Spiti - The Middle Land - F5 Escapes - Solo and Group Women only Travel Company India

Day 1 – Overnight Volvo to Manali

Day 2 – Reach Manali. Relax & acclimatise in Solang.

Day 3 – Drive to Chandrataal via Rohtang Pass.

Day 4 – Drive to Tabo via Chicham bridge & Key Monastery

Day 5 – Explore Tabo and drive to Kaza via Dhankar.

Day 6 – Komic, Hikkim & Langza Village.

Day 7 – Drive back to Manali.

Day 8 – Explore Manali. Overnight Volvo to Delhi

Day 9 – Arrive in Delhi. Trip Ends

This trip is Ex-Delhi. Reach Himachal Bhawan(Mandi House) Delhi on 28th Sept by 5PM. Book your return journey after 11AM on 6th Oct from Delhi.

Use Early Bird Discount Code EBJUL1000 for INR 1000 off. Valid till 31st July 2024

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

An exploration of one of the last frontiers of ancient Tibetan culture –  the high plateaus of Spiti and Lahaul. A remote area of snow capped peaks and deep blue-water lakes, the culture of this region has remained peaceful and intact over centuries.
This is not for the faint hearted, and is one of the most adventurous journeys you could undertake in India. Everything is raw, pristine and spell binding.
Come & join us for a road journey which describes its destination.

Price: INR 52,500 + 5% GST

Single supplement surcharge – INR 15000 + 5% GST

Day 1 - 28 Sep 2024

Reach Himachal Bhavan (Mandi House), Delhi by 5PM for the overnight Volvo to Manali. Dinner on the way.

Day 2 - 29 Sep 2024

Reach Manali by morning. After freshening up, move towards the beautiful Solang valley. Relax for acclimatisation to the altitude and get yourself ready for the road journey ahead. If you want to try out Paragliding, you can go for it in Solang Valley today. Overnight at Solang Valley.

Day 3 - 30 Sep 2024

Start your journey towards Chandratal Lake – The Lake of the Moon. In the Lahaul valley, this is one of the most enticing high altitude lakes, changing its colour with the position of the sun. Soak in the beauty.  Overnight near the camps at Chandratal lake.

Day 4 - 01 Oct 2024

Today we start our journey towards Tabo crossing the Kunzum Pass and Chicham bridge known to be Asia’s highest bridge from sea level at 13,244ft.  Enroute we will visit Spiti Valley’s largest Monastery – The Ki Monastery. Reach Tabo by evening. Overnight at Tabo.

Day 5 - 02 Oct 2024

Explore Tabo,  called the “ Ajanta of the Himalayas” due to its magnificent murals and amazingly detailed Thangkas in the monastery. Start towards Kaza, explore Dhankar monastery & 1200 years old Dhankar fort on the way. Overnight at Kaza.

Day 6 - 03 Oct 2024

After breakfast, explore Komik, one of the highest connected villages in the whole world. Visit the highest post office in the world at Hikkim & explore the fossil village of India –  Langza. Soak yourself into the peaceful surroundings sitting next to the giant Buddha Statue overlooking the valley.  Back to Kaza by evening.

Overnight at Kaza

Day 7 - 04 Oct 2024

We will start our journey back to Manali via Atal Tunnel today. It will be a long journey to reach the lush green environment of Manali – the first major town with habitation after the great desert ride of Spiti. Overnight at Manali. 

Day 8 - 05 Oct 2024

Wake up at your leisure & enjoy breakfast. Explore Manali market. If energy permits, visit the Hidimba temple. We will take the evening Volvo back to Delhi. Overnight in Volvo.

Day 9 - 06 Oct 2024

Arrive in Delhi early in the morning. Trip Ends.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on a double sharing basis for 6 nights. 
  • Road transportation in TT or similar (Ex-Manali). AC will be turned off as these are high altitude drives
  • Volvo tickets (Delhi to Manali & Manali to Delhi)
  • 3 major meals per day,  starting from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on Day 8, including tea/coffee.
  • Monastery and Monuments entrance fees, parking charges.
  • Guidance of an F5 Tour Lead.

Exclusions

  • Tips
  • Shopping
  • Paragliding or other activities 
  • Food other than mentioned in inclusions 
  • Camera charges
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Medication
  • Flights/Train to Delhi and back, from your city of residence.
  • Local Delhi transportation to Himachal Bhawan, Mandi house in Delhi from where the Volvo will start on Day 1
  • Local Delhi transportation from the Volvo drop point to airport/station/home on Day 9
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities, personal flight delays and aspects beyond our control. We will definitely facilitate an alternative and handle the contingency, the cost being yours. 
  • 5 % GST.

Terms & Conditions

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

  • If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.
  • 25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.
  • 50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.
  • Last 15 days – no show – the entire amount will be forfeited.
  • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.

Disclaimer

 

  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.
  • Our grop size is of maximum 10 (for long trips) and 15 (for short trips). We pride ourselves in not having a “minimum number” clause. This means, the trip will run even if we have just one person on board. This also means that we do not garuntee a minimum number of people to you.

