Back in 1989, at 17,000 feet, on an unnamed peak, on a blue sunny day in the then forbidden world of Spiti Valley, sat an unhappy Ramesh Lotey. All around him, was stunning natural beauty of the desolate Himalayas – and he had no one to share it with.
Two weeks later, Lotey, as he is affectionately known, started his journey called Spiti Holiday Adventure – to share the magic of the Spiti Valley to the outside world. And for the last 28 years, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.
Today, under Lotey’s aegis, Spiti Holiday Adventure has grown to become a highly respected, reputed and India Government registered Spiti Valley tour operator. Despite catering to hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world, Spiti Holiday Adventure has never digressed from Lotey’s vision and continues to be exclusively dedicated to treks, jeep safaris and adventure tours in Spiti Valley.
Traverse the terrains which dates back to 500 million years;
Stay with a local family in their home in the highest village of Asia;
Travel with a monk and explore the intricacies of Buddhism in Spiti’s 1000 year old monasteries;
Interact with local artisans, learn pottery and make your own Spiti souvenir;
Exciting? That’s just a small list of things to do with us in Spiti Valley.
At Spiti Holiday Adventure, we are much more than the clichéd jeep safaris and sightseeing checklists. Being travellers ourselves, we understand your innate need for exciting experiences that form the crux of epic travel stories. Whether you seek to walk amongst some of the world’s highest villages, explore untamed wilderness areas, or witness first-hand the wildlife or culture of Spiti Valley, we have the perfect adventure for you. Dive into an epic adventure. Preferably head first.
Traversing Spiti Valley’s high trails is not just a skill. It’s an art that a few locals have mastered. Under Lotey’s watchful eye, Spiti Holiday Adventure constantly trains its adept and knowledgeable staff to match evolving international standards.
So when you trek with us all the way to 20,000 feet, be assured that you are taken care of by the best – those who will put your comforts and safety first. Lotey personally manages purchases and maintenance of custom made state-of-the-art high altitude trek and camping equipment that can sustain the challenges posed by the Himalayan wilderness of Spiti Valley.
Our reputation is founded on a proven ability to provide quality Spiti adventure holidays that represent real value for money.And it’s probably for these reasons why we are the only local Spiti tour and trek operator to be recognized and certified by Lonely Planet.
With a difficult terrain and extreme climate, life in Spiti Valley is hard. With only a three month working season in the whole year, the relatively warm season between July and September is extremely crucial for the economic sustenance of us locals.
Being an exclusively for-Spiti organisation, Spiti Holiday Adventure works at the ground level. Every year, we train and involves several locals in its activities that offer you, the traveller, a unique and authentic experiences. At the same time, these activities you participate in, offers the locals a source of income, exposure to the outside world, and the much needed smiles.
When you travel with us, you can be assured that a good part of your money you spend on your Spiti Valley holiday is directly ploughed back into the development of the local community and directly contributes to the well-being of the people of Spiti Valley.
We thank you with folded hands for that.
“What a fantastic Spiti Valley Tour! Thank you so much Lotey and team!”
– Joshua Sternlicht
“Wow. What a trek. Just the best! We were a group of 6 girls and contacted Lotey after finding his details in Lonely Planet Himachal Pradesh. He helped us with all our questions from the first day. Big thank you to the staff that helped us on the trek – they took such great care of us and cooked such yummy food everyday. There were times when we were worried and tired but the staff continuously encouraged us and helped us have an adventure of a lifetime! We are definitely coming back to Spiti and will do the Parang la trek this time! See you soon, Lotey! Lots of love!”
– Stephanie Rischall
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Rahul Mansur is an ex-city boy,
ex-copywriter, ex-Blindfolded Mount Everest climber,
ex-aggerates a lot. South Indian, not a software engineer, writer and photographer, Rahul is the founder of Holidaychai – the parent company of Spiti Holiday Adventure. If he’s not on the road, you can find him stuck to his computer running the circus.
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Javid Bhat is a
young traveller, always searching for beach-weather in the mountains, son of two, dad of two, husband of one and the co-founder of Holidaychai. Javid heads the on-ground operations team to make sure all travellers are safe and comfortable.
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