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Spiti Valley From Shimla


Hello friends, 
Few of my readers are keen to know the budget, place to visit, accommodations and some tips for a bike trip or a road trip to Spiti valley. I’ll share my experience and the expenses that occurred during my Spiti valley trip. I visited the Spiti Valley back in the first week of December 2019 on a 500cc Royal Enfield Desert Storm with my friends as a pillion. So before we get started, Let me brief you the points we are going to cover in this blog Firstly I would like to brief few informations like:


1: Facts to know about Spiti Valley

2: Why you should visit this place?

3: Best time to visit Spiti Valley- See The Stars?

4: Best routes to Spiti Valley? (Must Read)

5: Point of interest/ Places of attraction.

6: How many days are required for a Spiti valley trip?

7: Places for stay/availability of accommodation

8: Mode of transportation.

9: Availability of fuel stations in Spiti Valley Trip.

10: Spiti Valley Trip Budget/travel expenses. 

11. Spiti Valley Itinerary(Must Read)

Spiti Valley (Kye Monestry)


1. Spiti Valley From Shimla- Facts to know about Spiti Valley 


You should always be familiar with some of the facts about the place that you are going to visit. Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountainous valley located high at the Himalayan Mountains in north-eastern region of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The sub-divisional headquarters or capital is Kaza, which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet above sea-level.

One superstition or misconception whatever you call it, Lahaul  Spiti Valley often term together but Lahaul Valley is altogether a different region with a different view than what Spiti Valley has to offer, and most people get confused between them. 

The Rohtang Pass separates the Lahaul valley from the Kullu valley, and the Kunzum Pass separates the Lahaul Valley from Spiti Valley. And by jurisdiction wise, beyond Chhatru the Lahaul administration starts. Both are tribal circuits but Lahaul Valley will be distinguished by names like Keylong, Udaipur, Jispa, Baralacha La Pass, Surajtal Lake, Darcha, etc. Majority of those places falls on Manali–Leh Highway and hence, anyone who has made a visit to Manali–Leh Highway would have experienced them. The scenic beauty perspective is additionally different between Lahaul and Spiti, where Lahaul Valley is more green and living while Spiti Valley is more barren and a chilly desert.

2. Spiti Valley from Shimla- Why one should visit Spiti Valley 


Wherever you plan a trip to any place, the question would arise on your mind. Why should you visit the place? Well, the answer is quite simple. 

Because, surrounded by mountains and glaciers in Spiti Valley, some of the highest villages in the world perched on mountain crests, quaint old monasteries, crystal clear rivers and streams, prayer flags fluttering in the wind and monks in their robes evoke strong comparisons with Tibet and leaves tourists to this remote region spellbound, and this makes this place unique and henceyou must visit it inyour upcoming holiday.

It is not just the culture and natural beauty that Spiti Valley offers. Trekking, jeep safaris, bike trips- which is my favourite one and I think will be of yours, are some of the activities that you can do here. Trekkers flock to Spiti attracted by its scenic mountains, enchanting landscapes, glaciers, and pristine environments. Pin-Parvati, Parang-La and Pin-Bhaba are some of the popular trails. Even if you are not interested, a trip to villages situated around Spiti can be an interesting experience.

Kunzum Pass, the gateway to Spiti Valley, leads to the Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world, will obviously leave you mesmerised. Monasteries and gompas represent the ancient culture and tradition of Spiti. Key monastery located at an altitude of 13668 ft above sea level is close to the Spiti River and is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas. Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist centres in western Himalaya, is located here. Murals of Tabo monasteries are quite similar to Ajanta paintings.


