10 Day Spiti Homestay Trek Tour – June 2019

Spiti valley is also known as the “Middle Land” is a Trans-Himalayan terrain bordering with Tibet at an average altitude of 4000 meters. Spiti valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries in the Himalayan region like Tabo monastery, Dhankar monastery, Sherkhang monastery, and Kye monastery.

A stronghold of the Buchen Lamas in Pin Valley, Amchis; famous for Tibetan medicine, the fossils of Langza village, highest motor-able villages of Komic and Kibber, passes like Kunzum and scenic lakes like Chandrataal. A 1000-year-old culture, beautiful villages, simple, humble people and an out of the world landscape. Come and explore a civilization frozen in time.

Trekking through the local trails, which Spitians have been using for centuries, is one of the most challenging and peaceful experiences that you shall come across in life. Come and explore with us your inner self as we go through a civilization frozen in time. Spiti Fixed Departures Group trekking tours have been planned in a way that you explore Spiti like a local and at a pace that helps you acclimatize and enjoy at the same time.

Duration: 9 Nights & 10 Days

The trip will span across 9 nights and 10 days of trekking adventures, local hospitality, and culture over the high Himalayas and some remote village of Spiti Valley.

Looking for a shared group Homestay trekking tour to Spiti Valley in 2019?
Looking for a shared group Homestay trekking tour to Spiti Valley in 2019?

Highlights of this Group Spiti Homestay Trekking Trip

  • Trek through the highest motorable villages and roads in the world
  • Stay with the locals in their homes and see how life is at a high altitude
  • Camping at Chandratal lake
  • Go stargazing. On a clear night, even spot the milky way
  • Have a cup of tea with the local monks and get to know a bit about their lives
  • Walk the age-old trails that have been used by the locals for centuries
  • Visit the highest post office in the world at Hikkim and send some postcards
  • Visit some of the unknown treasures of Spiti valley with the help of your guide 🙂
Route Map for this Shared Group Homestay Trek Tour of Spiti Valley
Route Map for this Shared Group Homestay Trek Tour of Spiti Valley

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Reach Manali and relax
  • DAY 2: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Lohsar – Kaza (9-10 hrs)
  • DAY 3: Kaza – Key – Kibber – Kaza (2-3 hrs)
  • DAY 4: Kaza to Langza in a taxi (1 hr). Trek from Langza – Hikkim – Komic (4-5hrs)
  • DAY 5: Komic to Demul trek (5-6hrs)
  • DAY 6: Demul to Lahlung trek (3-4hrs)
  • DAY 7: Lahlung – Dhankar – Tabo – Kaza (5-6hrs)
  • DAY 8: Kaza to Kunzum Pass in a taxi (3-4hrs). Trek from Kunzum top – Chandrataal (2-3hrs)
  • DAY 9: Chandrataal – Manali (7-8hrs)
  • DAY 10: Leave from Manali

Complete Itinerary of this Spiti Tour

DAY 1: Reach Manali and rest

Reach Manali in the morning from Delhi/Chandigarh after an overnight journey and check-in to the hotel. You will be free to do whatever you want on this day, but the most important thing is to relax and acclimatize and not overexert.

Once everyone has arrived by afternoon, we will hold a small briefing session along with the guide. This will also be a good time for you to get acquainted with the rest of the group. We suggest you call it an early night as your body needs proper rest for the long journey ahead. We will be leaving very early the next day, proper rest will help you in acclimatizing.

Things to do today: Visit Manu, Hidimba and Vashisht temples. Go for a walk in the national park, relax in the cafes around old Manali, catch up on last minute shopping

Woods in Manali
Woods in Manali

DAY 2: Manali to Kaza via Rohtang and Kunzum Pass

Today we head to Spiti valley which will take around 10 hours (220 km) if everything goes as planned. We leave early in the morning as we have a long way to go and ascend the mighty Rohtang Pass. We shall spend some time on the pass and then head towards Gramphoo.

From Gramphoo you will start noticing a change in terrain with fewer trees, more steep mountains and the start of a barren landscape. From here we head towards Chatru and cross some of the biggest waterfalls. These can be a nightmare for any non-experienced driver, but you’ll begin very experienced hands. The terrain will change drastically from Chatru and all you will see is rocks all over with huge streams overflowing on the road and converging in the ruthless Chandra river.

We shall take regular halts for you to soak in your surroundings, admire the great landscape and breathe the fresh air. We will take a lunch break at Batal at the famous Chandra Dhaba, where you can meet the famous Chacha and Chachi. They have been a saving grace to at least a few hundred who have been stuck in bad weather over the years.

We head to Kunzum Pass and at Kunzum top, we will stop for you to pay our respects to the Kunzum Goddess and as you enter Spiti valley. The jumpy ride on non-existent roads which started from Gramphoo will end in Lohsar. From Lohsar head to Kaza after a small break. It will take another 2 hours of a beautiful journey.

Reach Kaza, check-in and enjoy a cup of tea. We shall have a small briefing session at the dinner table. This tiring day will end with you looking at the gorgeous Spitian skies with a million stars the very prominent milky way.

Things to do today: Stop at Rohtang Pass, breakfast at Marhi/Chatru, lunch at Batal and meet the famous Chacha and Chachi, stop at Kunzum top, stop in Lohsar for chai

Having fun in clicking photos in Spiti Valley
Having fun in clicking photos in Spiti Valley

DAY 3: Kaza to Key to Kibber and back to Kaza

Start the day easy over a nice breakfast. We will head out to spend our afternoon next to the river where we shall serve you lunch picnic style and you can spend time relaxing and soaking in the Spitian sun.

After lunch, we shall head to Kye monastery, the center of learning in Spiti valley. The monastery is set on a small hill from where you get a complete view of the valley. Have a cup of tea at the monastery and spend some time on the roof from where you can click pictures and videos.

Next, we shall head to Khibber village, which used to be the highest motorable village in the world before Komic took that place. The mountains around Khibber are home to the rare Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. If you are lucky you can get a sighting.

A little ahead of Khibber is the famous Chicham bridge, said to be the world’s highest bridge from sea level at 4037m (13,244ft). It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. The bridge is situated above a deep gorge. Before this bridge, the villagers of Chicham used a dangerous ropeway to cross this section. We head back to Kaza after your visit to Chicham, where we will have a small talk on Buddhism conducted by one of the monks at the monastery.

Things to do today: Visit Kaza market in the morning, riverside picnic lunch in Kaza, visit Key monastery, Visit Khibber village and Chicham bridge, talk on Buddhism from a local monk from Kaza monastery.

Key Monastery
Key Monastery

DAY 4: Kaza to Langza in taxi. Trek from Langza to Komic via Hikkim

Pack your bags, have an early breakfast and head out for the trek this morning. The taxis will drive you to Langza- we shall spend some time here in Langza before we start the trek for the day. Spend some time walking around the village and enjoying the scenic view of Buddha statue. This entire terrain of Langza was once under the Tethys Sea and is full of fossils. You can hunt for some but avoid taking them back home.

Start the trek to Komic and we shall take a small stop at Hikkim where we shall visit the highest post office in the world. Post some postcards to your loved ones from here and chat with the postmaster about his life over a cup of tea. We shall make a final move to our destination today- the Komic village which is also one of the highest villages of Asia. Visit the monastery, have your lunch, see the sunset and get to know your host in the homestay.

This will be your first night in the homestay and this won’t be easy as some people might face some acclimatization issue. No need to worry and just keep drinking a lot of water and eat properly. Get to know your host and understand their life at such high altitude. The life in Spiti might be harsh but each and every aspect of it has a cozy side and you will feel that while sharing space with a local family. Take rest for the night after an early dinner.

Things to do today: Go fossil hunting in Langza, Trek from Langza to Komic, send out postcards from the highest post office in the world in HIkkim and meet the postmaster, Visit Komic monastery.

Group at Hikkim Post Office on Shared Group Tour
Group at Hikkim Post Office on Shared Group Tour

DAY 5: Komic to Demul Trek

Enjoy the sunrise, have your breakfast and start the trek to Demul this morning. You shall have to ascend at the beginning where we touch the highest point of the trek at 4700 meters and then it will be flat till we reach Demul. The day hike will be long and tiring but will have one of the best views to offer which will take your breathe away

Things to do today: Trek from Komic to Demul.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Trekking in Spiti Valley

DAY 6: Demul to Lahlung Trek

Since this day trek won’t be a very long one so we shall start late after a nice breakfast and hike down to Lahlung through the farmlands of Demul and Rama village. This day it will most be downhill except for some climbing just before you reach Lahlung. Visit the Sherkhang monastery and listen to the folklore of this monastery through a monk. Meet your host for the day and take rest.

Things to do today: Trek from Demul to Lalhung, visit Sherkhang monastery in Lahlung.

DAY 7: Lahlung to Kaza via Dhankar and Tabo

Early morning your transport shall arrive and we shall head back to Kaza making short visits to Dhankar and Tabo both of which are famous mainly for monasteries. We shall directly head to Tabo monastery which is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas with a 1000-year-old monastery.

The murals, wall paintings, and Thangkas will take you to another age and leave you speechless. The aura of the place is bound to question you where all of this is coming from. You can also visit the ancient caves that monks have been using from ages to meditate. We shall visit Dhankar monastery on our way back which is also 1000 years old on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River.

