SPITI VALLEY ITINERARY
This comprehensive Spiti Valley itinerary covers the entire circuit from Shimla to Kinnaur Valley and from Spiti Valley to Manali, including Tabo, Kaza, Losar, Chandratal, Kunzum Pass, Key, Kibber, Pin Valley and almost all the major tourists of Spiti Valley. Venues are included. Langza, Hikkim, Comic, Dhangkar, etc. are also included.
Day 1 – Delhi – Shimla/Narkanda
Narkanda is about 60 Kms from Shimla, it takes approx 2 hours.
Day 2 – Shimla /Narkanda – Sangla
If from Shimla, leave early and enjoy the views along the way .Enjoy the beautiful drive of approx 8 – 9 hours through Kinnaur Valley.
Day 3 – Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpas
Leave early to spend some time in the beautiful Chitkul village. Also visit Kamru Fort in Sangla before heading back to Kalpa. Watch the beautiful sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa atop Mt. Kinner Kailash, about 4 – 5 hours of total drive this day.
Day 4 – Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Gayu Mami – Tabos
Start your day early and see the views of the Hindustan Tibet Highway en route the confluence of the Khab, Spiti and Sutlej rivers by checking out View Leo Purigal Peak from Khab Bridge Have your lunch at Nako Lake and meet the dreaded Malling Nala next to Nako. After Chango-Sumdo you will enter the Spiti Valley. After Sumdo police registration, head to Gayu village to visit the 500-year-old mummy
Day 5 – Tabo – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley
Visit Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake and leave after lunch to enjoy spectacular views throughout the day across the Pin Valley. Kungri – Sagnam – Mitti – Tailing About 4-5 hours drive a day then overnight stay at Mud Village in Pin Valley
Day 6 – Pin Valley – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Goethe – Tashigang – Kazai
Head to Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti Valley, have lunch at Kaza and check in at the hotel. Visit Key – Kibber – Goethe – Tashigang in the second half of the day. About 4-5 hours drive a day can stay overnight at Kazai
Day 7 – Kaza – Hikkim – Komic – Langza – Kaza / Losar
Visit lesser-traveled or offbeat places near Kazan. Fantastic view of Chow Chau Kang Nelda peak from Langza, Buddha statue near Langza looking down the valley. Tangguid Monastery in Komik One of the most important and tallest monasteries in Spiti Valley One is if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Kaza then you can go to Losar.If you’re planning a trip to Losar, take the most scenic drive in the Spiti Valley between Losar and Kaza at a leisurely speed. Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours drive between Losar and Caza, depending on your break between you and overnight stay in Caza or Losaro
Day 8 – Kaza, Losar – Kunzum Pass – Battal
Travel to Chandratal from Kunzum Pass and enjoy the day. The camps are about 2.5 km from the lake, either stop there or go back to Batal where there is a PWD rest house now without electricity. But, unless you want to stay in a guest house with electricity, there’s no point going back on the painful ride to Losar over the Kunzum Pass. It is better to stay in Battal and save time and energy for the next day.
Day 9 – Battal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Go back to Manali via Rohtang Pass Drive Via Battal – Chatru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass is out of the world easily drive around 7 – 8 hours if you don’t mess Rohtang Pass Stay overnight in Manali
Day 10 – Manali – Delhi
Manali Local sightseeing including Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Math, Old Manali, Vashisht Hot Water Springs etc. Around 12-14 hours drive, depending on the break you take in between and return home .
SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
· If you are driving to Spiti Valley, please note that take a bumpy vehicle with a good ground clearance. As cars get stuck on the patch of road between Kaza to Manali. Hatchbacks should not even be considered for driving on those roads. The chances of the hatchback getting damaged due to slipping, slipping, falling stones etc. are very high.
· Whether you are driving a car or a bike, make sure you are a good driver who can handle the vehicle on treacherous roads, blind turns, and narrow paths between falling stones. Under all circumstances, when driving on roads, try and get out of your place as soon as possible, so that you can complete the drive in broad daylight, and your chances of getting clear roads are very high.
· Never start driving in the late afternoon or late evening.
· Please consider your health seriously before traveling to Spiti Valley. The altitude is high and hence, people are prone to high altitude sickness and breathlessness. See a doctor before your trip and take medications like Diamox, which help with adaptation.
· To get your body used to the altitude, climb uphill slowly, staying overnight at places like Shimla, Narkanda, Kalpa etc. Overnight stay is recommended for adaptation.
· The last point you can get petrol from during the circuit is at Kaza. Make sure you get a full tank on the way to Manali.
· Talking about maintenance, your vehicle should be in good condition before and after the journey, which can be avoided if you take a rental vehicle.
· Always wear gumboots when biking to prevent your shoes from getting soaked in water and wet soil.