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Winter Spiti Roadtrip – The Ultimate Adventure In The Himalayas

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This winter, shed all your fears and set out for the most amazing road trip of your life! Well, yeah – no kidding, but the Winter Spiti Roadtrip is surely not a joke! You gotta have some courage to put on your warmest clothes and hit the trails that are covered in thick snow, spend days in quaint valleys, stay disconnected from the rest of the world and listen to your own heartbeats (at times!). If all of it is already giving you goosebumps, then Plan The Unplanned, in association with Wild Himalayan Glamping Camp, is all set to take you for the trip of your life! The winter adds to Spiti an added dose of mysticism. The pristine white landscape forms a mantle of purity that leaves you with a blank canvas and challenges you to absorb what lies beneath.

White Spiti is not only mesmerizing but a different “trip” altogether. We call out all nature, adventure, travel and photography enthusiasts to experience the unexplored and hidden Spiti culture this winter. Drive through the rolling snow-covered Spiti with us and witness the beauty and the struggle to survive it!

Join us on this inward journey, as we feel & explore nature at its harshest and yet its finest, this winter!

Trip Highlights:

  1. An epic road trip awaits you..! Hit the road with the most experienced drivers and gears who will rip the black ice on the roads apart!
  2. Camping amidst snowy Apple orchards with an inhouse bonfire and amazing food!
  3. You will be a part of making and stocking the local cuisines and wines made especially for winter – the ultimate survival time..!
  4. An evening spent with Traditional dance performance by local kids & ladies of Spiti.
  5. Retracing the Snow Leopard Trail – You will be driving along the Ghost Trail and this season provides a high chance of sighting the big cats!
  6. Best Homestay experience ever! – witness and experience the epic hospitality at such harsh conditions!
  7. Visit the gorgeous monasteries of the Valley, including Key Monastery and soak in the authentic vibes of the land.
  8. Meet some incredible people on the way – and who knows? You might just end up meeting your best travel partner!
  9. Last but not least – Travel like a local! Your hosts are young, nature responsive adventurers and explorers, living in the Himalayas and living it to the fullest! Experience Spiti through their eyes and create memories!

Note: Just in case you are a group of 5 or more, we can offer you customized trips on your preferable dates. For more details, contact us!

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Trip Details

  • Start & End PointStart Point: Narkanda, End Point: Shimla
  • Duration 6 Nights/7 Days

Price

  • Travel from Shimla to Shimla in a 4×4 Vehicle – ₹ 23,999 ( Early Bird) for first 4 Tickets
  • Self-Drive- ₹ 18,999/-

All the prices above are exclusive of 5% GST

Price after first 4 tickets shall be Rs 25,999

Price Inclusions

  • All stay - Hostel/ Guesthouses/ Camps
  • All Transport from Shimla to Shjmla by 4x4 Vehicle
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner on all days
  • Tolls, Highway Charges, Parking, Driver allowance and Fuel
  • Outdoor Leader and Guide
  • Basic and Advanced winter gears

Price Exclusions

  • Any Air/ Train / bus fare which has not been mentioned.
  • Any personal shopping of any type.
  • Any other meals / snacks during the journey etc which have not been mentioned above.
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Anything which has not been included above.

Things to Carry

BASICS GEAR:

  • Sleeping bag (-15-20 Degrees) ( Optional only recommended for personal hygiene )
  • Head torch
  • Thermos flask
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof, high ankle preferably)

CLOTHING:

  • Fleece jackets
  • woolen sweater
  • Down feather/Hollofil jacket
  • Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)     1 Pair
  • Thermal inners (upper and lower)        2 Pair
  • Muffler/scarf/bandanna (to protect neck, ears and head)
  • Trek pants (avoid shorts, denims, capris)
  • Woollen socks (3 pairs)
  • Poncho
  • Sun cap (one that covers the neck as well)
  • Woolen cap   
  • Fleece/woollen gloves

PERSONAL UTILITIES:

  • Identity proof
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moisturiser
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Washbag
  • Extra camera batteries, Powerbank

Winter Spiti Roadtrip – 7 day itinerary

Day 1 –  NARKANDA

Located at an altitude of 2760 m, Narkanda is a fairly unexplored region. The clouds run through the pine trees and let the apple orchards be. Its virginity intrigued us and hence we have introduced a camping experience amidst apple orchards exclusively for you!

  • Once you arrive in Narkanda, you will be transferred to your camping site and meet your hosts for the trip.
  • The evening will be lit with in house bonfire and interaction with co-travelers.

Overnight stay at Narkanda

 

DAY 02 - KALPA

| 162 km | 8-10 hrs| 2960mts |

The most beautiful part about this settlement is to observe how magically the Buddhist and Hindu worshiping complexes were fused together architecturally and in belief as well. One can see the entire Kinnaur Kailash mountain range in the background of the town. The streets are studded with Kinnauri apples, apricots, and amazing warm people. 

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kinnaur valley. Kinnaur is the Tribal District of Himachal with all modern facilities

On arrival at Kalpa, check into your warm rooms facing the mystic snow-laden Kinnaur Kailash mountains.

Overnight stay at Kalpa.

