“Spiti is a world within a world” – Rudyard Kipling
A magnificent cold mountain desert, the land of Lamas, prayer flags dancing in the wind, healing mantras in monasteries, the simplistic rural life, heart-warming natives, some of the world’s highest inhabited villages, a river flowing amidst shinning grey sand, pristine lakes, clear night sky with zillion stars, the mouthwatering yak cheese and the aroma of momos. These bundles of joy can only be found in a timeless place like Spiti Valley that leisurely follows its own rhythm; least impacted by the modernization and fast-paced city life. It’s a complete world in itself, a beautiful adobe nestled between India and Tibet offering overwhelming hospitality, the taste of rich culture and soothing one’s eyes with awe-inspiring views.
Let’s embark on a lifetime journey to the mini Tibet with a group of heartwarming people and discover it like never before. Every day of this trip is going to surprise you in a unique way, and every minute will be filled with new leanings and new realizations.
1. Key Monastery: The 1000-year-old monastery, appearing like a Fortress, is the oldest training centre for Lamas. Positioned at an elevation of 13,668 feet, it’s been destroyed and reconstructed multiples times. It also has a rare collection of thangkas, ancient murals, and weapons. Even a few minutes spent in the calm atmosphere of this monastery are going to recharge us forever.
2. Kibber Village: Kibber, located at the height of 14200 feet, had the honor of being the world’s highest motorable village. It’s a picturesque village with cute little houses. These houses are built in Tibetan style using stones and adobe bricks, and hence the village bears a very close resemblance to the traditional areas of Tibet.
3. Mudh Village: Situated at an altitude of 12, 361 feet, hidden deep within the Pin Valley National Park, Mudh is the last village in Pin Valley. The transition of the Himalayan range evidently tells that village is the end of the valley. Not to mention that this village has beautiful houses exhibiting traditional Spitian architecture.
4. World’s Highest Post Office: India has the world’s most extensive postal system, and so, it also makes sense to be the home to the World’s Highest Post Office. Perched at 15,500 feet above sea level, it is silently tucked in a quaint village named Hikkim. Don’t miss sending postcards from here to your loved ones or colleagues to flaunt your location!
5. Cooking Class*: Our taste buds are definitely going to miss the spicy momos, fried rice, thupka, steamed bread and many more dishes after the trip. Hence, why not take back some of the Spitian cooking skills with us?
6. Meeting a Thangka Painter*: Thangkas are traditional Buddhist paintings of deities made on cotton, silk or human skin. They are used as aids in meditation practices to enhance the concentration, and as a mean to explain the Buddhist philosophy.
7. Spitian Rural Homestays: Timeless lifestyle far from the urban pace of life, traditional mud homes painted in white, adorable rooms, smoke coming from the hearth, butter tea being served in the cutest tea set ever, aroma of momos, kids playing with actual toys and the heartwarming smile of the hosts, a Spitian Rural Homestay experience is the best souvenir we’ll be taking home from this sojourn.
8. Langza Village: Langza, sitting at 14,500 feet, is one of the highest villages in Asia. It has a huge but beautiful golden statue of Buddha (which can be spotted from a radius of 1 km), overlooking the mountain ranges. The idol is believed to be 1000 years old, and all the houses in the village are built below it.
The village also has the fossils of the prehistoric marine animals, which are more than 500 million years, in abundance here.
9. Dhankar Monastery: Dhankar Monastery, located in the centre of Spiti, offers a Panoramic view of the valley and overlooks the confluence of Pin and Spiti River. It’s a fort monastery that takes us back 1000 years back while telling stories through its temples, caves, manuscripts and heart-warming Lamas. The monastery has been declared as one of the 100 Most Endangered sites in the World, by ‘The World’s Monument Fund’ and is in need of restoration.
10. Demul Village: Demul is a remote timeless, yet a progressive village in Spiti Valley. Won’t you be amazed if we tell you that folks here are entrepreneurs as they run homestays, harness solar energy, and work on proper waste management? In a nutshell, Demul is not less than a sustainable model village.
11. Khungri Monastery: Pin Valley has always been strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, and Kungri Monastery proves the above mentioned fact very well. It is the only monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa sect, which is also the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It has preserved many silk paintings of Buddhist deities and volumes of Buddhist manuscripts in white muslin.
