SPITI VALLEY ROAD TRIP
Pay attention, all adventure enthusiasts, trekkers, Buddhism followers and nature photographers, this one’s for you! It’s time to revive and relish Spiti Valley Tour, ignored by tourists for too long due to unavailability of any direct route to this haven. It is situated at an altitude of 3340 meters. The best time to visit Spiti Valley is from May to October. Avoiding this picturesque destination, it’s just not worth it! This is a world within a world, as said by Rudyard Kipling about Spiti. Mind you, this hill town is not an ordinary one. Sparkling, shimmering and clean lakes amidst cold, barren mountains is a sight to see, don’t you think? Monasteries dated back to over 1000 years, will blow your mind with their enthralling photogenic locations, ancient architecture, shrines, sculptures, stupas and paintings. It’s also known as ‘Little Tibet’.
On the 9-10hr of bumpy ride to Kaza, we cross two high passes including the famous Rohtang Pass and Kunzum La.
We continue our Spiti Valley tour and drive towards the only other town of Spiti Valley – Tabo. Also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo houses the 1020 year-old Tabo Monastery – which houses the ancient paintings depicting the life of Buddha, and intricate portraits of gods and demons along with life-size statues of bodhisattvas, in a fusion of western Tibetan, Indian and Kashmiri styles. Over night stay in a homestay.
After Hikkim - we drive to Komik. Komic, the highest village in Asia. Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 14,806 ft. , living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. Later, we head to the picturesque village of Langza. Once you are here, you can walk about the village and visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. Overnight stay in Langza.
Then we will move farther down the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 13,800 ft. finally its time when we trace our steps back on the Kaza - manali road. However, we take one last stop at another Spitian wonder – Chandratal Lake. The mystical and beautiful Chandratal Lake, which translates to Moon Lake, is located at a height of 14,000 feet. The Chandra Bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky.
After capturing the colours of the beautiful Chandratal Lake, we drive to our camping site where a hot supper under the gaze of a million stars and the Milky Way awaits us.
Spend some time in Manali and board the buses leaving for Delhi in the Evening. We reach Delhi the next day early morning (depending on the traffic conditions).
- Delhi to Manali & Manali to Delhi in Volvo (From Delhi option)
- Entire travel from Manali to Manali by Force Traveller or SUV
- Accommodation on Triple/Quad Share Basis (Upgrade to Twin sharing at extra cost)
- Stay for all the days
- 9 Meals entire trip (From Delhi option), 8 Meals entire trip (From Manali option)
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Basic medical kit
- All applicable taxes, fuel charges, toll tax parking and driver allowances.
Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
Stay in Manali on Day 7
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, mineral water, room service, tea, coffee, etc
Any train fare/airfare
Monasteries entrance fees, permits camera fees, Camel Safari, guide charges, Monuments Entrance fess
Any rides, Rafting charges, additional sightseeing tours other than those mentioned in the inclusions/itinerary
Any hike in fuel, tax structure (Luxury tax, transport tax or service tax) any other expenses/service not mentioned in the inclusions
Tips & any other expenses not mentioned in Tour Itinerary
Embark on your Spiti Valley tour as you board your buses head on towards your sweet escape. You reach Manali early morning and take a much needed rest from last night’s bus ride at your comfortable accommodations. Freshen up, relax and then loiter around in the beautiful streets of Manali and its ambient cafés in Old Manali. Spend a calm night at your lodging.
The next day will bring a variety of scenery to you as you pass through various landscapes and states of nature. As you make your way through the ever famous Rohtang Pass, forested hills change into snowcapped mountain ranges and eventually transitioning into barren and dry hills as you get nearer to Kunzum Pass. After approximately 10 hours, you reach your destination for the night, a quaint town called Kaza. Unwind and let loose in your lodgings. Tomorrow is another eventful day!
The next day, post your breakfast, you proceed towards Lhalung through transportation. An almost isolated hamlet, situated at the foothills of Tangmar Mountains. The mountains are said to change their color according to the mood of the deities. Red-for when they are angry, Blue, when they are hurt, and Yellow- when they are happy and pleased! The Lhalung Monastery is a sight of attraction here, at an altitude of 3658 meters. The place has a different aura about it and has a lot of mysticism associated with its past.
Next, you move on to Dhankar village, one of the less visited places in Spiti Valley in the past. It has come to light recently that when visiting Spiti, one shouldn’t miss the sights and the thrills that Dhankar has to offer. At an altitude of 3800 meters, it has wonderful backdrop of the Pin Valley behind the beautiful merging of Pin and Spiti rivers. It also hosts 1000-year-old monastery, also called gompa. If you’re lucky, some monks might show you around the place. An hour’s trek upwards will take you to Dhankar lake which offers an awe-inspiring view!
