Manali to Kaza: Travel Guide with Road Conditions 2021
12 hours, 200 km, roads that take you through valleys, mountains, rivers, plains and endless stretches of wilderness- if this sounds like your cup of tea, you can start planning for your next road trip from Manali to Spiti Valley, which is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting trips of your life.

As travelers, you can take advantage of both these incredible places by driving from Manali to Kaza, which is the headquarters of the Lahaul district in Spiti valley. Despite Manali and Kaza being stunning places on their own, the Manali to Kaza road is considered a tourist attraction itself because of the famous mountain passes you’ll have to cross, and the many adventures you’ll get to experience.

However, the route between Manali and Kaza is more treacherous than the other route, and so you will need special permits to commence your journey on those routes in your personal vehicle. The only time you can access this route is between mid-June and mid-October since the route is closed for the winter due to heavy snowfall, and even in the monsoon season due to heavy downpour making these routes slippery as well as landslide prone areas. Here are all the details you need to know about your trip from Manali to Kaza.
 

 Manali to Kaza Distance:

The distance from Manali to Kaza  is 202 km.

 Manali to Kaza Route Map:

Manali - Solang Valley - Rohtang Pass - Gramphu - Batal - Chandrataal - Kunzum Pass - Losar - Kaza

You have to travel roughly 200 km to cover the Manali to Kaza distance. Your journey to Kaza starts from the picturesque town of Manali in Kullu Valley from where you will have to drive 54 km to the Rohtang Pass, which is at an elevation of 3978m above sea level.

After travelling 14 km from Rohtang, you will have to turn right into Gampaha and onto Losar, which is the road that leads down to the Lahaul Valley. You will have to cross stop points such as Chhatru and Batal on your way to Lahaul Valley, which is a difficult stretch to surpass. Once you cross Batal, the climb to Kunzum Pass, which is at 4551m above sea level, is much easier and safer. The route ends with a picturesque descend into Kaza. 
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Latest Information on Travelling to SPITI VALLEY?
  • To enter Spiti, various safety measures are to be followed by the tourists including a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in which all tour operators have to ensure that tourists, majorly who are travelling in groups have a COVID negative test report from an authorised hospital/clinic. The report must not be older than 96 hours.
  • The travellers reaching Spiti independently like drivers or workers need to head to the nearest government hospital to get their Rapid COVID-19 test done.
  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • All travellers must download the Aarogya Setu App
  • No night curfews are active in Spiti Valley.
  • 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.
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorised lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure.
Flights

The nearest airport is the Kullu Airport. Flight are functional to all major airports of India.

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.

Entry from other states open in Himachal Pradesh; negative RT-PCR test is a must Updated: 06 May 2021

Inter-state travel to Himachal require a Covid-19 negative certificate. However, if the report is negative, there is no need for home/ institutional quarantine.

Entry to Kibber Village still prohibited Updated: 11 Feb 2021

Entry to Kibber Village and Kibber Wildlife Habitat remains prohibited as the village of Kibber has decided not to host travellers and wildlife enthusiasts for this winter.

Spiti Valley open for tourists from 17th of February, 2021 Updated: 11 Feb 2021

After being shut for almost an year, Spiti Valley will be welcoming tourists from 17th February. In light of this, various safety measures are to be followed by the tourists including a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in which all tour operators have to ensure that tourists, majorly who are travelling in groups have a COVID negative test report from an authorised hospital/clinic. The report must not be older than 96 hours.The travellers reaching Spiti independently like drivers or workers need to head to the nearest government hospital to get their Rapid COVID-19 test done.

Essential Information

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How many days does it take to reach Kaza from Manali?

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If you are traveling from Delhi, it will take you 2 days to reach Kaza from Manali. On the first day, you can take a bus from Delhi to Manali, which takes roughly 11 hours. You can also take a flight, but you will still have to spend a day in Manali since the road trip to Kaza should start early in the morning.

On the second day, your journey from Manali will lead you through various mountain passes, valleys, and dirt paths after which you will reach Kaza in Spiti Valley, after a good 8-10-hour drive.
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Best Time for Manali to Kaza Trip

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The only time you can make the trip to Spiti Valley from Manali is between June to mid-October. The Manali to Kaza road opens sometime in mid-June and remains open till the 15th of October. Therefore, if this is your first visit, the best time to take the trip is between July and September.

Due to the location of both the places, wintertime is quite treacherous because of the freezing, sub-zero temperatures. All the accommodations in Spiti Valley and along the route close down because of the frozen water pipes and lack of heat. The Rohtang Pass and the Kunzum Pass are located at high-altitudes, which shut down because of heavy snowfall.

Since driving becomes impossible, the only time of the year you can travel on this route is between June and October. 
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Manali to Kaza Road Condition

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Before you take on this trip, it is best to know that the road from Manali to Kaza road condition is not pleasant. The journey from Manali to Rohtang Pass is a relatively easy climb, where you will find wide and smooth roads for about 54 km. The road starts to get rocky after Rohtang Pass, which is when the mountainous terrain starts and the “proper” roads come to an end.

