Spiti Valley Winter Trip

Spiti Valley Winter Trip


Located at an average height of 14010 feet above sea level, ‘Spiti – the Land Of Gods’ consists of stark high alpine lands, scattered with small postcard-perfect villages of whitewashed mud-homes and monasteries. With freckles of green over a dry, weather-beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert. Characterized by stark beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains Spiti has some of the highest villages in the world- Kibber, Gete, Langza, Hikkim, and Komic.

Get ready to travel to a world where villages appear like a mirage after miles of trailing a turquoise green river nestled between snow-capped barren mountains and blue lakes; a world which has the coldest winters you’ll ever see, but therein reside the warmest people you will ever meet; ‘A world within a world’.

Watch our Spiti video here:

Brief Itinerary:

Day 0: Delhi - Shimla
Day 1: Shimla  - Narkanda - Sarahan - Rock Tunnel - Sangla/Spello
Day 2: Sangla/Spello - Khab Sangam - Ka Loops - Nako - Gue Monastery - Tabo/Gue
Day 3: Tabo/Gue - Tabo Monastery - Dhankar Monastery - Chicham/KazaDay 
Day 4: Chicham/Kaza - Chicham Bridge - Key Monastery - Chicham/Kaza
Day 5: Chicham/Kaza - Langza - Hikkim Post office - Komic - Kaza - Tabo
Day 6: Tabo -Nako - Kalpa Suicide point - Sarahan -Narkanda -Sainj
Day 7: Sainj - Shimla

Day 0: Delhi - Shimla ( For the people who have opted Delhi - Delhi Package)

  • Report at Majnu ka Tilla by 8:00 PM
  • Leave Delhi by 8 PM and reach Shimla by the next morning.
  • Distance: 350 KM || 9 to 10 Hrs
  • Altitude: Delhi (700 ft) to Shimla (7,238 ft)
  • Stay: NA

Day 01 : Shimla - Narkanda - Sarahan - Kinnaur Rock Tunnel - Sangla/Spello

  • Reach Shimla before 6:00 AM
  • Reporting Point: Victory Tunnel, Shimla. (If you have opted for Shimla to Shimla)
  • Freshen up and have breakfast on the way
  • We ride through the hills of Shimla and reach Kinnaur filled with apple orchids all along the way.
  • Once we cross Rampur, the terrain starts changing dramatically. Huge mountains welcome you on both sides with rocky and sharp edges and the roads curving in and out of tunnels driving alongside the Sutlej River.
  • Stop at Rock Tunnel famously called The Gateway of Kinnaur Post a Group picture we will move along the Indo-Tibetan highway on the way to Sangla.
  • Sangla valley is also known as Baspa valley. The natural beauty of Sangla Valley will surely charm you and you will enjoy every minute you spend here. The scenery is like nothing that you had ever seen. This region boasts of growing the world’s best quality apples.
  • Distance: 240 KM || 10 to 11 Hrs
  • Altitude: Shimla (7,238 ft) to Sangla/Spello (8,530 Ft)
  • Stay: Sangla / Spello (Hotel)

Day 02: Sangla/Spello - Khab Sangam - Ka Loops - Nako - Gue Monastery - Kaza

  • After breakfast, we start our journey towards the Spiti valley and enjoy the spectacle of the transitions in the landscape from hill stations of Kinnaur to the villages of the cold desert of Spiti.
  • Visit Khab Sangam - confluence point of Spiti and Sutlej river
  • Till Khab Sangam the river flowing adjacent to the road is Sutlej (Flowing from Tibet) after crossing Khab Sangam bridge it will be Spiti River (Flowing from the Kunzum Range of the Himalayas)
    Ka Loops - Ka Loops is a series of hairpin bends between Khab and Nako.
  • Reach Nako village for a quick break.
  • Visit Gue Village - Gue is a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful hamlet with a few houses in the midst of the mighty Himalayas and only a couple of kilometers away from the Indo-China border. Gue village is the home to India's one and only 500-year-old natural mummy Sangha Tenzin, a Buddhist monk who started the self-mummification process while still alive!
  • Distance: 160 KM || 8 to 9 Hrs
  • Altitude: Sangla/Spello (8,530 Ft) to Kaza (11,980 Ft)
  • Stay: Kaza (Home Stay)

