Lahaul & Spiti Drive 2022

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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 that’s highest 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Date:
  • 25th Jun 2022 - 2nd Jul 2022
    9th Jul 2022 - 16th Jul 2022
    3rd Sep 2022 - 10th Sep 2022
  • Duration:
  • 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance:
  • 1000 km
  • Cost:
  • INR 95,000 + 5% GST Per Person
    (EMI Option Available)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

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 1 - Chandigarh - Narkanda (180 km / 6 hours)

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

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 3 - Explore the Sangla / Chitkul / Raksham region

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

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

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

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 7 - Kaza - Manali (190 km / 11 hours)

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!

Day 8 - Manali - Delhi (550 km / 12 hours)
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Cost

Rs 95,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip Inclusions

  • Route planning
  • Activities to make the experience truly memorable
  • Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with GPS, oxygen cylinders, emergency food supplies and first aid kit
  • Road Books, Maps, Wireless radio sets and satellite navigation system for every vehicle
  • Accommodation-all hotels and camps
  • Meals-breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner
  • Local guidance from experts
  • All inner line permits for restricted areas
  • Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water and soft beverages for every vehicle
  • Entry fees for monasteries

Trip Exclusions

  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Your Domestic and International flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages (consumption not recommended between Tabo and Rohtang Pass)
  • Vehicle, fuel or any fuel additives
  • Airfare/train fare to and from Chandigarh
  • Insurance and documentation cost such as travel insurance, visa applications etcs
  • Vehicle servicing, repairs, toll taxes, traffic lines
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather, snowfall etc
  • Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey
  • Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera
  • Any hotel, subsistence or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of an expedition and after the official end date of the expedition
  • 5% GST

Cancellation Policy

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.
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QUOTE

  • Mamtha Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Right from planning and registration stage, the team at AO were polite, helpful and patient. The team seamlessly transitioned from the experienced traveller to being a guide, buddy, problem solver, stop-gap nurse, storyteller,  and whatnot. Not a single dull moment all through.

    Mamtha Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Pravin Thakur, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I’ve driven to Lahaul & Spiti in 2016 and 2019, Road to London in 2017 and Jordan in 2018. They take personal care of each one of us on the expedition, and one feels completely secured, and well looked after, even while driving through gruelling terrains on surfaces with no roads.

    Pravin Thakur

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Nainesh Nandu, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them and have enjoyed every moment with their team. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter where we just don't make friends on these trips with the participants - we make extended families for life.

    Nainesh Nandu

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Anjna Satija, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    What the eyes saw, and the heart felt - it is difficult to express through words. Amazing breathtaking beauty of the valley gracefully traversed by the group under the able and excellent leadership of Sanjay and Tushar. We started as strangers on the first day but finished the trip as a big family on the final day.

    Anjna Satija

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Dimple Tanna, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Thank you Adventures Overland for the amazing experience that we had with you in Lahaul and Spiti. It was way beyond our expectations. We loved the accommodations as even in the most deserted areas, there was still a soft bed and a feast waiting for us to tuck into. Our kids had also enjoyed this trip thoroughly.

    Dimple Tanna

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Karishma Patel, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Well, where do I begin, most warm and wonderful hosts, felt that meeting my old buddies and the organisation of the full journey was fabulous, looking forward for many more adventures with you guys, love you guys. Thank you Adventures Overland!

    Karishma Patel

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Mihika Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    It would be no exaggeration to say a trip with Adventures Overland is a once in a lifetime experience. There was not a single situation where things were not taken care of from good food, beautiful and comfortable accommodation to any other support one needed. Thank you, AO, for giving me a trip to remember for life.

    Mihika Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Raji Suresh, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    My husband and I recently completed the Lahaul and Spiti road trip organized by AO. We drove through winding perilous roads that passed through every form of landscape - snow, water, mountains, rustic, but awesomely beautiful! Our organisers were so thorough about the terrain and the vehicles, that they handled every situation with calmness and competence.

    Raji Suresh

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Raunak Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    You should travel with AOL. They never shy away from rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty to help you. They go to great extents to ensure you are safe and comfortable. It feels like one big group and they ensure you leave with memories and friends to last a lifetime.

    Raunak Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Mitrajit Chatterjee, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017

    Exhilarating, Awesome and Brilliant! Adjectives don't do justice to the marvellous efforts and arrangements that the duo of Sanjay & Tushar put together. For every driving aficionado, the Lahaul and Spiti Drive organised by Adventures Overland is simply a "Must Do".

    Mitrajit Chatterjee

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017
  • Ela Sawhney, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016

    Thanks Adventures Overland for yet another wonderful experience during The Lahaul and Spiti trip. All the arrangements were impeccable, and they also catered to our last minute requests with a smile. Well done Sanjay and Tushar and the rest of the AO team.

    Ela Sawhney

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016

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