The name "Spiti" means "The middle land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The road to Spiti gives us an opportunity to witness one of the most beautiful parts of Western Himalaya the Kinnaur-Kailash range. Spiti has a rich history of Bajrayan Buddhist culture and offers us ancient monasteries like the Tabo monastery and the Kee Monastery. This part of Himalaya is famous for its enchaunting yet treacherous roads which leads us through Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo and finally reaching the deserted Spiti valley. This place is ideal for tourists who are seeking peace in the lap of Himalayas as these areas are still less populated and has plenty of unbeaten tracks left for the explorers.
Tour type: Group departure
Tour Duration: 9 Nights 10 days
Tour starts from: Chandigarh RLW Station/ Airport
Tour Starts on: July 18 2021
Tour ends at: Chandigarh RLW Station/ Airport
Major Places of Attraction: Shimla, Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Tabo Monastery, Kaza, Kee Monastery, Kibber Village, Pin Valley, Hikkim Village, World's Highest Post Office, Langza, Chandratal, Manali
18 July 2021 | Day 01: Chandigarh - Shimla
On arrival at Chandigarh Railway Station / Airport, gateway to Shimla and Kinnaur District, pickup and transfer to Shimla (127 km / 4.5 hrs).One of the most famous tourist destinations of India, Shimla abounds in natural bounty and looks picture perfect in every season around. This engrossing hill station amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges and lush green pastures looks like a painting by a master artist. The unique thing about Shimla is that it still retains its colonial charm with all Victorian architecture, local lifestyle and cousins available. Though it’s a busy town with hotels and tourism establishments but Shimla is also surrounded by many nature spot where time flies with its own pace and clouds play with lash green hillside at their will. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. Summer here is pleasant and winter pull crowd from all over the country to experience the snowfall. It is an all season tourist destination and ideal place to start the tour with. On arrival check in to your hotel and leisure. Overnight stay at Shimla.
19 July | Day 02: Shimla - Sarahan
Your journey starts for Kinnaur, the land of fairy tales and fantasies, where myths and history creates the perfect ambiance for a traveller looking forward to explore Himalayan kingdoms.Kinnaur has a spectacular terrain of lush green valleys, orchards and snow-clad peaks.Drive to Sarahan (6900 ft), 100 km from Narkanda. Sarahan, a mane of deodar trees, rides the slopes encircling the Bashal Peak. This sparsely populated track is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali Temple – regarded as one of the fifty one sacred ‘Shaktipeeths’. The temple’s unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of what is loosely called the ‘Indo-Tibetan Style’. Deep down in the valley, flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow clad Shrikhand. Overnight stay at Sarahan.
20 July | Day 03: Sarahan - Kalpa
Transfer to Kalpa ( 83 km) via Reckongpeo, the headquarter of Kinnaur district .Kalpa (9711 ft) beyond Reckongpeo on the link road, is the main village of the district located in Sutlej river valley. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majestic spectacle of the Kinner Kailash range. They are a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. It has all the characteristics of a heritage village with local craftsmanship reflected in the local temples like Narayan-Nagani Temple, but above all Kalpa is more famous for its Apple orchards and fascinating view of Kinner Kailash. Overnight stay at Kalpa.
21 July | Day 04: Kalpa - Nako
Transfer to Nako (12000 ft), 119 km from Kalpa, the largest village in the desolate Hangrang Valley. This well-populated village will give you some idea about trans-Himalayan Culture. The peaceful and picturesque Nako village is perched on the banks of the Nako lake, illuminated in shiny blues and greens by the sun reflecting off the surrounding snowy peaks. The vivid blue skies above and the empty expanse around joins hand with the lake to deliver a sense of happiness that makes Nako a traveller’s delight. Take a walk in to the small alleys of Nako Village or just seat and watch the nature’s creation. Overnight stay at Nako.
22 July | Day 05: Nako – Tabo – Pin Valley
The road enters Spiti after Nako. Drive to Tabo, most famous for its largest monastery complex of Buddhist religion. Tabo is a world within a world in itself with breath taking glimpses of the rugged wild panoramas. Tabo monastery is one of its kind, made out of clay. There is also some cave shrines in Tabo with sculptures, stucco images and wall painting which is similar to the Ajanta-Elora paintings.
