|Duration:||7 Days / 6 Nights||Language:||Hindi English Punjabi Himachali|
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||Best Time to Visit:||Jun Jul Aug Sep|
|Primary Activities:||Buddhist Monuments Camping Hills & Mountains Trekking Village Tour||Other Activities:||Historical Photography River Crossing|
|Nearest City:||Kaza Poh Dhankar Lalung Demul Langza kibber Ladarcha||Nearest Airport:||Simla Airport ( Simla (SLV) )|
|Nearest Railway Station:||Shimla ( SML )||Activity Level:||Basic|
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|Trip Code:||Him/Shi/adm/025||Wild Tour:||Adventures Hill Station Off Road|
The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land" , the land between Tibet and India. The Spiti river has its source far north on the eastern slopes off mountain ranges which ruin between Lahul and Spiti. The river is formed at the base of the Kunzam Range by the confluence of Kunzam La Togpo and the streams Kabzima and Pinglung. On the western side of its sour lies a vast salt-water lake. The river follows a long winding course interloced here and there by spurs that project from the foot of the plateaus on both sides. The Spiti has a broad and flat valley bordered by high vertical cliffs. The valley tops are flat and plateau-like. Above the 'plateaus and land again rises in steep scarps. The length of the river within Spiti on the south-east is about 130 km. It continues in Kinnaur district upto a place known as Khabo where it joins the Satluj. The main stream of the Spiti river, which is fed by the glaciers, is a perennial one, while some of the tributary streams disappear in the loose morain at the feet of the plateaus. During its course through the difficult, complex terrain, the Spiti is joined by a number of tributaries from both the sides. The Spiti valley is a research and cultural centre for Buddhists. Highlights include Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world and a favourite of the Dalai Lama.
You will get to spiti from either Shimla / Manali. After reaching you will stay overnight at Tabo(before night) and get a taxi to poh the following morning, barely half an hour’s drive from Tabo. Poh is the starting point of your trek . After spending enough precious time salivating in front of the PWD guest house in Poh for its location and scenic beauty, you start walk to Dhankar, located to the north-west, high above the left bank of the Spiti Rever . After walking along the road for a good hour, covering long sloping bank called the Poh maidan, the climb tilted towards the right along a small bus stop. Then walk up the steep small bank above, due west. Stumphy junipers, throny sea buck thorn, wild roses and dusty ephedra, which grow even on the drist slope enliven the poh maidan. The sipit valley has numerous silvery streaks fed by Sopona Lake down the steep slope, breaking the brown monotony with refreshing vegetation. During the crossing a ridge brings up a sudden patch of verdure. This is the two house halment of Londupdin and high above the left bank the Nipit Nallah. There are two Mane village are visible across the Sipit River. The green of irrigated fields contrasts sharply with the background the immense slab of sharply angled grey rock and brown and yellow slopes reaching up to the Manerang Peak And after crossing Paldang meadow, Nurpur village , Checham is a dry lake, Kharok nullah. Then passing another little patch of cultivation, the track climbs gradually to meet the link of road from Sichling to Dhankar. After steeper climbing through the field of Dhankar Village take up to the Dhankar monastery. Camp can be stuck on the periphery of the field near the Dhankar monastery.
Today began early morning, not because you had to leave early but for the simple reason that you had no more sleep left , considering that in Spiti people go to sleep no later than 10 in the night. So you had ample time to get ready, even more to get done with the breakfast, before setting off on foot at 9.30 am. From Dhankar to Lhalung , So you spent a good hour visiting the world famous Dhankar monastery and exploring the old village atop the monastery. Dhankar used to be the capital of the kingdom of Spiti at one point in time, fittingly enough, as its location commands a splendid view of the wide expanse of the valley below. A small part of the old fort is still in place, especially the part where the sentry used to sit to communicate or look out for any message from other posts through the fire torch. The trek, to begin with the mostly along the Dhankar-Lhalung link road. It is more or less a level walk, dry winding facing in west, south facing slopes with wide valley of the many channeled Sipit River. The pin River emerging from narrow valley on the opposite side and also widens out before meeting the Sipit, the long with flat triangle of pindomer, it’s a very profuse green cover, is a refreshing change for eyes. After some km you will found extensive flat of Subling Maidan, this is the path turns north into the Lingti valley. The hamlet of Chabrang can be seen across on the right bank. The much larger Rama Village is just below. The chabrang is a huge terraces, smudged with green young trees mark the entrance to the steep valley leading to Demul . Lalung Village will be visible. While in Lhalung, a visit to the monastery is a must. Golden temple, or Sarkhang monastery, overlooking the entire village is considered quite old. It’s said that Losarvar Rinpoche ordered of the construction of 108 monasteries, spread across the world, in a single day. Sarkhang monastery is one of them.
