About The Listing
Type of Trip : Road Trips
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Trip Start : Chandigarh
Trip End : Chandigarh
This nine days self drive expedition to Spiti Valley offers, journey of a life time. The Spiti Valley lies in the Western Himalaya at 3680 meters, in Himachal Pradesh. The tour involves visiting remote valleys, villages and crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of picturesque snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries. On this road trip you’ll have a unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the local community and share their culture.
- Drive besides Spiti and Satluj River.
- Visit to Tabo which is 1000 years old monastery.
Day 01: Chandigarh – Narkanda.
Drive to Narkanda which is approximately 180 Kms from Chandigarh and 60 Kms. from Shimla. The village of Narkanda has some spectacular attractions making it a must visit location. The overnight stay will be at Sheetalvan or Wilderness along with bonfire and music.
Distance: 180 Kms.
Travel Time: 5-6 Hours.
Day 02: Narkanda - Sangla.
Situated in a deep valley next to the Baspa River, Sangla offers the tourists a beautiful view of green mountains and apple orchards. Chhitkul village, the last village in Baspa valley borders Tibet on one side and Uttarakhand on the other, which is why it is also known as the last village of India. It’s one of the most scenic valleys in Himachal, and accommodation in Kinner camps is one of the best options with nature at its best and camping next to the river can blend up to the experience.
Distance: 163 Kms.
Travelling time: 7-8 Hours.
Day 03: Sangla-Nako-Geyu Mummy-Tabo.
Start your day early from Sangla and watch the vistas enroute over Hindustan Tibet border. Enjoy the drive besides Spiti and Satluj Rivers. This is the one of the most thrilling road. On the way to Tabo you will take a Lunch halt at Nako.
Nako: Ne-Goh called in local direct meaning door way to pilgrimage , its beginning of trance Himalaya land scrape and is beginning of cold desert. It has a holy lake right in between village which has great significance to local Buddhist people living around.
Tabo: Tabo is a 1000 years old monastery and contains many priceless Thanka paintings and artifacts including Pillar of a Thousand Buddhas. This monastery is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The entry to monastery which is spread over 6300 square meters is made of earthen walls and covered with beautiful frescoes. These paintings depict various lives of Buddha and stories from Jataka tales painted in typical Tibetan style. You can also visit nearby caves which are used by monks to meditate in solitude and introspection. Stay is at Hotel Dewachen Retreat Tabo.
Distance: 190 Kms.
Travelling time: 8-9 Hours.
Day 04: Tabo- Dhankar- Lingty Valley-Pin Valley.
Today you will experience the different driving exclusively for your trip. Drive to Dhankar take a shortcut to Latilung to Rama and reach Linghty Valley. After exploring Linghty Valley you will head towards Pin Valley. This day you will explore the most thrilling roads with scenic beauty.
Dankar: Damg-khar , where khar means palace and used to be winter capital of Spiti ruled by prince known as nonos in local dialect, till very recent. It has a monastery which is recognized as 100 most endangered monuments under UNESCO and falls under Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the whole village is situated on a cliff overlooking the confluence of pin and Spiti river.
Lingty Valley: Right opposite to Pin Valley is Lingty valley, which is famous for its high peaks and beautiful landscape there are couple of villages like Lalung which is famous for it serkhang which in locals is believed to be older than Tabo monastery.
Pin Valley: It’s one of the largest valleys in Spiti, a part of it scenic landscape its famous for its flora and fauna, falling under great Himalayan national park is favourite among wildlife photographers and for trekking enthusiasts there are two main treks which starts from pin valley, pin baba pass which end down at khafnu in kinnaur and another one is pin Pārbati pass which ends down in Parvati valley Kullu district, a part of this there are multiple short treks in side Pin Valley. Pin valley follows Ningmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ningma coming from word called Ningba literately means oldest in Tibetan dialect, it is the oldest sect in Tibetan Buddhism and on that they follow unique lineage of Bhuchen practice (a part of tantric buddhism) which is indeed only practiced in pin valley and not anywhere else in world not even in Tibet. Here you have the only monastery following to Ningmapa sect called Kungri monastery. Overnight stay is at Sakya Adobe.
Travel time: 6-7 Hours.
Day 05: Kaza- Langza – Komic- Kibber- Kee Monastery.
This day is splited in two parts. After Breakfast you will go to Langza and Komic.
Langza: This day you can carry some post cards to post from Hikkim village and a packed lunch that you can enjoy in the grassy meadows of this high altitude terrain. Hikkim has one of the highest polling stations in world.
Komic: It is one of the highest villages connected with road inhabited throughout winter, at 4500 meters, komic, village has an ancient monastery following Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism called as Tangud.
After Lunch visit Ki monastery and Kibber village. Ki monastery is the largest monastery in the Spiti valley. Established in the 11th century, it has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. It also houses the largest no. of Buddhist Monks and nuns. Kibber is the highest village in the world which is connected by motor-able road and also has its own polling station during election. Overnight stay is at Sakya Adobe.
Travel time: 6-7 Hours.
Day 06: Kaza - Kaza.
After early Breakfast you will have unforgettable experience of river rafting in Spiti River. Rest of the day is in leisure and shopping day. Just relax and sit back. Overnight stay is at Sakya Adobe.
Day 07: Kaza - Chandertaal.
After breakfast you will depart for Chandratal Lake (13000 ft.) Chandertal Lake is a high altitude lake with a backdrop of stunning Himalayan views. July -Sept is the period when lake is accessible. The lake is 8 km drive after crossing Kunzum La pass. Spend your day relaxing at the lake. Overnight stay at camp site.
Distance: 100 Kms.
Travel time: 4-5 Hours.
Day 08: Chandartaal – Manali.
Depart for Manali after Breakfast. Reach Manali in the evening and enjoy Gala Dinner and Cocktails. Here are some surprises for you at the end of the trip. Overnight stay is at Neeralya.
Day 09: Manali-Chandigarh.
Depart for Chandigarh after breakfast.
Distance: 290 Kms.
Travel time: 7-8Hours.
- All accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast and dinner.
- Complete trip assistance.
- River rafting in Kaza.
- Vehicle & fuel.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Phone Calls.
- Any kind of drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated).
Terms & Conditions
- Refundable security deposit for self drive (pre-auth from card): Rs 50000/-(Mastercard and Visa only).
- Cancellation of the event by Boundless Journeys 100% refund.
- Cancellation by participant no refund.
- Cancellation arising out of unseen circumstances no refund.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. Do we get High Altitude Sickness in Ladakh? What are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
On roadtrips to Leh and Ladakh, body get enough time to acclimatize because of gradual ascend. However, Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS can strike anyone. The most common symptoms of AMS are lack of sleep, loss of appetite, dizziness, irregular breathing, etc. It is highly recommended to consult your doctor and take preventive medicines before embarking on this journey.
2. What are the medicines one should carry?
We would recommend you to consult your general physician on this.
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