Spiti Valley | Most Common Itinerary

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Spiti Valley is one of my favourite location to travel after Leh – Ladakh and in fact if someone ask me which one is better of the two (Ladakh or Spiti Valley), sometimes I do not have an answer 🙂 … In fact, covering Ladakh so extensively I feel I can forever go to Spiti Valley but may skip journey to Ladakh ;). Reason??

Well, I feel sooner or later Ladakh will be full of mad rush of tourists, almost you can see the glimpse of this thing happening in season time. However, Spiti Valley is altogether untouched as of now and people mostly confuse it with Lahaul Valley or they are more or less restricted to only a visit to Chandratal (Read my Travel Guide to Chandratal here). The real beauty of Spiti Valley starts beyond Kunzum Pass, towards Losar then to Kaza and then towards Tabo and then towards Nako or Kinnaur Valley… Not to forget the Pin Valley in between and there is hell lot of heavenly beauty to explore in Spiti Valley.

Teaser… Leading us to heaven…
Autumn Colors in Spiti Valley

I will be starting up the most comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley on the blog with this article in a similar fashion what was done for Leh – Ladakh i.e. with the Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley. I am sure as the Most Common Ladakh Itinerary has proved super successful in guiding and helping countless travellers, this article will too acts as a special guide for all such people who are looking forward to explore the magical colours of Spiti Valley. This article covers almost all major places in Spiti Valley including Tabo, Kaza, Losar, Chandratal, Kunzum Pass, Ki, Kibber, Pin Valley etc. There are two routes to enter Spiti Valley viz. Delhi – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza AND Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza. So, you can see that one can enter from one side (say Shimla) and exit back to Delhi from other side (Manali) making it the complete circuit.

In this article, I will be starting from Shimla side and exiting from Manali side due to two basic advantages. Firstly, Spiti Valley is a cold desert situated in Trans Himalayan region at an altitude of 11000+ Feet mostly and hence, your body will require certain amount of acclimatization before you enter the Spiti Valley. Going via Shimla side will help you gradually increase the altitude and your body gets acclimatized properly, hence less chances of getting hit with Acute Mountain Sickness (read more info on AMS here). If you start from Manali side then you reach High Altitude terrain pretty quickly which increases the chances of Mountain Sickness that can spoil the trip. Secondly, you get a chance to traverse the Hindustan – Tibet Highway which is one of the most adventurous (some call deadliest too :)) roads of the world. Riding or Driving on Hindustan – Tibet Road is a journey in itself even if you do not visit any places in Spiti Valley 🙂 … So, with these two reasons in mind lets start below from Shimla side and exit via Manali side.

Most Common Itinerary of Spiti Valley for 11 – 12 Days

Day 1 | Delhi – Shimla / Narkanda

  • Shimla sightseeing includes Famous Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhu Temple
  • Narkanda is about 60 KMs from Shimla takes about 2 Hrs
  • About 8 Hrs drive to Shimla
  • Overnight at Shimla or Narkanda, which ever suits your timings

Day 2 | Shimla / Narkanda – Sangla / Chitkul (Kinnaur Valley)

  • Leave early, if from Shimla and enjoy the vistas en route
  • You can plan for lunch at Rampur
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs of beautiful drive through Kinnaur Valley
  • Overnight at Sangla

Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpa

  • Leave early to spend some time at beautiful Chitkul Village
  • Visit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to Kalpa
  • Watch the lovely sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa over Mount Kinner Kailash
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of total drive on this day
  • Overnight at Kalpa

Day 4 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo

  • Start your day early and watch the vistas en route over Hindustan Tibet Highway
  • Check Out Khab, Confluence of Spiti and Satluj Rivers
  • See the Leo Purygal Peak from Khab Bridge
  • Have your lunch at Nako Lake
  • Meet the dreaded Malling Nalla ahead of Nako
  • After Chango – Sumdo you will enter Spiti Valley.
  • After Sumdo police registration, detour towards Geyu Village to visit the 500 Year old Mummy
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Tabo

