Spiti Cultural Odyssey
The name ‘Spiti’ means ‘The Middle Land’, the land between Tibet and India. A raw and untouched
landscape that gives you a real off-road experience and a feeling of being on the roof of the world.
This tour is for those that hold a keen interest in the history, culture and meaning behind Tibetan
Buddhism that was introduced to Spiti Valley by Guru Padmasambhava, along with Ladakh and Tibet.
Visit the 1000-year-old monasteries of the Valley still conserved and protected through a history of
invasions. Know the depth and meaning of the philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism and how this has been a way of life for people here since 100s of years.
This is a comprehensive experience for those looking to explore the valley and cover all the most important destinations along the way.
No. of Travel Days: 6 nights/ 7 Days
Best Season: July – Sept
Max. Altitude: 4500 m
Accommodation: Hotels, Village Home Stays and Camps
Transportation: MUVs, Motor Bikes
Fixed Departure: INR 15,200 (Min 4 people)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Please read detailed inclusions at the end)
Day 1: Manali
Aspirants have to arrive in Manali, we will arrange night stay in Manali.
Day 2: Manali – Kaza
Today we make our way to Kaza, which is the Sub. Div. of Dist. Lahaul and Spiti. We will cross Rohtang
Pass and Kunzum Pass on our way, the drive is an adventurous and scenic one, we will reach Kaza after a drive of 9-12 hours depending on the road and traffic conditions.
Day 3: Rest Day in Kaza, Visit to Key Monastery
Being on the road in cold climate and high altitudes can get hectic, rest is necessary. We will visit Key monastery later in the day and return to Kaza.
Day 4: Pin Valley -Dhankar, Dhankar Lake – Mane
Next morning we drive to the famous Pin Valley National park, we drive to Mudh, the last village of Pin
valley, then we drive to Dhankar – Dhankar overlooks the amalgam of two very beautiful rivers – Pin and
Spiti, curling up and meeting. It has famous for its monastery which is quite old but has stood the test
of time. We will also hike to Dhankar Lake which would be frozen at this time, Night stay will be
organized in a local homestay at Mane, another quaint village with local savouries served.
Day 5: Mane – Demul – Komic -Hikkim – Langza:
From Mane, we head towards Demul, from there we move towards Langza (Buddha Statue), from
Langza we drive to Komic Gompa which is also the world’s highest motorable village and cease the day
at Hikkim’s post office which is the world’s highest post office. We conclude the day at or Kaza.
Day 6: Kaza – Chandratal
Next early morning we leave from Kaza towards to Chandratal Lake (Moon Lake). The drive is about 6-8
hours from Kaza. We enjoy the sunset at the lake and the rest at our campsite at Chandratal.
Day 7: Chandratal – Manali
Next early morning we leave from Chandratal to Manali via Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass, we have come to the end of the journey.
Hello Fellow Travelers, Thank you for choosing Spiti Expedition, at the offset, we are extremely excited and totally
looking forward to hosting a memorable trip for you. We love living in outdoors and the adrenaline,
we also believe that it is truly the greatest gift of God, the beauty and magic outdoors, hence the
need to respect it. We are laying very basic and easy to do guidelines for the same with the
motive of leaving a minimum footprint, preserving the flora, fauna, biodiversity and ecology of the
region along with coming close to local communities and culture of the region. We truly believe
that you will help us in initiating this and become an Eco-Traveler, if not already one. A little on what Ecotourism exactly is, A dictionary defines it as tourism directed towards unspoilt natural environments and intended
to support conservation efforts. In addition, Eco-Traveler believes in supporting, protection and
at the same time experiencing local culture and heritage. Tourism results in social, as well as
environmental impacts, and a responsible tourist needs to be aware of this.
Here is how you can help
- Carrying your own water bottle, cups, plates and filling water from a natural resource, drinking locally brewed products served in a glass or recyclable materials.
- Using litter bins to trash items that do not decompose, minimum use of purchases packed in plastic, carry a waste bag for your personal non-biodegradable waste.
- Enjoying watching the biodiversity of the geography, not playing loud music or being loud,
when we go outdoors, we are borrowing home of animals and birds, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are not disturbed.
- Purchasing locally produced items- from handicrafts to breweries to savouries
Keeping minimum carbon footprint and nil plastic footprints on the trail through not burning plastic or wood.
Things an Eco-Traveler carries
Apart from personal clothing and toiletries following items need to be carried in order to make
this do it yourself and minimum footprint trek and also for your personal convenience-
- Carry your own water bottle, tea up and a tiffin box for packing lunch, instead of using
disposable packing material.
- Water bottle with filters are available, however the natural
resources are clean and pristine.
- It’s good to carry dry fruits and nuts for personal use.
- Carry a day bag pack, we will provide potters for those need it, however, only essentials can be carried for an overnight trek in a daypack. A waste bag to collect waste on the way in your day pack.
Travel light and easy to enjoy the true essence of backpacking!
Inclusions and Exclusions:
Trip Cost Includes
- Pick up from Manali and drop at Manali
All accommodation ( Day 1- Day 6)
- Meals on MAP: Breakfast and Dinner
Area Permit & TIMS Cards.
- All transportation, tourist service charge, GST and Office Service charge.
Trip Cost Excludes
- Dinner at Manali, Lunch anywhere, Any meals outside of accommodation and lunch anywhere.
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment’s and rescue operation in case of emergency
Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
- Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge and Wi-Fi services.
Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip
price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide your details for a tailor-made program.
Travelling and Trekking in high altitudes require basic fitness and mental endurance, our team will
ensure successful completion and will provide guidance and support, in case of an unforeseen event
however, we will handle it to the best of our capacity, and the ultimate responsibility lies with each traveller.