Most Common Itineraries for Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is emerging as a popular destination amongst young generation and avid travelers. On request of some enthusiasts and travelers seeking guidance for their trip to Spiti Valley, I am writing down the most common Itineraries followed by all the middle land lovers including me. This post will include two itineraries; Shimla to Manali (12days) and Manali to Manali (8 days).

I have written a comprehensive Travel guide to Spiti Valley, read the article to get a better idea on what to do and what not to.

Before I begin sharing the itineraries with you, let me tell you, this article will cover all major places in Spiti Valley i.e. Tabo, Dhangkar, Kaza, Losar, Chandratal, Kunzum Pass, Ki, Kibber, Pin Valley, Langza, Komik & Hikkim. There are two routes to enter Spiti Valley; Shimla and Manali. One itinerary will cover the entire tribal circuit; entering from Shimla via Kinnaur Valley exiting from Manali crossing Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass and the other one will be Manali to Manali which takes less days in comparison to the former one.

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Most common itinerary for 11-12 days

Via Shimla to Manali

Day 1 | Shimla-Narkanda
Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Shimla, takes about 8 Hrs
From Shimla, board a bus for Narkanda
Narkanda is about 60 KMs from Shimla & takes about 3 Hrs
You can go for Skiing, Mahmaya Temple or Tannu Jubar Lake
Overnight stay at Narkanda

Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla – Chitkul (Kinnaur Valley)
Sangla is about 180 Kms, takes about 8-9 Hrs
Chitkul is further 25 Kms from Sangla
Enjoy the beautiful drive through Kinnaur Valley along Baspa River
You can take a halt at Sangla for lunch
Gaze at the enthralling sunset in Chitkul – Last village of India
Overnight stay at Chitkul

Day 3 | Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpa
Visit Kagyupa temple and Hindustan ka akhiri dhaba in Chitkul
It will be a short drive today
You can visit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to Kalpa
Kalpa is about 60 Kms, takes about 3 Hrs
Watch the sunset over Mount Kinner Kailash
Overnight at Kalpa

Day 4 | Kalpa – Nako Lake- Geyu Mummy – Tabo (Spiti Valley)
Watch the sunrise over Mount Kinner Kailash, Kalpa
Leave early as it is going to be a long day
Enjoy the scenery en route Hindustan Tibet Highway
Kalpa to Nako is about 100 Kms, takes about 4-5 Hrs
Stop at Khab, 25 Kms before Nako to see the confluence of Spiti and Satluj River
You can take a halt at Nako for lunch and visit Nako Lake
A little ahead of Nako, you will encounter the famous dreaded Malling Nallah
You will enter Spiti Valley from Sumdo checkpoint, which is 35 Kms from Nako, takes about an hour
After Sumdo, detour towards Geyu Village(about 12 Kms) to visit the 500-Year-old Geyu Mummy
Sumdo to Tabo is about 30 Kms, takes about 1-2 Hrs
Overnight at Tabo

Day 5 | Tabo – Dhankhar – Pin Valley (Mud Village)
Wake up early to visit over 1000 year Old Tabo Monastery
Leave for Dhankhar after breakfast
Tabo to Dhankhar is about 30 Kms, takes about 1-2 Hrs
Visit Dhankhar Monastery, the King’s Palace and Dhankhar Lake
Leave for Pin Valley post lunch
Dhankhar to Pin Valley is about 30 Kms
Visit Kungri Monastery, Sangnam Village and Mud Village(the last village of Spiti)
Overnight at Mud Village, Pin Valley

Day 6 | Pin Valley – Kaza
Pin Valley to Kaza is about 25 kms, takes about 1-2 Hrs
Explore streets of the heart of Spiti Valley
Visit Kaza Monastery and Rangrik Village (if that interests you)
Take a walk near Spiti River and relax
Overnight at Kaza

Day 7 | Kaza – Komik – Hikkim – Langza
Kaza to Komik is about 20 kms, takes about an hour
Visit Tangyud Monastery situated at the highest motor-able village in the world
Drive 3 Kms towards Hikkim – World’s Highest Post Office
Send letters to your loved ones from here!
Hikkim to Langza is about 8 Kms takes less than an hour
Langza-The fossil land offers magnificient view of Chau Chau Kha Nilda peak
Visit Buddha Statue, walk around the village and try local cuisine
Overnight at Langza

Day 8 | Langza – Key Monastery – Gette – Tashigang – Kibber
Leave early from Langza towards Key
Key is 25 Kms, takes about an hour
Before going to Key Monastery, you can stop at Key Village and visit Old age home
Visit over a 1000-year-old and the biggest in Spiti Valley, Key Monastery
Have lunch at Key and leave for Gette which is about 13 Kms
Watch the magnificent aerial view of Key Monastery
Move to Tashigang which is about 5 Kms
Tashigang village is where the road ends and has 4 houses only
Kibber is 16 Kms, takes just about an hour
You can trek to Chicham Village (5 Kms) and walk at the 900 m high bridge over a gorge
Overnight at Kibber

Day 9 | Kibber – Losar – Kunzum Pass- Chandertaal
Kibber to Chandertaal Lake is about 75 kms, takes at least 6 Hrs. Be ready for a bumpy ride!
You can have lunch at Losar and stroll around this beautiful village
Cross one of the highest motorable mountain pass – Kunzum La
Visit Kunzum Devi Temple where all vehicles must stop to pay respects to the goddess
Reach the campsite of Chandertaal which is about 2 Kms from the lake
Trek for a km to Chandertaal Lake
Overnight at Chandertaal Camps
You can visit the lake early morning to get a glimpse of reflection

