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Start off your adventurous trip by trailing the roads from Manali to Chandertal via Rohtang Pass (3978 meters). Upon reaching Chandertal, check into the hotel and then utilize the rest of the day either relaxing by the side of chandra lake or trekking upwards to the Kunzum Pass on your own. Overnight stay in camp.
Enjoy a heartily meal and then pack up your luggage to depart for kaza. On the way trespass through the kunzum La pass and the first village of Spiti called loser. Arrive Kaza and check into the hotel for a delightful Dinner and overnight stay.
Morning visit the Ki monastery, 12 kms from Kaza. This century – old gompa is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors – and at one time also acted as a fort. Also visit the small gompa at Kibber, 9 kms further ahead. Overnight at guest house/Hotel.
Today after breakfast head on for Tabo while enroute covering Pin Valley & Kungri Monastery. Upon arriving Tabo hotel rest for a while and then visit an ancient monastery called Tabo Monastery (existing since 997 AD). Have dinner Overnight stay in Tabo Hotel / Home stay.
Pack up your luggage, check out from the hotel and then trace the routes back to Kaza. On the way stop by Dhankar Monastery and Lalung Gompa . Arrive Kaza & check into the hotel to enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in hotel/ homestay.
Enjoy your morning meal, pack up your luggage and drive towards Manali . Enroute cross by the famous Snow Point called Rohtang Pass . Upon reaching Manali you ll be transferred to the pre-booked hotel reserved by you….
Water: Water is the most essential thing while travelling in Spiti, since dehydration can further complicate health issues at such a high altitude. So make sure you are carrying at least couple of litter of water per person all the time and drinking at regular intervals.
Medicines: Medicines for headache, allergy, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup.
Diamox dosage: ( For Altitude Sickness – a must ) For the chances of a successful and a stress free trip, We suggest participants start on Diamox two days before before leaving for Spiti. Which means 2 tablets for two days.and then after reaching Manali continue it for another two days even in Spiti. ( Total 4 tablets )
Side effects of Diamox: While Diamox is harmless for most people, please check with your doctor whether you are allergic to sulphides. Also check with your doctor if you have high/low blood pressure or diabetes.
Sunscreen lotion: UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging to the skin, even during the harshest of winter, so don’t forget to carry a good quality sunscreen lotion eg. 50 SPF and above.
UV sunglasses: As mentioned earlier, UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging and this holds true for eyes as well. So having decent quality UV sunglasses (Fastrack ones are available for as little as Rs. 800) is quite essential, especially if you are travelling early in the season or during winter, when mountain passes have a lot of snow cover and sunlight reflecting from the snow can be even harsher!
Lip balm: Dry and cold weather of Spiti will make your lips dry, which can get quite painful due to cracking and skin coming off, so make sure to carry a lip balm or Vaseline.
Mustard oil: Mustard oil can be used for moisturizing skin, putting it in your hair and for lubricating insides of nostrils, which can become quite dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Spiti.
Glucose: Carrying water mixed with Glucon C/D is a good idea while travelling at high altitude, as it provides instant energy on the move, when your appetite is likely to be reduced due to AMS and at the same time.. Carry couple of small packs with you, which you can mix in water, at the beginning of the day.
Chocolates, biscuits and nuts: Carrying couple of chocolates, a pack of biscuits and few hundred grams of almonds, raisins and cashews is a good idea, as these provide instant energy and easy snack and don’t take up too much space. Those who love spicy food, make sure to carry pickle or sauce, since spiti food is a bit bland.
Other personal essentials: Paper soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and toilet paper. You can also carry your shaving kit and face wash if you have the space and need for these and any other toiletries.
Clothes: In spiti it is best to dress in layers, since majority of coldness is due to wind chill and temperatures can change rapidly depending on the place, time and weather. Hence dressing in layers will allow you to add/subtract layers as and when needed. So make sure apart from your regular clothes, you are also carrying a sweater, gloves, cap (protect head and ears from cold winds), warm inners (especially if you are travelling in off season) and if possible, air/water resistant jacket.
Documents and IDs: It is essential to carry at least one government issued identity card and couple of photocopies of it, since it is needed while applying for inner line permit and at certain places, to register at the check post. You should also carry your medical insurance card (if you have one), important contacts (useful in case your mobile phone stops working).
