When you hear the name of Spiti Valley, all you could think about is Spiti Valley Trekking, Right? Hold tight and get ready for an adrenaline rush this season. Here is your “All you need to know about Spiti Valley Trekking” Guide.
Spiti Valley is in Himachal Pradesh. It is a cold desert mountain valley. The word “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. With a territory that is truly testing and a scene that is drop dead stunning, the Spiti valley makes for an uncommon enterprise goal. There are places in India that are laid out by slippery back streets and lie covered under hardened snow generally most of the year. Spiti Valley is one such place; and, that’s one of the reasons that Spiti Valley Trekking is one of best adventure of its own kind.
Spiti is home to a portion of the most astounding villages, old monasteries and the most staggering scenes you’ll ever observe. An ideal case of nature’s surrealism, the Spiti Valley, at an elevation of 4000 metres, is a pointed and unexplored jewel in Himachal Pradesh. Get ready to get awestruck with the astoundingly striking snow-topped mountains, investigate meandering old religious communities, and relish the wonder of this antiquated human progress in this definite manual for the coarseness testing Spiti valley trekking.
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How to reach Spiti Valley for Spiti Valley Trekking?
You can reach Spiti Valley for Spiti Valley Trekking either by train or by road. Since the location of the valley is too remote, hence there are no airports and railway station in the valley.
Shimla is the nearest railway station to Spiti Valley. From Shimla, you can hire a cab or a jeep. You can also bard a local bus from Shimla Station
There are many options if you want to travel by road. You can rent a vehicle from Manali or Shimla. You can also take a Spiti Valley Bike Trip. However, before you plan a road trip to Spiti Valley, do your homework well. Because, almost more than 6 months a year, this valley is covered with a thick layer of snow.
Spiti Valley Trekking – At a Glance:
Spiti Valley Trek Route:
Kaza-Komik-Hikkim-Langza-Kibber-Chicham-Gette-Pin Valley-Tabo-Dhankar-Chandratal Lake-Kaza
There could be many other routes for Spiti Valley Trek. For instance, this is another one:
Kaza-Ki Monastery-Kibber-Langza-Komik-Demul-Lalung –Dhankar-Kaza
And there could be many other depending on your group size. If you are in a group of 12 or more, you can get the Spiti Valley Trek route customized as per your wish. Otherwise, you get a fixed route.
Distance & Duration to complete the trek:
The total span of this trek is approximately 55kms; starting from Langza and ending at Dhankar. And, it takes at least 7 Days to complete this trek.
Best Time for the Trek:
June to October. During these months, the maximum temperature in Spiti Valley is Approx. 25 degrees and minimum could go as low as 3 degrees. October could be a bit exciting if you are lucky enough to catch the occasional snowfall in the area.
Day Wise Detail Itinerary:
You can begin Spiti Valley Trek by road from Manali. You will get a chance to pass through the popular adventure-heaven Rohtang Pass. The route will take you into the desolate and stunning brown-badland landscape and approach Chattru and Batal. At 14,931 feet, you will catch the first chill at the august Kunzum Pass and then descend into Losar Village, the first in Spiti valley.
If you are a Tea-Lover, enjoy a “Garam Chai ki Piyali” (cup of hot tea). Also, get some warmth. Then continue driving through the beautifully stunning landscapes to reach Kaza. And, spend your night here comfortably in hotels.
On the second day, drive to some of the highest inhabited regions of the world.
The attractions of the region are as follow:
- The highest village in Asia, Komik at a height of 4,513 metres. This village is popular for Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery. This monastery is made in the shape of an eye of a snowcock. That’s why the place is called Komik; “Ko” stands for “Snow Cock” and “Mik” stands for “Eye”.
- Only 84 people live here, living in utter isolation, cut-off from the rest of the world for most parts of the year. This little hamlet will take you away from your city life to a place of soft brown pastures and snow-white mountain peaks.
- The animals of the region are the Tibetan wolf, blue sheep, red fox, hare, snow cock, Himalayan griffin, rock pigeon etc.
- In Hikkim, the world’s highest post office. If you are lucky enough, you may even get a chance to meet the post-master and listen to his stories.
Send out a postcard to your family from here (for fun) and drive to Langza. Langza is another village at a height of 4,400 metres, which belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Here 137 people live in 33 houses.
On reaching here:
- You can walk into the village to visit 1000 years old ancient Lang (Temple).
- At Langza, explore a land very rich with fossils of Marine animals and plants; residents of the place millions of years ago. It will take you back to the prehistoric era when the Tethys Sea submerged Spiti.
Then, drive back down to Kaza for lunch. Next, visit the world famous Ki Monastery. The Ki Monastery is at a height of 13,668 feet. The founder was a disciple of the famous Atisha, in the 11th century CE. This monastery is famous as a prominent center of learning as well as a refuge for Tibetans. Surroundings of this monastery will give you eternal peace and calm.
