INR 7,936 PER PERSON | ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, GUIDE AND LOCAL TRANSFERS INCLUDED
Home to some of the highest villages in the world, oldest monasteries in the world and the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see, the Spiti Valley, at an average elevation of 4000 meters, is a rugged, unexplored gem in Himachal Pradesh.
Postcard-perfect villages, picturesque trails and rolling-meadows – all of this nestled in the heart of the majestic Himalayas. Inspiring and enchanting, this five day Spiti Valley Homestay trek to the various villages of Spiti Valley gives you a peek into the lives of the people living in some of the highest Himalayan villages of the world and their culture. Prepare to be awestruck with the remarkably striking snow-capped mountains, explore rambling old monasteries, savour architecture of ancient civilization and play hide-and-seek with exotic endangered wildlife.
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!
> MAY 2017
May 22 – 26, 2017: Available
> JUNE 2017
June 26 – June 30, 2017: Available
> JULY 2017
July 03 – 07, 2017: Available
> AUGUST 2017
August 14 – 18, 2017: Available
> SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2017
September 04 – 08, 2017: Available
September 30 – October 04, 2017: Available
If your desired batch is full, please contact us to open another batch for the dates. This Spiti Valley trek can be customized as per your dates, group size and requirements and can be arranged as a private and exclusive trek.
DAY 1: Drive from Kaza to Ki Monastery – Kibber to Langza. Overnight at Langza Homestay (14,435 feet / 5 – 6 hours)
DAY 2: Trek from Langza to Komik. Overnight at Komik Homestay (14,800 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 3: Trek from Komik to Demul. Overnight at Demul Homestay (14,435 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 4: Trek from Demul to Lalung. Overnight at Lalung Homestay (12,300 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 5: Trek from Lalung to Dhankar. Drive to Kaza. (12,800 feet / 4-5 hours)
DAY 1: Drive from Kaza to Ki Monastery – Kibber to Langza. Overnight at Langza Homestay (14,435 feet / 5-6 hours)
The first day of the Spiti Valley Homestay Trek begins with a drive to the picturesque Kibber village. En route to Kibber, stop by the 1000-year-old Ki (Key) Monastery.
Set at an altitude of 13,667 feet above sea-level, the Ki Monastery is the largest monastery in Spiti valley. This fort like structure stands overlooking the winding turquoise green Spiti river with stunning snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. Built in Pasada style, it houses nearly 250 monks in its premises. If we arrive in time, we can witness the divine prayer offering ceremony by these monks and nuns.
From the monastery, we take a short drive to the village of Kibber. Around eighty families live in magnificent whitewashed mudhomes making Kibber one of the highest continuously inhabited Himalayan villages in the world. Agriculture forms the backbone of this village and the lush green pastures are a welcome change from the barren desert terrain of the rest of the Spiti valley. Spend sometime exploring this village which serves as a base camp for many Himalayan treks.
Driving on further, we reach Langza, a region which holds immense appeal to the history-lover. Extremely rich in fossils of marine life and animals, Langza takes you back to a prehistoric era when Spiti was submerged in the Tethys Sea. Pay tributes at the 1000-year old Lang (temple), and wander around the prehistoric archaeological excavations found here. Spend the night in the comforts of an authentic cozy homestay.
DAY 2: Trek from Langza to Komik. Overnight at Komik Homestay (14,800 feet / 3 – 4 hours)
On the second day of the Spiti Valley homestay trek, the real journey begins as we start with a 3-4-hour moderate trek towards Komik – the highest inhabited village in all of Asia
On the way, stop over at Hikkim and send a postcard from the highest post office in the world. Hikkim also just happens to be the highest polling station in the world as well. After our little highs, we continue walking higher and ascend 15,000 feet above sea-level to reach Komik. If the season is right, gorge on freshly picked peas from the farms, run behind a Yak or sit endlessly watching the locals herd their cattle. Stroll up to the Komik Monastery, whose claim to fame is the being the highest monastery in the world with a motorable road.
As the night approaches, watch the stars come up so close to you, that you feel like you can almost jump up to catch them. While the mercury outside continues to drop at nightfall, snug into the comforts of a mud home where the temperatures are always comparably warmer. Enjoy a hot, freshly home cooked local meal and call it a day.
DAY 3: Trek from Komik to Demul. Overnight at Demul Homestay (14,435 feet / 4-5 hours)
On the third day of the Spiti Valley Homestay trek, we will head from Komik to Demul on foot, traversing the Chemai Lepcha Pass.
After walking through barren mountains in shades of browns, the lush greens of Demul are a refreshing change. Even more remote and cut off from the other villages, Demul is delightful during harvest season. Take a short, traditional Yak safari or learn how to make steaming hot momos with the locals.
Soak in the local flavours and vibe and spend the night in the comforts of the homes of the local residents.
DAY 4: Trek from Demul to Lalung. Overnight at Lalung Homestay (12,300 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
The fourth day of this Spiti Valley homestay trek will take you from the secluded Demul to the village of Lalung. It’s an easy day today as you walk down a steep descent till the Lingti Valley.
Literally translating to the “land of God”, Lalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains. The locals believe their God lives in these mountains and the mountain changes its 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.
Delve even deeper into the local faith and legends as you spend a night hearing about more such intriguing stories at your homestay.
DAY 5: Trek from Lalung to Dhankar. Drive to Kaza. (12,800 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
On the fifth day of the Spiti Valley homestay trek, you will trek across an easy path towards the former capital of the Spiti Valley, Dhankar. Offering a panoramic view of the valley, Dhankar stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river. Legend claims that 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.
Slowly start acclimatizing back into the “normal” world as you drive away from your last trekking point. Reach Kaza by evening and you can choose to spend the night in a hotel reliving the unthinkable feats you’ve achieved in the last week.
This shared Spiti Valley homestay trek costs INR 7,936 per person.
The cost includes the following:
> Accommodation on twin / triple sharing at homestays as per the itinerary.
> Breakfast, lunch and Dinner at all homestays.
> English speaking local guide for all five days.
> All transfers by a non-AC Jeep as per the itinerary
> Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll
The cost does not include the following:
> Service Tax of 9%
– Stay in Kaza / Porters
– Snacks and beverages that are not mentioned in the list of inclusions.
– Transfers from Manali – Kaza / Kaza – Manali.
– 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.
On this Spiti Valley homestay trek, you will be staying in the homes of local families that will open up their doors, hearts and life to you.
Here, plunge right into the vast, rich culture of the Spiti valley by experiencing sojourns with local residents. Learn about their beliefs, way of existence, authentic local foods and understand how this region with the exceedingly harsh winters houses such unbelievably warm people.
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 trek or trek 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.
Walk out of your comfort zone, and see how the magic unfolds.
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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 trek 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 Trek:
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 Trek, 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 summers (May – 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 – April) 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 trek more authentic and memorable.
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