Himalayan Height Jeep Safari
Rafting Location: Himalayan Height Jeep Safari
Best Time: June to October
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Day 01 : DELHI – KALKA (BY SHATABDI EXPRESS) – SHIMLA
Morning you will met by our representative and transfer to New Delhi Railway station to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh.
Departure: 0740 hrs By: Shatabdi Express
Upon arrival at Kalka railway Station you will met by our Driver and drive to Shimla, A hill station that was once the summer capital of the British Raj and it retains some imposing buildings from that era.
Upon arrival check in at our pre-arranged hotel for two nights.
After lunch A walk down the Mall provides an interesting glimpse of the colonial structures and some magnificent views of the Himalayas.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : SHIMLA
The British called Shimla the “Queen of Hill Stations “Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from “Shyamala” – the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian’s most popular and biggest hill-stations.
Day free to visit Shimla – The Mall – The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many Restaurants, Clubs, Banks, Bars, Post Offices , Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region
Day 03 : SHIMLA – MANALI
After breakfast, leave for Manali enroute Kullu Valley. The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas.Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled ‘Silver Valley’. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.
On arrival in Manali, a charming hill station, check in to your hotel for two nights.
Day 04 : MANALI
In the morning we drive to the adjoining town of Naggar, the ancient capital of the Kullu valley, and visit the Naggar Castle. Built in the 18th century astride a sheer-sided bluff the castle is built in the traditional “earthquake-proof” way common to this region around a central courtyard that houses a legendary shrine.
Over the centuries, it has served as a palace and a colonial mansion and is now run as a heritage hotel. Not far from here is a fine art gallery dedicated to the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich.
Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Manali.
Day 05 : MANALI TO JISPA (10,978 FEET)
After breakfast, we leave Manali and drive towards the Beas watershed where we quickly climb and cross the first high pass of our journey, the Rothang La (12,960 feet). La is the Tibetan word for a mountain pass. Descending the far side of Rothang La we enter the rain shadow of the Himalaya and the district of Lahaul. Passing through the bustling town of Keylong,
We continue on to Jispa. Upon arrival in jispa we check in at our hotel ibex for overnight stay.
Day 06 : JISPA TO BRANDY NALLA (13,000 FEET)
This morning we leave Jispa and drive along the Braga River to Darcha. From this point, we ascend to the 16,020 foot Baralacha La pass, a five mile stretch featuring a small lake that is the source of the Bhaga and the Chandra rivers. From here, the snow-covered peaks of the Barashigri, Chandrabhaga, and Mulkila ranges tower thousands of feet above us.
Descending the other side, we reach the surprisingly comfortable camp at Brandy Nalla (13,000 feet) to enjoy stunning views,
a memorable home-cooked meal and our first high-altitude overnight stay.
Day 07 : BRANDY NALLA TO TSOMORARI / EXPLORING TSOMORARI
We enjoys a leisurely breakfast at Brandy Nalla then depart for a spectacular off-road drive that few Westerners have ever taken. First we pass lake Tsokar and traverse Lachulung La (16,615 feet). Passing the summit, we come to the Kyangshu Plains, a 25-mile stretch named after the kyang, a wild donkey that roams these plains. Late in the day we arrive at our camp near the turquoise blue waters of the Tso Morari Lake.
The following day we explore the spectacular area surrounding Tsomorari. We visit the Karzok Gompa (monastery) and have the option for various afternoon hikes.
Overnight stay at the camp near Tso Morari lake
Day 08 : TSOMORIRI – TANGLANG LA – LEH
Leaving camp we approach the Tanglang La, which, at 17,475 feet, is the highest point on our journey. We descend the other side to the village of Upshi. A pleasant drive along the Indus River valley features hillsides dotted with Buddhist chorten (cemeteries), mani (prayer walls), and cliff-hanging monasteries.
We reach our hotel in Leh by late afternoon, with the rest of the day free to relax and acclimate to the altitude.
Day 09 : LEH
Half Day Rafting – Phey to Nimu
Post breakfast drive to Phey (45 min) and Enjoy River rafting from Phey to Nimu followed by packed lunch. Drive to Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Hall of Fame
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, about 25 km from the town of Leh, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. It was run by them for over four centuries. Currently, the Army is looking after it.
A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up.
Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village. One can have the magnificent view of two rivers in wed lock. In season they have different colors, flow and beauty. It is at an altitude of 10,823 ft.
Later we drive back to leh and visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.
In the evening return to the hotel for dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Note: Season for Rafting is from 25th June until 30 August)
Day 10: LEH
Tour concludes. Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.