Spiti Valley : Shimla Kinnaur Spiti Manali

7 Days

Overview

Summers Special Shimla-Manali | Spiti Valley Summrs Circuit Touring : June — September 

Spiti Valley Circuit Trip can be referred to as one of the most  adventurous and thrilling road trips. It’s like stepping into a  dreamland where mountains kiss the sky and the air is full of  pure magic. Spiti Valley is known as the cold desert of India  after Ladakh due to its height, it is also considered as the high  altitude geological location nestled upon Himachal Pradesh.  Spiti Valley is surrounded by high mountain ranges with the  himalayas to the south and Kunzum range to the north. It is a  countryside region distinguished by barren landscapes, rugged  mountains and deep gorges. The Spiti River originating from  Kunzum range flows through the valley. The name Spiti means  ‘the middle land’ which specifies its location between Tibet and  India. The weather in Spiti is harsh with cold winters and short  cool summers, because of its high altitude and cold desert  environment, temperature can drop below freezing point even  during summer, heavy snowfall occurs in winter making many  more areas inaccessible. Spiti Valley is famous for its  monasteries, some of which are old for over thousand years.  The iconic key monastery is set on a hilltop, while the Tabo  Monastery, also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas is  another gem of the valley.

Essentials: 

Waterproof and good quality backpack or rucksack is  recommended since you’ll be changing multiple accommodations  during the entire trip. 

Warm woolen jackets/sweaters, air/water resistant jackets, body  thermal wears, gloves, caps and extra pairs of socks to protect  yourself from wind chill and low temperatures. 

Sunglasses, comfortable clothing and sports shoes. 

Personal water bottle (avoid single-use plastic) to avoid  dehydration issues. 

Quick snacks for journeys like dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates,  energy bars, glucose sachets. 

Personal care items, sunscreen lotion (prefer SPF30 or higher),  lip balm, toiletries, wet wipes and hand sanitizer. 

Diamox (altitude sickness drug), camphor tablets, medicines for  motion sickness, fever, stomach ache, headache, cold, body pain  and any other personal medicines. 

Phone, camera, power banks and photography equipment. ATMs and an adequate amount of cash for shopping, cafe visits. 

Personal identity document like Aadhaar, driving licence,  passport, etc, since it is needed while applying for inner line  permit and other security checks. 

Group Departures: Every Saturday Night departure and Sunday  Morning Arrival

JUNE  JULY
1st June to 9th June  6th July to 14th July 
8th June to 16th June  13th July to 21st July 
15th June to 23rd June  20th July to 28th July 
22nd June to 30th June  27th July to 4th August 
29th June to 7th July   
 
AUGUST  SEPTEMBER
3rd August to 11th August  7th September to 15th September 
10th August to 18th August  14th September to 22nd September 
17th August to 25th August  21st September to 29th September 
24th August to 1st September  28th September to 6th October 
31st August to 8th September   

Pricing: 

SUV 05 Person Occupancy Type  Prices (per person)
Triple Sharing  INR 20,000 +5% GST
Dual Sharing  INR 22,000 +5% GST
Tempo 10 Person Occupancy Type  Prices (per person)
Triple Sharing  INR 16,500 +5% GST
Dual Sharing  INR 18,500 +5% GST

Booking Process : 

Pay INR 5250 per head to reserve your seat and pay the remaining amount atleast 24 Hours before trip departure.  

NOTE: 

The major locations you’ll be visiting in your trip mainly lie in trans-Himalayan region  and higher Himalayas. Due to offbeat locations, some regions do not have star category  accommodations. Therefore we expect you to prepare your mindset accordingly and  don’t expect luxurious amenities and at times, even basic amenities like 24×7 electricity  supply, running hot water & wifi services at these properties. Don’t worry we ensure  basic hygiene and heart warming hospitality. 

In case of large groups, all rooms may or may not be available in the same property for  all the travelers. To accommodate such large groups, we select two or more hotels on the same trip batch. Please note identical facilities and services may not be available  between different rooms or accommodations. However, we try our best to maintain  similarities in quality services but still we expect you to adjust to these rare conditions. 

