Spiti Valley tour package | The complete itinerary | Raacho trekkers

Spiti Valley Tour Itinerary | The complete tour package ( Via Narkanda – Kinnaur ) :

Safari overview :

Duration – 11 days

Mode of Travel – Jeep 4WD / Toyota Innova

Accommodation –Camping /Hotels / Hotel stay

Highest Point – Kunzam La (pass) 4551mts.

Highest Village – Komik (4513 mts).

Best time to visit  – May to October

Route map – Shimla-Kinnaur &  Sangla Valley- Spiti- Manali.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Shimla to Sarahan ( Distance 164 Kms). Drive from Shimla to Narkanda( alt. 2800 mtr). Visit to Hatu temple and relish mountain ranges from there. Drive to Sarahan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Sarahan to Chitkul

Sarahan is a beautiful village renowned for historical Bhimakali temple, which is about 1500 years old. We can also enjoy the best view of Srikhand Mahadev peak (5150 mtrs). Visit to bird sanctuary of an near extinct bird species. Drive to Chitkul and stay there in a hotel. Distance is about 110 Kms). Night stay at hotel in Kalpa.

Day 3: Chitkul to Kalpa

Chitkul ( 3400 mtr altitude ) is last village on Indo-tibbetian border nestled in the beautiful Baspa valley. Visit to Chitkul mata temple and drive to Sangla. Walk to Bering Nag temple at Sangla. Visit to ancient fort at Kamru village. Drive to Kalpa. ( around 65 Km drive ). Overnight stay at a hotel in Kalpa.

Day 4 : Kalpa to Charang

Charang village
Charang village, Tidong valley
Kunnu village
The twin villages – Kunnu and Charang are located along the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama route.
Chorten in Charang
Chorten in Charang

Kalpa ( alt. 3000 mtr ) . Kalpa offers splendid view of Kinner Kailash Ranges. One can view Kinner Kailash peak & Shivlingam , Raldang peak & Jorakanden peak. Explore places around Kalpa like Chini market and village, monastery and Kalpa Narayanes & Vishnu temple. Drive to Charang village & camp there.

Day 5: Charang to Nako

Village walk in Charang ( alt 3400 mtr ) and visit Rangrik monastery which is thousands year old. Charang has Zanskar kind of landscape and houses and similar to houses built by the people Zanskar region. Drive to Thangi and visit to Lochwa monastery at Thangi village. Witness Moorang fort and Moorang village and Overnight stay at hotel in Nako.

Day 6: Nako to Tabo

Get overwhelmed by serenity of Nako Lake (alt 3600 mtr) against the backdrop of Nako village. Visit to Nako monastery and drive to Tabo. Night stay at a hotel there.

Day 7: Tabo to Kaza

Explore Tabo village and Tabo monastery. Drive to Dhankar monastery & then to Mud village in Pin valley. Overnight stay at Kaza in a hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Ki monastery. Visit Kibber , Komic ( Highest village in Asia) , Langza , Hikkim and Demul village & night stay at Kaza in a hotel.

Day 9: Drive from Kaza to Kunzum top ( 4551 mtr ) and camping at Chandertal Lake ( 4270 mtr ).

Day 10: Chandertal to Manali via Rohtang pass. Overnight stay at hotel in

Manali.

Day 11. Manali to Chandigarh.

Drop at Chandigarh.

Inclusions:

    • All arrangements for overnight stays during the trip.
    • All food expenses
    • Food will usually consist of morning breakfast, lunch, evening high tea and dinner.
    • All food will be vegetarian.
    • Special trained certified guides trained for emergency situations.
    • Local guides and workers with in-depth knowledge about the local area.
    • It will be a cultural and traditional experience as all stays will be mostly in villages.
    • One luggage per person will be transported by us.
    • Inner line permits and arrangements en route will be arranged by the operator.
    • All stays and lodging on twin sharing basis shall be provided.

Exclusions:

    • Any kind of personal expenses.
    • Camera fees or any other costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances and situation beyond our control

Places to visit en route Spiti valley

Narkanda:

View of Garhwal Himalayas from Narkanda
View of Garhwal Himalayas from Narkanda
Pine forest of the lesser Himalayas - Narkanda
Pine forest of the lesser Himalayas – Narkanda

Narkanda is a small town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 2750 meters on the Hindustan-Tibet Road (NH 05). Surronded by the forest Kinnaur – Garhwal Himalayan Range.  Experience of panormic view from Hatu top is not to be missed.

Padam Palace, Rampur Bushahr:

Padam Palace, Rampur Bushahr
Padam Palace, Rampur Bushahr

The palace of erstwhile Bushahr princely state is built in neo-gothic architecture.Built between 1919 and 1925 for the Raja of Bushahr, the main building is still private, but one section is now the Nau Nabh Hotel, and the garden is open to visitors.  From here you can admire the facade’s stone arches, carved-wood upper storey, peaked gables and turreted towers. In front is a remarkable multi-gabled bandstand carved with peacock figures.

Sarahan

Sarahan temple landscape view
Sarahan temple – Photo by Shailesh Sharma

Sarahan is a small village near Jeori town. It is the site of the Bhimakali Temple, dedicated to the  goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. The temple is situated about 170 kilometres from Shimla and 12 kilometers from Jeori town.

