Shimla to Spiti Valley: Travel Guide with Road Conditions 2021
A dream destination for any adventure enthusiast, Spiti is the gateway into the higher northern reaches of the country. We recommend travelling to Spiti from the Shimla-Kinnaur side for a variety of reasons, and good ones at that!

This route allows you to access the Spiti Valley almost throughout the year especially during the early summer and winter months as against the June-October connectivity offered by the Manali-Kaza route. This route lets you ascend gradually without the risk of getting hit by AMS. You also avoid the infamous jams at Rohtang and Gramphoo and waste no time in getting permits. This route gives you access to some stunning detours like Hatu Peak, Chitkul, and Kalpa.

Shimla to Spiti Valley Distance

 - Approximately 450 kilometers

Shimla to Spiti Valley Route Map

Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) - Kaza
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Essential Information

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How many days does it take to reach Spiti from Shimla?

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It takes 3 days to reach Spiti from Shimla. Proceed from Shimla via Kinnaur Valley as you cross Rampur & Saharan over a distance of around 222 kilometers to reach Kalpa, which will be your overnight stay. Proceed from Kalpa through Nako, Giu, Tabo Village, and Pin Valley to reach Kaza. This route is around 253 kilometers long. 
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Best Time for Shimla to Spiti Valley Trip

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The Shimla-Kinnaur route offers a wonderful advantage of making Spiti accessible throughout the year as there are no high mountain passes on this route. For those who want to escape the crowds during the peak season of June-October, can use this route to visit Spiti in early summers.

For those looking for an extreme winter adventure of a heavy snow cover and want to experience temperatures as low as -20°C can visit Spiti between January to March. 

During both these travel windows, not only will you have the place to yourself to explore at leisure, the costs of stay will be relatively lower. 
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Shimla to Spiti Valley Road Condition

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The major portions of the road on this route are mostly good. The good patches extend between Shimla, Narkanda, Jeori, Karcham, Sangla, Kalpa. Here the road is smooth without many unbroken patches. You will find some badly broken patches between Narkanda and Jeori, Sangla to Chitkul, and Kalpa to Dhankar. The dirt road between Dhankar to Pin Valley is, especially in bad condition.

You will find slushy conditions at places like Pangi Nallah, Ribba, and Powari. The stretch between Nako and Malling has some landslide prone patches. As you near Sumdo, there are some areas where shooting stones is a regular occurrence. The same is the case with the stretch between Tabo to Shichiling
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Best Itinerary for Shimla to Spiti Valley

Day 1: Shimla to Sangla

Drive through the beautiful towns of Kufri, Narkanda, and Rampur alongside Sutlej River on the Hindustan-Tibet Highway.
Proceed to Kinnaur and cross Karcham and Karcham dam, that built on the Baspa-Sutlej confluence. 
Proceed to Baspa Valley and stay overnight at Sangla.

Day 2: Sangla to Kalpa

Proceed from Sangla to Chitkul, the last village in the region before Tibet. This is an hour’s drive away along the banks of Baspa River.
Halt for the afternoon at the Mata Mandir.
Come back towards Karcham Dam and take the detour to Reckong Peo on the Hindustan-Tibet Highway.
Reach Kalpa on the upper reaches of Reckong Peo surrounded by the Kinner Kailash ranges.

Day 3: Kalpa to Tabo (Spiti Valley)

After local sightseeing, leave Kalpa to proceed towards Spiti Valley via the highway alongside the banks of Sutlej River. 
Reach Nako after around an hour and stop at the Nako Lake.
Continue upstream as you cross through Chango, Shalkar, Sumdo, Hurling, and finally Tabo. 
Visit Chos Khor Gompa and the surrounding caves.
Overnight stay at Tabo.

Day 4: Tabo to Lhalung via Dhankar

Take the road to Kaza to reach Sichling Village up to Dhankar. Here you will see the ancient 800-year-old monastery and the lake.
After the halt at Dhankar, proceed to Lhalung. Here you will see the 1000 –year-old monastery. 
Overnight stay at Lhalung.

