Traveling for next 5 days | Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Well, it has been long long time that I did not venture on ay trip but time has come for one as my newly born son has gone on to 30+ days. I feel before he starts recognizing me and start crying to tug along my side even going out of room/house, it is one last chance to make an arduous and unplanned journey. Soon, the travel for me will be much more disciplined and thoughtfully planned and of course with prior booking at least till the time little hero grows to a certain age. I though why not wrap it up with may be on last driving sprint through the Trans – Himalayan region. Hence, today I am on the way towards Spiti Valley with yet another hope of making it to the mesmerizing views. The planned itinerary for the next 5 days will be as follow…

  • Day 1 | Delhi – Nako/Puh
  • Day 2 | Puh/Nako – Geyu – Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Lalung – Tabo/Mane Village
  • Day 3 | Tabo/Mane Village – Pin Valley – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Losar
  • Day 4 | Losar – Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Demul – Tabo – Nako/Puh/Peo
  • Day 5 | Nako/Puh/Peo – Delhi

The plan is tentative and we do not know what will be explored and what will be left depending upon the time so little time on hands. However, the packing has been done and the checklist for the list of things to carry (documented here) have been cross checked twice for any misplacements. Few major changes that has been undertaken on this trip are –

  • Carrying lots of distributable item as charity including woolens, candies, chocolates, pens, diaries, crayons, pencil colors, notebooks etc.
  • Attempt to record the GPS trails for the entire five days and share them as GPX/KML files as download resources

The plan is simple – “To explore as much as you can in next 5 days and bring back loads of information and pictures with fond memories”… I hope and wish for a successful trip. I will be back soon and hence will be offline for few days.

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  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    we are planning a short trip to Spiti valley from Delhi. Planning to leave on 7th July night and come back on 12th July. Will it be a good idea to visit during this season. also, which all places we can cover. If possible we also want to do a one day trek. And what will be approximate per person cost. Help will be really appreciated.

    • Palak, you can make a trip to Spiti Valley and may follow the below plan

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

  2. Shree Chitlange on

    We the group of 7 friends are planning to visit Himachal for 5-6 days in May 2016. We are reaching Delhi on 18th morning and we are scheduled for departure on 25th noon from Delhi. We were planning to cover Manali and Dalhousie can you suggest ideal itinerary. Also can you suggest any specific places in between that we should not miss. Thank You.

    I am greatly inspired by viewing this site to visit Sangla valley. Will definitely plan the same next year thank you.

    • Shree, 5-6 days for both Manali and Dalhousie will be kind of hectic, still if you want to do it, do something like:

      Day 1: Delhi – Ambala – Banur – Kharad – Roopnagar – Hoshiyarpur – Dasuya – Mukerian – Pathankot – Chakki – Dhar – Tunnahati – Banikhet – Dalhousie
      Day 2: Dalhousie – Chamera Lake (21 KM) – Chamba (40 KM) – Gete (17 Km) – Jot (12 KM) – Gete (12 KM) – Khajjiar (7 KM)
      Day 3: Khajjiar – Manali (long day, leave early)
      Day 4 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) , Walks in the woods near Old Manali etc. In the evening you can head for River Rafting near Kullu/Pirni
      Day 5 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 6 – Manali – Naggar Castle in the first half of the day and then return home in the evening.

  3. Alok Patro on

    My group of 6 friends are planning a tour for 4 Nights-5 Days around 1st week of July . We would be starting from Delhi and be covering Amritsar, Dharamsala or Dalhousie and Manali in those 5 days of time. Now I have thought of alloting a day for Amritsar (Golden Temple, Jalianwalah Bagh and Wagah Border). Keeping aside Amritsar, I am left with 4 days and 2 locations to cover(Manali + Either Dharamsala or Dalhousie). My queries are:

    1. Except for Amritsar, we would be like adventure at other locations in 4 days. So what according to would be better-Dharamsala or Dalhousie?

    2. How should we plan the itinerary 4m Delhi:

    Amritsar(1 day)-Dharamsala/Dalhousie(2 days)-Manali(2 days) or

    Manali(2 days)-Dharamsala.Dalhousie(2 days)-Amritsar(1 day)?

    3. What are the adventure activites we can look for at these locations within those 4 days?

    Also what accodomation options would you suggest for at these locations?

    We are thinking of opting over-night journeys to save us with ample time to enjoy and make the trip memorable.

    • Alok, better stick with Amritsar, Dharamshala oONLY and leave out Manali & Dalhousie. For adventure sports, you can make a day trip to Bir Billing from Dharamshala. And on one of these days make a trek to Triund from McLeod Ganj and I bet you will never forhet the views and experience.

      • Alok Patro on

        Mr. Dheeraj,
        Many thanks for the valuable suggestion…
        I would like to have few more information:
        1. Is Dharamshala worth a place to prolong our stay to 4 days?
        If so, den what all should we cover in those 4 days…I would love to experience River Rafting and any other adventure sports along with camping options if available.
        2. So would you suggest to begin my trip with 1 day stay at Amritsar followed by 4 days stay at Dharamshala or the reverse way?

        Waiting for reply…

        • Hello Alok,

          1. Well, yeah with one day trip to Bir, Billing, Palampur and 2 day Triund trek and back to Mcleod Ganj would make it worth a stay for 4 days. Bi-Billing does offer Parasailing but not sure about rafting in that area.
          2. Yes, 1 day stay at Amritsar and then Mcleod Ganj would make more sense than other way round if you consider ease of exit.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

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