All Girls Road Trip to Spiti Valley

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Spiti one of the remotest region of India which remains blocked for most of the year is ideal for Wravelers looking to explore places.

Spiti Valley is a vast cold desert mountain valley located in Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The word "Spiti" depicts "The Middle Land", which was a bridge where the two great traditions of India and Tibet diffused in the trans-Himalayan region.

The subdivisional headquarters or capital of this valley is Kaza, which is situated near the Spiti River at an elevation of around 3,800 meters. There are two routes by which one can reach Spiti, which are from Manali via Rohtang and Kunzum Pass and from Shimla via Hindustan Tibet highway, which is often considered one of the most treacherous road.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Departure from Delhi to Shimla

Day 2 : Shimla to Narkanda (100 kms , 3-4 hrs of drive)

Day 3 : Narkanda to Chitkul

Day 4 : Chitkul to Kalpa

Day 5 : Kalpa to Dhankar

Day 6 : Dhankar to Kaza via Pin Valley

Day 7 : Kaza to Kee , Kibber, Komik , Langza. Back to Kaza

Day 8 : Kaza to Batal /Chandrataal Lake (110 kms, 7 hrs of drive

Day 9 : ChandraTaal Lake / Batal to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)

Day 10 : Reach Delhi. End of tour.

Fixed Departures

19th Jun to 28th Jun Open {19th Jun (Friday) 07:00 PM to 28th Jun (Sunday) 09:00 AM}

10th Jul to 19th Jul Open {10th Jul (Friday) 07:00 PM to 19th Jul (Sunday) 09:00 AM}

24th Jul to 2nd Aug Open {24th Jul (Friday) 07:00 PM to 2nd Aug (Sunday) 09:00 AM}

14th Aug to 23rd Aug Open {14th Aug (Friday) 07:00 PM to 23rd Aug (Sunday) 09:00 AM}

Price (Delhi to Delhi)


Triple occupancy 23500
Double occupancy 25500

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Departure from Delhi to Shimla

    You will meet your Female Trip Lead at RK Ashram Marg metro station / Majnu ka Tila by 7 PM. After the initial introduction to the group, we start our 9-day journey by Volvo Bus from Delhi to Shimla.

    We are taking overnight Volvo from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, we will be driving to Narkanda by tempo traveller. Narkanda is famous for its apple orchards, which is our 1st-night stay.

     

  • 2

    Day 2 : Shimla to Narkanda (100 kms , 3-4 hrs of drive)

    The road trip to Spiti Valley starts from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. The first-day destination is Narkanda which is about 120 kms from Shimla and will take us around 3-4 hrs to reach.

    Narkanda is a small but beautiful town and is known for its apple orchards. While crossing the mountains, you will encounter several points with scenic views. After reaching Narkanda, explore the place. We leave for Hatu Peak hike post lunch after resting for a while at the property.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/homestay at Narkanda.

     

    *This day is majorly for acclimatization and you are free to rest at the property 

  • 3

    Day 3 : Narkanda to Chitkul

    On the second day of the tour, we will be travelling from Narkanda to Chitkul. Chitkul is 185 km from Narkanda and is a small beautiful village lies near the border and India and Tibet. Chitkul is the last inhabited village in this region.

    We will reach Chitkul by evening. Go for a stroll near the riverside. 

    Rest if you wish to and prepare the journeys ahead.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Chitkul

  • 4

    Day 4 : Chitkul to Kalpa

    After breakfast at the stay, we start our today's journey to Kalpa. The total travelling distance is about 65 km but will take around 5 hrs.

    Kalpa, a small but beautiful town situated in the Sutlej river valley of the Kinnaur district. While crossing the mountains, you will find several points with scenic views. Is also the starting point of Kinnar Kailash trek. After reaching the place rest for a while and we will explore the location in the evening. The narrow streets leading to Mata Mandir is a good hike. 

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/homestay at Kalpa.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Kalpa to Dhankar

    Today we will be traveling to Dhankar village from Kalpa and is our longest day traveling on the entire trip. Traveling distance is about 180 km but considering the road conditions it will easily take us 7-8 hrs to reach, including multiple stops and sightseeing at Nako and Tabo 

    Dhankar, the former capital of the Spiti Valley, offers panoramic views of the valley. It stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river. 

    En route we will be covering Nako, Tabo and Gue*. Nako is a small village near the border of India and Tibet. The place is famous for its lake and 1000 years old Monastery. We'll also be visiting Tabo Monastery and Gue Monastery*.

