Himalayan Triangle - Where Poems Were Written.

Travel deep into the unknown territory where we show you the most wonderful side of our country known only to very few. Your journey starts from Sojha, before Jalori Pass. Tall Silver oak trees, filling the roadside with Blue Iris, are a sight to behold. It also provides breathtaking sceneries and walks to nearby lakes and forts. Driving from Shoja we drive past deep gorges of Gandah Nallah, Anni, and Rampur towards one of the most beautiful valleys of Kinnaur; Sangla, known for its massive towering mountains (remains of a moraine) on all sides and the beautiful Baspa. Thanedhar, the birthplace of apples in India and an orchard town.

Day 01. Arrive Chandigarh the day is kept at leisure

Day 02. Pick up from hotel in Chandigarh and drive to Shoja- 230 km- 08 hrs via Bilaspur, and Mandi. Reach Shoja in the evening. Depending on your travel time, you might be able to do a village visit. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in Banjara Retreat.

Day 03. Breakfast at the camp. An adventure day today.  Hike to Serolser Lake is a beautiful one offering different vistas of the Himalayas. A well-defined trail takes one to the lake. Few hundred meters on the trail and then you get into the Oak forest. The sun rays filtering through the tree cover, the blue of the sky through the foliage, the up and down of the trail, occasional sight of a bird, a clearing showing the huge green vistas cascading down to the Sutlej valley, all of this and more will keep you an enchanting company to the lake. The lake makes up in crystal clear clarity what it lacks in size. The local belief is that no one has ever found a leaf floating in the lake through leafy trees surround the lake itself. Lunch near the crystal clear waters of the Lake. Hike back to Jalori pass and drive back to retreat. Evening around a bonfire in retreat. Dinner and overnight stay in Banjara Retreat.

Day 04. After breakfast hike to Raghupur Fort Meadows overlooking the Tirthan Valley in Kullu district in the West and Shimla district in the East. An early start, especially if you are a photography buff, is recommended. From Jalori, it is a level walk in the open for about a hundred meters towards Sutlej valley before it heads straight into the forest on a well-defined trail. Half a kilometre later, a steep climb takes one to a small meadow that offers a photo-op. A short rest and off you go into the Oaks and Rhododendrons forest slowly climbing up and then shifting gear for a final steep climb of 15 to 20 minutes. Here the tree line finishes and we move into a lush green meadow. A little up and we are rewarded with a 360 degrees view of The Himalayas, Dhauladhar, and Kinnaur ranges, all of them in one sweeping glance. All around you are swathes of lush green meadows that gently descend into the oak and blue fir forests.

An Evening walk to the waterfall Duration: 1.5- 2 hours Level: Easy this is an easy walk of around 45 minutes to an hour from the retreat. It is a good way to refresh yourself on your arrival at the camp and flex those muscles tired of sitting in the vehicle. From the road head, there is a slight uphill walk towards Jalori Pass. A few hundred meters up the road, one takes the right fork into the forest that leads to the waterfall. Return to your lodge for Dinner and overnight sleep. 

Day 05. After early breakfast, leave for Sangla {Long Drive} Reach Rampur Bushehr (along Sutlej river) and then cross over the river to start the climb to Sangla. We drive along the river till Karcham from where once again, we start climbing up the mountains to reach Sangla. Reach Banjara camps ahead of Sangla, early in the evening. After a cup of tea, we could go for a short 01 km walk to the lovely little Batseri village. Evening at leisure.

Day 06. Post breakfast today spend a day visit to the Chitkul village. This is the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. From here, you can hike up to Nagasthi, the last border outpost that civilians are allowed to. It is a lovely 2.5 km walk along a stream. Lunch along the glacier-fed mountain stream. Drive back to Camp in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. You could also try your hand at rappelling, rock climbing or river crossing. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in tents.

Day 07. After breakfast today, you will go for the signature walk of the valley. Drive to Rakcham village where you cross the river and begin your hike back to the camp. This is a 6-7 km long hike through thick forests, open skies, streams, and walk by the river. Reach back early afternoon. Lunch at camp. Rest after lunch else, try your hand at Rock climbing, rappelling, or river crossing. You could also go for a short walk in the surrounding hills. Night stay at Banjara camp and retreat.

Day 08. Early breakfast and today, leave the camp for the signature walk of the valley. You will start the hike from Camp itself via Betseri village where you cross the river and begin your hike back to the town. This is a 5-6 km long hike through thick forests, open skies, streams, and walk by the river. Reach back by afternoon. Lunch at camp and rest after lunch else, try your hand at Rock climbing, rappelling, or river crossing. You could also go for a short walk in the surrounding hills. Night stay at Banjara camp and retreat.

Day 09. Today you leave after breakfast for Thanedhar. You will be driving back towards Rampur alongside Sutlej River till Bhital from where once again, you start climbing up the mountains to reach Thanedar. Reach Banjara Orchards and Retreat, early in the evening. After a cup of tea, you can go for a short walk or drive to the lovely Tanijubber Lake. Evening around a bonfire. Overnight stay at the Retreat.

Day 10. Breakfast and later visit the Tani-Jubbar Lake (2400M) which is famous for the Nag-Devta temple. There on Drive to the Hatu Peak which, at 3352m offers a panoramic view of the snowline of Shrikhand Mahadev Mountains. You can also hike up to the Hatu peak instead of driving. Picnic lunch at Hatu peak. Evening around a bonfire. Nights stay in retreat.

Day 11. Early breakfast and drive back to Chandigarh via Narkanda Shimla and Solan. The driver will drop you at Chandigarh Airport so you can catch an evening flight back home bring back some untold Himalayan Stories.......