Winter spiti 4×4 snow drive

TRIP DATE

6 FEB TO 14 FEB

DAYS

6-8 DAYS

TYPE OF ROAD

GRAVEL ROAD 20%, ICE ROAD 80%

LEVEL OF DIFICULTY

9/10

TEMPERATURE

-5  TO -35

 

Let’s have a wonderful and extreme winter adventurous tour to SPiti in winters.

Challenges we will face in this tour are like

1) Question in mind whether the road will be open or we have to find other way out.

2) We have to carry our own food and cook ourselves using stoves and burner, water we have to use from snow. Don’t worry we will take care of that.

There are lots of variables when you are planning such a trip and most major one is the itinerary. Your itinerary must be flexible and hence, you know about places where to stop overnight in case of any changes from original plan. You must also know which places you should avoid staying overnight due to vulnerabilities such as freezing cold, acute mountain sickness or being stuck from both sides of road blocks.

Considering above points in mind we will go with common itinerary for a trip to spiti valley.

Itinerary for Spiti in winters for 8 Days

Our itinerary  for the tour will flow to Spiti Valley via kinnaur side and same end up traversing the same route since Kaza-Kunzum pass- manali remains closed in winters. Route from Manali to Kaza, Spiti Valley only remains open in the summer months from mid June to mid October. Beyond this time period, it is usually closed or it is not suggested to travel on this route because of the reason of getting stuck in the middle of no mans for about six months. The route from Shimla – Kinnaur Valley to Spiti Valley remains open almost all throughout the year including winters barring few days of heavy snowfall that closes NH-22 or road between Kaza – Tabo or Tabo – Puh at times.

Day 1 | Chandigarh –Narkanda (173 km)
  • Narkanda is about 60 KMs from Shimla takes about 2 Hrs
  • Overnight at Narkanda, which ever suits your timings
  • There may be snow on the road and you can expect closure due to heavy snowfall between Shimla – Narkanda

 

Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa / Reckong Peo (162 km)
  • Leave early, if from Shimla and enjoy the vistas en route
  • You can plan for lunch at Rampur
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs of beautiful drive through Kinnaur Valley
  • Overnight at Kalpa / Reckong Peo
  • Road to Kalpa might be closed due to snow but road to Reckong Peo remains open
  • This will be your last place where network will be coming, so call up your near & dear one. We will check the weather updates here before venturing.
Day 3 | Kalpa / Reckong Peo – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo-Kaza (196 km)
  • Start your day early and watch the vistas en route over Hindustan Tibet Highway
  • Check Out Khab,Confluence of Spiti and Satluj Rivers
  • See the Leo Purygal Peak from Khab Bridge
  • Have your lunch at Nako, the Nako Lake will be frozen
  • Meet the dreaded Malling Nalla ahead of Nako which will have lot of ice and completely frozen. The road will be very slippery around this section of the road
  • After Chango – Sumdo you will enter Spiti Valley. In case you see weather being not welcoming, try to stop over at Chango. Avoid sleeping at Nako where it will be too freezing and AMS prone
  • After Sumdo police registration, the detour towards Geyu Village to visit the 500 Year old Mummy will be closed. So, keep moving towards Tabo.
  • About 6 – 7 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Visit Dhangkar Monastery in case the road is open else continue to Kaza
  • The route to Pin Valley will be closed
  • Overnight at Kaza

 

Day 4, | Kaza and around (apx 50km)
  • Head for Kaza, headquarters of Spiti Valley and spend couple of days in Kaza
  • Have lunch at Kaza and check in to Hotel
  • In these two days, explore the road to Ki – Kibber which remains mostly open and for more details you can read: Key – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Local Sightseeing in Kaza
  • Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive
  • About 2 – 3 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza
Day 5 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Puh – Reckong Peo (196 km)
  • Start your day early and watch the vistas en route over Hindustan Tibet Highway
  • After Chango – Sumdo you will exit Spiti Valley
  • Have your lunch at Nako or at Puh
  • Nako has an IPH Rest House and Puh has a PWD Rest house where you can stay if required due to road closure. Chango also have a PWD rest house. You may be OK to stay at Nako while coming back but still better opt for Chango or Puh
  • You can make quick progress on this day with less stops, as you have already covered to places of interest while reaching Tabo from Kalpa
  • About 9 – 10 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Reckong Peo

 

Day 6 | Reckong peo – Narkanda – Shimla
  • Leave early and enjoy the vistas en route
  • You can plan for lunch at Narkanda, Negi Dhabha. Check review in DoW Community
  • About 6 – 14 Hrs of beautiful drive through Shimla – Kinnaur Valley depending upon where are you planning to halt the day
  • Overnight at Shimla

Day 7 | Shimla – Chandigarh
  • In case, you have this extra day past the whole week, well, you can relax in shimla
  • Roam around in shimla and leave for chandigarh by afternoon
  • About 5 Hrs drive to chandigarh
  • Overnight at chandigarh / sweet home

Day 8-9 | Buffer days to be kept in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more in frozen beauty of Spiti Valley

Add On Days in Spiti Valley??

If you have more days with you then perhaps you can choose any of the days to explore more beautiful places within Spiti Valley in winters…

  • If you want we can trek in snow to Langza, Hikkim or Komic villages for few days with the help of local guide or local villager with us. We will carry enough food + water and sleeping bag to sleep in home stays up in these villages. We can go for spotting Snow Leopard in these villages as well.
  • Spend a day with Sakya Abodeboys or Tsering who goes over to ski on the snow slopes around Kaza. An exhilarating experience.
  • Spend a day to working out winter routines in some home stay to actually experience the hard ships of daily lives in Spiti in winters.

Spend few days in Kibber village and try your luck to spot Snow Leopards, who knows it is your lucky day to spot this amazingly elusive cat 🙂

COST :-

  • Own 4×4 SUV – 28500 per person
  • Seat in 4×4 SUV – 33500 per person
  • Hire 4×4 SUV (self drive) – 67500 per person

Including;-

  • 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.

Excluding;

  • Fuel of Vehicle.
  • Damage and Fine.
  • Extra day Stay and extra meal or Stators.

Register here

  • Booking your plan with 50% of amount of total cost
  • Balance 50% – 15 day before the trip