How to make a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days?

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Ever since Spiti Valley has emerged as a popular place, the need for making a trip to this middle land in a short number of days has become apparent. Almost every day I am asked for some plans about making a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days or even 5 days in hand. It is not a mistake of someone who does not know anything about high altitude travel or how far this beautiful cold desert resides in Himachal. All thanks to the 1000s of beautiful, barren and breathtaking landscape pictures spread over Social media that lures them in making such optimistic plans. However, it does not work like that when it comes to travel to high altitude places like Spiti Valley or Ladakh.

Planning a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days?

Planning a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days?

When you travel to places like Spiti Valley or Ladakh in the Himalayas, you have to consider many other aspects. It includes considering acclimatization, present road conditions, how are you traveling, who are you traveling with, ay present medical conditions, what are your expectations of stays, etc and the list goes on. One must consider that in remote places of Himalayas, things aren’t as readily available how they are in our cities. Keeping some of these things in mind, I will try to share an itinerary or a travel plan for making a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days in this article. It will help those tourists who are in a hurry and interested to either ticking off Spiti Valley from their travel bucket list or interested in witnessing a glimpse of its majestic landscapes.

Common Itinerary – Spiti Valley in 6 Days

You must note one thing that it takes at least three days to reach Spiti Valley from Kinnaur side and at least two days from Manali side. Hence, if you just have 5-6 days in hand, then traveling from Kinnaur side is out of the question. Hence, you are left with the option of traveling to Spiti Valley in 6 days from Manali side only. It also means that you can only travel when Manali to Kaza road is open, which usually opens up by mid of June and remains open up to October. You can travel on Manali – Kaza road up to mid of October after which it becomes quite cold, windy and risky to drive or ride on it. You can always keep a track of Manali – Kaza road updates in our DoW Community thread Manali – Kunzum Pass – Spiti Valley Road Status

The barren beauty of Spiti Valley

The barren beauty of Spiti Valley

Please also note that while traveling from Manali side, you have to take risk of AMS issues as altitude increases abruptly and also have to take permit to cross Rohtang Pass 😉 … I have covered these topics in detail in the articles 5 Reasons to Travel Spiti Valley from Manali Route and 5 Reasons to Travel Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur Route. The below-mentioned plan does not cover everything in Spiti Valley but touches important places so that you can make the best use of limited time. In case you only have 5 days in hand, you should better off restrict your trip to Chandratal only (refer Chandratal Lake – Most Common Itinerary). Here goes the plan for a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days:

Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
  • Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
  • If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through by checking: How to get Rohtang Pass Permits Online
  • Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley
  • About 13-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 2 | Manali / Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza
  • Head early morning to Kaza via Rohtang Pass, headquarters of Spiti Valley
  • Visit Kunzum Pass and enjoy the moment there
  • Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu is out of the world
  • There may be some headache or AMS this night, but enjoy this magical drive over Kunzum Pass to enter the middle land called Spiti Valley. You will enjoy the drive to Kaza greatly.
  • About 10 – 11 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang Pass or stuck in water crossing
  • Overnight at Kaza
Day 3 | Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo – Kaza
  • Explore Tabo an around, check out monastery and old caves of monks
  • Travel back the 47 KMs to Kaza from Tabo via Dhangkar villages
  • Visit Dhangkar Monastery and leave after early lunch
  • Enjoy the magnificent vistas all day and come back to Kaza for night sleep
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza

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Day 3 | Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
  • Today visit the road less travelled or off beat places near Kaza
  • Great view of Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak from Langza
  • Statue of the Buddha near Langza looking down the valley
  • Tanggyud monastery at Komik, is one of the most important and the highest monastery in the Spiti Valley
  • Overnight at Kaza
Day 4 | Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Rangrik – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal Lake
  • Visit Ki – Kibber villages in first hald and for more details you can read: Key – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Local Sightseeing in Kaza
  • Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive
  • Enjoy the most scenic drive of entire Spiti Valley between Losar and Kaza at an easy pace
  • Visit Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy the evening there
  • Camps are about 2 KMs from the lake, either stay there or back to Battal where there is a PWD rest house now though without electricity. But, no point going back a painful ride to Losar over Kunzum Pass unless you want to stay in guest house with electricity. Better stay at Battal and save time as well as energy for next day.
  • About 5 – 5.5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Chandratal
Day 5 | Chandratal – Batal – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – Manali
  • Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass is out of the world
  • Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
  • About 6 – 7 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang Pass
  • If there is time explore Manali, that is if going by overnight Volvo which starts around 5.30 PM
  • Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Old Manali, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
  • Overnight at Manali
Day 6 | Manali – Mandi – Jahu – Bhota – Una – Delhi
  • If not taking Volvo and driving self to Delhi, you can try different route
  • Take a longer but different route to Delhi from Jahu – Bhota – Una side
  • Route is pretty scenic, much better roads and offer good views
  • About 14 Hrs, as it is about 55 KMs longer route but devoid of bad roads and truck traffic/li>
  • Sweet home

