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Spiti Winter Expedition 4X4

(5135+ Reviews)

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Delhi to Delhi

Backpacking Trips

9 Days

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Meals

Stays

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Safe Travel

Flexible Cancellation

Easy EMI

Certified Captains

Overview

A cold desert adorned by mountainous valleys is how one describes Spiti Valley in a nutshell but in its embrace, one can find some of the most surreal panoramic views, ancient monasteries offering you serenity, and an abundance of trekking trails.

Life moves at a slow pace in the “middle land” with herds of Himalayan blue sheep nibbling on grass, the local farmers collecting their crops, and monks silently chanting the name of Buddha in the form of sacred prayer. The air is different in Spiti, pure and filled with peace. Simply breathing it in would rejuvenate your inner self and it’s an experience worth having. 

However, with this Spiti Winter expedition 4x4, we show you a different side of Spiti. We take you to a different world altogether, a world where you get to witness the magic of nature in the form of mesmerizing valleys, majestic mountains, and wicked trails all covered in a thick blanket of snow that is spread throughout the land, as far as your eyes can see. 

In this Spiti Winter expedition, we spice things up even more by increasing the stakes. It is no secret that the roads of Spiti valley are hostile at best, the paths seemed to be carved out with a ruggedness that isn't found in many places, and yet there is no greater feeling than off-roading on these tough terrains. 

It's a challenge worth taking up but only for those who are bold enough to do it. Since normal tempo travelers don't give adventure enthusiasts the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on the rocky trails, we take things up a notch by taking you on a road trip to Spiti Valley by 4x4 Vehicles which means your vehicle can overcome all the hurdles that the roads of Spiti has to offer.

We begin our journey from Delhi to Shimla where the trip captains conduct a brief session and provide all the necessary information that you’d need to know before embarking on the trip. The route from Shimla is better when it comes to Spiti Winter expeditions. One of the reasons is the scenic views but also because the slow and steady ascend to higher altitude will make your body adapt to your surroundings. As our next stop Chitkul is situated at a height of more than 11,000ft, it's better to take the Hindustan - Tibet highway for better acclimatization.  

Chitkul is renowned for being the last village of India and has gained a lot of popularity among travelers, but it's only when people visit the village and breathe in the fresh air, do they realize that the best part about this hamlet is that it has the cleanest air in the entire country. It is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air that one appreciates after spending most of their day in the metropolitan cities. 

We know that every trip becomes ten times more memorable when you have people to share your exciting experiences with, to share stories with people who share the same passion that you do, and to make sure that you get to form connections with fellow travelers, we indulge in group bonding activities. The best part about these activities is that after indulging in these games, people become more comfortable with each other and a sense of ease fills everyone, making the long journey ahead seem short and sweet. 

Our next destination Kalpa is known for its picturesque landscapes but the trail leading up to it is equally beautiful. The town of Reckong Peo in Kinnaur, famous for its apple orchards and rich culture that has been preserved by the locals for years serves as an excellent pit stop. Not to mention that it gives a small glimpse into the journey that awaits us. Upon reaching Kalpa, we make sure that you get to explore some of the best places in Kalpa including the 3000-year-old Kalpa monastery and the suicide point which is named so because of the fear it induces in the heart of the travelers with its cliff and narrow roads. Not to mention that on one end, standing mighty are rugged mountains. 

The view from the suicide point is to die for and since during this Winter expedition to Spiti valley, the entire Kinnaur ranges will be covered in snow, the landscape would be more beautiful than any words can ever describe.

After spending a night in Kalpa surrounded by snow-laden mountains, we will be moving toward our next destination which is Nako. Providing the best site for a pit stop is the tiny hamlet of Khab which serves as the confluence of the Sutlej and Spiti rivers. Even though it is just a stop along the way, driving through a snow-covered Khab with the river flowing alongside makes it one of the best parts of this Spiti Winter expedition.  

Our next stop, Nako which is nestled in the heart of the trans-Himalayan ranges in the Hanging Valley with Reo Purgyal as its backdrop, is surely going to take your breath away. The tiny hamlet is situated on the Indo-China Border with the serene Nako lake and the 11th-century Nako monastery in its embrace. The influence of Buddhism is ever present in the valley but it's only when you are in these villages, meeting the locals, getting in touch with their customs, and learning their stories, do you start to feel the true essence of Spiti Valley filling you from within.

Kaza, our next destination is where you will see a blend of white landscapes that involve majestic mountains, meadows, streams, and even barren terrains all adorned by snow. The monochromatic contrast of the whiteness of the snow against the cobalt blue skies is truly breathtaking and when you are in the very center of such a magical wonder, all kinds of emotions run through you. Kaza is known for its vibrant festivities, its monasteries, and its rich culture. As well as being the heart of Spiti, it is also the commercial center of the valley and the link between the different districts.   

Finally, after overcoming all the bumps in the road, we will be in the center of it all, experiencing the winter wonderland that is Spiti in all its glory. Under the starry night skies, surrounded by lofty mountains that no longer have a patch of brown on them, with the pearly snowflakes replacing any signs of dusty terrains, it is then, at that moment, that this Spiti Winter expedition will truly make you feel alive and free. 

