Spiti Valley in Winters

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Description

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

  • 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 winters as it won’t be crowded.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Overnight Travel from Delhi to Shimla

Day 2 : Shimla Arrival. Day at Leisure

Day 3 : Shimla to Kalpa ( 230 kms - 8 hrs)

Day 4 : Kalpa to Nako

Day 5 : Nako to Kaza via Tabo

Day 6 : Kaza – Key Monastery – Kibber – Chicham – Kaza

Day 7 : Kaza – Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza

Day 8 : Kaza to Dhankar

Day 9 : Kalpa to Shimla

Day 10 : Reach Delhi. End of tour.

Fixed Departures

10th Apr to 19th Apr Open

24th Apr to 3rd May Open

8th May to 17th May Open

15th May to 24th May Open

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Overnight Travel from Delhi to Shimla

    We gather at 8:30 pm. Overnight travel from Delhi to Shimla

  • 2

    Day 2 : Shimla Arrival. Day at Leisure

    Upon arrival.Checkin to your hotel. Have some rest. Today is all about exploring the beautiful Shimla on your own. You’re free to go around the town, the mall road, the church, Jakhu temple, the ridge and so much more.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Shimla to Kalpa ( 230 kms - 8 hrs)

    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. Kalpa Monastery, Suicide Point at Roghi, the beautiful ReckongPeo 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.

    Dinner Overnight at a hotel  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

    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.

    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.

    Dinner at a hotel in Kaza.

  • 6

    Day 6 : Kaza – Key Monastery – Kibber – Chicham – 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.

    We will then drive back to Kaza for the overnight stay.

  • 7

    Day 7 : Kaza – Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza

    Today 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 a 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 Langza – said to the most beautiful village in Spiti valley and has the famous Buddha Statue. Back to Kaza for Overnight stay.

  • 8

    Day 8 : Kaza to Dhankar

    We’ll head towards Dhankar Village via Pin Valley (if weather permits and 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 end point of the Pin Bhabha Pass Trek.

    Hotel and Nightstay at hotel in Dhankar.

  • 9

    Day 9 : Kalpa to Shimla

    Post breakfast, we drive for Shimla with a bag of delightful memories and exciting stories to recount.

    Take the overnight Volvo bus from Shimla to Delhi

  • 10

    Day 10 : Reach Delhi. End of tour.

    Reach Delhi by 7 am. End of Tour

Inclusions

SUV vehicle for the complete Tour.

07 night’s accommodations at Homestays on Twin/Triple Sharing.

07 Breakfasts & 07 Dinners. (Veg Food)

Oxygen cylinder to travel during high altitude.

Assistance on the complete tour.

Exclusions

5% GST.

Travel or Any Insurance.

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, Roadblocks, natural calamities

Cancellation Policy

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.

Things To Pack

Thermal Layers

Down Jacket

Winter Clothes 

Gloves

Woolen Cap

Mufler

Shoes

Personal Toiletries

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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