Spiti Valley PackagesIf you have been planning a vacation in the mountains this holiday season, then Thrillophilia’s Spiti Valley tour packages are the correct choice for you. We offer the widest range of itineraries to enjoy this heavenly place. You can avail the specially curated Spiti tour packages for a breathtaking experience in the mountains.
You also have the options for touring the Spiti Valley with friends and family so that your entire group can get the most out of this gorgeous destination. With so many experiential tours and activities, you can easily explore the attractions with our Lahaul Spiti tour packages.
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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley Tours
Which are the best Spiti tour packages?Here is the list of some of the best tour packages for Spiti holiday:
1. Spiti Valley Bike Tour From Delhi
2. Spiti Road Trip Girls' Special
3. Spiti Winter Special: Paint It White
4. Spiti Valley Tour
5. Spiti Valley Trip Via Kinnaur
6. Bike Tour From Manali To Spiti
7. Spiti Valley Tour From Manali In A Car
Which are the best biking tours in Spiti?
The Spiti Valley has some beautiful views to offer all along and what could get better than taking a bike tour among these routes. Here are some of the best biking tour routes that you can take:
1. Spiti Valley Bike Tour From Delhi
2. Bike Tour From Manali To Spiti
3. Motorcycle Tour Through Lahaul Spiti
What is the best time to go for Spiti Valley road trip?Winter is the best time to plan for a Spiti Valley road trip. Nestling amidst the verdant hills of the mighty Himalayan ranges, a road trip to Spiti valley promises the best of all its experiences in winters. The winter period of Spiti Valley is exceptionally harsh with temperatures dropping as low as -40 degrees and the entire region turns out to be frigid. You can plan on a road trip to Langza, Hikkim, Demul, and Komic. If you have a private car or shared taxis available there, you can even plan a visit to the Losar, Lhalung, Dhankar, and Gue Village.
How much does a trip to Spiti valley cost?Your trip to Spiti Valley will depend on the package you opt for. With an array of packages from approx INR 15,000 to INR 25,000 Thrillophilia brings to you the best of Spiti Valley Tours with several unique inclusions that will be etched in your memories for a lifetime.
How far is Spiti valley from Shimla?Spiti Valley lies at a distance of 441.5 km from Shimla via NH505. It will take approximately 11 hours and 35 minutes for you to reach your final destination. However, travelling duration may vary according to the mode of transport, weather and road conditions.
What are the things to keep in mind when doing solo backpack tour in Spiti-Lahaul?1. Hitchhiking is not very difficult, friendly passersby will be willing to take you along if it’s within their route. This is some great way to meet people and also save money on transport.
2. Dhabas are the best place to eat at during your journey, so don’t go looking around for a proper hotel to dine at.
3. Homestays are totally recommended. The locals are friendly and there are plenty of them offering homestays. They usually also provide you with food and knowledge on the local area.
4. If you are riding by yourself, it is advisable to keep some fuel in hand, just in case as there are not many petrol stations on the way, especially on the highway to Kaza.
5. It might get quite cold at the higher altitudes and jerkins, sweaters and medicines are a must carry on your trip!
What are the best places to visit on a Spiti Valley tour?
1. Key Monastery: This oldest sanctum for Buddhist teachings is almost 1000-years-old and also the most famous due to its stunning location edging on a cliffside surrounded by massive snow-capped peaks.
This 3-floor monastery is designed in the Pasada-style and is adorned with ancient murals called Tangyur, weapons, and rara Thangkas (Tibetan paintings). The Chham dance performed by monks is a major attraction.
Location: Near Spiti River, Spiti Valley.
2. Pin Valley National Park: Located in the cold desert ecosystem of Spiti at an altitude of 6,632 metres this park is the natural habitat of some of the rarest wildlife species in the world like Snow leopard, Ibex, Himalayan marmot, Blue rock pigeon, etc. You can enjoy challenging treks and jeep safaris at the stark rugged landscape here.
Location: Kaza Valley, Himachal Pradesh.
3. Chandratal Lake: Located at around 14,000 ft., this is amongst the most beautiful of the mountain lakes in the country. Translating to ‘Moon Lake’, it enchants you with its crystal clear waters that have shades of grey, turquoise green, and azure blue.
This contrasts with the reflections of the surrounding stark mountains that one sees in the lake waters. The lake, due to its location amidst rugged mountainous trails, is one of the most popular trekking locations amongst Spiti valley tours.
Location: Spiti, Lahaul & Spiti.
4. Suraj Tal: This lake known for its stupendous beauty is the 3rd highest lake in the country standing at 4890 metres above the sea level.
