- About the Expedition
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Hello Fellow Travelers,
Thank you for choosing Spiti Expedition, at the offset we are extremely excited and totally looking forward to host a memorable trip for you. We love living in outdoors and the adrenaline, we also believe that it is truly the greatest gift of God, the beauty and magic outdoors, hence the need to respect it. We are laying very basic and easy to do guidelines for the same with the motive of leaving minimum footprint, preserving the flora, fauna, biodiversity and ecology of the region along with coming close to local communities and culture of the region. We truly believe that you will help us in initiating this and become an Eco-Traveler, if not already one.
A little on what Ecotourism exactly is-
A dictionary defines it as "tourism directed towards unspoilt natural environments and intended to support conservation efforts". In addition, Eco-Traveler believes in supporting, protection and at the same time experiencing local culture and heritage. Tourism results in social, as well as environmental impacts, and a responsible tourist needs to be aware of this.
Here is how you can help -
Carrying your own water bottle, cups, plates and filling water from natural resource, drinking locally brewed products served in glass or recyclable materials.
Using litter bins to trash items that do not decompose, minimum use of purchases packed in plastic, carry a waste bag for your personal non-biodegradable waste.
Enjoying watching the biodiversity of the geography, not playing loud music or being loud, when we go outdoors, we are borrowing home of animals and birds, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are not disturbed.
Purchasing locally produced items- from handicrafts to breweries to savories
Keeping minimum carbon footprint and nil plastic footprints on the trail through not burning plastic or wood.
Things an Eco-Traveler carries -
Apart from personal clothing and toiletries following items need to be carried in order to make this do it yourself and minimum footprint trek and also for your personal convenience-
Carry your own water bottle, tea up and a tiffin box for packing lunch, instead of using disposable packing material. Water bottle with filters are available, however the natural resources are clean and pristine. It’s good to carry dry fruits and nuts for personal use.
Carry a day bag pack, we will provide potters for those need it, however only essentials can be carried for an overnight trek in a day pack.
A waste bag to collect waste on the way in your day pack.
Travel light and easy to enjoy the true essence of backpacking!
Traveling and Trekking in high altitudes require basic fitness and mental endurance, our team will ensure successful completion and will provide guidance and support, in case of an unforeseen event however, we will handle it to the best of our capacity, and the ultimate responsibility lies with each traveler.
This Tour has been specially designed for photographic enthusiasts and aspirants who wish to learn and explore astro photography. There is not a better place in the country that Spiti Valley that can offer the most ideal landscape as well as night skies for this splendid experience
Aspirants have to arrive in Manali, we will arrange night stay in Manali.
Manali - Kaza
Today we make our way to Kaza, which is the Sub. Div. of Dist. Lahaul and Spiti. We will cross Rohtang
Pass and Kunzum Pass on our way, the drive is an adventurous and scenic one, we will reach Kaza after a drive of 9-12 hours depending on the road and traffic conditions.
We will have an easy and late morning at Kaza today after a long treacherous drive, post lunch we will
discuss the plan of the rest of the days of the tour/workshop and drive to nearby village – Langza
(Buddha Statue), Hikkim (World’s Highest Post Office and Asia’s highest polling booth) and Komic
(World’s highest motor able village). The same night we shall go shooting at some nearby locations
around Kaza to warm up.
Kaza - Pin Valley – Lalung – Dhankar - Mane
We start the day and drive towards Mud, the last village in Pin Valley National Park, thein we visit Lalung
and Dhankar Monastery and finally hault at Mane. Night Skies are most certainly better in villages in
Spiti because of the altitude and the villages being small population and human generated lightings are
lower. We drive to village Mane which is about 90 mins drive from Kaza, we enjoy the village life till dusk, post an early dinner we visit few close by spots for astro.
Stay in Mane
For those that love to hike and trek can utilize the day to trek to the high altitude alpine lake from Mane
– Yangtso, it would be a 6-7 hours of walk in total. The other can enjoy at the homestay or just walk around the village. We continue with the workshop post an early dinner.
We drive back to Kaza from Mane, one will get free time to look around Kaza for last minute shopping
for gifts and visit the Kaza Monastery, we will close the tour with visiting some nearby locations for Astro shots
Kaza - Chandrataal
Next early morning we leave from Kaza towards to Chandratal Lake (Moon Lake). The drive is about 6-8
hours from Kaza. We enjoy the sunset at the lake and then rest at our campsite at Chandratal.
Chandratal - Manali
Next early mornignwe leave from Chandratal to Manali via Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass, we have come to the end of journey.
Pick up from Manali and drop at /Manali
All accommodation ( Day 1- Day 7)
Meals on MAP: breakfast and Dinner
All transportation and tourist service charge.
- Any meals outside of accommodation and lunch anywhere.
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment’s and rescue operation in case of emergency
- Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
- Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge and Wi-Fi services.