Keylong to Kara over Kunzum la

Takeover Point: Manali / Delhi

Duration: 18-20 days

Season: May to October

Maximum Elevation: 5200m

Region: Manali

Grade : Moderate

Standard Trekking Plan

Day 1: Takeover from AIRPORT – Most international flights lands in night- we provide takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT- you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.

Day 2: Reaching CHANDIGARH – In moderate traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at internationaly famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 3: Reaching MANALI- We start travel after breakfast and very soon we find ourselves in VALLE OF GODS- this is famous KULLU VALLEY.

Day 4: Rest Day – We suggest you to take local walking in mountain as this willhelp you in getting acclimitized to mountain air.

Day-5 Manali-Manikaran (2653 m), 44 kms

Manikaran is situated on the right bank of river Parbati. There are several hot water springs at this place which ultimately merge with the river. The air is filled with the strong smell of sulphur. The temperature of water is more than the boiling point making it possible to boil rice etc. in it. There are two religious places belonging to Sikhs and .Hindus.

Day-6: Manikaran-Pulga (2895 m), 12 kms On foot.

Pluga is located in a very narrow valley with steep hills. The area is totally forested.

Day-7: Pulga-Tosh, 7 kms On foot

Climb along Pulga nullah through zigzag track. Thick forest cover but campsite available among boulders.

Day-8: Tosh-Budhaban, 8 kms On foot.

Climb along the Pulga nullah. Budhaban offers good meadows and camping area. see also Manikaran to Keylong via Sara Umga Pass.

Day-9 Batal-Takcha, 16 kms On foot.

At Batal cross the bridge to follow the left bank of river Chandra. Takcha is reached by crossing 16000 ft. high Kunzom pass. This pass is very wide and offers a panoramic view of the Spiti valley. This pass separates Lahaul from Spiti and is the watershed between Chenab and Sutlej. Takcha is uninhabited camping ground, below the pass in the Spiti valley.

Day-10: Takcha-Kyoto, 15 kms On foot.

Trek along the right bank of Spiti river. First village on way is Lossar. Foreigners should report to the Police Post there. Kyoto is a small village. Very small sized peas are grown in this valley.

Day-11 Kyoto-Morang, 16 kms On foot.

Easy descending

Day-12 Morang-Kaza, 15 kms On foot.

Spitians go to Ladakh from this village for trade purpose. The trek to Ladakh takes 4-5 days. Spitians barter their horses for yaks or sell for cash. One must visit Langza also where fossils of maritime life are found in plenty. These fossils are found on either side of Kang-yur and Paapen-yu nullahs. Kye monastery is the largest in the Spiti valley. It is known for its beautiful murals, manuscripts and clay statues.

Day-13: Kaza-Shichling, 12 kms On foot.

From Kaza follow the left bank of the Piti river. Lots of poplars, willow and hippophae trees can be seen along the river. Snow cocks and blue sheep are found in abundance. Halt at Shichling. Visit the famous Dankhar fort and monastery. In the past Dankhar used to be the capital of Spiti. Dankhar is situated on a high precipice that projects into the Spiti valley.

Day-14: Shichling-Poh, 15 kms On foot.

Follow the left bank of the river. Unlike other places in Spiti this village looks green.

Day-15: Poh-Tabo, 12 kms On foot.

Trek is easy along the Tabo nullah. Tabo has come to be known as the Ajantas of Himachal Pradesh. The gompa, built in 996 AD is situated just above Tabo village. Exquisite murals and wall paintings can be seen in the six-chambers here. The place is being prepared for stay of Dalai Lama after his retirement. From Tabo catch the bus to reach Sumdo for onward journey to Kinnaur and Shimla.

Day 16: Reaching RECONG PEO- road travel.

Day 17: REACHING CHANDIGARH- same route

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