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Spiti Valley is a part of Lahaul & Spiti Valley district which is the largest district in Himachal Pradesh. Also called the “Middle Land of India”, it is a cold desert valley situated in the north-eastern part of the state and is known for its remoteness and the views. Having Kaza as its headquarters, the valley is home to a plethora of attractions including remote villages, high altitude lakes, high passes, towering snow peaks, ancient monasteries, and of course the unique culture. One can experience all these attractions while on this Spiti Valley Tour. Due to the high altitude, the place has very less or almost no vegetation and it remains freezing cold during winters. The temperature drops to -20 degrees in winters and makes it inaccessible due to snow.
Spiti Valley can be approached either by the Shimla side or by the Manali side. If one wants to explore Spiti Valley along with Kinnaur Valley then start from Shimla and end at Manali. If one has lesser time and wants to explore Spiti Valley only then the trip can be started from Manali and ended at the same. There is a separate itinerary for Spiti Valley Tour from Manali. However, the passes remain closed in winters, and due to which the route from Manali remains inaccessible. Then we commence the journey from Shimla and end also at the same. Spiti Valley Winter Tour Packages have a distinct itinerary.
Shimla & Manali (however the trip can be planned from Delhi or any other location in India)
In the morning
The view remains surreal throughout the journey and it keeps changing. As you start from Shimla and drive towards Kufri and Narkanda, you get to see the lush green views and apple orchards followed by lofty mountains and sharp cliffs of Kinnaur Valley. While moving towards Spiti Valley from Kinnaur, the views transform into a barren one. These barren and arid landscapes consist of several different views at different places including a small patch of greenery at Mudh village, Needle-like rock formation, and many more.
After exploring Spiti Valley, you proceed towards Manali (terminating place) and the views transform again into the lush green from barren. Your journey ends at Manali with the breathtaking views of Kullu Valley.
There are a plethora of places that are covered in this Spiti Valley Tour Package. Starting from Shimla, you get to explore the scenic and quaint villages of Kinnaur Valley, Kalpa & Chitkul followed by Nako, Tabo & Dhankar villages. In the Spiti Valley, you explore almost all the important places including Kaza, Mudh, Key Monastery, Kibber Village (situated in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary), Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge), Komic Village (World’s Highest Inhabited Village), Langza Village (Fossil Village) & Hikkim (World’s Highest Post Office and Polling Station).
Apart from these villages, you also get to cross two mighty mountain passes, Rohtang Pass (13,058 feet) and Kunzum Pass (14,931 feet); and three beautiful confluences at Karcham, Khab, and Dhankar respectively. Sutlej and Baspa rivers confluence takes place at Karcham, Sutlej and Spiti rivers confluence takes place at Khab, and Spiti and Pin rivers confluence happens near Dhankar. There are also two breathtaking lakes that are also part of this Spiti Valley Tour Plan, Chandratal and Dhankar Lake.
The road of Spiti Valley is recognized as the World’s Most Treacherous Road. In actual, it’s not the complete road but there are several patches that are tricky and demand really good driving/riding skills. The road from Shimla to Rampur is quite good in condition and you can drive/ride smoothly. As you enter the Kinnaur district, the road gets narrow having several sharp and blind turns. The further road from Kinnaur to Spiti is average except some patches which are bad and prone to rockfalls and landslides.
Then there comes a stretch while crossing the Kunzum pass and moving towards Chandratal which offers a good offroading experience. The journey is full of a bumpy ride. The final day tests your driving skills as the road from Chandratal to Chattru is the most demanding road in the entire circuit. You have to cross two glacial streams a.k.a “Darra or Nalah”. The stretch is full of massive boulders and mud and it continues up to Chattru. Then you drive uphill towards Rohtang Pass and reached Manali after crossing the pass.
One needs to reach Shimla to begin the Spiti Valley tour. After reaching Shimla either by morning or evening, check-in in the hotel and spend your entire day by exploring Shimla. Shimla is one of the famous hill stations in North India which attracts tourists all around the year. Visit Chadwick falls, Jakhoo Temple, the ridge, and spend your evenings by strolling at the Mall road. Roam on the vibrant streets and explore the cafes situated there. Keep your bags ready as you need to move the next day early in the morning.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Today, we begin our journey towards a tiny hamlet called Chitkul, which is famous for being the last Indian village on the Indo-Tibet border. Chitkul is around 250 km from Shimla and it takes around 10 hours to reach there. We have our breakfast at the hotel and then commence our journey. We take the road towards Narkanda which passes through Theog, Kufri, and Fagu. The road up to Narkanda is scenic as it is encircled by dense deodar forest and apple orchards. It takes around 3 hours to reach Narkanda. We take a halt there as it is an ideal location to have lunch. After the halt, we resume our journey and move towards Rampur. Soon, we enter a valley and start driving along the Sutlej River. Rampur is situated at the midpoint on the route of Chitkul.
