A Himalayan journey

This exciting and adventurous safari takes you through the tribal valleys of Central Himalayas and Great Himalayas. A journey over six high mountain passes to Leh, getting close to glaciers and a number of high altitude lakes. Each day of the safari offers an opportunity to explore the oldest monasteries in the Himalayas and himalayan villages. This land of barren and beautiful wilderness, the culturally diverse tribal people which add to the charm and interest of mystical in the Himalayas. We stop at villages and camps on the way to get an insight into the daily life of these nomadic people. The desolate mountains of this high altitude cold desert and deep ravines reveal the natural beauty of the landscape and geology which is an unforgettable authentic Indian Himalayan experience.









Tag 1Arrival Amritsar International Airport

Arrive Amritsar. Upon your arrival at Amritsar airport, you will be met by Silkroad Travels / Classic Expedition’s representative, and he will accompany you to your hotel in Amritsar. Overnight at hotel.

Tag 2Amritsar

This morning visit its dazzling and sacred Golden Temple. A harmonious synthesis of Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. It is a breathtaking sight. Spend some time exploring the complex and afterwards – if you would like – you can enjoy a meal at the langar (community kitcken / dining hall) where food is served to all visitors for free. Thousands of people dine at the Golden Temple every day (its vast hall can seat 3000 at a time). The kitchen works almost 20 hours. All the preparation, cooking and washing- up is done by voluntary helpers, known as Sewadars. The institution of the Sikh langar was initiated by the first Sikh Guru Guru Nanak to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. This was a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began. This afternoon take a guided walk through the fascinating Walled City of Amritsar, popularly known as Hall Bazaar. Its narrow streets and lanes, with their colourful and vibrant street hawkers, shopkeepers, traders, rickshaws and dhabas (wayside eateries) invite exploration. Each katra (area) has its own speciality. Guru Bazaar, Mai Sewan Bazaar and Katra Jaimal Singh sell an array of jewellery, clothing and textiles, whilst Bartan Bazaar sells all sorts of utensils, and Katra Sher Singh sells tea. If shopping is of interest, the Punjabi jutis (footwear), ladies salwar-kameez (especially the Patiala salwar), shawls and stoles, woollens and the traditional local craft, phulkari (colourful embroidered shawls and headscarfs) are must buys. Late this afternoon take a one-hour drive to Wagah, an army outpost on the India- Pakistan border between Amritsar and Lahore, where you can witness the border closing display – ‘Beating the Retreat’. Just before sunset each day an elaborate 45- minute flag lowering ceremony, comprising of synchronized marching and bellowed military commands, takes place between the Indian Border Security Force and the Pakastani Sutlej Rangers. This spectacular display attracts countless tourists every day. Evening witness the Palki ceremony (in night, starts approx 2100hrs) There is Palki sahib ceremony in the Golden temple which takes place twice in day. Palki sahib ceremony is when the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is carried to a room for night stay. This is symbolic gesture. The holy singing is stopped, some of particular hymns are read by the respected priest than book is closed and after performing the prayer the book is placed in a golden painquin which is carried by all the devotees who are lined up to take Seva, it all happens amidst chanting and reciting of hymns, a one man blow trumpet, It so spectacular and spiritual. In the morning again same ceremony is being held when the Guru Granth sahib is taken back to the Temple and the book is opened randomly and right page is read by the reader that is {hukamnama} the order of day. Every one listen to that respectfully.

Tag 3Amritsar-Dharamshala

After breakfast depart Amritsar for the 6-hour drive to Dharamsala, the beautiful mountain abode that is the home in exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan community. Check into your hotel on arrival. This evening enjoy the beautiful 2hrs walk from Naddi to Bhagsu. During this walk you will enjoy the mixture like mighty view of Dhauladhar mountain range, Buddhist monks retreat in the forest and local villages of Dharamkot and Bhagsu.

