Spiti Valley Road Trip from Manali
Spiti Valley is one of those places which has to be there in your travel bucket list 2020 if you’re a frequent traveler. But, even if you’re not then also, would you miss out on a tourist paradise like Spiti? Well, of course not.
Apart from being one of the best places to visit in India, there is one another interesting fact about Spiti valley. Its surrounded by numerous other tourist destinations as well like Manali, Kasol, Shimla and many more for they all belong to the state of Himachal.
Now, we’d be starting from Manali and going all the way to Spiti Valley during this tour. The whole journey would be a great way to experience Spiti Valley while having a peek at Manali as well.
Throwing in some light, Spiti Valley is a made up of cold desert mountain located in the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most sought destinations for someone on Himachal Tourism.
The word "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", the depiction of the union between India and Tibet. This is something evidentially visible in the valley for there is a huge Tibetan influence over Spiti Valley.
Moving on further, one of the most famous places to visit in Spiti Valley is Kaza. The town of Kaza is also known as the capital of the valley could not be missed.
Among the two routes which take you to Spiti, namely via Shimla and Manali, we’re going to take the best way to reach Spiti Valley, which is via Manali. The whole route adds up to your experience and you can have your camera ready for there are
Spiti valley provides one of the most phenomenal views that one could get but it gets even better during a specific time of the year. The best time to visit Spiti valley is from March to June, during summer when the weather in Spiti Valley is at its best.
There are numerous activities to do in Spiti valley and there is no way that one could get enough of Spiti at any given time.
Now, we have planned an excellent itinerary for the Spiti valley tour and during the tour which is spanned into a period of 7 days, you’re going to experience Spiti valley from a different angle altogether.
Additionally, if you missed out on the local cuisine of Spiti Valley, then consider your Spiti valley tour incomplete.
There are numerous options in the name of food choices such as the famous Tsampa, Thukpa, Churpe or the ever-popular momos, which you’ll find all over the valley. If you’re a foodie and get the Tibetan taste, then you’ll drool over all the time during the trip duration.
The reasons you need to check out the Spiti Valley Tour in 2020 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Spiti Valley with JustWravel.
1st Day: Delhi to Manali | Overnight Journey
2nd Day: Manali Arrival | Day at Leisure
3rd Day: Manali to Kaza (200 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)
4th Day: Spiti Sightseeing Day 01 (Pin valley, Tabo, Dhankar )
5th Day: Spiti Sightseeing Day 02 (Hikkim, Komic, Langza )
6th Day: Kaza to Chandratal/Batal (90 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
7th Day: Chandratal/Batal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
8th Day: Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
Price (Delhi to Delhi)
|Double Occupancy||20499 / Person|
|Triple Occupancy||18499 / Person|
Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)
1st Day : Delhi to Manali | Overnight Journey
- The group assembles at the pick-up point by 06:00 PM.
- We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be provided.
- After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Manali.
*The pick up point would be RK Ashram or Majnu Ka Tila (tentative).
2nd Day : Manali Arrival | Day at Leisure
- We will reach Manali by early in the morning.
- Post-check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Participants are advised to go for cafe hopping, local sightseeing, and more in Manali.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Manali.
3rd Day : Manali to Kaza (200 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)
- After an early breakfast, the group will head out to Kaza.
- En route, the group will be crossing through Rohtang and Kunjum Pass.
- The group will reach Kaza by late evening.
- Post-check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure and the participants are advised to go for a local sightseeing tour, cafe hopping, and more.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
4th Day : Spiti Sightseeing Day 01 (Pin valley, Tabo, Dhankar )
- After an early breakfast, we will head towards Kungri Monastery in Pin valley.
- Later on, the group will move out for Mudh Village.
- En route, the group will be making a sightseeing stoppage at the Tabo Monastery.
- After that, the group will leave for Dhankar and end the day with a sightseeing tour of Dhankar Monastery.
- Later on, the group will head back to Kaza.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kaza.
5th Day : Spiti Sightseeing Day 02 (Hikkim, Komic, Langza )
- Post Breakfast, the group will visit Hikkim (the highest post office in the world).
- After that, we’ll move towards Komic village (one of the highest villages in the world at 4600 meters connected by a motorable road ).
- We’ll be visiting Langza next (the most beautiful village in Spiti valley and has the famous Buddha statue).
- Later, we'll move towards Kee Monastery.
- Finally, we’ll head back to Kaza.
- After reaching our hotel/homestay, dinner will be served.
- Overnight stay in Kaza.
6th Day : Kaza to Chandratal/Batal (90 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
- Breakfast will be served in the morning.
