This is one amazing trip that covers Hampta Pass trek, camping at Lake Chandratal, visit to the top of the Kunzum La at 4590 meters, the famed Spiti off-road trip with stunning landscapes, the best of Manali and truly amazing photography opportunities.Kullu and Lahaul are two adjoining districts and are separated by the formidable Hampta pass. The Kullu/Manali valleys are green with thick forest cover and heavy rains. However, Lahaul is in a rain-shadow area with partial Trans-Himalayan barrenness. The trail to Chandratal over Hampta Pass combines both these areas gives a wonderful walk with two completely different terrains to enjoy.Besides the truly remote and offbeat, we also explore the popular and must visit locations in and around Manali. Visit the ancient Hidimba and Manu temple, shop for souvenirs in Old Manali. Naggar castle and Roerich art gallery are also on agenda. Those seeking some thrills can indulge in zip-lining and paragliding.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productOn the third day we are going to cross this high altitude pass at 4270 meters that connects the green Kullu valley with the barren high altitude dessert of Spiti valley. It's a steep ascent to the top and might take one up to 4 hours to reach it.Pass By: Hampta Pass, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshAfter crossing the Hampta pass and coming down to Chatru, we'll drive from Chatru to Chandratal Lake. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chatru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break before driving to Chandratal via Chhota Dhara (3517 m) and Batal.From Batal onwards it can be very windy as the valley opens up here. The road climbs steeply around many bends to Kunzum La in the east. This road leads to Spiti valley. There is a new footpath leading from Kunzum La that descends to Chandratal, however the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north. We will be driving along the left bank river Chandra after crossing a bridge near Batal. The trail continues for about 14 km to the scenic campsite at the bank of Chandratal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandrabhaga Range.Duration: 1 dayLocation: Chandratal Lake, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal PradeshKunzum Pass (Tibetan: Kunzum La, (el. 4,590 m or 15,060 ft), is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas some 122 km (76 mi) from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is on the route to Kaza the subdivisional headquarters of Spiti. There is also a 15 km trek to the Moon Lake of the Chandratal from the Kunzum Pass. It consists of fifteen (15) sharp hairpin turns, testing driving skills of even experienced drivers. The drivers, travelers and passerby seeks blessings of Kunzum mata before undertaking the dangerous journey. Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Kunzum Pass, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal PradeshRohtang Pass at 3598 meters, is a scenic high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. The views are just incredible and we'll stop here to get some awesome picturesDuration: 20 minutesLocation: Rohtang Pass, Himachal PradeshLocally known as the Dhungiri temple, Hidimba Devi temple or Hadmiba temple, it is one of the most popular temples in Manali. This four-storyed structure lies amid a forest, called Dhungiri Van Vihar. The locals have named the temple on the name of the surrounding forest area. Dedicated to Goddess Hadimbi (wife of Bheem, one of the five Pandava brothers of epic Mahabharata), it was constructed way back in 1553. The top conical roof is in metal while the other three square-shaped floors are roofed with timbre tiles. There is also a 24 meter high tower.The temple has a wooden doorway and the mud walls adorn stonework. The door has elaborate miniature paintings of the Goddess, animals etc. The beam of the doorway has the Navgrahas (the) and female dancers from one of the stories of Lord Krishna. The temple does not have an idol of the Goddess but a huge stone carrying her footprint is kept here.Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshNaggar was the capital of the erstwhile Kullu Rajas for about 1400 years. It was founded by the Visudh Pal and remained as the State headquarters until the capital was transformed to Kullu (Sultanpur) by Raja Jagat Singh.Naggar Castle, the official seat of kings for centuries. was built by Raja Sidh Singh more than 500 years ago. According to a legend, he used stones from the abandoned palace (Gardhak) of Rana Bhonsal to build the castle. He ordered the labourers to form a human chain over the Beas river connecting its left and right banks to transfer the stones manually. The castle survived the earthquake of 1905. While most houses in the valley and the nearby city of Jawa were completely ruined, the castle's use of earthquake-proof techniques helped it sustain despite the calamity.In 1978, the castle was converted into a rest house and subsequently a heritage hotel run by HPTDC.Duration: 30 minutesLocation: Naggar Castle, Naggar, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal PradeshNicolas Roerich (Nikolai Roerich) was a Russian painter, who also wrote poetry and made Naggar his home for the last few years of his life. He travelled extensively through Tibet and the Himalayas. Nicolas Roerich’s old home (ground floor) has now been converted into the Roerich Museum; he lived here from the late 1920s till 1947.Duration: 20 minutesLocation: International Roerich Memorial Trust, Manali, Manali Tehsil, Kullu District, Himachal Pradeshwe spend one day at this incredible location in Sethan at 9200 feet with grand open views of the mighty Dhauladhar range. we stay in warm cosy rooms with traditional 'tandoors' for heating. the stay here before the in itself is an incredible and memorable experience.Duration: 1 dayLocation: The Wilderness Lodge