Spiti Valley Trek
Spiti, part of Lahaul and Spiti region, sandwiched between treacherous Manali – Leh highway and Hindustan-Tibet road has recently caught the attention of trekkers’ for its remoteness and untouched trekking routes. Trekking in Spiti offers unique experiences owing to higher altitudes, breathtaking landscapes. Apart from trekking, one can experience rich cultural offerings of this remote region. As a part of Spiti valley trek, we will be trekking through some of the remotest villages of Spiti valley.
Closed for better part of the year due to harsh climatic conditions, Spiti opens its gates from end of June till October. Known for its 5 monasteries under 3 different philosophies, Buddhism is the major religion here. Among natural and man made wonders of Spiti, we will be visiting Langza, which is known as fossil village of India due to abundance of fossils that were found here, Hikkim which arguably has world’s highest post office at 4440 metres and Komik which is believed to be highest village in the Asia.
As a part of Spiti valley trek package which starts from travelers’ paradise, Manali we would be staying at homes of locals in different villages to experience their culture and beliefs. We will also stay in camps during our visit to Chandertal Lake. Apart from that, we will also visit to beautiful and untouched Dhankar Lake.
If you wish to explore Spiti by road, we do have a road trip option also available. You can check it here.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN POINT||Manali, Himachal Pradesh|
|DEPARTURE TIME||5 PM|
|RETURN TIME||4 PM (Take a buffer of 1 hour)|
Arrive Manali by 5 PM and stay there
Manali, the tourist capital of Himachal Pradesh would be departure and pickup point for this trek
Owing to higher altitudes that we would be scaling over next few days, we recommend to arrive at Manali during day time so as to get proper rest.
After arranging pickup at 5 PM from Govt bus stand, we would be assigning rooms in a Hotel on twin sharing basis. Following some rest, a detailed instruction, briefing and get together session would be conducted
Since we would be departing early for Spiti next day, an early dinner would be served at 8 PM
Drive of 202 kms from Manali to Kaza
Relaxing day at Manali would pave the way for a hectic but memorable journey to Kaza on second day. We would be leaving Kullu district and crossing the famous Rohtang Pass to enter into Lahaul & Spiti side of Himachal.
Our journey would be through one of the toughest roads on the planet. As we would be crossing a number of rivulets, we would be starting early from Manali. Starting early gives the advantage of facing lower water levels in the rivulets. One sun is at full energy during afternoon, snow at upper areas melt and thus water level rises during evening time.
We would take a breakfast stop at 7 AM near Marhi (35 kms from Manali), From 2000 metres altitude of Manali, we scale to nearly 4000 metres of mighty Rohtang Pass within a span of 52 kms. Rohtang Pass at 3978 metres has been the lifeline for people of Spiti and Ladakh. It is also on the line of ancient trade route between people of Kullu and Lahaul Spiti. Till this date, gaddi’s take their goats from barren landscapes of Lahaul Spiti to greener pastures of Kullu valley during June to September.
As we descend from Rohtang, road divides into 2: one towards north i.e. Leh and other towards east i.e. Spiti. As we continue our journey towards Spiti, landscapes slowly tilt towards brown from greener tint. As this region is over tree line, we see lesser trees. We would take lunch break at Batal after which we go towards Kaza where we will reach by evening.
After getting tea, everyone would be assigned twin sharing rooms. We would be staying in a hotel in Kaza. After relaxing for some time, dinner would be served at 8 PM
Drive of 70 kms from Kaza – Kibber – Tashigang – Langza
Key, many might not have heard the name but would have definitely seen this photography of the most famous monastery of Spiti region. Known as Key monastery, it is biggest of the region and known for its unique architecture. Of different sects of Buddhism, it falls under Gelug. As per Buddhist culture, one member of family has to become a monk. This is the monastery where Buddhists send their children who braving strict discipline and after renouncing worldly comforts become monks.
After breakfast at 8 AM, we will head towards Key which is 23 kms/40 mins drive from Kaza. Everyone can spend time within the monastery premises and interact with monks. Post that, we will move towards Kibber which was once the highest village of the Asia. Located at an altitude of 4270 metres, this village also serves as base for many difficult treks like Kanamo Peak trek and Prangla Pass.We will also have lunch at Kibber
After spending time at Kibber, we will move towards Tashigang which is 17 kms from Kibber. Highest peak of Spiti i.e. Chau Chau Kang Nilda at 6300 metres above sea level is also visible from this village. Its a small village at the road end and there are approximately 10 homes in this village. This village is also on the boundary of Kibber wildlife sanctuary. After having tea, we will head towards Langza which is also known as fossil village of India and is located at an altitude of 4419 metres. Langza is made up of 2 words: Lang which means Hill top and Za which means grass in local language
There have been various documentaries shot on this village for presence of Fossils which are sea shells on which sediments got deposited and as a result they were preserved. We will have a home stay on twin sharing basis in this village.
