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.
Located at about 12,500 ft in Himachal Pradesh, the Spiti-Kinnaur Valley is nothing but a barren stretch of high-altitude desert. So what is it that draws nature lovers to this place? The solitude. The sky high Himalayan peaks all around, the freshwater river, the jewel-blue sky, the russet landscape dotted with the noble monasteries. The Spiti-Kinnaur valley is truly a treat to the sore eyes! One of the best Spiti Kinnaur Valley tour packages involves zipping through the Himalayan roads in a car. People here follow the Vajrayana Buddhism and the Key Gompa is the biggest monastery in the region. The Spiti Valley is one of the least populated regions in India. It is connected to rest of the country via the Rohtang Pass at 13,054 ft and Kunzum Pass at 15,059 ft. It is not easy to survive in the valley's harsh cold weather without the warmth and help from the locals. Homestays along the journey make sure you are indeed welcome to enjoy their hospitality.
Batch 1: 22nd July - 30 July 2019
Batch 2: 10th August - 18th August 2019
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in triple sharing rooms for all the days.
- Breakfast & Dinner at all hotels, homestays, camps (Except Shimla / Manali)
- Comfortable non-AC Force Traveller for all days as per the itinerary
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags / blankets at Sangla.
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags / blankets at Chandratal Lake.
- Monastery / Museum Fees
- 5% GST
What is NOT included in the tour
- Train / Air Fare from Mumbai to Chandigarh & Return
- Lunch on all the days
- Meal (Breakfast & Dinner) at Shimla / Manali Destination is not included
- 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.
- Drive through the grandeur of Himalayas
- Explore Sangla, Chitkul, Kibber, Kaza regions
- Camp at Moon lake or Chandratal Lake
- Post a card from Hikkim, the world's highest post office
- Visit Pin Valley
- Drive through Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La
- Visit the beautiful Key Monastery
- Experience village life up and close in homestay
- Indulge in local cuisines
- Ample photography opportunities
- Visit Shimla, Manali hill stations
Day 1 , 11th August , Saturday : Chandigarh - Shimla [4-5 hours]
We start the roadtrip at 2 pm by driving out of city limits, leaving the hustle-bustle behind, in quest for calmer mountains. The twisting and turning path leads us to famous hill station of Shimla where we spend the night.
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 the town on your own.
Day 2 , 12th August , Sunday : Shimla - Sangla – Chitkul - Sangla [7-8 hours]
We wake up early today 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.
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. Walk around the Bapsa river and pay tribute to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. We will spend the night at Sangla Camps.
Day 3 , 13th August , Monday : Sangla - Nako [6-7 hours]
We leave Sangla valley and drive towards the village of Nako which is home to a monastery established back in the 11th century. We will spend the night at Nako Guest House.
Day 4 , 14th August , Tuesday : Nako - Tabo - Dhankar - Lhalung [4-5 hours]
We then 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. 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 will be proceeding to Dhankar after this which is renowned for its 1200-year old monastery balanced precariously on a rocky precipice. If time and energy permit, we do the easy 45-minute trek to the stunning turquoise coloured Dhankar Lake.
After the trek, we drive to the nearby village of Lhalung. Literally translating to the “Land of God”, Lhalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains. The locals believe their God lives in these mountains and the mountain changes its colors through wide arrays of reds, yellows, browns depending on the mood of their God. We will spend the night here in a homestay.
Day 5 , 15th August , Wednesday : Lhalung - Pin Valley – Kungri - Mudh - Kaza [3-4 hours]
On the fifth day 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 , 16th August , Thursday: Kaza - Komik - Hikkim - Langza – Ki Monastery – Kibber - Kaza [5-6 hours]
On the sixth day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world. 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!
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 Kaza for night stay.
Day 7 , 17th August , Friday: Kaza - Kunzum La - Chandratal Lake [6-7 hours]
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.
Day 8 : 18th August , Saturday Chandratal Lake - Rohtang Pass - Manali [6-7 hours]
On the eighth day, drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. Known for its unpredictable weather, the Rohtang Pass witnesses many snowstorms and blizzards. 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.
Day 9 , 19th August , Sunday: : Manali - Delhi [12-14 hours]
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.Book your Flight Tickets from Delhi post 10 pm.
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
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.