ABOUT SPITI VALLEY:
Spiti valley is a remote place in Himachal Pradesh that separates India from Tibet. It is bordered by the Himalayan peaks and situated at 12,500ft altitude. Because of the height, it receives sun rays only 250 days out of 365 days. It is the coldest mountain valley in India. The valley is covered in thick snow for half of the year. It is a less explored zone of the Himachal but best for trekking. The untouched beauty of Spiti is remarkable to witness and experienced by visitors.
HOW TO REACH:
Spiti is the most isolated place in Himachal Pradesh, enclosed by mountains, rivers and forests. It does not have an airport or a railway station structure yet. For the railway, Shimla is the closest railway station. By the air, Kullu airport is the closest then you can hire a cab or jeep to reach Spiti valley. By road, two routes are Manali and Shimla. You can start a road trip to Spiti valley. During the road trip, the stunning panoramic can be glimpsed by visitors.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT:
In the summer, the most suitable period is from April to July. The temperature is ideal for visiting such a cold place. The tourists can enjoy warm weather and sunny days during their travels. You can cheerfully relish the landscapes and the surrounding lakes, glaciers, and peaks. During monsoon season, the temperature varies from 10 to 15 degrees whereas, at night, it drops to 3 degrees. During winter, the valley gets wrapped under heavy snow. It hardly gets any sun rays. Temperature falls below 0 degrees which feels like an endless snow season. During the day, the temperature is 0 degrees. At night, it is -20 to -40 degrees. No tourists are allowed because of the harsh weather conditions.
DETAIL ITINERARY: SPITI VALLEY FROM SHIMLA
Travelling to Spiti via Shimla will take around 450km to cover. This route is available during summer and winter except for the monsoon season. It is safe and helps avoid jams or get a permit to cross. This route will help you enjoy spectacular sights like Hatu peak, Chitkul and Kalpa.
The travel to Spiti from Shimla covers these regions.
- Shimla to Narkanda
- Narkanda to Sarahan
- Sarahan to Chitkul
- Chitkul to Kalpa
- Kalpa to Nako-Giu Village
- Nako to Tabo Village
- Pin Valley
From Shimla, it takes three days to arrive at Spiti. We cover 222km to Kalpa via Kinnaur valley by crossing Rampur and Saharan. From Kalpa, the following route is Nako, Giu, Tabo village and Pin valley. To Kaza bypassing these places will take a total distance of 253 km.
DAY 1 Shimla to Sangla
The journey will start from Shimla through the Kufri and Narkanda towns towards the Sutlej River on the Indo-Tibet highway. After reaching Sangla, you can stay overnight for resting after travelling so long.
DAY2 Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul.
The next day you leave Sangla to move towards Chitkul. There are beautiful forests and riverbank of the Baspa River travelling through it and arriving in Kalpa. There is a Kailash range at Kalpa which is a 70ft rock. It looks like shiva linga. You have to stay at Kalpa overnight.
DAY3 Kalpa to Tabo via Nako and Gui
The next morning, travel through Indo-Tibet Highway to reach Khab. The route to Nako village is where you can enjoy the beauty of Nako Lake with scenic sights.
There are villages like Chango, Shalkar, Sumdo and Hurling that can be seen on the way to Spiti. There are many traditional paintings and old caves to analyse. After reaching Tabo, there are arrangements for a night’s stay.
DAY4 Tabo to Lhalung via Dhankar
From Tabo, you will reach Sichling village. There is an 800 years old monastery situated on the cliff named Dhankar Monastery. Dhankar lake is a beautiful location for sightseeing and photoshoot.
There is a snowy peak with a green region contrasting and pleasing. There is a 1000 years old temple named Serkhong Gompa. You have to stay overnight at Lhalung village.
DAY5 Lhalung to Kaza
Pin valley is a beautiful picturesque drive to enjoy. There is a popular trek, the Bhaba Pass trek. In the Mudh village, you can enjoy homemade food from the locals. The road will proceed towards Spiti valley via Kaza. There are local markets for trying the food, clothes and other local items. There is an overnight stay arrangement at Kaza.
DAY6 Kaza to Hikkim
Komic is the world’s highest village with a motorbike road. Hikkim has the world’s highest post office and is the only mode of communication for Spiti valley. At Langza, there are snow peaks and pure natural beauty.
DAY7 Langza to Chandratal
There is a famous Kee Monastery where you can explore it and communicate with monks about Buddhist heritage. The next place is Chandratal lake which is famously known for its multicoloured water and is surrounded by Chandrabhaga ranges. There is a trekking and camping area. There are arrangements at the campsite for an overnight stay.
DAY 8 Chandratal to Manali
Next, early morning, leave the campsite and travel back to Manali through Batal Gramphu Road. The road will pass through the Manali-Leh highway.
Spiti valley is an unexplored place in Himachal Pradesh with a beautiful snowy valley with mountains and greenery. It is the land of thousand years old monasteries with a rich cultural heritage and history about it. It is a perfect location for nature lovers to enjoy the pure essence of its flora and fauna. Tourists planning for snow trekking or bike riding explorers, add this place to your list. It has a winter climate for half of the year. Family and friends can spend their summer vacation escaping from the heat by visiting Spiti valley.