Spiti Valley via Kinnaur | How to Plan Your Journey

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Situated high up in Trans Himalayan territory, Spiti Valley, meaning “the middle land”, is a place to travel at least once in a lifetime or may be for a person like me every now and then in a lifetime ;)… Like, Leh – Ladakh, I am quite fond of traveling to Spiti Valley too whose not only terrain and landscape is more or less similar to each other but even the culture has its history attached or co-related by one or the other means. Spiti Valley is a place that can surely leave you spell bound by its charismatic natural beauty and the Road to Spiti Valley is not far behind in decorating the entire trip with such beauty.

The road to Spiti Valley commonly known as Hindustan – Tibet Highway is a destination in itself and also termed as one of the treacherous or deadliest roads of the world. Hats off to the efforts of BRO for creating such a gem of a road network to the far flung trans Himalayan places like Spiti Valley. In this article of my “How to Travel” series, we will talk about How to plan a journey on Road to Spiti Valley or Hindustan – Tibet Highway

In order to visit this picturesque valley of the Trans – Himalayan region, either one can take a long 3 day journey over Hindustan – Tibet Highway running through Shimla – Kinnaur Valley OR they can tread along the path of Manali and then take Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza (Spiti Valley) route. As a practice and to enjoy the route entirely, it is always better to do the complete circuit for the first time and then keep coming back from one or the other route to explore more and more places in Spiti Valley which is quite difficult to explore in just one trip.

Sometimes, people traveling or going directly to Spiti Valley or Kaza / Losar from Manali suffers from acute mountain sickness due to the sudden disturbance of altitude with which the body is adapted as Kaza is about 3600 Mtrs high in altitude. However, Hindustan – Tibet Highway provides a gradual ascent to travelers thus helps them fight any chances of acute mountain sickness (AMS) caused due to high altitudes and let them enjoy the beautiful vistas in relaxed manner.

However, when traveling over one of the most adventurous roads of the world that is Hindustan – Tibet Highway, we all must know about it, its terrain, the route & places that fall on this route, the accommodation, modes of travel, basic amenities on the route, time or season to visit etc. This will ensure that you have an unforgettable memory of the trip to Spiti Valley. The journey on road to Spiti Valley can easily turn into a nightmare if planned incorrectly and can get you in trouble, stranded in the middle of no where. In this article of the series, “Comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley”, I will try to put down all my knowledge for traveling to Hindustan – Tibet Highway or road to Spiti Valley.

Sitting High and Pretty near Nako… The White Queen…
Views on Hindustan Tibet Highway
Important Links for Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Before I dive into the specific details on planning the trip on road to Spiti Valley, I will suggest you to also refer these supporting articles of this on going series “Comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley”:

Season to Travel on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

To know what is the season that will suit you to travel on the road to Spiti Valley, check the article: Best Season to Travel on Road to Spiti Valley

Modes of Travel on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur
Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Spiti Valley

Most people prefer to self drive or self ride to Spiti Valley by their own car or own bike and some also prefer to self drive or self ride to Spiti Valley by hiring a bike or car. In any case, hired car/bike or personal car/bike, idea is to live the passion of driving or riding through one of the toughest and adventurous terrains accessible not only in India but world i.e. Hindustan – Tibet Highway. You can take your own or rented, car or bike to Spiti Valley but one must be careful while driving or riding through slushy roads, snow and water crossing or nallas. Also, it is always handy to learn little maintenance tasks of your vehicle prior to the start of this arduous journey to Spiti Valley over Hindustan – Tibet Highway.

For cars, although an SUV/MUV is good to have and a 4WD SUV will definitely help but I have seen hatchbacks (including Altos and Nano) and sedans doing good enough job on Hindustan – Tibet Highway or in Spiti Valley. If you want to try your sedan or hatch back drive to Spiti Valley then one must drive with extra care and caution and especially in Kinnaur Valley and road from Kinnaur to Tabo.

Whenever you are in doubt, always step out of your car, walk down the path, inspect with your foot and plan the path of exit before crossing a dangerous landslide or water crossing on your vehicle. You can also park aside and see how others are crossing the risky section to plan your route of escape. In deep water crossings try to maintain the momentum without any half clutch measures and complete the entire stretch in one go only. Similarly, in slush stretches do not force the issue rather keep the smooth momentum with required speed to pass you through, without half clutch measures. Do keep an eye on the direction of the vehicle too. If you get stuck in slush then try to back and forth your vehicles to get out of the stuck position. It is always handy to ask your fellow co-travellers to get out of the car and push the vehicle from behind incase the car is struggling to pass through the slush or water crossing stretch. DO NOT forget to help other fellow travellers in need on the route.

Basic toolkit, screw driver set, small hammer, puncture repair kit, iron rod, two or three “2 ltr” empty bottles of pepsi / coke / limca etc to carry extra petrol or diesel (jerry cans will leak, cold drink bottles do not leak), funnel, towing rope, spare tube (must for bikes), elfy or fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump start cables/wires, M-seal to prevent leakage etc. were among the few things which I carried along on my trip to Ladakh. Also, do not forget to get your vehicle (car/bike) serviced about 2-3 weeks before the start of the trans Himalayan journey. This will ensure that you have proper time in advance to test your serviced vehicle and get fixed any hitches that may have been introduced in that service.

Hiring a Private Taxi | Taxi Number or Private Number

You can also hire a taxi from Shimla or Delhi to travel on the road to Spiti Valley. It is always better to hire Xylo or Scorpio and mostly the charges ranges from 2500 to 3500 per day from Shimla depending upon season of travel and your bargaining skills. Better confirm from the driver if he has done the route over Spiti Valley and when was the last time he did go on that route. Many a times, drivers from Shimla are good but sometimes they are majorly bogged onto local routes which are in no comparison to the roads of Trans Himalayas. So, confirm twice before fixing a deal.

HRTC Bus Service &Shared Taxis| Economical mode of travel

HRTC buses ply buses on Chandigarh – Shimla – Reckong Peo – Kaza route along with some semi deluxe buses. I do not have much idea about fare, as soon as I get that, I will update it in this section but regarding timings there is one bus that starts from Chandigarh at 5.45 PM and reach Reckong Peo in the morning by 8 AM. Then, there is one bus that leaves Reckong Peo at 7 AM for Kaza by which you can go to Kaza or get down at Tabo which reaches Tabo around 3 PM.

In between, you can also buy yourself a seat in a shared taxi which runs between various places within Spiti Valley. Example, you can cover Dhangkar Monastery, Pin Valley, Kibber/Ki, Hikkim/Komik etc. all in shared taxis available from Tabo OR Kaza. Even shared taxis run between Losar and Kaza too.

