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Spiti Valley Road Trip

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Thinking of planning for a thrilling Road Trip to Spiti Valley?

While Ladakh has become too popular these days, and many of us are keen to find a place that’s a little less crowded yet holds the similar beauty of the Himalayas – what can be a better choice other than exploring Spiti Valley! A cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh, this gorgeous valley should be there on every traveller’s bucket list. The word “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, which is the land between Tibet and India. To say the least, this Spiti Valley road trip will surely be one of the best experiences you’ve ever had!

We will start our journey from Shimla, a buzzing hill station, and move ahead to Upper Kinnaur, crossing Narkanda and Chitkul, entering the jaw-dropping Spiti Valley. We’ll explore the tiny little villages tucked in the Himalayas, and walk through the corridors of the ancient monasteries, soaking in the beauty and tranquillity of nature, before we finally arrive in Manali, via Lahaul district. This circuit is very popular, but we have our way to make it unconventional. Explore the real culture and lifestyle of the community and take a step towards culture and ecology-sensitive travel. We’ll be meeting the local people of the valley, binge on their delicacies, experience their way of life and above all, learn how they value the importance of nature.

Kaza, the main town of Spiti, has been marked as a plastic-free town and you won’t find any store selling products that have plastic covering, etc. That means there’s no mineral water bottle available as well, and you need to carry your bottle during this trip.

Come. Join Us. Let’s Explore Together & Learn To Be Responsible Travelers!

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Located at an altitude of 2760 mts, Narkanda is a fairly unexplored region. The clouds run through the pine trees and let the apple orchards be. Its virginity intrigued us and hence we have introduced a camping experience amidst apple orchards exclusively for you!

Once you arrive in Narkanda, you will be transferred to your camping site and meet your host for the trip. Make sure you reach Narkanda between 9:00-10:30 AM.

After freshening up, depart for a guided tour of Kothgarh Apple Factory, which would be filled with a fresh harvest of the year, ready to be churned into lip-smacking recipes.

The evening will be lit with an in-house bonfire and interaction with co-travellers.

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Chitkul is the ‘first’ wooded village sloping towards the mystic valley which shares the Himalayan borders with China. A little walk in the village will expose you to the primitive and tough Himalayan life. This self-sustaining village will charm you infinitely. The journey from Narkanda to Chitkul will take about 5 to 6 hours, and you’ll be absolutely charmed on the way!

On arrival, check in to your view rooms of the mystic Chitkul valley, and your trip leader will lead a hike up through the village to the adjoining mountains of the Kinnaur Kailash Range for a sneak peek deeper into the valley after lunch.

Freshen up on your return and laze around the valley in the evening, sharing your experiences with your travel buddies!

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Nako is one of the last settlements in the Kinnaur District. Surrounded by the Trans Himalayan ranges and view of Reo Perugyil one of the highest peaks in Himachal. Nako being an old village has sustained its ancient charm.

  • Take a morning walk along with the Baspa river to intake the fresh air.
  • Drive back following the Baspa River up to Karcham Bridge and take the highway towards Nako.
  • Visit Kamru fort on the way back.
  • Stop at Khab Bridge to see the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti River.
  • After crossing Ka loops we will reach this beautiful settlement Nako.
  • Check in to the hotel in Nako and freshen up.
  • Visit to Nako Lake, Monastery and village walk along with the trip leader.

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Kaza or Kaja as the locals say is the headquarters of Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district. The city is well 

developed with almost all infrastructures amidst dry cold deserts as context. Kaza has a lot to offer in terms of culture and belief, besides these hopping arcades, Cafés and eating joints.

Tabo monastery founded Tabo Monastery also known as the “Ajanta and Elora of Himalaya”. Tabo village is one of the finest settlements in the Spiti valley.

  • After breakfast depart for Kaza – The biggest settlement in Spiti valley.

  • Visit Gue Monastery. – 500-year-old Mummy of Lama Tenzin Sangha is kept naturally preserved at Gue village.