DAY 03 - TABO - AJANTA OF HIMALAYAS VIA NAKO

|150kms|08 – 10hrs| 3050mts|

Founded in the 996 AD, the Tabo Gompa is the Oldest and Largest Monastery in the Spiti Valley. The monastery also is known as the “Ajanta and Elora of Himalaya”. Tabo village is one of the finest settlements in the Spiti valley.

After an early breakfast, we’ll head out to visit Kalpa Buddhist and Hindu temple complex. Walk around the breezy terraces overlooking the town and watch the drama in the narrow streets. We will further drive towards Spiti Valley via Roghi Cliff and Roghi village in Kalpa. We shall chain up our tires at “Tinku Glacier’. After crossing Khab Bridge (A gateway to Spiti Valley) we will get a thin layer of snow on the road.

If time permits, we’ll visit the Frozen lake of Nako in the evening.

Overnight stay at Nako.

 

DAY 04 - KAZA - THE ULTIMATE HIMALAYAN TOWN

| 50 km | 04-06 hours | 3800 Mts |

Kaza or Kaja as the locals say is the headquarters of Spiti Valley. The city is well developed with almost all infrastructural facilities, amidst dry cold deserts. Kaza has a lot to offer in terms of culture and belief, besides the shopping arcade, Cafés and eating joints.

Early morning, gear up with your cameras to visit the Oldest Monastery of Spiti Valley. Experience the feel of Buddhist prayer an early chili morning at Tabo. After breakfast depart for Kaza – the biggest settlement of Spiti.

The evening is all yours, to explore Kaza like never before!

Overnight at Kaza.

DAY 05 - HAMLETS OF SPITI - LANGZA, HIKKIM, KOMIC, KEY, AND KIBBER

| 66 km | 07-09 hrs | 4205mts |

Beyond Kaza, the landscape is studded with some small settlements at a God forbidden altitude. These places still bear a post office, a police station, school, primary health department, and a bus stand, functioning similarly like that in your city. This area has been declared as a fossil spotting site, taking one back to the history of medieval times. These clusters are spread along the contours, with dwarfed mud structures made from the context itself. The first sight of these settlements from far away leaves a person speechless, and then a storyteller! These roads are sometimes visited by the big cats also known as the Himalayan Ghosts and Snow Leopards!

Overnight at Kibber.

Day 6 – RAMPUR

|282kms | 8-10 hrs | 1021mts |

“Rampur Bushahr” Once used to be the Princely state which was among the largest of the twenty-eight Shimla hill states under the administration of the British Raj. The town is situated on the left bank of the Sutlej River. Rampur being connected to the major trading routes that joined Indian markets with central Asia and Tibet the town was the hub for trading. After breakfast warm up your vehicle for a long snow drive. A complete day to feel the adventure of snow drive. Photography on the way and experience of fresh snowfall.

Overnight stay at Rampur

 

DAY 07 - HEAD BACK TO NARKANDA

| 126kms | 04-06 hrs|

After breakfast, we will head back to Shimla. It’s gonna be a joyful ride and you can enjoy the last few hours with your fellow travelers!

How to Reach Narkanda?

The nearest big town is in Shimla, which is around 60 km away from Narkanda. However, Shimla has narrow gauge railway and only toy train from Kalka comes to Shimla, though the route itself is stunning and also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shimla Airport has frequent flights from some major cities in North India. The nearest major railway station is in Kalka which is around 160 km from here. One can take a bus or a cab from Kalka or Shimla to reach here. The nearest major airport is in Chandigarh which is around 190 km. Cabs and buses are also available from Chandigarh to Narkanda.

By Flight:

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Airport (IXC) – 91 km from Narkanda

By Road:

There are frequent bus services to Narkanda from all major cities and towns in North India. It lies on the National Highway connecting Shimla to Kinnaur so there is no shortage of buses connecting Narkanda to Shimla. It is just 60 km away and is a two-hour drive.

By Train:

The closest broad gauge railway station to Narkanda is located in Kalka, almost 125 km away. You can opt for the famous toy train on the Kalka-Shimla route to reach Narkanda

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Min number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5. Plan The Unplanned would be not responsible for any flight cancellation charges/any other cost.
  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
  • The itinerary is subject to change according to climatic and weather conditions during the trip. During any natural calamity or detour, we request you to follow the advice of Outdoor leader and experienced local guides and co-operate as regards any situations. Any cost or exchange of cash will be discussed as per situation
  • At Plan The Unplanned, we expect people to be travelers and not be tourists. We expect everyone to be flexible and expect the minimum. We do our best in providing the best we can for a better experience
  • For self-drive carry your own snow chains and anti-freeze for Diesel
  • Only BSNL sim works. Internet is patchy and not reliable
  • Booking Amount of RS 10,000 is a non-refundable balance amount to be paid 25 days before the date of the event.
  • Refrain from buying plastic water bottles and start the use of your own bottles which can be refilled at every stay or a breakpoint.
  • As most destinations in the itinerary are remote and isolated, the food options available to you (especially veg options) will be limited to the very basics. We expect your understanding regarding the same.
  • Personal expenses are to be borne by you.

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