Day 5 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mud Village)

  • Visit Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake and leave after early lunch
  • Enjoy the magnificent vistas all day
  • Traverse the Pin Valley | Kungri – Sagnam – Mud – Tailing
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Mud Village in Pin Valley

Day 6 | Pin Valley – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Kaza

  • Head for Kaza, headquarters of Spiti Valley
  • Have lunch at Kaza and check in to Hotel
  • Visit Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang in the second half of the day
  • Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive
  • Tashigang is where the road ends but again beautiful drive
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza

Day 7 | Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza – Kaza / Losar

  • 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
  • You can move to Losar if you would like to stay away from hustle bustle of Kaza
  • About 2 – 3 Hrs of drive in the day excluding Losar
  • If planning to go to Losar, Enjoy the most scenic drive of entire Spiti Valley between Losar and Kaza at an easy pace
  • About 2 – 2.5 Hrs drive between Losar and Kaza, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Kaza or Losar

Day 8 | Kaza / Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal / Battal

  • Visit Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy the day there
  • Camps are about 2.5 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 4 – 5 Hrs drive minimum
  • Overnight at Battal or Chandratal Camps

Day 9 | Battal / Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali

  • Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
  • Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass is out of the world
  • About 7 – 8 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang Pass
  • Overnight at Manali

Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

  • 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.
  • About 12-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Back Home

Day 11-12 | Buffer days to be kept in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more 🙂

Add On Days

If you have more days then perhaps you can choose any of the days to explore more beautiful places within Spiti Valley…

  • Spend a Day to explore more of Kinnaur Valley, may be after Shimla stay at Sarahan before reaching Sangla or at Chitkul/Sangla itself.
  • Spend a Day to explore Rama Valley and Lingti Valley that includes Demul, Lallung
  • Spend a day to explore Mane Village in Spiti Valley
Petrol Pumps After Shimla
  • Theog
  • Narkanda Do Top Up Here
  • Rampur After crossing the town, the last one on right side is pretty reliable
  • Jeori
  • Tapri – New one, not sure if one can rely on it
  • Powari – Mostly Closed
  • Rekong Peo
  • Kaza – Do Not Miss

Foreign Nationals visiting the protected areas of Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley are required to get the inner line permits or ILP. Domestic (Indian) tourist do not require any permits. If you are Indian, then just carry a valid photo ID proof of your nationality to be on safe side. You can get all the details for these permits and its process at the article linked here

Conclusion

I am sure the above itinerary if not help you 100% with planning a trip to Spiti Valley but can certainly act as a starting point for your upcoming Spiti Valley trip. Do share your valuable thoughts or queries or doubts you have and we can discuss more about your upcoming Travel Plans for Spiti Valley 🙂

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  1. Bhavesh shah on

    Can we enjoy snow at April end ?
    Can we go up to kaza and further up to losar in April end _may start.?

    • Yes Bhavesh, there will be snow further ahead of Kaza in Spiti Valley during April end. Plenty of snow. You can try to go towards Losar – Kunzum Pass road from Kaza up to the point it will be open.

  2. mohammadasif on

    Myself and two of my colleagues had a self drive road trip to Spiti Valley from 22nd Sep – 29th Sep 2017. We hired a Scorpio from Zoom Car Noida, here are few suggestions and route we followed.

    22/9 (04:30 AM) : Delhi to Narkanda (12 hours with few breaks for Breakfast, lunch etc), overnight at Narkanda. Overall very good road with the exception Shimla by pass which is in pathetic condition
    23/9 (07:00 AM) : Narkanda to Chitkul (suggest to avoid night stay in Sangla or Kalpa, instead spend night in more picturesque village Chitkul or Batseri. Sama resort is best option in Chitkul. We bought potatoes and Ogla (Kuttu) atta, Kinnauri Rajma. Also bought apples from one of the road side factory in Sangla village.
    Very scenic and nice roads till Chitkul, with few minor exceptions.
    24/9 (09:00 AM) : Chitkul to Nako Lake. There are some bad patches from Pooh onwards, but very nice drive with full tar road from Khab till Nako
    25/9 (07:00 AM) : Nako to Tabo (Geyu Mummy) to Dhankar – PIN (Mud village) – Kaza

    Dont forget to check out two of the working water mills (Pan Chakki, we ate some sattu here in Tabo).
    We avoided Dhankar lake due to very tough 2 hours hike. Also avoided staying in Mud, instead returned to Kaza on same day.
    Very good roads from Nako till Tabo. PIN valley roads are only dirt.

