Winter Spiti

₹17999 for 7 Days 6 Nights

Description

Bordering with Tibet and home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, Spiti is a cold desert mountain valley, sparsely populated region located in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The terms ‘Spiti’ means ‘The Middle Land’ - the land between Tibet and India. Snow-laden landscapes and sub-zero temperatures, a road trip to Himachal’s Spiti Valley during winters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Winters in Spiti are extremely harsh, frigid and there is no running water in taps. Decorated with beautiful villages, welcoming locals, and their 1000-year-old culture, the Spiti road trip during winters is all about never-ending adventure and a white blanket of snow. Come and experience with us as we travel to Himachal’s cold desert frozen in time.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Delhi to Shimla | The Expedition Begins

    Assemble at the boarding point in Delhi - RK Ashram Metro Station/Majnu Ka Tila.

    Start an overnight journey to Shimla and socialize with your co-travellers.

  • Day 2

    Sarahan & Bhimakali Temple

    After arriving in Shimla, we will take a halt near Kufri or Narkanda for breakfast and soak in the much-needed #mountainvibes. Post breakfast, we will drive ahead to reach Sarahan.

    After arriving in Sarahan, check in to our cozy homestay/hotel, freshen-up and have some leisure.

    Quickly, we will head out to seek blessings at the sacred Bhimakali Temple - the local deity of Sarahan village. Feel free to take a stroll around this sleepy village also known as ‘Gateway to Kinnaur’.

    In the evening, return back to your comfy abode, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a homestay/hotel.

  • Day 3

    India’s Last Village : Chitkul | Sangla Valley

    Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will drive ahead from Sarahan to reach the Sangla/Chitkul - the last Indian village before the Indo-Tibetan border.

    After arriving in Chitkul, take a stroll around the village and visit Mathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess of the local people of Kinnaur. Treat your stomach with a satisfying plate of steamy momos or rajma chawal at ‘Hindustan Ka Akhri Dhaba’. What can be more magical than relaxing near the pristine Baspa River? A perfect location in the lap of majestic Himalayas to disconnect from the urban madness and connect with nature.

    Post exploration, check in to our cozy homestay/hotel in Chitkul/Sangla, freshen-up and have some leisure. 

    In the evening, enjoy a warm bonfire, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a homestay/hotel.

  • Day 4

    Ajanta of Himalayas : Tabo

    Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, drive from Chitkul/Sangla to Tabo village - home to the oldest Buddhist monastery located in Spiti Valley. Get mesmerized by the shape-shifting landscapes of snowy mountains with every turn.

    Enroute we will explore the sleepy Nako village, and visit the famous Nako Lake and Monastery.

    After arriving in Tabo village, take a walk inside the Tabo Monastery and learn about the history of this Tibetan spiritual site also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’. Interact with the Buddhist monks in the monastery or village locals of Tabo if you feel like.

    Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a homestay/hotel.

  • Day 5

    A Day On Road | Exploring Dhankar, Langza, Komic & Hikkim Villages

    The day you waited for so long on this Winter Spiti expedition is finally here. Post breakfast, drive from Tabo to Kaza along the frozen Spiti river, for an action packed exploration of various monasteries & villages nestled in Spiti Valley.

    Enroute Kaza, we will take a halt at Dhankar Village, interact with the Buddhist monks residing in cliff top Dhankar Monastery.

    Visit Spiti’s gorgeous fossil village Langza and get clicked with the iconic statue of Medicine Buddha with your clan. Feel proud for making it to the World’s highest motorable village Komic and absorb in the jaw dropping vistas of snow-laden Himalayas. The day will come to end at Hikkim village known for its World’s highest post office.

    After arriving in Kaza, check in to our cozy homestay, freshen-up and have some leisure. Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a homestay.

  • Day 6

    Julley Kaza | Ki Monastery, Chicham & Kibber Villages

    Wake to a peaceful mountain morning in your homely abode in Kaza offering stunning views of snowy mountains. Post breakfast, quickly head out to visit the biggest and most popular Buddhist monastery nestled in the gorgeous Spiti Valley - Ki Monastery. Spend quality time speaking to the monks or sip a cup of herbal tea in Ki Monastery’s kitchen.

