Spiti winter Expedition 4X4
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A cold desert adorned by mountainous valleys is how one describes Spiti Valley in a nutshell but in its embrace, one can find some of the most surreal panoramic views, ancient monasteries offering you serenity and an abundance of trekking trails
Life moves at a slow pace in the “middle land” with herds of Himalayan blue sheep nibbling on grass, the local farmers collecting their crops and monks silently chanting the name of Buddha in the form of a sacred prayer. The air is different in Spiti, pure and filled with peace. Simply breathing it in would rejuvenate your inner self and it’s an experience worth having.
However with this Spiti winter expedition 4x4, we show you a different side of Spiti. We take you to a different world altogether , a world where you get to witness the magic of nature in the form of mesmerizing valleys, majestic mountains, and wicked trails all covered in a thick blanket of snow that is spread throughout the land, as far as your eyes can see.
In this Spiti winter expedition, we spice things up even more by increasing the stakes. It is no secret that the roads of Spiti valley are hostile at best, the paths seemed to be carved out with a ruggedness that isn't found in many places and yet there is no greater feeling than off-roading on these tough terrains.
It's a challenge worth taking up on but only for those who are bold enough to do it. Since normal tempo travelers don't give the adventure enthusiasts the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on the rocky trails, we take things up a notch by taking you on a road trip to Spiti Valley by 4 wheelers which means it's a four wheel drive to Spiti all the way from Delhi in a vehicle that can overcome all the hurdles that the roads of Spiti has to offer
We begin our journey from Delhi to Shimla where the trip captains conduct a brief session and provide all the necessary information that you’d need to know before embarking on the trip. The route from Shimla is better when it comes to Spiti winter expeditions. One of the reasons being the scenic views but also because the slow and steady ascend to higher altitude will make your body adapt to your surroundings. As our next stop Chitkul is situated at a height of more than 11,000ft, it's better to take the Hindustan - Tibet highway for better acclimatization.
Chitkul is renowned for being the last village of India and has gained a lot of popularity among travelers, but it's only when people visit the village and breathe in the fresh air, do they realize that the best part about this hamlet is that it has the cleanest air in the entire country. It is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air that one appreciates after spending most of their days in the metropolitan cities.
We know that every trip becomes ten times more memorable when you have people to share your exciting experiences with, to share stories with people who share the same passion that you do and to make sure that you get to form connections with fellow travelers, we indulge in group bonding activities. The best part about these activities is that after indulging in these games, people become more comfortable with each other and a sense of ease fills everyone, making the long journey ahead seem short and sweet.
Our next destination Kalpa is known for its picturesque landscapes but the trail leading up to it is equally beautiful. The town of Reckong Peo in Kinnaur, famous for its apple orchards and rich culture that has been preserved by the locals for years serves as an excellent pit stop. Not to mention that it gives a small glimpse into the journey that awaits us. Upon reaching Kalpa, we make sure that you get to explore some of the best places in Kalpa including the 3000 year old Kalpa monastery and the suicide point which is named so because of the fear it induces in the heart of the travelers with it's steep cliff and narrow roads. Not to mention that on one end, standing mighty are rugged mountains.
The view from suicide point is to die for and since during this winter expedition to Spiti valley, the entire Kinnaur ranges will be covered in snow, the landscape would be more beautiful than any words can ever describe
After spending a night in Kalpa surrounded by snow laden mountains, we will be moving towards our next destination which is Nako. Providing the best site for a pit-stop is the tiny hamlet of Khab which serves as the confluence of the Sutlej and Spiti river. Even though it is just a stop along the way, driving through a snow covered Khab with the river flowing alongside makes it one of the best parts of this Spiti winter expedition.
Our next stop, Nako which is nestled in the heart of the trans Himalayan ranges in the Hangrang Valley with Reo Purgyal as its backdrop, is surely going to take your breath away. The tiny hamlet is situated on the Indo-China Border with the serene Nako lake and the 11th century Nako monastery in its embrace. The influence of Buddhism is ever present in the valley but it's only when you are in these villages, meeting the locals, getting in touch with their customs and learning their stories, do you start to feel the true essence of Spiti Valley filling you from within
Kaza, our next destination is where you will see a blend of white landscapes that involve majestic mountains, meadows, streams and even barren terrains all adorned by the snow. The monochromatic contrast of the whiteness of the snow against the cobalt blue skies is truly breathtaking and when you are in the very center of such a magical wonder, all kinds of emotion run through you. Kaza is known for its vibrant festivities, its monasteries and its rich culture. As well as being the heart of Spiti, it is also the commercial center of the valley and the link between the different districts.
Finally, after overcoming all the bumps in the road, we will be in the center of it all, experiencing the winter wonderland that is Spiti in all its glory. Under the starry night skies, surrounded by lofty mountains that no longer have a patch of brown on them, with the pearly snowflakes replacing any signs of dusty terrains, it is then, in that moment, that this Spiti winter expedition will truly make you feel alive and free.
