All Girls Road Trip to Spiti Valley

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In this all girls road trip to Spiti Valley, we explore “the middle land” that’s nestled between India and Tibet.

For a long time, life in Spiti had been all about herding cattle, chanting the name of Buddha and silent valleys. 

However, in recent years due to Spiti valley being the embodiment of peace whilst also providing the thrill of driving on impassable roads, tourism in Spiti Valley has increased a lot. 

The picturesque landscapes, the rocky terrains, majestic mountains and patches of green meadows make this place one of the most beautiful destinations in Himachal Pradesh. 

The aim of curating this Spiti valley trip specially for girls, is because we believe in encouraging female solo travelers to rediscover themselves while bonding with other women who share the same passion for traveling as them. 

If you're someone who has always wished to go on an all girls backpacking trip then this trip is exactly what you need because we cover all the best places in Spiti Valley that you simply can’t miss out on. 

The ever flowing Spiti river is overlooked by highlands and Himalayan peaks. The winding roads and rocky terrains make the drive to Spiti full of thrill and adventure while in the lap of crescent moon shaped lakes such as Chandrataal, one finds the peace of mind that they crave for in metropolitan cities. 

In this all girls Spiti Valley trip, We begin our journey from Delhi and head towards Chitkul after making a brief stop at Shimla. The Hindustan-Tibet highway is arguably better because it helps your body to get acclimatized, not to mention that the view is to die for. The glimpse that this route provides to the landscape of Himachal too is one of the reasons that make this the best route to reach Spiti valley.  

This trip starts on a high note as the first halt in this Spiti valley road trip is Chitkul. Famous for being the last village on the Indo-Tibet border, not many people know that Chitkul also has the cleanest air in the country. As you spend some time in Chitkul, you will start to understand the slow paced, quaint life people live in the mountains but it’s only just the beginning as we will have a long journey ahead of us that will provide you a different outlook on life, as we unravel all the different layers of Spiti.

Our next stop is Kalpa, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Sutlej river valley, known for its apple orchards. A rich history, scenic views of the Kinnaur Kailash ranges, ancient temples, monasteries and century old traditions are just a few things that Kalpa has to offer. We will spend some leisure time in this small village and let ourselves marvel at the wonder of nature in peace. 

Before reaching our next designated stop, we will stop briefly at Nako, home to many Stupas as well as a 3000 year old Monastery. Nestled in the heart of the trans Himalayan ranges, every nook and corner of Nako overflows with peace and even spending a few moments by the Nako lake and paying reverence at the Nako Monastery will leave a lasting impression on you.

Kaza, overlooked by high mountain ridges, with the Spiti river running from North to South, is the binding link between different districts and valleys. It connects Spiti to Lahaul as well as Kinnaur valley and is one of the coldest towns in India. Kaza would be our designated stay for the time being that we spend exploring Spiti and visiting all the attractions that the valley has to offer.  

Our sightseeing tour of Spiti includes all the places that have the true essence of Spiti valley present in their walls. As most people are aware that Spiti is abode to many Monasteries, some of them dating back to the 1st Millenia. 

The Key Monastery, locally known as Kye Gompa situated at an altitude of 13,668 Ft is the biggest center of Buddhist learning and is the place where all the Llamas get their training from an early age. The monastery has managed to preserve not only ancient relics including the images of Buddha but is one of the strong pillars upon which the foundation of Spiti stands strong. 

The next attraction of this tour, the Chicham Bridge is Asia’s highest bridge, perched upon a height of more than 13,000 feet and links the village of Chicham with Kibber. A 1000ft deep gorge called Samba Lamba Nallah runs below the bridge and is a sight to behold. It took approximately 15 years to construct this bridge but it was worth it, as it helps both locals and tourists to traverse easily. 

Situated at an altitude of 14,400ft, The highest post office in the world, Hikkim, is another marvel that the Spiti valley has to offer. A functional post office with a tendency to turn every visitor into an old school soul, a visit to Hikkim is incomplete without diving into the 90s nostalgia of writing letters to your loved ones and then dropping them in the red mail box. A lot of travelers especially women adore this place because of its ability to make words pour out of you even if you are not expressive with them in the first place  and hence we make a point to not miss a visit to Hikkim on our all girls trip to Spiti valley. 

