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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1,402 Comments

  1. Atul Tiwari on

    Dheeraj ji can we do this with self owned pulser 200 in mid june? Any suggestions about trip by you will be great help. Thanx in advance

    • Yes, Atul, you can do this trip on a pulsar. I hope you have some experience of driving in hills because of the roads, especially between Kaza and Manali, are quite treacherous with water crossings and river bed like conditions.

  2. Ashutosh Goyal on

    Very Helpful write-up Dheeraj. Many Thanks. I want to do this trip with wife and 8yr old son starting 25th Aug to 3rd sept. What do you think about the chances of rain in that period. Also will my kid be fine sleeping in tent at Chandra taal. Last year we had a Ladakh trip sleeping at Pangong lake and Tso Moriri without any issue but didn’t sleep in tents so want your advice.

    • Rains cannot be predicted but in general it rains during those days. Would be better if you shift the plan in September. Although each trip has lot of factor to count in and is different from the last one in many aspects but in general kids do much better than adults. Also, in case you feel there is an issue, you can descend down to Battal. Also, going from Shimla – Kinnaur side will really help as well.

  3. Thank you धीरज जी,
    One more question. “My younger daughter is 5.7 years old.”
    Can I plan for Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza-Manali-Delhi during 10th June to 18th June 2017?

    And please provide me number of a competent driver who can drive my XUV 500 from kaza to manali as you had suggested for extra care for that route.
    Regards

    • In general, it is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D.. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      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.

      • ravinder jangra on

        hi dheeraj,
        we plan a bike riding to spiti via shimla 17th june to 27th june how we make it easy

        • The roads are treacherous, Manali – Kaza Road would have just opened. So, road conditions will be bad and not in good conditions. Up to Kaza through Kinnaur it will be manageable.

  4. Hi धीरज,
    I am planning for spiti Valley ( Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza-Spiti-Manali – Delhi ). I will start it from 10th June and will finish by 18th June 2017.
    My question is that XUV 500 is fit for this route or not??
    Regards

    • Rajeev, XUV is capable enough vehicle to do the Spiti Valley trip. Please take extra care and caution on Manali – Kaza route though, rest should be fine with it.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are following the same common Itinerary. And we have 2 extra days, so planning to explore Rama Valley, Lingti Valley and Mane Village. Can these be done in a single day or 2 days? And during which day of the trip can we add this to our itinerary? We are a group of photographers, so we are not in rush.

    Thanks,
    Ravikanth

    • Yes, Ravi these can be done in single day drive easily. You can fit them as below:

      Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar lake trek – Mane Village (stay overnight if you OK with home stays)
      Mane Village – Pin Valley
      Pin Valley – Lingti (Rama Village – Lhalung) – Kaza

  6. MADHUR GAUR on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    We are planning for Lahul and Spiti, and will stick to the conman itinerary u have suggested above, My only question is we are leaving from Delhi on 16 June, so Kunzum pass will be open by then or not, just an idea? i understand road conditions will not be so good as these are just opened. we are going in Mahindra Quanto, with hired driver from Shimla to Manali.

  7. Hi,

    First of all thank you for the wonderful itinerary.

    We are looking forward to follow the same itinerary as above. Just have few queries. Would be very kind if you could solve them:

    1. We will be starting with this trip on 21st June, so will we face any problems wrt to any road closures like Manali Kaza road, and also will be able to go to Chandratal Lake during that time?(Around 27-28th June)

    2. Also we would be hiring a vehicle. So is it advisable to directly contact a tour agency for everything ranging from travel to stay, or can we book everything individually.

    3. We would have a spare day. We were thinking of doing paragliding in Spiti (Solang or any other) or Manali. Can you recommend where can we use this extra buffer day and is paragliding possible at that time? If not, how can I spend the extra buffer day(possibly near Manali)

    Thanks in advance.

    • Below are the responses:

      1. No by 21st June, Manali – Kaza road and road to Chandratal should be open
      2. Not really, best is to book it yourself. Or just book the taxi by contacting driver directly. He will help you with economic stays. 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 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.

      3. No paragliding is there in Spiti. Best is to enjoy the day either resting in Manali or have it in Spiti only resting and enjoying beautiful locations at more ease.

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friend are planning lahaul spiti bike trip in the last week of june. My main concern is the condition of roads there . Could you give a rough idea as to what the conditions of road is and in which particular areas the road condition is worse. Which bike to prefer while doing the trip and any other suggestions from your end are most welcome.

