Spiti Valley, nestled in the heart of the Indian Himalayas, is a haven for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Tucked away in the remote corners of Himachal Pradesh, this high-altitude desert offers a unique blend of stunning landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant culture. Embarking on a tour of Spiti Valley promises an unforgettable journey through rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas.

At 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley is where you’d see, a different side of Himalayas.

Marvel at the wondrous structure of the Ki Monastery and get ready to be amazed by the Tabo Monastery – a 1020-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. End this tour on a high note (literally), as you spend a night, gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars while camping around the stunningly beautiful Chandratal Lake.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Chandigarh
DEPARTURE TIME 08:00AM
INCLUDED
  • Camping
  • Breakfast and Dinner (Veg Meal)
  • Transportation for all days
  • Permits
  • Tax
  • Accommodations
  • Professional guide
  • Driver allowance
  • Scorpio or Isuzu Dmax Vcross or Innvoa.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch
  • First day transportation
  • Last day Stay in Manali
  • Tickets for Monastery

 

1

Arrival at Chandigarh

Your Nine-day Spiti Valley Tour begins as you leave the Chandigarh and start your journey towards Shimla, where you get your first taste of the Himalayas. Shimla today is an attractive blend of a hill, town and holiday resorts.You’ll be free to explore Shimla on foot this day.Overnight at a hotel in Shimla.
2

Drive from Shimla – Sangla

We start our epic Himalayan road trip today and start driving to Sangla. With the Baspa river magically weaving itself through the forested slopes, this exquisite 95-kilometer stretch of the Sangla Valley is a sight to behold. Known predominantly for its agriculture, almost every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots or potatoes.
3

Drive from Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa

On the 3rd day of this Spiti Valley Tour, we have breakfast, basking in the first rays of the sun, and later head towards Chitkul.

Chitkul can be described as one of the most scenic settlements in the valley and the last inhabited village before the India-China border. This short drive from Sangla to Chitkul will be one of the most scenic drives you’ll take with plenty of opportunities to take stunning photographs. Walk around the Bapsa river and pay tribute to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. After spending time in Chitkul, we turn around and head to Kalpa.

Legend has it that Kalpa was the winter home of Lord Shiva. If it’s true, he couldn’t have found a more remarkable abode for himself, with enthrallingly majestic views of the Kinner-Kailash and Jorkandan peaks looming right above the village.

Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.

4

Drive from Kalpa – Nako – Tabo

On the 4rth day of this Spiti Valley tour, from Kalpa, we continue driving on the famous Hindustan – Tibet Highway or the NH 22 – This stretch is famously known as one of “most treacherous roads of the world” by the lonely planet in a visual spectacle. Don’t let that little piece of information deter you because your local drivers are highly skilled and experienced while driving on these roads. As you begin embracing the jaw-dropping views watch the mountains change their colours from the lush greens of the Kinnaur valley to the many hues of brown.

After a quick refueling stop at Puh, we proceed to Nako – the last hamlet of Kinnaur, before we enter the gates of Spiti Valley. After lunch in Nako, we drive through Sumdo, the first village of Spiti Valley on this road, to Tabo, where the most ancient monastery is. When then take a quick evening drive to Kaza

Overnight at a hotel in Tabo.

5

Drive from Tabo - Pin Valley - Mudh - Kaza

On the 5th day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to the charming and tiny villages of Pin Valley.

Today, we drive to the mesmerizing valley of Pin. Imagine a national park with an abundance of animals and birds, with some rare plant varieties, a river that gushes when it isn’t frozen and trekking opportunities for the adventure-seekers. The Pin Valley promises all this and more.

We first visit the Kungri Monastery and then the beautiful hamlet of Mudh – the last motorable village of the Pin Valley. Declared a national park in 1987, Pin Valley has altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards. In addition, other animals indigenous to the region and park are the Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox and marten. Birds such as the pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, chukor and raven paint the skies a pretty picture.

6

Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza

On the 6th day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.

The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. This little hamlet ensures to bring you thousands of miles away from your familiar settings to a place of soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks. Some of the common animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.

Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office. If possible, you might even meet the post-master and hear his stories.

After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza. Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza houses a population of 137 in 33 households. Once you are here, you can walk around the village and visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. At Langza, walk back to the prehistoric era when Spiti was submerged by the Tethys Sea, as you explore a land very rich with fossils of Marine animals and plants which were here millions of years ago.

We drive back down to Kaza for lunch. After that, we visit the world famous Ki Monastery. The car will first stop at the base of the monastery hill for the ultimate photo opportunity of this remarkable structure. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. Belonging to the Yellow Hat or Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery is famous as a prominent center of learning as well as a refuge for Tibetans. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking endless plains, the Ki Monastery is an obvious choice for those seeking peace and calm.

7

Drive from Kaza - Dhankar - Dhankar Lake (Hike) - Lhalung

On the 7th day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive words the tiny hamlet of Dhankar. Perched high above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River, the former capital of the Royals of Spiti Valley also known as the Nono, who ruled the dust-coloured badlands of Spiti Valley is a historic delight.

Walk back in time, as you explore the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa which perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. If time permits, do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise Dhankar Tso or Dhankar Lake.

