Spiti winter Expedition 4X4

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A cold desert adorned by mountainous valleys is how one describes Spiti Valley in a nutshell but in its embrace, one can find some of the most surreal panoramic views, ancient monasteries offering you serenity and an abundance of trekking trails.

Life moves at a slow pace in the “middle land” with herds of Himalayan blue sheep nibbling on grass, the local farmers collecting their crops and monks silently chanting the name of Buddha in the form of a sacred prayer. The air is different in Spiti, pure and filled with peace. Simply breathing it in would rejuvenate your inner self and it’s an experience worth having. 

However with this Spiti winter expedition 4x4, we show you a different side of Spiti. We take you to a different world altogether , a world where you get to witness the magic of nature in the form of mesmerizing valleys, majestic mountains, and wicked trails all covered in a thick blanket of snow that is spread throughout the land, as far as your eyes can see. 

In this Spiti winter expedition, we spice things up even more by increasing the stakes. It is no secret that the roads of Spiti valley are hostile at best, the paths seemed to be carved out with a ruggedness that isn't found in many places and yet there is no greater feeling than off-roading on these tough terrains. 

It's a challenge worth taking up on but only for those who are bold enough to do it. Since normal tempo travelers don't give the adventure enthusiasts the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on the rocky trails, we take things up a notch by taking you on a road trip to Spiti Valley by 4 wheelers which means it's a four wheel drive to Spiti all the way from Delhi in a vehicle that can overcome all the hurdles that the roads of Spiti has to offer.

We begin our journey from Delhi to Shimla where the trip captains conduct a brief session and provide all the necessary information that you’d need to know before embarking on the trip. The route from Shimla is better when it comes to Spiti winter expeditions. One of the reasons being the scenic views but also because the slow and steady ascend to higher altitude will make your body adapt to your surroundings. As our next stop Chitkul is situated at a height of more than 11,000ft, it's better to take the Hindustan - Tibet highway for better acclimatization.  

Chitkul is renowned for being the last village of India and has gained a lot of popularity among travelers, but it's only when people visit the village and breathe in the fresh air, do they realize that the best part about this hamlet is that it has the cleanest air in the entire country. It is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air that one appreciates after spending most of their days in the metropolitan cities. 

We know that every trip becomes ten times more memorable when you have people to share your exciting experiences with, to share stories with people who share the same passion that you do and to make sure that you get to form connections with fellow travelers, we indulge in group bonding activities. The best part about these activities is that after indulging in these games, people become more comfortable with each other and a sense of ease fills everyone, making the long journey ahead seem short and sweet. 

Our next destination Kalpa is known for its picturesque landscapes but the trail leading up to it is equally beautiful. The town of Reckong Peo in Kinnaur, famous for its apple orchards and rich culture that has been preserved by the locals for years serves as an excellent pit stop. Not to mention that it gives a small glimpse into the journey that awaits us. Upon reaching Kalpa, we make sure that you get to explore some of the best places in Kalpa including the 3000 year old Kalpa monastery and the suicide point which is named so because of the fear it induces in the heart of the travelers with it's steep cliff and narrow roads. Not to mention that on one end, standing mighty are rugged mountains. 

The view from suicide point is to die for and since during this winter expedition to Spiti valley, the entire Kinnaur ranges will be covered in snow, the landscape would be more beautiful than any words can ever describe.

After spending a night in Kalpa surrounded by snow laden mountains, we will be moving towards our next destination which is Nako. Providing the best site for a pit-stop is the tiny hamlet of Khab which serves as the confluence of the Sutlej and Spiti river. Even though it is just a stop along the way, driving through a snow covered Khab with the river flowing alongside makes it one of the best parts of this Spiti winter expedition.  

Our next stop, Nako which is nestled in the heart of the trans Himalayan ranges in the Hangrang Valley with Reo Purgyal as its backdrop, is surely going to take your breath away. The tiny hamlet is situated on the Indo-China Border with the serene Nako lake and the 11th century Nako monastery in its embrace. The influence of Buddhism is ever present in the valley but it's only when you are in these villages, meeting the locals, getting in touch with their customs and learning their stories, do you start to feel the true essence of Spiti Valley filling you from within.

Kaza, our next destination is where you will see a blend of white landscapes that involve majestic mountains, meadows, streams and even barren terrains all adorned by the snow. The monochromatic contrast of the whiteness of the snow against the cobalt blue skies is truly breathtaking and when you are in the very center of such a magical wonder, all kinds of emotion run through you. Kaza is known for its vibrant festivities, its monasteries and its rich culture. As well as being the heart of Spiti, it is also the commercial center of the valley and the link between the different districts.   

Finally, after overcoming all the bumps in the road, we will be in the center of it all, experiencing the winter wonderland that is Spiti in all its glory. Under the starry night skies, surrounded by lofty mountains that no longer have a patch of brown on them, with the pearly snowflakes replacing any signs of dusty terrains, it is then, in that moment, that this Spiti winter expedition will truly make you feel alive and free. 

We will visit all the places that cross people's minds when they hear the name “Spiti” during our sightseeing tour. The Key Monastery, locally known as Kye Gompa which was established in the 11th century and still stands tall, like a bejeweled crown adorning Spiti valley. The Chicham Bridge which is the highest bridge of Asia and is situated 1000 ft above a deep gorge that flows relentlessly. Komic, which is truly one of the most beautiful villages of our country remains unexplored by many travelers but on this trip, you will get the chance to experience life at a different pace in one of the highest villages in India.