When you further move along to Tabo village, you will observe a much grander and glorious monastery (gompa) with a lot of intricacies. Above the gompa, you will see various cave like structures, now protected by Archeological Survey Of India (ASI). These caves come to the rescue of monks for meditation and shelter during harsh winters. After this hectic day, you will relax in your lodging for the night.
The next day of Spiti tour shall bring you new thrills as you begin with your first destination of the day – Mudh Village. It’s an offbeat, unexplored village. You can spot the most picturesque landscapes here. A beautiful combination of patterns, colors and textures bring this scene to life! Now, you drive on to Hikkim, a village best known for hosting the highest post office and polling station in the world at an altitude of 4440 meters! Can you imagine?! You could surprise your friends and family by sending a postcard to them from here! There is no mobile network or internet connection here. People here, lead very simple lives.
You make your way to Komic, the highest village in Asia situated at an altitude of 4500 meters. It is surrounded by barren pastures and snow-covered peaks. The charm of this place is unmatched! The locals are warm and friendly and the scenery is one of a kind in the whole world! It is famous for its monastery, after which the village is named. Don’t forget to take a photograph in front of the ‘Highest Village in world connected with motorable road’ board! The next destination for the day is Langza village. We can’t emphasize it enough, you’ll be glad you came here.
The brown landscape you were seeing so far abruptly transitions into a widespread green grassland. Houses of mud and stones are conveniently located between the pastures on one side and snowcapped peaks on the other side. What a wonder! This village is known for its marine fossils of animals and plants. It is a paradise for archeologists and geologists. The local name of fossils here is ‘chaudua’. A massive statute of Buddha, which is supposed to date back over 1000 years overlooks the village and keeps it blessed.
Finally, the day comes to an end and you get cozy into your humble homestays. Go over the sights and experiences of earlier today and you’ll be sure to sleep with a grateful heart.
Today, you cover the last leg of your Spiti Valley tour. Post a delicious breakfast, you head on to Kee village hosting one of the most famous monasteries – Kee Gompa. It is collection of rooms, corridors, complexes perched in the shape of a hill. There is a lot of architecture, history and culture to be found in this place. Post Kee, you move on to Kibber village. The base for all adventurists for trekking and mountaineering. It is also best known for its wildlife sanctuary in which animals like Blue Sheep, Himalayan Wolf, Red Fox, Tibetan Wild Ass, Snow Leopard can be spotted It is both the highest inhabited village and has the highest motorable road in the world.
Now, that you have reached almost the last part of your Spiti valley tour, you will visit the most magnificent sight saved for the concluding this trip beautifully. Behold – Chandratal Lake! Peacefully resting in a moon like crescent shape- it is the epitome of tranquility and serenity. The brown dusty mountains reflecting mightily in the clear waters of the lake. This is a sight to you have to see at least once in your lifetime! And when you have seen it you’ll want to come back to it again and again. The vibe of this place is trance like. It soothes and excites you at the same time!
Imagine spending the night in a camp near this area, under millions of stars, delicious food, in a chilly weather with an inexplicable warmth in your heart. Well, that’s Chandratal Lake for you!
The last day in Spiti Valley starts post breakfast. As you continue driving down the road that leads to Manali through Kaza. Experience the transitioning landscapes through your windows and look back on your adventurous and exciting days spent here. Soon you will reach Manali, from where you will board your buses back to your home! The Spiti Valley tour package is a MUST on your checklist. This places has so much to offer! It’s good for your soul and you owe it to yourself to embark on this sweet journey. You’ll want to travel with us again after this amazing trip.
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DOCUMENTS & IDs
- Adhar card/Voter ID Card
- List of important contacts
- Map and itinerary
- 4-5 Passport size photographs
- Thermal Inner wear
- 4-5 Shirts or T shirts
- 4-5 pair woolen socks
- 2 Pair jeans at least
- 2-3 Handkerchief
- Raincoat and a warm jacket
- Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush,
toothpaste, cold cream etc.).
- Sun screen lotion small pack .
- Lip Balm small pack.
- Camera (Optional)
- Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment.
- Extention box
Plus 5% GSTSpiti ValleyRs.14,499
- SHORT ITINERARY
- Day 1: Delhi - Manali (From Delhi option)
- Day 2: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzum Pass - Kaza
- Day 3: Kaza - Lhalung - Dhankar - Tabo
- Day 4: Tabo - Pin Valley - Hikkim - Komik - Langza
- Day 5: Langza - Kee - Kibber - Chandratal
- Day 6: Chandratal - Manali