    26/9 : Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Kaza gate – Ki – Kibber – Chicham bridge – Losar

    Tips: From Kaza, mostly people go to Hikkim which is bad road and steep hike, instead go directly to Langza (instead of taking right towards Hikkim, go straight on left side towards Langza – Komic – Hikkim, This way you will save around 1 hour and instead of going steep hike on Kaza Hikkim road, will come back on this road which will be down hill and easy drive.
    Moreover there is a newly built road from Ki to Kibber via Chicham bridge, no need to come back to Kaza.
    Very good road except last 30 km stretch before Losar.
    27/9 (10:30 AM) – Losar to Chandratal
    Very narrow road (last 20 km before Chandratal)
    28/9 – Chandratal – Battal – Manali (7 Hours)
    29/9 – Manali – Delhi (12 Hours)

  3. Dear Dhiraj

    I have also inquired earlier but due to some issues I could not able to visit the Spiti Valley but I am planning the Spiti valley self driving trip in Diwali with my family , will there be any big issues for travelling in this time. I just want to follow the itinerary which is mentioned here.

  4. Ahmad khan on

    Hie dheeraj,
    Well we are planning a trip to spiti but confused wether to go with mahindra kuv or arrange some bikes on rent. So, firstly please guide me is it good to go with a car… ND if not then which way is more fun and adventurous on bikes … Via manali or Shimla.

  5. Hello Mr. Dheeraj,

    We are 4 of us, planning to do Spiti Valley in the first week if October. The itinerary is as follows, would like your suggestive / advice on the same & if the weather is going to be suitable.

    Day 1 – 30th Sep – Arrive in Delhi. Overnight Bus to Manali.
    Day 2 – 1st Oct – Hire Bikes in Manali. Depart to Kaza. Overnight at Kaza.
    Day 3 – 2nd Oct – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Komic – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza.
    Day 4 – 3rd Oct – Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo.
    Day 5 – 4th Oct – Tabo – Mud Village – PIN Valley. Overnight at Mud Village.
    Day 6 – 5th Oct – Mud Village – Demul – Komic – Hikkim – Langza. Overnight at Langza.
    Day 7 – 6th Oct – Langza – Chandratal Lake. Overnight at Chandratal lake.
    Day 8 – 7th Oct – Chandratal lake – kunzum pass – Manali. Overnight bus to Delhi.
    Day 9 – 8th Oct – Delhi. Departure.

    Kindly let us know what else places amongst this we can give a miss & other must visit places to be included. And if anything else important is to be kept in mind.

    Regards,

    Akash

    • Hi Akash,

      I will recommend that you do Ki – Kibber after returning from Tabo overnight. Also, you are trying to do it twice, do just Ki – Kibber and Komic with Langza route.

      Rest it is balanced well.

      • Thank you Mr. Dheeraj for your advice. So look’s like i have another day in my hand to try / do something else. Any place or activity i could add.

        Thanks a ton though 🙂

        • This is what I will suggest

          Day 1 – 30th Sep – Arrive in Delhi. Overnight Bus to Manali.
          Day 2 – 1st Oct – Hire Bikes in Manali. Depart to Kaza. Overnight at Kaza.
          Day 3 – 2nd Oct – Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo.
          Day 4 – 3rd Oct – Tabo – Mud Village – PIN Valley. Overnight at Mud Village.
          Day 5 – 4th Oct – Mud Village – Lhalung – Demul – Komic – Hikkim – Langza. Overnight at Langza.
          Day 6 – 5th Oct – Langza – Ki – Kibber – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza.
          Day 7 – 6th Oct – Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal Lake. Overnight at Chandratal lake.
          Day 8 – 7th Oct – Chandratal lake – Rohtang pass – Manali. Overnight bus to Delhi.
          Day 9 – 8th Oct – Delhi. Departure.

