Somewhere in the middle of Ladakh and Tibet, lies a vastly remote stretch of land, untouched and serene, as in depicting a kingdom from Lord of the Rings. Just replace the castles with monasteries and strange magical creatures with the humble yak!
The enchanting Spiti Valley, with its dreamy landscapes, leaves every traveller spellbound as a whole new world opens up to embrace you in its beauty. Our Spiti Kinnaur valley holiday package is the best way to explore this area. We will start the journey from Chandigarh and drive into the Himalayas. The winding roads will lead us to Spiti-Kinnaur Valley through beautiful towns and hill stations of Shimla, Sangla, Nako, Kaza, Kibber and Manali.
So fasten your seat belts and get ready for the roadtrip of a lifetime! Book Spiti-Kinnaur Valley tour packages from Travel Trikon for a memorable experience.
About Spiti Circuit Kinnaur Trip
Spiti is truly a delight for those who looking for the roads less travelled. Untamed mountains, vivid landscapes, monks, cascading rivers and the bluish Chandratal Lake make Spiti, a paradise for offbeat travelers. The Spiti Circuit is indeed the best way to explore the entire valley; we call it a circuit tour as we just don’t stick to the usual itinerary for Lahaul-Spiti valley but also encompass the Kinnaur valley, which is an eye charmer known for the drastic change in greenery and laidback hamlets. Right from the queen of Hill stations Shimla to the tucked away paradise of Chitkul-Sangla Valley, this trip is bound to give you a once in a lifetime experience for sure. The Budda land embraced by the monks is truly a bliss to witness and connect with your innerself. So, what stops you from taking this dream Himalayan Road trip with Travel Trikon! Come on let’s land to the Monkland and soak in some peace and tranquility.
Date : 31st May - 7th June 2019
Day 1: 31st May 2019, Friday - Chandigarh to Shimla (4-5 Hours Approx)
Chapter 1 : The Arrival
You need to book your flights from your origin city to Chandigarh and make sure you report to the lead before 2 pm at Chandigarh station or Airport, whichever mode of transportation suits you. Our Trikon buddy meets and greets all members and proceeds towards Shimla – The Queen of Hill stations. This drive from Chandigarh to Shimla transfers you from the city to the untamed mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla today is an attractive blend of a hill, town and holiday resorts. With its distinctive retro style, hand-painted signs in bazaars, cars banned in the main town, Shimla has an old-world charm to it which feels as if the British left just yesterday. You are free to rest at the hotel or you can explore the town on your own. The capital city opens its arms to welcome you! Stay overnight at a hotel in Shimla and have dinner together to know each other well.
Day 2: 1st June 2019, Saturday, (Shimla - Sangla ) ( 5-6 hours)
Chapter 2 : Kinnaur Says Hi!
Today wake up early, have your breakfast and start at 6 am for the traverse through Sangla valley. Known predominantly for its agriculture, almost every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots or potatoes. Sangla valley facing the Baspa river is bound to scintillate your senses. You also get to interact and connect with the locals of this Kinnauri beauty. Spend the night at Sangla camps and keep counting the stars, coz the sky would be damm clear.
Day 3: 2nd June 2019, Sunday (Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa) ( 5-6 hours)
Chapter 3 : Last Indian Village
We will be going for a short drive from Sangla to Chitkul, which will be one of the most scenic drives you’ll take with plenty of opportunities to take stunning photographs. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. Walk around the Bapsa river and pay tribute to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. We then move towards Kalpa which is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, above Recong Peo. It sits on a high podium with absolutely majestic views of the Kinner Kailash. Spend the night at this bustling transit village. Night wraps in with fun stories and dinner to treat your taste buds. Sleep tight.
Day 4: 3rd June 2019, Monday ( Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza ) ( 5-6 hours )
Chapter 4 : Welcome to Spiti
Wake up to the birds call and peep out to capture that mesmerizing view. Freshen up and enjoy your breakfast to pump up yourself as today you will be entering the deserted valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. We leave from Kalpa and drive towards the village of Kaza, which is main hub in KAZA. Visit NAKO lake and monastery. Have lunch and move towards Tabo and explore one of the oldest monastery here. Click pictures and reach Kaza by evening. Located near INDO-China Border, Nako is the perfect place to experience the vividness and difference in culture. The second largest village of the Spiti Valley, Tabo, is known worldwide for its 1000-year-old Tabo Monastery. Walk around this UNESCO world heritage site and gain a deeper insight into Buddhism. Unlike other monasteries in the Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley. We serve you hot dinner and end your day with fun games. Sleep well.
