Winter Spiti Tour

duration Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
visit Best time to visit December to March
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group Tour
Camp Accommodation type Hotel
About the Winter Spiti Tour

Spiti is a cold desert valley. It is in the middle of large desert mountains in the northeastern part of Himachal. Rightly named, Spiti means “middle land”. On your Spiti tour, you will find it sitting between the borders of stunning territories like Ladakh, Tiber, Kullu valley, and Kinnaur. The blue water bodies are more vibrant since the desert background creates a blank canvas for the pastel blue water. It’s so clear that you can see your face clearer in the pond than in a mirror. Vast Grasslands and meadows stretch out to distances. Long winding roads will expose you to views so surreal that you’d feel like stopping and clicking pictures every second. Spiti is famous not only as an excellent cold desert valley, but it’s also as a splendid amphitheater to the Himalayas. So this is the time to explore Winter Spiti Tour, Spiti In Winter .

Also See: Spiti Jeep Safari

Places you will see on this trip. This trip is filled with places to see, so let’s get started.

 

Check off the World’s Height list -

  • World’s highest petrol pump
  • World’s highest post office
  • World’s highest village
  • Asia’s highest bridge (Chicham Bridge)

 

  • Hatu Peak

Hatu peak height is 3400 m (11,152 ft) above sea level. On top of the peak, you will find a beautiful wooden temple dedicated to Kaali Ma. The temple has an interesting story behind it. It has a stove-like structure on the outside of the temple. It is suspected that the Pandavas used to prepare food there at the time of their Agyaat Vaas.

 

  • Nako Village

Let’s visit the highest village in the Hanging Valley at a height of 3,625 meters (11,893 ft). Stationed close to the Indo-China border, the village gives a crisp view of  Reo Purgyal, the highest mountain in Himachal. The most essential part of the village is the Nako village. As the sun sets in the evenings, exotic birds fly to the shore of the lake and it’s a beautiful sight to behold.

 

  • Tabo Village

Time to explore the banks of the river Spiti on the Spiti tour. The Tabo village sits on its banks. The town worships an ancient thousand-year-old monastery. It’s said to be so pure, that even the Dalai Lama has expressed a desire to retire to Tabo to be around the sacred monastery. The divine dwelling has a variety of paintings and sculptures.

 

  • Key Monastery

12 kilometers from Kaza, this monastery has a mystical charm. It is at an altitude of 4,166 meters (13,668 ft) above sea level. It’s a religious training center for lamas. It’s the oldest monastery in Spiti and hence is greatly respected. Key Monastery Spiti awaits your arrival.

 

  • Pin valley

In 1987, The Pin Valley was declared a national park due to its diverse flora and fauna. It’s got over 20 species of animals and birds. It’s is popular for its protection for the endangered species of Snow-Leopard. The place has more than 400 species of plants including herbs containing medicinal properties.

 

  • Chitkul village

Let’s visit the bank of river Bapsa. Welcome to Chitkul village, the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. IIT Delhi concluded in a recent study that this village has the purest air in India - all the more reason to visit it. This also marks the last place in India you need a permit to visit.


What is the weather like?

This factor greatly depends on what you’re looking for. On one hand, you can view the grand deserted mountains of Spiti if you come in the summertime. On the other hand, you can see the whole landscape covered in snow if you go in the winters. The favorable time is a little towards the winters since the temperature cools down to quite an extent.


The culture and people of Spiti

You will learn a lot about the locals on the Spiti valley tour. Being the middle land, Spiti experiences a cultural mix of India and Tibet. Spiti is dotted peacefully with many monasteries that deserve a visit. In fact, it’s a Buddhist research center due to its abundance of temples and mandataries. The heritage of this secluded valley has revolved around its monasteries for a long time, as will become evident when you find colored worship flags fluttering in the cool Spiti wind. Explore the concept of worship wheels. You’re supposed to turn them over with your hands to release the prayers ingrained in them in the air. The locals of Spiti are welcoming and friendly. They believe in the divine power of mother Nature. Many monks are known to possess magical powers.

Let’s check out what happens on the Spiti Valley tour.