Arrival & Departure timings:

This trip is to Ex-Delhi. Joining us from a different city?
Reach Himachal Bhawan(Mandi House) Delhi on 28th September by  5PM. Book your return journey after 11AM on 6th October  from Delhi.

How will we reach Manali?

We will take an overnight Volvo from Himachal Bhavan(Mandi House) in Delhi. We will book the bus the trip lead will be travelling on. We will also book the Volvo for the return journey from Manali to Delhi.

 

Weather

Lahaul and Spiti district is a cold desert like Ladakh. Weather in July is moderately cold during the day, but the sun will be extremely sharp making the afternoon hot while you are out. Night will be very cold. Temperature will range from 0 to 15 degree C. 

*Please note that now a days, climate/ weather is dependent on many factors and unpredictable hence above information might be subject to change during your actual travel days

Stay

  • Solang – Boutique hotel located in the picturesque Solang Nala with view of the mountains
  • Chandratal – Canvas tent accommodation with attached bathrooms 1.5 km from Chandratal Lake
  • Tabo – A well reviewed, well appointed hotel, conveniently located.
  • Kaza – A well reviewed, well appointed hotel, conveniently located.
  • Manali – A comfortable hotel in Old Manali, located amidst the lush green Deodar Forests

We do not publish the names of the hotels online for privacy reasons. We can share them by email with you.

Foooood!

  • Simple Indian food such as rotis/dal, rice etc. Toast/Omelettes will be available.
  • If you have special dietary requests, please let us know beforehand.
  • It would also be a good idea to carry some meal packets with you if you have special requirements.

Note about Smoking & Alcohol:

Alcohol on higher altitude can make you extremely dehydrated. And even smaller quantities can cause altitude-related issues. If you have to taste a local alcohol, try it towards the tail end of the trip.

Avoid smoking at higher altitudes as the oxygen is already rare.

Travel tips and advisory for high altitude travel

We remain cautious about the fitness of our participants for a trip like Spiti. We have conducted a number of very successful trips to Spiti. However, every person has different coping levels to high altitudes and young age or physical fitness may still not guarantee easy acclimatisation. Here are some tips and advisory for the trip

  • Proper Rest:  A well-rested body copes better with altitude stress. Our night in Solang is to facilitate that. Ensure you get enough sleep during your stay.
  • Hydration is Key: For acclimatisation, staying hydrated is crucial. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol to minimise the risk of altitude sickness. A minimum of 3 to 4 litres of water per day is advised. Sometimes water doesn’t do as much justice hence keep some sachets of ORS like Electral handy and keep taking sips of it.
  • Gradual Acclimatisation: Allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude by spending the first day in Solang without strenuous activities. Slowly increase your physical exertion over the next few days. We have planned our itinerary in a way that gives us ample time to do that. So, it might look like we are not doing a lot in a day but that is because we are not travelling to plains.
  • Altitude Medication: Consult a doctor for altitude sickness medication, like Diamox, before your trip. This can help prevent and alleviate symptoms. If you are already consuming any blood thinner medicine in your regular chart then mention that to the doctor specifically.
  • Indigestion is another reason why people feel nausea when they reach high altitude regions, hence it is advisable to keep in hand digestive/ antacids of your choice or ask the host for natural local home remedies. Have a light meal on the first day of arrival to avoid indigestion. Consume a diet rich in carbohydrates and low in fats. This helps in acclimatisation and provides energy for your body to cope with the altitude.

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace:

  • Higher altitudes require a certain level of fitness. We are not strictly trekking anywhere but even climbing up the stairs or a little steep walk to the monasteries or any sightseeing areas will feel like treks, given the altitude (around 6500 to 15000 ft altitudes). Langza is at 14500 ft. 
  • You will need to sign an agreement with F5 that you are undertaking this trip after your doctor’s consultation on travelling to high altitude.
  • Expect traffic jams! (especially enroute Rohtang Pass)
  • Power is scarce in the region. Most stays will have back ups but do not expect generators to run water heaters in absence of power. Hot water buckets will be provided to you in case there is no power
  • Please note that we stay in boutique and locally run hotels and they will have their unique rooms. Please do not compare your rooms with fellow travellers. They will all be of the same comfort level but will have different aesthetics and sizes.
  • This is a ROAD TRIP, to one of the most treacherous routes in the country, no less. The rewards are unbelievable but the journey will prove tiring. There are no restaurants or rest rooms enroute. The villages on the way will have a population of 30 to 50 people. Please reconsider if you have back or knee issues. Our longest stretch will be on Day 7 when we are travelling from Kaza to Manali (around 10 hours).
  • We start our days as early as possible, especially on the days of long travel.
  • We promise you a relaxed day after a day of long travel.
  • Please pack a Hot-Water Bag as a precaution for warming the bed (example)

 


‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on redefining the way women travel in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream –  to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women from across the globe.

F5 Escapes offers fixed departure all-women group tours, customized itineraries for families, groups and solo travellers. We also do in-city engagements which include #JustGo travel meetups, workshops to educate women on travel safety, sustainable menstruation, motorbiking etc.

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