INR 14,950 PER PERSON | TOYOTA INNOVA TRANSFERS | ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS INCLUDED
There are two roads the stunning Spiti Valley. One, via Manali and the other via Shimla – which is also called the Hindustan – Tibet Highway.
In the months of April and May, before the Manali – Kaza Highway opens Spiti Valley to a busy, bustling world, there is a fantastic opportunity to explore Spiti Valley at its tranquil and peaceful best through the Hindustan – Tibet Highway starting from Shimla. While the rest of the country is baking in the smoldering summers, the high altitude mountains of the Spiti Valley are usually still trenched in snow. Although not the most ideal time to visit Spiti, this Spiti Valley tour for seven days is perfect for you if you want a break from the heat, and only have time in months of April and May.
Drive though one of the most beautiful picture-perfect roads in the world while halting along in dreamy mountain villages. This Spiti Valley tour from Shimla goes through Kalpa of the Kinnaur Valley and finally enters Spiti through the village of Nako. Explore ancient thousand-year-old monasteries, ride a Yak, live in authentic homestays and spend time in some of the highest villages of Asia. Dubbed as “The worlds most adventurous road”, this Hindustan-Tibet highway is a visual masterpiece. Don’t let that misnomer frighten you because despite its hairpin curves and steep drops, this road has been safely ferrying travellers since the 1850s.
Watch time stand still as you gaze into crystal clear blue skies, pristine turquoise rivers nestled between snowcapped peaks and a never-ending expanse of barren mountains. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS SPITI VALLEY TOUR
> Travel by a comfortable car – Toyota Innova for all 7 days.
> Drive through the Hindustan-Tibet Highway – Known as one of the world’s most adventurous road.
> Explore the beautiful Pin Valley
> Visit the 1000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tabo Monastery and the Ki Monastery
> Visit Asia’s Highest Himalayan Villages – Komik and Kibber
> APRIL 2017
April 9 – 15, 2017: Available
April 23 – 29, 2017: Available
> MAY 2017
May 07 – 13, 2017: Available
May 21 – 27, 2017: Available
If the above dates don’t work out or your desired batch is full, please contact us to open another batch for the dates. This Spiti Valley tour can be customized as per your dates, group size and requirements and can be arranged as a private and exclusive tour.
DAY 1: Drive from Shimla to Kalpa. Overnight at Kalpa Hotel (9711 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
DAY 2: Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo Hotel / Tabo Homestay. (12,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
DAY 3: Drive from Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung – Kaza. Overnight at a Kaza Hotel. (12,774 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 4: Drive from Kaza – Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza Hotel (12,000 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 5: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza hotel (14,800 feet / 5 – 6 hours)
DAY 6: Drive from Kaza – Kalpa. Overnight in a Kalpa Hotel. (9,711 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
DAY 7: Drive from Kalpa – Shimla. Tour ends. (7,238 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
DAY 1: Drive from Shimla to Kalpa. Overnight at Kalpa Hotel (9711 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
On the first day of this Spiti Valley Tour, from Shimla, we drive through Narkandha and head towards the apple-orchard dotted town of Kalpa. Foreigners entering Spiti Valley through this route need a permit which can be obtained through a quick twenty-minute procedure in Reckong Peo from Monday to Saturday.
After a 7 kilometer winding road though pine forests, Kalpa is a splendid gem. According to legends, this is the winter abode of Lord Shiva. With the majestic views of the Kinner Kailash and Jordon Peaks, this enthralling village has spectacular sunrises with the crimson sunlight glowing on the snow-capped peaks. 3 kilometers away from Kalpa at Kothi, is a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika. An exquisite image of the goddess is enshrined in this sanctum.
Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.
DAY TWO: Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo Hotel / Tabo Homestay. (12,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
On the second day of this Spiti Valley tour, from Kalpa, we continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch famously known as one of “most adveneturous roads of the world” by the ‘Lonely Planet’ in a visual spectacle. Don’t let that little piece of information deter you because your local drivers are highly skilled and experienced while driving on these roads. As you begin embracing the jaw-dropping views watch the mountains change their colours from the lush greens of the Kinnaur valley to the many hues of brown.
After a quick refuelling stop at Puh, we proceed to Nako – the last hamlet of Kinnaur, before we enter the gates of Spiti Valley. After lunch in Nako, we drive through Sumdo, the first village of Spiti Valley on this side of the road, to Tabo, which would be our first stop in the glorious, mystical Spiti Valley.
The second largest village of the Spiti Valley, Tabo is known worldwide for its 1000-year-old Tabo Monastery. Walk around this UNESCO world heritage site and gain a deeper insight into Buddhism. Unlike other monastery in the Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley.
Overnight at a hotel or a homestay in Tabo.
