Been there, done that to most places in the Himalayas? Summers seem full of tourists and boring? No worries! Come with us to explore Spiti in the winters! The remote and arid region of Spiti is as astounding in the summer as it is in the winters, however, this landscape changes dramatically in the winters. Sand turns to snow, lakes, waterfalls into glaciers and a blanket of white engulfs this land. Winters in Spiti are harsh and unforgiving, yet the region is so amazing in the winter that it has created an entirely new segment of tourism – Spiti Winter tours.
With the upcoming tunnel to Lahaul opening up soon, the twin valleys of Lahaul and Spiti will soon be connected all year round. Until then, we offer a fantastic way to enjoy the winters of Spiti in a powerful 4×4 jeep. A tour not many offer, it is one of our premium tours that will take you to Spiti in the midst of winter and experience the harshness of mother nature first hand. With temperatures plummeting to under -20, Winters in Spiti are no joke. You need expert crew and a very experienced driver to negotiate this wonderland in the winters. Our teams are capable, equipped and ready for problems to ensure that you have an amazing time.
See the vast expanse of the Spiti valley in arctic conditions.
View these mountains in a new light.
See the frozen Spiti river and numerous frozen waterfalls on the way.
Walk over the frozen Nako lake if weather permits.
Group Size: 5 to 10 per group, first come first served.
Total Distance Covered: 1000 km.
Average altitude: 10,000 ft
Maximum altitude attained: 16000 ft
Terrain: Challenging, extreme cold and frost.
Thrill level: Extreme
Day 1 : Chandigarh –Narkanda (173 km)
A drive from Chandigarh to Narkanda takes about 5 hours. We will stay overnight at Narkanda. You can expect snow on the road here between Shimla and Narkanda and freezing temperatures.
Day 2 : Narkanda – Kalpa / Reckong Peo (162 km)
We’ll leave as early as possible from Narkanda and plan for lunch at Rampur. This drive takes us through the forested and green environs of Kinnaur, also known as the valley of the gods. We will stay the night at Kalpa or Reckong peo. The road to Kalpa might be closed, but the road to Reckong Peo is always open. Expect sub-zero temperatures all through. Kalpa is at approximately 9000 ft so expect freezing cold winds and low temperatures all through. Kalpa is also the last halt that we’ll make where mobile phones will work. You can call your family from here. If you have a BSNL connection from India, your phone might work until Kaza, if the cellular stations still have power. Else, we will be out of coverage area for the rest of the trip.
Day 3 : Kalpa / Reckong Peo – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo-Kaza (196 km)
We’ll start early and see how the landscape changes en route the erstwhile Hindustan Tibet road. We shall witness the spectacular confluence point of the Spiti and Sutlej rivers at Khab. You might also catch a glimpse of the the Reo Purgyil peak from Khab bridge. Reo Purgyil is the tallest peak in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The road to Nako is winding and amazing. It is famous for the switchback loops on this road called the Kagiz. The landscape is near lunar as we move closer to Nako.
We’ll stop for lunch at Nako. The shimmery Nako lake is mostly frozen in the winters. Post an assessment of the ice on the lake by locals, we can even walk on it if possible. Post lunch, we will drive towards the Malling Nullah. Once a dreaded crossing point on the road to Spiti, this section of the road will be mostly covered with snow/ice. Slippery, but navigable. The landscape on this road is amazing.
We will move on to Chango and finally reach the check post for the Spiti valley at Sumdo for compulsory registration of vehicles with the local police. We’ll assess the weather situation here and decide if we will stay the night at Sumdo or drive on to Kaza. We’ll need to check if the link road to Gue village is open. If it is, we can see a 500 year old mummy of a buddhist monk that is interred there, else we’ll move on to Tabo.
We’ll make a short stop at the monastic complex of Tabo, a world heritage site. The monastic complex at Tabo is over a thousand years old yet the frescoes appear as if they were painted yesterday. The complex stays surprisingly warm even when the temperature is several degrees below zero outside. Our next stop from Tabo will be the turn to Dhankhar. We will check if the road to the monastery is open. if it is, we will move towards Dhankar, else we’ll move to Kaza. Overnight at Kaza.
Day 4, : Kaza and around (50km)
The temperature at Kaza will mostly be sub zero. We’ll spend the day relaxing around Kaza and do some local sightseeing. We’ll visit the famous Key monastery and see the village at Kibber. We will also visit Gette and Tashigang. We will stay the night in Kaza. There is a hospital at Kaza that can take care of medical emergencies, if any.
Day 5 : Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Puh – Reckong Peo (196 km)
Today we will start our journey towards Peo. The road conditions keep changing on a daily basis so we will start early and watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. As we traverse the Hindustan Tibet road towards Reckong, we will need to assess situations in real time to decide where we will stop for the night. There are guest houses at Nako, Pooh and Chango. We will try and cover the distance as swiftly as possible. The ideal stop for the night is at Reckong peo.
Day 6 : Reckong peo – Narkanda – Shimla
Leave early and enjoy the drive from Reckong Peo to Shimla. We will plan to stop for lunch at the famous Negi dhaba.Although we will try to make good time, but you will have ample time to take pictures and and some stops at interesting points on the way.
Day 7 : Shimla – Chandigarh
you can either drive to Chandigarh from Narkanda/Shimla or spend the day at Shimla. Shimla is a delightful place and has a local heritage walk that takes you through the city, with important points marked on the way. The summer capital of the British empire, Shimla has long been the favourite destination for Indian holiday-goers.
Day 8-9 :
Buffer days reserved for spending extra time in Spiti or due to contingency issues.
You can take an optional trek to the Spitian villages of Langza, Hikkim or Komic. These places are snow leopard sighting hotspots. Enjoy the winters in true Spitian style by staying with a local family.
Spend a day with the monks from the Sakya abode or go skiing with Tsering.
Spend a day for working out winter routines in a Spitian home stay to experience the hardships faced by people in Spiti first hand.
All our packages come with:
6+1 night stay at warm heated place.
All meal ( Warm / Othantic /Local /pack food also )
Backup and guide team ( With all Medical and mechanical Sport )
Things to carry for 4×4 Snow drive( For Vehicle )
Things to carry list For Winter survives.
Carry Emergency Survivor kit.
All Photo and Media Coverage.
Fuel of Vehicle.
Damage and Fine.
Extra day Stay and extra meal or starters.
Cost for Indian nationals:
Drive to Spiti in your own 4×4 SUV: 22,500 per head
Share a SUV with others: 28,500 per head.
Hire a self driven 4×4 SUV from us: 67,500 per head.
Cost for foreign nationals
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