The Trans Himalayan regions of Leh, Kargil, Lahaul and Spiti are landscapes which are one of their kinds and cannot be found anywhere else in the country.
It comprises a high altitude cold desert, high altitude snow-capped peaks and bare stretches of peaks of various colours shaped by the various forces of nature.
This Trans Himalayan regions are quite remote with extreme climatic conditions, high altitude mountain ranges and impenetrable mountain passes.
Despite this, the people of the region have adapted themselves to the conditions and happily live here.
This region also has a number of Buddhist Monasteries (locally called gompas) because Buddhism is practiced majorly by the people of this region which can visit.
These monasteries have absolute serene surroundings and are situated in really pretty locations.
Best times to visit this area are from early June to end of September. It is also fine to travel during the monsoons as it does not rain much here in this region.
The starting route of this journey will be from Shimla. The route of the journey goes like-
Shimla - Kufri - Narkanda - Rampur - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Pin Valley - Langza - Kaza - Chandratal Lake - Manali
Day 01:- Shimla to Narkanda via Kufri (63 kms, 6 hrs of drive)
Day 02:- Narkanda to Sangla valley via Rampur (160 kms, 5-6 hrs of drive)
Day 03:- Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa (40 kms, 2 hrs of drive)
While crossing the mountains, you will find several points with scenic views. It is also the starting point of Kinnar Kailash trek.
Day 04:- Kalpa to Tabo via Nako (150 kms, 4.5 hrs of drive)
Day 05:- Tabo to Pin Valley (65 kms, 2.5 hrs of drive)
Day 06:- Pin Valley to Kaza via Dhankar (50 kms, 2-3 hrs of drive)
Day 07:- Kaza to Chandratal Lake (110 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Today we cover the remaining major locations in Spiti Valley.
Day 08:- Chandratal Lake to Manali (140 kms, 7-8 hrs of drive)
Day 09:- Checkout from Manali