Day 7-8 | Buffer days to be kept in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more 🙂

Beautiful views of Spiti Valley

Beautiful views of Spiti Valley

Conclusion

I hope this plan or itinerary for a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days will be useful for travelers planning their short journey to this place. Feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a short trip to Spiti Valley in this coming season. In case you have any questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Spiti Valley, please post them in the comments section of this article OR in “Ask a Travel Question” section of the website.

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61 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are going to Delhi-Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa-Nako-Kaza-Chandratal-Manali from 24th June to 1July 2017. Would like to know the road and weather condition. Is there any precaution we need to take?

    • Aish, road conditions are in general OK as they used to be. Kinnaur Valley has average to bad, bumpy roads, once you enter Spiti Valley you will have average bumpy roads mostly and then Kaza to Manali especially up to Rohtang Pass will be quite challenging.

      • Hi Dheeaj,

        Thanks for the quick reply!

        I am reading in various blogs that roads are blocked near Sarahan and some road constructions work going near Tabo. Do we need to take any precauation or shift our plan by couple of weeks?

        • Also we are going in Swift Dzire. Do you think that can cause some problem?

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    Hope you are doing Well.

    We are a bunch of guys planning to visit Spiti in the month of AUG (Probably the 15th AUG week). We have a total of 7 days in hand. We all will be travelling from Kolkata and will start our journey from Manali/Shimla whatever we find suitable for us. Requesting you to please advice on the route which we should opt for, which all placess we should visit.

    Waiting for your response.

    Thanks in advance !!

    • You can opt for any of the below 4 options

      Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 3 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 4 : Tabo – Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 5 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Chandratal
      Day 6 : Chandratal – Manali
      Day 7 : Reach Delhi

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dangkar – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza and around (Ki, kibber, gette, hikkim, komik, langza – Choose whatever you possibly can)
      Day 6 | Kaza- Kunzum Pass – Manali
      Day 7 | Manali – Delhi

      Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Chandratal – Kaza. Leave early morning from Manali to see Chandratal too.
      Day 3 : Kaza – Rest Day. Evening pay a visit to Ki, Kibber
      Day 4 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza – Tabo
      Day 5 : Tabo – Geyu Mummy – Nako – Kalpa
      Day 6 : Kalpa – Sangla / Chitkul – Sarahan / Rampur
      Day 7 : Sarahan / Rampur – Delhi, long drive back

      Day 1: Delhi – Shimla / Narkanda
      Day 2: Shimla / Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
      Day 4: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Hikkim
      Day 6: Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa – Rampur/Jeori (very long day)
      Day 7: Rampur/Jeori – Delhi (again a long day)

      • Rishi Gupta on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Hope you are doing well!!

        Thanks for your prompt response. However I have few other questions/doubts and request you to please advice us on the same.

        1) Is there any route from Manali which will take us to Spiti via Rohtang pass?

        2) As we are total 3 in number, which vehicle you would suggest will be best for us. If you have any contact, please do share the same.

        3) Are the vehicle’s on sharing basis is also available. If yes, from where we can get that details.

        4) We want to spend our overnight in chandratal while camping, staying in tents. How can we make this happen. If you have any details, please share the same with us.

        Thank you in advance!!
        Rishi

        • Hi Rishi,

          Below are the inputs:

          1. Yes, Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza
          2. You should get a taxi. You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.
          3. Local taxis run between Kaza and Manali on sharing basis per seat but they do not stop for any sightseeing or pictures.
          4. How many total days do you have in hand? Did you check: How to make a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days?