Later, we end the day by making our way to Lhalung – another beautiful high altitude Spiti valley village. The word Lhalung means ‘land of god’ and the village of Lhalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains which supposedly transforms in colour depending on the mood of the deities. Red denotes anger while yellow signifies happiness. We spend the night with a local family and indulge in a cooking session at their authentic homestay.

We listen to their tales and enjoy the delicious homecooked meal before we rest overnight at Lhalung in our warm homestays.

8

Drive from Lhalung - Losar - Kunzum La - Chandratal

On the 8th day of this Spiti Valley tour, we drive to one of the most photogenic places in Spiti Valley – the Chandratal Lake. Before that, we pass through the high altitude pass of Kunzum La. Stop by at the stupa and pay tribute to the local goddess, “Kunzum Mata” as she’s known. At 15,000 feet above sea-level, the Kuzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley.

From there, we head to Chandratal Lake – A visual marvel, this stunning blue-coloured lake is set at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level in the heart of high Himalayas and is a must see on a full moon night. It derives its name, “Chandra” (Moon) and “Taal” (Lake) from the crescent shape of the lake. Watch the lake change colours from crystal clear shades of blue to emerald greens by dusk.

Otherwise barren and bereft of any human settlement, the blue lake bordered by carpeted green meadows couple with the pristine white of the Chandra Bhaga mountain range makes this an ideal camping ground.

Live your dream of camping comfortably in the Himalayas as you spend your evening gazing at the Milky Way and the millions of stars on a clear night. Our camps at Chandratal Lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, high altitude sleeping bags / blankets and a comfortable mattress.

Overnight at a camp 2 km away from Chandratal Lake.

9

Drive from Chandratal Lake – Chattru – Atal Tunnel – Manali

On the ninth day of this Spiti Valley tour, drive from Chandratal Lake towards Manali. We take a quick stop at Batal for a cup of tea at a small tea shop run by a beautiful old couple. From there, we continue driving on the Kaza – Manali highway and stop at Chatru for lunch. Drive through the famous Atal Tunnel and return to Manali to end your breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.

Here, we bid goodbye to you with our driver and guide who have been your friends for the past eight days.

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Tour Reviews

4.92 based on 12 reviews
June 9, 2023

My Spiti Valley tour with KPL Expeditions was an absolute delight! From the moment I booked my trip until the day I returned home, everything was seamless. The knowledgeable guides shared fascinating insights about Spiti’s history and culture, making the journey even more enriching. I can’t wait to explore more destinations with them.

June 13, 2023

Choosing KPL Expeditions for my Spiti Valley tour was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Their attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction ensured a smooth and memorable journey. Trekking through picturesque landscapes and staying in cozy accommodations made me fall in love with Spiti even more. I can’t wait to explore other destinations with them!

June 14, 2023

Choosing KPL Expeditions for my Spiti Valley tour was the best decision ever! Their attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction set them apart. Trekking through the Himalayan terrain while knowing we were in safe hands was a comforting feeling. I can’t wait to embark on another journey with them.”

June 20, 2023

Spiti Valley is where adventure meets spirituality. Trekking through rugged terrain and meditating in ancient monasteries filled me with a sense of peace and fulfillment. The locals welcomed us with open arms and shared their rich culture with us. It’s a journey I’ll cherish forever.

June 28, 2023

Spiti Valley is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! The stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage make it a truly unique destination. From exploring Buddhist monasteries to camping under the starry sky, every moment in Spiti felt surreal. It’s a place that left me longing for more.

July 13, 2023

KPL Expeditions made my Spiti Valley tour an unforgettable adventure! From expertly curated itineraries to comfortable accommodations, every aspect was well taken care of. Our guide’s knowledge about the region added depth to the experience. I returned home with a camera full of memories and a heart full of gratitude.”

July 20, 2023

Thanks to KPL Expeditions, my Spiti Valley tour was nothing short of magical! The seamless logistics and personalized service made me feel like a VIP traveler. Exploring ancient monasteries and witnessing traditional ceremonies enriched my understanding of Spiti’s rich cultural heritage. I can’t recommend them enough!

August 6, 2023

Spiti Valley is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. From exploring ancient monasteries to trekking through rugged terrain, every moment was filled with excitement. The starry nights in Spiti are something out of a fairytale. I returned home feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

August 14, 2023

Spiti Valley stole my heart! The surreal landscapes, crystal-clear rivers, and snow-capped peaks left me awestruck at every turn. Exploring the charming villages and witnessing the local way of life was a humbling experience. I would highly recommend Spiti to anyone looking for an offbeat adventure.

August 15, 2023

Spiti Valley is a photographer’s paradise! Every corner offers a stunning photo opportunity, from the majestic mountains to the quaint villages. The tranquility of Spiti is unmatched, and I found myself lost in its beauty. It’s a place I’ll always hold dear to my heart.

August 23, 2023

KPL Expeditions exceeded my expectations with their Spiti Valley tour! The itinerary was thoughtfully crafted to include both iconic landmarks and offbeat gems. Our guide’s expertise and enthusiasm added an extra layer of enjoyment to the trip. I returned home feeling rejuvenated and inspired by the beauty of Spiti.

September 10, 2023

Visiting Spiti Valley was like stepping into another world. The raw beauty of the landscape is unparalleled, and every turn offers a new breathtaking view. Our guide shared fascinating stories about Spiti’s history and culture, making the trip even more enriching. It’s a destination that leaves a lasting impression.

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