Shimla to Kaza : Travel Guide with Road Conditions 2021
One of the world’s deadliest routes, the road trip from Shimla all the way to Kaza will take you along some fantastic scenery and ancient monasteries. Open throughout the year, the stunning glaciers and vast deserts that you will witness on the way are sure to take your breath away in every season you visit.

There are also a few lovely villages in between where you can take pit-stop to refuel your vehicle, yourself as well as people with you and have delicious warm Spitian and Tibetan meals.  

Although, a few parts at certain intervals are patchy, narrow, and prone to landslides, what makes this trip worth is the gorgeous landscape that changes as you pass through the lush mountains of Kinnaur Valley to the rugged moonscape of Kaza.

The journey is for the daring ones and will surely suffice the soul of adventure freaks like you. It is a beautiful route that can be enjoyed to its fullest if you take the trip with caution and responsibility.

Shimla to Kaza Distance : 

The total distance from Shimla to Kaza is about 422 km.

Shimla to Kaza Route Map :

Shimla -Narkanda -Rampur Bushahr -Sarahan -Kalpa -Pooh -Nako -Tabo -Dhankar -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 it take to Reach Kaza from Shimla

It will usually take 2-3 days to cover the whole distance of this trip. You will transverse through various notable locations all along this amazing trip. During the journey, you will pass through a lot of small villages, fields, lakes, and tourist sites.
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Best Time for Shimla to Kaza Trip

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Summer (April to July)

There will be less snow at this time of the year as it starts to melt from April starting. However, the weather is still chilling but it eventually becomes wam. It is the best time for those who can't bear very low temperatures. It is the peak season time in this area.

Monsoon (August to September)

The road conditions are not good from Kokhsar till Kaza during the rainy season. Landslides usually occur that may lead you to wait for some hours for the road to reopen to proceed further. However, the road does not have a risk of closing down. But you can still complete the adventurous journey and appreciate the valley.

Winter Season (October to March)

Shimla to Kaza road remains open even during this time of the year. In late December the area witnesses snowfall. The cold winds blow throughout the region at this time. Also, February and March is the best time if you want to see snow. But plan well in advance as many accommodations remain closed at this time.
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Shimla to Kaza Road Condition

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You will find the roads very narrow at several points during your journey. Only one vehicle can pass through those pathways. When you can reach such lanes, it's better to halt at any convenient spot to allow the other vehicles coming from the opposite direction to pass through first.

The route is rough and hazardous from Tapri due to landslides and plenty of stones rolling off from the mountain slope. So, try to avoid driving on it during the night because they may be disastrous. Since in the daytime, you can spot them well in advance to stop instantly. Also, the route from Kalpa to Kaza specifically has no fuel pumps.

So, it is a wise choice to refuel the tank in Kalpa only. Follow the below guidelines for understanding the route condition:

- Shimla to Narkanda – Well-maintained road
- Narkanda to Jeori – Average road condition with least bad patches at some parts of the route
- Jeori to Sarahan – Dangerous route
- Sarahan to Chitkul – Average road conditions with a few patches really horrible especially when you drive from Chitkul
- Karcham to Kalpa – Majority of the pathway is smooth
- Kalpa to Nako – Average road condition
- Nako to Dhankar – Average road condition at most of the parts, but also some turns will get dangerous due to landslide risks
- Dhankar to Pin Valley – A severely dilapidated dirt road
- Dhankar to Kaza – Average roadway
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Best Itinerary for Shimla to Kaza

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Day 1: Shimla to Kalpa Via Chitkul 

Your trip will begin from Shimla, and the entire journey will bless you with mesmerizing hilly scenes. You will cross Kufri, Narkanda, and Rampur town today. After crossing the bridge, you will pass Baspa Valley to land at Sangla.
Further, you will drive through pine forests and boulder tracks to reach the last village of India - Chitkul. En-route, you can visit Mata Mandir and Karcham Damo. Finally, you will arrive at Kalpa, near Reckong Peo. This place will treat you with a stunning landscape of snow-capped Kinner Kailash range, also known as the winter home of Lord Shiva. Spend overnight at Kalpa.

Day 2: Kalpa to Lhalung

Today, you will start the trip by driving along the Sutlej river and barren mountains. You will reach a small village called Nako, located at 3800 m elevation. Here you can rest for a while near a lovely lake.
Then crossing many villages, you'll land at your next destination, Tabo village. Here you can visit adorned Chos Khor Gompa, interact with monks, and enjoy time wandering around.
-  Afterward, you will start transversing via Sichling village and will stop by gorgeous Dhankar lake to unwind for a while around an incredible scene. Drive further to reach the picturesque Lahlung and spend time capturing the beautiful shots of the captivating surroundings. Stay at the hotel in Lhalung.