Chargers for all the gadgets, cameras and mobile
Spare camera batteries: Carry at least one spare set of batteries required by your camera, since in cold environment, batteries can die quickly.
Car charger or battery bank: If you are an avid smart phone user then carry a car cable and a power bank.
3 socket Belkin Surge Protector: While it is a little large in size, 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector will not only keep your gadgets protected from power surges, but will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and at the same time, provide the crucial cable length to safely place your gadgets in rooms with idiotic power socket locations (sadly enough, many hotels have this).
Enough memory cards to last you the entire trip: Doesn’t matter if you are carrying a laptop or planning to burn CDs/DVDs at Spiti, carry enough memory cards to cover your entire shooting duration in Spiti.
Torch: Not really needed if your mobile phone has one, but if in case it doesn’t, carry a small LED one.
Money: While my recommendation would be to carry enough cash you need, to avoid wasting time withdrawing cash, it may not be feasible for everyone. So please keep in mind that ATMs beyond Srinagar and Manali are only available in few place and they too are few with often long queues in front of them.
Mobile phone connectivity: Only post-paid mobile phone connections from other states work in Spiti and even from these, only BSNL has presence beyond Spiti.
Don’ts Consumption of Alcohol or any drug: We highly recommend you not to consume Alcohol or any kind of illegal drug before travelling to spiti as it could lead to dehydration and high altitude sickness leading to health problems.
Don’t be your own doctor: If you are feeling sick, do not take medicine without any recommendation.
Exertion: On the very first day of your arrival at Spiti don’t over exert yourself. You can roam in the market but mostly we would like you to take rest as much as you can so that your body can adapt with the climate.
No not throw litter: Keep Spiti clean, do not throw litter.
NOTE : Please read carefully before making Payment
All correspondence for travel arrangements should be addressed to Glacial Adventures. For the services contracted, 50% advance payment should be made for confirmation of booking & the balance amount can be paid upon arrival in India or before check in hotel (before the commencement of the services).
Glacial Adventures hold the right to decide on the amount to be paid as advance payment, based on the nature of service & the time left for the commencement of the service. Besides above, in certain cases like Train Journeys, hotels or resorts bookings during the peak season or during fairs/festivals, full payment may be required in order to hold space CONFIRMED BASIS.
Please note that such payments are NON REFUNDABLE.
Advance payment can be made through WIRE TRANSFER to our bank,or by CASH that could be deposited in any of our accounts. Upon arrival in INDIA, the payment can be made in cash
TRANSFER FROM ONE TOUR TO ANOTHER
A transfer from one tour to another of the originally booked tour will be treated as a cancellation on that tour, thereby attracting the cancellation charges as stated in these
terms and a fresh booking on another.
BOOKING & PAYMENT CONDITIONS
For booking confirmation, need to pay 50% amount in company account by Checque/Cash/Net banking in our company account. Remaining amount should be paid at the time of check in at hotel.
PREPONE AND POSTPONE
For postpone/Prepone of tour packages are to be communicated in written and need to be inform us at least 7 days prior of tour date.
INR 3000/- will be charged extra for prepone/postpone.
AMENDMENTS / CANCELLATIONS
If the Client is willing to amend or cancel his/her booking because of whatsoever reasons including death, accident, illness, or any other personal reasons including non-payment of the balance payment, the Company is liable to recover Cancellation charges from the Client.All cancellations are to be communicated in written and advance amount is non refundable, besides the forfeiture of the deposit amount of the tour, a further charge will be levied as follows:-
30 days prior to departure of the tour, advance amount is non refundable, advance will be charged.
30 days to 15 days prior to departure of the tour 50% of total tour cost.
14 days to 07 days prior to departure of the tour 75% of total tour cost.
07 days to 01 days prior to departure of the tour 100% of total tour cost.
There will be no refund for NO SHOWS.
Any amendment in the original booking has to be given to us in writing. All changes will be processed only after the receipt of the same by the Company. However, if any of the amendment requests results in cancellation of one or more services, then the Company is liable to recover cancellation charges as indicated in the above-mentioned table.
The above-mentioned cancellation charges are applicable only against the main Tour and optional tours published by the Company. If the Client has booked any other services such as air / train tickets or any third party product, then the Company is liable to recover cancellation charges as per cancellation terms of respective airline / railways or the cancellation terms of respective third party. The Company is also liable to recover its service charges against booking and cancelling such services for the Client.
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