Visit Dhankhar Monastery, situated at an altitude of 12774 ft and is 23 km from Tabo. It is one of the main villages of Spiti Valley and the erstwhile capital of Spiti state. This place is famous for its ancient fort and monastery.
Further drive to Pin Valley, formed by Pin River that runs throughout its length, before merging with Spiti River. Entire Pin Valley falls under Pin Valley National park. Crispy sunny weather, stunning views of snow clad mountains hanging over on your head, enchanting silence, colorful flowers on green carpeted valley floor and shades of a desert; put this all together and you have a magical Pin valley in front of you. Overnight stay at Pin valley.
23 July | Day 06: Pin Valley - Kaza
Transfer to Kaza, the head quarter of Spiti sub-division is 49 km from Pin Valley. Situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft., Kaza is the biggest and most developed town in Spiti valley. Located on the bank of Spiti River and guarded by high snowy ridges on both side Kaza has its own charm to explore. A day well spent with walking in to the streets and markets will give you the insight of Trans Himalayan culture and life of people in Spiti Valley.
Visit Kee monastery, 7 km from Kaza and is an ancient monastery more than 1000 years old. This is situated on the hill top at an altitude of 13580 ft with distinct features noticeable from distance. It also has a special Stupa which contains the remains of the great translator Rinchen zangpo, also known as Mahaguru. Not only the cultural importance, Kee monastery is also famous of striking view of Spiti Valley and surrounding mountains.
Visit Kibber village, known as the one of the highest motorable village in the world at an altitude of 4205 m. Kibber village is the last village in the area with rugged but fascinating landscape around. Overnight stay at Kaza.
24 July | Day 07: Kaza – Langza
Explore the area around Langza. Visit Hikkim and Komik Village. Hikkim is popularly known for the highest post office in the world and the highest polling station of the world. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.
Also visit picturesque Komik Village, famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa. It is believed that the monastery has 'Matrey Buddha,' or 'the future Buddha,' who looks after the wellbeing of the people of Komik Village. Overnight stay at Langza.
25 July : Day 08: Langza - Chandratal
Start very early and drive to Kunzum Pass (15059 ft) via Lhosar. Kunzum La separates the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The place is also known for the Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) temple, which is located on the top of Kunzum and keeps guard over the pass and wards of the evil power. Take a break here with breath taking view of magnificent Bara-Sigri Glacier and snow covered Chandra Bhaga Mountain Range.
After descending little from the pass you have to leave the main highway and driving through the boulder road following Chandra river you will reach to Chandratal, the origin of Chandra River. Chandratal Lake is referred as one of the most beautiful lakes in Indian Himalayas. The stunning lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, overlooking the Chandra River. The name "Chandra Taal" (Lake of the Moon) derives from its crescent shape. Evening hike to Chandratal from your Camp. Overnight stay at Chandratal.
26 August | Day 09: Chandratal - Manali
Enthusiasts can have another visit to Chandratal during sunrise. Later transfer to Manali (128 km) via Batal. Following Chandra river and driving through some arduous stretches of road, you will reach Gramphu and from here road winds up to Rohtang Pass. Further drive to Manali following Beas river. Overnight stay at Manali.
27 July | Day 10: Manali - Chandigarh
The Jouirney ends after reaching Chandigarh which is 320 km away from Manali with heavy hearts filled with loads of memories.
Package cost @ Rs.38,600+5% GST Per Person
Package cost includes :
All accommodation on Double Occupancy basis as per itinerary in hotel/ Camp
Daily Breakfast and Dinner during the package as per hotel MAP Plan
All transfer and sightseeing as per itinerary by NAC Xylo / Innova
Fuel and driver’s allowance
Assistance of Team Leader from Wandervogel Adventures throughout the tour
All toll taxes, Driver allowances & parking Charges.
Package cost excludes :
Any kind of beverages/ Extra food / Lunch
Any monument entry fees / camera entry
Bottled water, tips and any expenses of personal nature
Extra expenses / Expenses due to change in itinerary by guest, natural calamity, road block, political unrest, delay of flight or train and any other unforeseen emergency situation.