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. Samiran Majumder on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Fist of I like to thank you for your effort and helping may tourist like me.

    Now I like to place my query , we are group of 17 people including 2 kid of 3 years age planning to visit Kinnaur and spiti Valley from Delhi .we will be reaching Delhi on 22nd April early morning and our flight back home from Delhi on 2nd May Night.

    Can you please help me with this following query.

    Question :

    1. Can you please tell me is that a good time to visit ?

    2. Can you please suggest me an itinerary for the trip ?

    3. Ca you please suggest some budget hotel with clean accommodation for such a big group we required 5 room?

    4 . Is that fine to travel with kid 3 years old ?

    5. For such a big group we required a TT (Tempo traveler ) is that fine to travel with TT ? or do you suggeat any alternative ?

    6. If TT is fine from where we can book ?

    Sorry for long question list , waiting for your reply eagerly….

    Thanks
    Samiran

    • Hello Samiran,

      1. It is not an ideal time to visit Spiti Valley with family. Many roads are closed during that time and chill is still present during those days. So, go prepared. You may not get luxury stays up there and have to enjoy the basic stays only.

      2. You can follow the plan mentioned below. Add a day at Kalpa in case you are OK reaching on 2nd at Delhi

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Rakcham/Sangla
      Day 3 | Rest day in Sangla, visit Chitkul in day time.
      Day 4 | Rakcham/Sangla- Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 5 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      — For stay check Sakya Abode or snow lion are two good options at Kaza apart from PWD Guest houses. Get in touch with Tsering, the guy who runs it. He is a very good friend of mine and you can refer my name or DoW to him. Read more about Sakya Abode at: Sakya Abode Kaza – An Enriching Experience in Spiti Valley
      Day 6 | Kaza Rest and Local Sightseeing
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
      Day 7 | Kaza – Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit – Kaza, may be in the second half go towards Kunzum Pass or till where the road is open towards it.
      Day 8 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa
      Day 9 | Kalpa – Narkanda
      Day 10 | Narkanda – Delhi

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

      4. Please refer: Traveling to Spiti or Ladakh with Kids or Babies

      5. Well, yes people do travel in Tempo Traveler, personally I never felt them comfortable but that is a personal choice

      6. You can get connected directly to some drivers in 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 pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

      They can help you with Tempo Travellers too.

      • Samiran Majumder on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for your quick it is really helpful.

        As you suggested It is not an ideal time to visit Spiti Valley with family , do you think visiting kinnaur-valley is fine in same time (we will be reaching Delhi on 22nd April early morning and our flight back home from Delhi on 2nd May Night.) ?

        If you think so then can you please suggest me an itinerary ?

        Thank in advance waiting for your reply eagerly.

        Thanks
        Samiran

        • Yes Kinnaur will be good, I am not tryingt o scare you for Spiti. You can surely go ahead and make a plan for it but the intent is that you go prepared well for Spiti Valley trip with woolens and also may be talk to someone like Tsering from Sakya Abode for accommodation of such large group.

        • Samiran Majumder on

          H Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your prompt response you’re advise and guidance are as always very helpful.

          Thanks
          Samiran

  2. Yash Mehta on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Thank you so much for your itinerary . It sorts my plan perfectly.
    But I wanted to ask, is it safe for the beginners to do a road trip to spiti valley. This is my first road trip (bike) and many people are advising to skip spiti valley because of long hours travelling and difficult terrains.

    So if I am to change the destination, can you please help me suggest a place for a roadtrip to any other place anywhere in India?

    Thank you.

    • Yash, they are correct in advising you. Unless you have been used to riding bikes in mountains, it is not recommended to undertake a bike trip to one of the toughest terrains or treacherous roads you can ever be in our country.

      You can make a road trip somewhere in the lower hills first and see how it fits. Kumaon circuit will help you, may be up to Chaukori: Kumaon, Uttarakhand – Most Common Itinerary. Take a short ride up to Manila or near by place in Kumaon and then try another to Chaukori or if you feel really good about riding long hours may be Munsiyari too. Then try your bet at Kinnaur and once Kinnaur is done, go for Spiti Valley.