Tag 4Dharamshala

This morning take a half-day tour visiting the Norbulingka Institute and Museum of Kangra Art. Traditional Tibetan arts and crafts are promoted at the Norbulingka Institute. Set in a peaceful environment of well- tended grounds it comprises workshops, training centres, a temple, a cafe, and a doll museum. Here you can observe the creation of colorful Tantric Thangkas (embroidered wall hangings), paintings, metal ware, furniture and traditional garments. The Museum of Kangra Art houses an excellent collection of Kangra miniatures, as well as temple carvings, fabrics and embroidery, weapons and palanquins belonging to local rajas. It also contains a school that teaches the art of miniature painting. This afternoon visit the Dalai Lama Temple (Tsuglagkhang Temple) from where the Dalai Lama gives teachings. His residence is adjacent to the temple complex. Also visit Bhagsunag Temple, a small Shiva temple built by the Raja of Kangra in the 16th century. Evening free to explore the lively McLeod Ganj market.

Tag 5Dharamshala-Sojha

After breakfast begin the 7-hour drive to Sojha with a stop en route to visit Palampur, a green hill station surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests and the ancient Shiva temple at Baijnath a beautiful example of early medieval north Indian Temple architecture featuring numerous images of great beauty and iconographic importance. Continue drive to Sojha. On arrival check in at hotel. Sojha is a little village at about 5 kms from the Jalori Pass that links the Shimla and Kullu districts. The thickly wooded mountainside, densely populated with conifers, deodars and toosh characterize the beauty and uniqueness of Sojha. With unending slopes of emerald forests, verdant and pristine, nature is at its most alluring. Located in Seraj valley, still undiscovered by many, Sojha is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mornings are particularly invigorating. One can just stroll around, walk up to the meadows or perhaps take the pathway into the jungle. Nature lovers can enjoy thick wooded hill slopes starting from bottom as far down or up or sideways or deep as one can look. One can see the great snow clad peaks beyond the tree line and some great cloud formations. The whole region is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park. Our Retreat and Cottage here, are two wooden houses surrounded by wooded forests from which you get a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan ranges in the distance. The numerous walks and treks in the surrounding forests and meadows are a special feature of the area and the drive to the retreat is a pleasure in itself.

Tag 6Sojha-Sarahan

Morning after breakfast drive to Sarahan. The drive starts with a steep ascent till Jalori Pass (2895m). On the way 1 km before Jalori top stop for good views of Seraj Valley. Start walking uphill from there till Jalori top on rough road. Spend some time on the top and continue walking downhill on road for another 30 minutes till Khanag village. Jalori Pass on a clear day provides splendid views of Kullu & Tirthan valley and a wide array of Himalayan peaks. On arrival check in at Hotel. Evening optionally visit Bhimakali temple in Sarahan, regarded as one of the Shaktipeeths. Overnight stay at hotel.

Tag 7Sarahan – Sangla

After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the famous temple of Bhimakali at Sarahan.This is the same temple in which human sacrifices were made about two centuries ago. After visiting the temple we will continue driving to Sangla where you will check in at your accommodation. After lunch you will be taken on a walk through Kamru and Sangla villages and we will visit the beautifully carved old temples and Buddhist monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunity to speak to the local people in these valleys, and our guide will be happy to interpret. The valley is also known as the Baspa Sangla valley, after river Baspa which flows through the valley and it is the part of Kinnaur valley. Overnight in guest house / hotel/ luxury tented accommodation in Sangla.

Tag 8Sangla to Chitkul and back to Sangla.

This morning after breakfast we will be driving you to Chitkul (1 hrs.) which is the last village on Indian side on the Indo–Tibetan border. The village of Chitkul is like something from a fairy tale, and you will have a chance to walk slowly around it. The landscapes are stunning, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy them and talk to the local people. We will return to Sangla for lunch and the rest of the day is free or if you like you can walk to another of the nearby villages with your guide. We will have this second night at the same guest house/ hotel / luxury tented accommodation at Sangla. Raksham to Batseri walk is 2 hours. From Chitkul drive back till Raksham village and start walk from there. You will walk all the way gentle downhill on the left bank of Baspa river till beautiful and traditional Batseri village.