Day 5 : 4th June 2019, Tuesday ( Kaza - Dhankar -Pin Valley - Kaza ) ( 3-4 hours )
Chapter 5 : Road trip begins
Wake up to be all set to explore the dream destinations. Freshen up quickly and have your breakfast to start the Grand Himalayan Road Trip. We drive through Sumdo, the first village of Spiti Valley on this road, to Tabo, which would be our first stop in the glorious, mystical Spiti Valley. We will be proceeding to Dhankar after this,which is renowned for its 1200-year old monastery balanced precariously on a rocky precipice. We drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley, which is home to the rare snow leopard and its prey, the ibex. It derives its name from the Pin River.
We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. By evening, drive to Kaza, the commercial capital of the Spiti valley and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 6 : 5th June 2019, Wednesday ( Kaza - Langza - Hikkim - Komik - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Lhahung ) ( 3-4 hours )
Chapter 6 : Highest Monastery
At Spiti Valley today, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world. Explore the highest village in Asia, Komik. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year.
Later, we drive to Hikkim which has the world's highest post office! Don't forget to write to your dear ones in the good old traditional way. You will find beautiful postcards and stamps here to send a memorabilia home! We also see the Chincham Bridge the highest one in the Asia.
At, Lhangza we witness the high rising Buddha statue, which is a prominent destination in Spiti.
After lunch we head to Key Monastery. Founded in the 11th century, the Key Monastery was built on top of a hill at an altitude of 13,668 ft. It is the biggest monastery in Spiti Valley and also a religious training centre for the Lamas. Ancient murals, paintings and religious books can be found here. Later, we will head to Lhahung for night stay. Let’s do some star gazing and observe the constellations.
Day 7 : 6th June 2019, Thursday ( Kaza - Kunzum La - Chandratal Lake ) ( 6-7 hours )
Chapter 7 : Bluish Beauty
We now drive to one of the most photogenic places in Spiti Valley – the Chandratal Lake. Before that, we pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kuzum Mata” as she's known. At 15,000 feet above sea-level, the Kuzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley. At 15,060 ft, the Kunzum La is a high mountain pass that connects the Kullu and Lahaul valleys. From there, we head to Chandratal Lake – A visual marvel, this stunning blue-coloured lake is set at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level in the heart of high Himalayas and is a must see on a full moon night. It derives its name, “Chandra” (Moon) and “Taal” (Lake) from the crescent shape of the lake. Watch the lake change colours from crystal clear shades of blue to emerald greens by dusk. Overnight at a camp 2 km away from Chandratal Lake. This is the must see place when in Spiti. As our days come to an end, we are sure the bonds you have cherished over all these days become stronger. How about spend the night awake and sharing stories? Dinner to be served her and day retires in camps.
Day 8: 7th June 2019, Friday ( Chandratal Lake - Rohtang Pass – Manali ) ( 6-7 hours )
Chapter 8 : Beauty of the Moon Lake
Wake up and freshen up. Have your breakfast and drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. Rohtang is the same place where Kareena once danced in Jab we met. It is a frequented trade route of high importance. We will end the day in the famous hill station of Manali which serves as a gateway to Spiti as well as Leh regions. You can walk around the manali market and visit the famous Hadimba temple where Yeh JAWANI HAI DIWANI was shot. Shop for souvenirs and relax as your tour is about to end. Board your bus to Delhi in the evening and reach Delhi next day morning.
