Today you will reach the hill town of Shimla. During the times of the British, Shimla used to be the summer capital of India. Evening at leisure. Overnight in the hotel.
Today you drive to the former capital town of Kinnaur, Kalpa via Narkanda (2690 M). Kalpa is a beautifully located township in the laps of the Kinner Kailash mountain. It has beautiful mix forest all around and has a couple of old wooden temples and a large chorten. Later in the afternoon you could take a walk in the town. Overnight in a hotel.
You will start early and drive for about 3 hours to reach Nako, spend some time here and visit the Nako lake. From here you drive to Tabo. This small village in the Spiti valley is home to the biggest gompa (monastery) complex in the Spiti region. A more than 1000 years old complex has nine temples, 23 chortens, a monk’s chamber and a nun’s chamber. The cliff face above the temples has a number of caves that were used by the monks for their stay. It is referred to as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas” for the beautiful frescos that adorn its walls. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel
After breakfast you will set out In your jeeps and drive along the Spiti river till Sichling. From here you head towards the Dankar Monastery. This spectacular Gompa is built on a 300m high spur and overlooks the confluence of Spiti & Pin river. You will have time to visit the gompa and have lunch here. Thereafter you continue driving towards Lhalung village and monastery and from there towards Lingti. Driving further you leave the Shimla – Kaza road and turn into the Pin valley. You will for most part drive along the Pin river to reach the village of Mudh. Mudh is a quaint village with spectacular landscape all around. There are just a few houses, a couple of small guesthouses, a gompa and barley fields. Overnight in a basic guesthouse.
Today you will have the option to explore deeper into the Pin valley. After breakfast you can head out on a hike with packed lunch and get back to the guest house the same evening. The arid landscapes here are truly spectacular and one can have a field day with a camera, trying to capture the different hues of the Pin valley. Also one can choose to stay back and relax at the guesthouse. Overnight in the guest house.
We will drive back along the Pin river to Attargo and from there drive along the Spiti river to reach the district headquarters at Kaza. From here you will drive for about 14 kms to Kye village and visit the monastery. From here you drive further 11 kms to reach the village at Kibber. Spend some time here and then drive another 6 kms to reach the extremely scenic and possibly the highest village in the world, Gete (4270m). Have lunch at the village and from there walk to the village at Kibber. This is a great hike and you’re going to relish every second of it. From here drive back to Kaza. Evening take a walk in the local market. Overnight in a hotel/guesthouse
Today you will get to appreciate the spectacular landscapes of Spiti from a totally different perspective. After breakfast you drive a short distance to the put in point for your river rafting session. You will raft for about 3-4 hours in a class III/III+ section of the river. It’s a great trip journeying through the river binds you to enjoy every second of it. From the finishing point you will drive to Kaza. Overnight in the hotel.
Note: An option of trekking in the Spiti valley for full day is also available instead of Rafting on this particular day.
Drive to Langza from Kaza involves a journey on one of the world’s highest motorable roads. At the top of Langza Gogma is the Lang (village temple), a 600 year old Buddhist temple. From here we start our trek to Komic. This trek runs through the natural fossil centre and a substantial distance is covered while exploring this ancient heritage. As the fossil centre culminates, the trek continues with a gradual ascent along a ridge for another hour. Thereafter, we descend to Komic village. Overnight in a home stay.
A slow ascent from Komic village lasting about 1 hour 30 minutes brings one to Chamai Lapchai (4717m), the first pass en-route to Demul. From here one gets a panoramic view of various peaks of the region. Thereafter a gradual walk of about 3 hours brings one to the grazing lands of Demul village. Wildlife such as the Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox and the Snow Cock can also be sighted here. Later we head towards Young Lapchai (4717mts), which is one of the highest trekking passes in Spiti. Like most of the passes this one also has quite a few visual delights to offer. A steep descent takes us to Demul village which is adorned by Mane walls (stones intricately carved with religious prayers). From Demul drive back to Kaza. Overnight in tents/home stays
This morning we board the vehicles and drive to Kunzum La (4550m) and from there walk to Chandartal (moon lake). This walk will take around 3 hrs and there are excellent views throughout. For people not wanting to trek they can drive till a point very close to the lake. This spectacular lake with its green water is extremely enchanting and has the snow clad mountains providing an excellent background. Overnight in tents
Post breakfast you will board the jeeps and drive to Manali via the famous Rohtang pass. Check into a hotel. Evening at leisure in Manali. One can roam around the market and do some shopping. Overnight in a hotel. Trip ends here
Note: Triple Sharing - Applicable only If there is a group of 3
For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport
Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max 25°C. min 10°C), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for chilly evenings and a small possibility of rain. Early morning starts and descents at altitude require good quality weather gear.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
11Days | Jun - Sep | Moderate | Max Alt : 4550 mts (Kunzum La Pass)
Day 1 : Shimla (2030m)
Day 2 : Shimla - Kalpa (2800m) (Drive 244 kms / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 3 : Kalpa - Nako (3600m) (Drive 122 kms / 3 - 4 hrs) - Tabo (3050m) (Drive 61 kms / 2 hrs)
Day 4 : Tabo - Mudh (3740m) (Drive 110 Kms / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 5 : Mudh Rest / Exploration
Day 6 : Mudh - Kaza - Kye - Kibber - Gete - Kaza (3800m) (Drive / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 7 : Kaza - Rafting - Kaza (3650m) (Rafting / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 8 : Kaza - Langza (4514m) - Komic (4513m) (Drive / 0.5 hrs) - (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 9 : Komic - Demul - Kaza (4357m) - (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs) - (Drive 1.5 hrs)
Day 10 : Kaza - Kunzum La (4550m) - Chandratal (4270m) - (Drive 3 hrs) - (Trek 3 hrs)
Day 11: Chandratal - Manali (2000m) - (Drive 5 - 6 hrs)
This spectacular overland trip is a great way to explore the wonders of Spiti. You drive through some of the remotest regions of the country. Spiti valley is in every sense as beautiful, if not more, as its famous neighbour, Ladakh. Only, it is still untouched by the impact of tourism and not too many people are aware of its surreal existence. The landscape of this valley is stark and spectacular and challenges ones idea of beauty at all stages. This valley is open only for a few months every year as the high passes leading to it gets blocked by heavy snowfall. Along the trip, as you drive, ride, & hike through the wonderful vistas of this valley you come across small settlements with ancient monasteries, chortens, mane walls, fluttering flags, prayer wheels & Buddhist monks, leaving an image which is sure to last a lifetime
Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture laden monsoons from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape similar to Ladakh and Tibet. Lacking vegetative growth, the exposed terrain is a geologists paradise. It records every geological age from the Pre-Cambrian to the recent, in pristine formations.
In the initial stage you drive through Kinnaur on the Indo Tibetan highway to reach the Spiti Valley. Next few days you will drive, walk, pedal and raft around the district headquarters of Kaza. You also visit remote villages and ancient monasteries of the region. Last but not the least you will drive to Chandratal (moonlake). Chandratal is a spectacular high altitude lake with turquoise green water and snow capped mountains all around. You will camp here for a night before moving to Manali. You will get an evening in Manali to explore the markets and do some shopping.
|Region||Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)|