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spiti calling – 8 day full circuit trip

A trip that takes you through the apple belt of himachal and the cold desert of Spiti.

full circuit trip

A trip that covers the least explored and most beautiful parts of  Himachal starting from Narkanda and then touching the east most parts of Himachal like Sangla and Chitkul taking the Hindustan Tibet Road with Sutlej (coming from China) all along the way. After covering Kinnaur, you shall drive through the Trans-Himalayan deserts of Spiti valley ending your trip in Manali.

Trip Dates

12 to 19 September

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Trip Duration

7 Nights and 8 days

Trip Cost

INR 20600/ – per person (ex. 5% GST)

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Includes

Local Spitian Guide 

Stay and Meals 

Local Experienced Driver

Highlights

 

Visit Kinnaur and the apple belt of Himachal covering Narkanda and Sangla

Stay at the last village on the indo-tibetan border – Chitkul

Visit one of the highest motor-able villages in the world – Komic

Send post cards from the highest post office in the world – Hikkim

Visit Asia’s highest bridge above sea level – Chicham bridge

Hike to Dhankar Lake (optional)

Hike to the meditation caves in Tabo (optional)

Visit the picturesque villages of Demul and Lahlung

Homestay experience in Pin Valley and Khibber

Local lunch experience in Kaza

Fossil Excursion at Langza

Short Itinerary

 

Day

Day Plan

Travel time

Day 1

Chandigarh to Narkanda

7-8 hrs

Day 2

Narkanda to Chitkul

8-9 hrs

Day 3

Chitkul to Nako via Sangla and Khab

5-6 hrs

Day 4

Nako to Pin Valley via Tabo, Dhankar, Lahlung

6-7 hrs

Day 5

Pin Valley to Kaza via Demul, Hikkim, Komic, Langza

5-6 hrs

Day 6

Kaza to Khibber via Kye

2-3 hrs

Day 7

Khibber to Chandratal via Lohsar & Kunzum Pass

5-6 hrs

Day 8

Chandratal to Manali drop  via Rohtang Pass

7-8 hrs

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  Chandigarh to Narkanda

Everyone reaches Chandigarh by noon and then we head to Narkanda. We hit the lower Himalayas a few kilometers from Chandigarh and head to Narkanda. We shall escape the traffic of Shimla city and enjoy the scenic drive on your way to Narkanda. If time permits, we shall visit the famous Hatu temple and spend sometime there. Relax in the evening.

Things to do today: Reach and rest today. Visit Hatu Temple if everyone is upto it.

 

DAY 2  Narkanda to Chitkul

We shall head out early in the morning after breakfast, visit Hatu temple in Narkanda and hit the road to Chitkul, the famous last village on the Indo Tibetan border. After Rampur, you shall see the huge construction site of Wangtoo Karcham Dam and the ruthless side of Sutlej River. Reach Chitkul and spend some time in the village, have a cup of chai. Spend some time by the river and enjoy your evening at the campsite.

Things to do today: Visit Hatu temple in Narkanda, spend time in Chitkul by Baspa river in the evening

 

DAY 3  Chitkul to Nako via Sangla and Khab

Wake up to beautiful views of the Kinnaur Valley. You will leave early today to visit Sangla. Visit Kamru fort in Sangla and go for a morning stroll around the village before you head for Nako. As you exit Sangla, you will see some very beautiful apple and apricot orchards lining the landscape. Soon, you will see the terrain slowly change as you you shall find lesser trees, greenery and increasing rocky, dry kind of mountains- this is when you know that you are entering cold deserts. We shall take a 10 minutes break at Khab- the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti river which is a beautiful scenic spot for photography. From here we head into the high mountains and climb to a beautiful village called Nako. Reach Nako and rest a bit. In the evening go for a stroll to the famous Nako lake and explore the village. In Nako being in upper Kinnaur and close to Spiti you will start seeing hints of Spitian life and architecture.

Things to do today: Visit Kamru fort and Sangla village, stop at Khab to see the confluence of the Spiti and Sutlej rivers, visit Nako lake

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DAY 4 Nako to Pin Valley via Gue, Tabo, Dhankar and Lahlung

Get ready for an action packed day full of Spitian Surprises. We again leave early in the morning to make the most of our day.  We head to the entry point of Spiti from the southern side- Sumdo where we make our visitor entries before heading to  our first stop of the day Gue to see the 550 year old Mummy of a Monk. The mummy is one of its kind in the entire Himalayan region and was found a few years back after an earthquake. From Gue we head to Tabo also known as Ajantas of Himalayas. In this 1000 year old monastery, not even a single day has passed since it’s inception that prayers have not been offered. The murals, wall paintings and thankas will leave you speechless- especially the wall of the 1000 Buddhas in the main sanctum. If there is time we make the short hike to the nearby meditation caves. our next stop will be Dhankar Monastery- a 1000 years old monument whose setting is like none other. Dhankar Monastery hangs on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. Dhankar use to be the seat of the King in the ancient times and the monastery use to follow the sect of the King. The ones who want to check their lung capacity and are adventurous can hike to Dhankar lake which is a 45 minutes hike from Dhankar village. The non-adventurous ones will walk around the village and get ready for Lunch. After Dhankar, we make a stop at lahlung to visit the famous Serkhang monastery. Our last and final stop for the day and your 1st homestay experience will be in Pin valley. The last monastery you will visit today will be the Khungri monastery on your way to Mudh Village in Pin Valley. 🙂

