What could be better than long drives away from the office desks, to the mountains and lakes! Spiti Valley Tour from Manali offers an incredible experience away from the city. If you imagine yourself sitting by the Chandratal or standing at the edge of one of the oldest monasteries in Spiti Valley, then this tour is perfect for you. So let adventure take over you and take you on an unforgettable journey to Spiti Valley!
Spiti Valley is one of those amazing places which have the perfect blend of cultures and traditions from Tibet and India. How exciting it would be travel to the land of snowy yet barren mountains, pristine lakes, clear starry skies, and unique culture. Our tour starts from Manali, crossing Rohtang Pass which divides the Kullu Valley from Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. Through Kunzum Pass, which acts as a bridge between Lahaul and Spiti Valley, we reach the largest settlement in Spiti Valley, Kaza. We will cover the places which are the essence of the Spiti Valley like Key Monastery, Kibber, Demul, Komic, Langza, Dhankar, Dhankar Lake and Chandratal.
Places like this are untouched by tourism and are not very easily accessible due to the harsh weather conditions, so it is very important to understand that the communities and people have very limited resources. We will make sure that we travel responsibly and contribute to the development of the communities, and help them in the issues related to environment and livelihood. Spread awareness about eco - tourism and minimise the use of carbon and plastic in the regions.
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Day 01: Manali
Our tour starts from Manali. Arrive at Manali on your own where your stay will be arranged in a guest house in Old Manali. Manali is easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh. You can choose to spend the day exploring the town or just laze around with the mesmerising views of the snowy mountains surrounding you. Spend the night at Manali.
Day 02: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza (200 KMS | 4-5 hours)
We will start early today as it’s a long drive till Kaza. There will be constant change in altitude and landscapes. We will make sure that we stay hydrated and drink lots of water to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will be crossing two high altitudes passes - Rohtang Pass that lies at an altitude of 13500 feet and Kunzum Pass at an altitude of 15100 feet. We will be staying in a homestay at Kaza. Have dinner before calling it night.
Day 03: Kaza – Key Monastery – Kibber – Demul – Komic – Langza
Spiti Valley houses one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries - Key. We will visit Key Monastery which offers amazing view of the Valley and Spiti River. Our next stop will be Komic Village, said to be the highest motor-able village in Asia. Langza will mesmerise us with the huge Buddha Idol at the monastery. We will spend the night at Komic or Demul in a homestay.
Day 04: Komic – Dhankar
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and have your breakfast. We will drive to Dhankar from where we will see the confluence of two main rivers of Spiti Valley, Pin and Spiti River. We will stop to take a look at one of the oldest monasteries in the valley, Dhankar, which still stands majestically. Small but beautiful Dhankar Lake is perfectly located amidst the valley, the vistas around the lake are truly incredible. We will trek to the lake which is about 2 KMS and return. Spend the night at a homestay at Dhankar.
Day 05: Dhankar – Chandratal
We will drive towards Chandratal Lake crossing Kunzum Pass, the highest in the region. Spend the night at the lake and gaze at starry night sky which is a rare sight in a city!
Day 06: Chandratal – Manali
After taking in the beauty of the sunrise over the Chandrabhaga Peak, we will leave for Manali. Our trip ends after we reach Manali by evening. You can take a bus to Delhi from here.
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Departure Date: 11th June 2016
Maximum Altitude: 15100 feet
Best Time to go: June - September