Spiti Road Trip - Full Circuit (9 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.

Highlights of Spiti Valley Tour

  • Visit to Oldest Monestry in spiti
  • Only sitting mummy in world
  • Experience the Milky way
  • Asia's Highest Bridge
  • Highest Village connected to Motorable road
  • Highest Post Office of the world
  • Last Village of India on Indo-tibet Border
  • Travel through toughest road of India


Itinerary for Spiti Road Trip - Full Circuit

Day 1 - Delhi to Shimla

Get ready to be departed from Delhi. Reach 45 minutes prior to bus departure time. Reach Shimla next morning by an overnight in Volvo.

Note: Carry your essentials like facewash, toothbrush in your light backpack to avoid hassle for freshen up next day.


Day 2 - Shimla to Chitkul

  • The Spiti quest Adventure starts from here. You will reach shimla and transfer to our vehicle.
  • Have breakfast, freshen up and drive through Kufri, with Narkanda, Pit stop at karcham dam and continue your journey towards Sangla valley.
  • We will be reaching Chitkul by evening. Enjoy chilling winds with great views of the mountains have delicious food and sleep while listening to the sound of baspa river.

Note: Breakfast on this day is not included, we will stop at restaurant/dhaba on the route to freshen up (not bathe).


Day 3 - Chitkul to Kalpa

  • Wake up early morning to experience one of the best sunrises.
  • Chitkul is the last Indian village towards China border. Explore the best of it. Explore the local village of chitkul.
  • Depart for kalpa by noon
  • Reach kalpa by evening, Visit suicide point, Roghi village
  • Check- in to the hotel, dinner and sleep overnight.


Day 4 - Kalpa to Tabo

  • The road from Kalpa to Nako takes you through the beautiful Kinnaur region of the Himalayas.
  • On the way come across Khab Sangam (Confluence of River Sutlej & River Spiti)
  • Enroute visit Nako lake, Gue Mummy.
  • Reach Tabo, by evening, check-in to the homestay and have local cuisine.
  • Enjoy 360' Degree view of the sky (star gazing session on helipad)


Day 5 - Tabo to Kaza

  • Enjoy local Tibetian brekfast
  • Visit Tabo Monastery in the morning, Explore the oldest monastery of the valley in Dhankar.
  • During this excursion, you will be confronted to Pin Valley, a house to wonderful verdure of the high Himalayas.
  • Reach Kaza by evening, Check-in to the homestay and explore local market of in the evening kaza.


Day 6 - Kaza Sightseeing 

  • Divine Spiti Valley sightseeing awaits you after having breakfast.
  • Langza is a high-altitude village known for ancient marine fossils & the popular Langza Buddha statue
  • Visit Komic Gompa at the World's Highest motorable village and have a delicious lunch.
  • At 4,400 m above sea level in, the Hikkim post office is a vital connection to the outside world. Send postcards to friends and family.


Day 7 - Kaza to Chandratal

  • Visit the spectacular Tibetan Buddhist Key Monastery located on a picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 meters above the sea level.
  • Chicham Bridge is the highest bridge in Asia and allows you to have panoramic views.
  • Start your journey towards Chandrataal. Lunch stop at losar where the road ends and its complete offroad from there.
  • Reach Chandrataal by Late noon. Visit Beautiful Chandrataal Lake.
  • Check-in to the Camp at Batal/Chandratal.
  • Dinner and stay in Tents under the gaze of a million stars and milky way.


Day 8 - Chandratal to Manali

  • Wakeup early morning, have breakfast & depart for Manali
  • Travel through one of the world's most thrilling & scenic routes
  • Reach Manali by evening and Catch an overnight Volvo bus for Delhi.


Day 9 - Delhi Arrival

The group will reach Delhi by early in the morning. End of Tour


Cost for Spiti Valley Tour

Option 1 - Shimla to Manali

  • Triple/Quad Sharing - Rs. 17,499/- per person
  • Double Sharing - Rs. 18,499/- per person

Option 2 - Delhi to Delhi

  • Triple/Quad Sharing - Rs. 19,499/- per person
  • Double Sharing - Rs. 20,499/- per person


Payment Policy

  • Booking Amount Rs. 4000/- per person (non-refundable)
  • 30% Advance 30 days prior to date of departure
  • 50% Advance 15 days prior to date of departure
  • 100% Advance 7 days prior to date of departure


Important Details to Note Before You Book This Tour

  • This is backpacking adventure tour
  • You will be staying with locals of the region in their homestays
  • Food served will be local menu and what people generally eat in the region
  • One cannot expect hotel like services in homestays.
  • In some locations washrooms will be not attached to the room.
  • Vehicle ac will not work in the mountains
  • This trip takes you through high altitude regions of Himalayas and certain level of fitness is required to complete this trip
  • Tour may get cancelled if we don't receive enough bookings and Treks and Trails India will not be responsible for any charges borne by customers like flight cancellation charge or train cancellation charge
  • We will provide you a free date change option or full refund.
  • Any extra charges due to change in itinerary due to any reason (except - if company changes the itinerary)
8 Nights 9 Days Available on request
Dates and Rates
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  • Inclusions/Exclusions
    What we'll give/What we won't

    What is included in the tour

    • Volvo transfer from Delhi to Shimla & Manali to Delhi
    • Transportation for entire trip in Tempo Traveller
    • Accommodations on Triple/quad sharing basis as per itinerary.
    • Trip Leader will be present at all times during the tour.
    • Driver night charges, Toll tax, Parking charges etc.
    • 6 Nights accommodation - 1N in Chitkul, 1N in Kalpa, 1N in Tabo,  2N in Kaza, 1N in camp at Chandrataal/batal
    • 12 meals - (B+D) in Chitkul, (B+D) in Kalpa, (B+D) in Tabo, 11 (B+D) in kaza(2X), (B+D) in Chandratal
    • Inner line permits for the trip

