With the inhabitants of Spiti
From 2310 $ per person
Spiti means “the middle land” as it is perched in the Himalayan Mountains between India and Tibet. A desert mountain valley in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley exudes a strong Tibetan flavor and culture. A tour in Spiti will take you through Manali, a breathtaking hill station that is the pride of Himachal Tourism, the capital of the Spiti Valley, Kaza, which is dotted with colourful Buddhist monasteries and believe it or not – the perfectly preserved 600 year old mummy of a sitting monk!
For Shanti Travel, responsible tourism is a key priority. Spiti’s fragile environment warrants that tourists leave behind the least travel footprint possible, so the valley’s landscape and population can sustain themselves.
So prepare yourself for this heavenly and unique adventure in the lap of the majestic Himalayas.
D 1: Arrive to Delhi
Airport welcome and check in to hotel in the centre of Delhi. Night in hotel.
D 2: Delhi - Nalagarh [3/5 H de train + 2H drive - 60 Km]
Early morning, depart for New Delhi train station. 2nd AC train to Chandigarh. Your driver will be waiting for you at the station. Transfer to Nalagarh Fort, located right at the base of Shivalik Hills. Chieck in to and night in fort.
D 3: Nalagarh - Banjar (1200 m) [4/5 H - 150 Km]
Drive to Banjar. Check in to and night in Raju Guest House.
D 4: Banjar (1200 m)
Free visit to traditional villages of Himachal Pradesh, and stroll the Sainj Valley. Night in guest house.
D 5: Banjar - Manali (2000 m) [3 H - 110 Km]
Uphill drive through Kullu Valley until you reach Manali. Check in to guest house. Discover Manali and the surrounding areas (Adimba temple, Old Manali, Vashist). Night in guest house in “old Manali”.
D 6: Manali - Kaza (3600 m) [10 H - 230 Km]
Transfer to Manali and Kaza by road with a slight detour to stop and admire Lake Chandara Tal (4250m). Night in hotel.
D 7: Kaza (3600 m)
Day to visit areas near Kaza and to get acclimated to the height. Visit the Kye monastery and then Kibber, that, at an altitude of 4300m is one of the highest villages in the world. Continue on to visit Gette and Tashigang (both are villages). If time permits, you have the option to return to Kye by foot. Return to Kaza. Night in hotel.
D 8: Kaza - Langza (4400 m) [1 H drive - 2 H de trek]
After breakfast, visit the Ecosphere office for an introduction to the valley, people and Spiti culture. Transfer to Langza, a village located in a great prairie. Visit Lang Temple. Check in with our hosts for lunch. In the afternoon, visit “fossil centre,” an initiative created by the youth of the village with the purpose being preserve the rich geological patrimony of the region. Night in a local’s house.
D 9: Langza - Komik (4500 m) [4/5 H trek]
TREK Now, it’s time to trek. Cross a plateau until we reach Komik. There is the option to follow different itineraries depending on the level of the participants. Please take into consideration that the steepest paths usually offer the best views. Visit Komik monastery, one of the highest in Asia. Rencontre avec vos hôtes. Night in a local’s house.
D 10: Komik - Demul (4350 m) [6/7 H trek]
TREK We spend the day riding yaks. Set off early in the morning toward two small hill where the view of the surrounding areas is breathtaking. The path takes us through floral pastures. After that we descend, arriving at Demul, a small town. Visit the town. Night in a local’s house.
D 11: Demul - Lhalung (3750 m) [4/5 H trek]
TREK Today’s trek is mainly downhill. The winding path in the valley goes along the Lingti River. Arrive in Lhalung where you will find the oldest temple in the region as well as thousand year old tree! Lhalung is known for both its arak (local alcohol) as well as its folklore. Cultural performance in the evening. Night in a local’s house.
D 12: Lhalung - Dhankar (3890 m) [4/5 H trek]
TREK A progressive climb until we arrive at Dhankar Lake (3890 m). Picnic on the lakeshore. Steep decline until we reach a town bearing the same name, founded in the year 1,000. Steep decline that leads us to the former capital of Spiti. Where you will find a monastery that is an absolute work of art founded in 1000 AC by Rinchen Zangpo and that is now inhabited by 40 Geluppa Monks; it is on par with Alchi in Ladakh. Night in the guest house of the monastery.
D 13: Dhankar - Kaza (3600 m) [3/4 H trek]
TREK Direction Giu, located just at the Tibetan border and near some isolated Spiti villages. Giu houses a priceless relic: a 600 year old mummy of a monk! Continue on to Tabo and its thousand year old monastery that has been recognized by the Indian Archaeological Survey. Return to Kaza in jeep. Night in guest house.
D 14: Kaza - Manali (2000 m)
A long day on the road is ahead of us today! Once again go Spiti Valley until we reach Kunzum - La (4800m), our last point in Spiti. Descend and arrive to the Lahoul region until we reach the Leh - Manali road, filled with more and more alpine passages. After that, we once again ascend until we reach Rothang La (3900 m) before another descent that has us arriving in Kush Valley with all is lushness and splendour. Night in guest house* in Manali.
D 15: Manali - Delhi
Free day to explore Manali. At the end of the day, depart in a “deluxe” bus with Delhi as the final destination.
D 16: Delhi - International Airport
Pick up from the « bus station » and transfer to the hotel. Visit Delhi where the splendour of the Mughal Empire starkly contrasts with the modernity of the new town. Shop in Chandni Chowk, the street with many silver sellers located at the heart of Old Delhi. In the afternoon, we will reserve one or two rooms in a hotel so you can leave your belongings or take a shower before your evening transfer to the airport. End of our services.