Tag 9Sangla to Kalpa

After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Kalpa village (2-3 hrs.). Enroute we will stop at Recongpeo and will have a walk around the local market. Recongpeo is the district headquarters of Kinnaur district. We will have lunch in a local restaurant where you have a choice to enjoy Indian or Tibetian food. After lunch we will drive to Kalpa ( 7 kms), you will check into your hotel. After some rest you may wish to take a walk to Kalpa village and the nearby Roghi village. These villages are covered with thick pine forests and are famous for apricots and apples. The finest view of the Mt. Kinner Kailash Mountain (6000 metres) can be had from here. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. On that day after reaching Kalpa, the only option is to drive to the nearby villages and walk around Kalpa and Roghi.

Tag 10Kalpa – Tabo

After breakfast at the hotel you will be driving you to Tabo ( 8-9 hrs). It is not a day travelling but , today we will be entering the beautiful Spiti valley which is also known as the cold desert of the Himalayas as this area is cut from rest of the world due to heavy snow in the winters. En route we will be visiting Nako Lake and village with a famous monastery. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Nako and after lunch we will take you for a walk in the village with your guide . We will reach Tabo in late evening. If time permits on the way we will also visit the naturally preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk at Gue village. On arrival in Tabo check in at guest house / hotel as preferred by you.

Tag 11Tabo – Kaza

Morning visit Tabo monastery, which is oldest monastery in the whole Himalayas. Later travel to Kaza en route visiting Dhankar village to see the monastery and fort. Here we will have a cup of tea or lunch with a local family. Later on we continue our drive to Kaza where you will check in at your hotel / guest house. The evening is free to explore in the Kaza market with your guide.

Tag 12Kaza sightseeing around Kaza

After breakfast we will be driven to the village of Lagnza. Here there is an opportunity to walk around the village with your guide. You may wish to visit the monastery at the top of the village and on the way look out for fossils. Here you can also see the yak working in the fields or yak grazing in the pastures. We will also visit Hikkim and Comic village – the world’s highest village on road. Later on we return back to the main road and continue for a tour of Kee Monastery and the village of Kibber. Later by lunch time, we will reach Kibber. Once Kibber (at 4,200 metres) was considered the world’s highest village. After lunch in a local restaurant at Kibber / Kee monastery, where you will be offered a choice of delicious Tibetan dishes. here is also the option to walk to the nearby mountains where there are big herds of Himalayan blue sheep and snow ibex gather in the evening. In the evening we will return to Kaza for a second night at the hotel.

Tag 13Kaza –Jispa

Today we will make an early start (0400 A.M) as today it is a long drive. In the morning we will be driving you to Jispa via Kunzum Pass (4558 m/14,950ft) which provides beautiful views of CB ranges and glaciers. We will visit the temple on the pass where travelers say prayers before heading down the pass. We can visit Chandar Taal Lake if the road is open and see the lake, also known as the lake of the moon. En-route visit several villages of Spiti and Lahaul valley. We will reach Jispa by evening. Overnight at hotel. Evening free at leisure to walk around Keylong or Jispa.

Tag 14Jispa – Sarchu

After breakfast we will be driving you to Sarchu over Baralacha Pass (4800 m). On arrival check in at camp at Sarchu. Evening free to walk around in Sarchu. It is the last border point between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh where local agents put up a tented colony for the convenience of the tourists during summer season. Overnight in basic tented accommodation with attached toilets. As it’s a short day today and Sarchu is a very high altitude place so morning drive to nearby Shashur Gompa. After visiting Gompa walk downhill from Shashur Gompa to Keylong or another place for 45 minutes. It’s good for acclimatization as you are going nearly at an altitude of 3600 mt and coming down to Jispa / Keylong at an altitude of approx 3100 mt .