  3. Hi. I have been planning a trip to Spiti since almost 2 years now but unfortunately it never happened. We plan to rent a SUV for the entire trip. Now, I am planning from 16th May and my plan is as below:-

    16th May – Reach Shimla
    17th May – Shimla – Sangla
    18th May – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa
    19th May – Kalpa – Nako – Geyu – Tabo
    20th May – Tabo – Dhankar – Mudh. Overnight at Dhankar or Mudh
    21st May – Mudh – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Tashigang – Kaza
    22nd May – Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komic – Demul – Kaza. Overnight at Kaza or Langza
    23rd May – Kaza – Kalpa
    24th May – Kalpa – Shimla & then to Chandigarh.

    Is this itinerary fine? Is there any other undisturbed place which I can cover?

    Request you to please your thoughts.

    • Madhu, this looks fine to me. Last day as you might be knowing will be long but not impossible. We usually undertake such long drives at ease and since it is just a day, should not be an issue.

  4. Hello Dheeraj,

    Firstly, amazing work! This itinerary has sorted out my entire plan Thank you for that! 🙂

    Second, am planning to do this, the exact same itinerary only, hiccup, i intend to start on 5th Dec’16 from Chandigarh & its gonna be a Solo trip on an Enfield. Is it advisable to go this time of the year? Please advise.

    Cheers,

    Akash

      • Thank you so much for the prompt reply! Coming back, damn, its all down the drain. 🙁
        Meanwhile I’ve planned another itinerary, please suggest if the same is fine.

        Day 1- Chandigarh
        Day 2- Dharamshala
        Day 3- Mcleodganj
        Day 4- Bir Billing (Paragliding)
        Day 5- Dalhousie
        Day 6- Khajjiar / Chamba / Kalatop
        Day 7- Dharamshala
        Day 8 -Chandigarh

        It the above trip worth it on an Enfield? And what about the roads & bookings for accommodation? Period – 5th Dec onwards

        Please advice as 15 days left for the tour 🙁

        • Akash, first go over to Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Chamba, Kalatop, then come down to Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala. Once done, then come down to Bir – Billing and come back to Chandigarh from Mandi side. This will avoid you doubline any routes.

  5. Chirag Modi on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I would like to know whether it would be fine to visit Spiti during late April and early May?

    • Yes Chirag, late April and early May should be good time to visit Spiti Valley. However, the road from Manali – Kaza will not be open by that time of the year. It opens by early June. So, you will be able to go from Kinnaur side and come back from Kinnaur side only.

  6. Hi Dhiraj,

    Thanks a lot for guiding the extreme wanderers!

    Can i do Spiti valley via Shimla and back thru’ Manali in first week of Nov? Will Kunzum pass let me travel thru? Will Chitkul be open by that time?

    Regards, Dhananjay

    • Dhananjay, Manali – Leh Highway is already closed due to dangerous conditions of driving or riding. Similar will be true for Manali – KAza road as snowfall has started already. So, going over Kunzum Pass that late in the season is highly not recommended. Chitkul will be touch and go at that time but chances are it will be open.

      • Hey Dhiraj,

        Thanks a lot for your valuable guidance. Will skip spiti vally for this year then, next sep, 2nd week will schedule colourfull valleys around spiti. Thanks again!

        Dhananjay

  7. Hi Dhiraj,
    We’re planning to go in 2nd week of Oct and the car in question is Ford Figo. Below is the Itinerary planned.

    Days Destination Kms
    1 Surat – Jaipur 970
    2 Jaipur – Narkanda 600
    3 Narkanda – Chitkul – Sangla 221
    4 Sangla – Kalpa – Reckong Peo – Nako – Tabo 207
    5 Tabo – Dhankar – Lallung – Mud – Kaza 155
    6 Kaza – Hikkim – Komic – Langza – Kaza 53
    Kaza – Kibber – Gette – Tashigong – Kaza 70
    Kaza – Demul – Kaza 65
    7 Kaza – Chandartal Lake – Khoksar 151
    8 Khoksar – Ambala 410
    9 Ambala – Chittorgarh 800
    10 Chittorgarh – Surat 602

    2nd option (If unable to cross Chattru-Chotadhara-Gramphoo Stretch)

    7 Kaza – Chandartal Lake – Tabo 180
    8 Kaza – Sangla 225
    9 Sangla – Narkanda 221
    10 Narkanda – Jaipur 600
    11 Jaipur – Surat 970

    Thoughts, is it feasible ?

