7 Days Trip

Available from

JUNE - OCTOBER 2017

Fixed Departures
Customizable

Trip Highlights

  • Camp beside the beautiful Chandratal lake
  • Visit Pin Valley National Sanctuary
  • Comfortable Toyota Innova Transfers
Innova Transfers
Hotel, Homestay and Camps Accommodation
Meals Included

Trip Cost per person

₹11,970
Includes accommodation, meals and all transfers as per the list of inclusions

About the trip

The experience at Spiti Valley can be best described through Rudyard Kipling's words, “Surely the Gods must live here, this is no place for men.”

Located at an average height of 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley consists of stark high alpine lands, scattered with small postcard-perfect villages of whitewashed mud-homes and monasteries. Prepare to travel to a world where villages appear like a mirage after miles of trailing a turquoise green river nestled between snow-capped barren mountains and blue lakes; a world which has the coldest winters you’ll ever see, but therein reside the warmest people you will meet.

This comfortable and carefully curated seven-day Spiti Valley Innova Jeep tour is designed for travellers looking for an authentic Spiti Valley experience in a week’s time. Shared by a small group of travellers, this Spiti Valley Tour includes travelling in a comfortable Toyota Innova to some of the most popular villages of Spiti Valley including Asia’s highest villages – Komik and Kibber. Marvel at the wondrous structure of the Ki Monastery and get ready to be amazed by the Tabo Monastery – a 1020-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. End this tour on a high note (literally), as you spend a night, gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars while camping around the stunningly beautiful Chandratal Lake.

Departure dates

  • July
  • 23 Jul - 29 Jul 2017
  • August
  • 10 Aug - 16 Aug 2017
  • 13 Aug - 19 Aug 2017
  • 20 Aug - 26 Aug 2017
  • September
  • 03 Sep - 09 Sep 2017
  • 24 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
  • October
  • 01 Oct - 07 Oct 2017
  • 08 Oct - 14 Oct 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum La – Losar – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel.

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 12000 feet
  • 202 KMS
  • 9 - 10 hours
  • Meals included

We begin this Spiti Valley tour by hitting the road from Manali. We pass through the popular adventure-haven Rohtang Pass. Then we drive into the desolate and stunning brown-badland landscape and approach Chattru and Batal. At 14,931 feet, we catch our first chill at the august Kunzum Pass and then descend into Losar Village, the first in Spiti valley.

Having warmed up with cup of chai (tea), we continue driving through the stunning landscapes and reach Kaza where we spend the night at a comfortable hotel.

Destinations covered

Manali | Kaza

Day 2

Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza hotel.

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 14806 feet
  • 26 KMS
  • 6 - 7 hours
  • Meals included

On the second day of the 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 4,513 meters. This farm-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 brings 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 may 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 4,400 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 into 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 center of learning as well as a 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 4,205 meters and 18 km from Kaza, this formerly highest, permanently inhabited village in 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 make 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.

Destinations covered

Komik | Ki Monastery

Day 3

Drive from Kaza to Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel.

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 12450 feet
  • 49 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the third day of our 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.

We drive back to Kaza in the evening and spend the night in a comfortable and warm Kaza hotel.

Destinations covered

Pin Valley | Mudh

Day 4

Drive from Kaza to Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight in a Lhalung Homestay.

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 12774 feet
  • 34 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

After a delicious breakfast, we continue our Spiti Valley tour and drive towards the only other town of Spiti Valley – Tabo. Also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo houses the 1020 year-old Tabo Monastery – which is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its ancient paintings that depict the life of The Buddha, and intricate portraits of gods and demons along with life-size statues of bodhisattvas, in a fusion of western Tibetan, Indian and Kashmiri styles.

After spending a couple of hours at Tabo, we drive towards Dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River, in a hidden bowl, is the tiny hamlet of Dhankar. The former capital of the Royals of Spiti Valley, also known as the Nono, who ruled the dust-coloured badlands of Spiti Valley. Go back in time as you explore the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa which perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. If time permits, do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise Dhankar Tso or Dhankar Lake which offers views over the valley and towards the twin peaks of Mane Rang (6593 meters).