    Explore the Kibber village - home to snow leopard and various other wildlife species like Himalayan Ibex and Red Fox to name a few. Take some #InstaPerfect shots at Chicham Bridge - Asia’s highest suspension bridge connecting the peaceful Kibber village.

    In the evening, return to your cozy rooms in Kaza and have some leisure. Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a homestay.

  • Day 7

    The Kinnaur Kailash

    Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, bid adieu to Kaza and the mighty Spiti Valley.

    Drive towards Kalpa located in Kinnaur region.

    After arriving in Kalpa, visit the famous Roghi point (Kalpa-Kinnaur suicide point) and treat your eyes with the mind blowing view of the holy Kinnaur Kailash.

    Check in to our cozy hotel, freshen-up and have some leisure.

    Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

  • Day 8

    The Expedition Ends

    Wake to a stunning view of the snow-covered Kinnaur Kailash range.

    Post breakfast, drive from Kalpa to Shimla.

    Take a halt at Shimla, you can visit the Mall road and church (If time permits).

    Start off your overnight journey from Shimla to Delhi and reach Delhi next morning with lots of amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.


Inclusions

  • Transportation from Delhi to Shimla & Back: AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo bus/Tempo Traveler.
  • Accommodation in Homestay/Hotel (sharing basis).
  • Experienced and cool trip leader.
  • Tempo Traveler/SUV for all days as per the itinerary from Shimla to Spiti Valley & back with an experienced local driver.
  • Meals: Dinner (6), Breakfast (6).
  • Driver allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes.

Exclusions

  • Any extra meals apart from the ones mentioned under inclusions.
  • Travel Insurance, items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc.
  • Any entry fees, extra expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
  • Any other costing involved due to circumstances like natural calamity, weather conditions, riots, roadblocks, landslides or any other forced circumstances which are out of our control.
  • GST (5%) is applicable extra.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the above inclusions.

Departures

8th Oct (Saturday Night) to 16th Oct (Sunday Morning)

15th Oct (Saturday Night) to 23rd Oct (Sunday Morning)

22nd Oct (Saturday Night) to 30th Oct (Sunday Morning)

29th Oct (Saturday Night) to 6th Nov (Sunday Morning)

5th Nov (Saturday Night) to 13th Nov (Sunday Morning)

12th Nov (Saturday Night) to 20th Nov (Sunday Morning)

19th Nov (Saturday Night) to 27th Nov (Sunday Morning)

26th Nov (Saturday Night) to 4th Dec (Sunday Morning)

3rd Dec (Saturday Night) to 11th Dec (Sunday Morning)

10th Dec (Saturday Night) to 18th Dec (Sunday Morning)

17th Dec (Saturday Night) to 25th Dec (Sunday Morning)

Things to Pack

  • Waterproof backpack or rucksack.
  • Comfortable clothing & body thermal wear
  • Warm woolen jackets/sweaters, gloves, caps, extra pair of socks etc, to avoid
  • frostbite and sustain sub-zero temperatures
  • Waterproof trekking/sports shoes
  • Iso thermal water bottles (avoid single-use plastic and normal steel bottles)
  • Quick snacks for a journey like dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars
  • Personal care items, toiletries, wet wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and medicines
  • Phone, camera and photography equipment, power banks
  • Personal medicines and glucose sachets
  • ATMs and adequate amount of cash for shopping, cafe visits Items like torch, power banks, sunglasses
  • Personal identity documents like Aadhaar, driving license, passport.

    Please Note -

      Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants, etc. may cause itinerary change. We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort, and general wellbeing as per the call taken by locals, the driver, and your trip leader.

      Winter in Spiti is harsh and temperatures are known to plummet to lesser than -35 degrees celsius at night. It is quite likely that everything is frozen and there is no running water in the taps hence everyone uses dry toilets.

      A word of caution - If you are someone who doesn't like cold or cannot bear extremely cold temperatures, please give up the idea of visiting Spiti in winter.

      Also, it is advisable to avoid bathing during this trip, since water is only available for survival.

      Travellers residing outside Delhi are suggested to book trains/flights reaching Delhi not later than 4 PM on the trip start date. Similarly, on the trip end date, it is advised to book returning trains/flights leaving post 2 PM.

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