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spiti homestay road trip

(8 Days)

A road trip experience where you get to live in traditional homestays across Spiti Valley and participate in local activities.

spiti Homestay road trip

Spiti Homestay Fixed Departures have been planned in such a way that you explore Spiti like a local, live like a local to help give you a deeper understanding of the region.

Let us take you through this breathtaking region and help you explore the place the way you would want to.

Trip Dates

22nd – 29th June (Chapter 1)

13th – 20th July  (Chapter 2)

10th – 17th August (Chapter 3)

28th September – 5th October (Chapter 4)

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Trip Duration

7 Nights and 8 days

Trip Cost

INR 15,900/- per person (ex. 5% GST)

Highlights

 

A session on Spitian food and food tasting

Introduction to Cheese making, Rope Making, Liquor Brewing

An introduction to Buddhism from a local monk

Visit the world’s highest bridge from sea level – Chicham bridge

Hike to Dhankar Lake

A visit to the meditation caves in Tabo

Fossil Excursion at Langza

Live in local homestays across the valley

Short Itinerary

 

DAY 1: Reach Manali

DAY 2: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Lohsar –  Kaza (9-10 hrs)

DAY 3: Kaza – Key – Kibber – Kaza (2-3 hrs)

DAY 4: Kaza – Tabo – Dhankar (4-5 hrs)

DAY 5: Dhankar – Demul – Hikkim – Komic – Langza (5-6 hrs)

DAY 6: Langza – Lohsar – Kunzum Pass – Chandrataal (5-6 hrs)

DAY 7: Chandrataal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali (7-8 hrs)

DAY 8: Leave Manali

Minimum requirement: The trip runs if we have a minimum of 4 confirmed participants. In the event that we don’t get the requisite numbers we can run with less than 4 participants if participants are willing to pay extra. We will revise the costing according to the no. of participants. Alternatively in the event the trip gets cancelled, we will reimburse the amount paid to the participants minus any minimal bank charges that may have been cut.

Room Sharing: All stays in guesthouses will be on a twin sharing basis except for homestays where it will be as per the layout of the homestay i.e 2,3 or 4 people in one room basis the size of the room. Rooms are divided amongst same sex participants which is most comfortable for solo travellers and friends. Only if there is a couple amongst the group will they get to stay together.

Type of participants: Our groups usually have participants between the ages of 20-40 and we have a healthy 50-50 male to female ratio in the group, with friends, couples and solo travellers alike.

Homestays: You shall stay in a homestay for a night where you shall be sharing some space with a local family. It will be a wonderful experience to see the life of people at this altitude and how content they are. Stay and food will be very basic and your host will serve you local cuisine. 

Dry Toilets: Since there is lack of water in cold deserts and carrying water is not easy at such high altitudes- the concept of dry toilets have been prevalent in Spiti since the beginning. In your homestay, you will either get a common bathroom which you will be sharing with your host family or a dry toilet. We can also provide a stool if some people have difficulty squatting but there shall be an extra charge for the same.

Bathing and Hot Water in a Homestay: Since we shall be around 4000 meters, getting hot water for everyone in a homestay will not be possible. Hot water for drinking shall not be an issue but for bathing it will not be possible.

DAY 1 :  Reach Manali and relax

Reach Manali in the morning from Delhi/Chandigarh after an overnight journey and check-in to the hotel. You will be free to do whatever you want on this day, but the most important thing is to relax and acclimatise and not overexert. Once the everyone has arrived by afternoon, we will hold a small briefing session along with the guide. This will also be a good time for you to get acquainted with the rest of the group. We suggest you call it an early night as your body needs proper rest for the long journey ahead. We will be leaving very early the next day, proper rest will help you in acclimatising.

Things to do today: Visit Manu, Hidimba and Vashisht temples. Go for a walk in the national park, relax in the cafes around old Manali, catch up on last minute shopping

 

DAY 2 : Manali to Kaza via Rohtang and Kunzum Pass (9-10 hrs)

Today we head to Spiti valley which will take around 10 hours (220 km), if everything goes as planned. We leave early in the morning around 5 am as we have a long way to go and ascend the mighty Rohtang Pass. From Gramphoo you will start noticing a change in terrain with fewer trees and more steep mountain peaks and the start of a barren landscape. From here we head towards Chatru and cross some of the biggest waterfalls which can be a nightmare for a non-experienced driver, but luckily you’ll will be in a very experienced hands. The terrain will change drastically from Chatru and all you will see is rocks all over with huge streams overflowing on the road and converging in the ruthless Chandra river. We shall take regular halts for you to soak in your surroundings, admire the great landscape and breathe the fresh air. We will take a lunch break at Batal at the famous Chandra Dhaba. We head to Kunzum Pass and at Kunzum top, we will stop for you to pay our respects to the Kunzum Goddess as you enter Spiti valley. The jumpy ride on non-existent roads which started from Gramphoo will end in Lohsar. From Lohsar we head to Kaza, it will take another 2 hours to reach from here. Once you reach Kaza and meet your homestay host, you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea with them.

We shall have a small briefing session over dinner. This tiring day will end with you looking at the gorgeous Spitian skies with a million stars and the very prominent milky way.

