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Trip Location: Lahaul - Spiti

Highlights:
Adore the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea.
Experience in a local Spitian homestay.
Visit Key Monastery

About the Places:
- Chandigarh: Capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, Chandigarh is also known as the "City of Gardens". Imbibing the culture of two states, the city is one of the best destinations to go.
- Nako Village: Highest village in the valley, Nako owns a lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Fauna including, Yaks, kine, horses and asses, can be found in abundance here.
- Dhankar Gompa: At an altitude of 12,774 feet, Dhankar Gompa is one of the main centres of Buddhist art and culture.
- Spiti: Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Snuggled at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, the valley serves as a paradise to adventure lovers.
- Key Monastery: A famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Key Monastery is also known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery. Explore the long and interesting history of the monastery with this tour.
- Kalpa: Having beautiful temples and monasteries, the village of Kalpa is famous for its apple orchards.

About the Tour:
The quest starts on with we leaving to Narkanda from Chandigarh on day 1. The scenic beauty of the place is ready to mesmerise you. On day 2 after breakfast, we head towards Kalpa. Enjoy the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea. On day 3, we will be leaving for Tabo early in the morning at 7:00. This would take about 8-9 hours to reach the destination. We will be having our lunch in Nako Village. Today's overnight stay is in Spitian homestay. Here, you can talk to locals and learn more about their cultures.

Morning of day 4 starts with breakfast and visit to Dhankar Monastery. The stay on day 4 is in Kaza. On day 5 we start our day with a stroll in the village of Kaza. After breakfast, we 
head towards Kye Monastery and Khibber Village. Later we visit Key Monastery and go on a snow drive towards Lohsar till the road is open. Overnight stay is in Kaza today.

In the morning of day 6, we stroll around the village of Kaza. Later that day we hike and explore Spiti. On day 7 early in the morning, we leave for Rampur. This is a long journey and we will have our meals during the journey. On day 8 we reach back to Chandigarh with a lot of memories.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Chandigarh to Narkanda (180 kms/7-8 hrs)

    Land in Chandigarh and head towards Narkanda.

    Take appropriate breaks on the way and enjoy the beauty as you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind

    Lose yourself amidst scenic valleys on either side of the road.

    Feel like you are staying in the middle of nowhere.

    Your winter adventure begins.

  • Day 2 - Narkanda to Kalpa (160 kms/7-8 hrs)

    Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast with a view of the mountains and head to Kalpa.

    Enjoy the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea.

    Reach your destination and rest for the night.

  • Day 3 - Kalpa to Tabo via Nako (160 kms/ 9 -10 hrs)

    This morning since it is a long journey to Tabo you will be leaving around 7 am or so.

    Enjoy a nice, warm, early morning breakfast with a view of the mountains.

    The journey will take about 8-9 hours if everything goes as planned.

    On your way, you will notice the terrain change and you will see the end of the tree line.

    See the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river at Khab. We shall have a lunch break at the scenic Nako village- visit the lake in Nako after lunch.

    Tonight you will get your first experience in a local Spitian homestay. You can gather around the local style tandoor in the evening and interact with your host family over dinner.

  • Day 4 - Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar (170 kms/3-4 hrs)

    Take the morning easy, have your breakfast and visit the “Ajanta of Himalayas”- The Tabo Monastery which is close to a 1000 years old now.

    The murals, thankas and paintings are believed by the locals to have been made in a single night by the Gods themselves.

    On your way visit Dhankar Monastery, if the road is open – Dhankar used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times- the most beautiful setting for a monument which hangs on a cliff and overlooks the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers.

    Stay in Kaza for the night. Warm up by the tandoor and help out in the kitchen if you want to. A great way to bond with your host is by making and sharing a meal together.

  • Day 5 - Kaza to Kye and Khibber (40 kms/2-3 hrs) and a snow drive towards Lohsar

    Take the morning easy and stroll through Kaza village. You can chat with the locals over a cup of Tea.

    After breakfast, we shall head to Kye Monastery and Khibber Village, if the road is open.

    Kye monastery is on top of a mountain overlooking the Spiti valley and the Spiti river.

    After Key monastery, we will go a bit further and visit Khibber Village- which used to be one of the highest villages in the world once upon a time.

    We will also go on a snow drive towards Lohsar till the road is open.

    On your way, we will make a couple of designated stops for you to take some pictures.

    Stay in Kaza for the night. Make the most of your homestay experience by learning about local life, festivals and traditions from your host family.

  • Day 6 - In Kaza – Snow hike around Kaza with a guide

    Enjoy a heavy breakfast and get ready for your hike to the village around Kaza.

    Because of the cold and the heavy snow, a hike is an invigorating way to keep warm and also experience Spiti just like the locals do.

  • Day 7 - Kaza to Rampur (282 kms/ 9-10 hrs)

    We leave early morning today for Rampur and as it is a long journey, breakfast and lunch will be done along the way.

  • Day 8 - Rampur to Chandigarh (240 kms/9-10 hrs)

    Leave early in the morning to catch your evening flight from Chandigarh back to your hometown and take back memories back of an isolated civilisation and trans-Himalayan terrain.

    The tour ends with a lot of memories.

Stay

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  • Stay at the list of hotels/homestays on a sharing basis

Meal

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  • Breakfast and Dinner at all stays

Activity

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  • Sightseeing

Other Inclusions

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  • Breakfast and Dinner at all stays
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  • Transport for 8 days as per the plan
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  • Stay at the list of hotels/homestays shared as per the plan
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  • Driver to act as a basic guide
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  • Local Guide on Day 6 for the hike
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  • All driver expenses, fuel and tolls are paid for

Transport

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  • Transport for 8 days is included

Things To Carry

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  • Shirts / T-shirts, Trousers / Track Pants
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  • Windproof jacket, Raincoat / Poncho
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  • Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
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  • Woolen cap, Woolen gloves, Woolen socks along with extra pairs
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  • Scarf
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  • Comfortable Riding shoes, gear and Helmet
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  • Towel
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  • Water bottle
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  • Cap / Hat, Sunglasses
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  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
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  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
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  • Personal medication
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  • Personal toiletries

Advisory

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  • GST is applicable on the tour cost.
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  • The package doesn't include the cost of any form of insurance, rescue, evacuation, hospitalization and entry tickets.
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  • Lunch is not included in the package.
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  • Other expenses such as drinks and tips are not included.
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  • It gets very cold in winter i.e. December through February with temperatures hitting – 30C. You will need to be mentally and physically fit and must have done some high altitude travel in order to be able to handle travelling through this high altitude terrain.
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  • All hotels and guest houses will be shut at the time and you will only get homestays which have dry eco-friendly squatting toilets. You will need to be okay with this as wet toilets are not available due to water lines freezing.
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  • Because of the water lines freezing, the locals need to carry the water all the way in the freezing cold from a nearby water source and hence having a bath while you are in Spiti will not be possible.
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  • In peak winter i.e. January and early February, all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last-minute changes need to be made to your plan.
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  • Winter time is off-season in Spiti, and you will not have many options in terms of activities, and because of the cold, you won’t be able to move around as much and will end up spending time in the homestay. We recommend travellers to make the most of the situation, and turn their time at the homestay as getting to know more about Spitian life, food and culture from the locals.
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  • Because of winter, there will not be many options in terms of food and in a homestay, you will need to be understanding and eat the hearty but basic food that your hosts provide.
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  • Be prepared to be understanding and flexible, as we can make last-minute plan changes due to bad weather for your safety and wellbeing.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Booking Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.

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