Popularly known as Little Tibet, Spiti is nestled in the Himalayan Mountain range in Himachal Pradesh. Accessible only during summer, Spiti is as remote as it gets. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers – villages perched on mountain crests, quaint old monasteries, crystal clear rivers and streams, prayer flags fluttering in the wind and monks in their robes evoke strong comparisons with Tibet and leaves tourists to this remote region spellbound.
Spiti literally means ‘middle land’ as it is bordered by Tibet in the east, Ladakh to the north, Kinnaur to the south east and Lahaul and Kullu to the south. Situated at an average height of around 12,500 feet above mean sea level, Spiti lies along the Himalayan river of the same name. Cut off from the tourist map because of its remoteness, Spiti, along with its twin valley of Lahaul, has retained its pristine charm. Spiti and Lahaul are sub-divisions in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
It is not just culture and natural beauty that Spiti offers. Trekking and jeep safaris are some of the activities that you can do here. Trekkers flock to Spiti attracted by its scenic mountains, enchanting landscapes, glaciers and pristine environment. Pin-Parvati, Parang-La and Pin-Bhaba are some of the popular trails.
Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhism centers in western Himalaya, is located here. Murals of Tabo monasteries are quite similar to Ajanta paintings. Lamas practice dance, sing and play musical instrument or enchanting mantras.
Spiti remains snowbound during winter. The closure of Kunzum Pass results in Spiti remaining cut-off from the rest of the country. With temperatures falling below 15 degree Celsius and even locals remain in their houses and venture out only if absolutely necessary. The locals stock food supplies to last the winter and utilize their time to produce handicrafts
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on Double occupancy basis
- Meal Plan - CP / 5 Breakfasts & 1 Dinner (at Chandratal)
- Group Leader/guide will be with group all the time
- Transportation & all sightseeing in Group Vehicle
- Including all parking,Toll Tax, Driver expenses
What is NOT included in the tour
- Flight fares
- GST 5%
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Any sightseeing spot not mentioned above
- Personal expenses such as snacks, and beverages.
- Meals that have not been mentioned above.
- Any costs arising due to flight cancellations or delays
- Any other costs that are beyond our control
- Anything not mentioned in “Includes” above
- Visit Various high altitude Tibetan Monasteries
- Remote villages in Spiti
- World's Highest Post Office at Hikkim
- Chandratal - Crescent Shaped Lake
- Spiti River
DAY 1 - MANALI - KAZA
The trip starts from Manali around 6 am, ride with group towards Kaza (7-8 hrs) and visit the famous Rohtang Pass on the way. Arrival and check-in at hotel in Kaza (3700 m). On the first day, one should rest to acclimatize body with altitude. Kaza is the main or capital Town of Spiti Valley. It is a tranquil town in surrounded by snow crowned mountains and on the bed of Spiti River.
Stay: Hotel in Kaza
DAY 2- KEY & KHIBBER
After breakfast, we will proceed towards Key - the famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery - situated at an altitude of 4166 m. above sea level. This is not only the oldest but also the largest monasteries in the entire Spiti Valley where around 300 Lamas get their education. After exploring the Monastery, we will drive to Khibber which is situated at an altitude of 4205 m - one the highest villages with motorable road & electricity in the world. The sceneries and landscapes around you, as well as the altitude will keep you fascinated.
Stay: Hotel in Kaza
DAY 3 - DHANKAR & TABO
After Breakfast, proceed to Dhankar (2hrs).
Visit Dhankar Monastery situated on a cliff between Kaza and Tabo at an altitude of 3863m.
Later, we can trek to Dhankar Lake (up and down 2hrs). At a distance of 5 km from the monastery lies the Dhankar lake on the other side of the mountain. Later we will drive to Tabo (1hr) to visit Tabo Monastery.
Stay : Hotel in Kaza
DAY 4 - KAZA - LANGZA - KOMIK - HIKKIM - KAZA
After breakfast, we will proceed to the famous village of Langza which is situated at an altitude of 4400 m. It houses a population of approximately 137 people, who are dependent on agriculture and business for their livelihood.
Later we will go for optional trek (5-6 hrs) to Komik Village. The picture of Lahaul and Spiti Valley embraces several treasures in its vicinity and Komik, which is set amids the stunning mountains in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. On the way back to Komik we will visit another himalayan hamlet, called Hikkim - which has the highest Post Office in the world.
Stay: Hotel in Kaza
DAY 5: KUNZUM PASS - CHANDRATAL LAKE
After breakfast, we will leave Kaza and proceed for Kunzum Pass.
Kuzum Pass or Kunzum La at 4551 m is one highest motorable passes in India. The drive takes around 3-4hrs. to reach Kunzum Pass. From there we will cover half of the journey by car later upto Chandratal (4300 m) - A camper and trekker's paradise. Night stay in the camp near Chandratal.
Stay: Swiss Camp in Chandratal
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 6 - CHANDRATAL LAKE - MANALI
After breakfast at the camp we will proceed to Manali. The journey takes around 7-8hrs. Tour ends at Manali Bus Stand.