3. Spiti Valley From Shimla- Best time to visit Spiti Valley?


So the road connecting these divisions from the north blocked off frequently in winter because of heavy snow for up to 6-7 months of the year. This means you cannot access this valley from Manali or Keylong due to the heavy snow at the highest Kunzum Pass, which is elevated at 15,059 ft. Whereas Spiti valley is accessible throughout the year from the south via Kinnaur from Shimla route on a difficult 412-kilometre-long road. But even this route may also periodically get closed for a brief period during the winter storms, but road access is usually restored within a few days after storms end. Therefore I would suggest you must visit Spiti Valley in the summer months from late May to late September are therefore the best time to visit Spiti valley. As the weather warms up, the snow slowly melts and gets cleared away to open up road travel to the valley. Also, at night you will be able to see sky full of stars.

4: Spiti Valley From Shimla- Best routes to Spiti Valley?

kaza roads
Roads In Kaza.

This is the most important part to understand or else it would ruin your trip to Spiti Valley. There are two routes to enter Spiti Valley one from Delhi via Manali–Rohtang Pass–Kunzum Pass–Losar and finally Kaza.

And the other from Delhi via Shimla then–Narkanda–Kinnaur Valley–Tabo–and finally to Kaza. So, you can see that one can enter from one side (say Shimla) and exit back to Delhi from another side (Manali) making it the complete circuit.

I suggest that you guys start it from Shimla and exit through Manali because of 5 basic advantages. 


5 reasons to travel Spiti Valley from the Shimla Side:



  • Firstly, Acclimatization Spiti Valley is a cold desert situated in Trans Himalayan region at an altitude of 11000 Feet and hence, your body will require a certain amount of acclimatization before you enter the Spiti Valley. So Going via Shimla side will help you gradually increase the altitude and your body gets acclimatized properly, hence fewer chances of getting hit with Acute Mountain Sickness.If you start from Manali side then the High Altitude terrain reaches pretty quickly which increases the chances of Mountain Sickness and that can spoil the trip.



  • Secondly, you get a chance to traverse the Hindustan–Tibet Highway which is one of the most adventurous and as per some the most treacherous roads in the world. Riding or Driving on Hindustan-Tibet Road would be a journey in itself which will be lifetime memory of yours, even if you do not visit any places in Spiti Valley.




  • Thirdly, you can avoid the hectic drive in the Rothang Pass- Grampu Batal route. Suppose you are driving from Manali to Spiti Valley via the Rothang pass. You will face certain problems one good example is the very famous traffic jam, especially in the month of May-June, though something have improved after the ban of tourism in the Rothang Pass. And I am sure that you are going to the trip for some relaxation away from the hustle of traffic of the city. But you will face the same conditio if you choose the highly populated Rothang Pass. It will again ruin your trip. But instead if you choose the Shimla side, I will admit you will find lush of greenery along the roads in the kinnaur Valley as well while travelling to Spiti Valley.



It will be a bonus of nature to you.  Now, here's a bonus for you from my side. You know, instead of Spiti you can also have a trip to Kinnaur Valley. Because if you are having an Elderly person or an infant with you, you should avoid Spiti Valley, because it's really very high altitude and the roads are also very adventurous.  So, a good alternative of Spiti is the Kinnaur valley. And I have created the most detailed guide ever on the Internet, about Kinnaur, which you must read from the link below before visiting there.



MUST READ: 12 Days Trip To Kinnaur Full Details.    


  • Fourth, Drama of Pass Permit. As I mentioned earlier, it is a trivial process that you need to get the Rohtang Pass permits when traveling towards Rohtang Pass from Manali side. However, sometimes, it can prove to be a frustrating affair. But you do not want any pass if you move to Rothang Pass from the Kaza or Keyong Side. Hence, when you travel to Spiti Valley from the Kinnaur side, you do not need any permits for Rohtang Pass. So, one less thing to prepare or worry about on your adventure road trip to Spiti Valley. Its, again a bonous
  • Fifth, this point also, I have stated earlier. This route is not always accessible due to snow. The Pass gets blocked off frequently in winter because of heavy snow for up to 6-7 months of the year. This means you cannot access this valley from Manali or Keylong due to the heavy snow at the highest Kunzum Pass, which is elevated at 15,059 ft. Whereas Spiti valley is accessible throughout the year from the south via Kinnaur from Shimla route on a difficult 412-kilometre-long road. But even this route may also periodically get closed for a brief period during the winter storms, but road access is usually restored within a few days after storms end. Yup, one more thing which may tense you struck off from the list, making your trip more peaceful.


So, with these 5 reasons in mind lets start from Shimla side and exit via Manali side.


5: Spiti Valley From Shimla- Point of interests.

I’ll highlight the points of interests that fall during this circuit ranging from Shimla to Kaza then back to Manali.

Solan (Alt:1600m)


So when you’re starting your journey from Delhi or Chandigarh, the very first town you enter is Solan, elevated at 1600m, a hill town. If you've got some extra days or you couldn’t drive up to Shimla or Chail on the primary day of your journey. you can plan a stay in Solan or I would say, if you have time you must have a night stay here.


  • Points of Interest:

  1. Mohan Park
  2. Shoolini
  3. Mohan Park

Shimla (Alt:2276m)


A distance of 46 km from Solan you'll reach Shimla the capital and also the largest city in Himachal Pradesh elevated at 2276m. Sightseeing includes the mall road, the ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhoo Temple. Distance of Shimla From Spiti valley is 440.7 Km.


  • Points of Interest:

  1. Mall Road
  2. The Ridge
  3. Lakkar Bazzar
  4. Jakhoo Temple

Chail (Alt:2250m)


If you're the one that likes tranquil and need to avoid crowd you may skip Shimla and instead visit Chail which is another hill station elevated at 2250m and is 40 km from Solan and 488 Km. Which is way more serene compared to Shimla. So you'll be able to either take the Shimla route or the Chail route. Both these routes cover almost an equivalent distance. 


  • Points of Interest
  1. Sidh Baba Ka Mandir
  2. Chail Palace
  3. Kali Tibba Temple.


Kufri (Alt:2630m)


The next point in your journey would be Kufri. It is also a little hill station at an elevation of 2630m and located 20km from Shimla and 31 km from Chail. The attraction here includes the Himalayan National Park. Kufri also offers various fun activities at Kufri Fun World, horse ride to the Mahasu Peak and skiing during winters. The Distace of Kufri From shimla is 455 Km.


Narkanda (Alt:2760m)


The next point in your journey is Narkanda, at an elevation of 2760m and located 47km from Kufri. Hatu peak and Taunu Jubbar lake are the points of attraction here. One also can do skiing during the season. With reaching Narkanda you are only 396 Km from Spiti Valley.

Sarahan (Alt:2100m)


Sarahan may be a small village in Kinnaur Valley. it's the location of the Bhimakali Temple, originally referred to as Bhimadevi Temple. Sarahan pheasantry and Dharangati wildlife sanctuary are the places To reach in Sarahan. you have to to divert from main NH5 at an area called Jeori and ascend for about 12 km to succeed in Sarahan. 

Sangla Valley (Alt: 2696m) (95km 3hr from Rampur)


Sangla ,a town in the Baspa Valley, also cited because the Sangla valley, within the Kinnaur District on the brink of the Tibetan border The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers views of the high mountains. I had also made a detailed guide on Sangla valley also other than Spiti Valley, link of which I had provided earlier. Please have a read through it, and you will come to know, how it can be a better alternative to Spiti valley.

Chitkul


This is one of my favourite places, known as the last village of India. Its is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. 24 km from Sangla the drive to the present village is an absolute treat for nature lovers, especially the last 10 km after crossing the nomadic village of Rakcham which marks the halfway point between Sangla and Chitkul. i'm unsure about the altitude of this village as I found it as 4550m in Wikipedia which is not any way it can be real and lots of websites claim it as 3450m. Trust me Please Spend at least a night here, if you are on a trip to Spiti Valley.

