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Spiti Valley is a remote location with limited tourist infrastructure, makes this part of the world a little-visited but rewarding destination. Voted as one of the top 10 of Lonely Planet Best in Travel Regions 2018 this is a must for adventurers who want to see and experience extreme beauty, remoteness and never to be repeated landscape ever again.

This is how Lonely Plant writer described the Spiti Valley “Imagine an arid land set high in the Indian Himalaya, a high-altitude desert punctuated by small patches of green and miniature villages of white, flat-roofed houses perched below stark rocky hillsides and jagged snow-covered peaks. Picture high passes blocked by snow and ice for half the year, and scattered stabs of colour from fluttering prayer flags and precariously perched Buddhist monasteries.
John Noble, Lonely Planet writer

 

TOUR DATES 5 – 17 August 2018
TOUR COST A$2750 per person twin share

A$ 990 per person single supplement

* Prices based on minimum 4 people with English speaking guide

DURATION 13 days, 12 nights
Tour Route Delhi-Shimla-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi, India
Tour Highlights
  • Wonders of Delhi
  • Shimla – The Queen of Hills
  • Beautiful Kinnaur Valley
  • Visit ancient Monasteries at Nako and Tabo
  • Key Monastery at Kaza
  • Manali – A beautiful hill station
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Groupsize10
Dates5 – 17 August 2018
Day 1

5 August 2018

Arrive Delhi International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.  Overnight Delhi
Day 2

6 August 2018

Sightseeing tour around Delhi.  Sights to be visited depending on time are India Gate, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat (the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi) and Rajpath.  Overnight Delhi.
Day 3

7 August 2018

Leave from your hotel in Delhi (approx 4am) and transfer to the train station in North Delhi.   Here you will catch the train  to Kalka, leaving Delhi at 05:35 and arrive in Kalka at 11:10.  Transfer to another another train from Kalka to Shimla  at 12:10 and arrives in Shimla at 17:30.

The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla, known as the Toy Train . It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The Kalka–Shimla Railway was built in 1898  to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system. At the time of construction 107 tunnels and 864 bridges, were built throughout the course of the track. Overnight Shimla.

Day 4

8 August 2018

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Shimla. Visit Kufri, Ridge Maidan, Mall Road and Christ Church.
Shimla is one of the most popular hill station of India. The town is situated at an altitude of 2.276 metres  initially chosen as a sanatorium for invalid European officers, but soon developed into a big hill town and became the summer capital of the country. Overnight Shimla
Day 5

9 August 2018

Leave Shimla make our way to Kalpa as we head into the beautiful Kinnaur Valley. From Kalpa we can see the beautiful Kinnar Kailash, one of the highest in the Indian Himalayas at 6,055 metres.

The Kinnaur Valley is the gateway to remote Spiti Valley.  The Kinnaur Valley is famous for its’ apple orchards as just about all of India’s apples are produced in this area.  The culture is rich as modernity has only touched it in these past couple of years.  People still wear their traditional dress for everyday life.

Kalpa is surrounded by snowy peaks for most of the year.  Overnight Kalpa

Day 6

10 August 2018

Morning at leisure around Kalpa as we head towards Rekong Peo.  We will stop for lunch and get our inner line permit for Spiti Valley and head towards Nako (60kms from the Tibet border).

Nako is a very picturesque village high in the Himalayas (altitiude 3,625 metres) which has an ancient Monastery, dating back to 1025 AD, located in the village as well other Buddhist chortens as a feature of the town. The villagers are proud of its heritage and is well maintained by the local community.  A pretty lake also surrounds the town.  Overnight Nako

Day 7

11 August 2018

Morning drive to Tabo.   Tabo is famous for its monastery which dates back to 966AD and is a World Heritage Site. The Dalai Lama maintains that the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest.  Due to its height at 3,280 metres, Tabo has short summers and very cold winters.  Overnight Tabo.
Day 8

12 August 2018

We leave after breakfast for the drive to Kaza, stopping off on the way at Dhanker Monastery.  Dhankar Monastery is built on a 300-metre high spur overlooking the the Spiti and Pin Rivers.  It is one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a Monastery and has many stories attached to it.

We sadly leave Dhankar and head towards Kaza where we will spend the next 2 nights.   Overnight Kaza

Day 9

13 August 2018

Day around Kaza to explore the local Sakya monastery and the famous Ky Monastery. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level and is 11kms from Kaza. The monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district and a religious training centre for monks. It is home to around 300 who receive their religious education here.

We head to the remote town of Kibber at 4,270 metres for lunch and to sample the remoteness and beauty of the Spiti Valley. With sweeping views of the mountains on one side and the Spiti Valley on the other, it is great place to relax and soak up the view.  The Kibber area is also home to the elusive Blue Sheep.  If you keep your eyes peeled on the horizon you may see one of these shy creatures in the distance.  Late afternoon drive back to Kaza.  Overnight Kaza

Day 10

14 August 2018

Leave Kaza very early in the morning for the drive to Manali. You will pass along the valley floor till you start to rise and cross the Rothang Pass into Manali. Overnight Manali.
Day 11

15 August 2018

Leave for Chandigarh, arrive late afternoon. Overnight Chandigarh
Day 12

16 August 2018

Take a morning flight to Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Delhi
Day 13

17 August 2018

Prepare to flight home.

INCLUDES

Met at Delhi Airport by Ekno Representative

12 nights‘ accommodation and breakfast for the duration of the trip

Following Transportation by AC Toyota Innova or AC Tempo Traveller 9 seater Mini Bus

  • Pickup from Delhi airport
  • 1 sightseeing in Delhi
  • Drop off at Delhi train station
  • Pickup at Shimla train station
  • Spiti Valley Tour (Shimla-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Manali-Chandigarh)
  • Drop off at Chandigarh airport
  • Pickup and drop off to and from Delhi airport

Trains – Connecting train from Delhi to Shimla via Kalka

Flights – Chandigarh to Delhi

Entrance Fees

Local guide in Delhi

English speaking guide throughout tour

EXCLUDES

Airfares to India

Visas to India

Lunch and Dinner

Extra activities and transport not stipulated in the itinerary

Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs

Tipping

Donations to Monasteries

Compulsory insurance of any kind

Bottled water and other beverages not included

Stupa at Kunzum Pass
Spiti Valley Tour 2018 Route Map
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Nako Lake
Key Monastery
Kibber Village
Stupa in Kaza
Kaza Monastery Gate
Kaza Monastery
Stupa at Kunzum Pass