Spiti literally means "The Middle Land". This divine desert mountain valley is the land that lies between Tibet, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh and Kullu. Spiti is a lot like Leh in terms of terrain - the kind of mountains, lakes and landscapes you see, but it is far less visited and way more secluded. And as we always like to say, Spiti is how Ladakh used to be once…
Kinnaur and Spiti are not destinations… it is a JOURNEY.
What's there in the trip?
Butt breaking road journey, peculiar geo-climatic cold desert regions, mighty passes, splendor of snow covered peaks, shooting stars, deep valleys, vast landscape, gushing rivers, highest villages in the world, oldest operational monasteries, humble people with their centuries old culture, connections to Ladakh and Tibet - Yes, this is Spiti valley!!!
As we embark on this journey to the extreme land, leave your worries behind, and be ready to take in the beauty of this valley. This journey will be engraved in your memory forever.
Duration: 9 Nights and 10 days
Cost: INR 28,000 per person
(Covers all accommodation, all transport and transfers, permits and 2 meals each day from Manali to Manali; see inclusions below for details)
Above cost is for a minimum group size of 8. If your group size is smaller than 8, contact us for the detailed quote. Above cost is EXCLUSIVE OF AIRFARE.
What is included in the tour
- All Transport in Tempo Traveller from Manali to Manali
- Travel by AC Volvo from Delhi to Manali and back
- Accommodation for 9 nights on double/ twin sharing basis
- 2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) except Manali. Ideally, we would like to include lunch on each day as well, but we will be on the road during the day, every day. And there are many more eating options on the road which people can choose from, from expensive restaurants to cheap maggi shops. We will leave it for the group to decide what they would want to have for lunch.
- All taxes applicable
- Travers expertise
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenditure due to unfavorable weather conditions over and above the above-mentioned cost will be applicable on actual.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
- Airfare charges to reach or fly out of Delhi
Day 1 - Overnight Journey from Delhi to Manali
Meet Team Travers at R K Ashram Metro Station, Delhi at 04:30 PM.
Departure for Manali by A/C Recliner Volvo at 5:00PM.
Day 2 - Acclimatization in Manali
Reach Manali for breakfast. Leisure day in Manali. Visit Local attractions. Last minute shopping.
Day 3 - Manali to Kaza (202 kms/8hrs)
Start early morning at 05:30 AM towards Kaza. Reach Kaza by late noon. Overnight stay at Kaza.
Day 4 - Kaza - Key Monastery - Chichum Bridge - Kibber - Kaza
Enroute to Kibber village from Kaza after breakfast, fascinatingly perched on a rugged ridge overlooking the Spiti river, Kye monastery is Spiti Valley’s biggest monastery. Photography is allowed only on the roof of the monastery, so get a couple of good pictures before you step in.
Move on until quaint white houses with bright red rooftops start appearing in the horizon, marking your welcome to Kibber village. At over 4,200 metres above msl, Kibber is one of Spiti’s highest inhabited villages with inhabitants all the year around.
Day 5 - Kaza - Tabo - Dhankar
Gently fluttering prayer flags against a backdrop of green farmland (in summer), surrounded by barren mountains and clear blue skies, mark the entrance to Tabo. Over a1000 years old, Tabo Monastery is now a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the finest marvels of Indo-Tibetian art.
Dhankar Monastry is precariously perched on a rugged cliff, seemingly fragile from a distance. Getting closer, however, gives you a fair idea of why so much effort must have been spent building this monastery over a thousand years ago. Spectacular views of the Spiti-Pin river confluence and the valley below leave meditation spots like none other here in this mud-walled hermitage.
Take a quick look at the little museum in the Gompa here before you spend some time in conversation with the lamas for more history and lore of the Dhankar Monastery. Take a short hike to Dhankar Lake and witness the most amazing and thrilling lanscape of the beautiful lake.
Spend the night at Dhankar at a Home Stay.
Day 6 - Dhankar - Langza - Hikkim - Komic
Wake up for the spectacular sunrise and early breakfast before setting off Langza. Set off after breakfast through barren mountains set against bright blue skies with patches of lovely green farmland in summer. Your first stop, at some of the highest inhabited villages in the world, is Langza. Renowned for its unbeatable location, Langza offers some of Spiti’s finest views with unclaimed fossils lying around its outskirts.
Stop for a moment in Hikkim for a cuppa with the postmaster of the highest post office in the world. Don’t forget to post a couple of postcards before you head on to Komic.
Appearing, seemingly out of nowhere, Komic is the Himalaya’s highest village connected by a road. With a little over a dozen households, expect to be greeted with cups of hot tea from the lovely families who live here. Sitting pretty at 4587 metres above mean sea level, Komic offers stunning vistas from its ancient monastery as well.
Spend some time with the locals here and learn more about their folklore and culture as well. Overnight at Komic/Langza at a Homestay.
Day 7 – Komic to Lohsar
Set off after breakfast through barren mountains set against bright blue skies with patches of lovely green farmland in summer. Stop at Losar, on the Indian border with China,with spectacular views of flowering valley in summer surrounded by barren mountains. Overnight at Lohsar/ Chandrataal.
Day 8 - Lohsar - Chandratal - Manali
We will leave in the dead of the night at 03:00 AM for Chandrataal. Trust us, you will neither regret nor complain once you have seen the magnificence of Chandrataal at Sunrise.
At 4,551 metres, Kunzum Pass is the main access to Spiti Valley from Lahaul. Begin your day early as you start your day-trip to Chandrataal Lake.A little over 3 hours, on some tricky rocky roads, would take you to Kunzum Pass. Drive down from the towering Pass to the surreal Chandrataal Lake. Spend some time by the ‘moon lake’, as its popularly known, and watch it turn different shades of turquoise blue as the morning progresses. Take a walk around the periphery for some fascinating photograph opportunities and memories for a lifetime. Apparently the site where Yudishtra (eldest Pandava from the Mahabharata) was taken to heaven, Chandrataal is surrounded by legends and folklore about its origins. Go around to and from the mesmerising lake, while interacting with the locals who will tell you some fascinating stories about the lake.
Leave for Manali by 9:00 AM.
We reach Manali by late evening and catch the AC Volvo for Delhi. Overnight journey by bus.
Day 9 - Manali to Delhi
Reach Delhi by 8 AM
Head back home with heavier luggage perhaps, but definitely with happy and awesome memories for a lifetime.