From Rohtang, you have to take a right from Gramphu and cross Losar. This is a dangerous stretch because of the lack of people and resources and the many waterways that flow through it. The roads are narrow and the drop-down to Lahaul Valley consists of roads that are cut into the side of the mountain and prone to landslides.

The next phase of the route is along the course of the river and is possibly the most dangerous stretch. This is the road between Chhatru and Batal, which leads up to the Kunzum Pass where the Manali to Kaza road status regains normalcy and despite a risky but pleasant descend into Spiti Valley, you reach Kaza without crossing any more rivers or obstructions.
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Best Itinerary for Manali to Kaza

Because the roads are rough and your window to travel this route is limited, it is ideal that you plan your itinerary beforehand. The following day-wise breakdown of your to-do list should help you make the most of your trip.

Day 1:  Manali

After you reach Manali, you will have time to explore the city on foot.
To make the most of your trip, you will also be put up at a hotel for your overnight stay, so that you can set out for Kaza early the next day.

Day 2: Drive from Manali to Kaza

The drive from Manali to Spiti Valley takes about 12 hours and covers a distance of 201 km.
- You will pass through places like the Rohtang Pass, Chhatru, Batal, Kunzum Pass, Losar Village and finally, Kaza.
- The road trip consists of various landscapes including lush green valleys, rocky stretches and barren plains and gushing rivers.
Once you reach Kaza, overnight hotels and accommodations are provided where you can put up for the night. 

Day 3: Drive from Kaza to Pin Valley

Day 3 consists of another drive to the nearby Pin Valley.
Pin Valley is ideal for adventure lovers and nature lovers because of its abundance of rare plants and trees, and exotic animals such as the Siberian Ibex, red foxes, weasels, martens, golden eagles, Bharals, chukar, pikas and bearded vultures.
After exploring the natural park, you can make your way to the Kungri Monastery and then to the small and picturesque hamlet of Mudh.
The day ends with a bonfire by the nearby river and the drive back to Kaza.

Day 4: Drive from Kaza to nearby attractions

The following day, you can take another ride to some of the lesser-known attractions in Spiti Valley, around Kaza.
A visit to Komik is a must. Standing at an elevation of 14,806 feet, it is the highest village in all of Asia.
The next stop is at Hikkim, which is the highest post office, not only in Asia but the world.
A visit to Langza is both breathtaking and significant since fossils dating back millions of years have been found in this region.
Before driving back to Kaza, you will also stop at the Ki Monastery, which was built in the 11th century and home to rare Buddhist scriptures.

Day 5: Drive from Kaza to Dhankar Lake

Day 5 is all about visiting a 1000-year old monastery that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO- the Tabo Monastery.
After witnessing the stunning architecture, fascinating history and panoramic views of the Spiti Valley, your tour leads you to Dhankar.
Dhankar is a small village and the erstwhile capital of the Royal family of Spiti Valley- the Nonos. The Shankar Gompa here is a 1,200-year-old structure from where you can also see the Dhankar Lake.
The day ends with a trip to Lhalung, another small village in Spiti Valley, where you can spend the night with a local family, cook with them and hear their stories. 

Day 6: Drive back from Kaza to Chandratal Lake

On day 6, you start to cover the Kaza to Manali distance and prepare to go back.
However, there are a few stops along the way, the first being a village called Kibber, and the second- Chandratal Lake- one of the most famous attractions in Spiti Valley.
You will get to spend the night in a campsite beside Chandratal Lake, under the stars of the Milky Way. 

Day 7: 
Drive from Chandratal Lake to Manali

On Day 7, the Kaza to Manali distance is finally traversed, after passing through Rohtang pass and the picturesque landscape of Spiti Valley once again.

Mode of Transportation

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By 4x4 Vehicle

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The most convenient way to cover the Manali to Kaza distance is by car. However, the kind of car you choose is very important. You need to ensure you have complete control of your car, and also that it has high ground clearance so as to not hit the ground.

For this purpose, 4x4 jeeps, SUVs, and other large, heavy-duty cars are recommended. Avoid sedans and small cars on this route.
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By Bike

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A lot of avid bikers and adventure-enthusiasts travel this road by bike. However, you have to be a seasoned rider since you will have to cross tricky roads, rough terrain, several water streams as well as two major mountain passes. Most of the locals traverse this distance on 100cc motorcycles, however, if you are traveling for the first time, you should ideally choose 350cc to 500cc motorcycles.

