INR 28,437 PER PERSON | FOOD AND STAY INCLUDED | TRAVEL WITH LEADING INSTAGRAMMERS |
Meandering roads through the snowclad mountains, with river flowing past, down in the valley, and few travelers venturing ahead into Spiti Valley – also know as the highest regions of Himalayas.
Imagine, stargazing. Camping in the middle of nowhere. The most beautiful of mountain stories. Old Monasteries. Songs of the shepherds. No itinerary to restrict your footsteps. And ten days in the mountains of Spiti Valley.
So ask yourself, how many times has the wilderness called and you’ve said no?
Because that’s about to change right now as you embark on an unforgettable 10-Day Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley Tour – with no plan and no itinerary – but with a group of likeminded photo-explorers, finding one story after another, as you traverse into the unknown pockets of these far flung Himalayan valleys of Spiti and Kinnaur.
Abhinav Chandel (@AbhiandNow) is one of India’s leading instagrammers. This former city boy now lives in the mountains and chronicles his life through his stunning photographs and poetry. He describes himself as being “constantly on the move; trying to uncover and collect stories from corners of the world”.
This April, Abhinav and Spiti Holiday Adventure are collaborating on a 10-day Photo-Exploration Tour to Spiti Valley.
If you hate being a tourist and want to explore (really explore) Spiti Valley, this tour is for you. There’s no fixed plan. There’s no itinerary. All you have is an explorer with her / his cameras and an insatiable hunger to really know Spiti Valley, leading you to the most enchanted lands with spellbinding views, and a never before experience in the mountains.
So, spend time interacting with the locals, or find a site, which looks tempting to camp on, and just pitch a tent there. Whatever it is that the group feels like doing, that’s what you’ll end up doing.
And it’s very possible that on this 10-day holiday to Spiti Valley, you would spend time in a monastery and learn about Buddhism through a monk or spend a day with the local farmers in their farm. You could trek from one village to the other or spend a day driving through the valley. Meet and interact with an Amchi (a local medical practitioner) and learn about the ancient form of Spitian medication or spend the day interacting with the postmaster from the highest post office in the world at Hikkim; Volunteer for a day in an old age home or spend a day in a village school. The possibilities are limitless. The maps are with no horizon.
Forget the plans, burn the maps and come to Spiti Valley with us. And give yourself a chance to experience the Himalayas like an explorer, and watch these mountains change you as a person for good.
Come with us, and let us show you Spiti Valley!
Worried about how to plan a tour with no plan? Leave that to us. With over 28 years of experience, we at Spiti Holiday Adventure, value your time and money, and share your passion and excitement for the Spiti Valley Photo Exploration Tour . This all inclusive Spiti Valley tour is meant for for solo travelers or small groups who want to experience the best of Spiti Valley and not be bound by a fixed plan. Despite keeping our costs down, we do not compromise on the quality of this Spiti tour and offer our famous state-of-the-art service that international travel organizations including Lonely Planet recognize us for.
WHAT’S POSSIBLE ON THIS SPITI PHOTO EXPLORATION TOUR?
> All Travels by a comfortable vehicle – Force Traveller or Toyota Innova
> Guidance from experienced and knowledgeable local trekking guides.
> Stay with a local family in their homes and have local food.
> If the group decides to camp, you can camp anywhere you want.
> Group reviews of photographs.
> In the nights, sit by a bonfire and gaze at the Milky Way and the millions of stars above.
> Possibility of visiting the 1000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tabo Monastery and visit the Ki Monastery.
> Explore one of the world’s highest Himalayan villages – Komik and Kibber
> APRIL 2017
April 02 – 11, 2017: Limited seats left
If 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.
None! You create your own itinerary on the go.
On April 02, 2017, 5 AM – we start from Shimla and drive towards Kaza. Since the Shimla – Kaza road is a long stretch of almost nothing on the way, we would suggest you take time and explore Sangla and Kinnaur Valley by spending a couple of nights here before entering Spiti Valley through Nako and Sumdo. From there, you and your group can decide which part of Spiti you would like to visit.
Once inside Spiti Valley, the group will communally decide where they want to go and how they want to explore the valley – in a way, that they get the best travel / photo stories.
On April 11, the group will drive down to Shimla, where the tour will end in the evening.
This shared Spiti Valley tour costs INR 28,437 per person.
The cost includes the following:
> Accommodation on double / triple sharing basis in a Hotel / Homestay / Camp from Day 1 to Day 9. In camps, sleeping bags and tents will be provided.
> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Day 2 to Day 9.
Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 10.
> Photography guidance by Abhinav Chandel
> Local guide from Day 1 to Day 8.
> All transfers by a comfortable non-AC Force Traveller / Toyota Innova for all ten days.
> Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll
The cost does not include the following:
– Service Tax of 9%
– Lunch (except wherever mentioned), mineral water and beverages / alcohol.
– Any accommodation or meals in Shimla.
– 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 Sangla / Kaza / Kalpa, you have the option of staying at a comfortable hotel equipped with spacious rooms, western toilets, hot showers and a multi-cuisine restaurant.
At the Villages, you will have the opportunity of 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.
You can write us an email or fill up the form on the right hand side.
If you are from India, you can deposit the money in our bank account or process an online NEFT transaction. Please contact us for the account details by sending us an email or using the form on the right hand side.
If you are a foreigner from outside India, please contact us and we will assist you with our payment options.
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.
This Spiti Valley Photo Exploration Tour would include road trips and trekking – As this plan has no plan, be prepared for a bit of driving and trekking. So a moderate amount of fitness would help you go a long way to get *that brilliant* photo story.
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 / very 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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