Spiti Road Trip from Shimla
This road trip to Spiti via Shimla is an excellent way to explore Spiti in one week. It covers most major attractions of the region in relative comfort and in less time. For this tour, we enter Spiti via Shimla Dhankar route which is more reliable and accessible compared to Manali Gramphu route. The average duration of this tour is 7 days which can be adjusted according to needs of the guests,
Day 1: Shimla – Sarahan – Reckong Peo
The journey will begin from Shimla as we driver towards Kinnaur after breakfast. Pickup can also be done from CHandigarh is needed, but it should happen early morning. Depending upon road conditions and traffic, we’ll reach Reckong Peo by early evening and stretch our legs by taking a walk in the local village and surrounding areas.
Day 2: Reckong Peo – Nako – Tabo
Foreigner tourists need to get a permit from Reckong Peo to proceed further which takes just a few minutes. After this we’ll stop at Nako village for lunch and vtrek to the lake for sightseeing and rest. After this we’ll get back in our car and drive towards Tabo where we’ll enjoy the sights before calling it a day.
Day 3: Tabo – Dhankar
First half of the day will be dedicated to visiting Tabo monastery and nearby caves which were and still are used for deep meditation by Buddhist monks. These caves are being used for this purpose for centuries and have a very peaceful and spiritual aura about them. After an early lunch, w’ll drive towards Dhankar which was the capital of ancient kings of Spiti. We’ll see remnants of the ancient fort and Dhankar monastery. If there’s enough time, we’ll drive to Lalung to see it’s famous “Three Cornered Buddha” statue. The monastery has a lot of history and legends associated with it and is one of the major holy places of residents of the Spiti.
Day 4: Dhankar – Ki – Kibber
The day will begin with a walk to picturesque Dhankar lake and bird spotting in the vicinity. Depending upon weather conditions and luck, one can see numerous rare migratory and local birds and wild animals. Later, we’ll drive towards Kibber via Ki village to visit the famous Ki monastery situated on mountain top. Later we’ll drive to Kibber, the largest village in the region. The nearby wilderness is a great place for spotting rare wildlife of Spiti.
Day 5: Kibber – Kaza
Next morning we’ll drive to Kaza after breakfast , the largest town of district and spend the day enjoying the sights of the town via urban exploration. As one moves along the Kaza mounatin side, spectacular views of the silvery waters of Spiti river on valley floor. The route leads to high altitude Shilla valley where local herders graze their livestock. There is an option of spending some time volunteering with locals.
Day 6: Kaza – Kalpa
We’ll leave Kaza next morning to reach Kalpa village which is famous for it’s apple orchards. The orchards, vegetable fields and grazing grounds form a very picturesque setting for a picnic lunch and photography. You can observe or help the local villagers with their daily day to day tasks in the fields if you wish. We’ll enjoy a local Spitian dinner there.
Day 7: Kalpa – Sarahan – Shimla
This will be the day to end the tour as we drive back to Shimla via Sarhan. At Sarhan we’ll stop for a while to enjoy the famous dumplings (momos) and savour the views and memories of Spiti valley that we just left behind. We’ll reach Shimla by evening .
- TRANSPORT : In a private car or SUV with driver.
- ACCOMMODATION: In hotels, guest houses and campsites.
- ACTIVITIES: Camping, Trekking, Bird watching, Jungle safari, Cultural activities,
- PHYSICAL LEVEL: Any one. Almost anyone can do it without any problem
- DURATION: 11 Days
- FOOD: Breakfast on all days.
- COST: INR 36000 ( US $ 600 ) onward 1 US $ = INR 60