If you don’t own these bikes, you should know the basics of fixing and maintaining a bike in case it breaks down or gets punctured. Also, moderate your luggage according to your bike’s capacity. The greater the torque on your bike, the more stuff you can carry. 
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By Bus

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HPTDC and HRTC buses are available at frequent intervals to take you from Delhi to Manali. When the road to Kaza opens in mid-June, you can travel on one of the two daily buses that commute on the Manali to Kaza road. The route starts from Kullu to Manali, on to Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass and finally Kaza.

The buses reach Manali from Kullu at around 4:45 am and leave from Manali at 5:00 am. You should be able to reach Kaza in 10-12 hours’ time. It is ideal for those traveling on a budget since the cost per person is around INR 250. On your way, the bus stops at scenic locales such as Dhankar Monastery, Pin Valley, Ki Monastery, Hikkim, Komik, etc. Even though the buses are slower than private cars, it is much more economical.
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Places to Visit During Manali to Kaza Road Trip

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Manali

Before covering the Manali to Kaza distance, it makes sense to take advantage of the beautiful town of Manali for a day before you start on your journey. The city is teeming with ancient temples, monasteries, forests and peaks, most of which you can cover on foot and take in the scenic views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges from all parts of the city.

Altitude:
2,050 m

Distance from Spiti:
197 km
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Marhi

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Marhi is a small settlement on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali. It is usually a pit-stop for buses and cars when they are travelling from Manali to Kaza and vice versa. There are several small eateries here, with locals selling Tibetan delicacies. You can also get a beautiful view of the valley.

Altitude:
3,360 m

Distance from Manali:
35 km

Distance from Spiti:
161.2 km
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Rohtang Pass

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The Rohtang Pass in the Pir Panjal mountain ranges of the Himalayas is one of the most beautiful and famous mountain-passes in Asia. It is the connecting point between Kullu Valley and Spiti Valley, and an important pit-stop on your journey from Manali to Spiti.

Altitude:
3,978 m

Distance from Manali:
51 km

Distance from Spiti:
145 km
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Gramphu

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Gramphu is also a stop along the way from Manali to Spiti Valley. It approximately 14 km from Rohtang Pass, and this is the point where the roads separate into two ways- one that leads to Spiti, and the other to Leh. Even though it is a mostly rocky plainland, you can get breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Altitude:
3,200 m

Distance from Manali:
70 km

Distance from Spiti:
131 km
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Chatru

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Chatru is the perfect place to stop for breakfast. Meals like momos, toast, tea and much more are available at the local shops. Even though the road to Chatru is not easy, the view from the top is great. You can look down on the river winding through a beautiful valley, and even an ancient stupa while enjoying your homely breakfast.

Altitude:
3,300 m

Distance from Manali:
83.4 km

Distance from Spiti:
113.5 km
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Chota Dhara

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Located at a short distance from Gramphu and Chattru, Chota Dhara is a river bed that usually has a stream flowing directly on the road on which your car is likely to travel. This makes it a rather dangerous point in your journey because of the water stream. However, despite its perils, it is also very picturesque, and the perfect place to stop for photos.

Altitude:
3,517 m

Distance from Manali:
104 km

Distance from Spiti:
96 km
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Batal

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Located in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh, Batal is a small settlement which is famous for its proximity to the Chandratal Lake. There is also a bridge in the area, where tourists can stop to take photographs.

Altitude:
4,250 m

Distance from Manali:
114.7 km

Distance from Spiti:
82.2 km
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Kunzum Pass

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After Rohtang, this is the second important mountain-pass you will have to cross when travelling the Kaza to Manali distance. Apart from its geographical and historical significance, you can also embark on a 15 km trek to the Chandratal Lake from here. It is one of the most incredible viewpoints on your journey.

Altitude:
4,590 m

Distance from Manali:
127.3 km

Distance from Spiti:
69.5 km
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Losar

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Losar is a small village that marks the start of the Spiti Valley. It is also located right beside the Indo-Chinese border. Losar is a proper settlement with a school and a post-office. It is also relatively unexplored which makes it the perfect place for quiet reflection and serene sightseeing.

Altitude:
4,085 m

Distance from Manali:
145.6 km

Distance from Spiti:
52 km
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Kaza

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Kaza is the final destination of your road trip from Manali and is the sub-divisional headquarter for the Spiti district. It is surrounded by monasteries, stupas, mountains and valleys, and is the ideal place for nearby treks, hikes and sightseeing.

Altitude:
3,800 m

Distance from Manali:
202.4 km

Distance from Spiti:
5.5 km
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Must Visit Places in Kaza

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Kibber

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To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way. Go to the nearby Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the amazing fauna of Himachal – ibex, blue sheep, red fox, snow leopards, wolves etc.

You can visit various tiny monasteries around or go hiking on the small trails around the village. The locals are friendly and offer a warm and comfortable stay, if not the most luxurious, with both Indian and Tibetan home cooked food.