In Komic, a village popular for being the highest village in the world connected by a motorable road, you can take a stroll and experience the slow-paced life of Spiti from up close.

On our way to the crescent moon shaped lake, Chandra Taal, we make a brief pit stop at Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La as the locals call it. The high mountain pass connects Lahaul and Spiti Valley and is a gateway to Chandratal by a 15km trek.

Chandra Taal, loosely translating to the Moon lake, is a pristine lake usually surrounded by flowers and wildlife in summer. The lake is surrounded by a vast expanse of green meadows which give birth to many blooming flowers during spring adding more charm to the lake's beauty. 

Last, but in no way the least, stop of ours is Langza which is home to many fossils that were once creatures of the sea, as experts believe. Langza is also known as the village of gods for it’s spiritual significance and the 1000 year old Buddha statue that overlooks the village as an ever vigilant protector of the locals. 

The return journey of our all girls Spiti road trip would be no less exciting than the actual trip, for we will be traversing through Rohtang Pass and witnessing the panoramic view of the Pir Panjal ranges of Himalayas throughout the entire drive. 

The experience of Spiti Valley largely depends on the quaint villages, vibrant towns, ancient monasteries, high altitude passes, green meadows and more. A perfect blend of all beautiful landscapes possible is why Spiti remains on the bucket list of so many travelers and why you must go on a trip to little Tibet. 

The best time to visit Spiti Valley, especially if you want to make sure to experience it in all its glory, is from the months of February to April as the entire region is covered in a thick blanket of snow. 

However, if you don't want to miss out on visiting the scenic Chandratal and want to have the best of both worlds then the best time to visit Spiti Valley for you and your girl gang would be from the month of June to September.  

Even if an all girls road trip to Spiti Valley wasn’t on your bucket list before, we urge you to go on this trip because it’s an experience of a lifetime. One you must have. 

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

2nd Day: Shimla to Chitkul (250 Kilometers, 10 Hours Drive)

3rd Day: Chitkul to Kalpa (60 Kilometers, 03 Hours Drive)

4th Day: Kalpa to Dhankar (200 Kilometers, 07 Hours Drive)

5th Day: Dhankar to Kaza (40 Kilometers, 4 Hours Drive)

6th Day: Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)

7th Day: Kaza to Batal/Chandratal (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

8th Day: Batal/Chandratal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

9th Day: Manali Leisure Day

10th Day: Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

Batches

23rd Jul to 1st Aug Filling Fast {23rd Jul (Saturday) 07:00 PM to 1st Aug (Monday) 09:00 AM}

13th Aug to 22nd Aug Filling Fast {13th Aug (Saturday) 07:00 PM to 22nd Aug (Monday) 09:00 AM}

3rd Sep to 12th Sep Open {3rd Sep (Saturday) 07:00 PM to 12th Sep (Monday) 09:00 AM}

17th Sep to 26th Sep Open {17th Sep (Saturday) 07:00 PM to 26th Sep (Monday) 09:00 AM}

Price

Delhi to Delhi:

Tempo Traveller
Triple Occupancy 27000 / Person
Double Occupancy 30000 / Person

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    1st Day : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

    • The group assembles at the pick-up point by 06:00 PM.
    • We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted.
    • After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.

    *The pick up point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).

  • 2

    2nd Day : Shimla to Chitkul (250 Kilometers, 10 Hours Drive)

    • We will reach Shimla in the morning.
    • After making a brief pitstop in Shimla, we'll head towards Chitkul.
    • Upon reaching Chitkul, we'll check into our hotels.
    • Dinner and group bonding activities followed by an overnight stay in Chitkul.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Chitkul to Kalpa (60 Kilometers, 03 Hours Drive)

    • After early morning breakfast,  we will head towards Kalpa.
    • Upon reaching Kalpa, we will check into our designated hotels and have some leisure time.
    • Sightseeing tour followed by dinner and overnight stay in Kalpa

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  • 4

    4th Day : Kalpa to Dhankar (200 Kilometers, 07 Hours Drive)

    • After early morning breakfast, we will head towards our next destination, Dhankar.
    • En-route Dhankar, we will be traversing through Nako Village and pay our respects at the Tabo Monastery.
    • After checking in, we will have dinner served followed by an overnight stay in Dhankar.
  • 5

