Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley 2020: All-Season Guide
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Last Updated: 22 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SPITI VALLEY?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • All inter-state travellers must register on the e-pass portal, for ease of contact tracing till 15th of September. No registration required post 15th of September.
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to Spiti Valley; however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the borders of this valley.
  • All travellers must download the Aarogya Setu App
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Spiti Valley.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for symptomatic travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh.
  • Intrastate passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms are also to be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days.
  • Asymptomatic passengers to be home quarantined for 14 days
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
Flights

The nearest airport is the Kullu Airport. Flight are functional to here from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Buses

Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in Spiti Valley, however, inter-district bus services are functioning in the valley with 60% passenger capacity.

Local Transport

Local transport services, like taxis, autos and buses are functioning in the valley.

Numerous steps have been taken by the government of Himachal Pradesh to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists an enjoyable visit to Spiti Valley. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Interstate Movement of Taxi Allowed with DC Permission Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Inter-state entry of taxis is allowed with the permission of the deputy commissioners. Public transport buses, plying inter-state, remain restricted.

Temples and Religious Places to Open from 1st of September Updated: 10 Sep 2020

All religious places and temples in Spiti Valley shall be opened for public from 1st of September with suitable SOPs to ensure the safety of patrons.Read more.

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts Re-opening on 1st of October to Allow Visitors Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Most of the homestays, hotels and resorts in Spiti Valley will start functioning again from 1st of October 2020. Inter-state patrons must book a minimum of two days stay in these hotels. Read more.

Inter-district and Intra-district travel allowed in Spiti Valley without online registration from 15th of September Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Spiti Valley’s district borders have been re-opened allowing travellers to enter the destination for tourism purposes. The registration mandate for travellers will be scrapped from 15th of SeptemberRead more.

Night Curfew Lifted in Spiti Valley Updated: 10 Sep 2020

As per the MHA’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines, the night curfew in Spiti Valley, that was imposed between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been lifted to allow unrestricted intra-state travel.

Spiti or ‘Little Tibet’ as it is famously called, is a landscape that seems to be carved out of a painting. The virgin villages, snow-covered mastiffs, treacherous pass, and beautiful lakes make Spiti one of the most stunning places in India. Like any other mountainous place, for your Spiti trip to be memorable and safe, it is very important to understand the place in relation to weather and seasons and decide the best time to visit Spiti valley accordingly.

The summer months of March-June are considered to be the best to visit Spiti not only due to the pleasant weather but also fewer crowds. For that perfect winter vacation, the months of October-February are the
best time to visit Spiti. This is when the landscape is frosted in white and one can see the elusive wildlife and the striking frozen waterfalls and lakes.

Monsoon months of July to September lend Spiti a lovely shroud of colours enveloped in the fragrant mountain breeze and glistening golden sunshine. Travelling to Spiti during this time, however, calls for a lot of precaution and planning.

Read on to know more about seasonal factors and weather conditions that will impact your Spiti trip:

Spiti Valley in Summer

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Best time to Visit Spiti Valley in Summer

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Best time to Visit Spiti Valley in Summer

Summer months (March to June) are when this enchanting valley starts to shed its white snowy shroud after the cold and dark winter months. Travellers who want to skip the crowds and explore the place in seclusion start approaching Spiti from Shimla.

The days are bright, clear and pleasant enough to spend time soaking in the beauty of the place. The nights are cold yet great for camping under the brilliantly star-lit skies. 

Duration of summer: Summers in Spiti start in March and last till June. 

Average Temperature: The average temperatures range between 15°C in the day to around 6°C in the night.

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Summer

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Summer

Pros:

- Starting June, Spiti valley is accessible from the picturesque Manali route, which is also shorter. However, keep a check on the weather conditions and take this route only after you have confirmed reports about the opening of the passes.
- If you shy away from crowds and are seeking solitude, early March is the best time to visit Spiti. Since the Manali route opens only in June, you will see fewer tourists and can enjoy the solitude.
- The weather is at its pleasant best during the summer months. The days are sunny and clear and perfect for exploring this beautiful place.
- The great weather conditions allow you to enjoy adventure activities like trekking, biking, night camping, etc. 
- Since all the hotels and guesthouses are open in summers, you have a lot of options depending on your choice and budget. 

Cons: 

- If you plan to travel during early March, be prepared for bad stretches of road. Since the snow starts to melt around this time, some patches might be slippery and broken.
- The nights can get a bit colder, uncomfortable for those who are not used to low temperatures.