Location: Lahul and Spiti Valley

Best time to visit: October to February

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Tabo

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Situated on the banks of Spiti River, Tabo is a tiny town in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The cold desert town sits at an elevation of 10,760 feet and is surrounded by scree slopes and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Known for its serene and tranquil beauty, Tabo is a must-see spot for those who are looking for an offbeat adventure. 

The town is approximately 40 kilometers away from the border between India and Tibet, and you are bound to come across it when travelling by road from Kaza to Reckong Peo.The most famous attractions in Tabo include a 1000-year-old monastery, which is considered as one of the holiest by the Dalai Lama himself. The list also includes several temples, and some ancient caves, which were once inhabited by Buddhist monks who wanted to take shelter from the harsh winters. 

In 1996, Dalai Lama performed the sacred Kalachakra Initiation here, and thousands of Buddhists from India and around the world attended the ceremony. The town is also known for cultivating apples, and you can find some of the tastiest and crunchiest red apples here.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a trip to Tabo will surely rejuvenate your mind and body
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While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys.

A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment, the monastery is home to a large number of nuns, monks, and lamas who receive their religious education here.

If you plan to visit during June-July, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful festival involving Chaam dancers, lamas and a devil made out of butter!

Location: Spiti Valley, Lahul.

Best time to visit: May to October.

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Dhankar Monastery is the symbolic salutation to the spiritual beliefs of the Buddhist community. It is located in Lahaul and Spiti valley, and has been listed as one of the hundred most endangered monuments in the entire world.  Situated at an altitude of 3,894 meters, it offers a spellbinding view of the Spiti valley and is a melting pot for diverse cultures and religions.

Dhankar Monastery is also known as Dhangkar Gompa or Dhankhar and was built around 1000 years ago. It was also known as Lha-od Gompa after it’s founder and renovator, Lha-od, who was a popular lama. This monastery is the main center of Buddhist culture and houses the collection of centuries-old thanksas.

One of the prime attractions of this monastery is the statue of Vairochana that consists of four figures of Buddha in the state of meditation. You will also find here Buddhist scriptures, Medicine Buddha murals, and protector deities.  It also consists of a small museum where murals and scriptures have been stored.

You can also spot many beautiful Thangka paintings on the wall of this monastery. Presently, some of the sections of this gompa have been totally abandoned due to the deterioration of the building, and a new gompa has been built in place of it to lure the visitors.

The monastery is still standing in a fragile condition, and more than twenty people are not allowed to enter this monastery at one time. From the Dhankar monastery, you can indulge in a thrilling trekking experience to Dhankar Lake.

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One of the most mysterious, offbeat places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Kunzum Pass is a gateway to the gorgeous Spiti via Kullu and Lahul. Treat your photography loving soul as you click away the jaw dropping vistas around. Take in the panoramic view featuring majestic Bara Shigri Glacier covered with pristine silvery snow, the barren mountains of Chandrabhange range, the azure waters of Spiti river, and the rugged hills of Spiti Valley.

Pay your respects at the temple of Goddess Kunzum Devi and behold the vibrant prayer flags fluttering against the wind. And if you are a mountain biking enthusiast, the Kunzum offers you a special sense of achievement – being the highest motorable pass in India sitting at a jaw dropping height of 4500 metres!

Location:
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Timings:
No timing restrictions.

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Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas. Adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers are enchanted alike by the magical realism of the trek.

The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop!

Location: 
Near Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu and Lahul. 

Timings:
No timing restrictions.

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Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world and it is one of the best places in Kullu.        

Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

Sea Preferred Season son: June - mid-Oct

Maximum Elevation: 4250 mts/14000 ft

Duration: 10 day

Difficulty Level: High

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India's highest cold valley National Park, this place was constructed to preserve the unique natural flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh and is named after the gorgeous Pin River and acts as an interface between the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Against a backdrop of barbarous, rugged snow-covered mountain peaks of the Spiti Valley, the national park is home to Himachal's ferocious predators, the snow leopards, and their prey, the ibex.

The terrain is rough and precarious, so train hard and get into those fitness programs before you undertake this captivating journey. The sanctuary also witnesses a strong spiritual influence due to the presence of Buddhist monasteries around the area.

Location:
Near Kaza.

Timings:
6 AM to 6 PM throughout the week.

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Sakya Monastery in Tibet is a stupendous vacation spot that is known for its gathering of Tibetan wall paintings, droning ministers, hallowed Buddhist parchments and books and thangkas. Sakya Monastery is the rule sanctuary of the Sakyapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Its principle corridor can oblige 10,000 droning friars. More than 40,000 consecrated parchments, including the extremely valuable Burde Gyaimalung, are housed here.

A few parchments are composed with The organizer of the Sakyapa group, Khon Konchog Gyalpo, assembled the white castle on the Chun Qu River in 1073 on a dark dirt slope. Occupants named the sanctuary "Sakya", which implies dark soil. Every one of that remaining parts of this northern sanctuary are ruins.



Location
: Sakya about 100 miles from the Nepal’s border in the Tibetan prefecture of Shigatse

Prices
: CNY 45 Best time to visit: 09:00 to 18:30

Highlights
: • Large Collection of Sutras • Tibetan Traditional Art (Thankas & Murals) • Religious Ceremonies
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Things to Know During Manali to Kaza Road Trip

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Petrol Pumps on Manali-Kaza Route

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-In Manali: There are several petrol pumps in and around Manali such as Neel Kamal Petrol Pump, BPCL Fuel Station, Harisons Filling Station, Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Bharat Petroleum Pump, Reliance Petrol Pump, etc.

- In Kaza: There are 2 petrol pumps near Kaza namely, an Indian Oil Petrol pump in Gramphu-Batal-Kaza Road and the Kaza Fuel Station.
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ATMs on Manali-Kaza Route

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- In Manali: Manali, being a popular tourist spot, has several functional ATMs of almost all banks- government and private.

- In Kaza:
There are 2 functional ATMs in Kaza- a State Bank of India ATM and a KCC Bank ATM. However, they are not very reliable so stay equipped while you leave Manali.
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Mechanics on Manali-Kaza Route

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There are a lot of mechanic shops in Manali and nearby Kullu since most people travel to these places by car and buses are also frequent here. However, the Manali to Kaza road condition is such that it doesn’t allow much opportunity to set up shop. Most people who pass through the place rely on the goodwill of the locals who help you out if you are in trouble.

However, it is highly recommended that you carry your own kit of tools when you are embarking on this trip.
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Mobile connectivity on Manali-Kaza Route

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No matter what network you are on, your phone’s connectivity will stay intact until you cross Rohtang Pass and Gramphu. From this point onwards, there is no connectivity or internet. Once you reach Spiti Valley, the only connections that work are BSNL and MTNL networks.

Even then, you might not get connectivity in all the places. There are STD booths along the route that you can access in case of emergencies.
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Permits

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Indian Nationals need a permit to travel on the Rohtang Pass in their private vehicles. 

Foreign Nationals require to get an Inner Line Permits to enter the protected areas of the state. You can get this permit from the District Magistrate to access through the villages and areas close to the international borders. 
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Things to Carry

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Carry a list of some of the essential things that you absolutely must carry on your trip:
- Waterproof clothing, footwear, and equipment covers are a must. You will encounter several high-speed streams and you run the risk of getting wet during your journey.

Sleeping bags are also an essential addition to your luggage. In case you are planning to make pit stops along the way, a warm sleeping bag can be a lifesaver.

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 If you are self-driving, then you can also carry an extra pair of windshield wipers for your car to prevent a situation in case your old ones get damaged.

Your own supply of food and water is also essential since you will be traveling for over 8-10 hours at a stretch, with only a few stops in between.

Along with your personal medication, carry general first aid medication as well. A lot of people might not be used to such intense traveling, and the body acting up is not uncommon.

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 If traveling on a bike, pack your luggage according to your vehicle’s capacity. If it is a 100cc motorcycle, don’t carry unnecessary luggage. Also, if two people are traveling on one bike, you have to keep your luggage light to compensate for the weight of another person.

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 A camera and possibly a pair of binoculars is an absolute must when you are traveling to the Spiti Valley, to capture its inexplicable beauty.
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Clothes to Carry on Manali-Kaza Trip

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Your trip to Kaza via Manali requires special clothing, and a particular set of clothes that will keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Here are the essentials:

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It goes without saying that you must carry sufficient warm clothes. The temperature varies between 15 to 25 degrees Celsius between June and October, which makes it pleasantly cool. However, if you are crossing the snow-capped peaks while traveling the Manali to Kaza distance, you should keep your caps, gloves, jackets, and scarves handy.

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Raincoats and waterproof clothing are a must to combat the various streams and rivulets you will have to encounter and drive through on your journey.

Waterproof boots that are thick and provide grip and friction with the ground are also a must, so that you climb over the mountains, walk through the rocky plains and cross the rivers with ease.
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Medical Facilities on Manali-Kaza Route

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Due to the Manali to Kaza road status mostly being difficult and perilous, it is good to keep a list of convenient medical facilities in your vicinity in case of emergencies and accidents.

- Kully Valley Hospital
This is a hospital in Kullu Valley, which is easily accessible by road from Manali. You will find all kinds of medical services, including surgeries being provided here. 

- Lady Willingdon Hospital
This is one of the best and most affordable hospitals in Manali, where you can avail services such as X-Rays, CT Scans, ICU Units, Ultrasounds, Physiotherapy and much more.

- Rawat Clinic
This is another hospital in Manali, where you can get all your ailments checked and treated by some of the best professionals in the area. 