- After which, we will head to Chandra Taal or Batal.
- En route, the group will make a sightseeing stoppage at Kibber, Chicham Bridge (Asia’s Highest Bridge), and Kunzum Pass.
- Post-check-in, we'll be visiting Chandra Taal Lake.
- Dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Chandra Taal or Batal.
*Stay in Chandra Taal totally depends on weather conditions.
7th Day : Chandratal/Batal to Manali (125 Kilometers, 7 Hours Drive)
- Post breakfast we'll head out for Manali.
- Midway, we'll be passing through Rohtang Pass.
- We'll be reaching Manali by late afternoon.
- After that, the group will be boarding an overnight bus for Delhi in the evening.
8th Day : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
- The group will reach Delhi by early in the morning.
- End of Tour.
Transporation 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.
All permits Required
First Aid Kits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
Things To Pack
Rucksack (60 Liters+)
Backpack Rain Cover
UV Protected Sunglasses
Inner Thermals (2 pairs)
Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)
Sturdy Comfortable Shoes
First Aid Kit
Mobile Charger/Travel Charger
Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+)
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
The temperature at Chandratal Lake always goes negative. The summer temperature goes as low as -5 degrees Celcius in the day and -10 degree Celcius in the night time while in the winters the temperature in the day goes as low as -15 degree Celcius and in the nighttime it can reach up to -30 degree Celcius as well.
The time it takes to go from Kaza to Manali is approx 4 hours including rest and stoppage time. The total Kaza to Manali distance, one needs to cover is 182 kilometers.
The Manali to Spiti Valley road is open at all times but during the winter seasons, the roads get filled with snow and one cannot pass through it easily. The extreme adventurers do go and explore extreme Spiti Valley expeditions sometimes but it is definitely not recommended for the common tourist.
The temperature in Spiti Valley is cold during the whole year but it is comparatively colder from November to May. This is the time when we schedule the winter Spiti Expedition.
The usual route that we follow to move from Kasol to Spiti Valley is through Manali. First, we take a bus from Bhuntar to Manali which is a two-hour drive. Then secondly, you can board a bus leaving from Manali to Spiti Valley.
The Delhi to Lahaul Spiti distance is 712 Kilometers and as there are no airports in Shimla and only one in Himachal Pradesh, which is totally off route. You're recommended to take flights from where ever you are coming till Delhi only. After that, you need to move by road only. If you thinking that the distance between Delhi to Spiti valley is way too much for you in terms of a road trip then you can land in Chandigarh which is a little closer to the Spiti Valley and will shorten your road trip by a couple of hours. Then for coming back from Spiti valley to Delhi, you need to traverse by road only.
First, you have to reach the administrative town of Spiti, which is Kaza. From there, you can rent a bike or Taxi to move towards Key Monastery. Otherwise, if you've booked a package then Key Monastery being one of the most prominent destinations, it'll likely be covered in the itinerary.
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it as well.
We will be staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays-we have constructed washrooms with proper running water and sanitation facilities.
The Reckong Peo temperature is usually cold and you need to carry some winter clothes when visiting the same.
We provide nutritious, hygienic, and healthy food during the trip. But in case, you have some preferred food type such as Jain Foods, Only Vegetarian or any other type then we can make arrangements beforehand. But make sure to inform the same to your handler at the time of booking.
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking. In case you find any clean water on the trek, make sure to fill your bottles with the same. Do not try out stable water, always go for running water.
After selecting the trip, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking process.
Manali receives heavy snowfall during December and it is advised to wear warm winter clothes which can save you from the same.
Yes, we can customize any trip as per your preferences. Once you show interest in the same, a dedicated handler from JustWravel will be assigned to you for the same.
Yes, you should carry your medication on the Spiti trip. Although, for common symptoms and even more, we have first aid boxes and all our trip leads have basic knowledge about basic paramedics practices.
The Kaza temperature is usually cold and is much colder in November to May, which is the cold season in Spiti. In the remainings months, it is comparatively less cold, which is again not hot in any terms. The weather Kalpa, Reckong Peo, Himachal Pradesh is all the same as well. The weather in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, affects the oncoming of tourists.
It depends on the tour. On the Spiti tour, we are staying in Hotels, Camp and Homestays.
We offer both Double sharing and Triple Sharing rooms. Depending on the package you book, you will be provided with the accommodation accordingly.
We will make sure that you’re comfortable during the whole journey and that is why we hire the best in the class vehicle according to the terrain and need. Some of the on-ground vehicles that you might travel in will be Tempo Traveller or taxis such as Innova, Bolero, Tata Sumo, e.t.c.
Since we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need trekking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended. You might need a good pair of shoes when travelling to Dhankar Lake and Chandratal lake. A Quechua or Forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do.
If you're going by road and choosing the Shimla route from Delhi then it would take approximately a time of 18 hours of drive. You can choose to take a stoppage or not, that's up to you. Now, if you're taking the Manali route then a total of 24 hours on the drive is required and you need to take a stoppage after reaching Manali or you'll be very much exhausted otherwise. The total distance between Lahaul Spiti and Delhi is 708 Kilometer is we go by the shortest route.
Manali is opened all around the year and only the Passes connecting Manali to other regions gets closed due to extreme snow. The weather conditions in Manali during December is the region received heavy snowfall and is considered one of the best times to visitation.
We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants. The reason being that smaller batches are better in terms of collaborative group experience and trip coordination as well. You’re more likely to gel up with everybody in a short group as compared to a group that has more participants in number.
Yes! You should board with us on the departure date without any hesitation being the solo girl travelling alone. The reason is that we will make sure to take care of your experience during the whole journey. Additionally, all our trip leads are trained to deal with several situations and they’ll be there for you during the trip.
Well, it totally depends from person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor for the same. Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problems on the trip then please consult with your trip leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Spiti Valley is the district under which Kaza is an administrative town. So, in terms of distance, there's no proper measure and we cannot have one. But once you enter Spiti Valley, you'll soon find Kaza in there after a short distance of 4-5 kilometers.
There are only two ways in which one can reach Spiti Valley, one is the Manali Route and the other is the Shimla Route. Out of these two, if you want to reach faster then you can choose the Manali route as it is shorter in distance but in comparison, the Shimla route contains more scenic views and make up for a full-fledged road trip.
There are two routes for visiting Spiti, namely the Manali route and the Shimla route. The Shimla route is longer and contains more scenic views but the Manali route is shorter and you'll reach in comparatively shorter times. There's one more route and that is from Delhi to Reckong Pea, you can take a bus from Delhi heading towards the same and then change buses heading towards Kaza.
Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be delivered to you which will include all the necessary information including booking details, trip details, and a brief packing list.
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek/trip. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
The Manali to Kinnaur distance is 328.9 Kilometers and the best time to visit Kinnaur is from April to June. Now, if you want to move from Kinnaur to Kaza to visit the Spiti Valley then add another journey of 158 Kilometers in your route, which is the Kinnaur to Kaza distance.
We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trek.
Routes to Spiti Valley are opened all around the year, but there is a little distinction. While the Shimla route is opened all around the year, the Manali route closes for a brief time due to the closing of Kunzum Pass. Moreover, the Manali route is opened from June to October.
You need to prepare well for the Spiti Valley expedition. The packing list for Spiti Valley expeditions contains Rucksack (60 Liters+), Daypack, Backpack Rain Cover, Suncap, Woolen Cap, UV Protected Sunglasses, Inner Thermals (2 pairs), Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants ), Fleece Jacket, Warm Jacket, Down Jacket /Main Jacket, Raincoat/Poncho, Gloves, Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton), Undergarments, Slippers, Sturdy Comfortable Shoes, Towels, First Aid Kit, Personal Medication, Torch, Water Bottle, Power Bank, Mobile Charger/Travel Charger, Hand Sanitizer, Toiletries, Cold Cream, Lip Guard, Deodorant, Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+), Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals).
Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in November. But the climate changes from summer season to winter one in Spiti during the months of mid-October to Mid November, so carrying good enough winter gears and accessories is recommended.
No! Rohtang Pass is closed during the months of December due to heavy snowfall.
No! We cannot visit Chitkul during December due to heavy snowfall, the roads get blocked and we can't move further ahead than Sangla Valley. The water also freezes up and keeping yourself hydrated becomes a challenge.
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is divided into two parts, the winter season and the summer season. If you want to experience Winter Spiti then one needs to visit Spiti from March to May. Otherwise, one can visit in May to October for experiencing Summer Spiti.
The weather conditions are not suitable for tourists and one cannot go without proper guidance. Expeditions and all keep on running during the months but those are for trained professionals only.
The weather conditions for Kaza in December are not suitable for traveling. Due to extreme snowfall, the weather becomes harsh for travelers and reaches up to negative 30-degree celsius.
Delhi to Spiti distance is around 700 Kilometers but we cannot go directly. There are two routes for the same, namely the Manali route and the Shimla route. Out of both, the Manali route is the short one but the Shimla route contains more scenic views. The Delhi to Spiti via Shimla is considered the ideal route for most travelers.