Day 3: Lhalung to Kaza

After breakfast, you will head to the final destination of your trip - Kaza. Drive toward stunning Pin valley while enjoying the gorgeous scenes. First, reach Mudh village, where you can satiate your hunger by eating delectable homemade pizza. Then retracing the Spiti road arrives at Kaza. Spend a day here while exploring the nearby meadows and shopping at the local market.
The next day, you can trackback the same route for your home with lots of pleasant memories of the enchanting trip.
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Mode of Transportation

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By 4X4 Vehicle

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The best vehicles for this road trip is no doubt a 4X4 jeep, SUV, or MUV car as they have high ground clearance. Moreover, a 4WD SUV will support deep water crossings. You can travel by Altos and Sedans too but need to be a little careful while driving due to rough roadways at various parts.

Also, you can hire a Scorpio or Xylo cab from Shimla available at nominal charges according to per day rates. The cost relies upon the number of days of traveling, the number of passengers, and the season of travel. 
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By Bike

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The bike is another great and adventurous option to enjoy your Shimla to Kaza road trip. But you have to be very cautious while riding the motorbike through snowy patches, slushy roads, and water crossing throughout the route. 
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By Bus

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There are no direct buses to travel between Shimla to Kaza. But many connecting bus services by HRTC are available to complete your tour. Here are some major bus routes and timings:

Shimla to Reckong Peo - Starts from Shimla at 05:00 and reaches Reckong Peo after 05:00 am the next day. It takes a long pit stop at Reckong Peo till 07:30.

From Reckong Peo to Kaza - The same bus starts 07:30 am and reaches Kaza anytime after 01:00 pm in the evening. The entire journey totally depends upon the challenges to come for the bus and the driver during the journey.
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Places to Visit During Shimla to Kaza Road Trip

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Kinner Kailash Range

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Believed to be the most beautiful range of the Lahaul-Spiti Valley, Kinner Kailash range is larger than life size mountain. Kalpa is the best place to witness the magnificent view of this range. You can largely cherish the sun rays bouncing back on the white snow to make it glow with the reflections.

Altitude:
6050 m

Distance from Shimla:
243 km
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Tabo Monastery

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The oldest monasteries of the valley, Tabo Monastery is a great example of the Buddhist architecture of the 996 CE. People visit here to seek peace and serenity which is highly there in the air and locals alike. You can visit the monastery to spend a day or two or just witness the great artefact related to the Buddhist culture present there.

Altitude: 3280 m

Distance from Shimla: 361.8 km
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Dhankar Monastery

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Settled at an extreme edge of a rock cliff, Dhankar Monastery is a sight to behold. It is also counted among the endangered architecture of the world. You can witness the monastery from a distance to notice its build, which looks like it will fall any second.

Moreover, you can visit it to enrich your knowledge related to the Buddhist culture and religion along with its origin in the valley.

Altitude:
3894 m

Distance from Shimla:
482.5 km
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Dhankar Lake

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Lying above the Dhankar Monastery, this is a small lake surrounded by the unique wildlife and birds of the deserts of Spiti Valley. You will have to pursue a small trek to reach the lake which is all the very worthwhile providing the surrounding views of the valley.

Altitude: 4140 m

Distance from Shimla:
481.6 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:
Keylong

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

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Petrol Pumps on Shimla - Kaza Route

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Narkanda (60.5 km from Shimla)
Rampur Bushahr (65.9 km distance from Narkanda)
Jeori (23 km from Rampur Bushahr)
Reckong Peo (76.5 km distance from Jeori)
Kaza (199.4 km distance from Reckong Peo)
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ATM's on Shimla - Kaza Route

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Rampur (125 km from Shimla)
Sarahan (34.4 km from Rampur)
Sangla (83.3 km distance from Sarahan)
Reckong Peo (41.2 km from Sangla)
Kaza (199.4 km distance from Reckong Peo)
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Mechanics on Shimla - Kaza Route

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You will find many mechanic workshops in almost all the villages you pass through during the trip. Here are all the major locations for mechanics:

Jeori (149 KM from Shimla)
Tapri (44 KM from Jeori)
Reckong Peo (31.8 KM from Tapri)
Akpa (26.4 KM from Reckong Peo)
Spello (16.5 KM from Akpa)
Pooh (28.4 KM from Spello)
Kaza (136 KM from Pooh)
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Mobile Connectivity on Shimla - Kaza Route

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You will find BSNL and MTNL mobile network connectivity in Sangla, Kalpa, Chitkul, Nako, and Reckong Peo. But the voice quality will be average. Along the route through small villages of Moorang or Spello, the networks will be entirely off. Besides, there will be zero connectivity around the Spiti Valley too.

