Himalayan Lakes & Highland Desert Trek

Total Trip = 737 km*Total Carbon = 0.35 ton*Your Trip = 0 Carbon

32,990.00

Immerse yourself in technicolor mountains, green meadows, clear skies, and the beauty of sparkling high-altitude lakes in Spiti

  • 24 June - 1 July
  • 12 Aug - 19 Aug
  • 2 Sept - 9 Sept
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Highlights

A trekker’s paradise, Spiti Valley is home to some of the most stunning landscapes & surreal high-altitude lakes. Come join us for a spellbinding adventure into bronze folds, green meadows, stark blue skies, and magical moonscapes!

  • Camping in the wilderness under a zillion stars 
  • Crystral clear turquoise waters of high-altitude lakesDhankhar Lake above the graphic Dhankhar Village, Nako Lake in Kinnaur, and ChandraTal the moon lake
  • Hikes into the spectacular Trans-Himalayan Deserts
  • Discover a wide array of medicinal plants and wild flowers on your trails
  • Trek in the Kibber Widllife Sanctuary – home to Spiti’s unique wildlife, the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Wolf, Red Fox and the Blue Sheep. The sightings of the latter two are highly probable.
  • Elements of Spiti’s rich culture through visits to ancient monasteries over 1000 years old
  • Homestay accommodations where one can savor the local cuisine and interact meaningfully with the locals

 

Route

Shimla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza - Dhankhar – Demul – Trek & Camp (3 days & 2 nights) – Komic – Hikkim – Langza – Kaza – Kee – Chandratal – Manali

Day 1Shimla - Kalpa
Day 2Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza
Day 3Kaza - Dhankar - Demul
Day 4Demul - Camp 1
Day 5Camp 1 - Camp 2
Day 6Camp 2 - Komic - Hikkim - Langza - Kaza
Day 7Kaza - Kee - Kibber - Chicham - Chandratal
Day 8Chandratal - Manali

Hotel

7 - 8 hrs

0

223 km

2960 mt

Dinner


Day 1Shimla - Kalpa

  • The lush apple growing belt of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The splendid Satluj River Valley which originates in Tibet.
  • Breathtaking views of the Kinner Kailash Range at the quaint village of Kalpa.

Hotel

8 - 9 hrs

0

208 km

3800 mt

B'fast & Dinner


Day 2Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza

  • Transition from lush greens to stark cold desert landscapes.
  • Khab – the spectacular confluence of the Sutluj and Spiti rivers.
  • The pristine Nako Lake.
  • Thrilling drives along roads carved out of rocks – commonly known as one of the World’s Most Dangerous Roads.
  • Tabo and its over 1000-year-old monastery – popularly referred to as the Ajanta of the Himalayas.

Homestay

2 - 3 hrs

2 - 3 hrs

72 km

4319 mt

B'fast & Dinner


Day 3Kaza - Dhankar - Demul

  • Dhankar – the erstwhile capital of Spiti.
  • Hike to the scenic Dhankar Lake.
  • Travel back in time at the ancient Dhankar Monastery & Fort.
  • Scenic Demul Village – Spiti’s model sustainable village, also famous for its Arak (local brew) and Folk performances.
  • Get a taste of the best Arak in Spiti.

Tents

0

4 - 5 hrs

14 km

4500 mt

B'fast Lunch Dinner


Day 4Demul - Camp 1

  • Trek to Balangri at 5000 mt – a spectacular vantage spot for incredible views of over 18 villages.
  • Trek into the breathtaking vastness of the Trans-Himalayas.
  • Walk through rolling meadows with Yaks and Blue Sheep for company.

Tents

0

4 - 5 hrs

9 km

4600 mt

B'fast Lunch Dinner


Day 5Camp 1 - Camp 2

  • Unforgettable hikes along high-altitude meadows against the backdrop of the spectacular snow-capped Pasham Range.
  • Probable sightings of Blue Sheep and Red Fox, pugmarks of the Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf if lucky!

Hotel

2 hrs

3 - 4 hrs

Trek 9 km, Drive 27.3 km

3800 mt

B'fast Lunch Dinner


Day 6Camp 2 - Komic - Hikkim - Langza - Kaza

  • Komic – the World’s Highest Village and the ancient Komic Monastery.
  • Hikkim, the World’s Highest Post Office – send postcards to your loved ones back home.
  • Picture perfect Langza Village – famous for its Buddha Statute and mud craft.

Permanent Campsite

4 - 5 hrs

0

111 km

2050 mt

B'fast & Dinner


Day 7Kaza - Kee - Kibber - Chicham - Chandratal

  • A stop at the beautiful Kee Monastery.
  • Drive over the Chicham Bridge – highest bridge in Asia.
  • Cross the spectacular Kunzum Pass (4551mt/14931ft) and visit the Buddhist shrine.
  • The picturesque Chandratal – Lake of the Moon Goddess.