Dedicated to the sun god and considered to be a holy place, the lake feeds the Bhaga River and is famed for its stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains and shimmering glaciers. The untouched beauty of this mostly uninhabited place makes this one of the top inclusions in all Spiti Valley tour packages.
Location: Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh.
5. Tabo Monastery: Founded in 996 AD by the Buddhist king Yeshe O’d, this monastery is the one of the most-revered of all monasteries in the country and a must-include in your Spiti valley tours.
Situated at an altitude of around 10,000 ft., it not only has a majestic architecture but is also famous for its beautiful murals, paintings, and sculptures. It has 9 temples within its complex, residential space for visitors, and even a restaurant.
Location: Tabo, Himachal Pradesh.
6. Kibber: A place that’s known as the highest motorable village in the world, is an absolute must-include in your Spiti Valley holiday packages. Its vibrant culture, barren landscape, monasteries perched on hills, the massive Dandmachan Peak, and the 80-odd houses are a must-see.
It is an amazing sight to see herds of grazing yaks and stars close enough to make you feel as if you could reach out to touch them. Visit the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary to see exotic animals like the Tibetan woolly hare, Pika, Snow leopards, Blue sheep, and Red Fox.
Location: Lahaul & Spiti.
7. Nako Lake: The beauty of this spectacular high mountain lake located at around 3,600 metres above sea level needs to be seen to be believed. Surrounded by lush meadows, majestic mountains, and pine tree thickets lies this high mountain lake that must be a part of your Spiti valley tours. Don’t miss exploring the nearby Tibetan monasteries, waterfalls, and caves. You can also enjoy boating in the calm lake waters during summers.
Location: Pooh, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.
8. Gandhola Monastery: This 8th-century monastery is located on a hilltop at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. This monastery was where rare relics like a copper goblet, the damaged head of Avalokitesvara, and a black stone image of the goddess Vajresvari were found. This intriguing ambience and its scenic location make this place a popular location in Spiti Valley packages.
Location: Top Chilling, Himachal Pradesh.
What are the famous monasteries in Lahaul-Spiti?Here are some of the most famous monasteries in the Lahaul-Spiti valley:1. Key Monastery –
Situated at a staggering height of 13,500 feet – the Key Monastery overlooks the Kaza valley and is one of the largest monasteries in the region. It is nestled away on a monolithic conical hill and features an interesting,
irregular design with low rooms and narrow corridors.
There are hundreds of Lamas who receive their training here, and you can also see numerous murals, beautiful thankas and rare manuscripts in this place.2. Tangyud Gompa –
The renowned Tangyud Gompa is located near the village of Comic and is quite important historically. Legend says that the Buddhists in this Gompa revised the Tang-Gyud, which consists of the 87 volumes of one of the classes of Tibetan scriptures.
It is believed that the Lamas of this gompa are extremely proficient in tantra.3. Kungri Gompa –
Located in the Pin valley, this is the second oldest monastery in Spiti. It was built in 1330 AD as a result of large foreign donations and is made up of three rectangular building blocks, all detached from each other and facing east. This is one of the few monasteries in the valley which shows undebatable evidence of the tantric cult of Buddhism.4. Dhankar Gompa –
This monastery is located on the left bank of the Spiti river and 32 km away from Kaza, at an altitude of nearly 3870 m. The strategic location of the Gompa allowed locals to monitor the entry of foreigners into the valley and get a chance to subvert their attacks.5. Kibber –
Situated at a towering height of 14,200 feet, this gompa is perched on the top of a limestone rock. Kibber is nestled just 16 km away from Kaza and you can easily find a bus to the gompa from the valley in the summers. The gompa is located in a charming little hamlet which is full of lush green hills and refreshing natural beauty.
What are the famous rivers in Lahaul- Spiti?Here are the most significant rivers in the valley:1. Chandra-Bhaga or Chenab –
The upper course of the river is famous as Chandra-Bhaga, as it is formed by the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. The two of them meet in Tandi, and as the river makes its way through Lahaul, it lays down thick segments of sedimentary deposits. In the summer, the river is seen in its full glory, and flash floods are pretty common. But during winters, the river is sometimes frozen.As it descends through the Western Himalayan ranges, the river starts turning northwesterly towards the cold deserts of Lahaul valley, and here it is known as Chenab. It flows along the northern parts of the Pir Panjal mountain range and enters the Doda region of J&K through a spectacular gorge. After that, the river runs south and enters the plains.2. Spiti River –
It is the largest tributary of the Satluj River and is formed by a variety of small streams. Most of these streams are fed by the snow from various glaciers in the northern Himalayan region in the Spiti Valley. The general direction of the river is south-eastern as it makes its way through the Valley, and it joins the Satluj river at Namgia. Spiti river also drains many streams from the popular Pin Valley area.
