The cold and barren mountain desert of Spiti valley is an adventure in itself.

Tiny picturesque villages, glacier-fed blue rivers and majestic monasteries that dominate the landscape are what you can expect during this tour.

 

The majority of the people of Spiti valley follow Buddhism and for centuries traders have been using trading routes in Spiti valley to travel between Nepal, India, Tibet and China.

 

Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Delhi, India
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Airport pick up and drop off
    Applicable permits and park fees
    Experienced guide
    Land Transportation
    Meals
    Support staff
  • Not Included

    8 nights accommodation
    Airplane transport
    Personal expenses
    Snorkeling with turtles
    Soft and hard drinks
    Tipping
    Travel insurance

March to May is one of the best times to travel with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for travelling.

 

June to August is wet but the land and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

 

September to November are the busiest months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The landscape and mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

 

The winter months of December to February are good to travel due to the clear skies and the reduced number of travellers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

We support you right from your first mail to us, to the planning stage till the time you arrive at the airport in India. Although it’s a custom-designed tour the planning usually does not take more than 2-3 exchange of emails.

 

Be assured that we will take care of you completely so that you can spend time doing what you are really here for – To enjoy your holiday in India.

 

Once you arrive at the airport, we will receive you and be with you at various stages of this tour. It will be not just a guide but a person from the local village who has good knowledge, passionate about his work and is friendly.

We will provide comfortable accommodations which will include hotels or homestays. All the accommodations will have sufficient clean bedding, warm water, and either family or staff to take care of you.

 

The food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, hygienic and safe.

 

You will have clean western washrooms. WiFi or TV may or may not be available at most of these places are away from city life. However, you can always depend on the 3G connection.

5% of the money is directly given back to the community.

 

Our guides and custodians of knowledge are from the local community, thus we support their families.

 

We are discouraging use of plastic bottles on our trips.

 

We urge you to refrain from giving gifts or money to children or young adults in the village.

 

All the raw material for meals is sourced from local markets and villages thus reducing the carbon emission by transporting it from a distant city.

 

The taxis you use will be BS-IV carbon emission standard.

 

The performing artists and singers are handpicked from the local community rather than being invited from another city.

 

Your trip has been designed as per the international standards of responsible tourism – Cape Town Agreement 2002. Therefore it ensures that the money you pay has a direct social, economic and environmental benefit locally.

The cold and barren mountain desert of Spiti valley is an adventure in itself. Tiny picturesque villages, glacier-fed blue rivers and magnificent monasteries that dominate the landscape are what you can expect during this tour. Majority of the people of Spiti valley follow Buddhism.

 

For centuries traders have been using trading routes in Spiti valley to travel between Nepal, India, Tibet and China. Eventually, some of them started to settle here, and villages were formed.

 

Those who were once traders then ventured into farming and cattle rearing. Spiti valley is difficult to reach, which makes it so pristine and beautiful.

 

Many animals like Blue sheep, Ibex and Snow Leopard who have adapted to high altitude cold desert live in Spiti valley in their own habitats.

This is an adventurous and challenging tour where you may experience a lot of off-roading. It is designed to be executed in a way that you can experience the local culture but also spend significant time on adventurous road journeys.

 

Be assured that you will be safe with us as you travel in your SUV. From June onward, the mornings are pleasant with adequate sunshine and a little chill in the air. Nights are usually cold and you will require warm clothes.

 

We will provide you with the necessary heating and adequate checklist during the planning of your tour. Most of the tour will involve regular walking, hiking or travel by SUV.

 

The tour is suitable for any age group including children and senior citizens.

1

Day 1 - 2: Manali

Travel by road from Delhi to Manali in AC Luxury vehicle followed by check-in to your accommodation.

Manali is a town situated along Beas River at the base of Rohtang Pass which provides access to Spiti valley. A full day will be available for you at leisure to acclimatize and explore the markets of old Manali town.

You may also want to see the handicraft shops and wooden temples in this little town, or spend time a quaint café overlooking the snow-clad Himalayas. Since the altitude of Spiti is as high as 4,500 mtr., we strongly suggest acclimatizing for a full day in Manali before moving ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel
2

Day 2 - 8: Villages of Spiti Valley

This tour of Spiti is intense where you will not only spend time on adventurous off-road rides in your SUV but also on integrating with local Spitian culture.

You would be crossing high altitude Himalayan passes like Rohtang (3,978 mtr) and Kunzum La (4,590 mtr). Rohtang Pass is covered in snow all around the year and is a gateway to cold Spiti valley. Chandra, Pin and Spiti rivers in this region are fed by glaciers.

We will arrive in Kaza via Kunzum La and various remote Buddhist shrines on the way. It is a good omen to briefly stop at Kunzum La and offer your prayers without which your journey to Spiti is considered incomplete.

Over the next few days, we explore Dhankar monastery and fort which are precariously balanced on a rocky mountain. This was once the home of Spiti's royal family. The architecture and wall murals inside the monastery will leave you mesmerised.

We then visit Tabo monastery which is also called 'Ajanta of the Himalayas' and celebrated its 1000 years in the year 1996. Also, visit the Giu village which lies very close to the border of Tibet, and the monastery of self-mummified monk. We then head to Pin valley national park and Demul village.

You can indulge in local life through various activities like dairy products processing, and in handicrafts like rope making followed by dance and music with locals.

During next three days, we visit and stay in Demul, Komic and Langza villages. Demul is also one of the greenest villages in Spiti valley. Komic, on the other hand, is world’s highest village and close to the pastures of livestock and hunting grounds of Snow Leopard. The villages in this region also have deposits of fossils from the time when Indian subcontinent was submerged under the sea. Take a walk with us to Hikkim village which has Asia's highest post office. Depending upon your preference of activities, make traditional Spitian pottery, go on mountain cycling, go riding on a Yak or participate in traditional cooking.

Visit Chandratal (Moon Lake) and one night in a camp under the clearest skies that you may have ever seen with spectacular Milky Way galaxy.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel
3

Day 9: Manali

Today we say goodbye to Spiti and head back to Manali via Chandratal followed by an overnight stay in Manali and onward journey to Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Toggle Directions

The Folk Tales

The Folk Tales India's travel experiences in rural India are handcrafted with special emphasis on making a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

 

When you take one of our travel experiences, you contribute to local communities in preserving their cultural and environmental heritage, and in living a better life.

 

Through our storytelling, you experience a deep connection with the place and its people. We do not provide a sightseeing tour, but a culturally immersive experience through the hands-on activities and meaningful conversations.

Their Social Focus

We design all of their tours with the local community in mind. They ensure that they are directly benefiting, economically, socially and environmentally. All of our tours adhere to the guidelines of United Nation's Cape Town Agreement 2002 for Responsible Tourism.

Certifications

Finalist in the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards for 2016 and affiliated with the WTM Responsible Tourism network.

Share your thoughts!

Let us know what you think...

What others are saying

There are no contributions yet.

×

Login

Register

Personal data will only be used to support your experience, to manage access to your account, and for other purposes described in our privacy policy.

Continue as a Guest

Don't have an account? Sign Up