Overview

Embark on an unforgettable Spiti Winter Trip through the enchanting landscapes of Himachal Pradesh. This journey begins in Shimla, ascending to the serene valleys of Sangla and Chitkul, the last village near the Indo-Tibet border. Continue to Kalpa, with its majestic views of the Kinnaur Kailash range, and then to Tabo, home to the ancient Tabo Monastery. Explore the high-altitude villages of Dhankhar, Langza, Hikkim, and Komic en route to Kaza, the heart of Spiti Valley. Visit Chicham and the iconic Key Monastery before retracing your steps back to Shimla. This trip offers a unique blend of breathtaking scenery, rich cultural heritage, and spiritual experiences, making it a perfect winter adventure.

6 Nights 7 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give & What we won't

What is included in the tour

 

  • Accommodation will be on double sharing basis in the mentioned hotel or similar. 
  • Breakfast and Lunch throughout the tour ( except for breakfast on day 1)
  • Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local driver cum guide with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
  • Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
  • All Applicable Monastery / Museum Fees
  • Vehicle will be Toyota Innova or Manindra Xylo, if the group exceeds more then 6 Pax, then we will provide Force Traveller.
  • All the sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary. 

What is NOT included in the tour

 

  • Anything which are not specified in the cost inclusion.
  • Entry fee to Monastery, or Monuments.
  • Cost arising due to an unforeseen event, i.e- Landslides, Roadblock etc. 
  • Travel insurance 
  • GST @ 5%
Itinerary
How the days are going to look like

Day 1: Arrival at Shimla, Shimla to Sangla

Your Spiti Winter Trip begins as you arrive in Shimla via a comfortable Volvo bus. Shimla, located at an altitude of 2,276 meters, is the charming capital of Himachal Pradesh. From Shimla, embark on a scenic drive to Sangla, covering a distance of approximately 225 km. Sangla, nestled at an altitude of 2,680 meters, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and tranquil environment. The journey offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys.

Day 2: Sangla to Chitkul and Kalpa

Altitude and Distance: Sangla (2,680 meters) to Chitkul (3,450 meters) - 24 km, Chitkul to Kalpa (2,960 meters) - 50 km

Start your day with a visit to Chitkul, the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border, known for its stunning beauty and serenity. Chitkul, situated 24 km from Sangla, is perched at an altitude of 3,450 meters. After exploring Chitkul, proceed to Kalpa, a serene village located 50 km away at an altitude of 2,960 meters. Kalpa offers panoramic views of the Kinnaur Kailash range and its majestic peaks.

Day 3: Kalpa to Tabo

Altitude and Distance: Kalpa (2,960 meters) to Tabo (3,280 meters) - 160 km

Depart from Kalpa and journey to Tabo, covering a distance of 160 km. Tabo, located at an altitude of 3,280 meters, is home to the historic Tabo Monastery, often referred to as the "Ajanta of the Himalayas." This ancient monastery, founded in 996 AD, houses exquisite murals and ancient scriptures, making it a spiritual and cultural treasure.

Day 4: Tabo to Kaza (via Dhankhar, Langza, Hikkim, Komic)

Altitude and Distance: Tabo (3,280 meters) to Kaza (3,800 meters) - 48 km

Embark on a fascinating journey from Tabo to Kaza, spanning 48 km. En route, visit several key places:

  • Dhankhar: Located at 3,894 meters, this ancient monastery offers spectacular views of the Spiti Valley.

  • Langza: Perched at 4,400 meters, Langza is famous for its fossil-rich soil and breathtaking scenery.

  • Hikkim: Home to the world's highest post office at 4,400 meters.

  • Komic: One of the highest villages in the world, situated at 4,587 meters.

Day 5: Kaza to Chicham, Key Monastery, and Return to Tabo

Altitude and Distance: Kaza (3,800 meters) to Chicham (4,000 meters) - 20 km

Explore Chicham, a charming village 20 km from Kaza, connected by Asia's highest bridge. Visit the iconic Key Monastery, perched at 4,166 meters, which is a prominent center of Buddhist learning and spirituality. After exploring, return to Tabo by evening, retracing your journey through the stunning landscapes.

