Spiti Valley via Manali | How to Plan Your Journey

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By now you must be aware that you can travel to Spiti Valley via Manali or you can take the route to Spiti from Kinnaur Valley. In the last article of the series “Comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley,” we talked about how to plan a journey on the road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur Valley OR Hindustan – Tibet Highway. In this article, I will talk in detail about the other road to Spiti Valley which goes via Manali.

How to plan a Spiti Valley trip from Manali side?
How to plan a Spiti Valley trip from Manali side?

Traveling to Spiti from Manali to Kaza route is one of a kind of an adventure. And for many people, it can easily become a trip of a lifetime. The nasty water crossings and road conditions from Gramphu to Kunzum Pass route make your heart pound like nothing else. Hence, it becomes important that you understand what to expect on this adventurous route to Spiti.

Spiti Valley via Manali | A Complete Guide

Unlike the long, treacherous, Hindustan – Tibet Highway, the major part of the journey to Spiti Valley from Manali is covered without any trouble up to Manali which is about 570 odd km from Delhi. Still, you can check, how to plan a trip to Manali travel guide article for further details.

On the other hand, the road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur, commonly known as Hindustan Tibet Highway, is a destination in itself. The arduous journey that runs to Spiti Valley from Kinnaur – Shimla is also termed as one of the treacherous or deadliest roads of the world. However, now in 2022, it is no longer true. The road from Shimla to Kinnaur to Kaza is mostly in good condition and even a small car can do it. While the road from Manali to Kaza is no less than an extreme adventure and it continues to be as of today as well in 2022.

Now, that you know how to travel to Manali from Delhi, let’s cover in detail in this article about planning the rest of the 200 odd km road trip to Spiti Valley from Manali to Kaza.

Welcome to Spiti Valley...
Welcome to Spiti Valley…

How many days does it take to reach Spiti Valley from Manali side?

When traveling to Spiti via Manali, you need at least two days to reach Kaza from Delhi via Manali. On Day 1, you can reach Manali, and the next day you can reach Kaza from Manali. However, if you plan to travel from Delhi over Hindustan Tibet Road to Spiti Valley, then it takes three days to reach Tabo with night stops at Narkanda and Kalpa. Hence, traveling via Manali to Spiti will take fewer days when compared to Shimla – Kalpa – Kaza route.

Generally, most first-time travelers plan a road trip to Spiti Valley as a full circuit. That is, they will enter from one side (mostly Kinnaur) and exit via the other side (mostly Manali). After making the first trip, you can always plan more trips to Spiti from either of the routes to focus on remote places in Spiti Valley.

Is there any problem if I travel to Spiti from the longer route of Kinnaur?

The problems of traveling to Spiti via Kinnaur are far less than the benefits it offers. When you travel to Spiti Valley from Shimla side, the altitude is increased gradually as compared to traveling to Spiti from Manali to Kaza side. Traveling from Shimla side helps a lot in acclimatization and reducing the chances of getting hit with AMS. It is the prime reason I do not recommend traveling to Spiti via Manali whenever it is possible.

Having said that, do not forget that the route from Kinnaur Valley to Spiti has its demerits too like long distance and arduous journey over NH05. Please note in 2022, as I updated this article, the road conditions have improved a lot on this route.

When you make a trip to Spiti via Manali, then you should surely know about its terrain, the route from Manali to Kaza, the places that come 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 the road to Spiti Valley via Manali can easily turn into a nightmare if planned incorrectly and can get you in trouble, stranded in the middle of nowhere. In this article of the series, “Comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley,” I will try to put down all my knowledge for traveling to this road to Spiti Valley from Manali side.

Do not forget to check the five reasons to travel to Spiti Valley from Manali side.

Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley via Manali

The only time to travel from Manali to Kaza is June to October month period. It is this period when the BRO clears the snow on Gramphu to Batal route, and both Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass are open. So, the best time to plan a full circuit of the Spiti Valley trip (Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali – Delhi) is from June to September – October period only.

With the opening of the Atal Tunnel, you do not need to wait for Rohtang Pass to open but Kunzum Pass as well as the entire Gramphu to Kunzum Pass road still takes time to open due to heavy snow accumulation.

The road from Shimla to Kaza via Kinnaur remains open all around the year barring days of heavy snowfall. Hence, you can always plan a trip to Spiti from Kinnaur side in any month of the year.

The month of September is one of the best times to visit Spiti Valley from Manali or Shimla’s side. In September, the monsoon is gone from Northern India including the parts of Himachal Pradesh like Kinnaur Valley and Manali to Kaza route. The roads get dry, free from mud, and water crossings are less ferocious too.

The snowfall starts in the month of late September or October on high mountain passes like Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass that come on the route to Spiti Valley via Manali side. Hence, traveling on this route starts to become risky as winter starts to arrive. Late October and November are when the Manali to Kaza route seriously hibernates for the next six months, only to open in May end or June.

So, in the winter months from November to May, the road to Spiti Valley from Manali side remains closed and the only way to travel to Spiti is from Shimla – Kinnaur side in winters.

You can check my article for the details about a month-by-month season guide for making a road trip to Spiti Valley and understanding when is the best time to visit Spiti via Manali.

Let's Ride into the Wild ... Spiti Valley...
Let’s Ride into the Wild … Spiti Valley…

Modes of Travel on Road to Spiti Valley via Manali

You will have plenty of options to plan a road trip to Spiti Valley. The options start from planning the Spiti trip by public transport to renting a private taxi from Manali and covering the entire Spiti Valley. You can always plan to rent a self-drive car from Delhi to Chandigarh and make a trip to Spiti Valley. Similarly, if you are interested in making a bike trip to Spiti Valley, you do not have any restrictions.

But in the end, you should know what is the best mode of travel to make a road trip to Spiti from Manali. In this section, let us look at our options one by one in detail.

Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Bike Ride to Spiti Valley

Self-drive by car or self-ride by bike is one of the most preferred options to travel to Spiti Valley. A drive or bike ride to Spiti, especially from Manali to Kaza, is an extreme adventure in itself. Making such an adventure road trip is an idea to experience the nature challenges in their raw form in the Himalayas.

Can I take a rented or my bike or car to the Spiti Valley road trip?

Yes, you can take your own or rented, car, or bike to Spiti Valley from Manali side. Unlike Leh Ladakh, where outside Ladakh vehicles are banned for sightseeing in Ladakh, there is no such rule to ban outside Himachal vehicles in Spiti Valley.

Having said that, it is difficult to drive or ride from Manali to Kaza road, especially when you are a first-timer. You should be cautious when driving or riding through the slushy roads, snow, and water crossing, or nallas especially between Gramphu to Kunzum Pass and almost up to Losar village.

Also, it is always handy to learn little maintenance tasks of your vehicle before the start of this arduous journey to Spiti Valley from Manali. Knowing how to repair a puncture and other basic stuff to fix your car or bike will help you a lot in case of an unforeseen situation.

What is the best car for Spiti Valley road trip?

Well, there is nothing as such the best car for the Spiti Valley road trip. It all depends upon the time you are traveling and your driving skills to travel on such rough roads in the Himalayas. Still, it is always better to have a higher ground clearance vehicle, especially from Kaza to Manali road, and a 4×4 will especially help you in the water crossings.

