Spiti Valley Winter Tour 2019-20
You think of Spiti, and you think of large mountains sprawling far into the eternity, and the villages perched on the top of those slopes, like oasis in the middle of a vegetation less region.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Culture, Short Breaks
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
About the Trek:
The iconic Spiti valley trek also known as the White Spiti trek is the most famous trek in the north India. As the name clearly suggests, you get to see a white snow-covered valley in winter season which is otherwise rugged and grey mountainous terrain. The sight is absolutely breath-taking as you find yourself on a highland around 12000 ft above sea level and so serene you could even hear your heart beat at times.
This high and cold desert is no doubt a trekker’s paradise as there are a various famous trek you can embark on from Spiti. Roopkund trek is the most famous of all the treks because of the sight it bestows on you. There are many other Spiti valley trek packages listed below that you can choose from, based on time and budget. The Chandratal trek is another famous trek here.
The surreal Spiti valley will test you with its extreme elevation and temperatures. Like the rest of the Indian sub continent, the valley experiences summers from May to September which is the peak tourist season. For the rest half of the year, the valley is extremely cold to visit and covered with snow. During winters the temperatures are as low as below -20 degrees and most of the tourist places and roads are shut.
It is only towards March and April when roads open again and Spiti welcomes you again to enjoy its beauty. The valley is covered with snow till April and that’s the sole reason why Spiti valley trek in April is the best time to visit, as the summer is on its way and you see the valley as it was in winters. If this is already in your bucket list then the bookings for Spiti valley trek 2019 are on, to take you on a memorable trip to white Spiti. As compared to Spiti valley trek Indiahikes, we offer it at a lower cost. Spiti valley trek cost varies from one tour operator to another depending on what they offer but at the same time is also a budget tour that you can easily go too without much preparation. For those who are looking for Himalaya trekking packages to witness snow, and not looking to trek, Spiti is the trek to go with.
About the destination:
The Spiti Valley is a gorgeous highland valley located in the northern part of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, and is the Doorway to Tibet. The valley lies next to Tibet border and a traversing point between the two nations as well as the culture. The valley is Buddhist oriented and you will find glimpses of Buddhist lifestyle, art and architecture all around. The valley will stun you with tiny hamlets and villages that sit on points where travelling is itself a great deal. The village of Key with the famous monastery, Hikkim with highest post office of the world, Kaza the plain, Kibber’s famous wildlife sanctuary and the trolley ride to Chicham and the last villages Nako, Tabo and Dhankar, are now some of the most googled places in India, thanks to the exclusivity.
The only thing you can think of is how does human civilization exist here; such is the jaw-dropping beauty of Spiti. As you travel across the highest roads in India that cut through the rocky mountains, alongside is the meandering Spiti river flowing through gorges and mountains and explains the landscape. The Rohtang pass connects the isolated valley with the rest of the Himachal. Spiti valley then welcomes you with Buddhist prayer flags all around you, and chilly air that instantly reminds you that you are actually close to the roof of the world. There is another entry to the valley through Shimla town, but it is closed till June and so you can’t go that route if you are casing the snow.
• Airport: Chandigarh and Delhi Airports
• Height: 13000 ft
• Best time to visit: April to October
Hotel Accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Kalpa / Rampur on double sharing basis.
Homestay Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tabo and Kaza.
Transfers by Non-AC Force Traveller (10 seater) shared by eight people for all days as per the itinerary (Day 1 – Day 7).
Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver cum guide with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
All Applicable Monastery / Museum Fees
Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Permits
5% GST (Tax)
Guide / Porters
Meals in Transit / Lunch in Kalpa or Rampur / Any Beverages / Any meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
Sightseeing in Shimla / Any accommodation, activities or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.
Drive from Shimla to Kalpa
We begin this Spiti Valley Winter Expedition by hitting the road from Shimla. We pass through popular towns of Sarahan and Rampur-Bushahr before entering the spectacular Kinnaur Valley. Before entering Kalpa at 7549 feet, we catch a glimpse the famous Kinner Kailash Peak – said to be the summer adobe of Lord Shiva.
At Kalpa, you will warm up with a piping cup of tea before checking into your warm hotel room.
Overnight at a camp / homestay in Kalpa.
Drive from Kalpa - Nako - Tabo
After a comfortable night’s rest at Kalpa, we set off on the famous Hindustan-Tibet Highway. Famed for its spectacular views and proximity to Tibet, this road snakes north into Nako, the last hamlet of Kinnaur district.
We have a steaming hot lunch at Nako, before entering the magical Spiti Valley. Here, we spend the night at a comfortable and authentic homestay in Tabo.
Overnight at a camp / homestay in Tabo.
Drive from Tabo - Pin Valley - Mudh - Kazza
We start the day with a visit to the 1021 – year old Tabo Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk around this sacred site and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Unlike other monasteries in Spiti Valley, the Tabo monastery is located at the bottom of the valley.
From Tabo, we drive to the spectacular Pin Valley. Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties and a river that is frozen. Pin Valley promises all this. We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley has altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards. In addition, other animals indigenous to the region and park are the Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox and marten. Birds such as the pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, chukor and raven paint the skies a pretty picture.
Overnight at a camp / homestay in Kaza.
Drive from Kaza - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Kaza
We begin the fourth day, with a drive to renowned Ki Monastery. The car will first stop at the base of the monastery hill for the ultimate photo opportunity of this remarkable structure amid white snow. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. Belonging to the Yellow Hat or Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery is famous as a prominent center of learning as well as a refuge for Tibetans. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Ki Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm.
Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 meters and 18 km from Kaza, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village in this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snowy mountains make the place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. From Kibber you can trek to Chicham Village, located across a sharp and precipitous canyon traversible only by a suspended wire cable basket system known as a Jula. We drive back to Kaza for the night.
Overnight at a camp / homestay in Kaza.
Drive from Kaza - Komik - Hikkim - Langza - Kaza
On the fifth day of this Spiti Valley Winter Expedition, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, mostly cut-off from the rest of the world during this part of the year. If accessible during this tour, we will make the drive to Komik. Some of the common animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.
Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world. If possible, you might even meet the post-master and hear his stories.
After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza. Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza houses a population of 137 in 33 households. Once you are here, you can walk around the frosty-white village and visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. At Langza, walk back to the prehistoric era when Spiti was submerged by the Tethys Sea, as you explore a land very rich with fossils of Marine animals and plants which were here millions of years ago.
Overnight at a camp / homestay in Kaza.
Drive from Kaza - Kalpa
The sixth day marks the beginning of the end of this expedition. We make our way south towards Kinnaur Valley. Along this journey, you can get to capturing some scenic visions that you might have missed out on your camera. After a scenic and memorable drive, we will end the journey at Kalpa.
Overnight stay at a camp / hotel in Kalpa.
Drive from Kalpa - Shimla
The last leg of this 7 Day Winter Expedition is here. We drive for Shimla with a bag of delightful memories and exciting stories to recount.
Accommodation in homestays / camps on twin sharing basis.