What are the best things to do on the Spiti Valley tour?
1. Enjoy mountain biking: Spiti is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the thrill of mountain biking amidst rugged and high altitude landscapes. You can visit secluded villages, passes like Rohtang Pass & Kunzum Pass, and lakes like Suraj Tal and ChandraTal on your biking trip. This is even more fun as you face and overcome challenges like river crossings, broken roads, and hairpin bends.
2. Try a yak safari: A yak safari is what takes you closest to the villages and their people including their customs and the local flora and fauna of the stunning Spiti. This age-old method is how the people in the ancient times used to travel on this sturdy and majestic animal and reminds one of the toughness of the people and the conditions in which they lived.
3. Enjoy white water rafting: One of the most exciting activities to include in your Spiti Valley tour packages is river rafting as you cruise through the stark barren landscape and views of majestic peaks and glaciers.
This is the best way to reach the nooks and crannies of this stupendous place that no car or bike can take you to. The best rafting happens at Spiti and Pin rivers amidst rapids of grade 3 and 4.
4. Visit the highest post office in the world: Located at around 14,400 ft. above sea level is the world’s highest post office amidst the secluded landscape of Spiti Valley. The post office has been running since 1983 and is visited by locals and those who seek offbeat adventures in their Spiti Valley tour packages. Due to the harsh winters that Spiti sees, the post office shuts for almost 6 months during winters.
5. Experience local Himalayan life: The best way to get to know any culture and the way of life is to visit the villages. The people of Spiti belong to the 9th-century sect of Tibetan Buddhism the traditions and customs of which are still followed in its villages like Kibber, Komic, and Langza, etc. The people here are warm and welcoming and you can not only visit the local monasteries but also stay at their homes and try the most authentic Tibetan food.
6. Take a monastery trail: Spiti has 9 monasteries that transport one to the serenity and tranquillity of Buddhism. These monasteries adorned with traditional Thangka paintings reverberating with chants and their mystic ambience are a must-visit.
Some of the best ones to visit are the 1000-year-old Cliffside Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery that’s the oldest in India, and the 6th-century Gandhola Monastery. Other monasteries to include in your Spiti Valley tour packages include Key, Kungri, Kardang, Tangled, Tayul, and Shashur Monasteries.
7. Explore exotic Himalayan wildlife: To see the local Himalayan wildlife head over to the protected areas of the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and Pin Valley National Park. Besides the frequently seen yaks, you have a chance to spot snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear, ibex, Tibetan antelopes, etc. in their natural habitat.
What are the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Lahaul- Spiti?Here are some of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in the valley:1. Great Himalayan National Park –
Having been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park is spread over a massive area of 754 square km in the valley. It mainly features temperate and alpine forests, along with a scattering of coniferous trees. You can also see enormous areas covered by alpine grasslands and glaciers. The park is home to a variety of Himalayan wildlife species, including cheer, bharal, leopard, snow leopard, brown bears etc.2. Bandli Sanctuary –
The Bandli Sanctuary is famous for housing the elusive snow leopard, along with the Chir peasant. Tourists from all over the country visit Bandli just to get a glimpse of the majestic animal, and other Himalayan wildlife.3. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary –
Established in the year 1976, this place is home to a wide variety of wildlife like the Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkeys, Crested Porcupines, Indian Muntjac, and Leopards. The flora of the park is mainly oak and deodar trees, with some grasslands too. Another reason for visiting this stunning park is the Cheer pheasant breeding centre.4. Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary –
The main attractions in this park are leopards, musk deer, black bear and barking deer. It offers a unique combination of exotic flora and fauna and a wide variety of birds. You can see Indian peafowl, koklass pheasants, and red jungle fowls here. The main flora seems to be made up of deodar and oak trees, along with a variety of herbs.
Which are the best places to stay in Spiti Valley?
1. Hotel Spiti Sarai: Offering stupendous views of the Key Monastery and surrounding snow-covered peaks away from the chaos of the tourist places, this is one of the best options to stay at. You can choose from Royal, Premium, and Prime suites and enjoy home-cooked food and customised sightseeing activities here.
Location: Rangrik, Kaza, Lahaul & Spiti.
Price: Approximately Rs. 4,000 per person/night.
2. Grand Dewachen: Translating to the ‘Heaven of Buddha’, this hotel is famous for its architecture of mud walls and Spitian carvings. The property overlooks the high peaks of Spiti and the majestic Key Monastery. On prior request, the hotel arranges for interesting sightseeing tours.
