Kinnaur Kailash Mountain Trek

This wonderful trek in circuits of the revered Kinnaur Kailash Mountain will take us deep into Budhist Kinnaur, one of Northern India's least known and most compelling mountain regions which was forbidden for trekkers until 1993. Located on the Indo ...

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Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days    |    Best Month: June - Oct    |    Maximum Altitude: 4200 m    |    Starting Point: Delhi    |    End Point: Delhi    |    Mode of Travel: Train / Drive    |    Number of Pax: Min 4    |    Style of Trek: Hotel / Camping

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This wonderful trek in circuits of the revered Kinnaur Kailash Mountain will take us deep into Budhist Kinnaur, one of Northern India's least known and most compelling mountain regions which was forbidden for trekkers until 1993. Located on the Indo -Tibetan border, Kinnaur, Land of the Gods, is perhaps the most fascinating region of the Indian Himalayas. Set with the Western Himalaya, it boasts some of the highest mountains in Himalchal Pradesh as it borders with the district of Kinnaur in the south which is dominated by the Mt. Kinnaur Kailash (6349 m) and Mt. Jonkarden (6473 m).

Kinnaur is the only area in the world where Buddhist worship has gone on completely uninterrupted, and it has never been subject to outsiders’ invasion. Nature's work here is awe-inspiring. Bisecting the Kinnaur valley is the foaming Satluj River, which originates near Mt. Kailash in Tibet and passes through spectacular gorges carved by its strong currents. You will get many opportunities to learn about Tibetan Buddhist and the history of the people in this fascinating and untouched region while on trek. Therefore, this trek is challenging and rewarding as well.

 

 

Kinnaur Kailash Mountain Trek  Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi 
You will welcome at the Delhi Airport by our staff and take you to your hotel in Delhi. After checking in at the hotel you can enjoy your leisure time on your own wish.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
The entire day you will explore around the major attractions of Delhi. The sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. 17th century Red Fort which was built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan gives you delightful reflection on the India history. On approaching Jama Masjid, you get some insights into Muslim religion, culture and belief. India Gate is another living pride of New Delhi and it is also a reminder of the World War. You will also have a pleasure to visit President House, an official residence of India's President. Thereafter, the journey takes you to Qutab Minar. At the end of the day, you finally head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03: Train from Delhi to Pathankot
Right after breakfast, you will be driven to the railway station to catch an overnight train to Pathankot.

Day 04: Drive from Pathankot to Dharamshala
Our staff will receive you at the railway station in Pathankot and from there you will be escorted to your hotel in Pathankot. After refreshment, you can visit Namgyal monastery in the evening. As the night approaches, you return to your hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Dharamshala
Dharamshala sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. The major attractions of the tour include visits to Norbulingka Institute, Tibetan Medical Library, medical centre etc. In the free time you can undertake other activities of your choice.

Day 06: Drive from Dharamshala to Bathad
You take an early morning drive to Bathad right after breakfast. It normally takes six hours to reach Bathad. You get a leisure time to acclimatize for your forthcoming adventure. Eventually, you spend the night in your camp tent at a superb location in Bathad.

Day 07: Trek from Bathad to Bashleo Pass (3270 m)
Trekking journey begins from Bathad. Following the steep trail, you ascend up to Bashleo Pass. After few ascents, the trail eases and becomes more pleasurable. Upon reaching at an altitude of 3270 m, you camp at a beautiful site savouring the majestic beauty of Bashleo Pass.

Day 08: Bashleo Pass - Kullu Sarahan
In the wake of amazing views, you trek towards Kullu Saharan soon after breakfast. Our staff after warm reception will drive you to Sarahan. Pristine villages and beautiful apple orchards create an awe-inspiring view in Sarahan with Shrikhand Mahadev Peak [5155 m) looming over the town. Sarahan is also popular for its Bhimakali Temple which is regarded very sacred by both Buddhist and Hindu and thus showcases the outstanding architecture representing the homogeneity of two different religions. Best meals and accommodation will be serviced at your hotel.

Day 09: Drive to Thangi (2660 m)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Thangi. From Thangi you will start your circumnavigation around the sacred Mount Kailash. In the evening you can explore around the interesting village settlements of Thangi and bask in the grandeur of nature. Thangi is influenced by both Hindu and Buddhist cultures. If you head to the east of Thangi village, you will find a check point on a small hill. After meals you camp for the night in Thangi.

Day 10: Trek from Thangi to Lambar (2930 m)
As you trek away from Thangi towards Lambar, you follow the trail that ascends up the gorge and make way to the valley as you descend further. Further ahead, lush conifer forest and verdant vegetation welcome with awesome view. After crossing a bridge, you walk past traditional houses. Finally, you overnight at your campsite in Lambar.

Day 11: Lambar - Shruling (3370 m)
After breakfast, you transverse along the trail that passes by Tirung Valley and a narrow gorge. After a while the trail encounters more gorge, boulder-strewn route riverside and cliffs. Leaving behind the pine forests, the trail enters lush forests of juniper and wild roses. As you near Shruling, you can witness rich meadows. Charang villages and Gompa are the major attractions of Kinnaur region. You get free time to explore these regions. There is a school and medical centers in Charang. On heading 2 km away from Charang village, you will find an ancient gompa that has for years remained a sacred religious site. After your insightful excursion, you head back to Shruling for meals and overnight stay.

Day 12: Shruling - Lalanti (4200 m)
After breakfast, you ascend the valley, cross the Lalanti River and enter lush meadows. The trail further narrows as it follows steep ascents. You meanders past large meadow and rich grazing pastures and finally arrive in Lalanti at an elevation of 4200 m. You camp for the night at an amazing campsite that overlooks mesmerizing view of Zanskar range and glaciated undulating passes.

Day 13: Lalanti to Chitkul via Charang La and drive to Sangla
Heading away from Lalanti you have to walk along the trail that crosses rich pastures and scree slopes. The trail wends way to glacial lake, moraine fields and rock cairns. It normally takes five hours to reach Charang La from Lalanti. Charang La offers superb vantage point to view awe-inspiring sight of Kinnaur Kailash range, Dhaula Dhar range and other stunning snow-capped peaks. Thereafter, the trail descends to Chitkul and further on you have to drive to Sangla where after meals you spend the night.

Day 14: Leisure time in Sangla
The entire day is set aside for absolute rest. After resting, you can explore around or simply go for nature walk or enjoy a good book.

Day 15: Drive from Sangla to Shimla
After breakfast, you will be driven for 7 hours to Shimla. After getting refreshment in your hotel, you can utilize your leisure time indulging in whatever activities you feel like.

Day 16: Train to Delhi
In the morning after breakfast you can roam around Shimla and make some rich cultural explorations. After lunch you will take a train ride to Delhi. Our staff will receive you at the Delhi railway station and then escort you to your hotel. You get to enjoy high facilities, meals and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for journey back home.

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