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12 Days Backpacker’s Road Trip: Spiti Valley & Leh-Ladakh

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06/18/2024
Plan A | Group of 6
  • Plan A | Group of 612 days around Spiti & Leh
  • Plan B | Solo12 days around Spiti & Leh
  • Plan C | Double sharing12 days around Spiti & Leh
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11N/12D @ ₹ 50,400/-
Availability : 18th-29th June'24
ISBT Kashmiri Gate
Leh
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12

This particular Spiti Valley road trip has been our season opener since 2014 but it’s evolved over the year from a 14-day road trip to 11 days which includes an enriching experience of the humble village life in Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. Since the Kunzum road via Manali isn’t open, so the moon lake Chandartal isn’t accessible during the months that this road trip is scheduled.

If inner peace is what you seek along with getting a new perspective in life then watch the video and enroll on a trip of a lifetime.

Recommended Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

Meeting Point

ISBT Kashmere gate, Delhi

Price Includes

  • Accommodation. (3 to 6 based on room size)
  • Travel begins and ends at New Delhi.
  • Entry Fee.
  • Permits
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Lunch (Approx. ₹ 150)
  • Camera Fee if any

Must Have

  • Valid Photo id proof with address & 2 photocopies.(No Pan card)
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • Essentials to pack
What to Expect

Our only road trip to Spiti valley which does not include the might chandartal lake, The only reason for excluding the moon lake is the fact that in the month of May the road to Chandartal is never open, 

To make up for the loss of Chandartal we have added the handcraft village of Demul which is a village that follows a sustainable tourism method where everyone in the village houses tourist on a rotation basis. 

The bus from Delhi to Rampur is the best in its class by HRTC on that particular route. The Kinnaur bit of the road trip is as interesting as Spiti with Sarahan, Chitkul & Nako all a different mix of what we usually don’t expect from Himalayan villages.  Chitkul is also famous as the last village before the India China border. 

Our trip has been planned in such a way that as each day passes the trip will keep getting better along the journey & by the end of it all you have actually travelled & lived in some of the highest villages inhabited in the world. 

  • Best Season: Mid May to End of Oct
  • Internet: 4G Airtel / Jio
  • ATM: Kaza & Tabo (Better to carry cash)
  • Temperature: 0-20°c
  • Must Do: Hike to Dhankar Lake
  • Home stays: Chitkul & Langza
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Blueprint

Day 1ISBT New Delhi

– Arrive at New Delhi by 16:00 HRS
– Reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate by 18:00 HRS.
-Board a HRTC semi sleeper volvo bus to Rampur at 19:00 HRS.

Day 2Sarahan | 6,890ft

– Reach Rampur by 09:00 HRS & meet the driver.
– Hop onto our temp traveller to the temple town of Sarahan.
– Breakfast is Enroute to Sarahan. – Reach Sarahan by 11:00 HRS & check into our guest house for the night.
– Freshen up & relax it’s a day to acclimatise
– Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the banks of the River Sutlej.

Day 3Chitkul | 11,320ft | No Network

– Post breakfast, leave for the border village of Chitkul. (22 km = 1 Hr)
– 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.

Day 4Tabo | 10,760ft | No Network

– Early morning start for the village of Tabo.
– Enroute vist the Mummy village of Gue.
– Reach the village of Tabo by lunchtime, (63km = 2hrs)
– Check into our home stay for the night.
– Hike to the meditation caves, wander through the arid village of Tabo.
– Star gaze all night.

Day 5Chicham | 13,400 ft ASL | Network = Airtel/ Jio

– Post breakfast drive to the hill Monastery of Key.
– Enroute visit the villages of Langza, Hikkim, Komic and Kaza
– Stop at the Kibber Chicham bridge for photos (10- minutes)
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 6Chandartal --> Keylong

– Leave early in the morning for Chandar Tal
– Post breakfast drive straight to the beautiful lake of Chandar Tal & also cross the high altitude pass Kunzum La.
– Reach Chandar Tal by noon.
– hike to the beautiful Chandar Tal and return back in 2 hours.
– Hop onto the car and drive to Keylong (115km=5-6 HRS)
– Check into homestay at Keylong
– Rest of the evening at lesiure

Day 7Keylong --> Leh

– Post breakfast switch onto another car and drive to Leh (357 km = 8-9 Hours)
– Reach Leh by 18:00 Hrs
– Check into our stay at Leh
– Relax after a long journey
– Rest of the evening at leisure

Day 8Leh

– Post breakfast leave for Leh sightseeing
– Drive along the Indus river and halt at Indus-Zanskar river Sangam ,
– Visit the Pathar Sahib Gurdwara, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace & Leh Hall of Fame (museum of the Kargil War memorabilia)
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 9Nubra Valley (Hunder)

– Post breakfast leave by car to the villages of Diskit and Hunder in Nubra Valley.
– Stop at Khardung La one of the highest motor-able roads in the world, 18,380 ft.
– Lunch at Koksar 10km after crossing Khardhungla.
– Drive to the Giant Maitreya Buddha statue located in the village of Diskit.
– Reach our homestay in Hunder by 15:00 HRS.
– Freshen up & leave for the sand dunes by 17:00 HRs.
– Return back to our homestay, by 20:00.
– Stargaze all night as you. Watch the night sky.