  6. Subhadip Das on

    shilma ,kullu , manali can i going to spiti valley with covering this palace ?? we have mostly 12 days in hand . please given a best tour plane for us . actually i m professional photographer please suggest me best for photography places .

  7. Madhuri Dugar on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I will be travelling to Spiti valley with a friend of mine next month.
    Saw your beautiful and best replies on this site and want you to guide me too..
    I am planning to leave from Delhi on 22nd September and i will be back to Delhi on 30th.
    I don’t want to miss any important points as I am a professional Photographer but I have only this much time in my hand for the trip.
    We can hire cab for max three days and prefer to go by bus or any other local cheap conveyance available.
    Kindly suggest me the best route plan.
    Kindly reply here or it will be best if you could mail it to me – madhuridgr8@gmail.com
    Thanks,
    Madhuri.

    • Hi Madhuri,

      I will suggest you to go through Manali route and come back from Manali route so that you can spend more time in Spiti Valley. You can take the bus from Delhi to Manali Volvo and upon reaching Manali, you can take Manali – KAza bus. Within Kaza, you can hire private taxi to roam around places and then come back to Delhi by buses. Following is the plan I will suggest:

      23 : Reach Manali and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
       24 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
       25 : Kaza – Lingti Valley (Lhalung) – Tabo
       26 : Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
       27 : Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Kaza
       28 : Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Chandratal
       29 : Chandratal – Rohtang Pass – Manali
       30 : Manali – Delhi

  8. Dr. Jayant Barve on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We plan a family holiday to visit Spiti Valley with a self driven car.
    I am told Innova Cresta is a good car. Is it possible to get this car from Zoomcars?
    Depending on the availabilty of car we can start our journey either from Chandigarh or Delhi. We would drop the car in Chandigarh.

    Following is a tentative plan:
    Day 1. Chandigarh – Pick up the car – Drive to Thanedar
    day 2. – Thanedar to Kalpa
    day 3- Kalpa Sangla sight seeing
    day 4 – kalpa to Tabo
    Day 5 – Tabo
    Day 6 – Tabo to Kaza
    Day 7 – Kaza to Manali
    Day 8 – Manali
    Day 9 – Manali to Chandigarh – return car.

    Does this plan seem ok? You may suggest if anything needs to be added. We may add a day in Spiti and reduce the day in Manali.

    • Hello Dr Jayant,

      You should consider spending a couple of days more in Spiti Valley. Rest seems fine to me. Regarding the car, better to take from Chandigarh and yes Innova is good and comfortable but Scorpio will be better.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  9. Anubhav Raikar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We had a plan of Spiti valley on bike in Sep 1st week.. Sep 2-10 .. starting and ending to-from Chandigarh

    I read in your forum link, the road near Kalpa or somewhere in between Nako -> Tabo is closed due to landslide till 25th Aug.

    Also, I checked accuweather.. which shows precipitation (60-80%) in Kinnaur valley towns in this week Sep 2-10

    Based on your experience, do you think we should go ahead with our plan? or will it be too risky and prone to landslides ?

    • Anubhav, September, in general, is a very good time to travel to Spiti Valley. Since you have about 9 days, keep both of your options. That is traveling from Manali side both ways or traveling from Shimla side and coming back from Manali side.

      • Anubhav Raikar on

        yeah.. I came up with planning in Sep based on your Info here.. will keep both plans ready.. thanks 🙂

        • Ankur Gupta on

          Planned for the same dates. If you feel like joining, please feel free to reach me out at 8800653222.

