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Monastery bell
Eco kitchen

11 days Backpacker’s road trip | Kinnaur & Spiti Valley

from 22,000.00

15th to 25th Nov’ 18

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All about the 11 days Backpacker’s road trip | Kinnaur & Spiti Valley.

We first backpacked to Kinnaur & Spiti Valley way back in 2011 in the month of May. Back then winter chill used to last a lot longer as compared to what it is now. Kinnaur Valley is the gateway to Spiti Valley all year round and is home to villages which grow the best Apples in all of Himachal Pradesh. With a night stay in the villages of Kalpa, Chitkul (the last village), Rakkcham (the nomadic village) in Sangla Valley. The journey moves on to the Spititan Villages of Tabo, Kaza, Dhankar, Langza, Komik and ends with a night stay in Nako.

While on a road trip to Spiti Valley with us you’ll never spend a night in the same village more than once and each village and place will leave you wanting more. From the lama Mummy in the village of Gue to the fossil village of Langza and the maze village of Nako this is a trip which will leave you with not just memories of a life time but and start a change in the way you live life back in the city.

If your looking for something life changing then this is the trip for you.

Stress free Payment:

– Pay 50% to book your seat.

– Pay balance amount 7-10 days before the trip start.

For more information please contact us on the phone numbers mentioned below:

TLOW Office 1+91 8454961928
TLOW Office 2: +91 9004594935
or mail us at info@tlow.in.

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Must Have:

  • Valid Photo id proof with address – 5 copies. (No Pan card)
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • Powerbank
  • Backpack. (Must Have)
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this Blueprint?Items that are included in the cost of Blueprint price.
  • Accommodation (3 to 6 in a room)
  • Travel
  • Entry Fee
  • Permits
Whats not included in this Blueprint.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Food
  • Travel to New Delhi
  1. Day 1 New Delhi

    – Board a Tata AC HRTC bus from ISBT New Delhi to Rampur at 19:00 HRS.

  2. Day 2 Rampur

    – Reach Rampur by 09:00 HRS and check into our guest house.

    – Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the banks of the River Sutlej.

  3. Day 3 Chitkul

    – Post breakfast, leave for the border village of Chitkul. (118 km = 4.5 Hrs)

    – En-route explore the nomadic village of Rakcham.

    – Visit the village temple and spend the rest of the day interacting with the friendly locals.

    – Reach Chitkul around tea time and check into a guest house. (No Network Coverage)

    – Spend rest of the day wandering through the village lanes and chill by the River Baspa.

  4. Day 4 Kalpa

    – Post breakfast, leave for the town of Kalpa. (62km= 3 Hrs)

    – Reach Kalpa by 14:00 HRS and check into a guest house.

    – Spend the rest of the day exploring the town and the temples.

  5. Day 5 Tabo

    – Early morning start for the village of Tabo, to start off the road trip to Spiti Valley. (149 km = 4.5 hrs)

    – Reach the village of Tabo by lunch time and check into our guest house.

    – Post tea, hike to the meditation caves, wander through the arid village of Tabo.

  6. Day 6 Dhankar

    – Post breakfast, visit the 1000 year old Tabo Monastery.

    – At 10:00 HRS leave for the clif village of Dhankar. (32km drive)

    – Reach Dhankar and check into guest house.

    – Visit the cliff monastery and the Dhankar.

    – Hike to the breathtaking Dhankar Lake. (3km hike)

  7. Day 7 Langza

    – After breakfast, leave for the village of Komik. (Highest village in the world) 22km drive

    – Visit the village and the monastery of Komik.

    – En route visit the village of Hikkim. (Highest post office in the world)

    – Spend a night in our humble Spitian home stay in the fossil village Langza.

  8. Day 8 Kaza

    – After breakfast, leave for the hill monastery Key Gompa.

    – Drive from Key Monastery to the village of Kibber.

    – Post lunch, leave for the town of Kaza 19km drive.

    – Check into a guest house and visit the local bazaar.

  9. Day 9 Nako

    – Post breakfast, leave for the tiny village of Nako. (129km = 4.5 hrs)

    – Reach Nako by 11:00 HRS and check into our guest house.

    – Visit the beautiful village of Nako, lake and monastery.

    – Spend rest of the day at leisure

  10. Day 10 Rampur

    – Leave by 06:30 HRS for the town of Rampur.

    – Reach Rampur by 12:00 HRS.

    – Board a TATA Ac HRTC night bus from Rampur to ISBT New Delhi at 17:00 HRS.

  11. Day 11 New Delhi

    – Reach ISBT New Delhi by 08:00 HRS.

Chilling by Dhankar Lake
Kids playing on a doney
Tabo Monastery complex
Essentials Pack

For a minimum of one week to a maximum of three week stay or more to the highest mountain range in the world—the Himalayas, here are a few must haves.

