Spiti Valley road trip (with Chandratal Lake)
Kaza, Baglan, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Sign up for an action-packed road trip across the Spiti Valley and spend 8 days taking in imposing views of barren mountains and snow-capped peaks. Apart from gorgeous views of this cold desert valley, you'll experience the Indo-Tibetan culture at historic monasteries at Dhankar, Tabo and Key, where the walls are decorated with intricate paintings and the architecture displays the traditional Buddhist design. You'll stay in the quaint villages of Kalpa, Langza, Lhalung and Tabo, where home-stays offer a personal insight in daily life.

    A key feature of this itinerary is the visit to Chandratal Lake, a crescent-shaped lake with gorgeous mountains on either side. You'll also visit the village of Mudh, located in the sparse greenery of the Pin Valley National Park.

    Destination

    The land of high mountains and deep valleys, Spiti is most well-known for its awe-inspiring beauty, friendly local natives and the unique blend of Indo-Tibetan and Buddhist cultures. This is the most evident at the monasteries of Spiti Valley, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. They are often set to incredible backdrops of mountain beauty, with rolling hills painted in differing shades of brown and grey. This road trip takes you to such monasteries and other interesting destinations such as the highest post office in the world at Hikkim and the fossil village of India at Langza.

    Destination highlights

    • Click amazing photos of mountains in the Spiti Valley.
    • Visit the famed monasteries of Key, Dhankar and Tabo.
    • Live at home-stays and experience Tibetan culture and cuisine.
    • Visit Mudh on the outskirts of the Pin Valley National Park.
    • Spend a night in Swiss tents near the Chandratal Lake.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour guide during the road trip to Spiti Valley.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the road trip to Spiti Valley.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 30 days or more before departure of the Spiti Valley road trip: 90% refund.

    For cancellations made between 15-29 days before departure of the Spiti Valley road trip: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made between 10-14 days before departure of the Spiti Valley road trip: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 10 days before departure of the Spiti Valley road trip: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Temperatures can get quite chilly during your road trip to Spiti Valley and travellers are recommended to carry proper winter apparel such as sweaters and thermal wear. Most home-stays will have a traditional or electric heater in the rooms.

    During this road trip to Spiti Valley, travellers will visit destinations at altitudes from 9,000 ft to 14,500 ft and may experience altitude sickness.

    Spiti Valley is located at an altitude with no internet connectivity and moderate road access/availability of services. Travellers are advised to take such circumstances under consideration before booking the trip.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the trip.

    The tour operator reserves the right to change or cancel the itinerary of this trip due to bad weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances to ensure maximum safety of travellers and staff.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Shimla bus stand
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    Drop off point
    Manali bus stand
    Mode of transport
    Innova or similar vehicle
    Start point
    Shimla
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    End point
    Manali
    Time of departure
    09:00 AM
    Time of return
    03:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Swimming Required
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    Instructor/Traveller ratio
    NA
    Doctors on call/at location
    NA
    Appropriate Age Group
    16+
    Instructor Gender
    NA
    Any activities outside campsite
    NA
  • Day 1 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Shimla to Sangla

    Your road trip begins from the Shimla bus stand, as you board a private vehicle and set off on the curving roads towards Sangla. The drive takes you past scenic views of the forest, passing small towns like Kufri and Narkanda. The Indo-Tibetan highway goes alongside the Sutlej River and the dam reservoir at the confluence where the Baspa and Sutlej rivers meet. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse at Sangla.

    Day 2 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul

    Today, you'll drive from Sangla to the small village of Chitkul, the last village before the Indo-Tibetan national border. In the village, you'll take short walks to explore and visit the local temple and the camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. From Chitkul, you'll drive back and take a diversion to reach Kalpa, a little village with absolutely magnificent views of the snow-laden Kinner Kailash range. Overnight in a home-stay at Kalpa.

    Day 3 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako

    On today's drive from Kalpa to Tabo, you'll make a brief halt at the village of Nako to visit the artificial lake in the village that is surrounded by blooming pink flowers in late spring. Crossing several small, hillside villages in the valley, you'll reach Tabo, where the local monastery is more than a 1,000 years old. Spend some time admiring the ornate artwork decorating the walls or hike up to visit the caves of Tabo where monks used to meditate. Overnight in a home-stay at Tabo.

    Day 4 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Tabo to Lhalung via Dhankar

    From Tabo, you'll continue your journey on the valley's winding roads to Dhankar. Here, you'll visit the local monastery, an architectural marvel that used to be a Mongolian prison and once the capital of Spiti Valley. A short hike from the monastery also takes you to the Dhankar Lake where you can relax and click scenic photos. From Dhankar, you'll proceed further to Lhalung, where snow-capped peaks and terraced farms offer great views. Overnight in a home-stay at Lhalung.

    Day 5 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Lhalung to Kaza via Mudh

    Your drive from Lhalung to Kaza takes you on an a short detour into the Pin Valley to visit the village of Mudh. On the outskirts of the Pin Valley National Park, this nature-rich village offers a contrast to the barren mountains of Spiti. Soon, you'll return to the Spiti Valley and travel to the Key Gompa, the most important Buddhist house of worship in the valley with gorgeous views of the Spiti River. By evening, you'll reach Kaza, the largest town in the valley. Overnight in a home-stay at Kaza.

    Day 6 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Kaza to Langza via Hikkim, Komic

    Gaining altitude, you'll drive higher in the mountains to visit two of the most interesting destinations in the valley. Your first stop is the village of Hikkim, where you'll visit the highest post office in the world at over 14,500 feet. The next stop is the village of Komic, one of the highest villages in the world with a motorable road. You'll visit the local monastery, the Tangyund Gompa, and drive to Langza, also known as the fossil village of India. Overnight in a home-stay at Langza.

    Day 7 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Langza to Chandratal

    After a lazy morning spent at Langza, you'll drive to the famous Chandratal Lake, a crescent-shaped, high-altitude body of water that is only open to travellers when it isn't frozen due to the winters. The lake is accessible via a 1-hr trek from the nearest road, but the hike is well worth the stunning views of Chandrabhaga peaks standing to the backdrop of a vast, blue lake. Overnight in Swiss tents at the Chandratal Lake.

    Day 8 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Chandratal to Manali

    If you wake up early in the day, you can trek back to the lake to spend some quiet time meditating on the shore. Today, you'll end your Spiti Valley road trip by driving back to Manali. You'll reach the town by late afternoon. Your Spiti Valley road trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shimla
    End point
    Sangla
    Day start time
    09:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sangla
    End point
    Kalpa
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kalpa
    End point
    Tabo
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tabo
    End point
    Lhalung
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lhalung
    End point
    Kaza
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kaza
    End point
    Langza
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Langza
    End point
    Chandratal Lake
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chandratal Lake
    End point
    Manali
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements, as per itinerary, in an Innova or similar vehicle
    • Accommodation in home-stays/Swiss camps/hotels for 7 nights on a twin/triple-sharing basis
    • All breakfasts and dinners from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
    • Services of an experienced driver/tour guide
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel costs from your home city and Shimla, from Manali to your home city
    • Lunch, throughout the trip
    • Personal expenses like gratuity tips to staff, extra meals, beverages etc.
    • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Windproof jacket
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sweater and thermal clothes
    • Raincoat or waterproof poncho
    • Woollen gloves and socks
    • Shirts/t-shirts and jeans/track pants
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Innova or similar vehicle for transport, as per itinerary
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Moisturizer and lip balm
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, fruits etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Shimla to Sangla

    Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse at Sangla.

    You will board an Innova or similar vehicle at the Shimla bus stand and travel to Sangla. You'll be accommodated in a hotel or guesthouse at Sangla. Today's meal plan includes dinner only, so make sure to have breakfast before arriving at the pick-up point. You can stop to have lunch at any restaurant or eatery en route to Sangla.

    Day 2 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul

    Overnight in a home-stay at Kalpa.

    Travel from Sangla to Kalpa. En route, you'll stop at Chitkul. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Kalpa. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only. Every day, you'll stop at any of the restaurants and eateries en route to your destination to have lunch at your own expense.

    Day 3 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako

    Overnight in a home-stay at Tabo.

    Travel from Kalpa to Tabo. En route, you'll stop to visit Nako. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Tabo. Please note that most home-stays will have common washrooms only. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 4 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Tabo to Lhalung via Dhankar

    Overnight in a home-stay at Lhalung.

    Travel from Tabo to Lhalung. En route, you'll stop to visit Dhankar. You'll be accompanied by an experienced driver who will also act as your tour guide. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Dhankar. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 5 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Lhalung to Kaza via Mudh

    Overnight in a home-stay at Kaza.

    Travel from Lhalung to Kaza. En route, you'll stop to visit Mudh. As the largest city in the Spiti Valley, Kaza is the only town where you'll fin access to basic services like a bank ATM, medical services and cellular coverage. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Kaza. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 6 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Kaza to Langza via Hikkim, Komic

    Overnight in a home-stay at Langza.

    Travel from Kaza to Langza. En route, you'll stop to visit Hikkim and Komic. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Langza. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only. Please expect vegetarian food at most home-stays and restaurants since non-vegetarian food may not always be available everywhere.

    Day 7 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Langza to Chandratal

    Overnight in Swiss tents at the Chandratal Lake.

    Travel from Langza to the Chandratal Lake. Please note that entry tickets to local attractions, such as monuments and monasteries, are payable on the spot. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay or guesthouse at the Chandratal Lake. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 8 of the Spiti Valley road trip: Chandratal to Manali

    Your trip ends by late afternoon.

    Travel from the Chandratal Lake to Manali. Today's meal package includes breakfast only. You'll reach the town by late afternoon. Your Spiti Valley road trip ends here.

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