In the triple sharing room occupancy, an extra mattress is provided. This is not to be  confused with an extra bed. For any kind of room upgradation request, please directly  get in touch with the property reception or staff. 

The camp accommodations at various places especially like Jispa, Sarchu, Nubra Valley,  Pangong Lake, Chitkul, Chandratal etc. are very basic even though they are  distinguished into various categories. Reason being, their offbeat locations with minimal  amenities. However, we give our best while selecting the best quality properties for  your comfortable stay experience on our trips. 

In hilly areas and high-altitude locations, shortage of water and electricity supply is a  natural phenomenon. To overcome the water crisis, certain hotels have fixed schedules  for supplying hot and cold water. We strongly regret the inconvenience but do look  forward to your cooperation. 

Special facilities such as room with view, early check-in, smoking or non-smoking  rooms, same floor, adjacent or interconnected rooms, etc. are truly subject to  availability upon arrival at the accommodation, never pre-allotted or cannot be  guaranteed prior. Any expenses arising out of this is to be borne by the traveler  themselves. 

On our trips, we follow MAP meal plan in which the menu will be on a buffet basis and  not on A-la-Carte basis. This fixed menu plan does not include evening snacks and cold  drinks/liquor, soups or desserts. If the traveler wants to order beyond a fixed meal plan  i.e. on A-la-Carte basis, they are requested to make direct payment for additional items. 

Consumption and serving of alcohol in some properties/rooms is subject to  accommodation’s rules and regulations. We respect their decisions and request our  travelers also to adhere to such rules. 

In hilly regions, no AC will be operational in vehicles like Tempo Traveler / Innova /  Ertiga / Xylo / Scorpio or any similar category. 

The vehicle used for your trip will be exclusively used as per the itinerary only (on  point-to-point basis) and will not go beyond the specified itinerary to Trip Captain &  drivers. 

The nature of group trip departures is very dynamic and varies from month to month or  weekend to weekend. Thus, trip prices are also subject to change as per the occupancy  on that particular trip batch. 

The Volvo buses from Delhi to Manali/Shimla & back to Delhi are a third party mode of  transportation provided by our regular and verified vendors. Kindly note that these are  regular running buses on the above mentioned routes and we cannot keep a proper  check on them. However, in case of a technical breakdown a new vehicle or alternate  option is arranged but at times it takes a little while for the on-ground operations to do  so. Therefore, your cooperation and patience is required in such adverse situations. 

The Volvo bus takes pitstop for lunch/dinner/tea wherever required are predefined by  the vendor and cannot be modified by us or any traveler as per our convenience. 

Due to unforeseen situations (force majeure/ traffic jams / traffic halts/ diversions/  curfew, Union strike, VVIP movement, etc.) the vehicle reporting may get delayed and  in such case, we request you to bear with us and show your cooperation.  

DISCLAIMER Fireballs Adventures takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients.  However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Fireballs Adventures will not be  liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above  are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Distt – Kullu Himachal Pradesh only.  All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the  program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the  trip/program/activities. 

Key Destination

  • Shimla: Breathe in the crisp mountain air and colonial charm of Shimla, the Queen of Hills. Stroll along the historic Mall Road, soak in the views from Ridge, and explore the bustling Lakkar bazaar.
  • Kinnaur: Witness the dramatic landscapes of Kinnaur, a land of lush valleys and towering mountains. Be awestruck by the scenic beauty of Sangla valley, known for its apple orchards and traditional villages. Don't miss Kalpa, a village offering stunning views of the Kinnaur Kailash peak, a sacred mountain.
  • Spiti Valley: Embark on an adventure into the mystical Spiti Valley, a land of stark beauty and rich Buddhist culture. Explore the ancient Tabo Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique mummies and breathtaking murals. Visit Dhankar Gompa, a spectacularly perched monastery overlooking the Spiti River. In Kaza, the main town of Spiti, soak in the local vibes and explore nearby villages like Kibber, the highest village in the world connected by motorable road.
  • Manali: Descend into the popular hill station of Manali, a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Camp by the scenic Chandratal Lake, a crescent moon shaped lake nestled amidst mountains. If time permits, try some mountain biking or white water rafting on the Beas River.
  • Chandratal Lake: The crown jewel! Hike to this stunning turquoise lake, nicknamed "Lake of the Moon".

Itinerary

At First Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey
Assemble at the boarding point in Delhi - RK Ashram Metro Station or Majnu Ka Tilla.
Start an overnight journey to Shimla and socialize with your co-travellers. After arriving in Shimla, we will take a halt for breakfast around Narkanda and soak in the much-needed #MountainVibes. Post breakfast, we will drive ahead to reach the last Indian village before the Indo-Tibetan border - Chitkul.
After arriving in Chitkul, check in to our comfy hotel/swiss-camps, freshen up and have some leisure. What can be more magical than relaxing near the pristine Baspa River? A perfect location in the lap of majestic Himalayas to disconnect from the urban madness and connect with nature. In the evening, don’t miss out the much-needed acclimatization session by your trip captain followed by home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/swiss-camps.

Hotel Lap Stays or Similar

Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will head out to take a stroll around the Chitkul village.
Visit Mathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess of the local people of Kinnaur and treat your stomach with a satisfying plate of steamy momos or rajma chawal at ‘Hindustan Ka Akhri Dhaba’.
Drive towards Kalpa, check in to our cozy hotel, and have some leisure. Witness the magical sunset as the golden light falls on the mighty Kinnaur Kailash range.
Visit the famous Roghi (suicide point) and if time permits take a stroll in the beautiful Kalpa village. In the evening chill with your travel clan, savor home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

Hotel Kalpa Mansion or Similar

Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, drive from Kalpa to Nako/Tabo village - home to the oldest Buddhist monastery located in Spiti Valley.
Get mesmerized by the shape-shifting landscapes of mountains with every turn.
En route we will take a halt at Khab Sangam, visit the famous Nako Lake and monastery and Gue village to see from your naked eyes the 500-year old mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Sangha Tenzin. After arriving in Nako/Tabo village, check in to our comfy hotel/homestay and have some leisure.
Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Homestay: Palkit or Similar

Wake up to a peaceful mountain morning and post breakfast visit Tabo Monastery. Take a walk inside the old monastery and learn about the history of this Tibetan spiritual site also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’. Drive from Tabo to Dhankar Village and meditate in the cliff top Dhankar Monastery. Treat yourself with jaw dropping scenes of pristine Spiti river and the gorgeous Himalayas.
Before arriving at our homely abode in Kaza we will drive along the Pin river towards one of the less explored regions and the only green national park in Spiti i.e Pin Valley.
After arriving in Kaza, check in to our cozy hotel/homestay, freshen-up and have some leisure.
The ones with high energy levels, feel free to take a stroll around Kaza and old bazaars.
Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Homestay: Surkhang

Wake to a relaxed mountain morning in your homely abode and post breakfast, quickly head out for an action packed exploration of various quaint villages nestled in and around Kaza.
Visit Spiti’s gorgeous fossil village Langza and get clicked with the iconic statue of Medicine Buddha with your clan. Feel proud for making it to the World’s highest motorable village Komic and absorb in the jaw dropping vistas of snow-laden Himalayas. The day will come to an end at Hikkim village known for its World’s highest post office.
Since this is your last night in Kaza, therefore make the most out of it by chilling with your travel clan at various quaint cafes and take authentic souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
Post exploration, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/homestay.