Day 10 | Chanderataal – Batal – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
Chandertaal to Batal is just about 14 Kms
Have a tea at famous Chacha-Chachi Dhaba, Batal
Batal to Manali via Rohtang Pass is about 115 Kms takes about 6 Hrs
Batal-Chattru-Gramphoo via Rohtang offers exquisite vistas
Pass through Rohtang Pass, the pile of corpses
Overnight at Manali
Or you can take an overnight bus to Delhi

Day 11 | Manali
Explore Manali ; visit Hadimba Temple, Mall Road, Monasteries, Old Manali, Hot Water Spring
Or head back home.

Day 12-13 | Take atleast 1-2 buffer days in hand, incase of road closure due to landslide or BRO working or bad weather!

Suggestions if you have more days,
Lalung Village
Demul Village
Mane Village and Mane Lake

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Most common itinerary for 7-8 Days

Via Manali to Manali

Day 1 | Manali
Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali, takes about 12 Hrs
Explore Manali ; visit Hadimba Temple, Mall Road, Monasteries, Old Manali, Hot Water Spring
Stay in Manali is required to acclimatize body for higher altitude
Overnight at Manali

Day 2 | Manali – Rohtang Pass – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza
It is going to be a long and bumpy ride
Leave early (around 5 AM) to avoid traffic at Gulaba and Rohtang Pass
Manali to Kaza is about 200 kms takes about 12 hours
You will need permit to cross Rohtang Pass
Pass through Rohtang Pass, the pile of corpse
Marhi-Chattru-Batal offers exquisite vistas
You can have lunch at famous Chacha-Chachi Dhaba, Batal
Cross one of the highest motorable mountain pass – Kunzum La
Visit Kunzum Devi Temple where all vehicles must stop to pay respects to the goddess
Take a stopover at Losar and stroll around this beautiful village before you finally reach Kaza
Overnight at Kaza
Watch : Spiti Valley in June 2016

Day 3 | Kaza – Dhankhar – Tabo
Kaza to Dhankhar is about 30 Kms takes a little more than an hour
Visit Dhankhar Monastery and the King’s Palace
Have lunch in Dhankhar
Leave for Tabo which is about 30 Kms takes more than an hour
Visit over 1000s year old Tabo Monastery and trek to Tabo Caves if you want to
Overnight at Tabo

Day 4| Tabo – Pin Valley – Kibber
Leave for Pin Valley which is about 45 Kms takes about 2 Hrs
Visit Kungri Monastery, Sangnam Village and Mud Village(the last village of Spiti)
Pin Valley to Kibber is 40 Kms takes about 2 Hrs
Explore the streets, monasteries of Kibber
or you can trek to Chicham Village (5 Kms) and walk at the 900 m high bridge over a gorge
Overnight at Kibber

Day 5 | Kibber – Key – Komik – Hikkim – Langza
Kibber to Key is about 7 Kms takes about half an hour
Visit over a 1000 year old and the biggest in Spiti Valley, Key Monastery
Key to Komik is about 30 Kms, takes about 2 Hrs
Visit Tangyud Monastery situated at the highest motor-able village in the world
Drive 3 Kms towards Hikkim – World’s Highest Post Office
Send letters to your loved ones from here!
Hikkim to Langza is about 8 Kms takes less than an hour
Langza-The fossil land offers magnificient view of Chau Chau Kha Nilda peak
Visit Buddha Statue, walk around the village and try local cuisine
Overnight at Langza

Day 6 | Langza – Chandertaal Lake
Langza to Chandertaal Lake is about 112 Kms, takes atleast 6 Hrs. Be ready for a bumpy ride!
You can have lunch at Losar
Cross Kunzum La and visit Kunzum Devi Temple
Reach the campsite of Chandertaal which is about 2 Kms from the lake
Trek for a km to Chandertaal Lake
Overnight at Chandertaal Camps
You can visit the lake early morning to get a glimpse of reflection

Day 7 | Chandertaal Lake – Manali
Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
Chandertaal to Batal is just about 14 Kms
Batal to Manali via Rohtang Pass is about 115 Kms takes about 6 Hrs
Overnight at Manali
Or you can board an overnight bus to Delhi

Day 8-9 | Take atleast 1-2 buffer days in hand, incase of road closure due to landslide or BRO working or bad weather or may be you want to explore a little more.

Suggestions if you have more days,
A night halt at Pin Valley
Visit over 500 year old Geyu Mummy
Lalung Village
Demul Village
Mane Village and Mane Lake

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I would always recommend Shimla to Manali (12days) Itinerary because of two reasons. Firstly, you can’t afford to miss the drive of Hindustan – Tibet Highway which is one of the most adventurous and deadliest roads of the world. Secondly, if you start from Manali then the chances of suffering from AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness are high (which can even spoil the trip) as you will reach High Altitude terrain very quickly as compared to route via Shimla which gradually increases the altitude and your body gets acclimatized properly.

I hope this article can help you frame your next trip to Spiti Valley.

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4 comments on “Most Common Itineraries for Spiti Valley”

  1. Great write up … very good information very useful for ppl planning to visit spiti … keep the good work … all the good wishes
    God bless

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