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Spiti Valley Expedition

Spiti
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Duration

6 Nights 7 Day

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

Spiti Valley Road Trip in Overview

A home to some of the highest villages, oldest A home to some of the highest villages, monasteries, and challenging yet stunning landscapes, the Spiti valley trek is an extraordinary experience in itself. At an altitude of 12,500 Ft. Spiti Valley Road Trip

Spiti valley is a cold desert located in Himachal Pradesh. The valley originates from the Kunzum pass and is often referred to as ‘the middle land’ – meaning the land between India and Tibet or the land surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. Spiti River, originating from the east of the Kunzum Pass, flows through the center of Spiti Valley, giving its name to the valley and the district.

The history of Spiti valley tells a tale of the Mesozoic Era. Around 150 million years ago, the landmass on earth was split into two continents – Laurasia and Gondwana. Tethys Sea, the only ocean, used to be between these continents.

These two continents started drifting towards each other resulting in a collision and formation of the Himalayas. Tethys Sea disappeared and the once-living creatures of the sea died and turned into fossils. Spiti Valley is the part of the trans-Himalayan range where the Tethys Sea used to exist and the fossilized creatures can still be found in few areas of the valley.

Fossil imprints on stone are easy to find and while you are here you will come across shops selling them. A land lost in time and a place that humanity forgot about, the Spiti valley trek is one of the unexplored adventurous destinations of India and this is exactly why you should cover a trip to this tranquil place.


Spiti Valley Height and Location Spiti Valley Road Trip

Perched at an altitude of approx. 4000m Spiti Valley Road Trip


Spiti valley is Location Spiti Valley Road Trip

Spiti valley is located high in the Himalayas in the northern part of India in the state of Himachal Pradesh.


Spiti valley Distance and Duration Spiti Valley Road Trip

Shimla-Spiti valley’s road span is 426 Km approximately starting from Shimla and ending at Kalpa. Spiti valley road trip is a memorable excursion in the Himalayan mountains.

There are two known road routes that one can take to reach Spiti – Shimla-Kaza and Manali-Kaza. A hard choice, we recommend our travelers to take the Shimla-Spiti route for the beautiful reason of all-year accessibility to Spiti via Shimla. Spiti Valley Road Trip


Specialty of Shimla-Spiti route Spiti Valley Road Trip

While both routes (Manali and Shimla) offer their advantages and experiences, here are three reasons to take the Shimla-Spiti route: Spiti Valley is a cold and deserted high altitude destination. Hence, your body will require a certain amount of acclimatization before you enter the Spiti Valley.

Going via the Shimla side will help you gradually increase the altitude and your body gets acclimatized properly. Hence, there is less chance of getting hit with acute mountain sickness.

Traversing the Hindustan – Tibet Highway is one of the world’s most treacherous or adventurous roads. Riding or driving on Hindustan – Tibet Road is a journey in itself and a unique experience in itself.

Rohtang Pass permit is required to travel beyond Rohtang pass in case you travel to Rohtang Pass from Manali side. Hence, travel to Spiti from Shimla helps you avoid the process of getting the Rohtang Pass permit first.


Best time to visit Spiti valley

The duration between the months of mid-May to mid-October is the best time to travel to Spiti Valley. This is when the roads open after being blocked by snow during winter.

The temperature remains well within 15-20 degrees Celsius along with a gentle breeze. The valley is dotted with vibrant flowers and green vegetation. Woolens – sweaters and light jackets are recommended as the nights are cold.

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Highlights of Shimla-Spiti Road trip Spiti Valley Road Trip

Spiti Valley often referred to as the ‘land of Lamas’, is a Buddhist land. Spitians follow Vajrayana Buddhism, similar to that found in neighboring Ladakh and Tibet.Spiti Valley Road Trip

You will find the monasteries of Spiti Valley to be similar in architecture, design, and paintings as found in Leh-Ladakh, Zanskar, Tibet, or Bhutan. Before reaching Spiti valley, you get to stay at some of the famous villages in Kinnaur Valley namely Narkanda and Chitkul.

Also, Kalpa by the River Sutlej is a town that mesmerizes us with its serene landscapes and great viewpoints. Kaza is the gateway to Hikkim which houses the highest Post Office in the world, and you may send a letter to a dear one from there if you like.

Itinerary Of Spiti Valley Winte

Day 1: Arrival in Manali
Reach Manali early in the morning via bus from Delhi(most convenient). Post-check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Travelers are advised to indulge in cafe hopping, local sightseeing, and more. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali.

Day 2: Manali to Chandratal
Post-breakfast head towards Chandratal lake. En-route, make brief stops at Kibber, Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge), and Kunzum Pass. Post-check-in, relax for sometime before visiting the Chandratal Lake. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal.