    • Kavya, the road between Rohtang Pass and Kaza will be most worse and it feels like riding on a river bed with numerous water crossings to dodge. In case of puncture you are on your own, so make sure you do not ride fast on sharp stones or gravel. Prepare for long rides before if you are not used to be on bike for 8-9 hrs in a day. The roads for sure will be one of the worst you may have seen in life in case you have not been to these kind of places before. So, I have no intention to scare you but setting the mental expectations.

  9. Puneet Bajpai on

    Extremely Sorry Dheeraj Ji,

    I have sent below itinerary for 15 Days. Unfortunately, I have just seen that We have only 14 days. apart from below queries can you please suggest which place I should drop from itinerary to match 14 days plan

    My dates are starting from 18th June from Chandigarh ending on 30th June in Chandigarh.

    Please Help

    • Hi Dheeraj,

      Hats off to you man. Really. amazing work being done by you for the travel community.

      I plan to do Chandigarh-kalpa-kaza-manali-chandigarh (Jun 17 till jun 26th)as per your itinerary of Spiti valley. My questions are

      1. Can we do this route on Nissan Micra? (till kaza i think there will be no problem? we are three travellers: me, my wife and my 6 yr old kid.
      2. Can we do kaza to manali in one day with chandrataal? hows the road conditions on this stretch now? as we have done manali-chandertaal-manali in one day last year in a hired cab and it was a 14 hours ordeal.

      Thank you

  10. Puneet Bajpai on

    Dheeraj Ji

    Salute to You !!

    I want to combine Leh and spiti together and taken up this plan from other group of riders.

    We are 5 friends , we have back-up vehicle with mechanic (Tavera or Xylo)

    Can you please look into the following itinerary and suggest to go a head with this plan. or any advice

    D1 Chandigarh – Manali
    D2 Manali- Keylong
    D3 Keylong – Leh
    D5 Leh
    D6 Leh-Nubra
    D7 Numbra – Pangong
    D8 Pangong – Leh
    D9 Leh-Keylong
    D10 Keylong – Kaza
    D11 Kaza- Nako
    D12 Nako – Sangla
    D13 Sangla Local
    D14 Sangla – Shimla
    D15 Shimla- Chandigarh

    My Worries
    1 Where to stay in these area, how do i get Hotels ? or any point of contact to book our stay
    2 How to know the route maps in these remote areas ? (MAPS are Not Available)
    3 Is it safe to go, as per above itinerary, with 5 friends on such isolated terrain ?

    Humble Request to please advice quickly so that we can conclude or change/drop our plan for beautiful SPITI and simply pick Leh Ladakh

    Thanks In-Advance.

    You are great and doing noble cause. Keep it up !!

    Regards
    Puneet Bajpai

  11. Sreeparna on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    How is the weather like in September end? Is it a favourable time to visit Spiti?

  12. Ravikanth K on

    Hello Sir,

    We are planning to do this Common Spiti Valley Itinerary starting from Shimla side and exit via manali in 10days. From June 2nd to June 13th. So will the kunkum pass be open during this period around June 11th or 12th? If is it not open, can we still visit Chandratal Lake?

    Thanks,
    Ravikanth

      • Ravikanth K on

        Thanks for your reply sir. One last query.. can we still visit Chandra Taal Lake if the Kunzum pass is not open?

        • You may have to trek. The road to Kunzum Pass will be open but it will be blocked between Batal and Gramphu. You may have to trek about as much as 14 KMs one side to go to Chandratal lake if the road is not open. Then same length you need to trek back to reach pickup point.

  13. Hello Dheeraj
    I am planning for full circuit with my wife and 8 year old son from 12 june and have 12-13 days from delhi.
    Will that be possible and i want to hire a taxi, in your opinion how much should it cost per day..
    If you could provide some good taxi rentals or driver will be much grateful.

    • 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.

      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 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.

  14. Sameer Chavan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for posting a detailed itinerary for Spiti. Its very helpful.

    We are planning a trip to Spiti from 11th Aug to 16th Aug. Unfortunately, we dont have 10-12 days for this trip. So can you please advise whether we can cover the main attractions of Spiti in 6 days. Our main focus is on Spiti Valley only.
    We are planning to start the journey from Mumbai and reaching the Chandigarh Airport at 11:00 AM on 11th Aug and want to reach to Sangala on the same night. Is the same possible?
    While returning we are planning to take the Manali route and want to reach Chandigarh Airport on 16th at 04:00 PM.
    Can you please also advise us on which are the main places (and their order) we can cover in our such short trip.
    Regards,
    Sameer

