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Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Exploration! - 7 Days

Rudyard Kipling was totally on point about Spiti when he described it as “A world within the world”. For centuries Spiti valley was cut off from the rest of the world, a very few of men from outer world dared to venture into the endless vastness of cold barren high altitude desert lands of Spiti. But the ones who did, were never same again after they saw the beauty of the valley.

The endless mountains covered in white cottony snow, the only sound to hear is of the wind blowing in your face.The serenity, peace, anonymity, situated at an average elevation of 3500 meter sandwiched between the great Himalayan divide and the trans Himalayan range, Spiti Valley has got it all.

Spiti Valley is part of Lahaul-Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, it can be approached by two roads, one is the age of Indo-Tibetan highway from Shimla via Kinnaur which remains open for almost year around and second one is the new road going over mighty passes, Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass, which gets closed in winter for around 7-8 months due to heavy snowfall.

Age old monasteries, sleepy villages, dusty roads, kind people, a sense of adventure and anonymity can be said as some the points which attractions of Spiti valley. Be it the mighty Kunzum La or driving along with Sutluj and Spiti river or the 13th century Ki gompa where the sunsets lighting the whole mountain range in a golden glow or the 800 years old mummy of a monk at Giu monastery or the golden monastery of Lalung village or gigantic Buddha statue or fossil park of Langza or the highest motorable village of Komic and stuffed snow leopard at Komic monastery or the highest post office of world at Hikkim or the snow leopard areas of Kibber and Chicham or the ancient capital of Spiti, Dhankar or Pin valley home to several wildlife or the Tabo monastery or be it the crown jewel of Spiti, the crescent, moon shaped lake, Chandartaal at 4300m (14000 ft) is one of the highest lakes of India and without any doubt the prettiest one but this is not all just about the Spiti valley, the Indo-Tibetan highway passing through upper Shimla and Kinnaur takes us through some of the best kept secrets of Himalaya.

Day 1
Day 01 : Shimla - Chitkul - Sangla

The expedition to Spiti valley starts from the colonial summer capital of India, Shimla, state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The most famous hill station of India, Shimla is bustling all year around with tourist from not only India but from all over the world. The journey start around 7 in the morning from Shimla, take an overnight journey from Delhi or Chandigarh to reach Shimla early morning, or one can come day earlier and spend a day taking in the beautiful views of Shimla.

Hitting the road from Shimla we pass through the famous towns of Kufri, Rampur Bushehar, Sarahan. from Rampur we take the road going with Sutluj river till we reach Karcham, from Here we take the road going right toward Sangla. Following the Bhabha river from Karcham we take on the road going to Sangla. The entire Bhabha valley is very beautiful. On the right we can see the mountains which work as natural border between Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. On left we can soak in the mesmerizing views of Kinnaur Kailash range.

Drive from Karcham to Sangla on rock cut road is one of the major adventure of the trip. From Sangla we head to Chitkul, the famous last village of India in Bhabha valley. Nestled deep in the valley Chitkul, once a sleepy village where only the shepherds of the region ventured with their flocks of sheep and goats, is now a major tourist destination. Today we take a night halt at Sangla.

Day 2
Day 02 : Sangla - Kalpa - Nako

From Sangla we trace back the road till the Karcham and get back on the highway for Reckong Peo where we take a detour going toward Kalpa. From Reckong Peo we get views of majestic Kinnaur Kailash peak. After having our intake at Reckong Peo we continue further up to Spillow, which is the last point where we can connect to outer world and virtual world.

Further ahead from Spillow only BSNL network works that to only calling no internet accessibility. Soaking in the views of snow laden mountains and sleepy villages hanging from the mountain cliffs, we make our way to Nako.

On the way to Nako we pass by the confluence of Satluj and Spit rivers, the road is going on true left of Spiti River. Nako is a small village nestled on mountain face, overlooking half frozen Spiti river. Nako is famous for its lake and the 360 degree view of surrounding mountain ranges. We take shelter in a home stay for the night in Nako.

Day 3
Day 03 : Nako - Giu - Tabo - Dhankar - Pin Valley

Today we will be covering a lot of ground so we will be starting early in the morning, it is advisable that we get going before 8 in morning. From Nako we start by crossing the famed Malling Nallah to get down till Chango village which famous for the Chango Apples. From Chango we move ahead to Sumdo which marks the end of Kinnaur, there is army check post at Sumdo. A little ahead of Sumdo there is a diversion going right, which will take us to Giu monastery which is home to a 800 old mummy.

