Explore Spiti Valley The Land of LAMA (Detailed Itinerary)
Day 1 : Manali - Chandertal (140 kms) (Camp Stay)
Start off your adventurous trip by trailing the roads from Manali to Chandertal via Rohtang Pass (3978 meters). Upon reaching Chandertal, check into the hotel and then utilize the rest of the day either relaxing by the side of chandra lake or trekking upwards to the Kunzum Pass on your own. Overnight stay in camp.
Distance from Manali to Chandertal: 140 km
Day 2 : Chandertal - Kaza
Enjoy a heartily meal and then pack up your luggage to depart for kaza. On the way trespass through the kunzum La pass and the first village of Spiti called loser. Arrive Kaza and check into the hotel for a delightful Dinner and overnight stay.
Distance from Chandertal to kaza: 70 km
Travel Time: 4Hrs
Day 3 : Kaza Local Sight Seeing
Morning visit the Ki monastery, 12 kms from Kaza. This century – old gompa is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors – and at one time also acted as a fort. Also visit the small gompa at Kibber, 9 kms further ahead. Overnight at guest house/Hotel.
Distance from Kaza to Local Sight Seeing: 20 km
Travel Time: 3 hrs.
Day 4 : Kaza – Pin Valley –Tabo
Today after breakfast head on for Tabo while enroute covering Pin Valley & Kungri Monastery. Upon arriving Tabo hotel rest for a while and then visit an ancient monastery called Tabo Monastery (existing since 997 AD). Have dinner Overnight stay in Tabo Hotel / Home stay.
Distance from Kaza – Pin Valley to Tabo: 58 km
Travel Time: 4Hrs.
Day 5 : Tabo- Dhankar -Kaza
Pack up your luggage, check out from the hotel and then trace the routes back to Kaza. On the way stop by Dhankar Monastery and Lalung Gompa . Arrive Kaza & check into the hotel to enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in hotel/ homestay.
Distance from Tabo to Dhankar - Kaza: 58 km
Travel Time: 4Hrs.
Day 6 : Kaza - Manali
Enjoy your morning meal, pack up your luggage and drive towards Manali . Enroute cross by the famous Snow Point called Rohtang Pass . Upon reaching Manali you ll be transferred to the pre-booked hotel reserved by you….
Distance from Kaza to Manali: (202 km
Travel Time: 8Hrs.
Water: Water is the most essential thing while travelling in Spiti, since dehydration can further complicate health issues at such a high altitude. So make sure you are carrying at least couple of litter of water per person all the time and drinking at regular intervals.
Medicines: Medicines for headache, allergy, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup.
Diamox dosage: ( For Altitude Sickness – a must ) For the chances of a successful and a stress free trip, We suggest participants start on Diamox two days before before leaving for Spiti. Which means 2 tablets for two days.and then after reaching Manali continue it for another two days even in Spiti. ( Total 4 tablets )
Side effects of Diamox: While Diamox is harmless for most people, please check with your doctor whether you are allergic to sulphides. Also check with your doctor if you have high/low blood pressure or diabetes.
Sunscreen lotion: UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging to the skin, even during the harshest of winter, so don’t forget to carry a good quality sunscreen lotion eg. 50 SPF and above.
UV sunglasses: As mentioned earlier, UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging and this holds true for eyes as well. So having decent quality UV sunglasses (Fastrack ones are available for as little as Rs. 800) is quite essential, especially if you are travelling early in the season or during winter, when mountain passes have a lot of snow cover and sunlight reflecting from the snow can be even harsher!
Lip balm: Dry and cold weather of Spiti will make your lips dry, which can get quite painful due to cracking and skin coming off, so make sure to carry a lip balm or Vaseline.
Mustard oil: Mustard oil can be used for moisturizing skin, putting it in your hair and for lubricating insides of nostrils, which can become quite dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Spiti.
Glucose: Carrying water mixed with Glucon C/D is a good idea while travelling at high altitude, as it provides instant energy on the move, when your appetite is likely to be reduced due to AMS and at the same time.. Carry couple of small packs with you, which you can mix in water, at the beginning of the day.
