The Himalayan Culture - Spiti valley!

1st to 08th June 2019 !

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Starts at
18499 per person

Package Cost


₹ 18499 per person

  • The above cost is exclusive of 5% G.S.T.
  • All other taxes and permits are included.

Inclusions:

  • All stays – Hostel / Guesthouses / Camps
  • All transport from Narkanda to Manali by Bolero / Sumo
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All tolls, Permits, parking and fuel
  • Driver allowances and stays
  • An experienced trip leader from the community.
  • Coordination and management fees
  • Good vibes! 😊

Exclusions:

  • Any Air/ Train / bus fare which has not been mentioned.
  • Any personal shopping of any type.
  • Any other meals / snacks during the journey etc which have not been mentioned above.
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Anything which has not been included above.

Without further ado lets get to the highligts of the trip in these rolling cold deserts of Indian Himalayas!

1. Visit to Apple orchards & Local Apple factory guided tour. 🍏 🍏 

2. Camping amidst Apple orchards. 🏕 

3. Evening spent with Traditional dance performance by local kids & ladies of Spiti. 🎶 

4. Pin Valley day hike. 🚶 🗻 

5. Spiti Cultural costume exhibition by locals. 💍 

6. Best Homestay experience. 🏡 🍲 

7. Last but not the least - Travel with a local! Your host is a young enthusiast, certified mountaineer, passionate rider and a avid traveller, a Himachali who has spent all his life amidst the lofty mountains..! 🏁 🌟 

We will start our journey from Shimla district to Lower Kinnaur and move ahead to Upper Kinnaur, entering  gorgeous Spiti and arrive in Manali via Lahaul district. This circuit is very popular, but we at All India Permit will take you to the off beat places to stay. You will explore with us the real culture and lifestyle of the community and take a step towards culture and ecology sensitive travel.

This trip will provide you with a taste of a Himalayan city, a countryside, a hamlet and the smallest of settlements thriving in happiness..!

Come let’s explore Himalayas together!

Itinerary


Day 1 –  Narkanda - The Apple Story!

Narkanda (2760mts) in Lower Kinnaur, full with apple estates is just 70 kms from Shimla and is still unexplored. The clouds run through the pine trees and let the apple orchards be. Its virginity intrigued us and we introduced a camping experience amidst apple orchards exclusively for you!

  • Once you arrive in Narkanda, you will be transferred to your camping site and meet your host for the trip.
  • On freshening up, depart for a guided tour of Kothgarh Apple Factory, as the factory would be filled with fresh harvest of the year, ready to be churned into lip smacking recipes.
  • Evening will be lit with in house bonfire and interaction with co travellers.

o/n Narkanda

 

Day 2 –  Chitkul - The first or the last village?!

| 164 kms | 5-6 hrs| 3450mts |

Chitkul, is the ‘first’ wooded village sloping towards the mystic valley which shares the Himalayan borders with China. A little walk in the village, will expose you to the primitive and tough Himalayan life. This self sustaining village will charm you infinitely.

  • On arrival check in to your view rooms of the mystic Chitkul valley, your trip leader will lead a hike up through the village to the adjoining mountains of the Kinnaur Kailash range for a sneak peek deeper into the valley after lunch.
  • Freshen up on your return and laze around the valley in the evening..

o/n Chitkul

 

Day 3 -  Kalpa - The temple complex..

|62kms | 2-3 hrs| 2960 mts|

The most beautiful part about this settlement is – how magically the Buddhist and Hindu worshiping complexes were fused together architecturally and in belief. One can see the entire Kinnaur Kailash mountain range in the background of the town. The streets are studded with Kinnauri apples, apricots and kind people.

  • On arrival and check in, get ready to witness magnificent piece of architecture – The Kalpa Buddhist and Hindu temple complex. Walk around the breezy terraces overlooking the town and watch the drama in the narrow streets.
  • Drive to Suicide point and Roghi village. The most fascinating feature around this area is the sudden change of topography from the lofty green Himalayas to sudden steep Himalayan drops. It is indeed jaw dropping!
  • Evening to leisure.

o/n Kalpa 

 

Day 4 – Nako – the high Himalayan village.

| 100 kms | 3-4 hrs | 3662mts|

In the morning mist of clouds, you pass through the “swachh” city Reckong Peo, leaving Himalayan forest behind, entering upper Kinnaur, where you start to sight snow cold deserts. Climbing up through the straight valley, you reach the pristine Tibetan Nako village. A walk through the village and the pristine lake is the things to do.    

