Note: Above pictures are reference pictures
Spiti literally means "The Middle Land". This divine desert mountain valley is the land that lies between Tibet, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh and Kullu.
Spiti literally means "The Middle Land". This divine desert mountain valley is the land that lies between Tibet, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh and Kullu. Spiti is a lot like Leh in terms of terrain - the kind of mountains, lakes and landscapes you see, but it is far less visited and way more secluded. And as we always like to say, Spiti is how Ladakh used to be once…
Kinnaur and Spiti are not destinations… it is a JOURNEY.
What's there in the trip? Butt breaking road journey, peculiar geo-climatic cold desert regions, mighty passes, splendor of snow covered peaks, shooting stars, deep valleys, vast landscape, gushing rivers, highest villages in the world, oldest operational monasteries, humble people with their centuries old culture, connections to Ladakh and Tibet - Yes, this is Spiti valley!!!
As we embark on this journey to the extreme land, leave your worries behind, and be ready to take in the beauty of this valley. This journey will be engraved in your memory forever.
• Take in stunning views of nature
• Experience the beauty of Bhrigu lake
DAY 01: Chandigarh to Narkanda
Set off after an early breakfast for a 2-1/2 hour drive to charming Narkanda, a world away from the maddening crowds of Shimla. Higher reaches, plentiful summer sunshine or vibrant white winters in abundant apple orchards. Stunningly beautiful, Narkanda offers superb angling and winter sports as well. ‘The’ skiing destination of the district, Narkanda attracts a considerable number of tourists in winter as well.
DAY 02: Narkanda to Sangla (160 kms/7-8 hrs)
Begin the scenic drive to Sangla after breakfast. Stunningly beautiful throughout the year, the road to Sangla is certainly paved with good intentions. Loose rocky terrain makes most of the drive to Sangla seem like an adventure in itself with gorgeous apple orchards and seemingly ‘hanging’ villages on the other side of the gorge. The valley’s largest inhabited settlement, Sangla has interesting Tibetian eateries and an ATM, but a taste of Sangla’s renowned potatoes is a must (the area grows some of the best-quality potatoes in the world).
Warm welcomes are a part of the charming culture of these lovely Kinnauri-speaking locals.With tourism being an integral source of income here, feel at home as you walk through the valley before you head back to the hotel for a hot dinner. Spend the night at Sangla.
DAY 03: Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul (100 kms/4hrs)
Start your day at with a drive to the last Indian village before the Tibet border. Chitkul is famous for its natural beauty and quaint architecture with spectacular views of the Baspa valley and quaint wooden houses.
Kinnaur district’s finest, Kalpa is a stunning little valley town surrounded by snowy peaks of the Kailash range. Watch the sun go down beyond the Himalayas before you hit the sack early enough to catch the next day’s sunrise.
DAY 04: Kalpa to Tabo Via Nako (170 kms/9 hrs)
Wake up for the spectacular sunrise and early breakfast before setting off to Tabo.
Gently fluttering prayer flags against a backdrop of green farmland (in summer), surrounded by barren mountains and clear blue skies, mark the entrance to Tabo. Over a1000 years old, Tabo Monastery is now a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the finest marvels of Indo-Tibetian art.
Highlights : Sutlej-Spiti river confluence, Nako Monastery, Nako Lake, Geu village (500 year old mummy of Lama). Overnight at Tabo.
DAY 05: Tabo to Pin Valley via Dhankar (70 kms/4 hrs)
Post breakfast, drive to the headquarters of Spiti, Kaza. Stop at Dhankar, precariously perched on a rugged cliff, seemingly fragile from a distance. Getting closer, however, gives you a fair idea of why so much effort must have been spent building this monastery over a thousand years ago. Spectacular views of the Spiti-Pin river confluence and the valley below leave meditation spots like none other here in this mud-walled hermitage.
Take a quick look at the little museum in the Gompa here before you spend some time in conversation with the lamas for more history and lore of the Dhankar Monastery. Take a short hike to Dhankar Lake and witness the most amazing and thrilling lanscape of the beautiful lake.
