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Spiti Valley Road Trip in Winter

Spiti Valley, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Duration

8 Nights 9 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

18 people

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Spiti is located in the northeastern state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means the middle land between Tibet and India. Spiti is accessible both from Shimla and Manali. Spiti is a perfect place to unwind where the whole valley turns white. You can explore this valley throughout the year. But winter months are ideal if you want to see this under a thick blanket of snow. That’s what makes the Winter Spiti tour so desirable. This place fills your heart with the chill breeze, warmth, mesmerizing natural beauty, and serene views of the valley. Spiti valley is famous for its beautiful landscapes and cultural heritage. It is home to monasteries, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, high passes, glittering lakes and tiny hamlets dotted all over the region. One of the most popular lakes in Spiti is the Chandratal lake which is quite popular among travellers and is on everyone’s bucket list.

Weather of Spiti

During September and October is when the weather starts changing. Days will be a bit warm and sunny but during the night it will be chilly, the temperature goes down from 15 degrees to 5 degrees. September is undoubtedly our best month to visit where the autumn season brings vivid colours to the view. Orange leaves and trees add magnificent beauty all around Spiti. Spiti valley is famous for apples, you can taste the local apples once you are around Tabo and Kaza.From November, when winter actually starts embracing Spiti. Exploring the valley during these months is surely a rewarding one. While travelling in November, there is heavy snow and one might be careful while traversing during this month. It is very important to know the temperature in advance therefore it is important to know the best route.

Dec to Feb will have snow in abundance and these are the best months to enjoy the winter road trip to Spiti.

March to June – During these months the weather is quite pleasant hence making it one of the best stargazing destinations in India. The high-altitude villages are perfect to gaze at the milky way. During the night is sky is filled with stars, and far from the chaos of the world this place is a paradise.

Best time to visit Spiti Valley

Summers –  March-May

Winters – October to February

Fixed Departure dates in 2022

Oct – 1, 29

Nov – 5, 19

Cost per person

Double sharing basis – INR 21000 per person

Triple Sharing basis – INR 19000 per person

Things to carry on the trip

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Required

👉 Thermals – Tops and Bottoms

👉 Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L

👉 Bag Rain Cover

👉 Fleece pants

👉 Woollen gloves and woollen cap

👉 Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater

👉 Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

👉 Track Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight).

👉 Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs).

👉 Insulated Jacket

👉 Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)

👉 Rain-Coat/Poncho

👉 Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap

👉 Comfortable sturdy shoes

👉 Sun Block and Lip Balm

👉 Water Bottles

Optional

✖ Altimeter

✖ Camera and Accessories

✖ Compass

✖ Ear Plugs

✖ Glacier Glasses

 

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Highlights

  • Authentic Spiti Valley experience.
  • Drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
  • Visit the highest village in Asia, Komic.
  • Drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage monasteries rich with cultural heritage.

Day 1 : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

The tour coordinator will meet at the pick-up point ( RK Ashram /Majnu ka Tila) by 09:00 PM.
Small briefing regarding the trip
We will depart for the overnight journey from Delhi to Shimla.

Day 2 : Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)

We will reach Shimla next morning via the Hindustan-Tibet highway.
From here we will depart to Chtikul/Sangla via Tempo traveller.
Upon reaching Chitkul/Sangla, we will check into our hotels.
Overnight stay and dinner will be served in Chitkul/Sangla.

Day 3: Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

• After breakfast, we will head towards Kalpa which is known for its apple orchards. En route Kalpa, The small town of Reckong Peo town, serves as the perfect pit stop. If there are clear views, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak.
Upon reaching Kalpa, the team will spend some time enjoying the views then we’ll head out to visit the 3000-year-old Kalpa Monastery and the Suicide Point which offers a picturesque view of the Kailash ranges.
Overnight stay and dinner will be served in Kalpa.

Day 4 : Kalpa to Nako (100 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

After having breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Nako, located 360 m above sea level in the Himalayan range of Kinnaur district.
En route, we will make a pit stop at Khab, a beautiful village on India – the Tibet border.
In Nako, we’ll visit the serene Nako lake and visit the ancient Nako Monastery.
Dinner and overnight stay at Nako.

Day 5 : Nako to Kaza (110 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

Post breakfast, we will head towards Kaza, a small town filled with pristine rivers, picturesque landscapes and ancient culture.
We will visit the more than thousand-year-old Tabo Monastery followed by the Dhankar Monastery.
We’ll reach Kaza before evening and will check in to our respective homestay/hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza.

Day 6 : Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)

Post breakfast, we’ll head out to visit Key Monastery locally known as Kye Gompa, followed by Chicham Bridge which is Asia’s highest bridge.
Later in the day, we will visit the highest post office in the world, Hikkim.
After that, we’ll move towards Komic village which is one of the highest villages in the world connected by a motorable road.
Lastly, will visit the land of fossils, Langza, and visit the Buddha statue that sits on top of a hill overlooking the village.
Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7 : Kaza to Kalpa (200 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)

After breakfast, we will start our return journey to Kalpa.
We will reach Kalpa by evening where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.