None

4 - 5 hrs

0

111 km

2050 mt

B'fast


Day 8Chandratal - Manali

  • Drive along the beautiful Chandra River Valley.
  • Drive through the famous Atal tunnel that divides Kullu from the Lahaul Valley and experience the contrast from desert.
  • Landscapes to the lush green of the Himalayas.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodation Day 1 to Day 7 on a sharing basis (double/ triple)
  • Meals: B’fast & Dinner – Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 B’fast, Lunch – Day 4 to Day 6
  • Local Guide Day 3 to Day 6
  • Transfers Day 1 to Day 8
  • Support staff, donkeys, trekking equipment
  • Monastery fees while in Spiti
  • First aid kit
EXCLUDES:
  • GST @ 5%
  • Mineral water and beverages (other than those provided)
  • Tips & Insurance
  • Inner Line Permit (For Foreign Nationals only)
  • Expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances, road blocks or medical emergencies
  • Add on Experiences entail an additional charge

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    Short but culturally-vibrant experiences that are windows to Spitian life.
    Enjoy these experiences as stand-alone programs or add them onto an existing Ecosphere trip.

    Cook Like as Local

    Work with our expert local chefs and learn how to cook mouth-watering Spitian delicacies.

    • January To December
    • 2 To 3 Hours
    • INR 550*pp*
    Cook Like as Local
    • January To December
    • 2 To 3 Hours
    • 550*pp
    Folk Expressions

    Keen on a rhythmic and melodic participation in Spitian social life? Join in for a magical evening of folk songs and dance.

    • May to October
    • 1 Hours
    • INR 9000*pp*
    Folk Expressions
    • May to October
    • 1 Hours
    • 9000*pp
    Bhuchen Performance

    Prepare to be transported at a mystical tantric performance by the Bhuchens. Unique to the Spiti Valley, these minstrel lamas perform Buddhist tantric dances to drive evil spirits away

    • May to October
    • 1 To 2 Hours
    • INR 15000*
    Bhuchen Performance
    • May to October
    • 1 To 2 Hours
    • 15000
    Throw a Pot!

    Get your hands dirty and learn the art of Pottery with the last-surviving potter in Langza village. Make your own Spiti Souvenir or a fossil replica!

    • May to October
    • 1 Hour to Full Day
    • INR 600 to 2000 pp*
    Throw a Pot!
    • May to October
    • 1 Hour to Full Day
    • 600 to 2000 pp
    Mountain Biking

    Hop on a mountain bike for an unforgettable ride through surreal Spitian landscapes! Cycle down at your own pace from Komic - the highest village in the World, or between Kaza and the iconic Kee Monastery

    • May to October
    • 1 Day
    • INR 550*pp*
    Mountain Biking
    • May to October
    • 1 Day
    • 550*pp
    Yak-Back Safari

    Not up for trekking. Travel through Spiti the traditional way on the back of a Yak!

    • May to October
    • 2 to 5 Hours
    • INR 2000 pp (min 2 persons) *
    Yak-Back Safari
    • May to October
    • 2 to 5 Hours
    • 2000 pp (min 2 persons)
    Spin Yak Rope

    Make and take back your own souvenir from Spiti. Learn the art of spinning yak wool and twine it into a yak rope.

    • January to December
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • INR 550*
    Spin Yak Rope
    • January to December
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • 550
    Say Yak Cheese!

    Discover traditional ways of churning butter, ghee, and cheese. Go back with a ton of learning and mouthfuls of Spiti’s unique Yak Cheese

    • May to October
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • INR 550*
    Say Yak Cheese!
    • May to October
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • 550
    Session with an Amchi

    Get an insight into your internal health on a one-on-one session with the local Amchi (traditional Spiti doctor) and discover the subtle art of diagnosis through reading the pulse! Have your pulse read, learn more about your health, and uncover fascinating insights into the age-old tradition and science of Tibetan Medicin

    • May to October
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • INR 550*
    Session with an Amchi
    • May to October
    • 30 Mins to 1 Hour
    • 550
    Why a GUIDE ? Window to Spiti

    Your guide is your window to Spiti. Would you like to visit Spiti in a way that you develop a relationship with the place and its people – memories that will last forever?
    Our English speaking guides are locals and apart from being amazing fun, they are a storehouse of information and stories about Spiti. They are immensely knowledge able about the culture, Buddhism and Monasteries, trained as naturalists, and in mountaineering and first aid.
    Given the remoteness of the region, believe us when we say you will know Spiti better because of them.

    I Love Spiti Drink and Drive Change

    Potable drinking water is always a concern wherever we travel. As a result, we end up buying a lot of bottled water and leave behind mountains of trash.

    We would like to help you reduce your plastic footprint by gifting you a Water bottle that you can refill with filtered water while in Spiti. And also, to take back with you for all your future travels.

    NO ONE KNOWS SPITI LIKE US

    We are local and we are passionate. With us you will experience the hidden gems of Spiti like an insider.

    GOOD KARMA

    What you pay for your trip goes directly towards creating local livelihoods and supporting various development & conservation projects in Spiti.

    YOU’RE IN SAFE HANDS

    Your safety is our utmost priority. We ensure our trips and staff follow highest safety standards and protocols. Our guides are all first aid trained and air ambulance services are just a call away.

    WE CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

    Traveling with us means you leave ZERO carbon footprint – all your emissions + more is offset by our award winning solar projects. We provide you reusable water bottles to ensure you don’t need to buy bottled water.

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