DESCRIPTION

                Take your car, gang, and aspirations to explore some of the most mesmerizing parts of Himachal Pradesh on this unconventional and hardcore motor adventure! LA Himalaya presents a week-long self-drive through Himalayan milestones like Rohtang Pass, Jispa, and Sach Pass, with daring camping and offbeat adventures. You will be driving through some of the most offbeat towns, off roading to explore scenic routes, camping by pitching tents in favourable locations, and indulging in leisure through bonfires, stargazing, sightseeing, and more while maintaining social distancing. And since arranging food, comforting accommodation, and more can be a challenge on the route, you will have a special team accompanying you for your meals, camps, and back-ups. So, brace to get a taste of an extreme adventure as you whoosh your car through the mountains, backed with strong support of an experienced team. If you mentally reside in the mountains and are up for a rugged and challenging expedition, this is one trip you shouldn’t miss!
            
21000 onwards
5.0 Rating
8 Days
5 Reviews

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Manali
  • The 7-day adventure starts with exploring Manali. Apart from being the epitome of tourist hubs in Himachal, the town is known for its outspoken landscape and a never-ending scope for adventure activities. Spend your day exploring the nature trails and hippie cafes. In the evening, a hearty dinner with sweet music awaits you before bed.
Day 2: Manali to Chandra Taal
  • After a warm breakfast, you will make way for Himachal’s epic lake of Chandra Taal. A short bumpy ride (that will take you through eccentric meadows, playful streams, and the beautiful Rohtang Pass) later, you will arrive at the campsite, generously arranged by Camp Tethys.
Day 3: Chandra Taal to Jispa
  • You will start the day by exploring the beauty of Chandra Taal, nestled against a remarkable landscape of snowy Himalayas. You will then continue your journey by leaving for the colourful Lahaul valley to Patseo/Jispa. This village is known for its woolen clothes and hilly festivals aside from its enchanting landscape. Upon reaching there, another camp-in night stay awaits you!
Day 4: Jispa to Shinku La
  • Day 4 of your unique trip brings to you an offroading experience leading to Shinku La, an offbeat high pass of the valley. Instead of opting for the Manali-Leh highway, you will take a detour trail that will make you explore this high mountain pass. As you reach the campsite for the night, the gift of chilly winds and mountain landscapes is only mandatory. Enjoy the starry night as you reside to the comfort of your camp-bed after a warm bonfire session.
Day 5: Shinku La to Pangi
  • Off-roading continues as you make way to your next destination that is Udaipur/Pangi. A hearty campsite exploration and a scrumptious breakfast later, you will start your drive towards Pangi. The landscape towards here comprises muddy roads, barren lands, and playful streams, making it worth your while as you camp here.
Day 6: Pangi to Sach Pass
  • As we have almost reached the end of this adventurous trip, we take you to its highlight, the Sach Pass. We are talking about one of the most difficult passes to cross in North India, standing tall at an altitude of 4500 m. It runs over the Pir Panjal Mountain ranges and connects Dalhousie with Chamba and Pangi Valley. Notoriously famous among travellers for its adventure activities, Sach Pass blesses you with a spectacular view of snow-clad mountains. As you explore this wondrous pass, you will also camp here for the night.
Day 7: Sach Pass to Dalhousie
  • After the morning ritual of a warm breakfast, you will begin to descend downwards to Dalhousie, which needs no formal introduction. The mesmerising natural landscape, pine-clad valleys, flower bedecked meadows, fast flowing rivers, misty mountains, and old British architecture of this town all add to its charm. Stay the night in Dalhousie.
Day 8: Departure from Dalhousie
  • Departure day arrives. After over a week of adventure and exploration, it’s time to head back  home as we bid adieu to yet another successful trip. Collect as many memories as you can as you make plans for future trips with your new travel buddies for life!
Note:
  • This expedition takes you on some of the remotest routes that lead to offbeat places. It is recommended that you travel by a 4x4 or an equivalent car and that you have adequate experience and confidence for driving in the mountains. And since the journey will be slightly difficult than the average road trip, we recommend it only to brave travellers who would be willing to adjust to the challenges and bear with extremely chilly weather and other unforeseen discomforts. Furthermore, the itinerary is tentative since the routes may alter depending upon the road conditions, the time taken in driving, the weather, and exotic locations found while pitching the camp. Travellers are requested to keep their spirits sporty as they indulge in this adventure which can be whimsical at times.

INCLUSIONS

  • Trip inclusions: travel insurance, which is mandatory for the trip; all permits and state-entry passes required for the trip including the COVID-19 entry pass; all meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, accommodation for 7 nights. Gear such as tents, mattresses, chemical toilets, tables & camping chairs, etc shall be provided.

POLICIES

  • This trip is organised in association with LA Himalaya and the stay experience is offered by Tethys on the Move. Zostel only serves as a platform to book this adventure and does not take any liability on any matter concerning the trip. Further, Zostel is not an accommodation partner for the trip and hence travellers shall be staying at accommodations arranged by the organisers.
  • It is mandatory for every participant to carry a negative report on the COVID-19 test from a government approved lab. This report should not be older than 96 hours when you enter the state border of Himachal Pradesh. You may get Trunaat/CB Naat Test (Negative) report in alternative to RT-PCR Test, but still from a accredited/authorised Laboratory.
  • Participants are required to bring their own car and manage the fuel costs on their own. Since the expedition takes you through rugged and difficult routes, it is a must that you either have a 4x4 or an equally turdy car and adequate experience of driving in the mountains. Moreover, they must also carry their own sleeping bag for the trip.
  • An e-pass is mandatory to enter the border of Himachal Pradesh. The team will help you obtain the same. You will be contacted for personal details required for this form as well as your travel insurance, both of which are mandatory.
  • Cancellation: There will be no refund on this trip on the occasion of cancellation at travellers’ end. Whereas, in case of unforeseen circumstances, the concerned team will try their best to provide travellers with a refund, although it is not guaranteed.
  • Backup and safety crew: Along with the trip leader, travellers will be accompanied by the media team and production members (chef, mechanic, and more). This team will also help in providing back-up in case of emergencies.
  • The occupancy shall be on a double basis for couples and a triple basis for singles in all camps and hotels.
  • Trip exclusions: Car, fuel costs, additional personal costs, anything not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Travellers are requested to be respectful of Nature, culture, sentiments of the locals, and the surroundings at all times on this trip. We strictly discourage littering, nuisance in terms of loudness and behaviour, as well as going against the laws and practices of the places and its peoples.
  • Carry in your backpacks: COVID-19 safety kit (such as masks, gloves, sanitizers), sleeping bag, 2 rolls of toilet paper, Balaclava, gloves, bedsheet, thin blanket, woollen socks, warm cap/hat, hiking/waterproof shoes, muffler, masks, warm jacket, windcheater, thermals, goggles, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, lip balm, bandana, mosquito repellant, liquid soap, bag for wet clothes, eatables/snacks of your choice, one-day emergency ration, dry fruits, chocolates, extra power banks, a camera with batteries, binoculars, toiletries, medicines you take or may need (if any). Important: the weather gets extremely chilly during the nighttime so carry your clothes and gear accordingly.

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