However, I have seen hatchbacks (including Altos and Nano) and sedans traveling to Spiti Valley from Manali side as well. I have taken my sedan on these routes, and with some underbelly scratches, I was able to complete the road trip to Spiti via Manali.

Chatru on Manali to Kaza Road…
Chatru on Manali – Kaza Road…

Tips for a bike ride or self-drive trip from Manali to Kaza

Given below are some of the important tips for a road trip to Spiti Valley via Manali – Lahaul route.

  • 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 the 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 and use a wooden plank to get out of it.
  • It is always handy to ask your fellow co-travelers to get out of the car and push the vehicle from behind, in case, the car is struggling to pass through the slush or water crossing stretch.
  • DO NOT forget to help other fellow travelers in need on the route.

Essential things to carry for a self-drive to Spiti

A basic toolkit, screwdriver 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, a spare tube (must for bikes), Elfy or Fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump-start cables/wires, car inverter, M-seal to prevent leakage, etc. were among the few things which I carry along on my trip to Ladakh or Spiti Valley.

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.

Do not forget to check a 40 MUST-HAVE list of things to pack for a self-drive trip to Spiti Valley.

Hiring a Private Taxi | Taxi Number or Private Number

You can also hire a taxi from Manali or Delhi to travel on the road to Spiti Valley via Manali. It is always better to hire Xylo or Scorpio, and mostly the charges range from Rs 3800 to 4000 per day from Manali depending upon the season of travel, several days of the trip, and your bargaining skills.

It is always best to confirm from the driver if he has done the route from Manali to Kaza and when was the last time he did go on that route. Many times, drivers from Manali are good but sometimes they are majorly bogged onto local routes in Himachal Pradesh which are in no comparison to the roads of Trans-Himalayas. So, confirm twice before fixing a deal. Hence, it is best to travel to Manali and rent a taxi from a known driver who has been to Spiti Valley routes.

You can always get connected with local taxi drivers in this list of taxi drivers plying on Manali to Spiti Valley.

Further, self-drive cars available in Delhi and Chandigarh are also a great way to travel to Spiti Valley via Manali from Delhi. These self-drive cars can easily be booked from your starting location point and sometimes proves less expensive than hiring taxis.

HRTC Bus Service & Shared Taxis| Economical mode of travel

You can take the overnight Volvo buses to Manali from Delhi which are run by HRTC or HPTDC. Then daily morning HRTC buses ply buses on Kullu – Manali – Atal Tunnel – Kunzum Pass – Kaza route. Two HRTC buses run between Manali and Kaza every morning. These buses start from Manali to Kaza as soon as the road to Spiti Valley via Manali gets open in the season. Mostly in mid-June.

These buses run from Kullu to Kaza via Manali and it reaches Manali around 4.45 AM and leaves at 5.00 AM. Ticket to Kaza will cost you only about INR 300 approximately per person. So, you can easily make a budget trip to Spiti by public transport using these HRTC buses.

In between, you can also buy yourself a seat in a shared taxi that runs between various places within Spiti Valley. For 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.

If you are tight on budget, then to get some tips on how to save more, please refer to my article on Planning a low-budget trip to Chandratal Lake. The article will give you many ideas to save costs next time you travel from Manali to Kaza.

Spiti Valley from Manali - HRTC Bus Timetable
Spiti Valley from Manali – HRTC Bus Timetable

How to reach Spiti from Manali side?

The road to Spiti Valley from Manali side mainly has an exciting part from Manali to Kaza. Based on my experience, you can opt to plan a journey on the road to Spiti Valley via Manali in one of the following ways –

Two Day Trip to Spiti via Kaza – Manali Road

This option is the most generally followed option by many people traveling to Spiti Valley. But traveling so quickly to the high altitude of Kaza increases the chances of AMS while reaching Spiti Valley. The general breakup is like below:

  • Day 1: Delhi – Manali or Solang Valley (better to halt at Solang as it will help in acclimatization which Manali does not do.)
  • Day 2: Manali or Solang Valley – Atal Tunnel – Gramphu – Kunzum Pass – Kaza/Tabo (Spiti Valley)

In this case, I generally suggest that you start very early in the morning and try to reach Tabo instead of Kaza on Day 2 from Manali. Though going all the way to Tabo will mean 2 hrs more journey as compared to Kaza, being 45 odd km ahead. However, it will help you acclimatize better and combat AMS as it is 600 odd Mtrs lower than Kaza. Having said all that, if you take necessary precautions, Kaza is generally OK for the majority of people too.

Three Day Journey from Delhi to Manali to Kaza

Sometimes it is better to traverse the road to Spiti Valley over Manali – Atal Tunnel route in three days. Such a plan may help your body gets a bit more acclimatized to the high altitude of Spiti Valley within these three days. Though unlike traveling on the Hindustan Tibet highway, which provides a gradual ascend. Still, breaking the journey at Sissu/Khoksar in Lahaul or if you have more days, then maybe for a couple of days in Keylong after Manali, will be a great option to undertake on your Spiti road trip.

Anyhow, the general breakup of the journey over Manali – Kaza in three days is like below:

  • Day 1: Delhi – Manali or Solang Valley (better to halt at Solang as it will help in acclimatization which Manali does not do.)
  • Day 2: Manali or Solang Valley – Atal Tunnel – Sissu or Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Khoksar / Sissu
  • Day 3: Khoksar/Sissu – Gramphu – Kunzum Pass – Kaza (Spiti Valley)

This way, spending a night at Sissu or Khoksar will help you a lot in terms of acclimatization. If you have a couple of days, then go ahead and stay at Jispa for these extra days and explore around Lahaul Valley. Finally, on Day 4 make a dash to Spiti Valley over Kunzum Pass from Jispa itself or maybe end that day sleeping overnight at Chandratal instead of Kaza.

Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley

In the above section, you learned about how to reach Spiti from Manali side. However, it does not talk about a detailed day-by-day plan to plan such a road trip over Manali to Kaza road. I will recommend that if you are not making a circuit trip, then you can follow my itinerary of a trip to Spiti over Kaza – Manali road only.

Spiti Trip in 9 Days from Manali side
Spiti Trip in 9 Days from Manali side

Sightseeing on Road to Spiti Valley via Manali

Traveling over this beautiful yet adventurous road to Spiti Valley from Manali is sightseeing in itself. However, while running over it, there are some beautiful places that you can visit alongside this highway to this trans-Himalayan heaven. To name a few,

Manali, Solang Valley (a bit off track, 16 KMs), Atal Tunnel, Rohtang Pass if not going via Atal Tunnel (though I never liked it personally), and then Chandratal (a bit off track just ahead of Batal and it shall always be done while coming back from Spiti Valley).

The whole route from Gramphu to Kunzum Pass to Losar to Kaza is sightseeing in itself. The treacherous it is, the more beautiful it becomes. You will urge to get down every other turn and click pictures on this route.

A beautiful view at Losar Village…
A beautiful view at Losar Village…

List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Road to Spiti Valley via Manali

Unlike Hindustan – Tibet Highway, there isn’t much to think about accommodation when traveling to Spiti Valley via Manali. On the first day, you end up at Manali or Solang Valley which has a wide range of hotels and accommodation options.

