LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE

Trip Overview

World-famous author Rudyard Kipling described Lahaul and Spiti as “a world within a world”. Fringed by the stately Himalayas and boasting of landscapes that awe and inspire with their unbelievable beauty, a self-drive road trip through this region is something that will be hard to describe in words. We will drive in a convoy on treacherous roads, marvel at stunning valleys of Kinnaur and Sangla; explore the picture-perfect hamlets of Tabo and Chitkul amidst others; enjoy a spiritual retreat at Tabo, Dhankar and key monasteries and even visit a post office at Hikkim – highest post office in the world! The 7th season of Lahaul & Spiti Drive 2021 will ensure that you come back home feeling enriched and refreshed. Roads will be as unpredictable, inspiring and challenging as life itself, but one thing is for sure, you will end up making memories and friends for life.

About the trip

Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Trip Cost

INR 175000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip style

Self Drive Road Trip

Landscapes

Mountains, High Passes, Highway, Cold Desert, Rivers, Glaciers

Activities

Off Roading, Picnic Lunches, Village Walk, Traditional Food & Restaurant, Bonfire & Barbeque, Star Gazing

Upcoming Dates

24th June -1st July 2023
8th July-15th July 2023

Itinerary

DAY 1

Chandigarh - Narkanda (180 km / 6 hours)

Welcome to the ‘City Beautiful’, Chandigarh, a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. We will all assemble at JW Marriot Hotel and start driving towards Narkanda, a town sprawled over with apple orchards and undulating forests of oaks and cedar. En route, we will make a stop at Sterling Kufri for Lunch. Here, we will have a quick team briefing and introduced to your fellow travellers. After lunch, we continue driving towards Narkanda. We plan to reach Narkanda before sunset, where you will get to know your fellow participants even better over a welcome dinner with an ample serving of stories about the rich history of the region. Also, you get to stay amidst apple orchards.

DAY 2

Narkanda - Sarahan - Sangla (200 km / 7 hours)

Today, we start driving towards Sarahan, a pretty hamlet in the gorgeous Kinnaur Valley. En route Sangla, we will drive under the iconic rocks protruding out of the mountains and covering the highway like a rooftop. Chances are that you have seen these rocks in movies but to witness them, in reality, is a stimulating experience. After taking enough pictures at the rocks, we will set out towards Banjara Camps, a luxurious glamping experience, our not-so-humble [and we say it with utmost delight!] abode for the next two nights. At the height of 2700 m, it is surrounded by towering forest-clad mountains on all sides and is set in an apple orchard on the banks of Baspa River that surges through the valley.

DAY 3

Explore the Sangla / Chitkul / Raksham region

Enjoy the beauty and adventure of Sangla Valley to the full on this day. Around noon, we drive to Chitkul which enjoys the distinction of being India’s last village on the ancient Hindustan - Tibet route. And if this is not heavenly enough, a picnic lunch beside a rippling stream will make sure even the most unyielding amongst us will be charmed by the grace of unspoilt nature. Those looking for soft adventure can join the Raksham walk that takes you along rivers, through meadows and forests and over glaciers. And for the hardier lot, there is the challenging meadows walk that will have you seek a masseuse at the end of the day. Also, visit the pretty villages around and enjoy sitting along the Baspa River.

DAY 4

Sangla - Nako - Tabo (300 km / Full Day)

Today is tailor-made for the driving enthusiast. We start pre-dawn to catch the early morning serenity of Kalpa, the only place in India where pine nuts (chilkozas) grow. And, you cannot but feel awestruck with the Kinnaur Kailash peak looking upon you. Get ready for a drive that you will remember for the rest of your life! You are going to drive on the World’s Most Treacherous Road today as we proceed towards Tabo, a small town on the banks of Spiti River, reaching in the evening for a much-deserved rest. This seemingly quaint village of mud huts holds beautiful attractions. It is situated in a bowl-shaped flat valley with the Tabo Monastery lying at the bottom of the valley, unlike other monasteries which are usually perched atop hills.

DAY 5

Tabo - Kaza via Dhankar Monastery (70 km / 2 hours)

Check out Tabo with its impressive mud monastery dating back to 996 A.D., the oldest in the country and also the largest monastic complex in Spiti Valley. It boasts of nine temples, 23 chortens, and chambers for monks and nuns and is second to Tibet’s Tholing Monastery in terms of its religious sanctity. Our next stop will be at Dhankar Monastery. Strategically built at the highest point in Spiti Valley at an elevation of 3700 m above sea level, the Monastery is perched atop a 1000 ft-high spur overlooking the point where the Spiti and Pin Rivers converge. After visiting the Monastery, we continue driving towards Kaza, but before reaching our beautiful hotel, we make a quick stop for refuelling at the highest petrol pump in the world!

DAY 6

Exploring Kaza - Visit, high altitude villages of Langza, Hikkim and Komic

The villages around Kaza are believed to be the highest in the world, mostly caught in their time warp. Amongst other main attractions, we will also pay a visit to the Key Monastery; prettily sitting atop a cliff overlooking the spectacular valley below. Another highlight of today will be visiting the Buddha statue at Langza, which is a relatively new addition to the landscape. It feels as if the Buddha has been made to sit there to keep an eye on the pristine valley. Make sure to send postcards back home to your family & friends from Hikkim, the highest post office in the world before visiting Komic, the highest village in the world connected by a motorable road.

