Winter Spiti Escapade Tour Details
“The Middle Land” or “The Place of Mane – Jewel” you can call it a Heaven for travellers and wandering souls from across the Globe, this piece of Paradise lies in the North Western Himalayas in the State of Himachal Pradesh. The Cold Dessert of Spiti is harsh and unforgiving in the winters and travelling to this winter wonderland, the idea is nothing short of Crazy but this is what real adventure actually is, way to far away from your comfort zone. Travelling on frozen roads to one of the most desolate places in India with Temperatures plummeting to as low as -30 to -40 Degrees Celsius makes this trip as crazy as it sounds. The entire Terrain will be white and frozen and yet people live here and this is what we are offering an experience so rare and unheard off that its not for everyone. Only the Brave and Strong minded folks who have the capability to brave these harsh conditions and still enjoy the experience can survive in these conditions. We will be surviving on basic amenities necessary for human survival with only Comfort being a warm place to sleep and only Luxury will be a hot meal at the end of the day and off course the breakfast.
Our Winter trip is meticulously curated and planned in a way that we make this adventure accessible to our travellers, the trip will take you from Shimla to Tribal Region of Kinnaur and Spiti, as we move closer to Spiti the Temperatures keeps on dropping with every meter we gain in Altitude. To ensure the sustainability of this adventure we are using Local Drivers from Spiti Region itself and all the stays will be in Local Homestays owned and run by locals. The experience will be just like how the locals live in the region in one of the harshest environment known to men. No Water, Possibly no electricity, possibility of getting stuck along the way or at a place is relatively high so please plan your trip with a day or two extra as buffer days. This 8 Day Adventure will test your nerves and will be etched in your memory forever.
|Sub Zero Temperatures
|UNESCO World Heritage Site
|Ice Skating & Hockey
|Highest Post Office
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
|All Sightseeing and Transfers by personal Vehicle.|
|6 Night’s Accommodations in Homestays (Hotels Where Available).|
|6 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners.|
|All Sightseeings and Transfers by SUV's/Tempo as per Itinerary.|
|Basic 1st Aid Kit and Oxygen Cylinders.|
|Fuel, Driver's TA/DA, Toll, Taxes Etc. Included in the Cost.|
|Local Experienced and well versed drivers.|
|Personal Expenses, Entry Fee for Monuments Parks etc.|
|Escalation of cost due to unforeseen circumstances (Force Majeure) like road blocks & Natural Calamities.|
|Air/Train/Bus/Cab Fare to Travel to & From Shimla.|
|Any Meals or Accommodation not mentioned in Inclusions to & From Shimla.|
|Insurance of Any Kind.|
The Winter Spiti Expedition is one of a kind, the landscape and conditions in the region are drastically opposite to how it is in Summers, Making this expedition a full blown adventure way out of it proportions. Experience a once in a lifetime adventure only for the bravehearts.
Day 01: Shimla to Kalpa
Arrive in Shimla (We recommend you reach a day prior to departure) you will be greeted by your Trip Leader. Board the Transportation for your onward Journey to Kalpa, on the way we halt for Breakfast and via Narkanda we head to Rampur for Lunch and reach Kalpa in the evening. The Mesmerising views of Mighty Kinnaur Kailash Range welcomes us to the this beautiful village of Kalpa. The Snowbound Winter Home of Lord Shiva the place overlooks the Satluj Valley and offers some amazing view points including the famous “Suicide Point” Near the Roghi Village.
