Pin Valley might not be on every traveler’s map because of the distance and terrain it has but it is one untouched space which is still away from most tourist’s eye. This valley is famous for its local yak cheese and homemade wine, no this valley is not situated in Sweden or France but in Himachal. This valley brings you almost everything what the Alps has to offer. In the heart of this valley lies a wildlife reserve which shares its border with the RupinBhaba Wildlife Sanctuary. Pin Sanctuary houses a wide variety of flora and fauna which can easily excite a wildlife lover. The list includes rare species of animals such as Ibex, Snow Leopard,and Red Fox. This is a secluded valley and is only accessible by a road which is maintained by the Border Road Organisation and can be a little tiring as the roads are not very well maintained
Day 1:(Arrival at Chandigarh Airport)
Our representatives will be there to receive you from Chandigarh Airport and will take you to our Volvo buses. An overnight journey towards Shimla is not as tiring as the roads are well maintained. This overnight journey will cover dinner in a local dhaba and some snacks in Shimla.
Day 2: (Arrival at Reckong-Peo)
Reckong-Peo is situated in Kinnaur district and is best for acclimatizing for a high altitude terrain. We will be reaching Reckong-Peo early in the morning and you will be allotted your hotel rooms to rest and refit. There are many local destinations near Reckong-Peo, some of which are a small village called Kalpa and Chandika Devi Temple. We will explore these two destinations and will acclimatize according to the climate which is essential as the oxygen level drops when we enter the valley.
Day 3:(Arrival at Kaza, Spiti Valley)
Spiti has been a wanderlust quenching site for many travelers and it offers everything Ladakh has to offer excluding the sea of tourists and traffic. There is a lot to explore in Spiti and we will be exploring all of that once we settle in our hotels. After lunch, we will be visiting the local herbs and shrubs center which consists medicine made by indigenous herbs. Some of these medicine includes medicines which can treat skin disorders.
Day 4: (Drive to Mud, Pin Valley)
Mud is 33kms from Kaza and is one of the most secluded villages in Himachal with a population not exceeding 200. This village has a lot to offer in terms of food and beverages, this village is famous for its Yak cheese and local wine. We will stay at a homestay nearby at rest for the rest of the day while we explore this little hamlet.
Day 5:(Exploring Pin National Park)
We will start exploring this National park after a day well spent exploring the village. This is an open terrain and there are very bunkers which are provided by the forest department. We will have to camp or stay at a nearby bunker. While exploring we will encounter some rare Juniper and Birch trees which are this valley’s attraction apart from Snow Leopard and Red Fox. Apart from the flora and fauna, this place provides us with spectacular sights which are not very common as Pin is one of the few cold mountain deserts in India.
Day 6: (Leaving Mud and Exploring Sangam)
Sangam is a town situated in Pin valley and is a part of this national park. This is a small town and constitutes a small amount of population but is perfect for a hike in the wild. The temperature in winters drops to -10 degrees which make the Snow Leopards scavenge for food near this village. If possible we might spot a Leopard and if luck is still with us we might live another day to endure that moment.
Day 7: (Drive to Hikkim and Lhangza)
There are some places in Spiti which are unique and nothing in this whole world offers similar to it. Some of these things enclosed in this valley is a small village called Lhangza which stores a huge amount of fossils dating back to Jurrasic era. The other being another small village called Hikkim which dons “World’s highest Post-Office”. We will map these two villages and will stay the night at Lhangza in a homestay which offers local cuisines and drinks.
Day 8: (Arrival at Kaza and Departure for Manali)
Once we arrive at Kaza from Lhangza early in the morning, we will pack our bags and leave for Manali. Manali is a long drive which passes through one of the world’s highest roads also known as Rohtang Pass. There is one last village where we will be having our lunch at, Losar. Losar is the last village in Spiti Valley. After Losar, we will head to Manali and we will be on our way to Chandigarh Airport by Volvo.
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