Ever since Spiti Valley has emerged as a popular place, the need for making a trip to this middle land in a short number of days has become apparent. Almost every day I am asked for some plans about making a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days or even 5 days in hand. It is not a mistake of someone who does not know anything about high altitude travel or how far this beautiful cold desert resides in Himachal.
All thanks to the 1000s of beautiful, barren, and breathtaking landscape pictures spread over Social media that lures them in making such optimistic plans. However, it does not work like that when it comes to travel to high altitude places like Spiti Valley or Ladakh.
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When you travel to places like Spiti Valley or Ladakh in the Himalayas, you have to consider many other aspects. It includes considering acclimatization, present road conditions, how are you traveling, who are you traveling with, any present medical conditions, what are your expectations of stays, etc. and the list goes on. One must consider that in remote places of Himalayas, things aren’t as readily available how they are in our cities.
Keeping some of these things in mind, I will try to share an itinerary or a travel plan for making a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days in this article. It will help those tourists who are in a hurry and interested in either ticking off Spiti Valley from their travel bucket list or interested in witnessing a glimpse of its majestic landscapes.
You must note one thing that it takes at least three days to reach Spiti Valley from Kinnaur side and at least two days from Manali side. Hence, if you have 5-6 days in hand, then traveling from Kinnaur side is out of the question. Hence, the only option is to travel to Spiti Valley in 6 days from Manali side only.
It also means that you can only travel when Manali to Kaza road is open, which usually opens up by mid of June and remains open up to October. You can travel on Manali – Kaza road up to mid of October, after which it becomes quite cold, windy, and risky to drive or ride on it.
Please also note that while traveling from Manali side, you have to take risk of AMS issues as altitude increases abruptly and also have to take permit to cross Rohtang Pass 😉 …
I have covered these topics in detail in the articles 5 Reasons to Travel Spiti Valley from Manali Route and 5 Reasons to Travel Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur Route.
The below-mentioned plan does not cover everything in Spiti Valley but touches important places so that you can make the best use of limited time. In case you only have five days in hand, you should better off restrict your trip to Chandratal only (refer Chandratal Lake – Most Common Itinerary).
Here goes the plan for a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days:
Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
Day 2 | Manali / Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza
Day 3 | Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo – Kaza
Day 3 | Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
Day 4 | Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Rangrik – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal Lake
Day 5 | Chandratal – Batal – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Day 6 | Manali – Mandi – Jahu – Bhota – Una – Delhi
Day 7-8 | Buffer days to be kept in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more 🙂
As you can see in this article, if you travel to Spiti from Manali side in 6 days, you will be able to make a successful trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days. Anything less than 6 days for a trip to this remote part of Himachal Pradesh is not ideal in my honest opinion.
The short answer is, “Yes, but it will be a hectic trip.” If you have five days in hand and want to plan a trip to Spiti Valley in 5 days, I will recommend that you think twice before planning such a hectic trip and rather focus on the Chandratal trip rather than Spiti trip in 5 days. Still, you want to travel and undertake this road trip then you can follow the below plan:
Hence, you can see that you can make a trip to Spiti Valley in 5 days. It is just that it will be a bit hectic. Or you can follow the itinerary for Spiti Valley n 6 days mentioned in this article and on Day 5 start early from Chandratal to reach Manali and get an overnight HPTDC Volvo back to Delhi on Day 6 early morning.
I hope this plan or itinerary for a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days will be useful for travelers planning their short journey to this place. Feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a short trip to Spiti Valley in this coming season.
In case you have any questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Spiti Valley, please post them in the comments section of this article.
If you know your friends or family are planning a trip to Spiti in 6 days, do share this article with them to help them make a memorable Spiti Valley trip.
This post was last modified on Mar 31, 2021 23:14
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