One of the still unexplored and insanely beautiful stretch of the Indian Himalayas, Spiti is a valley of stark landscapes and high snowy peaks stretching to the sky. Gurgling rivers and crystal clear lakes dot the highlands of Lahaul, while an ancient civilization has survived for nearly a thousand years and has preserved its culture against the onslaught of modernity in Spiti. The Spiti valley lies in the western Himalayas at 3680 meters, in Himachal Pradesh in north India near the Tibetan border. Closed to the outside world for over 30 years, this ‘forbidden’ valley opened to foreigners only in 1992.Spiti valley is as much a journey within as it is without. The lofty Kunzum pass will trivialize our place in the world. The stillness of the Chandratal lake will talk to you of contentment. The legendary ki monastery will speak to you of man’s industry - physical, yet transcendental. And since all life is cyclical, you’ll again be jolted into insignificance as you trek the ragged & spartan route to some of the highest Himalayan villages of the world. Rise to one of world’s highest motorable roads enroute langza and sway to the sinuous Spiti river below. Indulge the yaks and refresh your paleontology. Lunch with the rank and file at demul and bow to Spitian regalia at dhankar.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary.(double sharing on extra cost)
- Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Shimla and Manali.
- Comfortable non-ac toyota innova / force traveller for all days as per the itinerary
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags at Chandratal lake
- Monastery / Museum entrance fees
- Adventure geek expertise
What is NOT included in the tour
- Train/flight travel to and fro from Chandigarh and Delhi
- Lunch on all day
- Meals in Shimla and Manali and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- 5% tax (Gst)
- Sightseeing in Chandigarh, Shimla and Manali
- Any permits, activities, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of god.
- Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.
- Drive through the mountains
- Camp at moon lake or Chandratal lake
- Send a postcard from the world's highest post office
- Drive through rohtang pass, kunzum la
- Visit the beautiful ki monastery
- Experience village life up and stay in homestay
- Indulge in local cuisines
- Visit Shimla, Manali hill stations.
DAY 1- CHANDIGARH - SHIMLA [4-5 HOURS]
We meet our cordial nearby driver in Chandigarh. The drive will take us from the urban landscapes to Shimla - where we get our first taste of the Himalayas. Named after shyamala devi, a manifestation of goddess kali, Shimla is the capital of himachal pradesh and summer capital of pre-autonomy India. It is an appealing mix of slope town and occasion resort. Shimla has an unmistakable retro style – with hand-painted signs in the bazaars and autos prohibited from the fundamental town – it nearly feels like the Britishers left just yesterday. The drive is an agreeable one and takes us through some brilliant scene. Shimla is an imperative piece of the adventure as it gives the body adequate time to adjust to the elevation and prepare for the voyage ahead. Overnight at a hotel in Shimla.
DAY 2- SHIMLA - SANGLA (6 - 7 HOURS / 8900 FEET)
We begin driving from Shimla after some tasty breakfast and begin driving towards our second Himalayan goal - Sangla. At Sangla - known as the 'place that is known for divine beings', the 95 km stretch of flawless excellence guarantees you a storage facility of superb recollections. The stream of the sutlej waterway through the Sangla valley is a significant incredible sight; the pleasant landscape and the lifestyle in the various towns of Sangla are demonstration of the congruity with which coincides with nature. Overnight at a lodging/camps in Sangla.
Day 3- SANGLA - CHITKUL - KALPA (8 - 9 HOURS / 9711 FEET)
Today we visit Chitkul - frequently called the last Indian town. The broad nila range where the greenish-blue baspa waterway starts, beautifies India on one side and tibet on the other. At a tallness of 3450m, Chitkul is picture-immaculate here, the sanctuaries of the nearby goddess, 'mathi' are well-worth visiting also; some of them are as old as 500 years. Chitkul is a genuine ordeal of nature unravaged by the across the workbench infringement of man, and the magnificence of the slopes that dot the baspa valley are demonstrations of this reality. We at that point follow our miles and keep driving on the hindustan - tibet expressway - towards the apple-plantation dabbed town of kalpa. Legend has it that kalpa was the winter home of master shiva. On the off endangerment that it's actual, he couldn't have discovered a progressively striking house himself, with enthrallingly magnificent perspectives of the kinner kailash and jorkandan pinnacles approaching directly over the town. A twisting street around 7 km above rekong peo conveys you to this jewel of a little town where innovation is just barely starting to show up. Kothi, found 3 kilometers from kalpa, has a sanctuary devoted to the goddess chanadika devi. This sanctuary has an: exceptionally abnormal building style and fine model. A stunning gold picture of goddess is revered in sanctum. Try not to miss the awesome nightfall at kalpa. Overnight at hotel in kalpa.
