Spiti Valley also known as the “Middle Land” is a Trans-Himalayan terrain bordering with Tibet at an average altitude of 4000 meters.It is a cold desert located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The region offers spectacular glimpses of the snow capped Himalayan ranges. Spiti Valley lies at a height of 12500 feet and is entirely surrounded by the Himalayan ranges on all sides. A 1000 years old culture, beautiful villages, simple, humble people and an out of the world landscape.
Reach Manali in the morning from Delhi/Chandigarh after an overnight journey and check-in to the hotel. You will be free to do whatever you want on this day, but the most important thing is to relax and acclimatize and not overexert. In the afternoon we will hold a small briefing session along with the guide. We will be leaving very early the next day; proper rest will help you in acclimatizing.
Today we head to Spiti valley which will take around 10 hours (220 kms), if everything goes as planned. 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 at the pass and then head towards Gramphoo. From Gramphoo you will start noticing a change in terrain with less trees, more steep mountains and the start of a barren landscape. From here we head towards Chatru and cross some of the biggest waterfalls. The terrain will change drastically from Chatru and all you will see is rocks all over with huge streams overflowing on the road and converging in the ruthless Chandra river. We will take a lunch break at Batal at the famous Chandra Dhaba, where you can meet the fa-mous Chacha and Chachi. They have been a saving grace to at least a few hundred who have been stuck in bad weather over the years. We head to Kunzum Pass and at Kunzum top we will stop for you to pay our respects to the Kunzum Goddess and as you enter Spiti valley. The jumpy ride on non-existent roads 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 small briefing session at the dinner table.
Start the day easy over a nice breakfast. We will head out to spend our afternoon next to the river where we shall serve you lunch picnic style and you can spend time relaxing and soaking in the Spitian sun. After lunch, 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 want you can hike to the bridge, or even go by car. We head back to Kaza from here.
After a relaxed breakfast in the morning we will head to Tabo Monastery via a short visit to Dhankar Monastery and Lake. Dhankar village used to be the seat of the Spitian King in ancient times. Dhankar monastery, claimed to be 1000 years old, is on the cliff of a mountain overlooking the confluence of Pin and Spiti rivers. There can be no better setting of a monument than Dhankar Monastery. If you want, you can hike to Dhankar lake (source of water to Dhankar village) which is a steep walk of 45 minutes one way. The climb is optional. You can spend some time at the lake and head back. We will then make a move towards Tabo monastery, also known as the “Ajantas of the Himalayas”, the monastery is more than 1000 years old. We head back to Kaza from here and end the day.
We head out to Langza this morning after breakfast. Langza is the 2nd highest
motor-able village after Komic and is home to many a fossil. If you are lucky then you are sure find some beautiful fossils while you take a stroll across the village. To make it a little more interesting at this altitude, the interested ones can hike from Langza to Komic via a small stop at Hikkim. Not to forget your loved ones, visit the world’s highest post office in Hikkim and post a few post cards them. Trust us you will be amazed at the post office and meeting the post master. Head to our last point for the day, Komic and enjoy the spectacular view of snowcapped peaks around over a cup of tea and chat with the monks. 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.
Head back to Langza for a homestay with a local family. Life in Spiti might be harsh but the other side is that you will never come across such warm and welcoming people. You will understand that while sharing space with a local family.
After breakfast with your host family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake early in the morning. This is one location where you will find difficult to stop clicking photographs. The lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour, each shot as stunning as the last one. Tonight we camp in style; excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds. If you are lucky and the communal fireplace is burning, you can warm up and meet other travellers over dinner.
We leave early this morning to Manali after an early breakfast. We will take a small break at Batal to say goodbye to Chacha and Chachi at Chandra Dhaba. The aim is to try and reach Rohtang pass by early afternoon and spend some time at the pass. Head to Manali and relax. We will have a small get together in the evening over dinner. Stay in Manali for the night.
Trip ends this afternoon as you head back to take your bus back to Delhi or respective places
1) Accommodation on double sharing room at all destinations as per the itinerary.
2) Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Manali.
3) Comfortable non-AC Toyota Innova for all days as per the itinerary (Day 1 to Day 6)
4) Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
5) Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
6) Monastery / Museum Entrance Fees
1) Lunch / Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Lunch / Meals in Manali and those that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
2) 5% Tax (GST)
3) Guide / Porters
4) Camping at Chandratal Lake
5) Car on Day 7 / Any activities, permits, services, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
6) Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
7) Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.