- Civil Hospital
When you’re in Kaza, you can check out the Civil Hospital for all kinds of ailments, injuries and health concerns, which is treated with state-of-the-art equipment and trained professionals.
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Safety Tips and Guidelines

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When you are traveling from Manali to Kaza, there are a few safety tips and guidelines that you absolutely must keep in mind to avoid accidents and ensure a smooth and safe trip.

- The first rule is to plan your trip at the right time. The roads are closed and the conditions are unbearable at all times of the year, except for the period between mid-June and mid-October. Even then, you should plan your trip between July and September to be on the safe side.

If you are planning to travel by car, make sure you choose a sturdy vehicle, such as a 4x4 Jeep, or SUVs like Land Rovers and Sumos that are equipped to handle the tricky terrain of Spiti Valley.

For those traveling on bikes, heavy-duty motorcycles like Royal Enfields are highly recommended. The tires of your bikes should have a good grip and you should also know how to fix their basic problems such as a flat tire.

Some of the areas on your route, such as Chota Dhara, are prone to landslides because of the terrain and the water streams that flow through the road itself. You should proceed very carefully through these areas.

The route consists of a rollercoaster of valleys, hills, mountain passes, streams, and rocky plains, so make sure you navigate your vehicle with caution, especially when climbing downhill.

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 Shooting stones are a concern when you are driving on this route, so you must be alert at all times.
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Information about AMS and Acclimatization

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AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is something that affects even the most seasoned mountain climbers and travelers. Knowledge about AMS is especially relevant when you are traveling to and from Manali and Kaza since the route is complicated, winded and very rough.

As you climb higher and higher towards Spiti Valley, the change in temperature, air pressure, oxygen levels, and other such factors can create physiological effects such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, breathlessness, weakness, nosebleeds and even fainting spells. To combat this, you need to help your body acclimatize to the changing conditions.

Acclimatization can only occur through one sure-shot method- traveling slowly. When you give your body time to adjust to the altitude, low temperatures and lack of oxygen, your body starts to undergo changes that help prevent AMS.

Examples of these changes are:
Increased production of red blood cells which are the carriers of oxygen
Increase in the depth of respiration
Increased production of the enzyme that releases oxygen from hemoglobin

Apart from traveling slowly, here are a few things you can do to prevent and tackle AMS:

Do not suddenly go to a high-altitude area. For example, it is better to drive to Manali from Delhi, rather than take a flight, so that your body can adjust to the changing conditions.

Do not climb to higher altitudes for more than 12 hours at a stretch

Do not sleep at high altitudes. If you are trekking to a place that is higher than your base camp, make sure you climb back down before going to sleep.

If you start to show symptoms of AMS, stop climbing immediately and rest for a few hours before continuing.

Avoid all kinds of drugs, depressants and otherwise, such as alcohol, sleeping medicines, allergens, tobacco, etc. when you are climbing.

Before you start climbing to higher altitudes, make sure you have a carbohydrate-rich diet which will increase the number of calories in your body, and therefore give you greater energy.
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Get ready for a heart-pounding biking expedition to the virgin land of Spiti that is dreamt by many, but only a few dare to experience. Flaunt your biking skills as you mark your way through the high altitude passes that provide spectacular views of the snow-clad mountains and the gravelly pathways that are cut by glaciated waterfalls. The tricky curves of Spiti will take you to the tiny hamlets, 1000-year-old monasteries and some high suspended bridges that will give you chills. 

Pat yourself for pulling out this adventurous journey as you look back at the dusty roads against the rugged Himalayan backdrop. Cherish this incredible journey with a perfect end by the turquoise waters of the crescent-shaped Chandratal lake that reflects upon the luminous milky way at night.


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Route: Chandigarh - Narkanda - Chitkul - Sangla - Kalpa - Kaza - Hikkim - Komik - Langza - Kunzum La - Chandra Tal - Manali - Chandigarh

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Start Point: Chandigarh

End Point: Chandigarh

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Are you a woman traveller or are you a group of some enthusiastic women travellers? Then here is a mind blowing road trip which is filled with adventure and excitement throughout the roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

About the Destination:
As everyone knows, Lahaul and Spiti are the most beautiful valleys located in the Himalayas at a greater altitude exhibiting the best natural sights of the mountains and green valleys. The quaint villages, the Buddhist monasteries, the lakes and rivers, the high altitude roads and passes, the snow-covered peaks and the picturesque sights on both the sides will enable you to make your girls' gang feel a high level excitement and joy.

Wondering what you will be ticking off?
- Lahaul Valley: One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Lahaul Valley is a staple for adrenaline junkies and solitude seekers alike. Bare mountains covered with null vegetation, clear blue skies, pollutions free environment, green meadows – Lahaul is a paradise for nature lovers. 

- Key Monastery: 
A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys. A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year.

- Dhankar Lake: 
Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas.

- Dhankar Monastery: 
The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop! A truly curious landmark, the monastery is perched so precariously amongst rocks that it appears as if it is seconds away from falling all over.