Dinner will be served at 8 PM
Trek from Langza to Komik village
Our first experience with trekking starts on this day. After having breakfast at 7:30 AM and getting packed lunch, we start our trek towards Komik which is believed to be Asia’s highest village at 4587 metres.
Total trek would be 6 hours. There are some rivulets en route the trek which also serve as source of drinking water for various villages. We will halt for lunch at Hikkim village which arguably has world’s highest post office and polling station at 4572 metres. Post office has been functioning in this village since November 5, 1983.
We will be reaching Komik before sunset. Komik also has a monastery which comes under Sakya philosophy. Every year on 15th August, there is a Horse riding festival in the premises of this monastery. Recently a new building of monastery was constructed here. We will be staying in monastery on this day. We will serve dinner at 8 PM
Trek from Komik to Demul village
This day, we will be continuing our village trek to Demul village which is most picturesque of the region and provides a perfect view of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak in the backdrop. Demul, located at 4320 metres in local language means “whose value is just like Silver”. There is no mobile/internet connectivity in this village owing to its remoteness. Main occupation of people here is weaving carpets during months of November to May and Farming during months of June to October.
After having breakfast at 7:30 AM and getting packed lunch, we will start the trek which is moderate level and would take 4-5 hours. We will halt in between for having packed lunch. We will reach Demul by late afternoon. This day also, stay will be in form of village homes of locals. We will have dinner at 8 PM
Trek from Demul – Lhalung
It will be easiest of all trekking days as we will do downhill trek for most part. Lhalung village, located at altitude of 3751 metres is famous for one of the oldest monasteries of Spiti which is also known as Golden Temple due to gold plated scriptures inside. This monastery was built in 1020 AD. There is one more significance of this monastery. It is believed that when God came from Tibet, he brought a stick with him which he planted in Lhalung and blessed that stick. That stick became a tree which is known as Changma Tree and was planted in 1021 AD and is still blossoming in monastery premises. The tree has medicinal properties which is used to cure cough and cold
After having breakfast at usual time of 7:30 AM, we will start the downhill trek of 3 hours by 9 AM. Its an easy trek and we will reach Lhalung by afternoon. This day, we will have hot lunch at Lhalung home stay. We will visit the Golden temple post that and return to home stay by evening where we can interact with locals on their culture and beliefs. We will have dinner at 8 PM post which we retire for the day.
Trek from Lhalung – Dhankar Lake – Dhankar village
Dhankar is made up of 2 words Dhank which means a “Big Rock” and Kar means a “Palace”. True to its meaning, it is renowned for 1200 years’ old monastery which is striking beautiful and one gets awestruck by the unbelievable architecture which stands on tall rocks.
We will be starting trek early at 8 AM after having breakfast and getting packed lunch. En route, we will also visit the untouched Dhankar lake at 4200 metres. Its a beautiful lake and local have also sighted Snow leopard many times around this lake.
We will be reaching Dhankar village (3751 metres) by evening where we will have home stay. We will also visit the old monastery which provides a panoramic view of some higher peaks and Spiti river. Dinner will be at 8 PM
Drive from Dhankar village to Chandertal campsite
Our last place of interest of this tour would be visit to famous Chandratal Lake which is also known by the name of Moon Lake. Located at an altitude of 4300 metres it lies on the boundary between Lahaul and Spiti region.
As its going to be long drive till Chandratal Lake, we will start early at 7:30 AM from Dhankar village after having breakfast. We will have lunch at Batal and reach Chandratal campsite by 3 PM. Stay on this day will be in tents on twin sharing basis. On reaching campsite, we will serve evening snacks and tea. Post that, interested people can go for stroll near campsite. Dinner will be served at 8 PM.
Trek from Chandratal campsite to Chandratal Lake and drive to Manali
Final day of this tour would start with trek to Chandertal Lake. After morning tea, we will start early at 6 AM for this 1 hour easy trek. We will spend some time at the lake after which we will return to campsite for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will head towards Manali in shared cabs. We will take lunch break at Marhi and reach Manali by 4 PM. After thanks giving note, we will leave with memorable experiences of this delightful journey.
- Rucksack (50-60 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (4 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (5 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 2 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket
- Socks (6 pairs): 4 cotton (for trekking) and 2 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses (must)
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues)
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking(If you have opted for trekking pole on rent, you will get it before starting of the trek)
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
ORS/Electrolyte (5 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 5 strips
- Paracetamol – 5 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 5 tablets
- Vomistop – 5 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st September,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th August, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th August(both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st August, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations