As Mark Twain once said, nothing is more dangerous to your prejudice than traveling.
Back-Pack-Go! Spiti takes you to the Himalayan heartland. We're going to experience the beauty, culture and of course, the people of a completely different side of Himachal Pradesh. This trip is for those who are looking to explore the hills, those looking to find themselves, those looking to lose themselves and those who just want a break. Break the monotony of the cities and join us for a trip that has been curated for those who appreciate new experiences. Amongst many other things, Spiti is a land of stories. We're going to hear them and maybe write some of our own.
10 nights / 11 days
Visit Key monastery, the biggest monastery in Spiti valley.
Scenic drive through Rohtang pass on our way to Spiti and back
Explore the bustling town of Manali before entering Spiti
Camping at the pristine Chandratal lake
Visit the worlds second-highest post office at Hikkim (14,567 ft)
Visit the magnificent Dhankar monastery
Explore Mudh, the entry to Pin Valley National Park
Visit Gue monastery, home to the 500 yr old mummified monk
Day 1: Our journey will begin from D-town. We board the bus from Delhi which will be at a sweltering 34°C. We will assemble at 4:00 pm at R.K Ashram Metro (Pillar no 9-10) and make our way to Manali.
Day 2: We reach Manali in the morning and check into our homestay rooms. After breakfast, you have the rest of the day to explore Manali as you wish. Visit the quaint side of old Manali or do your last minute shopping. We meet for an early dinner and hit the sack.
Day 3: We start our journey towards Kaza before the sun is out. It's a very long journey. We'll make our way through the fabled Rohtang Pass and onwards to the district center of Spiti. We will stop en route for breakfast and lunch before we reach our homestay in the evening. You're free to explore Kaza market before we meet for dinner at the homestay.
Day 4: We're diving right in. Today we head to the Langza-Hikkim-Komik Trail. After breakfast, our first stop will be Langza, The Fossil Village. These mountains were once beaches. (WHAAAT!) Yep. Owing to which this place boasts of a very high number of fossils that you could find literally, just walking around. (Step aside, Ross Geller) From Langza we will take the trail to Komik, the home of the world’s highest post office. You can be hipster AF and bring your own stamps from home and whatnot. We'll end the trail in Komik; the highest village in Asia. Spend the evening exploring Kaza.
Day 5: After an early breakfast and checking out of our rooms, we're going to the iconic Key Monastery. If we're lucky we'll get to witness the morning rituals of the monks of the monastery. We'll make our way to the Dhankar Gompa. This used to be the capital of Spiti. Dhankar is also famous for its fort ruins and the lake. After this, we make our way into the Pin Valley National Park. We're going to the innermost village of the national park. Mudh is a hamlet surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides. We'll check-in at our homestays and relax.
Day 6: Today is a day to relax! We'll be doing some nothing and follow it up some more nothing. Don't worry though, the view won't let you down. You can sit by the river, walk through the fields or just explore the village. You can also just sit in your room and read a book. You do you. This day is to relax! To put the ‘yay’ in ‘yay-cation’.
Day 7: After breakfast, we'll go to see the renowned mummy of Geu. This 650-year-old mummy is the only one of its kind in the world. From Geu, we'll head to the ancient town of Tabo and check-in at our homestay. Experience local delicacies for dinner.
Day 8: Tabo is most famous for the oldest continuously functioning monastery in India. The monastery is a work of wonder. It houses paintings and murals from 900 years ago! It also has a centuries-old library which houses a collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures. Tabo town is bustling with activity. This is the last leg of our journey to Spiti. This is also a great place to see all that Spiti has to offer. From Spitian crafts to local delicacies, and meeting the locals to exploring the village, Tabo has it all covered.
Day 9: After breakfast, we bid farewell to the valley. We'll get into our vehicles and head on towards Chandratal Lake. It is a 6-hour journey. But it will all be worth it when you see the magical moonlit lake. If the weather allows, we’ll enjoy a bonfire under the stars.
Day 10: We eat breakfast and start our journey back home. We'll make our way to Manali in order to catch the evening bus back to Delhi.
Day 11: We will arrive back in Delhi in the morning before 10:00 am. Back to reality. Back to the grind.
Regular- Rs 24,500 (per head) Group discount- Rs 23,000 (Groups of 3 or more)
-Bus fares from Delhi and Manali in semi-sleeper AC Volvo buses
-Accommodation in home-stays at Manali, Kaza, Mudh, and Tabo.
-Camping at Chandratal lake
-Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner (Veg & non-veg)
-All activities as per itinerary
-Visits to places as per itinerary
-Basic medical and first-aid kit
-All permits, tolls and parking charges
-Experienced local guide
-Experienced Vagabond representatives
-Vagabond merchandise and memorabilia
Stay | Meals | Transport
Stay | Meals | Transport
-Rooms and camps will be on a triple or quadruple sharing basis with washrooms attached.