Day 10Hunder >>> Turtuk >>> Hunder

– Post breakfast leave by car to the village of Turtuk (80 km from Hunder)
– Lunch at Turtuk Village
– Explore the village of turtuk (Before the 1970s, it was under Pakistan after that it is under the Indian government)
– Leave from Turtuk around 17:00 HRS
– Reach our homestay in Hunder by 20:00 HRS.
– Stargaze all night as you. Watch the night sky.

Day 11Pangong --> Leh

– After breakfast, pack up and head to the beautiful high altitude Pangong Tso via Shayok link road. (152 km = 4-5 hours)
– Spend time chilling near the beautiful Pangong Tso.
– Head back to the town of Leh via Chang-La. (120km= 4-5 hours)
– Reach Leh by 20:00 HRS and check our home stay for the night.
– Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 12 Leh

– Drop to the Airport by 8 am

Plan A

Group of 6
2,64,600/-
  • 44,100 x 6= 2,64,600/-
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 4 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Transport: Volvo Bus + SUV/Tempo-Traveller
  • Entry Fees
  • Meals: Veg Breakfast & Dinner
  • 5% GST

Plan B

Single Human
50,400/-
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 3-4 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Transport: Volvo Bus + SUV/Tempo-Traveller
  • Entry Fees
  • Meals: Veg Breakfast & Dinner
  • 5% GST

Plan C

Couple=2 People
1,13,400/-
  • 56,700 x 2= 1,13,400/-
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 2 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Transport: Volvo Bus + SUV/Tempo-Traveller
  • Entry Fees
  • Meals: Veg Breakfast & Dinner
  • 5% GST
Map

FAQ

General Questions

Where is Kinnaur and Spiti Valley located?
In Himachal Pradesh of North India.

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

Q. Where is Ladakh located?
Ladakh is a region administered by India as a Union territory.

Q. Is Ladakh safe?
Yes, Ladakh is an extremely safe place to travel to. Unlike the rest of J&K, Ladakh has not been affected by any kind of conflict till date.

Q. What about the Chinese issue?
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 create a mountain out of a mole.

Network related FAQ

Q. Is there cell phone network in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley?
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.

Q. Is there 3G/4G in Kinnaur and 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

Q. Does Airtel, BSNL or Vodafone work in Chandar Tal?
Only BSNL has a cellular connection near Chandar Tal.

Delhi meeting point and how to reach there

Q. Where does the trip start in New Delhi?
The trip starts at ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi bus station.

Q. What time should we reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate?
Around 60 minutes prior to the departure of the bus is a good time to reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Q. How 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)

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

Q. So we have to board the bus all alone?
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.

Accommodation related FAQs

Q. What kind of accommodation will be provided?
We will be using homestays and guesthouses all along the trip.

Q. Will the accommodation be clean?
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.

Q. Will we get a bed, blankets and pillows?
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.

Q. Will we get hot water for a bath?
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.

Q. Will the rooms be based on gender or mixed?
It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.

Q. What if we want to opt for a couple room?
Yes you can. Our website will let you opt for an add-on when booking. The couple room add-on option will pop at check-out page.

Food-related FAQ

Q. Why is food not included?
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.

Q. Do we need to carry food along?
Not needed.  Every place we stay at will have either a cafe or a Spitian family who will cook for us.

Q. What kind of food should we expect to get?
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.

Q. Can we cook?
Yes, you can cook in our homestays. Provided you make the time.

Sickness related FAQ

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

Q. What about motion sickness?
Consult your local physician is the best for motion sickness.

Q. What about the oxygen level?
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.

Q. Is there a hospital in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley?
Yes, every town and village of Spiti Valley has a health centre.

Solo travelers FAQ

Q. Is it okay if I enroll solo for a trip?
Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travelers who enroll.

Q. What if I don’t get along with the other backpackers?
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.

Travel related FAQ

Q. What will be our mode of transportation?
While in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley we will be using a combination of HRTC Volvo buses and a tempo traveller (14 seater mini bus).

ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Rampur or Mandi
HRTC Volvo bus.

Within Himachal?
A 14 seater Tempo traveller.

Manali/Rampur to ISBT Kashmiri gate New Delhi
HRTC Volvo bus.

Natural Calamity FAQ

What if there is a natural calamity or delay due to an external factor?
-Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances(strikes), or any delay arising due to an external factor etc. (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).

What is cancellation policy?

TLOW, based on the Cancellation Date, shall withhold the following amounts stated in the table below, from the Booking Amount or Trip Price as cancellation charges and refund the remainder to you. The refund shall be paid to you, within (21) calendar days from the Cancellation Date.

Cancellation Date is: Cancellation charges
– Before forty (40) calendar days prior to the date of commencement of Trip, 15% of the Trip Price
– On or after forty (40) calendar days but prior to thirty (30) calendar days day of commencement of Trip,
30% of the Trip Price
– On or after thirty (30) calendar days but prior twenty five (25) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
50% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty five (25) calendar days but prior to twenty (20) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
75% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty (20) calendar days but prior fifteen (15) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
100% of the Trip Price

You may claim refund only in case of a confirmed booking where you have paid the entire Booking Amount. Where there is part payment of Booking Amount made the same shall be forfeited and there shall be no refund. The mode of payment of refund amount to you (whether through cash, e-wallets, bank transfers, or cheques), shall be determined at the sole discretion of TLOW.
Notwithstanding anything stated in the Terms & Conditions, there are no refunds of any kind, provided for ‘Camping Trips’.

For more information on cancellation & refund policy please read our T&C.

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