8 Day Road Trip

Available from

JULY 2024

Fixed Departures
Customizable

Road Trip Highlights

  • Small exclusive groups of 12-14 people led by Abhinav Chandel in SUV vehicles
  • Visit famous places of Spiti Valley along with offbeat places like Mane and Mudh
  • Stay overnight in authentic homestays and camp near Chandratal Lake, famous for its night sky 
SUV / 4x4 Transfers
Hotel, Homestay and Camps Accommodation
Meals Included

Cost per person

₹45,950
Includes accommodation, meals and all transfers as per the list of inclusions. 5% GST is applicable.

Spiti Valley - 8 Day Summer SUV Expedition with Abhinav Chandel from 1 July

Get ready to embark on this unforgettable 8-day Spiti Valley SUV Expedition, traversing into some of the most offbeat and unknown pockets of the far-flung Himalayan valleys amidst shining turquoise rivers, the autumn leaves in bloom and the most spectacular night sky.

The trip, exclusively designed for solo travellers, will be led by Abhinav Chandel - one of India’s leading Instagrammers - who has been to Spiti Valley multiple times over the years, and will show you hidden spots that only a seasoned traveller can tell.

During this 8-day tour, we shall explore and stay in some of the remotest regions of the valley - From Mud to Mane, from Nako to Langza, from hiking to a high altitude lake to being awed by the Milky Way galaxy on clear display in the night sky - this trip will take you on experiences that the typical Spiti itineraries do not.

We shall of course visit the iconic sites of the valley - from the Ki Monastery to the Buddha statue at Langza, from crossing Asia’s highest bridge at Chicham to marveling at the beauty of Chandratal Lake - all of this while living in homestays in some of the highest villages in the world. Interacting with the homestay owners, sitting around the tandoors in the kitchen, you will feel the warmth in their hospitality and heart.

This is not just another holiday in the mountains. This is one of those bucket list items - an experience to remember for life.

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Departure dates

  • July
  • 01 Jul - 08 Jul 2024

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Shimla - Rampur - Kalpa

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 9711 feet
  • 216 KMS
  • 7 - 8 hours
  • Meals included

We start our epic Himalayan road trip today and start driving towards Kinnaur. Our first stop will be the historic Padam Palace at Rampur, where we will have lunch and then enter the majestic roads of Kinnaur, making our way 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.

Destinations Covered

Shimla | Rampur | Kalpa

Day 2

Drive from Kalpa - Suicide Point - Khab - Nako

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 11890 feet
  • 174 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the second day of this Spiti Valley tour, we will start the day by visiting the picture point - the Suicide Point of Kalpa. From here, we continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is 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 reach Khab - the confluence point of the Spiti and Sutlej rivers. Our journey here on would be along the Spiti river. We then proceed to Nako – the last hamlet of Kinnaur - our stay for the night overlooking the Nako lake.

Overnight at a guest house in Nako.

Destinations Covered

Kalpa | Khab | Nako

Day 3

Drive from Nako - Gue - Tabo - Mane

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 11680 feet
  • 108 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the third day, we start the drive towards Sumdo, the entry point of Spiti Valley. We take a detour to the Gue Monastery to visit the 500+ years old ancient Mummy statue preserved at the monastery. This place is the closest to the China border - see if the time changes on your phone here.

We will then head to Tabo, which houses the oldest continuously functioning monastery across India. We take a tour of the 1000 year old Tabo monastery, before driving further ahead to the village of Mane. One of the first things that you will notice on arriving in Mane is the sheer amount of greenery that decks the barren Spitian landscape in these parts, and far ahead in the backdrop, a snowclad Manerang peak shines in the bright day light. Mane is another of the agricultural village, with white coloured mud houses decking up the mountains, with crop fields all around them.

Overnight at a homestay at Mane

Destinations Covered

Nako | Gue | Tabo | Mane

Day 4

Trek from Mane - Sopona Lake - Mane

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 13500 feet
  • 10 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • Meals included

On the fourth day of the tour, we will head out on a trek to Sopona Lake. Sopona / Yangcho Lake is formed with the melting glaciers of Manerang mountains, and is a sacred spot for the villagers. The trek will take us about 5 - 6 hours through a rocky and forest terrain. The views all through the route of the surrounding mountains and the valley beneath will keep you engrossed. We will return to the comforts of the homestay by late afternoon and rest our feet.