Day 8 : Kalpa to Shimla (222 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive

Resume our return journey after breakfast and head towards Shimla.
Upon reaching Shimla, we will board an overnight bus towards Delhi.

Day 9 : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

Trip ends with beautiful memories.

  • Transportation in Tempo Traveller from Shimla to Shimla.
  • Bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla and return.
  • Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.
  • Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, Starting from Day 02 Dinner till Day 08 Breakfast)
  • An experienced trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
  • Mechanical Support
  • All permits Required
  • First Aid Kits
  • Oxygen Cylinders
  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Oximeter
  • Early check-in at the hotel.
  • Any additional expenses of personal nature.
  • Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any travel delay.
  • Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
  • Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
  • Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
  • Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
  • Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
  • 5% GST

Tour's Location

Spiti Valley, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India

Is Spiti Valley Open in December and January?
Spiti Valley is open all around the year but it is recommended to visit under expert guidance otherwise conditions can become fatal too. The reason is that Spiti receives heavy snowfall and the area becomes highly dangerous for enthusiasts or travellers.
How much time does it take to cover the distance from Manali to Kaza?
The distance from Kaza to Manali is approx 183ms/ 4 hours including leisure and the pit stops that we make.
What is the temperature of Chandratal Lake?
The temperature at Chandratal Lake always goes negative. In summers, the temperature goes as low as -5 degrees Celsius during the day and -10 degrees Celsius during the nighttime. In the winters, the temperature in the day goes as low as -15 degrees Celcius and in the nighttime, it can drop up to -30 degrees Celcius as well.


How to Reach Spiti Valley From Manali?
There are two routes to reach Spiti. One is via Manali while the other is via Shimla. Shimla route is considered to be one of the best routes to reach Spiti Valley especially when it comes to winter Spiti road trips.
How much time does it take to cover the distance from Shimla to Kaza?
Shimla and Lahaul are 418 kilometres apart, and it takes us about 16 hours to travel there, including rest stops and leisure time, while we are doing a winter road trip through the Spiti valley.
When is the Manali route to Spiti Valley open?
Although the road from Manali to the Spiti Valley is always accessible, it is not advised to drive there alone in the winter because of the dangerous changes imposed by heavy snowfall.
How cold is Spiti Valley during winters?
Although the Spiti Valley experiences cold temperatures all year round, the winters are much colder. It gets to be -30 degrees outside. . But because the entire valley is covered in a thick layer of snow during the winter, particularly from February to May, that is when we organise the winter Spiti valley road trip.
What type of food is served during the trip?
Throughout the journey, we give hygienic and nourishing food. Since the Spiti valley winter tour involves visiting numerous settlements, it will not only be tasty but will also be prepared with locally grown products. However, if you have a particular dietary preference—for example, vegetarian food or food without onions—we can make accommodations in advance. 
What are the washroom/toilet facilities on the winter Spiti road trip
Stay will be in Hotels, camping or homestays. During all of our specified stays, we have ensured that the most fundamental amenities, like running water and sanitary facilities, are provided.
How to Travel from Delhi to Spiti by Flight?
The distance between Delhi and Lahaul Spiti is 712 Kilometers. After reaching Delhi airport, you can take an overnight bus to Chandigarh or Shimla. For your return journey to Delhi, you need to travel by road only.
How many travelers will be staying in one room?
We offer both double sharing and triple sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with accommodation accordingly.
What will be mode of transport during the trip?
We hire the best-in-class vehicle on the mountain passes and rocky roads of Spiti. For the Spiti valley winter road trip, the on-ground vehicle that we use to travel in is Tempo Traveller.
Do I need to buy trekking shoes for the Spiti Valley Winter Trip?
We won't be undertaking any trekking activity hence trekking shoes are not required though good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended. You might need a good pair of shoes when traversing. A pair of Quechua or Forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will do.
How to get safe drinking water on the Spiti valley winter Trip?
Himalayan water is considered completely safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
How can I book the Spiti winter trip with you?
You can click on the “Book now” button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.
Who all will be accompanying the group during the spiti Valley trip?
All our trips are led by professional tour leaders who have years of experience. Apart from them, there will be a local guide, cook, helper and other staff for your convenience.
What are the things to carry?
Please go through the 'Things to carry' list mentioned on the main page.
Will there be females on the trip?
Yes definitely, we have almost an equal ratio of males/females on our trips. Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
What will be the group size for Spiti Valley?
We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants.
What Is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is in the winter and the summer season. March to May months are ideal for a winter road trip. Otherwise, one can visit from May to November and get to experience a different side of Spiti.
What Is the best route for Spiti Valley in Winters?
If you're coming from Delhi, then consider the route via Shimla to be the best one as the scenic views are astounding. Also, it is good to acclimatize yourself before heading into the valley. The route is a bit longer which makes up for a good road trip if this factor is taken into consideration.

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