Day 6: Tabo to Kalpa

Altitude and Distance: Tabo (3,280 meters) to Kalpa (2,960 meters) - 160 km

Travel back from Tabo to Kalpa, covering the same 160 km distance. Relish another night in the tranquil surroundings of Kalpa, with the majestic Kinnaur Kailash range as your backdrop.

Day 7: Kalpa to Shimla - Tour Ends

Altitude and Distance: Kalpa (2,960 meters) to Shimla (2,276 meters) - 230 km

Conclude your Spiti Winter Trip by journeying from Kalpa back to Shimla, covering a distance of 230 km. Reflect on your unforgettable adventure through the enchanting Spiti Valley, filled with memories of its unique landscapes, rich culture, and spiritual heritage.

Embark on this Spiti Winter Trip to experience the raw beauty and cultural richness of Himachal Pradesh, making memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Things To Carry
Essential Packing List for a Winter Trip to Spiti Valley

Planning a winter trip to Spiti Valley requires careful preparation due to the extreme cold conditions from November to April, where temperatures can drop as low as -30 degrees Celsius. With the right gear, however, you can comfortably enjoy your adventure. Here’s a comprehensive packing list for your Spiti Valley winter tour.

Clothing and Gear

  1. Backpack: Minimum 50-60 liters storage capacity.
  2. Down Jacket: Heavy, windproof, and insulated.
  3. Thermal Wear: 2-3 pairs of inner warmers.
  4. Pants: 3 pairs of comfortable cotton pants or jeans (avoid ripped jeans).
  5. Shoes: Waterproof hiking or sports shoes with good grip.
  6. Socks: 3-4 pairs of woolen socks.
  7. Gloves: 1 pair of woolen gloves and 1 pair of insulated, waterproof gloves.
  8. Sunglasses: UV-resistant to protect against the intense sunlight reflecting off the snow.
  9. Headgear: Woolen monkey cap or beanie.
  10. Scarves/Mufflers: Woolen.
  11. Extra Shoes: A spare pair.
  12. Sunscreen: SPF 40 and above.
  13. Personal Medicines: Any required medications.
  14. Water Bottle: For hydration.
  15. Flashlight: For emergencies.
  16. Power Banks/Solar Chargers: To keep your devices charged.
  17. Lip Guard: To prevent chapped lips.
  18. Hat: For additional warmth.
  19. Inhalers: If you have asthma.
  20. SIM Card: BSNL prepaid or postpaid for better connectivity.

Additional Tips

  • Footwear: If you’re purchasing new shoes for the trip, wear them for at least a month before your journey to break them in. Ensure they are waterproof to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Shopping: Most items can be bought online from reliable e-commerce platforms. For a one-stop-shop, consider visiting the nearest Decathlon store.

By packing these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the wintery conditions of Spiti Valley and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Terms and Conditions
  • Mototour Ladakh reserves the right to modify the sequence of the day-wise tour itinerary without prior notice.
  • The itinerary is subject to changes due to traffic schedules, restrictions, landslides, flight alterations, weather conditions, or any other unforeseen travel-related circumstances. If we need to cancel the group tour due to unavoidable reasons, we will either transfer the booking to another scheduled departure or refund the full amount, excluding bus charges if any.
  • Mototour Ladakh takes every precaution to ensure the safety of its participants during adventure programs. However, in the event of any unforeseen accidents, Mototour Ladakh will not be held responsible for injuries or loss of life. Any disputes arising from the above will be subject to the jurisdiction of U.T Ladakh only. All participants are required to sign an Indemnity Form before the program begins; without it, travelers will not be permitted to join any adventure activities.
  • The package price does not cover personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar charges, tips, portage/offloading fees during the trip, monument entry fees, camera fees, etc.
  • Package rates may change without prior notice due to Force Majeure events, strikes, fairs, festivals, weather conditions, traffic issues, overbooking of hotels/flights, flight cancellations/rerouting, and closures or entry restrictions at destinations. We are not liable for any refunds or compensation claims arising from these circumstances.
  • All guests must carry valid photo identification (Passport, Driving License, Voter ID Card). PAN Cards are not accepted as valid photo ID at many locations.
  • Mototour Ladakh reserves the right to remove any client from the tour for misbehavior, unreasonable disputes, or physical/verbal assault affecting another client or any Ground Field Staff member.