In Chitkul (Moupali Dey)
Chitkul

Kalpa (2960m)


Kalpa a village within the Sutlej river valley, above Recong Peo in Kinnaur district. it's located at the base camp of the Kinnaur kailash snow-capped ranges. Kalpa is one among the most important and delightful villages of Kinnaur district. have to to divert from the NH5 and ascend to about 5 km to achieve Kalpa. This transist town en-route to Spiti Valley is just 212 Km. from there. 

Nako (Alt: 3625m)


Nako is also a village located near the Indo-China border at Trans-Himalayan region of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. Nako Lake is the prominent feature here, where it borders the village. Nako Monastery, dated to 1025 AD, is found at this village with several other Buddhist Chortens. Gue Village(48km (1 hr 15m fro Nako) 3200m

This village is legendary for a 500-year-old mummy of a Buddhist monk. The remains of this 15th-century Buddhist monk named Sangha Tenzin was discovered in 1975 when the stupa that was housing him collapsed during an earthquake. to enter here one have to be compelled to divert from the highway after crossing Sumdo. a ten km narrow road will take you to the village. Okay, Just 115 km. to go to Spiti Valley.

Tabo (Altitude: 3280m)


A 35 km ride from Gue, you reach Tabo. Tabo is a small community at Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River. Situated at an altitude of 3280m Tabo is known for Tabo monastery. it had been founded in 996 AD within the Tibetan year of the fire Ape. Tabo is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and therefore the Himalayas.

Dhankar Monastery (Altitude: 3894m)


Dhankar village elevated at an altitude of three ,894 metres (12,774 feet), which is 31 km from Tabo. The Dhankar monastery is made on a 1000-feet (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers - one among the world's most spectacular settings for a gompa. Dhang or dang means cliff and Kar or Khar means fort. Hence Dhangkar means fort on a cliff. The Dhankar Lake which is situated above the village of Dhankar at an altitude of 4136 meters (13570 feet) within the middle of the hills. A 1hr steep hike is required to succeed in the lake from the village.

Pin Valley: Pin valley may be a beautiful valley in Lahaul Spiti situated along the Pin River. Though within Spiti, the ecosystem of Pin Valley is totally different than that of Spiti and its pristine beauty is sort of fascinating. There are approximately 17 villages in Pin Valley. and therefore the last village during this valley is that the Mud village elevated at an altitude of 3770m and is 33 km faraway from the most highway. This village is that the trailhead for the spectacular Pin–Parvati trek, and also for the Pin Bhaba pass trek. Mud may be a fine spot to ramble around for a few of days, albeit you are not trekking. a brief distance from here, you enter the 675-sq-km Pin Valley park , reputed because the ‘land of ibex and snow leopards’.

Kaza (Altitude:3800 m)


Situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of 3800m, Kaza is that the sub-divisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley within the Lahaul and Spiti district which is that the largest township and therefore the commercial centre of the valley. Kaza is understood for its colourful festivals and therefore the ancient Sakya Tangyud Monastery. it's also fashionable tourists and adventure seekers during summer months due to its central location and connections to remainder of the valley and out of doors . This central location also makes Kaza a perfect base camp for trekking, mountaineering and tours directed to other parts of the valley. you'll find some offbeat and high altitude villages around Kaza. The village named Langza- Komic-Hikkim forms one circuit and may be covered in at some point . and therefore the Ki-Kibber-Chicham-Gete-Tashigang are often covered in another day. i will be able to suggest visiting Langza Komic and Hikkim first, because the Ki-Kibber-Chicham-Gete-Tashigang falls on the Chandratal route so you'll decide to visit this place while getting to Chandratal. 

Langza (Altitude: 4325m)


Langza is understood for the presence of marine fossils and therefore the breathtaking view of 6300m high Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak sitting on top of the village. At the primary glance of the village, one will instantly notice an enormous Buddha statue which is believed to be around 1000 years old. The village is guarded by this statue overlooking the valley, an old monastery, and few mud houses, which are worth visiting. The monastery behind the statue is claimed to be over 500 years old.

