SPITI 2019 FAQ!
When is the trip?
27th July 2019 to 12th August 2019, 17 days 16 nights. We’ll meet at Changi Airport at 27/07/19 at 0330HRS (terminal to be confirmed), and arrive in Singapore on 12/08/19 at 1115HRS.
Where and what is Spiti?
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India!
Where are we going?
We’ll be visiting 4 places in total! The trip starts with an adventurous Pin Bhaba Pass trek. In 6 days 5 nights, we will ascend 1,600metres, and descend 1,200metres, from Kafnu to Mudh, with Pin Bhaba Pass being the highest point in the trek, of 4,900metres above sea level.
Next, we’ll spend 4 days 3 nights exploring Kaza, Dhankar, Tabo, Kee and Chandratal, where we will visit some interesting sites as well as monasteries! (Time to release the inner monk in you~)
We will then travel to Manali, before heading back down to Delhi for some R&R.
How much is it and what does it include?
This trip will cost $1400 for members, and $1450 for non-members (Learn more about membership here if you would like to sign up!). This price includes all airfares, accommodations, guides, most ground transport, protected area permit, and meals as stated in the itinerary.*
What is not included in the cost?
- VISA – Some of you might need to apply a visa to enter India. (All Singaporeans need to apply for a visa!)
- Travel Insurance – NUS provides minimal insurance coverage for NUS students ONLY. Hence, NUS students are advised to purchase their own travel insurance for more coverage if they require. Non-NUS Students are responsible to get their own travel insurance.
- You might want to consider getting a vaccination for childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) as well as cover against food and water-borne diseases, including Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
- Anything else that is not mentioned in the itinerary such as food, shopping expenses, tipping for the guides and transport during R&R.
How are the 17 days going to be like?
Day 1: Travel from Singapore to Delhi via Chennai on Indigo, overnight bus to Shimla.
Day 2: R&R in shimla.
Day 3: Travel to Kafnu and overnight in Kafnu.
Day 4: Trek from Kafnu to Mulling
Day 5: Trek from Mulling to Kara
Day 6: Trek from Kara to Pushtirang
Day 7: Acclimatisation day in Pushtirang
Day 8: Trek from Pushtirang to Mangrungse, via Pin Bhaba Pass
Day 9: Trek from Mangrungse to Mudh (End of the trek), Travel to Kaza
Day 10: Travel from Kaza to Kee, Kibber and Langza, overnight at Langza
Day 11: Travel from Langza to Tabo and Dhankar, overnight at Tabo
Day 12: Travel from Tabo to Chandratal, overnight at Chandratal
Day 13: Chandratal to Manali, overnight in Manali
Day 14: R&R at Manali and overnight bus to Delhi.
Day 15: R&R in Delhi, overnight in Delhi.
Day 16: R&R in Delhi, travel from Delhi to Singapore via Chennai on Indigo.
Day 17: Arrive in Singapore, dismissal.
Where will we be spending our nights?
- 2 nights on an overnight bus
- 5 nights in tents through the trek
- 1 night in tented accommodation at Chandratal
- 8 nights in hostels/homestays/dormitory
Will there be a local guide?
Yes, there will be a local guide for the trek.
Will there be a porter for the trek?
Yes, we have mules to help carry our bags!
How’s the temperature like?
- During the day: High/Low, 20°C /30°C
- During the night: High/Low, 10°C /20°C
- Note: Since Spiti is a high altitude desert, temperatures are unpredictable and might drop lower than the stipulated so be prepared!
You will be travelling with 5 committee members and 11 other participants!
Important things to take note before signing up:
- You must have good medical health. Please do not sign up if you have any serious medical conditions (please be truthful in your application!!)
- Only vegetarian meals are available during the Pin Bhaba Pass trek.
- Citizens of Bangladesh, China, and Taiwan have difficulty obtaining permits for the treks due to border restrictions rules, and it is necessary to gain a permit for the trek.
How difficult is this trek?
We are rating the trek 3.8/5. Due to its high altitude, duration of trek and altitude gain, this trek would require a higher level of physical fitness. So do make sure you are well conditioned and prepared for the long trip!
How is this trek different from others?
Of all the treks in Himachal Pradesh, This trek covers a big number of different dramatic landscapes! From Dark forests, to wide alpines, and finally that dessert setting, you’ll be left stunned and in awe by how much nature can change~
How do I find out more about this trip?
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries!
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