About Spiti Valley
Spiti valley, also known as the “Middle Land” is a Trans-Himalayan terrain bordering with Tibet at an average altitude of 4000 meters. Spiti valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries in the Himalayan region like Tabo monastery, Dhankar monastery, Sherkhang monastery and Kye monastery, strong hold of Buchen Lamas in Pin Valley, famous for Tibetan medicine system and Amchis, fossils of Langza village, highest motorable villages and passes, scenic lakes, a 1000-year-old culture, tough life, beautiful villages and people and out of this world landscape. Come and explore with us as we travel to a civilization frozen in time. Spiti Fixed Departures have been planned in a way that you explore Spiti like a local and at a pace that helps you acclimatize and enjoy at the same time.
Highlights of the trip
- Visit Kinnaur and the apple belt of Himachal covering Narkanda, Sangla and Kalpa
- Stay at the last village on the indo-tibetan border – Chitkul
- Visit one of the highest motor-able villages in the world – Komic
- Send post cards from the highest post office in the world – Hikkim
- Visit Asia’s highest bridge above sea level – Chicham bridge
- Hike to Dhankar Lake (optional)
- Hike to the meditation caves in Tabo (optional)
- Visit Pin Valley and Khibber
- Fossil Excursion at Langza
- Visit the 550 yr old mummy in Gue
Spiti Valley Fixed Departure Date
- 3rd to 10th April 2021
- 17th to 24th April 2021
- 1st to 8th May 2021
- 15th to 22nd May 2021
Kinnaur - Spiti Valley Event Details
- Duration: 7 nights/ 8 days
- Cost: Rs. 16,900/- (excluding GST)
Spiti Valley Trip Itinerary
Day 1 - Chandigarh to Narkanda
Everyone reaches Chandigarh by noon and then we head to Narkanda. We hit the lower Himalayas a few kilometers from Chandigarh and head to Narkanda. We shall escape the traffic of Shimla city and enjoy the scenic drive on your way to Narkanda. If time permits, we shall visit the famous Hatu temple and spend sometime there. Relax in the evening.
Day 2 - Narkanda to Sangla via Chitkul
We shall head out early in the morning after breakfast, visit Hatu temple in Narkanda and hit the road to Chitkul, the famous last village on the Indo Tibetan border. After Rampur, you shall see the huge construction site of Wangtoo Karcham Dam and the ruthless side of Sutlej River. Reach Chitkul and spend some time in the village, have a cup of chai. Reach Sangla and rest. You an go for a stroll in the village and even visit relax by the Baspa river.
Day 3 - Sangla to Tabo via Nako and Khab
Wake up to beautiful views of the Kinnaur Valley. You will leave early today as its a long drive to Tabo. As you exit Sangla, you will see some very beautiful apple and apricot orchards lining the landscape. Soon, you will see the terrain slowly change as you you shall find lesser trees, greenery and increasing rocky, dry kind of mountains- this is when you know that you are entering cold deserts. We shall take a 10 minutes break at Khab- the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti river which is a beautiful scenic spot for photography. From here we head into the high mountains and climb to a beautiful village called Nako. Reach Nako in time for lunch. You will meet your guide today, who will be with you during your Spiti visit. Visit Nako lake before heading for Tabo. Reach Tabo and rest. Its been a long day.
Day 4 - Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy your breakfast. After breakfast visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to a 1000 years old now. The murals, thankas and paintings are believed by the locals to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. On your way visit Dhankar Monastery, if the road is open - Dhankar used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 5 - Kaza to Langza, Hikkim, Komic and back to Kaza
This morning we go on a snow drive towards Langza, Hikkim and Komic. On your way, we will make a couple of designated stops for you to take some pictures. Make the most of your homestay experience by learning about local life, festivals and traditions from your host family. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 6 - Kaza to Key, Khibber, Chicham bridge and back to Kaza
Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of tea. We shall then head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village. Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and the Spiti river. After Key monastery, we will go a bit further and visit Khibber Village-which used to be one of the highest villages in the world once upon a time. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 7 - Kaza to Kalpa via Gue
Leave early in the morning for Kalpa. Its a long drive but an easy one as the roads between Kinnaur and Spiti are very good and getting better as the years go by. If time permits you can make a stop at Gue to visit the 550 yr old mummy of a meditating monk. After a quick stop and a cup of tea later we head towards Kalpa. Kalpa, on the Sutlej river is a beautiful hamlet. The main crop cultivated are apples and if travelling during harvest season you can take home a bunch of fresh Kinnauri apples. Reach Kalpa and rest, you can explore the village and the local temple and monastery if you are upto it. Say goodbye to your guide this evening as he heads back to Spiti.
