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Spiti Winter Trips 

Our winter trips give you and unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Winters in Spiti are incredibly harsh and not for everyone.This is the time where you will find a less amount of travellers, which provides you with great opportunity to experience local life, culture and cuisine. 

Since the road from Manali is shut between November till June, you will need to travel via Kinnaur to get to Spiti. 

We have two plans for you to chose from. 

Winters in Spiti – 10 days (Chandigarh-Kinnaur-Spiti-Shimla-Chandigarh) – The trip starts and ends in Chandigarh covering Kinnaur along the way to Spiti. You’ll need a minimum of 10 days to enjoy this trip. All necessary details can be found below or you can also Download PDF

Winters in Spiti – 8 days (Chandigarh-Kinnaur-Spiti-Chandigarh) – The trip starts and ends in Chandigarh covering Kinnaur along the way to Spiti. This is a shorter version of the 10 day trip for travelers with limited time. All necessary details can be found below or you can also Download PDF

Winters are Calling- 8 days Fixed Departure (Chandigarh-Kinnaur-Spiti-Chandigarh) – The trip starts and ends in Chandigarh covering Kinnaur along the way to Spiti. This is a group trip, where you will join other travellers from all walks of life on a winter exploration of Spiti Valley. All necessary details can be found below or you can also Download PDF

Important points to note about winters in Spiti

It’s such an amazing thing that you have chosen to visit Spiti in the winter.

But before you decide to embark on this adventure, we thought we’d share with you some important points.


– It gets very cold in winter i.e. December through February with temperatures hitting – 30C. You will need to be mentally and physically prepared for the cold.

– All hotels and guest houses will be shut at the time and you will only get homestays which have dry eco friendly toilets. You will need to be okay with this as wet toilets are not available due to water lines freezing. 

– In peak winter i.e. January and early February all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last minute changes need to be made to your plan. 

– Winter time is off season in Spiti, and you will not have many options in terms of activities, and because of the cold, you won’t be able to move around as much and will end up spending time in the homestay. We recommend travellers to make the most of the situation, and turn their time at the homestay as of getting to know more about Spitian life, food and culture.

– Because of winter time, there will not be many options in terms of food, and in a homestay you will need to be understanding and eat the hearty but basic food that your hosts provide.

Winters in Spiti – 10 days (Chandigarh-Kinnaur-Spiti-Shimla-Chandigarh)

 

A journey that takes you through the Old Hindustan Tibet Road through the beautiful winter paradise of Kinnaur and into the adventurous cold desert of Spiti. A journey to one of the most remote regions of this country which will take you back in time and disconnect you from the rest of world. A journey that will change the way you look at life.

Places covered Chandigarh, Narkanda, Recong Peo, Kalpa/Pooh, Tabo, Dhankar,  Kaza, Kye, Khibber, Langza, Komic, Nako, Rampur, Shimla, Chandigarh

Day 1 – Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 kms/7-8 hrs)

Land in Chandigarh and head towards Narkanda. Take appropriate breaks on the way and enjoy the beauty as you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Lose yourself amidst scenic valleys on either side of the road. Feel like you are staying in the middle of nowhere. Your winter adventure begins.

 

Day 2 – Narkanda to Kalpa (160 kms/7-8 hrs) or Pooh (210 kms/10-12 hrs)

Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast with a view of the mountains and head to Kalpa or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). Enjoy the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea, if you end up staying in Kalpa. Reach your destination and rest for the night.

 

Day 3 – Kalpa or Pooh to Tabo (160 kms/9 -10 hrs or 100 kms/7-8 hrs)

Take a walk to the Old Shiva temple and Buddhist monastery in Kalpa, if time permits. If you are in Pooh then you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of tree lines. Have an early breakfast and head to the famous Tabo village this day. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab.

 

Day 4 – Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar (170 kms/3-4 hrs)

Take the morning easy, have your breakfast and visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to a 1000 years old now. The murals, thankas and paintings are believed to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. Visit Dhankar Monastery if the road is open – Dhankar used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Stay in Kaza for the night. Warm up by the tandoor and get to know your hosts. A great way to bond is by sharing a meal together. 🙂

 

Day 5 – Kaza to Kye and Khibber and back (40 kms/2-3 hrs)

Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of Tea. After breakfast, we shall head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village, if the road is open.  Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and the Spiti river. After Key monastery, we will go a bit further and visit Khibber Village- which used to be one of the highest villages in the world once upon a time. Stay in Kaza for the night. Make the most of your homestay experience by learning about local life, festivals and traditions from your host family.

 

Day 6 – Kaza to Langza, Hikkim and Komic and back (40 kms/3-4 hrs)

If the road is open, then after breakfast we will head to Langza village famous for its Buddha statue. We then go to Hikkim, where you can send out some postcards to your loved ones from the highest post office in the world. You will also visit the one of the highest motor able villages, Komic at 4600 meters. Stay in Kaza for the night. We want you to make the most of your experience, since you are ending the day early you can chose to help out in the kitchen in your homestay and maybe learn to make local food like momos or thupka.

 

Day 7 – Kaza to Nako (120 kms/4-5 hrs) or Pooh (140 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, leave for Nako or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). Reach Nako and spend sometime walking around the village, next to the famous Nako Lake. If you are in Pooh, you can explore the village and visit the local monastery.

 

Day 8 – Nako or Pooh to Rampur (190 kms/6-7 hrs or 150 kms/5-6 hrs)

Wake up to the warmth of the tandoor and the smell of hot chai. Spend some time with your hosts in the morning chatting over breakfast. Say your goodbyes and leave for Rampur. Reach Rampur in the evening and rest.

 

Day 9 – Rampur to Shimla (130 kms/4-5 hrs)

Leave for Shimla after breakfast. Make the most of your last day of your winter trip. Take a stroll down mall road and enjoy a great dinner in a local restaraunt.

 

Day 10 – Shimla to Chandigarh (115 kms/7-8hrs)

Leave early in the morning to catch your afternoon/ evening flight from Chandigarh back to your hometown. Trip ends here. 🙂

 

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Winters in Spiti – 8 days (Chandigarh-Kinnaur-Spiti-Chandigarh)

A journey that takes you through the Old Hindustan Tibet Road through the beautiful winter paradise of Kinnaur and into the adventurous cold desert of Spiti. A journey to one of the most remote regions of this country which will take you back in time and disconnect you from the rest of world. A journey that will change the way you look at life.

Places covered – Chandigarh, Narkanda, Recong Peo, Kalpa/Pooh, Tabo, Dhankar,  Kaza, Kye, Khibber, Nako/Pooh, Rampur, Shimla, Chandigarh

Day 1 – Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 kms/7-8 hrs)

Land in Chandigarh and head towards Narkanda. Take appropriate breaks on the way and enjoy the beauty as you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Lose yourself amidst scenic valleys on either side of the road. Feel like you are staying in the middle of nowhere. Your winter adventure begins.

 

Day 2 – Narkanda to Kalpa (160 kms/7-8 hrs) or Pooh (210 kms/10-12 hrs)

Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast with a view of the mountains and head to Kalpa or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). Enjoy the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea, if you end up staying in Kalpa. Reach your destination and rest for the night.

 

Day 3 – Kalpa or Pooh to Tabo (160 kms/9 -10 hrs or 100 kms/7-8 hrs)

Take a walk to the Old Shiva temple and Buddhist monastery in Kalpa, if time permits. If you are in Pooh then you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of tree lines. Have an early breakfast and head to the famous Tabo village this day. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab.

 

Day 4 – Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar (170 kms/3-4 hrs)

Take the morning easy, have your breakfast and visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to a 1000 years old now. The murals, thankas and paintings are believed to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. Visit Dhankar Monastery if the road is open – Dhankar used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Stay in Kaza for the night. Warm up by the tandoor and get to know your hosts. A great way to bond is by sharing a meal together. 🙂

 

Day 5 – Kaza to Kye and Khibber and back (40 kms/2-3 hrs)

Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of Tea. After breakfast, we shall head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village, if the road is open.  Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and the Spiti river. After Key monastery, we will go a bit further and visit Khibber Village- which used to be one of the highest villages in the world once upon a time. Stay in Kaza for the night. Make the most of your homestay experience by learning about local life, festivals and traditions from your host family.

 

Day 6 – Kaza to Nako (120 kms/4-5 hrs) or Pooh (140 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, leave for Nako or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). Reach Nako and spend sometime walking around the village, next to the famous Nako Lake. If you are in Pooh, you can explore the village and visit the local monastery.

 

Day 7 – Nako or Pooh to Rampur (190 kms/6-7 hrs or 150 kms/5-6 hrs)

Wake up to the warmth of the tandoor and the smell of hot chai. Spend some time with your hosts in the morning chatting over breakfast. Say your goodbyes and leave for Rampur. Reach Rampur in the evening and rest.

 

Day 8 – Rampur to Chandigarh (240 kms/9-10 hrs)

Leave early in the morning to catch your afternoon/evening flight from Chandigarh back to your hometown. Trip ends here. 🙂

 

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Spiti Winters are Calling 2018

Chandigarh- Narkanda- Kalpa- Spiti- Rampur- Chandigarh
Date: 24th Feb- 3rd March, 2018

A little bit about Spiti Valley

Spiti valley, also known as the “Middle Land” is a Trans-Himalayan terrain bordering with Tibet at an average altitude of 4000 meters. Spiti valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries in the Himalayan region like Tabo monastery, Dhankar monastery, Sherkhang monastery and Kye monastery, strong hold of Buchen Lamas in Pin Valley, famous for Tibetan medicine system and Amchis, fossils of Langza village, highest motorable villages and passes, scenic lakes, 1000 years old culture, tough life, beautiful villages and people and out of the world landscape. Come and explore with us your inner self as we go through a civilisation frozen in time. Spiti Fixed Departure have been planned in a way that you explore Spiti like a local and at a pace that helps you acclimatize and enjoy at the same time.

A little bit about winters in Spiti

– It gets very cold in winter i.e. December through February with temperatures hitting – 30C. You will need to be mentally and physically prepared for the cold.

– All hotels and guest houses will be shut at the time and you will only get homestays which have dry eco friendly toilets. You will need to be okay with this as wet toilets are not available due to water lines freezing. 

– In peak winter i.e. January and early February all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last minute changes need to be made to your plan. 

– Winter time is off season in Spiti, and you will not have many options in terms of activities, and because of the cold, you won’t be able to move around as much and will end up spending time in the homestay. We recommend travellers to make the most of the situation, and turn their time at the homestay as of getting to know more about Spitian life, food and culture.

– Because of winter, there will not be many options in terms of food, and in a homestay you will need to be understanding and eat the hearty but basic food that your hosts provide.

– Be prepared to be understanding and flexible, as we can make last minute plan changes due to bad weather for your safety and wellbeing.

Basic Details

Duration-  7 Nights and 8 days
Double Occupancy-  Rs 22,000 per person (exclusive of GST)

There is no single occupancy available for this trip.

Short Itinerary

24th February: Chandigarh to Narkanda

25th February: Narkanda to Kalpa or Pooh

26th February: Kalpa or Pooh to Tabo

27th February: Tabo to Kaza via Key and Khibber

28th February: Kaza to Lohsar and back

1st March: Kaza to Nako or Pooh via Dhankar

2nd March: Nako or Pooh to Narkanda

3rd March: Narkanda to Chandigarh

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 (Saturday, 24th February) – Chandigarh to Narkanda

Land in Chandigarh and head towards Narkanda. Your guide will brief you before you’ll leave Chandigarh, and its always a good thing to ask any questions you’ll might have before you’ll commence the trip. Incase you’ll have forgotten on some essential medicines, you’ll can pick them up in the city.