  10. Akshaye Bishnoi on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We, a group of 7-8 friends including girls, are planning for a winter spiti ride in coming December or January next year.
    We will be riding 3 KTM bikes ( 1 Duke200, 1Duke390 & 1 RC200) and one SUV. We have done this circuit (Delhi-Shimla-Sarahan-Chitkul-kalpa-Kaza-Manali-Delhi) in July 2015, so little familiar with the roads But in December/January, it will be altogether a different story. As kunzum pass will be closed so we will be coming back by same route i.e. Delhi-Shimla-Sarahan-kalpa-kaza-sarahan-shimla-Delhi.
    So apart from basics, my questions are-
    1.) At which places we can have night stay (Home Stay/guest houses).
    2.) How many days it will take to reach back to delhi, keeping in mind the unexpected land slide or avalanche?
    3.) What extra measures we can use for better traction on snow covered roads?
    4.) Can we get a basic mechanic shop accessible during that time?
    5.) I read, temperature dips down to -30 degree C° during winter nights, So how it can affects engines/Fuel/coolants?

    Thanks in Advance

  11. Hi DHeeraj,

    We have travelled upto rohtang couple of times and now want to explore Spiti valley at best 2 places from 27th august sunday reaching chandigarh at noon and have to be back to chandigrah on Friday or latest saturday ….

    We are 3 of us and all can drive ….please advice if it is possible to visit 2 of the below places atleast or atleast 1in this short trip.

    1) Dhankar village
    2) Chandratal Lake
    3) Nubra Valley

    thank you
    moin

    • Nubra Valley is in Ladakh not in Spiti Valley. Rest with 6 days in hand follow below

      Day 1 | Chandigarh – Narkanda by evening.
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza Rest and Local Sightseeing
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
      Day 6 | Kaza – Ki, Kibber – Chandratal
      Day 7 | Chandratal – Manali

      • thank you dheeraj. is it possible to do the reverse and go to Manali 1st and then come outnfrom shimla to chnadigarh ?

        • Dear Dheeraj & all on this forum…

          if anyone can put some light and advice that the current issue in Punjab, haryana n chandigarh if this will causr any issue with our travel from chandigarh airport out towards manali pls ?

          we will reach chandigarh on sunday 27th august….

          thank you

  12. Abhishek Singh on

    Hi dheeraj

    we are planning a trip in the month of september from 23rd. i want to ask you about the weather conditions in september.

    Another question is that route from kunzum pass to manali via rohtang will be available in sep or not ?

    And how about this ? If it needs changes please do.

    Day 1 – Chandigarh to shimla 113 kms

    Day 2 – shimla to sangla

    Day 3 – Sangla to chitkul( last inhabited village before Tibet ) via kufri

    Day 4 – chitkul to nako 150kms – tabo 63kms ( nako lake , tabo monastery )

    Day 5 – tabo to dhankar 24 kms – kaza 48 kms – losar 58 kms

    Day 6 – losar to kunzum pass 15kms – chandratal lake – manali

    • Yes the route from Manali to Kaza will be open by that time of the year. It seems you are not doing much in Spiti Valley and just exiting it through Chandratal. If that is the intention the itinerary is doable. Nights will be cold and so as mornings in September. Carry woollen clothing.

  13. Siddhartha Guchait on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I’m planning a solo trip by my classic 350, to lahul & spiti valley (from shimla to manali) starting from kolkata on 27th of August 2017. But, regarding the rain I’m really worried….as many of my friends are stopping me to go at this time. Another thing is there…All are saying that the nallah are in full force at this time, so it would b impossible to cross those nallah by bike & that is also solo… I’m really confused! Please help!

      • Siddhartha Guchait on

        Thanks a lot Dheeraj, for this quick reply. I will surely keep an eye on the weather forecast…..Thanks again.☺

        • Shivasankar on

          Hi, Siddhartha,

          Please Do carry Good quality Rain Coat, and Do not miss the Thrill of Biking in Himalayas. Avoid Half clutch driving, Bullet is comfortable & capable machine in all terrain.

          Plus, Ahead of you and behind lots of tourist will travel, and follow the one suits your speed & Frequency. People in Himalayas are very friendly with helping nature.

