The idea is to see a beautiful place, meet new people, enjoy nice conversations, and have a lot of fun. We are going to pass through some of the most beautiful Himalayan passes – Kunzum and Losar! We will be seeing the turqouise blue, crystal clear and gorgeously delicious Chandrataal Lake with snowy mountains in the background.We shall also see marmots, those beautiful beaver-like animals, Ibex, and if we are very lucky we might even spot the elusive snow leopard! We are going to see a million stars in the night sky, watch a hundred shooting stars streak by in the night, dance like mad, camp at Chandratal and sit around a bonfire, visit the highest post office in the world, see pretty Himalayan villages, get out our cars and take a million photographs, hike and find a beautiful spot on a hill, and just sit there absorbing the beauty of it all!
After checking in the hotel and freshening up, lets head out to Solang Valley. The valley is lush green in June, and if you are lucky you will spot snowy peaks towering in the distance. You can try your hand at different adventure sports here.
Today’s a long day. We are going to drive from Manali to Spiti Valley. We will cross quaint villages and Kunzum pass on the way.
At approximately 12,000 feet above sea level, Kaza is the capital of Spiti, its busiest and most touristy town and you can stay here for days and just fall in love with the mountains.
After a lazy breakfast, we head to the beautiful Key Monastery . From the base, you can take loads of pictures. The monastery’s structure, as visible from the base of the hill, is a photographer’s delight. From Key, we now go to Kibber village to see the local life.
We set off, after breakfast, and our first stop is Dhankar village. There is a beautiful lake here, and requires a hike to reach there.
We then proceed to Tabo. Once we reach there, we first go to Tabo monastery – over 1000 years old. The paintings and murals on the walls of the main sanctum make it a masterpiece, and it’s also known as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas”.
Today, we are headed to one of the most beautiful regions of Spiti – Pin Valley.This region is most famous for the last of the Buchen Lamas, home to Ibex and Snow Leopards. Wildlife photographers, nature lovers, stay here for days at stretch hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard.
We first go to Langza – the second highest motorable village after Komik. This village is home to many fossils, and if you are lucky, you might spot a few while walking around the village.
From there we go to Hikkim - world's highest post office, and Komik. You can also hike from Hikkim to Komik.
We leave from Kaza, after breakfast, and after crossing Kunzum and Losar passes, reach Chandratal by early afternoon.
If you don’t have a good camera, get one just for this day! The lake is a photographer’s delight. It is deliciously blue, it changes appearance almost every passing hour, and you will get some fantastic pictures here!
Early morning, we leave back for Manali, as its going to be a long drive. We shall stop over for a bit at Batal, at Chandra Dhaba, made popular by the famous Chacha and Chachi. We then proceed to Manali, and the evening has been kept free for shopping.
The trip ends today, people! Hope you had an awesome time. See you soon somewhere again!
- • Accommodation for all nights in Manali, Kaza, Tabo
- • Camping accommodation in Chandratal
- • Breakfasts on all days starting from June 20 to June 27
- • Private vehicles for the entire journey
- • Permits for all places
- • Entry tickets to all spots mentioned in the itinerary
- • All government fees, taxes, toll fees
- • Trip leader from This Guy's On His Own Trip
- • Lunches and dinners
- • Any flight tickets
- • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary or under Inclusions section
- • Adventure sports in Solang Valley
45 days before the trip start date: full refund
Between 30 and 21 days of trip start date: 50% refund
Between 21 and 14 days of trip start date: 25% refund
Less than 14 days of trip start date: No refund