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 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.
Spiti Valley is fed by several fast flowing streams that drain into Spiti river.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 8 days spiti road trip can be the best way to explore this amazing place with freckles of green over a dry weather –beaten face, Spiti, a cold desert that is characterized by a start relentless beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains.
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 Chandrataal Lake (110 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 9 : ChandraTaal Lake to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)
Day 10 : Reach Delhi. End of tour.
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You will meet our Trip Lead at ISBT Kashmere Gate.by 9 PM. After the initial introduction to the group, we start our 9-day journey by Volvo from Delhi to Shimla.
We are taking overnight Volvo from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, we will be driving to Narkanda, famous for its apple orchards, which is our 1st night stay.
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
On the second day of the tour, we will be travelling from Narkanda to Chitkul. Chitkul is 240 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
After breakfast at the stay, we start our today's journey to Kalpa. The total travelling distance is about 180 km but will take around 6 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.
Today we will be traveling to Dhankar village from Kalpa and is our longest day traveling on the entire trip. Traveling distance is about 220 km but considering the road conditions it will easily take us 8-9 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 and Tabo. Nako is a small village near the border of India and Tibet. The place is famous for its lake and 1000 years old Monastery.
Night stay at Dhankar
* For people who like to explore, even more, can hike to Dhankar Lake early next morning.
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
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
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.
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.
Reach Delhi by morning. Tour ends.
Accommodation in double 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 1 Dinner to Day 8 Breakfast)
AC Volvo from Delhi to Shimla and Manali to Delhi
Comfortable non-AC Tempo Traveller for all days as per the itinerary
Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking 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 if included in the itinerary.
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
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Stay is on Twin Sharing Basis
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take 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.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. 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 trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
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. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, 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 trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
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/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
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. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
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.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
World within world “SPITI VALLEY” is a cold desert located in the Northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 12,500 above the sea level. It is also known as the “Middle Land” i.e. the land between India & Tibet. It is known for its beautiful and remote valleys,snow crowned mountains,adventurous trekking trail,old fashioned villages,Budhist Monasteries and the hot springs.
Spiti Valley is well connected by road to other cities and adjoining states from May to November and remains closed for the remaining time of the year due to the rigid weather conditions. The nearest Airport to Spiti Valley is Kullu Airport at Bhuntar. Spiti Valley is the bucket list destination for every traveller.
THE MUST VISIT PLACES IN SPITI VALLEY:
Kaza is the administrative district and the largest settlement of Spiti Valley and is located at an elevation of 3,800ft. Kaza is divided into two parts i.e. Old kaza & New Kaza wherein Old Kaza is known for King’s Palace,Monasteries and Budhist culture on the other hand New Kaza is known for Government offices,Restaurants and hotels. The Kinnaur Valley route is open throughout the year while Lahaul Valley only opens during summers. Kaza is also the base camp for various trek trails in Spiti.
Nako is a beautiful village near the Indo-China Border in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh,also known as the “Dream Village in Himalayas”. It is located at 3600mtrs above the sea level. Nako village is the perfect spot for quality rest after a tedious ride amongst the mountains. Nako Monastery, Nako Lake,Guru Padmasambhava are the major attractions of the glorious village. Nako Village is the base trek to Pargial Peak.
Tabo is a charming small town in the Lahaul Spiti District along the banks of Spiti River, it falls on the road between Reckong Peo and Kaza. It is located at 3280mts above the sea level. “Ajanta of Himalayas” the Taboo chos-ichor Monastery is a 1000 years old Budhist Monastery. Tabo is also known for its spectacular Cave Shrines.
Dhankar Village is a Gompa located in the district of Lahaul and Spiti.It is a picturesque village located at an elevation of 3,894ft. Dhankar is also known as the Ancient Capital of Spiti.Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar Fort which is amongst the 100 most endangered sites are the major attractions of Dhankar Village.
Pin Valley National Park is located in Lahaul-Spiti at an elevation of 3,300-6,632 meters above the sea level. It is one of the most famous high altitude National Park due to which there are rare species of animals found here like Woolly Hare,Tibetian Gazelle and Snow Leopard. There is a wide variety of flora that can be found in the Pin-Valley National Park like Populus Spp,Salix Spp etc. The spectacular National Park marks the border between the formerly separated districts of Lahaul & Spiti.
Mudh Village is an ancient village located in Pin Valley at an elevation of 14,500 feet. The population of this offbeat village is about 200 people and it is surrounded by picturesque mountains. It a must visit to know about the culture of spiti.
