How to Reach Spiti Valley by Road, Air, Train & Bus (Updated)
A trip to Spiti gives you a chance to get awestruck by nature at its purest, starkest and primal best. It is one of those places where the journey is as mesmerizing as the destination itself. Smooth roads winding up sloppy terrains form the backbone of the well-connected routes to the valley.

Fringed by towering mountains and brimmed by snow during the winters, a drive on the roads of this valley is a unique experience in itself. There are two major routes starting from the hill stations of Manali and Shimla that lead up to the Himalayan valley. Based upon your budget, travel itinerary, timing and daredevil spirits, you can choose from either of them to access Spiti valley.

So whichever road you decide to take, your eyes will be blessed by fascinating sights. 

How To Reach Spiti Valley By Road

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Route 1: Shimla – Spiti

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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.

Best Time: 

- During Summer
Summer at Spiti starts from the month of April and continues until mid-July. You can visit Spiti all around the year from Shimla, but if you’re looking for the best time to visit Spiti, then Mid May to Mid July would be the ideal time. During this time most of the road links get opened, and you can have an enthralling sightseeing experience in Spiti.

The average temperature of night and day during summer ranges from 6-15 degree Celsius. 

- During Monsoon
Spiti experiences no downpour during the monsoon season. But the areas around the Himalayas are the origin point of all routes to Spiti which receives heavy downpour. This makes it prone to dangerous landslides that might make your trip to Spiti a bit challenging. The temperature during monsoon ranges between 13-27 degrees Celsius in Spiti.

- During Winters
During the months from October to December, temperatures in the valley dip as low as -15 degrees Celsius. The cold weather results in fog affecting the vision and making it riskier to travel by car. Moreover, despite being open throughout the year, the route from Shimla to Spiti gets covered with heavy snowfall.

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.

Road Conditions:

  • 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. 
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Route 2: Manali - Spiti

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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.


Best Time: 

The Manali road is open from June to 15th of October, and this is the time when Spiti experiences summer. The best time to visit Spiti Valley from Manali is between June-July as the road to Kaza from Manali opens by the second week of June, and you get a chance to explore Spiti to its fullest potential. 

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.

Road Conditions: 

  • 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.


By Bus:

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.


Permits:

If you’re planning to travel from Manali to Spiti, then you’ll be required to take Rohtang Pass permit for your domestic vehicle. It’s important to note down that this permit is only for vehicles and not for people. You might also need to carry your valid ID proof while travelling from Manali to Spiti.

Foreign Nationals need to get an additional permit, named the Inner Line Permit, from the DM office in Shimla, Reckong Peo or Keylong (Manali)
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Best Itinerary for Delhi to Spiti Valley

Best Itinerary for Delhi to Spiti Valley
Day 1 - Shimla to Sangla – Overnight at Sangla

On day one you’ll land at the Shimla bus station, from where your enthralling trip to Spiti will begin. 
After a majestic journey over the hills of Shimla, you’ll continue our journey towards the town of Kanpur.
The roads over here are vertically carved on rocks at diverse locations giving it a distinct identity. This road is also popularly known as Indo-Tibet Highway.
Then you can continue ahead towards Kinnaur district where many hydropower projects like Karcham will greet you.
From Karcham you’ll enter Baspa valley that protrudes towards Sangla. You can have an overnight stay over here.

Day 2 - Sanlga to Chitkul to Kalpa – Overnight at Kalpa

On the second day of the trip, you’ll reach Chitkul, which is the last village in India.
You can take a short drive across the village and visit Mata Mandir 
After this, you can move ahead to Reckong Peo located on the Indo-Tibet Highway.
Kalpa is a quaint village which offers a picturesque view of Kinner Kailash range which is regarded as the abode of Shiva in winter. You can stay overnight at Kalpa which is a small village above Reckong Peo.

Day 3 - Kalpa to Nako to Gue to Tabo – Overnight at Tabo

On day third you’ll transverse into the Spiti valley. The road leading to Kalpa descends to Indo Tibetian Highway and continues to Sutlej till Khab.
Leaving Sutlej behind you’ll continue moving ahead to upstream of Spiti. After the climb of an hour, you’ll reach Nako which is another village located at 3800 m altitude.
You can then continue moving upstream of Spiti by crossing several small villages like Sumdo, Hurling etc before entering Tabo. 
At Tabo, you can have an overnight stay, and you’ll also get a chance to visit Chos Khor Gompa during your stay.

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. 
An hour and a half hike from here will take you to Dhankar Lake where you can relax and have a splendid time with nature.
From Dhankar YOU’ll move ahead to Lhalung which is one of the less explored villages of Spiti. This is also a treat for every photographer lushed with cultivation fields and snow-capped peaks.
Golden Temple is another adorning spot in this small village

Day 5 - Lhalung to Mudh to Kaza – Overnight at Kaza

On the fifth day of the trip you’ll move ahead towards Pin Valley which originates in trans Himalayan mountains. 
After a short drive across this magnificent valley you’ll reach the last village of Mudh.
After trying some lip-smacking food for lunch over here, you’ll move back to Spiti and will continue to explore Kaza.
You’ll explore Kaza’s local market and you’ll move ahead for a walk amidst the lush green fields of Kaza. ay 6 - Kaza to Hikkim, Komic to Langza – Overnight at Langza

Day 6 - Kaza to Hikkim, Komic to Langza – Overnight at Langza

On the sixth day, you’ll leave Kaza, and you’ll move ahead towards Komic village. This is touted as the highest village across the globe having a motorable road.
you’ll then visit Tangyud Gompa Monastery which is the spiritual treasure of this place.
Once you immerse your senses into the beauty of this monastery you’ll move back towards Hikkim. This is a beautiful village having the highest post office across the globe.
You’ll then reach the village of Langza, and you’ll have an overnight stay over here. Langza is the scenic village adorned by Buddha statues. 

