What Ladakh is to Jammu and Kashmir, Spiti is to Himachal Pradesh. A few years ago, Spiti was only an infamous twin to Ladakh, featuring similar landscapes, breathtaking monasteries, snow leopards and a constant chill in the wind. Currently, Spiti is the ultimate destination for an Indian or a foreign traveller. It attracts backpackers, trekkers, families and riders alike. Lying in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal, Spiti is a high altitude cold desert and mountain valley situated around 412 km from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Departure Day: Start from Delhi for an overnight journey to Shimla. 9:00 pm
Day 1: Arrival at Shimla. Depart for Jhakri, 9:00 am. Overnight at Jhakri
Day 2: Depart for Tabo, 9:00 am. Overnight at Tabo
Day 3: Depart for Lalung .Overnight at Lalung
Day 4: Lalung to Kaza/Shego via Demul, Langza, Komic
Day 5: Kaza and Around; Kye Monastery, Chicham and Kibber. Overnight at Kaza/Losar
Day 6: Losar and around Snow Ride experience. Overnight at Losar
Day 7: Losar to Kalpa via Kaza. Overnight at Kalpa
Day 8: Kalpa to Sangla/Chitkul to Rampur. Overnight at Rampur
Day 9: Rampur to Shimla. Overnight journey to Delhi
Day 10: Arrival at Delhi, 6:00 am
Start our journey to Shimla from Delhi. Road tripping through the states of Punjab and Haryana, our Volvo will be taking us through an overnight yet short journey to Shimla.
We will be arriving early morning at Shimla followed by light breakfast and freshen up. Straight away we will head to our next destination Jhakri through the high mountain passes of Chandernahan and Narkanda mountain ranges. After checking in
at the hotel in Jhakri, we will have enough time to absorb the mountains and chill the rest of the evening with some fire and a hearty dinner.
Wake up early followed by a power breakfast. We will start out late morning for Tabo in Spiti Valley. Tabo hosts one of the oldest and most mystical monasteries in the world is protected by UNESCO as a heritage site. We will be exploring the caves here and overnight at our home stay.
The journey today will take us to Lalung, a high altitude isolated village in Spiti Valley.
We will start for the village of Dhankar early in the morning. Today, you will need all your fitness as we trek up to the Dhankar Lake. It is a sacred and isolated lake yet it becomes one of the best moments of any trip to Spiti.
Post Dhankar we will taking a day trip to the offbeat , Langza, Hikkim and Komic, the highest altitude villages in the world and continue our journey up to Kaza. We will be staying at Kaza Itself.
Today is known as the circuit day. Covering the highest inhabited villages in the world we will be heading to Losar. Next up will be Kibber, the village of the snow leopard, a 1000 year old and the largest monastery in Spiti, Kye and Asia’s highest suspension bridge at the beautiful village of Chicham. Overnight at the Milky Way paradise, Losar.
Around this time, Losar will treat you to a white paradise of snow from both ends of the valley. Experience snow riding at Losar and absorb the raw beauty of Spiti Valley. Overnight stay will be at Losar.
Today, we will be headed to Kinnaur, the next ultimate destination of our trip. We will straight out reach Kalpa, a gorgeous hamlet hidden in the outskirts of Kinnaur.
Experience some more snow riding at the villages of Chitkul and Sangla. The village of Chitkul is at approx 14000 feet above mean sea level and is considered the last inhabited village on the Indo Tibetan Highway. Post Sangla Valley, we will head to our hotel in Rampur. Overnight rest at Rampur.
Today we will head back to Shimla and if we get enough time, will explore the market of Shimla and chill with some profound memories of what we just went through. Board your bus from here and start for Delhi late at night. Arrival at Delhi will be next morning.