    5th Day : Dhankar to Kaza (40 Kilometers, 4 Hours Drive)

    • Post breakfast, we will head towards Kaza.
    • En route, we will visit Kungri Monastery in Pin valley followed by a visit to Mudh Village.
    • Check-in at Kaza, followed by dinner and overnight stay.
  • 6

    6th Day : Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)

    • Post breakfast, we’ll start our Spiti sightseeing tour.
    • We will visit the Key Monastery, the Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge) and Hikkim (the highest post office in the world).
    • After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world located at an altitude of 4600 meters).
    • We’ll also visit Langza and see the iconic Buddha statue.
    • Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
  • 7

    7th Day : Kaza to Batal/Chandratal (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

    • After early morning breakfast, we will head to Chandratal or Batal.
    • Midway, we'll visit the Kunzum Pass for a sightseeing tour.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal.

    *Staying in Chandra Taal totally depends on weather conditions.

  • 8

    8th Day : Batal/Chandratal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning before we start our return journey.
    • En-route, we'll be passing through the iconic Rohtang Pass.
    • We'll reach Manali by the evening and check into our respective hotel rooms.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali.
  • 9

    9th Day : Manali Leisure Day

    • Post breakfast, the group will enjoy a Leisure Day at Manali.
    • The travellers are advised to spend their time by going for cafe hopping, market shopping, local sightseeing, and more.\
    • Later in the evening, we will take an overnight bus from Manali to Delhi.
  • 10

    10th Day : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

    • The group will reach Delhi by early in the morning and part ways with fond memories.
    • End of tour.

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Inclusions

Transportation in Tempo Traveller from  Shimla to Manali.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Delhi.

Accommodation on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, Starting from Day 2 Dinner till Day 9 Breakfast)

Female Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

Mechanical Support

All permits Required

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Exclusions

5% GST

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay in travel.

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.

 Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within  44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

You are not eligible for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand. 

There would be no refund provided in case some problems occur due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.

If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.

 JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).

Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.

Things To Pack

Rucksack (60 Liters+)

Daypack

Backpack Rain Cover

Suncap

Woolen Cap

UV Protected Sunglasses

Inner Thermals (2 pairs)

Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )

Fleece Jacket

Warm Jacket

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Raincoat/Poncho

Gloves

Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)

Undergarments

Slippers

Sturdy Comfortable Shoes

Towels

First Aid Kit

Personal Medication

Torch

Water Bottle

Power Bank

Mobile Charger/Travel Charger

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Deodorant

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+)

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

FAQs

Our All Girls Road trip to Spiti Valley is especially curated to cater to the needs of female travelers who find it hard to travel to their desired destinations because of safety issues and restrictions. In this all girls road trip to Spiti valley, all the travelers are female including our trip leader. This trip is our attempt to empower female travelers and make it easier for them to embark on trips, be it solo or with friends. Since many women find it hard to convince their families to allow them to go on trips because of safety issues, we decided that we would create a safe space where all the people involved can feel secured and have fun as well. 

 

Definitely! One of the most integral priorities of our treks and trips is the safety of women. This trip is carefully curated to make sure that the women who are embarking on this amazing journey can enjoy without worrying about their safety. Every person going on this excursion is carefully handpicked to avoid any kind of trouble. However, you will still need to take care of your personal belongings.

 

 

There are two routes to reach Spiti. One is via Manali while the other is via Shimla.The Shimla route is considered to be one of the best routes to reach Spiti Valley especially when it comes to winter Spiti road trips. The gradual ascend makes it easy for people to get acclimatized to the high altitude and weather conditions. Not to mention that the views in the backdrop of the Hindustan-Tibet highway make it all the more worth it. 

 

Spiti is known as the winter wonderland but the valley remains beautiful throughout. The snow melts away during summers to give way for the fields to grow. The entire valley becomes green with the barren land nowhere in sight. You get to see the cattles grazing in the fields and the rivers that freeze during winters start flowing ceaselessly once again. Spiti valley in summers is as beautiful as it is in winters. The temperature in Spiti during summers remain 15 degree celsius above so the weather is extremely pleasant.

 

The best time to visit Spiti Valley is divided into two parts, the winter season and the summer season. If you want to experience Winter Spiti then one needs to visit Spiti from March to May. Otherwise, one can visit in May to October and get to experience a different side of Spiti.