Day 7 - Langza to Chandratal – Overnight at Chandratal

You’ll head towards the monastery of Spiti which looks like a pyramid of houses. You can enjoy over here refreshing cup of tea that is served by the monks over here.
Next, you’ll drive to Kibber village to witness Kibber Chicham bridge which is a masterpiece of human construction.
Thereafter you’ll visit Chandratal, which is a hidden treasure in the backdrop of the Himalayas. 
You can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this lake, and you can also do a Parikrama over here.
-After an alluring walk, you’ll rest in the campsite adorning the ethereal beauty of this place.
 
Day 8 - Chandratal to Delhi

After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll leave for Delhi around 7 AM from Manali. This will mark the end of the eight days trip to Spiti valley from Delhi.

How To Reach Spiti Valley By Train

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Travel to Spiti Valley via Trains

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Travel to Spiti Valley via Trains

By Chandigarh:

The best option among these three would be to reach Chandigarh first by train and then travel from Chandigarh to Spiti Valley by taxi or bus. 

By Shimla:

You can also board the Kalka-Shimla toy train that travels between Shimla and Kalka. But to board this train you’ll have to reach Chandigarh or Delhi first and then you can travel to Kalka by train. You can then board another train that runs from Kalka to Shimla and then you can take a bus or taxi from Shimla to reach Spiti Valley.

Trains that run between Kalka to Shimla: Rail Motor, KLK SML Pass, Kalka Simla EXP, Shivalk DLX EXP, and Himalayan Queen.

By Jogindernagar:

Joginder Nagar Railway Station which is located at around 360 km from Spiti Valley. It is the nearest railway station to Spiti Valley located at around 160 km from Manali. To board this train you’ll first have to reach Pathankot, and from here you can board the toy train that will drop you at Jogindernagar.

You can then take a bus to reach Manali, and from here you can reach Spiti Valley by taxi. 

Trains that run between Pathankot to Joginder Nagar: PTK JDNX PASS Daily, PTK JDNX PASSENGER Daily.
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How To Reach Spiti Valley By Air

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Travel to Spiti Valley via Air

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Travel to Spiti Valley via Air

Major Cities:

The best way to reach Spiti by air is from Delhi, Chandigarh, or Jubbar-Hatti of Shimla, whichever falls closer to your location. The flights mostly run in the morning, and the major airline is Air India. The flights will take you directly to Kullu Airport. Major cities like Mumbai and others are also inter-connected to the airport, via the three primary options. 


Location:

Kullu Airport is also known as Bhuntar Airport, located 10 KMs away from Kullu and it is the only airport that connects the Himalayan region to others by air and makes it accessible via air. However, it only has one runway and may pose challenges for the pilots. The infrastructure and equipment are always up to date. 

Services:

Kullu Airport offers fantastic customer services. The luggage facility is free of cost, making it much more feasible for people to travel via airways. It offers ATMs and other facilities. As it is the major airport, it also offers taxi cabs and bus services available nearby.

Suggestion:

From Kullu Airport, you can hire a cab or board a local bus heading directly towards the towns like Kaza situated in Spiti Valley. Alternatively, you can visit Kullu, which is 10 KMs away and have a splendid galore of this city. You may also choose to head towards Manali, only 50 KMs apart, where you can spend your day.
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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.
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One of the best trip filled with fun and enjoyment with my friends. the snowy experience was amazing I would suggest it to everyone that one in a year you should visit spiti with your friends or family. the hotels were good and clean and the stay was comfortable. the food is also quite delicious. and one of the eye-catching scenes was the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river. overall a good trip.
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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. How do I get to Spiti by train?

    Spiti valley doesn’t have its own railway station. Joginder Nagar Station and Shimla Station are closest to Spiti Valley. You can take a cab or taxi from the airport that will take you to Spiti valley.
  2. How do I get to Spiti valley by bus?

    You can easily reach Spiti Valley by taking a bus from either Shimla or Manali. There are around three buses that leave for Reckong Peo in the evening and reach the by morning. The same bus takes a halt and pick up more passengers and leave to reach Kaza by evening of the same day. Meanwhile, if you are traveling from Manali then you can simply take a bus that leaves in the morning and drop you off in Kaza in the eve of the same day. Please note that these buses run only from the second week of June to 15th of October.
  3. What is Spiti valley famous for?

    Spiti Valley is extremely renowned among the visitors for being an untouched beauty that is far away from the atrocities of human activities. It is flanked with some of the most ethereal beauty spots that make people visit this destination every year in huge numbers. From the most blissful monasteries to cascading waterfalls, treacherous trekking sites and mountain peaks Spiti Valley offers the most splendid panorama of nature that you’ll never forget.
  4. Is Manali to Spiti road open?

    Manali to Spiti road is open from the second week of June to 15th of October, and you can embark on to Spiti from this route only at this particular time in the entire year. Manali to Spiti road remains closed on rest of the months because of harsh climate and heavy rainfall which often blocks the roads.
  5. Is it safe to travel to Spiti in August?

    No it is not safe to travel to Spiti in August. Even though some adventurers visit the valley despite the heavy downpour, but travelling to Spiti in August is not safe. The roads from Shimla leading to Kaza, and the road from Manali, is also accessible during this time of the year. However, you might face occasional roadblocks while driving through these roads due to rain and landslides during August. The risk of landslides increases due to the continuous rainfall. Unpredicted showers can also cause delays. Hence, if you are planning to visit Spiti in August, make sure to plan some buffer days in the case of unwanted delays due to the rains.