Spiti Valley in Winters

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Spiti Valley Winter Tour is one of the things that could be seen on the top of every traveler’s bucket list. During the past two decades, Spiti has risen from a land separating Tibet and Himachal Pradesh to a major tourist attraction.

Spiti Valley is famous for majorly three things which are its natural beauty, the Monastries, and wonderful people and their culture residing in nearby villages. 

The Chorten at Tabo monastery in Spiti valley is the famous big white and golden structure you get to see in every Spiti valley youtube video. There are numerous other places that make the Spiti Valley a perfect place for someone to get a few good shots either professionally or just for casually updating their Instagram.

Apart from Spiti being famous as a travel destination, it has another identity too and also, has a historical background which is known to quite a few out there.

From being attacked by neighboring kingdoms to getting invaded by Ghulam Khan and Rahim Khan’s army from Jammu and Kashmir and finally getting into the hands of East India Company in 1846, Spiti has seen a lot.

The best time to visit Spiti valley during winters is from March to May starting, as the roads are open and most of the places are accessible.But you may have seen adrenaline junkies wandering through Spiti all round the year. During this period of time, the weather in Spiti is favorable for travelers and one can have a full-fledged experience of Spiti Valley.

The highest point for Spiti Valley lies at 12,500 feet above the sea level but most tourists prefer to take a ropeway from Kibber to Chichum in order to enjoy the view from the top.

Buddist influence is quite evident in the valley and a traveler may come across, tons of Mani stones, Buddhist relics and much more.

There are several ways of traveling through the Spiti Valley and the popular ones include a bike trip, a road trip to Spiti by your own vehicle and even hitchhiking if you’re that type of traveler.

There are two ways to reach Spiti Valley and they are either via Manali or Shimla route regardless of where you’re coming from.

But the route from Shimla is preferred by most even though it is the longer one, due to many factors such as it has a better nature’s view along the road. Most travelers also prefer to visit Delhi first and then go out to reach Spiti Valley from Delhi.

On a side note, there are several facts about Spiti valley which are quite amusing such as despite being in the no-connection zone and cut off from the hustle-bustle of the world, Spiti still maintains a literacy rate of 76.80% which is commendable.

The reasons you need to check out the Spiti Valley Tourism or Spiti Valley in Winter 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.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Snow Laden Landscape and Negative Temperatures.
  • Be a part of a local family during your visit and experience and understand the living in winters of Cold dessert Spiti valley.
  • One can find the Soul of a Place at Spiti valley in winter as it won’t be crowded.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Overnight Travel from Delhi to Shimla

Day 2 : Shimla Arrival and travel to Chitkul / Sangla . Day at Leisure

Day 3 : Chitkul to Kalpa

Day 4 : Kalpa to Nako

Day 5 : Nako to Kaza via Tabo , Gue and Dhankar

Day 6 : Kaza –Kee- Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza

Day 7 : Kaza to Kalpa

Day 8 : Kalpa to Shimla

Day 9 : Reach Delhi by 8 am

Fixed Departures

21st Mar to 29th Mar Open {21st Mar (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 29th Mar (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

28th Mar to 5th Apr Filling Fast {28th Mar (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 5th Apr (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

10th Apr to 18th Apr Open {10th Apr (Friday) 08:30 PM to 18th Apr (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

25th Apr to 3rd May Open {25th Apr (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 3rd May (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

2nd May to 10th May Open {2nd May (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 10th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

9th May to 17th May Open {9th May (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 17th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

16th May to 24th May Open {16th May (Saturday) 08:30 PM to 24th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM}

Price (Delhi to Delhi)


Triple Occupancy 21300
Double Occupancy 23000

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Overnight Travel from Delhi to Shimla

    You will meet our Trip Lead at ISBT Kashmere Gate.by 8:30 PM. After the initial introduction with the group, we start our 9-day journey by Volvo bus from Delhi to Shimla.

    We are taking overnight Volvo from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, we will be driving to Chitkul /Sangla via Narkanda which is famous for its apple orchards.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Shimla Arrival and travel to Chitkul / Sangla . Day at Leisure

    The road trip to Spiti Valley starts from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.