 

The distance between Delhi and Lahaul Spiti is 712 Kilometers. There are no airports on the route that you take while traveling to Spiti. You're recommended to take flights from wherever you are coming till Delhi only. After that, you need to move by road. If you think that the distance between Delhi to Spiti valley is way too much for you in terms of a road trip then you can land in Chandigarh which is a little closer to Spiti Valley and will shorten your road trip by a couple of hours. Then for your return journey to Delhi, you need to travel by road only

 

Routes to Spiti Valley are open all around the year, but there is a little distinction. While the Shimla route is open all around the year, the Manali route closes for a brief time due to the closing of Kunzum Pass. Moreover, the Manali route is open from June to October.

 

The weather is extremely pleasant during June in Spiti Valley as the summer starts to settle down in the valley. Although, you can still find traces of snow in higher regions because Spiti remains cold throughout the year and the temperarture rarely drops down enough to melt the entirety of snow that it gets graced with during winters.

 

The distance between Shimla and Lahaul is 418 Kilometers and it takes about 16 hours to reach, including leisure time and the pit-stops that we make when we are on an all girls road trip to Spiti Valley.

 

We provide hygienic and nutritious food during the trip. Since the Spiti valley winter trip consists of visiting many villages, we can assure you that every meal of yours would not only be delicious but is cooked from home grown ingredients, making it ten times better than any meal you’ll ever have. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as vegetarian or food without any onions and such, then we can make arrangements beforehand. You will just have to make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.

 

We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in class vehicle in accordance with the wicked terrains and rocky roads of Spiti. For the all girls Spiti valley road trip, the on-ground vehicle that we use to travel in is Tempo Traveller.

 

It depends on the tour. On this all girls Spiti valley road trip, we will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.

 

We offer both double sharing and triple sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with the accommodation accordingly.

 

Since, we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need trekking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended. You might need a good pair of shoes when traversing. A pair of Quechua or Forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will do.

 

After selecting the all girls Spiti valley road trip, you can book by clicking on the “Book now” button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.

 

Himalayan water is considered to be the purest water there is and is completely safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

 

Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trip. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads are certified and have knowledge about basic paramedics practices.

 

All our trips are led by professional trip captains who have years of experience. In this trip, our female trip lead would be accompanying you and will take care of all your needs. Apart from the female trip lead, there will be a local guides, cooks, helpers and other staff for your convenience.

 

Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be sent to you which will include all the necessary information including an extensive packing list.

 

We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants.  We believe that this is the perfect number as smaller groups are easy to manage and people in smaller groups are more likely to bond and have fun.

 

The distance between Chandigarh to Lahaul Spiti is about 450+ Kilometers and one can take a bus from Chandigarh for the same route. The time it takes for an individual to reach Spiti from Chandigarh is around 12-13 hours. The Chandigarh to Spiti valley route is shorter than the distance we need to cover when going to Spiti valley from Delhi.

 

If you're going by road and choosing the Shimla route from Delhi then it would take approximately 18 hours of driving for you to reach there if you don’t make many pit stops but that’s entirely up to you. Now, if you're taking the Manali route then at least 24 hours in the car, driving is required and you need to make a pit stop after reaching Manali or you'll be very much exhausted otherwise. The total distance between Lahaul Spiti and Delhi is 708 Kilometer if we go by the shortest route.

 

First, you’ll have to reach the administrative town of Spiti, which is Kaza. From there, you can rent a bike or Taxi to move towards Key Monastery. Otherwise, if you've booked the winter Spiti valley road trip with us, then you don’t need to fret. Since Key Monastery is one of the most prominent spots in Spiti, we make sure that we cover it in the itinerary.

 

Spiti Valley is open all around the year but it is recommended that you do not visit the region if you're just a tourist. The reason being that Spiti receives heavy snowfall and the area becomes highly dangerous for enthusiasts or travelers, expert guidance is required otherwise conditions can become fatal too.

 

Our itineraries are curated after keeping in mind everything from accommodations, food and other services. We are open to suggestions and can make changes if we find your demands feasible. 

 

Well, it totally depends from person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you have any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor for the same. Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problems on the trip then please consult with your trip leader about your condition as soon as possible.

 


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