Day 5: Lhalung to Kaza via Mudh

Drive through Pin Valley up to the final village in the region at Mudh.
Stay for lunch at Mudh for delicious homemade pizzas and drive back to reach Kaza.
Explore local markets and the vast plains backdropped by snow-capped mountains. 
Spend the night at Kaza.

Day 6: Kaza to Hikkim , Komic, and Langza

Head to the village of Komic, the highest village in the world.
Here you will see the ancient Tangyud Gompa.
Proceed to Hikkim that houses the highest post office in the world.
Leave for Langza, which is the most beautiful village in Spiti surrounded by the massive Mt. Chau Chau Khang Nilda. 
Overnight stay at Langza.

Day 7: Langza to Chandratal

See the famous Kee Monastery and the huge statue of Buddha.
Head over to Kibber Village and see the Kibber Chicham bridge at an altitude of 4300 meters.
Proceed to the stunning Chandratal or the Moon Lake surrounded by the Chandrabhaga Peaks. 
Walk alongside the Lake, a circumambulation of around 4 kilometers.
Stay overnight at the campsite.

Day 8: Chandratal to Manali

You can visit the lake once again in the early morning before leaving the campsite. 
Head back to Manali through Batal-Gramphu Road via Manali-Leh Highway. 

Mode of Transportation

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By 4X4 Vehicle

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The best option is a 4X4 SUV for this trip for the simple fact that these vehicles have ample ground clearance to let you manoeuvre uneven and broken roads. They have better engine capacities, are spacious, and more comfortable. 

Some of the best one are Thar, Scorpio, Fortuner & Safari.
 
Some tips:
- Get to know the vehicle and techniques to use in case of water crossings and rocky roads.
- Get the car serviced and keep spares handy.
- Don’t overstuff the car with people and things for it to manoeuvre lightly over difficult terrain.
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By Bike

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If you choose to ride, your best bets are the Royal Enfield, Bajaj Pulsar, and KTM Duke. 

Choose the bike after careful consideration of factors like the condition of the bike, how much has it run in total, whether you intend to ride pillion, and how much luggage you are carrying.

Some tips:
- Get the bike serviced and ensure all the parts are in order.
- Any of the parts that you feel are going to create trouble, its best to replace them.
- Be safe while riding on this precarious terrain for a safe and fun journey.
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By Bus

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Travelling by bus from Shimla from Spiti is a good idea if you are travelling on a budget. This works well when you don’t want to drive on your own or are travelling with a big group. For people who are travelling from farther parts of the country, this is the best option to explore Spiti. 

There is a daily direct HRTC (AC and Ordinary) bus from Shimla for Kaza that starts from the Shimla Bus stand. 

The bus halts at Reckong Peo for the night and starts at 7 am to reach Kaza in the afternoon. 

The fare for this journey comes to around INR 500 per person.
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Places to Visit During Shimla to Spiti Valley Road Trip

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Narkanda

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The place is famous for attractions like Hatu Peak, Tannu Jabbar Lake, and Mahamaya Temple. It is known as the skiing destination of India. 

Altitude:
8599 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
60 kilometers
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Chitkul

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The must-see attractions include the 15th-century Kamru Fort, Bering Nag Temple, Baspa River, and the Tibetan Wood Carving Centre. 

Altitude:
11,320 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
242 kilometers
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Kalpa

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See the massive Kinnaur Kailash peaks. You can trek to Chakka Village & visit Roghi Village. Spend time seeing the sharp cliffs at the Suicide Point. Visit Narayan Nagini Temple and Hu Bu Lan Kar Monastery.

Altitude:
9,711 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
222 kilometers
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Kufri

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Visit Himalayan National Park, take a horse ride up till Mahasu Peak, Visit Indira Tourist Park, enjoy fun rides at Kufri Fun World. It is known as the skiing destination of India.  

Altitude:
8920 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
14 kilometers
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Kinnaur

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Try the Kinnaur Kailash circuit trek, see the beauty of the pristine Nako Lake, camp on the riverbanks of Baspa River. 

Altitude: 7612 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 256 kilometers
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Sangla

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Take a rejuvenating walk amidst emerald-green meadows, visit Bering Nag Temple, visit Kamru Fort, pick up local handicrafts & handmade shawls at Batseri Village, try fishing at Baspa River. 