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Routes to reach Spiti in Summer

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Routes to reach Spiti in Summer

If you plan to visit Spiti between March-May, you will have to take the Shimla-Spiti route, which makes the valley accessible throughout the year. This route passes from Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) – Kaza

If you are travelling in June, you can access Spiti from the Manali side. The route, in this case, will be Manali – Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Batal – Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza

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Places to See During the Summer

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Places to See During the Summer

Places to see during the summer:

- Chandratal:
Also known as the moon lake, this is one of the most beautiful places in Spiti Valley. It’s a surreal experience seeing the calm crystal clear waters in shades of grey-blue-green reflect the massive brown mountains. 

- Dhankar:
Dhankar is famous for its 1200-year-old monastery, the pristine lake, and the ancient fort.

- Tabo:
One of the most intriguing places in the region, Tabo is famous for its hidden cave systems, an ancient monastery, and stark barren landscape.  

- Hikkim:
Famous for housing the world’s highest post office, Hikkim is a must-visit in Spiti valley. 

- Komic:
Considered to be the highest village in the world with a running motorable road, Komic is an absolute must-visit.

- Langza:
People interested in fossil hunting love to visit Langza. Another great attraction is the huge golden statue of Lord Buddha overlooking the valleys as if guarding them.

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Fairs & Festivals in Summer

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Fairs & Festivals in Summer:

Tsheshu festival (June): Also known as the Kye Chham festival, this colourful festival is when the lamas perform the devil dance attired in masks of animals and birds to invoke the spirits and get blessed for prosperity. You can see this festival at monasteries like Shashur, Tabo, Mane, and Gemur.

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Spiti Valley in Winter

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Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley in Winter

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Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley in Winter

Spiti transforms into a brilliant wonderland covered in powdery-white snow during winters each year. Sights like frozen lakes, waterfalls, and snow-covered mountains dotted with pugmarks of snow leopards are common. Visiting Spiti in winters is a once in a lifetime opportunity especially for travellers who love extreme winter adventures and enjoy activities like snow trekking, frozen waterfall climbing, and viewing the elusive snow leopard.

The valley, due to the absence of crowds, is quiet and calm. During the winter months, Spiti can be approached only from the Shimla side. Since the place is almost landlocked due to heavy snow cover, be prepared for a tough trip physically as well as mentally. 

Duration of winter: Winters in Spiti extend for 5 months i.e. from October to February.

Average Temperature: The average temperatures range between 0°C in the day to around -40°C in the night.

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Winter

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Winter

Pros:

- Spiti is not visited by many travellers during the winter months, making it the perfect time for those who are seeking mountainside solitude. 
- For those interested in experiencing extreme winter adventures, this is the best time to visit Spiti valley to explore winter treks here and even catch live snowfall.
- Those interested in wildlife can hope to spot snow leopards during this time. 

Con’s:

- The weather is extremely harsh and brutal during winters. Those who cannot handle the blood-curdling cold should avoid venturing to Spiti in winters.
- Almost all the hotels, cafes, and markets are closed during winters. Your best bet will be homestays. You shouldn’t expect great facilities at this time. 
- Whichever hotels and homestays are functional will charge exorbitant prices. Don’t expect a budget stay during winters.
- Due to heavy snow, most of the roads will be blocked or in bad condition. They are slippery due to frost, slushy mud, and water crossings. Keep a few buffer days in hand if travelling during these months to avoid delays caused due to these conditions. 
- Due to sub-zero temperatures, don’t expect running water. You will have to make do with dry toilets and must be prepared to go for many days without taking a bath. 
- There are electricity fluctuations during this time. Bonfires or warm kitchen areas will be your place to be!
- The ATMs might be out of order due to the valley being cut-off and unavailability of electricity. 
- The phones will have intermittent coverage due to heavy snow cover. So prepare to remain cut-off for a while.

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Routes to Reach Spiti in Winter

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Routes to Reach Spiti in Winter

In winters, Spiti is accessible only from the Shimla side. The available route passes through Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) – Kaza

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Places to See During Winter

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Places to See During Winter

- Chandratal Lake: This lake transforms into a frozen wonder in winters. Visit it to see the expanse of stark whiteness backdropped by dark mountains and blue skies.

- Gue Village:
The village is famous for the intriguing mummy of a Buddhist monk who started mummifying his body while he was still alive. This was discovered during an earthquake in 1975 and is visited by people from all over the country. 

- Kibber:
This village, surrounded by mountains, is famous for its snow-covered vistas in winter. Don’t miss to see the Tibetan-style houses, ancient monasteries, and wildlife like Blue Sheep, Tibetan Woolly Hare, Snow Leopards, and Ibex. 

