Sangla Overland Tour Via Shoja
April – October
Our tour starts from Chandigarh, we first drive to Shoja situated in the Seraj Valley. Shoja is characterized by its thickly wooded mountainside and is densely populated with conifers and deodars. From here we proceed to Sarahan, famous for its Bhimakali temple and gateway to Kinnaur. We continue driving further to enter Kinnaur, tucked in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur has got a spectacular terrain of lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. This border district of Himachal Pradesh is also rich in flora and fauna and its culture and languages are different from other parts of the state. We conclude our tour with a visit to Narkanda, a charming little village famous for its apple orchards.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCustomized Packages
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit to the beautiful Salosar lake.
- Trek along the Indo-Tibetan border.
- Stay in the scenic Sangla Valley.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft
- Maximum Altitude : 3650m/11,976 ft.
- Tour Duration : 08 Nights
- Best Season : Apr. – Oct.
- Ex-Destination : Chandigarh
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 06; Deluxe Tented Campsite – 02.
- Food Plan : As per package.
- Travel & Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Food Plan:
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Note: EP – Bed only basis, CP – Bed and Breakfast, MAP – Breakfast and Dinner, AP – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Transfer and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Local guide on the trek to Salosar on Day 03 as per itinerary.
- Local guide on the excursion to Chitkul & walk to Nagasthi on Day 05 as per itinerary.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Chandigarh.
- Meals not mentioned in Food Plan in ‘Cost Includes’ above.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival in Chandigarh; Drive to Mandi (196 km; 6 - 7 hrs)
The meeting place for the group is Chandigarh. We get picked up either at the Airport or the Railway station and start for Mandi. As we leave behind the plains the air gets cooler and we negotiate mountain winding roads. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandi.
Mandi - Shoja (2600m/8531 ft; 75 km; 3 hrs)
We leave for Shoja. Shoja is still an undiscovered and beautiful part of Himachal Pradesh and is located in the Seraj Valley. Shoja is characterized by thickly wooded mountainside with unending slopes of emerald forests and is densely populated with conifers. The numerous walks & treks in the surrounding forests & meadows are a special feature of the area. On reaching Shoja we set out and walk around and stretch our legs and make the most of the beauty of the place. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Shoja.
Shoja - Jalori Pass (3150m/10,335 ft; 5 km); Trek to Salosar Lake (3223m/10,575 ft.; 6 km; 2 hrs one way)
After an early breakfast we leave for Jalori Pass, 5 km from Shoja. This pass links the Shimla and Kullu districts. After the drive we do a short 6 km trek to Salosar Lake. The trek is through a thick oak forest that takes around 1.5 or 2 hrs. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the lake. Trek back to the pass. From the pass we drive back to Shoja. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Shoja.
Shoja - Sangla (2780m/9121 ft; 198 km; 8 - 9 hrs)
We leave for Sangla today. If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be an extraordinary magician. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. Even the rushing waters of the Baspa river, that flow through its 95 km length, seem to absorb some of the magic and slow down to savour its snow-frame beauty. We visit the Bhimkali Temple at Sarahan enroute. By evening, we reach Sangla. Dinner & overnight stay in a Deluxe Tented campsite in Sangla.
Sangla – Excursion to Chitkul (3450m/11,315 ft.; 23 km; 1 hr); Walk to Nagasthi (6 km; 1½ hrs one way) & back
We drive to Chitkul the highest & the last village on the Indo – Tibetan Trade route. We walk for 6 km to Nagasthi the last Indian Outpost. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch and trek back to Chitkul. From Chitkul we drive back to our camp. In the evening we walk around and enjoy the beauty of the place. Dinner & overnight stay in a Deluxe Tented campsite in Sangla as per the package.
Sangla - Kalpa (2960m/9712 ft; 50 km; 2 hrs)
The morning is free to do as we please. Post breakfast we can go for a beautiful walk along the Baspa River (Optional). This river flowing along the valley is great for trout fishing. There is an option of taking a walk to the Batseri village. Just across the camp, this village is an excellent example of the great hill architecture. The local deity temple here is a must see.
Optional Walks near Sangla
Rakcham: You may also choose to go to Rakcham. This is a beautiful 4 hrs walk along the Baspa River to Rakcham village. To avoid the steep climb one can drive up to Rakcham Village and walk back to Sangla.
Evening we set off for Kalpa. This picturesque little hamlet offers a breath-taking view of the Kinner- Kailash range. Kalpa is also home to the Chilgoza tree. In the evening we walk to Old Kalpa and visit Kalpa Monastery, alternately we can drive to Rogi Village. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Kalpa.
Kalpa – Rest Day
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Kalpa – Narkanda (168 km; 5 - 6 hrs)
We make an early morning start for our journey back home, drive along the Hindustan Tibet road. A drive along this road is truly fantastic as it seems to cut through the mountains in what is an engineering marvel. We reach Narkanda by late afternoon. Overnight stay at a hotel in Narkanda.
Narkanda – Chandigarh (174 km; 5 - 6 hrs); Final departure
We leave very early and head to Hatu peak to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. Post breakfast drive to Chandigarh Airport leaving behind the charm and beauty of the Himalayas. We descend to the plains with a feeling of nostalgia. Transfer to the Airport or the Railway station for onward journey.
End of arrangements…
- Mandi, Shoja, Kalpa & Narkhanda: In a hotel as per the package on twin sharing basis.
- Sangla: In a Deluxe Tented campsite as per the package on twin sharing basis.