(10 nights 11 days)
The trek starts from Kinnaur, which is lush green and finishes in barren Spiti region with stark landscape. The trip also offers a chance to visit many Buddhist monasteries, different culture and tradition in 'Little Tibet'. Visit Chitkul; the last border outpost or Comic; the highest village in Asia and the famous monasteries of Tabo and Ki.
The results of old contacts with Tibet are still visible in the fairs and festivals and other customs of the people in the remote areas. The extended family system is still prevalent in the region. Polyandry prevails in the villages. The people of the region practice fraternal polyandry and the patriarchal system of inheritance. All the brothers of the bridegroom are considered automatically the husbands of the bride. Polyandry helps to perpetuate the name of their family and safeguard the family property from fragmentation. The polyandrous tribes of the Himalayas can be compared with the Pandavas of the ancient Indian epic of Mahabharata, who are believed to have had a polygamous system. However, such marriages are on the decline.
- Day 1: Chandigarh - Thanedar (195kms/5-6 hrs) Reach chandigarh by train/flight and drive to Thanedar via Shimla; the summer capital of the British at the time of their rule. Night stay in Banjara’s Orchard Retreat.
80 kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan - Tibet road lays Kotgarh, which enjoys a special place in Himachal history. In 1916 Samuel Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to Kotgarh, the place he adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. He made Thanedar his home, married a local girl and changed his religion in the later part of life.
- Day 2: Thanedar - Sangla (158kms/6 hrs) Visit the Stokes home and Paramjyotir temple after breakfast. Around mid - morning, drive to Sangla. Arrive in Sangla early evening. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in tents at Banjara’s luxury camp.
- Day 3: Sangla (6 kms/3 hrs hike) Hike up to Rakcham village and drive to Chitkul; the last border outpost on Indo- Tibetan border. Picnic lunch in Chitkul. Overnight stay in Sangla
- Day 4: Sangla Kafnu Mulling (Trek starts) - 66km/3 hr Drive to Kafnu, 2200M. The starting point of the trek. Walk to Mulling (15 kms/ 5 hrs), 3280M, through forest and meadows. Steep climb in parts. Night stay in trekking tents.
- Day 5: Mulling - Kara (6kms/3hr) Kara, 3560M, is a nice meadow with lots of alpine flowers.
- Day 6: Kara - Phustirang (6km/3hr) Follow the left bank of the river to Phustring (base of the pass), 4200M. Several streams join here. Great view of the Hansbeshan peak, 5840M.
- Day 7: Phustriang - Chhochhoden (13km/5hr) Early morning departure. A steep 3km/3hr walk leads to the 4865M high pass. May find snow at the pass. All peaks towards Spiti are visible. Can camp on either side of the river at Chhochhoden, 4000M.
- Day 8: Chhochhoden - Mud - Kaza (12km/4hr, 2hr) The walk is on the right bank of River Pin and has very gradual gradient. TREK ENDS. Pick from Mud and drive to Kaza. Night stay at Banjara Retreat.
- Day 9: Kaza Visit the Ki monastery and Gete village. Overnight in Banjara Retreat, Kaza.
- Day 10: Kaza Manali (201km/9hr) Drive to Manali via 3978M high Rohtang Pass and 4551M high Kunzum Pass. Check into Hotel.
- Day 11: Manali Bhuntar/Chandigarh (318 kms/9 hrs) Drive from Manali to Bhuntar airport (2 hrs) and fly back to Delhi else drive to Chandigarh to board evening Shatabdi express train departing at 1800 hrs to Delhi.