Day 1
Arrive Delhi.
15 seater internal flight to Kullu.
O/n hotel in Manali.

Day 2
Day to relax and enjoy Manali.
Visit to Hadimba Temple.
O/n hotel in Manali.

Days 3 - 13
Trek from Manali to Bir via:
Kaliheyani pass (13,320 ft)
Thamser pass (15,390 ft)
Bara Bhangal village (8,325 ft)

Day 14
Teachings with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
O/n hotel in Dharamsala.

Day 15

Teachings with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
O/n sleeper train to Delhi.

Day 16
Shopping and sightseeing in Delhi.
O/n hotel in Delhi.

Day 17

When: Sep - Oct

Level: 3

     A Journey to the home of the Dalai Lama

     Our  challenging  trek  starting  from the Manali Wildlife  Sanctuary,  takes us to the home of the Tibetans in  exile  to  meet  the  Dalai  Lama  who is  giving  Buddhist teachings in one of the most breathtaking areas of the world.

     The challenge begins taking us through the beautiful Manali Wildlife Sanctuary to dense forests with huge walnut, cedar, oak and pine trees. This area is well known for its diverse Himalayan wildlife. Each day presents different and startlingly beautiful landscapes and we are inspired by the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the world's highest mountain range.

     The Kaliheyani Pass (13,320ft) affords an unforgettable panorama of the mountains of all the Kullu and Lahaul Valley. We follow the Sunni River, crossing a large snow bridge, and then we reach the ancient village of Bara Bhangal (2500m). This remote and isolated village is only accessible for 4-5 months of the year.
     The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds- the Gaddis - who lead a nomadic life, continuing a lifestyle largely unchanged for centuries. The friendliness and hospitality of the local people is renowned.

     After crossing the Thamser Pass (15,390 ft) with spectacular views of the Dhaula Dhar range, we emerge from the rocky terrain to a softer landscape with many lakes dotting the countryside interspersed with cascading waterfalls. For a true Himalayan adventure this is one of the finest treks.

     The trek finishes in the picturesque Tibetan colony of Bir, host to the 1992 World Paragliding Championship. You have the opportunity of experiencing a bird's eye view of the breath-taking snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas whilst paragliding tandem. We will visit the amazing Tcherobling Monastery, with beautiful intricate thangkas and the impressive gold - plated , jewel encrusted 3-storey high Buddha.


     Dharamsala (6000 ft) has been the centre of a vibrant community since the 1950's and is home to the Dalai Lama, who received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Here we will attend Buddhist teachings given by the Dalai Lama. There is time to explore the templand monasteries of Dharamsala, often called a little Lhasa in India with a giant prayer wheel in the centre of this colourful town and many strings of multi-coloured Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The rich cultural heritage, both Buddhist and Hindu with the remnants of faded touches of the Raj, add to the memorable images of a visit to the mountains of the Indian Himalayas.