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Spiti Valley Road Tripping 7N 8D

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Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a stunningly beautiful and rugged region located in the northernmost part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular destination for tourists who come to explore its unique culture, history, and natural beauty.

Over the centuries, the Spiti Valley became an important center of Buddhist culture and learning. It was home to several ancient monasteries, including the Tabo Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and is one of the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monasteries in the world. The monasteries of Spiti were known for their elaborate frescoes, thangkas (paintings on cloth), and manuscripts, many of which are still preserved today.

Getting There: Spiti Valley is accessible by road from the towns of Shimla and Manali, both of which have good air, rail, and road connectivity to major cities in India. The road journey from Shimla to Spiti Valley takes approximately 10 hours, while the journey from Manali takes approximately 8 hours. It is advisable to travel in a sturdy vehicle, preferably a 4×4, as the roads in Spiti Valley are steep, narrow, and winding, and can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Spiti Valley is between May and October, when the weather is mild and the roads are open. During the winter months, the valley is covered in snow and is inaccessible due to heavy snowfall and avalanches. It is also important to note that the region experiences sudden weather changes and it is advisable to carry warm clothes and rain gear even in the summer months.

Things to Do: There are several things to do in Spiti Valley for tourists, including:

  1. Visit Ancient Monasteries: Spiti Valley is home to several ancient monasteries, including the Tabo Monastery, which is one of the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monasteries in the world. Other notable monasteries include the Key Monastery, the Dhankar Monastery, and the Lhalung Monastery. These monasteries are renowned for their elaborate frescoes, thangkas (paintings on cloth), and manuscripts, and offer a glimpse into the rich Buddhist culture and history of the region.
  2. Trekking: Spiti Valley is a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts, with several trekking routes available for both experienced and novice trekkers. The Pin Parvati Pass, the Parang La Trek, and the Spiti to Ladakh Trek are some of the popular trekking routes in the region. The treks offer stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and valleys, and are a great way to explore the natural beauty of the region.
  3. Camping: Camping is a popular activity in Spiti Valley, with several camping sites available in the region. Campsites are usually set up near villages or along trekking routes, and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  4. Wildlife Watching: Spiti Valley is home to a variety of unique wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, which is found in the high mountain ranges of the region. Other notable wildlife includes the ibex, the Himalayan blue sheep, and several species of birds.
  5. Cultural Exploration: Spiti Valley is home to a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, an indigenous religion that predates Buddhism. The region is dotted with traditional villages, where visitors can experience the local way of life and sample the traditional cuisine.

Accommodation: Accommodation options in Spiti Valley are limited, with most options being basic guesthouses or homestays run by local families. However, there are also a few luxury hotels and resorts available for those looking for more comfort and amenities.

Food: Spiti Valley is known for its simple yet delicious cuisine, which is influenced by Tibetan and Indian flavors. Some of the popular dishes in the region include momos (steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables), thukpa (a hearty soup with vegetables and noodles), and chhang (a fermented barley beer).

In conclusion, Spiti Valley is a unique and stunningly beautiful region that offers visitors a

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Difficulty Level

Easy

Maximum Altitude (MTS)

5000

Trip Days

8
Day 01: Shimla - Kalpa (225 kms)

Arrive in Shimla and head towards Kalpa. Reach Narkanda, Narkanda is a small hill station with some really dense forest, it gets more snow than Shimla. Reach Kalpa in the evening. Overnight Stay in Kalpa.

Day 02: Kalpa – Tabo – Kaza (200 kms)

After breakfast in Homestay visit Suicide Point, Old Temple and Monastery in Kalpa and head towards Kaza. Have Lunch in Nako. Reach Kaza in the evening. Overnight stay in Kaza.

Day 03: Kaza – Key Gompa – Kibber

After breakfast we will head to see the oldest monastery in the region Key Gompa The oldest monastery in the Region and Asia’s Highest Altitude Bridge – Chicham Bridge. Drive to Kibber for night stay.

Day 04: Leisure Day

Today is a leisure day so wake up late and spend some time with your self. Experience life in winters in Spiti.

Day 05: Kibber – Chicham – Nako (130 kms )

After breakfast in homestay head towards Nako. Nako is a small village in Kinnaur District and have lake also which will be frozen in the winters, so will get a chance to walk on a frozen Nako Lake. Overnight stay in Nako.

Day 06: Nako – Sarahan

After breakfast in Homestay head towards Sarahan reach in the evening check into the Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 07: Sarahan to Shimla

After breakfast visit Bhima Kali Temple in Sarahan it’s a very old temple and the main gates of temple is made up of Silver and from the temple you can see the Holy Shrikhand Mahadev Peak if weather permits. Heads towards Shimla and Overnight

Day 08: Shimla Check Out

After breakfast check out from hotel and we will drop you at Shimla Railway Station/ Shimla ISBT for onward journey.