We will visit all the places that cross people's minds when they hear the name “Spiti” during our sightseeing tour. The Key Monastery, locally known as Kye Gompa which was established in the 11th century and still stands tall, like a bejeweled crown adorning Spiti valley. The Chicham Bridge which is the highest bridge of Asia and is situated 1000 ft above a deep gorge that flows relentlessly. Komic, which is truly one of the most beautiful villages of our country remains unexplored by many travelers but on this trip, you will get the chance to experience life at a different pace in one of the highest villages in India
Hikkim, with its highest post office in the world, will take you back to the good old days when people penned down their emotions on paper and confessed their love in the form of letters. The best part is that the post office is functional and if you are an old school soul, you can send a letter to someone and show them just what heights you will go to, for them.
We save the most iconic spot for the last and solely for the purpose of making sure that you get to cherish the moment for years to come. Langza, home to fossils of many seabed plants serves as the last stop of our Spiti winter expedition. Located on top of a hill, overlooking this tiny hamlet is the statue of Budhha that locals believe protects them from all evil. The colorful statue being the tallest structure in the village does seem like a fierce protector.
If we were to describe this Spiti valley winter expedition, we'd say that it is your ticket to a unique getaway that is a blend of both adventure and serenity. It's an experience worth having and definitely something that a traveler should tick off their bucket list as soon as possible.
Although there is no way in which Spiti can ever be less beautiful or charming, we personally believe that the snow makes it more magical than it is, adding more to its eternal beauty. Hence the best time to visit Spiti, especially when it comes to 4x4 Spiti winter expeditions, is from the months of January to March.
Delhi to Shimla
Shimla to Chitkul/Sangl
Chitkul/Sangla to Kalp
Kalpa to Nak
Nako to Kaz
Spiti Sightseeing Da
Kaza to Kalp
Kalpa to Shimla
The group assembles at the pick-up point by 09:00 PM
We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted
After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.
Note: The pickup point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).
Early in the morning, we’ll arrive in Shimla
We’ll switch our transportation from bus to 4x4 wheeler at this point and will head out for Chitkul/Sangla
We’ll reach Chitkul/Sangla by evening
Dinner and group bonding activities followed by overnight stay in Chitkul/Sangla.
After early morning breakfast, we’ll leave for Kalpa
En-route, we’ll make a brief stop at Reckong Peo town
Additionally, if the weather permits, you might catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak
On reaching Kalpa, we’ll explore Kalpa Monastery and Suicide Point.
Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
Post breakfast, we’ll head towards Nako
Midway, we’ll be making a pit-stop at Khab (The confluence of Sutlej and Spiti river)
On arriving at Nako, we’ll visit the Nako lake and the Nako Monastery
Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Nako.
Post breakfast, we’ll start our journey towards the headquarters of Spiti, i.e Kaza
En-route, we’ll make a pitstop at the 1021-year-old Tabo Monastery followed by the Gue Monastery
We’ll reach Kaza before dusk falls. Post-check-in, you’re free to explore the tow
Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
Post breakfast, we’ll head out for Key Monastery followed by Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge)
Later in the day, we will visit Hikkim (the highest post office in the world)
After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world, elevated at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road)
We’ll be visiting Langza and see the famous Buddha statue
Head back to Kaza. After reaching our hotel/homestay, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
After breakfast, we will head back to Kalpa
Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
After early morning breakfast, we will start our return journey to Shimla
We’ll reach Shimla by late evening
We will begin our return journey at night from Shimla to Delhi.
We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning
End of Winter Spiti 4x4 winter expedition.
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Spiti trip has been amazing. All the accommodations and services provided by JustWravel were really great and comfortable. Will definitely pick JustWravel for my future expeditions.
views. There will be some places that'll make you speechless and you'll want to just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature. Would definitely plan next trips with Piyush and justwravel! :D
Great Experience! We took Justwravel's road trip package to Spiti Valley. The package is well organized covering main sightseeings and places to visit. All the accommodations and travel arrangements were comfy and included most of the promised amenities. Special thanks to Piyush Rawat, our coordinator, he managed and acted his best in all the situations. His jolliness added more fun to the trip. Although many destinations were covered in a short period of time, the trip was relaxing. Thanks for such memorable moments of our lives.
Spiti valley was a life time experience. Justwravel had been a good choice for the trip. It had managed professionally with minor ups and downs. Most of the places were covered. The hotels and homestays had good hygienic facilities and conditions. Overall it was a good experience!
It was my first solo trip with Justwravel and I couldn't Have asked for anything more. They gave me everything beyond expectations. The food, the people, the travel everything was superb. Once I came back I felt like I left my home and family there. Looking forward to more exciting trips with them :)
I had the pleasure of visiting spiti this time with justwravel accompanied by Mr.Nishant Bhardwaj from the company .It was a nearly organised,well crafted trip where even small things were taken good care of.They add a personal loving touch in addition to the services they provide.I would recommend this to everyone ,whether going on a solo trip like me or going with friends / family .
Transportation in 4WD Vehicle from Shimla to Shimla.
Bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla and return.
Accommodation on sharing basis as per itinerary in Hotel/Homestay.
Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, Starting from Day 02 Dinner till Day 08 Breakfast)
Trip Leader will be present at all times during the tour.
All permits Required
First Aid Kits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
THINGS TO CARRY
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
No Show . No refund.
Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforeseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be borne by the customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during peak seasons and according to popular destinations.