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CIRCULAR TREK 2

Package Code: H019

Duration: 18 NIGHTS/ 19 DAYS (15 DAYS OF TREK)

BEST TIME: JUNE - OCTOBER

ACCOMMODATION: 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL, 15 NIGHTS AT TENTED CAMP
Minimum People Required: TWO
Level of Endurance: STRENOUS moderate

MAXIMUM ELEVATION: PHIRTSE – LA (5435 MTS)



Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Solang

A Nomadier representative will be waiting for you at Manali Bus stand or 'Kullu Airport' and welcome you to the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. We would straight away head towards our hotel in Solang Valley. Later after you have acclimatized and relaxed, we would undertake a small walk to 'Shiv-Ling' and do river crossing. Later we would spend the night at our hotel.

 

Day 02: Acclimatize And Adventure Activities

The second day would be spent at 'Solang', acclimatizing to the climate and getting in touch with the surroundings. 'Solang' is an authentic Himalayan Village of 'Kullu Valley'. After breakfast you would be taken for rock climbing and rappelling and post lunch, you can indulge in valley adventure activities like para-gliding, zorbing, quad-biking, cable-car riding etc (Optional at extra charges). The night will be spent in our hotel.

 

Day 03: Solang – Darcha – Pa Lahmo (3,300 Mts.) (Drive 200 Kms.) (Approx 08 - 09 hrs)
Today we start our journey, leaving the lush green countryside of 'Solang' and head towards the 'Rohtang Pass' (3,978 Mts.). Few places on the Earth can mark so dramatic a change in landscape as the 'Rohtang Pass'. As we move further towards 'Darcha', we see along the river many villages with Buddhist prayer flags and Stupa's and the landscape also embodies a more desert look. As we leave 'Darcha' and move ahead, the landscape slowly changes its appearance and rocks assume human like forms. From here it is flat easy walk to the villages of 'Lahaul', 'Chhika' and 'Rarik'. We can also undertake another stretch of walk along the 'River Barai Nallah' to 'Pa-lahmo'. There is a small temple on the edge of a gorge dedicated to the local 'Goddess Paldan Lahmo'. It feels wonderful to stand on top of the gorge and see the tremendous energy with which the water moves. We spend some time here and then later, cross a man made bridge and reach our camping site. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 04: Palahmo – Zanskar Sumdo (3,600 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 04 - 05 hrs)

Today's walk is all along the 'River Barai Nallah'. The trail winds through boulders and streams to reach our beautiful campsite on the banks of 'Barai Nallah'. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 05: Zanskar Sumdo – Chumiknakpo (4,500 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 06 - 07 hrs)

Today, we enter into another valley after crossing a bridge and undertake a slightly tougher walk than the previous ones. We would have to climb in high altitude conditions of 800 mts. to reach a pure alpine region. The landscape around you is so stunningly beautiful, that you would be in awe of it. The entire region is surrounded by summits of over 6,000 mts. From here, we straightaway head towards our campsite of 'Chumiknakpo', or 'Black Spring'. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 06: Chumiknakpo – Lakhang (4,060 Mts.) – Over Shinkun La (Also Known as Shingo La)
(5,100 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 08 - 09 hrs)

Today's trek will be steep and will also have a gradual ascent to the top of 'Shingo-La'. The top lies exactly in the heart of the 'Great Himalayas', and so you would be surrounded by mountains and spectacular scenery. The other side of this is a completely different world, and this is the beginning of the mountain desert. In the local language 'Zanskar' means 'White Copper' and you would realize it as soon as you enter 'Zanskar', as to why it is named so. You would find a mammoth granite rock, magnificently standing in the middle of the Valley. Zanskar have a legend that this is not a sheer rock, instead a monastery, where monks live and pray. During the Tibetan New Year the lucky few can hear, low drumbeats and also see tiny lamps, glimpsing on the rock. This rock is also known as 'Gumburangjon', and it is at the foot of the rock, that our campsite is laid out. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 07: Lakhang – Kargyak (4,030 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
After a lot of tiresome treks, we finally get some break and walk through the plains of 'Zanskar', admiring its lunar landscape, mixed with the infinite blue of the sky, making the atmosphere - divine. We walk is all the way along the 'Kargyak Chu' (stream) and reach 'Kargyak', the first village of 'Zanskar'. Here, we meet the warm and friendly people of 'Zanskar' and later camp at 'Kargyak'. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 08: Kargyak – Purne (3,700 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
We cross the 'Thangse Bridge', we keep walking on the left bank of the 'Kargyak Chu Stream' till we reach the 'Testa Village', which is quite a big village as compared to other villages in 'Zanskar'. From here we pass through quite a few more hamlets to get to 'Purne' - a small hamlet on top of a hill. It is a highly commercial centre in the middle of this isolated land, as a lot of trekkers rest here. There are a few houses which cater to the needs of the trekkers, and offer thirst quenchers and other necessities. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 09: Purne – Phuktal Monastery – Teta (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
Around two hours walk on a rocky track takes us to the famous 'Phuktal Monastery', which is a very important monastery of 'Phuktal' and is unmatched in its sublime grandeur. This monastery has been etched out of a composite mountain and has a massive cave. After exploring the monasteries and its mysteries we reach 'Teta' to retire for the day. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 10: Teta – Zingchen (4,460 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
Today trek will be of 6 hours, and it takes us to the village of 'Tanje' and later we return the same way back and head towards 'Phirtse La Valley'. Overnight in tented camp at Zingchen.

 

Day 11: Zingchen – Chhumik Marpo (4,600 Mts.) Over Phirtse La (5,435 Mts.)
(Trek - Approx 08 - 09 hrs)

We start an early trek on a trail over 'Phirtse – La'( 5435 mts). There is a mini glacier on the right side and to the left is a mini stone with prayer flags on it. There is also a small rocky peak which gives very beautiful views. Our campsite is laid out from of the 'Rubble Slope' and we spend the rest of the day here. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 12: Chhumik Marpo – Debni (4,360 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
Today also, we start early in the morning and cross the 'Kamirup'. By mid day, the route descends over to the left of the river and later we camp at 'Debni'. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 13: Debni – Sarai Keylong (4,400 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
Today's route is very beautiful which fords the river and continues until 'Keylong Sarai'. It is about 6 hours of walk till the camp from where the National High Way goes to Leh from Manali. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 14: Sarai Keylong – Baralacha-La (4,883 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 06 - 07 hrs)
Route continues on the right bank of the 'Yamuna River', and ascends towards the 'Baralacha Pass'. It has trails bisecting from 'Zanskar', 'Lahaul', 'Ladakh' and 'Spiti'. From atop the pass we can get superb views of the mighty western 'Himalayan' peaks. Later we head towards our campsite. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 15: Baralacha-La – Topkogongma (4,640 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 03 hrs)
Today's trek is fast but scenic, it is a three hour descend to reach the 'Upper River' or 'Topkogongma' and once we reach we camp there itself. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 16: Topkogongma – Topkoyongma (4,320 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
An early start is advisable for today, as the scenery is quite barren in a beautiful way and by evening we would reach the campsite. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 17: Topkoyongma – Chandrataal (4,270 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs)
After crossing the stream walk through similar terrain as the day before; we reach to the jewel of the lake. The first sight of this wondrous lake takes ones breaths away, with its shores ringed with meadows carpeted with hundreds of varieties of alpine flowers. An excellent campsite is laid out and we relax in the evening. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 18: Chandrataal – Batal (4,551 Mts.) (Trek - Approx 05 - 06 hrs) – Solang (160 Kms.) (Drive 05 - 06 hrs)
Today's trek is an extremely pleasant one with gradual ascents and descents through some of the most magnificent scenery witnessed in the 'Lahaul – Spiti' region. From the top of the 'Kumzum Pass', one can view the barren but beautiful landscape towards 'Spiti'. Later, we drive down the pass and reach 'Batal', the Base of the 'Kunzum Pass', and have a nice cup of tea. Further, we drive towards the 'Rohtang Pass' through 'Chandra Valley' and continue driving on a non-metaled road and join the 'Leh – Manali' highway at 'Gramphu'. We would stop over for skiing at 'Rohtang Pass' (Optional at extra cost) and from here it is 45 kms. to 'Solang'. We would spend the night at the hotel at Solang Valley.

 

Day 19: Check-Out And Explore Manali And Proceed for Onward Journey
Today we would check-out of hotel after breakfast. Then we can either or undertake an excursion to 'Naggar' or reach the river and do river rafting (Optional at extra cost). Later, we would reach back to 'Manali' and then post lunch, explore the 'Manali' market and by evening a Nomadier representative will assist you with your onward journey from the 'Manali' Bus-stand to your respective destination.