There is nothing like a Spiti Valley Jeep safari to drive through stunning landscapes of this unexplored Himalayan Land. Begin the venture from Chandigarh and drive over the enchanting Narkanda - a small town that transforms into a buzzing ski resort in winters. Then travel by road following morning to the village of Sangla, situated at an altitude of about 8,900 feet.
The road trip continues onward from Sangla, across the Himalayas and enters the desert-like valley of the Spiti River. The weather will start becoming colder as you near Kalpa further on the journey. Lunch on the shores of Nako Lake along the way, and thereafter move on towards the scenic Tabo village. Reach Kaza in the evening and get some rest. The following day involves an inclusive sightseeing tour with visits to Pin Valley National Park, Ki Monastery, and Hikkim, Komik and Langza villages. Pin Valley National Park is an absolute pleasure for people who love nature, and is the habitat of many endangered animals, including the elusive snow leopard.
As you enter the Valley, you will be stunned by its natural and raw beauty, the old and perfectly located monasteries, the Buddhist monks and their traditions, and the warmth of local people. Spiti Valley road trip is a heavenly experience for a traveller looking for some adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh. This trip will let you explore the excellence of Spiti and its nearby towns.
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Day 1: Arrival in Chandigarh
After arriving in Chandigarh, assemble at the pick-up point and meet our representative, who will give you an orientation about the entire tour. Listen to the instructions carefully and abide by it throughout the entire trek. You can even buy supplies from this city for the road trip, or any gear you have forgotten to carry. The city has enough markets to cater to your essential needs.
Day 2: Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 km | 5-6 hrs | 8,891 ft)
In the morning, the tour begins from Chandigarh, from where you drive to Narkanda. Situated at an altitude of almost 9000 feet, Narkanda commands majestic views of the snow line. This destination is also a favourite for thrill seekers, who want to try skiing or trekking. On reaching the destination, seek pleasure within the nature and check-in at the hotel. Then head-out to explore your surroundings while at night enjoy the sumptuous dinner, and then sleep peacefully surrounded by nature.
Day 3: Narkanda to Sangla (160 km | 7-8 hrs | 8,900 ft)
After freshening up in the morning, you will be served with a flavoursome breakfast, post which embark on a 160-km road trip to Sangla. A small town on the banks of the Baspa River, Sangla is a picturesque and serene place. Many restaurants, cafes and accommodation options make it an apt stop on the way to the Spiti Valley. Spend the night at the campsite, under the starlit Ladakhi sky. At night, you will be served with dinner, post which you can either lie down under the sparkling sky or indulge in some conversation with your friends or family.
Day 4: Sangla to Kalpa (50 km | 2-3 hrs | 9,711 ft)
Wake up early morning to a beautiful view of the Kinner Kailash peaks. Post breakfast, today you will continue your journey with a drive to the village of Kalpa. The route will keep you hooked as the treacherous pin-bend turns and the amazing beauty will captivate your attention. When you arrive at Kalpa, check-in at your hotel, and after keeping your belongings, head out to visit the Old Shiva Temple and the Kalpa Monastery. Later in the evening, enjoy the lip-smacking meal and your stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Kalpa to Kaza (210 km | 6-7 hrs | 12,467 ft)
Today post breakfast, you will check out an early and depart for Kaza, leaving behind verdant forests and green mountains as you go over the tree line towards the Spiti region. On the way, visit the striking Nako Lake, where the terrain will leave you perplexed with its natural splendour. You will encounter Rock-hard Desert Mountains, pounding rivers and icy cold winds. On reaching Kaza, check in the hotel to keep your belongings. After a little rest, evening awaits for utmost leisure. At night you will be served with dinner, post which sleep in the lap of nature.
Day 6: Rest and Sightseeing around Kaza
After having breakfast set out on an excursion to Langza and Komik, small villages in the heart of Spiti Valley, known for the fossil reserves of marine creatures. These fossils date back to millions of years when the whole region was submerged under the Tethys Sea. Komik is one of the highest villages in Asia. It has only a few houses, and the major highlight of this place is its monastery. If you want, you can also drive to the small Hikkim village with its famous post office. While here, you can send some postcards to your family, telling them about this amazing Spiti self-drive adventure trip. After lunch, pay a visit to Ki Monastery – the biggest Buddhist learning centre in the Spiti Valley. Originally built in the 11th century, the gompa was once home to about 350 lamas. Also, visit Kibber, famed as the highest village in the world. Thereafter, retreat to the hotel in Kaza and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Day 7: Kaza to Sarahan (271 km |7-8 hrs | 6,890 ft)
Today morning, post breakfast, you will head towards the village of Saharan that has buildings made of wood and topped by concave sloping roofs. The Chinese Buddhist influence on the architecture makes this place a perfect overnight spot. On reaching, check-in at the hotel, keep your belongings and get freshen up to explore the nearby surroundings. You can also visit Bhimakali temple, and night indulge in the wholesome meal, post which sleep within the nature or spend the time at your own leisure.
Day 8: Sarahan to Chandigarh (274 km | 8-9 hrs | 1,053 ft)
Today morning, post breakfast, you will head back to Chandigarh as your amazing trip will come to an end. On reaching, spend the rest of the time at your own leisure.
Duration: 07 Nights/ 08 Days
Region: Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Maximum Altitude: 15000 feet
Costing is based on minimum 4Persons travelling together .
1. Accommodation on triple sharing basis
2. Homestay / Tent accommodation at all Spiti Valley Villages
3. Breakfast and Dinner
4. All transfers by non-AC jeep for seven days
5. Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll