In this all girls road trip to Spiti Valley, we explore “the middle land” that’s nestled between India and Tibet.
For a long time, life in Spiti had been all about herding cattle, chanting the name of Buddha and silent valleys.
However, in recent years due to Spiti valley being the embodiment of peace whilst also providing the thrill of driving on impassable roads, tourism in Spiti Valley has increased a lot.
The picturesque landscapes, the rocky terrains, majestic mountains and patches of green meadows make this place one of the most beautiful destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
The aim of curating this Spiti valley trip specially for girls, is because we believe in encouraging female solo travelers to rediscover themselves while bonding with other women who share the same passion for traveling as them.
If you’re someone who has always wished to go on an all girls backpacking trip, then this trip is exactly what you need because we cover all the best places in Spiti Valley that you simply can’t miss out on.
The ever flowing Spiti river is overlooked by highlands and Himalayan peaks. The winding roads and rocky terrains make the drive to Spiti full of thrill and adventure while in the lap of crescent moon shaped lakes such as Chandrataal, one finds the peace of mind that they crave for in metropolitan cities.
In this all girls Spiti Valley trip, We begin our journey from Delhi and head towards Chitkul after making a brief stop at Shimla. The Hindustan-Tibet highway is arguably better because it helps your body to get acclimatized, not to mention that the view is to die for. The glimpse that this route provides to the landscape of Himachal too is one of the reasons that make this the best route to reach Spiti valley.
This trip starts on a high note as the first halt in this Spiti valley road trip is Chitkul. Famous for being the last village on the Indo-Tibet border, not many people know that Chitkul also has the cleanest air in the country. As you spend some time in Chitkul, you will start to understand the slow paced, quaint life people live in the mountains but it’s only just the beginning as we will have a long journey ahead of us that will provide you a different outlook on life, as we unravel all the different layers of Spiti.
Our next stop is Kalpa, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Sutlej river valley, known for its apple orchards. A rich history, scenic views of the Kinnaur Kailash ranges, ancient temples, monasteries and century old traditions are just a few things that Kalpa has to offer. We will spend some leisure time in this small village and let ourselves marvel at the wonder of nature in peace.
Before reaching our next designated stop, we will stop briefly at Nako, home to many Stupas as well as a 3000 year old Monastery. Nestled in the heart of the trans Himalayan ranges, every nook and corner of Nako overflows with peace and even spending a few moments by the Nako lake and paying reverence at the Nako Monastery will leave a lasting impression on you.
Kaza, overlooked by high mountain ridges, with the Spiti river running from North to South, is the binding link between different districts and valleys. It connects Spiti to Lahaul as well as Kinnaur valley and is one of the coldest towns in India. Kaza would be our designated stay for the time being that we spend exploring Spiti and visiting all the attractions that the valley has to offer.
Our sightseeing tour of Spiti includes all the places that have the true essence of Spiti valley present in their walls. As most people are aware that Spiti is abode to many Monasteries, some of them dating back to the 1st Millenia.
The Key Monastery, locally known as Kye Gompa situated at an altitude of 13,668 Ft is the biggest center of Buddhist learning and is the place where all the Llamas get their training from an early age. The monastery has managed to preserve not only ancient relics including the images of Buddha but is one of the strong pillars upon which the foundation of Spiti stands strong.
The next attraction of this tour, the Chicham Bridge is Asia’s highest bridge, perched upon a height of more than 13,000 feet and links the village of Chicham with Kibber. A 1000ft deep gorge called Samba Lamba Nallah runs below the bridge and is a sight to behold. It took approximately 15 years to construct this bridge but it was worth it, as it helps both locals and tourists to traverse easily.
Situated at an altitude of 14,400ft, The highest post office in the world, Hikkim, is another marvel that the Spiti valley has to offer. A functional post office with a tendency to turn every visitor into an old school soul, a visit to Hikkim is incomplete without diving into the 90s nostalgia of writing letters to your loved ones and then dropping them in the red mail box. A lot of travelers especially women adore this place because of its ability to make words pour out of you even if you are not expressive with them in the first place and hence we make a point to not miss a visit to Hikkim on our all girls trip to Spiti valley.
In Komic, a village popular for being the highest village in the world connected by a motorable road, you can take a stroll and experience the slow-paced life of Spiti from up close.
On our way to the crescent moon shaped lake, Chandra Taal, we make a brief pit stop at Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La as the locals call it. The high mountain pass connects Lahaul and Spiti Valley and is a gateway to Chandratal by a 15km trek.
Chandra Taal, loosely translating to the Moon lake, is a pristine lake usually surrounded by flowers and wildlife in summer. The lake is surrounded by a vast expanse of green meadows which give birth to many blooming flowers during spring adding more charm to the lake’s beauty.
Last, but in no way the least, stop of ours is Langza which is home to many fossils that were once creatures of the sea, as experts believe. Langza is also known as the village of gods for it’s spiritual significance and the 1000 year old Buddha statue that overlooks the village as an ever vigilant protector of the locals.
The return journey of our all girls Spiti road trip would be no less exciting than the actual trip, for we will be traversing through Rohtang Pass and witnessing the panoramic view of the Pir Panjal ranges of Himalayas throughout the entire drive.