Making its way… through the mountains…… Hindustan Tibet Highway in Kinnaur Valley
Hindustan Tibet Highway in Kinnaur Valley
Planning Night Stay or Accommodation on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Based on my experience, you can opt to plan a journey on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur or Hindustan – Tibet Highway in one of the following ways –

Three Day Journey on Hindustan – Tibet Highway

It is always better to traverse the road to Spiti Valley over Hindustan – Tibet Highway in 3 days, so that your body is well acclimatized to the high altitude of Spiti Valley as you ascend gradually within these 3 days. The general breakup is like below:

  • Day 1: Delhi – Narkanda
  • Day 2: Narkanda – Peo/Kalpa/Sangla
  • Day 3: Peo/Kalpa/Sangla – Tabo

You can start easily from Delhi and reach Narkanda by evening where you can relax for the rest of the evening and take rest for the day. After the opening of Panchkula to Parwanoo Toll road, it is quite an easy drive except jams around Shimla. Next day, you can start towards the adventurous journey by first getting down all the way to Rampur where you can halt for the lunch at either of HPTDC Satluj Cafe or HPTDC Bhushahar Regency. Food is OK and acceptable though not very good. Once you cross over Bhawa Nagar then you will start to see bad roads throughout Kinnaur. You can plan to stay either at Kalpa which is a bit off from main highway ahead of Reckong Peo but has many comfortable options of stay available. Or else, you can either stay at Sangla too but it might increase the distance on the next day. If you are interested in budget accommodation then you can also opt for a stay at Reckong Peo OR Shongtong Village

Finally, third day, you can start towards Spiti Valley to either stay at Tabo or Kaza. I always like to stay at Tabo so that I am least bothered of AMS and spend at least 3 nights at decent altitude before venturing to high altitude of Kaza. Another advantage of staying at Tabo is that you can cover Pin Valley or Dhangkar Monastery on the next day (Day 4) while going from Tabo to Kaza.

Two Day Journey on Hindustan – Tibet Highway

In case you are short on days and still want to travel the road to Spiti Valley over Hindustan – Tibet Highway but in 2 days, then you need to play with your fatigues levels and go for a long winding drive to Kinnaur on the first day itself. The general breakup is like below:

  • Day 1: Delhi – Peo/Ribba/Jangi (Almost 15+ Hrs drive/ride)
  • Day 2: Peo/Ribba – Tabo

You can start the day in the evening or night or late night say by 2 AM from Delhi and can continue drive/ride till next evening that is Day 1 to reach either Peo OR Ribba. Please keep in mind that you need to over fatigue, accustomed to such long drives in mountains and ready to toll for about 15+ Hrs on the road. You will reach either Peo or Ribba/Jangi exhausted enough. Peo has some good budgeted accommodation and Ribba/Jangi ahead of Peo/Powari have just HP PWD Rest Houses.

Again, this two day trip not recommended if you are with family or people who love a relaxing trip rather being just on the roads.

Most Common Itinerary on Hindustan – Tibet Highway

In case, you are interested in entire circuit including Kinnaur, Spiti & Manali and have about 10-12 days then you can also look at the link: Spiti Valley | Most Common Itinerary

Our usual meal spot… HPTDC Cafe Satluj, Rampur… HPTDC Cafe Satluj, Rampur
Sightseeing on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Traveling over this beautiful yet most adventurous road to Spiti Valley along Hindustan – Tibet Highway is a sightseeing in itself. However, while traversing over it there are some fabulous places which you can visit alongside this highway to heaven. To name few,

Shimla, Narkanda (Hatu Peak, Tanijubbar Lake), Daranghaati, Kinnaur Valley (Sarahan, Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul), Nako Lake, Khab, Shipki La Pass, Mummy at Geyu Village, Moorang Fort etc.

Special thanks to Dhananjay for couple of amazing routes mentioned below as tips for a pleasant change in case you are repeating the journey some twice or thrice. However, keep in mind that being link roads, these routes will take more time while reaching your destination as compared to quite wider national highway but can be a retreat from the busy National highway in his words ;). Anyways, he suggests, one can:

  • Look at the ridgeline road option from Narkanda till Sarahan. From Narkanda to Baghi, Khadrala, Sungri, Bahli, Taklech, uphill to Daranghati, down to Mashnu, Kinnu, Gharat and then Sarahan.
  • Also from Kalpa the route to Pangi, Rarang, Jangi and then down to Kiran Khud just 3 kms before Spillo can also be followed to get a different feel of the place.

For more details of these interesting places that comes over Hindustan – Tibet Highway, you can read the article: Hindustan Tibet Road & NH – 22 | Interesting Places

BRO Creates, Connects and Cares… So, true…
Views between Chango and Nako in Kinnaur Valley
List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Among two of the top most adventurous roads of India, Hindustan – Tibet Highway is much better than Manali – Leh Highway in terms of accommodation options it offers and one can find decent place to stay within 100 odd KMs at max. At some places like beyond Jeori while going from Shimla, the accommodation options could be very limited and basic guest house / home stay types including HP PWD Guest Houses widely spread across this tribal belt. On the other hand, you the places like Shimla, Narkanda, Rampur, Reckong Peo, Sangla, Kalpa etc. does offer varied amount of accommodation options which may suits the budget for different pockets. So, it always better to break the journey at Shimla/Narkanda, then in Kinnaur at Kalpa, Peo or Sanlga Valley.

Apart from private accommodation options, you can also go ahead and vouch for many PWD Rest Houses along the entire road to Spiti Valley, which are though comfortable and economic but may not suit needs of every family. Also, you require bookings for them and sometimes in case of some VIP visit they may try to push you though not in rights. But, in general and in case you are OK with average comfort conditions, Quite Recommended!! You can refer: How to Book HP PWD Rest Houses or FRHs

Please keep in mind that Kalpa and Sangla are not exactly on Hindustan – Tibet Highway and you need to take diversions near Karcham for Sangla Valley and near Powari towards Reckong Peo – Kalpa.

Narkanda looking calm and soothing… Narkanda on Hindustan - Tibet highway
Acclimatization & its importance on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Like Manali – Leh Highway, the journey on road to Spiti Valley over Hindustan – Tibet Highway is quite treacherous, in fact more than it BUT it  goes through gradual increase in altitude thereby helping our body to get acclimatized properly for the high altitude of Spiti Valley. That is why going through Hindustan – Tibet Highway is always preferred for road trip to Spiti Valley as compared to than going via Manali – Kunzum Pass – Kaza route. While traveling to Spiti Valley from this route through Kinnaur Valley, one gives himself a chance to properly acclimatize to the high altitudes there by decreasing the chances of being hit by AMS. In the return leg, you can come back to Delhi via Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Manali route to complete the entire circuit. This helps you enjoy the whole or high altitude places of Spiti Valley including Chandratal Lake in a much better way as well.

Having said that even on Hindustan – Tibet Highway, it is always good that you take little precautions to further minimize the effects of high altitude sickness. Here are some tips which will help acclimatizing the body faster in first few days of the trip:

  • Try to reach Spiti Valley or perhaps Kaza with at least 3 night stays over Hindustan – Tibet Highway viz. Narkanda, Kalpa, Tabo and then finally Kaza on the fourth night
  • Keep your body properly hydrated.
  • Avoid sleeping at high altitudes earlier in the trip.
  • Avoid over exertion.
  • Avoid tobacco and smoking and alcohol and other depressant drugs.
  • Keep your body warm and eat lots of carbohydrates.
  • Avoid sleep during the day.
  • Sleep in upright position, if possible.
  • Carry preventive medicines for AMS.
  • Immediately descend, if symptoms increase.

For more information on Acute Mountain Sickness and all above acclimatization tips, please refer the following link at least once: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Kaza welcomes DeViL…
Kaza, Spiti Valley
Fuel or Petrol Pumps on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

You will be able to find fuel pumps only at: Shimla, Theog, Narkanda, Rampur, Jeori, Tapri, Reckong Peo, Kaza It is very important not to miss to refuel at Kaza as well as may be Reckong Peo if you are staying at Kalpa or Peo. There used to be one fuel pump at Powari but during my recent visit to Spiti Valley in May 2013, that was not functional. However, there was new Petrol Pump at Tapri now. Also, there comes a petrol pump once you cross Rampur town completely whose quality is good enough along with Narkanda Fuel pump.

I only use Narkanda, last fuel pump at Rampur (while going from Shimla) and Kaza to refuel petrol in my car.

ATMs on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

As per my knowledge there are ATMs available only at Shimla, Reckong Peo and Rampur There is no ATM at Kaza as well AFAIK, so no ATM in Spiti Valley. Hence, it is adviced that you carry cash from Manali if coming from that side or any of the ATMs at Shimla, Reckong Peo and Rampur. I guess you should carry enough cash with you on trans Himalayan trips because ATMs at these limited places can run out of money or become un-operational at any day or time.

Places on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur

Generally, the places of on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur including Hindustan – Tibet Highway goes like Shimla – Kufri – Narkanda – Rampur – Jeori – Tapri – Karcham – Powari – Akpa – Moorang – Spillow – Puh – Khab – Nako – Maling – Chango – Shialkhar – Sumdo – Tabo – Kaza. You can read about all these places in more details in the article: Hindustan Tibet Road & NH – 22 | Interesting Places

The approximate distances along with altitude between these places is shown depicted in the chart below. This will help you judge over acclimatization schedule too.

Hindustan – Tibet Road Altitude & Distance Graph
Click on the picture to enlarge
Road to Spiti Valley from Shimla Altitude & Distance Graph
Facilities or Amenities on Road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur OR Hindustan – Tibet Highway

Facility

Places

Accommodations / Stay Options

  • Regarding hotels and guest houses, there are lots of options between Shimla and Jeori, then Shontong, Sangla, Reckong Peo, Kalpa, Puh, Nako, Chango, Tabo, Kaza, Dhangkar, Pin Valley, Losar.
  • Even on smaller villages in between along the whole route, there are lots of HPPWD Rest Houses, FRH Rest Houses and few I&PH Rest Houses. Refer accommodation section for complete lists.
Food / Beverages Lots of options all the way up to Powari, then few options at every other small villages / hamlets all the way up to Kaza.
Diesel / Petrol Pumps Shimla, Theog, Narkanda, Rampur, Jeori, Tapri, Reckong Peo, Kaza There was one at Powari too but think it has been closed and Tapri has a new one, dated May 2013
Mobile Connectivity
  • Most of the connections work throughout the route but once you cross Powari, the other connections starts dying and eventually from Ribba – Akpa belt only BSNL works and that too in between only.
  • Of course BSNL has more coverage and better connectivity within this range than any other operator. Other operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel etc. works in up to Powari – Ribba – Akpa but with poor connectivity.
  • Even BSNL looses connectivity too in between, at places from Akpa – Jangi – Nako – Tabo – Kaza route.
  • SMS does work fine for both BSNL.
  • Packet data works with BSNL that too with EDGE only. It is very slow and terrible.
  • Beyond Kaza, only limited connectivity and at Losar, if the light / electricity is coming then it tower gets the supply and your mobile comes alive.
Fixed Phones Almost all the towns/villages en-route Spiti Valley have fixed landline telephone connectivity and I wonder if there is any town which lacks it, apart from very tiny hamlets.
Electricity Almost all the towns/villages en-route Spiti Valley have electricity and I wonder if there is any town which lacks it, apart from very tiny hamlets.
Medical Facilities Majority of the villages en-route Spiti Valley have medical facilities as local dispensaries and some big towns like Reckong Peo, Rampur, Kaza etc. have bigger hospitals. You can get basic to mediocre medical treatments at these facilities en-route.
ATMs Shimla, Rampur, Reckong Peo (No ATM in Spiti, so carry cash)
Mechanic / Puncture Shops
  • From Shimla to Jeori, you will find many mechanic shops with almost every village passing by. Then, you will find at Tapri, Reckong Peo, near Akpa, Spillo, Puh.
  • Do not miss the mechanic shop at Puh for air or puncture or some minor repairs as nothing will be there up to Kaza almost.
  • Not sure about Tabo, but you will find one big mechanic shop at Kaza, just ahead of Sakya Tangyud monastery.
Liquor Shops Shimla, Rampur, Reckong Peo, Kaza. There could be more in between but rest I am not aware of 😉

Conclusion

Have you ever been to Spiti Valley through Hindustan – Tibet Highway or via Manali? If yes, please share your view points, suggestions or inputs as comments below, it will help other fellow travelers to plan their own journey on one of the treacherous BUT beautiful highway of India that is Hindustan – Tibet Highway.

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  1. HI DHEERAJ ,

    Thank to you for sharing info about spiti valley .
    I m planning a 5 day trip in spity valley . KINDLY HELP ME WITH A ITENARY .
    im reaching shimla by train on 26 th of may . 27 28 29 30 31 are my dates june 1 2 im heading back to chennai .
    thanking you ,
    vignesh m

    • Vignesh, 5 day trip to Spiti valley is very hectic but stil I can tell you a feasible yet hectic plan:

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

  2. puneet khurana on

    I am going 2 plan spiti valley in mid April…whether it is possible to cover delhi to spiti I’m 2 dayz via shimla?
    Where should I reach at first night to complete d way in 2 dayz

  3. Hello Dheeraj,

    Your blog took me to Tungnath few years back and again your Spiti blog taking me there..this time with my better half. 🙂

    Looking to do entire circuit with Bike. planning for around 10-12 days with few small treks like Chandrataal.
    I m still not sure about going by bike as I have never done biking in himalayas,only in western ghats.

    So asking you if it safe and advisable to do by bike alone-only two of us? what should be good months to do- early in Mid-June or in September? If something goes terribly wrong with bike in between- how to deal with that-possibility of any mechanic can come from nearby and check it ?

    Hope you can answer 🙂

    • That;s wonderful to know Akash 🙂

      I will recommend September month for the trip but please keep in mind that you will surely face some challenges especially on Manali – Kaza road and if you are not much used to bikes, well, the challenge can seems really arduous. Mechanic will not be there but well, it is a route that is frequented by travellers so someone will surely help you out 🙂

      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.

      • Thank you Dheeraj for advice..!

        Only purpose of going there by bike is independently we can go anywhere and change plan according to conditions without worrying about transport.

        I always prefer 2-3 buffer days if I go super tired or something breaks.. with Bus its very straightforward, with strict timings, we can go/stay at certain places only ..and Taxi for 7-8 days will be a costly affair.

        Will definitely keep your advice before final decision 🙂

        • Sure Aakash, makes sense. Take it easy and it should be OK in such a case. Many people entice by the luring pictures and make rushed plans which increases the difficulty level of doing these trips.

  4. Sampa Paul on

    We 5 persons go to simla via Saharan,sangla,chitkul,kalpa,kaza,and manali how much money spent for10day hotels rate .?tell me minimum rate of hotels.

  5. Sampa Paul on

    We will go Chandigarh 2 kalpa nd kunjum pass to manali 15th may to 27 may .this time open kunjum pass road .

    • Sampa, usually the Manali to Kaza road over Kunzum Pass opens by second week of June, so on above dates it is unlikely that Manali to Kaza road will be open because this year there has been lot of amount of snowfall

  6. Sampa Paul on

    We r 5 persons .we will go to Chandigarh via Saharan to kunjum pass.l want to know how much money spent for tata sumo?pls ans

  7. Shivam Rathore on

    I m planning to visit spiti on march ,can you please tell me is this the correct season to visit

    • Shivam, Spiti in march is still harsh and frozen. If you are used to such conditions then only plan a trip as even the hotels will be closed and only home stays will be working condition, so make sure you are determined to make such a trip else plan the trip in season time.

  8. Viveck Karwanyoon on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    you have set up such a useful and informative site here. it is really heartening to get such extensive and reliable information about one of the most exciting but elusive (illusive in terms of information) stretch. I must commend and thank you for the same.
    I plan to visit the Spiti valley in the last week of this march with my wife and two daughters and i need a little information. If you could help.
    1. My kids have been hankering me to do a camping holiday, hence I was thinking if I could carry our own camping gear on this trip. the question is , a) will the weather be suitable for tenting in the places on the route ? b) is it safe to tent with three women ? c) are there places where we can pitch our own tents?
    2. How many places will be accessible during this period like chandratal, kibber, MUDH etc?.
    await your response.
    warm Regards

  9. sir,i m planning to go spiti velly in this may. we r three members.which route i shoud select shimla to kaza or manali to kaza?can we go rampur by bus from shimla and then hire a taxi to kaza from there?

  10. Surajit Sengupta on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning to visit Spiti valley in the first week of October (8 October to 15 October). Since none of my friends really showed up, I’ll have to go there alone. I am planning on hiring a bike, although I have no experience of driving in rough terrain. Now I am confused whether I should take the Manali-Kaza route or Shimla- Kaza route, keeping factors like snow fall and rough terrain in mind.
    Will be ever grateful if you can help me choose the better route of the two available, for I will be going for sure, be it with or without anyone.
    Cheers,
    Surajit

    • Surajit, if you do not have experience of riding in rough terrain I will strongly not advice you to do Spiti Valley on your own alone as they are one of the worst roads you might have come across.

  11. Jitender Bhateja on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Me and my 5 friends are planning a trip to Chandratal Lake, we are primarily looking to spend a night at Chandratal lake in the second week of October. Below is the rough itinerary, can you please suggest how feasible this is:

    Day 1: Leave for Manali from Delhi, Himachal Tourism Bus.
    Day 2: Reach Manali, eat Breakfast and leave for Batal, acclimatize and stay overnight in tent at Batal.
    Day 3: Take a local sumo/cab for Chandratal Lake. Stay Overnight at Chandratal Lake.
    Day 4: Chandratal Lake to Manali. Stay overnight at Manali.
    Day 5: Manali to Delhi.

    Can we expect accommodation and dinner/food supply at Chandratal Lake in second week of October or we need to take the same with us.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    • Keep in mind that it will be freezing cold night at Chandratal during the month of October. You can rest at PWD Rest house in Batal or Uncle Dorje dhabha. You have to have a cab with you, no cab will be available at Batal to take you to Chandratal.

  12. hi, we 4 friends are planning a round trip from Shimla to Spiti Valley covering Manali and Sangla on motorbikes in 7 days. Please suggest suitable time period and how much it may cost us approximately.

    • Jatin, 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 – Chandratal – Kaza. Leave early morning from Manali to see Chandratal too.
      Day 3 : Kaza – Rest Day. Evening pay a visit to Ki, Kibber
      Day 4 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza – Tabo
      Day 5 : Tabo – Geyu Mummy – Nako – Kalpa
      Day 6 : Kalpa – Sangla / Chitkul – Sarahan / Rampur
      Day 7 : Sarahan / Rampur – Delhi, long drive back

  13. Mansi Singhal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 5 people who are planning a trip via Chandigarh – Rampur – Sangla – Tabo – Kaza – Manali – Chandigarh in a self drive SUV (Duster) between 14th – 22nd August with 2 of us to drive.

    Do you suggest this as a good time to travel ?

    • Mansi, you may be going to face monsoon hassles in lower hills and once you cross Kinnaur, you will enter the rain shadow region of Spiti Valley where there wont be much rains. It will mostly be cloudy and overcast with light rains if at all. The weather at yr.no shows partial clouds, light rains during this period in Kalpa and around.

  14. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am back in manali after a ladakh trip. I will be leaving to spiti via kinnaur on 6th morning. Driving a swift diesel 2010 model. The overwhelming advice from locals at khoksar was not to try gramphoo baltal road on a hatchback. Traveling with my wife and have time to do it via kinnaur. So, back to manali now. What do you suggest regarding itineray. I would like to include chandratal.
    We have 6 days in hand and have to reach Bangalore by 15th.

    Also, I saw a road to sangla from manali via Aut, Bandar, shoja, Tinman and Rampur. Need your advice on that.

    As I will be leaving very early tomorrow, a quick response is highly appreciated.

    • Vageesh, well, it will surely be challenge to take a hatchback on Gramphu – Batal road. If you really want to accept the challenge, you can take the risk but leave by 4 AM so that water crossings have less water by the time you reach there. Else take a taxi and do Spiti trip and come back. In 6 days in hand, you can easily do

      Day 1 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 2 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 3 : Tabo – Pin Valley
      Day 4 : Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 5 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Chandratal
      Day 6 : Chandratal – Manali

      Or you can take the route from Shoja – Jalori Pass on your own car and visit Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa in these 6 days:

      Day 1 | Manali – Shoja – Jalori Pass – Rampur – Sarahan
      Day 2 | Sarahan – Sangla
      Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla
      Day 4 | Sangla – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Narkanda
      Day 6 | Back home

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all I want to thank you for writing such lovely and informative articles. You are really the king of himalayas :).
    I am planning a trip from chandigarh to Kaza in a 4×4 suv. Sadly it is a short 5 day trip from 13th aug to 17th aug. Need your inputs in the below iterery.

    Day1: chandigarh – kalpa/peo
    Day2: kalpa – mud/sangnam(pin valley)
    Day3: mud – kaza – ki – kibber – losar
    Day4 losar – Chandrtal – manali
    Day5 manali – Chandigarh

    Chandrtal is 1 place I really want to cover, that is why i am planning to stay in losar.

    • Well it looks OK to me but have been better that you stay at Kaza only on Day 3 and next day moved to Chandratal as an easy drive afeter covering Langza, Hikkim. Needless to stay it is prone to AMS and very hectic.

      • Thanks for your inputs. Just wanted to clear is kaza – Chandratal – manali possible in single day? Is there any other place between kaza and losar where we can get accommodation.

        • No, you can either reach Losar or Batal or Chandratal after Kaza to stay. Yes, if you leave early morning Kaza to Chandratal to Manali is possible

  16. Hi Dhiraj I am Sandhu from Haryana. And want to go Kinnaur to spiti. But I am alone or one more. Wht date sute me. And I need to come here. U can call me 9996399964 pls msg first on whatsapp. Soon

      • Jitin pal on

        Ya many things which month suitable for shimla to kinnaur and spiti. What auto motor we use. What the need items in bag pack and what the price of trip many more bcos its my first.9996399964 my no pls call me but first msg me on whtsap

  17. Vinay Rawat on

    I am planning to visit Spiti valley with friend by car by the end of august. please tell me is it right time to visit spiti valley.

    regards,

    Vinay Rawat

      • vinay Rawat on

        Hello Dheeraj,

        Is swift will be ok for travel on this route? because Ground Clearance of swift is 170 mm.

        regards,

        Vinay Rawat

        • Vinay, it will definitely take a beating on these roads of Kinnaur and Spiti. The road from Gramphu to Battal in Spiti Valley will be a hell road and would definitely test driving and patience skills with low GC vehicle. Expect some bruises in under belly of the car on that route.

  18. Rashmi Ranjan on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Thanks for detailed information. We are two family going on a 7 day trip to losar village in spiti.
    We are 4 adults and 3 kids age 9,4 and 2 yrs.
    Our vehicle will be Tata Zest diesel which has 165 mm ground clearance.
    Our itinerary is as follows:
    August 9: Delhi to Narkanda
    August 10: Narkanda to Kalpa
    August 11: Kalpa to tabo
    August 12:. Tabo to Losar
    August 13,14,15 : losar as base with visit to chandratal, key monastery and few other villages.
    August 16: losar to Manali
    August 17: manali to delhi
    Can you suggest if the plan is good or not considering 3 children with us.
    Is tata Zest will be ok for travel on this route?
    If not till which city we can go by tata Zest and from there we can hire local car for further journey.?

    In case we change our car and need to return via similar route through Narkanda, what are the places we should stay enroute without repeating the same locations.
    Is August is ok to travel to spiti valley.
    We need vey calm and lonely places and hate crowd. Hence can you suggest us places where we can stay while returning.
    Personally I hate manali due to crowd?
    What precaution we should take for children and adult specially AMS.
    Regards
    Rashmi

    • Hi Rashmi,

      Why is Losar base to visit Chandratal and other places, any specific reason. Well, Losar is a harsh and high place and you are going with kids. Bodies will not be acclimmatized by then. If you afraid of crowd, well, you can stay at Rangrik at Spiti Sarai, 7 KMs ahead of Kaza. Ki, Kibber, Langza, Komik, etcc. places are far more closer to Kaza and it makes more sense to stay in Kaza as you have better places to stay and better facilities at disposal in case required. With 2 yr kid, I will not recommend sleeping at Chandratal at all or will say skip it. If required, You can go over and stay at Sissu or Khoksar from Kaza whie doing Chandratal.

      • Rashmi Ranjan on

        Dear Dheeraj,
        We are not staying at Chandratal. Though we will be visiting chandratal.
        We will be spending the whole day in losar on 12th and 13th August at our guest house to acclimatize . Is 2 day not enough to acclimatize for us.
        I just randomly picked losar as very less people stay there and I found nomads place a good place to stay.
        If you say I can increase a day at guest house to acclimatize. Please suggest. Due to acclimatization issue I had selected higher altitude stopover. In case acclimatization will not happen in this itinerary. Can you suggest which place should we make our base for 12-16 August. After tabo or before tabo for 4 days. Our earlier plan was a night halt at Sissu only when I was planning via manali. But I dropped the idea because I do not want to stay at manali or solang valley. and altitude change seemed to me very drastic and was more afraid of road condition from manali to losar.
        Please help me suggesting a lonely alternative to losar if possible in case you find my itinerary not suitable for proper acclimatization.
        Regards

        • Hi Rashmi,

          That is what I suggested. You cannot be acclimatized to sleep at altitude of Losar after sleeping at Tabo and with kids it is a high risky situation. I will not suggest at all. I will suggest that you stay at Rangrik which is just 8 KMs from Kaza, away from hustly bustle and quite village. Offers views of the valley and near by Spiti river streams. From there only the roads to Ki-Kibber goes up and you can easily visit these places including Langza, Hikkim, Komik too. So, spend the two days at Rangrik instead of Losar and visit these places at very ease.

