All Girls Road Trip to Spiti Valley

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Placed between India and Tibet, ‘Spiti’ is the name used for “the middle land”. Located in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is located high in the Himalayas and is a cold desert mountain valley.

For a long time, Spiti’s life had been focused on its monasteries and the people led an introversive life. 

However, thanks to its beautiful, green valleys, scenic lakes, and spectacular moonscapes, tourism in Spiti Valley has caught up fast.

So, if you’re a solo female traveler or you want to have an all-girls road trip with your girlfriends, you might want to add Spiti Valley to your list.

Hindi and English are understood by the people involved in the tourism aspect over there so you don’t need to worry about communication. But, just for your information, the natives speak a Tibetic language called Stod Bohti.

The culture of Spiti Valley largely depends on the villages, towns, monasteries, high altitude passes, and more. These are the boosters of Spiti Valley tourism and will make for an amazing trip for you and your friends.

Some famous places to visit while in Spiti Valley are Kee Monastery. This is a collection of dark corridors that practically form a maze and lightly lit rooms.

It’s placed on top of a hill and has small flights of steps that exhibit several things.

The steps in front of the doors leading to the chambers where you can pray have murals, thangkas, ancient musical instruments, and more.

Another place to visit is Kibber. It’s 6km away from another village named Kee and is extremely high at an altitude of 4205 meters. 

In fact, it’s one of the highest villages in the valley that is inhabited. Due to its high altitude, it also serves as the base for many treks. 

In Kaza, you are greeted by lofty hills, lush green fields, and much more.

Thankfully, the Itinerary for the Spiti Valley Road Trip includes going from Kaza to Kee, Kibber, Komik, and Langza. You’ll be able to witness these beauties for yourself.

We also cover the Chandrataal lake that has a beautiful, crescent shape.

Kungri Monastery is a monastery that is said to be founded in the 14th century by Guru Padmasambhava. This man is credited with spreading the faith of Buddism in Tibet.

This is considered one of the oldest residential monasteries of the cold desert and is an integral part of the history of Spiti Valley.

This is preferred by pilgrims, tourists who want to stay back for much longer and scholars.

What’s the best way to reach Spiti Valley? Well, if you prefer to travel by air, you’d be better off catching a flight to Bhuntar or Shimla airports a there are the closest ones to the cold desert. After that, it has to be covered by a road trip.

However, if you and your friends want to make it a pure road trip, that’s possible as well. From July to October, there are regular buses from Manali that’ll lead to Kaza.

From May to October, there are regular buses from Shimla. Just a word of caution, it’s recommended that off-roading taxis are used from Manali or Shimla as sturdy vehicles.

What’s the best time to visit Spiti Valley? Temperatures during May and June hover around 15-20 degrees Celsius, making it a good time to visit. Weather in Spiti Valley is pleasant from April to October as well.

The reasons you need to check the All-Girls Road Trip to Spiti Valley in 2020 are far more than many. But, if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on an  All-Girls Road Trip to Spiti Valley with JustWravel.

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

Price

Delhi to Delhi:

Tempo Traveller
Triple Occupancy 24999 / Person
Double Occupancy 26999 / 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 would also be provided.
    • 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 a short stoppage in Shimla, we'll head towards Chitkul.
    • On reaching Chitkul, we'll check into our hotels.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Chitkul.

     

  • 3

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

    • After breakfast, the group will head towards Kalpa.
    • On reaching Kalpa, post-check-in, and rest, the group will head out for a sightseeing tour.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening.
    • Overnight stay in Kalpa.
  • 4

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

    • Post breakfast, the group will head out for Dhankar village.
    • Midway, we will be making a stoppage at Nako village, Tabo Monastery, and the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served.
    • Overnight stay in Dhankar.
  • 5

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

    • After an early breakfast, the group will be heading towards Kaza.
    • En route, the group will be making a stop at Mudh Village for a sightseeing tour.
    • We will reach Kaza by the evening.
    • Afterwhich, the rest of the day is at leisure and can be spent exploring cafes in the Kaza market.  
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
  • 6

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

    • Post breakfast, we’ll head out for Key Monastery followed by Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge).
    • Later in the day, we will visit Hikkim (the highest post office in the world).
    • After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road ).
    • We’ll be visiting Langza next (the most beautiful village in Spiti valley and has the famous Buddha statue).
    • Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza.
    • After reaching our hotel/homestay, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
  • 7

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

    • After an early breakfast, we will head back to Chandra Taal or Batal.
    • Midway, we'll be stopping at Kunzum Pass for a sightseeing tour.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served in the evening.
    • Overnight stay in Chandra Taal or Batal.

