Get Spiti-fied

The Trail: Shimla – Sangla – Kalpa – Nako – Shalkhar – Tabo – Mudh – Dhankar – Lallung – Sanglung – Kaza – Langza – Ki – Kibber – Chichem – Chandratal – Manali

Spiti has the power to open your mind, change your perspective on life and amaze you with its calmness. It makes you realize that there’s nothing more beautiful, spiritual and captivating as what’s around you right now. Get Spiti-fied is not just another trip; it’s a journey which takes you into the hidden aspects of Spitian life and culture. It’s an opportunity to discover the core and unfold the mysteries of Spiti Valley. You stay with locals in their homestays and explore their lifestyle in the most real form. Try your hand at local crafts, learn to cook traditional dishes or take lessons on high altitude farming. Travel with expert local drivers who know these terrains really well.

Each village of Spiti is unique in its own way and offers a different experience. Witness the changing colors of mountain at Lallung, visit Sanglung, the smallest village of the world with only two houses, go on Sea Fossil hunting at Langza, make a post from the world’s highest post office at Hikkim and yes, don’t miss to visit Shialkhar, the birth place of Rimpoche Lochen Tulku, the present deity of Spiti.

Unfold the mysteries of the valley at ancient monasteries of the region;
Wall paintings, murals, thangkas, ancient manuscripts and stucco images are some of the gems that will help you do that, in addition to your interactions with monks. Visit the valley during some local festival to celebrate life their way. Experience their traditions and beliefs; wear colorful attires, participate in local dances and be a part of interesting rituals. Some of the major festivals in the valley like Losar, Fagli, Ladarcha, Gataur and Chakar Mela fall in February, August and Sept. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Chandigarh – Narkanda
Pick up from Chandigarh airport. Drive through Shivalik foothills to reach Narkanda – a quiet, scenic valley covered in dense woods of oaks and pines. Narkanda is an exceptionally beautiful and a very serene place away from the rush of tourists. You can go on nature walks around, do local shopping and visit the historical church. Stay in Narkanda.

Day 2: Narkanda – Sangla 
Next morning drive along the fierce Sutlej River flowing in the gorges below. From here a road continues towards Spiti and another turns towards the Baspa Valley and on to the beautiful Sangla Valley. This area is rich in Apple, Apricot, Wall-nut, Cedar tree orchards and glacial streams with trout fish. This 18 km stretch is of narrow winding road with hair-raising gorges & cliffs high above the Baspa River gushing below. Stay in Sangla.

Day 3: Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa 
After enjoying a quiet morning in the lap of Sangla valley. Drive to Chitkul (3450m), famous as the last village of India on Indo -Tibbet border and then to Kalpa (2758m), one of the most beautiful villages of Kinnaur. The rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light that can mesmerize any one. Kalpa offers fabulous views of the Kinnaur Kailash and is known for Chilgoza and apple orchards. Stay at Kalpa.  

Day 4: Kalpa – Nako

Kalpa to Nako is a beautiful drive; on the way visit Ribba where world’s best local wine is produced. Passing through Khab which is hardly 13 km from Tibet border, reach Nako. Situated in Hangrang Valley, Nako is famous for the lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Stay at Nako.

Day 5: Nako – Shalkhar – Tabo – Mudh
Drive to Mudh via Shalkhar and Tabo. Shalkhar is the birth place of Rimpoche Lochen Tulku, the present deity of Spiti and Tabo is famous for the ancient monastic complex that preserves some of the ancient paintings and stucco images that date back to 11th century.  It also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Driving through picturesque Pin valley, reach Mudh. Stay at Mudh.

Day 6: Mudh – Dhankar – Lallung – Sanglung – Kaza
Start this beautiful awe-inspiring journey from Pin valley to Kaza. Visit dramatically located Dhankar monastery and Sanglung, the smallest village of the world, on the way. Reach Kaza, the largest township in the area located on the left bank of Spiti River. Stay at Kaza. 

Day 7: Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza 
Explore the remote villages and experience simple life of this lesser known side of Himalayas. Go on Sea Fossil hunting at Langza, make a post from the world’s highest post office at Hikkim and visit serene ancient monastery of Komic.  Overnight stay at Langza.  

Day 8: Langza – Ki – Kibber – Chichem 
Visit breathtakingly beautiful Ki Monastery. It is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors that at one time also acted as a fort. It houses valuable Thangkas and offers a panoramic view of the area. Drive to Chichem, visiting Kibber on the way.  This route is populated by wildlife such as Blue Sheep, Ibex and Snow Leopard. Your host family at Chichem can give you a good insight about unique tribal culture. Stay at Chichem.

Day 9: Chichem to Chandratal
Start the journey to Chandratal (4300m) also known as the moon lake. The lake was once a halting place for traders who traveled to Spiti and the Kullu valley from Tibet and Ladakh. This crystal clear blue water lake lies in a broad grassy plain which in ancient times was a glacier. Stay in a camp at Chandratal.

Day 10: Chandratal to Manali
Crossing Kunzum pass and Rohtang Pass reach Manali. Stay at Manali.

Note: The itinerary can be customized to suit your interests, preferences and numbers of days. 

Trip Cost

/- Per Person (minimum 4 people)
Cost might fluctuate during the season.

Cost Includes

1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis
2. Private Innova or similar vehicle as per the plan above
3. Meals (Breakfast & Dinner)
4. All permits and permissions required (Including Inner-line Permit)
5. GST
6. Service Charge

Cost Excludes

1. Any extra meal, soft drink or beverage ordered.
2.
Expenses incurred due to anything beyond our control like natural calamities, landslides etc.

When you book this trip you’re supporting sustainability and directly contributing to uplifting the local community and boosting the local economy. 

General Rules

1. Due care is taken for the safety of the client but the organizer will not be responsible for any mishap/ accident/ injury/ illness etc.
2. If the client does not attend/complete the expedition or to consume benefits included in the price, he/she will have no right to claim a refund.
3. Trip will be confirmed on an advance of 50% payment. The balance to be paid before the trip starts.

 

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