Location: Kaza and Rangrik, Spiti.
Price: Approximately Rs. 7,300 per person/night.
3. Hotel Deyzor: This award-winning hotel, amongst the top in Spiti Valley tour packages, is famous for not only its beautiful traditional architecture but also for its organic garden and a garden café and can be booked in your Spiti valley tours. The in-house restaurant serves delicious Tibetan, Indian, and European meals. It offers a range of rooms like Standard, Superior, and Deluxe with the latest amenities.
Location: Behind BSNL Office, Kaza.
Price: Approximately Rs. 1,500 per person/night.
4. Hotel Snow Lion: This charming hotel offers 14 spacious rooms with private balconies for you to savour the beauty of Spiti. This pet-friendly hotel, amongst the top choices in Spiti Valley packages, has a great on-property restaurant, kitchen garden, a rooftop space for stargazing, and arranges for customised sightseeing tours.
Location: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh.
Price: Approximately Rs. 1,500 per person/night.
What to do at night in Spiti Valley?
1. Stargazing: Topping the bucket list of many, Spiti, due to its high altitude and low pollution levels allows for the best stargazing opportunities in the country. Places like Dhankar, Hikkim, Langza, and Kaza are great to see the Milky Way Galaxy and a sky blazing with a million lights. If you are lucky you can even spot a shooting star here, which is a once in a lifetime experience.
2. Savour the local traditions: The best way to do this is by including a homestay in your Spiti Valley packages. After a day of sightseeing, the families that you stay with are more than happy to put up a beautiful show of their local songs, dance, and food at night.
3. Camp amidst wilderness: With its almost barren landscape of high peaks and miles of nothingness, Spiti is as raw and wild as it gets. The best way to savour this is to stay in a camp overnight and soak in the sounds of the local wildlife and the night time beauty of nature at places like Tsupark, Sissu, and Sarchu.
What should I wear in Lahaul-Spiti?Here are some of the things you should remember when it comes to what clothes to wear in the valley:- You should wear thermals. Carry at least 2-3 pairs so they last long.
- A windcheater, fleece or windproof jacket to counter the wind
- Insulated boots that will allow you to trek in the winters. If you are going in summer, sports shoes will be fine.
- 2-3 pairs of woollen socks
- 3-4 sets of sweatshirts, pullovers or warm sweaters
- Trekking pants that are comfortable and warm
- 1-2 caps to protect yourself from harsh sunlight in the summers and cold wind in the winters. In winters, you can also carry a balaclava.
- A pair of sunglasses to protect yourself from reflections from the white snow.
- Hand gloves to protect your hands from the cold.
What Mistakes People should avoid while going to Lahaul-Spiti Trip?Here are some of the most common mistakes you should avoid when planning your trip to the valley:1. Ignoring acclimatization –
No matter how fit and strong you are, how much you train every day, or how much protein you eat – everybody needs to acclimatize to the higher altitude irrespective of fitness level, age and sex. So make sure that you give your body enough time to get used to the lower oxygen levels.2. Ignoring road safety measures when driving to the valley –
Most people tend to underestimate how treacherous the passage to the valley is. No matter how many miles you have under your belt and how many times you have passed Rohtang, Lahaul-Spiti is an entirely different beast, and we recommend taking appropriate precautions if you are driving there yourself.3. Not planning the trip –
Lahaul-Spiti is a very volatile region when it comes to its geography and weather. If the weather worsens or you get stuck somewhere, it can lead to dire consequences. That is why we recommend planning your trip meticulously with every detail outlined.4. Taking small babies with them –
This is highly dangerous for the baby as well as the adult. Children have an extremely hard time adjusting to low oxygen levels and they are also more prone to altitude sickness. If anything like that happens, their conditions can quickly become worse.5. Drinking alcohol before going –
No matter how much experience you have with alcohol, do not take this warning lightly. Excessive amounts of alcohol along with tobacco smoking and other depressant drugs can lower respiratory drive and worsen the symptoms of altitude sickness.6. Making a 4-5-day plan for the valley –
To fully enjoy the gorgeous landscapes the valley has to offer; 4-5 days are not enough. When planning your trip, make sure you have at least 10 days set aside for the Lahaul-Spiti circuit.
Which are some famous campsites in Spiti Valley?
1. Goldrops Camp: Known for its location amidst the snow-capped mountains and acres of the barren landscape of Sissu, this is one of the best camps to stay at. They offer comfortable camps, great food, parking, and local sightseeing.
2. Bhaga Eco Camp: Located at the banks of Bhaga River in Jispa, this campsite offers spacious tents with attached European washrooms. You can enjoy a bonfire, stargazing, trekking, bird watching, and nature trails at this amazing campsite.
