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About Spiti Valley Circuit Trip

Spiti Valley Circuit Trip can be referred to as one of the most adventurous and thrilling road trips. It's like stepping into a dreamland where mountains kiss the sky and the air is full of pure magic. Spiti Valley is known as the cold desert of India after Ladakh due to its height, it is also considered as the high altitude geological location nestled upon Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is surrounded by high mountain ranges with the himalayas to the south and Kunzum range to the north. It is a countryside region distinguished by barren landscapes, rugged mountains and deep gorges. The Spiti River originating from Kunzum range flows through the valley. The name Spiti means ‘the middle land’ which specifies its location between Tibet and India. The weather in Spiti is harsh with cold winters and short cool summers, because of its high altitude and cold desert environment, temperature can drop below freezing point even during summer, heavy snowfall occurs in winter making many more areas inaccessible. Spiti Valley is famous for its monasteries, some of which are old for over thousand years. The iconic key monastery is set on a hilltop, while the Tabo Monastery, also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas is another gem of the valley.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley

Here are some of the most famous places to visit in Spiti Valley: 

Kaza- The administrative capital of The Spiti Valley, Kaza works as a central hub for travelers. Explore its bustling market, chill at quaint cafes in Kaza, visit the Sakya Tangyud Monastery and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Key Monastery- Key Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in Spiti Valley. It is perched atop a hill and offers stunning views of the Spiti River. Explore its ancient halls, prayer rooms and a remarkable collection of the Buddhist Scriptures.

Dhankar Monastery- Elevated on a hill cliff and overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers, Dhankar Monastery is known for its picturesque location and ancient murals. Take in the breathtaking vistas and delve into the monastery's rich history.

Langza- Langza is a small village in Spiti, it is also known as the ‘Fossil Village’. Langza is famous for its huge Medicine Buddha statue at 14,300 feet. Enjoy the snow-capped mountain peaks and serene beauty of Langza.

Hikkim- Visit the world's highest post office in Hikkim and send a postcard from this remote Himalayan village. Explore the peasant charm of Hikkim and enjoy the beautiful views of the rugged mountains and rustic Spitian village homes.

Chandratal Lake- Located at an altitude of about 4,300 meters, Chandratal Lake is a mesmerizing high altitude lake with crystal clear waters. Camp by the lakeside, witness the stunning sunsets and marvel at the reflection of the surrounding peaks in the lake's tranquil waters.

Kibber- Kibber is one of the highest inhabited villages in the world, it offers breathtaking vistas of the Spiti Valley. Explore its traditional mud-brick houses, interact with friendly locals and embark on scenic hikes in the surrounding areas.

Best cafes to visit in Spiti Valley

In Spiti Valley, the cafe culture may not be as widespread as in urban areas, there are still a few cozy spots where travelers can relax and enjoy some refreshments, amidst the stunning landscapes, here are some of the best cafes to visit in Spiti Valley

Cafe Zomsa, Kaza- Located in the heart of Kaza, Cafe Zomsa is a popular hangout spot for travelers, it offers a cozy ambiance, friendly staff and a menu featuring both local and traditional dishes. Don't Miss trying their delicious momos and homemade cakes.

Sol Cafe, Kaza- Another great option in Kaza is Sol Cafe. Known for its warm hospitality and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or sample their detectable Thukpa while soaking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Himalayan Cafe, Tabo- Situated near the historic Tabo Monastery, Himalayan cafe is a charming spot to unwind after exploring ancient temples and caves. Treat yourself to their home-made pastries, sandwiches and herbal teas while admiring the tranquil surroundings.

Cafe Kunzum Top, Losar- Perched at an altitude of around 4,500 meters near the Kunzum pass, Cafe Kunzum Top offers a unique dining experience amidst the rugged Himalayan Terrain. Enjoy hot beverages and light snacks while taking a break from your journey through the high mountain passes.

Cafe Nyingmapa, Kibber- Concealed away in a picturesque Village of Kibber, Cafe Nyingmapa is a cozy retreat for travelers seeking authentic Tibetan Cuisine.

Tara Guest House and Cafe, Langza- Situated in the charming village of Langza, Tara Guest House and Cafe offers homely accommodation as well as tasty meals. The atmosphere is very peaceful, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

Best time to Visit Spiti Valley

Every season offers a different experience according to the changing weather conditions. Here’s the best time to visit Spiti Valley:

Summer- From March to June, Summer is the excellent time to visit Spiti Valley. During summer the weather is generally pleasant with temperatures ranging from 15 C to 25 C during the day, making it comfortable for exploration and outdoor activities. The skies are usually clear permitting for panoramic views of the rugged landscapes , besides the roads are open, facilitating easier access to the valley.