After passing Rampur, we enter the beautiful and lesser-explored Kinnaur Valley. One can easily notice a change in the landscape as mountain turns huge having sharp cliffs and roads become narrow. The further drive is way too scenic and you get a feeling of driving on one of the treacherous roads in India. There comes a few places where you pass through natural rock caves. Once we reach Kharcham, we take a right turn and continue our drive towards Sangla Valley. Chitkul is another 40 km from Kharcham and is a journey of around 3 hours. We reach Chitkul by evening. Relax inside the hotel/camps. Enjoy bonfire followed by dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up to a beautiful morning at Chitkul and admire a view of snowcapped mountains and Baspa Valley from your balcony. We have our breakfast and start exploring the village. We begin with the ITBP check post which is a 3 km walk from the main village and is officially the last point where one can go. One requires permission to go beyond that point. Get a picture with the ITBP signboard and get back near the village to stroll near the Baspa River. Then we explore the village and after having lunch, we proceed towards Kalpa. Kalpa is around 60 km from Chitkul and it takes around 3-4 hours to reach there. Usually, we directly visit Roghi, the suicide point, which is a vertical cliff and offers great views. Later, we come back to Kalpa and check-in into the hotel and enjoy the sunset over the lofty mountains of Kinnaur. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Wake up early and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset that takes place over the mountain ranges of Kinnaur Kailash. It is one of the best things to experience at Kalpa and it really makes one’s day. Have breakfast and get ready to leave for Spiti Valley. Today, we proceed towards Dhankar, a small village situated at an altitude of 3894 m and is known for its unique shaped rocky mountains and Dhankar lake. The journey distance is around 180 km and amidst it, we also visit the villages of Nako and Tabo. After crossing Reckong Peo, we drive through Spello, Pooh, and Khab. Khab is the place where you can see the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej rivers. One can easily notice a change in the landscape as the green mountains turn into rocky and barren ones.
We take our first halt at Nako village, where we visit the Nako monastery and the lake and have our lunch there. Then we resume our drive and move towards Tabo village, which is around 65 km from Nako. Nako is the last place in Kinnaur district and after that, we enter the Lahaul and Spiti Valley District. The valley transforms into a huge one and we drive along the Spiti river. We reach Tabo by late noon and explore the caves and the monastery there. Tabo monastery is considered one of the oldest monasteries, built-in 996 CE. After exploring Tabo, we proceed towards Dhankar and it takes an hour to reach there. Dinner and overnight stay in a homestay.
One has to wake up quite early in the morning to visit the Dhankar lake. The lake is on a mountain and can be reached by doing a hike of 4 km. The sunrise looks breathtaking from the lake and one can get an entire view of Dhankar and the valley.
Then have your breakfast and explore the village of Dhankar. The word Dhankar means “Fort on a cliff”. Explore the Dhankar monastery and the fort. The fort gives an excellent view of the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers. After exploring, we move towards a village called Mudh, situated in Pin Valley. We have our lunch there at one of the restaurants. Mudh village is a small village and is known for its greenery. The village is also the terminating point of some treks like Pin Parvati Pass, Pin Bhabha Pass, etc. Later, we proceed towards Kaza, headquarters of Spiti Valley and also the largest town. We reach Kaza by evening. Hotel check-in and relax.
This day is reserved for the nearby villages sightseeing. Experience the Morning Prayer at Kaza monastery and then proceed for the villages. Each village has its own features and should not be missed.
Key Monastery- Key Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti Valley and offers amazing views of the surroundings.
Komic- Situated at an altitude of 4587 m, Komic is considered as the highest inhabited village in the world.
Hikkim- Hikkim has the world’s highest Post office and Polling station, situated at around 4400 m.
Langza- Also called the Fossil village as fossils are found here. Langza is also famous for the Buddha statue.
Kibber- Kibber village comes under the region of Kibber wildlife sanctuary and is an ideal location to spot Snow leopards in winters.
Visit all these villages along with the incredible Chicham Bridge and get back to Kaza. Explore the vibrant cafes of Kaza. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Today, we proceed towards the most beautiful lake in Himachal Pradesh, Chandratal, a.k.a the Moon Lake. Chandratal is one of the main attractions in this Spiti Valley tour. We try to depart early in the morning so that we get sufficient time to explore the lake. We drive through Losar, cross the mighty Kunzum la (4600 m) which connects Spiti Valley to Lahaul Valley, and then finally reach the lake. The road is quite bad after Losar and is an unmetalled road for the last 15-20 km stretch. The lake is situated at a walk of around 1.5 km from the parking. Explore this gorgeous lake and admire the beauty of surrounding snow-capped mountains. Later, we move towards our campsite. It may be the coldest night on the trip. Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Note: Due to restrictions imposed by Govt, we might not be able to camp near Chandratal. In this case, we camp at Batal.