3. Pallha Ecotourism: Located at Tsupark, this camping farm offers an unbeatable camping experience that is not only fun but also in line with sustainable practices for preserving the fragile Spiti ecosystem. You can enjoy organic farm walks, nature trails, stargazing, and bonfire here.
4. Juniper Valley Camps: Lose yourself in the stunning beauty of Spiti as you stay at this luxury campsite that offers European, Continental, American, and Mod-American tent options. The site offers free WiFi, campfire, delicious food, mountain biking, hiking, and stargazing facilities.
5. HMRA Luxury Camp: Located at the beautiful Sarchu, this pet-friendly campsite offers not only stupendous views of the surrounding Himalayan landscape but also a private garden, an on-property restaurant, and fun sightseeing activities.
What are the Hidden Gems of Lahaul-Spiti?Here are some of the most important hidden gems in the valley:1. Dhankar lake –
Located an hour and a half drive away from the monastery of the same name, the lake is a largely ignored destination in the valley. But the road to the lake is perhaps one of the most serene and picturesque routes in the region, and once you reach, you will be stunned by the peaceful and tranquil nature of the area.2. Langza –
This small hamlet is considered one of the highest in the world, and probably the only one that is still accessible via roads. The village is home to a wide variety of endangered Himalayan wildlife including snow leopards, Himalayan griffon, Tibetan wolves etc.3. Nako Village –
If you are taking the Kinnaur route, Nako is an unmissable destination with its breathtaking Nako lake and snow-capped mountain peaks. Encircled by winding roads and lanes, you will feel as if you have stepped in a maze at Nako.4. Tabo caves –
Preferred by many monks in the area for meditation, the caves are perfect to enjoy the picturesque views of the Himalayas in divine silence. The caves also feature one of the oldest monasteries in India.
Which are some best treks in Spiti valley?
1. Pin Parvati trek: One of the most thrilling treks that take you to an altitude of almost 17, 457 ft. is certainly an experience of a lifetime. This 9-day trek, starting from Barsheni, takes you through scenic meadows, streams, secluded villages, and the famous Kunzum Pass & Parvati River. This trek goes through extremely rugged terrain, making it perfect for seasoned trekkers.
2. Chandratal trek via Hampta Pass: This moderate level trek takes you to one of the most beautiful lakes in the country through rugged trails, barren landscape interspersed with bright colours of wildflower patches, and stunning views of the mountains. The 5-day trek starts from Manali and goes through Balu ka Gera and Shira Gorh to reach Hampta Pass, Batal, Chattru, Kunzum Pass to finally reach the lake.
3. Mount Kanamo trek: Located near Kibber and Tashi Gang villages, this almost 19,600 ft. is every trekker’s dream. Perfect for experienced trekkers, this 5-day trek takes one through arduous terrain and conditions of low oxygen and high altitude, but rewards with views of almost 35 summits of Ladakh, Kullu, and Kinnaur valleys.
What is the status of road in Lahaul-Spiti?The Lahaul-Spiti valley is located at an altitude of 3350 meters above the sea level and receives a lot of snowfall during the winter months, that is October to May. The temperatures go as low as -20 degrees in these months, and that is why there is a heavy snowfall.
As a result, the region is cut off from the adjoining areas and most of the roads like Manali to Keylong, Keylong to Kaza, and Keylong to Leh are closed. Even though the Shimla to Kaza road stays open throughout the year, it is impossible to go ahead from Kaza due to the roads being blocked by snowfall.
What are the most romantic things to do in Spiti Valley?
1. Spend time stargazing: Spiti is one of the best places in the country to spend serene time with your partner under a brilliantly lit sky. At places like Hikkim and Kaza, you can even spot the Milky Way Galaxy and shooting stars.
2. Go off-roading: Spiti’s rugged terrain is perfect for couples that love the thrill & adventure of riding or driving a 4X4. You can go for long rides and spend time at the high mountain passes and serene glassy lakes away from the hustle-bustle of the tourist places.
3. Take a lakeside walk: Spiti lets you spend tranquil romantic time at the lakeside of Chandratal, the most beautiful lakes in the country. Enjoy a picnic lunch and see the sun and clouds cast shadows on the stark barren mountains.