Nonetheless, it's important to note that Spiti Valley has extreme weather conditions due to its high altitude, so even during the summer months, temperature can drop significantly at night. It's advisable to pack warm clothing and be prepared for the sudden weather changes.

Winter- Winter (December to February) transforms the valley into a winter wonderland, albeit with harsh weather conditions and limited accessibility due to heavy snowfall.

Things to do in Spiti Valley Circuit Trip

Attend a local festival: If your visit coincides with one of the vibrant festivals such as Losar (Tibetan New Year) or Fagli (Celebrated in Kinnaur), don't miss the opportunity to witness traditional dances, music and rituals performed by local communities.

Visit Dhankar Lake: Embark on a hike to Dhankar Lake, a fantastic high altitude lake near Dhankar Village. Enjoy the scenic trek through rocky terrain and pristine landscapes and marvel at the serene beauty of the lake surrounded by the towering mountains.

Rafting on Spiti River: If you’re seeking adventure, consider going rafting on the Spiti River. Experience the thrill of navigating through rapids while enjoying the views of the ruggeds landscapes and towering cliffs.

Motorbiking: Embark on an adventurous motorbike journey through the rugged terrain of Spiti Valley, traverse through high mountain passes, picturesque village and remote landscapes and enjoy the thrill of exploring the region on two wheels.

Yak Safari: Experience the unique thrill of Yak Safari in Spiti Valley. Ride on these majestic creatures through scenic pastures and valleys and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

FAQs For Spiti Valley Circuit Trip

1. Where is Spiti Valley located?

Spiti is a high-altitude region of the Himalayas, located in the north eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

2. What are the best places to visit in Spiti Valley?

10 best places to visit in Spiti Valley:-

Chandratal lake, Tabo Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Key Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Suraj Tal, Pin Valley National Park, Kibber, Kaza,Langza.

3. How many days do you need for the Spiti circuit?

You need approximately 7 days to explore Spiti Valley

5. What is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?

Best time to visit Spiti Valley is during the summer season from Mid June to September.

6. What is the Spiti Valley Circuit?

The Spiti Valley Circuit is a breathtaking high altitude journey through rugged terrain, dotted with ancient monasteries and offering stunning vistas of the himalayas.

7. What is the ideal time to visit Spiti Valley?

The most perfect time to visit Spiti Valley is during summer months, from May to September, the weather is generally good with clear skies making it easier for travelers to explore Spiti Valley without any hindrance.

8. What are some must-visit attractions in Spiti Valley?

Some must visit attractions in Spiti Valley are- Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Komic Village, Kaza, Chandratal Lake, Langza village, Dhankar Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Hikkim Village, Lhalung Monastery.

9. What are some must-visit attractions in Spiti Valley?

Some must visit attractions in Spiti Valley are- Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Komic Village, Kaza, Chandratal Lake, Langza village, Dhankar Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Hikkim Village, Lhalung Monastery.

10. How do I reach Spiti Valley?

The most common way to reach Spiti Valley is via road from either Shimla or Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India. Both routes offer stunning landscapes but involve long and often treacherous journeys due to the mountainous terrain. Alternatively, you can fly to Bhuntar Airport near Kullu and then travel by road to reach Spiti Valley.

11. What should I pack for the Spiti Valley Full Circuit Trip?

Pack warm clothing, especially for the evenings and nights when temperatures drop significantly. Essential items include sturdy trekking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and plenty of water. It's also wise to carry snacks, as amenities may be limited in some areas.

Other Popular Spiti Valley Packages- Spiti Tour Package from Delhi, Spiti Tour Package from Chandigarh, Spiti Tour Package from manali, Spiti tour package from Shimla, Spiti tour package from Manali

Itinerary

Day 0

Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

  • Assemble at the boarding point in Delhi - RK Ashram Metro Station or Majnu Ka Tilla. 
  • Start an overnight journey to Shimla and socialize with your co-travellers.

Day 1

India’s Last Village : Chitkul | Sangla Valley

  • After arriving in Shimla, we will take a halt for breakfast around Narkanda and soak in the much-needed #MountainVibes. Post breakfast, we will drive ahead to reach the last Indian village before the Indo-Tibetan border - Chitkul.
  • After arriving in Chitkul, check in to our comfy hotel/swiss-camps, freshen-up and have some leisure. 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.
  • In the evening, don’t miss out the much-needed acclimatization session by your trip captain followed by home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/swiss-camps.