  3. Hello Mr. Dheeraj,

    Am planning a solo bike tour of Spiti Valley, probably in the month of August or September.

    Is it possible to complete the same within 8 days – Chandigarh to Shimla to Kaza etc etc to Manali to Shimla to Chandigarh. And is it a good time to visit in Aug?

    Kindly suggest.

    • Akash, it is best to make the trip in September when monsoon resides from the region. In case you have just 8 days on hand, do it like any of the below options:

      Day 1: Delhi – Sarahan
      Day 2: Sarahan – Kalpa
      Day 3: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
      Day 4: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Langza – Kaza
      Day 6: Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Sangla / Chitkul
      Day 7: Sangla / Chitkul – Narkanda / Shimla
      Day 8: Narkanda / Shimla – Delhi

      Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 3 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 4 : Tabo – Pin Valley
      Day 5 : Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 6 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza / Losar
      Day 7 : Kaza / Losar – Chandratal – Manali
      Day 8 : Reach Delhi by overnight Volvo from Manali

      Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 3 : Kaza Rest day. May be do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 4 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza – Pin Valley
      Day 5 : Pin Valley – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 6 : Tabo – Nako – Nako Lake – Kalpa
      Day 7 : Kalpa – Narkanda
      Day 8 : Narkanda – Delhi

  4. MANOJ KUMAR on

    Hi Dheeraj.

    I am planning a trip to Spiti Valley from 4th June to 14th June 2017. I plan to complete the circuit Delhi-Shimla-Narkanda-Kaza-Manali. But reading your various threads it seems the road beyond Kaza may not be open for us to complete the circuit. In that case can you suggest an alternate itinerary/travel plan so that we can make the maximum for this Spiti venture. We will be five people traveling in my self driven Innova. Myself, my wife, my two teenaged daughters and my father aged 70 years. And also we will also be taking along our pet dog Leo (Labrador). Can you also tell if the hotels/guest houses enroute will be able to accomodate our pet in their places.

    Regards and Thanks in advance.

    Manoj Kumar

  5. Hye dheeraj

    I am planning to visit spiti in june end. My itinerary is as follows
    day 1: delhi to manali
    day 2: manali- rohrang -batal-chhatru-kaza
    day 3- kaza- kibber-key monastry- kaza
    day 4- kaza – chandratal
    day 5- chandratal -manali-delhi

    Kindly advice if the itinerary is ok . Or if we are missing out sumthing important.
    Please advice.
    thanks in advance

  6. Hello dheeraj jee,
    I am planning a trip to spiti valley from Kinnaur shimla.on 5th June and then towards leh. Do I need permits? Please help me

        • Replying here again

          No Rajveer, you do not need any permits to travel to Leh from Spiti – Keylong route. However, in Leh The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
          For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.

      • Thanks dheeraj sirji. Can you please guide me route to leh from spiti. If it is offroad then it will be good for us. We are planning to start our trip on 2nd June from Mumbai.
        Thanks dheeraj sir in advance.

        • Rajveer, the road from Kaza to Keylong is not expected to open by mid of June. So, second June you cannot take either Manali – Leh highway nor Kaza – Keylong – Leh road. Only option to travel is through Srinagar and situation up there is a bit tense.

      • Ok sir 🙁 thank you so much dheeraj sir. I went last year according to you. This year I think spiti valley is only possible. Dheeraj sir please update if roads open early. Thank you sir in advance…

  7. Neha Kapoor on

    My Itinerary would be:
    Delhi-Manali
    Manali-Rohtang-Jispa
    Jispa-Leh
    Leh-Pangong
    Pangong-Leh
    Leh-Jispa
    Jispa-Spiti Valley
    Spiti Valley- Delhi???

    Want to come back to Delhi seeing Spiti Vally. Can be done? Planning to go by Xuv500. but dont want to take more than 10 days in all.

    Please help and guide return journey!

    • Neha, it will not help with acclimatization. It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days. You can fit in plan I suggested in above para in this plan

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is there anyway way to travel from Leh to Spiti without going to Manali?
    Iam looking for a route which can save some time as i have less days.
    Also is it possible to travel from leh to manali in 1 Day?

