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Spiti Valley tour plan

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Spiti Valley tour plan along with itinerary as well as things to do and places to visit .

Have you ever dreamt of espying the snow-capped mountain interspersed with picture-postcard hamlets? Are you longing for a stay amidst eerie silence and crossing narrow mountain passages outlined by restless rivers flowing in a majestic manner and breaking the rocks in a thundering sound? If yes, then Spiti Valley can feed your soul.



It is located in Himachal Pradesh in India. It is a scantily populated land which separates Indian mainland from Tibet autonomous region. It is connected through two ways viz. Shimla route and Manali route. Anyway, the Shimla route is longer than the Manali route.

Tip- Why should you prefer the Shimla route over Manali route?

Please click on the above link for getting an immaculate comparison between the two routes.


It is connected through two ways viz. Shimla route and Manali route. Anyway, the Shimla route is longer than the Manali route.

Without any further ado, let us delve into the detailed itinerary of Spiti Valley tour day-wise:

Plan-A Shimla to Manali Route

Day 1 Delhi- Shimla

Take the evening Volvo buses for Shimla from the New Delhi bus stand (Kashmiri Gate or RK Ashram Marg) . So many Volvo buses are plying on this road | Overnight journey | However, if you wish to go by train, then you may reach the Kalka Station and then take exquisite Toy train(Shivalik Express/ Himalayan Queen) to reach Shimla |

Day 2 Shimla- Reckong Peo

Day 3 Reckong Peo- Chitkul

Day 4 Chitkul- Kalpa

Enjoy the apple orchard on the one hand and the piping Mount Kinner Kailash range on the other. (4-5 hours drive) |

Day 5 Kalpa – Tabo via Nako (also visit Giu Mummy) (8-9 hours drive)

Day 6 Tabo – Dhankar Lake-PineValley (4-5 hours drive)

Visit Dhankar Monastery and trek to the pristine lake. Then proceed for Pin Valley | Enroute to Kungri-Sagnam-Mud-Tailing. Overnight stay at Mud village.

Day 7 Pin Valley- Kee Monastery-Kibber-Kaza (nearly 5 hours drive)

Day 8 Kaza – Komik-Chicham- Langza-Hikkim-Kaza (3-4 hours drive)

Day 9 Kaza- Chandratal(stay at campsite) (4-5 hours drive)

Day 10 Chandratal- Manali via Atal Tunnel (nearly 8 hours drive)

Day 11 Manali- Visiting local markets, must visit to Hadimba Temple | Boarding bus for Delhi in the late evening | Tour ends.


Important Tips: Buffer Day

Always add one buffer day in your itinerary in anticipation of road blockade due to either landslide or snowfall or your city weary soul may want to stay engrossed into the celestial beauty of any of the place for one more day.

Plan-B Manali to Manali Route

Day 1 Delhi- Manali | Boarding bus in the late afternoon.

Day 2 Reach Manali early in the morning | Relaxing for the rest of the day

Day 3 Manali- Kaza via iconic Kunzum Pass | 9 hours drive(approx)

Day 4 Kaza – Komik-Chicham- Langza-Hikkim-Kaza (3-4 hours drive)

Day 5 Kaza- Kee Monastery- Dhankar Monastery- Pin Valley-Kaza | Approximately 6 hours drive |

Day 6 Kaza- Chandratal | 7 hours drive(approx)

Day 7 Chandratal- Manali via Atal Tunnel | 8 hours drive(approx) Day8 Manali– Delhi | Boarding bus in the evening | Tour ends


Atal Tunnel

Things to Do + Places to Visit + Where To Stay :


Tucked away in the breathtaking landscapes of the Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh, India, lies the enchanting village of Chitkul which is Known as the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border. Here you can engage in meaningless sauntering along the gushing Baspa river while gazing on the snow capped peaks.

Nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows, and the gushing Baspa River, the village is a visual delight in itself. The pristine beauty of the landscape captivates visitors and provides ample opportunities for photography, trekking, thus delving into nature’s splendour.

The most popular trek is the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama, a challenging pilgrimage that takes you around the holy Mount Kailash. Other treks, such as the Rani Kanda meadow trek and trek along the Baspa River , offer breathtaking views and a chance to explore the region’s diverse flora and fauna.Witnessing traditional Kinnauri dances and participating in local festivals like Fulaich and Sazo adds a vibrant and immersive experience to your visit.

The cuisine offers a unique blend of Tibetan and Himachali influences. Don’t miss out on trying local delicacies like Madira (local alcoholic beverage). Whether you’re seeking solitude in nature, embarking on thrilling treks, immersing yourself in the local culture, or simply escaping the chaos of city life, Chitkul offers it all.



Kalpa is a hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and known for its awe-inspiring landscapes, pristine culture and spiritual aura. A pleasant stroll amidst the fragrant apple orchard or a leisurely walk along the narrow village lanes allows you to connect with the blissful arms of Mother Nature. This place is mostly inhabited by Kinnauri people who are known for their warm hospitality and rich cultural ethos. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the delicious Kinnauri apples. If you happen to come across any marriage procession, don’t lose the opportunity to take a part of it to submerge yourself into the vibrant Kinnauri culture. The Kinnauri people will definitely welcome you with wide arms. So don’t hesitate at all ! Also, don’t forget to take a selfie with a flamboyant Kinnauri cap atop your head.


Kalpa boasts of a rich culture of spirituality. The Hu-Bu-Lan Kar Monastery, perched atop a hilltop, offers a glimpse of Buddhist culture. Also, the Narayan-Nagini Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a prominent religious site to visit which is marked by its intricate wooden work and traditional architecture.

Kalpa lies in the lap of the famous Kinner-Kailash range. These towering mountains, with their ever changing hues, offer a breathtaking panorama that leaves tourists spellbound. Don’t miss the chance of witnessing the sunrise and sunset over these mountains.

There are plenty of options for stay ranging from luxury hotels, homestay to hostels for budget backpackers. Parking area is also available in most of the hotels. However, I will recommend staying in those hotels which are surrounded by the apple orchards and have their own orchards so that a casual sauntering in the apple-ladden orchards brooks no trespassing.


Nako boasts of a postcard-worthy lake and a monastery. These notable sights provide a breathtaking view amid the epic mountain backdrop. Nestling amidst green foliage, tucked away from the din and bustles of worldly life, you will find yourself in an utopian reverie.


Nako Lake



Tabo Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as “Ajantas of Himalaya”. The wall of this monastery is adorned with some finest frescoes and colourful murals and statues.


Village of Giu:

This village is located between the towns of Sumdo and Tabo.It is basically a detour in quest of seeing a 500 year old mummy. According to folklore and local mythology, the Mummy delineates a meditating Lama. Visiting this place and having a glimpse of this age-old mummy is indeed an amazing experience.


Flanked by majestic mountains and meandering rivers, Kaza is the quintessential Spiti town. It’s jam-packed with precious sights and scenery, encapsulating just about everything you’d expect to see in the picturesque Spiti town. Kaza is easily accessible from both Manali and Shimla by bus. There are plenty of private cars and shared taxis available. After reaching Kaza, there is a reasonable likelihood of coming under the shadow of High Altitude Sickness (for brevity ”HAS”).


Enroute Kaza


Enroute Kaza


Medical Emergency:

After reaching Kaza, there is a reasonable likelihood of coming under the shadow of High Altitude Sickness (for brevity ”HAS”). In this light of the above, it is pertinent to mention that there are few medical shops available in the Kaza market. Also there is a hospital near the Office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kaza, even though the facility available in that hospital is of very basic and rudimentary nature. Yet, there exists an oxygen support system and a free medical dispensary inside the hospital. In the hour of dire need, such a miniscule medical service may become a matter of paramount importance.


Kaza Hospital’s Prescription


There are ample options in Kaza for stay ranging from luxury hotels, homestay to hostels for budget backpackers. Parking area is also available in most of the hotels and hostels.


Kee Monastery:

This is a living testament to the ancient culture and spirituality of the region. Kee Monastery, perched majestically atop a hill, is one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Spiti. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this monastery and experience the local culture through interactions with friendly monks. However, to get the best view of the ineffable beauty of this monastery, one has to trek 1 km upwards. The reverend Lamas will tell you about the direction of the place. So don’t get perturbed! 