          You can do it. All the best.

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    Planning a solo trip, itinerary as below. Want to travel in local transport (bus/ shared taxis etc). Does it look achievable? Please also provide details of availability of local transport for these routs if its available.

    1. Shimla – Sarahan
    2. Sarahan – Chitkul
    3. Chitkul – Kalpa
    4. Kalpa – Nako – Mane
    5. Mane – Tabo
    6. Tabo – Dhankar – Mudh
    7. Mudh – Kibber – Chicham – Ki
    8. Ki – Langza – Hikkim – Komic – Kaza
    9. Kaza – Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake
    10. Chandratal Lake – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    11. Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi

    Thanks,

    Regards,
    Shruti

  15. Sonu purohit on

    Hi

    Need help in getting an innova booked from chandigar for a 9 day spiti tour . Do you guys arrange this. Also help with details if I hire bike.. how would that cost work … plz guide (purohit.sonu84@gmail.com)

    • 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.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 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.

  16. Shivasankar G on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Planning for Spitivalley trip for this year with group of 4 Adults and 2 Kids of 12 &14 years Respectively.

    Kindly advice the Below Itinerary (derived from DOW Site), current Road Condition and Probable climate/Whether during Sep 23rd week till Oct 2nd (I mean will it be too cold or rainy… )

    Planning to Hire a SUV from Chandigarh, Please advice (if possible) with few contacts for economical Rates at preferably Chandigarh (If flight tickets cost too high, being loooong week end, might drop at Delhi, yet to decide on this)

    Day 1 Chandigarh — Shimla — Rampur – Narkand
    Day 2 Rampur — Sangla — Chitkul– Kalpa
    Day 3 Kalpa –Nako –Gue Village — Tabo
    Day 4 Tabo-Dhankar-Kaza -Hikkim- Komic-Langza – Loasr/Kaza
    Day 5 Kaza-Losar-Kunzum Pass-Chandertal (pl advice the Road Condition here and accommodation)
    Day 6 Chandertal-Rohtang Pass- Manali
    Day 7 Manali — Chandigarh

    Is the Tandi-Udaipur-Killar-Sach-Chamba-Phatankot Route is good this Year? kindly advice.

    • Hey Shiva,

      Good to see you back here !! Following are the tweaks:

      Day 1 Chandigarh — Shimla – Narkanda/Rampur
      Day 2 Narkanda/Rampur — Sangla — Chitkul– Kalpa
      Day 3 Kalpa –Nako –Gue Village — Tabo
      Day 4 Tabo-Dhankar-Kaza -Hikkim- Komic-Langza – Kaza
      Day 5 Kaza – Losar-Kunzum Pass-Chandertal (roads in general are always bad but much better towards end of season)
      Day 6 Chandertal-Rohtang Pass- Manali
      Day 7 Manali — Chandigarh

      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.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 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.

      • shivasankar G on

        Hi, Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your Input,

        – We are planning to Hire One SUV and Sedan (Myles) from Chandigarh. Will Sedan cross over the Places.
        – Kindly advice on Is the “Tandi-Udaipur-Killar-Sach-Chamba-Phatankot Route is good this Year? ” Elsewhere i read you did this route in Scorpio, Will Seadon Cross over here too..
        – Looking for Budget accommodation in en-route, appreciate if you could share the link of Hotels (En-route as mentioned).
        – What will be whether condition (will it be too Cold as it is end of Season).
        – Like in Leh, will there be AMS. you advice on this please.

        Kindly advice.