Move on to Spiti’s largest green area, Pin Valley, is surrounded by barren landscape and towering unexplored mountains. Drive through narrow rocky tarmac as you enter nature’s impressive contrasts of lush green pastures set against snow-capped mountains and clear blue skies. Quaint little villages dot the scenery here with the meandering Lasting impressions of stunning landscape with the myriad hues of a fascinating locale – Pin Valley leaves you with memories for a lifetime.
Spend the night in Pin Valley.
DAY 06: Pin Valley to Kye and Kibber to Kaza (80 kms/4 hrs)
En route to Kibber village from Kaza after breakfast, fascinatingly perched on a rugged ridge overlooking the Spiti river, Kye monastery is Spiti Valley’s biggest monastery. Photography is allowed only on the roof of the monastery, so get a couple of good pictures before you step in.
Move on until quaint white houses with bright red rooftops start appearing in the horizon, marking your welcome to Kibber village. At over 4200 metres above msl, Kibber is one of Spiti’s highest inhabited villages with inhabitants all the year around.
Move on to take a deadly yet the most adventurous ropeway ride of your life at Chicham village.
Spend the night in Kaza.
DAY 07: Kaza–Komic-Kaza
Set off after breakfast through barren mountains set against bright blue skies with patches of lovely green farmland in summer. Your first stop, at some of the highest inhabited villages in the world, is Langza. Renowned for its unbeatable location, Langza offers some of Spiti’s finest views with unclaimed fossils lying around its outskirts.
Stop for a moment in Hikkim for a cuppa with the postmaster of the highest post office in the world. Don’t forget to post a couple of postcards before you head on to Komic.
Appearing, seemingly out of nowhere, Komic is the Himalaya’s highest inhabited village. With a little over a dozen households, expect to be greeted with cups of hot tea from the lovely families who live here. Sitting pretty at 4587 metres above mean sea level, Komic offers stunning vistas from its ancient monastery as well.
Spend some time with the locals here and learn more about their folklore and culture as well. Treat your taste buds to some authentic hot lunch here before you drive back to Kaza.
DAY 08: Kaza to Chandrataal via Losar
At 4551 metres, Kunzum Pass is the main access to Spiti Valley from Lahaul. Begin your day early as you start your day-trip to Chandrataal Lake. Stop at Losar, on the Indian border with China,with spectacular views of flowering valley in summer surrounded by barren mountains. A little over 3 hours, on some tricky rocky roads, would take you to Kunzum Pass. Drive down from the towering Pass to the surreal Chandrataal Lake. Spend some time by the ‘moon lake’, as its popularly known, and watch it turn different shades of turquoise blue as the morning progresses. Take a walk around the periphery for some fascinating photograph opportunities and memories for a lifetime. Apparently the site where Yudishtra (eldest Pandava from the Mahabharata) was taken to heaven, Chandrataal is surrounded by legends and folklore about its origins. Go around to and from the mesmerising lake, while interacting with the locals who will tell you some fascinating stories about the lake.
Take a stroll around in the evening watching the evening get older with shades of red and yellow and orange lighting up the sky.
Spend the night in a camp here at Chandrataal.
DAY 09: Chandrataal to Manali
Drive back to Manali, after lunch, for your last day up in the mountains. Drop in at Bob Dylan’s café in the heart of Manali for some lip-smacking cookies and healthy dose of Dylan’s music or visit Old Manali for some old-world charm as you escape the bustling crowd of Mall Road.
DAY 10: Manali to Chandigarh
Leave for Chandigarh after breakfast.
Head back home with heavier luggage perhaps, but memories for a lifetime
• All Transport in Tempo Traveller from Chandigarh to Chandigarh
• Accommodation for 9 nights on double/ twin sharing basis
• 2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) except Manali. Ideally, we would like to include lunch on each day as well, but we will be on the road during the day, every day. And there are many more eating options on the road which people can choose from, from expensive restaurants to cheap maggi shops. We will leave it for the group to decide what they would want to have for lunch.
• Any expenditure due to unfavorable weather conditions over and above the above-mentioned cost will be applicable on actual.
• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
• Airfare charges to reach or fly out of Chandigarh
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