  • Visit Tabo Monastery – in the 996 AD the Tabo Gompa is the Oldest and Largest Monastery in the Spiti Valley.

  • Take a detour to Dhankar Monastery and see the confluence of Spiti and Pin Rivers from the top.

  • Check in to the Homestay at Kaza

  • Experience the local vibe around you check out the attire, Souvenirs, Local food and a best time to know about the real Spiti and its people.

Langza Hikkim Komic Key and Kibber

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast depart from Kaza into real Spiti. Head to Langza, Hikkim, and Komic in a circuit and have a chance to spot some fossils embedded in the soil. Head to the very iconic Key monastery, which is located at an altitude of 4166 meters, and was founded back in the 11th century.  Being the oldest alongside the Spiti river, the monastery has an entire complex for lamas to live, study and practice.

Beyond Kaza, the landscape is studded with some small settlements at a God-forbidden altitude. These places still bear a post office, a police station, a school, a primary health department, and a bus stand, functioning like in your city. This area has been declared a fossil spotting site, taking us back to the history of medieval times. These clusters are spread along the contours, with dwarfed mud structures made from the context itself. The first sight of these settlements from a distance leaves a person speechless, and then turns him/her into a storyteller!

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Homestay

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Early after breakfast, we’ll depart for Chandrataal – a turquoise blue lake under the sky in the shape of a crescent. The name ‘Chandra Taal’ means the Moon Lake – and we believe that just explains the celestial beauty of the lake. One has to hike a bit to reach the lake from the parking area, and you’ll be absolutely stunned to see the gorgeousness of the place.

You can sit by the lake and meditate for some time, or walk around, soaking in the beauty.

Private Vehicle

Bolero / Sumo/Endeavour

Stay Not Applicable

Twin/Triple sharing Basis

Breakfast

Manali is a resort town nestled in the mountains near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. Manali is again a place with all the beauty with Snowy peaks, Waterfalls, Forest walks, rivers, culture and Architecture. How you want to explore it depends upon you.

The road is quite adventurous today and there will be many water crossings so we will leave early from Chandratal.

  • Drive along with Chandra River.
  • Stop at Atal Tunnel.
  • Check in to the Boutique stay amidst apple orchards in Manali.
  • Explore Mall road and old Manali in the evening.

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Inclusions

  • Transport: All transport from Narkanda to Manali by Bolero / Sumo/Endeavou
  • Accommodation: All stays – Hostel / Guesthouses / Camp
  • Meals: All meals – Breakfast and Dinne
  • All tolls, Permits, parking and fue
  • Driver allowances and stay
  • Good vibes and experience that you gai
  • An experienced trip leader from the community and Plan The Unplanned Outdoor Leader

Exclusions

  • Any Air/ Train / bus fare which has not been mentioned
  • Any personal shopping of any type
  • Any other meals / snacks during the journey etc which have not been mentioned above
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Anything which has not been included above.

THINGS TO CARRY

Gears

  • A rucksack bag and a day pack
  • 3-litre water bladder or water bottles
  • A sun cap and a woolen cap
  • UV protected sunglasses

Clothes

  • One cotton long sleeves and 2 short sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 heavy Thick jacket/down jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • At least 2 long pants (trek pants and cargo pants are favourable)
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 2 pair of socks
  • A small towel
  • A rain jacket or a poncho

Footwear

  • Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good grip
  • Flip flops/sandals 

Medication as per Doctor’s recommendation

Personal Accessories

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Paper soap, or sanitizer
  • Sunscreen minimum of spf40 , lip balm, cold creams
  • Body spray
  • Led Torch Light



Policy and Terms

  • Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

    Intimation Period*Cancellation Fee**
    30 days or more10% of the total invoice value
    Between 15-29days50% of the total invoice value
    Between 0-14 days90% of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.
  • Booking Fee is not refundable
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    In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

     In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

    Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
    A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

    In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

    PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

    NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
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  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

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