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Spiti Valley in Winters is truly paradise personified. The whole valley is covered in a thick tapestry of snow, seemingly spreading to a vast expanse until one can’t tell where land ends and the sky full of ivory clouds begins.  

For snow fanatics and people who’d rather be taking a stroll under the winter sun than being huddled in blankets, Spiti is nothing less than a dream. A dream that feels more than real when the chilly breeze fills your heart with warmth from within. 

What makes the Winter Spiti tour perfect is that you get to experience Spiti the way it’s meant to be experienced, with snow under your boot and mountains overlooking you in all their glory. 

Although the temperature drops below - 30 degrees and heavy snow makes it almost impossible for people to transport freely, the locals are happy because the more it snows, the higher the chance for them to get more water when the cropping season begins.

There is a reason why a Spiti trip in winters is on every travelers bucket list and it’s not just because of its mesmerizing natural beauty but also because of the serenity the valley provides, the monasteries that have been there for thousands of years and of course the wonderful people who make you feel at home with their amazing hospitality. 

It’s no secret that the best route for Spiti valley in winter is via Shimla because the route stays open throughout the year and only closes if there is heavy snowfall. Apart from that, you get to glimpse at the beautiful valleys and meadows en-route while driving on the Hindustan-Tibet highway which is an amazing experience on its own. Not to mention that the gradual ascend towards the higher altitude through this road makes your body adapt to the conditions easily and with comfort. 

This real trip to Spiti Valley starts when we reach Chitkul, the last village of India which is considered to have the cleanest air in the country. It is after spending a night in this village, will you realize how you’ve left the city life behind and for the rest of the days that you spend here will be spent without any unwanted noise reaching your ears. Instead, there will only be the sound of chilly winds blowing and snow crunching underfoot. 

As we move more towards Kalpa, you will start getting mesmerized by the views. En-route, the town of Reckong Peo will beckon you closer with it’s apple orchards and picturesque backdrop of the Great Himalayan ranges.

Once we reach Kalpa, the heavenly landscape of the Kinnaur Kailash peaks, the  Sutlej river flowing through the gorges and the patches of Chilgoza forests covered with snow flakes spread out evenly will make your heads turn in delight.  

Kalpa is known for it’s breathtaking views but it’s also popular for the 3000 year old Kalpa monastery and the suicide point, named so because of the narrow roads with rugged mountain on one side and a cliff on the other side. The suicide point also serves as a vantage point for a panoramic view of the Kinnaur ranges which will be covered entirely in snow adding more charm to it’s beauty. However being on such a high road with no support, it does make your heart beat ten times faster and the rush of adrenaline mixed with the soothing view is surely an experience that not many people are lucky enough to have. 

The trail to our next spot has the village of Khab as the perfect halt. The village serves as the union site between the Sutlej and Spiti river and once you reach here, you won’t be able to leave it behind without carrying some part of it with you in your heart. 

Located amidst the trans Himalayan ranges and home to a thousand year old monastery and many Buddhist stupas that have stood the test of time gracefully is Nako. Overlooked by Reo Purgyal, this village is a perfect spot for those who are looking for some peace of mind. A visit to the serene Nako lake and a chance to visit the Nako monastery is something that you simply can’t miss out on in this Spiti valley winter trip. 

On our way to our next stop, we will be visiting some of the monasteries in Spiti which serves as the foundation of the decade old heritage and culture of the valley. 

The Tabo Monastery situated on the bank of Spiti river is the oldest monastery, dating back to 996C.E. The wooden structures and thangka paintings that one can find inside the monastery have faded over the time but still grace the monastery with their significance. A national historic treasure, the monastery is protected by the ASI. 

Originally built as a fort on the Central Tibetan pattern and overlooking the union of Spiti and Pin river, The Dhankar monastery has aspects that date back to the 12th century. After visiting Dhankar, we will be visiting Gue monastery where The legend of living God will surely catch your attention. 

Locals believe that the Lama who saved the village of Gue almost 1500 years ago from a scorpion infestation and was preserved back then, still lives on till this day. A shrine dedicated  to The mummy of the Lama, still in a squatting position with a rosemary in his hand is what attracts people to the Gue Monastery and is definitely a worthwhile experience. 

Upon reaching Kaza, we will finally be able to immerse ourselves in the magic of the winter wonderland that is Spiti valley. There will be no sign of the barren terrains or the green canopies as everything would be covered in a sheet of ivory snow and it’s only when you witness the abundance of snow everywhere, from underneath your foot to the faraway mountains you see will you finally understand, why there is no better place to see snow than Spiti valley during winters.  

