Spiti Valley Road Trip from Manali

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Spiti Valley is one of those places which has to be there in your travel bucket list 2020 if you’re a frequent traveler. But, even if you’re not then also, would you miss out on a tourist paradise like Spiti? Well, of course not.

Apart from being one of the best places to visit in India, there is one another interesting fact about Spiti valley. Its surrounded by numerous other tourist destinations as well like Manali, Kasol, Shimla and many more for they all belong to the state of Himachal.

Now, we’d be starting from Manali and going all the way to Spiti Valley during this tour. The whole journey would be a great way to experience Spiti Valley while having a peek at Manali as well. 

Throwing in some light, Spiti Valley is a made up of cold desert mountain located in the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most sought destinations for someone on Himachal Tourism.

The word "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", the depiction of the union between India and Tibet. This is something evidentially visible in the valley for there is a huge Tibetan influence over Spiti Valley. 

Moving on further, one of the most famous places to visit in Spiti Valley is Kaza. The town of Kaza is also known as the capital of the valley could not be missed.

Among the two routes which take you to Spiti, namely via Shimla and Manali, we’re going to take the best way to reach Spiti Valley, which is via Manali. The whole route adds up to your experience and you can have your camera ready for there are 

 Spiti valley provides one of the most phenomenal views that one could get but it gets even better during a specific time of the year. The best time to visit Spiti valley is from March to June, during summer when the weather in Spiti Valley is at its best.

There are numerous activities to do in Spiti valley and there is no way that one could get enough of Spiti at any given time. 

Now, we have planned an excellent itinerary for the Spiti valley tour and during the tour which is spanned into a period of 7 days, you’re going to experience Spiti valley from a different angle altogether.

Additionally, if you missed out on the local cuisine of Spiti Valley, then consider your Spiti valley tour incomplete. 

There are numerous options in the name of food choices such as the famous Tsampa, Thukpa, Churpe or the ever-popular momos, which you’ll find all over the valley. If you’re a foodie and get the Tibetan taste, then you’ll drool over all the time during the trip duration.

The reasons you need to check out the Spiti Valley Tour 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.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Meet the Group. Departure to Manali

Day 2 : Manali Arrival - Acclimatization Day

Day 3 : Manali to Kaza (203 kms, 9 hrs of Drive)

Day 4 : Kaza to Dhankar via Pin Valley, Tabo and Gue (120 kms, 5 hrs of drive)

Day 5 : Dhankar to Kaza via Komic, Hikkim and Langza

Day 6 : Kaza to Chandrataal Lake via Kee and Chicham (90 kms, 7 hrs of drive)

Day 7 : Chandrataal to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)

Day 8 : Reach Delhi

Fixed Departures

11th Jul to 18th Jul Open {11th Jul (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 18th Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

25th Jul to 1st Aug Open {25th Jul (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 1st Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

8th Aug to 15th Aug Open {8th Aug (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 15th Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

15th Aug to 22nd Aug Open {15th Aug (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 22nd Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

22nd Aug to 29th Aug Open {22nd Aug (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 29th Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

29th Aug to 5th Sep Open {29th Aug (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 5th Sep (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

5th Sep to 12th Sep Open {5th Sep (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 12th Sep (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

12th Sep to 19th Sep Open {12th Sep (Saturday) 06:00 PM to 19th Sep (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

Price (Delhi to Delhi)


Triple Occupancy 18500
Double Occupancy 20500

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Meet the Group. Departure to Manali

    We meet the group at 6 pm at Kashmere Gate /Majnu Ka Tila.

    After a brief introduction, we start our overnight journey by Volvo to Manali. We keep our pitstop for Dinner around Murthal but guests are requested to carry some buffer snacks with them.

    Overnight journey to Manali

  • 2

    Day 2 : Manali Arrival - Acclimatization Day

    Arrive in Manali by afternoon 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 Old - 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.

    Dinner and Night stay in Hotel in Manali.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Manali to Kaza (203 kms, 9 hrs of Drive)

    Today we start early from Manali. On our first day, we will be crossing 2 of the 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. 

    After a long journey, we reach Kaza by late evening.

    Evening will be at Leisure. We will go for a stroll in the local market and trying the local food in the cafes. There are few shops in Kaza main market wherein you can buy some local handicraft.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza

  • 4

    Day 4 : Kaza to Dhankar via Pin Valley, Tabo and Gue (120 kms, 5 hrs of drive)

    After breakfast we'll be visiting Kungri Monastery in Pin valley and then head towards Mud Village. We'll also be visiting 1021 years old Tabo Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    After Lunch, we'll be going to Gue Village, which houses a 500 yearsold mummy.

    We'll be ending our day at Dhankar and visiting Dhankar Monastery.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Dhankar

     

  • 5

    Day 5 : Dhankar to Kaza via Komic, Hikkim and Langza

    Start our day after breakfast and towards Langza. 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 highest post office in the world, which is about 5 km from Komik. Send postcards to your near and dear ones. 

     

    Dinner and Night stay at Kaza

  • 6

    Day 6 : Kaza to Chandrataal Lake via Kee and Chicham (90 kms, 7 hrs of drive)

    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. En Route we'll be stopping at Kee Monastery which is the largest monastery in the entire Spiti Valley. We'll also be visiting Kibber, which is one of the highest motorable village in the world and Chicham Khas Bridge which isthe highest bridge in Asia at a height of 13,500 + fts.

    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.

  • 7

    Day 7 : Chandrataal to Manali (125 kms, 7 hrs drive)

    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.

    We take overnight Volvo from Manali to Delhi.

     

  • 8

    Day 8 : Reach Delhi

    We reach Delhi early morning with lots of memory of Spiti Valley.

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Inclusions

Accommodation on triple / 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 

Delhi to Manali and Manali to Delhi by Volvo Bus

Tour Lead

Reliable, experienced and adept driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.

Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel, and interstate toll.

Camping fees, Deluxe tents and sleeping bags/blankets at Chandratal Lake if included in the itinerary.

Exclusions

Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals in 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

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

Booking amount is Non-Refundable

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 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.

 No Show . No refund.

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.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

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

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

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 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. 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.

Reviews

Shouri Piratla
Shouri Piratla

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.

Kelay Shah
Kelay Shah

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

Brijesh Daiya
Brijesh Daiya

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.

Pratik Chheda
Pratik Chheda

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!

Shubhra Bharadwaj
Shubhra Bharadwaj

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 .

priya chopra
priya chopra

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 :)

Sahil Singh
Sahil Singh

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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