Spiti Valley Trek (9 days)
Spiti valley is 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. Stronghold 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 towns, and people and out of the world landscape.
Trekking through the local trails, which Spitians have been using for centuries, is one of the most challenging and peaceful experiences that you shall come across in life. Come and explore with us your inner self as we go through a civilization frozen in time. Spiti Valley Trek fixed departures plan will let you travel Spiti like a local and at a pace that helps you acclimatize and enjoy at the same time.
Spiti Valley trek departure dates
- 19th - 27th June 2020
- 7th - 15th August 2020
- 11th - 19th September 2020
Spiti Homestay Trek Details
- Duration: 8 Nights and 9 days
- Cost: Rs. 20,300/- per person (excluding 5% GST)
Highlights of Spiti Valley Trek
- Stay with the locals in their homes and see how life is at a high altitude
- Trek through the highest motorable villages and roads in the world
- Walk the age-old trails that have been used by the locals for centuries
- Visit the highest post office in the world at Hikkim and send some postcards
- Camping at Chandrataal lake
Spiti Valley Trek Itinerary
Day One - Reach Manali and Relax
Reach Manali in the morning from Delhi after an overnight journey and check-in. This day will be open, and you are free to do whatever you want. However, the most important thing is to relax and acclimatize and not overexert. You can visit Hidimba temple or Manu temple or Vashisht to have a bath in hot spring, and you can also sit next to the river and read a book or explore some good café with continental food in Old Manali. In case you have missed packing something then this is the time when you should go shopping as Spiti valley doesn’t have such luxuries. We shall have a briefing session in the afternoon when everyone has arrived.
Day Two - Manali to Kaza via Rohtang and Kunzum Pass
We leave early in the morning as we have a long way to go and ascend the mighty Rohtang Pass. We shall spend some time on the pass and then head towards Gramphoo. From Gramphoo you shall start noticing the change in terrain where you will see fewer trees and more of steep mountain peaks and beginning of barren landscape.
From here we head towards Chatru and face some of the biggest waterfalls crossing the road which can be a nightmare for any non-experienced driver. We shall have a lunch break at Batal where we meet the owners of Chandra Dhaba who have been a saving grace to a few hundred who have got stuck in bad weather at one of the toughest places in this terrain.
From here we head to Kunzum Pass and pay our regards to the Kunzum Goddess and enter Spiti valley. The jumpy ride with the non-existent road which started from Gramphoo will end in Lohsar. From Lohsar head to Kaza after a small break. Reach Kaza, check-in and enjoy a cup of tea. We shall have a short briefing session at the dinner table.
Day Three - Kaza to Key, Kibber, and back
Start the day easy over a nice local breakfast. We shall 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. We head back to Kaza from here just in time for a local style lunch organised by our team. The lunch will have some key dishes and staples of the people of Spiti for you to get a small taste of our cuisine.
Day Four - Kaza to Langza in a taxi. Trek from Langza to Komic via Hikkim
Pack your bags, have an early breakfast and head out for the trek this morning. The taxis will drive you to Langza we shall spend some time here in Langza before we start the trek for the day. Spend some time walking around the village and enjoying the scenic view of Buddha statue. You can hunt for some fossils but avoid taking them back home.
Start the trek to Komic, and we shall take a small stop at Hikkim where we shall visit the highest post office in the world. Post some postcards to your loved ones from here and chat with the postmaster about his life over a cup of tea. We shall make a final move to our destination today the Komic which is the highest village in Asia.
Visit the monastery, have your lunch, see the sunset and get to know your host in the homestay. Tonight will be your first night in the homestay, and this won’t be easy as some people might face some acclimatization issue. No need to worry keep drinking water and eat properly take rest for the night after an early dinner.
Day Five - Komic to Demul trek
Enjoy the sunrise, have your breakfast and start the trek to Demul this morning. You shall have to ascend at the beginning where we touch the highest point of the trek at 4700 meters and then it will be flat till we reach Demul. The day hike will be long and tiring but will have one of the best views to offer which will take your breath away.
Day Six - Demul to Lahlung trek
Since this day trek won’t be a very long one so we shall start late after an excellent breakfast and hike down to Lahlung through the farmlands of Demul and Rama village, this day, it will most be downhill except some climbing just before you reach Lahlung. Visit the Sherkhang monastery and listen to the folklore of this monastery through a monk. Meet your host for the day and take rest.
Day Seven - Lahlung to Kaza via Dhankar and Tabo
Early morning your transport shall arrive, and we shall head back to Kaza making short visits to Dhankar and Tabo both of which are famous mainly for monasteries. We shall directly lead to Tabo monastery which is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas with a 1000 years old monastery. You can also visit the ancient caves that monks have been using from ages to meditate.
We shall visit Dhankar monastery on our way back which is also 1000 years old on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. There are only a few other monuments which can match the beauty of Dhankar. Visit the monastery here and enjoy a nice cup of tea looking at the monastery. Someone who still has some energy left can hike to Dhankar lake which is 45 mins from Dhankar. Head back to Kaza and relax.
Day Eight - Kaza to Kunzum Pass in a taxi. Trek from Kunzum Top to Chandrataal
After Breakfast with the local family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake, and we shall start the day hike from Kunzum pass. 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 looks as stunning as the other. Tonight we camp in proper adventure style; great dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds.
Day Nine - 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 2 to Day 9
- Stay on a twin sharing basis at hotels/ guesthouses on Day 1 at Manali
- Stay in the homestay from Day 2 till Day 7 as per the layout of the home (2-3 people in 1 room)
- Camping at Chandrataal Lake for 1 night on Day 8 on twin sharing basis
- 2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) from Day 2 to Day 8 and Breakfast on Day 9
- Local lunch during trek from Day 4 till 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 (except the ones with meals)
- Bus/Train/Air fare till Manali and back
- 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
- 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.