How much does a trip to Spiti valley cost?The cost of a trip to Spiti is largely dependent on the food and accommodation options you choose.The entire circuit will take at least 10 days to cover. Coming to accommodation options first, you can choose between Dhaba tents, guesthouse, homestays, medium-range hotels or 5-star hotels. The cost of each of them would approximately be:- Dhaba tent – INR 100 per day- Guesthouse or homestay – INR 250-400 per day- Medium hotel – INR 700-1500 per day- 5-star hotels – INR 3000 per daySimilarly, when it comes to meals, the cost can be:- INR 50-70 per meal per person if you dine at a Dhaba- INR 150-200 per meal per person if it is a hotelThe cost of the meal also depends on whether you choose Vegetarian or non-vegetarian options.Some other things that will add to your expenses are:- Miscellaneous things like permit fees, entry fees to monasteries, toll fees etc. will come to be roughly INR 900 to 1200 per day.
- Activities that you will participate in like paragliding, rafting, mountain biking etc will also incur additional charges.
- Bike rides or self-driven cars will incur fuel charges that can be INR 1000-1200 per day. If you rent a bike or a car, it can be between INR 9000-11000 per day.Thus, considering all these things, the cost of your trip to the valley is largely dependent on what options you choose. If you are okay with decent comfort and decent food, the entire trip can be covered in INR 80,000 to 120,000. The cost will be higher if you want to stay in luxury hotels, rent a vehicle, drive your own car, or participate in adventure sports.
What is the best time to visit Spiti Valley?
The best time to visit Spiti is between March-September. This is when the weather is extremely pleasant & cool for you to try treks, sightsee, spend time in the wondrous outdoors, and avail the best Spiti Valley holiday packages.
Those who love snow and dare to bear sub-zero temperatures can visit in winters from the Shimla side to enjoy trekking, spotting snow leopards, and enjoying a homestay.
How do I get to Spiti Valley from Manali?
Spiti, located around 200 kilometres from Manali, can be reached via the two HRTC buses that ply daily between the 2 places. This is an economical albeit a slower way to reach. Alternatively, you can ride, self-drive, and even rent a private or a shared cab.
Which network works in Spiti?Here are some facts regarding what networks work best in the valley:- BSNL is the best option in Spiti. You can also opt for MTNL. Both prepaid and postpaid connections of these two networks are okay in the valley, although the network quality may not be that great.
- The phone connectivity on routes to the valley only have intermittent connectivity.
- Tabo Valley, Losar and a bunch of other areas have no network.
- Winters affect network quality in the region.
Is Lahaul-Spiti dangerous?No, Lahaul Spiti is not dangerous for tourists. Thousands of people undertake the journey every year and come back without any incidents.As long as you take certain precautions like driving carefully, allowing your body to get used to the altitude and staying away from contentious areas bordering China, you will be completely safe.
Which is better, Leh or Spiti?
Making a choice between two places that have unparalleled beauty is quite difficult. Ladakh, unlike anything that you might have read about it, throws an expected surprise with its stunning landscape of high altitude lakes, stark barren valleys, the Khardung Pass that’s considered to be the highest motorable pass in the world, and several challenging summits.
All of this and the fact that its tourism infrastructure has developed well over the years has made Ladakh’s into a crowded place, except during the winters.
Spiti, on the other hand, despite its rustic & secluded villages, gorgeous 1000-year-old monasteries, picturesque lakes, the highest post office & motorable village in the world is still less crowded. The tourism infrastructure is still developing and quite a bit of the valley remains inaccessible. You need to hike to reach places like Dhankar and Chandratal Lake since there are no motorable roads.
How many days are enough for Spiti Valley?
You need a minimum of 7-8 days to do justice to a place like Spiti. This time is enough to visit the secluded off-point villages, see the monasteries, spend time with the local people, and try the amazing Tibetan food here.
What is Lahaul-Spiti famous for?Here are some of the best places that make the valley so famous:1. Chandratal Lake –
Literally translating to the moon lake, this lake is crescent-shaped and is located 7-8 km from the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the major attractions in the region because of its divine natural beauty and pristine surroundings.
2. Key Monastery –
This is one of the largest monasteries in the region and is home to one of the most important idols of Buddha in the Dhyana position. You can also find many books and murals here.
3. Kunzum Pass –
Situated on the eastern end of the Kunzum range, this pass offers a glimpse of the picturesque landscape of the valley along with stunning views of the Chandra Bhaga range.
4. Pin Valley national park –
Home to some of the most important Himalayan wildlife species like snow leopards and Ibex, the place is set amidst the frozen river valley of Pin region.
5. Suraj Tal –
The lake is located just below the Baralacha pass, and is a stunning destination offering dream-like views of the mountains.
6. Kibber –
This hamlet is located 4205 m above sea level and is considered one of the highest villages in the world.
How many days are enough for Lahaul-Spiti?You will need at least 9-10 days to complete the circuit and get the most out of your visit to the valley.