          Then, you should leave at 7 AM from Rangrik, go over to Chandratal spend couple of hrs there and move back towards Battal. Have lunch at Battal dhabha at uncle Dorje place and from Batal leave for either Khoksar PWD Rest house, if there if no availability you can move ahead to Sissu to stay at Hotel Triveni or any other up there. This way you will distribute the journey to Manali and will be able to enjoy the Chandratal for couple of hrs too. If you get the stay at Khoksar, nothing like it but Sissu is just 30-35 minutes ahead with fine roads from Khoksar. Next morning you can cross over Rohtang Pass from Khoksar or Sissu to Manali.

  19. Hiren Pandya on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Just wanted to tell that You are awesome.

    I am going on your suggested itinerary in 9 days.
    Delhi–Narkanda-kalpa-nako-tabo-dhankar-pin valley-kaza-chandratal-manali-delhi

    The dates are 13 Aug – 21 Aug.

    I read in your multiple blogs that avoid Monsoon in Kinnaur valley. I just want to ask your advice on few questions –
    is it impossible to make this trip in mentioned dates?
    Or if we have 2 spare days can we still make it facing few troubles?
    We will be traveling in a Fiat-Linea (sedan) which has 185 mm ground clearance. Will linea make it?

    • 1. It will be monsoons, Kinnaur is not a place to be in monsoons.
      2. No one can predict that but of course in monsoons, you will need buffer days.

      You will have to face slush, the road from Tapri – Urni will be in mess then once you start towards Nako from Kalpa, then it will be in mess at places in between. With rains, slush will make it a little more difficult if you are not used to driving on such roads.

  20. Hi guys, thank you for the great info. you’ve really inspired me. I’ve decided to go this season to spiti & kinnaur but I plan on doing it mostly by foot – do you think its possible to walk on the motorable road or is it too dangerous?

  21. Abhishek Roy on

    Hi i have been reading the comprehensive guide to spiti valley in the DOW website and i must say its wonderful.. i am planning for a solo roadtrip to spiti via kinnaur and back to manali during late August-September.. the guide has covered everything (almost) but i have few querries.. please take some time out and reply :-
    1)as i would be travelling solo(or at max if i can persue one of my friend to join) ,can i hire a dZire for may be 2500 per day(keeping in mind that DUV/MUV’s charges around 3000 per day)? Please note that i am looking out for cost cutting but also am sceptical about travelling in buses or shared taxis because it reduces the flexibilty of ” viewing the road trip ” to the fullest and also by travelling in a private car i have the option to halt during the journey to few more places on the way ..
    2) We only have to pay for the car or do we also need to pay for the driver’s fooding and lodging?
    3)i have read the article on homestayshotels around spiti . Is it advisable to book them prior or do spot booking ?the travel time would be around august end or september begining !!

    Once again thanks for whatever you are doing here …..:)

    • Vikas sharma. on

      Hi. I m Vikas from chd.
      Suggest me abt route condition from Mandi to sangla via Jalori. Any extra precautions for route Banjar, Shoja, luhri.
      1. Mandi-sangla
      2.chitkul-Sarahan
      3. Sarahan-Chandigarh

        • Hi Dheeraj

          Thanks for your excellent articles on Himalayan travels.We have often used to plan our trips. We are now planning to go to Sangla later this week. Due to the weather and the fact that we have aFord Figo, we decided not to go all the way to Kaza, and just stick to the Sangla area. The only thing is we are starting from Jalandhar, as we are visiting friends. What route should we take from Jalandhar- Google shows one through Chandigarh shimla and another through ropar nalagarh and SH 22, avoiding shimla. Is that second route okay? Can we take it?
          Also we have not made any reservations, will we get rooms easily? And finally, can we take Figo to Tabo?
          Thanks

        • Sorry Mini, I missed replying it earlier. You should be able to get the room easily as it is end of season now. So, no worries on that front. Yes from Kinnaur side drive slow on bad roads to avoid punctures and you should be good with taking Figo to Tabo. However, make sure it will go under punishment for sure on such roads in Kinnaur. DO NOT come from Manali – Kaza road now at this time fo the year as it will further punish the vehicle and snowfall has started. Regarding the routes for avoiding Shimla and going via Shimla, Ropar – Nalagarh is OK in condition too.

  22. Hi dheeraj
    We are 8 friends going spiti on 5th June . we have 8/9 days. We have planned for whole circuit drive entering shimla and exiting through manali. We have a Renault duster and Ford figo for the same. What will be the best possible stopages and what all we should take during this season. What mobile networks are available their? Will Ford figo 2011 model be okay? Do I need to increase its height with spacers? Suspension and tyres are new. What all need to prevent and cure AMC. Please explain in detail. Your blog is really helpful but need some answers specially about car and mobile network. Thanks in advance

    • Sunil Dhankar on

      Hi Sam,

      We are also planning our tour via same route from 18th June

      Please share your experience and suggestions

      We have 7 days

      Thanks in advance.

      Regards,
      Sunil

  23. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are four people travelling from delhi, want to visit lahaul & spiti on 10-12 june
    We are in a self drive car, we want to take the delhi-shimla-lahaul& spiti- manali- delhi route.
    The main problem is we have only 6 days in hand.
    So, can u pls suggest an optimum travel itinerary for what places we should be visting and planning for to and fro journey in these 6 days.
    ~Thanks in Advance

  24. Dear Dheeraj,

    I am your neighbour, staying in Rama Park C Block and I even had a pleasure to meet your better half & your adorable son due to some charity initiative. I am taking this route to go to Kaza, just let me know if you see any hiccups in the Itinerary:-

    14th May: Delhi-Ambala (starting in the evening).
    15th May: Ambala-Sarahan
    16th May: Sarahan-Nako
    17th May: Nako-Kaza
    18th May-Kaza
    19th May: Kaza-Giu-Tabo
    20th May: Tabo-Kalpa
    21st May: Kalpa-Shimla
    22nd May: Shimla-Delhi

    It is going to be a crazy driving trip in my Humble Alto, and I am prepared for that. What do you say Mr. Pro?

    • Hello PRatik,

      Dear Dheeraj,

      Sorry for a delayed reply bhai and good to know that you met them and stay close to our home. We moved to US for couple of years else would have met you in person and gave the response.

      14th May: Delhi-Ambala (starting in the evening).
      15th May: Ambala-Sarahan
      16th May: Sarahan-Nako
      — Stay at Chango in case you do not feel well at Nako, there is a PWD guest house in there
      17th May: Nako-Kaza
      18th May-Kaza
      Do, for sure Langza, Hikkim, Komik
      19th May: Kaza-Giu-Tabo
      Giu will be done when moving from Tabo to Kalpa
      20th May: Tabo-Kalpa
      21st May: Kalpa-Shimla
      22nd May: Shimla-Delhi

      Rest looks OK and if you drive slow, with caution the alto shall be fine to complete the trip. If you over speed, the chances of puncturing the tyre becomes higher.

      • Dear Dheeraj,

        Thank you so much, I got the news of you moving to US from your home last week. Appreciate your response, and all the best for your new endeavour.
        See you soon, when you come back to India.

        Thanks,
        Pratik

  25. Hi.
    I am from kolkata. I want to have a trip over mainly spiti kaza via kinnar or manali whatever suits for.
    Remember we are going for a honeymoon trip. Will it b a hectic one ?
    plz give me a plan & itinerary.
    Pritam

  26. NARENDER KUMAR SAINI on

    HI DHEERAJ,

    FIRSTLY A GREAT THANKS FOR PROVIDING SUCH USEFUL AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

    WE ARE FROM HISAR (HARYANA). LAST YEAR WE 7 FRIENDS WENT ON A 15 DAYS TRIP FROM 3rd JUNE TO 18th JUNE, TO LEH – PANGONG LAKE FROM SRINAGAR – DRASS – KARGIL – LAMAYURU – LEH ROUTE. ALL WENT WELL, BUT WE MISSED NUBRA VALLEY & MANALI – LEH ROUTE. AND WE REGRET THAT.

    NOW, THIS YEAR IN JUNE WE ARE PLANNING TO VISIT LAHAUL – SPITI – KAZA ON 12 – 15 DAY TOUR FROM OUR PRIVATE VEHICLE (INNOVA). PLEASE SUGGEST US THE BEST ROUTE TO OUR DESTINATION, WHICH COVERS ALMOST ALL THE IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFUL PLACES AROUND THAT COMES IN THE WAY.

    WE WANT TO COVER ALMOST ALL THE NATURAL BEAUTY. WE ALSO WANT TO KNOW ABOUT OTHER FORMALITIES LIKE PERMITS, INNER LINE PERMITS, NECESSARY TO VISIT.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE

    • You can follow below plan:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Nakranda – Sarahan
      Day 3 | Sarahan – Sangla/Chitkul
      Day 4 | Sangla/Chitkul – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 6 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Lallung
      Day 7 | Lallung – Pin Valley
      Day 8 | Pin Valley – Kaza Local Sightseeing
      — For stay check Sakya Abode or snow lion are two good options at Kaza apart from PWD Guest houses. Get in touch with Tsering bhai, the guy who runs it. He is a very good friend of mine.
      Day 9 | Kaza Local Sightseeing
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
      Day 10 | Kaza Local Sightseeing
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
      Day 11 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 12 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 13 | Manali – Hissar
      Day 14 | Rest daywhereever you like above, Chitkul will be great place to spend one more night
      Day 15 | Rest day whereever you like above

  27. Pradeep Vittal on

    Hi

    I am planning for shimla to manali via spiti valley on june 10. I spoke to some drivers mentioned on the website. They are saying 80% chance of road opening to manali during journey period. Is it safe to travel? Should I opt for a package option or hire a vehicle since I am planning with my family?

    • Yes Praddep, most likel the road will be open from Kaza to Manali during this time of the year. Hiring the vehicle will be better and rest can be sorted once you reach the place. Most of the drivers will have contact to help in case you are unable to find any decent stay.

  28. Hi Dheeraj,

    Your posts and inputs are truly invaluable for people like us planning to visit Himalayas for the first time…. I, along with, a friend planning to do a bike trip from Delhi to Spiti valley between 11th – 23rd April. Basis your inputs, we plan to go via Hindustan- Tibet highway.

    Wondering if you have any updates on the road conditions on this route and what’s the weather expectations during this period given less snowfall this time in this region?

    Thanks, Neeraj

    • Neeraj, the route from Shimla – Kinnaur to Spiti Valley is open. In general March, April are months of snow melting with snowslides/landslides common. So, you have good number of days in hand and shall be OK with 1-2 days of blockage if at all on your journey. Do Carry heavy woolens with you AND above all leave as early as possible in the day because snow melts as sun comes up causing snow slides/landslides, wind starts picking up pace as sun comes up causing shooting stones especially in upper Kinnaur and entire Spiti region. So, the early you start the day the early you reach the destinations.

      • Thanks for your super prompt response, Dheeraj. What time you recommend to start and end the day to minimise chances of getting stuck because of snowslides?

        What kind of temperature one can expect during day time and night time?

        Any tried and tested places to stay along the way as per your suggested itinerary?

        Thanks, Neeraj

  29. Hi Dheeraj, an silent admirer of your work. can please assist me as I am planning Delhi – Shimla – Spiti valley trip from April 8 to April 17. Is this a right time to make a trip and can I rent a bike in Shimla to KAZA and give back the bike in return trip to Shimla, is bike rentals available in Shimla and also help me with budget ? Thanks Dheeraj

    • There might be few options available in Shimla but not many I am aware about. You have good number of days in hand from Shimla and it will be a good trip for you. Roads conditions will be tricky and climate will be quite cold though in Spiti. So, go prepared. There will be landslides snow slides along with shooting stones common in these days due to snow melting. So, leave early each day as more wind starts in afternoon resulting in more shooting stones and same is true for snow melting later in the day. So, key is to leave early in the day.

  30. Nupur Banerjee on

    Dheeraj, Thanks for writing such an eloquent article. I would like have your suggestions regarding my upcoming trip from Kolkata to the Shimla- Spiti -Manali route in the last week of May this year. From your article it’s now clear to me that I won’t be able to make it to Manali at that period of time since the road from Kunzum-Manali opens after mid-June. I believe we will be able to go up to Tabo/Kaza.
    Can you please suggest whether it will be better for us to return to Shimla- via the same route? I would also like to know what is the easiest way to reach to Amritsar from Kaza as we also planned to visit there.
    Is there any possibility that the road to Manali from Kunzum will be opened in the end of May or the first week of June. I will be grateful to you if you please make the possible plan for the trip. We would like to catch our train to Kolkata on 3rd or 4th June.