DAY 7

Kaza - Manali (190 km / 11 hours)

The seventh day will prove to be another one to clock for the driving aficionados. You will leave post breakfast for Manali with 190 km of momentous terrain to conquer. The route from Kaza to Manali will have you crossing the famed Kunzum Pass. Situated at a height of 4590 m, Kunzum Pass rests on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. After crossing the Kunzum pass, head towards the world famous Atal Tunnel, at a length of 9.02 km, it is the longest tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world. Gliding across rivers, glaciers and undulating tracks, this will be the best and the most fascinating [not to mention challenging!] drive of your journey. The changing hues of the landscape will make for a captivating backdrop to our adventure.

DAY 8

Manali - Delhi (550 km / 12 hours)

Spiti - Are you Serene or Sanguine? At once, you are massive, brown, intimidating, silent, sombre, still and serene. Lost in myself, I turn around and see - You are green, vibrant and dynamic. Streams gushing, rocks rolling, rivers flowing, flowers blooming – blue, red, and yellow And all other hues? I take a little of you, leave a little of me, realize, we are a bit of both. Stupefying and splendid!” These lines encapsulate, in the most lyrical way possible, the absolutely thrilling and otherworldly quality of this experience. Challenging, unpredictable and intensely stimulating, this is one journey that will have you manoeuvring through the complexities of life itself. It’s time to head back to Delhi or your chosen destination. We part ways in Manali with a promise to meet again!

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Testimonials

A collection of stories and experiences of the Adventures Overland travellers from around the world which portray the exact moments we strive to live for.

Every expedition is loaded with the most memorable sensory experiences.

Rina Bhansali

Product Director - OTO CBD, London

Iceland 2016 | Alaska 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2017 | Jordon 2017 | Spiti 2018 | South America 2018 | Africa 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020 | Ladakh Sep 2021

Someone in convoy rightly said that the road to heaven is bound to be tough. Phenomenal.

Dr Abhijit Deo

Orthopaedic, practises in Nagpur

RTL 2017 | Spiti Valley | Iceland | Alaska 2016 | Jordon 2017 | South America 2018 | Russia 2020

My journey continues with AO to fulfil my quest to explore the world.

Dilpreet Singh Bindra

Director Operations at JW Marriott

Bangkok | Spiti 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Africa 2019

Fantastic experience and Adventures Overland team made sure everyone had a great time.

Nishita Shalin Sarvaiya

Director, Adam Exports

Russia 2018 | Spiti 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Iceland 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020

I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter.

Nainesh Nandu

Director, Krome Realtors LLP

Russia 2018 | Jordan 2018 | Spiti 2019 Iceland 2019

Useful information

Trip Inclusions

Trip Exclusions

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled before 60 days of the departure date
  • 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 60 – 45 days of the departure date
  • 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 45 – 30 days of the departure date
  • 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 30 days of departure date

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of expeditions do you organise?

Adventures Overland offers two types of Expeditions – Fixed Departures and Customized Tours. As part of our Fixed Departures, you will be self-driving your (or a rented vehicle) in a convoy of vehicles that is always led by at least one support vehicle and 2 crew members. For a bigger convoy, we provide a lead and a sweep vehicle. Customized Tours are those where you travel on your own chosen dates and we can customize the route as per your preferences.
For such journeys, we make all necessary travel arrangements including hotel bookings, permits, excursions and if required, we can send a support team with the group.

In which parts of the world do you organize expeditions?

We organize expeditions all around the world in 6 continents every year. We organize fly anddrive expeditions in Jordan, Russia, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, South America, Africa and Australia where you don’t need to bring a vehicle as the vehicle is included as part of the package.

What kind of people travel on your expeditions?

Since 2012, we have been proudly putting together off beat and luxury bespoke tours all
around the world for solo travelers, families, couples and senior citizens who come from
different walks of life and comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals, industrialists, doctors, creative minds etc. mostly aged 35 years & above.

Are your expeditions suitable for solo woman travellers and families?

Our expeditions are ideal for solo travelers (male and female) and families with kids. The
average male female ratio on most of our expeditions is 60:40. Families, couples and senior citizens join us frequently in all kinds of expeditions.

Is driving mandatory on these expeditions?

Driving is NOT mandatory on any of our expeditions and you are most welcome to enjoy the journey, sit back and relax while someone else is behind the wheel!

How much driving experience do I need to join an expedition?

Drivers must be a minimum 25 years old. We expect you to be a confident and competent
driver, with plenty of driving experience. You should normally have held your driver’s
license for a minimum of two years. Please also note that most of our expeditions include
sections of gravel or dirt roads, as stated in the Expedition Summary. We never travel off
road; it is simply that there are sections where the road is not paved.

Our expeditions call for all participants to be good team players, who are flexible and
adaptable when things do not go as planned and will muck in as requested by the Expedition
Leader. Self sufficiency is important and being able to manage yourself – your well being,
hygiene & health – is vital, together with having a good sense of humour. Overland
travel can be challenging and bring up the most unexpected of situations. This means that
you will all be expected to work together as a team to resolve any problems we may
encounter, but always subject to the authority of the Expedition Leader.

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