Spiti & Pin Valley Explorer: Aug 10th to 17th' 2019
Spiti & Pin Valley Explorer is an experience like few others. Explore the landscape, cultures and traditions of the Spitian people of this corner of the higher Himalayas. Located in the western part of Himachal Pardesh, Lahaul – Spiti districts borders China ( Tibet ) and Ladakh with similar topography, lifestyle, culture and religion.
On our journey we explore high altitude dry mountain desert landscape of Spiti Valley. These less explored lands takes you back in time with the simple yet joyful lives of the people living in these harsh terrains and climate. During the tour we visit monasteries, stay at the highest inhabited villages in the world, camp around Chandratal Lake, drive across and savor the views of the stunning Himalayas, visit high altitude lakes and pass through the high passes of Rohtang La & Kunzum La. This is an offbeat journey through regions that have less exposed to commercial tourism.
Cost: Rs 27500/- per person
Start: New Delhi
End: New Delhi
Start Date: 10th August’ 2019
End Date: 17th August’ 2019
Duration: 8 Days
Group Size : Min 5 / Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure, Experience
– Visit Chandratal Lake
– Beautiful high altitude drives
– Village Homestay at the highest inhabited village of Komic
– Visit the highest post office at Hikkim
– Monastic visits
– Visit Chandratal and Dhankar lakes
– Stay in village homestay in remote Pin Valley
– Experience Spitian culture and lifestyle
Day 1: August 10th : Delhi to Manali
Delhi to Manali by overnight volvo bus.
Day 2: August 11th : Manali
Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into the hotel. Day to relax, acclimatize and prepare yourself for the journey to the higher Himalayas. You can explore the town surrounded by mountains and the Beas river flowing through it. You can visit Hidimba temple, Mall Road, Old Manali and Vashisht hot water spring. Overnight at Manali.
Day 3: August 12th: Manali to Kaza ( 200 kms )
After breakfast, we leave for Kaza, the headquarters of Lahaul- Spiti district. After we cross Rohtang pass and enter Lahaul-Spiti district the topography changes from lush and green forested mountains to dry desert mountains typical of this part of the Himalayas. We leave Lahaul valley as we cross Kunzum Pass ( the gateway to Spiti at 15000 feet ) and enter Spiti Valley. See the beauty of these mountains and the stunning landscape as we pass by remote mountain villages. Late afternoon we reach Kaza. Evening walk around Kaza town and market. Overnight at Kaza.
Day 4: August 13th : Kaza – Dhankar – Pin Valley ( 50 kms )
After breakfast leave for Dhankar fort and monastery. The Dhankar monastery is one of the most beautiful monuments of Spiti valley. Perched high on a cliff over the valley, this is a superb example of Spiti’s traditional architectural skills. Later we leave for the little explored and isolated but very beautiful Pin Valley. The river Pin runs through this beautiful valley which sits like a carpet of green with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, contrary to the arid Spiti Valley. Visit the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers and visit Kungri monastery on the way to Mud ( the last village in Pin valley ). In the evening we walk around and explore the village and mingle with the locals. Overnight at Mud.
Day 5: August 14th: Pin Valley – Ki – Komic ( 80 kms )
After breakfast visit Ki Monastery in the morning. Ki Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Lahaul – Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training center for Lamas. Situated on a hilltop it enjoys splendid views of the mountains all around and the Spiti river flowing down in the valley. Later we visit the high altitude villages of Langza, Komic (the highest inhabited village in Asia ) and Hikim ( the highest post office in the world ). Experience Spitian hospitality with a stay at a traditional Spitian village home. Overnight at Langza / Komic village.
Day 6: August 15th: Komic – Chandratal Lake – Manali ( 250 kms )
Early morning we start from Komic and drive to Manali. On the way we stop and visit Chandratal Lake. Chandratal is a beautiful high altitude lake at 14000 ft surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Later head back to Manali and reach by late evening. Overnight at Manali.
Day 7:August 16th: Manali
Morning and afternoon free to explore Manali. Late afternoon we take the overnight Volvo from Manali to Delhi. Overnight in volvo.
Day 8: August 17th: Manali
Reach Delhi around 9 a.m. End of tour.
– 1 Nights stay at Kaza, 1 Night stay at Mud, 1 Night stay at Komic, 2 Nights stay at Manali
– Breakfast on all days
– Overnight Volvo from Delhi to Manali and back
– SUV for all tours and transfers
– Taxes and Service charges
– Flight Charges ( Your city to Delhi and back )
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets & Camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable and not mentioned above )
– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned
- Stay will be in Standard category hotels and Bed n Breakfast places with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis. Village home at Komic & Mud
- Indian food is available at all places. Western food available at Manali and Kaza.
- Breakfast ( Included ) will be Indian or local at most places
- Private SUV for all travel on the trip.
- Rs 2500/- Discount ( For our regular travelers )
- Rs 1500/- Discount ( For 2 to 4 person booking together )
- Rs 3000/- Discount ( For 5 or more people booking together )
For this trip
An offbeat tour ( road trip ) to less explored places of Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. Experience the Spitian culture and explore the beauty of the Himalayas.
For all our trips
Our small group tours also allow enough time for yourself ( mostly in the evenings ) and the group leaders will assist you too if you need to do your own thing.
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We try to incorporate more local experiences on our tours with the help of our experienced tour leader and local guides to make your experience even more memorable.
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Exotic Expeditions is an experiential based travel company founded in 2010. We are based out of Bangalore and Mumbai and we create uniquely designed tours that have high travel value. We include activities, local interactions, and offbeat destinations so that the guests go back with experiences to remember for a long time.
What are all included in our tours?
A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on the respective trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: exclusive private transfers, breakfast on most days, good accommodation, unique experiences, expert guides and an experienced trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.
Are flights & visas included in your costs?
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What is the typical group size?
We believe that a small group is can enjoy the journey better and have closer interactions with the group members, therefore, we restrict our group size to a maximum of 15. Group size typically between 5 and 15. Our travelers are friendly, open-minded, well traveled and we have a good gender mix on our tours.
Who can join this trip?
Anyone above 18 years of age can join our trips. Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an elder.
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Our travelers come from all over India. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Calcutta are represented the most.
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Can solo travelers join one of the tours?
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