If you're coming from Delhi then consider the Delhi to Kaza by road route via Shimla being the best one as it contains the best scenic views and is a little bit longer. It makes up for a good road trip if this factor is taken into consideration. The Shimla to Spiti valley distance is counted up to be a total of 413 kilometers.
Reckong Peo is comparatively cold all around the year and you can expect snow during the winter Spiti Valley Expedition.
The conditions are good enough for travelers and the winter Spiti tour is conducted starting the month of March only.
Yes! We can visit Spiti Valley in January. But it is recommended only for expeditions and not tourists as you might need an expert's guidance there.
The Spiti Valley is opened all around the year but it is recommended that you do not visit the region if you're just a tourist. The reason being that Spiti receives heavy snowfall and the area becomes highly dangerous for enthusiasts or travelers, expert guidance is required otherwise conditions can become fatal too.
In order to move from Spiti Valley to Manali, you need to first go to Chandratal which is a 8-hour drive, and then move towards Manali from there, which is also a 8 hours drive approximately. The total journey is covered in 12-16 hours depending upon the stoppage and rest time that you take in.
The Chandigarh to Lahaul Spiti distance is about 450+ Kilometers and one can take a bus from Chandigarh for the same route. The time it takes for an individual to reach Spiti from Chandigarh is around 12-13 hours. The Chandigarh to Spiti valley distance is shorter than the distance we need to cover during the Delhi to Spiti distance.
The Manali route to visit Spiti is considered one of the best routes for visitation. It takes about 12-13 hours to reach Spiti from Manali. The route that one needs to follow is first, go to Kaza from Manali and then change buses for Spiti from Kaza.
Yes! It is safe to visit Manali all around the year and also in the month of December. The reason being that Manali do receives heavy snowfall during the said months but it is still habitable.
The Shimla to Lahaul Spiti distance is 418 Kilometers and it takes about 16 hours to reach including rest and stoppage times if we're taking a road trip.
The total time it takes to visit from Manali to Spiti is approx 16 hours. First, you visit Chandratal from Manali which takes 8 hours and the rest hours is spend crossing Kaza.
Spiti trip has been amazing. All the accommodations and services provided by JustWravel were really great and comfortable. Will definitely pick JustWravel for my future expeditions.
Really enjoyed the trip with Piyush Rawat - our trip co-ordinator from JustWravel. Spiti is a relatively isloated place, and the roads are not very developed. We faced some difficulties during the trip when the vehicle couldn't move forward due to awful road condition, and we had to reach Kaza on another vehicle. The situation was handled really well and though a day was wasted due to the above issue, the itinerary was adjusted in such a way that we did not miss any place to visit and were assigned a new cab the very next day. The hotels assigned were well equipped and all facilities (hot water, proper blankets etc) were provided. The hotel staff was very friendly and the food (breakfast, dinner) was also pretty good. Even the camp stay at Chandrataal was very good and the tents can be termed as luxurious (there were proper beds and clean attached washrooms :P). Spiti is a very beautiful place with breathtaking views. There will be some places that'll make you speechless and you'll want to just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature. Would definitely plan next trips with Piyush and justwravel! :D
Great Experience! We took Justwravel's road trip package to Spiti Valley. The package is well organized covering main sightseeings and places to visit. All the accommodations and travel arrangements were comfy and included most of the promised amenities. Special thanks to Piyush Rawat, our coordinator, he managed and acted his best in all the situations. His jolliness added more fun to the trip. Although many destinations were covered in a short period of time, the trip was relaxing. Thanks for such memorable moments of our lives.
Spiti valley was a life time experience. Justwravel had been a good choice for the trip. It had managed professionally with minor ups and downs. Most of the places were covered. The hotels and homestays had good hygienic facilities and conditions. Overall it was a good experience!
I had the pleasure of visiting spiti this time with justwravel accompanied by Mr.Nishant Bhardwaj from the company .It was a nearly organised,well crafted trip where even small things were taken good care of.They add a personal loving touch in addition to the services they provide.I would recommend this to everyone ,whether going on a solo trip like me or going with friends / family .
It was my first solo trip with Justwravel and I couldn't Have asked for anything more. They gave me everything beyond expectations. The food, the people, the travel everything was superb. Once I came back I felt like I left my home and family there. Looking forward to more exciting trips with them :)
Ohk so as a travel blogger I have been on trips with various travel communities. The USP of JustWravel is their trips to offbeat destinations. You get a complete traveller like feel whenever going on a trip with them. All thanks to Rohan sir for his efforts and vision. Thanks to the team for curating such memorable trips! More power to you all...
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