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Spiti valley, Rudyard Kipling was totally on point about Spiti when he described it as “A world within the world”. For centuries Spiti valley was cut off from the rest of the world, a very few men from the outer world dared to venture into the endless vastness of cold barren high altitude desert lands of Spiti. But the ones who did were never the same again after they saw the beauty of the valley. The endless mountains covered in white cottony snow, the only sound to hear is of the wind blowing in your face. The serenity, peace, anonymity, situated at an average elevation of 3500 meter sandwiched between the great Himalayan divide and the trans-Himalayan range, Spiti Valley has got it all. Age-old monasteries, sleepy villages, dusty roads, kind people, a sense of adventure and anonymity can be said as some of the points which attract people to Spiti.

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• Depart from Mumbai at 4:35 pm from Bandra Terminus Station in Nzm Garib Rath Express(3AC).

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• Reach Delhi by 9:40 a.m. and check into a hostel or dormitory to freshen up. • Our bus for Manali leaves in the evening, so you are free to roam Delhi, and assemble back at the station around an hour before departure.

Traversing the beautifu winding roads

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• The summer expedition to Spiti valley begins by hitting the roads from Manali. • We will be passing through the popular tourist destination and heaven for adventure lovers, Solang Valley, and Rohtang Pass. • From Rohtang Pass, we descend down into Lahaul Valley. Taking a right turn at gramphoo we drive into the desolated and gorgeous barren land as we approach Chhatru and Batal. • From Batal we ascent up to majestic Kunzum Pass, from the top of kunzum pass we get a complete view of Chandra Bhaga series and its hanging glaciers. • We descend down to Losar village, first in Spiti valley. After a hot cup of Chai at lossar we continue straight to Kaza where we spend a night in a local homestay.

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Homestay

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• We start today with some hot tea and delicious breakfast before we start our drive to some of the highest inhabited areas. • We first head to Langza located at an altitude of 4400 meters with a population of not more than 150 people. Langza is known for its Buddha statue and prehistoric evidences of Tethys Sea. There is a 1000 years old temple in the village. • From Langza we head to Komic, the highest motorable village of Asia, which literally translates to “the eye of snowcock”. This farm village remains disconnected from the outer world for most of the year. • Next, we head to Hikkim village, which is home to the highest post office in the world. See how the Indian postal services work. • Next, we descend down to the Ki monastery. Getting to Ki monastery first we pass through the Ki village for the ultimate angle to capture the iconic Ki monastery. With stories of more than a millennia, the Ki monastery, at 13,668 feet, was founded by Atisha in the 11th century. • From Ki we head to Kibber, a picturesque village located at 4205 meters above sea level, was once the highest motorable and now permanently inhabited village is base of several high altitude treks. • From Kibber we move to Chicham crossing over the highest suspension bridge. The entire region of Kibber and Chicham are laden with beautiful landscapes and snowcapped mountains, is a haven for nature lover and shutterbugs alike. • Here we move upward to the secluded village of Gitte for the aerial views of Kaza and Ki monastery. In evening we head back to Kaza and spend the night in a comfortable Homestay.

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• The third day of the trip will start with a beautiful and adventurous drive towards Pin valley, which is declared as a national park because of the rare flora and fauna which can only be found in this region. • First, we pay a visit to the Kungri monastery and then we head to the gorgeous hamlet of Mudh, which is the last motorable village of Pin valley and is base for several high altitude treks and mountaineering expeditions. • Then we head to the Dhankar monastery. Perched high on a cliff above confluence of the Spiti and Pin river, Dhankar was once home to royals of Spiti, also known as Nono, who ruled the cold barren desert land of Spiti. • Dhankar in Tibetan literally translates to “Fort on Cliff". From Dhankar we make our way towards Lalung village, Lalung translates to “Land of Gods”. • Lalung village is also home to one of the oldest monastery of Spiti, known as Sarkhang and the golden temple. • From Lalung we make our way back to Kaza for a comfortable night at Kaza.

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• Today we commence our way back to Spiti-Manali road over the majestic Kunzum La, where we make the last stop at another gem of Spiti, crescent moon shaped Chandartaal lake. • The striking backdrop for the lake is formed by the gorgeous Chandra Bhabha mountain range. After witnessing once in a life sunset at Chandartaal Lake, we head to the campsite which is 3 kilometers from the lake, where a hot dinner under a gazillion stars waits for us.

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• On the last day of the trip, we make our way to Manali via Batal, Chhatru crossing over the famous Rohtang Pass. • We will be reaching Manali early in the evening, you can check out the markets of Manali before boarding the bus to Delhi.

Train

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• Reach Delhi in the morning. You are again left free for the rest of the day and need to assemble at the railway station by 2:30 pm on the same day. • We will start our return journey towards Mumbai by Garibrath(3AC).

Farewell

• Reach Mumbai by 8 am in the morning. Tour Concludes with Happy Memories :)

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Gunit kaur sethi

I was looking forwarded to do K2S since long and finally it could happen with Pune travel club. I must say, it was one awesome experience which would not have been great without the support of Vamsy and other co-travellers on the Trek.

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Sayali Chaudhari
Sayali Chaudhari

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Namita Hiremath
Namita Hiremath

It was my first ever trip and camping.... And people at Pune Travel Club made it really special for me. Considering the heavy rush for New Years I understand a few things might go here and there but overall I just loved it. Camping at Kashid... Beachside Campfire... Next day Beautiful scenary at the beach and water sports.... It was a special start of the New Year for me. Thanks a lot Pune Travel Club team.

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Bhagyashree Narkar
Bhagyashree Narkar

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Rohan Korlahalli
Rohan Korlahalli

PTC is the reason I have become passionate about traveling, I have done 3 trips with them in one month. I am not going to stop traveling with them. Treks are so well organized and the trek leads are so helpful and understanding. Traveling with PTC is now no more about choice, it's a habit now.
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