Spiti Cultural Safari

Journey to the land of Lama

Spiti Cultural Safari

INR28550 per person

08 Nights 09 Days

A joy ride to cold deserts of Spiti. This is one of the best seller tours with foreign clients. The journey to great monasteries of Spiti starts from Manali. We offer fully managed trip in our self owned touring SUVs. The tour is designed to cover up all places of interest in the region with special focus on cultural and historical background of the region.

Spiti is known for monasteries and deserted mountain scapes. The place takes no nonsense when it comes to traveling as all roads are rough patches of mud and stone. Travelers are requested to pack in warm clothings as weather is highly unpredictable.

Key features: Homestay, Monastery visits, Cultural performances, Bhuchen Performances, Yak safari, Fossil excursion, Mountain Biking, Jeep Safari, Short hikes.

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  • Included
    Personal Guide
    Touring SUV
  • Not Included
    Community Tasks
    Shared Cabs
Day 01 - Manali to Kaza
Today is an early start. We drive over the Rohtang pass (separating Kullu from the Lahaul valley), and descend into the valley of the Chandra river and continue past Chhatru, Batal and over the Kunzum la (pass/4551mts), which divides Lahaul and Spiti. We spend some time taking in the fabulous views of the Chandrabhaga range of mountains, visit the Buddhist shrine at Kunzum and get into our waiting jeeps, to reach Kaza by evening (210 Kms; 8-10 hours)
Day 02 - Trip to Kye and Kibber
Today we head off in our jeeps to the highlands of the left bank plateau for altitude acclimatization. We visit the Kye village (about a ½ hour drive) and the Kye gompa, the largest monastery in Spiti. After visiting the Monastery and interacting with the monks, we drive up to Kibber village (another ½ hour drive away), which at 14,000 feet above sea level, is the road head for the trade route into Ladakh over the Parang La. We continue to the village of Gette and Tashigang (about 1 hour drive), high up in the mountains – this is the area where the famous Spiti horses are bred for trade with the nomadic “changpas” of Ladakh in exchange for the valuable Pashmina wool. On our way back we have the option to bike back to kaza on Fire Fox mountain bikes.* the evening can be spent roaming the Kaza market where one may find interesting local handicrafts.
Day 03 - Kaza to Tabo
After breakfast we leave Kaza for Pin Valley which is a tributary if the Spiti river. Enroute we will get the opportunity to see some of the other initiatives pertaining to promotion of solar energy in Spiti Valley to reduce fulewood consumption and carbon emissions of the local community (these ranges from solar passive houses, green houses, solar cookers). We also work on other livelihood initiates from the regions herbs & berries. If time permits one can stop at their Seabuck thorn processing unit to get an insight in their initiate aimed at empowering the women of Spiti.
Day 04 - Tabo to Giu and Pin Valley
Tabo is famous for its 1012 years old Monastery. In 1996, the Tabo monastery celebrated its thousand years with a Kalachakra ceremony, which was presided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We spend time exploring the Monastery and the numerous temples at the monastery, before heading to Giu (1 hour). Giu is the furthest and most isolated village of Spiti, lying close to the border of Tibet (China). Giu village is also interesting as the body of an old monk (675 years old) sitting in meditation still exists intact till date. It is said that the hair and nails of this monk are still growing. After having a look around the village and at this interesting mummy, The Pin Valley, though a paradise of Spiti, is quite different in terms of culture & Topography. The Pin Valley is famous for its horses (The Chumurti Horses) and the Bhuchens. The Bhuchens are a unique and rare sect of Tiet abd Buddhist theatrical artists that preach religious, social and ecological morals to the locals through its set of diverse performances. Followers of Tholdan Gyalpe, who invented this art in the early 11th century A.D they are now found in the Spiti valley.
Day 05 - Pin valley to Dhankar Monastery
Today as we start in morning drive along the pin river which is meet after in Attergo with Spitian main River which flows towards and meet in Kinnaur with Satluj in Ka.   After attergo drive to Dhankar Dhankhar for the overnight stay.
Day 06 - Dhankhar to Lhalung to Demul
Dhankhar, the ancient capital of Spiti, which houses an ancient Monastery perched precariously between unique winds eroded structures. Remnants of the Dhankhar Fort, which housed the royal family of Spiti, still remain. A visit to the Monastery, Fort and other subsidiary temples leaves one spell bound at the traditional architectural marvels. The Monastery has some interesting wall murals and thangkas, which are in an urgent need for restoration. With efforts of Ecosphere, Dhankhar Monastery has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Endangered sites in the World, by ‘The World’s Monument Fund’. Efforts are now underway to raise resources for the restoration and conservation of the Monastery structure, murals and thangkas. This conservation initiative is also being linked to livelihood generation of the village community and monastery from tourism, in order to provide them with an incentive to conserve this heritage. An hours trek above Dhankhar is a spectacular blue-green lake amidst pink-brown hills. We can get up early in the morning so as to visit the lake. After Dhankhar we head for Lhalung which is the largest village of the Lingti valley (a tributary of the Spiti River). It is famous for its 1000 year old temple ‘Sarkhang’ (the golden temple) and possibly one of the oldest trees (dating back to over a 1000 years) in Spiti are found here. Lhalung is also known for its cultural performances. We get to participate and witness a Cultural performance by the local folk and sample the warm hospitality of these mountain people during our visit. The cultural performance is a traditional form of dance accompanied by songs played by the musicians using their unique traditional instruments. Ecosphere is promoting these art forms to ensure their conservation and as a source of income generation for the local community especially the women and musicians (who belong to the lower castes) as well as to enable an enhancement in their social status.
Day 07 - Demul to Komik
Today we adopt the local mode of transport, Yaks. We explore the Trans-Himalayan Deserts and travel into the grazing pastures of the local livestock and wild herbivores (such as the Blue Sheep). This is also the hunting ground for the Himalayan Wolf and Snow Leopard. If lucky, spotting of the Wolf can be possible. We will also learn of the conservation efforts of Ecosphere with the local community to conserve this unique and endangered wildlife. The trail also gives insights into the floral diversity of the region. We will continue to the village of Komik which is Asia’s highest village where we halt for the night stay in a home stay.
Day 08 - Komik Hikkim – Langza – Kaza
Komik is also adorned by a legendary monastery. After a visit at the Monastery we get back to our waiting jeeps. Enroute we visit the ruins of the ancient monastery deserted a few decades ago close to the village of Hikkim (1/2 hours). The monastery has a unique location and the locals have interesting interpretations and legends about its location. We then head to Langza (1/2 hour) located in a large high mountain meadow with a beautiful mountain, Chau Chau Kang Nilda, towering above this village. Here we will take a short trek (1 hour) to the village fossil centre where one can find evidence of fossils of sea life going back to 200 million years when this region was submerged under the sea. The fossil centre has been formed by the village youth of Langza and Ecosphere to help preserve Spiti’s geological wealth. Langza village also has a unique temple which is regarded as the headquarters of all the Gods and Goddesses of the region. On numerous occasions the Gods are invoked by the villagers to pass judgments on unresolved issues. From here we head back to Kaza for the night stay. Once at Kaza we will take time to relax abd refresh ourselves. Time can also be spent roaming the Kaza market to shop for local handicrafts.
Day 09 - Kaza to Manali
After an early (7 am) breakfast we drive back to Manali along the same route that we took to reach Kaza over the Kunzum La and Rohtang La.

Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation in mentioned or similar hotel for 02 rooms with an extra bed for (4+1=5 Pax) and 03 rooms with an extra bed for (6+1 = 7 Pax)
  • Deluxe room on MAP in the hotels/Camps mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Welcome Drink on arrival (non-alcohol like Tea, Coffee, and Juice)
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast & Dinner (As per the hotel food policy)
  • MAP Meal Plan 11 Breakfasts + 11 Dinners.
  • Entire tour from Ex Manaliby 05 Bike/ 07 Bikes 350 CC with a back up Jeep (Bolero Camper).
  • Pick up from Manali and drop at Leh Airport.
  • All Sight Seeing, Local Sightseeing, Khardungla Pass, Pangong Lake by Motor Bikes as per the itinerary,
  • Individual Bike for all participants.
  • Inclusive Of all the applicable taxes (Parking, Toll Tax, Green Tax, Hotel Luxury Tax, Hotel Service tax, Fuel Charges, Parking, Driver allowance and Driver Exp).
  • Except Govt. Service Tax
Note: A.C will not working in Leh

Package Exclusions

  • Govt. Service Tax 9%.
  • Fules for Bikes/Gypsey.
  • Innerline permits/ any other monument charges.
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Any type of Local Transportation excluding the provided sightseeing as per the itinerary and any kind of local expense during stay in hotel
  • Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as Volvo Baggage handling, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Any other item not specified in ‘cost includes’.
  • High Season / Festive Season Supplements Applied by Hotels From Time to Time
  • Porter age, laundry, wines & alcoholic beverages, mineral water (unless specified), telephone charges, shopping, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming the part of the group menus.
  • Cost of Insurance for any extra stay pre/post tour.
  • Any extra expenses incurred for changing the route due to any unforeseen circumstances, forced majeure instances, natural calamities, like heavy snow fall, land slide, political disturbances, strikes etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
  • If any activity/sightseeing done twice
  • Any add-on sightseeing/activities along with transfers if done other than mentioned in the tour program.
  • Fur coats/Jackets to visit snow point or any special attire required to visit any particular sightseeing place.
  • Any up-gradation in the room category or airline class
  • Extra water bottle charges
  • Medicines required if any
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in ‘Your Tour Price Includes Column
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