5 Days Trek

EASY / MODERATE / DIFFICULT

Available from

JUNE - OCTOBER 2017

Fixed Departures
Customizable

Trek Highlights

  • Easy 5 Day Trek
  • Stay in Homestays
  • A peek into Spitian lifestyle
Jeep Transfers
Homestay Accommodation
Meals Included

Trek Cost per person

₹7,936
Includes accommodation, meals and all transfers as per the list of inclusions

About the trek

You think of Spiti, and you think of large mountains sprawling far into the eternity, and the villages perched on the top of those slopes, like oasis in the middle of a vegetation less region.

Few houses, fewer people, going about their life in these treacherous parts of earth with a smile on their lips, and the stories filled with mysticism in their hearts. Ready to be revealed, ready to be concealed within your souls, diaries and cameras.

And that’s what the Homestay trek does to you, as it begins and takes you through some of the highest villages in the world, through winding trails on these meadows with sparse vegetation, and snow-capped peaks in distance, close enough to make your feel that you could just extend your arm and pick a little snow off those slopes.

During this trek you’ll be walking through picturesque trails, and rolling meadows, taking you to the postcard-perfect villages, thus fitting in an experience of life and culture in Spiti valley over a duration of five days. You’ll be getting a peek into the local life, living through the similar conditions, being a part of their daily life, and thus learning more about their ancient architecture, old monasteries, while also coming closer to the exotic endangered wildlife of Spiti Valley.

This easy Spiti Valley trek involves walking for 4 – 5 hours a day, staying at homestays with local families and can be undertaken by anyone with a love for nature, beauty, history and culture. Arguably, we think the Spiti Valley homestay trek is the best way to discover Spiti Valley, and there’s no doubt you’ll agree when you’re through!

Departure dates

  • August
  • 14 Aug - 18 Aug 2017
  • September
  • 04 Sep - 08 Sep 2017
  • 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Kaza - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Langza

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 13800 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 0 hours
  • Meals included
We start our fixed departure with a short drive. Today, you 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 stories spanning over 1000 years, you will feel like another special addition to Ki Monastery’s rich history. Situated at a height of 13,668 feet, Ki Monastery was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha in the 11th century CE. After revelling in the magnetic calm and serenity of the place, you will move farther down the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 metres and 18 km from Kaza, this village is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. 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. You will then head to the picturesque village of Langza. 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. From Langza, trek back to the prehistoric era when Spiti Valley was submerged by the Tethys Sea. You will wake the palaeontologist in you as you explore a land rich with fossils of Marine animals and plants traversed this land millions of years ago. Spend the night at an authentic local homestay with a local family, listening to stories of their life at 14,000 feet.

Destinations covered

KAZA | KI MONASTERY | KIBBER | LANGZA

Day 2

Trek from Langza - Komik

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 14800 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 4 hours
  • Meals included
The day’s trek involves hiking through some of the world’s highest inhabited regions. 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 frugal population of 84 families, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. Some of the common animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.

Destinations covered

LANGZA | KOMIK

Day 3

Trek from Komik - Demul

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 14435 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 4 hours
  • Meals included
Today, you trek to Demul – another beautiful high altitude Spiti Valley village. At 4400 meters, Demul is a village which redefines remoteness. Devoid of any cell-phone or internet reception, this quiet and quaint village is home to less than 50 families. When you reach Demul, you are greeted by the local villagers who welcome you into their homes and lives as you experience the best of Spitian hospitality. You are free to explore the postcard-like scenery of the village on your own, or you could opt for a short yak safari. If the season is right, you could harvest Yher leaves that are used to make momo fillings. Learn how to expertly make momos and have a delicious self-made lunch!

Destinations covered

KOMIK | DEMUL

Day 4

Trek from Demul - Lalung

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 14000 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 4 hours
  • Meals included
After breakfast, we start trekking to Lalung. The word Lalung means ‘land of God’ and the village of Lalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains which supposedly transforms in colour depending on the mood of the deities. Red denotes anger while yellow signifies happiness. Apart from being home to hospitable local families, the village of Lalung is also home to one of the oldest gompas in Spiti Valley. The Lalung Monastery – also known as Sarkhang and Golden Temple – is situated at a height of 3658 metres.

