Grand Spiti Circuit
Chandigarh, Sarahan, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Kaza, Kee, Kibber, Chandratal, Manali
- Explore Spiti & Kinnaur Valleys
- Drive to Chitkul, the Last Indian Village
- Immersive Tour – Live Like a Local
There are few experiences in life that can be compared to this amazing roadtrip to Spiti and Kinnaur. Spiti a hidden magical secret kept undistrubed in the Himalayas and Kinnaur a rich cultural specimen to explore.
You’ll leave this fast-paced modern civilization far behind you as you get lost in a dreamworld, witness sights never seen before and ones you might never see again. The days and nights, every little moment spent here will be remembered for life. You’ll carry a part of these mountains with you when you leave, you’ll be a different person, grown with the Himalayas. THIS IS THE ONE ROADTRIP TO COMPLETE ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME!
We prefer to call it a ‘wonderland’. Literally means, “The middle land” it forms a divide between India mainland and Tibet. Majorly a Buddhist populated region, Spiti is a cold deserted place like the popular Ladakh region. It’s carved magnificently by Spiti River and is home to some of the most amazing sights in the world. This is one place which one should go once in his lifetime.
The place is home to many historic and old Tibetan monasteries, awe-inspiring nature and simple & peace loving people. There are few places in the world which can match the beauty of the region. To top it up with the pristine Chandratal Lake is every adventurer’s dream place.
Major places: Kaza, Tabo, Kye, Kunzum Pass, Chandratal Lake
A mountainous valley, blessed with high mountains, scenic valley and a unique distinctive cultural and ethnic mix that changes gradually from Aryan Hindu to Tibetan Buddhist as we move along. Major River is the legendary Sutlej which enters India from Tibet. It is home to 3 major mountain chains – Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhars, and runs eastward till Indo-Tibetan border. This belt is also known for its world famous apples.
Major places: Kalpa, Peo, Nako Lake, Chitkul
Drive through the famous Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali road. Program meticulously planned keeping in mind the roads, safety, health and facilities.
Cross over TWO High-Mountain Passes including Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass – some of the Most Challenging Ones!
Capture the beauty of High-Altitude Lakes – Chandratal Lake in Spiti Valley and Nako Lake in Kinnaur.
Ride beyond usual into the village of Chitkul, the last Indian village before China / Tibet border!
SUV Jeep in Good Condition with Fuel for the whole trip is covered in the cost. No worrying about driving or fuel. Enjoy Every Moment!
Deluxe stays in towns and Best Possible in Remote Locations with Dinner and Breakfast on the House!
Experienced Trip Leader, Drivers, First Aid Kit & Oxygen Support, Travel Assistance, all covered in the tour.
Good-bye celebration Gala-Dinner at Manali on the last evening!
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Tour Facts and Features
Meeting Point: Chandigarh
Duration: 09 Days
Accommodation: 08 Nights – Deluxe Hotels, Camps, Homestays
Meals: 08 breakfasts & 08 dinners including one Gala evening
Transport: Comfortable SUV Jeep (Mahindra Xylo / Scorpio / similar)
Guided: Services of professional and experienced trip leader
Safety: Medical Kit & Oxygen Support
Highest Point: 4,590 meters / 15,060 feet
Total Distance: Approx. 1300 kms.
Day No: 1
Chandigarh to Kotgarh (210 kms, 7 Hrs): Start your journey from Chandigarh in the morning. We will take you on a joyride through the Himalayan Express Highway and NH 22 into the heart of the Himalayas. Initially we drive along the low hills and eventually gain an altitude of 6500 feet. Beautiful road snaking through forests of pine, deodar and oak trees offers glimpses of small beautiful villages on the way. We reach Kotgarh by evening, which is our halt for the night. Overnight stay at an homestay amidst an orchard of apple and cherries.
Day No: 2
Kotgarh to Rakchum (160 Kms, 6 Hrs): After breakfast, we take a narrow road descending though orchards of apples and cherries, until we reach the right bank of Sutlej River. We drive along the Sutlej for 80 km. The journey is full of excitement and thrill as gushing water paints the muddy river white. The Mother Nature reveals its first marvel as soon as we reach a deep gorge at a place called Taranda. The road roofed by multiple rock tunnels ushers you into Kinnaur valley. Rakcham is a beautiful village at an altitude of 3050 m. This place has a charm of its own. Green forested mountain beautifies the landscape on either side of blue waters of the Baspa River.
Day No: 3
Rakchum to Chitkul and then drive to Kalpa. (70 Kms, 5 Hrs): After breakfast we drive to the last village of India along the Tibetan border. We continue our journey for another 20 minutes to reach the last inhabited village near Indo-Tibet border called Chitkul – 13 km from Rakcham. This place is at an elevation of 3450 m. So don’t be surprised to see big snowflakes falling from the sky in the month of May as soon as you raise your head to look up. This place is the starting point for some popular treks leading to Rupin and Lamkhaga Pass. We spend the morning hiking along the river and enjoying a blissful day in solitude. After Lunch drive toward the village of Kalpa. Kalpa is more famous for the views it offers of the Snow covered Kinner Kailash ranges. Overnight stay in a Hotel at Kalpa.
Day No: 4
Kalpa to Tabo (150 Kms, 6 Hrs): Today drive along the Sutlej till a place called Khab. Khab is the place where Sutlej and river Spiti meet. From here the road ascends till you reach an elevation of 12000 feet to a place called Nako. Nako is a picturesque village with amazing views of snow covered Manerang ranges. There is also a lake in the centre of the village. This place is a road head camp for climbing the highest peak in Himachal Rio Purgyal. We then proceed towards Tabo Village for the evening. Over night stay in a home stay/guest house.
Day No: 5
Tabo, Dhankar Monastery, Kaza: Tabo has a monastery which is a 1000 years old. Then from a place called Schiling, a road ascends towards Dhankar. Dhankar monastery is perched on a edge of a mountain and the landscape looks just out of a fairy tale setting. We reach Kaza by evening. The stay at Kaza will be in a Hotel / Home-Stay.
Day No: 6
Kaza – Ki Monastery – Tashigang – Gette – Chicham – Kibber. (3-4 hours 38 KM): We start in the morning by visiting the famous Kye monastery. After an enchanting session interacting with the monks at Kye, we drive to the villages of Tashigang, Gette, Chicham and Kibber which is one of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Overnight stay at Kaza at a Guest house or home stay.
Day No: 7
Kaza – Kunzum Pass to Chandratal Lake: We start the day early as it’s a journey across the 4550 metres Kunzum pass. Kunzum pass connects the Spiti Valley with Lahaul. Kunzum pass has amazing views of the Chandrabhaga ranges. It has a Hindu temple and a buddhist Chorten dedicated to there same Goddess Kunzum Mata. After a short descend from the pass, we take a narrow road which goes to Chandra Taal Lake. Chandrataal lake also known as the Moon Lake is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 14100 feet nested between mountain ranges of Chandra Bhagha and Kunzum top. This is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents at Chandratal.
Day No: 8
Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass: Experience the nature at it’s best in the morning at Chandra Taal. Then we drive towards Batal. Here after a short rest we drive along the Chandra River till a place called Gramphoo. Then we drive up though lots of hairpin bends till Rohtang pass. You are treated with some amazing visuals of the snow covered Lahaul ranges on the way. Rohtang pass is 3990 metres high. Manali is 49 Kms from here. We reach Manali by evening. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day No: 9
Manali – Chandigarh (300 kms, 7 hours): Time to bid farewell. Drive though Chandigarh to Manali and get dropped by evening 8 p.m.