Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Winters in Spiti are extremely harsh and temperatures sometimes drop to as low as -20º Celsius. Winters here are frigid and there is no running water in taps. All that Spiti has in winters is the never-ending adventure and a white blanket of snow!
Known for its rugged terrain, a trip during Winter gets a lot trickier. During this journey we cover regions in Kinnaur Valley, visit the famous Kalpa town and several known places of Spiti Valley, like Kaza, Kee , Kibber, Langza.
Highlights of the Tour
- Snow Laden Landscape and Negative Temperatures.
- Be a part of a local family during your visit and experience and understand the living in winters of Cold dessert Spiti valley.
- One can find the Soul of a Place at Spiti valley in winter as it won’t be crowded.
- 20th Mar (Friday) 08:30 PM to 29th Mar (Sunday) 08:00 AM
- 27th Mar (Friday) 08:30 PM to 5th Apr (Sunday) 08:00 AM
- 10th Apr (Friday) 08:30 PM to 19th Apr (Sunday) 08:00 AM
- 24th Apr (Friday) 08:30 PM to 3rd May (Sunday) 08:00 AM
- 8th May (Friday) 08:30 PM to 17th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM
- 15th May (Friday) 08:30 PM to 24th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM
Price (Delhi to Delhi)
Day 1 :Overnight Travel from Delhi to Shimla
- You will meet our Trip Lead at ISBT Kashmere Gate.by 8:30 PM. After the initial introduction with the group, we start our 9-day journey by Volvo bus from Delhi to Shimla.
- We are taking overnight Volvo from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, we will be driving to Narkanda, famous for its apple orchards, which is our next night stay
Day 2 : Shimla Arrival and travel to Narkanda. Day at Leisure
- The road trip to Spiti Valley starts from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. The first-day destination is Narkanda which is about 60 kms from Shimla and will take us around 3-4 hrs to reach.
- Narkanda is a small but beautiful town and is known for its apple orchards. While crossing the mountains, you will encounter several points with scenic views. After reaching Narkanda we checking to the Homestay and relax before having lunch at the stay. Depending on the group and weather, we leave for Hatu Peak hike post-lunch after resting for a while at the property.
- Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/homestay at Narkanda.
*This day is majorly for acclimatization and you are free to rest at the property.
Day 3 :Narkanda to Chitkul
- On the second day of the tour, we will be traveling from Narkanda to Chitkul. Chitkul is 240 km from Narkanda and is a small beautiful village that lies near the border and India and Tibet. Chitkul is the last inhabited village in this region.
- from today onwards we are in Kinnaur valley and take a de route near Kharcham, we also cross Sangla town and the valley before finally reaching Chitkul in the evening. We will go for a stroll to the riverside later in the evening
- Dinner and overnight stay at Chitkul
Day 4 : Chitkul to Kalpa
- Post breakfast, we’ll start the first leg of our journey of SPITI Valley Winter Expedition. We’ll be passing through the popular towns of Sarahan and Rampur-Bushahr before entering the spectacular Kinnaur Valley. Before entering Kalpa at 7549 feet, you might catch a glimpse of the famous Kinner Kailash Peak – said to be the summer adobe of Lord Shiva while it’s covered in snow. Kalpa Monastery, Suicide Point at Roghi, the beautiful Reckong Peo town are some of the most amazing places to see here.
- At Kalpa, you will warm up with a piping cup of tea before checking into your homestay/hotel.
- Dinner and Overnight stay at the property in Kalpa
Day 5 : Kalpa to Nako
- Post breakfast, we’ll continue our journey on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22. The journey today is going to be exciting with treacherous patches on the way and making our stop at Khab, the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej rivers which you will be easily able to differentiate the color of.
- We’ll be visiting the frozen Nako lake, the Nako Monastery and a very old, small, ancient temple said to have the impression of Gautam Buddha’s foot. Spend some time getting mesmerized to one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see from the sunset point in Nako.
- Dinner and Overnight stay at Homestay in Nako.
Day 6 : Nako to Kaza
- We will start this day after breakfast from Nako and visit the 1021-year-old Tabo Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk around this sacred site and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Unlike other monasteries in Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley. You’ll be able to witness the difference in the structure of the current monasteries from that of the Tabo Monastery which is actually made of mud.
- We’ll reach Kaza before evening and check-in into our hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. You can go around the Kaza city, visit the Monastery, check out the local food and the markets.
- Dinner at the hotel in Kaza.
Day 7 : Kaza –Kee- Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza
- We will begin this day with a drive to the renowned Key Monastery. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Key Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm. Close to 800 years old at its core, this monastery has a school and an in-construction library and museum that are going to house the books, paintings and manuscripts currently inside the Monastery.
- Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber, part of the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snowy mountains make this place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. Later we will visit Chicham Bridge(Asia’s highest bridge) at a height of 13596 feet and Chicham village.
- Later in the day, we will visit Hikkim – the highest post office in the world at a height of 14567 feet. What’s interesting is that the post office is actually the home of a local resident. We’ll then move towards Komic – one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road and Langza – said to the most beautiful village in Spiti valley and has the famous Buddha statue.
- Back to Kaza for Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 8 : Kaza to Kalpa
- We’ll head towards Dhankar Village (if it is accessible ) via Pin Valley (if weather permits and the road is accessible). Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties and a river that is frozen.
- We will then visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. Mudh Village will also let you see the trail to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek and is the endpoint of the Pin Bhabha Pass Trek.
- We will retrace the same terrain via Nako, Tabo to Kalpa. Today will be a little longer day and we will reach Kalpa late in the evening.
- Hotel and Night stay at hotel in Kalpa
Day 9 : Kalpa to Shimla
- Post breakfast, we will start our drive for Shimla from Kalpa with a bag of delightful memories and exciting stories to recount.
- Once we reach Shimla, we take the overnight Volvo bus from there to Delhi.
- Reach Delhi the next day early in the morning by 7 am.
Things To Pack
- Down Jacket (Main jacket)
- Raincoat/ Poncho
- Inner Layer
- Tshirt or Fleece
- Track Pant
- Extra pair of Socks
- Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
- Woolen Cap
- Rucksack (At least 40L)
- Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
- Extra pair of Clothes
- Power Bank
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Water Bottle
- Tissue Roll
- Hand Sanitizer
- Personal Toiletries
- First Aid Kit
- *Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size?
- Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
- We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
- All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
- All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
- Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
- Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
- We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
- We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
- Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
- During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
- It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
- Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
- It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
- After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
- We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
- Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
- In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
- Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
- Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
- No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
- Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
- Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
- Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
- It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
- If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
- Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
What is included in the tour
- Tempo Traveller for the Tour
- Total 7 Night Stay (1 Night accommodation at Narkanda, Chitkul, Nako,2 Night accommodation at Kalpa and Kaza ) on Twin/Triple Sharing.
- Stay in Hotels/Homestays
- 07 Breakfasts & 07 Dinners. (Veg Food) ( Breakfast and Dinner will be provided during stay)
- Oxygen cylinder to travel during high altitude.
- Assistance on the complete tour.
- Trip Lead
What is NOT included in the tour
- 5% GST.
- Travel or Any Insurance
- Any Meals apart from the ones mentioned in the Itinerary
- Any additional expenses.
- Early check-in at the hotel.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Any other services not specified above.
- Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Road blocks, natural calamities