Day 03: Kaza - Kaza Monastery - Chicham Bridge - Key Monastery - Kaza/Chicham

  • Visit Sakya Tangyud Monasteryin Kaza.
  • Visit Chicham Bridge - The highest bridge in Asia connecting Chicham and Kibber at a staggering height of 13,596Ft
  • Visit Key Monastery - A 1000-year-old monastery, home to around 300 lamas who receive their religious education here surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
    A small hike takes you to the Key monastery viewpoint from where you can witness surreal views of the Key monastery and Spiti River.
  • Distance: 30 KM || 6 to 7 Hrs
  • Altitude: Kaza (11,98- Ft) to Kaza/Chicham (11,980/13,596 Ft)
  • Stay:  Kaza/Chicham (Home Stay)

Day 04 :Kaza/Chicham - Langza - Hikkim PostOffice - Komic - Kaza

  • Visit Langza - The fossil village where you get to see fossils which are thousands of years old, Statue of Lord Buddha, One of the best days for ‘Night photography’ and ‘Astrophotography’
  • Visit Hikkim - A Village with the highest post office in the world and also the highest polling booth in the world. Send a letter to your loved ones from here.
  • Visit Komic - The Highest village in the world connected by a motorable road,
  • Catch a view of Kesari Fort - The fort shot in the Kesari movie while en route back to Kaza
  • Distance: 45 KM || 6 to 7 Hrs
  • Altitude: Kaza/Chicham (11,980/13,596 Ft) to Kaza (11,980 Ft)
  • Stay: Kaza (Home Stay)

Day 05: Kaza - Dhankar Monastery - Tabo Monastery - Tabo

  • Visit Dhankar Monastery - A 1000-year-old Monastery almost hanging on the tip of a peak and overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers.
  • Visit Tabo monasteries (old and new ) - Tabo Monastery built in 996AD is quoted as ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’ for its painted wall murals. Tabo Monastery is the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and the Himalayas.
  • Distance: 70 KM || 7 to 8 Hrs
  • Altitude: Kaza (11,980 Ft) to Tabo (10,760 Ft)
  • Stay:  Tabo (Home Stay)

Day 06: Tabo - Nako - Kalpa Suicide Point - Sarahan - Narkanda - Sainj

  • Today will be the longest stretch of the entire trip so we will start very early in the morning post breakfast.
  • Visit Kalpa suicide point - The dangerous trench and vertical slopes are the highlights of this place. Also, the breathtaking mountain scenery gives tourists a taste of height and turns their experience into something more interesting.
  • Distance: 290 KM || 11 to 12 Hrs
  • Altitude:  Tabo (10,760 Ft) to Sainj (8,900Ft)
  • Stay: Sainj (Hotel)

Day 07: Sainj - Shimla

  • Start to Shimla after breakfast and some leisure time.
  • Reach Shimla by evening.
  • Shimla sightseeing (If time permits).
  • Book your return after 9 PM from Shimla if you have opted Shimla - Shimla Package.
  • Board bus to Delhi at 9:00 PM from Shimla, If you have chosen Delhi - Delhi Package.

Day 08: One Day after the Event End Date - Shimla to Delhi (357 Km)

  • You can plan your return journey after 12:00 PM from Delhi Airport. (If you have chosen Delhi to Delhi)
 Note: There might be few changes in the itinerary due to weather, road conditions, and the physical ability of the team.
    
 Goadventure reserves the right to change the itinerary at any point in time considering the team's safety.