Is Spiti Valley worth visiting?
Spiti Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and worth every second of your time. Where else can you visit the highest post office in the world (Hikkim), visit centuries-old cliffside monasteries, see the highest village in the world (Kibber) and savour the gorgeous beauty of pristine mountain lakes and high passes like Baralacha La and Kunzum.
How far is Lahaul-Spiti from Manali?Manali is located 32 km from Lahaul and 196 km from Spiti.
How much does a trip to Spiti Valley cost?
A 9-day Spiti Valley holiday packages trip will approximately cost between Rs. 11,000-12,000. This includes the cost of your accommodation, food, and local travel. This cost can be brought down if you decide you stay in a homestay and opt for shared transport.
Is Spiti Valley safe?
Yes, absolutely. Despite having a tough and challenging landscape that includes barren stretches of land, high passes, and roads with steep drops, if you have a good vehicle and have some experience driving on mountain roads, this can be one of the best trips of your lifetime.
Is there network in Lahaul-Spiti?Not all parts of Lahaul Spiti have network coverage. The main valleys and highways do have some connectivity for BSNL and MTNL networks, but the remote villages are completely disconnected.
How do you get to Lahaul-Spiti from Delhi?- By road –
Take a bus from Delhi to Shimla or Manali, and then travel by local buses to the valley either via Hindustan-Tibetan highway or Leh-Manali Highway.
- By train –
The nearest railway station is in Shimla. You can reach here via train, and then take a bus or cab to the valley.
- By air –
The nearest airport is in Bhuntar, in Kullu. You can take a flight to Chandigarh from Delhi, and then to Bhunter. After that, you will have to take a cab to the valley, or travel to Manali from where you can get a bus to Lahaul-Spiti.
What is the Best Time to Visit Lahaul-Spiti?The best time to visit the valley is from May to June. This is because no matter what route you are taking, the road conditions are not favourable during the rest of the year.Manali Leh highway is completely closed during the rest of the year as the Rohtang pass is covered with snow. The Hindustan Tibet highway is not closed, but the road conditions are extremely dangerous to drive here.Additionally, the monsoon season brings heavy landslides and avalanches in the region. Although Spiti is a rain shadow area, the route itself is extremely dangerous due to the rough terrain and torrential rainfalls in the Himalayas. This makes for extremely unfavorable driving conditions..So, unless you have an experienced driver, it is not recommended to go to Lahaul Spiti in winters or monsoons. Plan your trip between May and June.
What can you buy in Lahaul-Spiti?Lahaul-Spiti is famous for:
- Tibetan Artefacts- Paintings- Jewellery- Woodwork- Woollen Clothes- Prayer Wheels- Pots Of Brass And Copper- Work Baskets- Beads- Carved Wooden Tables- Shawls- Buddha Statues- Singing Bowls
Which local food is famous in Lahaul-Spiti?The most famous cuisine in the region is Tibetan and it is part of most of the food consumed in Lahaul and Spiti. You can find many delicious Tibetan dishes in the region like Thupkas. You can also find many non-vegetarian options such as mutton, lamb, yak, and chicken, and even freshwater fish dishes.
Is there snow in Lahaul-Spiti in June?Depending on the time of the month you are travelling, there may or may not be any snow in the valley itself. However, you are sure to find snow at the top of Rohtang pass and Kunzum pass in June.Rohtang pass is covered with ample snow almost throughout the year. Although, there is a good chance that you won’t see any snow in the valley itself later in the year – that is near October and November.
How far is Lahaul-Spiti from Shimla?Shimla is located 169 km away from Lahaul-Spiti valley.
Can we go to Lahaul-Spiti by car?Yes, you can drive to Lahaul Spiti by car. However, the roads connecting Spiti are not great, so it is necessary that your car should have good clearance. The route from Manali to Kaza is especially rough, and it gets even worse in monsoons as there are multiple water crossings during this time.
That is why it is not easy to take a small car or a sedan during this time. So, you can take a car, yes, but you need to be extremely careful, pick the right car, and get an experienced driver.
Can kids go to Lahaul-Spiti?Although there is no age limit on travelling to Lahaul-Spiti, it is not recommended to take very small children to the valley. Here are the reasons why:- Kids are more prone to altitude sickness.
- They usually get agitated and don’t understand the risks of travelling in such rough terrain. Consequently, they can get in trouble.
- You will have to pack a lot of additional things which can get cumbersome for you.
- In case of an emergency, medical facilities available in the region are not very advanced.Thus, we do not recommend taking children here, but if you have to, don’t take a kid younger than 1 year and 18 months of age, as very small infants can be dangerously affected by altitude sickness.
