Travel deep into the unknown territory where we show you the most wonderful side of our country known only to very few. Your journey starts from Thanedar, the birthplace of apples in India and an orchard town. The Banjara retreat amidst the orchards is a serene place perfect for unwinding. Driving from Thanedar, we reach one of the most beautiful valleys of Kinnaur; Sangla, known for its massive towering mountains (remains of a moraine) on all sides and the beautiful Baspa River with good opportunities for trout fishing. From one amazing destination to another, we drive past deep gorges of Gandah Nallah to reach Sojha, ahead of Jalori Pass. Tall Silver oak trees, filling the roadside with Blue Iris, are a sight to behold. It also provides breathtaking sceneries and walks to nearby lakes and forts.
DAY 01: CHANDIGARH- THANEDAR- 195 KMS- 6 HRS
Pick up point 1: Chandigarh airport- 1030 hrs
Pick up point 2: Chandigarh railway station: 1100 hrs
Drive to Thanedar via Barog, Shimla and Narkanda. Reach Thanedar in the evening. Depending on your travel time, you might be able to see apple blossoms or apples. Evening around bonfire. Night stay in Banjara Retreat.
DAY 02: THANEDAR- TANI JUBBAR LAKE AND HATU PEAK VISIT/ HIKE
Visit the Tani-Jubbar Lake (2400M) which is famous for the Nag-Devta temple. There on drive to the Hatu Peak which, at 3352m offers a panoramic view of the snowline of Shrikhand Mahadev mountains. You could also hike up to Hatu peak instead of driving. Picnic lunch at Hatu peak. Evening around a bonfire. Nights stay in retreat.
DAY 03: THANEDAR - SANGLA
165 KMS/ 6 HRS
We leave for Sangla after a leisurely breakfast. We drive down towards Sutlej River. We drive along the river till Karcham from where once again, we start climbing up the mountains to reach Sangla. Reach Banjara camps ahead of Sangla, early in the evening. After a cup of tea, we could go for a short 1 km walk to the lovely little Batseri village. Evening around a bonfire. Overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 04: SANGLA VISIT CHITKUL
(3,450M) - 20KMS
A day visit to the Chitkul village. This is the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. From here, we can hike up to Nagasthi, the last border outpost that civilians are allowed to. It is a lovely 2.5 kms walk along a stream. Lunch along the glacier fed mountain stream. Drive back to Camp in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. You could also try your hand at rappelling, rock climbing or river crossing. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in tents.
DAY 05: SANGLA-HIKE TO RAKCHAM
Today, we go for the signature walk of the valley. Drive to Rakcham village where we cross the river and begin our hike back to the camp. This is a 6-7 kms long hike through thick forests, open skies, streams and walk by the river. Reach back early afternoon. Lunch at camp. Rest after lunch else, try your hand at Rock climbing, rappelling or river crossing. You could also go for a short walk in the surrounding hills. Night stay at Banjara camp and retreat.
DAY 06: SANGLA - SHOJA
After breakfast, leave for Shoja. We drive back to Rampur Bushehr (along Sutlej river) and then cross over the river to start climb to Kullu hills. This is one of the most picturesque and lesser known routes of Himachal. The drive is along the Kandah Nallah gorge (more like a river than Nallah). In summer, the Silver Oak forest along the road is full of blue Iris. Cross over the Jalori pass and into Sojha village (2700M). Spend the evening around a bonfire. Night stay in Banjara Retreat.
DAY 07: SOJHA- SEROLSER LAKE- SOJHA
10 KMS DRIVE AND 12 KMS HIKE TOTAL
The hike to Serolser Lake is a beautiful one offering different vistas of Himalayas. A well-defined trail takes one to the lake. Few hundred meters on the trail and then you get in to the Oak forest. The sun rays filtering through the tree cover, the blue of the sky through the foliage, the up and down of the trail, an occasional sight of a bird, a clearing showing the huge green vistas cascading down to the Sutluj valley, all of this and more will keep you an enchanting company all the way to the lake. The lake makes up in crystal clear clarity what it lacks in size. The local belief is that no one has ever found a leaf floating in the lake though leafy trees surround the lake itself. Lunch near the crystal clear waters of the Lake. Hike back to Jalori pass and drive back to retreat. Evening around a bonfire in retreat. Night stay in retreat.
DAY 08: SHOJA- CHANDIGARH
240 KMS - 8 HRS
Drive back to Chandigarh via Mandi and Bilaspur.
|DROP OFF POINTS:||Chandigarh Railway station- 1700 hrs|
|Chandigarh airport- 1730 hrs|
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FOOD & HYGIENE:
Food is a mix range from vegetarian/ non- vegetarian meals to good food with a choice of Indian, Continental & Chinese food. All meals are buffet meals. There is no room service.
You should be in decent health if you wish to hike. We advise jogging and breathing exercise. Please note that you will have to climb down about 90 odd steps to reach the retreat in Thanedar.
TIPPING & PORTERAGE:
We charge a service charge of 5% for the rooms. Tipping/ service charge is already taken care of in this trip. Our staff will carry your bags down to retreat and back up to car on day of departure.
The retreat is at 7500 ft. and we will travel up to about 11000 ft. If you plan to take photos then please keep sunlight according to this altitude in mind. Please ask your guide before taking photographs inside any temple and if you plan to photograph any locals, please take their permission before doing so. You could charge your camera at the retreat.
There is a doctor in the town. We also keep a first aid kit. It would be anyway a good idea to bring your own basic first aid kit with medicines for motion sickness, nausea, some painkillers etc. Please carry sun block and chapstick. Keep your face, feet and hands well protected. Request your doctor to prescribe effective medicines to cover the following: Fever, Body and joint pains, Cold, Cough, Sore throat, Headache, Acidity, Stomach cramps, Vomiting, Dysentery, Loose motion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Swelling, Muscle Pulls & Sore eyes. We do carry a first aid box though. In case you have any illness of any sort, please do inform us in advance so that we can take necessary precaution. You could also carry vaseline, Band Aid, Cotton, Badge roll, Dettol, Mouth freshener, Nose inhaler, Cough drops, Lip balm, Vicks, Elastoplasts, Adhesive tape, 4" crepe bandage.
LIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
- Duffel bag (avoid suitcases if you can)
- A small day backpack to carry water, food, jacket and camera
- Hiking shoes- you need good traction in shoes and these should be at least water resistant. Forclaz 500 is a good. Your shoes should be well broken-in and not new. Otherwise, your regular sports shoes will also do.
- 2 pairs of lowers.
- 4-5 full sleeves T-shirts
- A fleece jacket
- A full sleeve thick jacket
- 1 pairs of thermal inners
- 2-3 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woolen socks
- Woolen cap/ balaclava that covers the ears
- Sun glasses
- Lip balm
- Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
- Water bottle.
- Flash light
- Personal toilet kit.
- Personal medicine
- Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string.
- Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO USE A LOT OF WOOLENS LISTED ABOVE BUT, WEATHER IN THE HIMALAYAS CAN BE RATHER UNPREDICTABLE HENCE, BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
THE ABOVE PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Any beverages except those served on buffet table.
- Any En route/ personal expenses.
- Any expenses incurred due to factors beyond our control like a natural calamity/ man-made calamity.
- Any air/rail fares.
- Bottled mineral water (Aquaguard purified water is served free of cost at all our properties).