One of the least explored destinations in the Indian Himalayan region, Charang Valley is dominated by different spectacles of nature. The landscape is patched with lush green meadows, orchards and vineyards and is surrounded by the looming mountains capped in snow..
One of the most beautiful treks in Himachal Pardesh, the Charang Valley trek is an escape to a fairy world that bubbles with fantasies and allows you to breathe in the pleasing mountain air. The major attractions on the Charang Valley trek are the lofty peaks of Kinner Kailash at an elevation of 6,349 meters and Jonkarden at 6,473 meters. The journey traverses through one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Indian Himalayan region, the Charang La at an elevation of 5,300 meters, which requires a steep and strenuous climb from an altitude of 4,420 meters at Lalanti. Although the trail is of 4 to 5 days, but the journey requires one to get acclimatized to the varying altitudes and fitness as well. The Charang Valley trekking tour stretches from an elevation of about 1,900 meters to 5,300 meters and continues for 12 to 13 days. It passes through a thick bed of alpine forest and meadows and also embarks upon the tricky glaciated tracks and deadly moraines.
The Charang Valley trekking tour from Chail to Manali through several alpine and remote villages is one of the most beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh. En route to Kalpa followed by Lambar and Thangi at 2,966 meters, which is the starting point of the actual trek, the journey leads to the harmony of the Charang village at about 3,500 meters. The journey cuts across several rivulets and thick forest. From Charang the route turns to Lalanti, which is the base of Charang La. Thereafter, the trail follows a steep climb to Charang La and descends to Chitkul, which is another village secluded within the mountains. From Chitkul the journey wheels to Tabo and thence to Losar. On this road trip to Tabo and Losar one can even visit the Tabo Monastery, which is the largest monastic complex in the Spiti region, and Ki Monastery, which is close to Losar. One can even drive up to Kibber village at an elevation of 4,116 meters. From Losar the tour continues to Manali over Kunzum Pass at 4,551 meters.
The best time to hit the trailing tracks to Charang Valley is from the month of May to September. One has to be equipped with the necessary trekking equipments as the Charang Valley Trek is one of the moderate to challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh.
|Season||May to Sept|
|Altitude||5242 mts/17194 ft|
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi – Chandigarh – Chail
Day 3: Chail - Kalpa
Day 4: Kalpa - Lambar
Day 5: Lambar - Charang
Day 6: Charang - Lalanti
Day 7: Lalanti - Chitkul
Day 8: Chitkul - Tabo
Day 9: Tabo
Dhankar Gompa is app. 40 Kms from the camp location. It rests high over the valley and is a stupendous example of local architecture. Dhankar is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti script.
The Tabo monastery is a thousand years old and second in importance only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. This is the largest monastic complex in the Spiti region with several caves adorned with fine frescoes.