6 Nights 7 Days
Spiti valley Road Trip is a Marking the starting point of Kunzum Pass, often earns the moniker “the middle land”—a term that can refer to the area halfway between Tibet and India or the region bordered by mountains on all sides.
Spiti Valley, located in the Trans-Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, India, is a mesmerising destination for a road trip, especially during winter. Embarking on a road trip to Spiti Valley offers a unique and unforgettable experience, showcasing the region’s raw natural beauty and captivating landscapes. The stark contrast between the white snow and the deep blue skies creates a surreal and tranquil atmosphere.
Himachal Pradesh Spiti Valley is a cold desert region. The valley, marking the starting point of Kunzum Pass, often earns the moniker “the middle land”—a term that can refer to the area halfway between Tibet and India or the region bordered by mountains on all sides. The Spiti River, which has its source east of the Kunzum Pass, flows through the valley’s centre and is responsible for both the district’s and valley’s names.
Spiti Valley’s history depicts the Mesozoic Era. Approximately 150 million years ago, the Earth’s landmasses divided into Laurasia and Gondwana. Between these continents used to lay the sole ocean, the Tethys Sea.
The Himalayas were created as a result of the collision of these two continents as they began to drift in the same direction. The Tethys Sea vanished, and the once-alive marine life perished and became fossilised. The Tethys Sea used to be in the Spiti Valley, a region of the trans-Himalayan range, and some of the fossilised animals can still be seen there.
It is simple to locate fossil imprints on stone, and while you are here, you will see stores selling them.
The road trip to Spiti Valley begins from Manali, with its own set of challenges and thrills. The journey involves driving through high-altitude mountain passes, narrow roads, and hairpin bends, offering an adventurous experience for those seeking excitement. The people of Spiti are warm and welcoming, and you can immerse yourself in their rich culture and traditions.
Spiti Valley is home to several must-visit attractions that are utterly captivating. Highlights include the ancient monasteries of Tabo and Key, the remote villages of Kibber and Langza, and the awe-inspiring Chandratal Lake, which remains frozen during winter. These attractions provide a glimpse into the region’s history, spirituality, and natural wonders.
One should travel to this serene location since the Spiti valley trip is one of India’s undiscovered adventure locations. A road trip to Spiti Valley can be a truly magical and unforgettable experience.
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Arrive at Manali and check in to your stay at the campsite. Spend your day in leisure and exploring Manali. Go for sightseeing, take walks in the streets of Manali, explore the beauty of Manali. You can go for cafe hopping in Old Manali in the evening and indulge yourself in live music, bonfire and such activities. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Spend your night in camps on the riverside.
Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. After breakfast, get ready for your road trip as your adventure is about to begin! Head towards Chandratal, the crescent moon shaped lake, You will be passing by Kibber, Chhicham bridge and Kunzum pass. Chhicham bridge is the highest bridge of Asia. Witness the thrill it offers to your eyes and nerves! Once there at Chandratal Lake, experience the surreal beauty it holds. Chandratal, a stunning high-altitude lake located at an altitude of approximately 4,300 metres (14,100 feet). Chandratal is known for its mesmerising beauty and serene ambiance. Take some time to soak in the breathtaking views of the lake and its surroundings before you make your way to the campsite. Click snapshots and make memories. Spend the night in camps under starlit sky.
As you leave Chandratal, you will retrace your path to panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and the vast expanse of the Spiti Valley.
Drive to the impressive and eye-catching Dhankar monastery.
Dhankar, perched on a riverside cliff during the Spiti Valley's Nono monarchs' dominion, served as the region's previous capital.
It provides sweeping views of the river valley and looks out towards the Spiti River.
Visit one of the Spiti Valley's oldest Gompas.
Overnight stay there in Kaza and refuel yourself for the next day as your road trip is gonna take you to more and more majestic views!
Start from Kaza today and begin your road trip for the day.
From Kaza, head towards Hikkim, a small village located at an altitude of approximately 4,400 metres (14,435 feet).
Hikkim is famous for having the world's highest post office, where you can send postcards to your loved ones. It's a unique and memorable experience to send mail from such a high-altitude location.
From Hikkim, continue your journey to Komic Village, situated at an elevation of about 4,520 metres (14,830 feet).
Komic is known for its stunning landscape and the presence of the Tangyud Monastery, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
Take some time to explore the monastery and soak in the tranquillity of the village.
Proceeding from Komic, make your way to Lalung, a small village nestled amidst picturesque mountains.
Lalung is renowned for its ancient monastery, Lalung Monastery, which is perched on a hilltop.
After visiting Lalung, head to Langza, a picturesque village located at an altitude of approximately 4,400 metres (14,435 feet).Langza is famous for its stunning views of the Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak and the presence of a giant Buddha statue.
Once you arrive at Langza, you can explore the surrounding area and the Lang (Temple), which is thought to be more than a thousand years old.
After a fulfilling exploration of Hikkim, Komic Village, Lalung, and Langza, return to Kaza, ending your day.
Visit the Key Monastery, cherish the atmosphere it offers.
Reflect on the memories and experiences gathered during the journey through the enchanting landscapes of the Spiti Valley.
Spend the night in Kaza.
From Kaza, drive towards Tabo, a historic village located at an altitude of approximately 3,280 metres (10,760 feet).
Tabo is renowned for its ancient Tabo Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the ""Ajanta of the Himalayas."" Explore the monastery, marvel at its exquisite murals and sculptures, and soak in the spiritual ambiance.
Uncover the Golden Temple, the Temple of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, The Chamber of Pictures, The Temple of Mahakala Vajra Bhairava, The Temple of Dromton, and The Temple of Enlightened Gods in Tabo.
After exploring Tabo and sightseeing there, head towards Nako, a beautiful village located at an altitude of approximately 3,662 metres (12,014 feet).
Nako is known for its serene Nako Lake, surrounded by willow and poplar trees.
The village also houses the Nako Monastery, which showcases unique Tibetan-style architecture.
Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, visit the monastery footprints of Lord Padmasambhava, and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Nako.
Stay overnight in Nako.
As you leave Nako, the road takes you through the breathtaking Hangrang Valley. This picturesque valley is adorned with lush green fields, charming villages, and the flowing Spiti River.
Proceed further and reach Kalpa, a beautiful village nestled in the Kinnaur Valley.
Kalpa is renowned for its apple orchards, traditional Kinnauri architecture, and the magnificent views of the snow-capped Kinner Kailash range.
Enjoy the scenic beauty and the unique culture of the Kinnauri people.
Finally, the road trip culminates in Chitkul, the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibetan border.
Chitkul is located at an altitude of approximately 3,450 metres (11,319 feet) and is known for its untouched natural beauty, traditional wooden houses, and the mesmerising view of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks.
Take a walk through the village, interact with the locals, and enjoy the tranquillity of this remote Himalayan gem.
Check in to your hotel once there in Chitkul, and spend your night there as tomorrow is the last day of your road trip.
Start today from Chitkul, the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibetan border.
Take in the serene surroundings and bid farewell to the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.
Drive through the picturesque Sangla Valley, known as the Baspa Valley.
Enjoy the scenic beauty and capture the breathtaking vistas along the way.
Make a stop at Kamru Fort, located near the village of Sangla.
Kamru Fort is a historic fort perched atop a hill and offers panoramic views of the surrounding valley.
Explore the fort's architecture, visit the Kamakshi Temple within the fort premises, and soak in the rich cultural heritage of the region.
Depart for Shimla, taking in the lush orchards, bright streams, and breathtaking splendour along the way.
Here ends your amazing road trip to Spiti.
Take your bags home full of memories and unforgettable experiences.