Why This Trek?

Spiti valley is one of the most remotest part of India, situated beyond the Greater Himalayas in the Trans Himalayan Region this valley has an experience to offer to all kinds of travellers. The Valley is surrounded with High mountains from all sides and with only one easy access from Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, which remains open more or less throughout the year.

  • DIFFICULTY : Moderate.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 15400 ft.

  •  BASE CAMP : Kaza

  • DURATION : 6 Days 5 nights.

  • BEST SEASON : July to October .

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 26,550

Trek Cost: Rs.26,550 (ex-kaza)+ 9% GST

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Spiti valley is one of the most remotest part of India, situated beyond the Greater Himalayas in the Trans Himalayan Region this valley has an experience to offer to all kinds of travellers. The Valley is surrounded with High mountains from all sides and with only one easy access from Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, which remains open more or less throughout the year.

Places Covered: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza – Lalung – Demul – Tabo – Dhankar – Komic – Langza – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Losar – Chandratal Lake.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on double/triple sharing in Hotels/Guest House/Homestay/Camps
  • 6 Breakfast and 6 Dinners
  • All Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Well versed and experienced Drivers
  • All Transport in Jeeps/Sumo/Xylo
  • All transport related charges included in the cost (Driver’s TA/DA, Toll, Taxes, State Taxes, Fuel Etc.)

 

Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses like beverages/alcohol, tips etc
  • 9% Service Tax
  • Guides & Porters
  • Permits and entry fees for monuments, museums and monasteries etc.
  • Any activities, permits or transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Cost of escalation due to unforeseen circumstances/situations beyond control

Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Here's a short itinerary of Spiti Valley Tour:

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang – Kunzum – Kaza.
Day 2: Kaza – Lalung – Demul – Kaza.
Day 3: Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo.
Day 4: Tabo –Komic – Langza – Kaza.
Day 5: Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber.
Day 6: Kaza – Losar – Kunzum – Chandratal Lake.
Day 7: Chandratal Lake – Rohtang Pass – Manali.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang – Kunzum – Kaza.

We assemble near the SBI ATM Next to the Govt. ISBT In Manali Mall Road at 6:00 Am in the morning and board our transportation to take us to Kaza, the route climbs up to Rohtang Pass offering some amazing views of PirPanjal and Dhauladhar Ranges and descend towards Lahaul Valley and taking a turn into the Chandra Valley towards Kunzum, after crossing Kunzum we descend toward Spiti Valley and Reach Kaza, After Dinner Overnight in Kaza.

Day 2: Kaza – Lalung – Demul – Kaza.

After breakfast, we head out towards Lalung famous for its centuries old Lang temple and beautiful views of the valley latter we drive towards Demul a village which is a lot different than the remaining valley with its lush green fields it stands apart from the rest of the Valley, Latter we drive back to Kaza, after dinner overnight in Kaza..

Day 3: : Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo.

After breakfast was head toward Dhankar, the capital of Ancient Spiti is famous for its Monastery, fort and a turquoise colored lake called DhankarLake, perched high above the valley floor offers some wonderful views of the valley. Later we drive towards Tabo, the second biggest town in Spiti Valley is also home to 1010 years old Tabo Monastery which is still operational. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must visit in Spiti, after dinner, overnight in Kaza.

Day 4: Tabo –Komic – Langza – Kaza.

We start comparatively early from Tabo to reach Komic, which also is the highest village in Asia, the village is almost at 4500 Meters Above sea level and offers wonderful views Spiti Valley. Later we head towards Lanza Village famous for Marine Fossils that are found here. Remnants of millions of years of history of the region dating back even before the existence of human life. By evening we reach Kaza, after dinner overnight in Kaza.

Day 5: Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber.

After Breakfast we head to Ki Monastery the largest learning centre in Spiti Valley is perched on a Hill Top near Kaza Town and offers beautiful views of the valley below, latter we drive up to Kibber Village which is one of the highest permanently inhabited villages in the world. Also is the part of a wild life sanctuary, trek starting point for Parang La Trek and famous Knamo peak, today we stay in a Homestay in Kibber and experience the local lifestyle.

Day 6: Kaza – Losar – Kunzum – Chandratal Lake.

After breakfast we check out from Kaza and follow the same route back towards Manali after crossing Kunzum Pass we descend towards Chandra Valley and take a diversion from the main route to get to Chandratal Lake, the clear blue waters of this high altitude protected wetland is a beautiful sight at 14000 Feet surrounded by snow-capped mountains is one of the best days of the tour. After Dinner overnight at Chandratal Camp Site.

Day 7: Lake – Rohtang Pass – Manali.

After breakfast we start early morning from Chandratal to reach Manali by early evening, on the way we halt at Rohtang pass and enjoy the Himalayan vistas one last time before we head back home.

Fitness requirements for Spiti Home Stay Trek:

Basic fitness is a must for all trekkers (First timers as well as experienced) the effects of High Altitude can be experienced from 7000 Feet above sea level. As we gain altitude the atmosphere thins and availability of Oxygen in the air drops.  However a gradual ascent along with proper precautions makes it easier for human body to acclimatize to High Altitude.

Spiti Home Stay Trekis at an approximate average height of 13000 Feet AMSL it is an easy to moderate trek and is suitable for first time trekkers.

 Experience: Suitable for first time trekkers.

Fitness required for Spiti Home Stay Trek: The trail is more or less laid out path, with few steep ascents and descents , with availability of water all along the trail. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. We plan our itineraries in a way that our trekkers will have to walk 8 to 9 Kms and approximately 6 to 8 Hours a day. Which means approximately 1.5 Kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude its considered to be equivalent of 3 Km in 1 hours in Plains.

If you can run or cover 3 Km in 1 Hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however we have a 3 week schedule that can be followed to prepare your body for the trek:

Training Schedule:

Stretch your arms and legs following some basic stretching exercises before your training everyday.

A Month Before The Trek: The curriculum should follow a 10 Minute Brisk walk, 10 Minutes Jog and 10 Minutes Brisk walk to end the session. Follow this for a week

3 Weeks Before the Trek: We go one notch up and start 5 Minutes Brisk walk, 15 to 20 Minutes of Jog and  Minutes of easy walk to end the session. Follow this for one week.

2 Weeks Before the Trek: Repeat the schedule followed in the previous week

1 Week Before the Trek: Brisk Walk for 5 Minutes and 25 Minutes of Jog, after the Jog cool down your body. Follow this regime till the beginning of the trek.

List of Things to Carry for the Trek:

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
One Heavy Jacket
Floaters or Sandals
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Lip Balm
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Light towel
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Gloves
Trekking Pole
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

FAQ

What is Spiti Home Stay Trek?

Spiti Home Stay trek happens in Spiti, the trail connects villages in the valley, it’s a unique way of experiencing the local culture and Spitian Life Style as the accommodation is provided in the Local Homestays and one gets to experience the actual life of people in Spiti.

When is the best time to go for the Spiti Home Stay Trek?

Months of Mid June till Mid Octoberisthe best time to do Spiti Home Stay Trek.

How difficult is the Spiti Home Stay Trek?

Good physical fitness is must for all treks and so it is for this trek, doing regular walks and jogging for 25 Minutes every day is recommended, please check the fitness section for more information on the same, Spiti Home Stay Trek is considered to be a High Altitude and an easy to moderate trek.

What are the temperatures during the Spiti Home Stay Trek?

The day time temperatures are pleasant and can be upto 20 Degrees however in mornings and evenings single digit temperatures can be expected and it might drop below zero in the nights.

How much we have to Trek Each day?

The itineraries are designed in a way that we cover 9 to 10 Kms in a day and walk for about 6 to 7 Hours is the average time taken by a trekker to cover this distance, enabling us to reach the camp site by lunch time.

What Medicines should I carry for the trek?

 

Tablets:
Digene – 10 tablets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Avomine – 4 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Cotton – 1 small roll
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Betadine cream
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Moov spray

ORS – 5 packets

Is Diamox advisable?

Diamox is a medicine which is helps in acclimatization, but it also has certain side effects not recommended to people allergic to Sulpha Class of medicines, we advise otherwise and instruct all trekkers to consult a physician before taking any such medicine.

Who will lead and who all will go with us?

All our treks are accompanied by certified and experienced Trek leaders, following the principal of sustainable tourism we source our local teams from neighbouring villages who also are familiar with the region, along with the trek leader our support staff consists of Cooks, Helpers, Mules and Local Guides, the size of the team depends on the group size.

How Big are the trekking groups?

Our Group size seldom crosses 15 Pax, we ensure that we keep the group sizes below the said number as it’s the best way to enjoy the trek and have better team bonding among the trekkers.

What is the minimum number of trekkers required for Fixed Departures?

If you have booked on a date of one of our fixed departure. We ensure that the trek goes on even if there is only one person who has booked a trek. Our fixed departures are our promise to our customers and taking a loss in fulfilling the same is something  we are willing to bare to ensure customer satisfaction.

I am the Only Girl on the trek, is it Safe?

