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                We’re going ALL IN with the next journey and we want you to know exactly how CRAZY it is going to be! Get ready to ride on the world’s most treacherous road, the Shimla to Kaza highway, live in Asia’s highest hostel, Zostel Spiti, visit the world’s highest post office in Hikkim, explore the world’s highest inhabited village, Komic, and chill at the last hostel of the country on the Indo-Tibetan border, Zostel Chitkul all in a SINGLE trip. So, set aside 8 days and get set to board the party bus as it takes you through one of the most outlandish places in India, the Spiti Valley.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Shimla to Chitkul via Kufri & Sangla
  • At 7 AM, gather up at the Tutikandi bus stand of Shimla. By 7.30, we leave for Spiti Valley, with breaks for snacks, lunch, and sightseeing at Kufri, Tranda mandir, and Sangla. Reach Chitkul by sundown and check-in at Zostel Chitkul, followed by a hearty dinner. Stay the night amidst a thoroughly dreamy Himalayan landscape brushed by the winter, marking quite a fantastic start to the trip.
    
    
  • Chitkul at a glance: The last motorable hamlet on the Indo-Tibetan border, Chitkul is perched in a dreamlike setting of perennial snow. Charming wooden houses & the Baspa river surrounded by the Kinnauri Himalayas rule its landscape, bringing incredible valley views your way.
Day 2: Explore Chitkul
  • Start your day early on today with a warm breakfast at Zostel Chitkul. Explore the town on your own with its temples and gompas. You have the entire day free to relax, chatter, or explore.
Day 3: Chitkul to Tabo via Spillo
  • Begin your day with a warm breakfast overlooking the snow-clad Himalayas. After exploring the nearby hotspots, we leave for Tabo, stopping on the way for lunch at Spillo. At around 6 PM, check-in at Zostel Home Tabo, a quaint Himachali homestay overlooking the rugged Spitian mountains. End your day with dinner, games, and chitter-chatter with your newfound travel gang.
    
    
  • Tabo at a glance: Home to the world’s second-oldest monastery, ancient caves, and frozen lakes and rivers, Tabo is old, charming, and unparalleled in scenic beauty.
Day 4: Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar, navigating surreal landscapes
  • After a filling breakfast, visit the Tabo Monastery and leave for Dhankar. Explore the stunningly located Dhankar Gompa and then stop once more for lunch before you reach Kaza. Check-in at Zostel Spiti in Kaza by 3 PM, which will spare you plenty of time to visit the colourful market & explore the town before heading back to Zostel Spiti for a hearty dinner.
    
    
  • Kaza at a glance: The heart of the surreal Spiti Valley, Kaza is rough snow-clad mountains, sparkling blue streams, and colourful little settlements. Perched at an elevation of 3800 m, it is the gateway to the prolific wonders of the valley.
Day 5: Kaza to Hikkim, Komic, Langza
  • Begin your day with a local spread of homemade breakfast. Today, you’ll step out to explore three enthralling villages of the Spiti Circuit, Hikkim, Komic, and Langza, with a stop for lunch in Hikkim. Come back after an exciting day out just in time for a pleasant dinner. Make sure to gaze at the starry skies before you fall asleep, a must-do when in the valley of prolific natural wonders.
    