    On the second day of the tour, we will be traveling from Shimla to Chitkul. Chitkul is 280 km from Shimla and is a small beautiful village that lies near the border and India and Tibet. Chitkul is the last inhabited village in this region.

    from today onwards we are in Kinnaur valley and take a de route near Kharcham, we also cross Sangla town and the valley before finally reaching Chitkul in the evening. We will go for a stroll to the riverside later in the evening

    Dinner and overnight stay at Chitkul

  • 3

    Day 3 : Chitkul to Kalpa

    Post breakfast, we’ll start the first leg of our journey of  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. Kalpa Monastery, Suicide Point at Roghi, the beautiful Reckong Peo town are some of the most amazing places to see here.

    At Kalpa, you will warm up with a piping cup of tea before checking into your homestay/hotel.

    Dinner and Overnight stay at the property in Kalpa

  • 4

    Day 4 : Kalpa to Nako

    Post breakfast, we’ll continue our journey on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22. The journey today is going to be exciting with treacherous patches on the way and making our stop at Khab, the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej rivers which you will be easily able to differentiate the color of.

    We’ll be visiting the frozen Nako lake, the Nako Monastery and a very old, small, ancient temple said to have the impression of Gautam Buddha’s foot. Spend some time getting mesmerized to one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see from the sunset point in Nako.

    Dinner and Overnight stay at Homestay in Nako.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Nako to Kaza via Tabo , Gue and Dhankar

    We will start this day after breakfast from Nako and visit 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.

    We’ll reach Kaza before evening and check-in into our hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. You can go around the Kaza city, visit the Monastery, check out the local food and the markets.

    Dinner at the hotel in Kaza.

  • 6

    Day 6 : Kaza –Kee- Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza

    We will begin this day with a drive to the renowned Key Monastery. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Key Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm. Close to 800 years old at its core, this monastery has a school and an in-construction library and museum that are going to house the books, paintings and manuscripts currently inside the Monastery.

    Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber, part of the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. 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) at a height of 13596 feet and Chicham village.

    Later in the day, we will visit Hikkim the highest post office in the world at a height of 14567 feet. What’s interesting is that the post office is actually the home of a local resident. We’ll then move towards Komic one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road and Langzasaid to the most beautiful village in Spiti valley and has the famous Buddha statue.

    Back to Kaza for Dinner and Overnight stay.

  • 7

    Day 7 : Kaza to Kalpa

    We’ll head towards Dhankar Village (if it is accessible ) via Pin Valley (if weather permits and the road is accessible). 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 endpoint of the Pin Bhabha Pass Trek.

    We will retrace the same terrain via Nako, Tabo to Kalpa. Today will be a little longer day and we will reach Kalpa late in the evening.

    Hotel and Night stay at hotel in Kalpa

  • 8

    Day 8 : Kalpa to Shimla

    Post breakfast, we will start our drive for Shimla from Kalpa with a bag of delightful memories and exciting stories to recount.

    Once we reach Shimla, we take the overnight Volvo bus from there to Delhi.

     

  • 9

    Day 9 : Reach Delhi by 8 am

    We reach Delhi by 8 am. Ending the tour with longlasting memories of Winter Spiti Valley Road Trip.

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Inclusions

Delhi to Shimla and return by Volvo Bus

Tempo Traveller for the Tour ( Shimla to Shimla

6 Night Stay (1 Night accommodation at Chitkul and Nako, 2 Night accommodation at Kalpa and Kaza ) on Twin / Triple Sharing.

Stay in Hotels/Homestays

12 Meals - 06 Breakfasts & 06 Dinners. (Veg Food) ( Breakfast and Dinner will be provided during stay)

Oxygen cylinder with the trip lead during high altitude.

Assistance on the complete tour.

Trip Lead

Exclusions

5% GST.

Travel or Any Insurance

Any Meals apart from the ones mentioned in the Itinerary

Any additional expenses.

Early check-in at the hotel.

Expenses of personal nature.

Any other services not specified above.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Road blocks, natural calamities

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

 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?

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.

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