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Lahaul | Spiti: The Middle Land

For those who have done Ladakh and are looking for a far more intense challenge in the mountains , Spiti will make the cut for you. The trip is designed around exploring this magical land of Lahaul Spiti: village walks, monastery trails, bicycle days and slowly soaking in the culture and feel of this magical land. One of the lesser explored destinations, it is a must do for every discerning traveler. Harsh, tough, unforgiving and yet mesmerisingly beautiful-Spiti is more of a journey within yourselves, many of our travelers said.

Reach us at:  info@theblueberrytrails.com/8080122441 for customised Spiti trip package.

 

 

Customise your trip

For those of you who are looking to getaway from the big city and want to do so with your friends or family, we could Customised Getaways just for you! Weekenders and Longer Getaways alike. Your stays, meals, experiences and travel are aspects that we look into while designing your trip. You can choose your options from below and design an awesome adventure for yourself. Your travel plans, your way with your group of adventurers.

Stay and Experiences (INR 28000)
Meals (INR 2000)
Activities
(INR 2000)
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Highlights of the trip:

  • Exploring the highest village in Asia, Komic, situated at 14800ft above sea level. The Komic monastery there is perched atop a hill. Also going for village photo walks and spending the entire day there.
  • Spending a day (and a night) at the mesmerizing Chandertal Lake. Located at 14100ft, its name of the ‘lake of the moon’ is due to its crescent shape. A 45 minute trek will take us there.
  • Camping in the beautiful village of Jispa. Alpine slopes surround you and the Bhaga river flows nearby in all its fury. Spend a day exploring the greens. A picnic on the banks of the Bhaga river.
  • Visiting Tabo monastery the oldest monastery in India. Discover the ancient paintings of the Indo-Tibetean art form.
  •  Adventures galore. Right from Going past Rohtang, Kunzum Pass-to touring Lakes and villages above 12000feet above level. Go bicycling in Kaza and head out on a short trek to Chandertal. A picnic on the banks of the river and many explorations on foot.
  • Exploring the cafes of old Manali- Coffee, food and new people you meet at these cafes. The vibrance of this old town is a far cry from the chaotic touristy town below. A day to enjoy the beauty of old Manali, Hidimba temple and many sights around you to bedazzle you!
  • Like minded travelers to share the journey with along with a Blueberry Trails trip coordinator.
     

Day 1: Chandigarh to Manali (9 hours)

The journey starts from Chandigarh airport at 12pm. We make our way to Manali, en route stopping at a typical Punjabi Dhaba for lunch. We reach Manali by 9pm and settle into our hotel for the night.

Stay: Inn/Guesthouse in Old Manali

Meals: None

Day 2: Manali

This day is kept to explore and enjoy old Manali. Small walks to beautiful view points where you are the only one staring at the gushing Beas, great cafes and eateries and getting a feel of this vibrant town-a favorite of backpackers. Go zip lining over the Beas, or walk around the old town.

Experiences: Local café, Old Manali Market, Manu Temple, Solace Chai with the best view
Stay: Inn/Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Manali to Kaza (10-12 hours)

This day head out into the heart of the Spiti Valley to Kaza. Relax at the stay after the long drive at your charming hotel. This beautiful hotel looks like a large Himalayan home, and its uniqueness lies in its location, which is right besides the ‘jewel of Kaza’ – the Sakya Monastery. 

The capital of Spiti, Kaza sits on the eroded flood plain of the Spiti River and is the biggest settlement you’ll encounter in this empty corner of the planet. It feels a bit like a small frontier town with an easygoing pace. Jagged mountains rise on either side while the river coils across the valley floor like twisted locks of Medusa’s hair. The colourful Sakya Gompa stands just above the main road in New Kaza (south of the Kaza Nullah), while the ramshackle bazaar and whitewashed buildings of Old Kaza spread out on the north side of the stream. 

Stay: A charming hotel in Kaza town

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Kaza-Dhankar-Tabo (4 hours one way)

Today a unique experience awaits you-spend a day with the nuns at a nunnery. Gain a deep insight into their daily lives while also helping out in the daily tasks carried out in the monastery. You will have the unique opportunity to interact with the nuns, share a meal with them and understand what their everyday life looks life.

Alternatively, you can explore the beautiful ancient monasteries of Dhankar and Tabo. Tabo boasts of the oldest monastery in the Himalayas and in India at 10760 ft. Situated at an elevation of 3890 meters, Dhankar is the erstwhile capital of Spiti Kingdom. Dhankar is popularly known for an ancient monastery (1200 years old) which is built on high cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers. Return to Kaza by evening.

Stay: A charming hotel in Kaza town

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Experience: A day in the life of a nun with local lunch (Add On)| Visit Tabo and Dhankar

Day 5: Kaza-Kye-Kibber (4 hours); Kaza–Komic (2 hours)

From Kaza, drive up to Kibber , Kee and Komic. Kibber , at an elevation of 14010ft  is a remote village in the valley with a population of 341. It has a post office, a polling and a Senior Secondary School too. It also gets military protection. It is said to be the highest village in India which is inhabited throughout the year and has motorable roads.

Kye is located at an elevation of 13700ft and is the largest monastery in the region. It houses 250 monks in the winter months, and these monks spend the summers working in the fields with their respective families.

Komic located at 14800ft is the highest village in Asia. Now it has an (almost) motorable road too. Breathing is a little difficult so any hectic activity is not recommended. However there are the ruins of a gompa to look forward to and the Komic Monastery to visit. We will stay overnight at a homestay in Komic.

Stay: Homestay in Komic

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Komic-Chandertaal (7-8 hours)

We start early to go to Chandertal, or simply Moon Lake is a barren but beautiful lake located at a height of 14100 feet. Travel to the base camp. You will be staying in camps here and the lake is a good 45 minutes hike from the camp. No thoroughfare is allowed beyond this point. So we set off to spend a day on the banks of the beautiful lake which is the source of the river Chandra. Expect a very cold day here.

Stay: Camps without attached toilets

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Chandertaal to Manali (8 hours)

Get ready for a long scenic ride back to Manali as your journey comes to a close.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Manali-Chandigarh (9 hours)

Start your journey back home, with a bag full of memories 

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT: Road trip to Lahaul and Spiti
WHEN: June/ July/ August/ September 2016 (8D/7N)
WHERE: Chandigarh-Manali- Spiti-Lahaul-Manali-Chandigarh
HOW MUCH: Rs. 30,000 / USD 476+9% tax onward (per person)
WHO:  info@theblueberrytrails.com / 8080122441  

Cancellation policy:

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Inclusions:

- Meals mentioned
- Internal travel by Innova/tempo traveler (based on group size; ex-Chandigarh)
- Stays on double occupancy basis
- Sightseeing according to itinerary
- A full time local guide (ex-Manali)

Exclusions:

- Flight/ Train charges to Chandigarh and back
- Day in the life of a nun experience
- Meals not mentioned
- Entry charges at museums, monuments, monasteries if any.
- Personal expenses such as beverages, tips, shopping etc.
- Any change of travel plans due to weather conditions, strikes, flight delays etc. will have to be personally borne by the traveler.
- Things not mentioned in "inclusions".

*Please note: Activities are flexible and depend on availability

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