This peaceful village is located at an elevation of 4,400 feet above the sea level,15km away from Kaza.It is one of the highest inhabited locations and has the world's highest post office. Hikkim is open throughout the year and can be easily accessed by road. It is a beautiful village with bowl shaped setting and major Buddhist influence.Hikkim also offers a marvelous view of Chau Chau Kang Nelda Peak.
Asia’s highest village “ KOUMIK” is in the Lahaul Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh located at a height of 18,000 feet above the sea level. The village offers breathtaking views,charming festivity,shopping and trek trails. Koumik also has the Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery which is also the world’s highest motorable Buddhist Monastery. The village remains completely cut off from the rest of the world during the winter season due to the heavy snowfall and it remains cold throughout the year that is why summers are the best time to visit to beat the heat.
Langza is a quaint village in one of the world’s most beautiful valleys in India “ Spiti Valley “ in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 4400 meters. Langza is divided into two parts Langza Yogama i.e. the lower Langza and Langza Gongma i.e. the upper Langza. Langza is known for its ancient Monasteries, buildings of pre historic era buildings,green pastures,rugged mountains,barren landscape, mud houses and treks to a few high altitude lakes.The statue of Lord Budha looking over Langza is a major attraction.
Key Monastery is an ancient located at 4,166 meters above sea level on a hill top close to the Spiti River. Key Monastery is over 100 years old and the largest valley located in Spiti Valley, it is the home to the 11th century Budhist scrolls and paintings. The Monastery is majorly visited by tourists in the month of June & July as the Monastery celebrates a festival in which Chaan dancers are followed by a procession of Lamas who reach ritual ground below the monastery to perform dance and showcase the best of Budhist culture. Key Monastery is located at a distance of 12km from Kaza and 120 km from Manali.
Kibber Village in spiti is a beautiful village in Spiti located at 14,200 feet. Kibber is known for its Budhist monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for blue sheep,red fox etc. Kibber is the world’s highest continuously inhabited village,
The lake of moon also known as Chandratal Lake has a crescent shape and keeps changing it’s colours from reddish orange to blue to emerald green over the course of time. Chandratal lake is a 9km hike from Kazam Samudra Tapu Plateau which overlooks Chandratal river.
Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 2,276 meters above the sea level. Shimla is known for its colonial era architecture, apple orchards,lakkar bazaar(market specialising in wooden toys and handicrafts),pedestrian avenue and glorious mountains. Mall road,Jhakoo, the Ridge Shimla ,Christ Church are few of the major attractions of Shimla.
Narkanda is a quaint town and Gram Panchayat in Shimla located at 2708 meters above the sea level on the Hindustan-Tibet road in Himachal Pradesh ,65km away from Shimla.
Narkanda is famous for its picturesque view,forests,apple orchards,Tannu Jhabar Lake , trekking trails and Hatu Nag Hill. Travellers can also indulge in skiing and other adventure activities during the winter season.
Chitkul is a majestic village in the Kinnaur district at an elevation of 3,450 meters above the sea level. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo China Border and mostly covered in snow and is situated along the banks of Bispa river.Chitkul is about 28 kms from Sangla. Mathi temple, Charang Chitkul Pass,Baspa river front and Sangla Chitkul river.
Kalpa is a small and peaceful town in the Satluj River Valley above Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district at an elevation of 2,750 meters above the sea level.Kalpa is about 260 km from Shimla and 14 km from Reckong Peo.Kamru Fort,Sapni fort,Kinnaur ’Kailash, Buddhist monastery- Hu-Ba-Lan Car Gompa are few of the major attractions.
It was an amazing experience. Spiti is not a conventional tourist spot hence going with experts like Justwravel is better option. They introduced us to many places which we might have missed had we planned ourself(Dhankar is a good candidate). Overall the experience was good and it was value for money. Will surely plan next trip with them.
It had been an alluring experience..... Our trip leader Kamran guided us throughout and was a great help in finding the best places to hv the meals. The arrangements were fabulous and no doubt it is going to be my first preference to travel with justwravel the next time :)
It was my 1st trip with JustWravel. I had an incredible time. Nishant and Rahbar took excellent care of all and ensured that everyone had a safe, memorable and enjoyable time. Thank you JustWravel Team.
