Explore the Remote Region of Spiti In Depth

A Himalayan adventure exploring the best of the Spiti region. Be part of conserving it. 7 days.

  • India

This is an in-depth adventure exploring India’s remote Spiti region. The aim of the adventure is to experience and understand as much as possible of this fantastic Himalayan landscape and its people in 7 days. You will trek in alpine meadows, visit ancient monasteries, see vast mountain lakes and experience rural mountain life staying in local homes.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with a guide
  • 1 day trekking
  • Monastery fees
  • 7 meals
  • Transfers to and from Manali
  • Lifestraw water purifier

Perfect for: Adventurers looking to experience the Himalayan region of Spiti. No previous experience is required. You need to be fit and healthy for the hike on day 5.

Adventures for Good Your local hosts are an award-winning social enterprise with a passion for conservation, community and culture in Spiti. See all of our ‘Adventures for Good’ here.

Need To Know

Not included in your adventure: - Flights - Transport to Manali - Insurance - Meals except where specified

You need to be fit and healthy to undertake the hike on day 5. No previous experience is required.

Yes absolutely. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your local host recommends:

  • Long sleeve shirts (To protect from the sun)
  • Caps, scarves and sunglasses (For sun protection)
  • Sun cream with a high SPF
  • Light jacket
  • Warm jumper
  • Thermals
  • Hiking boots
  • Technical sandals

Being a desert region the climate is usually very dry. June to October are the optimal months for travel with warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. Being at altitude the sun can be powerful even when it does not feel that warm so make sure you bring adequate sun protection. Temperatures can drop below freezing.

Make sure you come prepared for both hot and cool weather.

The food is traditional Spiti and Indian cuisine

Please let your local hosts know of any dietary requirement once you have booked.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end points to the trip.

Your local hosts are a social enterprise collaboration between locals in the Spiti region and a group of professionals.

Your local hosts aim is to create sustainable development and encourage community in the Spiti region. One of the ways they achieve this is by generating income from sustainable tourism, such as this adventure.

Location

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During this adventure, you will be journeying through the arid desert region of Spiti. Spiti is one of India’s least populated regions. The dramatic mountain landscape has been used as a cinematic backdrop by a number of Indian filmmakers over the years and it’s easy to see why.

Spiti is an important region for Buddhists and there are many ancient monasteries dotted about the region. Many of the monasteries are built into steep hillsides and above precipitous cliffs. Contemplating the skill and hardship that building in these perilous locations only increases the appreciation of their dramatic beauty.

You will pass through quaint mountain villages nestled among the hills. Among them is Demul, where the whitewashed stone houses are surrounded by terraced agriculture. That the local people have forged a successful life from these harsh surroundings is a testament to the human spirit and a joy to experience.

You will be travelling through the Trans-Himalayan Desert land of the snow leopard. These elusive creatures often evade dedicated biologists for months at a time, you do stand a good chance of seeing the impressive curved horns of a Himalayan Blue Sheep though.

Start point? The start point for the trip is Manali where your local host will meet you at the Government Bus Stand.

End point? The trip ends in Manali where your local host will drop you at the Government Bus Stand.

Getting there and away?

By Air: The closest airport to Manali is Bhunter about an hour away. The next closest is Chandigarh about 9 hours taxi away.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Dehli to Manali. These can be booked at www.hptdc.in, www.htchp.com and www.redbus.in

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and Drive

Your adventure begins bright and early from the Government Bus Stand in Manali. Today’s drive is 10-12 hours, always accompanied by the regions dramatic mountain scenery. You will cross the steep and craggy Rohtang pass, cross the Kunzum La pass at 4551m and spend time at the Kunzum Buddhist shrine before reaching Kaza by evening.

Day 2: Driving, Monasteries and Local Hosts

In the morning, you’ll visit your local host’s headquarters to find out more about the work they do in the region - your trip helps to support their work. After that, it’s on to Dankhar, the capital of the Spiti region, where the monastery and fort built into the steep hillside are an architectural marvel. If time allows, there is an option to trek to Dhankar lake before driving on to Tabo.

Day 3: Drive to Giu

Today you will venture three hours to Giu, the furthermost village in the Spiti on the border with Tibet. Here you will visit the remains of a self-mummified monk and explore the quaint village. From Giu, you will return to Tabo and head two hours into the Pin valley to spend the night at a village dedicated to meditating nuns and monks.

Day 4: Drive to Demul

Along your two hour drive today you will visit Nyingmapa monastery, belonging to the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Your destination is Demul, an attractive village of whitewashed houses nestled in a green bowl of terraced fields. It has a reputation as one of the most sustainable villages in the Spiti region. If you are feeling adventurous, there is an optional hike or yak-bak safari up to a viewpoint at 5000m.

Day 5: Trekking and Villages

Today there is a five-hour trek through the high alpine meadows to the village of Komic. This is the land of the elusive snow leopard, although you are very unlikely to see one you may cross its tracks. At Komic, you will visit the monastery before hopping back in your jeep to be driven to Hikkim, to find Asia’s highest post office. After that you’ll head back to Kaza, and if time permits catch the sunset at Kee monastery.

Day 6: Driving to Moon Lake

It’s time to bid a fond farewell to Spiti as you head over to the Chandratel region. After a five hour drive, you’ll spend the day at the Lake of the Moon Goddess. The rich blue waters of the vast lake contrast against the rich brown slopes of the mountains behind.

Day 7: Drive and Depart

Your last day will be spent travelling back to Manali. The five-hour drive is a great chance to sit back, enjoy the scenery and reflect on all the great sights you’ve seen over the last seven days. Your trip ends back at the Government Bus Stand where your local hosts will drop you off.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Throughout your adventure, you will stay in different types of accommodation. In guesthouses, you will be staying in clean comfortable en-suite rooms. Accommodation is based on twin rooms sharing.

Homestays are when you stay with a local family. Houses are basic but you will sleep in a clean and comfortable room. Local homes are equipped with squat composting toilets which are the most eco-friendly option in the region.

If squatting is problematic for you do let your local hosts know in advance and they can provide a seat. While staying in the homestays there is a limited amount of hot water available and baths/showers can be a challenging affair! It is all part of the adventurous experience though.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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