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Winter road trip (8 Days)

8 day winter fixed departure starting and ending in Chandigarh

winter road trip

Spiti Winter Fixed Departures have been planned in such a way that you explore Spiti like a local, live like a local and get a deeper understanding of the region during the harshest time of the year. Let us take you through this breathtaking region and help you explore this winter wonderland we call home.

Trip Dates

22nd – 29th December 2018 (Chapter 1)

16th March – 23rd March 2019 (Chapter 2)

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Trip Duration

7 Nights and 8 days

Trip Cost

INR 19,500 per person (exclusive of 5% GST)

– It gets very cold in winter i.e. December through February with temperatures hitting – 30C. You will need to be mentally and physically fit and must have done some high altitude travel in order to be able to handle travelling through this high altitude terrain.

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

– Because of the water lines freezing, the locals need to carry the water all the way in the freezing cold from a nearby water source and hence having a bath while you are in Spiti will not be possible.

– 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 getting to know more about Spitian life, food and culture from the locals.

– 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.

Day 1 Saturday (22nd Dec/ 16th March) – Chandigarh to Rampur

Land in Chandigarh in the morning and head towards Rampur. Your guide will see you in Rampur but before you leave Chandigarh You can stop at a pharmacy and pick up and essential medicines and snacks that you might have forgotten to pack. 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 Rampur and take it easy in the evening. Meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers over dinner that night. Your winter adventure begins before the crack of dawn the next day.

 

Day 2 Sunday (23rd Dec/ 17th March) – Rampur to Tabo via Nako

This morning since it is a long journey to Tabo you will be leaving around 4 am. The journey will take about 9-10 hours if everything goes as planned. Enjoy a nice, warm, early morning breakfast with a view of the mountains at Tapri. On your way you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of tree line. 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. Tonight you will get your first experience in a local Spitian homestay. You can gather around the local style tandoor in the evening with the rest of the group and interact with your host family over dinner. Take enough rest in the night.

 

Day 3 Monday (24th Dec/ 18th March) – Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar

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. 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. Stay in Kaza for the night. Warm up by the tandoor and help out in the kitchen if you want to. A great way to bond with your host is by making and sharing a meal together. 🙂

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Day 4 Tuesday (25th Dec/ 19th March) – Kaza to Key, Khibber and back

Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of tea.We shall then head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village. 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

 

Day 5 Wednesday (26th Dec/ 20th March) – Snow Hike around Kaza

Enjoy a heavy breakfast and get ready for your hike to the village around Kaza. Because of the cold and the heavy snow, a hike is an invigorating way to keep warm and also experience Spiti just like the locals do.

 

Day 6 (Thursday, 27th Dec/ 21st March) – Snow drive Langza, Hikkim, Komic

This morning we go on a snow drive towards Langza, Hikkim and Komic. 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 7 Friday (28th Dec/ 22nd March) – Kaza to Rampur

We leave early morning today for Rampur and as it is a long journey, breakfast and lunch will be done along the way. Say your goodbyes to your wonderful hosts this morning.

 

Day 8 Saturday (29th Dec/ 23rd March) – Rampur to Chandigarh

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

What is included:

 

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

Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in a hotel

 Accommodation on twin/ triple sharing basis in the homestay

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

Dinner on Day 1

Breakfast and Lunch on Day 8

All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)

Local Guide provided from Day 2 till day 7

What is not included: 

Snacks and Beverages (except the ones with meals) 

Any kind of insurance 

GST 

Cost of any emergency (snow, flooding, road closure) 

Bus/Flight/Train ticket cost to and from Chandigarh/ Delhi

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

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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