Homestay in Spiti Valley

Presentation

Tashigang

21 days / 7 days trekking / visits & culture / June to September / Level : easy 

Ideal for independent travelers, this trek is tailor made and flexible additional days can be added to the tour as you wish (for example at Chandertal Lake on the way back). Each settlement in Spiti is roughly one easy day’s walk from its nearest neighbor, and the Homestay Trek allows you to take advantage of this fact. The traditional hospitality of the villagers provides the day trekker with a comfortable home environment including friendly faces, a clean toilet, a hearty meal and a warm bed to rest in each night.

For those interested in learning more about Spitian culture, a guide and specially arranged cultural performances are available in option. The cultural programme entails a traditional dance by local dance troupes, nomadic monks and members of the heritage conservation councils.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Delhi / Departure by bus to Manali

Day 2 : Arrival Manali

Day 3 : Manali Rest day and local Sightseeing

Day 4 : Acclimatization

Day 5 : trek all day long through forest on the heights of Manali to Kharma

Day 6 : Manali – Tabo (3000 mtrs)

Day 7 & 8 Tabo

Day 9 : Departure to Kibber

Day 10 : Kibber to Chicham (4270mtrs)

Day 11 :  Chicham to Tashigang

Day 12 :  Tashigang to Langcha

Day 13 : Langcha to Komic

Day 14 : Komic to Dhemul

Day 15 : Dhemul to Lalung

Day 16 :  Lalung to Dhankar

Day 17 :  Dhankar to Kaza

Today we trek back to Kaza.  Transfer to hotel

Day 18 : Kaza – Manali

Return to Manali by bus or jeep

Day 19 & 20 Manali

Day 20 Departure (evening time) to Delhi by bus

Day 21 Arrival to Delhi – Transfer to hotel … rest & transfer to airport in night time.

Details

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Day 1 : Arrival Delhi – Transfer to hotel / Departure by bus to Manali evening time

Day 2 : Arrival Manali in the morning – Transfer to hotel Rest rest …

Day 3 : Manali Rest day and local Sightseeing

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Day 4 : Acclimatization : 3 hours walk in neighborhood upon Manu Temple to Rasta Café

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Day 5 : Manali trek all day long through forest on the heights of Manali to Kharma Lunch & return to hotel

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Day 6 : Manali – Tabo (3000 mtrs)

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Departure from Manali to Spiti during nightime … passing Rothang pass and Kumzum La which marks the entering to the Spiti Valley. Little rest in Kaza before to arrive

to Tabo 50 km far away from Kaza. Tabo is a beautiful and quiet pedestrian little village where is located one of the most important buddhist historical archictural treasures : the Tabo Monastery, also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. The monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley and was founded more than a millennium back in 996 A.D. This ancient structure stands on the barren, cold, and rocky desert of the Tabo valley at a dizzying height of 3050 meters above sea level. This untouched beauty has preserved the glorious heritage, traditions, and culture of Buddhism through the passage of centuries. According to the Tibetan Calendar, the Tabo Monastery is believed to have been established in the year of the Fire Ape, by a great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, the king of the western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge.

Day 7 & 8 Tabo

Acclimatization & visit days

Day 9 : Departure to Kibber

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Starting from Tabo by jeep, we will reach Kibber (4000 mtrs) in time for lunch. Kibber is the highest motorable village of the world will be the departure of our trek.In the afternoon a short trek leads us to Ki Monastery.

Day 10 Kibber to Chicham (4270mtrs)

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From Kibber we pass by a deep canyon to reach Chicham village.  This route is very populated by local wildlife such as Blue Sheep, Ibex and Snow Leopard.  Sightings of this rare creature are frequent along this route.

Day 11 :  Chicham to Tashigang

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Reaching Tashigang from Chicham involves passing through the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most exciting locations for spotting several endangered Himalayan species including Tibetan Wolf and Snow Leopard.