We will take you to all the best places in Spiti during our sightseeing tour and make sure that you take some essence of Spiti with you when you go back. Firstly, we will be visiting Kye Gompa, more commonly known as the Key Monastery which sits proudly on top of a hill at an altitude of 13,668 ft. It is not only the oldest as well as the largest monastery in Spiti valley but also serves as the training center for the Lamas. The walls of the monasteries are covered with colorful murals and paintings. There are also collections of books, murals and even images of Buddha that the monastery has safely preserved. 

The highest bridge of Asia and another popular attraction of Spiti Valley is the Chicham bridge that provides a view of a deep gorge running through the steep valley under it. Another tiny hamlet and easily one of the most beautiful villages of Spiti is Komic. A tiny hamlet where life slows down, as if to take all the weight off of your shoulders. 

The highest post office in the world, from where you can send letters to your loved ones is Hikkim and one of the many reasons why people visit this one spot is because of the nostalgia and old school charm attached to it. 

Last but not least, we will take you to the land of fossils, Langza which perhaps wouldn’t be on the hotspot of eager travelers exploring the hidden gems of Spiti if not for the tall Buddha statue that sits atop a hill, seemingly overlooking the village in order to protect it, as the locals believe. 

It goes without saying that winters are the best time to visit Spiti Valley because it’s only when the valley is covered in snow, do you get to witness it’s magic in all its glory. The experience of a Spiti valley winter trip is unmatched which is why the best time to Spiti for a winter trip will be from the month of February to May.

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

2nd Day: Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)

3rd Day: Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

4th Day: Kalpa to Nako (100 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

5th Day: Nako to Kaza (110 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

6th Day: Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)

7th Day: Kaza to Kalpa (200 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)

8th Day: Kalpa to Shimla (222 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)

9th Day: Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

Batches

1st Oct to 9th Oct Open {1st Oct (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 9th Oct (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

15th Oct to 23rd Oct Open {15th Oct (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 23rd Oct (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

29th Oct to 6th Nov Open {29th Oct (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 6th Nov (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

5th Nov to 13th Nov Open {5th Nov (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 13th Nov (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

12th Nov to 20th Nov Open {12th Nov (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 20th Nov (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

Price

Delhi to Delhi:

Tempo Traveller
Triple Occupancy 21500 / Person
Double Occupancy 23500 / Person

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    1st Day : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

    • The group assembles at the pick-up point by 09:00 PM.
    • We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be conducted.
    • After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.

    *The pickup point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).

  • 2

    2nd Day : Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)

    • Early in the morning, we’ll arrive in Shimla via the Hindustan-Tibet highway.
    • We’ll be changing our transportation from bus to Tempo Traveler at this point and will head out for Chitkul/Sangla.
    • Upon reaching Chitkul/Sangla, we will check into our hotels where we will indulge in group bonding exercises.
    • Dinner followed by overnight stay in Chitkul/Sangla.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

    • After breakfast, we will head towards Kalpa which is known for its scenic landscapes. En route Kalpa, the small town of Reckong Peo town, serves as the perfect pit stop. If the weather gods are in your favor, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak.
    • Upon reaching Kalpa, after spending some leisure time, we’ll head out to visit the 3000-year-old Kalpa Monastery and the Suicide Point which offers a picturesque view of the Kailash ranges.
    • Post-check in, Dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
  • 4

    4th Day : Kalpa to Nako (100 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

    • After having breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Nako, a tiny hamlet situated in the trans-Himalayan ranges.
    • En route we will make a pit stop at Khab, the site of the union between Sutlej and Spiti river.
    • In Nako, we’ll visit the serene Nako lake and pay our reverences at the Nako Monastery.
    • Dinner and overnight stay at Nako.
  • 5

    5th Day : Nako to Kaza (110 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

    • Post breakfast, we will head towards the headquarters of Spiti, Kaza.
    • En-route Kaza, which serves as the connective link between the districts, we will find ourselves surrounded by many monasteries that we will make sure to visit.
    • We will visit the more than thousand year old Tabo Monastery followed by *Gue Monastery as well as Dhankar Monastery.
    • We’ll reach Kaza before evening and will check in to our designated accommodations.The rest of the day is at leisure, however the travelers are free to explore the small town.
    • Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza.
  • 6

    6th Day : Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)

    • Post breakfast, we’ll head out to visit Key Monastery locally known as Kye Gompa,  followed by Chicham Bridge which is Asia’s highest bridge.
    • Later in the day, we will visit the highest post office in the world, Hikkim.
    • After that, we’ll move towards Komic village which is one of the highest villages in the world connected by a motorable road.
    • Last but not least, we will visit the land of fossils, Langza and visit the Buddha statue that sits on top of a hill overlooking the village.
    • Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza  where we will have dinner and spend the night.

     

  • 7

    7th Day : Kaza to Kalpa (200 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)

    • After breakfast, we will start our return journey to Kalpa.
    • We will reach Kalpa by evening where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.
  • 8

    8th Day : Kalpa to Shimla (222 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)

    • Resume our return journey after breakfast and head towards Shimla.
    • Upon reaching Shimla, we will board an overnight bus towards Delhi.
  • 9

    9th Day : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

    • We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning and the group will disperse with fond memories.
    • End of Winter Spiti Road Trip

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Inclusions

Transportation in Tempo Traveller from Shimla to Shimla.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla and return.

Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, Starting from Day 02 Dinner till Day 08 Breakfast)

Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

Mechanical Support

All permits Required

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Exclusions

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay in travel.

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.

Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within  44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

You are not eligible for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand. 

There would be no refund provided in case some problems occur due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.

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.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.

If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.

JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).

Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.

Things To Pack

Rucksack (60 Liters+)

Daypack

Backpack Rain Cover

Suncap

Woolen Cap

UV Protected Sunglasses

Inner Thermals (2 pairs)

Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )

Fleece Jacket

Warm Jacket

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Raincoat/Poncho

Gloves

Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)

Undergarments

Slippers

Sturdy Comfortable Shoes

Towels

First Aid Kit

Personal Medication

Torch

Water Bottle

Power Bank

Mobile Charger/Travel Charger

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Deodorant

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+)

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

FAQs

The time it takes to go from Kaza to Manali is approx 4 hours including leisure and the pit stops that we make. The total distance between Kaza and Manali is 182 kilometers.

 

The temperature at Chandratal Lake always goes negative. In summers, temperature goes as low as -5 degrees Celsius in the day and -10 degree Celsius during the night time.  In the winters, the temperature in the day goes as low as -15 degree Celcius and in the nighttime it can drop up to -30 degree Celcius as well.

 

There are two routes to reach Spiti. One is via Manali while the other is via Shimla. Shimla route is considered to be one of the best routes to reach Spiti Valley especially when it comes to winter Spiti road trips. The gradual ascend makes it easy for people to get acclimatized to the high altitude and weather conditions. Not to mention that the views in the backdrop of the Hindustan-Tibet highway make it all the more worth it.

 

The distance between Shimla and Lahaul is 418 Kilometers and it takes about 16 hours to reach, including leisure time and the pit-stops that we make when we are on a Spiti valley winter road trip.

 

The Manali route to Spiti Valley is open at all times but during the winter seasons, due to heavy snowfall, the roads become slippery and hostile which is why it’s not recommended for a common tourist to embark on a Spiti valley road trip in winter all on their own.

 

The weather  in Spiti Valley is cold throughout the year but it is comparatively colder during winter. Temperature drops to -30 degrees. There is no water running in the taps, that’s how cold it gets. But it is during the winter season, especially from the months of February to May that we schedule the winter Spiti valley road trip because the entire valley is covered in a thick blanket of snow. 

 

We provide hygienic and nutritious food during the trip. Since the Spiti valley winter trip consists of visiting many villages, we can assure you that every meal of yours would not only be delicious but is cooked from home grown ingredients, making it ten times better than any meal you’ll ever have. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as vegetarian or food without any onions and such, then we can make arrangements beforehand. You will just have to make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.

 

Our accommodations include staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays. We have made sure that the most basic facilities such as running water and sanitation is available in all our designated stays. 

 

 

First, you’ll have to reach the administrative town of Spiti, which is Kaza. From there, you can rent a bike or Taxi to move towards Key Monastery. Otherwise, if you've booked the winter Spiti valley road trip with us, then you don’t need to fret. Since Key Monastery is one of the most prominent spots in Spiti, we make sure that we cover it in the itinerary.

 

The distance between Delhi and Lahaul Spiti is 712 Kilometers. There are no airports on the route that you take while traveling to Spiti. You're recommended to take flights from wherever you are coming till Delhi only. After that, you need to move by road. If you think that the distance between Delhi to Spiti valley is way too much for you in terms of a road trip then you can land in Chandigarh which is a little closer to Spiti Valley and will shorten your road trip by a couple of hours. Then for your return journey to Delhi, you need to travel by road only.

 

The usual route that we follow to move from Kasol to Spiti Valley is through Manali. First, we take a bus from Bhuntar to Manali which is a two-hour drive. Then, we board an overnight bus from Manali to Spiti Valley.