  15. Hitasha Mehra on

    Hi that’s a great Itinerary for kinnaur-Spiti. I wanted to check that I have 7-8days. Would be nice if you could suggest if it is doable in these no. of days. Also, we are a group of 6-7 people & we don’t Intend to on toad for 7-8 hrs everyday. We will be driving from Delhi-Kinnaur- Spiti-Delhi. We would want to enjoy the places we see. Your revert would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • I am not sure when you are planning to cover Spiti valley but if it is before Manali – Kaza road gets open, go with Option A else Options B

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      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 – Kaza and then reach Tabo/Nako by evening
      Day 7 | Tabo/Nako – Sarahan/Rampur
      Day 8 | Sarahan/Rampur – Delhi

      OR

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      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 – Rangrik – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 7 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 8 | Manali – Delhi

  16. Sampat Ghosh on

    I am planning to travel to spiti valley through Shimla to Manali. Can you please tell me whether is it possible to make the trip on November ?

    Also, another question is can we get any shared taxis for the entire journey or any point to pint communication like Ladakh as we are only a group of three people?

    It will be very helpful if you reply back to my question

  17. Vishal shah on

    Dheeraj Sir, I cannot thank you enough for all the effort you take for all this. Your ladakh most common itinerary was very helpful. All the detailed information that you provide is priceless. Thanks once again for this Spiti itinerary. Will get back to you for my queries. Once again a “BIG THANK YOU”

  18. Kapil Goyal on

    Hi Everyone.. I am planning a trip from Delhi to Leh & Spitii valley. Please suggest the route i should take & the time it will take to complete the trip. Is it possible to cover the entire trip back to delhi in 13 days???

  19. HIREN PATEL on

    sir
    I am hiren , planing to explore Lahol- Spiti – & leh start from 1st June to
    July 1st week – with leh
    On my royal Enfielf Himalayan bike
    We are two person on two bike
    Suggest me full itenery program
    As I will follow you & your suggetation -program —
    In leh I wish to Treking –
    STOCK KANGRI pengog – nubra etc
    Please give me your best advice
    I am 58 yr old
    Regards
    Hiren

      • Manish1971 on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        We are schedule for trip to lahul spiti kinnaur from 17 May to 2 june we will be at losar on 24 may and would like to know if we ca reach kumzum pass from this side we will be going on bike. Can we expect rains during this period &will there be too much snow near kumzum / losar. Information available from this site has helped us a lot in planning our trip really appreciate your efforts.

        Thanks in Advance

        • Manish, if you want to travel to Manali from Kunzum Pass you will not be able to do it by that time of the month. However, in case you are planning just to go beyond Kunzum Pass till the point where road is open, you may give it a try.

        • Manish1971 on

          HI Dheeraj,

          We plan to go up till kumzum & returm back, we are not going to manali. Any chances of rains during this period & will there be too much snow arround kumzum / losar.

          Regards

        • I will suggest going beyond Kunzum Pass to the point of blockade, you will really enjoy the white snow and big snow walls. Rains can be intermittent if there is any. Usually it does not rain during this time.

  20. ABHISHEK KULESH on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Thank you for your perspective suggestions , what will ( bullet ) cost around if we hire bike from Chandigarh, do they deposit some amount of security money, because we are on shortage of budget ( 30000 to 40000 ) including both the persons. Please suggest some bike rental agencies in Chandigarh. thanks 🙂

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

    Day 1 – Chandigarh to shimla 113 kms

    Day 2 – shimla to chitkul( last inhabited village before Tibet ) 261 kms via kufri

    Day 3 – chitkul to nako 150kms – tabo 63kms ( nako lake , tabo monastery )

    Day 4 – tabo to dhankar 24 kms – kaza 48 kms – losar 58 kms

    Day 5 – losar to kunzum pass 15kms – chandratal lake – manali – Chandigarh

    • Most of them take deposits. I do not have any contacts of bike rentals from Chandigarh. On Day 2, you must plan to stay at Sangla as Chitkul is quite high for Day 2. Then Day 3 looks OK and so as Day 4. However, Day 5 is not possible. You can reach Manali on that day not Chandigarh.

  21. ABHISHEK KULESH on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We ( 2 person ) are planning a trip to spiti valley ( bike trip ) in first week of June . Planning to hire one bike from Chandigarh. Budget is around ( 30000 ) including both. Can we! Any suggestions please 🙂

  22. Hi Dheeraj, i am planning to visit spiti in last week of June and planning to rent self drive vehicle​. I also want to visit Tso-Moriri lake in Ladakh during this period. Now I know Self drive cars are not allowed in laddakh so can I get any taxi or can i hire bike from spiti to visit Tso-Moriri lake?