    Few queries,
    1) Can I skip Reckong Peo-Kalpa and head straight to Tabo or is it worh visiting ?
    2) What is the current road status of Kunzum-Chotadhara-Gramphoo-Rohtang stretch ? Can I cross it in Figo ? If I’m unable to cross over Chotadhara, is Kaza – Sangla possible in a single day during return journey ?
    3) What would likely weather be between 7th-15th of October ?

    Regards.

    • 1. Taking a detour does not really make any sense, so head straight to Tabo.
      2. The route is doable with little caution and care. Yes, Kaza to Sangla is a possible.
      3. Weather will be cold at night and there may be snowfall if you are lucky/unlucky 🙂

      • Thank You Dheeraj.

        Just came to know Raid De Himalaya Rally is from 8-15 Oct. So wanted to ask whether they’re doing Spiti route or not a it’d clash with my own schedule and could jeopardise my trip.

  8. Dear Mr Dheeraj,

    Please suggest itinerary so that we can cover Shimla, Kalpa, Chitkul & Manali as well in 8night/9days.
    We are planning to visit HP during November.

    Regards,
    Sumit

    • Hi Sumit,

      Manali comes in the other corner of Himachal when doing the Kinnaur Valley belt. Well, I will say that it will be very cold in Novemeber in Kinnaur and I hope you are OK with it. Chitkul will be closed by that time and there will be ice on road making it slippery. With 9 days in hand I can think of:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla
      Day 3 | Sangla and around
      Day 4 | Sangla – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Sarahan
      Day 6 | Sarahan – Shoja via Jalori Pass or Sarahan – Chindi via Naldhera
      Day 7 | Chindi – Manalai
      Day 8 | Spend day in Manali
      Day 9 | Leave from Manali

  9. Is it okay to go on bike (FZ-SFI) from N.Delhi? I am planning to go in Oct 1st week with my wife, please suggest if this time is good for travelling to spiti also provide details to travel from public transport from New Delhi to Spiti as i have no idea, how to go there…I have 8-9 days in hand (30th Sep to 8th Oct). Please suggest..Thanks!

    • Hi Pankaj,

      It will surely be cold out there in Spiti Valley by the time you planning to visit. You can choose the below mentioned plan for 9 days during that time of the year:

      Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Chandratal – Kaza/Losar
      Day 3 : Kaza/Losar – Key – Kibber – Kaza
      Day 4 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
      Day 5 : Kaza – Pin Valley – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 6 : Tabo – Geyu Mummy – Nako – Kalpa
      Day 7 : Kalpa – Sangla / Chitkul
      Day 8 : Sangla / Chitkul – Sarahan – Narkanda
      Day 9 : Narkanda – Delhi

      • Thank you for the details, also please confirm what would be preferable going via on bike or public transport?

  10. Abhinaw Paliwal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We 3 guys plan to leave for Spiti on 30th Night from Delhi by self driven Ertige. Following is tentative itinerary. Let us know if this can be worked out.. we are not booking any place and expect to do the arrangement there itself..

    Day 1 Delhi-Sarahan
    Day 2 Sarahan-Sangla
    Day 3 Sangla-Chitkul-kalpa
    Day 4 Kalpa-Khab-Nako-Sumdo-Gui-Tabo
    Day 5 Tabo-Sapona lake-Kungri-Mikkim-Mud
    Day 6 Mud-Kungri-Lingti-Dhankar-Dhankar lake-Lallung-Rama-Demul-Rangrik
    Day 7 Rangrik-Kee-Chicham-Khibber-Gette-Tashigong-Rangrik
    Day 8 Rangrik-Hikkim-Komic-Longza-Losar
    Day 9 Losar-Batal-chandratal-Batal
    Day 10 Batal-manali
    day 11 Manali-Delhi

    I specially need your expert comment on Day5/6/7, vehicle Ertiga (Petrol), and weather (kind of woolen)

    Regards
    Abhinaw

    • Abhinaw Paliwal on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Can you please comment on above please. We are visiting spiti for the first time.