 

Frequently Asked Question

 

What is the best time to visit Spiti in winter?


The best time to visit Spiti in winter is from late November to early March, when the valley is covered in snow and offers a serene, less crowded experience.

How cold does it get in Spiti during winter?


Temperatures in Spiti during winter can drop to as low as -20°C at night, with daytime temperatures ranging from -5°C to 10°C.

What kind of clothing should I pack for a winter Spiti trip?


Pack heavy winter clothing, including thermal wear, waterproof jackets, gloves, woolen socks, hats, and sturdy snow boots. During my trip, layering was crucial to stay warm and comfortable.

Is it safe to travel to Spiti in winter?


Yes, but it's essential to be well-prepared for harsh weather conditions and potential roadblocks due to snowfall. Travel with an experienced guide or driver familiar with the area.

How are the road conditions in Spiti during winter?


Roads can be snow-covered and icy, making travel challenging. Some routes may be temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall, so it's crucial to check current road conditions before traveling.

Are there any health precautions to take for a winter trip to Spiti?


Acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Carry necessary medications, stay hydrated, and take it easy for the first few days. I found it helpful to drink plenty of warm fluids and avoid alcohol.

What kind of accommodation is available in Spiti during winter?


Limited guesthouses and homestays remain open during winter. It's advisable to book in advance and confirm heating facilities are available. I stayed in a cozy homestay in Kaza that had a traditional bukhari for warmth.

Can I visit monasteries in Spiti during winter?


Yes, most monasteries like Tabo, Key, and Dhankhar are open in winter, but check for any specific visiting hours or closures.

Is it possible to do trekking in Spiti during winter?


Winter trekking is challenging due to deep snow and harsh weather. It's recommended for experienced trekkers with proper gear and guides. I attempted a short trek near Komic, but the snow made it quite tough.

What is the best way to reach Spiti in winter?


The most reliable route is via Shimla and Kinnaur, as the Manali route is typically closed due to heavy snowfall.

Are there ATMs available in Spiti?


ATMs are limited and may not always be functional. Carry enough cash for your trip. I had trouble finding a working ATM in Kaza, so having extra cash saved the day.

What type of food can I expect during a winter trip to Spiti?


Expect simple, local meals, including rice, lentils, vegetables, and Tibetan dishes like momos and thukpa. Availability of certain foods may be limited.

Is mobile connectivity available in Spiti during winter?


Mobile connectivity is limited, with BSNL being the most reliable network. Expect intermittent service and no internet in remote areas.

Do I need a permit to visit Spiti in winter?


Indian tourists do not need a permit, but foreign nationals require an Inner Line Permit, which can be obtained from the District Commissioner’s office in Shimla, Rekong Peo, or Kaza.

Can I find petrol stations in Spiti?


The last reliable petrol pump is in Rekong Peo, so fill up your tank and carry extra fuel if necessary.

Is it possible to spot wildlife in Spiti during winter?


Yes, winter is a good time to spot rare wildlife like the snow leopard, ibex, and blue sheep, but sightings are not guaranteed.

Are there any medical facilities available in Spiti?


Basic medical facilities are available in Kaza, but for serious medical emergencies, you may need to travel to a larger town like Shimla or Manali.

Can I travel to Spiti with children in winter?


Traveling with children is possible but challenging due to extreme cold and altitude. Ensure they are adequately prepared and acclimatized.

What are the key attractions in Spiti during winter?


Key attractions include the Tabo Monastery, Key Monastery, Dhankhar Monastery, high-altitude villages like Komic and Hikkim, and the frozen landscapes. The sight of the snow-covered Key Monastery was a highlight of my trip.

Is it advisable to travel solo to Spiti in winter?


Traveling solo in winter is not recommended due to the harsh conditions. It's safer to travel with a group or a reliable tour operator.
Cancellation Policy

Booking Amount of 5000/person is non-refundable. 

Rest you will pay in Cash on arrival. 

Tour Type
Car Tour