Hikkim, with its highest post office in the world, will take you back to the good old days when people penned down their emotions on paper and confessed their love in the form of letters. The best part is that the post office is functional and if you are an old school soul, you can send a letter to someone and show them just what heights you will go to, for them. 

We save the most iconic spot for the last and solely for the purpose of making sure that you get to cherish the moment for years to come. Langza, home to fossils of many seabed plants serves as the last stop of our Spiti winter expedition. Located on top of a hill, overlooking this tiny hamlet is the statue of Budhha that locals believe protects them from all evil. The colorful statue being the tallest structure in the village does seem like a fierce protector. 

If we were to describe this Spiti valley winter expedition, we'd say that it is your ticket to a unique getaway that is a blend of both adventure and serenity. It's an experience worth having and definitely something that a traveler should tick off their bucket list as soon as possible. 

Although there is no way in which Spiti can ever be less beautiful or charming, we personally believe that the snow makes it more magical than it is, adding more to its eternal beauty. Hence the best time to visit Spiti, especially when it comes to 4x4 Spiti winter expeditions, is from the months of January to March. 

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

19th Nov to 27th Nov Open {19th Nov (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 27th Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

3rd Dec to 11th Dec Open {3rd Dec (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 11th Dec (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

14th Jan to 22nd Jan Open {14th Jan (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 22nd Jan (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

28th Jan to 5th Feb Open {28th Jan (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 5th Feb (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

11th Feb to 19th Feb Open {11th Feb (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 19th Feb (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

25th Feb to 5th Mar Open {25th Feb (Saturday) 09:00 PM to 5th Mar (Sunday) 07:00 AM}

Price

Delhi to Delhi:

4X4 Own Vehicle - Without Fuel
Triple Occupancy 22500 / Person
Double Occupancy 25000 / Person
4X4 Vehicle
Triple Occupancy 40500 / Person
Double Occupancy 43000 / 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 session will be conducted.
    • After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.

    *The pick up 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.
    • We’ll switch our transportation from bus to 4x4 wheeler at this point and will head out for Chitkul/Sangla.
    • We’ll reach Chitkul/Sangla by evening.
    • Dinner and group bonding activities followed by overnight stay in Chitkul/Sangla.
  • 3

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

    • After early morning breakfast, we’ll leave for Kalpa.
    • En-route, we’ll make a brief stop at Reckong Peo town. Additionally, if the weather permits, you might catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak.
    • On reaching Kalpa, we’ll explore Kalpa Monastery and Suicide Point. 
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
  • 4

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

    • Post breakfast, we’ll head towards Nako.
    • Midway, we’ll be making a pit-stop at Khab (The confluence of Sutlej and Spiti river).
    • On arriving at Nako, we’ll visit the Nako lake and the Nako Monastery.

    Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Nako.

  • 5

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

    • Post breakfast, we’ll start our journey towards the headquarters of Spiti, i.e Kaza.
    • En-route, we’ll make a pitstop at the 1021-year-old Tabo Monastery followed by the Gue Monastery.
    • We’ll reach Kaza before dusk falls. Post-check-in, you’re free to explore the town
    • Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
  • 6

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

    • Post breakfast, we’ll head out for Key Monastery followed by Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge).
    • Later in the day, we will visit Hikkim (the highest post office in the world).
    • After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world, elevated at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road).
    • We’ll be visiting Langza and see the famous Buddha statue.
    • Head back to Kaza. After reaching our hotel/homestay, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.

    *Note: The visit to Hikkim, Komic and Langza is subjected to weather conditions.

  • 7

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

    • After breakfast, we will head back to Kalpa.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
  • 8

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

    • After early morning breakfast, we will start our return journey to Shimla.
    • We’ll reach Shimla by late evening.
    • We will begin our return journey at night from Shimla to Delhi.
  • 9

    9th Day : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

    • We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning.
    • End of Winter Spiti 4x4 winter expedition. 

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Inclusions

Transportation in 4WD Vehicle from Shimla to Shimla.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla and return.

Accommodation on sharing basis as per itinerary in Hotel/Homestay.

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

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

All permits Required

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Exclusions

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed 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.

 Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date

 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforeseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternative 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 up to 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 borne by the customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during peak seasons and according to popular destinations.

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

In a 4x4 Spiti expedition, we take things up a notch. Instead of  a tempo traveler, we embark on this journey with a four wheeler vehicle, like the Maruti Gypsy. These vehicles can overcome the hurdles that the roads of Spiti have to offer with better endurance.

 

You get to experience the thrill that comes with offroading on the rocky terrains and wicked mountains firsthand. Instead of traversing the roads of Spiti via tempo traveler, we embark on this road trip by 4 wheelers. 

 

There are two routes to reach Spiti. One is via Manali while the other is via Shimla.The 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 winter 4x4 expedition.

 

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.

 

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 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 the 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 Spiti winter 4x4 expedition, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 paramedic practices.

 

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.

 

It depends on the tour. On this Spiti winter 4x4 expedition, we will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.

 

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 winter 4x4 expedition, the on-ground vehicle that we use to travel in is the Maruti Gypsy. 

 

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

 

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 itineraries are curated after keeping in mind everything from accommodations, food and other services. We are open to suggestions and can make changes if we find your demands feasible.

 


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