Sarahan Pheasantry:

Also known as Jajurana Bird Sanctuary, this park is worth a visit. It hosts  Jajurana, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh and a few other rare birds. Please note that the sanctuary remains closed from July to September for Bird mating season. If you are traveling in any month apart from these three, a visit is highly recommended.

Baspa valley, Sangla:

Chitkul landscape! The baspa valley, Kinnaur
Chitkul landscape! The baspa valley, Kinnaur

Bordering along western Himalaya with Tibet and Garhwal , Baspa valley of Kinnaur has been open to visitors since early nineties. The valley got its name from Baspa river which originates from Chung Sakhago pass and meanders for around 30 kms before meeting Satluj on its left bank near Karcham. Unlike Spiti valley and Hangrang region of Kinnaur the Baspa valley is green paradise in largly barren mountains.

Kamru fort, Baspa valley - Kinnaur
Kamru fort, Baspa valley – Kinnaur

Baspa valley or Sangla valley is known for fruit-laden orchards , cedar covered slopes and flower crusted meadows. Bhojpatra tree are abundently found in Chitkul region. A land of blue skies, buzzing Baspa river, soaring peaks, deep valleys, apple orchards, and syncretic culture — Baspa valley a place for people who are seeking genuine peace and soul-calming solitude far, far from the madding crowd.Fort of Kamru is another landmark in Baspa valley.

Strolling by the Baspa river
Strolling by the Baspa river

Chitkul, Rackcham, Sangla, Kamru and Chansu villages should be on your bucket list if you are visiting Kinnaur for the first time.

Kalpa:

Kalpa village Kinnaur
Chini village, Kalpa

A small village about 10 kilometers from district headquarter Reckong Peo, known for the magnificent view of Kinner Kailash peaks. The focal point is Chini village and surrounding places like Kalpa Narayanas temple and Buddhist monastery.

Kalpa from above | Kinnaur
Kalpa from above.

Kalpa will probably be the last town where you phone will work flawlessly, no matter which network you are on. As you cross Kalpa and continue towards Pooh, your phone services will be a come and go before it completely dies. Only BSNL network works in the Spiti & Lahual valley.

Reo Purgyil:

Reo Purgyil peak – The highest peak of Himachal Pradesh.

At an altitude of 6816m, it is the highest peak in all of Himachal Pradesh. You can get a good view of the peak from Khab Bridge if the weather is clear. If not from Khab Bridge, you will have to go up to Namgia or Tashigang village to get a clear view. Nako Village is located on the slopes of this mountain.

Nako lake and monastery:

Nako Lake, Kinnaur
Nako Lake, Kinnaur
The green oasis - Nako lake
The green oasis – Nako lake

A small man-made lake in the village of Nako. It is not much to look at during day time but try some photography around the lake at either dusk or dawn and you will be able to get some good shots.
Nako Monastery is an 11th century ancient monastery located in the village of Nako. It was built by Buddhist Mahaguru Rinchen Zangpo who translated many Sanskrit Buddhist text into Tibetan. He founded around 100 monasteries in western Tibet including Tabo monastery.

Tabo Monastery:

Tabo monastery gate
Tabo monastery gate
Choten inside Tabo monaster complex
Chorten inside Tabo monastery complex

Tabo Monastery: An ancient monastery believed to be over a thousand years old and one of the holiest. Founded in 996 AD it is also know as Ajanta of the Himalayas.  Many priceless collections of scroll paintings, manuscripts, well-preserved statues, fresco and extensive murals can be found here.

Dhankar Monastery:

Dhankar Monastery
Dhankar Monastery

Also known as Dhangkar Gompa, it is an ancient monastery built on a 1000 foot high cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin Rivers. Apart from its heritage, this monastery is also famous for this spectacular setting. “Dhang” means cliff and “Kar” means fort, hence the literal name of the place is “Fort on a cliff”.

Key Monastery:

Spiti river meandering through the Spiti valley. The Key monastery.
Spiti river meandering through the Spiti valley.
The Key monastery.

Also known as Kye or Ki Gompa, it is one of the largest monasteries in Spiti valley that also serves as a training centre for Lamas. It is believed to be over a thousand years old and has a vast collection of ancient murals and books.

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary:

It was established in 1992, is India’s only wildlife sanctuary in cold desert and is home to several rare animals like Ibex, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan woolly hare, Himalayan wolf, lynx, pika, Tibetan wild ass.

Kunzum Pass:

Your first high altitude pass of the journey, unless you have somehow managed to climb up to Shipki La in which case Kunzum will be your second. Connecting the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti, this pass is at an elevation of 4,590 meters, higher than Rohtang La. It remains closed from late October until early June.

Chandratal:

The lake of Moon - Chandratal
The lake of Moon – Chandratal

A beautiful lake which is also the origin point of river Chandrabhaga. If you can manage to be around here after sunset, it is a perfect place for capturing some magnificent late night shots.

The blue oasis - Chandratal Lake
The blue oasis – Chandratal Lake

This small lake is one of the key highlights of the journey to Spiti valley and a perfect camping spot. There is also a legend associated with this lake. Click at the link below to read in detail.

Rohtang La:

The mighty Rohtang pass, the spot where you will cross over to Manali and finish your Spiti journey. The name of this pass literally means “a pile of corpses” which I believe attributes to the fact that a lot of people died while crossing it in ancient times. Expect to find snow at the top no matter which month you are traveling in. The vistas around from the top of the pass and even on the ascent/descent are quite breathtaking.