Go across Jalori Pass - at 10,800 feet, considered to be one of the toughest places to access in the Himalaya.
Stay at Raju Bharti's Cottage at Gushaini, a charming rustic lodge across the Tirthan river - accessible only by a makeshift apple cart strung across the flowing river!
The Himalaya has fascinated people for many centuries, however the difficulty of reaching the mountains was too great for most people to overcome. Now it is comparatively easy to reach the high Himalaya, and see for yourself the beauty of these mountains and the amazing variety of valleys they create, from lush green fields to stark brown cliffs.
We bring you a taste of the high Himalaya on this trip, along with the beauty of its wooded slopes and valleys, cradles of myriad Hindu deities resident in their tiny local village shrines. The majesty of range upon range of purpling mountains flowing in waves as you cross the Jalori Pass and stand atop it’s alpine meadows at the divide of the Sutlej and Beas river valleys. Hidden mountain trails and back roads that form no part of any grand tourist circuit, but introduce you to the great mountains, the simple local village life and the household "devtas" worshipped in every home, the apple carts that carry you across rushing streams to the most comfortable village homestays!
When you travel with MHE, you can be assured that we are backed by many years in the business of providing safe and sustainable adventure trips. The staff you deal with in the office, all the way through to the guides and drivers have years of experience in safe and enjoyable travelling behind them. We can advise you on the right gear, the right training, and no question is too crazy for us to answer.
Our trips are designed for your maximum enjoyment and comfort, taking into consideration the environment and conditions, wherever you are. You will find that lodges and facilities higher up are not as luxurious as those in big towns and cities.
We use the best available accommodation. Please remember though that you are in a remote and difficult location, and your expectations should be reduced accordingly.
We believe in sustainable, ethical and responsible tourism. Our guides are all certified and trained, and our drivers all have many years of experience on the mountain roads. Our crew are all insured, and provided with suitable clothing and equipment.
We support the local economy wherever possible, and do NOT encourage giving any gifts of sweets, pens etc to the charming local children you meet along the way. If you are really interested to donate something, please discuss with us first.
Our "all inclusive" trip means that you are not constantly rummaging for money, and you know up front what is included.
Dates: August 12, 2017 Trip starts from: Chandigarh, Punjab No. of days of the trip: 10 No. of driving days: 10 Maximum altitude: 4,590 at Kunzum La Trekking Grade: Moderately Challenging
All-Inclusive Cost: Please call us for details
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DAY 1: ARRIVE CHANDIGARH AND DRIVE TO MASHOBRA
You need to reach Chandigarh - the start-off point for this fantastic trip! If you're coming from Delhi and have chosen the chauffeur-driven option, we recommend you board the train to Chandigarh at 0740 hrs. Our team will be there to pick you up at Chandigarh railway station at 1105 hrs and we will drive straight on to Mashobra - a pretty little town outside of Simla with spectacular views. It's a 4-5 hrs drive. Your Spiti Jeep Safari has just begun!
If you're driving your own vehicle, you still need to meet us at the Chandigarh railway station at 11:00 AM, so we can all leave together.
DAY 2: DRIVE TO THANEDAR
Thanedar, our next day's destination, is a mere 80 km journey through amazing mountains and beautiful orchards to 2300m. Here we camp overnight in Swiss tents and it really begins to feel like we're 'getting away from it all'.
DAY 3: DRIVE TO GUSHAINI
After breakfast, drive via Jalori pass to Gushaini. The first part of the drive is down a breathtaking steep and twisting mountain road to the crossing of the Sutlej river (in first gear only!), after which we slowly ascend to the Jalori Pass. This road features on almost every adventure tourist’s list of Must Do’s.
After reaching Gushaini we stay at Raju Bharti’s Cottage, a charming rustic lodge which we will reach by taking a small makeshift cable car across the Tirthan River. Don’t be afraid, it’s a short trip only and the welcome you receive in the lodge gardens on arrival will delight you. The gardens have beautiful trees and flowers for you to enjoy the serenity as you have a well earned cup of tea. Overnight in Raju Bharti's Cottage. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 4: AT GUSHAINI
The day to explore the town or relax. Gushaini is famous for trout fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting and trekking. Enjoy a nature walk, or try your hand at fishing
Overnight in Raju Bharti's Cottage. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 5: DRIVE FROM GUSHAINI TO MANALI
After breakfast and packing up, drive from Gushaini to Manali. We pass the Beas River and many forested areas. The hill station of Manali has a small population, and has become increasingly popular as a starting point for many Himalayan adventures such as trekking and rafting. It is believed that the Hindu sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great deluge had flooded the world. Manali is also often referred to as the "Valley of the Gods", and the local fruits, especially apples, plums and pears, are much prized. For two nights you will be staying at Casa Bella Vista, a café and cottages nestled in a lush garden setting.
