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.
Day 0 Delhi - Manali
Meet Adventure Geek Leader at Manju ka Tilla and Catch Volvo Bus to Manali
Day 1 Manali
Your seven-day Spiti Valley Tour begins as you leave the urban scape for the Himalayan town of Manali, where you get your first taste of the Himalayas. Manali today is an attractive blend of a hill, town and holiday resorts.You'll be free to explore Manali on foot this day.
Overnight at a hotel in Manali
Day 2 Drive from Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzum Pass - Kaza.
We begin our journey on the 200-kilometre (125 mile) road from Manali to Kaza in Spiti. As we pass through the popular adventure-haven Rohtang Pass at 13,054 feet, we experience a dramatic change in the landscape around us, from dense forested Hills to Rocky barren plains and peaks. This road is a scenic rollercoaster, into the desolate and stunning brown landscape approaching Chattru and Batal. At 14,931 feet, we are welcomed by the chilly air at Kunzum Pass, descending into Losar Village, the first in Spiti Valley.We reach Kaza by evening, and enjoy our night at a comfortable hotel.
Overnight at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 3 Drive from Kaza - Pin Valley - Mudh Village - Kaza
On the third day of our Spiti Valley tour, we drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley.From snow-clad mountains to lush green lands, Pin Valley promises an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties, and trekking opportunities for the adventure-seekers
.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 make our way to the Kungri Monastery, and then to the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. We end this day with a bonfire by the river.
With serene landscapes, the warmth of the fire, complemented by the rhythmic flow of the gushing water, we enjoy our piping hot tea, and head back to Kaza by night.
Day 4 Drive from Kaza - Ki Monastery - Langza - Komik - Hikkim - Kaza
On the third day of our Spiti Valley Tour, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
We begin our day by heading to Komik, which literally translates to “eye of a snow cock”, the highest village in Asia situated at the height of 14,806 feet. With the tiny population of 84 people, this isolated farm village is surrounded by soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks.
We further drive to the world’s highest post office in the world in Hikkim, where you may even meet the post-master and hear his stories.
After sending a postcard out, we drive to the picturesque village of Langza. As you 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.
Today, we also visit the world-famous Ki Monastery, situated at a height of 13,668 feet. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, Ki Monastery was founded by the discipline of the famous Atisha in the 11th century CE. Before making our way to the monastery, the we’ll make a quick stop at the base of the monastery hill for the ultimate photo-opportunity of this remarkable structure. Belonging to the Yellow Hat or Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery is famous as a prominent centre of learning.
A monk guides us through the monastery as we overlook the endless plains, seeking peace and calm.
We drive back to Kaza by evening, and spend the night at our comfortable hotel.
Day 5 Drive from Kaza - Tabo - Dhankar. Trek from Dhankar to Lhalung
Today, we continue our Spiti Valley Tour, and drive towards the ancient, 1020-year-old - Tabo Monastery. The UNSECO world heritage site, famous for its intricate portraits of gods and demons, along with ancient paintings depicting the life of Buddha, is a fusion of western, Indian and Kashmiri style.
After walking around Tabo, we drive words the Tiny hamlet of Dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River, the former capital of the Royals of Spiti Valley also known as the Nono, who ruled the dust-coloured badlands of Spiti Valley is a historic delight. Walk 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.
Later, we end the day by making our way 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. We spend the night with a local family and indulge in a cooking session at their authentic homestay.
We listen to their tales and enjoy the delicious homecooked meal before we rest overnight at Lhalung in our warm homestays.
Day 6 Drive from Lhalung - Kibber - Losar - Kunzum Pass - Chandratal Lake
This day, we commence our journey back home and trace our steps back on the Kaza – Manali road.
However, we take a stop at the picturesque village of Kibber, before heading to another Spitian wonder – Chandratal Lake. Located at a height of 4,205 meters and 18 km from Kaza, Kibber 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, we make our way to the mystical and beautiful Chandratal Lake, which translates to Moon Lake, located at a height of 14,100 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.
The camps near the Lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags / blankets and a comfortable mattress.
Day 7 Drive from Chandratal Lake - Batal - Chattru - Rohtang Pass - Manali
With visuals of the stunning Chandratal Lake captured in minds and cameras, 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 bid goodbye to our driver to end our breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on double 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 2 to Day 7)
- Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
- Local coordinator for the tour from Day 2 to Day 7.
- Riverside bonfire for 1 to 2 hours on Day 3, Guided tour with a monk of Ki Monastery on Day 4,
- Local food cooking session at a homestay in Lhalung on Day 5.
- Driver and coordinator charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
- 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
- Lunch / Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages
- Meals in Manali and those that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- 5% Tax (GST)
- Any trasfers or Car / Driver / Coordinator on Day 1
- Guide / Porters
- Any activities, permits, services, 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.