The next day, you can either stay at Khoksar PWD Rest House or Sissu which has many stay options now. You may even reach directly to Kaza from Manali or Tabo from Manali, which again has many accommodation options available to suit most budget needs. In between, there is a PWD Resthouse at Chota Dhara and a PWD rest house at Batal. The Batal PWD rest house started in July 2013 and is located just before you enter Spiti beyond Kunzum Pass. At Batal, you can also sleep at Chandra dhabha if you are on a budget road trip to Spiti Valley.

You can also go ahead and vouch for these PWD Rest Houses on this route as well as after reaching Spiti Valley. These guest houses are comfortable and economical, but they may not suit the 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. However, in case you are OK with average comfort conditions and cooking/arranging your food, I will suggest staying at these. You can always refer to my article on How to Book HP PWD Rest Houses or FRHs

Glaciers of Spiti as seen on Chandratal Trek
Glaciers of Spiti as seen on Chandratal Trek

Acclimatization & its importance on Road to Kaza via Manali

Like Manali – Leh Highway, the journey on the road to Spiti Valley over Rohtang Pass (now Atal Tunnel) and Kunzum Pass is quite challenging, especially beyond Atal Tunnel / Rohtang Pass from Gramphu to Losar. That is why going through Hindustan – Tibet Highway is always preferred for a road trip to Spiti Valley as compared to then going via Manali – Kunzum Pass – Kaza route.

While traveling to Spiti Valley from the route through Kinnaur Valley, you give yourself a chance to properly acclimatize to the high altitudes, thereby 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 route 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 if you cannot travel via Kinnaur then on a road trip to Spiti Valley via Manali, it is always good that you take little precautions to minimize the effects of high altitude sickness. Here are some tips which will help to acclimatize the body faster in the first few days of the trip:

  • Try to sleep at Solang Valley, not Manali because Solang Valley does help in acclimatization while Manali does not do so.
  • Try to reach Kaza with at least 3 night stays or cover Lahaul Valley first if you have time.
  • But, if reaching on the second night then better try to reach Tabo to stay over the second night as Tabo is much lower in altitude than Kaza.
  • Keep your body properly hydrated.
  • Avoid sleeping at high altitudes earlier in the trip.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • 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 an upright position, if possible.
  • Carry preventive medicines for AMS.
  • Immediately descend towards Tabo, if symptoms increase.

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

Snow between Chota Dhara and Batal
Snow between Chota Dhara and Batal

Fuel or Petrol Pumps on Manali – Kaza Road

You will be able to find fuel pumps only at Manali and Kaza. It is crucial not to miss to refuel at Kaza petrol pump. In case you are making a Spiti trip along with Lahaul Valley, you can also fill up petrol at the Tandi petrol pump which falls on Manali Leh Highway just before Keylong.


As per my knowledge, there are ATMs available at Manali and Kaza. Although there is an ATM at Kaza as well now, its working condition may be a question at times.

Hence, it is advised that you carry cash from Manali. I guess you should carry enough cash with you on the trans-Himalayan trip 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 Manali

The places that fall on this route along with approximate distances between them go like Manali – Marhi – Atal Tunnel – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Chattru – Chota Dhara – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza. The approximate distances along with the altitude of these places are shown in the chart below. Having the idea of the route will help you judge over the acclimatization schedule too.

Road to Spiti Valley via Manali Altitude & Distance Graph
Road to Spiti Valley via Manali – (Right-click and save image as)

Permits for Manali – Rohtang Pass Road

Since 2010, all vehicles going to Rohtang Pass from Manali side need permits which can be obtained free of cost by showing the vehicle’s RC and DL copy. You can use the Kullu Administration official website or you can also use the recently launched mobile app for the Rohtang Pass permit in 2018. You can check the entire process on how to get the Rohtang Pass permit online or using a mobile app.

Please note that all bikes, as well as cars, need to get this Rohtang Pass permit if you travel from Manali to Kaza route via Rohtang Pass.

Do I still need any permit from Atal Tunnel for Spiti Valley?

But now after the opening of the Atal Tunnel in 2020, you do not need a Rohtang Pass Permit to travel from Manali to Kaza or Spiti Valley.

However, if you are traveling from Kaza to Manali or Keylong to Manali direction and want to visit Rohtang Pass, then you should get the Rohtang Pass permit too which was not required before 2021. Hence, not a reason anymore to start your Spiti road trip from Shimla side and end the trip at Manali.

Before 2021, if you are coming from the Keylong side or Kaza side, then you did not require any permit to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road even if you have a non-HP registered vehicle. Rohtang Pass Permit used to be only required if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass before 2021.

However, when Atal Tunnel opened in 2020 and lot of tourists started skipping this permit. There have been news that now the barrier on Khoksar – Gramphu side do not allow the traffic to ply on Rohtang Pass if you do not have a permit.

On the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali
On the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali

Timings of Manali – Rohtang Pass Road

At times, especially at the start of the season when snow is cleared from Manali – Rohtang Pass road, the traffic movement at Rohtang Pass is regulated by timings. Since the ban of tourism at Rohtang Pass around 2015-16, the time regulations are not that common. Rohtang Pass permits are required to visit Manali Rohtang Pass road. In 2020, Atal Tunnel was opened for tourists and now you do not need to travel via Rohtang Pass to Spiti Valley. Hence, Rohtang Pass Permit is not needed anymore.

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Why Travel Spiti Valley from Manali side


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  2. Ankit Misra on

    Hey Dheeraj,
    Thanks for sharing details.I jut wanted you to please confirm like me and my colleagues will be going to Lahaul Spiti Valley from Delhi .we will be leaving Delhi on 11th Aug at 4 pm.We have to return by 15th night back to adelhi..Can you please tell how to plan a trip.we will be going by our own car

  3. Nayan Sethia on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for all your tips.
    Just wanna ask, we are a group of 5 to 6 and want to plan a trip:
    jodhpur/jaipur-Dharamshala-manali-kullu-rohtang-lahaul-spiti valley-jodhpur/jaipur/delhi
    please help me out planning this trip of 6-7 days.

  4. Aradhana Das on

    Hello Mr.Dheeraj,
    We are a couple and planning to go to spiti valley for 6night 7days around 9th October. Will it be a good time to take the Manali route at this time as we do t have much time in hand. We would also like to know which places in spiti valley are best for night stay? Can we stay at Chandratal for a night? We want to cover the most picturesque locations in our trip. What should be the estimated budget per head? We would prefer home stays.
    Your advise would be helpful.

    • Manali route will be a bit risky and desolate by that time of the year for a trip to Spiti Valley but check for weather updates before going up there. I will not recommend a night stay at Chandratal at all that late in the season.

      • Aradhana Das on

        So what would be the best time to take Manali route post mid September? Because Shimla route would be too lengthy for us as we only plan to stay there for 7days in total. Checking the weather updates and deciding at that time would be risky too. You have also not stated the budget approximately. Can you please let us know?

  5. Vinay Venugopal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you so much for the wealth of information you dispense on DOW here.

    I have planned a Manali-Spiti-Manali trip with my friends (a group of 11) from Aug 31st to Sep 11th. I realise that I am missing out on some very scenic places in Lahaul by doing this, but I would prefer to return again for another trip via Narkanda.

    Please can you review the below itinerary and advise if it is safe enough and doable?
    Any recommendations for guides, stay and drivers who have a tempo traveller/winger would be awesome to have as well.

    31st Aug – At 11PM, head out to Solang Valley from Chandigarh Airport.
    1st Sep – Solang Valley
    2nd Sep – Is Chhatru better or Khoksar from the acclimatisation perspective? I thought Chhatru was at approx 3300mts but I seem to be wrong from your altitude graph above.
    3rd Sep – Dhangkar/Mud. Is Dhangkar better or Mud Village from the acclimatisation and distance perspective?
    4th Sep – Mud/Dhangkar.
    5th Sep – Langza
    6th Sep – Kibber
    7th Sep – Kibber
    8th Sep – Chandratal
    9th Sep – Manali/BUFFER
    10th Sep – Manali/BUFFER
    11th Sep – Reach Chandigarh Airport by evening for a night flight

    Thanks again!


    • Day 01 : Reach Manali and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 02 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 03 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake trek – Tabo
      Day 04 : Tabo – Lingti Valley (Lallung) – Pin Valley
      Day 05 : Village trek/trip – Pin Valley(Mud) – Kaza – Ki – Kibber/Kaza (Stay at Kibber or Kaza at homestay)
      Day 06 : Village trek/trip – Kibber/Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza (Stay at Langza at homestay)
      Day 07: Village trek/trip – Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza (Stay at Komic at homestay)
      Day 08: Village trek/trip – Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza (Stay at Demul at homestay)
      Day 09 : Kaza – Chandratal
      Day 10 : Chandratal – Manali
      Day 11 : Manali – Delhi

      • Vinay Venugopal on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for this.

        Would it be okay to head directly from Solang to Kaza which would mean an altitude gain of almost 1400mtrs overnight, instead of a halt at Khoksar?


        • Well, Vinay, even Khoksar may not help much though it may help a bit. Since, you have days you can take a rest day at Khoksar. Otherwise, it is OK to stay at Kaza, rest and next day you are moving to Tabo for overnight sleep. Hence, it will help you.

        • We are also planning in the same time, hope will meet in the valley bro…!!

          Thank you Devil on Wheels for the extentive information.

          Thanks a lot.


  6. Hey Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go to Spiti on bike with my friend. We will be leaving around 8th July.
    Is traveling together on bike to Spiti safe? Is July suitable for going to Spiti?

    • Well, Vaishnavi, traveling with a pillion is mostly OK on almost majority parts of Spiti Valley. At some places of bad roads especially between Manali to Kaza road, you will have to get down and walk so that rider can safely pass through the water crossing or bad road stretch.

      • Thank you! We will be traveling via Shimla.
        Is first week of July suitable? Because I read that one should avoid going in July to Spiti.

        • The first half of July is still fine to visit Spiti Valley, in fact, Spiti Valley always remain fine because it is rain shadow region. So, because of monsoon hassles in lower hills, it is suggested that in monsoon time you should avoid travel.

  7. Sir mein 3 Aug ko Manali se spiti valley kaise travel karo by public transport

  8. Anjali Indurkhya on


    we have four days, want to cover Manali and Spiti valley.
    Please let me know how to plan and also where to stay..

  9. Yogi khaneja on

    Hey Dheeraj great job done 🙂
    I am planning to leave Delhi with my brother at night of 15th july and take volvo to manali, then renting a bike and leave to kaza or directly to spiti and then to stay at spiti for 2 nights and return to manali and further back to delhi.
    I have travelled before on rented bikes from Chandigarh to Tirthan valley and chandigarh to mandi too this january only.
    Plz do guide me and places to explore. We can spare two nights at spiti or kaza where the best you suggest.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    Loved your blog. Pretty useful for first timers like us. Our trip has been scheduled this weekend. Ideally we were supposed to go from Manali – Leh – Srinagar- Dharamshala – Manali. The number of days as planned were 13. Since there is an ongoing issue between manali and leh where they are not allowing bikes to go beyond sarchu to enter leh, We changed our plans to visit spiti valley.

    We are a group of 6 and are renting bikes from Manali. Please suggest if this is a good itinerary for 13 (Riding)days.
    June 17 – Delhi to Manali by bus.
    June 18 – Manali – Narkand. Stay at Narkand
    June 19- Narkanda – Sangla / Chitkul (Kinnaur Valley)
    June 20 – Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpa
    June 21 – Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
    June 22 – Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mud Village)
    June 23 – Pin Valley – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Kaza
    June 24 – Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza – Kaza / Losar
    June 25 – Kaza / Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal / Battal
    June 26 – Battal / Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    June 27 – Manali – Dharamshala
    June 28 – Stay at Dharamshala
    June 29 – Dharamshala – Manali
    June 30 – Buffer day (Bus back to Delhi)
    June 01 – Flight from Delhi to Chennai

    • Biju, your plan seems good to me. You can also either rent bike from Delhi to avoid traveling from Manali to Narkanda and Dharamshala to Manali. This will save you a couple of days of travel which can be spent in Spiti Valley for rest in Kaza or some remote village like Langza and one day more in Dharamshala for Triund trek. Also, fatigue of traveling on these routes will be saved too. After hiring bike in Delhi, you can ride straight to Shimla or Narkanda.

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, let me congratulate you for doing a fabulous job here.

    Now need your suggestions on our below planned trip to Spiti.

    9 people, 1 XUV, 1 Ecosport, Dates – 8th to 16th July 2017.

    We want to do the complete circuit of Delhi-Manali-Spiti-Shimla-Delhi and below is what we have planned:

    8-Jul | Delhi – Manali, Overnight stay in Manali (We are taking the Manali route as we want to be at Chandratal on full moon night which is on 9th July)
    9-Jul |Manali – Rohtang – Gramphoo – Chattru – Chotta Dhara – Batal – Chandra tal. Overnight stay in camps at Chandratal. How can we book camps here?. what time we should leave from Manali for Chandratal?
    10-Jul| Batal -Kunzum pass -Losar – Kaza. Check in to a hotel in Kaza. Local sightseeing in Kaza. See nearby offbeat places like Hikkim, Komik, Langza. Overnight at Kaza. Any recommendation on hotels here? How much time will it take from Batal to kaza?
    11-Jul|Kaza – Tashigang – Kibber – Pin valley. Overnight at Pin valley
    12-Jul|Pin valley – Dhankar lake – Tabo. Overnight at Tabo
    13-Jul|Tabo – Geyu – Nako lake – Kalpa. Overnight at Kalpa
    14-Jul|Kalpa – Chitkul – Sangla. Overnight at Sangla
    15-Jul|Sangla – Narkanda – Shimla. Overnight at Shimla
    16-Jul|Shimla – Delhi.

    Besides the specific questions I have asked, please feel free to give feedback on this itinerary or suggest any modifications. Would you recommend doing advance bookings of accommodations at all these places?

    Thanks so much in advance.

    • Though the plan looks OK but I will highly recommend that you reverse the plan to start from Shimla / Narkanda side and end at Manali side. It will not only help you with acclimatization but also saves you from the hassles of getting Rohtang Pass permit.

      • Thanks Dheeraj. The reason we have planned this way is because we want to reach Chandratal lake on 9th July night (full moon). Would this not be doable at all? we are thinking to stay overnight in Solang valley for better acclimatisation. Also would XUV and EcoSport would be able to pull this trip off?
        I have tried reaching the number for booking camps at Chandratal through your other blog but those numbers are not working. any other coordinate?

        • Well, I will say full moon or big moon not sure if it matters that much 😉 … I will prefer being safe with AMS than having trouble with AMS on a full moon night and not enjoying at all. Regarding numbers, sorry just those contacts I have.

  12. Harshil Arora on

    Great blog Dheeraj!
    We are a group of 5, age around 18-19. We are planning to visit spiti around 20th June. We mainly want to cover chandrataal lake, monasteries. Can you please assist us with an possible itinerary?
    Should we take HRTC Bus from Manali or hire a taxi?
    Also, what are the taxi charges from Manali to Spiti?

    • Hello Harshil,

      How many days do you have in hand? In case you have less days, please read: How to make a trip to Spiti Valley in 6 days?. In order to best enjoy the trip, spend some more money on hiring a taxi so that you have liberty of get down anywhere and enjoy the beauty.

      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.
      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.

  13. Anukrishnan on

    Hi Dheeraj , thanks for this fantastic blog, I need your help to plan my trip to spiti.
    I’m reaching delhi on 20 may 17. Can you suggest me a route to spiti. Im solo and on a budget. I have planned my return on 28 from delhi.

    • I see you have about 9 days in hand and can follow the plan like below as Manali – Kaza route will not be open:

      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)

      You should also read: How to make a budget trip to Spiti Valley by public transport

      • Chirag Jain on

        Can I Travel Along Hyundai i10 Magna to Complete The Circuit ? Ground Clearance Is Just 160 mm only. Has Already Drive till Mana at Uttarakhand. Please Guide

        • Possible = Yes, Difficult = Yes. For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway Or Spiti Valley via Manali Or Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh / Spiti / Manali – Leh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

  14. Hey Dheeraj, I am doing a trek to indrahar Pass from 27-31st May, after this I am planning for a trip to spiti valley. Can you suggest me an itinerary, which route to take and availability of public transport from Mcleodganj to spiti and spiti to Delhi. I will be doing a solo trip so have many doubts regarding trip to Spiti.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning a trip to Chandratal from May 27 to Jun 3 and came across the below itinerary from one of your replies. Can you please let me know if the below itinerary will hold good for the dates I mentioned (considering road conditions etc)?
    Also, if there are any alternative itineraries for the same dates, it will be great to know.

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


    • Hi Neeta,

      I will not recommend planning a trip to Chandratal or over Manali – Kaza that early in the season. The road from Manali – Kaza is expected to open by mid of June and Chandratal road opens after that only.

      Though, your plan looks OK to me when the road is opened.


  16. Chetan Bisht on

    Dear Dheeraj I’m planning a trip to Spiti Valley but not sure about the status of route, is it accessible or still closed.
    I’m planning to leave Jalandhar and head towards Spiti on 9th of May.
    Can I reach there via Manali or is it closed?
    Which route would you suggest?

    • Chetan, you can visit Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur side but not from Manali side. The road from Manali – Kaza will open around mid June.

  17. Hemanth Phani on

    Hey there,

    I will be in Manali by May 9th and would love to visit Spiti because I have my return booked on 13th, So these 4 nights or 5 days, I want to make it to Spiti. Please let me know how much would the Taxi be from Manali to Spiti to Manali as a round trip. Never been there, hence the question about the taxi fare as I heard that during second week of May, only Taxis will be available but not public transport.

    Also, will 4 days be enough to reach Spiti-Khaza and get back to Manali ??
    Hemanth Phani

  18. Shubham Mansingka on

    Dheeraj bhai, definitely the most exhaustive website with regards to travel planning in these remote regions.

    You have covered all the minute points. Superb work.

  19. Shubham Mansingka on

    Dheeraj bhai, definitely the most exhaustive website with regards to travel planning in these remote regions.

    Fantastic work, as always.

  20. Yash Lahoti on

    We are planning to visit Spiti Valley in last week of May. Can you please guide us with the route through Manali or kasol?
    Also, what places should we visit in the valley in given 36 hours and how should we proceed back to chandigarh?

  21. i want to visit Spiti valley in Mid May this year.Could please guide me how to reach in this region from Manali?
    As i am going on solo journey,Is is possible to travel through any public transport?

  22. Pratik Tarpara on

    We are planning to visit spiti valley on our way from Leh. Please have a look at the below plan for spiti :
    16th June: Leh to Jispa. night stay at jispa
    17th June: Jispa to spiti via gramphu, night stay at spiti (200Km)
    18th June: spiti to sollang valley, night at solang
    19th June: manali to chandigarh

    What time we will reach spiti if we leave jispa early morning by 6-7am, (200Km Distance)?
    Will the roads open by 17th june on our way to spiti?
    Can we set up our own tent at spiti or are there any tents availabe to stay?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Pratik,

      Jispa to Kaza is a long drive. I will recommend skipping it and at max doing Chandratal as Spiti needs 4-5 days inside it to explore something in it. Also, reach Keylong from Leh then do Keylong to Chandratal next day and then Chandratal to Solang/Manali the next one.

  23. hi Dheeraj,

    Loved your blog.

    I am planning to reach Manali with a friend who is coming from overseas just to see the Spiti Valley. We will be arriving to Manali on the 28th Jan from Shimla. We are planning to spend around 4-5 days and cover as much of Spiti Valley. We have a flight back from Delhi on 2nd Feb morning, so between 28th Jan – 1st Feb what can you recommend will be good for us?
    As none of us are drivers, we will be hiring a private car. Given the time constraint, what itinerary can you suggest for us?

    • In just 4-5 days you will reach Spiti and come back with more than 9+ Hrs only on road for the day. Also, it is extremmly harsh and cold now in winters in Spiti Valley and in case it snows the chances of getting stuck are from few days to few weeks. Are you sure you want to take this trip?

  24. Ananth John on

    Hey Dheeraj. Ananth here from Vellore. I’m a student here at Christian Medical College.
    I have been reading your blog for sometime now and I must say it’s wonderfully written and boy, haven’t you traveled quite a bit.
    My friends and I are planning a trip to Manali in mid May. May 13-14 to be precise. It’s always been my dream to bike from Manali to Leh. Well my friends didn’t quite agree to that but they did agree to visiting Spiti Valley.
    So we planned on reaching Manali and renting bikes there and riding till Chandartal lake camping there for the night. Then riding upto Kaza and langza the next morning and back to Chandartal. And finally leaving for Manali the next day.
    I’ve read your blogs on travelling to Spiti from Manali and camping in Spiti too. I was wondering if you could tell me a few things about the journey.
    1) Will the road to Spiti be open. If yes, how long will it take to reach Chandartal lake from Manali? Or would you suggest a better place to camp at.
    2) Could you please tell me how the renting scene is in Manali. Do you get good bikes? And about the deposits and trusted dealers. Any information will be very helpful.
    3) Do you think it’s possible to reach Manali early morning and rent a bike and leave for Spiti Valley? Or would you suggest we go to Solang Valley or somewhere else and ride only the next day.
    4) Do you think there are some major flaws with the plan? Could you please tell us the changed to be made to the plan? Or could you please suggest us a better plan.