    Regards,
    Nischal

  9. Hi DHEERAJ can you give me contact numbers of some budget homestays at Sarahan per room 800/- to 1000/- per night oh yes what are the chances of Kaza to Manali on 5th June because we already planned from Shimla to Manali from 3rd June via Kinnaur and Spiti if the road will not open then we have to back again Kalpa ,Jeori,Shoja then Manali or any other route is there.Please give any suggestion.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to go to the mountains by the 1st or second week of June. here is the plan as of now: leave Mumbai on a friday evening flight to delhi and get an overnight bus to kasol. spend the rest to Saturday and Sunday at kasol. I have monday to friday to ride to spiti, possible camp somewhere great and back to kasol.
    Is this doable or is it totally stupid.
    Thank you in advance. 🙂

    • Hey Godwin, well, as per the plan shared in the article above, 5 days from Kasol should be OK to make a trip to Spiti Valley. Please follow the plan as shared in the article.

      • Hi,
        what I really wanted to know was, is it ok to ride a rented bike from kasol all the way to kaza in a day. Also is it a good idea to get my own tent and camp out in spiti. If so, is there a place you would suggest that is perfect for this. also is it possible to include nako lake in the itinerary.
        Thanks a lot in advance, all this information is just gold. 🙂

  11. Subhash Mittal on

    Hi Dheeraj, we 4 adukts r planning to visit lahaul spiti in first week of June 17 going from shimla and xominf from manali. Is it ok. Also tell us the budget. We are foinf by balero diesel. We have 8-10 days in hand.

    • Hi Subash,

      I think there are a lot of typos in your message but I understand you plan to make a trip to Spiti Valley in the first week of June. I will recommend that you postpone the trip by two weeks as Manali – Kaza route will open by mid of June only. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

    • Subhash Mittal on

      Thanks Dheeraj, plz tell me the approximate budget. We do not want the luxuries. We will prefer the neat and clean homestay.

      • The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3200-3500 per day depending on the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price. If you are 2-3 in the group, you can opt for sedan taxi cars as well which charges around Rs 2200 per day.

        Otherwise, taxis, in general, are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands. These drivers can help you with finding local stay options too.

        For stay options in Kinnaur and Spiti, check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley.

        You can keep an average of 900-1200 per person per day for food and stay on the tour to Spiti Valley.

        You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

  12. Tejas Dave on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am looking for a 7 days trip to Spiti valley in 1st week of June 2017. Is it possible for you to please share an appropriate itinerary for the same and also, confirm if the stretch between Kaza & Manali (Via Chandratal) will be oped during that time?

    Thank you,
    Tejas Dave

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is there any group is going for Spiti? Or is just a iteranory. Please let me know the cost of the trip also let me know if I can join that group for this trip.

    Thanks

    • Neha, you can search for Travel Calendar from the main menu. We do not sell any tour or travel services. People looking out for travel partners post their plans to find online travel partners. Post your entry too.

  14. SHUVAJIT GANGULY on

    Thanks a lot for your prompt reply.Me and my wife will be self driving a wagon r from kolkata during end
    september 1st night we will be at kanpur 2nd night at chandigarh we would now seek your help to do spiti
    valley and rohtang pass and come back from manali side to chandigarh we have 10days chandigarh to chandigarh.Please help us in preparing our itirenary things one should not miss and also do we need pass
    for rohtang?

    • SHUVAJIT, since you are traveling from Chandigarh, any special reason you want to do the trip from Manali side only? Why not enter from Shimla – Kinnaur and exit from Manali? You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

  15. Hi Dheeraj, you are doing an incredible work. Thank you for your initiative and posts.
    We are planning to go until Kaza and Key Monastery next week (7th-12th May) through Kinnaur from Shimla. Do you think these routes are clear? We are aware that Rohtang Pass isn’t open yet. So, we will return from the same route. Please suggest.

    • Yeah Shimla – Kinnaur – Kaza route was cleared a week back of landslide. It takes three days to reach Kaza from Delhi and thre days to come back. I hope you are OK with being on road only for 6 days.

  16. In this you have listed out itenary for those who are driving to spiti. It would be a great help if you share the link if already written or post a peice for those who would travel using public transport.
    Thank it you

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