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Spiti Valley Expedition – Route 2

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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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  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Medium Group
    4 to 6 pax
All about the Spiti Valley Expedition – Route 2.

If you have limited time or have visited Kinnaur before, then you should try our 8 days package which starts from Manali, takes you through the high passes into Spiti valley and then you finally come back down and end in Manali. This is a complete action packed trip making sure the important places in Spiti are covered at the right pace. This trip disconnects you from the rest of the world the moment you leave Manali and takes you to a journey to explore within; a journey that will change the way you look at life.

 

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 Manali & Around

    Welcome to Manali, Home of Hadimba & Manu Temples, besides many popular café, restaurants and amazing shopping around the Mall road. Today you can visit many places of your choice including Van Vihar, Manu & Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Vashisht hot-water springs or the 150 feet Jogni Falls. Yes you can see all this in 1 day, or else just sit back, read a book over a beer at one of the 100s of lovely cafes in Old Manali. Today is also the day before you get ready to do a last minute check for all the things you would need for your trip to Spiti. Later in the evening, around 6pm, we will do a brief orientation with all the trip members on the DOs & DONTs on this Trip as well as talking briefly about AMS & local culture. Be sure you don’t miss this session. Have an early dinner and sleep as we have a long ride ahead, to Kaza over Rohtang & Kunzum Pass tomorrow.

  2. Day 2 Manali to Kaza via Rohtang Pass (220 Kms/ 10-12 Hrs)

    This 200 odd kms ride will be one of the most enjoyable rides on this trip. We have to start very early, after breakfast so that we can cover as much distance as possible before it gets dark and cold. Crossing over Rohtang Pass and then turing left from Gramphoo, we proceed towards Chatru and Batal (where we can stop for some amazing Rajmaa Chawal made by Mama&Mami at Chandra Dhaba. Post that we climb up to cross the Kunzum Pass. At Kunzum we halt and pray to Kunzum Mata Devi temple before we proceed onwards to Kaza, crossing other beautiful villages like Rangrik, Moorang, Hull, Pangmo, Hansa & finally Kaza. Overnight at Kaza Hotel.

  3. Day 3 Kaza to Kye & Khibber & Back (40 Kms approx./ 2 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 return back to Kaza for Overnight at Kaza.

  4. Day 4 Kaza to Tabo & Dhankar (65 Kms/ 2-3 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. 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. We return back to Kaza for overnight stay at Kaza Hotel.

  5. Day 5 Kaza to Chandartal Lake (56 kms / 4-5 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.

  6. Day 6 Chandartal Lake to Manali via Rohtang Pass (120 kms / 7-8 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 overa glass of beer. Overnight at a hotel in Manali. 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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