      Regards
      Abhinaw

    • Abhinaw, your plan looks pretty fine to me. However, you may not be able to doo all the villages you have planned else it will be just hitting the village, ticking it off and moving on. Sopona Lake trek requires about 4-6 Hrs easily, so will not recommend that without much acclimatization. Then with Dhangkar Lake trek, doing Demul – Lhalung will be difficult. I doubt the road from Lhalung/Rama to Demul is yet complete. The road from Komik to Demul is there but very patchy and may hurt Ertiga. Rest looks pretty much OK to me and very well relaxed. Day 9, no need to got to Batal first as the diversion to Chandratal comes before while going down from Kunzum Pass.

  11. Kuntal Mukhopadhyay on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Good afternoon!!!
    Thanks to information shared in your blogs i prepared the following itinerary for my family.
    Request your time to validate please…
    Day1: Shimla-Narkanda-Sarahan-Raksham. Night Stay at Raksham.
    Day 2: Raksham-Chitkul-Sangla – Kalpa. Night Stay at Kalpa.
    Day 3: Kalpa Reckong Peo – Kothi –Riba- Jangi- Puh -Khab- Nako- Sumdo – Geyu Mummy – Tabo. Night Stay at Tabo.
    Day 4: Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mud Village). Night Stay at Mud Village.
    Day 5: Pin Valley – Mane Villages- Sopona Lake-Mane Villages. Night Stay at Mane Village.
    Day6: Mane / Sopona Lake – Lingti Valley – Kaza. Night Stay at Kaza.
    Day 7: Kaza and sightseeing around (Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang & Langza – Hikkim – Koumik) – Kaza. Night stay at Kaza.
    Day 8: Kaza –Chichcham-Losar- Kunzum Pass – Chandratal / Battal. Night Stay at Chandratal.
    Day9: Chandratal – Batal – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – Manali. Night Stay at Manali.

    Queries:
    My family consists of two kids (aged 11 and 5). Can we afford to opt for night stay in Mane Village and Chandratal without having to fear AMS? Are the stay in these two places like that of Pangong Tso of Ladhak?
    Is the Sopona Lake now dried up? i saw in your snaps.
    Thanks & Best Regards,
    Kuntal Mukhopadhyay
    +91-8800097815

  12. Vishal Vishwakarma on

    Can anyone confirm the if I can get ‘Puncture Wala’ at regular intervals on this route? Mean to say after Narkanda and heading towards Kaza and towards Rohtang.

    • Vishal not exactly at frequent intervals at all. Once you cross Tapri, Reckong Peo then you get one at Spillow, Puh, Nako, Chango, Tabo, Kaza. In between Kaza and Manali, you will get one at Losar and then at Gramphu

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    A superb write-up and itinerary.

    I had a query regarding renting motorcycles from delhi and doing the circuit. Any problems in doing so?

    If yes, what kind of problems and how to solve them, and where all will I be facing the problem?

  14. hi dheeraj

    can I (or should I) do spiti in a chevrolet cruze or honda city(shimla – kalpa route)?
    please help

    • Yes Mayank you can do so. Only issues are that roads are bad, so cars will take a beating for sure and at times scratches too. Also, if there is any problem in the car it will be hard to find any mechanic for it.

  15. Vaibhav Masih on

    Hi, really neat, to the point write up. Thanks for sharing this with us. I am planning a Bike solo trip to Spiti Valley in week of 26th Sept for 7 days. Had few questions:
    1. Will the road allow a Ninja 650, I have taken it to Leh via Srinagar. Would you recommend that, as I do have an option of a Classic 500.
    2. What about night stays, is that something I book in advance or getting places would not be an issue at this time of the season.

    Thanks again
    Vaibhav

    • 1. Yeah Vaibhav, I have known people who have done such trips on that bike, so should not be an issue unless it breaks down
      2. Not reaaly, you going in offseason so no need to book in advance.

    • siddhartha on

      Hi Vaibhav,

      How was Ninja 650 on Leh trip is it possible to go with pillion of 60 kg on this bike to Leh.

      Is there any major issue you faced on the way.

      Thanks for reply in advance.

    • Vaibhav, when ur leaving fot Spiti. Im also planning till now alone. Pls ping me 9717035353…Devesh

  16. Hello Dheeraj,

    We are 8-10 people and planning our spiti visit to zostel, till now we have planned we will be taking self drive car (Dezire most probably) from chandigarh. We have to start from 21st sept morning and come back by 27th sept. As you have seen the route to spiti, which route will you recommend and are self drive cars like Dezire safe for that route. We have already done roadtrip to kasol, tosh mcloedganj. But what do you suggest.