Chocolates, biscuits and nuts: Carrying couple of chocolates, a pack of biscuits and few hundred grams of almonds, raisins and cashews is a good idea, as these provide instant energy and easy snack and don’t take up too much space. Those who love spicy food, make sure to carry pickle or sauce, since spiti food is a bit bland.
Other personal essentials: Paper soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and toilet paper. You can also carry your shaving kit and face wash if you have the space and need for these and any other toiletries.
Clothes: In spiti it is best to dress in layers, since majority of coldness is due to wind chill and temperatures can change rapidly depending on the place, time and weather. Hence dressing in layers will allow you to add/subtract layers as and when needed. So make sure apart from your regular clothes, you are also carrying a sweater, gloves, cap (protect head and ears from cold winds), warm inners (especially if you are travelling in off season) and if possible, air/water resistant jacket.
Documents and IDs: It is essential to carry at least one government issued identity card and couple of photocopies of it, since it is needed while applying for inner line permit and at certain places, to register at the check post. You should also carry your medical insurance card (if you have one), important contacts (useful in case your mobile phone stops working).
Chargers for all the gadgets, cameras and mobile
Spare camera batteries: Carry at least one spare set of batteries required by your camera, since in cold environment, batteries can die quickly.
Car charger or battery bank: If you are an avid smart phone user then carry a car cable and a power bank.
3 socket Belkin Surge Protector: While it is a little large in size, 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector will not only keep your gadgets protected from power surges, but will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and at the same time, provide the crucial cable length to safely place your gadgets in rooms with idiotic power socket locations (sadly enough, many hotels have this).
Enough memory cards to last you the entire trip: Doesn’t matter if you are carrying a laptop or planning to burn CDs/DVDs at Spiti, carry enough memory cards to cover your entire shooting duration in Spiti.
Torch: Not really needed if your mobile phone has one, but if in case it doesn’t, carry a small LED one.
Money: While my recommendation would be to carry enough cash you need, to avoid wasting time withdrawing cash, it may not be feasible for everyone. So please keep in mind that ATMs beyond Srinagar and Manali are only available in few place and they too are few with often long queues in front of them.
Mobile phone connectivity: Only post-paid mobile phone connections from other states work in Spiti and even from these, only BSNL has presence beyond Spiti.
Don’ts Consumption of Alcohol or any drug: We highly recommend you not to consume Alcohol or any kind of illegal drug before travelling to spiti as it could lead to dehydration and high altitude sickness leading to health problems.
Don’t be your own doctor: If you are feeling sick, do not take medicine without any recommendation.
Exertion: On the very first day of your arrival at Spiti don’t over exert yourself. You can roam in the market but mostly we would like you to take rest as much as you can so that your body can adapt with the climate.
No not throw litter: Keep Spiti clean, do not throw litter.
Advance Booking Fee?
• 30 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
• 29 - 20 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
• 19 - 16 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received 16 days prior to departure date and received amount will be fully forfeited.
If you Cancel your Holiday
You or any member of your party may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The cancellation charges applicable are as per the published cancellation policy below:
Cancellation charges per person
30 days or more before departure: 25% of total cost
29 – 20 days before departure: 50% of total cost
Less than 16 days before departure: 100% of total cost
If we change or cancel your holiday
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond our control (e.g. bad weather):We shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour hasn’t already commenced. If the tour has already commenced, then we shall refund the booking price/fee charged to you on a pro-rata basis depending on the portion of the tour utilized by you. In all circumstances, however, our liability shall be limited to refunding to you the price we charged as tour fees. If you want to change your holiday plan After confirmation of services, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way (e.g. your chosen departure date or accommodation), we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost
incurred due to amendment will be borne by you.
If you have a complaint
If you face any problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier, transporter etc.) and/or our representative immediately who will endeavour to set things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to us, with your booking reference and all other relevant information. However, please be advised that while we are happy to assist you in the redressal of your complaint, if any, we will be able to extend only our best efforts in managing/coordinating your complaint with the respective service provider. All third party service providers are independent contractors who are at no time under our control or supervision.