Things to do today: Stop at Rohtang Pass, Breakfast at Marhi/Chatru, Lunch at Batal and meet the famous Chacha and Chachi, Stop at Kunzum top, Stop in Lohsar for chai

 

DAY 3 : Kaza to Key, Khibber and back (2-3 hrs)

Start the day easy over a nice home made local breakfast. Visit the local market in Kaza if you’d like. We will head out to spend our afternoon next to the river where we shall serve you lunch made in the homestay, picnic style and you can spend time relaxing and soaking in the Spitian sun. After lunch, we shall head to Kye monastery, the centre of learning in Spiti valley. The monastery is set on a small hill from where you get a complete view of the valley. Have a cup of tea at the monastery, and spend some time with the monks. Next we shall head to Khibber village, which used to be the highest motor-able village in the world. The mountains around Khibber are home to the rare Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. If you are lucky you can get a sighting. A little ahead of Khibber is the famous Chicham bridge, said to be the world’s highest bridge from sea level at 4037m (13,244ft). It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.The bridge is situated above a deep gorge. Before this bridge the villagers of Chicham used a dangerous ropeway to cross this section. We head back to Kaza after your visit to Chicham, where we will have a small talk on Buddhism conducted by one of the monks at the monastery.

Things to do today: Visit Kaza market in the morning, riverside picnic lunch in Kaza, visit Key monastery, Visit Khibber village and Chicham bridge, talk on buddhism from a local monk from Kaza monastery.

DAY 4 : Kaza to Dhankar via Tabo (4-5 hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast in the morning we will head to 1000 year old Tabo Monastery, a UNESCO heritage site, also known as the “Ajantas of the Himalayas”. Paintings and murals on the walls of the main sanctum makes it a master piece and worth visiting. You can visit the nearby meditation caves that the monks have been using for centuries. This is an optional hike for those interested. We shall then have lunch at a local homestay where we will take you through the different types of Spitian food :). After lunch we will head to Dhankar where you will visit the Monastery, and for those upto it, hike to the nearby Lake which is a steep 45 min walk one way. Dhankar village used to be the seat of the Spitian King in ancient times. Dhankar monastery, claimed to be 1000 years old, is on the cliff of a mountain over-looking the confluence of Pin and Spiti rivers. Due to the loose soil that is prevalent in cold deserts, Dhankar monastery is an endangered site and being on the edge it becomes one of the most beautiful monuments in this valley. There can be no better setting for a monument than Dhankar Monastery. Spend some time at the lake if you end up doing the hike and head to your homestay in Dhankar. You can spend the evening with your host family, helping them in the kitchen to prepare the evening’s meal.

Things to do today: Visit Tabo monastery in the morning, optional hike to the meditation caves in Tabo, local lunch experience at a homestay in Tabo, visit Dhankar monastery and optional hike to Dhankar Lake

 

DAY 5 : Dhankar to Langza via Demul, Komic and Hikkim (5-6 hrs)

Today will be an interesting day, as you will be visiting a couple of villages,learning a bit about life at an high altitude. We head out to Demul in the morning after breakfast, where you will be able to meet and interact with the locals. From Demul we will head to Komic, which is one of the highest motor-able villages in the world. Komic has a beautiful monastery for you to explore. You can sit near the monastery and enjoy the spectacular view of snow capped peaks around over a cup of tea and chat with the monks. The monastery in Komic is functional in winters when temperatures dip down to -30 degrees and roads get blocked. It will be very interesting to understand the life and survival of such happy souls at this altitude. The next stop is Hikkim which has the world’s highest post office. Not to forget your loved ones, you can send out postcards from the post office. 🙂 You will be amazed at the quantum of postcards leaving the post office daily and will love meeting the post master who is a unique personality.

Our last stop for the day Langza, is also famous for its fossils. In the evening, you can go on a small fossil excursion around the village. Millions of years ago, Spiti lay submerged under the Tethys sea. Fossils of sea life can easily be found scattered close to the village. Once you have found your fossil, we urge you to leave itbehind in the village where it belongs so as to disturb the ecology of the area as little as possible. With the valley being cut off from the rest of the world for almost six months, living in Spiti is often harsh and most of the produce is made locally. At the end of your day you will learn a little about how local cheese, liquor, and yak rope are made. And if you are lucky even get to try out an activity. Life in Spiti might be difficult but as you would have experienced by now, the other side is that you will never come across such warm and hospitable people.

Things to do today: Visit the village of Demul and Komic, visit Komic monastery, send out post cards from the highest post office in the world in HIkkim, go fossil hunting in Langza, introduction to Cheese, Liquor and Rope making by the guide.

 

DAY 6 : Langza to Chandrataal via Lohsar and Kunzum Pass (5-6 hrs)

After breakfast with your host family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake early in the morning. This is one location where you will find difficult to stop clicking photographs. The lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour, each shot as stunning as the last one. Tonight we camp in style; excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds. If you are lucky and the communal fireplace is burning, you can warm up and meet other travellers over dinner.

Things to do today: Stop in Lohsar for early Lunch, optional hike to Chandrataal lake from the camping site, Parikrama around the lake, dinner around the fireplace, camping.

DAY 7 : Chandrataal  to Manali via Kunzum and Rohtang pass (7-8 hrs)

We leave early this morning to Manali after an early breakfast. We will take a small break at Batal to say goodbye to Chacha and Chachi at Chandra Dhaba. The aim is to try and reach Rohtang pass by early afternoon and spend some time at the pass. Head to Manali and relax. We will have a small get together in the evening over dinner. Stay in Manali for the night.

Things to do today: Stop at Chatru for Lunch and 10 mins at Rohtang for pictures, group dinner in the evening at the hotel.

 

DAY 8 : Trip ends

Trip ends this afternoon as you head back to take your bus back to Delhi or respective places and take some of memories back of a isolated civilisation and trans Himalayan terrain. 

What is included:

 

All Transport in a Tempo Traveller from Day 2 to Day 7

Local Spitian guide on all days

Stay in Manali on a twin sharing basis on Day 1 and 7, Camping near Chandrataal Lake on Day 6 and Homestays on Day 2,3,4 and 5.

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

All activities mentioned in the plan

All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)

What is not included:

 

Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)

Any kind of insurance

GST

Cost of any emergency

Bus ticket cost

Camera Fees

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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