Tag 15Sarchu – Leh (248 kms/ 8 hrs)

After breakfast at your camp we will be driving you to Leh, which gives you a feeling of being in the high Tibetan Plateau. One climbs a series of loops consisting of 32 hairpin bends on the way up from Sarchu and come out in Pang valley. This region also has rare wild life like the Tibetan wild Ass, wolf, and the elusive Snow Leopard, the black- necked Crane and Tibetan Snow Cock. The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4200 mts. Continue driving Tanglang La (5280 mts.) the second highest motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the Zanskar range. We will be reaching Leh by late evening. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Tage 16 und 17Leh

Full day excursion to Shey, Hemis & Thiksey. Shey - situated on a hillock 15 kms upstream from Leh. It was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of pre-Tibetan kings. 7.5 metre high copper statue of Buddha plated with gold and the largest of its kind is installed here. Thiksey - Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics. Hemis - 40 kms from Leh it is the wealthiest best known and biggest gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honour of Guru Padma Sambhav's birth anniversary. It also has the largest thanks in Ladakh, which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2016). Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under The Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favored for Drugkpa sect, which managed the monastery.

Tag 18Leh-Diskit

Early morning drive from Leh to Nubra (7 hrs drive). The Nubra Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,380 ft.) one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from Leh to Kharga via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa famous for its murals. From Khardung La drive to the village of Khardung and then through starkly beautiful countryside to the TCP at Khalsar where permits have to be registered/checked. From here one has to turn to the left of Shyok River and drive for about 24 kms over a narrow steep road to Diskit where one has to stay in camps.

Tag 19Diskit

After breakfast walk upto Diskit monastery to witness the Morning Prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the monastery through a long scattered chortens. The Gompa is one of the highest point near the village belonging to the yellow sect (Gelukpa). Parts of the gompa, which houses 120 resident monks, are about 700 years old. The Dukhang has many statues, one of which holds the head and left arm of Turkish invader believed to be about 5000 years old. Return to camp for lunch. P.M. - Drive 7 kms to visit Hunder Gompa. This is a small gompa belonging to the Yellow Sect. It is set amidst innumerable chortens and has a huge impressive statue of Chamba in the main prayer hall. The gompa was built at the time when King Namgyal came here with his wife Gyal Khatun. Meals overnight in the camp.

Tag 20Diskit-Leh

After breakfast drive downward Shyok River. An extremely rough and rocky stretch of flat ground. Cross the river over a bridge and arrive at the first village of Tirith. The road from here is extremely bad all the way upto Panamiki. The scenery however is spectacular with the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in comparison to the Indus Valley. The vegetation is thicker with a variety of trees and flowers. Visit the 150 years old Samasthanling Gompa at Bumur/Khagar. It is a big complex of 7 temples including the Ricpoches room. Walk half an hour from the gompa to Tegar village where there is another small gompa. Walk through the village and explore the surroundings. Also a small lake lies there. Later, drive back to Leh (172 kms). On arrival check in at hotel.

Tag 21Leh-Delhi

After breakfast, in the morning, we will assist you to Leh airport to board the flight to New Delhi. After your arrival at New Delhi airport you will be met & assisted by our representative and he will accompany you to your hotel. After lunch will proceed for the half day city sightseeing of New Delhi. An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave followed by shopping at prime and famous shopping places. Later return back to hotel and stay overnight.

Tag 22Delhi-Out

In time transfer to airport & board flight to onward destination. Your tour ends here!

Unsere Leistungen

  • Übernachtungen wie angegeben in 3 Sterne - Unterkünften (Ü), Gästehäuser oder Zeltcamps Verpflegung wie angegeben (FS/B -Frühstück,ME/L - Lunch, AE/D-Abendessen)
  • Flüge (Economy class inkl. 15kg Freigepäck) und Flughafengebühren
  • In den Reisezielen örtliche indische englischsprachige Reiseleitung
  • Fahrer und Guide, wo nötig, inklusive
  • Unterbringung in 2 – Bett – Zimmern
  • Einzelzimmer – Unterbringung gegen Aufpreis (auf Nachfrage)
  • Spezial Permits
  • Sämtliche Transfers in geeigneten Fahrzeugen

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  • Trinkgelder, die in Indien üblich sind
  • Reiserücktrittsversicherung
  • Dinge des persönlichen Bedarfs
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