We will visit all the places that cross people's minds when they hear the name “Spiti” during our sightseeing tour. The Key Monastery, locally known as Kye Gompa was established in the 11th century and still stands tall, like a bejeweled crown adorning Spiti valley. The Chicham Bridge is the highest bridge in Asia and is situated 1000 ft above a deep gorge that flows relentlessly. Komic, which is truly one of the most beautiful villages in our country remains unexplored by many travelers but on this trip, you will get the chance to experience life at a different pace in one of the highest villages in India.

Hikkim, with its highest post office in the world, will take you back to the good old days when people penned down their emotions on paper and confessed their love in the form of letters. The best part is that the post office is functional and if you are an old-school soul, you can send a letter to someone and show them just what heights you will go to, for them. 

We save the most iconic spot for the last and solely to make sure that you get to cherish the moment for years to come. Langza, home to fossils of many seabed plants serves as the last stop of our Spiti Winter expedition. Located on top of a hill, overlooking this tiny hamlet is the statue of Budhha that locals believe protects them from all evil. The colorful statue being the tallest structure in the village does seem like a fierce protector. 

If we were to describe this Spiti valley Winter expedition, we'd say that it is your ticket to a unique getaway that is a blend of both adventure and serenity. It's an experience worth having and something that a traveler should tick off their bucket list as soon as possible. 

Although there is no way in which Spiti can ever be less beautiful or charming, we believe that the snow makes it more magical than it is, adding more to its eternal beauty. Hence the best time to visit Spiti, especially when it comes to 4x4 Spiti Winter expeditions, is from November to March. 

Itinerary

1

Day

Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey
2

Day

Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)
3

Day

Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)
4

Day

Kalpa to Tabo (160 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)
5

Day

Tabo to Kaza (48 Kilometers, 2 Hours Drive)
6

Day

Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)
7

Day

Kaza to Kalpa (200 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
8

Day

Kalpa to Shimla (222 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)
9

Day

Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
Age Limit (Trip Wise)

Weekend
Getaways


18-38

Himalayan
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18-48

Backpacking
Trips


18-40

Biking
Trips


18-45

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Transportation in 4WD Vehicle from Shimla to Shimla.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla and return.

Accommodation on sharing basis as per itinerary in Hotel/Homestay.

Meal plan: MAPI Plan (Total 12 Meals - 1 Meal on Day 2 (D) + 2 Meals on Day 3 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 4 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 5 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 6 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 7 (B+D) + 1 Meal on Day 8 (B) )

The Trip Leader will be present at all times during the tour.

All permits Required

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Cancellation Policy

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Things To Pack

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Rucksack:

You must pick a good quality backpack with a comfortable fit and straps that won’t give you shoulder pain. You can check out your nearest Decathlon store for a good trekking backpack.

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Day Bag / Day Pack:

When you head towards the summit, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one on the campsite.

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Hiking Shoes :

Durable footwear designed for rugged terrains.

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Floaters or Sandals:

Although the entire trek requires a good quality shoe, you still need to let your feet breathe to avoid chafing and blisters. When you are at the camp, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

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Tees / Tshirts:

You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.

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Poncho:

A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rain.

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Quick Dry Towel:

A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

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Sanitizer:

Essential for maintaining cleanliness while trekking.

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Sun Cap / Hat:

A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.

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Sunscreen SPF 40+:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Water Bottle (Re-usable):

Hydration is extremely important when it comes to trekking. Carrying a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

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Personal Toileteries:

A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.

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Personal Medication / First Aid:

A few cuts and bruises are almost inevitable when you are on a trek so carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, etc is necessary.

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Sun Glasses / Reading Glasses:

Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

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Charger:

To keep your electronic devices powered during the trip.

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Power Bank:

Ensures your devices stay charged when there are no outlets.

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Personal Documents & ID's:

Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, Drivers License.

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Laundry Bag (Waterproof):

In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.

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Track Pants:

A good pair of track pants made of polyester will let your skin breathe. They’re lightweight, dry easily, and comfortable to walk around in. You can easily avoid chafing and rashes by investing in a good pair of track pants.

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Trekking Shoes:

A good trekking shoe is comfortable, provides ankle support, and has a good grip as well. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

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Cotton Socks:

Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.

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Woolen Socks:

A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

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Woolen Gloves:

Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands and also provide a better grasp on trekking poles.

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Main Jacket:

It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry a heavy jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

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Woolen Cap:

A woolen cap will help prevent cold when you ascend to high altitude. You can also cover your ears to avoid any pain and discomfort you might face in them when going at high altitudes.

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Hoodie:

A versatile layering option for various temperatures.

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Scarf / Balaclava:

Along with sun rays and chilly winds, you also get hit by dirt and grime during treks which is why it's important to carry a scarf or balaclava so you can cover your face when needed.

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Head Lamp:

You can’t rely on moonlight when you are in the mountains. A torch or even a headlamp with a fresh pair of batteries is always a good idea to bring along.

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Trekking Pole:

The trekking pole assists in more than one way. It saves energy while also providing stability and helps you to maintain proper balance.

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Camera:

This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trek. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.

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Riding Gear:

If your trip involves biking or motorcycling.

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Moisturiser & Cold Cream:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Lip Balm:

Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

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Sanitary Pads:

Essential for feminine hygiene.

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Insect Repellent:

Guards against pesky bugs and insects.

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Cash:

Emergency funds for unexpected situations.

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Thermals:

Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when going on a high-altitude trek.

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Snacks / Dryfruits / Energy Bar:

Provides quick energy on the go.

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Positive Attitude:

The most important item for a successful trek or trip, keeping your spirits high and adaptable to the challenges of the journey.

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