    What is NOT included in the tour

    • Snacks, beverages and Lunch (for all days)
    • Bus/Train/Air fare till Delhi and back (In Delhi to Delhi option)
    • Bus/Train/Air fare till Shimla and back from Manali (Shimla to Manali option)
    • No meals provided in Manali
    • Any additional meals which are not mentioned inclusions
    • 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
    • Additional accommodation / food costs incurred due to any delay travel
    Things to Carry
    Things to Carry


    • Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )
    • Warm Jacket, comfortable tops/shirts.
    • Inner Thermals (2 pairs)
    • Down Jacket / Main Jacket
    • Gloves, Suncap, Woolen Cap
    • Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)
    • Undergarments


    • Rucksack (60 Liters+)
    • backpack Rain Cover
    • UV Protected Sunglasses
    • Sturdy Comfortable Shoes
    • Towels, Personal Medication
    • Torch, Water Bottle, Power Bank, Mobile
    • Charger/Travel Charger ,Hand Sanitizer,
    • Toiletries , Cold Cream, Lip Guard, Sunscreen
    • Lotion (SPF 40+)


    • ID (Driver's License
    • AADHAR Card
    • Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

    Cancellation Policy

    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:

    • Booking amount is non-refundable (Rs. 4000/- per person)
    • Cancellations done 30 days prior to date of departure - No cancellation charge (booking amount not refundable)
    • Cancellations done 29 - 15 days prior to date of departure 30% of the total trip cost would be charged as cancellation fees
    • Cancellations done 14 - 7 days prior to date of departure 50% of the total trip cost would be charged as cancellation fees
    • Cancellations done 7 - 1 days prior to date of departure 75% of the total trip cost would be charged as
      cancellation fees
    • You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
    • No show No Refund
    • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
    • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation
    • There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
    • Treks and Trails will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/ unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.)
    • Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?

    Spiti Valley is best from mid-May to mid-October. Clear skies, mild days, and cold nights define this season. From mid-July to mid-September, monsoons can cause landslides and blockages, making travel difficult. Snowfall closes several routes and passes in the winter. If you want a winter adventure, visit between November and February to see the stunning snow-covered landscapes. But harsh temperatures and road restrictions make travel difficult.


    Is Spiti Valley safe?

    Spiti Valley is generally considered a safe destination for travelers. The local people are friendly and welcoming, and the region has a low crime rate. However, it is always recommended to take necessary precautions to ensure your safety while traveling.

    One of the main safety concerns in Spiti Valley is the terrain and altitude. The region is located at an average altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level, and the lack of oxygen can cause altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening in severe cases. It is advisable to acclimatize properly before engaging in any physical activity or undertaking treks.


    What are the major tourist attractions in Spiti Valley?

     Spiti Valley have several noteworthy tourist attractions. Popular ones are:

    • The Key Monastery is one of the highest monasteries in the world at an elevation of 4,215 metres (13,668 ft).
    • Campers and hikers alike go to Chandratal Lake, a high altitude lake that sits at an elevation of 4,400 metres (14,100 ft).
    • Park visitors can see snow leopards, Himalayan ibex, and other endangered animals at Pin Valley National Park.
    • As one of the world's oldest monasteries, Tabo Monastery has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is widely regarded as a cultural treasure for its priceless collection of thangkas and other works of ancient Buddhist art.
    • Kibber is an attractive highland settlement that serves as a starting point for a number of hikes due to its elevated position at an elevation of 4,400 metres (14,200 ft).


    What are the different modes of transportation available for traveling to Spiti Valley?

    By Road: Driving is the most popular way to get to Spiti Valley. From either Shimla or Manali, you can reach the airport via bus or cab. The trip is long and hard, but the beautiful scenery makes it worth it.

    By Air: the closest airport to Spiti Valley is in Bhuntar, which is about 240 km away near Kullu. You can take a taxi or a bus from there to get to Spiti Valley.

    By Train: Shimla, approximately 450 km away, has the closest train station to Spiti Valley. One can take a taxi or bus to Spiti Valley from there.


    Why doesn't Spiti Valley have any trees?

    Since the area is in a rain shadow, it doesn't rain much, so the mountains don't have any plants. The climate has sharp changes in temperature, high-speed winds, an atmosphere at a high altitude, and low humidity. All of these things make the soil dry and almost completely devoid of organic matter.


    Does Spiti Valley have an oxygen problem?

    Spiti Valley is at a high altitude. At this altitude, the air is thin, which can make it hard for some people to breathe because there isn't enough oxygen. Most people, though, can get used to the altitude over time, and altitude sickness can be avoided by getting used to the altitude slowly and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated.

    It's important to remember that some people may be more likely to get altitude sickness, like those who have problems with their lungs or hearts. Before going to Spiti Valley or any other high altitude place, people in these situations should talk to a doctor.


    Spiti's weather and temperature

    Spiti Valley has different weather and temperatures depending on the time of year.

    Summer (April–June): Spiti Valley summer temperatures are 10–25 °C. To enjoy the valley to its fullest, go now while the weather is fine and the sky is clear.

    Monsoon (July–September): Spiti Valley has little rainfall and a short monsoon season. Temperatures range from 5 °C to 20 °C. Before travelling, check the weather to avoid landslides and blockages.

    Autumn (October–November) in Spiti Valley is 5–15 °C. The fall colours and chilly temperature are lovely.

    Winter (December–March): The average temperature in Spiti Valley is -20 °C. Due to the severe snowfall, the route leading to the valley is mostly closed. Tourists should avoid the winter.


    Important Details to Note

    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.

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