  17. hardik patil on

    hi dheeraj
    i am planning my spiti ride on bike from delhi via entering from shimla side, starting on 24th oct.
    tentatively i will reach manali 3rd November.

    are there chances of road getting closed?

    • Yes Hardik, I never recommend anyone traveling over Manali – Kaza road after mid October. It becomes very risky and desolate. By end of October, it is a big NO.

  18. Ravi Srivastava on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    The itinerary is neat and helpful.
    I have one question, do you have any information about monasteries other than kee monastery that provide accommodation?

  19. Sunil Chakravarthy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m planning a trip to spiti between 9th-17th October by bike. I wanted to know if the Manali route will be operational during this time, if yes, how do we go about getting the permits arranged for Rohtang.
    Thanks,
    Sunil

    • Sunil, Manali – Kaza closes by end of October but keep in mind that it is remote road and only venture on that route after checking the weather conditions in Manali. You do not want to get stranded in case it snows as it is not the place to get stranded!!

      Getting permits for Rohtang Pass is just a visit to SDM office and submitting the required paper work with fee of Rs 50.

      • Sunil Chakravarthy on

        Hi Dheeraj, thanks for the response. Can u suggest an alternative route to spiti. will the shimla route be too much as I have only 7days?
        Any proto itinerary would be really helpful.
        Thanks,
        Sunil

        • Sunil, you can follow below plan:

          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 by overnight Volvo from Manali

  20. Thank you for your excellent information. FIVE Questions:
    Spiti Valley, Kennaur, Lahaul Circuit BY CAR
    1. When is the best time (avoid floods and closed passes etc) to begin and end the Circuit spiti valley, Lahaul, Kennaur tip beginning from south in Shimla?
    2. When is the best time (to avoid floods and closed passes) to begin and end the Circuit Spiti Valley, Lahaul, Kennaur trip beginning form the North in Manali?
    3. How many days should I allow for a normal paced circuit trip, 14 days? More or less?
    4. Since I am going to go to Lei and Ladakh on one end or the other of the circuit, do you still (as on your website) suggest beginning in Shimla in the south, completing the circuit, and then on to Leh?
    5. How do I find a reliable car-4wd/ driver/guide for the Circuit?
    appreciate all the help you have given by sharing your information online.
    ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE?

    • Hello Randy,

      1,2. September is the best time to visit Spiti Valley, towards the late it will be much better.
      3. 14 days is more than good enough.
      4. Not really, you can follow: Spiti Valley to Ladakh from Manali – Most Common Itinerary
      5. You can get connected directly to some drivers in 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 pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

  21. Thank you for your excellent information. Two Questions:
    1. When is the best time (avoid floods and closed passes etc) to begin and end the Circuit spiti valley, Lahaul, Kennaur tip beginning from south in Shimla?
    3. When is the best time (to avoid floods and closed passes) to begin and end the Circuit Spiti Valley, Lahaul, Kennaur trip beginning form the North in Manali?
    3. How many days should I allow for a normal paced circuit trip, 14 days? More or less?
    appreciate all the help you have given by sharing your information online.

  22. Pawan yadav on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I m from delhi and planning to visit leh-ladakh in second week of september by motobike but, i also want to go spiti. So, pls tell me if it is possible to do both. I have 14 days in hand. Waiting for ur reply.
    Thanx

  23. Jestin M J on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed information provided on this page.
    we two people are planning to visit the places for 8 days starting from 5th to 13nth.
    following is my plan

    chandigarh (5th night)
    shimla (6th night)
    chitkul (7nth night)
    kaza (8th night)
    manali (9th night)
    daramsala (10th night)
    dalhousie (11th night)
    amritsar (12th night)
    chandigarh

    Is it worth to visit dalhousie and daramsala compared to nearby places in kaza, spiti and a stay in Chandratal ?

    Jestin

    • Jestin M J on

      Sorry I forgot to mention the month. i am planning it on September.
      Also is there any snow filled and apple orchards areas in the root?