Overnight at Casa Bella Vista. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 6: DRIVE FROM MANALI TO SOLANG AND BACK TO MANALI
After breakfast it’s sightseeing time in Solang, a side valley a short drive from Manali. During winter this meadow is popular for snow sports, and in summer you can try zorbing, paragliding or horse riding on the lush green grass. Or just lie on the grass and breath in all the beauty that mother nature has provided. Overnight at Casa Bella Vista. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 7: DRIVE MANALI TO KIKAR
After breakfast drive to Kikar, at the foot of the Shivalik hills, and check in at the Kikar Lodge and Nature Resort. There is something for everyone here : adventures such as zorbing, paintball, safari, flying fox and rappelling, swimming, quad biking, and horse riding. If you prefer something a little more relaxing head to the spa for a massage, sauna or steam bath.
Overnight stay at resort. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 8: DRIVE FROM KIKAR TO CHANDIGARH AND TAKE THE EVENING TRAIN TO DELHI
After breakfast the day is yours to spend as you wish until the evening transfer to Chandigarh railway station for the train journey back to Delhi.
End of journey.
Our "all inclusive" trip means that you are not constantly rummaging for money, and you know up front what is included.
Seven nights accommodation in hotels/ camps on twin sharing basis.
07 Breakfasts, 08 Lunches, and 07 Dinners.
Self-drive/chauffeur-driven vehicles (Scorpio/Innova or similar)
Walkie-talkies in each car.
Support jeep with trip leader and mechanic.
Basic medical kit .
All government taxes included.
For the chauffeur-driven option: All of the above plus:
Train tickets from Delhi to Chandigarh - for those choosing the chauffeur-driven option.
Pick up and drop off from airport/railway station, Delhi to Delhi.
Fully equipped vehicles with experienced drivers - includes fuel costs as well.
Costs Do Not Include
International/Domestic air fare or train fare.
Unforeseen expenses that demand a change in itinerary like natural forces, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and illness.
Medical, Travel, or Evacuation insurance.
Expenses of a personal nature - tips, laundry, phone calls, beverages.
Fuel costs of the vehicle you self-drive - hired or own (comes to approximately ₹ 12,000 Delhi to Delhi)
Loose comfortable T-Shirts NOT COTTON or long sleeved shirts for sun protection
Long trousers (for cultural reasons, we request you not to wear tight pants or
shorts. If you really want to wear shorts, please make them loose fitting and long)
A warm jacket / fleece pullover
A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
A water and wind proof layer (jacket and pants)
Woollen or thermal gloves
Sun hat and sun glasses
Woollen or fleece hat
Scarf / stretchy ‘buff’
Socks – depending on the season bring either warm, woollen socks or cool, breathable cotton socks
Sports shoes / comfortable walking shoes
Sandals or flip flops for indoors
A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, travel towel, etc
Ziplock bags are handy for convenient leak-proof storage
Sun block and lip balm
Dust mask/ scarf / stretchy ‘buff’ for dusty trails
Personal first aid kit + any personal medications you need to take + water treatment tablets/drops
Camera, batteries and charger, music, book
Airtight and waterproof ‘dry bags’ are great for 1) keeping your clothes dry and 2) storing your dirty
laundry separate from clean clothes!
Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 litres of water and have bottles that can handle boiling/hot water
HEAD TORCH and spare batteries
Your sense of humour and adventure!
Make sure your clothing is suitable for extreme cold and warm temperatures - the days get warm, but there is a wind chill factor, so plan for layers.
What to take with you in your day pack:
Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:
2 litres of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
Sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
Warm fleece or thermal layer and gloves
Water proof layer
Any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
CRITICAL – take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.
The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!).
Altitude and preventing Altitude Sickness
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Data indicates that drinking 3-4 litres of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process.
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and other altitude medications and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice. If anything happens to your guide the first aid kit has a Wilderness Medicine handbook with comprehensive information about altitude sickness and other ailments.
When relevant, your pre-trek briefing will include information about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
For more information on AMS, please do read up here:
Tipping and cash requirements:
While all main meals are provided on trek, do not forget to bring some money for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes.
The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice. Tipping is now common but there is no strict rule about how much the tip should be. Needless to say, you should only tip if you are satisfied with the service.
Photographing and interacting with local people:
During your trek you will have many opportunities to photograph local people and the amazing scenery and you will use tons of film/memory space! When you want to take a photo of a person, please ask them first and respect their right to refuse – you will be surprised how easy it is to convey the request to take someone’s photo even when you don’t share a common language!
If you have a digital camera it is considerate (and fun!) to show them their photo and if it’s possible to arrange to have copies printed and sent to them this is an amazing gift! However do not promise to do so if you are not sure you can deliver on the promise, so please talk to your guide about this! Photos can be a brilliant way to establish a connection with local people, but please respect their right to privacy.
Refrain from giving money or food to children. There are many good organisations working to help these children and we recommend you support them instead of encouraging them to beg. One other way is to collect books, pencils and other such articles and donate them to village schools you will find on your way.
Considering the Environment:
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips.
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment - people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
Pick up any litter along the trail.
Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source.
Try and avoid making a campfire - if you must, be sure to use only fallen wood. Do not consume food cooked on wood fires.
Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic bottles are a problem.
Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora.
Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate).
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.