- Tabo Monastery: 
Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendour. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

- Khibber: 
To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution-free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way.

About the Tour:
This road tour starts from Chandigarh and takes you through the major villages and locations like Sarahan, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza and the sights you will come across during the journey include Narkanda, Lahaul Valley, Khibber, Tabo, Key Monastery, Dhankar, etc.

Your 7 day adventure starts from Chandigarh. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Chandigarh. Stay at great places, eat local food, travel around the valley, know the culture and visit landmark spots that will take your breath away. Read the advisory and inclusions carefully before going for the tour. 

In peak winter i.e. January and early February all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last minute changes need to be made to your plan. 

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Start Point: Delhi-Shimla
End Point: Shimla-Delhi

Highlights of the Spiti Valley Winter Tour:
Adore the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea.
Experience in a local Spitian homestay.
Visit Key Monastery

About the Places:
- Nako Village: Highest village in the valley, Nako owns a lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Fauna including, Yaks, kine, horses and asses, can be found in abundance here.
- Spiti: Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Snuggled at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, the valley serves as a paradise to adventure lovers.
- Key Monastery: A famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Key Monastery is also known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery. Explore the long and interesting history of the monastery with this tour.
- Kalpa: Having beautiful temples and monasteries, the village of Kalpa is famous for its apple orchards.

About the Spiti Valley in Winter Tour:
Get ready to start the adventure from Delhi. and go to all the places you wished to visit. This tour allows with all the experiences where you get to experience the beauty of winter and have memories that you can share with all.

Drive through places like Kufri, Narkanda and many more. Get to explore Chitkul. Chitkul is the last village on the old Hindustan - Tibet Trade route. It is on the banks of river Baspa and is the last place Indians can visit without a permit. Situated at an altitude of 2759 m from the sea level, Kalpa is located close to the foot of Kinner Kailash, the winter home of Lord Shiva.

Spiti Valley is a paradise to all the trekkers and mecca to travel lovers. Spiti means 'The Middle Land' and it separates India from Tibet. It is the best place to visit to experience the winter Spiti as Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Sprawling 360-degree views of the beautiful mountains will take your heart away.

All in all the tour is best suited to go for a perfect trip to explore Spiti in winter and allows you to create memories that are worth-sharing and worth-living. The Spiti Valley In Winter tour will be remembered for the rest of your life and you will have stunning pictures for your social media.
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A region nestled between India and Tibet known for adventure and thrill - Lahaul & Spiti’s pictures from its unreal landscape must have crossed your newsfeed a few times. Inspired by them and stories from Instagram, plan your drive to Spiti with Thrillophilia, to experience the unique vibe of this cold deserted, landlocked mountain valley. To put it simply, a perfect playground for those who seek adventurous off-road driving to Spiti which is not just a place, it is a feeling.


Feel like being on top of the world, as you look down at a tiny truck that lies below Asia's highest suspended Chicham Bridge. After a long riding haul, experience a unique calmness at your pitstop by the vibrant yet peaceful vibes of the 1000-year-old Key monastery that stand aloof on this rugged terrain. Breathe in the fresh air as you sit and relax on the isolated slopes of the highest village while you soak in the magnificent landscapes surrounded by you.


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Route:  Manali - Kaza - Kibber- Komic - Hikkim - Langza - Kunzum La - Chandratal - Manali

Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights

Start Point: Manali

End Point: Manali

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“Surely the Gods must live here, this is no place for men'' a trip to Spiti will make you understand why Rudyard Kipling said the above quote. Drive through the iconic high passes on the challenging roads with unnumbered waterfalls winding, Nature’s wonder can be best explained through this Spiti valley road trip.


Breathe in the fresh air as you sit on the isolated slopes of the last village - 'Chitkul' while you soak in the magnificent landscapes surrounded by you. Be the first one amongst your group to get your car fueled up from the world’s highest petrol pump in Kaza. Capture an Instagram perfect story as you slip into silence with an encompassing view of Kinnaur Kailash peaks which are high enough to leave the world below and enter the world of dreams.


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Route: Chandigarh - Narkanda - Chitkul - Kalpa - Kaza - Komic - Langza - Hikkim - Chandra Tal - Manali

Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights

Start Point: Chandigarh

End Point: Manali

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Fuel up your bikes from the world’s highest petrol pump at Kaza and fire up the rider in you for a most thrilling biking expedition into the rustic land of Spiti. This valley will fascinate you with its ever-changing vistas, the tricky terrain, and the nerve-chilling high altitude views that will give you a feel of being on top of the world. 


Feel like being on top of the world, as you look down at a tiny truck that lies below Asia's highest suspended Chicham Bridge. After a long riding haul, experience a unique calmness at your pitstop by the vibrant yet peaceful vibes of the 1000-year-old Key monastery that stand aloof on this rugged terrain. Don't forget to take a perfect postcard picture in the “I’m a conqueror” pose with your bike by the sparkling turquoise lakes, and cherish your dream vacation for life.