      Jestin

    • Jestin, you are trying to mix too many things in too less a time. You should focus just on Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley in the 8 nights you have in hadn.

      • Jestin M J on

        Dheeraj, Thanks for your quick reply.
        I can increase the days. but just want to check whether it is worth to visit dalhousie and darmasala after seeing all the places in spiti and kinnaur. means i just compare the places in spiti and kinnaur against dalhousie and darmasala and have a feeling that if i visit most of the places in spiti and kinnaur then it is not much worthy to visit dalhousie and darmasala. But i would like to have your expert opinion on the same.

        • Very true, if you visit Kinnaur and Spiti, there is nothing much left to see in Dharamshala and Dalhousie. You can plan such trips to Dharamshala and Dalhousie anytime but Kinnaur and Spiti needs full dedication and focus. How many days you have in hand? It is better to follow the itinerary in the article above.

        • Do it like below in just 7 days in hand:

          Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight volvo of 28 and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
          Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
          Day 3 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo – Kaza OR Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
          Day 4 : Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Chandratal
          Day 5 : Chandratal – Manali
          Day 6 : Chill around Manali and take evening Volvo
          Day 7 : Reach Delhi by overnight Volvo from Manali

        • Jestin M J on

          Dheeraj, Sorry for troubling you again.
          I have updated my schedule as below

          chandigarh (5th night)
          kalka to shimla train (12.10 to 5.20PM-shimla)
          shimla (6th night)
          7nth morning 8AM start to sangla
          sangla (7nth night)
          Kalpa (8th night)
          Tabo (9th night)
          Kaza (10nth night)
          Losar (11nth night)
          manali to chandigarh 12th by volvo 9PM reach 7AM on chandigarh.

          Here i am loosing one day for train journey from kalka and not having stay in manali and not visiting kullu. Is it worth to have the train journey?

  24. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 4 people and planning to travel Spiti Valley in the last week of September for 9 days. We are considering two options to commute:
    1. Local Transportation
    2. Self driven SUV

    But we have apprehensions for both the options. We want to know if the terrain is okay to consider the self driven option and whether the journey would be comfortable if we opt for the local transportation. Can you provide some details regarding the local transportation routes and frequency?

    • Nishta, it depends upon what you are looking back from the trip. If you want to go through the adventure and thrill of driving your self then yes self drive but if you look forward to less tensions and more comfort then better hire a local driver. You can get connected directly to some drivers in 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 pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

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

  25. Arijit Roy Chowdhury on

    Dear Dheeraj
    I am planning to visit all the places you mentioned above in the 3rd Week of November. I am thinking of hiring a car and travel all along.
    Just wanted to know is it possible to go there at that time and what all road blocks can we expect in the trip.

    • Arijit, you will not be able to make the round trip to Spiti Valley as Manali – Kaza road becomes very dangerous and risky of being stuck for months in the month of November. Rohtang Pass also closes officilay by October end. Hence, in case you ar OK with very cold conditions, you can make a plan to go from Kinnaur side and come back from Kinaur side only. However, most of the hotels will be closed and it will be quite cold.

  26. Jeevan Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can this itinerary be completed by public transport? I am travelling solo, and I don’t have other options to travel apart from public transport.

    If it’s not possible, can you please suggest an alternative itinerary for people travelling solo by public transport?

    Kindly share your valuable inputs. Thanks!

  27. Kaushik Adhikari on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We a group of 7 will be going to spiti on 1st week of September. I’ve some queries listed below:
    1. Can you advise whether we can do Dhankar Lake on the way from Tabo to Chandartaal on the same day? How much time will it take to reach from Tabo to Chandertaal?
    2. If not possible, can we do Dhankar Lake along with Pin valley after seeing Kii monastery and finally halt at Tabo on the same day?
    3. Which will be more comfortable for 7 person Xylo or Innova. I’m more concerned about the 3rd row leg space for 3 person. As far as to my knowledge the 3rd row of Innova is more cramped than Xylo. Also we’re looking for a budget option among the two and according to your Taxi price list Xylo is mid price range while Innova is high price range category. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Kindly suggest for the above queries. Thanks.