Altitude:
8530 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
220 kilometers
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Reckong Peo

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Visit the ancient Chandika Temple, eat delicious Tibetan food at the local market, enjoy a nature trail at Bhaba Valley.

Altitude:
7513 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
224 kilometers
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Nako

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See the breathtaking beauty of Nako Lake, spend time amidst the serene 11th-century Nako Monastery, see exotic plants at the Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary, pick up Tibetan artefacts from the local market.

Altitude:
11,893 ft

Distance from Shimla:
311 kilometers
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Tabo

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Visit the famous ancient 9th-century Tabo Gompa (Monastery), explore the prehistoric caves, which were used by monks to meditate, visit the beautiful apple orchards and try fresh apple juice.

Altitude:
10,760 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
360 kilometers
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Dhankar

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Visit the 1200 year old Dhankar Gompa edging on a sharp cliff, spend time on the banks of Dhankar Tso, see the Dhankar Fort.

Altitude:
12,780 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
390 kilometers
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Kaza

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Visit the 11thcentury Key Monastery, the most famous attraction in the region, pick up pure wool shawls & Tibetan handicrafts at the local market, visit the nearby Kibber Village for beautiful nature trails. 

Altitude:
12,470 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
449 kilometers
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Hikkim

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The place is famous for housing the world’s highest post office, visit the local monastery, try and spot ancient fossils in the rocks as you take long nature trails.

Altitude:
14,440 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
461 kilometers
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Komic

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Komic is considered to be the highest village in the world with a motorable road. Visit Tangyud Monastery, which is one of the highest monastery in India and one of the oldest here, enjoy panoramic views of the local green pastures and meadows. 

Altitude:
15,027 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
464 kilometers
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Langza

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See the humongous Langza Buddha statue, visit the ancient Langza Gompa, enjoy hunting, take long walks in the vast potato farms.

Altitude:
14,500 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
461 kilometers
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Chandratal

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Considered to be amongst the most beautiful lakes in the country, this moon-shaped lake is a must visit for all the nature lovers. It crystal clear waters, that seem to be shaded in grey, blue, and turquoise green colors, are framed by brown barren mountains looming in the background.  

Altitude:
14,100 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
530 kilometers
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Must Visit Places in Spiti Valley

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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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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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Third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world, the Suraj Tal is a divine water body surrounded by barbaric bare mountains and soothing valleys. It is a common belief that anyone who takes a dip in the pristine emerald waters of the lake is cleaned off their sins.

Whether you want to visit the Suraj Tal for spiritual reasons or to simply revel in the unsurpassed natural charm – you won’t regret it. An absolute haven for avid trekkers, the lake offers an asylum to refresh and recharge during the hectic Manali-Leh trek. Adrenaline junkie motorcyclists and mountain bikers will find this place a wonderful stopover on their journey.

Location: 
Lahul Valley, Keylong.

Timings:
 No timing restrictions.

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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 splendor. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

It houses centuries worth of Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage – a treat for history and cultural buffs. For those of you interested in art and handicraft – witness the amazingly preserved paintings, murals and sculptures. Or just kick back and take in the healing environment as calmness ascends over your being.

Location:
Tabo

Best time to visit:
May to October

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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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Kaza

Nestled in one corner of the beautiful Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Kaza happens to be a tranquil and serene destination in Spiti Valley. Packed with majestic snow-covered mountains, bubbling rivers, picturesque landscape, and shimmering streams, this dreamy place is no less than a paradise on earth. 

The entire town of Kaza is categorized into 2 parts – New Kaza and Old Kaza. While the former accommodates the king’s palace, the latter is home to government offices. The presence of historical wonders, monasteries, and gompas adds a sense of magic to this charming town. At present day, the Himalayan town of Kaza features an exotic amalgam of ancient culture and modernity that is sure to leave every traveler totally awestruck and spellbound.
 
The pristine locales and mountainous terrain of Kaza lure tourists who are interested in experiencing spirituality as well as adventurous activities. The place even forms a base camp from where travelers can venture to experience activities such as mountaineering and trekking. Some well-known trails that start from the town of Kaza include Pin-Bhaba, Parang-La, and Pin-Parvati. In addition to trying adventure sports and visiting various Buddhist shrines, tourists flocking here also like to take a walk to the small villages nearby Kaza town, which offers an exciting and unique experience.