After Dinner Overnight Stay at Kalpa Hotel
Day 02: Kalpa – Tabo/Mane
Wake up in the morning and witness the mother nature in all its Glory with the Kinnaur Kailash Range dominating the view. We have an early Morning breakfast and embark upon the next leg of our journey. The Road snakes along the Satluj River and with every inch of altitude gain the temperature constantly drops. On the way we will halt at Khab the confluence of Satluj River and Spiti River towards the Right the view is dominated by Reo Purgyal the Highest Mountain in Himachal Pradesh at 6816 Meters this mountain is part of Zanskar Range and Marks the Indo-China Border. After sometime here we begin our climb towards Nako Village, the road winds up the mountain side towards Nako a small Himalayan Village famous for its lake and monastery. At almost 12000 Feet AMSL the village offers a panoramic view of Snow Capped Himalayan Ranges including Manerang Peak at 21,631 Feet AMSL the peak dominates the entire view. After having lunch we climb up till Maling Nallah (Almost 12,500 Feet AMSL) we begin our descend towards Spiti Valley. On the way we cross Chango Village and eventually Sumdo which is the first Check Point of Lahaul and Spiti District. Later we reach Tabo Monastery a 1000 Year old monastery in the Trans Himalayas, a visit to the monastery is enchanting with over 1000 year old artefacts, statues and Stanka Art Wall Paintings. We spend sometime exploring the Monastery before we head on to reach our Stay for the night in Tabo/Mane Village. Mane Village also makes the base camp for climbing Manerang Peak, a small hike from here takes you to Mane Lake. A warm cozy homestay is our home for the night. The final location for today's stay will be informed beforehand
After Dinner Overnight Stay at Mane/Tabo Homestay
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 03: Mane – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza
Our exploration of Spiti Valley Begins from today’s drive, after breakfast we check out from the Homestay and drive towards Dhankar, The Capital of Ancient Spiti the village is famous for the ruins of its fort which was destroyed in an Earthquake few decades ago. We first visit the Dhankar Monastery and later we explore the fort area which makes for an amazing Vantage Point overlooking the valley floor below and confluence of Pin and Spiti Rivers. After a time spent well at Dhankar we drive down to the valley floor and head deeper into the branching Pin Valley which also is a National Park and Home of many Himalayan Animals like the Ibex, Blue Sheep and Elusive Grey Ghost “The Snow Leopard”. We will drive till Sagnam Village and after spending time in this wonderland we drive back towards Kaza. A cozy homestay will be our abode for coming 2 Nights.
After Dinner Overnight At Kaza Homestay
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 04: - Kaza – Hikkim – Komic – Langza – Chicham – Kibber – Ki Monastery
Today will be our second day exploring the Spiti Valley and villages famous and unique in their own special way. After breakfast we drive up towards Hikkim Village at 14,567 Feet AMSL the village is home to the Highest Operational Post Office in the world, send a post card to yourself from here to get a memory from this amazing trip after its over. From here we drive up to Komic Village at 15,500 Feet AMSL it is the Highest Village in the world Connected with Motorable Road. There is also a Monastery here, from here we drive towards Langza village sitting further below. The drive is mesmerising and exciting as the drops at certain places are near vertical and over 1000 Feet deep. Langza Village is famous for its Buddha Statue and also Fossils that are found around the village. From here our descent towards the Valley Begins and we reach the Kaza Junction from where we drive towards Chicham Bridge at 13,596 Feet AMSL you can find yourself staring at a gorge over 1000 Feet deep which gives Goosebumps to all, our next stop will be at Kibber Village, at 14,200 Feet AMSL Kibber is one of the “Highest Permanently Inhabited Village” in the World. The Village houses a Monastery and is also a part of Kibber Wildlife Century, the village becomes home of many Travel and Wildlife Enthusiasts in winters for its high possibility of Spotting the Elusive Himalayan Big Cat the Snow Leopard. We descend from here back to towards Kaza and on the way halt at Ki Monastery the largest Monastery in Spiti Valley perched on a Hill the Monastery overlooks the Valley floor apart from its unique architecture and historic artefacts the valley offers amazing panoramic views of the Valley below and the Mountains surrounding the Valley. Ki Monastery marks the last point of our day and we drive back to the warmth of our Homestay.
After Dinner overnight at Kaza Homestay
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 05: Kaza – Gue – Kalpa
After breakfast we embark upon a journey towards Kalpa following the same route we entered the valley. On the way we will take a small detour towards the Village of Gue which is home to the Mummified remains of a Buddhist Monk, the mummy was found after an earthquake in the region in 1980’s and hence the Village of Gue became the home for the same. Later we will drive back towards Sumdo and using the same route we will reach Kaza by Evening.
After dinner overnight at Kalpa, Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 06: Kalpa – Chitkul – Sangla
We start a little early today and head towards the Suicide Point near Roghi after spending few minutes here we head towards the Famous Sangla Valley of Kinnaur. The Valley Branches away from Satluj Valley at Karcham and after traversing the narrow valley with over 1000 Feet drops on each side it opens into a wide flat land surrounded by Mountains. The valley borders with Tibet one end and Uttrakhand on the other. We will traverse the entire valley to reach Chitkul at Indo Tibet Border which is the last inhabited village on the Indian Side. The views along the Baspa River are magnificent & Thola Peak Dominates the Skyline here. After spending sometime at Chitkul we head back to Sangla. Reach Hotel and relax for the reminder of the evening.
After Dinner Overnight at Sangla, Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 07: Sangla – Shimla
Today marks the last day of our escapade to the winter wonderland. After breakfast we check out from the Hotel and head towards Shimla, we descend down to Karcham and follow the Highway to reach Shimla by evening. The trip ends with a drop at Shimla.