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HIMACHAL PRADESH, NORTHERN INDIA. Traversing into Pin Valley: The Pin Valley trek is located in the valley of Spiti in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Continuous change in topography from lush green belt to dry arid landscape of Spiti. This trek is sure to charm many adventure lovers as it is very challenging and equally rewarding experience as it presents a mosaic of adventure , religion and culture. One requires good fitness and will to enjoy this trek. Explore ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’ the magnificent 1000 yr old Tabo Monastery. Amazing Monasteries of Dhankar , Ki & Pin. Old Hindu Temples of Bhimakali and Hadimba.
Arrive Delhi. Met on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Board the early morning Shatabdi exp. to Chandigarh. Met on arrival at Chandigarh railway station and drive (310 km) to Manali (1920 mt) via Mandi and Kullu. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Manali. Visit Hadimba temple & hot springs of Vashist. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Drive to Pulga (98 km) via Kullu & Manikaran. Visit the holy Sikh temple (Gurudwara) and hot water spring at Manikaran and further proceed to reach Pulga. Overnight stay in tented camp.
The trek through the forest to Khir Ganga (2850 mt.). It is a pleasant walk and includes one short steep climb. Khir Ganga is a Hindu holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple to Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. This is the last chance to take a natural hot water bath on the trek. Trek through fields & forest to Khirganga. Arrive and camp for overnight.
The trail is still within the limit of pine trees and is heavily wooded on this section also. Tunda Bhoj (3200 mt) is the upper limit for the pine forests and now on there is an abundance of Bhoj (Birch) trees. Camp in a green meadow.
This is the first challenging day on the trek. The trail is steep and hard in some sections close to Thakur Kuan (3400 Mts.). This area falls within the Kanawer Wildlife Sanctuary and one may encounter small Himalayan Brown Bears at lower elevations and Wild Sheep or the Snow Leopard at higher altitudes.
Trek through flower speckled meadows to mysterious Mantalai Lake. There are some very unusual rock bridges on the way to Mantalai and there is an abundance of quartz and semi precious gems around here.
Trek via crossing many small streams. The trek the climb over bolders and screes. Camp below the pass.
Climb to the Pin Parvati Pass 5320 mt). after spending some time at pass, descend on other side of pass and camp at the base for overnight stay.
Gradual descent along the left bank of Pin River to Chinpatta. Camp for overnight.
Trek down Pin-Valley to Mud, the first village of Spiti. Camp for overnight. In the evening visit the village. Overnight stay in camp.
In the morning, drive to Rangrik, visiting Kungri monastery en route. On arrival, set-up camp. In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Ki and Kibber Monasteries. Ki Monastery is an important Gelugpa centre and is seat of Lochen Tulku, the 24th Lotsawa Rimpoche. Return back to camp for overnight stay.
Drive to Sichling below the Dhankar Monastery (3890 mt). In the afternoon visit Dhankar Monastery.
Day excursion to Tabo (3050 m) the ancient cultural city of Spiti. It houses the most famous Monastery of Himachal Pradesh. This is over 1000 year old and treated as the most sacred Monastery next only to Tholling Gompa in Tibet. The inner wall of Tabo is covered by frescos and painting from Buddha's life. Often referred as `Ajanta of Himalayas' Tabo's paintings are still preserved in most original form.
Drive to Kalpa visiting Puh and Nako Lake en route. Visit Old China town and enjoy stunning views of Kinner - Kailsah massif. Overnight stay in hotel.
Drive to Sangla. Excursion to Chitkul - the last village in Sangla Valley. Mt. Laldang dominates the valley. Overnight stay in camp.
Drive to Sarahan. On arrival check-into hotel. In the afternoon visit the famous Hindu Temple of Godess Kali - Bhimkali Temple and bird breeding centre in Sarahan. Overnight stay in hotel.
Drive to Shimla via Rampur and Narkanda. Visit Viceregal lodge, State Museum and the Mall. Overnight in hotel.
Day free to explore Shimla town. Afternoon transfer to Kalka railway to board train to Delhi. Met on arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day at leisure to explore Delhi on your own. Later transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
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For the services contracted, 40 % advance payment should be made to hold the booking on a confirmed basis and the balance amount should be paid before commencement of your tour. We hold the right to decide upon the amount to be paid as an advance payment, based on the nature of services and the time left for the commencement of the services.
Payment can be made by Bank Transfer, Cash payment to our office or by Demand Draft / Cheque. All payments should be free and clear of any withholding tax and deduction. Bank charges, if any, for remittance (by remitting bank or by intermediary bank) would be strictly borne by payer.
Tour once commenced will strictly go as per the itinerary finalised. In case of events and circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to change all or parts of the contents of the itinerary for safety and well being of our esteemed passengers.
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
Where as in case of Cancellation before the commencement, it will take atleast two weeks time to refund the said amount.
Please note that after the finalization of the tour/service cost, if there are any hikes in entrance fees of monuments/museums, taxes, fuel cost or guide charges by the Govt. of India, the same would be charged as extra.
Mountain Adventure Tours & Travels act only in the capacity of agent for the hotels, airlines, transporters, railways & contractors providing other services & all exchange orders, receipts, contracts & tickets issued by us are issued subject to terms & conditions under which these services are provided by them.
All itineraries are sample itineraries, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort & general well being.
Our rates are based on the prevailing rates as negotiated by us with the hotels, airlines etc. Hotels and Airlines retain the right to modify the rates without notice. In case of such changes the rates quoted before the modification, can be changed by us according to the modifications by hotels or airlines. All hotel bookings are based on usual check in and checkout time of the hotels until unless indicated in the itinerary.
We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accident, breakdown of machinery or equipments, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures or any untoward incidents.
We shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person, property, or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or other services, resulting – directly or indirectly – from any act of GOD, dangers, fire, accident, breakdown in machinery or equipment, breakdown of transport, wars, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferages, epidemics, medical or custom department regulations, defaults, or any other causes beyond our control.
We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. Visitors are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country. All baggage & personal property/s at all times are at the client’s risk.
To travel to India from overseas countries except for the citizen of Nepal & Bhutan, one needs a 06 months valid passport and a valid Visa. And processing of Passport and Visa are not included in the tour cost.
Any person who has a contagious disease is forbidden to travel, any person found during the tour with such a disease will be asked to leave the tour and will have to make their own arrangements to return home.