DAY THREE: Drive from Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung – Kaza. Overnight at a Kaza Hotel. (12,774 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
On the third day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to the charming and high villages of Dhankar and Lhalung.
Dhankar, the former capital of the Spiti Valley, offers panoramic views of Spiti Valley. Dhankar stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river. Perhaps there must have been a fort here once, but today Dhankar is renowned for its 1200-year old monastery balanced precariously on a rocky precipice. If time and energy permit, we do the easy 45 minute trek to the stunning turquoise coloured Dhankar Lake.
After the trek, we drive to the nearby village of Lhalung. Literally translating to the “Land of God”, Lhalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains. The locals believe their God lives in these mountains and the mountain changes it’s colors through wide arrays of reds, yellows, browns depending on the mood of their God. Visit one of the oldest gompas in the Spiti Valley which the natives say was built by angels one night. Bear in mind not to touch the walls of this monastery for people believe that it will make the angels go away.
In Lhalung, visit the Lhalung Monastery famous for its statue of the three cornered Buddha which symbolizes the Buddha looking in all directions at one time.
If time permits take a short, traditional Yak safari or learn how to make steaming hot momos with the locals.
Gain a better understanding of the Spiti culture as you spend this night in a homestay. Enjoy authentic, freshly prepared cuisines and sleep in the comforts of a clean, warm and comfortable bed.
We spend the night at an authentic local homestay with a local family, listening to stories of
life at above 12,000 feet.
Overnight at a homestay in Lhalung.
DAY FOUR: Drive from Kaza – Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza Hotel (12,000 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
On the fourth day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley.
Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties, a river that gushes when it isn’t frozen and trekking opportunities for the adventure-seekers. The Pin Valley promises all this and more.
We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley.
Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley has altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards. In addition, other animals indigenous to the region and park are the Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox and marten. Birds such as the pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, chukor and raven paint the skies a pretty picture.
By evening, drive to Kaza, the commercial capital of the Spiti valley and spend the night in a hotel in either Kaza or the nearby village of Rangrik.
Overnight at a hotel in Kaza / Rangrik.
DAY FIVE: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza hotel (14,800 feet / 5 – 6 hours)
On the fifth day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 metres. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. This little hamlet ensures to bring you thousands of miles away from your familiar settings to a place of soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks. Some of the common animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.
Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. If possible, you can even meet the post-master and hear his stories.
After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza. Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza houses a population of 137 in 33 households. Once you are here, you can walk about the village and visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. At Langza, walk back to the prehistoric era when Spiti was submerged by the Tethys Sea, as you explore a land very rich with fossils of Marine animals and plants which were here millions of years ago.
We drive back down to Kaza for lunch. After that, we visit the world famous Ki Monastery. The car will first stop at the base of the monastery hill for the ultimate photo opportunity of this remarkable structure. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. Belonging to the Yellow Hat or Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery is famous as a prominent centre of learning as well as refuge for Tibetans. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Ki Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm.
Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 metres and 18 km from Kaza, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village of this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snow-tipped mountains makes the place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. From Kibber you can trek to Chicham Village, located across a sharp and precipitous canyon traversable only by a suspended wire cable basket system known as a Jula. We drive higher up to the secluded village of Gette where we absorb stunning aerial views of Kaza and tie a prayer flag.
We drive back to Kaza / Rangrik in the evening and spend the night in a comfortable and warm Kaza / Rangrik hotel.
DAY SIX: Drive from Kalpa – Shimla. Tour ends. (7,238 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
On the sixth day of the Spiti Valley tour, we are almost towards the end of this magical trip. Today, we set out to return to Shimla across the Hindustan-Tibet highway. The first stop on this leg would be the charming village of Kalpa which we had previously visited on our way up to Spiti Valley.
Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.
DAY SEVEN: Drive from Kalpa – Shimla. Tour ends. (7,238 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
On the final day of this Spiti Valley tour, from Kalpa, we head back to Shimla. Earlier the capital of pre-independent India, Shimla today is an attractive blend of a hill town and holiday resort. With its distinctive retro style, hand-painted signs in bazaars, cars banned in the main town, Shimla has an old world charm to it which feels as if the British left just yesterday. The tour ends here but you have the option of choosing to stay in Shimla and explore the town on your own – or we can help you arrange a private taxi to get back to Chandigarh or New Delhi.
This shared ten day Spiti Valley tour costs INR 14,950 per person
The cost includes the following:
> Accommodation on double sharing basis at a comfortable hotel in Kaza / Rangrik and Kalpa. Accommodation in Tabo will be in a hotel / homestay.
> Breakfast and Dinner at all places.
> All transfers by a comfortable non-AC Innova from Day 1 to Day 7.
> Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll
> Monastery Fees
The cost does not include the following:
> Service Tax of 9%
– Lunch / Any meals in Shimla.
