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Spiti Valley Expedition – Route 1

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Ladakh’s lesser-known neighbor, the cold mountain desert of Spiti, is for travelers who dare to drift from the tourist trails. Spiti’s postcard villages remain remotely tucked away in the lap of the mighty, barren Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, and it is here that you can hike along Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf habitats, visit monasteries dating back over a 1000 years, sample a fascinating culture and cuisine different from the rest of India, and meet the kindest of people who live the harshest of lives. This is a world within a world, as Rudyard Kipling once described it.

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All about the Spiti Valley Expedition – Route 1.

Be it 3 days or 11 days, it’s never too late to travel where your heard desires. Come with us on an epic road trip, filled with exciting activities, into the heart of the Himalayas as we take you through the mystical lands of Spiti Valley and Kinnaur.

With an average height of 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley is a desert mountain which lies nestled between India and Tibet. These epic journeys into Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Round Trip on the Hindustan-Tibet highway and the Manali – Kaza highway is by far the most unforgettable drives you’ll take in your life.

Spiti Valley will enchant you, as you move through these mountains, soaking in all the sights, sitting under starry skies, spotting the milky way, listening to the sounds of the Spiti river and losing yourself to the freedom of this far-flung land.

From Yak Safaris and riding tractors, to hiking to blue glacial lakes, riverside dinner and bonfires, to local alcohol tasting sessions these curated trips of Spiti Valley Experience tour are designed for those who believe in the true art of travelling, and travelling comfortably.

With over 7 years of experience in the Spiti Valley, we understand Spiti Valley and what our travel friends want. So be assured that your comfort and safety is our priority on this highly memorable Spiti Valley tour.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Stay on Sharing basis (Twin/Triple) in Hotels / Homestays / Camps.
  • Buffet format, Breakfast & Dinner as per the Tour Itinerary mentioned above.
  • Shared Transportation as per the itinerary mentioned above.
  • Driver Cost. Fuel Cost.
  • All applicable Toll Tax.
  • Monastery Fee.
  • Tour Orientation on Day One
  • Basic First Aid Kit with medicines required for this trip.
  • Inner line permit, if required.
  • Expert Tour guide.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Cost of any kind of travel insurance
  • Any expense not specified in the “Inclusion list
  • Transfer from your city to Reporting Point & Return
  • No airfare or transportation or extra over and above the expedition plan.
  • Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverage, insurance etc.
  • It also does not include expenses towards medical exigencies and other emergencies, unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest, changes in local unions/associations rules and situation beyond our control. However, all best possible assistance would be provided in case of exigencies.
  • Service Tax 9% and or any other applicable taxes
  1. Day 1 Delhi to Sarhaan via Shimla, Kufri & Narkanda (530 kms / 12-13 hrs)

    Our 530 kms long journey from Delhi to Sarhaan will begin around midnight from Central Delhi. Stopping for dinner near Karnal we will proceed towards Narkanda crossing touristy towns like Solan, Shimla, Kufri, Theog. We will stop for breakfast at Narkanda and visit the Hatu temple before continuing our drive to Sarhaan, approx 100 kms ahead. Sarhaan is a small picturesque village in Himachal, considered to be the “Gateway to Kinnaur”. It is the site of famous Bhimakali Temple, originally known as Bhimadevi Temple dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. We will be reaching Sarhaan by afternoon. After checkin, we will visit the village and later attend the evening “aarti” at the temple. Overnight at Hotel.

  2. Day 2 Sarhaan to Sangla / Chitkul (98 kms / 4-5 hrs)

    Sangla Valley is supposed to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. In Tibetan, the term Sangla means “pass of light” which refers to the valley receiving sunlight during the day. Did you know that just a couple of years back, outsiders were prohibited to enter this area due to its proximity with Tibet. Now its become one of the most sought-after areas in the Kinnaur region. Spread over an area of over 40kms, it’s a magnificent sight to behold. Snow clad mountains surround you and you get to see the Kinner Kailash peak. The Baspa River flows through the valley and that is why it is also known as the Baspa Valley. After your check-in we will visit the local Sangla market as well as the famous Kamru Village & Fort, just near to our campsite. Return to our camps and huddle together for a bon-fire dinner under the open skies.

