For years we city folks have been celebrating the beginning of each new year with the same kind of parties, same crowds and same music. What if we told you, you had the chance to turn it all around and welcome the new year as we sip on homemade local wine, listen to live folk performances surrounded by strangers who will soon become family?
With snow as deep as your knees and the temperatures dropping well below 0 even during the day, Spiti is at its adventurous best during winters. Where no vegetation grows, and the valleys are flanked by tall, naked and barren mountains with snow-capped peaks, where very few vehicles make it because there are no roads, just rubble and boulders, where there is raw beauty wherever you look, this remote valley is a true gem of India, making it the most perfect destination to celebrate the coming of a new year!
Not for the fainthearted, come join us for an epic adventure in sub-zero temperatures as we close the chapter of 2019 and begin a new one called 2020 while having unforgettable experiences and making new memories across this magnificently barren yet equally enchanting land called Spiti!
Be it close proximity to nature, spirituality, peace, adventure or just a few days off with friends and family, this beautiful land of Spiti has it all!
Highlights of the Trip-
Visit age-old temples.
Explore monasteries literally hanging from cliffs.
Experience Upper Himalayas.
Experience a raw and rugged winter.
Send a postcard from the highest post office in the world.
Explore beautiful rustic lands of Kinnaur.
Live Music Performances.
Interaction with Monks.
Local Food & Drinks.
Stargazing & Bonfire.
This is a limited batch Trip, an all-inclusive trip from Shimla to Shimla. If interested do block your seat ASAP! Let’s create magic this New Year Eve!
Spiti Valley Road Trip Map
DAY 1 (28 December)Shimla- Kufri – Kalpa– This epic Road Trip will start from ISBT Shimla (8 am) in a comfortable Tempo Traveller. Our first stop is the enchanting village of Kalpa, home to the mighty Kinner Kailash Range. via mesmerizing places like Kufri, Theog, Fagu, Narkanda and Rampur. Kalpa is one of the biggest and most beautiful villages in Kinnaur district. It is very famous for its production of high-quality apples, and pinus gerardiana, also known as chilgoza. Kalpa also offers spectacular view early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peak and paints the sky with crimson and golden light.
DAY 2 (29 December) Kalpa – Nako – Kaza– We start our morning going around exploring parts of Kalpa and Reckong Peo to enjoy the stunning views of the Kinnaur – Kailash mountains, visit the sacred temples, monasteries and get an insight into the local way of living. From here, we depart for Nako while crossing the treacherous Malling stream. At Nako, the most picturesque hamlet of Kinnaur, we visit the Nako Lake and the Buddhist temple which is known for its foot like impressions ascribed to the Saint Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. We also make a stop at the ancient Nako monastery which dates back to the 11th century. The monasteries at Nako contain a large number of scriptures and pieces of art, wall paintings and stucco. From Nako, we now enter the vast Spiti Valley, while crossing the check post at Sumdo. Our first stop in Spiti is at the village Giu, located 17 kilometres from Sumdo. Giu village is known for its 500 years old mysterious mummy which still has its teeth and hair intact. After visiting the temple where this mummy is still preserved, we then move on to explore the oldest monastery in the world, the Tabo Monastery, which is also the favourite of the Dalai Lama. From Tabo, we drive ahead to Kaza, the administrative capital of Spiti District.
Day 3 (30 December) Kaza– This day at Kaza is a chilled out and relaxed day where we go on short hikes around the town to acclimatize to the weather conditions here as well as learn about the traditional Spitian culture. We also explore the town of Kaza known for its vibrant markets, quaint cafes and a beautiful monastery.