  • After lunch get ready with your walking shoes for a village walk with your Trip Leader. Visit the monastery overlooking the village and further walk to the Nako lake. Autumn is the perfect time to find a crisp mirror image of the rolling deserts in the water.
  • By evening this windy desert village is seen fluttering under prayer flags dispersing the blessings all over where you can stand and pray for your loved ones.  

o/n Nako

 

Day 5 – Mudh – The Unexplored, Pin Valley via Dhankar. 

| 179 kms | 6-7 hrs | 35780 mts |

On crossing Lingthi Bridge one enters the unexplored Pin Valley National park, rich in its flaura and fauna, the valley remains secluded from the rest of Spiti. Mudh, base of pin Parvati trek is a beautiful settlement right at the T point of Pin river which makes it the last village of Pin Valley national Park. 

  • After breakfast we depart for Gue Monastery, 12 kms from Nako, known for the lama mummy of Samgha Tenzin. Its an interesting fact as to how lamas with great mind already know their date of death and prepare their bodies for the same. Your trip leader will further fill you on this. 😊
  • Your next stop will be Dhankar Gompa, a peaceful complex tucked in the crevasse of these cold deserts.
  • After lunch we head towards Pin valley and halt straight to Mudh crossing over the Pin River. An interaction session with esteemed locals displaying their authentic dresses and ornaments.

o/n Mudh, Pin Valley

 

Day 6 – Kaza – The Great Himalayan Circus.

| 50 kms | 2 hours | 3800 mts |

Kaza or Kaja as the locals say, is the headquarters of Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district. The city is well developed with almost all infrastructure amidst dry cold deserts as context. Kaza has a lot to offer in terms of culture and belief, besides the shopping arcade, Café’s and eating joints. 

  • Early morning, gear up with your cameras and walking shoes, for a small hike from Mudh towards the Pin valley. Colourful Himalayan meadows with cattle grazing surrounds you in silence.
  • After breakfast depart for Kaza – the biggest settlement of Spiti. The walkable city is the best to pick up some Souvenirs home from the Kaza market.
  • Evening get ready for a welcoming cultural dance performance prepared by the local ladies and kids exclusively for you under the starry cool night.

o/n Kaza

 

Day 7 – Hamlets of Spiti – Langza, Hikkim, Gaumik, Key and Kibber

| 69 kms | 4-5 hrs | 4270mts |

Beyond Kaza, the landscape is studded with some small settlements at a god forbidden height. These places still bear a post office, a police station, school, primary health department and a bus stand, functioning like in your city. This area has been termed as a fossil spotting site, taking one back to history of a medieval time. These clusters are spread along the contours, with dwarfed mud structures made from the context itself. This indeed is an unforgettable sight! 

  • After breakfast depart from Kaza into real Spiti. Head to Langza, Hikkim and Gaumik in a circuit and have a chance to spot some fossils embedded in the soil.
  • Head to the very iconic Key monastery. Located at an altitude of 4166 mts, was founded back in the 11th Being the oldest along side Spiti river, the monastery has an entire complex for lamas to live, study and practice.
  • Drive to Kibber, a small settlement with beautiful people. Feel at ease and relax at your stay. Walk around the small town and interact with the locals.

o/n Kibber

 

Day 8- Chandratal – A blessing.. (Manali drop)

| 200kms | 8-9 hrs | 4300mts |

 The walk from the parking starts to seem long until the turn opens up to this majestic and magical creation. Turquoise blue floating under the sky in the shape of a crescent. The name Chandratal just explains the celestial beauty of the lake. 

  • Early after breakfast depart for Chandratal. Spend some time exploring around the lake and mountains of scree in close proximity.
  • Head from Chandratal straight to Manali along the river.
  • As all good things come to an end, our trip leader will bid byes and provide you with your All India ‘Trek’ Permits for the year 2018-19’ (for further details you can contact on the given numbers and know more about your Himalayan membership!)

 

Soak all of in at ease..

Trip Ends..

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I am a practicing Architect based out of Sikkim and now the founder and trip curator at All India Permit, travel & photography - a travel startup. Our team consists of avid travellers who are passionate Lawyers, Mountaineers and designers. We draw inspiration from the laws of nature to do better work in our respective fields when we are not travelling. Our way of seeing and experiencing the place hence is different and thats what we present to our guests on the All India Permit platter..

If you wish to take a step towards sensitive traveling - sensitive towards the community you visit, towards its ecology, want to contribute or give something back to the commmunity, then lets hit the road together in and all over the Himalayas..!

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