Overnight at a homestay at Mane

Destinations Covered

Mane | Sopona Lake

Day 5

Drive from Mane - Dhankar - Pin Valley - Mudh

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 12500 feet
  • 68 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the fifth day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive words the tiny hamlet of Dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River, the former capital of the Royals of Spiti Valley also known as the Nono, who ruled the dust-coloured badlands of Spiti Valley, Dhankar is a historic delight.

Walk 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.

Later, we end the day by making our way to 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 will arrive at Mudh, the last hamlet of Pin Valley and stay for the night at a homestay.

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 enjoy the delicious home cooked meal before we rest overnight at Mudh in our warm homestays.

Destinations Covered

Dhankar | Pin Valley

Day 6

Drive from Mudh - Kungri - Komic - Hikkim - Langza

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 14500 feet
  • 96 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the sixth day, after waking up at one of the most pristine locations, we will make our way to the Kungri Monastery- the largest monastery in Pin Valley.

We will then head to Komic. The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. 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.

Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office. If possible, you might 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 around 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.

Overnight at a homestay at Langza

Destinations Covered

Mudh | Kungri | Komic | Hikkim | Langza

Day 7

Drive from Langza - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Chicham - Losar / Chandratal

  • Camps Accommodation
  • 14800 feet
  • 115 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the seventh day of this Spiti Valley tour, 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. 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 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. From Kibber we will head to the popular Chicham Bridge - the highest bridge in Asia.

We will then start our drive to the picturesque Chandratal Lake. We pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kunzum Mata” as she's known. At 15,000 feet above sea-level, the Kunzum 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 4,300 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 blue 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 the Himalayas as you spend your evening gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars on a clear night. Our camps at Chandratal Lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, high altitude sleeping bags / blankets and a comfortable mattress.

Overnight at a camp 3 km away from Chandratal Lake.

Destinations Covered

Ki | Kibber | Chicham | Losar | Chandratal

Day 8

Drive from Losar / Chandratal - Kunzum Pass - Atal Tunnel - Manali

  • No Accommodation
  • 13943 feet
  • 114 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours

On the eighth 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 Chhatru for lunch. Drive through the famous Atal Tunnel and return to Manali to end your breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.

Here, we bid goodbye to you with our driver and guide who have been your friends for the past eight days.

Destinations Covered

Chandratal Lake | Batal | Chattru | Atal Tunnel | Manali

Cost per person

45,950*
  • The cost is ₹45,950 per person.
  • 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 on double sharing basis at all destinations as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps. Lunch is included on Day 4 during the trek.
  • Comfortable Toyota Innova / similar SUV for all days as per the itinerary (Day 1 to Day 8)
  • Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
  • Local coordinator for the tour from Day 1 to Day 8.
  • Driver and coordinator charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
  • Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags at Chandratal Lake if included in the itinerary.

Cost Exclusions

  • Lunch / Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 5% Tax (GST)
  • Additional Guide / Porters / Private vehicle
  • Any activities, permits, services, accommodation 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.

What people have to say about this trek!

Shraddha Singh

Rated:

Experiece the best of McLedoganj with this short weekend trek. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight with millions of Himalayanstars. Be it Paragliding, or touring around McLeodganj, or climbing mountains, amazing packages. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight.

Balwant Dhillon

Rated:

Experiece the best of McLedoganj with this short weekend trek. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight with millions of Himalayanstars. Be it Paragliding, or touring around McLeodganj, or climbing mountains, amazing packages. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight.

Mary Kom Yuritze

Rated:

Experiece the best of McLedoganj with this short weekend trek. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight with millions of Himalayanstars. Be it Paragliding, or touring around McLeodganj, or climbing mountains, amazing packages. Trek & camp overnight at Triund. With Pink House\'s state of the art camping gear, trek to 9500 feet to reach Triund and camp overnight.

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Itinerary for Spiti Valley - 8 Day Summer SUV Expedition with Abhinav Chandel from 1 July


  • Day 1

    Drive from Shimla - Rampur - Kalpa

  • Day 2

    Drive from Kalpa - Suicide Point - Khab - Nako

  • Day 3

    Drive from Nako - Gue - Tabo - Mane

  • Day 4

    Trek from Mane - Sopona Lake - Mane

  • Day 5

    Drive from Mane - Dhankar - Pin Valley - Mudh

  • Day 6

    Drive from Mudh - Kungri - Komic - Hikkim - Langza

  • Day 7

    Drive from Langza - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Chicham - Losar / Chandratal

  • Day 8

    Drive from Losar / Chandratal - Kunzum Pass - Atal Tunnel - Manali

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