Later, we take a short drive to Lhalung – another beautiful high altitude Spiti valley village. The word Lhalung means ‘land of god’ and the village of Lhalung 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 Lhalung is also home to one of the oldest gompas in Spiti valley. The Lhalung Monastery – also known as Sarkhang and golden Temple – is situated at a height of 3658 meters.

We spend the night at an authentic local homestay with a local family, listening to life tales at above 12,000 feet.

Destinations covered

Dhankar | Lhalung

Day 5

Drive from Lhalung to Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight in Camps near Chandratal Lake.

  • Camps Accommodation
  • 14000 feet
  • 102 KMS
  • 6 -7 hours
  • Meals included

This day, we commence our journey back home and trace our steps back on the Kaza – Manali road. However, we take one last stop at another Spitian wonder – Chandratal Lake. The mystical and beautiful Chandratal Lake, which translates to Moon Lake, is located at a height of 14,100 feet. The Chandra Bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky.

After capturing the colours of the beautiful Chandratal Lake, we drive to our camping site where a hot supper under the gaze of a million stars and the Milky Way awaits us.

Our camps at Chandratal Lake are equipped with state of the art camping equipment including tents, high altitude sleeping bags and a comfortable mattress.

Destinations covered

Chandratal Lake | Losar

Day 6

Drive from Chandratal Lake to Rohtang Pass – Manali

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 6726 feet
  • 138 KMS
  • 6 - 7 hours
  • Meals included

With visuals of the stunning Chandratal Lake captured in minds and cameras, we continue tracing our steps back, driving on the Kaza – Manali road and after a few hours of driving and some more stunning landscape, we pass through the famous Rohtang Pass and reach Manali where we bid goodbye to our drivers.

You can choose to explore Manali’s markets in the evening if you are up for it or you can rest in the comforts of your Manali hotel.

Destinations covered

Rohtang Pass | Manali

Day 7

Check Out of Manali

  • No Accommodation
  • 6726 feet
  • 0 KMS
  • 0 hours
Check out from Manali at 12 noon / Take an overnight bus to New Delhi. We wake up to some hot chai, a sumptuous breakfast and some brilliant views of the Himalayas from the hotel in Manali. You'll be free to explore Manali on foot this day. 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.

Destinations covered

Manali

Cost per person

11,970*
  • The cost is ₹11,970 per person if booked 90 days in advance. Else, the cost will be INR ₹12,970 per person.
  • This Spiti Valley tour can be customized as per your dates, group size and requirements and be arranged as a private tour.
  • If you want to be a part of the fixed departure group but do not wish to share the Innova with other people and want the car dedicated exclusively to you / your group, please let us know and we'll let you know the revised price for the same.
  • Accommodation here will be on double sharing basis. If you are a solo traveller, the cost will stay the same but you will be sharing the room with another solo traveller 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 at all hotels and camps as per the itinerary on double sharing basis.
  • Accommodation at Lhalung in a homestay of a local family.
  • Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Manali.
  • Comfortable non-AC Toyota Innova shared by six people for all days as per the itinerary (Day 1 - Day 6).
  • Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver cum guide with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
  • Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
  • Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags / blankets at Chandratal Lake
  • All Applicable Monastery / Museum Fees

Cost Exclusions

  • Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Permits
  • 5% GST (Tax)
  • Guide / Porters
  • Lunch / Any Beverages / Meals in Manali and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing in Manali / 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 tour starts at 5 AM on the first day. Hence, it's essential that you arrive in Manali one day before the tour starts. We will pick you up from your hotel, as long as it is in Manali. If you need help with accommodation in Manali on this day, please let us know and we'll arrange a room for you in a good hotel.

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

4) On the last day of the tour, please let us know if you need help in arranging a taxi to New Delhi or Chandigarh and we'd be happy to be of assistance.

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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