    *Stay 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.
    • Midway, we'll be passing through Rohtang Pass.
    • We'll be reaching Manali by 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 be enjoying a Leisure Day at Manali. The participants are advised to go for cafe hopping, shopping, local sightseeing, and more.
    • After that, the group 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.
    • End of tour.

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Inclusions

Transporation in Tempo Traveller from  Shimla to Manali.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Delhi.

Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast+ Dinner, starting from Day 2 Dinner till Day 10 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

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay 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 the call or WhatsApp message. 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 applicable 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 there occur some problems 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

The time it takes to go from Kaza to Manali is approx 4 hours including rest and stoppage time. The total Kaza to Manali distance, one needs to cover is 182 kilometers.

 

The temperature at Chandratal Lake always goes negative. The summer temperature goes as low as -5 degrees Celcius in the day and -10 degree Celcius in the night time while in the winters the temperature in the day goes as low as -15 degree Celcius and in the nighttime it can reach up to -30 degree Celcius as well.

 

The Manali to Spiti Valley road is open at all times but during the winter seasons, the roads get filled with snow and one cannot pass through it easily. The extreme adventurers do go and explore extreme Spiti Valley expeditions sometimes but it is definitely not recommended for the common tourist.

 

The temperature in Spiti Valley is cold during the whole year but it is comparatively colder from November to May. This is the time when we schedule the winter Spiti Expedition. 

 

The usual route that we follow to move from Kasol to Spiti Valley is through Manali. First, we take a bus from Bhuntar to Manali which is a two-hour drive. Then secondly, you can board a bus leaving from Manali to Spiti Valley.

 

The Delhi to Lahaul Spiti distance is 712 Kilometers and as there are no airports in Shimla and only one in Himachal Pradesh, which is totally off route. You're recommended to take flights from where ever you are coming till Delhi only. After that, you need to move by road only. If you thinking 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 the Spiti Valley and will shorten your road trip by a couple of hours. Then for coming back from Spiti valley to Delhi, you need to traverse by road only.

 

First, you 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 a package then Key Monastery being one of the most prominent destinations, it'll likely be covered in the itinerary.

 

We will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays-we have constructed washrooms with proper running water and sanitation facilities. 

 

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

 

We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.

 

The Reckong Peo temperature is usually cold and you need to carry some winter clothes when visiting the same.

 

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.

 

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking. In case you find any clean water on the trek, make sure to fill your bottles with the same. Do not try out stable water, always go for running water.

 

After selecting the 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.

 

Manali receives heavy snowfall during December and it is advised to wear warm winter clothes which can save you from the same. 

 

Yes, we can customize any trip as per your preferences. Once you show interest in the same, a dedicated handler from JustWravel will be assigned to you for the same.

 

Yes, you should carry your medication on the Spiti trip. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads have basic knowledge about basic paramedics practices.

 

The Kaza temperature is usually cold and is much colder in November to May, which is the cold season in Spiti. In the remainings months, it is comparatively less cold, which is again not hot in any terms. The weather Kalpa, Reckong Peo, Himachal Pradesh is all the same as well. The weather in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, affects the oncoming of tourists. 

 

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

 

We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in the class vehicle according to the terrain and need. Some of the on-ground vehicles that you might travel in will be Tempo Traveller or taxis such as Innova, Bolero, Tata Sumo, e.t.c.

 

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 travelling to Dhankar Lake and Chandratal lake. A Quechua or Forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do. 

 

If you're going by road and choosing the Shimla route from Delhi then it would take approximately a time of 18 hours of drive. You can choose to take a stoppage or not, that's up to you. Now, if you're taking the Manali route then a total of 24 hours on the drive is required and you need to take a stoppage after reaching Manali or you'll be very much exhausted otherwise. The total distance between Lahaul Spiti and Delhi is 708 Kilometer is we go by the shortest route.

 

Manali is opened all around the year and only the Passes connecting Manali to other regions gets closed due to extreme snow. The weather conditions in Manali during December is the region received heavy snowfall and is considered one of the best times to visitation.

 

We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants. The reason being that smaller batches are better in terms of collaborative group experience and trip coordination as well. You’re more likely to gel up with everybody in a short group as compared to a group that has more participants in number.

