8 Days Spiti Valley Road Trip

Available from

AUGUST 2019

Fixed Departures
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Spiti Valley Road Trip Highlights

  • #LivelLocal with local activities for an exclusive group of 12 people
  • Riverside Walk, Day Hikes, Stay at Ki Monastery and local cooking session included
  • Visit Pin Valley and camp overnight at Chandratal Lake
Jeep Transfers
Hotel, Homestay and Camps Accommodation
Meals Included

Cost per person

₹23,450
Includes accommodation, meals and all transfers as per the list of inclusions

About the Spiti Valley Road Trip

#LiveLocal with Ankita Kumar.

An initiative to promote local villages, activities, and culture of Spiti. Here you get a chance to meet, greet, stay and maybe even share a drink with the locals. Be here to witness and experience a unique lifestyle, where expectations take a back seat and the surrealism supersedes reality.

In the upper Himalayan region exists Spiti Valley - the middle land, which is filled with wonders and sights that are unparalleled. Spiti Valley – where birds fly across the blue skies, while the towering mountains keep the secret of this land, safe in their shadows.

Spiti Valley – where chants ring across the rustic monasteries, and the villages lay perched on the far away slopes. Each looking like a dream you'd want to live.

Spiti Valley – where rivers meander through deserted valleys, where you'd stand and stare in disbelief that something like this can continue to exist beyond the usual destinations.

So join us on this journey to Spiti Valley, where you'd be taken away from the mundane by a monk on one of the afternoons, where he'd tell you about life in this land. Where you'd sit and stare at the stars, while sitting beside the river and wonder, how lucky are those who could experience this.

Spiti Valley is the land where you'd listen to stories that belongs to a lifestyle you had never imagined about ; where you'd visit a lake existing in the middle of nowhere, as if an oasis for the Gods who once lives here.

At 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley is where you'd see, a different side of Himalayas.

This guided and curated seven-day Spiti Valley road trip 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 Force Traveller 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.

Here's your chance to witness all this through the locals and the colorful Ankita Kumar.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Shimla – Sangla

  • Camps Accommodation
  • 8900 feet
  • 240 KMS
  • 6 - 7 hours
  • Meals included

On the first day of this Spiti Valley tour, we start our epic Himalayan road trip today and start driving to Sangla. With the Baspa river magically weaving itself through the forested slopes, this exquisite 95-kilometer stretch of the Sangla Valley is a sight to behold. Known predominantly for its agriculture, almost every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots or potatoes.

Destinations Covered

Shimla | Sangla

Day 2

Drive from Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 11345 feet
  • 90 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included

On the second day of this Spiti Valley Tour, we have breakfast, basking in the first rays of the sun, and later 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 tribute 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.

Destinations Covered

Sangla | Chitkul | Kalpa

Day 3

Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 10000 feet
  • 121 KMS
  • 7 - 8 hours
  • Meals included

On the third day of this Spiti Valley tour, from Kalpa, we continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is famously known as one of “most adventurous roads of the world” by the Lonely Planet, is 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 refueling 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 monasteries in the Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley. We then drive to Kaza.

Overnight at a hotel in Tabo.

Destinations Covered

Kalpa | Nako | Tabo

Day 4

Drive from Tabo - Kungri - Mudh, Pin Valley

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 13800 feet
  • 45 KMS
  • 3 - 4 hours
  • Meals included

On the fourth 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.

Destinations Covered

Tabo | Pin Valley | Mudh

Day 5

Drive from Pin Valley - Dhankar - Lhalung

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 12774 feet
  • 42 KMS
  • 2 - 3 hours
  • Meals included

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 its 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.

Destinations Covered

Dhankar | Lhalung

Day 6

Drive from Lhalung – Kaza - Langza – Hikkim – Komik - Ki Monastery

  • Homestay Accommodation
  • 14800 feet
  • 26 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours

On the sixth 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 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. 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 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.

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. Here, you get a chance to stay in the monastery, exchange knowledge with the monks. While, the amenities here are basic but the experience is priceless

Destinations Covered

Langza | Hikkim | Komic | Ki Monastery

Day 7

Drive from Ki Monastary - Chicham - Losar - Kunzum La - Chandratal Lake

  • Camps Accommodation
  • 14800 feet
  • 63 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • Meals included

On the seventh day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to one of the most photogenic places in 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's known. 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 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 2 km away from Chandratal Lake.

Destinations Covered

Chicham | Kunzum Pass | Chandratal

Day 8

Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali

  • No Accommodation
  • 6726 feet
  • 138 KMS
  • 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’d have 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.

Destinations Covered

Chandratal | Manali

Cost per person

23,450*
  • The cost is ₹23,450 per person.
  • If you want to be a part of the fixed departure group but do not wish to share the car 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 / triple sharing basis, depending on the final gender composition. 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 / triple sharing basis at all destinations as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Shimla / Manali.
  • Comfortable non-AC Force Traveller shared by 12 people, 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 3 to Day 6.
  • Local cooking and alcohol brewing sessions at Lhalung, Stay in Ki Monastery on Day 6, and send letters to your beloved ones from the world's highest post office at Hikkim
  • 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.
  • Monastery / Museum Entrance Fees

Cost Exclusions

  • Lunch / Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals in Manali and those that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 5% Tax (GST)
  • Any trasfers or Car / Driver / Coordinator before or after the tour
  • Guide / Porters
  • 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

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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

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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 Local Tour with Ankita Kumar (03 - 10 Aug)


  • Day 1

    Drive from Shimla – Sangla

  • Day 2

    Drive from Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa

  • Day 3

    Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo

  • Day 4

    Drive from Tabo - Kungri - Mudh, Pin Valley

  • Day 5

    Drive from Pin Valley - Dhankar - Lhalung

  • Day 6

    Drive from Lhalung – Kaza - Langza – Hikkim – Komik - Ki Monastery

  • Day 7

    Drive from Ki Monastary - Chicham - Losar - Kunzum La - Chandratal Lake

  • Day 8

    Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Rohtang Pass – Manali

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