Things to do today: Visit Gue monastery, Tabo monastery, hike to the mediaation caves in Tabo (optional), Visit to Dhankar monastery and hike to Dhankar Lake (optional), Visit Serkhang monastery in Lahlung and Khungri monastery.

 

DAY 5 Pin Valley to Kaza via Demul, Komik, Hikkim and Langza

Today we head to Kaza after visiting some very picturesque and some of the highest villages in the Valley. We begin our day with a visit to Demul Village. Demul located at 4300 mtrs is most popular as a stop over village for trekkers doing the Spiti Left Bank Trek. The village is also famous for its efficient system of homestays and popular for its sustainable practices in both living and tourism. After spending the morning in Demul, we head to Komic.  Komic is one of the highest motor able villages in the world and from a top the village you can enjoy the spectacular view of snow capped peaks around over a cup of tea. Komic is also home to the Tangyud monastery belonging to people from the Sakya sect of buddhism. The monastery in Komic is functional in winters when temperatures dip down to -30 degrees and roads get blocked and it will be very interesting to understand life and survival of such happy souls at this altitude.Next we visit the world’s highest post office in Hikkim and post a few post cards them. (collect them from us and write them in advance as there is a rush outside the post office most days).  Trust us you will be amazed at the post office and meeting the post master. 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 it. behind in the village where it belongs so as to disturb the ecology of the area as little as possible. Head to Kaza for your night’s stay.

Things to do today: Visit Demul Village, Visit Komic Monastery in one of the highest motor able villages in the world, send postcards from the highest post office in Hikkim, Go fossil hunting in Langza

 

DAY 6 Kaza to Khibber via Key

Take the morning easy by spending some time in Kaza. You can visit the Kaza monastery today or go for a walk in the village. A local lunch will be organised by our team to give you a taste of local Spitian cuisine. After lunch we 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 on the roof from where you can click pictures and videos. Next we shall head to Khibber village, which used to be the highest motor-able village in the world before Komic took that place. The mountains around Khibber are home to the rare Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. If you are lucky you can get a sighting. A short hike from Khibber village is Chichum Bridge which is the highest bridge above sea level in Asia. If you are upto it you can hike to the bridge, or even go by car. Spend some time with your homestay hosts for your last homestay experience in Spiti Valley.

Things to do today: Shopping in Kaza Market, Local lunch in Kaza, visit key monastery, Khibber village and hike to nearby Chicham bridge (optional), homestay experience in Khibber

DAY 7 Khibber to Chandrataal Lake via Lohsar and Kunzum pass

After Breakfast with the local family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake .This is another location where you will find it hard to stop clicking photographs. So if you don’t have a camera, you should buy one NOW! This lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour, each look as stunning as the other. Tonight we camp in proper adventure style; excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds.

Things to do today: Stop at Lohsar for a cup of Chai, do the Parikrama around Chandrataal Lake, Camping experience near Chandrataal Lake

 

DAY 8 Chandrataal to Manali via Rohtang Pass 

The last day of your trip has an early start to it. We begin our journey to Manali after an early breakfast. We will take a small break at Batal to say goodbye to Chacha and Chachi at Chandra Dhaba. Say goodbye to your guide at Batal as he will take the bus back to Kaza. The aim is to try and cross Rohtang pass by early afternoon so that you reach in time for your evening bus back home.

Things to do today: Stop in Chatru for Lunch, stop at Rohtang Pass for pictures

What is included:

All Transport in a Tempo Traveller from Day 1 to Day 8

Local Spitian guide on all days. He will return back to Kaza from Batal on Day 8.

Local, highly experienced driver who knows the route and the sightseeing places

Stay on a twin sharing basis at hotels/ guesthouses on Day 1,3 and 5

Stay in the homestay on Day 4 and Day 6 as per the layout of the home (2-3 people in 1 room)

Camping at Chitkul on Day 2 near Chandrataal Lake for 1 night on Day 7 on twin sharing basis

2 meals on each day (breakfast and dinner) from Day 2 till Day 7.

Only dinner provided on Day 1 and breakfast provided on Day 8 

1 local lunch provided on Day 6

All activities mentioned in the plan

All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)

What is not included:

 

GST

No meals provided in Manali

Lunch, Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)

Any kind of insurance or emergency/ evacuation cost

Bus ticket cost to and from Manali

Camera Fees (if any)

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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