Day 8 - Kalpa to Shimla drop
Leave early in the morning to catch your evening bus from Shimla back to Delhi/ Chandigarh. Take back memories back of a isolated civilisation and trans Himalayan terrain. Trip ends here
Note: There is no single occupancy available for this trip. Rooming will be on double occupancy in hotels or double/ triple occupancy as per the layout of the homestay.
What is included in the tour
- All Transport in a Tempo Traveller from Day 1 to Day 8
- Local Spitian guide. He will meet you on Day 3 return back to Kaza from Kalpa on Day 7.
- Local, highly experienced driver who knows the route and the sightseeing places
- Stay on a twin sharing basis at hotels/ guesthouses on Day 2 and 7
- Stay in the homestay on Day 1, 3 till Day 6 as per the layout of the home (2-3 people in 1 room)
- 2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) from Day 2 till Day 7.
- Only dinner provided on Day 1 and breakfast provided on Day 8
- Local homestay experiences
- All activities mentioned in the plan
- All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Bus/flight/train tickets till Chandigarh and back
- Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)
- Any kind of insurance
- Personal expenses like camera charges, etc.
- Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, flood, etc.
- Cost of any medical emergency or other emergency if required
- 2/3-liter water bottle
- Basic hiking/ training shoes
- Lip balm
- Some thermals
- Woolen socks
- Woolen cap
- Wind cheater
- Sweat shirt
- Woolen gloves
- Toilet paper
- Extra camera batteries
- Identity proof
In case you need to cancel your plans for the trip due to avoidable/unavoidable reasons, please do notify us via email.
The cancellation charges will be as follows:
- 60 to 46 days prior to date of departure: 20% of the tour cost
- 45 to 16 days prior to date of departure: 30% of the tour cost
- 15 to 8 days prior to date of departure: 50% of the tour cost
- Less than 7 days prior to date of departure: No refund
- No show No Refund
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation
Minimum requirement: The trip runs if we have a minimum of 4 confirmed participants. In the event that we don’t get the requisite numbers we can run with less than 4 participants if participants are willing to pay extra. We will revise the costing according to the no. of participants. Alternatively in the event the trip gets cancelled, we will reimburse the amount paid to the participants minus any minimal bank charges that may have been cut.
Room Sharing: All stays in guesthouses will be on a twin sharing basis except for homestays where it will be as per the layout of the homestay i.e 2,3 or 4 people in one room basis the size of the room. Rooms are divided amongst same sex participants which is most comfortable for solo travellers. Only if there is a couple amongst the group will they get to stay together.
Type of participants: Our groups usually have participants between the ages of 20-40 and we have a healthy 50-50 male to female ratio in the group, with friends, couples and solo travellers alike.
Homestays: You shall stay in homestays where you shall be sharing some space with a local family. It will be a wonderful experience to see the life of people at this altitude and how content they are. Stay and food will be very basic and they shall serve what they eat.
Dry Toilets: Since there is lack of water in cold deserts and carrying water is not easy at such high altitudes- the concept of dry toilets have been prevalent in Spiti since the beginning. While trekking we shall be covering a terrain where all the homestays have dry toilets. We can also provide a stool if some people have difficulty squatting but there shall be an extra charge for the same.
Bathing and Hot Water: Since we shall be around 4000 meters, getting hot water for everyone will not be possible. Hot water for drinking shall not be an issue but for bathing it will not be possible.
Important luggage during the trek: For the trek you shall be carrying only oneway pack which shall have all the important stuff that you shall need for the trek. Rest of the rest shall be left at Kaza in our hotel. You will also be required to carry your own water bottles which can be refilled at various places.
The guide won’t carry your luggage: The guide shall be carrying his own stuff so he won’t be able to carry your stuff. So be very particular about what you are carrying for the trek as you will have to carry it. In case extreme condition the guide will help but not otherwise. Please keep this in mind.