Group at Chatru
Kids of Himalaya
Camping at Chandrataal Lake
Camping near Chandrataal
Group at Chandrataal Lake
Road Trips are more about Journeys
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.
Shimla to Kalpa (250 kms , 6-7 hrs of drive)
Kalpa to Nako (100 kms , 4- 5 hrs of Drive)
Nako to Dhankar (117 kms, 5hrs of drive)
Dhankar to Kaza via Pin Valley (70 kms, 5 hrs of drive)
Kaza to Hikkim , Koumik ( 60 kms, 4-5 hrs of drive)
Kaza to Kibber (40 kms, 3-4 hrs of drive)
Kibber to Chandrataal Lake (90 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
ChandraTaal Lake to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)
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 Kalpa which is 250 kms from Shimla. We will be crossing Sarahan ,which is a small village famous for Bhimkali temple.
Kalpa is a small but beautiful town situated in the Sutlej river valley in the Kinnaur district. 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.
On the second 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.
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.
Today's sightseeing also includes Tabo and Pin Valley. 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.
Explore Dhankar lake and dinner and overnight stay at Dhankar village.
Today, you will be moving from Dhankar village to Kaza and also be covering Pin Valley and Mud Village.
Reach Kaza by afternoon and spend some leisure time in Kaza. Exploring the local market and cafe hopping.
Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza
This day start your Spiti Valley exploration and cover the famous sites, Koumik, Hikkim. Koumik, which is the highest inhabited place in the Spiti region, meet the locals find out about the amazing culture of the people living there, ways they survive the harsh winters.
Return to Kaza by evening.
Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza
Wake up and begin your road trip towards Kee and Kibber. Enroute we will be crossing and spending some time at Kee Monastery and move further till Kibber. Have your lunch at one of the cafes around Kee Monastery.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kibber
After early breakfast at Kibber, 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.
Today is the last day of our trip. 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.
End of tour at Manali
1) Accommodation in double 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 Tempo Traveller 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.
• Down Jacket /Main Jacket
• Thermals (Upper & Lower)
• Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
• 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
• Water Bottle
• Power bank
• Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
• Hand Sanitizer
• Cold Cream
• Lip Guard
• Sunscreen Lotion