    • Hi Alok,

      The problem is that now you need inner line permit/environment fee as well in order to visit inner line areas of Ladakh. So, you will have to manage it as well. It is better that you take a risk in your self drive car to Tso Moriri and in case confronted, come back to stay at Tso Kar for the night after seeing Tso Moriri. Manage the fees and permits in advance through a travel agent in Leh.

  23. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for providing the detailed tour plan.
    I am planning to start my travel by 1st of June, and as per your responses to the previous queries, you suugest that one should take the Shimla route. Is that right? Or is there an alternate route available around that time?
    I am planning to keep the tour length to 8 days, so where should I end my advance and start returning?

    I was also wondering if you could help me with a budget estimation for 2 riders on a 350cc bike. Starting from Delhi.
    How much fuel and food and stay would cost?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Yes, you should take route from Shimla and come back the same route in case Manali – Kaza route is not open. For travel plan you can also refer any of the below plan:

      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

      OR

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      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 – Kaza and then reach Tabo/Nako by evening
      Day 7 | Tabo/Nako – Sarahan/Rampur
      Day 8 | Sarahan/Rampur – Delhi

      OR

      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 towards Kunzum Pass, if possible Chandratal and back to Kaza OR come back to Tabo for night stay
      Day 7 | Kaza/Tabo – Geyu Mummy – Kalpa/Sangla
      Day 8 | Kalpa/Sangla – Chitkul – Sarahan
      Day 9 | Sarahan – Delhi (long drive but as last day you can rest at home)

      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.

  24. Hi,
    we are planning a bike trip to spiti from chadigarh starting july 8th and planning to cover, sachpass and kishwar road back to chadigarh.

    my question is will it be rainy at that time of the year? can we cover kishtwar road also at that time.

    we have total of 16 days in hand

    • Well, you have good number of days in hand and should be OK to travel during that time. In case it rains, it may be difficult but well, keep a check on weather and then head out.

  25. Gautam Grover on

    Hi – i am planning to go to Spiti Valley on 5 May – is this a good time to execute this trip???

    • Gautam, the road from Manali to Kaza will not be open during that time in May. It is expected that Manali – Kunzum Pass – Kaza road will open by the first week of June.

      • amit anand on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        I am planning my trip from 13th May,2017 to 19th May to Spiti valley. I heard Manali to Kaza is not cleared now , So i have to go via Shimla. Could you please suggest how should i plan my trip. which place to visit. should I take rented bike/ taxi in shimla for the trip. This is my first trip to Himachal so can i ride bike? I can extend 1 or 2 days for my trip.

        • Amit, I see you have about 7-9 days in hand. I will suggest you follow the plan below:

          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

          OR

          Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
          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 – Kaza and then reach Tabo/Nako by evening
          Day 7 | Tabo/Nako – Sarahan/Rampur
          Day 8 | Sarahan/Rampur – Delhi

          OR

          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 towards Kunzum Pass, if possible Chandratal and back to Kaza OR come back to Tabo for night stay
          Day 7 | Kaza/Tabo – Geyu Mummy – Kalpa/Sangla
          Day 8 | Kalpa/Sangla – Chitkul – Sarahan
          Day 9 | Sarahan – Delhi (long drive but as last day you can rest at home)

  26. vinay singhal on

    Hi, I am planning a tour to spiti valley by May End. Does the road open by then??
    Please suggest.

        • No Vinay, the roads may not have any snow cover on roads by that time on the majority of the part of the Spiti route. However, chances are the road from Manali – Kaza may not be open during that time and work may be in progress to open. it. Also, are you planning the above route in just 5 days?

  27. Hi Dheeraj, Myself and my friend, we did the tour of Kaza from Delhi on our Celerio in September. We followed your instructions, they were very helpful. We took the route from Delhi – Shimla -Sangla valley – Kaza -Manali -Delhi. Everything went fine except for the risk we took to do the journey from Kaza to Manali.
    Now, what we miss was Snow. So, we are planning to do it again to have full views of Snow covered peaks. If we go in first week of May, will that be possible, or are we late for that?
    This time we go in a Baleno,and also come back via Shimla.

    • Ravi, the road from Manali to Kaza opens around mid of June, so that should the plan and don’t shy away to keep it flexible may be around the first week of June start from Shimla and by the time you reach Kaza, road might have just opened and you attempt it with snow walls around 🙂

      • Thanks Dheeraj.
        But Dheeraj this time we are not taking the risk to do Kaza -Manali stretch on a hatchback car. We have understood that you should do it on a SUV only.
        Please tell if we will find snow on the route taken as Delhi – Shimla – Sangla Valley ( Chitkul ) – Nako – Sumdo – Kaza – ( KI, Kibber, Gette etc. ) – Sumdo – Kalpa – Shimla -Delhi. We have the option to go from 1st to 10th MAY only.
        Also, if you can give some idea as how is the condition of roads at present ?