Kee Monastery



During mid-day, consider day trips to places like Kibber to experience the other side of Kaza, while avoiding the hordes of tourists that flock to the old town. It’s an absolute must to venture up there when the weather permits!(especially during winter months). Strolling in this picturesque hamlet is tantamount to getting one’s teeth into the juicy and succulent fruits of Mother Nature.



If you’re looking for a fairytale hamlet with spine chilling air and stunning views, look no further than Komik and Kibber, two beautiful places in the heart of Spiti Valley. Enjoy star-gazing from this village. Tangyud monastery at Komik is one of the highest monasteries in the Spiti Valley.

Mud Village:

This picturesque village is located in the hearts of Pin Valley. Go around for a romantic stroll with your partner in the picture perfect environs of this tiny hamlet.


Chicham Bridge:

It is the world’s largest suspension bridge @13596 ft and it connects two breathtaking Spiti villages Kibber and Chicham. A gentle walk over this bridge will remain unblemished in your memory. Don’t forget to take drone shots from here! Just chill !! Dronography !!!!


Chicham Bridge



It is a unique land with old fossils. This very place attracts the eyes of all, especially that of historians and archaeologists.


Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake: 

Dhankar Monastery, situated on a cliff, offers panoramic views of the Spiti Valley. One may try the thrill to heal the feeling by reaching Dhankar lake which is a pristine lake situated amidst a naked mountainous setting.



Here is located the highest post office of the world, its innate natural bounty notwithstanding. So don’t forget to send an epistle or post card to your loved ones to be preserved as an unforgettable memoir for life. There is a cafe in close proximity to the post office from where you can buy postcards.



Chandratal: An eye-soothing escapade

During the touristy season, a bus leaves from Kaza to Manali every morning between 6 to 7 AM. Otherwise, you may opt for shared taxis which are verily available from the Kaza bus stand itself. During this journey to Chandratal, you will witness the horribly beautiful hair-pin bends of Kunzum Pass.

If you travel by bus you should get down at Batal and the rest of the path to Chandratal has to be traversed either by hike or hitchhike. Hitchhike in the mountains is an amazing experience which relies on the generosity of the locals. If you travel by private car or taxis, you will reach your rendezvous straightway.

After reaching the Chandratal, don’t forget to take some exquisite pictures of the crescent lake surrounded by colourful mountains. Also don’t forget to have the experience of camping at Chandratal. The camps are well in

abundance during the peak season. If nature shows a little bit of kindness to you, the capturing of the Milky Way will be an odyssey of your lifetime. ● Tip- Cost of Camping is INR 1500/per head including food. If you have paucity of time to cover the entire route holistically, but you have a burning quest to behold the majestic Chandratal, please click on the link to get a short itinerary for Chandratal.




It is a paradise for mountain lovers and honeymooners. Manali provides a few days’ sojourn in a picture perfect setting amidst snow-capped peaks, gushing streams and towering pines and its concomitant freshness in the air. During winter, it becomes a place of snowcation (like workcation, staycation…such words became popular during Covid-19. There are ample restaurants available for wining and dining. In other words, it is the perfect place for all gourmets and foodies. Solang Valley which is merely one hour drive from Manali is the haven for adventure lovers. There are plenty of options available like paragliding, rappelling, mountain biking to mention a few.

Also there is an umpteen opportunity for river rafting in Manali, that too at a very competitive rate unlike other places.

Do visit the scenic Hadimba Temple in the vicinity of Mall Road and pay obeisance to the mythological goddess. Don’t forget to take a customary photo or selfie sitting on the colourful Yak in front of this temple or a photo with cuddling Angora rabbits before this pine-clad temple or a couple photo with the traditional Himachali attire.

For getting the comprehensive details on Manali, please click on this link….

Call Of The Adventure

  1. River Rafting:

River rafting in the icy cold Spiti river or Pin river is a lifetime experience for all.

  • Level of difficulty-Moderate
  • It covers a distance of 36 km starting from Nadang to Sumdo. The riverine stretch for rafting is quite longer than other rafting trails like Kullu-Manali which merely covers 14 km.
  • Cost- INR 1200-1500/ per head

Titbits-To experience this scintillating adventure of rafting, plan your trip between July to August.