12. Komic Monastery: Komic monastery, also known as the Tnagyud Monastery, holds the pride of being one of the world’s highest motorable monasteries. At 14,830 feet above sea level, it beautifully overlooks the Komic village and mountain peaks. It would be interesting to discover the fascinating legends behind the existence of this monastery.
13. Tabo Monastery: Tabo monastery never ceases to amaze visitors by its rustic charm, and the utmost peaceful surroundings. It is more than 1000 years old, and is also known as ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas.’ The priceless thangkas and manuscripts are still well-preserved here, which attracts art lovers from many places. Unlike most of the monasteries in Spiti Valley, Tabo Gompa is not positioned on a hilltop but on a plain surface.
14. Chandra Tal: Words are less to describe the beauty and magnificence of the pious Chandratal Lake. The shape of the lake resembles the shape of the moon and hence, it’s named Chandra Tal (Chandra translates to the moon in Hindi, and Tal to Lake). That’s why; the name of the river originating from the lake is Chandra River. Not to mention that water of the lake is crystal clear. On a clear day, we can see a spectacular view of Milky Way Galaxy from here.
15. Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass is India’s one of the highest motorable passes, and a photographer’s paradise. It connects Kullu and Lahaul Valley to the Spiti Valley. One can see a jaw-dropping 360-degree view of Bara-Shigri Glacier which is the second longest glacier in the world. Any visit to Kunzum Pass is incomplete without seeking the blessings of Goddess Kunzum who keeps you safe during your travels through the rugged terrains.
16. Dhankar Lake: Situated at an altitude of 13570 feet, Dhankar Lake is located above the village beautifully tucked between the hills. It’s almost an hour’s steep climb road to make it to the lake. It offers a picturesque lunar shaped view of the village. The joy of witnessing the lake during sunrise is
Stay for minimum 15 hours to acclimatize before we start heading towards Kaza on Day 1
Departing from Manali at 5 am
Lunch Halt at Chacha Chachi Dhaba in Batal
Overnight stay in Kaza Hotel
Thangka Painter Visit
Overnight stay in Kaza Hotel
Breakfast in Kaza
Meditation Caves (if time permits)
Stargazing until we feel cold
Overnight stay in Dhankar Guesthouse
Hiking to Dhankar Lake Trek (optional)
Breakfast in Dhankar
Mudh Village in Pin Valley
Demul Village Walk
Overnight stay in Demul homestays
Breakfast in Demul
World’s Highest Post Office – Hikkim Village
Langza Village Walk and Fossil Hunting
Stargazing near Buddha statue
Overnight stay in Langza homestays
Breakfast in Langza
Chandratal Lake Visit
Overnight stay in luxury camps with attached toilets
Departing for Manali
28000 INR (from Manali to Manali)
First five seats at 25000 INR
Please note that you can travel with us from Delhi at actual additional costs. We leave for Manali at around 6 pm on June 15/ August 10 in a Volvo bus, and will stay in Manali for a day in order to acclimatize before we start the trip on June 17/August 12. If you wish, we can book your travel from Delhi to Manali (June 15/Aug 10) and your Manali hotel stay (June 16/Aug 11). You can inquire us for that additional cost as it’s not included in the package.
Similarly, we can manage it for return journey.
1.The group size will be limited to 16 participants
2.Please note that the cost of activities marked with asterisks (*) in Trip Highlights, isn’t included in the package cost. We have left them open so that our guests feel flexible in choosing and paying only for those experiences which they want.
3.Spitian homestays are beautiful and traditional, but please don’t expect a luxury over there. Life is quite challenging at such high altitudes. Even the access to basic amenities is a big deal there especially in village homestays. Let the experience be completely raw and authentic.
4.Langza and Demul homestays have dry composting toilets. Since Spiti is a mountain desert, and hence, people prefer to save water, and also utilize the human waste in farming.
5.Spiti is a high altitude region. Before traveling, we can never say if an individual is susceptible to altitude sickness or not, irrespective of the age. We usually advise to take a dose of Diamox two days before reaching Kaza, but we also suggest to consult to your doctor if you need Diamox or not or any side-effects it might have on your body. We carry oxygen cylinders with us for any emergency case.
6.We condemn the consumption of alcohol or smoking during the trip because makes the body dehydrate resulting in fatigue, headaches and breathlessness at high altitudes.
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• 20-11 days before the trip: 30% refund
• 10-5 days before the trip: 10% refund
• Less than 5 days before the trip: No Refund
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