Travelling gear:

  • A rucksack of a minimum 60L.(mandatory{No other kind of bag will be allowed on the trip}
  • A day pack to move around with ease.(must have)
  • A camera with a minimum of 8GB, a spare battery s good to carry along.(optional)
  • Sleeping bag. (If camping is in the blueprint)
  • Carrying a one liter water bottle along is a great thing for every person who hits the road in the Himalayas.(must have)
  • A backpack rain cover.(optional)
  • Hiking Pole. (optional)

Clothing:

  • One cotton long sleeves and two short sleeve T-shirts or shirts. Avoid carrying new T-shirts as clothes get faded easily there.
  • Two short pants and two long pants. Cargo pants are favorable due to multiple pockets and their quick dry quality. Please avoid carrying jeans.
  • Four sets of undergarments and three sets of socks. Please avoid white socks.
  • One thick sweatshirt.(must have)
  • Gloves are optional and can be purchased there as well in case the need arises.(optional)
  • UV protected sun glares. (must have)
  • Cap
  • A half towel is preferred to a full size one as it saves on space in the bag pack.
  • A pair of shoes that are comfortable and have a good grip. Anklets are preferable.(must have)
  • Slippers or flip-flops.(must have)
  • Rain sheet.(can be purchased on the trip)

Personal:

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap bars, shampoo sachets or small bottles of shampoo.
  • Toilet roll.(must have)
  • Paper soap, hand sanitizer, detergent soap sachets.
  • Sun screen with a minimum of 40 SPF, lip balm and cold cream should be carried along.(must have)
  • Body sprays are also good, but glass bottled perfumes are better kept at home.
  • Two thin bed-sheets.(must have)

Accessories:

  • Power board to charge multiple gadgets is a must as most lodging and boarding places have only one plug point.(must have)
  • A 3 meter nylon rope proves to be very handy as it can be used to dry clothes and to tie things along the way.(optional)
  • A LED torch and a box of candles along with a lighter is a safe carry along choice as the lights tend to go out rather often in the Himalayas.(must have)
  • Ten garbage bags to carry dirty clothes while travelling is good to have. These also help to junk the trash and keep the natural setting clean and green.(must have)
  • A small knife while on the road is a safety measure that is advised.(optional)
  • 10,000mah power bank. (Must have)

Medical:

  • Glucose powder.(must have)
  • Tablets for headaches, diarrhea, motion and altitude sickness.
  • Bandage.
  • Cotton.
  • Aspirin.
  • Medication for rashes.
  • Carrying at least 20 cold and throat relief lozenges proves to be a boon on the trip.(must have)
  • Sprain relief plasters.
  • Any personal medication that you have been advised by your doctor.(must have)

In Himachal Pradesh of North India.

Yes, Kinnaur and Spiti are an extremely safe region of Himachal Pradesh.

The issues with China are an ongoing thing which is at the border where travellers are not allowed to go to. It’s the media who creates a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Kinnaur but not in Spiti Valley. BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone postpaid connection work in Kinnaur Valley up to Poh, BSNL and Airtel are the best.  Only BSNL postpaid connections works in Spiti Valley.

As of October 2017, Kinnaur and Spiti Valley had only edge and edge plus (2G) in Tabo, Dhankar and Kaza. So basically, WhatsApp works. BSNL has the best and is the only data provider in Spiti Valley

Only BSNL has cellular connection near Chandartal.

The trip starts at ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi bus station.

Around 60 minutes prior to the departure of the bus is a good time to reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

-From the airport take a direct AC bus which leaves every 30 minutes. Good options if you want to avoid the metro rush.
-Take a shuttle bus to the airport metro and then an express metro to New Delhi and finally take the yellow line to Kashmiri Gate.  (Fastest way to reach ISBT)

Our tlow representative will meet you at either Rampur or Tirtan Valley based on the start point of the trip.

You won’t be alone, you’ll be with the rest of the group and our WhatsApp group which is made 36-40 hours before the start of the trip will be used as the platform to co-ordinate.

We will be using home stays and guest houses all along the trip.

Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.

Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.

Every guest house and home stay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.

It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.

Since this is a backpacking trip, we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in Spiti Valley.

Not needed.  Every place we stay at will have either a cafe or a Spitian family who will cook for us.

In every town and village you’ll get a variety of food options from pastas and to pizzas to choose from. There will also be home cooked meals in remote villages which the locals will prepare.

Yes, you can cook in our home stays. Provided you make the time.

Yes, you can cook in our home stays. Provided you make the time.

The only way to avoid altitude sickness is to rest well, keep yourself hydrated and have plenty of water.

 

Consulting your local physician is the best for motion sickness.

 

The oxygen is indeed very thin in Spiti Valley but if you remember to keep yourself hydrated with small sips of water, it should not bother you.

Yes, every town and village of Spiti Valley has a health center.

Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travelers who enroll.

 

If no one talks to you, don’t worry our tlow team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.

 

While in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley we will be using a combination of HRTC volo buses and a tempo  traveller (14 seater mini bus).

 

HRTC Volvo bus.

 

A 14 seater Tempo traveller.

 

HRTC Volvo bus.

 

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