Welcome to Kinnaur

This is a land of ridge-villages with slate-roofed temples and countless apple orchards separated by plunging gorges and backed by towering snow-capped peaks. Beyond it lies remote Spiti, which visitors can combine with Kinnaur into a Shimla–Keylong loop through unendingly breathtaking scenery.

The Kinnauris are proud but friendly people who mainly survive through farming and apple growing. You can recognise them all over India by their short cylindrical hats (thapeng or basheri) with a half-round flash of green or red felt on the upturned lappet.

To truly appreciate their land, you need to leave the main road: other than Rampur, most population centres are high up steep mountainsides accessed by seemingly endless hairpin lanes.

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Trans Himalayan Expedition

We start the motorbike trip from Manali. Ride through the lush green Banjar valley into Kinnaur valley and then cross over from Nako into the cold desert land of Spiti Valley also famously known as Little Tibet. Then we cross over Kunzum La to enter Lahaul valley and after crossing five more passes we enter the famous Ladakh. Also during this motorcycle journey in the high Himalaya you will get to see three of the most beautiful High Altitude Lakes- Chandratal, Tsokar and the popular Pangong Lake. On the last day of this brilliant motorcycle adventure you will ride to the Khardung La Pass, which is one of the highest motorable pass in the World. This motorbike journey is one of the best ways to see Himachal and Ladakh. One thing that you will see in abundance on this journey is loads and loads of cheerful happy and smiley Himalayan people. This is an Epic Motorbike tour in the Indian Himalayas.Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Manali (2050m) Day 2: Manali to Banjar  (1356m) 92kms Day 3: Banjar to Sarahan  (2313) 139kms Day 4: Sarahan to Kalpa  (2960m) 85kmsDay 5: Kalpa to Nako (3662m) 117kmsDay 6: Nako to Kaza (3650m) 110kmsDay 7: Kaza Day 8: Kaza to Chandertal (4250m), 115kmDay 9: Chandertal to Jispa (3200m) 142kms Day 10: Jispa to Tsokar (4530m) 225kmsDay 11: Tsokar to Leh (3500m) 152kmsDay 12: LehDay 13: Leh to Pangong (4250m) 170kmsDay 14: Pangong to Khardung La and back to Leh (5359m) 250kms)Day 15: Departure

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Cycling India: Spiti & Kinnaur

Mountain Biking is becoming quite popular in the Indian Himalayas. This tour includes 13 days of unlimited fun on mountain bikes to one of the remotest regions of Himachal Pradesh, via Kinnaur & Spiti valley. It involves visiting remote valleys, villages and crossing or two high passes the Kunzum La (4551m) and Rohtang Pass (3978m) providing spectacular views of the picturesque snow -capped peaks, rugged terrain and the old monasteries. We start this journey of exploring the beauty and tranquillity of Kinnaur and Spiti valley from Shimla which was once the summer capital of India during the British Raj. The tour ends in the beautiful little town of Manali.Itinerary summary Day 1: Arrive ShimlaDay 2: Shimla to Narkanda, 2708m (65km depends on starting point)Day 3: Shilaru to Rampur, 924m (63km)Day 4: Rampur to Wangtu, 1830m (63km)Day 5: Wangtu to Rekong Peo- Kalpa, 2290m (38km)Day 6: Kalpa to Puh, 2837m (68kms)Day 7: Puh to Nako, 3800m (42kms)Day 8: Nako to Tabo, 3050m (65kms)Day 9: Tabo to Rangrik, 3700m (55kms)Day 10:Rangrik (Rest Day), 3700mDay 11:Rangrik to Takcha, 4200m (69kms)Day 12:Takcha to Chattru, 3560m (53kms)Day 13:Chattru to Manali, 2050m (83kms)Day 14: Departure (Manali to Delhi)

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