The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Local population follow Vajrayana Buddhism similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and the Ladakh region of India. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Along the northern route from Manali, Himachal Pradesh or Keylong via the Rohtang Pass or Kunzum Pass respectively, the valley lies in the North Eastern section of Himachal Pradesh, and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district. The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) is Kaza, which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m) above mean sea level. Lahaul and Spiti is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m).
|Day 1||Chandigarh- Shimla (114 kms)||Arrive in Chandigarh and proceed to Shimla by road.|
|Day 2||Shimla- Sarahan via Hatu peak (163 kms)||Start from Shimla and visit Hatu Peak, second highest peak in Shimla. From there proceed to Sarahan famously known as ‘Gateway to Kinnaur’. Overnight at hotel in Sarahan.|
|Day 3||Sarahan- Sangla (85 kms)||Today we will leave for Sangla which is known predominantly for its agriculture, almost every house in Sangla will have cultivations of apples, pears, walnuts, apricots or potatoes. Also visit Sangla Fort.|
|Day 4||Sangla- Kalpa via Chitkul Village (40 kms)||Chitkul can be described as one of the most scenic settlements in the valley and the last inhabited village before the India-China border. This short drive from Sangla to Chitkul will be one of the most scenic drives you’ll take with plenty of opportunities to take stunning photographs. After spending time in Chitkul, we turn around and head to Kalpa. enthrallingly majestic views of the Kinner-Kailash and Jorkandan peaks looming right above the village await us. Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.|
|Day 5||Kalpa - Tabo via Nako lake (150 kms)||As you begin embracing the jaw-dropping views watch the mountains change their colours from the lush greens of the Kinnaur valley to the many hues of brown. We proceed to Nako – the last hamlet of Kinnaur, before we enter the gates of Spiti Valley. After lunch in Nako, we drive through Sumdo, the first village of Spiti Valley on this road, to Tabo, which would be our first stop in the glorious, mystical Spiti Valley. The second largest village of the Spiti Valley, Tabo, is known worldwide for its 1000-year-old Tabo Monastery. Walk around this UNESCO world heritage site and gain a deeper insight into Buddhism. Overnight at a hotel in Tabo.|
|Day 6||Tabo- Dhankar- Lhalung- Kaza (49 kms)||Today on our way to Kaza via Dhankar. Dhankar, the former capital of the Spiti Valley, offers panoramic views of Spiti Valley. Dhankar stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river. We drive to the nearby village of Lhalung. Literally translating to the “Land of God”, Lhalung is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains. At Lhalung, visit the Lhalung Monastery famous for its statue of the three-cornered Buddha which symbolizes the Buddha looking in all directions at one time. By evening, drive to Kaza, the commercial capital of the Spiti valley and spend the night in a hotel.|
|Day 7||Kaza- Komik- Hikkim- Langza- Ki- Kibber- Kaza (20 kms - one way)||Today we drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
The highest village in Asia, Komik, which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’, is situated at a height of 4513 meters. This farming village has a population of 84 people, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year.
Later, we drive to Hikkim where we visit the world’s highest post office in the world.
After sending out a postcard, we drive to Langza. Langza village is situated at an altitude of 4400 meters. Visit the ancient Lang (Temple) which is estimated to be around 1000 years old.
After that, we visit the world famous Ki Monastery. With over 1000 years’ worth stories to tell, the Ki Monastery situated at a height of 13,668 feet was founded by a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century.
Then we will move farther up the valley to the picturesque village of Kibber. Located at a height of 4205 meters and 18 km from Kaza, this formerly highest permanently inhabited village in this region, is also a popular base camp to embark on adventure and treks to adjoining mountains of high altitude. The expanses of beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snow-tipped mountains make the place a haven for nature-lovers and photographers alike. Stay at Kaza.
|Day 8||Kaza- Tandi via Kunzum La (90 kms)||Today on our way to Tandi we take a halt at the picturesque Chandratal. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft).
Then we drive small village of Sissu famous for the Sissu Waterfall. The view of waterfall across the river and opposite the town is locally known as 'Palden Lhamo dhar' is particularly spectacular.
|Day 9||Tandi- Manali via Rohtang Pass (100 kms)||Today we start are descend into Manali. We visit Gandhola Monastery. It is located on a hill above Tupchiling Village at the sacred junction of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. The monastery is said to have been founded by Padmasambhava in the 8th century.
Drive through the famous Rohtang Pass and return to Manali to end your breath-taking Spiti Valley sojourn.
|Day 10||Manali- Chandigarh (310 kms)|
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