    
  • Your day at a glance: Hikkim is known for its iconic post office, the highest in the world, while Komic is home to the ancient Tangyud Monastery, covered in historical tales of monks. Langza, on the other hand, harbours the 1000-year old statue of Lord Buddha that stuns travellers. Throughout the stretch, the views are incredible, with hairpin bends, 1000 ft road drops, and terrific views of prominent Himalayan peaks.
Day 6: Key Monastery & Chicham Bridge
  • Enjoy yet another day out exploring the villages of Spiti Valley. Today, you will cover the two iconic landmarks of Spiti Valley- Key Monastery & Chicham Bridge. The key gompa offers a lovely view of the rugged mountains and the river beside you while walking through its curious history and culture.
Day 7: Kaza to Chandrataal
  • Enjoy breakfast at Zostel Spiti as you prepare for a journey to Chandrataal today. Stop for lunch at Batal and reach Chandrataal by 7 PM. Check-in at Camps, enjoy camp dinner and indulge in stargazing before you resort to a sweet night’s sleep.
Day 8: Chandrataal to Manali via Rohtang Pass
  • Have a hot breakfast at the camps and leave for Manali. On your way, you’ll be stopping for lunch at the popular Rohtang Pass for some pictures. After a goodbye to the brilliant Spiti Valley and a fun ride across the small villages, reach Zostel Manali by 4 PM. Check-in and go out for café hopping and then explore the old Manali market to the fullest. Relish a delicious dinner at Zostel Manali in the company of fine music, under shrouded apple trees. You’ll be staying overnight at Zostel Manali parting ways the next day by 10 AM, promising yourself more epic journeys in the future.

INCLUSIONS

  • What to Carry: Packing light is always a good idea! However, you’re venturing into one of the coldest regions of India, so we recommend that you prepare for this trip well in advance and pack as accurately as possible. A few essentials we always suggest you carry are: ● A good pair of hiking shoes. ● Caps/hats and a pair of sunglasses, towel, water bottle, and thermos flask. ● A rain cover and a raincoat/poncho, adequate woollens, and a windcheater jacket. ● Thermal wear that supports -5 to -15 degree temperatures- 2 pairs of socks and gloves, fleeces, thermal pants, and t-shirts. ● Finally, a torchlight, an umbrella, sunscreen or moisturizer, personal meds, and toiletries.
  • Inclusions: A total of 16 meals (8 breakfasts and 8 dinners); everyday commute by a 12-seater tempo traveler; accommodation for 8 nights with trusted partners; all inner line permits for the trip; driver night charges, toll tax, parking charges; and in case of emergency; travel insurance for all participants. * Kindly note, considering the remoteness of the place, the supply of breakfast and dinner might have limited varieties

POLICIES

  • Exclusions: Transport to Shimla and from Manali; any kind of food items or beverages that are not included in the package like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, refreshments/lunches on the highway; any personal expenses; any cost arising due to natural calamities; anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Important accommodation disclaimer: Due to extreme conditions in remote areas, travelers may have to adjust to a limited hot water supply, water in buckets, Indian toilets, and dry toilets. The team shall always try their best to make the journey smooth and comfortable for all participants, however, we urge you to accommodate minor inconveniences that are difficult to manage or impossible to change, given the altitude, temperatures, and remoteness of the locations. ● Accommodation will be on sharing basis as follows - 1. Dorm rooms at Zostel Chitkul 2. Double/Triple sharing basis in Private rooms or Dorm beds depending on availability at Zostel Homes Tabo. 3. Dorm Rooms and Outdoor Tents at Zostel Spiti 4. Double/Triple sharing basis in camps at Chandrataal. 5. Dorm rooms at Zostel Manali ● Room upgrade to "Private Rooms" is possible on arrival at the property subject to availability or can be booked directly from our website in advance. (Extra payable)
  • Cancellations: The booking amount is 100% refundable if a cancellation is made 14 days prior to the commencement date. For cancellations made within 14 days prior to the trip commencement date, no refund will be applicable.
  • Who should join this trip - ●We strongly recommend individuals of age 18-35 yrs. ●Heart patients are not allowed to participate in this expedition.
  • Booking is subjected to weather conditions. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, the entire amount shall be refunded and Zostel won't be responsible for trip cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Travelers are requested to respect Nature, the culture of the region, and the sentimental values of the locals. They must refrain from acts of littering, intoxication in public areas, and disrespecting people, animals, or any places of worship at all times.
  • This trip begins in Shimla and ends in Manali. Travelers need to arrange their travels to Shimla and from Manali on their own.
  • All travelers are mandated to carry proof of vaccination certificate for both doses or a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test report from an authorized laboratory. The report must not be older than 96 hours while entering the border of Spiti Valley.
  • 100% pre-payment is required for the confirmation of the booking.

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