Day 9: 8th June 2019 Saturday ( Manali - Delhi - Mumbai ) (12-14 hours ) Overnight Volvo Bus
Chapter 9 : Farewell
The last day of the journey will be no less adventurous or breathtaking. By now, we bet your camera and phone's memory cards will be full to capacity with mind blowing snaps and your heart full of joy as we end the grand Himalayan road trip today! The best Spiti - Kinnaur valley holidays will give you a lifetime of memories. Reach Delhi in the morning and take a flight from Delhi to Destination city post 2 pm
IMPORTANT NOTES TO REMEMBER
- This is an offbeat tour to the tucked away destinations in Himachal, which is almost cut away from the other parts of the world. You may not get internet or call connections.
- Expecting high end services may disappoint you! Comfort, promptness and hygiene will be assured. However, a fancy Jacuzzi is surely hard to find.
- If you are concerned about your safety, please note that we have connected with the locals to arrange tours and treks in Spiti Valley and there has never been an untoward incident. Spiti Valley and generally the whole of Himachal Pradesh is very safe. The guides and the drivers we work with have several years of experience.
- Please do not worry about your safety - for us, in our culture - you are like our family members and you will be treated like the same - with lots of respect.
- Respecting the Buddhist culture is important, we expect you be quite inside the monastery and not click pictures or create a chaos.
- It’s a group tour with fixed itinerary. Please abide by the timings so that the mentioned places can be covered.
- We ensure completing places of the itinerary however due to unavoidable circumstances or nature obstructions, we are supposed to change the plan we do not entertain any refunds.
- Vegetarian food will be easily available. If you need Jain food or have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will make the required arrangements.
- This tour will expect you to travel for more than 3-4 hours on an average daily basis, stay hydrated so that you get acclimatize to the weather. Do not exert yourself.
- Ensure you pack your belongings carefully everyday and see to it personally that your bags are loaded, if any thing gets left behind under no circumstances we would be able to come back, however we can see to it that your belongings are kept safely if found.
- Always abide by the lead’s decision as it’s been taken at the group’s benefit.
- Temperature falls drastically in Spiti as it’s a land of cold deserted mountains, keep your woolens and moisturizer handy always.
- Wake up time would be announced each day by the lead do follow that so that you leave early to explore more, delay would lead to further delay in breakfast, lunch and dinner too.
- Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Things to Carry
- Identity card
- 2 ltrs water
- Camera (Optional)
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
- Snacks & Biscuits
- Extra Pair of Clothes
- Warm clothing for night
- Clean napkin or small towel
- Mosquito Repellant
- Cap, sunglasses, scarf
- Haversack or Backpack
- Please carry medicines if you need any
- Hand Sanitizer
Winter Is Here!
- Thermal innerwear helps shield against cold
- Scarf or mufflers or ear muffs can be of use in windy areas
- Balaclava, woolen caps always prove useful
- Woolen gloves and socks will help keep hands, feet warm
- Moisturizer, sunscreen and lip balm will help prevent sunburn
- Drive through the grandeur of Himalayas
- Embrace the transition of lush green Kinnaur
- Explore Sangla, Chitkul, Kibber, Kaza regions
- Camp at Moon lake or Chandratal Lake
- Post a card from Hikkim, the world's highest post office
- Cross Asia’s highest Bridge Chinchan Bridge
- Visit Pin Valley
- Drive through Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La
- Visit the beautiful Key Monastery
- Explore Dhankar, Kibber and Tabo Monastery
- Experience village life up and close in homestay
- Indulge in local cuisines
- Ample photography opportunities
- Visit Shimla, Manali hill stations
What is included in the tour
- Mumbai to Chandigarh and Delhi to Mumbai flights for Ex – Mumbai Package
- Accommodation in triple sharing rooms for all the days (Double sharing can be done at additional costs)
- Breakfast & Dinner at all hotels, homestays, camps
- Comfortable non-AC Force Traveler/Innova for all days as per the itinerary
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags / blankets at Sangla and Chandratal
- Volvo bus from Manali to Delhi
- Rest and Halt rooms in Manali
- Delhi Bus stop to Delhi Airport drop local transport
- Monastery / Museum Entry Fees mentioned on the itinerary
- Travel Trikon Expertise fees
What is NOT included in the tour
- Train / Air Fare from to Chandigarh & Return for (Delhi to Manali Package)
- Meals during travelling
- Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages that are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Any permits, activities, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God
- Ticket cancellations
- 5% GST