Day 4- KALPA - NAKO - KAZA (8 - 9 HOURS / 12,000 FEET)
Today, the scene changes from green-mountains to forsake mountains. We proceed with our voyage through kinnaur and enter the hindustan-tibet parkway - regularly called the world's most brave streets. We drive through puh, which is the keep going fuel station on this street before kaza. After a fuel refill, we drive towards nako. Nako - initially known as 'kyangoh' or 'door to the heavenly place', is a town in western Himalayas, arranged at 3600m. This town is the epitome of buddhist culture and customs - apparent in the different religious communities and practices of the beguiling local people. The town is stunningly excellent with an oval molded lake, ensured on all sides by abutting mountains. The lake stops over amid the long periods of winter. Afterward, we keep heading to kaza - the area capital of Spiti valley. Medium-term at a lodging in kaza/rangrik.
DAY 5- KAZA - PIN VALLEY - MUDH - KAZA (3 - 4 HOURS / 12,450 FEET)
Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties, a river that gushes when it isn’t frozen and trekking opportunities for the adventure-seekers. The pin valley promises all this and more. Declared a national park in 1987, pin valley has altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards. In addition, other animals indigenous to the region and park are the siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox and marten. Birds such as the pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, chukor and raven paint the skies a pretty picture. We return to kaza in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in kaza / rangrik.
DAY 6- KAZA - KI MONASTERY - GETTE - KIBBER - KOMIK - HIKKIM - LANGZA - KAZA (6 - 7 HOURS / 14,800 FEET)
Today, we visit the world famous ki monastery. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the ki monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous atisha, in the 11th century ce. Belonging to the yellow hat or gelugpa sect of tibetan buddhism, this monastery is famous as a prominent centre of learning as well as refuge for tibetans. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the ki monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm. Then we will move farther down the valley to the picturesque village of kibber. Located at a height of 4205 metres and 18 km from kaza, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village of this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. Next - we drive to komik - the highest village in asia. Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 metres. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. After komik, we head to hikkim - which houses the highest post office in the world. Don’t forget to send a postcard home from here! Later, we head to the picturesque village of langza. Once you are here, you can walk about the village and visit the ancient lang (temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. At langza, trek back to the prehistoric era when Spiti was submerged by the tethys sea as you explore a land very rich with fossils of marine animals and plants which were here millions of years ago. We return to kaza in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in kaza / rangrik.
DAY 7- KAZA - TABO - DHANKAR - LHALUNG (5 - 6 HOURS / 12,774 FEET)
After a delicious breakfast, we continue our Spiti valley tour and drive towards the only other town of Spiti valley – tabo. Also known as the ‘ajanta of the Himalayas’, tabo houses the 1020 year-old tabo monastery – which is a unesco world heritage site and is famous for its ancient paintings that depict the life of the buddha, and intricate portraits of gods and demons along with life-size statues of bodhisattvas, in a fusion of western tibetan, Indian and kashmiri styles. After spending a couple of hours at tabo, we drive towards dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and pin river, in a hidden bowl, is the tiny hamlet of dhankar. The former capital of the royals of Spiti valley, also known as the nono, who ruled the dust-coloured badlands of Spiti valley. Go back in time as you explore the 1200-year-old dhankar gompa which perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. If time permits, do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise dhankar tso or dhankar lake which offers views over the valley and towards the twin peaks of mane rang (6593 meters). Later, we take a short drive to lhalung – another beautiful high altitude Spiti valley village. The word lhalung means ‘land of god’ and the village of lhalung is located at the foot of the tangmar mountains which supposedly transforms in colour depending on the mood of the deities. Red denotes anger while yellow signifies happiness. Apart from being home to hospitable local families, the village of lhalung is also home to one of the oldest gompas in Spiti valley. The lhalung monastery – also known as sarkhang and golden temple – is situated at a height of 3658 meters. We spend the night at an authentic local homestay with a local family, listening to life tales at above 12,000 feet. Overnight at a homestay in lhalung.
DAY 8- LHALUNG - LOSAR - KUNZUM PASS - CHANDRATAL LAKE (7 - 8 HOURS / 14,000 FEET)
This day, we commence our journey back home and trace our steps back on the kaza – Manali road. However, we take one last stop at another Spitian wonder – Chandratal lake. The mystical and beautiful Chandratal lake, which translates to moon lake, is located at a height of 14,000 feet. The chandra bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky. After capturing the colours of the beautiful Chandratal lake, we drive to our camping site where a hot supper under the gaze of a million stars and the milky way awaits us. Our camps at Chandratal lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags / blankets and a comfortable mattress. Overnight at camps near Chandratal lake.
DAY 9- CHANDRATAL LAKE - BATAL - CHATTRU - ROHTANG PASS - MANALI (6 - 7 HOURS / 6726 FEET)
We wake up to a delicious breakfast. If time permits, we can visit the lake one more time before we bid goodbye to Spiti valley. We continue driving on the kaza – Manali road and after a few hours of driving and some more stunning landscape, we pass through the famous rohtang pass and reach Manali where we end our Spiti valley tour. Overnight at a hotel in Manali.
DAY 10- CHECK OUT FROM MANALI
Today, at 12 noon, we check out of our hotel in Manali. You are free to explore Manali town - or head to new delhi / chandigarh - from where you can fly back / take a train home.
Tour ends with happy memories