Road trip to Spiti Valley was so amazing and adventurous with JustWravel. Everything was perfect that we got to see each and every place. One of my best road trips with awesome people (Apne log). Thanks to Kamran for leading us and our pilots Ankhush & Akash Bhaiya for the memorable trip. Special thanks to Nishant for all the information and help regarding the trip. I will definitely recommend Justwravel, surely join them in their next trip.
Had the most incredible road trip to Spiti with Kamran as the group leader and Ankush bhaiya and Akash bhaiya. The itinerary was inclusive as it incorporated all the must see places. The home stays and hotels were good and the quality of food was amazing. Met new people on the trip for the first time and we bonded really well. Thank you Just Wravel for making this happen. Here’s to exploring newer places and creating more memories ??
GREAT EXPERIENCE LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE ..well managed ..kamran (our TL) was friendly and helpful advice: souvenirs should be provided like a bandana/mufler/ winter cap etc or some magnets or bag pin etc.
This was my first time with Just Wravel and the experience was fantastic. You guys did an outstanding job from planning to execution! I was a part of an amazing group and our trip leader Kamran was super cool and friendly. Occasionally we shared our plans with the trip leader of what we wanted to do, got sufficient time in each location and excellent recommendations on where to eat and relax, ultimately ended up with a tailored vacation that everyone loved.
Had a great time with Justwravel. Spiti itself is so beautiful and on top of that, the service of Justwravel was the icing on the cake. Our team leader was Kamran and is a great guy having knowledge about the places and history. Overall, had a great time and met some good people on the trip as well. Will plan for some other trips with these guys as well :-)
Great trip. Shadab and Shivam were amazing. The entire experience- journey, destination, stay and food everything was great. It is going to be difficult to get over the spiti hangover. Looking forward to many more trips.
Extremely pleased to review this trip. This trip was one of the best expedition I have ever been to. With the excellent hospitality and professional behavior, our trip leaders Shadab and Shivam both were so well versed and experienced and there was not a single moment I felt as if I have come solo. Amazing vibes and for the amount they ask for the package is worth every single penny. The stays felt so homely with amazing 'ghar ka khana'. I still cannot get out of the vibes of this trip and still feel to travel with this company again and again. Extremely pleased and highly satisfied. Thankyou Justwravel for providing me with an experience that will last for a lifetime.
One of the most memorable trips. I had a great time made some real great friends. The trip leader Shivam was co-operative and friendly. He was entertaining, fun and extremely accommodating. In addition, his wide knowledge about thet place and other areas was helpful. He has great attention to detail to make sure that he could provide anything we might need. Tour - The range of sites was immensely rewarding and everything was well planned. Accommodations - Lodging and restaurants in most places was comfortable and excellent. In all cases we were very impressed and comfortable. Choice of restaurants was great and varied and meals were excellent. I would say it was the vacation of a lifetime and looking forward for more trips in the future.
It has been an absolute delight to had done three trips with justwravel. They provide a fantastic all round service and are very professional and easy to deal with. They always give attention to detail and deal with every element of the trip be it the bookings or the actual journey, very swiftly. Moreover, they proactively respond to every query and are clearly very knowledgeable, flexible, bespoke and friendly. Thank you for making my travel experiences always the best. Looking forward to many more trips with you guys. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
Awesome tour and perfect package for those who wants to go solo or with friendzz.everything was well organized from lodging to fooding highly recommend go and feel the awesomeness with JUSTWRAVEL...
Travelling with Justwravel was something that happened by chance in August 2017 to Spiti Valley..and since then it's been a never ending association with them. I have never met a team who is soo passionate and dedicated to creating an experience of a lifetime for all it's travellers..All I would say is..you have to travel with Justwravel once to know what a true travel experience is..Loads of love to the team..#WravelerForLife
my experience was fantastic
I had a great trip with justwravel! Everything was very well organised. Would love to travel more with justwravel!
Glad to be part of the Justwravel team, it was one of my best trip. I don’t think anyone can arrange the things better then Justwravel team, so I am not looking for another option in future to go with someone else.???? Food, transport all things managed very accurately by the team as in that we can’t think about the things which we received. Special thanks to the trip lead Mohit who made our trip so memorable, he knows each and everything about the trip and always ready to help someone. Will suggest each of my friend about the Justwravel qualities and try to came with few friends next time with the Justwravel team????
Awesome tour and perfect package for those who wants to go solo or with friendzz.everything was well organized from lodging to fooding highly recommend go and feel the awesomeness.....
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