Some people say it takes a certain amount of madness to go on a trip like this and we agree with those people. 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 means it is the land between India and Tibet.
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.
Being one of the remotest regions of India which remains blocked for most of the year is ideal for Wravelers looking to explore places. A circular 9 days road trip can be the best way to explore this amazing place called Spiti.
Shimla to Sarahan
The road trip to Spiti Valley starts from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Your road trip begins as you leave Shimla. The first day destination that you have to reach is Sarahan. Sarahan is a small village famous for Bhimkali temple. The distance between Shimla and Sarahan is 170 km.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/homestay.
Sarahan to Kalpa
Wake up and get ready for your second day road trip to Kalpa. Kalpa is a small but beautiful town situated in the Sutlej river valley in the Kinnaur district. Kalpa Is 101 km from Sarahan. While crossing the mountains, you will find several points with scenic views. After reaching, explore the place.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/homestay at Kalpa.
Kalpa to Nako
On the third day of the tour, you will be riding towards Nako. Nako is 100 km from Kalpa. It is a small village lies near the border and India and Tibet. The place is famous for a lake and monastery. While on the road trip will also get to see the confluence of rivers Spiti and Sutlej. Enroute Tabo and explore 1000 years old monastery.
Dinner and overnight stay at Nako.
Nako to Dhankar
Today, you will be moving towards Dhankar village. Dhankar, the former capital of the Spiti Valley, offers panoramic views of valley. It stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river.
Explore Dhankar lake and dinner and overnight stay at Dhankar village.
Dhankar to Mud (Pin Valley)
This day you will be riding through the Pin Valley National Park, which is one of the popular national parks in Himachal Pradesh and is popular for animals such as Snow Leopard, Ibex, etc. Reach Mud village and relax.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mud.
Mud to Komik
Wake up and begin your road trip towards the world’s highest inhabited village, Komik. Enroute we will be crossing Kaza which is a main town in Spiti region. Ride upto this village while exploring other destinations on the way.
Dinner and overnight stay in Homestay at Komik.
Komik to Kibber
This day start your road trip towards Kaza and Kibber village. Visit the beautiful Key Monastery. Explore the amazing culture of the people living there. Dinner and overnight stay at Kibber/Kaza.
Kibber to Chandratal
Head towards one of the most scenic lakes in India, i.e., Chandra tal also called as Moon Lake. 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.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Chandra Taal.
Chandratal to Manali
This will be your last day of this epic road trip. You will cross two high mountain passes such as Kunzum Pass (4590 m) and Rohtang Pass (3978 m). Kunzum Pass differentiates Lahaul Valley from Spiti Valley while Rohtang Pass differentiates Kullu Valley from Lahaul & Spiti Valley.
Reach Manali by late afternoon. Trip Ends.
1) Accommodation in double/triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary.
2) Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Shimla and Manali.
3) Comfortable non-AC Xylo for all days as per the itinerary
4) Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
5) Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
6) Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags / blankets at Chandratal Lake if included in the itinerary.
7) Monastery / Museum Fees
1) Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals in Shimla and Manali and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
2) Guide / Porters
3) Sightseeing in Shimla and Manali / Any permits, activities, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
4) Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
5) Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.