  1. Bike Trip:

A bike trip in Spiti Valley is an adventure of a lifetime as this is a perfect intersection amongst nature’s magnificence, cultural immersion and thrilling challenges. As it is a very common sight to see the bikers gang passing the car of the travellers, all tourists record their word of approbation for the adventurous spirit of bikers exploring the picturesque landscapes of Spiti Valley. So gear up, embark on this exhilarating journey !

  1. Trekking Trails:

There are umpteen number of trekking opportunities waiting for the adventure lovers. Most common amongst all are Pin Parvati trek, Pin-Bhaba Pass, Hampta pass. Apart from these routes, the most challenging is the Parang La Trek which starts from Kibber village in Spiti Valley and ends in Tso Moriri, a bluish lake in Ladakh via Parang La.

Shopping Spree:

There is a variety of unique items to buy ranging from Tibetian and Buddhist handicrafts, human bone and skull to sculptures painted in silver. Kaza market happens to be a perfect rejoinder to your intriguing shopping zeal.

Tip– Haggle/Bargain as much as you can as the items, though beautiful, are heavily overpriced.

Local Cuisine: Treat Your Tastebuds

  1. Thenthuk (hand-pulled noodle soup)
  2. Vegetables(home grown) and Organic Honey
  3. Trout Curry
  4. Bhey-it is made out of lotus. The stems of lotus are finely chopped and steamed.
  5. Sea Buckthorn Juice- it is a nutritious plant grown in the cold desert. This healthy juice is well available in Spiti Ecosphere, Spiti Organic Kitchen etc.
  6. Yak Cheese
  7. Chaa Gosht(Lamb Curry)
  8. Momos(Dumplings)
  9. Siddu(Steamed Bread)

Don’t Forget:

Never forget to interact with the locals to delve into their lifestyle in particular and cultural dimension of Spiti Valley in general. Doing so will unlock another side of this place.

Festivals and Celebrations:

Lahaul-Spiti is known for its vibrant festivals that showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage. The Lahaul-Spiti Winter Carnival, held in Keylong, is a colourful extravaganza featuring cultural performances, folk dances, and traditional sports. The Fagli Festival, celebrated in February, marks the end of winter and welcomes the spring season with bonfires, music, and dance. Immerse yourself in the festive fervour and witness the cultural vibrancy of the region.

Weather Conditions:

All of us being an affectionate nephew or niece of our respected Google Uncle, it will be utterly meaningless to talk about the temperature and weather conditions in general. Ask Google Uncle before you start !!!!!

However, it is relevant to note that the notion of a cold desert is withering away, thanks to climate change. So, any preconceived notion, regarding the need for carrying any raincoat, must be discarded.

More Information(s):

Petrol Pumps:

Mobile Connectivity: SIM Cards


Safety In This Route :

Tips For Budget Backpackers: Spiti Valley Tour By Bus

Special Tips:

It is advisable that the moment you alight from the bus after reaching your destination, talk to the bus conductor and know exactly the price and timing of the bus of your next day. As advance ticketing systems may not be available in all such remote places,it is better to reach the bus stand well in advance(maybe for getting a window seat).

It is relevant to say that the moment you check into your hotel or hostel, as the case may be, you are likely to be swayed by the cloud of laziness, perhaps arising out of a hectic journey. So better to follow the advice stated above.

Sermons For The Honeymooners:

If you are an adventure loving couple, then don’t bother about getting ensconced in luxury. Go for this trip sans any second thought. While passing Kunzum Pass, each and every turn of the pass will surely culminate into the firmness of your relationship in terms of robusting your commitment to surpass every vicissitude of life together.

If you enter this fairyland in winter, the warmth of love inside can be better felt in contrast to the teeth chattering cold outside.

Your battery might die but your unending torrent of euphoria to take snaps or shoot reels will not. These few days sojourn in this glen will be a litmus test to your adventure loving soul, innate courage and adaptability.

An Ultimate Analysis:


So go to your drawer, dig out the bucket list and scribble those five letters at the very top of it. (SPITI) I fervently hope that this very article will help you all who are in a quandary to decide between these two routes.

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