001, Himachal Pradesh (India) Contact : Shimla (0091- 9816149102, 91 – 9218797990), Delhi (0091 - 9313348742), E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas@synthasite.com