Homestay : Surkhang

Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, bid adieu to your hosts in Kaza and drive towards Key Monastery - biggest and most picturesque Buddhist monastery nestled in the gorgeous Spiti Valley. Spend quality time speaking to the monks or sip a cup of herbal tea in Key Monastery’s kitchen.
Explore the Kibber village - home to snow leopard and various other wildlife species like Himalayan Ibex and Red Fox to name a few. Take some #InstaPerfect shots at Chicham Bridge - Asia’s highest suspension bridge connecting the peaceful Kibber village.
Enroute Chandratal, we will take a pit stop at Losar to grab a satisfying lunch and continue towards Kunzum La situated at 15,000ft approx. This stretch is indeed the journey’s most adventurous and beautiful part. After arriving at Chandratal, check in to our scenic campsite. Quickly head out to soak in the calmness of the Moon Lake and capture some #InstaPerfect shots.
In the evening chill with your travel clan under the gaze of million stars and the Milky Way Galaxy. Savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in swiss tents.

Swiss Cottage Camping: UC Camps

Wake up quite early in the morning and post breakfast drive towards Manali from Chandratal via Kunzum La. Enroute Manali, we will take a pit stop for morning tea at the famous Chacha-Chachi Ka Dhaba or Chhatru.
After arriving in Manali, feel free to take a stroll around Old Manali cafes or The Mall Road (if time permits) and start-off your return journey to Delhi in the evening.
Reach Delhi next morning with lots of amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.

Tour Ends here with Loads of Memories

Includes/Excludes

Inclusions:

  • Transportation: AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo/Bharatbenz (Delhi to Manali/Shimla & back) and Force Traveler/Cab at all other times or the entire journey by Force Traveler/Cab from Delhi.
  • Accommodation on Sharing Basis: Hotel/Homestays (Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako/Tabo & Kaza), Swiss Tents (Chitkul & Chandratal).
  • Meals: 6 Breakfast & 6 Dinner (starting from Dinner on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 8).
  • Experienced and cool trip leader.
  • Driver allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes, and inner line permits.
  • Oxygen cylinder and medical kit to handle extreme health problems.

Exclusions:

  • Any extra meals and stay arrangements apart from the ones mentioned under inclusions as per the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance, items of a personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc.
  • Any entry fees, extra expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
  • Any other costing involved due to circumstances like natural calamity, weather conditions, riots, roadblocks, landslides or any other forced circumstances which are out of our control.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the above inclusions. ∙ GST (5%) is applicable extra.

FAQs

Getting There

  • Q: How do I reach Shimla?
  • A: Shimla is well connected by road, rail, and air. You can fly into Chandigarh and then take a taxi or bus to Shimla.
  • Q: Do I need permits?
  • A: Indian nationals don’t require permits. Foreign nationals need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Spiti Valley, obtainable from Shimla, Recong Peo (Kinnaur), or Kullu.

Seasons

  • Q: When is the best time to visit?
  • A: The ideal time is between June to September. The roads are mostly clear, and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing. However, July-August can see some monsoon showers.
  • A: Shoulder seasons (April-May & September-October) offer pleasant weather with fewer crowds, but some high-altitude passes might be closed due to snow. Winter (November-March) brings extreme cold with road closures.

Accommodation and Costs

  • Q: What kind of accommodation is available?

  • A: You’ll find a variety of options along the route, from budget guesthouses to comfortable hotels. Homestays are also a great option to experience local culture.

  • Q: How much does the trip cost?

  • A: Costs vary depending on your travel style, transportation choices, and accommodation preferences.

Safety and Precautions

  • Q: What about altitude sickness?

  • A: Spiti Valley is a high-altitude region (around 3,800 meters). Ascend gradually, acclimatize properly, and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

  • Q: Are the roads safe?

  • A: Mountain roads require caution. Drive slowly, be aware of potential landslides, and follow traffic regulations.

Additional Tips

  • Q: What should I pack?

  • A: Pack warm clothes for high altitudes, comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a first-aid kit.

  • Q: Is mobile network connectivity available?

  • A: Connectivity can be patchy, especially in remote areas. Download maps and important information offline beforehand.

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Spiti Valley : Shimla Kinnaur Spiti Manali