DAY 4 (31 December) Kaza- Hikkim-Komic- Langza- Kaza– This day we explore some of the highest inhabited regions of the world. We first visit Hikkim, home of the highest post office in the world. From Hikkim, we proceed to Komic. Komic – which literally translates to ‘eye of a snow cock’. Komic is the highest motorable village in the world at a height of 4,587 meters! After spending some time taking in the beauty of this enchanting village, we head towards the fossil village of Langza, situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters. Once at Langza we can stroll around and visit the ancient Lang which is a 1000 years old temple and spot the marine fossils found here in the sedimentary rocks along with a huge Buddha statue flanked by the mighty Chau Chau Kang Nilda Peak. After a day packed with adventure and exploration, we drive back to Kaza and prepare for the midnight celebrations to mark the end of another chapter, and the beginning of another- welcoming the new year 2020! In collaboration with Moustache Hostel and Grease Moto Club, you are sure to have the best new year you have ever witnessed with a bonfire, live musical performances, in-house DJ and wholesome food to suit this celebration!
DAY 5 (1 January) Kaza- Key- Kibber- Chicham Bridge – Ladarcha- Kaza– At Kaza, we wake up bright to the sun shining above us and head for our adventures after breakfast. This day we head to Key, known for its magnificent Key Monastery situated at the foot of steep ridges, it is also the Biggest Gelugpa Sect Monastery in Spiti. This monastery is also known to have a training centre for the Lamas. Overlooking the Spiti River, looking down at the valley from any spot of this upland country is a great sight. Spending some time in the peace and quiet of this monastery can really be a soulful experience, something to remember for a lifetime. We then proceed to visit the famous Chicham Bridge, the highest bridge in Asia and hear stories about the ancient method of using pulley trolleys. Our last stop for the day is the high, remote and offbeat village of Ladarcha situated at a whopping 4,800 meters above sea level! We will return back to Kaza for night stay.
DAY 6 (2 January) Kaza-Sangla/Kalpa– From Kaza, begin our journey home and head back to Kalpa or Sangla (according to road conditions) to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva by the Kinner Kailash Peak for the start of the new year.
DAY 7 (3 January) Kalpa/Sangla- Shimla– At the final leg of our journey, we finally make way back to Shimla with a warm heart full of happy memories.
Buffer Day– It is important to have an extra day as any bad weather condition or landslides may delay your journey. In case another day is utilized, you need to pay ₹ 2000 for buffer day expenses.
Accommodation in Homestay/Moustache Hostel.
Transportation from Shimla to Shimla in Innova or Tempo Traveller.
MAP meal plan (6 Breakfast and 6 Dinner).
Experienced Tour Leader.
First-Aid Kit/ Oxygen Cylinder.
Expenses of personal nature
Expenses raised due to any road blockage or natural calamity
Travellers are reminded that there is a 15 kg limit on personal luggage for all trips.
Cameras, whether video or film, needed to be protected against the severe cold either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep your camera in your backpack at higher elevations.
No insurance is provided during the trip of any kind.
When you travel, please never litter.
Remember – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. So, keep the mountains clean and green.
Aspirins and Paracetamols are highly recommended for headaches and because they also thin the blood that will help improving circulation & oxygen delivery to the body. Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
Personal expense of any kind will not be entertained.
What should I wear/carry in Spiti Valley?
Inner Thermals (must-have)
A fleece jacket or windcheater jacket or windproof jacket to prevent the winds (must have)
A good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack with plastic or waterproof lining.
Heavy woollens 2-3 sets – Sweatshirts, pullovers, warm hoodie.
Carry a cap and Sunscreen Lotion to protect yourself from direct sunlight as it is too harsh in this region to protect yourself from UV rays.
Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the hard sun.
Hand gloves must-have in the months of October to June.
Wollen Cap (must-have)
Good Insulated Shoes!
Spare contact lenses or glasses.
Towel especially lightweight quick-dry type.
Reading materials, Games, Cards. (Optional)
Identification proof like Passport, Driving license, Aadhar card etc.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation of booking of tour 31 days or more before the date of Departure will result in a 20% deduction in the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 21-30 days before the date of Departure will result in 40% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 11-20 days before the date of Departure will result in 60% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 6-10 days before the date of Departure will result in 80% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 1-5 days before the date of Departure will result in a 100% deduction of the cost of the tour.