Destinations covered

DEMUL | LALUNG

Day 5

Trek from Lalung - Dhankar. Drive to Kaza

  • No Accommodation
  • 12774 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 0 hours
Dhankar is the ancient capital of Spiti Valley and the seat of the Spitian Kings. It is home to the royalty’s ruined castle and as well as a splendid 16th century Monastery. Situated mid-way between Kaza and Tabo, the route to Dhankar is along a slight detour situated on a steep mountain ridge jutting over the valley. To do justice to this fascinating place of history and tradition, the visit to the fort and monastery at Dhankar requires more than a few hours. A short trek away from Dhankar, is the beautiful turquoise Dhankar Lake which is a must-visit if you have the time and energy. After exploring Dhankar, we end our trek and drive to Kaza.

Destinations covered

LALUNG | DHANKAR | KAZA

Cost per person

7,936*
  • The cost is ₹7,936 per person.
  • This Spiti Homestay trek can be customized as per your dates, group size and requirements and be arranged as a private trek.
  • Accommodation here will be on double / triple sharing basis. If you are a solo trekker, the cost will stay the same but you will be sharing the room with another solo trekker of the same gender. 
  • If you are looking for a single room at all places, do let us know and we'll help you with the revised costing.

Cost Inclusions

  • Accommodation in homestays as per the itinerary at all destinations on double / triple sharing basis.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at all homestays as per the itinerary.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable English Speaking Guide.
  • Comfortable Tata Sumo / Force Traveller for all transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
  • Driver charges and fuel
  • Monastery / Entrance fees

Cost Exclusions

Any Personal Expenses / Tips

5% Tax (GST)

Porters / Mules to carry your personal luggage

Any Beverages / Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

Any accommodation, activities or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.

Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.

Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.

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) 9) Sunscreen

10) Personal Medicines

11) Water bottle

12) A flashlight

13) Solar chargers / Power banks

14) Lip guard

15) Hat

16) Sunglasses

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.

1) The trek starts at 8 AM on the first day. Hence, it's essential that you arrive in Kaza one day before the tour starts. If you need help with accommodation in Kaza for the previous day, please let us know and we'll arrange a room for you in a good hotel / guest house.

2) Vegetarian food will be easily available. If you need Jain food or have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will make the required arrangements.

3) Kaza is accessible by road from Manali. If you want, we would be happy to organize a comfortable taxi to pick you up from New Delhi / Chandigarh and drop you in Kaza.

4) On the last day of this Spiti Homestay trek, please let us know if you need help in arranging a taxi from Kaza to Manali.

What people have to say about this trek!

 

Vaishali Bhat

The 6 day Spiti holiday we had in the month of August 2016 was one of the most exciting, hassel-free and filled with enriching experiences.Big Thank you goes to each and everyone in Spiti Holiday Adventure for the amazing time we had.It was indeed a pleasure to meet Rahul Mansur who organised the trip for us at a very short notice.Special thanks to Team at Hotel Spiti Serai, Rangrik for their hospitality and our driver Tilak.Would definitely love to experience more off-beat destinations organised by you guys.

 

Sally Anderson

Do yourself a big favour and visit Spiti Valley using this company. The whole team is extremely professional and just a lovely bunch! We did 7-day jeep ride which provided a great itinerary to see a lot of what this amazing place has to offer. Spiti Valley is a once in a lifetime experience and totally worth the effort to go!

 

Nilesh Saigaonkar

Thank you for an amazing "Spiti" experience. This was one of the well arranged and managed travel experience that I have been part of. Still missing the hospitality of all the people who hosted us at all places be it Khansar at kaza, Home-stay at Kibber or Mountain Trail Hotel at Manali. Once again a thank you very much and of course hope to travel with you guys once again. As JRR Tolkien says... Home is behind, The world ahead; And there are many paths to tread…

 

 

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