Spiti Valley has risen from just a white dense snow forest to being one of the most visited tourist destinations in India over the years. Now, if you’re a travel enthusiast, how are you calmly sitting in your homes calmly, while everyone is heading out to Spiti Valley?
There are quite a number of things which fascinate the tourist and forces them to visit the valley. Some of the things that the Spiti Valley is famous for its road trips, monasteries and the rich culture along with the beauty that surrounds the valley.
While getting into the topic of Monastries in Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is one of the most sought destinations to look for in Spiti valley. While checking out Tabo is a must, one should never forget that there are other monasteries such as Dhankhar monastery and Key Monastery.
The road trip to Spiti valley will start from Delhi and will take you all the way up to Spiti Valley while stopping and making stops at various places. And as they say, the journey is more beautiful than the destination, there are high chances that you’d get to know what that means during the course of our Spiti road trip.
We will take the best way to reach the Spiti valley from Delhi and move along the Shimla route instead while we head to Spiti Valley. Also, for those who would want to get a glimpse of the other route to Spiti Valley, which is via Manali, don’t fret for we’ll be getting onto that as well during our return trip.
The best time to visit Spiti Valley and pack your bags for the same would be from the months of March to June. During this period the weather in Spiti valley is at its best and endowed by the summer season.
There are a ton of things to do in Spiti Valley like making a snowman, having a snow fight or making your own shape on the back of the ice, you can do all that.
Apart from using ice for your amusement, you can indulge in other adventure activities in Spiti Valley such as camping, trekking, river rafting or even something simple as stargazing.
Additionally, we’ll get you acquainted with the culture of Spiti Valley and visit some nearby villages like Kaza, which is the capital of spiti valley.
Now, we can’t miss out on the cuisine of spiti valley as well and you’d get to taste the favorite food of Delhiites, momos, which are famous for their jaw-dropping taste no matter where you eat them throughout the valley.
The reasons you need to check out the Spiti Valley trip in 2020 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Spiti Valley with JustWravel.
Day 0 : Delhi Pickup and Drive to Narkanda - 9 Hrs
Day 1 : Reach Narkanda. Night stay at Narkanda
Day 2 : Narkanda to Kalpa. Night stay at Kalpa - 7 Hrs
Day 3 : Kalpa to Dhankar via Nako, Tabo and Gue*. Night stay at Dhankar - 8 Hrs
Day 4 : Dhankar to Kaza, via Mudh, Pin Valley. Night stay at Kaza - 6 Hrs
Day 5 : Kaza to Kee, Kibber, Langza, Hikkim , Komik . Night stay at Kaza - 5 hrs
Day 6 : Kaza to Chandrataal via Kunzum Pass. Night stay at Chandrataal. - 6 Hrs
Day 7 : Chandrataal to Manali. Night stay at Manali - 7 Hrs
Day 8 : Manali local sightseeing. Leave Manali by evening for Delhi
Day 9 : Reach Delhi
You will meet our Trip Lead at RK Ashram Marg Metro / Majnu Ka Tila by 7 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 stay.
We reach Chandigarh early morning and continue our journey towards Narkanda, crossing Shimla which is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Narkanda, which is famous for its apple orchards, is about 70 km from Shimla and surrounded by Shivalik ranges. Hatu peak, which is the highest peak in Shimla district is in Narkanda. After resting through the afternoon, guests can go for local sightseeing or even for a hike till Hatu Peak.
Dinner and Night Stay at Narkanda.
* Do not exert on this particular day as we have 8 more days of travel. Should consider this day as a rest day as there is a change in altitude for most travelers.
After breakfast at the stay, we start our today's journey to Kalpa. The total traveling distance is about 160 km but will take around 6-7 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. It is also the starting point of Kinnar Kailash trek. After reaching the place rest for a while and we will explore the hill town 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 of travel on the entire trip. Traveling distance is about 180 kms but considering the road conditions it will easily take us 8-9 hrs to reach, including multiple stops and sightseeing at Nako, Tabo and Gue*.
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. Tabo and Gue are famous for it's monasteries.
Dinner and Night stay at Dhankar
* For people who like to explore even more, can hike to Dhankar Lake early next morning.
Today, we will be traveling 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 ( personal expense)
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 the 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. We'll also be visiting Chicham bridge, which is the highest bridge in Asia at a height of 13,500+ fts.
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.
Dinner and Night stay at Kaza
We check out from the property after breakfast and start our journey to Chandrataal.
Head towards one of the most scenic lakes in India, i.e., Chandrataal 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 Chandrataal.
Today is the second 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 evening. Evening at Leisure for cafe hopping and explore the local market. ( No fixed plan for the evening, the guests are free to explore the markets or cafes as per their wish)
Dinner and Night stay in Manali
After breakfast, you can leave for Manali local sightseeing. Solang Valley and Vashist caves can be explored ( personal expense). Have lunch in Manali.
Leave Manali by late afternoon for Delhi.
Overnight travel to Delhi
Reach Delhi early in the morning.
End of Tour.
Accommodation in double sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary.
Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays, and camps, starting from Day 1 Dinner till Breakfast on Day 8
Comfortable non-AC Tempo Traveller / Xylo / Innova for all days as per the itinerary
Reliable, experienced and adept local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel, and inter-state toll.
Local sightseeing as per the Itinerary
Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags at Chandrataal Lake
Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals from Delhi to Shimla and meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
Guide / Porters
Sightseeing in 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.
Monastery / Museum Fees
Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.
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44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
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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.
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Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
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Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
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Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
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 Spiti 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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