Spiti Valley A Wintertale

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Very few dare to visit the place during the spine-chilling winter seasons. Sometimes we arrive in unknown places and they feel like home. Spiti Valley is so silent and still, mostly cut off from the rest of the world. In these modern fast-moving times, it is rare to find oneself in such a place, which has no distraction.

The Trans – Himalayan Valley of Spiti is situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and is among the very few places in India where the temperature goes down this low in winters. Minus 34c is common during the coldest winter months. However, despite all these, the beauty of the Spiti valley is a beauty to behold. If you are lucky, you may get to experience snowfall in the months of December, January, February, and March. And many more – like snow leopard, blue sheep, Tibetan fox, ibex, etc.

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Reaching Spiti Valley in the Winter:-

The preferred routes Kunzum La pass and Rohtang La is closed during the winter.  If you dare to travel to Spiti then the best option would be is to take the NH – 22 highway to Shimla. You would be crossing Kinnaur to enter Spiti Valley. The road that takes you from Shimla to Kaza is kept open throughout the year only except during major snowfall when the stretch from Tabo to Kaza is kept close. However, that is only for a few hours. The route is also recognized to automatically help with acclimatization.

 

You can expect heavy snow falls at night and a thick blanket of snow cover up everything in the morning. That is what we got in Sichling.

 

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If you are looking for rented vehicles, there are plenty. You can rent an SUV or any other vehicle for your entire trip from Shimla. The charges might be a little bit higher compared to the Winters. This is because the engines need to be kept warm in the night as a result of which more engine fuel gets burnt.

 

Note: We strongly recommend not to have a solo trip. Hire an experienced guide and traveler. The one that we picked for the tour was Anil Thakur  He arranged all the essential for us during the road trip. He was with us and took care of everything. These are the best means of traveling. You will be charged at a high price. However, it would be fair since you can stop at your will for sightseeing and photography. The drivers are local people and can provide you will useful information when it comes to finding a comfortable homestay in the bitter cold. One can reach him at 9910656940.

 

Travelling Dates:

15 Jan 2019 – 22 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – 2 Feb 2019

7 Feb 2019 – 14 Feb 2019

 

To book your seats please call @ 9910656940 or Email us at journeytoexplore9@gmail.com.

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Note: It is advised to travel around Spiti accompanied by a local. In case of unexpected circumstances, they will surely find a way out of any situation.

 

Precautions to Keep in Mind when Traveling Spiti in Winter:-

Chances of getting stuck or a group member falling sick may be high.  Safety precautions that can help you find a solution –

#1. Do not venture too much out into the cold without covers. If you do, try to cover yourself up with warm clothes.

 

#2. Spend more time in the kitchen, it is the warmest part of the homestay.

 

#3. Do not take a bath during your stay in Spiti.  

 

#4. Consult with the doctor and make sure that you carry a 3 course Diamox medicine along with you. Carry camphor for sniffing and a mask to prevent from breathing in dust.

 

#5. Try to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water and tea at regular intervals. Keep a moisturizer ready whenever you feel dry.

 

#6. Eating dark chocolates and nuts can help to keep your energy levels constant.

 

#7. Do seek help from locals in case of any trouble.

 

#8. Expect to use Spitian dry compost toilets in the remote places of Spiti.

 

#9. Always carry a flask of warm water along with you.

#10. Be sure to notify road JCBs that you are on the road trip, so if there is any landslides or road blockage during snowfalls they can help to clear the road as soon as possible.

 

Itinerary of Winter Road Trip in Spiti:-

Day 1: A stay at Reckong Peo is required whichever part of India you are coming from. This is important for acclimatization. Staying at Peo (District, Headquarter Kinnaur) on the Shimla (NH-22) route will help you get used to the cold and altitude.

Day 2: See the sights of Nako Monastery in Tabo and the lake on the way.

Day 3: Sight-seeing of the dramatic fort and monastery of Dhankar before reaching Kaza.

Day 4: Explore Kaza and conduct nearby excursions to Ki Monastery and Kibber village if the road permits.

Day 5: Access the villages of Lalung, Langza, Hikkim, Demul, Komic and witnessing local Spitian life as it has existed for centuries.

Day 6: Reach Losar and enjoy your Monastery visit by walking through snow and witnessing a cultural performance of the villagers in the evening.

Day 7: If the Pin Valley road is open, then do not forget to visit Mudh village. Start the return journey and stay at Tabo / Kaza. It is the best place to be in case you are stuck in snowfall or if the road is closed.

Day 8: keep a buffer day in case of closure of any roads and sudden turn of weather.

Day 9: Return to Shimla via Spiti and Kinnaur.

 

Place of Emergency – Hospitals:-

You might get to experience altitude mountain sickness while traveling, not to forget the life-threatening cold out there. Some of the villages in Spiti are located at an average altitude of 3500 to 4400 m. Such situations might become risky for humans.

There is a hospital in Kaza that has treated a lot of patients with AMS. The charges are very low here. Make sure that you carry all kinds of medicine along with an oxygen cylinder since all primary health centers remain closed during winters.

Feel free to call us for booking or arranging an unforgettable trip at 9910656940 or Email us at journeytoexplore9@gmail.com.