Spiti in Winters looks like a beautiful canvas of white. The vast mountains, deep terrains, the stretch of barren landforms, and patches of green are entirely shrouded in a seamless sheet of snow. It’s a sea of white as far as your eyes can behold.
It’s fun when you really don’t have much to do during the winter in Spiti and you can actually mingle with the locals, experience delectable Spitian cuisine, and learn to lead life the tougher way. And of course we plan to try our luck in spotting the elusive "Grey Ghost", the Snow Leopard.
There are a number of places, where you can spot a snow leopard in the wild, however, no other destination is as good as Pin Valley National Park in Himachal Pradesh. With its altitude ranging between 3300 metres and 6632 metres, the 1825-sq km territory is an ideal home for snow leopards. Lippa Asrang and Kibber wildlife sanctuaries are two locations where locals claim to have spotted snow leopards.
This itinerary is the perfect blend of vistas, wildlife and culture. Your time in serene hamlets of Kibber and Reckong Peo gives you ample opportunities to learn about the local people and their simple way of life. While hiking in the Himalayas, you get to admire nature from up-close. As you hike from one hill to another, you will come across the many flora and fauna species that live in the region.
Spiti Valley Trip, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India
All expenses from Shimla to Shimla which include:
- Travel in Innova/Tempo Traveller for whole tour .
- Accommodation on Sharing Basis. (Hotel/Homestay)
- All meals (Except during travel to and fro Kaza)
- Facilitator Charges.
- Star gazing
- Guide charges
- Cooking class(optional)
- Room heater/ hot water charges.
- Personal Expenses of any kind.
- Personal Beverages of any kind.
- Camera and equipments
- All meals not mentioned in inclusion section.
Get ready for a beautiful drive of 250km to Reckong peo via Rampur route. We drive down from Shimla and cross over to the other side of the river, and follow the Hindustan - Tibet road to Reckong Peo, the principal township in Kinnaur.
Reckong Peo is considered to be the land of Gods and is a splendid beauty showcased by the Himalayas.The town is serene and is famous for its apple orchards. It is inhabited by Kinnauri people and has a diverse culture even in today's modern era. We will spend the night at Homestay and indulge in some local food.
Our journey today takes us to Tabo village, reknowned for the ancient Tabo Monastery. Tabo is a small village, situated on the left bank of river Spiti in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Flanked on either side by hills, it houses one of the most important Buddhist monastery, that is regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. This monastery is said to be over a thousand years old, founded back in 996 A.D.
To reach Tabo, we pass through the peaceful and picturesque Nako village which is perched on the banks of the Nako lake. We spend some time here before we take a short detour to Giu to see the famous 500-years-old mummy of a Buddhist monk.
Today is a relaxed day. After breakfast, we drive to Kaza, the capital and the largest settlement of Spiti region. This is also our last place with an ATM and petrol bunk. Being the largest settlement in Spiti Valley, it is well-equipped to meet needs of travellers. We spend the evening exploring this quaint village and call it a day.
Kibber is situated at 18km from Kaza at the height of 14200 ft (4205 meters) above sea level, it is claimed to be the highest motorable village in the world.There are more villages near Kibber, even at more height, but they are not inhabited throughout the year. In winter, people leave those villages and come down to the lower heights. This is why Kibber Village is known as highest continuously inhabited village. It is a small village with about 100 houses and all painted in white with red rooftops. Kibber will be our sweet home for next few days.
The next 3 – 4 days will be spent in and around the Kibber village (4170 M), in the high altitude Kibber Park. There will be no fixed itinerary and our days will be decided on by our expert wildlife guide, based on Weather condition and sighting possibilities.
The Kibber reserve is situated at an altitude range of 4,000 M - 5,800m (Mt. Kanamo) and hosts an incredible range of wildlife. It is full of species including Snow Leopard(Panthera uncial), Tibetan Ibex(Capra sibirica), Bharal or Blue Sheep(Pseudois nayaur), Wolf (Canis Lupus chanco), Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), yellow throated marten and the Pallas's Cat. We will spend most of the time exploring known wildlife trails around Kibber, Gete, Tashigang and Thinam, which are on a major Snow Leopard corridor.
If we are lucky to get Snow Leopard Sighting with few days in hand, we will explore the villages around Kibber.
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