Day 0 - Overnight Drive to Shimla

 

Pick-up point: Delhi

Altitude:   7467 feet

Drive:   8-9 hrs. (342 km)

  • Report to the bus stand in the evening.
  • Settle in for an overnight Journey from Delhi To Shimla.

 

Day 1 - Shimla to Chitkul

 

Altitude: 11318 feet

Drive:   4-5 hrs.

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel / Guest House

  • Freshen up with some delicious breakfast
  • It’s time to drive up to Chitkul, travel along the Sutlej river.
  • Take the right turn and follow the Baspa river towards Chitkul.
  • Reach Chitkul, enjoy the destination and head back to Rakchuum for an overnight stay.

 

Day 2 - Chitkul to Tabo

 

Altitude: 10761 feet

Drive:   4-5 hrs

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel/ Guest House

  • Wake up early to warm breakfast morning while sitting next to Baspa river.
  • If the time permits, we will visit Sangla valley and straight away head to Tabo village.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay at Tabo with a hot and healthy meal served.

 

Day 3 - Tabo to Kaza

 

Altitude: 12467 feet

Drive:   4-5 hrs

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel / Guest House

  • Tabo is a mystical old village that has a history of more than 1100 years.
  • Today we will witness the local villagers life and after that visit the nearby caves of Tabo.
  • Post the local visits we’ll move to the headquarters of Spiti, that is Kaza.
  • Reach the destination and enjoy an overnight stay with hot meals.

 

Day 4 - Kaza - Langza - Hikkim - Komic

 

Altitude: 15500 feet

Drive:   4-5 hrs

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel / Guest House

  • After a hearty breakfast, we’ll walk on the streets of Kaza.
  • We’ll move towards the Highest Post Office of the world, situated at 14,567 ft (Hikkim).
  • Also we will be visiting the Komic and langza villages.
  • Head back to Kaza for an overnight stay with hot meal.

 

Day 5 - Kaza - Key Kibber - Chicham

 

Altitude: 14200 feet

Drive:   4-5 hrs

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel / Guest House

  • After an early breakfast, we head out to Key monastery which is build on a mountain hill.
  • Post the Key monastery visit we will visit the Kibber village via Chicham, which is also famous for snow leopards spotting.
  • Take your time in enjoying the views from the highest bridge of Asia.
  • Head back to Kaza for an overnight stay with hot meal.

 

Day 6 - Kaza to Kalpa

 

Altitude: 9711 feet

Drive:  13 hr (470 km)

Meal:   Breakfast, Dinner

Stay: Hotel

  • The trip is on its last legs as we depart for Kalpa after breakfast.
  • Take a last scenic walk of Kaza streets from the tour and head to the destination via Nako village.
  • Reach Kalpa in the evening, have your hot meal and retire for the day.

 

Day 7 - Kalpa - Shimla - Delhi

 

Drive: 6 hrs

Bus: 7 hrs

Drop off point: Delhi

Meal: breakfast

  • Wake up to fresh morning, have your breakfast with majestic views of Kalpa.
  • Explore the famous Suicide point and get yourself some pictures clicked.
  • Leave for Shimla and from there board your evening bus to Delhi.

Air: Book your tickets to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and book a cab to the meeting point. (The location will be made clear 3 days prior to the start date).

Road: Get off at Kashmiri gate or Majnu ka Tila and hire a cab to the meetup-point.

Railways: Get off at Delhi junction, Patel Nagar, or Sadar Bazar. You will be informed of the best option.

  • Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2
  • The windproof jacket is of decent quality preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Woolen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick-dry towel
  • Water bottles (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sunglasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra face masks
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
  • Government ID 

Inclusions

  • Meet and greet at arrival
  • Experienced guide to accompany you through the trip
  • Volvo from Delhi to Shimla and back
  • Sightseeing activities will be done by Tempo Traveller / cab (as per the group size)
  • Accommodation will be provided in Hotels/ Guest House / Homestay.
  • Oxygen cylinder in case of an emergency will be available 24 X 7
  • Meals on MAP basis as per the itinerary.

 

Exclusions

  • In case if your tour remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.
  • Anything which is not mentioned In Inclusions.

Note - Due to dynamic weather conditions, we have all the right to make changes to the Itinerary. We might even reschedule in drastic conditions for your safety. 

1. If cancellations are made 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.

3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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