    Thank you,

  25. Hi Dheeraj ji , love your passion. I will be Manali on 27 and 28 May along with family. I have one more week in hand. Can I do Keylong-Kaja -Manali-Delhi circuit ? Will the Rohtang Pass is expected to remain open ?
    Thanks in advance

    • Somnath ji, Rohtang Pass will be open BUT the road to Kunzum Pass might not be open from Manali side to go over to Kaza. If you are really determined to do t, then probably you can have yourself dropped to one end of road closure from where you can walk for about 4-5 KMs through snowy patches and reach the other end of the road closure towards Kaza. At that end you can ask another taxi from Kaza to pick you up and then you can go inside Spiti Valley. Route to Keylong – Baralacha La falls under Lahaul and should be open by that time of the year.

      • Thanks Dheeraj bhai. I have decided to go through Simla side and return through the same route as well, as I will be having kids with me. My schedule is like this : Delhi-Narkanda-kalpa-nako-dhankar-kaza for 3 nights-rekong peo-simla-Delhi. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

        • Avoid overnight stay at Nako, you may get hit with AMS. After Kalpa, stay at Tabo. Then in Kaza. While return instead of Rekong Peo, go over to Sangla and stay Rakcham. Cover Chitkul and then head back to Shimla – Delhi

  26. Hey !!
    I am looking forward to travelling to the spiti valley a group of 3 bikers, this October end what will be the road conditions during this time ? I have done tosh, khir-ganga, Kausani (Trishul), rohtang pass ! one of my friend accompanying this time was born in the hills. What would you recommend ? What would be the condition of Kunzum Pass? river passes? please give me a few details ? i called people up in spiti they say kunzum is open at this time as well as the tibetan highway ? what would you suggest ?

  27. Shekhar Narwal on

    Hello Dheeraj!
    We are 7 people planning to complete Spiti Circuit in from 1-6 Nov. 2016. Our Itinerary:

    Nov. 4: SUMDO TO KAZA
    Nov. 5: KAZA TO MANALI

    Q.1 Its kinda fast tracked trip but we wish to do this in a Scorpio with 2 drivers. Will it be possible?
    Q.2 Would it be possible to go to Manali from Kaza on Nov. 5? Will Kunzum Pass be open till then?
    Q.3 What temp range can be expected during this time of the year? Do we need to have some anti-freezing gel for fuel in the vehicle?
    Q.4 We are planning to stay in rented tents along the way for entire trips. is it doable? Are there any okish sites to camp on?
    Its our first time, do not wish to mess up. Please help!
    Thanks in Advance.

    • Hello Shekar,

      There is nothing to stay at Sumdo, you will have to reach Tabo. I will not suggest at all to make the trip from Manali – Kaza road at that time of the year. In case of any eventuality, that terrain will do no good to you guys during that time of the year. In case you want to return the same route, add one more day and have this longish tiring journey in 6 days.

  28. HELLO,
    We are two people, will be reaching manali by morning 9th oct. We are planning to visit kaza either by bike or through hrtc bus from manali. The problem is we are not sure whether there are sufficient transportation for us in kaza to travel around the town (if we dont choose the bike option) and visit nearby things like the Ki monestary and the prices of accomodation and transportation. And can we rent a bike from kaza itself rather then hiring from manali(which i guess saves some money).
    Is it possible for us to visit chandratal lake without personal vehicle.
    Note:- we are planning to spend not more than 3-4 days from manali(As our budget is tight)

      • Aman Sharma on

        hi dheeraj , as i joined college this year and never get a opportunity to travel or live alone. And i want to go on lahul spiti trip from chandigrh as i checkd ur blog and thats very informative would you please tell me what would be the total expenses shared by 2 3 guys by local transport. travelling time 1 week.

        • Hello Aman,

          Where do you want to travel? Lahaul or Spiti? Both are far apart and follow different routes. Also, when are you planning the trip?

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    We will arrive Manali on 1st morning, Can you please make an itinerary for us to cover all the must visits around Spiti Valley and Chandrataal Lake in about 6-7 days? And also the best means of transport and their availability between the places.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Nikhil, you may like to do below plan:

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

  30. Nikita Gurwani on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    We are 2 girls planning to go Manali on 1st week of November. We are planning to visit Manali to Spiti valley by Activa. Will it be feasible? Do you have a any contact person which can rent Scooties(in a good condition) from Manali.

    • Nikita, you cannot to Manali – Spiti Valley in November. Rohtang Pass officially closes by end of October, means no rescue operations are carried out after that date. Have you ever under taken a trip like it? Spiti Valley roads are one of the harshest and treacherous roads in the world. So, without much experience with riding in Himalayas and such terrain, it is not recommmended even in season time to do such a trip.

  31. Kuntal Mukhopadhyay on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Good Afternoon!
    Yesterday to my query on suitability of visit to SPITI valley in month of late June you responded (thanks to quick response).
    Well what i am looking for is whether Chandratal lake and it’s blue colours are seen in Late June? or in other words in late june Chandratal lake wouldn’t be covered in snow?
    Thanks in advance
    Best Regards

    • Yes Kuntal, Chandratal when possible to visit in summers, emit blue hues colors. So, you will be able to see it in beautiful form. When Chandratal is frozen, it is very very hard to visit the lake.

    • HI, we are 2 friends planning a trip from Chandigarh – Manali – Spiti – Chandigarh/Delhi. dates are 8th Oct to 13th Oct. can someone plz suggest thebest router and places to visit. we have a budget of around 10-12 k Mam per person. people can joing us if they want. My contact no is 9860956445

      Appreciate your Help!

      • Nikhil, you just have 6 days in hand. Feel free to pick from below routes:

        Day 1 : Reach Manali and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
        Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
        Day 3 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo – Kaza OR Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
        Day 4 : Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Ki – Rangrik – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal/Batal
        Day 5 : Chandratal/Batal – Manali
        Day 6 : Manali – Delhi

        Day 1 : Reach Manali by overnight and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
        Day 2 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
        Day 3 : Kaza – Dhangkar – Tabo – Kaza
        Day 4 : Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
        Day 5 : Kaza – Chandratal – Manali
        Day 6 : Reach Delhi by overnight Volvo from Manali (do adventure sports in day time at Solang Valley)

  32. Hi Dheeraj ,

    I am planning a solo travel to Spiti valley, but I don’t have any vehicle with me. So I am planning to take bus and shared taxis and all. I have 10 days with me. from here i got to know everyday 2 buses are going to Spiti from Kulu … and if I reach at Spiti , can I get any shared taxis or something to visit places ?? how much they will ask for each places.?

    and what about the accommodation ?

    can u make me an itinerary please ?
    Thanks in advance ,


    • Yes, you will get local shared taxis to nearby places. No worries on that front. It should not be more than 50-100 bucks for the places. You will find plenty of home stays in Spiti, so no issues on that front. I will suggest you below flow, you can do based on availability of transport.