-The home-stays will have running hot water facility.
-Most of the rooms will have an attached toilet or one just outside the rooms.
-These are home-stays and not hotels. Please respect and treat the staff with respect and dignity.
-Vagabond will provide 2 meals a day.
-We will take care of breakfast and lunch or dinner every day.
-The food we're providing during the trip will be regular nutritious home-stay food.
-The cuisines will be shuffling between will be Indian, Israeli, Continental and Tibetan. You can try any of these cuisines at the restaurants near where we're staying.
-We urge you to go explore the various cuisines that they serve in Spiti.
-We will be traveling from Delhi to Manali and back in AC semi-sleeper Volvo buses.
-The entire journey between Manali to Spiti and within Spiti will be in privately booked tempo traveler buses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What region of north India are we traveling to?
-We're traveling from Delhi > Manali > Spiti Valley, which belongs to the northeastern region of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
2) What altitude would we be traveling to?
-Spiti is at an altitude of approximately 12,500 ft (3,800 meters)
3) What will the temperature be like while we're there?
-Temperatures rise to a maximum of 25°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 13°C during the night
4) Is there mobile connectivity in Spiti?
-Only BSNL/MTNL networks get coverage in Spiti. However, all networks work between Delhi and Manali.
5) Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?
-There are close to few or no ATMs in Spiti valley. Carry liquid cash at all times.
6) Can I smoke/drink on this trip?
-We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, sacred spaces etc). Indulge in these activities responsibly.
7) What will the group size be?
-We will be a maximum of 22 travelers including 2-3 Vagabond representatives.
8) Is there any age limit to join this trip?
-No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travelers is usually between 18-30.
9) Can I join this expedition solo?
-Yes, of course, you can! We have a good number of solo travelers on almost every Vagabond experience.
10) How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?
-This trip doesn't have a very high physical requirement. You need to be able to walk long distances on flat plains and be able to do a few climbs too. Our Spiti expedition doesn't have much physical activity but it's always safe to be in a good physical condition. Those who have a low tolerance of cold should be prepared with temperature appropriate clothing.
11) How do I avoid altitude sickness?
-The oxygen levels in Spiti are indeed less compared to a city at sea level. However, you can avoid AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) if you just remember to keep yourself hydrated and well rested constantly. In the scenario that you aren't coping with the altitude well enough, we have medication that will help you acclimatize better.
12) Are there doctors/hospitals in Spiti Valley?
-Every town and village has its own health care.
-Visit to any place not listed in the itinerary
-Evacuation charges and damage of any nature
-Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
-Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
-1 meal a day
-Transport from hometown to Delhi and back
-Tips for the local guide and support staff
-In Delhi, we will meet at RK Ashram Metro station (Pillar no 9-10) by 5 pm sharp. Please do not be late
-We reach RK Ashram Metro in Delhi on the last day by latest 10am. Please book your return travel home, anytime after 12 noon
-Despite this being a backpacking trip, we will be running on a fixed schedule. Punctuality will be appreciated.
-Spiti Valley is home to people across the world from different cultures. Please honor the local cultures and do not be disrespectful.
-This is not a leisurely trip. Please be prepared for a good amount of walking up and down hills and hilly terrain.
-The trip schedule is subject to change. Day of visits to the mentioned places could be shifted back and forth.
-Carrying rainwear is very important. Take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your belongings dry.
-While we're moving in groups to various places, try and stick to the group and not wander off.
Whatsapp/call: 740 005 4929 or 981 976 5950 for any further inquiries
What to carry
What to carry
Footwear: Sturdy shoes for walking/climbing, slippers/flip-flops.
Toiletries: Towel, soap, face wash, lip balm, sunscreen (min 40 SPF), hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper
Rainwear: Raincoat/jacket/poncho, rain cover for bags (VERY IMPORTANT), spare plastic bags (to waterproof your belongings)
Medical: Personal medication (Asthma, Allergen medication, etc.), crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each), basic medicines (aspirin, cold and flu, painkillers, motion sickness, etc)
Personal recreation: Camera, binoculars, books, music, cards, etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
Miscellaneous: Rucksack (no suitcases, trolley or duffle bags), an extra day bag for day outings, valid photo ID/address proof, 3 passport sized photographs
Tips: Avoid carrying new clothes as colors tend to fade in sunlight there. Avoid jeans and other kinds of rigid/uncomfortable clothing.
-In case of cancellations 1 month prior to the trip, Rs 4,000 will be deducted.
-In case of cancellations 15 days prior to the trip, Rs 8,000 will be deducted.
-In case of cancellations 1 week prior to the trip, Rs 12,000 will be deducted.
-In case of cancellations within 1 week of the trip, Rs 16,000 will be deducted.
-In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.
-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)
-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond terms & conditions mentioned below:
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More about Vagabond
More about Vagabond
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