Spiti has been a dreamland for many travel enthusiasts for a long time now. The moment the news of the opening of Rohtang Pass comes, travellers flock to this barren paradise to feel at home with Spiti’s energies. But what if we told you that this dreamland is no more just a summer destination? What if you could see Spiti in winters, in a completely different picture, far beyond what your imagination can give you?
With snow as deep as your knees and the temperatures dropping well below minus 10 degrees even during the day, Spiti is at its adventurous best during winters. Where no vegetation grows, and the valleys are flanked by tall, naked and barren mountains with snow-capped peaks, where very few vehicles make it because there are no roads, just rubble and boulders, where there is raw beauty wherever you look, this remote valley is a true gem of India, making it the most perfect destination to celebrate the magic of winters! Not for the fainthearted, come join us for an epic adventure in sub-zero temperatures as we traverse through a whitewashed valley while having unforgettable experiences and making new memories across this magnificently barren yet equally enchanting land called Spiti!
This epic Road Trip will start from ISBT Shimla (7 am) in a comfortable Tempo Traveller. Our first stop is the enchanting village of Kalpa, home to the mighty Kinner Kailash Range. via mesmerizing places like Kufri, Theog, Fagu, Narkanda and Rampur. Kalpa is one of the biggest and most beautiful villages in Kinnaur district. It is very famous for its production of high-quality apples, and pinus gerardiana, also known as chilgoza. Kalpa also offers spectacular view early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peak and paints the sky with crimson and golden light. Kalpa is one of the biggest and most beautiful villages in Kinnaur district. It is very famous for its production of high-quality apples, and pinus gerardiana, also known as chilgoza. Kalpa also offers spectacular view early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peak and paints the sky with crimson and golden light.
We start our morning going around exploring parts of Kalpa and Reckong Peo to enjoy the stunning views of the Kinnaur – Kailash mountains, visit the sacred temples, monasteries and get an insight into the local way of living. From here, we depart for Nako while crossing the treacherous Malling stream. At Nako, the most picturesque hamlet of Kinnaur, we visit the frozen Nako Lake which also serves as an ice skating rink for local villagers! From Nako, we now enter the vast Spiti Valley, while crossing the check post at Sumdo. Our first stop in Spiti is at the village Tabo. At Tabo, we explore the oldest monastery in the world, which is also the favourite of the Dalai Lama. From Tabo, we drive ahead to Kaza, the administrative capital of Spiti District.
This day at Kaza is a chilled out and relaxed day where we go on short hikes around the town to acclimatize to the weather conditions here as well as learn about the traditional Spitian culture. We also explore the town of Kaza known for its vibrant markets, quaint cafes and a beautiful monastery.
This day we explore some of the highest inhabited regions of the world. We first visit Hikkim, home of the highest post office in the world. From Hikkim, we proceed to Komic. Komic – which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’. Komic is the highest motorable village in the world at a height of 4,587 meters! After spending some time taking in the beauty of this enchanting village, we head towards the fossil village of Langza, situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters. Once at Langza we can stroll around and visit the ancient Lang which is a 1000 years old temple and spot the marine fossils found here in the sedimentary rocks along with a huge Buddha statue flanked by the mighty Chau Chau Kang Nilda Peak. After a day packed with adventure and exploration, we drive back to Kaza and prepare for the adventures that await the next day.
At Kaza, we wake up bright to the sun shining above us and head for our adventures after breakfast. This day we head to Key, known for its magnificent Key Monastery situated at the foot of steep ridges, it is also the Biggest Gelugpa Sect Monastery in Spiti. This monastery is also known to have a training centre for the Lamas. Overlooking the Spiti River, looking down at the valley from any spot of this upland country is a great sight. Spending some time in the peace and quiet of this monastery can really be a soulful experience, something to remember for a lifetime.. We then proceed to visit the famous Chicham Bridge, the highest bridge in Asia and hear stories about the ancient method of using pulley trolleys. Our last stop for the day is the high, remote and offbeat village of Ladarcha. We will return back to Kaza for night stay
From Kaza, begin our journey home and head back to Kalpa or Sangla (according to road conditions) to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva by the Kinner Kailash Peak.
At the final leg of our journey, we finally make way back to Shimla with a warm heart full of happy memories.
It is important to have an extra day as any bad weather condition or landslides may delay your journey. In case another day is utilized, you need to pay ₹ 2000 for buffer day expenses.