- Chicham Bridge:
Credited as the highest bridge in Asia and the second highest suspension bridge in the world, this bridge stands at a height of around 13,500 ft., this architectural marvel is a must-visit.

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Fairs & Festivals in Winter

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Fairs & Festivals in Winter

- Dechhang Festival: Celebrated in December, this is one of the most popular community festivals in Spiti. You will be treated to local food, bonfire, folk song and dance in this beautiful celebration.

- Losar Festival:
One of the most famous of the festivals, this marks the Tibetan New Year in the region. It is celebrated everywhere- right from the villages to the monasteries. This 3-day celebration sees processions, dances, music, massive bonfires, and praying sessions.

- Gochi Festival:
This interesting festival is celebrated in the month of February. Only families where a son was born in the preceding year can be a part of this. Dough and chhang (rice-based alcohol) is offered to the local deities on the day. 

- Fagli Festival:
Celebrated after a fortnight of Amavasya, in the first half of February, this festival is dedicated to angels known as ‘Shikhara-Appa’, who are considered to be the ancestors of the mountains. People decorate their houses with oil lamps, flowers, bamboo, and offer barley flour and buttermilk to the local deities.

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Spiti Valley in Monsoon

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Spiti Valley in Monsoon

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Spiti Valley in Monsoon

Spiti, like Ladakh, is a dry cold desert that sees close to no rains, even during the monsoon season. However, the approach roads from the Shimla side see quite a bit of rain leading to patchy road conditions. You will also need to cross some water crossings especially at the stretch between Batal and Gramphoo.

The valley shrouds itself in beautiful autumn colours of brown and burnt orange, that make the place even more stunning. The days are pleasant and the nights cool, perfect to enjoy the charm of the valley.

Duration of monsoon: Months of July till September are considered to be the monsoon months in Spiti.  

Average temperature: The average temperatures range between 10°C (daytime) to 4°C (night).

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Monsoon

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Pros & Cons of Visiting in Monsoon

Pros:

- Since Spiti hardly experiences rains, the entire valley is open for exploring and soaking in the beauty of the place.
- The weather is pleasantly moderate and comfortable that lets one be outdoors. 

Con’s:

- Expect to be delayed by roadblocks, landslides, water crossings, and slushy roads on the approach roads to Spiti. Due to soil loosened by rains, you might also encounter shooting stones at certain places.
- Your electronics and clothes are at risk of getting spoiled due to rains. Make sure to keep them covered and carry spares. 
- There is always a possibility of your vehicle breaking down. Keep spare parts handy.
- Since this is the season when apples are transported to the rest of the country, you might encounter jams due to the high number of trucks on the roads.

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Routes to Reach Spiti in Monsoon

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Routes to Reach Spiti in Monsoon

During the months of July to September, Spiti is accessible both from Manali and Shimla routes. 

The Shimla route passes through Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) – Kaza

From Manali side, the route that you will need to take will pass through Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Batal – Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza

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Places to See During Monsoon

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Places to See During Monsoon

Besides the usual attractions like Chandratal Lake, Komic, Hikkim, Dhankar, etc., you can visit these places during monsoons:

- Nako Village:
The village is famous for its beautiful 11th-century monastery and the pristine lake. 

- Tabo Village:
This charming village is famous for its rustic houses and for housing the ancient monastery, that’s revered by Buddhists around the world. 

- Mudh Village:
Located in the beautiful Pin Valley and surrounded by high mountain peaks, Mudh Village is famous for its remote and secluded charm. 

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Fairs & Festivals in Monsoon

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Fairs & Festivals in Monsoon

- Ladarcha Festival: More a fair, this ancient festival was started as a platform for traders from remote places in the state to sell their wares. Celebrated during the third week of August, you can see amazing artworks, jewellery, organic foods, handicrafts, and even yaks here along with performances by local dancers. 

- Tribal fair:
This fair coincides with the Indian independence day and is celebrated from 14-16 August with a lot of enthusiasm by the locals. You will see bonfires, local food offerings, dance, and folk songs here. 

- Gataur festival:
This festival is celebrated to worship God Chaugayal as they perform the Chham dance and offer saur to fire. It is celebrated in the last week of September. 

