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A short trip on the roof of the world exploring the recently accessible Moon Lake region.

A short trip on the roof of the world exploring the recently accessible Moon Lake region.

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  • 1. THE MOON LAKE SAFARI• ALTITUDE:15500 FT ALTITUDE: 15500FT REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITIBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 2. 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS• ALTITUDE:15500 FT• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI Itinerary at a glance pg 2 Day wise Itinerary pg 3-9 Trip Highlights pg 10 Route Map pg 11 ATI Overview pg 12 Contact Us pg 13BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 3. 2• ALTITUDE:15500 FT• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI GLANCE ITINERARY AT A DAY 1: MANALI (1950m) DAY 2: MANALI- CHANDRATAL/MOONLAKE (4300m) DAY 3: CHANDRATAL DAY 4: CHANDRATAL-KAZA (3600m) DAY 5: KAZA-KI-KIBBER-TABO (3280m) DAY 6: TABO- RECKONG PEO (2670m) DAY 7: RECKONG PEO- SHIMLA (2250m)BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 4. 3 DAY WISE ITINERARY• Day 1: MANALI (1950m) FT ALTITUDE:15500• Pick up at Manali acclimatizing a hotelaltitude night. REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI the This day is spent & check into to the for A major hill station resort of the country set on the foot of the mighty Rohtang Pass. There are lovely walks and interesting spots nearby. The Superb Naggar castle once the seat of the Kullu Royal Family , now hosts an art gallery and a small Temple. Pursue the activity of your choice, be it rafting, paragliding, or simple sightseeing & relaxing at Manali. Day 2: MANALI- CHANDRATAL (4300m) 107 KMS Drive from Manali to Chandratal. Spend this day & the next at the famed ‘Moon Lake’ at your own camp.BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 5. Day 3: CHANDRATAL (4300m) 4 One of the most classically beautiful of all Himalayan lakes is the Chandratal in Lahauls upper Chandra valley. Aptly• ALTITUDE:15500 FT called the lake of the moon, it lies in a broad turquoise crescent along the flank• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI of the Great Himalaya range itself, surrounded by the high peaks of the Chandrabhaga and the Mulkila massifs. Situated at a breathtaking 15500 feet above sea level, the lake itself was probably formed at the end of the last ice age when the glaciers retreated, leaving behind considerable dead ice masses, which on melting formed large lakes.BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 6. Day 4: CHANDRATAL-KAZA (3600m) 117kms 5The town of Kaza is the sub-divisional head of the Spiti region.A quaint liitle town on the roof of the world, it boasts having greatinternet connectivity & interesting little restaurants. It makes an ideal• ALTITUDE:15500 FT monasteries of Ki, Kibber & Tabo.spot to rest & see the neighbouring• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITINight stay at a hotel in Kaza. View enroute Kaza Wind scored mountainsides Enroute KazaBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 7. 6 Day 5 : KAZA- DANKAR– KI- KIBBER- TABO (3280m) ABOUT DANKAR Dankar Gompa (3890 M) was built in the• ALTITUDE:15500 FT 12th century. This hill top fort still dominates the Spiti Landscape. It houses• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI more than 160 Lamas. Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language and a statue of Dhyan Buddha consisting of four complete figures seated back to back is the main attraction of this striking monastery ABOUT KI The Ki monastery is said to be have been founded by Dromton, the founder of Ge-lug- pa sect in the 11th century, it has a fabulous collection of ancient tankhas. A description of this monastery by a visiting scholar " the airiness of these highest roofs, the isolation from the hugger-mugger village below, the black yaks tail and the bronze statues and the extravagant prayer flags, all these makes one feel that God cannot be far away".BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 8. ABOUT KIBBER: Known as the highest village in the world Kibber 7 Sanctuary is the only sanctuary in the country which is situated in the cold desert area and covers about 1400 sq km. Wildlife species include blue sheep and ibex. Panoramic views of Shilla Peak and Parang La Pass• ALTITUDE:15500 FT are the added features. Drive to Tabo & spend the night here.• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITIBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 9. Day 6: TABO-NAKO-RECKONGPEO (2670m) 158kms 8 The Tabo Gompa, or Buddhist monastery, is second in importance only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet in the entire Himalayan• ALTITUDE:15500 FT region. It was developed as an advanced centre for learning by the great teacher• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge -- also known as Lha Lama Yeshe Od or Mahaguru Ratnabhadra. To date, it is the preserver of the Buddhist Legacy and is one of the most important Gompa of the entire Tibetan Buddhist world The monastery temples house a priceless collection of manuscripts and thangkas (Buddhist scroll paintings), historical, exquisite statues in stuccos, frescos and murals depicting tales from the Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon. Every inch of wall is covered with fine paintings in astonishingly well preserved condition. The temple complex is a national historic treasure of India and protected as such by the Archaeological Survey of India. Night stay at Peo.BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 10. Day 7: RECKONG PEO- SHIMLA (2250m) 9 200kms Shimla has been blessed with all the• ALTITUDE:15500 FT natural bounties, one can think of. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them are the stately Viceregal Lodge, Charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patialas escapades, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks. TRIP ENDSBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 11. 10 TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: This trip is based entirely in the state of• ALTITUDE:15500 FT Himachal Pradesh in the Spiti Region as yet not dscovered by main stream• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI tourists. This trip offers some of the most mind blowing vistas possible travelling entirely through semi populated areas one has a glimpse of the wonderful indo- Tibetan nomadic style of life & architecture heavily influenced by the Buddhist style. A definite bonus is spending time in the Chandratal biosphere, an area which until very recently could be accessed only by trekking. All this squeezed in a very short time makes this an unforgettable experience.BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 12. ROUTE MAP 11• ALTITUDE:15500 FT• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITIBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 13. 12ATI OVERVIEW: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA IS RUN & OWNED BY ANIL & PUJA BISHTAfter having worked in the field of Adventure Travel &mountains since the tender age of twelve Anil has known• ALTITUDE:15500 FTno other life. As a professional mountain & river guide hehas successfully led & participated in innumerable• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITImountain climbing expeditions & run most of the greatIndian rivers. A dreamer by nature he has the specialability to make you overcome most fears & by doing soreach never before heights within yourself.Diametrically opposite, Puja is the quintessentialbackdrop person, bringing organizational efficacy &practicality to the team. Taking care of the mundanedetails & the ‘have to be done’ chores being her forte. Aninborn love for the great outdoors & having traveledextensively since childhood equips her to be the perfecthostess in any situationATI is also boasts of a staff of enthusiastic & dedicatedteam players who aim to serve in order to maximise youroutdoor experience to the fullest!BEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS
  • 14. 13 CONTACT US AT MAIL US ANIL : +91-9412988771 holiday@adventuretrailsindia.com• ALTITUDE:15500 FT atiholidays@gmail.com +91-8171622571 PUJA :+91-9411170669 pabisht@rediffmail.com• REGION: LAHAUL-SPITI OR AT: +91-135-2442416 VISIT US: www.raft-trekhimalayas.comBEST TIME: ADVENTURE TRAILS INDIA ADVENTURE TRAILS BEST TIME; JUNEJUNE TO SEPTEMBER LESSER KNOWN JEEP SAFARIS INDIA LESSER KNOWN TO SEPTEMBER JEEP SAFARIS