 

We offer both double sharing and triple sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with the accommodation accordingly.

 

We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in class vehicle in accordance with the wicked terrains and rocky roads of Spiti. For the Spiti valley winter road trip, the on-ground vehicle that we use to travel in is Tempo Traveller.

 

It depends on the tour. On this winter Spiti tour, we will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.

 

The weather in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, affects the oncoming of tourists as it gets extremely cold during winters. But it’s good for the locals, as there is scarcity of water, locals rely on the heavy snowfall for a resource of water and use the same when cropping season begins.

 

If you're going by road and choosing the Shimla route from Delhi then it would take approximately 18 hours of driving for you to reach there if you don’t make many pit stops but that’s entirely up to you. Now, if you're taking the Manali route then at least 24 hours in the car, driving is required and you need to make a pit stop after reaching Manali or you'll be very much exhausted otherwise. The total distance between Lahaul Spiti and Delhi is 708 Kilometer if we go by the shortest route.

 

Since, we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need trekking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended. You might need a good pair of shoes when traversing. A pair of Quechua or Forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will do.

 

Himalayan water is considered to be the purest water there is and is completely safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

 

After selecting the Spiti valley winter trip, you can book by clicking on the “Book now” button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.

 

Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trip. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads are certified and have knowledge about basic paramedics practices.

 

All our trips are led by professional trip captains who have years of experience. Apart from them, there will be a local guide, cook, helper and other staff for your convenience.

 

The distance between Manali to Kinnaur is 328.9 Kilometers and the best time to visit Kinnaur valley is from April to June. Now, if you want to move from Kinnaur to Kaza to visit the Spiti Valley then add another journey of 158 Kilometers to your route.

 

Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be sent to you which will include all the necessary information including an extensive packing list.

 

There are only two ways in which one can reach Spiti Valley, one is the Manali Route and the other is the Shimla Route. Out of these two, if you want to reach faster,  you can choose the Manali route as it is shorter in distance but in comparison, the Shimla route contains more scenic views and also helps your body get used to the weather as well as the increasing altitude.

 

Kaza is an administrative town. So, in terms of distance, there's no proper way to  measure it. But once you enter Spiti Valley, you'll soon find Kaza there after a short distance of 4-5 kilometers.

 

Well, it totally depends from person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you have any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor for the same. Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problems on the trip then please consult with your trip leader about your condition as soon as possible.

 

Definitely! One of the most integral priorities of our treks and trips is the safety of women. Every person going on this excursion is carefully handpicked to avoid any kind of trouble. However, you will still need to take care of your personal belongings.

 

We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants.  We believe that this is the perfect number as smaller groups are easy to manage and people in smaller groups are more likely to bond and have fun. .

 

We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trek.

 

The best time to visit Spiti Valley is divided into two parts, the winter season and the summer season. If you want to experience Winter Spiti then one needs to visit Spiti from March to May. Otherwise, one can visit in May to October and get to experience a different side of Spiti.

 

No! We cannot visit Chitkul during December. Due to heavy snowfall, the roads get blocked and we can't move further ahead than Sangla Valley. The water also freezes up and keeping yourself hydrated becomes a challenge.

 

No! Rohtang Pass is closed during the months of December due to heavy snowfall. So, if you're going for a winter Spiti tour then there are high chances that you won’t be able to go through Rohtang Pass.

 

Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in November. But the climate changes from summer to winter in Spiti during the months of mid-October to Mid November, so carrying good enough winter gear and accessories is recommended.

 

The weather conditions are not suitable for tourists and one cannot go without proper guidance. Expeditions and all keep on running during the months but those are for trained professionals only.

 

Routes to Spiti Valley are open all around the year, but there is a little distinction. While the Shimla route is open all around the year, the Manali route closes for a brief time due to the closing of Kunzum Pass. Moreover, the Manali route is open from June to October

 

If you're coming from Delhi, then consider the route via Shimla being the best one as it contains the best scenic views and also helps your body get acclimatized better. The route is a bit longer which makes up for a good road trip, if this factor is taken into consideration.

 

Reckong Peo is comparatively cold all around the year and you can expect snow during the winter Spiti Valley trip.

 

Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in January but it is recommended only for expeditions and not tourists as you might need an expert's guidance there

 

The Spiti Valley is open all around the year but it is recommended that you do not visit the region if you're just a tourist. The reason being that Spiti receives heavy snowfall and the area becomes highly dangerous for enthusiasts or travelers, expert guidance is required otherwise conditions can become fatal too.

 


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