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.
Winters in Spiti
- It gets very cold in winter i.e. December through February with temperatures hitting - 30C. You will need to be mentally and physically fit and must have done some high altitude travel in order to be able to handle travelling through this terrain.
- All hotels and guest houses will be shut at the time and you will only get homestays which have dry ecofriendly squatting toilets. You will need to be okay with this as wet toilets are not available due to water lines freezing.
- Because of the water lines freezing, the locals need to carry the water from a nearby water source and hence having a bath while you are in Spiti will not be possible.
- In peak winter i.e. January and early February all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last minute changes need to be made to your plan.
- Winter time is off season in Spiti, and you will not have many options in terms of activities, and because of the cold, you won’t be able to move around as much and will end up spending time in the homestay. We recommend travelers to make the most of the situation, and turn their time at the homestay as of getting to know more about Spitian life, food and culture.
- Because of winter, there will not be many options in terms of food and in a homestay you will need to be understanding and eat the hearty but basic food that your hosts provide.
- Be prepared to be understanding and flexible, as we can make last minute plan changes due to bad weather for your safety and wellbeing.
Spiti Valley Fixed Departure Date
16th March - 23rd March, 2019
Spiti Valley in Winter Event Details
- Route: Chandigarh - Rampur - Tabo - Dhankar - Kaza - Key – Khibber - Langza - Hikkim - Komic - Rampur – Chandigarh
- Duration: 7 nights/ 8 days
- Cost: Rs. 21,000. (per person - including GST)
Spiti Winter Trip Itinerary
Day 1 - Saturday (16th March) - Chandigarh to Rampur
Arrive at Chandigarh in the morning and head towards Rampur. As you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, enjoy the beauty and take appropriate breaks on the way. Lose yourself amidst scenic valleys on either side of the road. Reach Rampur and take it easy in the evening. Meet your guide and get to know your fellow travelers over dinner that night. Your winter adventure begins before the crack of dawn the next day. Overnight stay at Rampur.
Day 2 - Sunday (17th March) - Rampur to Tabo via Nako
Early in the morning (around 4 am) leave for Tabo. The journey will take about 9-10 hours if everything goes as planned. Enjoy a nice, warm, early morning breakfast with a view of the mountains at Tapri. On your way you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of tree line. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab. We shall have a lunch break at the scenic Nako village. Dinner and overnight stay at Nako homestay.
Day 3 - Monday (18th March) - 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 4 - Tuesday (19th March) - Kaza to Key, Khibber and back
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 5 - Wednesday (20th March) - Snow Hike around Kaza
Enjoy a heavy breakfast and get ready for your hike to the village around Kaza. Because of the cold and the heavy snow, a hike is an invigorating way to keep warm and also experience Spiti just like the locals do. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 6 - Thursday (21st March) - Snow drive Langza, Hikkim, Komic
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. Winters is a time when locals interact a lot with each other and many social activities take place. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 7 - Friday (22nd March) - Kaza to Rampur
We leave early morning today for Rampur and as it is a long journey, breakfast and lunch will be done along the way. Say your goodbyes to your wonderful hosts this morning. Overnight stay at Rampur.
Day 8 - Saturday (23rd March) - Rampur to Chandigarh
Leave early in the morning to catch your evening flight from Chandigarh back to your hometown and take back memories back of an isolated civilization 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
- Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in a hotel
- Accommodation on twin/ triple sharing basis in the homestay
- 3 meals every day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Day 2 to Day 7
- Dinner on Day 1
- Breakfast and Lunch on Day 8
- All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)
- Local Guide provided from Day 2 till day 7
What is NOT included in the tour
- Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)
- Any kind of insurance
- Cost of any emergency (snow storm, flooding and road closure)
- Bus/ flight/ train ticket cost to Chandigarh
- Camera Fees
- Anything not mentioned in “inclusion”
- 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