Spiti Valley – A Road Trip to Heaven

Spiti Valley road trip is my fav place and trip to travel and I love sharing my experience with the new traveler willing to travel on this route.

The real beauty of Spiti valley starts beyond Kunzum la pass towards Losar then to Kaza, traveling to Tabo and then towards Nakko or Kinnaur Valley.

Table of content:-

  1. Routes to Spiti Valley.
  2. Weather conditions during the year and the best time to travel.
  3. Detailed Itinerary
  4. Few reasons to travel Spiti from Shimla side
  5. Petrol Pumps on route to Spiti.
  6. FAQs

How to reach Spiti Valley from Delhi:-

There are two routes to enter Spiti Valley.

The first route to Spiti Valley: Delhi → Manali → Rohtang Pass → Kunzum La Pass → Losar — > Kaza

Second Route to Spiti Valley Delhi → Shimla → Narkanda → Kinnaur Valley → Taboo → Kaza

For better planning, I’ve given a detailed day-wise breakup for Spiti Valley. The Itenary will cover the entire circuit from Shimla to Kinnaur Valley to Spiti Valley to Manali and also covering famous tourist places within Lahaul -Spiti and its adjacent places majorly covering destination like Taboo, Kaza, Losar Chandratal, Kunzum la pass, Ki Monastery, Kibber Pin Valley, Langza, Hikkim, Komic, and Dhankar.

Spiti Valley Climate and Weather Conditions:-

There is great diversification in the climatic conditions of Himachal due to variation in elevation (450-6500mtrs). It varies from hot and sub-humid tropical (450-900mtrs) in the southern Low tracts, warm and temperate (900-1800mtrs), cool and temperate (1900-2400mtrs) and cold alpine and glacial (2400-4800mtrs) in the northern and eastern high mountain ranges.

The year is divided into three seasons. Cold (October to February), hot (March to June) and rainy (July to September). By October, nights and mornings are very cold. Snowfall at elevations of about 3000mtrs is about 3mtrs and lasts from December to March. About 4500mtrs is perpetual snow.


Spiti Valley Temperature:-

Reference: Source World Weather report

The best time to visit Spiti is March to June (Depending on the road conditions and there is a lot of reason for suggesting so)

Detailed Itinerary for Spiti Valley:-

Day 1: Acclimatization

All travelers are requested to reach Shimla by morning, the first day is completely dedicated to acclimatization. During day one we visit the local site scene.

Day 2: departure day 2 we start our journey, Shimla- Sangla (Kinnaur Valley).

8Hrs- 9Hrs Drive Overnight stay in Sangla.

Day 3: Sangla – Kalpa

 Total Hrs of Drive 4Hrs-5 Hrs. Overnight at Kalpa.

Day 4: Kalpa-Nako-Geyu Mummy- Tabo.

Total Hrs of drive 7Hrs-9 Hrs. Overnight in Tabo

Day 5: Tabo- Dhankar-Dhankar Lake- Pin Valley (Mud Village) 

8-9 Hrs of Drive.

Day 6: Pin Valley- Kaza Ki- Kaza.

Overnight stay in Kaza. Drive Hours is not defined depends on weather conditions.

Day 7: Kaza – Lossar- Chandratal Lake.

Make a stay in Battal.

Day 8:Battal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass- Manali

Overnight in Manali.

Day 9: Leave for Delhi.

Reason to travel Spiti Valley from Shimla Side:-

  1. Since Spiti Valley is a cold desert the route from Shimla gives travelers enough time for acclimatization of the body. If Acclimatisation of the body isn’t done properly then it might get open towards Acute Mountain Sickness
  2. Travel on one of the world’s most treacherous or adventures road.
  3. This route is also an ancient route for Indo – Tibet
  4. No need for Rohtang pass permit ( Note: Foreign Travellers need to get inner Kailash permit)









Petrol pumps on Spiti Valley route

Here we don’t have many options of petrol pumps as what we get in cities below are the listed places from where you get petrol.

  • Theog
  • Narkanda
  • Rampur
  • Jeuri
  • Tapri
  • Reckong Peo
  • Kaza



Hotels in Spiti Valley? 

It a strong recommendation that you book your logging way before you start your journey. For booking and cost feel free to call our journeytoexplore travel guru.

Do you need any permits for Spiti valley?

Indian citizen doesn’t require any permits for Spiti Valley. Permits are only applicable to foreign tourists. Foreign tourist needs Inner Kailash Permit.

How to apply for Inner Line Permit for Spiti Valley?

Foreigners, however, will have to submit a photocopy of their permits. This permit can be obtained from the DM office in Shimla and Reckong Peo. If coming from Manali; you can get the permits from the DC office at Keylong. Apart from these places, permits are also issued from the ADM office in Rampur and Udaipur.  Offices are upon from 10 AM until 5 however in order to get a permit, make sure you reach there before 3 PM. The process of getting the permit can take up to 2-3 hours so you should plan your travel accordingly.

Validity & Procedure

The validity of the permit is 2 weeks from the issue date. If your trip extends beyond two weeks, you will again have to apply and get another permit after the current one expires. Once you have the permit, please ensure that you are carrying multiple copies of it as you will have to submit one at each check post.

The best place to get the permit would be at Reckong Peo because there are not many people there. At Shimla or Manali, it may take you an entire day to get the permits issued. In the end, it is a government process after all and you may end up talking to several people e

Charges & Procedure

Officially, there is no charge for these permits. Some time ago, a “Sugam Center” was set up in Shimla in order to make the process of obtaining these permits faster and easier. A charge for Rs. 200 was also added to be paid at the Sugam center as a “convenience fee”. However, quite the contrary happened. The process still remained slow and time-consuming but now at a cost of Rs. 200. If either of the ADM office staff asks you to go to Sugam Center, do not do so. In the end, you will still have to submit the same format to the ADM office.

Note: For a hassle-free trip would suggest that you contact our travel guru and they will do the needful before you start your journey. For permit call 9910656940.


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