INR 11,970 PER PERSON* | TOYOTA INNOVA TRANSFERS | ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS INCLUDED
Nobody describes the Spiti Valley experience better than Rudyard Kipling when he says, “Surely the Gods must live here, this is no place for men.”
With 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 harshest winters you’ll ever see, but therein reside the warmest people you’ll ever meet.
This comfortable and curated seven day Spiti Valley Innova Jeep tour is designed for travellers looking for the 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 1000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site. End this tour on a high (literally) as you spend a night, gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars as you can camp near the stunningly beautiful Chandratal Lake
> JUNE 2017
June 11 – 17, 2017: Full
June 18 – 24, 2017: Available
June 25 – July 01, 2017: Available
> JULY 2017
July 02 – 08, 2017: Available
July 23 – 29, 2017: Available
> AUGUST 2017
August 13 – 19, 2017: Available
August 20 – 26, 2017: Available
> SEPTEMBER 2017
September 03 – 09, 2017: Available
September 24 – 30, 2017: Available
> OCTOBER 2017
October 01 – 07, 2017: Available
October 08 – 14, 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 Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum La – Losar – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel. (11,980 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
DAY 2: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel. (14,806 feet feet / 6 – 7 hours)
DAY 3: Drive from Kaza to Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel. (12,450 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 4: Drive from Kaza to Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight in a Lhalung Homestay. (12,774 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
DAY 5: Drive from Lhalung to Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight in Camps near Chandratal Lake. (14,000 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
DAY 6: Drive from Chandratal Lake to Rohtang Pass – Manali. Overnight in a Manali hotel (6,726 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
DAY 7: Check out from Manali at 12 noon / Take an overnight bus to New Delhi.
DAY ONE: Drive from Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum La – Losar – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel. (11,980 feet / 9 – 10 hours)
We begin our Spiti Valley tour by burning the road from Manali. We pass through the popular adventure-haven Rohtang Pass. We begin to 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 a chai, we continue driving through the stunning landscape and reach Kaza where we spend the night at a comfortable hotel.
DAY TWO: Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza hotel. (14,806 feet feet / 6 – 7 hours)
Today, 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 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 THREE: Drive from Kaza to Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza hotel. (12,450 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
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.
DAY FOUR: Drive from Kaza to Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight in a Lhalung Homestay. (12,774 feet / 4 – 5 hours)
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 1010 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 metres.
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 FIVE: Drive from Lhalung to Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight in Camps near Chandratal Lake. (14,000 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
Today, 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.
DAY SIX: Drive from Chandratal Lake to Rohtang Pass – Manali. Overnight in a Manali hotel (6,726 feet / 6 – 7 hours)
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.
DAY SEVEN: 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 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.
This shared Spiti Valley tour costs INR 11,970 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 12,970 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 at 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 6.
> 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 Manali and Kaza / Rangrik, you will be staying at a comfortable hotel equipped with spacious 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 High Altitude grade tents, sleeping bags / blankets, comfortable camping mattress and a shared camping toilet. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared and served fresh at the campsite.
Please contact us to confirm your participation.
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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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