There are only a few other monuments which can match the beauty of Dhankar. Visit the monastery here and enjoy a nice cup of tea looking at the monastery. Someone who still has some energy left can hike to Dhankar lake which is 45 mins from Dhankar. Head back to Kaza and relax

Things to do today: Visit Tabo monastery, visit Dhankar village and Dhankar monastery, hike to Dhankar Lake.

High villages of Spiti on Homestay Trek Tour
High villages of Spiti on Homestay Trek Tour

DAY 8: Kaza to Kunzum Pass in a taxi and then Trek from Kunzum Top to Chandratal

Trek from Kunzum Top to Chandrataal After Breakfast with the local family, we head towards Chandrataal Lake and we shall start the day hike from Kunzum pass. This is another location where you will find it hard to stop clicking photographs. So if you don’t have a camera, you should buy one NOW!

This lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour, each looks as stunning as the other. Tonight we camp in proper adventure style; excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds.

Things to do today: Trek from Kunzum Pass till Chandratal Lake, camping experience near the lake.

DAY 9: Chandrataal to Manali via Rohtang Pass

We leave early this morning to Manali after an early breakfast. We shall take a small break at Batal and say goodbye to owners of Chandra Dhaba over a cup of tea. We will try to reach Rohtang pass by early afternoon and spend some time at the pass. Head to Manali and relax. We shall have a small get together in the evening over dinner. Stay in Manali for the night.

Things to do today: Stop at Chatru for Lunch and 10 mins at Rohtang for pictures, group dinner in the evening at the hotel.

DAY 10: Trip ends today

Trip ends this afternoon as you head back to take your bus back to Delhi or respective places and take some of the memories back of an isolated civilization and trans-Himalayan terrain. Trip ends here.

That walk to Chandratal Lake
That walk to Chandratal Lake

Inclusions of Spiti Group Tour

  • All Transport in a Tempo Traveller from Day 2 to Day 9
  • Local Guide for the entire trip
  • Accommodation for 9 nights on twin sharing basis Homestay experience for 6 nights and camping experience for 1 night All meals from Day 2 to Day 9
  • All entry fees to monasteries in Spiti (if any)

Exclusions of Spiti Group Tour

  • Snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)
  • Any kind of insurance
  • GST
  • Cost of any emergency
  • Bus ticket costs
  • Camera Fees

Important Things to Note

Please take a note of below important things about this shared group tour to Spiti Valley.

Minimum Requirements

The trip runs if we have a minimum of 4 confirmed participants. In the event that we don’t get the requisite numbers, we can run with less than 4 participants if participants are willing to pay extra. We will revise the costing according to the no. of participants.

Alternatively, in the event the trip gets canceled, we will reimburse the amount paid to the participants minus any minimal bank charges that may have been cut.

Room Sharing

All stays in guesthouses will be on a twin sharing basis except for homestays where it will be as per the layout of the homestay i.e 2,3 or 4 people in one room basis the size of the room.

Rooms are divided amongst same-sex participants which are most comfortable for solo travelers and friends. Only if there is a couple amongst the group will they get to stay together.

Type of Participants

Our groups usually have participants between the ages of 20- 40 and we have a healthy 50-50 male to female ratio in the group, with friends, couples and solo travelers alike.

Homestays

You shall stay in a homestay for a night where you shall be sharing some space with a local family. It will be a wonderful experience to see the life of people at this altitude and how content they are. Stay and food will be very basic and your host will serve you local cuisine.

Dry Toilets

Since there is a lack of water in cold deserts and carrying water is not easy at such high altitudes- the concept of dry toilets have been prevalent in Spiti since the beginning. In your homestay, you will either get a common bathroom which you will be sharing with your host family or a dry toilet. We can also provide a stool if some people have difficulty squatting but there shall be an extra charge for the same.

Bathing and Hot Water in a Homestay

Since we shall be around 4000 meters, getting hot water for everyone in a homestay will not be possible. Hot water for drinking shall not be an issue but for bathing, it will not be possible.

Important luggage during the trek

For the trek, you shall be carrying only oneway pack which shall have all the important stuff that you shall need for the trek. Rest of the rest shall be left at Kaza in our hotel. You will also be required to carry your own water bottles which can be refilled at various places.

The guide won’t carry your luggage

The guide shall be carrying his own stuff so he won’t be able to carry your stuff. So be very particular about what you are carrying for the trek as you will have to carry it. In case extreme condition the guide will help but not otherwise. Please keep this in mind.

Cancellation Policy

In case you need to cancel your plans for the trip due to avoidable/unavoidable reasons, please do notify us in writing regarding the same. The cancellation charges levied will be as follows:

  • 60 – 46 days prior to the date of departure: 10% of the tour cost
  • 45 – 16 days prior to the date of departure: 20% of the tour cost
  • 15 – 8 days prior to the date of departure: 25% of the tour cost
  • 7 – 4 days prior to the date of departure: 50% of the tour cost
  • Less than 72 hours prior to the date of departure: No refund

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