Spiti Valley Homestay Trek
Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Spiti Valley Trek from Manali has always been one of the most exciting and challenging treks for trekkers as most of the distance (approx 41.5kms) has to be covered on foot. "Spiti", in its literal sense, means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India and majority of its population practices Vajrayana Buddhism similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region. This beautiful valley, nestled in the heart of Himalayan range, is considered one of the most scenic trail of India due to its far stretched meadows, several jaw dropping peaks, exhausting but exhilarating stops that come along the way of and several monasteries that give an insight into the ancient practices & tradition of the region. While trekking from one village to the next, in your journey, you will experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals who even in these treacherous parts of earth, welcome you with a smile. By the end of this trek, you would have passed through highest Post office, highest Polling station, highest motorable monastery of the world and probably would have seen a snow leopard. The scenic views of glaciers, enchantic beauty of the lakes and pristine nature will never cease to amaze while you tread steadily to your destination. Let us embark this journey together and get ready to be mesmerised by the lives of locals who await your arrival in their homes. Hurry & book your slot.
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Spend the day exploring the vibrant Manali town. Whether it’s shopping at the Mall road or chilling at a cafe in Old Manali, there is a lot of activities to do to fill up our day.
Get ready for a bumpy drive. This 200 km stretch passes through some of the famous passes of Manali. Not too long after leaving Manali, you will reach Rohtang (13000 ft). Spend some time here, enjoying the cool wind and the view. Once you cross Rohtang, the landscape transforms. The lush green mountains are replaced by the dry desert structures. Cross villages like Chatru and Batal on the way to Kunzum La. The moment you reach Kunzum La pass (known as the Gateway to Spiti), with fluttering of prayer flags in the high winds to greet you, you know you have entered a completely different world. You can see Bara Shigri– the second longest glacier in Himalayas and Chandra Bhaga mountain from the Pass. As you descend from the Pass, the Himalayas show you a completely different face. Not too far away from the Pass is Kaza, the capital of Spiti. On reaching Kaza, wash off the dirt of the road, settle down for a great dinner and call it the night.
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Kaza is the capital and the largest settlement of Spiti region, sitting on the floodplain of Spiti river. This is also your last place with an ATM and petrol bunk. Being the largest settlement in Spiti Valley, it is well-equipped to meet needs of travellers. If you are trekking in months of July/August, you may able to catch the Ladarcha Fair. Originally it was a conference of traders from Kullu, Ladakh, Lahaul, Kinnaur to barter goods in Kibber Maidan, until the trade routes with Tibet closed. Now, the Fair is held in Kaza and is a shopping paradise. Spend the day exploring this quaint village. Your trek leader will ensure that necessary measures are taken for proper acclimatization.
Langza village, is located about 14 KMs away from Kaza, at an altitude of 4330 Meters. Langza is popularly known for hunting marine fossils and breathtaking view of Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak sitting on top of the village. If you are fond of fossils, you can hike a bit higher around Langza village, look around/beneath the rocks to observe some ancient fossils. You can also visit Chaudua (Fossil) center in Langza village to know more about these fossils. Apart from the breathtaking landscape, the presence of a big, 1000 year odd old Lord Buddha statue in the meadow makes Langza as heavenly as one possibly can imagine. It is one of the most beautiful villages of entire Spiti Valley.
The trek from Langza to Komic begins from the Lang (Temple) at Langza. This trek runs through the natural fossil centre and a substantial distance is covered while exploring this ancient heritage. This could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. As the fossil centre culminates, the trek continues with a gradual ascent along a ridge for another 1 hour. Thereafter, a 2 hour decent brings one to Komic village. Komic village, at an altitude of about 4600 Mtrs, is popularly known as the village housing the highest motorable monastery in the world, the Tangyud Monastery. Komic is about 10 KMs further from Langza village. Tangyud Monastery in Komic village is one of the two monasteries belonging to the Sakya sect left in Spiti Valley. The other one is in Kaza itself which is relatively small and a bit insignificant in its comparison. The village offers some a high vantage points to witness some amazing views of Spiti Valley. Hikkim on the other hand is popularly known for the highest post office in the world and the highest polling station of the world. Of course, you can see the Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak from Hikkim as well but not as gorgeous as it is visible from Langza. You can also visit the ruins of the new Komic monastery while coming down from Hikkim to Kaza. There is a co-educational school as well in Hikkim up to eight standard. You can visit it in case you are interested to spread smiles by distributing some educational material to the kids of the school.
It is advisable to start this day early. A slow ascent from Komic village lasting about 1 hour 30 minutes brings one to Chamai Lapchai (15552 ft), the first pass en-route to Demul. From here one gets a panoramic view of various peaks such as Cho-Cho Khang Namo, Cho-Cho Khang Nilda, Pin peak, Pasham range, Cho-Kula, Hull peak, etc. From the Chamai Lapchai a gradual walk of about 3 hours, with an abundance of medicinal plants and other flora of the Spitian Highlands, brings one to the grazing lands of Demul village.
Demul to Lhalung is a relatively easier trek with a steep initial descent through a narrow gorge lasting about 2 hours to the valley floor. Immediately out of Demul is the Zong phu which is about a 20 minute walk from the village. This cave was used by the inhabitants of Demul as their post and also a safe hideout during attacks from outside, primarily from Lhalung. The steep descent continues till the valley floor of the Padang river. From here on another 30 minute walk brings you to the quaint little hamlet of Sanglung (11919ft). This village is ideal to take a quick lunch break amidst the green fields of barley and peas. From Sanglung you enter the Lingti valley and a gradual walk lasting about 1 hour will bring you to the bed of the Lingti River. The Samba (bridge), at an altitude of 11800ft connecting Lhalung village to Sanglung has a local deity (by the name of Yulsa) resides here. It is a local custom to pay your regards by offering some food or drinks to the deity. Thereafter a steep ascent of about 1 hour will get you to the village of Lhalung.
The trek from Lhalung to Dhankhar is another relatively easy trek. The trek runs along the road and then gradually climbs up the hillside towards the direction of Dhankhar. After crossing over the ridge, the rock and mud pillars of Dhankhar come into view. A gradual decent brings one to the remains of the Dhankhar fort. The former capital of the Spiti Valley, Dhankar. Dhankar stands perched above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin river thus offering a panoramic view of the valley.
Drive back to Kaza from Dhankar today. If interested, you can visit the Tabo Monastery en route. Tabo monastery is known as the “Ajanta of Himalayas” because of its fresco and stucco paintings. It is one of the few monasteries which is integrated in the valley with the village as opposed to being perched on a hill overlooking the village. The mountains also have meditation caves for lamas.
An optional visit to Chandratal Lake can be planned at an additional cost. Chandratal Lake is often referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes located at an altitude of about 4300 m in the mighty Himalayas. The name "Chandra Taal" (Lake of the Moon) comes from its crescent shape. You can either spend the night at Manali or take a bus post 10 pm to Chandigarh/Delhi
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It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
- Stay at Manali on Day 1 on tripple sharing basis - Local transportation from Manali to Kaza and back - Homestay at Kaza ( Breakfast + Lunch) - Homestay at Langza, Koumik, Demul, Lalung and Dhankar(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) - Expert Guide - First Aid
- All transportation expenses till Manali and back - All meals in Manali - All meals en route Manali to Kaza and back - Lunch at Kaza - Sightseeing or local tours - Additional charges for Chandratal Lake
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20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund