One of the still unexplored and insanely beautiful stretches 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.
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 the world’s highest motorable roads en route 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.
- 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 Delhi - Shimla
Meet leaders at Manju Ka Tilla, Delhi at 11.00 am latest to catch Bus to Shimla & overnight stay at shimla.
Day 2 Shimla- Kalpa
On the first day of this Spiti Valley Tour, from Shimla, Morning 6 am we drive through Narkandha and head towards the apple-orchard dotted town of Kalpa. After a 7 kilometer winding the road through pine forests, Kalpa is a splendid gem. According to legends, this is
the winter abode of Lord Shiva. With the majestic views of the Kinner Kailash and Jordan Peaks, this enthralling village has spectacular sunrises with the crimson sunlight glowing on the snow-capped peaks. Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa/Reckong Peo
Day 3 Kalpa – Nako – Tabo
We continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is famously known as one of the “most treacherous roads of the world” by the lonely planet in a visual spectacle. Don’t let that little piece of information deter you because your local drivers are highly skilled and experienced while driving on these roads. As you begin embracing the jaw-dropping views watch the mountains change their colors from the lush greens of the Kinnaur valley to the many hues of brown.
After a brisk refueling stop at Puh, we continue to Nako – the last villa of Kinnaur, before we enter the doors of Spiti Valley. After lunch in Nako, we pass through Sumdo, the primary town of Spiti Valley on this street, to Tabo, where the eldest religious community is, right around 1000 years of age.
Overnight Stay in Tabo.
Day 4 Tabo - Dhankar - Lhalung- Kaza
Today, 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. If time permits, do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise Dhankar. Tso or Dhankar Lake offers views over the valley and towards the twin peaks of Mane Rang. Later, we take a short drive to Lhalung – another beautiful high altitude Spiti valley village, making our way to Kaza - the district capital of Spiti Valley.
Overnight at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 5 Kaza- Pin Valley - Mudh - Kaza
we drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley. 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. We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh –the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. Overnight at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 6 Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Kibber - Ki Monastery
Today, we visit the world-famous Ki Monastery, situated at a height of 13,668 feet. Then we will move farther down the
valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. 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 meters. After Komik, we head to Hikkim - which
houses the highest post office in the world, making our way to the picturesque village of Langza. We return to Kaza in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 78 Drive from Kaza - Kalpa
On the sixth day of the Spiti Valley tour, we are almost towards the end of this magical trip. Today, we set out to return to Shimla across the Hindustan- Tibet Highway. The first stop on this leg would be the charming village of Kalpa which we had previously visited on our way up to Spiti Valley. Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa /
Day 8 Kalpa - Shimla
On the final day of this Spiti Valley tour, from Kalpa, we head back to Shimla. Shimla is an attractive blend of a hill town and a holiday resort. With its distinctive retro style, hand-painted signs in bazaars, cars banned in the main town, Shimla has an old-world charm that feels as if the British left just yesterday. The tour ends here but you have the option of choosing to stay in Shimla and explore the town on your own – or we can help you arrange a private taxi to get back to Chandigarh or New Delhi.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on triple sharing basis at all destinations as per the itinerary.
- Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Manali.
- Comfortable non-AC Force Traveller shared by ten people, for all days as per the itinerary (Day 1 to Day 8)
- Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
- Local coordinator for the tour from Day 1 to Day 8.
- Riverside bonfire for 1 to 2 hours on Day 6, Guided tour with a monk of Ki Monastery on Day 5, and a local food session at a homestay / guesthouse in Mudh on Day 4.
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags at Chandratal Lake if included in the itinerary.
- Monastery / Museum Entrance Fees
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.