Hikkim (Altitude:4400 m)

Another village in Lahaul Spiti district. This location is credited as World's highest polling place . it's recorded within the Limca Book of Records and also credited to possess the World's highest post office. The Pin code is 172114.

Komic (Altitude: 4587m)


Komic is another village which is recorded because the highest village connected with a motorable road. The Komic Gompa or Tangyud Monastery, yet one more attraction is taken into account to be over 500 years old and one among the very best altitude gompas in India.

Ki Monastery (Altitude: 4166m)


A Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres above water level , on the brink of the Spiti River, within the Spiti Valley. it's the most important monastery of Spiti Valley and a spiritual training centre for Lamas. From Ki Plan for Gette then Tashigang and after coming back from there you’ll cross Kibber and Chicham while continuing to Chandratal. Gette is another highest village at an altitude of 4270m 10 km from Kibber and riding to further 5 km you’ll reach Tashgang. While travelling to those villages you'll spot Himalayan ibex. The route to Gette and Tashigang may be a complete dirt road with loose gravel.

Kibber: (4270m)


Kibber is another high altitude village in Spiti Valley elevated at 4270 metres. It contains a monastery and therefore the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.


Chicham


You can Spot Chicham village nestled during a huge peak . The road from Kibber to Chicham is connected employing a suspended bridge over a gorge, which is claimed to be Asia’s highest bridge at an altitude of 4037m (13,244ft) and connects the Kibber village to the Chicham Village. The bridge is known as after the village as Chicham bridge. For Losar or Chandratal i will be able to advise to not take the NH 505 from Kaza and skip Rangrik because the road condition of NH 505 is worst and a nightmare, instead go via Key, Kibber, then Chicham and continue on this road, which is newly constructed and can save 40 km being trapped during a rough terrain. Riding for about 41 km from Kibber you’ll reach Losar.

Kunzum Pass (4590m)


Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La (el. 4,590 m or 15,060 ft) may be a high pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. It connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The Kunzum Pass is nineteen km from Losar and 76km from Kaza.

Chandratal Lake: 4300m


Chandra Tal may be a lake situated within the Spiti a part of the Lahaul and Spiti district. Chandratal meaning the Lake of the moon and therefore the name of the lake originates from its crescent shape it's situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft). The Jeepable distance from Kunzum Pass to Chandratal Lake is nineteen km. And further two km to trek. The road to Chandratal is narrow and rough. 

Rohtang Pass: (Altitude: 3978 m) 


Rohtang Pass may be a high pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. This pass is elevated at an altitude of 3978m

Solang Valley: (Altitude: 2560m)


Located at a distance of 13 km from Manali, Solang Valley lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. It offers a gorgeous view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. Since the valley has fine ski slopes, it's an ideal place for skiing. During winters, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with children of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow. When the snow melts within the summer, skiing is replaced by parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding.

Manali (Altitude: 2050m)


Manali may be a resort town nestled within the mountains near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of two ,050 m. it's a well-liked tourist destination and is the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district also as Leh.

6: Spiti Valley From Shimla- How many days required 


The Spiti valley trip can be done in 6 days, but for that, you have to skip Kinnaur valley- Which I will obviously not recommend at all, Sangla valley and Pin Valley.

If you like to cover all the valleys i have mentioned and the offbeat locations around the valley then a minimum of 10 days is required. Since there's a lot more these valleys will offer, it's a worth to visit and one should not skip these places. And always keep 1 or 2 days as a buffer in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or any breakdown of your vehicle.



