Some people say it takes a certain amount of madness to go on a trip like this and we agree with those people.
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.The best way to explore this amazing place with freckles of green over a dry weather –beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert that is characterized by a start relentless beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains is on a road trip. 7 day road trip to Spiti Valley from Manali covers most of the destinations like Kaza, Chandratal, Kibber, Dhankar, Pin valley.
Day 1 : Manali Arrival - Acclimatization Day
Day 2 : Manali to Kaza (203 kms, 9 hrs of Drive)
Day 3 : Kaza to Nako , Tabo and Night stay in Dhankar
Day 4 : Dhankar to Pin Valley, Mudh Village to Kaza ( 120 kms , 5 hrsof drive)
Day 5 : Kaza to Hikkim - Komik - Langza- Kee- Kibber
Day 6 : Kibber to Chandrataal Lake (90 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 7 : Chandrataal to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)
Arrive in Manali by afternoon or evening as per your convenience and check in the Hotel. Day is at leisure and you are free to roam about in the streets of Manali and maybe even spend some time at various cafes in Manali.
Final check of list of items to be carried for Spiti road trip. If you are missing onto anything now is the time to stock it for the coming days.
Night stay in Manali.
Today we start early from Manali. On our first day, we will be crossing 2 major passes, Rohtang and Kunjum Pass and also the Bada Darra and Chota Darra. Darras are seasonal streams(nalas) formed due to the melting of snow & Glacier and also rainfall.
Reach Kaza by evening.
Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza
Today, we will be continuing our journey to other villages of Spiti Valley, namely Nako, Tabo and Dhankar.
Nako is a small village near the border of India and Tibet. The place is famous for its lake and 1000 years old Monastery.
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.
Dinner and overnight stay at Dhankar
Today, we will be travelling 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 travelling distance of about 50 km. Evening at Leisure and can be spent exploring cafes in Kaza market.
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.
Evening at Kibber. Explore the village
Dinner and Night stay at Kibber
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.
Return to the campsite before sunset and if the skies are clear, wait for an amazing sunset on CB12 ( Chandra Bhagha 12).
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Chandra Taal.
Today is the last day of our tour and we will start for Manali early in the morning after breakfast.
You are already familiar with the route it's the same we took on day two, crossing Bada Darra, Chota Darra and Rohtang Pass to finally reach Manali by late afternoon.
Accommodation on twin sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary.
Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps
Comfortable non-AC Tempo Traveller / Taxi for all days as per the itinerary
Reliable, experienced and adept, with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and interstate toll.
Camping fees, Luxury 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.
Sightseeing in Manali / Any permits, activities, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
Meals apart from mentioned in the Itinerary
Stay apart from mentioned in the Itinerary
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings
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
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)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
• Lip Guard
• Sunscreen Lotion
Dhankhar in Rabsal Home Stay / Similar
Kaza in Hotel Norbling
Chandertal in Tenzin Camps / Similar
Kibber - Homestay
Other Properties Homestays
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.
Spiti trip has been amazing. All the accommodations and services provided by JustWravel were really great and comfortable. Will definitely pick JustWravel for my future expeditions.
Really enjoyed the trip with Piyush Rawat - our trip co-ordinator from JustWravel. Spiti is a relatively isloated place, and the roads are not very developed. We faced some difficulties during the trip when the vehicle couldn't move forward due to awful road condition, and we had to reach Kaza on another vehicle. The situation was handled really well and though a day was wasted due to the above issue, the itinerary was adjusted in such a way that we did not miss any place to visit and were assigned a new cab the very next day. The hotels assigned were well equipped and all facilities (hot water, proper blankets etc) were provided. The hotel staff was very friendly and the food (breakfast, dinner) was also pretty good. Even the camp stay at Chandrataal was very good and the tents can be termed as luxurious (there were proper beds and clean attached washrooms :P). Spiti is a very beautiful place with breathtaking views. There will be some places that'll make you speechless and you'll want to just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature. Would definitely plan next trips with Piyush and justwravel! :D
Great Experience! We took Justwravel's road trip package to Spiti Valley. The package is well organized covering main sightseeings and places to visit. All the accommodations and travel arrangements were comfy and included most of the promised amenities. Special thanks to Piyush Rawat, our coordinator, he managed and acted his best in all the situations. His jolliness added more fun to the trip. Although many destinations were covered in a short period of time, the trip was relaxing. Thanks for such memorable moments of our lives.
Spiti valley was a life time experience. Justwravel had been a good choice for the trip. It had managed professionally with minor ups and downs. Most of the places were covered. The hotels and homestays had good hygienic facilities and conditions. Overall it was a good experience!
I had the pleasure of visiting spiti this time with justwravel accompanied by Mr.Nishant Bhardwaj from the company .It was a nearly organised,well crafted trip where even small things were taken good care of.They add a personal loving touch in addition to the services they provide.I would recommend this to everyone ,whether going on a solo trip like me or going with friends / family .
It was my first solo trip with Justwravel and I couldn't Have asked for anything more. They gave me everything beyond expectations. The food, the people, the travel everything was superb. Once I came back I felt like I left my home and family there. Looking forward to more exciting trips with them :)
Ohk so as a travel blogger I have been on trips with various travel communities. The USP of JustWravel is their trips to offbeat destinations. You get a complete traveller like feel whenever going on a trip with them. All thanks to Rohan sir for his efforts and vision. Thanks to the team for curating such memorable trips! More power to you all...
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