Day 1: Shimla
Arrive at Shimla in the morning and spend your day at leisure in one of the most popular hill stations of India.
Day 2: Shimla – Kalpa
Today we start our Spiti adventure as we head to our first stop, Kalpa in Kinnaur Valley. Kalpa is a town with a history of ancient temples. The view from Kalpa is beautiful with an observer getting the feeling that he is sitting in the lap of the mountains with the entire range of peaks being visible. Also visible from this place is a majestic view of the sacred Shivling rock on the Kailash Mountain that changes its color at different points in the day.
Day 3: Kalpa – Nako
Today we leave Kalpa to the village of Nako. Nako is a tiny village area in Spiti Valley. The area is known for its lake, Nako Lake that forms part of the border of the village. Nako Monastery is located in the village as well as several other Buddhist temples. It is a little visited but a rewarding destination none the less.
Day 4: Nako – Tabo
Today we leave Nako after a relaxing time in Kinnaur Valley to head to our first spot in Spiti, Tabo. Tabo Village houses the oldest monastery in Spiti, established more than 1000 years ago and is world famous for it’s collection of murals, statues and painting which are as ancient as the monastery itself.
Day 5: Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza
Today we leave Tabo after a good night sleep for Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti. . On the way, visit Dhankar Monastery, the bulwark of ancient Buddhist architecture and the Old Fort that sheltered the ingenious population thorough out history. The lunar landscape of Dhankar and the vista of the confluence of the rivers Spiti and Sutlej will leave anyone mesmerized. After an enlightening experience in Dhankar, we continue to Kaza. Spend your evening in Kaza shopping for supplies and visting the market.
Day 6: Kaza
Relax in Kaza and spend your day acclimatizing before we start round 2 of our great Spiti adventure. Visit the markets or bask by the magnificent river bank.
Day 7: Kaza – Kibber
Today we leave Kaza to go to the nearby high altitude village of Kibber. Kibber village is surrounded by high rise peaks and gorges and is a spectacle of natural beauty. Spend your time at leisure in the village, interacting with locals, watching large hordes of mountain cattle like Ibex, Blue Sheep (Bharals), Yaks and strolling around the mountains. Kibber is also known to be a prime snow leopard territory.
Day 8: Kibber – Tashigang
Today we leave Kibber to go to our campsite at Tashingang. The campsite is located on a green meadow with a breath taking view of Mt Kanamo (20,000 ft) and the CC Kane peaks (20,000 ft +) and is also known to be HH Dalai Lamas favourite outdoor spot in his youth. Spend the evening hiking to a 5,000 year old meditation cave located nearby.
Day 9: Tashigang
After an enthralling camping experience, we go to the village of Tashigang to stay with the locals. Experience the native life of Spiti here and learn about the culture.
Day 10: Tashigang – Kibber
After 2 days in Tashigang, today we go back to Kibber. Spend your evening going for a hike to the gorge or the Jhula, a mountain ropeway for a high adrenaline experience or simply relax in the hotel at ease.
Day 11: Kibber – Ki – Kaza
Today we leave Kibber to go back to Kaza, visiting Ki Monastery on the way. Ki, constructed on a hill overlooking the Spiti river, is an institution by itself and the largest in the valley. Founded in the 11th century, it is a religious training centre and houses several lamas in its quarters. Ki Monastery also doubled as a fortress which survived several invasions by civilisations of antiquity. Spend night in Kaza.
Day 12: Kaza – Hikkim – Langza – Komic – Kaza
Today leave Kaza to go visit the nearby attractions at Hikkim, Langza, and Komic. Langza is famous as a rich fossil Park. Hikkim houses the highest post office in the world and Komic is the highest motor able village in the world and also houses a monastery.
Day 13: Kaza – Chandratal
Today we leave Kaza to go to the last spot of our great Spiti adventure. Chandratal lake is a high altitude lake and is world famous for it’s beauty. Camp by the vast meadows on the banks of te lake. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers. The picturesque lake is one of two high-altitude wetlands of India, which have been designated as Ramsar sites.
Day 14: Chandratal – Manali
Today we leave Chandratal after a magnificent camping experience to go back to Manali for the last day of our Great Himalayan Escape.
Day 15: Manali
Bid adieu and head back home with cherished memories after an enthralling journey with Tipping Trails.