From Tabo we move ahead toward Dhankhar. Dhankar was once capital of Spiti region, age old monastery of Dhankhar is perched right at the top of a cliff which looks like almost hanging from there. The view of confluence of Spiti and Pin river from top of Dhankhar is something to behold.

Getting down from Dhankhar we take the bridge going left over the Spiti river for Pin valley to visit the Pin Valley National Park which is home to some magnificent flora and fauna. After spending quality time observing the beauty of Pin valley we will be taking a night halt at Guest house/ Homestay in Pin Valley.

Day 4
Day 04 : Pin Valley - Mudh - Lallung

After a sumptuous local regional breakfast, we head to explore Pin Valley, we are going to witness most beautiful landscape & experience pin valley’s local hospitality and how do they survive when valley is not connected with kaza for 4 months in a year due to heavy snow on the way to Mudh which is the last village of Pin Valley . We will also be visiting Kungri Monastery.

Now we head towards Lallung village which is just a couple of hour drive from Mudh. Lallung is quite famous for Lallung monastery which is also called Sarkhang or Golden Temple, was one of the earliest monasteries founded in Spiti after covering Lallung we will head towards Kaza.

Day 5
Day 05 : Kaza - Langza, Komic, Hikkim, Ki, Kibber, Chicham

Today we take it easy and just go for villages of Langza, Komic, Hikkim, Ki, Kibber and Chicham. The uphill zigzag drive starts right out of Kaza, the first village we will be visiting is Langza which is famous for the gigantic Buddha statue and the fossil park. Next one is the Komic village which is the highest motorable village of Asia. Komic monastery is home to a stuffed snow leopard. From Komic we get down to Hikkim, home to the highest post office of world. All three villages offer a great panoramic view of Himalayan ranges. It is a true delight for the man with the lens, a heaven for shutterbugs and then we will head towards Ki Monastery.

The iconic monastery of Ki looks really beautiful and is a true delight to camera lens. Pay a visit to monastery and engulf with monks residing there for some words of wisdom. The road going up from Ki monastery will take us to Kibber village which is famous for being very frequented by snow leopards. The region surrounding the Kibber village is a perfect place to sight the elusive cat in winters.

Around 3 kilometers from Kibber is a suspension bridge which connects Chicham village to Kibber, the bridge is said to be the highest suspension bridge of Asia. From Chicham we make our way back to kaza.

Day 6
Day 06 : Kaza to Chandra Taal (Moon Lake)

Today we will be driving on the most adventurous or one can say most treacherous road of the entire journey. The road from Kaza to Chandrataal or the Moon Lake, located at a height of 14,000 feet, passing through Rangrik, Hansa and Losar, takes us to mighty Kunzum La.

Getting from Kunzum La on other side of pass is more difficult than getting up. There are a lot of water crossing and the whole road from Batal is almost dirt track. But once we see the crescent moon shaped lake, all the pain of driving on bad road vanishes in a second. Both sunset and sunrise from Chandar Taal lake are out of the world experience. Because of the fragile ecosystem of region it is banned to camp right beside the lake, all the camps are 3 km from lake, which are night halt.

Day 7
Day 07 : Chandratal - Manali

After having our breakfast at campsite we make our way toward Manali passing through famous Chacha-Chachi Dhaba at Batal, treacherous Chhota Dara and Chhatru and Gramphu.

Today we will cross the famous Rohtang Pass on our way to Manali. We will be reaching Manali early in evening.

Inclusions :

  • Day 2 : Dinner, Day 3-6 : Breakfast and Dinner, Day 7 : Breakfast
  • Basic Medical Facility/First-Aid
  • Camping Accommodation on Chandratal Lake
  • Local Guide Fee and Permits Fee
  • Monuments Fee included in the itinerary.
  • Experienced and Friendly expedition lead.
  • Comfortable Tempo Traveller transfers to and from Manali
  • Accommodation at all hotels/homestays as per the itinerary on sharing basis.

Exclusions :

  • Meals during transitions
  • Unscheduled delays and stays due to weather, medical emergencies or unforeseen situation
  • Expenses on personal items or services like medicines, toiletries, laundry etc.
  • Any medical expenses, travel insurance and emergency expenses.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions
Price From INR₹23,999 INR₹20,999/person
Total20,999 INR

Trip Facts

  • Private Traveller
  • 31 Aug 2019 - 6 Sept 2019
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  • 21 Sept 2019 - 27 Sept 2019