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Route: Delhi - Manali - Jibhi - Rampur - Chitkul - Kalpa - Kaza - Chandra Tal - Manali - Delhi

Duration: 11 Days 10 Nights

Start Point: Delhi

End Point: Delhi

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Get your heads out of the car window and indulge in the breathtaking views of the rugged Himalayan terrain, where every curve will greet you with endless valley views, snow-clad peaks, and a moon-shaped lake on an adventurous trip to Spiti. The rustic landscape of this remotely resting land will leave you awestruck. To put it simply, a perfect playground for those who seek adventurous off-road driving along with an added bonus of spotting the ever-elusive Snow Leopard. 


A drive from the highest village to the last village is totally worth remembering as you breathe in the fresh mountain air while sitting on the isolated slopes of the last village surrounded by magnificent landscapes. Feel the chills as you look down upon a tiny truck from Asia’s highest suspended Chicham bridge or cross the manually operated cable ropeway to Kibber village, Spiti makes a perfect powerpack for an adventurous vacation.


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Route:  Manali - Atal tunnel - Kaza - Hikkim - Komic - Langza - Key - Kibber - Kumzum Pass - Chandratal - Rohtang Pass - Manali

Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights

Start Point: Manali

End Point: Manali

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18 June 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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!!!
04 November 2019
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Spiti Valley is so beautiful and mesmerizing. The trip to Spiti valley was an amazing experience, I booked the trip from Thrillophilia and they have arranged things so well. The guide provided to us with the tour was so helpful. We had a very good time on the entire trip
10 July 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. How is the road from Manali to Kaza?

    The road from Manali to Kaza is not very difficult. The route stretches to about 200 km and takes about 12 hours to cover the distance. The roads are broad, and traffic is comparatively less. Traveling along this route will make you cross two mountain passes- Rohtang and Kunzum Pass.
  2. What is the best time for a Manali to Kaza trip?

    The best time for Manali to Kaza trip is between the months of June (mid) and October. The rest of the time is not favorable because the route remains closed due to the accumulation of snow on the road. The clearing begins in March and continues until the beginning of June.
  3. Which are the best places to visit in Kaza?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Kaza:

    1. Key Monastery
    2. Komic Village
    3. 
    Dhankar Lake
    7. Tabo Monastery
    8. Sakya Tangyud Monastery
    9. Langza Village
  4. Which are the best Summer Spiti Tour Packages?

  5. Which are the best Winter Spiti Tour Packages?

  6. How far is Kaza from Manali?

    Kaza is located at a distance of 202.4 km from Manali. It takes about 4 hours and 48 minutes if you opt for the Leh Manali Highway and NH505. However, if you want to go via the Manali-Kaza route, then you have till the middle of June for snow clearance.
  7. Is Manali to Kaza Route open?

    The route between Manali and Kaza remains open from the second week of June (depending on the recession of the monsoon from the area) and 15th of October. It remains closed for the rest of the year including monsoon (August) as the routes are slippery and prone to landslides during this time. Also, at that time of the year the temperatures reach freezing lows and all the shops, hotels and stops along the way close down, making it inconvenient and dangerous to travel.
  8. What are the best things to do in Kaza?

    1. Rafting: You can easily opt for this thrill-seeking adventurous activity in the River Spiti. With safety gears and lifeguards in tow, you get to experience this amazing water sport amidst the ethereal beauty of nature surrounding the river.

    2. Visiting the several monasteries: The ancient outlook of the several monasteries located in Kaza will astound and baffle you. The relaxing vibe, tranquility, and the view of the picturesque beauty of nature around will soothe your soul.  

    3. Camping: There are many places that you can choose to camp in Kaza. Camping around the lake amidst the magnificent nature will also give you an opportunity to stargaze and appreciate the serenity.

    4. Explore the villages: Taking a stroll along some of the villages here will help you gain a lot of cultural knowledge of the region. The small houses, the quaint vibe, glorious lakes, and the snow-capped mountain ranges will take your breath away. 
  9. How can I go from Kaza to Manali?

    The Kaza to Manali distance is approximately 200 km, which you can travel by car, bike, or state-run buses (that ply twice daily). You start from Kaza and pass through scenic pit-stops along the way such as the Chandratal Lake, Losar Village, Gramphu, Chota Dhara and two incredible mountain passes, namely the Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass before you make your way to Manali.
  10. Is Kunzum Pass open now?

    The Kunzum Pass is open from mid-June to around 15th of October when the weather is clear and the temperature is moderate and it is safe to travel through the area.
  11. Is there network in Kaza?

    Yes, if you have a BSNL or MTNL connection, you can get a good calling network in Kaza but internet connectivity might disappoint you with its speed. However, if you have other networks, you can access one of the many phones and STD booths in Kaza to communicate with your contacts.