From Tabo to Kaza, the connections will frequently be fluctuating. Moreover, internet connectivity is weak in several places during your expedition. However, you will get a decent calling network and a feeble internet connectivity in Kaza.
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Permits

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For Indians: There is no need for permits for locals to travel along the whole valley.

For Foreign Nationals: Foreigners require an Inner Line Permit issued by the District Magistrate office in Reckong Peo and Shimla to enter the restricted areas of the country.
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Places for Night Stopover

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Since this route is settled amidst harsh conditions, there are very few options for staying your night over during the trip. Here are some options for you to consider during your journey to the valley of Spiti.

Banjara Orchard Retreat
Located near Narkanda with apple orchards surrounding the resort. You can choose to stay either at charming log huts or rooms available here.

HPTDC Guesthouse
If you are looking for some affordable abode, this government-run lovely location is right for you. Also, it has good parking space. Thus, people arriving by their own vehicles will find this place suitable.

Kinner Villa
It is in Kalpa and is one more reasonable location that offers basic yet clean rooms. Moreover, you will enjoy a beautiful panorama from the rooms while you accommodate here.

Hotel Deyzor
It is also a budget-friendly hotel at Kaza where you will get a homely feeling. The beautiful aura surrounds this hotel, and you get to enjoy a peaceful stay.

Although, you should be aware of the fact that people of the valley are very hospitable and welcoming when it comes to giving shelter to the voyagers. Also it is a good way to get hold on to some authentic home cooked Tibetan and Spitian delicacies.
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Medical Facilities on Shimla - Kaza Route

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There are minimum medical facilities available during the Shimla to Kaza road trip. You will discover small clinics and medical stores throughout the different towns you reach. At Kaza, visitors will find a well-equipped hospital but suitable only for minor cases and emergency treatment.
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Clothes to Carry

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During Summer

Light woolen
Hoodie
Windproof jacket
Trekking pants
Cotton t-shirts
Hat or cap
Casual or trekking shoes

During Winter

Fleece jacket 
Thermals
Heavy woolen sweaters and cardigans
Warm hoodies
Balaclava or woolen caps
Hand gloves
Woolen socks
Gumboots
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Things to Carry

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The trip to the Spiti Valley gives some very hard times and so you have to ensure preparing yourself well in advance to face any challenge this trip might throw at your face. So, here are some of the things to carry during your trip to Spiti which might come handy at several tough times:

For Vehicles

Always carry basic vehicle repair toolkit while on a road trip to Kaza. It must include a screwdriver set, puncture repair kit, jump-start cables/wires, funnel, small hammer, iron rod, car inverter, towing rope, jump-start cables, spare tube, and additional tire valves. Also, carry some empty bottles to fill extra petrol or diesel before or during the journey. 

For WindShield Problems

Feviquick sachets, adhesive tapes, and M-seal will also be handy in case you encounter damage at any part of the windshield. Additionally, carry old newspapers or colin to clean the windshield. 

For Personal Safety

Do not forget to store a first aid box for your tour. It must include antibiotics, spare knife, cutter, anesthetic spray or lotion, bandages, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, and Dettol. Also, keep phone chargers, power banks, and torch handy. Also, do not forget to load a lot of snacks, dry fruits, instant meals, and drinking water.
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Safety Tips & Guidelines

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These are some safety tips and guidelines which will ensure a safe and sound trip of yours to the beautiful desert valley of Spiti:

Shimla to Kaza is an incredible stretch, but you need to be cautious along the rough roads to enjoy the trip totally yet safely.
Also, remember this stretch has only a few petrol pumps. Thus, it is always a smart choice to restock your vehicle wherever you find one.
Majorly in Shimla, you have the guaranteed availability of cash as compared to any other ATM along the route. So, better withdraw enough cash there only.
In winters, sometimes, the connectivity poles are damaged due to the snow so be prepared for the same. 
While crossing deepwater areas, control the drive without any half clutch and try to pass the whole stretch at once.
On traversing, a dangerous landslide-prone area, you should park the vehicle aside and better notice the riding technique of other drivers to plan your escape route safely.
If you are unable to ride your vehicle forward through a deep water crossing, slush, or high elevation, ask fellow co-passengers to push it from behind.
Do get your punctured tires or any other minor repairs fixed at Pooh because you won't find a garage till Kaza again.
Learn some essential car or bike repair methods to be at the safer side.
Get your car or bike serviced 2 to 3 weeks before beginning our road trip. 
Visitors can find toilets at maximum eateries during the journey.
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Information About AMS and Acclimatisation

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AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is the condition encountered by the people who live in plains and not acclimatized to mountain climate. AMS usually happens when you arrive at high altitudes, which is above 2440 m (8000 ft). You may see symptoms like:

Fatigue 
Headache 
Vomiting 
Nausea 
Loss of appetite 
Swelling of arms and legs 
Weakness
Sleep issues 

Treatment for AMS

Let the affected person rest. 
Keep him or her warm.
Drink liquids but not too much. 
For headache, give ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Avoid alcohol and smoking.
Do not take sleeping pills.
Give oxygen, if available. 