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Does

1.Research your destination: Learn about the culture, customs, and laws of your destination to avoid any unintentional faux pas. 2.Pack smartly: Pack only what you need and avoid overpacking. Consider the climate and culture of your destination when choosing clothes and accessories. 3.Keep important documents safe: Keep your passport, visa, and other important documents in a secure place, such as a hotel safe. 4.Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated, especially in hot and humid climates. 5.Respect local customs and traditions: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, and avoid any behavior that may be offensive or disrespectful. 6.Be open-minded and flexible: Embrace new experiences and be open to trying new things. Be flexible with your plans and willing to adapt to changes. 7.Learn some local phrases: Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in communicating with locals and showing respect. 8.Try local cuisine: Trying local cuisine can be a great way to experience the culture and flavors of your destination. 9.Stick to a schedule: Stick to a schedule to ensure that everyone has enough rest and downtime throughout the trip. 10.Respect nature: Respect nature and leave no trace of your presence behind.

Don't

1.Don't ignore safety warnings: Pay attention to safety warnings and avoid areas that are known to be dangerous. 2.Don't carry too much cash: Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and consider using a travel card or credit card instead. 3.Don't be overly trusting: Be cautious of strangers and avoid giving out personal information or accepting offers from people you don't know. 4.Don't be disrespectful: Avoid disrespectful behavior such as littering, defacing public property, or ignoring local customs and traditions. 5.Don't rely solely on technology: Don't rely solely on technology for navigation or communication. Carry a physical map and a backup charger for your phone. 6.Don't overindulge: Avoid excessive alcohol or drug use, which can impair your judgment and put you at risk. 7.Don't be afraid to ask for help: If you're lost or need assistance, don't be afraid to ask for help from locals or authorities. 8.Don't overschedule: Avoid packing too many activities into your itinerary, which can leave everyone feeling exhausted and stressed. 9.Don't forget to take breaks: Make sure to schedule breaks throughout the day to allow everyone to rest and recharge. 10.Don't leave trash behind: Carry your trash with you and dispose of it properly when you reach a designated trash bin.

Inclusion Notes:

All Sightseeing as per itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy. Pick up and drop from Shimla. 01 night accommodation in Nako with Breakfast and Dinner. 01 night accommodation in Kaza with Breakfast and Dinner. 02 nights’ accommodation in Kibber with Breakfast and Dinner. 01 night accommodation in Kalpa with Breakfast and Dinner. 01 night accommodation in Sarahan with Breakfast and Dinner. 01 night accommodation in Shimla with Breakfast and Dinner. All driver charges, Toll charges, Parking, State tax and fuel fee included. Assistance on arrival. Service of 01 Experienced Guide cum Driver.

Exclusions:

Tips and porter chargers. Any additional expenses. Cost of any excursions. Early check in and late check out at the hotel. Expenses of personal nature. Any other services not specified above. Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Road blocks, natural calamities.

Notes:

Notes:
The rates are subjects to change without any prior notice. Accommodation in the itinerary at the mentioned hotels or the similar hotels. The confirmation is subjects to availability. AC will not work in Hill Stations. Rooms are subject to the availability. No reservation has been made till date. This is just a quotation. The above rate is valid only for mentioned dates/ month. The above is only an offer and not confirmation of your bookings. If we are not able to get the original hotels, shall provide equivalent/ alternative hotels.

Rules & Regulations

Strict To Follows
1. We strictly follow "Do Not Litter" policy. If possible we will pick up already existing garbage from the nature. 2. All necessities will be taken care by the organizer. We expect you to be flexible enough during the event. 3. Go Buddy Adventures not responsible for any accidents or injuries, loss or damage to your personal belongings or any other uncertainties during the event. 4. The participants agree to take full responsibilities and sign a letter of undertaking before the start of the event.

Cancelation Policy

Cancelation Policy
All the bookings Confirmation after 50% Advance Payment. Once the booking is Confirmed, Vouchers will be issued with suggested Trip Detail & hotel reservation, which may change with prior notice to the client. Once you receive the Hotel confirmation from our staff, the client can reconfirm with the hotel for their reservation. We would Require 100% payment Before Travelling . For Cash Deposit In Current Account Pan Card Required If cancelled from 00 to 10 days before the check-in date 100% booking amount will be charged. If cancelled from 11 to 20 days before the check-in date 70% booking amount will be charged. If cancelled from 21 to 30 days before the check-in date 30% booking amount will be charged. No refunds for unused nights or early check-outs or Any Kind Of Services. All refunds are processed by the method of payment used in the initial transaction, except in the case of cash payments where the refund is processed through Cheque or online transfer. Mid-tour Cancellation – Yes you can cancel but the amount would be nonrefundable.

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