7: Spiti Valley From Shimla- Places for stay


Since the number of available days for a trip and the places of interest will always differ as per the planning you have made. It’s totally up to you to decide the place to stay and prepare the itinerary as per your convenience. And in this part, I will provide you with the details of the availability and the expenses for accommodation. So starting from Delhi the first point after Chandigarh is Solan. If you couldn’t make it for Shimla, Chail or Narkanda on the first day of your trip. Then you can plan to stay in Solan. A variety of hotels and Resorts are available here ranging from 1000 to 5000 and more. We stayed in a resort named as Himani resort, which cost us 2500 for a night stay. The costing will be same if you plan to stay in Shimla, Chail or Kufri. Shimla the next city and a crowded tourist spot will offer a plenty of hotels and resorts. Here an average hotel will cost you 2000 and if you are looking for more comfort and services it will cost 5000 and more. And for Chail or Kufri, You will find fewer resorts and hotels compared to Shimla or Solan. Here the price starts from 1500 and the price goes up depending on the hotel class. If you stretch a little more on your first-day journey, then you can plan to stay in Narkanda or Rampur. Both these places offer small to medium budget hotels. We stayed at Hotel Little chef in Rampur which was below average and cost 1200 for a night. If you have planned for Sarahan there are few decent low budget hotels. Similar to the case for Sangla.
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If you go further to explore the villages in Baspa valley you can get few hotels, camps or a homestay in Batseri, Rakchham, and Chitkul, which are quite a few in number compared to Sangla. We spend 2300 for a below average hotel in Chitkul, due to a huge rush of travellers that day. The next point Kalpa, where you’ll find many hotels and guest house in a range of 1000 to 2000. We spent our fourth night in Pooh, which is 75 km from Kalpa and 40km before Nako. We found only two guest house in this village and we booked valley view guest house for 500 rs. And we find it ok for this price.

Then comes Nako, few guest houses, homestay and camping near the lake are the options available here. Camping here may get a bit higher in price compared to the other option. Departing from Nako and before you enter Tabo, you must visit Gue village. After crossing Chango and then Sumdo, you’ll find a diversion to the left for Gue village. I found one homestay in this village. Returning from Gue you’ll enter Tabo which is around 35 km.

Here in Tabo, you'll find plenty of guest house, homestay and few hotels ranging from 500 to 2500. We resided in Hotel Maitreya Regency for 2500 a night. And this hotel was good and decent and served us authentic food. After Tabo, you'll be visiting Dhankar, which is 31 km from Tabo. And yes you can find few homestay and guest house here. After Dhankhar if you have planned for Pin Valley. Take a diversion to the left and drive all the way to Mud village, you can get guest houses or home stays here for a cheaper price. After returning you’ll be headed towards Kaza. It’s the largest town and commercial centre in Spiti valley. Here you’ll find a plenty of hotels, guest houses and restaurants ranging from 500 to 3500 and more. You can also opt for camping at the bank of the Spiti River.

We stayed in Kunzum Spiti Inn for 1800rs which includes dinner and breakfast. Now if you are travelling to the offbeat villages around Kaza like Langza, Hikkim, Komic, Ki, Kibber and Tashigang. And you have planned to indulge with the local villagers there, you can get a couple of homestays there for around 500 rs a night. Similarly, you can get a couple of homestays in Losar while travelling towards Chandratal. Now you have to travel all the way to Chandratal or Batal for a stay. In Batal you’ll find just one PWD rest house. In Chandratal only camps are available there, ranging from 600 to 2500 per person. If you are not concerned with the price then go for Swiss camps as these camps are double layered Since the night in Chandratal is bone-chilling and goes below -5 even during the summer months. So the Swiss camp is recommended to fight the cold and you wish a comfortable sleepy night. Now returning from Chandratal you’ll be crossing Batal, Chattru, Gramphu, Rohtang, Marhi and Palchan to reach Manali. 

Batal, Chattru and Marhi offer only a few dabhas there. So while returning from Chandratal, plan to reach Manali. Manali is the famous hill station. You'll find many hotels from medium budget to large and luxury. Our Stay in Manali was at Golden Tulip for 2357 INR after discount, which includes breakfast.

8. Spiti Valley From Shimla- Mode of transportation


For a Spiti valley trip, the major cost arises depending on the mode of transportation. Here we are having four options as a mode of transportation.

a) Privately Hired Taxi

If you are hiring a private taxi to Spiti Valley, the costing will be anywhere between a per day of 3200 to 5500rs and more, depending on the number of days you planned to travel, if the days are more the fare will be a bit less. So if you are travelling in a group the costing will get divided.

b) Self-Drive or Self Ride but Rented Bike or Car

Usually, you get a decent bike in good condition at around Rs 1000 – 1200 per day depending on the make and model of the bike you rent. Similarly, if you are hiring a self-driven car it’s better to go for an SUV as ground clearance is a key factor while driving around in treacherous Spiti roads. Don’t bring hatchback, else you’ll cry. So it's better you can go for Innova/ Xylo Sumo etc. Rates are approx. 3000 to 3500 Rs per day. Depending on the number of days you book. Plus the fuel charge of 4000 to 5000 for a bike considering a mileage of 25 kmpl in hill + Plain And if you are travelling by car the fuel cost would be around 8000 to 11000 for a diesel vehicle.

c) Self-Driven Private/own Vehicle – Bike and Car

If you are driving or riding your own car or bike, you would be bearing only the fuel charge, which I have mentioned above as 4000 to 5000 for a bike and 8000 to 11000 for a diesel vehicle. Here I have excluded the cost of maintenance. Your vehicle must be serviced before starting the trip and at the end of the trip which is mandatory. Also one should add the riding gears and spare parts while
planning for this trip.

d) Public Transport

One can also opt for public transport or shares public taxis for your Spiti valley trip. But using public transport inside the Spiti valley is challenging, as the frequency of such shared vehicle or bus is very limited.

9) Availability of fuel stations

Since Spiti valley is a cold desert. One should know the places where the fuel stations are available. However, we didn't feel the need of extra fuels we carried in a fuel tank. But it is always advised to carry extra fuel in case of an emergency or there may be a case of any fuel station may get closed. One we witnessed in Tapri, but we got one in Sangla.

10: Budget/Travel expense.


Spiti valley is a place where you can get a variety of stay options depending on the choice, comfort, and preference one is looking for. The price range may vary depending on the season and popularity.

The variety of stay options may range from 100 or 200 for a stay at some Dhaba tent or shack 300 to 700 for a stay at low range guest house or a homestay. 700 to 2000 for a medium range guest house or hotel. 3000 and above for hotels that offer much more comfort, convenience, food etc. Similar will be the case for food expense. And it totally depends on what you want to eat and where you want to eat. If you dine at a dhabha tent then the cost of the meal would come out to be around Rs 50 – 100 only per person and the same meal if you take at your hotel or any restaurant then you might pay Rs 150 – Rs 300 per person or maybe more. Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian also matters with respect to food pricing. Apart from the above expenses, one should also consider miscellaneous expenses like toll, parking, entry fee etc. If you are going for paragliding in Manali, rafting, mountain biking, shopping, etc. then that will surely be something additional for you. Since the choice and preferences vary from person to person; it is quite hard to estimate the cost or budget of any trip. For reference and to get some idea I’ll share my trip expenses, which I believe can be helpful for you guys to estimate your budget for a Spiti trip. Remember there are few miscellaneous expenses which I have excluded as it totally depends on the circumstances and depends on the person’s choice. The maintenance cost of the vehicle is also excluded here, if you have planned to bring your own vehicle. So this is the list of expenses occurred during our Spiti valley trip. And I must say this is the average expenses for anyone who is travelling to Spiti valley with their partner.