The experience of Spiti Valley largely depends on the quaint villages, vibrant towns, ancient monasteries, high altitude passes, green meadows and more. A perfect blend of all beautiful landscapes possible is why Spiti remains on the bucket list of so many travelers and why you must go on a trip to little Tibet.
The best time to visit Spiti Valley, especially if you want to make sure to experience it in all its glory, is from the months of February to April as the entire region is covered in a thick blanket of snow.
However, if you don’t want to miss out on visiting the scenic Chandratal and want to have the best of both worlds then the best time to visit Spiti Valley for you and your girl gang would be from the month of June to September.
Even if an all girls road trip to Spiti Valley wasn’t on your bucket list before, we urge you to go on this trip because it’s an experience of a lifetime. One you must have.
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Day 1 : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey
- The group assembles at the pick-up point by 06:00 PM.
- We’ll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session will be conducted.
- After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.
*The pick up point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).
Day 2 : Shimla to Chitkul (250 Kilometers, 10 Hours Drive)
- We will reach Shimla in the morning.
- After making a brief pitstop in Shimla, we’ll head towards Chitkul.
- Upon reaching Chitkul, we’ll check into our hotels.
- Dinner and group bonding activities followed by an overnight stay in Chitkul.
Day 3 : Chitkul to Kalpa (60 Kilometers, 03 Hours Drive)
- After early morning breakfast, we will head towards Kalpa.
- Upon reaching Kalpa, we will check into our designated hotels and have some leisure time.
- Sightseeing tour followed by dinner and overnight stay in Kalpa
Day 4 : Kalpa to Dhankar (200 Kilometers, 07 Hours Drive)
- After early morning breakfast, we will head towards our next destination, Dhankar.
- En-route Dhankar, we will be traversing through Nako Village and pay our respects at the Tabo Monastery.
- After checking in, we will have dinner served followed by an overnight stay in Dhankar.
Day 5 : Dhankar to Kaza (40 Kilometers, 4 Hours Drive)
- Post breakfast, we will head towards Kaza.
- En route, we will visit Kungri Monastery in Pin valley followed by a visit to Mudh Village.
- Check-in at Kaza, followed by dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 : Spiti Sightseeing Day (Komic, Hikkim, Langza)
- Post breakfast, we’ll start our Spiti sightseeing tour.
- We will visit the Key Monastery, the Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge) and Hikkim (the highest post office in the world).
- After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world located at an altitude of 4600 meters).
- We’ll also visit Langza and see the iconic Buddha statue.
- Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
Day 7 : Kaza to Batal/Chandratal (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)
- After early morning breakfast, we will head to Chandratal or Batal.
- Midway, we’ll visit the Kunzum Pass for a sightseeing tour.
- Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal.
*Staying in Chandra Taal totally depends on weather conditions.
Day 8 : Batal/Chandratal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)
- Breakfast will be served in the morning before we start our return journey.
- En-route, we’ll be passing through the iconic Rohtang Pass.
- We’ll reach Manali by the evening and check into our respective hotel rooms.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali.
Day 9 : Manali Leisure Day
- Post breakfast, the group will enjoy a Leisure Day at Manali.
- The travellers are advised to spend their time by going for cafe hopping, market shopping, local sightseeing, and more.\
- Later in the evening, we will take an overnight bus from Manali to Delhi.
Day 10 :Day 10 : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
- The group will reach Delhi by early in the morning and part ways with fond memories.
- End of tour.
How is the all girls road trip to Spiti valley different from other trips?
Our All Girls Road trip to Spiti Valley is especially curated to cater to the needs of female travelers who find it hard to travel to their desired destinations because of safety issues and restrictions. In this all girls road trip to Spiti valley, all the travelers are female including our trip leader. This trip is our attempt to empower female travelers and make it easier for them to embark on trips, be it solo or with friends. Since many women find it hard to convince their families to allow them to go on trips because of safety issues, we decided that we would create a safe space where all the people involved can feel secured and have fun as well.
Is it safe for us to go on an All girls road trip to Spiti valley?
Definitely! One of the most integral priorities of our treks and trips is the safety of women. This trip is carefully curated to make sure that the women who are embarking on this amazing journey can enjoy without worrying about their safety. Every person going on this excursion is carefully handpicked to avoid any kind of trouble. However, you will still need to take care of your personal belongings.
How to Reach Spiti Valley from Shimla?
There are two routes to reach Spiti. One is via Manali while the other is via Shimla.The Shimla route is considered to be one of the best routes to reach Spiti Valley especially when it comes to winter Spiti road trips. The gradual ascend makes it easy for people to get acclimatized to the high altitude and weather conditions. Not to mention that the views in the backdrop of the Hindustan-Tibet highway make it all the more worth it.
How is the weather like in Spiti Valley during summers?
Spiti is known as the winter wonderland but the valley remains beautiful throughout. The snow melts away during summers to give way for the fields to grow. The entire valley becomes green with the barren land nowhere in sight. You get to see the cattles grazing in the fields and the rivers that freeze during winters start flowing ceaselessly once again. Spiti valley in summers is as beautiful as it is in winters. The temperature in Spiti during summers remain 15 degree celsius above so the weather is extremely pleasant.
What Is the Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley?
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is divided into two parts, the winter season and the summer season. If you want to experience Winter Spiti then one needs to visit Spiti from March to May. Otherwise, one can visit in May to October and get to experience a different side of Spiti.
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