This is the last day of the Spiti Valley tour and finally, we get to experience one of the most treacherous roads. We depart in the early morning by around 5 am so that the water level in the glacial streams remains low. We proceed towards Batal where one can find the famous Chacha-Chachi Dhaba and then cross the Chota and Bada Darra (glacial streams). The road is quite tricky as it is full of boulders. After crossing the streams, we reach Chattru (terminating point of Hampta Pass Trek) and have tea and snacks there. Then we proceed towards Rohtang Pass and finally reach Manali by noon.
Spiti Valley tour ends here.
Q. Are the destinations on this Spiti Valley tour package ideal for a family trip?
Yes, all the destinations included in the itinerary are ideal for a family trip. The itinerary is planned in such a way that almost every kind of traveler enjoys the tour and can have a great experience, be it youngsters, a couple, or a family.
Q. What are the best places to shop at, when on this Spiti Valley Tour?
One can shop at Shimla, Kaza, Reckong Peo, and Manali. All the places have good and vibrant markets.
Q. Do we need a permit while entering Spiti valley?
If you are entering through the Shimla side then permit is not needed and if you are entering through the Manali side then a permit for Rohtang Pass will be required. If you have booked with us, you don’t need to worry about that. We will take care of it.
Q. What are the adventure activities to experience in the Spiti valley?
One can do camping, and hiking while in Spiti Valley. One can also rent a mountain bike/cycle or a motorcycle to explore the Spiti Valley.
Q. Which are the most famous restaurants/places to eat in Spiti Valley or on this tour?
Some of the famous and best restaurants and cafes include
Q. How much cash should one carry on this Spiti Valley tour?
Around INR 5000 is enough for the complete tour as you will be having lunch and buying souvenirs. You can find ATMs at Shimla, Narkanda, Rampur, Sangla, Kaza, Manali
Q. How much is the distance from Manali to Kaza?
The distance from Manali to Kaza is around 200 km and it takes around 7-8 hours to travel.
Q. Can one opt for tailor-made or customized Spiti Valley packages?
Yes. We offer fully customized tour packages as per the traveler’s requirements and feasibility. You name it and we will do it.
Q. Do we cover Rohtang pass in this Spiti Valley Tour?
Yes, we cross Rohtang Pass on this tour. Except in the Spiti Valley Winter Tour, we cover Rohtang Pass in all the Spiti Valley packages.
Q. What is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is from May to September. Almost all the roads and places are accessible and the weather remains stable most of the time. If one wants to experience white Spiti, that is full of snow then one can plan to visit in winters. February to April is ideal to experience snow in Spiti Valley.
Q. Which are some of the best foods that one should try while visiting Spiti Valley?
Some of the best foods include Momos, Thukpa, Local bread at Dhankar, pizza at Tabo.
Q. What is the group size for Spiti Valley Tour Plan?
If you are opting for a group tour then there will be a maximum of 12 people in one group including the tour leader.
Q. Who all go along with us on this Spiti Valley Tour?
An experienced driver along with a tour leader (group tours) accompany throughout the tour. On special demands, we can also arrange a photographer or a videographer.
Q. I am the only woman in the group, is it safe to travel solo?
Yes, it is totally safe. In our group tours, our tour leader accompanies the group throughout the journey. All our staff including drivers and hotel vendors are reliable. Sometimes, we also send a woman tour leader in some of the tours.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on this Spiti Valley trip?
We use Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Tempo Traveller, and 4×4 SUV, depending upon the group requirements and size.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation on this tour?
The accommodation is a mixture of hotels, homestay, and camps.
Q. How can I book this tour with you?
One can fill the inquiry form given on the right side of the page and send us all the details. Our travel consultant will reach out to you as soon as possible and plan the best itinerary as per your requirements. One can also call or WhatsApp us at +91-7428710595 or email us at email@example.com.
Q. What type of food is served during the tour?
Food will be veg on the tour. Jain food can also be available. On request, we can also arrange non-veg food at certain places.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the tour?
We provide mineral water bottles in the vehicle throughout the journey. All the places will have shops so one can easily buy mineral water bottles. We also recommend people carry a 1-liter water bottle with themselves so that if needed one can use it again and again by refilling it.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not for this tour?
We don’t recommend Diamox for this tour if you are traveling through the Shimla side as the altitude gain is quite gradual. In case, you are traveling through the Manali side then we might suggest you to take one tablet of Diamox to prevent the chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The altitude on this route increases rapidly. Also, make sure you are not on any other medication or there shouldn’t be any hormonal problem because Diamox is not advisable to people having these problems.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trip? What is the age limit?
Yes, you can take your child if he/she is above 6 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains? Will there be any problem?
As you are traveling in a car, rain is not an issue. Yes, some regions/patches are prone to landslides but the administration remains quite alert during the season. If any landslide happens, they try to clear it in the shortest time. It usually takes 2-3 hours to open the road again.
I went on this Spiti Valley tour last year in the month of July. The entire experience was great. We visited several places including Dhankar, Kibber, Key Monastery and Chandratal. Out of all, I loved Chandratal the most. I wanted to stay there for one more night. The services including food, stay and transport was good.
Thanks Happy Go Trips for such amazing memories.