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Spiti Valley Road Trip from Manali
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Spiti Valley Road Trip from Manali

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Delhi to Delhi

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8 Days

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Overview

A road trip to Spiti Valley is no less than a boon for people who are craving peace of mind as well as travelers who want to experience the thrill that comes with off-roading on impassable roads and jagged terrains.

This road trip to Spiti valley from Manali is the perfect opportunity for people to have a closer look at the many distinct cultures the state of Himachal has to offer which is also why we believe that the best way to reach Spiti Valley is via Manali.

The word "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", and is itself the perfect depiction of the union between India and Tibet. 

Also known as The land of the Lamas, the cold desert mountain valley of Spiti is nestled between India and Tibet with rich cultural history dating back to the 17th century. 

With ancient monasteries, monks chanting the name of Buddha, nomadic sheep grazing in the fields and quaint villages, life in Spiti moves at a slow pace with tranquility filling the stillness that is omnipresent in the valley.

At the same time, the majestic grandeur of the great Himalayas, wicked trekking trails, slanted slopes and chilly breeze make it a land full of opportunities for adventure enthusiasts, to satiate their incessant need of exploring the unknown.

In this Spiti valley road trip starting from Manali, we start from the verdant terrains of Manali where we make a brief stop to recharge ourselves before we start the long journey that lies ahead of us. 

There are two routes to reach Spiti, one is from Manali and the other is from Shimla. Most people prefer going on a road trip to Spiti valley from Manali as the route is shorter and also gives ample opportunity for adventure. 

The roads are tough to drive upon especially when you’re headed towards Kunzum Pass, and the water crossings make conditions even tougher, but the journey becomes ten times better when you are traveling to Spiti valley from the Manali route, not to mention that even though the roads are extremely hostile, they are less susceptible to landslides, and the entire journey is less time consuming. 

The Manali to Spiti route is also more accessible to people compared to others, public buses run from Manali to Kaza every morning and are also relatively cheaper. Since the Manali route is often the road frequently taken, there is also a sense of security that travelers feel whenever a vehicle passes them by. 

Also, the best part of driving to Spiti from Manali is that you get to see the iconic Kunzum Pass which contributes to making your road trip to Spiti more memorable.  

The distance from Manali to Spiti stretches to an expanse of about 200kms making it an ideal road trip where it ends neither too soon nor too late, with scenic views of clear blue skies and majestic mountains keeping you company. 

Our first halt is the town of Kaza that serves as the binding force and connects different parts of the valley, making it the ideal base camp for trekkers, mountaineers or campers who are partaking in a Spiti Valley road trip. 

Overlooked by lofty mountain ranges, Kaza is one of the coldest towns in the country and is known for its rich culture, festive celebrations and age-old monasteries. Kaza is also the commercial hub of Spiti valley and even spending a few moments in this beautiful town brings travelers immense peace.

In the treasure chest that is Spiti valley, there is an abundance of gems that one can find. One of them being the beautiful Pin Valley, a cold desert region popular for its wildlife reserve Pin valley National park. The reserve is surrounded by alpine forests and due to its slanted slopes and inaccessibility has managed to preserve many endangered species including the snow leopard. 

Apart from the sanctuary, Pin valley holds Kungri monastery in its embrace. Built in 1330, Kungri is Spiti Valley’s second oldest monastery and is known for the sword dance performed by buzhens, which is a tantric cult known throughout the Buddhist regions of Himalayas. 

Nestled at the base of Pin Parbati ranges and on the bank of Pin river, our next stop, Mud village is a hamlet that gives you a closer look at the slow paced life that people of Spiti live. From meditation caves, shelters and Buddhist nunneries, there are many unexplored spots in this village alone and it just shows how Spiti holds many wonders in its embrace.

We will also visit the Tabo Monastery to pay our reverence.. Founded in 996 C.E, the frescoes displayed on each and every wall of this monastery narrate the tales of the early Buddhist pantheon. Many unique and priceless collections of thangka paintings, ancient relics and murals are preserved in the monastery making it a national treasure. 

Overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin river, sitting atop a huge spur is the Dhankar Monastery that consists of a cosmic Buddha statue known as Vairocana as well as many thangka paintings and a small museum.

Other places that you will get to see on this Spiti valley road trip include Hikkim, Komic and Langza. All of them offer a unique experience exclusive to their premise.

For example, Hikkim is the world's highest post office and is situated at an altitude of 14,400 ft. You can write a letter to people you cherish and the experience is quite like no other. You get to relive the old school nostalgia that was an integral part of communication before the digital age  while experiencing the unique feeling that comes with being that high.

Komic, nestled at an altitude of 15,500 ft is the highest village in the world connected by a high motorable road while Langza is known as the village of gods as well as for its abundance of fossils. However, what puts this village on the radar of tourists is the 1000 year old Buddha statue that overlooks the village as if with vigilance. 

Kye Gompa, more popularly known as Kee Monastery is the training center for the Lamas who grow up to follow the path of Buddha. It is also the largest as well as the oldest monastery with relics and images of Buddha still preserved within the walls of the monastery. A trip to Spiti valley is incomplete without visiting the Kee monastery and it’s only when you have spent some peaceful moments there, will you realize why it's an integral part of this road trip to Spiti valley. 

Traversing through the Chicham Bridge, which is Asia’s highest bridge at an altitude of 13,500ft and Kibber, one of the highest inhabited villages in Spiti Valley elevated at an altitude of 14,200 ft. above sea level, we will make our way towards Chandra taal. Also known as the Moon lake, Chandra taal is a crescent moon shaped lake overflowing with crystal clear blue water and serenity and is the perfect place to conclude this trip before starting our return journey. 

Spiti valley provides one of the most phenomenal views that one could get, even when it’s not necessarily covered in a blanket of snow as the natural beauty of Spiti is unmatched and eternal. In the summertime, you get to witness Spiti through a different eye as people are indulging in farming. 

You can always spot herds of Himalayan sheep grazing and the green landscape that is exclusive to spring time is also a visual treat for the eyes. Hence, the best time for a road trip to Spiti valley from Manali if you are not a snow fanatic is definitely from March to June. 

In a nutshell, Spiti is a beautiful destination that is perfect for a road trip for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. 

Itinerary

1

Day

Delhi to Manali | Overnight Journey
2

Day

Manali Arrival | Day at Leisure
3

Day

Manali to Kaza (200 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)
4

Day

Spiti Sightseeing Day 01 (Pin valley, Tabo, Dhankar )
5

Day

Spiti Sightseeing Day 02 (Hikkim, Komic, Langza )
6

Day

Kaza to Chandratal/Batal (90 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
7

Day

Chandratal/Batal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
8

Day

Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
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Transportation in Tempo Traveller from Manali to Manali.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Manali and return.

Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast + Dinner, starting from Day 2 Dinner till Day 7 Breakfast)

Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

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Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

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Things To Pack

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Rucksack:

You must pick a good quality backpack with a comfortable fit and straps that won’t give you shoulder pain. You can check out your nearest Decathlon store for a good trekking backpack.

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Day Bag / Day Pack:

When you head towards the summit, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one on the campsite.

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Hiking Shoes :

Durable footwear designed for rugged terrains.

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Floaters or Sandals:

Although the entire trek requires a good quality shoe, you still need to let your feet breathe to avoid chafing and blisters. When you are at the camp, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

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Tees / Tshirts:

You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.

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Poncho:

A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rain.

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Quick Dry Towel:

A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

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Sanitizer:

Essential for maintaining cleanliness while trekking.

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Sun Cap / Hat:

A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.

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Sunscreen SPF 40+:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Water Bottle (Re-usable):

Hydration is extremely important when it comes to trekking. Carrying a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

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Personal Toileteries:

A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.

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Personal Medication / First Aid:

A few cuts and bruises are almost inevitable when you are on a trek so carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, etc is necessary.

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Sun Glasses / Reading Glasses:

Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

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Charger:

To keep your electronic devices powered during the trip.

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Power Bank:

Ensures your devices stay charged when there are no outlets.

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Personal Documents & ID's:

Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, Drivers License.

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Laundry Bag (Waterproof):

In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.

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Track Pants:

A good pair of track pants made of polyester will let your skin breathe. They’re lightweight, dry easily, and comfortable to walk around in. You can easily avoid chafing and rashes by investing in a good pair of track pants.

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Trekking Shoes:

A good trekking shoe is comfortable, provides ankle support, and has a good grip as well. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

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Cotton Socks:

Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.

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Woolen Socks:

A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

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Woolen Gloves:

Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands and also provide a better grasp on trekking poles.

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Main Jacket:

It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry a heavy jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

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Woolen Cap:

A woolen cap will help prevent cold when you ascend to high altitude. You can also cover your ears to avoid any pain and discomfort you might face in them when going at high altitudes.

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Hoodie:

A versatile layering option for various temperatures.

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Scarf / Balaclava:

Along with sun rays and chilly winds, you also get hit by dirt and grime during treks which is why it's important to carry a scarf or balaclava so you can cover your face when needed.

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Head Lamp:

You can’t rely on moonlight when you are in the mountains. A torch or even a headlamp with a fresh pair of batteries is always a good idea to bring along.

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Trekking Pole:

The trekking pole assists in more than one way. It saves energy while also providing stability and helps you to maintain proper balance.

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Camera:

This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trek. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.

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Riding Gear:

If your trip involves biking or motorcycling.

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Moisturiser & Cold Cream:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Lip Balm:

Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

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Sanitary Pads:

Essential for feminine hygiene.

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Insect Repellent:

Guards against pesky bugs and insects.

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Cash:

Emergency funds for unexpected situations.

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Thermals:

Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when going on a high-altitude trek.

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Snacks / Dryfruits / Energy Bar:

Provides quick energy on the go.

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Positive Attitude:

The most important item for a successful trek or trip, keeping your spirits high and adaptable to the challenges of the journey.

FAQs
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