Day 3: Chandratal to Kaza
Drive to the eye-catching and imposing monastery of Dhankar. Perched on a riverfront cliff, Dhankar was the former capital of the Spiti Valley (when the valley was ruled by Nono kings). Overlooking the Spiti river, it offers panoramic views of river valley. Visit one of the oldest Gompa in the Spiti Valley. Overnight stay in Kaza.

Day 4: Kaza-Hikkim-Komik Village-Lalung-Langza
The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snowcock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza.
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. Visit to Key monastery. Overnight stay at Kaza.

Day 5: Kaza to Nako
Nako sightseeing- Explore Nako with its thousand years old Nako monastery & footprints of Lord Padmasambhava
Tabo Sightseeing – Chogskhor monastery, the Golden temple, Bodhisattva Maitreya temple, The Chamber of Picture, Mahakala Vajra Bhairava temple, Temple of Dromton, Temple of enlightened Gods.

Day 6: Nako to Chitkul
Chitkul (at 3400 meters above sea level), is the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. It is the most visited place in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur.Drive to Chitkul village from Tabo and stay there in a hotel. Night stay at hotel in Chitkul.

Day 7: Chitkul to Shimla
After breakfast, explore the vicinity around including an ancient Kamru fort and temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya Devi. Leave for Shimla from Chitkul experiencing green orchards, brilliant streams and scenic beauty along the way.

 

Things to Carry

  • A bottle of water

A reusable water bottle/hydration flask – 1.5-2L easy to fit in your backpack side pocket.shimla winter trip

  • Snacks

Carbohydrates and protein rich, healthy, and easy-to-consume snacks – Gud Chana, Fresh and dried fruits, Energy bars, etc.

  • An item of warm clothing

Baselayer : Polyester/wool to maintain body dryness.
Second layer : Fleece/Sweater/Padded Jacket to keep your warm.
Shell layer : Windproof & waterproof jacket/raincoat/poncho to protect interior clothing.

  • A hat and sunglasses

A broad brim, waterproof and sun protective hat and sunglasses with light-colored lenses for great contrast and visibility in shades.

  • Sunscreen

sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, reapply after every 2 hours.

  • A rain jacket or umbrella

For warmer months, consider a compact travel umbrella, opt for a waterproof & windproof rain jacket for winters.

  • Spare cash

For emergencies and as a saving, online payment modes may not work in some areas.

  • Personal Medication

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Manali

Reach Manali early in the morning via bus from Delhi(most convenient). Post-check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Travelers are advised to indulge in cafe hopping, local sightseeing, and more. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali.

Day 2: Manali to Chandratal

Post-breakfast head towards Chandratal lake. En-route, make brief stops at Kibber, Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge), and Kunzum Pass. Post-check-in, relax for sometime before visiting the Chandratal Lake. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal.

Day 3: Chandratal to Kaza

Drive to the eye-catching and imposing monastery of Dhankar. Perched on a riverfront cliff, Dhankar was the former capital of the Spiti Valley (when the valley was ruled by Nono kings). Overlooking the Spiti river, it offers panoramic views of river valley. Visit one of the oldest Gompa in the Spiti Valley. Overnight stay in Kaza.

Day 4: Kaza-Hikkim-Komik Village-Lalung-Langza

The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snowcock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza.
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. Visit to Key monastery. Overnight stay at Kaza.

Day 5: Kaza to Nako

Nako sightseeing- Explore Nako with its thousand years old Nako monastery & footprints of Lord Padmasambhava
Tabo Sightseeing - Chogskhor monastery, the Golden temple, Bodhisattva Maitreya temple, The Chamber of Picture, Mahakala Vajra Bhairava temple, Temple of Dromton, Temple of enlightened Gods.

Day 6: Nako to Chitkul

Chitkul (at 3400 meters above sea level), is the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. It is the most visited place in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur.Drive to Chitkul village from Tabo and stay there in a hotel. Night stay at hotel in Chitkul.

Day 7: Chitkul to Shimla

After breakfast, explore the vicinity around including an ancient Kamru fort and temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya Devi. Leave for Shimla from Chitkul experiencing green orchards, brilliant streams and scenic beauty along the way.

Included/Excluded

  • Stay on sharing basis.(Triple) in Hotels/Homestays/Camps.
  • Buffet Format, Breakfast and Dinner as per the tour itinerary.
  • Shared Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Driver and Fuel Cost
  • All applicable toll taxes
  • Monastery Fee.
  • Tour Orientation on Day 1
  • Basic First aid with medicines required for this trip.
  • Inner line permit, if required
  • Expert Tour Guide.
  • GST 5%.
  • Any extra transportation, like transfer from your city to Reporting Point
  • Any other cost personal in nature
  • Personal Guide apart from Driver

Durations

7 to 10 Days

Difficulty Level

Moderate

Best Time to Visit

November- December

Tour's Location

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