7 DAY ITINERARY FOR SPITI VALLEY TOUR - HOW TO GO

ABOUT SPITI VALLEY AND IT'S TOUR – Spiti Valley is a cold mountain desert valley in Himachal Pradesh state of North India. It is one of the most spectacular places in India to visit. Spiti meaning "middle land" is situated at a very high altitude in the Himalayas. It separates India from Tibet. Surrounded by the high mountain ranges Spiti has an altitude of 12500 ft. Spiti Valley is a part of Lahaul and Spiti district and its headquarter is at Kaza, around 5.5 km(3.4mi) from Spiti. A river of the same name i.e. Spiti river flows through Kaza. A complete tour of Spiti Valley will give you a lot of adventurous and memorable moments.

 

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
SPITI VALLEY
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ITINERARY FOR A 7 DAY TOUR OF SPITI VALLEY - While Travelling to Spiti Valley you will pass through many interesting places, each unique in its own way. Covering the whole Spiti Valley circuit comfortably takes around 10 days. However, it is possible to complete the Spiti Valley tour in 7 days and still not miss anything. I will present below, a detailed itinerary of a tour to Spiti Valley, which will take you through some of the most enchanting places in and around Spiti Valley. Just read on.

 


Spiti Valley in 7 days
SPITI VALLEY TOUR

Here I present a 7-day Spiti Valley itinerary to you, and you will see you will not miss any of the major attractions of Spiti Valley.

 

Let’s take Delhi as the base.



  • Day 1 - Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda
  • Day 2 - Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo
  • Day3 - Reckong Peo to Kaza
  • Day4 - Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery
  • Day5 - Dhankar Lake Trek
  • Day6 - Kaza to Chandratal Lake
  • Day7 - Chandratal - Manali - Delhi

DAY 1

Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda

The Spiti Valley itinerary begins from Delhi. It is suggested to start late at night or early morning from Delhi so as to reach Shimla by afternoon. In case you want to spend the night at Narkanda, it is a further two hours drive from Shimla (irrespective of whether you are using your own or public transport). I would recommend Narkanda for two reasons. First, you would have travelled an additional 60 km for the day and it is more peaceful than Shimla. Secondly, if you manage to reach Narkanda by afternoon, you can get to visit Hatu peak, the highest point in the entire Shimla district, which presents a mesmerizing view from the top.


Hatu Peak,Narkanda
VIEW FROM HATU PEAK

DAY 2

Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo

Once again, start early so that you can reach Reckong Peo on time. The road condition is not so good at some stretches so you will have to keep your speed very slow. Narkanda to Reckong Peo is around 170 km. You will surely enjoy the journey because most of it will be along the river Satluj. After travelling half the distance (about 80 km), the road starts getting bad near a place called Jeori. So Narkanda to Reckong Peo may take 6 hours to cover the distance. Stay at Reckong Peo for the night. Relax and roam around to explore the place.


Reckong Peo, Spiti Valley
RECKONG PEO
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DAY 3

Reckong Peo to Kaza

The most difficult part of the Spiti Valley tour begins now. You will be covering a distance of 200 km to reach Kaza from Reckong Peo. And out of this, the road for the first 65 km is really bad. For some distance, roads get better but after Nako, the condition of the road starts deteriorating again. So covering a distance of around 200 km may take more than 7 hours. So plan accordingly.


Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
KAZA
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DAY 4


Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery

Kaza is one of the most scenic places to visit in India. Spend the day at Kaza to relax and explore the surrounding areas. There are naturally beautiful villages like Kibber, Komik and Langza, each beautiful in its own way. You can also visit the famous Key Monastery on the way to Kibber village. One thing to be noted is that there are no roads here so you will be mostly travelling on dirt trails. If you have time in your hands, you may also visit Hikkim village. In all the total stretch covered will be around 100 km. Return to your hotel in Kaza in the evening and relax.


Komik Village, Spiti Valley
KOMIK VILLAGE
DAY 5

Kaza to Dhankar Lake Trek

On day 5  of this Spiti Valley itinerary, you can indulge in some adventure. Go to the Dhankar lake trek in beautiful and picturesque surroundings. If you are lucky, then you may come across some birds and wild animals along the way. There is another very beautiful village on the way which is much greener than the rest of the area. The trek to the lake will take another two hours from here. Return to Kaza in the evening.


Dhankar Lake, Spiti Valley
DHANKAR LAKE
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DAY 6

Kaza to Chandra Tal Lake

This is the most exciting and adventurous part of the Spiti Valley tour. You have a choice to travel by car or trek to Chandra Tal lake. If travelling by car then you first go to Kunzum pass. From Kunzum pass reach Batal. Two km from Batal there is a narrow road going to Chandra Tal lake. Driving on this road requires a lot of expertise and patience because the road is just enough wide for one car to pass. From here, Chandra Tal is about 14 km. Once you reach Chandra Tal lake, you can stay in any of the camps available there. Chandra Tal lake area is colder as compared to other places in Spiti valley. Just lie beside the lake and gaze at the crystal clear sky at night. It is going to be a memorable experience. In case you choose to trek to Chandra Tal lake, it will take around 5 hours to reach here from Kaza. If you don't visit Chandra Tal lake, you would be missing a natural wonder of a place to visit in India.


Chandra Tal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
CHANDRA TAL LAKE
DAY 7

Chandratal Lake - Manali - Delhi

After all the adventure, it is time for the return journey. Once again, you should start early because the road from Batal to Gramphoo is in a really bad condition. You will have to travel at a slow speed. It may, therefore, take up to 8 hours to reach Manali itself. But the good thing is that you will come across a number of streams on this journey. This will help to lift your spirits. Once you reach Manali, depending upon your choice, you may break the journey here or may continue to travel to Delhi.

This completes the 7-day itinerary of Spiti Valley tour, one of the most naturally gifted and unspoiled places in India to visit.


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P.S. - This is a great way to cover maximum Spiti circuit in 7 days. But I would welcome suggestions to improve upon this itinerary. Please leave your suggestions in the comments box.

VERY IMPORTANT - Keep enough food and water with you wherever you go in Spiti valley as in remote villages and while trekking, you may find it difficult to get them.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!!

CHEERS!!!


Spiti Valley tour in 7 days
7 DAY SPITI VALLEY TOUR



6 comments:

  1. Great post! These are really truly beautiful spots. My brother lives in India, and I would love to visit him from the US and travel together to these locations. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Do visit once and I assure you that you will be left gasping by the sheer beauty of the place.

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  2. Spiti truly does look enticing! Hopefully I'll end my north Indian jinx this year and make a trip. Which would be the best months?

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    1. This is the best time to travel to north Indian hills. April to June is the time. However, if you plan to travel to plains also then October to February are the best months. And for snowfall, it is December and January.

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  3. I did the Spiti Valley a few years ago, but took a slightly different route that was organised for me by my Indian friend. It was absolutely amazing. Such a beautiful area!

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    1. It indeed is a wonderful place. There are multiple routes to do Spiti valley. But I am glad you did it.

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