        • Hi Ravi,

          The roads mostly were good but there was a major landslide between Nako and Tabo for last two weeks the road was closed. Not sure if opened yet or not. Snow will not be in much on this route. If you go beyond Kaza towards Kunzum Pass you will find plenty of snow.

  28. Hi Dheeraj
    Amazing site! I am using this site as a guide to build my trip
    We are planning a 7 day trip to Spiti-7June to 14 june, from Chandigarh. Shimla- spiti-manali route. Will the manali route open by then?
    We are 4 people (family). What are the options? Our main focus is spiti and chandratal. We don’t wish to squeeze in a lot of places, whatever fits in smoothly will be best, since a hectic schedule won’t work for my mom.

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        Postponing is not an option 🙁 Finally it is 6th June to 14 June, Chandigarh-Chandigarh for us. So, i guess we’ll have to return from Shimla route only.

        Here’s a rough itinerary we have arrived at, from your above itinerary:

        1: (starting at noon) Chandigarh-Narkanda
        2: Narkanda-Kalpa
        (Skipping Sangla- Chitkul)
        3: Kalpa- Nako -Tabo
        4: Tabo – Dhankar -Pin
        5: Pin – Kaza
        6: Kaza
        7: Spare Day
        8-9: Return to Chandigarh

        We are skipping Kinnaur valley, as we plan to do it seperately, later.
        Is this a good trip? Please suggest.

        • Ree, this looks OK to me. You can leave Kaza early morning and reach around Tapri/Jeori by evening on 8th and then 9th easily return to Chandigarh.

  29. Bhaavin Patel on

    Hello
    It’s nice to see detailed information.
    I want to visit full circuit and also don’t want to miss snow.
    Plz guide perfect timing to visit.
    We will be driving from Surat.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Bhaavin, snow and full circuit may not come hand in hand in Spiti Valley. You will have to be very flexible in such a case. Stay tuned to the road updates and as soon as the road opens anytime between 8th June to 20th June, start your trip from Manali side and end in Shimla.

  30. Hi Dheeraj , can you tell me is there a way to do Spiti valley exploration solo and without personal vehicle ? How difficult it will be and where will the real challenges be ?

  31. Aniil A Pamnani on

    Hi Dhiraj

    This forum was extremely helpful for our maiden self drive to Leh & Ladakh last year. Keep up the good work.
    Now that Spiti seems to be our next destination, wanted to check if you are aware of any restrictions (legal or forcibly imposed) on self drive car rentals in Spiti, similar to the one imposed by local taxi mafia in Ladakh?

    • There is no such restrictions on self drive cars rented or private owned in entire Himachal including Lahaul and Spiti. So, feel free to take it with you 🙂

  32. hello Dheeraj!
    I am planning for solo spiti trek(on foot) in mid june.
    – i am 21 and have done one week long trek in sandakphu last december, my fitness level is sufficient i guess.
    – i am planning to start my trek from reckong peo to batal on foot, so i am planning to cover nako, tabo, kaza dhankar hikkim, key gompa ,chandrataal. so ill ake bus from shimla to reckong peo and from batal to manali.
    – which means ill have to walk about 300 kms total. and that too with some weight and i can stretch upto 30 kms a day, max.
    I know that this might seem a bit crazy, well more than a bit, haha. though seriously, is it possible to do this? if yes, can you suggest an itinerary?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Hello Ishan,

      Well, though there have been other people who have poured in thse ideas of making it, so out right does not sound crazy. If you have ample of time in life can walk, hitch hike on roads, well yes you may be able to do it.But, do a study of Hindustan Tibet Highway and the villages where you will stay if you will be able to reach every other village with your day’s pace.

      30KMs in a day seems OK in plains or low altitude but in high altitude region, it is altogether a different ball game and you fall sick easily if your body is unable to cope up with acclimatization. At many places you may not even find a place to stay within 30 KMs, so will have to walk more in such a case.

  33. Thanks for the useful info DOW!

    Is there any way to bypass Shimla-Narkanda and reach Sarahan?
    Could you also comment if Chitkul is a must see? Can it be skipped and Sarahan to Kalpa be done directly?
    Thanks in Advance

    • Vish, well, in case you are planning for Kinnaur Valley trip only then well Chitkul – Sangla are must see I will say. But if you are going to Spiti Valley then you can go over to Kalpa directly as a pit stop. Shimla – Narkanda is hard to skip unless you want to take some inner longer roads.

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