Head and skin Protection :
  • Cap / Sun hat
  • Balaclava/ Woolen cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40 and above)
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
Clothing :
  • Windcheater & Raincoat
  • Thermals
  • Fleece
  • Gloves
  • Comfortable clothes (Full sleeves shirts & full pants, 3 to 5 pairs)
  • Dry-fit cloths
  • Innerwear
Footwear :
  • Sports shoes
  • Sandals or Flip-flops
  • Socks (3 to 4 pairs)
  • Woolen socks (2 pairs)
Documents :
  • Original ID proof
Electronics :
  • Camera & Kit (Optional)
  • Mobile chargers
  • Power bank
Miscellaneous:
  • Liquid cash
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal medicines (If any)
  • Small backpack (10L or 20L)
  • Water bottle
  • Headtorch 
  • Dry snacks, ORS, dry fruits, chocolates, Nutri bars, etc.
Use your garbage bag or properly dispose of used wet tissues and napkins. Do not litter wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains as well as other public areas.
 
Tip: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Note 1: We need not carry backpacks with us. You can always keep them inside a hotel or vehicle

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary on triple sharing rooms.
  • Transport from Shimla to Shimla by tempo traveler.
  • 06 Night stays in your preferred guest house/homestay/camp.
  • Meals: 06 breakfasts & 06 dinners.
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary (Vehicle will be on Non-Disposal basis).
  • All toll taxes, parking fees, and driver’s allowance.
  • Experienced outdoor professionals.

  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Any kind of personal expenses, optional tours, insurance, laundry.
  • Costs incidental to any changes in the itinerary due to bad weather or natural calamities which is beyond our control.
  • Extra meals including breakfast on the arrival day & dinner on the last day.

1. How do I get to spiti valley?
 

There are two routes to Spiti valley, one from Shimla and other from manali.Shimla route is open all year around., whereas the Manali route is open from July till end of October.

The distance between Manali and Kaza is around 220 kms. And takes approximately 9-10 hrs to reach. The distance between Shimla and Kaza is around 450 kms. And takes approximately 
2 ½ days to reach Kaza.

2. Best season to travel in spiti?
Most of the people prefer to travel to spiti in summer. However few people travel during the winter season too., Contrary to common belief, Spiti valley actually remains accessible by road throughout the year..

 

The best time to visit Spiti valley depends on your preference, places you wanted to include in your itinerary and which route you intend on taking.
3.  What Temperatures can I expect ?

 

The temperature in summer (June to September) ranges between 10 degree celsius and 30 degree celsius.

 

The temperature in winters (Oct to Feb) can go down to -30Deg.C

 

4. Mobile signals in Spiti ?

 

Only BSNL/MTNL connection will work in parts of Spiti valley and has the widest coverage of connectivity. The quality may not be that good always

Reliance Jio network is now available in Kaza starting the end of 2019. It joins the BSNL/MTNL connections network in Kaza

5. What facilities do homestays have in winter?

 

Most homestays in spiti do not have room heaters as electricity is a bit of an issue. Homestays provide lots of thick blankets and local tandoors in common spaces.

 

Most of the stays have western toilets but during winter everything is frozen.Homestays people try their best to keep at least one washroom operable.
 

Homestays also consist of dry toilets which are being used from ancient times in spiti.

6. What is a homestay?

No one knows a place better than the local occupants, and by staying with someone local you have access to the best information on the place.

 

You get to live with a local family in their home, share meals and help them with the daily activities if you’d like.

 

The people of these valleys are some of the warmest and kindest anywhere on Earth

they provide you delicious food throughout your stay with them.,

They make sure that everyone is comfortable by providing sufficient bedding to keep you warm throughout the night , and tell you local stories and traditions. 

 

7. What is AMS ?

 

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the effect on the body of being in a high altitude environment. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). . The occurrence of AMS depends on the altitude, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility.
 

8.  Fitness levels required for a spiti Trip ?

 

There are no such physical requirements needed for a spiti trip, Keep in mind that physically fit people can enjoy more and do much better in high altitudes.

 

Since we will be travelling to higher altitudes it is better to check with your doctor if you have Asthma and blood pressure issues previously and carry all appropriate medicines

9. How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness In Spiti ?

 

  • Gaining altitude at a slow pace.
  • Keep your body properly hydrated.
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol as they decrease your respiratory capabilities.
  • Keep your body warm
  • Drink garlic water.

 

10. Do i need to carry medicines/oxygen cylinders along with me??

 

GA will carry one basic medical kit which will consist of all the necessary medicines along with oxygen cylinders required for the trip. 


 



 


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