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.
- 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 10.00 pm to catch Bus to Shimla
Day 2 Shimla- Sangla
Reach Shimla and After Breakfast, We start our epic Himalayan excursion today and begin heading to Sangla. With the Baspa waterway mystically weaving itself through the forested slants, this perfect 95-kilometer stretch of the Sangla Valley is an incredible sight. Known dominatingly for its horticulture, pretty much every house in Sangla will have developments of apples, pears, pecans, apricots or potatoes.
Overnight Stay in Sangla
Day 3 Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa
After a good Morning and breakfast, basking in the first rays of the sun, we will be heading towards Chitkul.
Chitkul can be portrayed as one of the most picturesque settlements in the valley and the last possessed town before the India-China fringe. This short drive from Sangla to Chitkul will be one of the most grand drives you'll accept with a lot of open doors to take shocking photos. Stroll around the Bapsa waterway and pay tribute to the Mathi Goddess at the sanctuary in the town. Subsequent to investing energy in Chitkul, we pivot and head to Kalpa.
Legend has it that Kalpa was the winter home of Ruler Shiva. In the event that it's actual, he was unable to have discovered an increasingly surprising residence himself, with enthrallingly glorious perspectives on the Kinner-Kailash and Jorkandan tops approaching right over the town.
Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.
Day 4 Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo
We continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is famously known as one of “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 colours 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 most old religious community is, right around 1000 years of age.
Overnight Stay in Tabo.
Day 5 Drive from Tabo - Dhankar - Mudh
we drive to the charming and high villages of Dhankar and Pin Valley.
Dhankar, the former capital of the Spiti Valley, offers panoramic views of Spiti Valley. Dhankar stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river. Perhaps there must have been a fort here once, but today Dhankar is renowned for its 1200-year old monastery balanced precariously on a rocky precipice. If time and energy permit, we do the easy 45-minute trek to the stunning turquoise coloured Dhankar Lake.
After the trek, we drive to the mesmerizing valley of Pin. 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. 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 stay here overnight at a homestay far away tucked into the mountains. P.S: Away from mobile network as well.
Day 6 Drive from Mudh - Ki - Kibber - Kaza
Good Morning.Wake up and see the beautiful Mountain to Spiti today we drive to some of the popular and landmark regions of Spiti.
We drive back down to Kaza for lunch. After that, we visit the world famous Ki Monastery. The car will first stop at the base of the monastery hill for the ultimate photo opportunity of this remarkable structure. 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 center of learning as well as a 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 up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 meters and 18 km from Kaza, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village in this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snow-tipped mountains make the place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. From Kibber you can trek to Chicham Village, located across a sharp and precipitous canyon traversible only by a suspended wire cable basket system known as a Jula. We drive higher up to the secluded village of Gette where we absorb stunning aerial views of Kaza and tie a prayer flag.
Day 7 Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Kibber - Ki Monastery
On the seventh day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. 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. This little hamlet ensures to bring you thousands of miles away from your familiar settings to a place of soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks. Some of the common animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.
Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. If possible, you might even meet the post-master and hear his stories.
After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza. Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza houses a population of 137 in 33 households. Once you are here, you can walk around the village and visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. At Langza, walk 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.
Day 8 Drive from Kaza - Chandratal
We drive to one of the most photogenic places in Spiti Valley – the Chandratal Lake. Before that, we pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kuzum Mata” as she's known. At 15,000 feet above sea-level, the Kuzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley.
From there, we head to Chandratal Lake – A visual marvel, this stunning blue-coloured lake is set at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level in the heart of high Himalayas and is a must see on a full moon night. It derives its name, “Chandra” (Moon) and “Taal” (Lake) from the crescent shape of the lake. Watch the lake change colours from crystal clear shades of blue to emerald greens by dusk.
Otherwise barren and bereft of any human settlement, the blue lake bordered by carpeted green meadows couple with the pristine white of the Chandra Bhaga mountain range makes this an ideal camping ground.
Live your dream of camping comfortably in the Himalayas as you spend your evening gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars on a clear night. Our camps at Chandratal Lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, high altitude sleeping bags / blankets and a comfortable mattress.
Overnight at a camp 2 km away from Chandratal Lake.
Day 9 Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Close to end of Tour drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. We take a quick stop at Batal for a cup of tea at a small tea shop run by a beautiful old couple. From there, we continue driving on the Kaza – Manali highway and stop at Chatru for lunch. Drive through the famous Rohtang Pass and return to Manali to end your breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.
Here, we bid goodbye to you with our driver and guide who have been your friends for the past eight days.
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.