    Night stay at Dhankar

     

    * For people who like to explore, even more, can hike to Dhankar Lake early next morning

  • 6

    Day 6 : Dhankar to Kaza via Pin Valley

    Today, you will be moving from Dhankar village to Kaza. We will be covering Mud, Pin Valley while going from Dhankar to Kaza.

    Leave Dhankar after Breakfast visiting the old and New Monastries. Mud, one of the villages in Pin Valley of Spiti is about 50 km from Dhankar. Enjoy the changing landscapes and the cool breeze. After reaching Mud, spend some time exploring the place and interacting with the local people. Lunch at Mud.

    Start your journey to Kaza which will take 2 -3 hrs and traveling distance of about 50 km. Evening at Leisure and can be spent exploring cafes in Kaza market.  

    Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza

  • 7

    Day 7 : Kaza to Kee , Kibber, Komik , Langza. Back to Kaza

    Today we cover the remaining major locations in Spiti Valley.

    Start our day after breakfast and towards Komik which is 25 kms from Kaza. Our first stop will be at Langza, famous for the big Buddha Statue, which is en route Komik and 18 km from Kaza. Spend some time at Komik, the highest inhabited village in the world. Get clicking with the locals and spend some time at the monastery.  Later start your journey to Hikkim, the hight post office in the world, which is about 5 km from Komik. Send postcards to your near and dear ones. 

    Visit the beautiful Key Monastery, which at one time acted as a fort. Explore the amazing culture of the people living there. Move further to Kibber which is at a height of 4200 mts and is the highest inhabited village in the region. 

    Return to Kaza by evening. Evening at leisure for cafe hopping and local market.

    Bonfire, Dinner and Night stay at Kaza

  • 8

    Day 8 : Kaza to Batal /Chandrataal Lake (110 kms, 7 hrs of drive

    Head towards one of the most scenic lakes in India, i.e., Chandra tal also called as Moon Lake via Kunzum Pass and Losar. The lake is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and is situated at an altitude of 4300 meters. Enjoy the views, get yourself clicked with the lake and spend some leisure time.

    Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Chandra Taal.

     

    * Due to last year restrictions we might have to stay at camps in Batal

  • 9

    Day 9 : ChandraTaal Lake / Batal to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)

    Today is the last day of our trip and our last day in Spiti Valley. We start from Chandrataal lake after breakfast. We will be crossing the Bada Darra and Chota Darra before reaching Rohtang Pass. Spend some time at the pass. ( We will be leaving from the campsite by 5 am, as with time the water level in both the Darras increase. So it is safe to start early and probably spend some time after crossing them).

    Reach Manali by late afternoon. Explore the hill station if time allows.

    Board the Volvo bus for Delhi by evening.

  • 10

    Day 10 : Reach Delhi. End of tour.

    Reach Delhi by morning. Tour ends.

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Inclusions

Accommodation in double/Triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary.

Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays, and camps except in Shimla and Manali. ( Starting from Day 2 Dinner to Day 9 Breakfast)

AC Volvo from Delhi to Shimla and Manali to Delhi

Comfortable non-AC  Tempo Traveller for all other days as per the itinerary

Female Tour Lead

Reliable, experienced and adept local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.

Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel, and inter-state toll.

Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags/blankets at *Chandratal Lake/ Batal if included in the itinerary.

Exclusions

Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals in Shimla and Manali and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

Guide / Porters

Sightseeing in Shimla and Manali / Any permits, activities, 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.

Monastery / Museum Fees

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date

Booking amount is Non - Refundable

 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.

 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 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.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

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

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size for Spiti Valley?

Usually, we take a maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

Q. Who all will go along with us on Spiti Valley Road Trip?

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups, they are also well versed with the local region.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for road trips. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Spiti Valley trip?

Once you confirm the trip and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are always your lifeline on the trek. Although there aren’t any treks that we do on this trip, but small hikes to Dhankar Lake and Chandrataal lake also require good shoes, as the trails are definitely tricky.

Carry a shoe with the proper sole which won’t slip. A Quechua or forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do. 

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Spiti trip?

As we will be staying in Hotels, camp and Homestays- we have constructed washrooms with proper running water facility.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. In the Spiti tour, we are staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.

Q. How many travelers will be in one room?

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

Q. How can I book a trip with you?

After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trip?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the trip. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Jain food will also be available, but you will have to inform the team at the time of booking.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trip?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip?

Yes, we can customize any trip as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trip.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

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