However, as soon as your body acclimatizes to the new environment, the symptoms will vanish.

Note: In case you see that the symptoms do not subside within 1 or 2 days or worsen, always head to a lower altitude. Also, contact a healthcare provider immediately.
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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 passess 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
Excellent
We went to Spiti from Shimla. We booked the trip from Thrillophilia and must say they have arranged everything so nicely, the stays, meals everything was so nice. We had an amazing time on the entire trip.
27 September 2019
Excellent
The Spiti Valley trip from Delhi was so amazing, The entire trip was so nicely planned, the meals and stays everything was so good. we had a great time on the trip. The place is so beautiful.
22 October 2019
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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
Excellent
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
Excellent
Thrillophilia just arranged the best trip of my life! The guide was excellent, the bikes were in good condition and so were the other arrangements! The whole trip was so well arranged that we saw the best of Spiti.
18 May 2019
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
18 May 2019
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
03 July 2019
Excellent
It was a great trip for me. However, there were some pros and cons. Pros: • The bikes were in good condition, and there were regular breaks for riders. • The trip guide was excellent and very clear with instructions. • They selected excellent viewpoints and regular stops. All the pre-decided places were duly shown to us. Cons • The food could have been improved • The internet connectivity throughout was very poor.
06 August 2019
Excellent
An unforgettable trip for my friends and me- Thrillophilia arranged it in the best way possible! The trip could not have been better executed! Our operator was the best- he gave us the whole itinerary minute by minute in Chandigarh on the first day and was there for every issue we had!

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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. How far is Kaza from Shimla?

    Kaza is 422 km from Shimla. It will take you approximately 2 to 3 days to cover the distance between Shimla and Kaza. Also, Shimla to Kaza trip is not a comfortable drive, and it will be a long and thrilling way, so you need to sit tight for it.
  2. Which route is better Manali to Kaza or Shimla to Kaza?

    Shimla to Kaza route is preferable over the Manali to Kaza route as it is way safer. This way, you will be accustomed conveniently by the roads, cold, height, and the climate of the hill stations easily. You most probably would not fall sick while reaching to the destination or would feel any kind of discomfort adjusting with the environment. Thus, this is an exciting yet right option for you to choose for your Shimla to Kaza trip. Although, Manali to Kaza is a faster route, though you should always keep your safety as the top-notch priority.
  3. How do I get to Kaza?

    Here are multiple options for you to visit Kaza:

    By Air –  Bhuntar Airport situated in Kullu, which is situated in the vicinity of Manali. You can fly until Kullu and then board a bus or hire a taxi to reach Kaza. It would be a single day’s journey till Kaza.

    By Train – 
    You can board a train for Jogindernagar Railway Station which is the nearest railway station to Kaza. From here, you can rent a car, bike, or take a bus route for further journey.

    By Road – 
    From Manali, it is a 202 km tour which will take you around six hours. On the other hand, it is 448.7 km from Shimla that you can cover in 2 to 3 days. Private and rented cars or bikes are the most preferred options for this trip. You can even go with the option of taking a bus to reach Kaza.
  4. Is Manali to Kaza route open?

    Manali to Kaza route remains closed for the entire year except giving you an open window from the second week of June to 15th of October. This is the time when you can drive on this route via Manali following Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. Please note that you will have to get a permit to run your private vehicle on Rohtang Pass. Moreover, if you have a foreign tourist along with you, then he or she needs to have an Inner Line Permit shortened as ILP to enter the restricted areas of the country.
  5. Is there a network in Kaza?

    Yes, you can rely on BSNL and MTNL network in Kaza and other than that you can try your luck with Airtel and Jio. You can expect a decent network for calling and a very feeble internet connectivity in the town of Kaza.
  6. Is Kaza dangerous?

    No, Kaza is not at all dangerous and rather it is the real definition of adventure. People who have travelled the entire Himalayas in search of thrill and are still unsuccessful should definitely plan a trip to Spiti. The treacherous roads, hap-hazard terrains, snow-clad mountains and curvy roads sums up to make a trip to Kaza.
  7. How many days is enough for Kaza?

    8 days are enough to cover the Spiti Valley Trip which would include a day and a night stay in Kaza. You would require around 3 days to reach Kaza from Shimla and then 2 days to come back via Manali to complete the circuit. The remaining 3 days should be used to cover the nearby places of interest like Chandratal Lake, Chitkul, etc.