– Guide and Permits
– Any additional costs incurred in case of a medical emergency / natural disaster / breakdown of vehicle / acts of God.
– Anything not mentioned in the “What’s Included” section.
Spiti Valley is located in the remote part of the Himalayas and has limited accommodation options when compared to hotels in the lower Himalayas. At Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza / Rangrik , you will be staying at a comfortable hotel equipped with compact rooms, western toilets, hot showers and a multi-cuisine restaurant.
At Tabo, if the weather is not very cold, we will stay in a hotel. Otherwise, if it is very cold and the water pipes are not functioning, you will be staying in the home of a local family that will open up their doors, hearts and life to you. Experience a unique insight into the lives of these hardworking people and the intimate relationship they share with their land. Every Spiti Homestay on any Spiti Valley tour offers you a clean room with hygienic bed sheets and pillow covers, boiled drinking water, delicious and freshly cooked local cuisines, traditional Spitian dry eco toilet, candles and lamps. All this, and the famous warm Spitian hospitality.
Please contact us to confirm your participation in this ten day Spiti Valley tour.
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For any reason, if you need to cancel a confirmed participation, please contact us by sending an email. Please find below our refund policy for cancellations:
|Intimation Period(days before tour commences)||Refund|
|30 days or more||90% of the total amount|
|Between 15 – 29 days||70% of the total amount|
|Between 8 – 14 days||35% of the total amount|
|Between 0 – 7 days||No Refund|
Book this fixed shared seven day Spiti Valley jeep tour with Spiti Holiday Adventure – The only local Spiti Valley tour operator to be certified by Lonely Planet.
>Best Local Prices. No Middleman. No extra commissions.
>Twenty eight years of experience in arranging Spiti Valley tours and treks
>Women safety: Our handpicked and trained staff is sensitized about women safety. All single women get an independent tent on treks.
>24/7 on-ground personal, phone and online support before and during your holiday.
>Highly knowledgeable, adept, trustworthy English-speaking local guides and drivers
>Delicious multi-cuisine food cooked fresh on treks. Try healthy local cuisines at homestays.
>State-of-the-art trek and camping equipment wherever required to ensure your warmth and comfort.
>We care for you: Medical kits are included.
>Portable toilet pit tents on most of our treks wherever required.
>We care for Spiti: Your money is ploughed back into the development of the local community.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can occur to anyone at an altitude above 10,000 feet – which is the average elevation of Spiti Valley. Common symptoms of AMS are headache, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lack of energy, difficulty in passing urine, lack of concentration and chest gurgles.
The experienced staff of Spiti Holiday Adventure has been well trained to handle travellers who suffer from AMS. Painkillers and extra fluids can usually reduce the discomfort of altitude sickness but if a traveller ever shows persistent symptoms, we always descend to a more comfortable altitude to be safe.
To avoid AMS, it’s extremely important to acclimatize well to the conditions and the altitude. Once you reach Spiti Valley, it is advisable to take complete rest for a day before commending any physical excursion. AMS can be alleviated or avoided by slowing the pace of ascent. It is for this reason that we usually recommend a minimum of seven days for a tour of Spiti valley. This gives the body plenty of time to adapt to the increasing altitude.
You could choose to pack the following items which will come handy when you go on your Spiti Valley Tour:
1) Windproof Jackets (heavy / feather if you are coming before June and after October)
2) Pullovers / Sweatshirts
3) Warmers / Thermals
4) Woolen caps, mufflers, gloves and socks
5) Raincoat (not necessary – but good to have one)
6) Waterproof / snow-proof trekking shoes
7) An extra pair of shoes
8) Sleeping bag (if you are trekking on your own)
10) Personal Medicines
11) Water bottle
12) A flashlight
13) Solar chargers / Power banks
14) Lip guard
17) Inhalers (if you suffer from asthma)
18) BSNL Prepaid / Postpaid SIM Card
If you are buying new shoes for your Spiti Valley Tour, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
Spiti Valley is a high altitude Himalayan desert and experiences an extreme range of temperatures.
The temperature in April will be cold / extremely cold and the valley is usually covered by a layer of snow. The temperatures may range between 10 Degrees Centigrade and -10 Degrees Centigrade.
In May, the weather starts to get relatively warmer and most of the layers of the snow in the valley would have melted. The temperatures may range between 15 Degrees Centigrade and 0 Degrees Centigrade.
The summers (June – October) which are the best season to visit Spiti Valley, experience average temperatures ranging from a maximum of 25 degrees centigrade (77F) and a minimum of 5 degrees centigrade (41F).
The winters (November – March) are extremely cold and they’re not an ideal season to visit Spiti Valley. Temperatures can dip to as low as -30 degrees centigrade (-22F).
If all members of the group agree to the additional costs of these activities, the following add-ons can be included to your itinerary to make your Spiti Valley tour more authentic and memorable.
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