Mountains are safer in these terms compared to Plains, people are always helpful and respectful. However we try and maintain a ratio of 2:1 on all treks and its ensured solo female trekkers either share tents with other solo female trekkers or are provided a separate tent.

What things we need to carry for the trek?

Kindly refer to things to carry section for more information.

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same?

We recommend to carry what is needed while on the trek and leave excess stuff behind, in case you want to offload your bags we provide that option to all trekkers, the charges for the same are Rs 250/- Per Bag Per Day with a weight limit of 9 Kgs or Less.

Which type of Shoes should I Buy?

Good trekking shoes are recommended for all treks, read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”

How Many Trekkers will be in One Tent?

Tents provided are 3+1 which comfortably accommodates 2-3 trekkers.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?

This trek can be done by the first time trekkers who want to familiarize themselves with High Altitude treks. However Spiti Home Stay Trek will need basic fitness level both physically and mentally.  However to achieve the recommended level of fitness please refer to our article “How to Prepare for a High Altitude Trek”.

What is there in food menu during the trek?

Vegetarian meals are provided all three times during the trek, Vegetarian food is recommended as it is easy to digest vegetarian food in high altitudes, we provide Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.

Is Water of Trek Safe?

The water found in Himalayan streams is generally safe to drink, and you have plenty of them when you are trekking Himalayas, your trek leaders/local guides know where to fill your water bottles, in case you are still unsure about drinking the water we recommend you carry your own purifying pills.

Can we change the itinerary?

Our operations/treks take us to remote regions with more or less zero connectivity and extreme conditions, right next to harshest elements that nature can throw at us. There are possibilities of unforeseen circumstances which may forces us to change the itinerary. In such cases your trek leader will inform you about the change in plan and best available options similar to existing itinerary. In these events Renok Adventures LLP reserves right to change the itinerary which can be due to various different factors.  Any additional cost which is incurred due to these changes will be borne by the trekkers and the same will be communicated to the trekkers before hand.

What Type of Vehicles are used for Transportation?

Depending on the group size the transport vehicles are determined and can be anything from a Sumo, Xylo or similar vehicles and in certain case tempo travellers.

What do we do if we encounter a medical emergency?

We have certified and experienced trek leaders who have loads of experience in dealing with illness at high altitude. Our teams are experienced in handling such situations. However we carry a basic medical kit along with oxygen cylinders with us for situations of emergency and our first objective is to rescue the trekker to the road head and the cost for the same is to be incurred by the trekker. In addition to this it’s a trekkers responsibility to get our medical fitness certificate filled and duly attested by a certified physician indicating that you are medically fit for the trek.

Can you customize Spiti Home Stay Trek?

Yes you have an option of always customizing the trek, the cost for the same is decided as per the number of pax in your personal group, trek style and region where the trek will be conducted.

What if the trek is cancelled last minute due to ‘force majeure’?

In such events we provide you an alternate trek option of similar value depending upon weather conditions if the trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. As all our arrangements are prepaid and pre planed.  In case of non-completion of trek for any reason whatsoever, there will be no refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.

Getting to Spiti Home Stay Trek:

The trek starts from famous village of Dhankar in Spiti Valley, which can be approached both from Kaza and Tabo via local bus or shared cab and even you can hire a cab from either one of the towns to reach Dhankar.

Kaza:

If you are travelling in July one can reach Kaza via Manali as soon as the route opens, sharing cabs, Govt. buses regularly ply on these routes, if you wish you can hire a cab from Manali to Kaza. Kaza can also be reached from Shimla via Kinnaur District this route stays open more or less entire year.

Tabo:

If you are travelling in July one can reach Tabo via Manali as soon as the route opens, sharing cabs, Govt. buses regularly ply on these routes, if you wish you can hire a cab from Manali to Kaza, from Kaza you can opt to hire a cab or a shared taxi to get to Tabo. Tabo can also be reached from Shimla via Kinnaur District this route stays open more or less entire year.

How to reach By Air

No airport is near enough to get to Spiti, one can fly either till JubberHatti Airport in Shimla or Bhuntar Airport in Manali after that Surface transport is the only mode of transportation to reach Spiti from either side.

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Here’s a short itinerary of Spiti Valley Tour:

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang – Kunzum – Kaza.
Day 2: Kaza – Lalung – Demul – Kaza.
Day 3: Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo.
Day 4: Tabo –Komic – Langza – Kaza.
Day 5: Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber.
Day 6: Kaza – Losar – Kunzum – Chandratal Lake.
Day 7: Chandratal Lake – Rohtang Pass – Manali.

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