  3. Day 3 Sangla to Kalpa (100 kms / 4-5 hrs)

    Kalpa (9700 ft) is stated to be photographer’s delight, offering many picturesque settings of various temples dedicated to Hindu & Buddhist gods & goddesses, overlooking the Kinnaur Kailash ranges as the backdrop. Famous for its apple orchards, Kalpa has one of the highest literacy rate – 85%. A perfect example of Kinnauri craftsmanship, the Narayan- Nagni temple is constructed in traditional Tibetan Pagoda style of architecture. Situated on the top of a hill at Chini Village, this temple is one of the major attractions of the Kalpa village and a must visit. Check-in to our hotel which has a beautiful terrace overlooking the entire Kalpa town. Overnight one of the 35 best places to visit in Himachal. Inhabited by Kinnauri people this small village town at Kalpa.

  4. Day 4 Kalpa to Tabo via Nako & Giu Monastery (160 kms / 6-7 hrs)

    Today we will be entering the Spiti Valley, and it all begins at Khab. This gauge at Khab is one of the most amazing sites on this route with the confluence of Satluj river coming from Tibet & meeting with the peaceful yellow Spiti river. Gradually you begin to notice the change in the landscape and sooon you will be crossing Nako & Chango. At Sumdo you will officially enter the Spiti region. Show your IDs, if required. Soon we will be taking a detour to visit the Giu Village. Giu is famous for a monastery that houses a 500 year naturally mummified monk. If legend is to be believed, the lama named Sangha Tenzin mummified himself to free his village from the plague of scorpions. Later, we drive to Tabo. The second largest village of the Spiti Valley, Tabo is known worldwide for its 1000-year-old Tabo Monastery. Walk around this UNESCO world heritage site and gain a deeper insight into Buddhism. Unlike any other monastery in Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley. Overnight at a hotel in Tabo.

  5. Day 5 Tabo to Demul via Dhankar & Mud (Pin Valley) (125 kms / 6-7 hrs)

    Today your journey is all about exploring the rich Buddhist cultures of Spiti Valley. You will be first visiting the old Dankar Monastery, built on top of a 300 meter high cliff which provides a wonderful  view of confluence of Spiti and Pin river. That’s why its called a “Fort on the cliff”, bruised by wars and earthquake but still standing tall. Dhankar, like Key Monastery in Spiti, and Thiksey, Kikir & Rangdum monasteries in Ladhak, was built as a fort monastery on the Central Tibetan pattern. Here the teachings are of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. From there we travel to Pin Valley passing thru Kungri Gompa. This gompa does not merely holds the distinction of being the second oldest one in the Spiti valley, rather it also happens to be the only gompa following the Nyingmapa Buddhism in the valley. Nyingmapa is the oldest order of Tibetan Buddhism. We reach Demul, by evening and check-in to our homestay.

  6. Day 6 Demul to Kaza via Komic, Langza & Hikkim (100 kms / 5-6 hrs)

    We leave Demul for Komic village (4250 m) and from there we move on to Hikkim village (4400 m) which has the highest Post office & Homestay in the world. From Hikkim we move on to Langza Village (4400 m), famous for fossils of marine creatures and plants, found in plenty under the sedimentary rocks. These fossils are around millions of years old. Although possession and collection of fossils are illegal in India, the locals in the village sell these collectibles to the travelers visiting their village. Young kids can be seen running around the village collecting and playing with these fossils trying to persuade the travelers to buy them in return for money.   The local name of fossil here is ‘chaudua’ and can be easily found in and around the village. The fossils are Cephalopoda. Return to Kaza for overnight stay in a hotel.

  7. Day 7 Kaza to Losar via Key Monastery & Kibber (100 kms / 5-6 hrs)

    At an altitude of 4200 meter, (13,700 feet) Key Monastery is one of the largest Tibetan Monastery in Lahaul & Spiti Valley, founded in 11 century. It suffered major damage during various wars and earthquakes over these years, including the Moghuls, Sikhs and Dogra Armies. Today it houses over 300 monks who reside within the sacred walls in winter, studying and stay during the summer with their parents or brothers, working in the fields, or employed in carrying travellers' goods. Kibber is 16 kms from Kaza. The village has around 80 houses, unique, given that they are made of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used extensively elsewhere in the Spiti valley.  Kibber has a civil dispensary, a high school, a post office, a telegraph office and a community TV set in the village. We move on to Losar crossing other beautiful villages like Rangrik, Moorang, Hull, Pangmo, Hansa & finally Losar.

  8. Day 8 Losar to ChandarTal Lake via Kunzum Pass (45 kms / 3-4 hrs)

    Today we drive to one of the most photogenic places of the 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 is called. 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 4300 meters, 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 blur 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 state of the art tents in the Himalayas as you spend your evening gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars on a clear night. Overnight at a camp away from Chandratal Lake.

  9. Day 9 ChandarTal Lake to Manali via Rohtang Pass (125 kms / 6-7 hrs)

    Today after a hearty breakfast we begin our 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 – Mama & Mami. 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. Manali has many sightseeing options which you can explore on your own or simply chill out at one of the many café’s in Old Manali, scanning thru your 1000s of photos over a glass of beer. Overnight at a hotel in Manali.

  10. Day 10 Manali to Delhi (530 kms / 12-13 hours)

    On the final day of this Spiti Valley experience tour, we leave Manali after breakfast (around 11AM) for the last leg of your journey which takes you from Manali back to Delhi. Along the way we will halt at regular intervals for refreshments and breaks, as desired. You will be passing thru Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur, where you get a chance to appreciate the unspoiled beauty of Himachal for the last time in this trip. Your remarkable journey of Kinnaur & Spiti valley tour comes to an end today as you head back to your home with with loads of fond memories and friends to cherish for life. As the trip ends in New Delhi, take home a bag full of unforgettable memories and friendships to cherish for life. END OF TOUR.

Spiti Valley is located in the remote part of the Himalayas and has limited accommodation options when compared to hotels in the lower Himalayas.

At Manali and Kaza / Rangrik, you will be staying at a comfortable hotel equipped with spacious rooms, western toilets, hot showers and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

At Lohsar Village, you will be staying in the home of a local family that will open up their doors, hearts and life to you. Experience a unique insight into the lives of these hardworking people and the intimate relationship they share with their land.

Every Spiti Homestay on any Spiti Valley tour offers you a clean room with hygienic bed sheets and pillow covers, boiled drinking water, delicious and freshly cooked local cuisines, traditional Spitian dry eco toilet, candles and lamps.

All this, and the famous warm Spitian hospitality.

At Chandratal Lake, you will be staying in a fixed campsite which includes High Altitude grade tents, sleeping bags / blankets, comfortable camping mattress and a shared camping toilet. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared and served fresh at the campsite.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Stay on Sharing basis (Twin/Triple) in Hotels / Homestays / Camps.
  • Buffet format, Breakfast & Dinner as per the Tour Itinerary mentioned above.
  • Shared Transportation as per the itinerary mentioned above.
  • Driver Cost. Fuel Cost.
  • All applicable Toll Tax.
  • Monastery Fee.
  • Tour Orientation on Day One
  • Basic First Aid Kit with medicines required for this trip.
  • Inner line permit, if required.
  • Expert Tour guide.
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Cost of any kind of travel insurance
  • Any expense not specified in the “Inclusion list
  • Transfer from your city to Reporting Point & Return
  • No airfare or transportation or extra over and above the expedition plan.
  • Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverage, insurance etc.
  • It also does not include expenses towards medical exigencies and other emergencies, unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest, changes in local unions/associations rules and situation beyond our control. However, all best possible assistance would be provided in case of exigencies.
  • Service Tax 9% and or any other applicable taxes

Please note, we provide Separate Accommodation for  Male & Female Participants (especially if you are travelling SOLO)

Photography is restricted in some areas and places like bridges, army area, etc. so please ask if you are not sure.

All participants should carry a valid ID proof at all times with them as some of the areas we are going to might require you to show to the army or local administration.

Spiti Valley is a high altitude Himalayan desert and experiences an extreme range of temperatures.

The summers (May – October) which are the best season to visit Spiti Valley, experience average temperatures ranging from a maximum of 25 degrees centigrade (77F) and a minimum of 5 degrees centigrade (41F).

The winters (November – April) are extremely cold and they’re not an ideal season to visit Spiti Valley. Temperatures can dip to as low as -30 degrees centigrade (-22F).

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can occur to anyone at an altitude above 10,000 feet – which is the average elevation of Spiti Valley.

Common symptoms of AMS are headache, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lack of energy, difficulty in passing urine, lack of concentration and chest gurgles.
The experienced staff of WeTrippy Travels, has been well trained to handle travelers who suffer from AMS. Painkillers and extra fluids can usually reduce the discomfort of altitude sickness but if a traveller ever shows persistent symptoms, we always descend to a more comfortable altitude to be safe.

To avoid AMS, it’s extremely important to acclimatize well to the conditions and the altitude. Once you reach Spiti Valley, it is advisable to take complete rest for a day before commending any physical excursion. AMS can be alleviated or avoided by slowing the pace of ascent. It is for this reason that we usually recommend a minimum of seven days for a tour of Spiti valley. This gives the body plenty of time to adapt to the increasing altitude.

You could choose to pack the following items which will come handy when you go on your Spiti Valley Tour:

  • Windproof Jackets (heavy / feather if you are coming before June and after October)
  • Pullovers / Sweatshirts
  • Warmers / Thermals
  • Woolen caps, mufflers, gloves and socks
  • Raincoat (not necessary – but good to have one)
  • Waterproof / snow-proof trekking shoes
  • An extra pair of shoes
  • Sleeping bag (if you are trekking on your own)
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal Medicines
  • Water bottle
  • A flashlight
  • Solar chargers / Power banks
  • Lip guard
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Inhalers (if you suffer from asthma)
  • BSNL Prepaid / Postpaid SIM Card

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Power banks
  • Camera with extra batteries (Optional)
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

If you are buying new shoes for your Spiti Valley Tour, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.

Please do not forget to pack your other essential personal items & Especially Medicines.

 

WeTrippy takes utmost care to ensure safety of its members during the tour. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, WeTrippy will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes arising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only.

  • Since the area that this tour is operating in is very remote and rugged, WeTrippy and its partners will try our best to provide the best possible options available at each location.
  • Please note that the standard of rooms in some case might not meet your expectations, but then that is the experience you have to live through when you are travelling in such remote locations.
  • Furthermore, availability of water for bath might not be possible in some places (Chandrataal Lake especially). We will however provide you warm water in buckets for wash n change.
  • Lastly, considering the hostile climate conditions and rugged terrain of Spiti valley, the roads often get blocked. WeTrippy and its partners will keep you updated on the weather conditions as well as any such unforeseen circumstances. But please note that in case of such a situation that we are not able to follow or continue with the day's itinerary, then there will be NO Refund applicable to anyone. Also incase we are required to deviate or change our itinerary plan, then the best possible route and solution will be shared with the group and a collective decision of the group will be taken. However, keeping in mind of the group members’ safety, the final decision will be that of the WeTrippy appointed tour guide and its partners. That decision will need to be accepted by the entire group members. In this case, if there is any additional cost applicable, the same will have to be paid by each group member.
  • If for any reason, there is any medical emergency during the trip by any group member, then WeTrippy program member will try their best to arrange for medical help. However, the cost implications towards all medical emergency requirements will be solely to be paid for by the group member himself/herself.

CANCELLATION PROCESS

We would love to host you, but in case you are unable to travel as planned and need to cancel your booking, do not worry. Our simple cancellation process makes sure you receive a quick confirmation and fast refunds. 50% Refund if cancelled 15 days before the reporting date.

How To Cancel your Trip?

Call us on 9999007796 / 9459457565 to cancel your bookings. You can also email us at hello@wetrippy.com to cancel your booking any time one month prior to the reporting date.

Incase you have made an advance payment then kindly email us the NEFT/Transfer/Proof of deposit details at hello@wetrippy.com along with Expedition Name, Date of Reporting, Participant’s- Name, Mobile, Email, DOB, City and Gender in order to send you the acknowledgement confirmation within 48 working hours from our side.

By Phone / Email:

Reserve your seat by calling us on 9999007796 / 9459457565 between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM on any working day. Alternatively, you may email us at hello@wetrippy.com for booking and assistance.

Bank Transfer:

You may book offline through NEFT or Direct Transfer by paying Rs.5000/- as BOOKING AMOUNT.

BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS

  • Name of the Bank     : HDFC BANK LIMITED
  • Branch of the Bank   : Gole Market, New Delhi
  • Name of Account       : SANJEEV BHAMBRI
  • Account Number       : 50200021825750
  • IFSC CODE                 : HDFC0000584
  • Type of Account         : Current Account
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