Winters in Spiti Valley
Gateway to Heaven
Road to Kaza
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Winters in Spiti are extremely harsh and temperatures sometimes drop to as low as -20º Celsius. Winters here are frigid and there is no running water in taps. All that Spiti has in winters is the never ending adventure and a white blanket of snow!
Highlights of the Tour
Shimla to Kalpa ( 230 kms - 8 hrs)
Kalpa to Tabo via Nako
Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar
Kaza – Key Monastery – Kibber – Chicham – Kaza
Kaza – Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza
Kaza to Kalpa
Kalpa to Shimla
You’ll check-in into your hotels upon arrival in Shimla. This is going to be a leisure day for all. You’ll be free to explore Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar &Jakhu Temple during evening hours.
Overnight stay and dinner at a hotel in Shimla.
Post breakfast, we’ll start the first leg of our journey of the SPITI Valley Winter Expedition. We’ll be passing through the popular towns of Sarahan and Rampur-Bushahr before entering the spectacular Kinnaur Valley. Before entering Kalpa at 7549 feet, you might catch a glimpse of the famous Kinner Kailash Peak – said to be the summer adobe of Lord Shiva while it’s covered in snow.
At Kalpa, you will warm up with a piping cup of tea before checking into your homestay.
Dinner Overnight at a homestay in Kalpa.
Post breakfast, we’ll continue our journey on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22. We’ll be visiting the frozen Nako lake, and have steaming hot lunch at Nako village and we will continue our journey towards Tabo.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Homestay in Tabo.
We will start this day with a visit to the 1021 year old Tabo Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk around this sacred site and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Unlike other monasteries in Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley. You’ll be able to witness the difference in the structure of the current monasteries from that of the Tabo Monastery which is actually made of mud.
From Tabo, we will drive to the spectacular Pin Valley( *depends on weather condition). Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties and a river that is frozen. We will then visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley.Mudh Village will also let you see the trail to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek and is the end point of the Pin Bhabha Pass Trek.
We will reach Kaza by late evening for overnight and Dinner at a homestay in Kaza.
We will begin this day with a drive to the renowned Key Monestry. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Key Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm.
Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snowy mountains make this place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. Later we will visit Chicham Bridge(Asia’s highest bridge) and Chicham village.
We will then drive back to Kaza for the overnight stay.
Today we will visit Hikkim – the highest post office in the world, Komic – one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters and Langza – said to the most beautiful village in Spiti valley. Back to Kaza for Overnight stay.
This day embarks the beginning of the end of this beautiful expedition. Capture some scenic visions that you might have missed out on your camera. After a scenic and memorable drive, we will end the day’s journey at Kalpa.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Kalpa.
Post breakfast, we drive for Shimla with a bag of delightful memories and exciting stories to recount.
Tour Ends with Life Time Memories
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50% refund if done between 11-20 days prior to schedule departure.
90% refund if done between 21-90 days prior to schedule departure.
100% refund if cancelled 90+ days prior to schedule departure date.