As you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, enjoy the beauty and take appropriate breaks on the way. Lose yourself amidst scenic valleys on either side of the road. Reach Narkanda and take it easy in the evening. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner that night. Your winter adventure begins the next day.

Day 2 (Sunday, 25th February) – Narkanda to Kalpa or Pooh

Enjoy a nice, warm, early morning breakfast with a view of the mountains and head to Kalpa or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). The journey will take about 7-8 hours if you are going to Kalpa or 10-12 hrs if you are headed to Pooh, if everything goes as planned. Enjoy the stunning sunset and a view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea, if you are staying at Kalpa. The village can be easily explored by foot in the evening. Take enough rest in the night and gear up for the next day.

Day 3 (Monday, 26th February) – Kalpa or Pooh to Tabo

Take a walk to the Old Shiva temple and Buddhist monastery in Kalpa, if time permits. If you are in Pooh then you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of tree lines. Have an early breakfast and head to the famous Tabo village this day. See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab. We shall have a lunch break at the scenic Nako village- you can walk to the frozen lake here, only if permitted by the guide.

Day 4 (Tuesday, 27th February) – Tabo to Kaza via Key and Khibber

Take the morning easy, have your breakfast and visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to a 1000 years old now. The murals, thankas and paintings are believed by the locals to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves. We shall then head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village, if the road is open. Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and the Spiti river. After Key monastery, we will go a bit further and visit Khibber Village- which used to be one of the highest villages in the world once upon a time. Stay in Kaza for the night. Warm up by the tandoor and get to know your hosts. A great way to bond is by sharing a meal together. 🙂

Day 5 (Wednesday, 28th February) – Kaza to Lohsar and back

Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of tea. After breakfast, we go on a winter drive towards Lohsar till the point the road is open. On your way, we will make a couple of designated stops for you to take some pictures. Stay in Kaza for the night. Make the most of your homestay experience by learning about local life, festivals and traditions from your host family. Winters is a time when locals interact a lot with each other and many social activities take place.

Day 6 (Thursday, 1st March) – Kaza to Nako or Pooh via Dhankar

After breakfast, leave for Nako or Pooh (depending on which village is open for hosting in the winters). On your way visit Dhankar Monastery, if the road is open – Dhankar used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Reach Nako and spend sometime walking around the village, next to the famous Nako Lake. If you are in Pooh, you can explore the village and visit the local monastery.

Day 7 (Friday, 2nd March) – Nako or Pooh to Narkanda

Wake up to the warmth of the tandoor and the smell of hot chai. Spend some time with your hosts in the morning chatting over breakfast. Say your goodbyes and leave for Narkanda. Reach Narkanda in the evening and rest.

Day 8 (Saturday, 3rd March) – Narkanda to Chandigarh

Leave early in the morning to catch your afternoon/ evening flight from Chandigarh back to your hometown and take back memories back of a isolated civilisation and trans Himalayan terrain. Trip ends here. 🙂

Trip Cost:

Double Occupancy- Rs. 22,000 per person (exclusive of GST)

There is no single occupancy available for this trip.

What is included:

– All Transport in a Sumo/Tempo Traveller from Day 1 to Day 8

– Accommodation for 7 nights on a twin sharing basis

– 3 meals on every day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Day 2 to Day 7

– All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)

– Local Guide provided for the entire trip

What is not included:

– Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)

– Any kind of insurance

– GST exclusive

– Cost of any emergency

– Bus/ flight/ train ticket cost to Chandigarh

– Camera Fees

Cancellation Policy:

In case you need to cancel your plans for the trip due to avoidable/unavoidable reasons, please do notify us in writing regarding the same. The cancellation charges levied will be as follows:

60 – 46 days prior to date of departure: 10% of the tour cost

45 – 16 days prior to date of departure: 20% of the tour cost

15 – 8 days prior to date of departure: 25% of the tour cost

7 – 4 days prior to date of departure: 50% of the tour cost

Less than 72 hours prior to date of departure: No refund

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