astro-Retreat in Spiti

Spiti, HIMACHAL PRADESH

Spiti, a high altitude desert, located in trans-himalayans region in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is paradise of adventure travellers and astronomy enthusiasts. With Bortle class 1 skies all along, the place offers one of the best skies in India with majestic Himalayas all around. The average elevation of the district is 3300m of 11,825ft. 

The trip highlights:

  • High altitude desert ensures stable atmosphere for sharp images.
  • Isolated location hence darkest of skies available in India.
  • 1800 KM (approximately) of  sheer adventure and fun.
  • 4 nights of Deep Space Astrophotography & Stargazing.
  • 9 nights of NightScapes, wide angle astrophotography (subject to clear skies).
  • Accommodation on all nights in best possible options in terms of comfort and sky conditions.*
  • All meals included during the trip.*
  • Transport in luxury vehicle (Innova/Ertiga/Creta) included.*

*Accommodation in these remote places are usually arranged either at cheap motels or homestays. Finding either one in the peak season is a luxury. However the beauty of the place is unparalleled and you will be amazed by the beautiful vistas during the day and amazing night skies during the night.

*Meals would be a mix of Indian, local and fast food cuisine.

*The expedition will be a 1800KM round trip from Delhi to Kaza via Shimla and back via Manali. The trip will start with a  4 day drive to Kaza via Shimla. Usual route will be Delhi – Narkanda -Rampur – Sarahan – Sangla – Nako – Tabo -Mudh – Kaza. On the way we will stop at certain spots for night halt where we will be exploring the night sky using cameras and wide angle lenses. Portable trackers shall be available for long exposures of Milkyway.

 

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Generic Program detail

A 12 day Tentative Itinerary for the program

  • Day 01 – August 03 – Delhi – Narkanda
  • Day 02 – August 04 – Narkanda – Chitkul – Sangla
  • Day 03 – August 05 – Sangla – Tabo
  • Day 04 – August 06 – Tabo – Mudh
  • Day 05 – August 07 – Mudh – Kaza
  • Day 06 – August 08 – Kaza – Kibber
  • Day 07 – August 09 – Kibber
  • Day 08 – August 10 – Kibber
  • Day 09 – August 11 – Kibber
  • Day 10 – August 12 – Kibber – Chandratal
  • Day 11 – August 13 – Chandratal – Manali
  • Day 12 – August 14 – Manali – Delhi.

Places of Interest

  • Narkanda – Gateway to the middle and upper Himalayas in the state of HP.
  • Chitkul – The last village towards Tibet, closest we can be to the International border on this trip.
  • Mudh – An amazing town in the Pin Valley.
  • Kaza -The capital town of Spiti District.
  • Ki, Kibber – Monestries and rich cultural heritage to explore on our trip.
  • Chandratal – The moon shaped lake in the higher reaches of Himalayas, camping under the stars is an experience of lifetime.

Things one can do on this trip

  • If you are an adventure lover, the journey in itself is an adventure.
  • Take stunning images of the beautiful night sky with wildly changing vistas.
  • 4N 5D of deep space imaging from a fixed station while 9 nights of wide angle imaging session.
  • Visiting high mountain passes, seeing Snow covered peaks and transforming scenery every time, it’s time to experience the heavens on Earth.
  • You can choose to drive self or take public transport and enjoy 
  • Make memories and new friends.
BASIC AMENITIES
  • Since the stay will be at a variety of places, there are no fixed details on this. Once the bookings are done, we can go ahead with these details.
  • Astronomy gear for visual observation and astrophotography with experts.
  • Astrophotography expertise on your own equipment.
  • Availability of special cameras and filters for your testing and imaging.
WEATHER
  • Usually cold to very cold. Nights can be freezing cold even in summer season. Carry heavy woollens with gloves, cap and woollen socks. Rainfall is rarely witnessed. An umbrella or plastic bags for your equipment might be a good idea to carry.
THINGS TO CARRY
  • Carry heavy woollens.
  • Carry your Telescope, camera, all accessories and tripod.
  • Carry your medicines, and other essential items. Make sure to carry Dimox or similar drug as AMS can be fatal. 
  • Carry some snacks and chocolates for night munching and on the journey.
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