We have covered a roundtrip of 2043 km for which we spent Rs. 4362  on fuel. The major figure in this table is the expenses for Hotel, which can be minimized if you want to save money. So I have spent around 30,000 for a 10 day trip to Spiti Valley with my partner. We didn’t cover the Pin Valley; instead, we have planned for Parvati Valley, where we visited Kasol and Manikaran. You can watch the entire Spiti Episode in our channel, in which we have captured every possible stretch from Delhi to Kaza via Shimla and then back to Delhi via Manali. And believe that the video will help in getting some insight on the road condition and the mesmerizing view.



9. Spiti Valley From Shimla- Itinerary


Day 1: Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda

  • Reach to Shimla From Delhi. Which is now a days not a difficult job at all. There are basically to means to do so:
  • Firstly- You can book direct cars from Delhi railway station or even you can rent Bikes for a bike trip throughout the Spiti Valley.
  • Secondly- Train Service is also available between Delhi To Shimla. But You must book the earlier. Moreover there are cases of cancellation of train as most of the route is mountanious, So I would prefer to rent a bike or book a car. But still the scenic views and natural beauty you will enjoy best from the train.
  • You can stay Both at Shimla and Narkanda. But I personally prefer to stay at Narkanda as Shimla is becoming more and more crowded day by day, and you may find cheaper and better stays at Narkanda more close to nature. You See the deals here in the map Below. The total distance is 300-400 Km. and it will take 8-10 hours.
  • I am Just heading the points for rest of the days. I will Make Seperate Post on the detailed itinerary. As the blog is becoming Too Long.

DAY 2: Shimla/ Narkanda to Sarahan.

  • Start a bit early and reach to Sarahan. You will have to cover 165 and 100 Km. respectively from Shimla and Narkanda respectively, which will take nearly six to seven hours.
  • Sarahan is a samall town famous for, Bhimakali temple and Bird Sanctury. Both are worth to visit.

DAY 3: Sarahan to Chitkul:

  • Karchham is the site for a huge dam on river Sutlej which you will see as you go towards Chitkul. Sangla is famous for Nages god temple and Kamru Fort. Chitkul is a beautiful small village located right next to Baspa river. You can get more details about Chitkul here.

Day 4: Chitkul To Kalpa.

  • You cover about 70 kms from Chitkul to Kapla  and will not take more than 3-4 hours at most. Roads are bad throughout except for a few last kilometers around Reckong Peo and Kalpa. Reckong Peo has a petrol pump that you can tank up at.

Day 5 – Kalpa to Nako / Tabo

DAY-6 : Nako/Tabo to Kaza

  • There are a couple of hotels at Nako and also a PWD guest house right next to Nako Lake.  
  • Destintion for the sixth day will be Kaza. On the way you will vist Dhankar famous for old monastries.
  • The 115 Km.  roads are in good condition hence it will take only four to five hours and will not be much hectic.

DAY-7: Visiting places around Kaza  

  • You will have some sightseeing in Kaza, for example you can visit the famousn Ki Monastrey. 
  • You will also visit the nearby places such as Kibber, Tashigong, Langza and Koumink.

DAY-8: Kaza To Chandratal

  • Chandratal is about 60 Km from Kaza. The roads are in extremely bad condition. Roads will remain bad mostly throughout the days.

DAY-9: Chandratal to Manali

  • Its Just 116 Km. from there to Manali. The Journey will take 7-8 hours or more because you will drive through the most worst patch of road, which you have ever encountered in your life.
  • From Chandratal reach back to Kunzum Pazz. From there head back towards Batla. From there, take a road towards Gumphoo and ascent the second highest road of the world, The Rothang La pass, and from there straight to Manali.

DAY-10: Manali to Delhi

Nothing to do here, except the long monotonous journey of 11-12 hours from Manali to Delhi.
  • Total Distance Covered- 1500 Km.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this article here about the Shimla traveling. Your article is very informative and I am impressed by the details that you have shared in this post. Keep sharing these types of articles here. Best Places to Visit near Shimla

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