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18 July 2015
Excellent
Beautiful, unexplored place and the best part away from all the cobwebs of city.This place is heaven on earth. It is hard to believe that such beauty even exists. But yes, beauty comes at a price. Its hard to reach. Weather is extreme. I went there via Kinnaur. And Kinnaur is not for the light hearted. Its a long, tiring and dangerous journey with a treasure at the end.
18 June 2019
Excellent
I went to Spiti Valley with my family from Chandigarh and we booked our trip from Thrillophilia. The place is so beautiful, the view is so captivating. the trip was really wonderful we had a very nice ti me on the trip. Thanks, Thrillophilia for the great experience!!!
15 October 2019
Excellent
We went to Spiti from Shimla. We booked the trip from Thrillophilia and must say they have arranged everything so nicely, the stays, meals everything was so nice. We had an amazing time on the entire trip.
27 September 2019
Excellent
The Spiti Valley trip from Delhi was so amazing, The entire trip was so nicely planned, the meals and stays everything was so good. we had a great time on the trip. The place is so beautiful.
22 October 2019
Excellent
we went to Spiti valley from Delhi and it was one of the best trips ever, The beautiful hills and mountains are so alluring, Key Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Pin Valley National Park, and Kunzum Pass all are so beautiful. We had an amazing time at the trip. Thanks Thrillophilia for the wonderful experience!!!
10 July 2019
Chapala Pothuvaal Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
Thrillophilia just arranged the best trip of my life! The guide was excellent, the bikes were in good condition and so were the other arrangements! The whole trip was so well arranged that we saw the best of Spiti.
18 May 2019
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
18 May 2019
Aanandaswarup Pothuvaal Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
03 July 2019
Vidur Namboothiri Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
It was a great trip for me. However, there were some pros and cons. Pros: • The bikes were in good condition, and there were regular breaks for riders. • The trip guide was excellent and very clear with instructions. • They selected excellent viewpoints and regular stops. All the pre-decided places were duly shown to us. Cons • The food could have been improved • The internet connectivity throughout was very poor.
06 August 2019
Excellent
An unforgettable trip for my friends and me- Thrillophilia arranged it in the best way possible! The trip could not have been better executed! Our operator was the best- he gave us the whole itinerary minute by minute in Chandigarh on the first day and was there for every issue we had!

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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. Which are the best hotels to stay in Spiti Valley?

    There are the best hotels to stay in Spiti Valley:

    1. Hotel Sakya Abode
    2. Hotel Spiti Heritage
    3. Grand Dewachen
    4. Spiti Valley Hotel
    5. Hotel Deyzor
  2. Which month is best for Spiti valley?

    May is considered to be the best time to visit Spiti valley. This is when the valley starts to shed its snow cover and comes alive with vibrancy and charm of endless emerald-green meadows, turquoise-green lakes, and colourful monasteries perched atop rocky cliffs-all framed by majestic mountains. In May, since the valley remains inaccessible from the Manali side, you won’t find hordes of tourists and can enjoy the place in quietude.

    The monsoons are far enough in the year to make the roads difficult to drive on. The temperatures in May range between 15°C in the day and 5°C in the nights, which are great for being outdoors. The hotels, cafes, and guesthouses open their shutters after the winter months making your stay comfortable. Definitely, the best time to visit Spiti valley.
  3. Is July a good time to visit Spiti valley?

    July is amongst the peak season months at Spiti and the best time to visit Spiti valley. This is when the valley is accessible from the Manali side after the opening of passes like Rohtang & Kunzum, which is the shorter route. This is when the snow cover is almost off making all the remote places accessible.

    The lakes, during this month, are no longer frozen and one can enjoy their splendour of colours and peace. Adventure enthusiasts have options to trek, raft, and enjoy mountain biking during this month. Being the peak season, you can stay at the best of places and enjoy great Pahari and Tibetan foods and facilities, making it the best time to visit Spiti valley.
  4. Is it safe to travel to Spiti in August?

    While you can definitely travel to Spiti in August, being the monsoon season, it must be done with a lot of caution. Though both the approaching sides of Shimla-Kaza and Manali-Kaza are prone to get affected by rains, the Shimla route is considered to have better road stretches. You are going to find slushy patches, overflowing nallahs, and broken roads on your way.

    In August, due to loose soil caused by rains, the risk of encountering shooting stones and landslides also increases. Make sure to take all the basic and necessary precautions while driving. The same applies to safeguarding your clothes, electronics, and vehicles. Nonetheless, none of these difficulties take away from the stunning beauty that you will see once you reach the valley. The lush forests, flowers, and pristine lakes that become all the more beautiful during this month are going to be etched in your memory forever making it the best time to visit Spiti valley.
  5. Which routes are open for Spiti in summer and winter?

    During winters, which are the best time to visit Spiti valley especially for adventure enthusiasts, Spiti is accessible only from the Shimla side.

    The route that you will need to take will pass through Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) – Kaza During summers, Spiti is accessible not only from Shimla side, but also from Manali after the opening of passes like Rohtang, Baralacha, and Kunzum. This route passes through Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Batal – Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza