2018 Spiti & Ladakh
Journey to Spiti & Ladakh
Sept 04- Sep 24, 2018 (21 days)
This trip takes you on a journey to ancient monasteries and remote villages in the high mountains of Kinnaur, Spiti & Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of more than 3500 meters, this region was briefly a part of the ancient kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet.
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Trip Overview

This trip will start with lush green valleys of Kullu and Kinnaur. Inhabited by people of Buddhist as well as Hindu descent, this region has a rich and unique culture.

Your journey will continue to the arid region of Spiti, which was briefly a part of the ancient kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet. Some very old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, said to be favourites of Dalai Lama, are located here. The oldest being the one in Tabo which was established in 996 CE. The road along the itinerary traverses some of the highest mountain passes in the world and offers spectacular views.

On a road from from Spiti to Ladakh, you will pass through Kunzum La (4590 m), Baralacha La (4890 m) and Taglang La (5328 m). In Ladakh, you will get a chance to attend the Ladakh Festival (Sept 20-26, 2018).

ADD-ON: You will attend Ladakh Festival and also visit Tso Moriri lake (surface elevation: 4522 m). Tso Moriri Wetlands is an excellent place to witness Kiangs (Tibetan wild ass) and several migratory birds including black necked Cranes.

ROAD CONDITIONS in the HIMALAYAS

Please be advised that traveling by roads in the areas that we will be going to in the Himalayas is not for the faint of the heart. You can consider them to be combination of logging roads and extreme mountain roads in western Canada and USA. We go great lengths to make sure that the best drivers are hired for this fabulous journey. It is an adventure. The tentative itinerary cannot always be guaranteed as these roads can be temporarily closed due to landslides.

Highlights of this Trip

  • Experience extremely rich and unique culture of different regions in the Himalayas, which is influenced by Hinduism as well as Buddhism.
  • Visit Buddhist Monasteries, many of which are 400 to 1000 year old.
  • Hike to Chandra Tal, the “lake of the moon”.
  • Yoga with Cat Kabira

Features

  • Small Group (10-15 people)
  • Safe and Healthy Food
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Safe Exciting Travel
  • High Quality Amenities
  • Meet local residents in villages and monasteries
  • The Ultimate Himalayan Adventure & Cultural Experience

CAT KABIRA (Certified Yoga Instructor)

Originally from the USA, Cat Kabira has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching since 2003. What got Cat on the mat in the first place was her search for healing for her eating disorder, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

Cat has studied with several teachers and traditions around the globe, styles mostly derived from Krishnamacharya (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Forrest, Vinyasa as well as some Kundalini teachings and Tantric lineages. She trained with teachers: Ana Forrest of Forrest Yoga, Baron Baptiste of Power Yoga, Todd Norian, Bihar School of Yoga and 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Annie Carpenter, Barbara Benaugh, Shiva Rea, Jasmine Lieb (yoga therapeutics). She is not married to one particular lineage and her practice and teaching is being present with what is needed in the moment as well as using her skills at seeing, feeling, and reading body patterns and energy to find the most empowering and transformational practices for her students for that day.

Along with yoga and meditation, Cat has trained with shamans and healers in several modalities and is a certified Level 6 Craniosacral Therapist. She trains in pilates, the Gyrotonic Expansion System, Feldenkreis and the circus arts (especially the trapeze).

Cat loves to dance and has been composing on the piano since she was young. Her base had been Bali, Indonesia for the past 11 years and at the moment she has homes in several places on the planet as she runs yoga teacher trainings, retreats, workshops all over the globe.

DATES

Main Tour: Sept 04- Sep 24, 2018 (21 days)

ADD ON: Ladakh Festival and Tso Moriri (4 days)
Sept 25 to Sep 28, 2018 (After the main trip)

Pick Up and Drop Off: New Delhi International Airport (DEL)

COST

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are requested to make a deposit of booking amount for trip package.

Main Package: (21 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 2258
CAD 6775
Single Occupancy
CAD 3000
CAD 9000
Add On: Ladakh (4 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 450
CAD 1350
Single Occupancy
CAD 600
CAD 1800

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a non-refundable deposit.

Price inclusive of:

  • Accommodation while in India 
  • Cost of all meals, except where otherwise specified (Alcohol exclusive).
  • All Transportation costs within India
  • Entrance to Museums and Monuments
  • Permits and other fees incurred while traveling in India
  • Cost of special events like Cooking Evening or a Culture Show

Price exclusive of:

  • International flight to India.
  • Visa Fees
  • Room Charges at hotels for snacks and drinks.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To book this trip, please deposit the booking amount (non-refundable) or the full amount, into the bank account of “Journey to Himalayas”. You will be required to deposit the full amount 90 days before the trip starts (Jun 06, 2018). Please read TOS for details.

Delhi –Tirthan Valley – Kinnnaur – Spiti – Ladakh – Delhi (21 Days)

The monsoon would have just ended in India, so it will be an excellent time to travel in the Himalayas.

PLEASE NOTE that this is a tentative itinerary. We do try to follow the original plan as close as possible. But the exact dates might differ depending on the road condition and other factors that can’t be controlled or predicted. The Pick-up and Drop-off date will not change. Please read TOS for details.

DAY 01: NEW DELHI

Late Evening/Night Pick Up at International Airport New Delhi.
Please make sure that you reach Delhi by the night of Day 1.
Check-in to a hotel.

Day 2-5 TIRTHAN VALLEY & SHOJA

Day 2: New Delhi to Bhuntar (flight) – Drive to Shoja, 2692 m.
Fly from New Delhi to Bhuntar (1h 30m) and drive to Shoja (2h)
Check-in to a hotel in Shoja.

Day 3: Shoja
Here you will settle in and get familiar with the Himalayan culture of this region. There are lots of quaint villages in this area.

Day 4: Excursion to Tirthan Valley
Walk to a village and waterfall in Tirthan Valley. Tirthan Valley is located next to Great Himalayan National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight stay in Shoja

Day 5: Shoja 2692 m.
Short Hike to Raghupur today (2-3 hours). Cooking evening/class in the evening.

Day 6-9: KINNAUR
Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa

Day 6: Sangla, 2313 m.
Shoja to Sangla: 200 km, 7-9 hrs.
Situated on the banks of river Baspa, Sangla offers spectacular views. Sangla is considered by many as the most scenic valley in the Kinnaur District. The region is famous for its apples, cherry trees, walnuts and trout fishing.

Day 7: Sangla
Visit the border town of Chitkul, 3460 m.
Located 22 km from Sangla, due to its proximity to India-Tibet/China border, this village is often referred to as the “Last village of India”.

Day 8: Kalpa, 2960 m.
Sangla to Kalpa: 40 km, 2h.
On the cusp of predominantly Hindu and Buddhist regions of Himalayas, Kalpa has a very rich culture. Kinnauris (Inhabitants of Kinnaur) believe in Hinduism as well as Buddhism. It is interesting to see the Gods and Goddesses from both of these faiths in several temples of Kalpa. This area is also famous for its apple orchards.
Fun Fact: Kalpa in Sanskrit means aeon.

Day 9: Kalpa
Walks in Kalpa and Recong Peo.
Recong Peo is the district headquarter of Kinnaur.
We will also get our inner-line permit to continue our journey towards Spiti from here.

Day 10-16: Spiti
TABO, DHANKAR, KAZA, KI

Day 10: Tabo, 3280 m.
Drive from Kalpa to Tabo: 149 km, 5-6 hrs.
Timer permitting, visit Nako village and lake en route.
Tabo was founded in 996 CE, and has the oldest monastery in Spiti.

Day 11: Kaza, 3650 m.
Tabo to Kaza: 48 km, 2-4 hr.
Visit Tabo Monastery in the morning and drive to Kaza in the second half of the day.

Day 12: Excursion to Dhankar Monastery (3894 m)
Visit Dhankar Gompa (monastery). Very good 2-3 hour hike to Dhankar Lake which gives a bird’s eye view to this settlement. Overnight Stay in Kaza

Day 13: Excursion to Ki Gompa and Kibber (4270 m)
Situated on the hilltop, Ki Gompa (Monastery), is set in very picturesque settings. For the adventurous ones, there will be an option of a 2-3 hour hike.

Day 14: Langza, 4400 m.
Kaza to Langza: 15 km, 1 h.
Very Scenic village with excellent Homestays.
Visit Tangyud Monastery at Komic (alt 4520 m), and World’s highest Post office at Hikim. You can post letters and post cards over here.

Day 15: Kaza
Rest or Buffer day.
We might rest or find some interesting activity to do in Spiti.

Day 16: Chandra Tal, 4300 m.
Kaza to Chandra Tal camp: 100 km, 4-5h. En route, we will cross Kunzum Pass (4500 m). Hike to Chandra Tal (Lake): 7 km, 2-3 hours.
Chandra Tal means Lake of the moon.
Overnight stay at Chandra Tal camp.

Day 17-21: Ladakh

Day 17: Sarchu, 4290 m
Chandra Tal camp to Sarchu: 219 km, 7-8 h.

Day 18: Leh, 3500 m
Drive from Sarchu to Leh. 250 km, 8-9 h.
Baralacha La (4890 m), Lachulung La (5059 m) and Taglang La (5328 m)

Day 19: Leh
Local Sight Seeing.
Attend Ladakh Festival.

Day 20: Rest day in Leh
Social/Cultural Evening.

Day 21*: Leh to Delhi
Leh to Delhi flight**: 1h 30m
*Dinner for this day is not included in the cost of tour package.

ADD-ON: Ladakh Festival and Tso Moriri
After the main trip, 4 days.

Day 1-3: Ladakh Festival & Tso Moriri
Attend Ladakh Festival.
Visit Tso Moriri.
Located in Changthang plateau at surface elevation of 4522 m, this lake has the maximum length and width of 19 and 3 km respectively. Wetlands around this lake are the hotspots for the sightings of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass) and several migratory birds including the black necked Cranes.

Day 4: Leh to Delhi
Leh to Delhi flight**: 1h 30m
Local sightseeing in Delhi and an opportunity to shop at State emporiums in Delhi.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the cost of tour package.
(Trip package will cover your stay till the morning of the following day)

Au Revoir!!

Booking for this trip will open/begin in Jan 2018.
Please send us an email if you wish to be notified when the booking opens.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are required to
1. Register Online (Book Now)
2. Make a payment of the booking amount or full amount of the trip package.
After you register on the website, you will get the banking info in the email.

Payment Options:

    1. BANK DEPOSIT
      You can deposit directly into the “Journey to Himalayas” bank account in Canada (CIBC). You can go to the bank personally or send the money by email transfer or wire transfer. We also accept money through TransferWise. Your order will get confirmed only after we have received money in our bank account.
    1. PAY PAL (JTH Website)
      You can use your credit or debit card to directly make the payment. Please note that processing charges for PayPal will be extra (4% of your cart total).

ONLINE REGISTRATION: If you are paying by “Bank Deposit”, you will not be required to make any payment through this website. We still encourage/suggest our clients to go through the steps in the “Book Now” section to register themselves online. This helps us to keep your information updated. We will need this information to make hotel and travel bookings in India. Through your account profile, you will also be able to check the status of your payment. Thank You!

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room