 

Yes! You should board with us on the departure date without any hesitation being the solo girl travelling alone. The reason is that we will make sure to take care of your experience during the whole journey. Additionally, all our trip leads are trained to deal with several situations and they’ll be there for you during the trip. 

 

Well, it totally depends from 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 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.

 

Spiti Valley is the district under which Kaza is an administrative town. So, in terms of distance, there's no proper measure and we cannot have one. But once you enter Spiti Valley, you'll soon find Kaza in there after a short distance of 4-5 kilometers.

 

There are only two ways in which one can reach Spiti Valley, one is the Manali Route and the other is the Shimla Route. Out of these two, if you want to reach faster then you can choose the Manali route as it is shorter in distance but in comparison, the Shimla route contains more scenic views and make up for a full-fledged road trip.

 

There are two routes for visiting Spiti, namely the Manali route and the Shimla route. The Shimla route is longer and contains more scenic views but the Manali route is shorter and you'll reach in comparatively shorter times. There's one more route and that is from Delhi to Reckong Pea, you can take a bus from Delhi heading towards the same and then change buses heading towards Kaza.

 

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek/trip. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

 

Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be delivered to you which will include all the necessary information including booking details, trip details, and a brief packing list. 

 

The Manali to Kinnaur distance is 328.9 Kilometers and the best time to visit Kinnaur is from April to June. Now, if you want to move from Kinnaur to Kaza to visit the Spiti Valley then add another journey of 158 Kilometers in your route, which is the Kinnaur to Kaza distance.

 

We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trek.

 

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

 

You need to prepare well for the Spiti Valley expedition. The packing list for Spiti Valley expeditions contains 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).

 

Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in November. But the climate changes from summer season to winter one in Spiti during the months of mid-October to Mid November, so carrying good enough winter gears and accessories is recommended.

 

No! Rohtang Pass is closed during the months of December due to heavy snowfall. 

 

No! We cannot visit Chitkul during December due to heavy snowfall, the roads get blocked and we can't move further ahead than Sangla Valley. The water also freezes up and keeping yourself hydrated becomes a challenge.

 

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 for experiencing Summer Spiti.

 

The weather conditions are not suitable for tourists and one cannot go without proper guidance. Expeditions and all keep on running during the months but those are for trained professionals only.

 

The weather conditions for Kaza in December are not suitable for traveling. Due to extreme snowfall, the weather becomes harsh for travelers and reaches up to negative 30-degree celsius. 

 

Delhi to Spiti distance is around 700 Kilometers but we cannot go directly. There are two routes for the same, namely the Manali route and the Shimla route. Out of both, the Manali route is the short one but the Shimla route contains more scenic views. The Delhi to Spiti via Shimla is considered the ideal route for most travelers.

 

If you're coming from Delhi then consider the Delhi to Kaza by road route via Shimla being the best one as it contains the best scenic views and is a little bit longer. It makes up for a good road trip if this factor is taken into consideration. The Shimla to Spiti valley distance is counted up to be a total of 413 kilometers.

 

Reckong Peo is comparatively cold all around the year and you can expect snow during the winter Spiti Valley Expedition. 

 

The conditions are good enough for travelers and the winter Spiti tour is conducted starting the month of March only. 

 

Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in January. But it is recommended only for expeditions and not tourists as you might need an expert's guidance there.

 

The Spiti Valley is opened 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.

 

In order to move from Spiti Valley to Manali, you need to first go to Chandratal which is a 8-hour drive, and then move towards Manali from there, which is also a 8 hours drive approximately. The total journey is covered in 12-16 hours depending upon the stoppage and rest time that you take in.

 

The Chandigarh to Lahaul Spiti distance 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 distance is shorter than the distance we need to cover during the Delhi to Spiti distance.

 

The Manali route to visit Spiti is considered one of the best routes for visitation. It takes about 12-13 hours to reach Spiti from Manali. The route that one needs to follow is first, go to Kaza from Manali and then change buses for Spiti from Kaza.

 

Yes! It is safe to visit Manali all around the year and also in the month of December. The reason being that Manali do receives heavy snowfall during the said months but it is still habitable.

 

The Shimla to Lahaul Spiti distance is 418 Kilometers and it takes about 16 hours to reach including rest and stoppage times if we're taking a road trip.

 

The total time it takes to visit from Manali to Spiti is approx 16 hours. First, you visit Chandratal from Manali which takes 8 hours and the rest hours is spend crossing Kaza.

 


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