And, the next stop will be up in the valley, the picturesque village Kibber, at a height of 4,205 meters and 18 km from Kaza. If you are a nature lover and a love to nurture your photography skills, this is heaven for you. Capture the beautiful landscapes and immeasurable beauty of the snow-tipped mountains in your mind as well as in your camera. From Kibber, you have an option to trek to Chicham Village, which is across a sharp and precipitous canyon. Here you can reach only by a suspended wire cable basket known as Jhula. You can also visit a secluded village of Gette, where can test your photography skills.
It is advisable to spend the night in a comfortable and warm hotel at Kaza.
With the beginning of the third day, drive towards the beautiful Pin Valley.
A national park full of rare species of animals and birds, with some rare species of flora; and a gushing river in its molten state. And, a huge trekking options for adventure lovers. The Pin Valley promises you all this, and much more than this.
Attractions of the Pin Valley:
- The Kungri Monastery
- The last motorable village of Pin Valley is a beautiful hamlet of Mudh.
The Pin Valley was declared a national park in 1987. This national park is home to at least 12 endangered snow leopards, Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox, and marten. Not only animals but birds as well. Some of these are pika, griffon, golden eagle, bearded vulture, Chukor, Raven, etc.
Make your way to Kaza in the evening to spend your night comfortably and in warmth.
Have some delicious local breakfast and continue driving towards the only other town of Spiti Valley – Tabo. Famous as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’.
Attractions here are:
- 1020-year-old Tabo Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. This monastery is famous for its ancient paintings that depict the life of The Buddha, and intricate portraits of gods and demons along with life-size statues of bodhisattvas, in a fusion of western Tibetan, Indian and Kashmiri styles.
Next, take a move towards Dhankar, the former capital of Spiti Valley. The tiny hamlet, Dhankar is perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin River, in a hidden bowl. Explore 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa, which perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. Do take an hour’s climb above the village to visit the stunning turquoise Dhankar Tso or Dhankar Lake. You can’t miss the view over the valley and towards the twin peaks of Mane Rang (6593 meters).
Then, you have another option to take a short drive to Lhalung – another beautiful village in Spiti valley village. The word Lhalung means ‘land of god’. This village is located at the foot of the Tangmar Mountains. It is believed that this mountain changes its color with changing the mood of Gods. Red color stands for anger while yellow signifies happiness. The village is home to hospitable local families.
Spend your night at an authentic local homestay with a local family and experience their life.
It’s time to head back to home. However, before that, the mystical and beautiful Chandratal Lake should be your one more destination in Spiti Valley. Its location is at a height of 14,100 feet. The Chandra Bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky.
Let you hidden photographer come out and show the skills by capturing the colors of the picturesque Chandratal Lake. Camping at Chandratal Lake, with a hot supper under the gaze of a million stars and the Milky Way, is something, which you do not want to miss.
The camps at Chandratal Lake are equipped with camping equipment including tents, high altitude sleeping bags/blankets, and a comfortable mattress.
After this amazingly stunning night at the bank of Chandratal Lake, trace your steps back to Manali. On the way, you will see beautiful & picturesque landscapes; and, the most amazing and famous Rohtang Pass.
You can choose to explore Manali’s markets in the evening if you are up for it; or you can rest in the comforts of the hotel.
This is the final day. Wake up in the lap of beautiful Himalaya. Grab some hot team and sumptuous breakfast. Check out from Manali and opt for an overnight bus or Cab to New Delhi or to your respective destination. If you feel like, explore Manali all day long before you board the bus.
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Things to Pack for Spiti Valley Trekking:
- Sweaters, Pullovers
- Windproof Jackets
- Thermal wears
- Woollen Caps, Mufflers, Gloves
- Snow-proof Trekking Shoes
- Sunscreen Lotion or Cream
- Torch Light
- Lip Balm
- Clothes to cover your exposed body parts from the harsh sun rays
- Your Medical Kit & Some regular medicines
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Spiti Valley Trek Cost:
There could be two types of departures for Spiti Valley Trekking:
In these departures, you will share the car or jeep or trek with a group of people. These fixed departures, dates, itinerary and schedule of the trek is fix. In Fixed Departures, you get to meet like-minded people; and, usually, this is an economical option as well.
Spiti Valley Trekking Fixed Departures start from INR 7970.00 per pax plus taxes. Rates are subject to availability of seats in that particular departure or may change at a later stage.
If you are in a group of 12 or more, you can customize your date of trekking, itinerary as well as schedule. You will get a separate vehicle and it will be your own group to go on this trekking. If your negotiation skills are excellent, you can make your customized package economical for you and your group.
So, stop waiting for a magic to happen and plan your trek. Grab the best opportunity before you lose it this season again.