How To Reach Spiti Valley By Road
Route 1: Shimla – Spiti
Route Map:Spiti Valley is situated at a distance of roughly 235 km from the hill station of Shimla. Given below is a route map you can follow to reach the valley via Kinnaur valley starting from Shimla:
Delhi – Narkanda – Reckong Peo or Kalpa or Sangla – Nako – Tabo (Spiti)
No. of Days:A minimum of three days will be needed to reach Spiti from Shimla. You have to take a three-day-long trip over NH05 that will start with Shimla –Kinnaur Valley. The route from Shimla is quite better. Even small cars can transit on this route, provided that the driver is skilled and experienced to drive on hilly terrains.
It is also recommended to travel to Spiti valley over Hindustan-Tibet Highway as it is one of the most scenic routes to reach Spiti.
The average temperature of night and day during summer ranges from 6-15 degree Celsius.
This results in frequent blocking of the road during the winters. The same affects the route from Manali via Rohtang Pass, which also experiences blockage and landslides due to heavy snow.
- Shimla to Narkanda – Excellently smooth road
- Narkanda to Jeori – Good road with a few patches.
- Jeori to Sarahan – Extremely tough to travel
- Jeori to Karcham – Full of few good and bad roads
- Karcham to Chitkul – You’ll witness the road from Karcham to Sangla to be good, but the road from Sangla to Chitkul is extremely cracked.
- Karcham to Kalpa – Good
- Kalpa to Nako – Few good and bad roads
- Nako to Dhankar – Full of both good and bad roads
- Dhankar to Pin Valley – Tough roads
- Dhankar to Kaza – Average
- Kaza to Chicham/Kibber/Komik / – Super smooth roads
- Kaza to Losar – Terribly broken roads
- Losar to Kunzum Pass – Difficult to travel roads
- Chandratal Road – Very badly broken and narrow roads.
- Batal to Gramphoo – Difficult to travel roads.
- Gramphoo to Manali – Smooth but full of traffic
By Bus:You can take a bus from Chandigarh to Shimla or Reckong Peo and then you can travel to Kaza by taking a bus between Reckong Peo to Kaza. From Shimla, the bus to Reckong Peo operates daily at 5:00 AM. Two HRTC buses run regularly between Shimla and Kaza every day, one early in the morning, while the other in the evening.
The bus for Reckong Peo starts at around 7 AM and reaches Kaza around 4 PM. The bus ticket will cost around Rs 400, and it will take around 24 hours to reach Kaza from Shimla.
Permits:You don’t need any permit to reach Spiti from Shimla if you’re an Indian resident. The foreigners, however, will require a pass named Inner Line Permit to travel beyond Reckong Peo.
Route 2: Manali - Spiti
Route Map:Delhi –Solang Valley or Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Kunzum Pass – Kaza/Tabo (Spiti Valley)
No. of Days:It will require a minimum of two days to reach Spiti from Manali. On day one, your trip to Spiti will start from Delhi, and it will take a halt at Solang Valley. It’s mostly recommended to halt at Solang valley as it helps you in getting acclimated to the high peaks which Manali doesn’t offer.
On the second day of your trip to Spiti, you’ll move ahead to Rohtang Pass via Kunzum Pass. From here you’ll further proceed your trip until you reach Tabo or Kazo where you can have an overnight stay.
You can’t visit Spiti from Manali during winter as the Manali road is closed during this season due to extremely frequent snowfall and chilly weather. In winter the temperature in Spiti occasionally drops down to around -30 degrees Celsius.
- Manali – Lahaul road: Smooth
- Rohtang Pass Road Status: Average
- Chandertal Road Status: Cracked roads
- Manali - Kaza road (via Kunzum and Rohtang): In an extremely bad state.
- Sach Pass Road Status (Pangi Valley): In an extremely bad state.
Two HPTDC or HTC buses run from Manali to Kaza every day. These buses start operating as soon as the road to Spiti Valley opens between June to October to be transversed from Manali.
These buses cover the route from Kullu to Kaza through Manali, and they reach Manali at around 4.45 AM. It leaves for Kaza around 5:00 AM. The ticket to Kaza from Manali will cost you around Rs 250 per person.
Foreign Nationals need to get an additional permit, named the Inner Line Permit, from the DM office in Shimla, Reckong Peo or Keylong (Manali)
Best Itinerary for Delhi to Spiti Valley
- On the second day of the trip, you’ll reach Chitkul, which is the last village in India.
Day 4 - Tabo to Dhankar to Lhalung – Overnight at Lhalung
- On the fourth day, YOU’ll reach Sichling village by taking the road to Kaza.
Day 5 - Lhalung to Mudh to Kaza – Overnight at Kaza
Day 6 - Kaza to Hikkim, Komic to Langza – Overnight at Langza
Day 7 - Langza to Chandratal – Overnight at Chandratal
Day 8 - Chandratal to Delhi
How To Reach Spiti Valley By Train
Travel to Spiti Valley via Trains
Trains that run between Kalka to Shimla: Rail Motor, KLK SML Pass, Kalka Simla EXP, Shivalk DLX EXP, and Himalayan Queen.
You can then take a bus to reach Manali, and from here you can reach Spiti Valley by taxi.