Travel number: 32
Jeep Tour to the Lahaul Valley
4 days Multi Active Cultural Tours
Number of participants: from 2 participants
Requirements: 1 von 10
There are no special requirements. Only good seated meat is needed, as the road conditions are sometimes quite poor.
This jeep safari is especially suitable as a complement to one of our treks!
The Lahaul Valley in the north-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh offers spectacular rugged mountain scenery and impressive Buddhist culture. The Lahaul Plateau is bordered by the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. Dry and very cold, it is surrounded from all sides by high mountains. There are many glaciers, the largest of which is the Bara Shigri Glacier. The valley is also very interesting due to its Buddhist culture and art. The monasteries, which were impressively built on steep rocks, are still very well preserved and preserve antique paintings, wood carvings, thankas and golden paintings of Padmasambhava.
The people here are friendly and like to demonstrate their traditional dances and ballads and tell their stories. The summers are cool and pleasant with green grass, alpine flowers and barley fields. Lahaul lies in the rain shadow and is therefore perfect for visiting it during the monsoon season.
You may be lucky enough to spot some rare animals, such as the snow leopard, the blue sheep or the Tibetan wolf).
Day 1 Manali to Keylong 80 km
Over the mighty Rothang Pass (3980 m) you leave the green Kullu valley. The pass offers a wonderful view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. You always drive along the Chandra River. Keylong, the district capital of Lahaul, is located at 3350 m in the heart of the Himalayas in a lonely corner. It is surrounded by rugged, snow-capped mountains. Green pea and potato fields glow in colour from the high-altitude sun. Only here you can find a permanent market in Lahaul. (Overnight stay in the hotel) -/-/-
Day 2 Sightseeing
Here are some of the sights where you can visit:
Gondla (18 km), located on the right side of the Chandra River, the great fort is an imposing phenomenon.
Kardang (5 km), the largest monastery in the area, is owned by large prayer drums, which the monks play during their ceremonies. You can also visit paintings, antique weapons, instruments and large statues of Buddha.
Shashur (3 km), a gompa nestled against the mountains, is located about 600 meters above the valley opposite Keylong. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 3 Keylong to Trilokinath Temple to Udaipur 60 km
The Trilokinath Temple is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
Udaipur is famous for the Mekula Devi Temple. Since the place is a little lower in altitude, walnuts, apricots and apples grow here. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 4 Udaipur to Manali 151 km
Today you drive over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) back to the green Kullutal to Manali. B/-/-
- Innova car or similar vehicle with driver
- 3 nights in a typical middle class hotel with breakfast
This tour is possible from May to October!
For 2 participants from 250 euros per person. With a higher number of participants, the price per person decreases!
They are located in the middle of the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
While the green Kullu valley starts from where our tour starts, relatively densely populated by mainly Hindus, it is getting drier, higher and lonelier towards Lahaul. The people in the high mountain desert are predominantly Buddhist and there are countless ancient monasteries that invite you to visit.
In the southern area of Himachal, it can rain heavily, especially during the monsoon season, but rainfall in Lahaul is extremely rare. The temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, at night it can be quite cold, even below freezing point.
On this tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 6000 meters.
Due to climatic conditions or organisational reasons, we reserve the right to change the tours in the suburb as it is safest for all involved.
During the tour we stay in simple, clean local accommodations in the 2 to 3 star area.
Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.