After having heavy breakfast. You will start from Lhalung to Demul. After almost 90 minutes of level walking, crossing 2 bridges of Langti River and a 2-3 houses’ village Sanglung, located on a terrace above the lingti left bank, the rout lies up the narrow valley of the Demul Stream. Some step climb of over 600m up cliffs of sediment slat bring uo the more gradual, turf covered slopes of the pasture lamd. The hills now ascent in gradual above Demul , visible short distance away. The Demul link road traverses the slopes, which end abruptly in steep rock faces that drop down to the main Spiti valley . While you will look back toward the lingit, Manerang towards in the distance, closer at hand , the Kamelang peaks above Lhalung, lesser known peaks above the ridge emerging from Chau Chau Kang Nelda towards the east, and a sea of green rolling pastures above Demul make this an idyll place to lose yourself. Demul is an amazing place to spend in camp for the night.
After taking breakfast you will start visit to the Demul monastery. It’s a relatively newly built one, considering that this village in itself came into existence recently. The village was supposedly shifted from its earlier location, further into the Lingti valley, to the present one due to better land quality here. There are monastery here has paintings of Buddha’s life from birth till death on its walls, which are said to be unique to this monastery. Then will take the direct rout approx 16km, heads north-west, up the slopes behind the village and the source of the Demul Stream and over the ridge. Other down side is a long, gentle traverse around the upper edge of the huge, marshy, green bowl, sloping to the cliffs behind Lara, located on the Sipit left bank. Across the little hump are the soft , the mossy tussocks of the Chame Meadow. It is possible to walk down south-west to kaza from less than 3hrs. A vast amphitheater of rolling downs, dipping gradually to a sudden end where meet the eyes. At the upper end is the village of Komik, on top of which is the new Thangguide Monastery. From the Komik one can follow a motor road in circling above Hikkim Village to reach Lanza. More exciting and offering superb views of the Chau Chau Kang Nelda is the higher ridge of Hikkim. There will approach up the diagonal slopes from the monastery, therefore leaving Hikkim on the left, the rout climbs over higher to reach Langza. Overnight stay in Langza.
After having breakfast then you will start from Langza to Kibber. Hardire soul face a steep decent north-west into the gorge of the shilla steam and an even longer ascent still heading north-west to the small six houses villages of Toshigong. The 700m climb is killing but reward lies in steeping on hallowed ground of Dalai Lama. A motor road crosses the low ridge on the sipit side and gentle slopes across this ridge lead west down to Gette village. From gette has one option for those wishing to cut short the trek and reach main valley quickly is a switch back tail leading straight down precipitous cliffs to Ki Monastery is lower. The road run on to kibber about 5Km away to the north- west . Overnight stay in Kibber Village.
Today trek start from Kibber to Ladarcha . off to the north side route to Ladakh over the Parang La. Directly opposite lies the village of chigham, across the gorge like valley of the Parilungbi tributary of Sipit. The sixth day out of poh requires moving in a semicircle north, around the ridge behind Chicham, to the justly famous meadows of ladarcha. The route from Kibber leads down to the parilungbi Gorge along a motor road. Across a bridge, it heads north-west into the valley of a smaller tributary that is descending from the ladarcha side. Then climb up , leaving chicham behind way to the left. Near the hamlet of Dumle ,the narrow valley becomes gentle declivity and grass covered of the pastures follows soon after. Climbing gradually from Dumle, the path winds back west toward the Sipit River bring up Ladarcha within an hour. The Ladarcha is a vast sweep and gentle slopes , carpeted with the low bush & mossy grass of upland pastures and one can camp almost anywhere. The whole afternoon is free to go searching for Tibetan Snow Cock and the Blue Sheep on surrounding hillside. Overnight stay in camp
Today is the last day trek takes one back to the main spiti valley along with the Ladarcha-Kiato Road. On the left low rise, only barely more elevated than the meadows. Its marks the edge of steep cliffs, which drop down to the river , descending river side terraces, the road move north-west side up the left bank of the sipit. The downstream is the tiny isolated hamlet of Chikzur and across the sipit river, there are larger village of pangmo . Climbing gradually, one approaches the talking tributary of the sipit. It less than an hour to reach Kiato. After reaching at Kiato, you can get a bus & truck to Kaza or move on sipit to spend the night. You can take perfect rest.