Which car is best for Lahaul-Spiti?The best car for Lahaul-Spiti is an SUV, whether it is a 2-wheel drive or a 4x4. The reason SUVs are preferred is because they provide good clearance which is necessary for the rough road conditions in Spiti. With an SUV, you will be able to take the car almost anywhere as it can handle the rough terrain very well.
Do we need a permit for Lahaul-Spiti?You do not need a permit to visit Lahaul Spiti if you are an Indian citizen. The only permit needed in the region by an Indian citizen is if they are crossing the Rohtang pass to enter Spiti from Manali. A vehicle permit is needed in such cases to cross the pass whether you are coming by your own vehicle, or with a rented one.
For foreign nationals, the Inner Line Permit is needed for visiting the upper parts of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur valley, as these are all protected areas near international borders.
Which Pass separates Lahaul from Spiti?Kunzum la or Kunzum pass, located at a height of 4551 m is the entrance pass that separates Spiti Valley from Lahaul. The pass is located 21 km away from Chandra Tal.
How to prepare myself if I am visiting Lahaul for the first time?One of the major problems faced by people when visiting Lahaul for the first time is altitude sickness. This is due to the high atmospheric pressure and less oxygen concentration in the air.
To get used to this, you can start working out lightly and increase your lung capacity by doing cardio workouts. When you do visit the valley, you should try to take breaks when climbing so that your body can get used to the changes in the atmosphere. Additionally, avoid consuming alcohol or smoking tobacco during the trip as these things tend to decrease respiratory drive.
Is local transportation available at Lahaul- Spiti?Yes, local buses are available in the valley. Most of them are run by HRTC and reaching your destination will not be a problem at all. However, it should be noted that the buses are mostly time-bound and services are only available a few times a day. So, you will have to manage your trip according to the bus timetable. Alternatively, you can also hire a taxi for the trip, if budget is not a concern.
What should be the average budget for a trip to Lahaul- Spiti?An average trip of 10 days to Lahaul Spiti can cost anywhere between INR 80,000 to INR 1,00,000 per person. The cost largely depends on your accommodation options, food options, and what activities you take part in.
Is there an ATM available?Spiti-Lahaul valley are well-connected areas with plenty of ATMs available in towns like Rampur, Kaza, Peo, Sangla, Reckong Peo and Sarahan. However, the availability of ATM machines is not a problem – but the availability of cash in the machines is. Some machines don’t have any cash for days. That is why it is recommended to withdraw most of your money in Shimla itself.
Which are the best homestays in Lahaul-Spiti?Here are the best homestay options in the valley:1. Tenzi Homestay Langza –
Starting at INR 700 per person, the place offers rooms with common bathrooms and breakfast and dinner included in the tariff. You can get a room with attached bathrooms at INR 1000 too.
2. Khabri Homestay Lhalung –
The place also offers rooms at INR 700 per night. You will have to share common bathrooms, but the silver lining is that breakfast and dinners are included.
3. Rabsal Homestay Dhankar –
This place offers some of the most gorgeous views of the valley and the double-bedded rooms come with common bathrooms. These rooms are quite large and can accommodate 5-6 people at a time.
4. Manirang Homestay –
Get delicious breakfast and dinners, comfortable rooms, and clean bathrooms at this budget homestay in Dhangkar village of Spiti Valley.
How To reach Lahaul-Spiti?- By Road – here you have two options:1. Lahaul-Spiti Valley via ManaliIn this route, you will take the Manali to Rohtang Road, leading to Keylong and will need to obtain a permit to cross the Rohtang Pass. The journey is only 5 hours, but this route is closed during the winters, so we recommend planning your itinerary in advance.2. Lahaul-Spiti Valley via ShimlaThis is the most scenic way to reach the valley. You will be taking the NH22 highway via Sangla Valley, to reach Nako. Then you will continue to Tabo in Spiti. The journey will take 10 hours and you can easily get a bus from Shimla for the same.
- By train:The nearest railway station to the valley is in Shimla, which is well connected to Chandigarh. You can reach Lahaul by taking a train or catching a flight to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can then travel via bus or train to Shimla. From Shimla, you can easily get a bus to the valley. You can also take a cab for the journey ahead.
- By air:The nearest airport to the valley is in Bhuntar, Kullu. There are several flights directly connected to Bhunter, and you can reach the airport from all major Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla. The airport is located 160 km away from Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti and 40 km away from Manali. To reach Keylong, you will have to take a detour through Manali.
First, take a bus from the airport to Manali, and then from Manali to Keylong. The journey from Manali to Keylong will take just 6 hours.