INR 17,950 PER PERSON* | TOYOTA INNOVA TRANSFERS | ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS INCLUDED
Spiti Valley, with an average height of 12,500 feet above sea level, is a desert mountain which lies nestled between India and Tibet. With clear shinning blue skies, snow-capped mountains piercing up and turquoise green streams as your companions, this 10 day Spiti Valley and Kinnaur round trip on the Hindustan-Tibet highway and the Manali – Kaza highway is by far the most unforgettable drives you’ll take in your life.
Starting in Chandigarh and ending in Manali, this 10 day Spiti Valley tour is designed for travellers looking for an authentic and comprehensive Spiti Valley holiday. Shared by a small group of co-travellers, this Spiti Valley tour goes through the lush green valleys of Kinnaur and, into the brown Badlands of Spiti Valley and descends into Manali.
Come travel with us – the most experienced local Spiti Valley tour operator, and explore the native culture, food and thousand-year-old heritage by interacting with the effervescent, warm, and extremely gregarious locals.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS SPITI VALLEY TOUR
> Travel by a comfortable car – Toyota Innova.
> Drive through both roads to Spiti Valley – Shimla – Kaza Highway and Kaza – Manali Highway to get the best of Spiti Valley
> Camp in Chandratal Lake in comfortable and well-equipped fixed Tents and gaze at the Milky Way and the millions of stars above
> Visit the 1000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tabo Monastery and the Ki Monastery
> Visit Asia’s Highest Himalayan Villages – Komik and Kibber
> JUNE 2017
June 09 – 18, 2017: Available
June 23 – July 02, 2017: Available
> JULY 2017
July 07 – 16, 2017: Available
July 21 – 30, 2017: Available
> AUGUST 2017
August 11 – 20, 2017: Available
August 18 – 27, 2017: Available
> SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2017
September 01 – 10, 2017: Available
September 22 – October 01, 2017: Available
September 28 – October 07, 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 Chandigarh – Shimla. Overnight at Shimla Hotel. (7,238 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 2: Drive from Shimla – Sangla. (8,900 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
DAY 3: Drive from Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa. Overnight at Kalpa Hotel. (12,000 feet / 4 –5 hours)
DAY 4: Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo Hotel. (10,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
DAY 5: Drive from Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight at Lhalung Homestay. (12,774 feet / 2 – 3 hours)
DAY 6: Drive from Lhalung – Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza Hotel (13,800 feet / 3 – 4 hours)
DAY 7: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza hotel (14,800 feet / 5 – 6 hours)
DAY 8: Drive from Kaza – Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight at Camps near Chandratal Lake. (14,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
DAY 9: Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali. Overnight at Manali hotel. (6,726 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
DAY 10: Check out from Manali at 12 noon / Take an overnight bus to New Delhi.
DAY ONE: Drive from Chandigarh – Shimla. Overnight in a Shimla Hotel. (7,238 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
Your ten-day Spiti Valley Tour begins as you leave Chandigarh for the Himalayan town of Shimla. Enjoy the comforts of a luxurious Toyota Innova, as your driver takes you from the plains into the mountains at Shimla where you get your first taste of the Himalayas.
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. While it’s a 4 hour drive to Shimla, we recommend spending a night in Shimla as the body gets acclimatized to the tough mountainous terrain that awaits us in Spiti Valley.
While you get awed by the beauty of this town, remind yourself that this is just the beginning of a magical ten-day journey ahead. As there is no sightseeing scheduled for this day, you are free to rest at the hotel or you can explore the town on your own.
Overnight in a hotel in Shimla.
DAY TWO: Drive from Shimla – Sangla. Overnight in a hotel in Sangla (8,900 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
On the second day of this Spiti Valley tour, we start our epic Himalayan road trip today and start driving to Sangla. With the Bapsa river magically weaving itself through the forested slopes, this exquisite 95 kilometre stretch of the Sangla Valley is a sight to behold. Known predominately for its agriculture, every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots or potatoes.
Overnight at a hotel in Sangla.
DAY THREE: Drive from Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa. Overnight at a Hotel in Kalpa. (11,345 feet / 4 –5 hours)
On the third day of this Spiti Valley Tour, after having a hot, fresh breakfast while basking in the first rays of the sun, we head towards Chitkul.
Chitkul can be described as one of the most scenic settlements in the valley and the last inhabited village before the India-China border. This short drive from Sangla to Chitkul will be one of the most scenic drives you’ll take with plenty of opportunities to take stunning photographs. Walk around the Bapsa river and pay tributes to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. After spending time in Chitkul, we turn around and head to Kalpa.
Legend has it that Kalpa was the winter home of Lord Shiva. If it’s true, he couldn’t have found a more remarkable abode for himself, with enthrallingly majestic views of the Kinner Kailash and Jorkandan Peaks looming right above the village.
Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.
DAY FOUR: Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo. Overnight in Tabo Hotel. (10,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
On the fourth 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 treacherous 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 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 in Tabo.
DAY FIVE: Drive from Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight in a Lhalung Homestay. (12,774 feet / 2 – 3 hours)
On the fifth 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 SIX: Drive from Lhalung – Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel (13,800 feet / 3 – 4 hours)
On the sixth 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.
DAY SEVEN: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza hotel (14,800 feet / 5 – 6 hours)
On the seventh 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 in the evening and spend the night in a comfortable and warm Kaza hotel.
DAY EIGHT: Drive from Kaza – Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight in Camps near Chandratal Lake. (14,000 feet / 7 – 8 hours)
On the eight day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to one of the most photogenic places of the Spiti Valley – the Chandratal Lake. Before that, we pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kuzum Mata” as she is called. At 15,000 feet above sea-level the Kuzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley.
From there, we head to Chandratal Lake – A visual marvel, this stunning blue coloured Lake is set at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level in the heart of high Himalayas and is a must see on a full moon night. It derives its name, “Chandra” (Moon) and “Taal” (Lake) from the crescent shape of the lake. Watch the lake change colours from crystal clear shades of blur to emerald greens by dusk.
Otherwise barren and bereft of any human settlement, the blue lake bordered by carpeted green meadows couple with the pristine white of the Chandra Bhaga mountain range makes this an ideal camping ground.
Live your dream of camping comfortably in state of the art tents in the Himalayas as you spend your evening gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars on a clear night.
Overnight at a camp 2 kms away from Chandratal Lake.
DAY NINE: Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali. Overnight in a Manali hotel. (6,726 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
On the ninth day of this Spiti Valley tour, drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. We take a quick stop at Batal for a cup of tea at a small tea-shop run by a beautiful old couple. From there, we continue driving on the Kaza – Manali highway and stop at Chatru for lunch. Drive through the famous Rohtang Pass and return to Manali to end your breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.
Here, we bid goodbye to your driver who’s been your friend and guide for the last nine days.
Since there is no sightseeing included in your schedule in Manali, you are free to explore Manali on your own.
Overnight at a hotel in Manali.
DAY TEN: Check out from Manali at 12 noon / Take an overnight bus to New Delhi.
On the final day of our Spiti Valley Tour, we wake up to some hot chai, a sumptuous breakfast and some brilliant views of the Himalayas from your hotel in Manali. You are free to explore Manali on foot today.
You can choose to take an overnight bus to New Delhi / we can help you arrange a private taxi from Manali to Chandigarh / New Delhi as an additional service.
Just as your body needed time to acclimatize to the mountains in Shimla, this drive is perfect for your mind to acclimatize back into modern-day existence. Bid adieu to the picturesque valleys, blue skies, and winding rivers as you begin descending form the mountains into the plains.
Return home and spend the evening reminiscing about the magic which was the last ten days.
*This shared ten day Spiti Valley tour costs INR 17,950 per person if booked 90 days before the start of the tour. If this tour is booked between 0 – 89 days, the cost of this tour is INR 18,950 per person.
The cost includes the following:
> Accommodation on double sharing basis at a comfortable hotel in Kaza and Manali, homestay accommodation on triple / quad sharing in Lhalung village.
> Camping near Chandratal Lake. Camping includes state of the art tents, sleeping bags / blankets and camping mattress.
> Breakfast and Dinner at all places except Manali.
> All transfers by a comfortable non-AC Innova from Day 1 to Day 9.
> Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll
> Monastery Fees
The cost does not include the following:
> Service Tax of 9%
– Lunch / Any meals in Manali.
– 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 Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Kaza / Rangrik and Manali, you will be staying at a comfortable hotel equipped with compact rooms, western toilets, hot showers and a multi-cuisine restaurant.
At Lhalung Village, 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.
At Chandratal Lake, you will be staying in a fixed campsite which includes Tents, high altitude sleeping bags and a comfortable camping mattress. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared and served fresh at the campsite.
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 NFFT 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.
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 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 tour more authentic and memorable.
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