Day 2

The Kinnaur Kailash : Kalpa

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will head out to take a stroll around the Chitkul village.
  • Visit Mathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess of the local people of Kinnaur and treat your stomach with a satisfying plate of steamy momos or rajma chawal at ‘Hindustan Ka Akhri Dhaba’.
  • Drive towards Kalpa, check in to our cozy hotel, and have some leisure. Witness the magical sunset as the golden light falls on the mighty Kinnaur Kailash range.
  • Visit the famous Roghi (suicide point) and if time permits take a stroll in the beautiful Kalpa village.
  • In the evening chill with your travel clan, savor home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 3

A Day On Road | Khab & Gue | Nako/Tabo Arrival

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, drive from Kalpa to Nako/Tabo village - home to the oldest Buddhist monastery located in Spiti Valley.
  • Get mesmerized by the shape-shifting landscapes of mountains with every turn.
  • En route we will take a halt at Khab Sangam, visit the famous Nako Lake and monastery and Gue village to see from your naked eyes the 500-year-old mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Sangha Tenzin.
  • After arriving in Nako/Tabo village, check in to our comfy hotel/homestay and have some leisure.
  • Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Day 4

Dhankar & Pin Valley | Kaza Arrival

  • Wake up to a peaceful mountain morning and post breakfast visit Tabo Monastery. Take a walk inside the old monastery and learn about the history of this Tibetan spiritual site also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’.
  • Drive from Tabo to Dhankar Village and meditate in the cliff top Dhankar Monastery. Treat yourself with jaw dropping scenes of pristine Spiti river and the gorgeous Himalayas.
  • Before arriving at our homely abode in Kaza we will drive along the Pin river towards one of the less explored regions and the only green national park in Spiti i.e Pin Valley. 
  • After arriving in Kaza, check in to our cozy hotel/homestay, freshen-up and have some leisure.
  • The ones with high energy levels, feel free to take a stroll around Kaza and old bazaars.
  • Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Day 5

Exploring Langza, Komic & Hikkim Villages | Kaza - Cafes, Bazaars & More

  • Wake to a relaxed mountain morning in your homely abode and post breakfast, quickly head out for an action packed exploration of various quaint villages nestled in and around Kaza. 
  • 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 an end at Hikkim village known for its World’s highest post office.
  • Since this is your last night in Kaza, therefore make the most out of it by chilling with your travel clan at various quaint cafes and take authentic souvenirs for your loved ones back home.  
  • Post exploration, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Day 6

Key Monastery | Kibber & Chicham | Chandratal Stargazing

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, bid adieu to your hosts in Kaza and drive towards Key Monastery - biggest and most picturesque Buddhist monastery nestled in the gorgeous Spiti Valley. Spend quality time speaking to the monks or sip a cup of herbal tea in Key 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.
  • Enroute Chandratal, we will take a pit stop at Losar to grab a satisfying lunch and continue towards Kunzum La situated at 15,000ft approx. This stretch is indeed the journey’s most adventurous and beautiful part.
  • After arriving at Chandratal, check in to our scenic campsite. Quickly head out to soak in the calmness of the Moon Lake and capture some #InstaPerfect shots.
  • In the evening chill with your travel clan under the gaze of million stars and the Milky Way Galaxy. Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in swiss tents.

Day 7

Back to Home

  • Wake up quite early in the morning and post breakfast drive towards Manali from Chandratal via Kunzum La. Enroute Manali, we will take a pit stop for morning tea at the famous Chacha-Chachi Ka Dhaba or Chhatru.
  • After arriving in Manali, feel free to take a stroll around Old Manali cafes or The Mall Road (if time permits) and start-off your return journey to Delhi in the evening.
  • Reach Delhi next morning with lots of amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.

Inclusions

  • Transportation: AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo/Bharatbenz (Delhi to Manali/Shimla & back) and Force Traveler/Cab at all other times or the entire journey by Force Traveler/Cab from Delhi.
  • Accommodation on Sharing Basis: Hotel/Homestays (Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako/Tabo & Kaza), Swiss Tents (Chitkul & Chandratal).
  • Meals: 6 Breakfast & 6 Dinner (starting from Dinner on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 8).
  • Experienced and cool trip leader.
  • Driver allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes, and inner line permits.
  • Oxygen cylinder and medical kit to handle extreme health problems.

Exclusions

  • Any extra meals and stay arrangements apart from the ones mentioned under inclusions as per the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance, items of a 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.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the above inclusions.
  • GST (5%) is applicable extra.

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