        G.SS

        • 1. Sedans can do it in late month but again, difficult especially on Manali – Kaza
          2. I will not recommend to do Sach Pass on sedan though I have known people who have done it. However, being known to these routes and having done mostly majority of these routes on my dZires, I will not take it personally ever to Sach Pass.
          3. For stay options in Kinnaur and Spiti, check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley.
          4. Nights will be cold with winds, days pleasant.
          5. Yes, AMS will be there. So, follow the same rules as that of Leh.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning Spiti Valley in August Last Week, below is the planned itinerary please advise if any changes to be made or we can proceed with the below plan :

    Day 1 Chandigarh — Shimla — Rampur
    Day 2 Rampur — Sangla — Chitkul– Kalpa
    Day 3 Kalpa –Nako –Gue Village — Tabo
    Day 4 Tabo-Dhankar-Kibber-Tashigang-Kaza
    Day 5 Kaza-Hikkim-Komic-Langza-Kaza
    Day 6 Kaza-Losar-Kunzum Pass-Chandertal
    Day 7 Chandertal-Rohtang Pass- Manali
    Day 8 Manali — Chandigarh

    Thanks in Advance

  18. Sampat Ghosh on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I am searching for some sedan cars which ply from shimla- kalpa-kaza-manali route, or spiti valley from 4sep to 13sep. I have called some drivers from your blog — “devilonwheels.com/india/himalayan-travel-guides/taxi-drivers-spiti-valley-kinnaur-valley-t849.html”, but they have said that in this route, no sedan cars can ply from kaza to manali.

    I am very confused as I have seen in your blog it is possible for sedans, and the drivers are saying it’s not possible. Can you please help me out?

    Thanks,
    Sampat Ghosh

      • SAMPAT GHOSH on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        I am planning to hire a sedan taxi for Spiti Valley from Shimla To Manali. So, I have called some of them from your blog and they said that it is not possible for sedans, book 4*4 cars.

        We are 3 people in our group, so it would be very costly for us to book 4*4 cars.

        Thanks,
        Sampat

        • SAMPAT GHOSH on

          Dear Dheeraj,

          I have contacted with Mr. Khem Raj Verma who owns the Etios, he have told me that from kaza to manali is off route and a sedan car can not go on that road, he also advised me to book for Innova.

          Do you have any other contacts who ply sedans in the route?

          Thanks,
          Sampat

        • Sorry Sampat, I do not have other contacts. May be due the present conditions no taxi guy is ready to take the Manali – KAza route, check the videos posted on DoW Facebook Wall or Page to know what they might be fearing.

        • Sampat Ghosh on

          Dear Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your help to complete my trip to Spiti valley on September, 2017.
          I had booked one Tavera, as no sedan drivers were ready to do the Shimla-Kaza-Manali circle. I had come across a very good driver and I request you to add his number in your website.

          Name: Kailash Thakur
          Phone No: 9459864215 / 9816542715
          He has one Tavera.

          Thanks,
          Sampat Ghosh

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    Are there any stay options in Losar apart from Nomadic Cottage? That is sold out for the day we are looking for.

    Thanks
    Rajni

  20. Hi Dheeraj ,

    Are there any tourist operator to take for sight seeing in spiti ? .I’m planning for first week of september .

  21. Hardik Taunk on

    hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning a Month long trip in the month of May end or June 2018,
    We want to cover Kashmir,Ladakh,Spiti Valley and nearby Hill stations we do have a basic itinerary of spiti. and we had done ladakh a year ago from delhi- manali-leh-srinagar-Amritsar-Delhi we want your suggestions for some new routes and places to explore.
    we dont have any issues with the vehicle’s capability vehicles used will be – Mitsubishi Montero & Audi Q7 along with it a Bike – BMW R1200 GS.
    Eagerly waiting for your suggestions and itinerary.
    Thank You.

  22. Abhishek Savalia on

    Hi there, am planning a trip to spiti in first week of September … how will the roads be at that time?

    > kuv100 car
    1 yr old kid n wife

    N i plan to go through kinnaur n return also through the same route….

    Any suggestions ??

    • Hi Abhishek,

      Your time of travel should be fine but regarding traveling with such a small kid, I personally will not go over to Spiti Valley with such a small kid.

  23. Amit pathania on

    Hi,
    We group of 4 planning to go around Spiti valley tour entering from Shimla and existing from Manali starting on 15th July 2017 for 8 nights and 9 days.Is it the right time to go with self drive car.please suggest.

    Regards

  24. Will travel to spiti via kinnaur 2nd week of July… How is weather and road condition at that time? Now a days there is heavy rain in HP, can it affect our travel plan?

    • Hi Milan,

      Keep an eye on weather updates. Usually the rains will go away in a week and there could be a dry spell for 2-3 weeks before they come again in end of July or August. But yes it is for sure that in case it says heavy rains 2-3 days in advance of the trip in Kinnaur, I will not go with the trip and plan in September.

  25. Apurva Bhatnagar on

    Hi, we are planning to go through this itinerary in the 1st week of August. Please let me know if it is safe to travel then from a rainy season perspective. Thanks.

  26. we are planning to do your itinerary ..
    Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
    Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
    Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
    Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village) – Kaza
    Day 5 | Kaza Local Sightseeing
    — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
    Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Komik)
    — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
    Day 7 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
    Day 8 | Chandratal – Manali
    Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

    Can we do this trip in Dzire or Etios … we are 4 travellers with a driver from delhi

    • Suman, well I have done the Spiti trip many times in my dZire but I love adventure more than my car. It does take a beating and I am used to such road conditions. I will say, if you fall in the same boat, it is OK else will suggest to take a high GC vehicle. The road from Kunzum PAss to Batal to Gramphu ahead of Kaza towards Manali will be challenging with river bed like road and gushing water streams.

  27. Nitesh Shah on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning for a road trip with my wife to Spiti..Would you advise me to start from Shimla? I plan to do one trip on bike/car and return via public transport. Is it possible? I have 8 days in hand. Also, I have never taken a bike ride on mountains..This will be my first experience ever…

    • Hi Nitesh,

      Going from Shimla – Kinnaur side is always recommended because of increase in altitude gradually and body gets adjusted to the high altitude. With 8 days in hand, it becomes hectic a bit though. Do you have 8 days from Shimla to Manali? or Delhi to Delhi?

  28. Hey Dheeraj
    Could you provide me a list of bike repair shops along with contact number from Shimla-Spiti

    • Hi Deep,

      Last major shop you will find will be at Reckong Peo, post that there is a mechanic at Puh because Spellow one sometime is open and sometimes closed but Puh one is always open. After Puh, you may find someone at Chango and Tabo if lucky else mechanic will be in Kaza only.

  29. Manish Singh on

    Thank you team, I just completed by spiti valley trip with the help of this blog, it was great help since I was travelling with a 6 year kid 🙂

  30. Yogendra Shidhore on

    Hi Dheeraj!
    Superb article from you about the spiti valley bike ride road map.
    We are planning our ride from 2nd August to 13th August’17.
    Please advise me will it be a good season to visit. I have heard that batal to Gramphu road patch is bit challenging and maybtake longer time to cross.
    Please advise.
    Yogendra

  31. Hi Dheeraj,

    I came to this post here after you suggested to my comment on your other post about being safe rather than unwell on full moon night 🙂
    So your advice is well taken by the group and we have changed the route to start from Shimla now and exit from Manali. Now just two quick queries about the itinerary above:
    1. we have 9 days total instead of 10 mentioned above starting from delhi. please suggest where can we cut short one day from the schedule
    2. shall we stay at Shimla or Narkanda on the first night?

    Thanks so much in advance for the help.

    • That is wonderful to know Apoorv, you guys will enjoy it alot in this direction. in 9 days, you can follow a plan as below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village) – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza Local Sightseeing 
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
      Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Komik) 
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit 
      Day 7 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 8 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

      • Thanks buddy.

        So we will have to let go Sangla and Chitkul from the plan? Also as per the above itinerary, it would be 3 nights stays in Kaza? Day 4, Day 5, Day 6?

        I was thinking if we can stay Day 4 in Mudh Village.

        Regards

        • Yea, let go Sangla and Chitkul for this time. Make another trip to Chitkul sometime later, maybe in autumn when apples are all around 🙂

          And stay at Mud Village is fine too on Day 4.

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