A completely offbeat 10N/11D self-drive expedition to the land of peace and zen – Spiti valley, the world capital of monastic way of life. Spiti has been described as ‘a world within a world,’ ‘a place where the gods live’ – something that holds true to the present day. For centuries, Spiti has had an introversive culture where life remained focused around its monasteries.
Get on a winding road leading to the highest motorable village of Komic or a narrow trail in the rugged terrain well-accompanied by stunning landscapes on all sides, and experience the untamed land of solitude and spiritualism first-hand.
New launch: Hospitality on the move – “Tethys on the move” or Camp Tethys
We are elated to add a new concept “Tethys on the move” to all our upcoming tours. After having an extensive experience of 20yrs in hospitality industry covering both domestic as well as international markets, we now feel comfortable and accustomed to the uncharted and unexplored locations of Himachal.
Our team has a wealth of experience in working for agencies regardless of it being adventure travel viz biking expeditions, 4×4 Self Drive Expeditions or simply glamping in the remotest locations anywhere in The Himalayas or The Thar.
We believe that whoever wants to have the best of both these experiences, travelling the remotest locations as well as enjoying the Luke’s Lifestyle, should not miss out on the charm of high end hospitality in the form of cozy lodging, gourmet meals, superb evenings in the middle of nowhere, yet enjoying nature to its very core.
Tethys on the move proudly boasts to be the only service provider in the tourism Industry, providing you top notch hospitality on the move.
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Tour Dates: May 7 – May 16, 2021 & June 11 – 20 June, 2021
Locations Covered: Kasauli Hills – Pabbar Valley – Sangla Valley – Chitkul – Kaza (Spiti Valley) – Udaipur – Manali
Arrival at Kasauli Hills (Prem Nagar)
One of the premium properties await your arrival at Kasauli Hills offering a beautiful platter of cozy accommodation in a pollution-free environment. Kasauli is an hour and a half away from Chandigarh airport. Followed by briefing and check in, bonfire awaits your arrival with a choice of barbeque followed by dinner.
Drive to – Camp Tethys (Pabbar Valley)
Driving into Himalayan countryside through Apple orchards and villages we reach splendid Pabbar Valley. Pabbar is one of the most beautiful valley in Himachal. Majestic mountains, splashing streams, natural beauty of shimmering lakes and breath-taking landscapes, Pabbar valley is a travellers dream. Bonfire and delicious food awaits your arrival at an offbeat camping location along the river. The concept we have titled TETHYS ON the MOVE.
Post sumptuous breakfast and briefing, today we drive further into breathtakingly beautiful Chanshal. Rising above the Pabbar valley, Chanshal resembles a resplendent crown. The world below appears like a painting of streams and brooks laden landscape that runs amuck into forest lands. Overnight at Camp Tethys along river Pabbar.
Post Breakfast driving through Sungri and later along the grandeur Sutlej through a beautiful and remote region called the Bapsa valley the ride halts at fairy-tale village of Sangla at an altitude of 2700 meters. Check-in to one of the premium properties. Post check-in, we go further into the Kinnaur valley with some of the most breath taking mountain scenery you can imagine. Make sure your camera is charged today. Enjoy peaceful crossways to the valley where one can be in awe of the plethora of flora and fauna including orchards, cedar trees, and fir trees and many more.
Today we drive to Chitkul. Chitkul is the last village of the country before India Tibet border. Located on the banks of Baspa River, it is practically the last point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama as one can start a trek from here.The main attractions of Chitkul are its houses which have either slate or wooden plank roofs. It also houses a small Buddhist Temple and a small tower. There is a monastery called Kagyupa Temple where an age old representation of Shakyamuni Buddha is worshipped. The valley offers an unmatched view of the river Baspa with the view of snow-capped mountains, apple orchards and wooden houses. By evening back to your resting nest at Sangla. Evening as usual.
Our route today takes us further away from civilisation towards the desert mountain valley of Spiti. Leaving behind the forest clad mountains, we enter the Spiti region. The terrain really mesmerizes one and for sure will leave you breathless and speechless. Rock-hard Desert Mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds account for the sparsely populated villages. Tonight we will rest at Camp Tethys at a stunning location which according to legend is said to be heavenly realm of fairies. One the way we will explore Gue monastery and Dhankar monastery.
After breakfasts, we proceed for sightseeing further into Spiti Valley. Today we travel to Langza village. This picturesque village is blessed with ancient monasteries and buildings of the prehistoric era. It is surrounded by green pastures, snow-clad mountains and barren landscapes that awe-struck every person who visit this stunning location. Further we travel to Komik village is the highest village in Asia and is located at a height of 18,000 feet above sea level. The beauty of this place cannot be described in words; it can only be felt and experienced with naked eyes. For night halt we check-in to a homestay/hotel at an offbeat location where we leave you to enjoy the silence of the mountains and experience tranquillity of mind.
Post breakfast, we move to Kunzum La after crossing Chicham Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in Asia, and quite an astounding spectacle at that altitude. Driving through snow walls, passing through candid-camera glaciers and everything which is natural, which is infinite we reach our Camp Tethys location by the evening. Evening as usual full of adventure and enjoyment.
This day we drive till the Chandertal lake; popularly known as the moon lake. Enjoy the raw nature and its untouched beauty with a drive over Kunzum Pass which remains inaccessible for most of the year barring four months before we head further into Lahaul valley. Night stay at Camp Tethys in an exotic location.
Riding to Manali, you will yourself experience why Himachal is called the Abode of Gods. Again entering the wonderful green landscape, you will find yourself riding through pine -scented forests, rivulets with crystal clear water, distant view of snow-peaks and above all in the colorful humanity of Himalayas. Manali (6,398 ft), in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu valley. After exploring the beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains, we reach our hotel/homestay for night halt.
Next morning, we pack our bags to return our homes taking with us all the memories to cherish for life.
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