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Spiti 4×4 Snow Chain Drive

TRIP DATE :

6 FEB TO 14 FEB

DAYS  :

7N-8 DAYS

TYPE OF ROAD :

GRAVEL  20%, ICE  80%

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY :

9/10

TEMPERATURE :

-5 TO -35

STAY TYPE :

Home stay / Guest House

MAX ALTITUDE :

4400 m

 Itinerary:

Day 1 | Chandigarh –Narkanda (173 km)

Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa / Reckong Peo (162 km)

Day 3 | Kalpa / Reckong Peo – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo (156 km)

Day 4 | Tabo-Dhangkar- Pin valley -Kaza  (apx 50km)

Day 5 | Kaza and around 

Day 6 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Puh – Reckong Peo/ Tapri (196 km)

Day 7 | Reckong Peo / Tapri  – Jeori – Rampur – Tatapani ( hot Spring)

Day 8 | Tatapani  – Chandigarh Via  – Chail/Shimla/Delhi

Day 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

 

About Winter Spiti

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

Challenges we will face 

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.

Including;-

  • 6+1 night stay at warm heated place.
  • All meal ( Warm / Authentic /Local /Pack food also )
  • Backup and guide team ( With all Medical and mechanical basic Sport )
  • Things to carry for 4×4 Snow drive ( For Vehicle )
  • Things to carry list For Winter survives.
  • All Photo and Media Coverage.
  • Experienced Guide full way local guide also as per need.
  • Border entry fee with all Inner line permits to restricted/protected areas.
  • Experienced Doctor Medical backup with oxygen (O2) & AMS pack.
  • Spiti 4×4 winter Stickers for your Jeep,

Excluding;-

  • Fuel of  Vehicle.
  • Damage and Fine.
  • Extra day Stay and
  • Extra meal or Stators  (Alcohol, Mineral, Soft Drinks, Aerated) etc
  • Vehicle Damage & technical services cost which paid to Local workshop 
  • Any damage/fine will cost.
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours.
  • Extra guide fee, Camera & Video fee ,Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone

 Detailed Itinerary :

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

  • 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, and visit Nako Lake it 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 8 – 9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Tabo

Day 4 | Tabo – Pin valley – Dhangkar – Kaza

  • On the way drive to Dhangkar Monastery in case the road is open else continue to Kaza
  • The route to Pin Valley will be closed but we try if open till where we can.
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza

Day 5 | Kaza and around

  • Today is relax and site seen day around Kaza,
  • In this days, explore the road to Ki – Kibber – Chicham and  try to take round trip why Kiyto
  • Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza

Day 6 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Puh – Reckong Peo/ Tapri

  • 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/ Tapri

Day 7 | Reckong Peo / Tapri  – Jeori – Rampur – Tatapani ( hot Spring)

  • Drive starts early morning to tatapani
  • You can plan for lunch at Rampur and by evening reach TataPani
  • About 5-7 Hrs of beautiful drive through Kinnaur Valley
  • Evening hot spring water deep after – 20*c snow drive .
  • Overnight at Tatapani

Day 8 | Tatapani  – Chandigarh Via  – Chail/Shimla/Delhi

  • After The spring deep and meal starts drive to Chandigarh
  • Leave early and enjoy the inner rout till Dharmpur ,
  • Lunch at Dharmpur Gyani ka dhaba or Share Himachal
  • Overnight at Chandigarh /Delhi

Day 9-10 | 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 

Do pay a visit to our  Who knows that your short walk there may help it remain active for the local kids for much longer time  :)…

As weather clears up in Kaza in evening

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 Abode boys 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 🙂

FOR NON INDAIN NATIONALITY :

Foreign Nationals visiting the protected areas of Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley are required to get the inner line permits or ILP. Domestic (Indian) tourist do not require any permits. If you are Indian, then just carry a valid photo ID proof of your nationality to be on safe side. You can get all the details for these permits and its process at the article linked here

Petrol Pumps Between Shimla – Spiti Valley – Manali

  • Theog
  • Narkanda – Do top up here
  • Rampur – After crossing the town, the last one on right side is pretty reliable
  • Jeori
  • Tapri – New one. Do top up here or in Reckong Peo / Powari for sure. 
  • Powari –  Its open and Running max open at day time. ( Must top up her for next 270 Km till kaza ) Carry some 15-20 ltr extra fuel for contingency which is very important for emergency .
  • Reckong Peo – Do not miss in case haven’t topped up at Powari
  • Kaza – Do Not Miss, Carry some 10-15 ltrs extra fuel for contingency which is very important.