      Day 01 : Reach Manali and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization
      Day 02 : Manali / Solang – Kaza
      Day 03 : Kaza – Lingti Valley (Lhalung) – Tabo
      Day 04 : Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley
      Day 05 : Pin Valley(Mud) – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Kaza
      — Start a trekking tour in Spiti for its most beautiful villages, it is motorable so you can go up there by car and then start day treks in between these villages. Awesome way to soak in the beauty of trans Himalayas.
      Day 06 : Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza | Villages trek (Stay at Langza)
      Day 07 : Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza | Villages trek (Stay at Komic)
      Day 08 : Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Demul – Kaza | Villages trek (Stay at Demul)
      — End tour
      Day 09 : Kaza – Chandratal
      Day 10 : Chandratal – Manali
      Day 11 : Manali – Delhi

  33. Hi Dheeraj,

    That’s a lot of helpful information! I’m visiting Himachal next week. Spiti and Parvathy Valley are the destinations. The article is kind of making me paranoid with hidden dangers like AMS and fuel management.

    Given below is my plan from Manali. I’m slightly concerned about the AMS hitting me and fuel management of the rented bike. Hopefully travelling in September won’t be that harsh. It would be really helpful if you could let me know if this plan has major flaws and if we’d be able to manage.

    Day 1 | Manali stay
    Day 2 | Travel to Spiti, stay at Kaza, visit Key, Kibber Komic
    Day 3 | Tabo
    Day 4 | Travel to Kasol, Stay at Kasol
    Day 5 | Local Visits around Kasol, Stay at Kasol
    Day 6 | Manikaran, Stay at Kasol
    Day 7 | Tosh, Stay at Kasol
    Day 8 | Travel to Manali and bus back

    Manali to Spiti to Kasol to Manali, we’ll be renting out a bike (2 people).

    Do you think I should add a day at Spiti and cut short of one at Parvati Valley?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hello John,

      You have clubbed too many things in the plan you have above. You should focus either on Spiti Valley or on Parvati Valley. For 8 days trip to Spiti Valley, I will suggest you follow something like below:

      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
      Day 5 : Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 6 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza / Losar
      Day 7 : Kaza / Losar – Chandratal – Manali
      Day 8 : Reach Delhi by overnight Volvo from Manali

  34. Hi Dear,

    Thanks a lot for sufficient information which I was looking for.

    I need suggestion if you can help that will be great…

    Planning for spiti valley in second week of October via Manali . I think that’s not at all bad time to visit the place. Is it possible to complete the trip in 6-7 days???from Delhi n then coming back home. Maximum 7 days I have.

    For camping I will use the link you have shared. I am more interested watching the neutral beauty instead of that expensive travel or stay, there will be 3-4 guys. Please suggest for this free of cost query 🙁

    Thanks in Advance

    • Its not bad but its not even a good time too in case it snows heavily during those days. Chances are less but there are always chances in October. Given below is a plan you can follow for 7 day Spiti Valley trip.

      Regarding camping, make sure you have very good camps and sleeping bags of at least sub zero as in night the winds will be too cold in October

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

        • Nazim Hoda on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          How are you Doing???

          One query 🙁 please provide the best way to reach Chandratal from kibber and the after a night stay at Chandratal how we can get back to manali from Chandratal .

          And what are the possible options of spending night at Chandratal.

          Thanks in Advance.I know you can provide the best possible options.I am totally confused on this as everyone is posting via Batal or Losar but nowhere it’s mentioned a straight answer as how to reach from kibber,and then get back to manali from Chandratal.

        • From Kibber to Rangrik and then heading towards Chandrabhal via Losar as suggested below.

          Will I have to trek it or any transport facility is available for it from Kibber. Because we will not be on a bike, and the diversion which you telling, for that signs are there to direct(just to avoid any trouble at this lonely planet). You have been to this place so you must be knowing more.

          Please clear this part and it will be a Big Help.

          Thanks in Advance.

        • There should be shared local taxis running between Kibber and Kaza. Once, you reach Kaza, get a taxi to Chandratal. Yes, there is a sign board at the diversion but keep in mind that only one diversion on right will come while getting down from Kunzum Pass to Batal. Only 1 diversion, about 2-3 KMs before Batal. Rest there is no diversion on the right.

  35. Hi, thanks for this wonderful blog.. i’m travelling today and this blog has really helped me in answering some of the queries that i had and i was not sure who to ask for. Thanks again. I’m planning a short 4 days trip from Manali – chandratal – kibber- Manali on bike starting tuesday.

  36. We are planning to go spiti valley in this Oct or Nov..Can we cover distance from Delhi to Spiti Valley in 4 days or less, if yes, then please help me in good itinerary so that i can cover that distance as early as possible.

    Thanks in advance

    • Shubham, road from Manali – Kaza will not be recommended to travel that late in the season. Are you trying to make a 4 days trip for complete Spiti tour? It takes three days to reach Spiti Valley from Kinnaur side.

  37. Hello Dheeraj

    Is it possible to camb in spiti? I’m taking my tent with me for the ride. Can you suggest any camping point pls.

  38. hello, Dheeraj
    first of all lemme tell u that the blog is soo useful and amaizing. u hav included all the things in it and its great job.
    me and my friend is planning a trip to himachal. as per the plan we are heading to kheer ganga first and after tat heading to manali and to spiti using bikes. is it a good plan or i should change it?
    can i take rohtang pass on aug last week?
    is there any issue in using the other way to come back from spiti? (i need to explore more places)

    • Thank you Unaiz. Yes, it is a good plan. However in august it rains, so if it is raining then Kheerganga trek will be slippery and risky, take caution and wise decision in case it is. You can do the entire circuit but you need days in hand and buffer days in case it rains.

  39. Tarun Rohra on


    I just wanted to ask whether it’s possible to rent bicycles in Kaza and if I can take a cycle on rent from Manali in a HRTC bus?

    Thanks a ton!

    • Hi Tarun, You can get in touch with Tsering at 09418208987, he is more than a friend to me and knows us very very well. He will be able to provide bikes on rent to you guys. In general he provide bikes for his hotel guests but you can surely check.

  40. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Spiti valley from delhi. I will take my own car and will start at 5 AM from delhi in August first week. I read your blog and found that travelling via manali will be a good option. I have total 6-7 days. Please suggest what all places I can cover in these days. What would be the perfect itinerary for the trip.

    • Hi Harsh,

      You can plan something like below:

      Day 1 : Reach Manali and get the Rohtang Pass permits
      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

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you for the reply. But one thing I want to discuss as I heard that at this particular time road condition via Manali to Spiti are not preferred if you are taking your sedan for the journey. So I thought to change the plan and go via Shimla route.
        Please provide you suggestions over this and also what all things I can cover in that.

        • Hi Harsh,

          Well, mountains in Kinnaur are more fragile than the roads of going through Manali to Kaza. Monsoons is not a good time to be in Kinnaur. The road from Manali to Kaza is never recommended for a sedan unless you want to test your driving skills in such region and do not love your car much. There are under bellies hit expected on that route for sure and in case you get careless, you may damage the chamber itself.

  41. Wanderlust on

    Hello dheeraj Is it safe to travel manali-kaza-manali amid kashmir protests now? And pls tell me about the timing of bus from manali to kaza .i want to know if there is any bus after the 5am one ..or even after 8..9 am

  42. Hi Dheeraj,

    Can I complete the Delhi-Manali (Via Spiti)- Leh-Jammu in 14 days (23rd July to August 5th 2016)?