    • Nupur, well, this year there has not been much of a snow. So, the chances are that road from Kaza to Manali over Kunzum Pass may open in May and you may travel over that road. You should keep both options open

      Day 1 | Chandigarh – Narkanda – Sarahan
      Day 2 | Sarahan – Rakcham/Sangla/Chitkul
      Day 3 | Rakcham/Sangla/Chitkul – Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | 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 5 | Kaza Rest and Local Sightseeing
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
      Day 6 | 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 7 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa
      Day 8 | Kalpa – Narkanda
      Day 9 | Narkanda – Chandigarh

      OR

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla/Chitkul
      Day 3 | Sangla/Chitkul – Kalpa
      Day 4 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 5 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village)
      Day 6 | Pin Valley – Kaza Local Sightseeing 
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
      — Sakya abode or snow lion are two best options at Kaza. Get in touch with Tsering at 09418208987, he is more than a friend to me. Will offer you best price. Both are run by him only. He has home stays too.
      Day 7 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Koumik) 
      — Hikkim, Kaumik, Langza circuit 
      Day 8 | Kaza – Kuzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — Many options, my fav. is Johnson. Check Sabya review in Hote Review forum.
      Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

      • Nupur Banerjee on

        Dheeraj, Sorry for my late reply. Thanks again for your suggestions and guidance. I have two more queries.
        1.Where from shall we get the proper information regarding opening up of the road from Kunzum to Manali? Will u post it?
        2. Shall we be needing any kind of route permit for travelling on the road?

        I will be in contact with you.

        • Nupur, yes, we have a dedicated thread in DoW Community to track updates on Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Manali route. Here is the link, you can subscribe to it to get the mail updates: Manali – Kunzum Pass – Spiti Valley Road Status

          In case you are traveling in the direction from Manali to Kunzum Pass then only permit is required but if you are travel in opposite direction that is from Kunzum Pass to Manali, then no permit is required. Rest of Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley also do not require any permit in case you do not have any foreigner in the group

      • Nupur Banerjee on

        Hello Dheeraj, As I told you before, we are on our way to Shimla- and we are reaching there on 27th May. We, me and my husband, have planned our trip like this:
        28th May: Shimla-Sangla
        29th: Sangla-Chitkul-Sangla
        30th: sangla-Kalpa
        31st: Kalpa-Kaza
        1st June: Kaza sight seeing
        2nd: Kaza-Manali
        3rd: Manali-Ambala
        4th:Train to Howrah
        Or, if road is closed
        31st: Kalpa-Sarahan
        01st: Sarahan-Manali
        2nd: Manali Stay
        3rd: Manali-Ambala.
        Please suggest whether this plan is alright.
        Our problem is that we have not booked any accommodations. Can you assure if that’s alright at this time of the year? Please give me another suggestion. Is it safe to hire a small car on this road? Can we avail public transport on this road?
        You have been extremely helpful. Please reply as early as possible

        • Nupur, well, the road will not be open from Manali to Kaza almst 80% chances. Time is fine to travel and it is well connected with public transport.

  31. ARPAN DASGUPTA on

    Sir, i am planning to go through this high way to spiti on the month of October this year. What is the best time to go there? Am also planning to visit sangla.. kalpa.. and chitkul…. How long it will take (more or less) to go from shimla to spiti via Kinnaur valley?

  32. Sananda Sen on

    Hi AM planning to travel to kinnau district from delhi on end of april/1st week of may…please suggest whether am making the rught plan or not

    1)Day1 start from delhi to shimla.
    2)Shimla-Sangla
    3)shangla-Kalpa
    4)Kalpa-Kaza/Tabo
    5)Kaza/Tabo-Kalpa
    6)Kalpa-Sarhan
    7)Sarhan-Shimla
    8)night bus from Shimla-Chandigarh-Delhi

    Please tell me if its right itenary…..i have planned for Manali through Kunjum pass but heard that Kunjum will not be opened them

    While returing from KAzo/Tabo,,,i dont want to stay Kalpa,,,is their any other alternative on the way…

    Also can you please tell me the time taken to travel to Sarhan from Kaza/Tabo?
    NB: me and my wife will be the travellers

    • Hi Sananda,

      You can plan like:

      1) Day1 start from delhi to Narkanda.
      2) Narkanda-Sangla
      3) Sangla-Tabo
      4) Tabo-Kaza covering Dhangkar
      5) Kaza Rest day, may be cover Langza, Hikkim, Komik or Ki – Kibber
      6) Kaza-Kalpa
      7) Kalpa-Sarahan-Rampur
      8) Either take direct bus from Rampur to Delhi OR take Rampur Shimla in day and then Volvo bus from Shimla-Chandigarh-Delhi

      Yes Kunzum Pass will not be open during that time of the year.

  33. Hi Dheeraj,
    Many thanks to you for starting this blog which is so well written and maintained for fellow travellers. Thanks for introducing me to the lesser known parts of The Himalayas and how to travel through. I have been reading your blog since last two years and it has let me and my friends plan two good trips since last year. The very recent one been to Kinnaur and Spiti from 19th Oct till 24th Oct 2015. Literally we have been living each of your experiences, locations and even meeting people, described on DOW’s member articles regarding Kinnaur and Spiti Valley. We have thought we have reached in to some other world which can only exist in books, for those days. I will try built in an article to tell everyone of my first encounter with the spectacular, scenic, serene beauty, the hospitality, the food and culture of Kinnaur and Spiti. No words would be good enough to describe of what we experienced, it was so overwhelming. We have taken help to plan our trip by calling Vinkal – our driver friend (he has done many trips with DOW members) to reach Sunil-Our Driver cum Guide. We have stayed in the home of locals on top of Asia’s Highest motorable village-Komic. It is for sure love at first sight…We will go back again definitely . Just to add , we have completed the Shimla-Kalpa- Kaza-Kye-Kibber – Komic- Kalpa- Shimla in record 5 Days and 3Nights time.
    Wait till you read and see clicks on my travelogue to refresh your memories of the valley. Thanks Again. Archana & Neal.

    • Wow Neal, congrats for completing the trip. We will be waiting eagerly in the community for your experience to unfold. Super glad that we were able to help you out in making your Spiti – Kinnaur trip successful

  34. THERE IS AN ATM(SBI) IN KAZA, RIGHT AHEAD OF TAXI STAND.ABOUT MOBILE MOBILE NETWORK,ONLY BSNL WORKS.

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