    • Hello Kaushik,

      1. Tabo to Chandratal is about a 6 Hrs drive. Dhangkar will need at least 2-2.5 Hrs. So, doable but will soak all energy out of you.
      2. You can do Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Pin Valley – Dhangkar – Tabo. All will take about 6-8 Hrs in all.
      3. Both shall be fine, not sure about the third row comparison. In general Innova is more comfortable than any other. That taxi price list is taxi union rates of Leh not Spiti Valley. You can get connected directly to some drivers in 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 pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

      • Kaushik Adhikari on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks very much for your valuable suggestions. So you are saying that the 3rd row of Innova (front facing) can fit 3 person (with height around 5ft 8 to 6 ft) comfortably? We’re also considering a winger for more space and comfortable sitting and also since all the windows are open able (to minimize the vomiting tendency). Both Xylo and Innova have non open able 3rd row window seat as far as I know. Also winger will be a bit of budgeted option.How do you see a Winger for this route? Finally we’re planning to catch the early morning Satabdi train from either Kalka or Chandigarh next day. We’ll be starting from Manali. Can you suggest which will be more preferable for night stay among the two places. Waiting for your earliest reply on this regard. Thanks.

        • No Kaushik, I am not saying so. All I know is that Innova is more comfortable than Xylo but I have not compared it’s third row capacity. I have been in Xylo on thrid row and it was nicely spacious but never been in Innova thrid row.

          It will be much better to get a winger or small tempo traveler. To minimize the road travel Kala makes more sense than Chandigarh in case you have the train from there available.

      • Kaushik Adhikari on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your valuable suggestions. We’ll plan the trip accordingly. Also can you suggest some budget staying options at Solang valley? Are the hotels at Solang valley expensive than Manali ?

      • Kaushik Adhikari on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for all your valuable suggestions. We’ve cut short our number of travel days since we need to be back at kolkata on 7th Sep 2016. Our total travel days have come down to 10 including train. We’ll be hiring taxi for a total of 7 days for the spiti tour. I’ve contacted 2-3 drivers from your suggested list and most of them are quoting 4K per day for xylo/scorpio/innova. The rate seems to be higher than what you have suggested (3000-3500) per day. Is this seems reasonable? Or shall we try to book on spot to get a better deal? Please suggest. Our itinerary is given below:

        30/Aug/2016 – Shimla – Narkanda
        31/Aug/2016 – Narkanda – Hatu – Manali/Solang valley
        1/Sep/2016 – Manali/Solang valley – Kaza
        2/Sep/2016 – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Pin Valley – Dhankar – Tabo
        3/Sep/2016 – Tabo – Chandertaal
        4/Sep/2016 – Chandetaal – Manali/Manikaran
        5/Sep/2016 – Manali/Manikaran – Kalka

        Thanks once again.

        • I dont think so, they are charging a bit higher. General rates are 3000-3500. Better book on the spot. For 7 days it should not be more than 3500. You should kick out Shimla and Narkanda out of plan and focus just on Spiti Valley to enjoy it more from Manali side only.

        • Kaushik Adhikari on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks a lot. Actually we’re getting down at Shimla via toy train. We’re preferring to stay for the night at Narkanda than Shimla since it is more congested. We’ll book both the car and hotels on spot as suggested by you. Appreciate your help.

  28. Rohit Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 3 friends planning to take the trip to Spiti Valley starting from Shimla. We would be starting on 9th September. Could you please give us an idea about the road condition and the weather at that time? Also, we plan to reach Manali by 14th as we are short on time. Is it possible to do the full circuit in 6 days (i.e. 9th from Shimla to Manali on 14th) ?
    Please advise. Thanks !!!

    • Rohit, you will be mostly on road only as below:

      Day 1 | Shimla – Kalpa, long drive
      Day 2 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 3 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 4 | Kaza – Ki, Kibber – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 6 | Chandratal – Manali

  29. Kaushik Adhikari on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We a group of 7 are planning for a 12 days trip to spiti (Including train). The itinerary is given below:

    28/8/16 – Start from Kolkata
    30/8/16 – Reach Kalka. Kalka to shimla via toy train. Shimla to Narkanda. Stay
    31/08/16 – Narkanda to Hatu peak. Hatu peak to Gushaini. Stay
    1/9/16 – Gushaini to jalori pass, serolskar lake. Then to Manali. Stay
    2/9/16 – Manali to Kaza. Stay
    3/9/16 – Kaza site seeing. Then to Pin valley. Night at Tabo
    4/9/16 – Tabo to Dhankar, Dhankar Lake. Then to Chandertaal. Stay
    5/9/16 – Chandertaal to Keylong. Night stay
    6/9/16 – Keylong site seeing, Udipur, Trilokinath. Then to Manali/Manikaran. Stay
    7/8/16 – Manali/Manikaran to Shimla. Stay
    8/9/16 – Kalka to Delhi via Shatabdi, then Rajdhani in the evening
    9/9/16 – Reach Kolkata

    Please suggest if the above itinerary need modifications. We know that the Shimla kalpa spiti route is more preferable, but since we’re in short of days and also wants to visit the serolskar lake, we’re planning to take the Rohtang route.

  30. Subrata Chowdhury on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    As per your suggestion I’ve modified my tour plan. Please have a look at it and give your final comment.
    Also help me with accommodation details at below locations and contact of cab drivers if you have any.

    23-09-16=Kolkata to Delhi
    24-09-16=Delhi to Kalka
    25-09-16=Kalka-Shimla-Sarahan via Narkanda
    26-09-16=Sarahan to Chitkul
    27-09-16=Chitkul-Sangla-Kalpa
    28-09-16=Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
    29-09-16=Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar Monasteries,Key Monastery, Kibber, Pin Valley
    30-09-16=Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza – Kaza / Losar
    01-10-16=Kaza to Chandratal
    02-10-16=Chandratal to Manali (Manali sightseeing)
    03-10-16=Manali – Chandigarh
    04-10-16=Chandigarh-Delhi
    04-10-16=Delhi-Kolkata

    Hotel required at: kalka, Sarahan, Chitkul, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza, Losar,Chandratal, Manali.

    Thank you again.

    Regards,
    Subrata

    • This plan looks good to me. No need to stay at Losar in case you visiting Chandratal. You can directly reach there and stay.

      You can get connected directly to some drivers in 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 pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

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

  31. Yudhvir Mahajan on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    I used your ‘most common itinerary’ for travelling to Leh this summer. It was quite helpful.
    Keep sending more such stuff and all the best…

  32. Hye Dheeraj

    First of all thanks a lot for your quick response on my last post. Can you pls have a look at this itinerary and tell us whether this short itinerary is ok or not as in is it worth ?and whether it will be hectic or we should take some more time and travel more of spiti later..
    day 1 delhi to manali
    day 2 manali -rohtang-batal
    day 3 batal-chandratal-kaza
    day4 kaza-key monastry-kibber-chhatru
    day 5 chhatru -manali-delhi

    Thanks in advance!!!

  33. Many thanks for your response Dheeraj.

    I do want to do the complete circuit. But I read that route from Kaza to Manali might be a little too much for a hatchback. I am planning to take my i20 Elite. What do you recommend?

  34. Hey Dheeraj,

    Awesome work on providing all the details. I am planning a 9 day solo trip to Spiti from 13th Aug – 21st Aug on my i20 Elite. The planed itinerary is as follows.

    From To Kms
    Day 1 Saturday 13-Aug-16 Gurgaon Narkand 439
    Day 2 Sunday 14-Aug-16 Narkand Sangla 179
    Day 3 Monday 15-Aug-16 Sangla Pooh (Via Chitkul) 139
    Day 4 Tuesday 16-Aug-16 Pooh Tabo 88
    Day 5 Wednesday 17-Aug-16 Tabo Kaza (Via Pin Valley) 115
    Day 6 Thursday 18-Aug-16 Kaza Kaza (Nearby places) 116
    Day 7 Friday 19-Aug-16 Kaza Kalpa 196
    Day 8 Saturday 20-Aug-16 Kalpa Shimla 241
    Day 9 Sunday 21-Aug-16 Shimla Gurgaon 380

    Please let me know your thoughts on

    1) The plan – Is it going to be feasible
    2) What precautions should I keep in mind
    3) What essentials to keep

    Cheers,
    Ashish

    • Hi Ashish,

      Well, plan is doable but why to come back from Kinnaur again. Do it like below in last three days to complete the circuit and visit amazingly beautiful Chandratal:

      Kaza – Chandratal
      Chandratal – Manali
      Manali – Delhi/Gurgaon

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