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Travel number: 31
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Jeep Tour to the Spiti Valley

5 days Multi Active Cultural Tours

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Number of participants: from 2 particpants

Requirements: 1 von 10

There are no special requirements. Only good seated meat is needed, as the road conditions are sometimes quite poor.

This jeep safari is the perfect complement to one of our trekking tours, but can also be organized as a standalone trip from/to Delhi for you!

The Spiti Valley is a fairy-tale land: mountain formations in all imaginable shapes and colours, eroded mountains, raging rivers, small villages next to green peas and yellow barley fields, deep gorges… all this is part of the surreal landscape. Spiti is strongly Buddhist and has about 30 monasteries. During the long winter season, the valley is shrouded in snow and cold.

Spiti is located in the rain shadow and is therefore perfect for a visit during the monsoon season.

The roads in this region are very bad. In some cases, it is only possible for miles over loose boulders, smaller streams and sand. A landslide that blocks the road for hours is nothing unusual here and is part of the experience.

Day 1 Manali to Kaza 200 km

Today you start with the jeep and cross the 3980 meter high Rothangpass, the gateway to the Spiti valley. It continues along the raging Chandra river to Bathel. From here it goes up to Kunzum Pass at 4551 m. There is a gompa here and it is a ritual that every vehicle has to circle the gompa clockwise once. Then drive through the first village in the Spitital: Losar and on to the district capital Kaza. Every year in August there is a big festival. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 2 We visit Kiki, Kibber, Langza and Comic

Today you will visit the famous Ki Monastery. It is the largest monastery in Spiti and it is worth taking part in the daily morning prayer and tasting the butter tea! Kibber was for a long time the highest permanent inhabited village, which had electricity and was connected by road. In the afternoon you go down again to Kaza. Then a road leads you up into two small villages. The path is unpaved and the area is famous for its prehistoric fossils. In COmic is the Thangyud Monastery. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 3 Kaza to Tabo via Kungri and Dankhar Monastery 97 km

To visit the 14th-century Kungri Monastery, head to the narrow Pin Valley.

Dhankar is the ancient capital of the Spiti king. The incredibly beautiful monastery is located between high rocks. On the left side of the spiti river is the ancient village of Tabo, flanked on both sides by high mountains. Here is one of the famous Buddhist monasteries: more than a thousand years old, the Tabo Monastery has exquisite frescoes and stucco statues. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 4 Tabo to Lake Chandratal 140 km

It’s a long ride today. However, the effort is rewarded with a visit to the fascinating Chandratal Lake.
“Chandra” means moon and “Tal” lake. The beautiful lake has the shape of a crescent moon and is the source of the Chandra River. (Overnight stay in the luxury camp) B/-/D

Day 5 Chandratal Lake to Manali over the Rothang Pass 113 km

The bumpy road passes the region’s largest glacier, the Bara Shigri Glacier. Its ice masses are enormous. It goes further back over the Rothang Pass to Manali B/-/-

included services:

  • Innova car or similar vehicle with driver
  • 3 nights in the hotel with breakfast
  • 1 night in the luxury camp with breakfast and dinner

non-included services:

  • unmentioned food and beverages
  • tour guide
  • Arrival and departure to and from Manali (can be arranged by us)

This tour is possible from June to September.

For 2 participants from 300 Euro per person. With a higher number of participants, the price per person decreases.

Region

They are located in the middle of the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

While the green Kullu valley,from where our tour starts, is relatively densely populated by mainly Hindus, it is getting drier, higher and lonelier in the direction toSpiti. The people in the high mountain desert are predominantly Buddhist and there are countless ancient monasteries that invite to be visited.

In the southern area of Himachal, it can rain heavily, especially during the monsoon season, but rainfall in Spiti is extremely rare. The temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, at night it can be quite cold, even below freezing point.

Dangers

On this tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 6000 meters.

Due to climatic conditions or organisational reasons, we reserve the right to change the tours in the suburb as it is safest for all involved.

Accommodation

During the tour we stay in simple, clean local accommodations in the 2 to 3 star area or in deluxe tents with attached bathroom.

Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.