Spiti Road Trip - Full Circuit (8 days)
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, 1000 years old culture, tough life, beautiful villages and people and out of the world landscape. Come and explore with us as we go through a civilization frozen in time.
A trip that covers the least explored of Himachal with the trip starting from Narkanda and then touching the east most parts of Himachal like Sangla and Kalpa taking the Hindustan Tibet Road with Sutlej (coming from China) all along the way. After covering Kinnaur, you shall drive through the Trans-Himalayan deserts of Spiti valley. Spiti Fixed Departures have been planned in a way that you explore Spiti like a local and at a pace that helps you acclimatise and enjoy at the same time.
Fixed Departure Batch
- 27th June - 4th July 2020
- 12th - 19th September 2020
Spiti Road Trip Event Details
- Duration: 7 Nights and 8 days
- Trip Cost: Rs. 22,100/- per person (excluding 5% GST)
Itinerary for Spiti Road Trip
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 some time there. Relax in the evening.
Day 2 - Narkanda to Chitkul
We shall head out early in the morning after breakfast, visit Hatu temple in Narkanda and hit the road Chitkul village - last village on 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. Spend some time by the river and enjoy your evening at the campsite.
Day 3 - Chitkul to Nako via Sangla and Khab
Get up in the morning and enjoy the beautiful view of Kinnaur valley. You will leave early today to visit Sangla. Visit Kamru fort in Sangla and go for a morning stroll around the village before you head for Nako. 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 and rest a bit. In the evening go for a stroll to the famous Nako lake and explore the village. In Nako being in upper Kinnaur and close to Spiti you will start seeing hints of Spitian life and architecture.
Day 4 - Nako to Pin Valley via Tabo, Dhankar and Lahlung
We again leave early in the morning to make the most of our day. We head to the entry point of Spiti from the southern side- Sumdo where we make our visitor entries before heading to our first stop of the day Gue to see the 550 year old Mummy of a Monk. The mummy is one of its kind in the entire Himalayan region and was found a few years back after an earthquake. From Gue we head to Tabo also known as Ajantas of Himalayas. In this 1000 year old monastery, not even a single day has passed since it’s inception that prayers have not been offered. The murals, wall paintings and thankas will leave you speechless- especially the wall of the 1000 Buddhas in the main sanctum. If there is time we make the short hike to the nearby meditation caves. our next stop will be Dhankar Monastery- a 1000 years old monument whose setting is like none other. Dhankar Monastery hangs on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. Dhankar use to be the seat of the King in the ancient times and the monastery use to follow the sect of the King. The ones who want to check their lung capacity and are adventurous can hike to Dhankar lake which is a 45 minutes hike from Dhankar village. The non-adventurous ones will walk around the village and get ready for Lunch. After Dhankar, we make a stop at lahlung to visit the famous Serkhang monastery. Our last and final stop for the day and your 1st homestay experience will be in Pin valley. The last monastery you will visit today will be the Khungri monastery on your way to Mudh Village in Pin Valley.
Day 5 - Pin Valley to Kaza via Demul, Komik, Hikkim and Langza
Today we head to Kaza after visiting some very picturesque and some of the highest villages in the Valley. We begin our day with a visit to Demul Village. Demul located at 4300 mtrs is most popular as a stop over village for trekkers doing the Spiti Left Bank Trek. The village is also famous for its efficient system of homestays and popular for its sustainable practices in both living and tourism. After spending the morning in Demul, we head to Komic. Komic is one of the highest motor able villages in the world and from a top the village you can enjoy the spectacular view of snow capped peaks around over a cup of tea. Komic is also home to the Tangyud monastery belonging to people from the Sakya sect of buddhism. The monastery in Komic is functional in winters when temperatures dip down to -30 degrees and roads get blocked and it will be very interesting to understand life and survival of such happy souls at this altitude.Next we visit the world’s highest post office in Hikkim and post a few post cards them. (collect them from us and write them in advance as there is a rush outside the post office most days). Trust us you will be amazed at the post office and meeting the post master. Our last stop for the day Langza, is also famous for its fossils. In the evening, you can go on a small fossil excursion around the village. Millions of years ago, Spiti lay submerged under the Tethys sea. Fossils of sea life can easily be found scattered close to the village. Once you have found your fossil, we urge you to leave it. behind in the village where it belongs so as to disturb the ecology of the area as little as possible. Head to Kaza for your night’s stay.
Day 6 - Kaza to Kibber via Key
Take the morning easy by spending some time in Kaza. You can visit the Kaza monastery today or go for a walk in the village. A local lunch will be organised by our team to give you a taste of local Spitian cuisine. After lunch we head to Kye monastery, the centre of learning in Spiti valley. The monastery is set on a small hill from where you get a complete view of the valley. Have a cup of tea at the monastery and spend some time on the roof from where you can click pictures and videos. Next we shall head to Khibber village, which used to be the highest motor-able village in the world before Komic took that place. The mountains around Khibber are home to the rare Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. If you are lucky you can get a sighting. A short hike from Khibber village is Chichum Bridge which is the highest bridge above sea level in Asia. If you are upto it you can hike to the bridge, or even go by car. Spend some time with your homestay hosts for your last homestay experience in Spiti Valley.
Day 7 - Kibber to Chandrataal via Lohsar and Kumzum Pass
After Breakfast with the local family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake .This is another location where you will find it hard to stop clicking photographs. This lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour, each look as stunning as the other. Tonight we camp in proper adventure style; excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds.
Day 8 - Chandrataal to Manali via Rohtang Pass
We begin our journey to Manali after an early breakfast. We will take a small break at Batal to say goodbye to Chacha and Chachi at Chandra Dhaba. Say goodbye to your guide at Batal as he will take the bus back to Kaza. The aim is to try and cross Rohtang pass by early afternoon so that you reach in time for your evening bus back home.
What is included in the tour
- All Transport in Tempo Traveller from Day 1 to Day 8
- Stay on a twin sharing basis at hotels/ guesthouses on Day 1,3 and 5
- Stay in the homestay on Day 4 and Day 6 as per the layout of the home (2-3 people in 1 room)
- Camping at Chitkul on Day 2 near Chandrataal Lake for 1 night on Day 7 on twin sharing basis
- 2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) from Day 2 to Day 7
- Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 8
- 1 local lunch provided on Day 6
- Local Spitian Guide on all days (He will return back to Kaza from Batal on Day 8)
- All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Snacks, beverages and Lunch (for all days)
- Bus/Train/Air fare till Chandigarh and back from Manali
- Any kind of insurance
- Service tax exclusive (GST)
- 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
- Cost of any medical emergency or other emergency if required
- 2/3-liter water bottle
- Hiking/ trekking shoes
- Lip balm
- Some thermals
- Woolen socks
- Woolen cap
- Wind cheater
- Sweat shirt
- Woolen gloves
- Toilet paper
- Extra camera batteries
- Personal medical kit and personal medicines
- 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 one-way 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.