    If Yes, please suggest an itineray for the same. Thanks in Advance

    • 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.

      PS: If possible, do pay a visit to our DoW Spiti Library in Kaza. Who knows you short walk there may help it remain active for the kids up there for much longer time 🙂 :)…

  43. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to cover Manalim Kasol, Spiti, Kheerganga starting from Delhi on the 7th of July earling morning 5 am. We are traveling by our own car(Maruti Ertiga). We want to return back by 14th (making it a 7 days trip). Are we trying to cover a lot of things? What should be our detailed itinerary? Also, I want to add that we dont have any prior experience of driving on difficult terrains. Also, is it possible to hire a driver from Manali to Spiti (in our car) and what are the cab rates for Innova/Ertiga/or any 6-seater car from Manali to Spiti?

    Looking forward to your reply!

    • Hi Rahul,

      I will suggest following for a 7 days trip:

      Day 1 : Reach Manali 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 : Start for Delhi

  44. Aditya Madheshiya on


    I am leaving for spiti on 1at July and return on 10th from Delhi, entering from Shimla leaving from Manali. I need to inquire about the staying and accommodation through the route. Also we are two friends going on our own Enfield what are the most important things that needs to be taken care of apart from the basics. We have already done most of our preparations.
    Request you to please advise on this.


  45. Varun Dhiman on

    Hi DOW,
    As per your first recommended option of 3 days from Manali to Kaza, lodging is required at Solang valley, Khoksar and Kaza. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am going from 2nd Jul to 10th Jul and still to book hotels. I have following questions for lodging :

    Q.1 I am planning to get advance booking for Solang Valley. But if I do not get it, are there enough good options available in this valley where we can stay without having advance bookings? We are a double couple coming from Gurgaon to Manali by Ecosport.

    Q.2 For Khoksar & kaza also if we don’t book in advance, what are the chances that we can get good accommodation?

    • Hi Varun,

      With 9 days in hand, I will suggest following itinerary:

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

      It will be much better if you do below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village) – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza Local Sightseeing 
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
      Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Koumik) 
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit 
      Day 7 | Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 8 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

      • Varun Dhiman on

        Thanks,, for this detailed itinerary

        As I replied on your another post “Best Season to Travel on Road to Spiti Valley”. There are slightest change of plans for this year but definitely my target is to complete this circuit by next year,,,,

        Really impressed with the way you express Himalayas,,,

  46. pranay jaipuria on

    Is it possible to reach kaza from manali in a single day on bike… my friends and I have 6 days in hand and want to stay atleast 3 days at kye monastery .. we will reach manali at around 5 am in morning on the 27th june…but want to be back in delhi by 3rd july as one of my friends has exam on 6th in nagpur..how do we go about things if we want to stay at kye for 3 days?

  47. HI Dheeraj
    i would like to know entire tour cost of per person for lahaul spiti. Also i would like to explore entire valley, so can u recommend best no of days to plan my tour along with accommodation details and best time to visit the valley.

  48. Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you please guide us in planning our itinerary for Spiti Valley trip from 19th to 25th June. As of now, we have planned as per the below schedule. We have our parents along with us, so considering their age (around 55 yrs), can you please suggest amendments to this itinerary.

    19th June- Morning: Reach Kullu from Chandigarh by Volvo & book a cab for Spiti journey.

    20th June- 4 a.m : Start towards Batal, via Rohtang, reach Chandratal parking by 12-1 pm, trek to lake, start return journey towards Batal. Stay overnight at Dorje’s dhaba.

    21st June- Morning: Go towards Kaza. Explore the area. Stay at Kaza/Tabo.

    22nd June: Explore the vicinity.

    23rd June: Morning: Start return journey from Tabo. Stay at Kalpa on the way overnight.

    24th June: Travel from kalpa to Chandigarh.

    1. Which place shall we prefer for staying overnight- Batal or Tabo, since Tabo is at a much lower altitude. But for reaching Tabo same day, what time do we need to start from Kullu to cover Chandratal on the way coz I assume travelling in dark is not advisable?

    2. Since we will be taking cab from Kullu, is any permit required to travel through Rohtang?

    3. From Chandratal parking, how far is the lake and will it be a diffcult trek for parents? Also, how much time does it take to trek to lake from parking?

    4. Since 20th June being a full-moon night, I would have preferred watching the lake at night. Is it fine to stay overnight at the camping sites at Chandratal with parents?

    5. Would you suggest that we return from Tabo via Rohtang or take the Kalpa/Shimla route?

    6. Do you think it would be wiser to visit Chandratal while returning from Kaza via Rohtang, since we would be acclimatised?

    7. Also, do you think it is a good option to take a guide alongwith us who is familiar with the area. If yes, where can I find one?

    8. As a backup option, we were thinking of going to Keylong or Manikaran after visiting Chandratal, if any of us gets affected by AMS. What would you advise on this?


    • Hello Kirti,

      1. It will be very difficult to reach there by that time. Battal shall be OK though you might feel AMS.

      2. Yes, he should have permit to cross Rohtang Pass

      3. It will take about 15 minutes.

      4. It will be risky of AMS at Battal itself, the higher will go the higher the risk will be. The camps are not besides lake they are at the parking lot

      5. Better come back from Manali side only as Kalpa route is long and tiring on body and you do not have days in hand to do that at ease

      6. Yes, very much.

      7. No, you can do it without any guide.

      8. If you are open to below plan it shall be fine

      19th June- Morning: Reach Manali from Chandigarh by Volvo & book a cab for Spiti journey.

      20th June- 6 a.m : Start towards Kaza and reach there by evening

      21st June- Morning: Kaza – Pin Valley – Tabo

      22nd June: Tabo – Kaza, Ki, Kibber and Langza, Komik

      23rd June: Morning: Kaza – Chandratal – Manali, start by 5 AM from Kaza

      24th June: Travel from Manali to Chandigarh.

    • Dinesh Saharan on

      I am also interested in Spiti velley.. But I am a single person.. can I join you or share a cab with you..?? Plz revert.

    • Dinesh Saharan on

      I also want to roam in Spiti valley. But me a single person. Can I share a cab with you.
      Plz revert.

  49. Hey ! Just curious about the buses. You mentioned there are two daily buses but the timing listed is only for one (the 5:00am one). Any chance you know about the second bus? Getting in to Manali from Delhi so will definitely be missing the 5:00am one!


  50. Shrutya Mahajan on

    I would be going to spiti via manali on 1st june. Would the road be open by june?
    Secondly i would be driving Toyota fortuner automatic. I have heard that one should not prefer an automatic car in these reasons. Is that so?
    My second car is maruti ciaz. Which car should i take.
    Is there any permit required to reach solang valley from manali. As i would be reaching manali in the evening.

  51. Bharath A B on


    We are planning a trip to spiti valley in July 2016.We have 4-5 days to spend around spiti valley.Can someone suggest an itinerary for us to visit the best places around spiti valley in 4 days from manali-spiti valley-manali.It may be possible for us to extend it for another day .
    Thank you!

    • You should do this

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali and stay overnight at Solang Valley
      Day 2 | Solang – Khoksar/Sissu/Chatru/Batal
      Day 3 | Khoksar/Sissu/Chatru/Batal – Chandratal
      Day 4 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 5 | Manali – Delhi

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