We walk along the side of the mountain slopes to reach the main Spiti Valley where the village of Tashigang sits facing tomorrows destination Langcha, high on the opposite slopes of the valley.

Day 12 :  Tashigang to Langcha

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The trek from Tashigang to Langcha is an easy downward trek to the valley floor(where we will stop in Kaza for lunch) followed by a challenging 4hr climb up the opposite slope onto the plateau overhead.  The village of Langcha hangs over Kaza far below on the valley floor from an altitude of 4250m.

Traveling to Langcha From Kaza involves a journey along one of the world’s highest motorable roads.  Winding along the mountain side above Kaza the traveler gets a spectacular view of the meandering silver waters of the Spiti River on the valley floor. The route gradually snakes in to the Shilla Valley, a high altitude valley on the upper plateau where yakmen graze their herds. Langcha Village is divided into two parts, Lower And Upper Village and is home to a 900 Year old  Buddhist Temple.

Day 13 : Langcha to Komic

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An easy half days walk from Langcha is Komic, famous for its monastery. On the walk you will pass the ruins of the last monastery, destroyed almost completely in an earthquake in 1971.

Komic is one of the principle monasteries of Spiti and home to an unlikely guest – the stuffed remains of a snow leopard who wandered into the village many years ago and who, after gorging himself on a farmers flock of sheep, fell asleep never to wake up as the frightened farmer killed the unfortunate creature.  Now he hangs at the entrance to the monastery, a reminder of the need for finding a balance between the needs of human and wildlife in the harsh terrains of the high altitude Himalayas.

Day 14 : Komic to Dhemul

Demul to Komic

The walk from Komic to Dhemul takes you along the edge of the higher plateau overlooking the silvery Spiti river as it snakes through the valley far below. Straight across from you, you will see the endless rows of steep, sparsely populated mountains of the Trans-Himalaya and far away Tibet.

Day 15 : Dhemul to Lalung

lingti valley

Today you come down from the high plateau and it is a nice downhill trek into the Lingti Valley.  The Lingti River originates in Tibet and passes through the beautiful village of Lalung.  The Lalung Monastery is famous for its statue of the Three Cornered Buddha, made with three sides to symbolize the Buddha looking in all directions at once.  Legend has it that Rinchen Zangpo planted a willow tree in the soil above the village 1000 years ago and instructed the locals that should the tree survive, they must found a monastery.  Today, in front of the 10th century monastery sits an ancient, gnarled and revered willow tree.

Day 16 :  Lalung to Dhankar

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Today we will have to walk to the mouth of the Lingti Valley and from there turn right back in the direction of Kaza. We will climb from the valley floor to Dhankar fortress high above.  From our homestay located at the highest point in the village you will get fantastic views of the entrance to Pin Valley.

Day 17 :  Dhankar to Kaza

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Today we trek back to Kaza.  Transfer to hotel

Day 18 : Kaza – Manali

Return to Manali by bus or jeep

Day 19 & 20 Manali

Rest rest rest and departure to Delhi by bus … in evening time.

Day 21 Arrival to Delhi – Transfer to hotel … rest & transfer to airport in night time.

Map

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51000
41100
31200
21300
1ON REQUEST/SUR DEMANDE

Conditions

SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

All homestay accommodation options include:

  • Warm Spitian hospitality
  • A clean room with clean bed sheets and pillow covers
  • Local cuisine
  • Boiled drinking water
  • Traditional Spitian dry eco-friendly toilet
  • Candle and lamps

GENERAL CONDITIONS

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation & food
  • Transportation by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
  • English Speaking guide for sightseeing
  • All monastery entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers at Delhi airport with assistance
  • Trek on full board
  • All trekking staff : Mountain Guide
  • Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
  • Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
  • Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line applicable as per the regions.

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Trekking & mountain shoes
  • Food & meals while not trekking
  • Government Service tax 3.09% on package
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • 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.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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