One can access Kaza from Lahaul Valley and Kinnaur Valley. While the latter route stays open all year round, the former route only opens during the summer season. Winter season in this destination comes with extremely low temperatures that make the weather of the town immensely cold. During this time, the locals prefer staying indoors and only venture out in case of absolute urgency. They always keep food supplies stocked up for this time of the year and utilize the whole time indoors by producing handicrafts.

The town of Kaza is blessed with a plethora of decent accommodation facilities and food outlets, helping tourists in having a comfortable vacation. All the elements put together, make tourism flourish in this small Himalayan destination.
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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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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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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 India’s best-kept secrets, Nako village is situated on the Indo-Tibetan border, 360 m above sea level in the Himalayan range of Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh. Nako Village can be considered as the last spot on your way to the famous Nalling Mullah and acts as a halting stop for tourists heading there.

As Nako lies really close to the Tibetan border, visitors need to have an Inner Line permit to visit and stay in any part of this secluded village. Due to the small extent of this beautifully remote village, all the major attractions there can be explored on foot itself.Any tourist crossing this remote village tends to take a stop at least for a while. Many others tend to reach this peaceful place by evening to spend a night here to move to other destinations in Kinnaur or Tabo Village, the next day.

However, if you are amidst those keen travelers who wish to experience the true essence of the Himalayan and Tibetan cultures, this very place is a must visit for you.Exploring this beautiful village and listening to the stories and experiences of the villagers will take you back in time. The hidden gems of Nako Village and its untouched natural beauty will make you fall in love with this place. Experiencing the mind soothing calmness of the village under the village sky full of sparkling stars holds the capability of providing you with a life-changing experience.

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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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A tiny isolated reservoir, Nako Lake has gained extensive popularity for its pristine beauty and impeccable charm. A spiritual lake cradled in the mystical Himalayas, it is situated at an elevation of around 3662 meters. The dense willow trees that surround the lake quadruples the charm if this tourist spot.

The popular spot is bounded by 4 ancient Tibetan temples. In close proximity to these temples, you can also find 4 caves which are said to be saint Padmasambhava’s meditation site. There is one magnificent waterfall near the lake which is known to be the home of fairies. If you happen to visit this place during September, you can relish the experience of boating in this popular lake.

Location:
Nako Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Timings:
It can be visited at any time.

Entry Fee:
No entry charges

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Things to Know for Shimla to Spiti Trip

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Petrol Pumps on Shimla - Spiti Route

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These are the places where you can find petrol pumps on the Shimla-Spiti route:

Narkanda
Kingal (28 kilometers from Narkanda)
Bithal (12 kilometers from Kingal)
Badhrash (11 kilometers from Bithal)
Duttnagar (33 kilometers from Badrash)
Rampur (13 kilometers from Duttnagar)
Jeori (23 kilometers from Rampur)
Saki Charang (28 kilometers from Jeori)
Reckong Peo (34 kilometers from Saki Charang)
Kaza (200 kilometers from Reckong Peo)
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ATM's on Shimla - Spiti Route

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These are the places where you can find ATMs on the Shimla-Spiti route:

Shimla
Rampur (126 kilometers from Shimla)
Sarahan (34 kilometers from Rampur)
Sangla (83 kilometers from Sarahan)
Reckong Peo (41 kilometers from Sangla)
Kaza (200 kilometers from Reckong Peo)
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Mechanics on Shimla - Spiti Route

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These are the places where you can find mechanics on the Shimla-Spiti route:

Narkanda
Rampur (66 kilometers from Narkanda)
Jeori (23 kilometers from Rampur)
Sarahan (11 kilometers from Jeori)
Reckong Peo (88 kilometers from Sarahan)
Tapri (56 kilometers from Reckong Peo)
Spillo (160 kilometers from Tapri)
Pooh (28 kilometers from Spillo)
Kaza (136 kilometers from Pooh)
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Mobile Connectivity on Shimla - Spiti Route

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Only BSNL and MTNL networks work in Spiti Valley. So make sure to carry either of these connections on your road trip.

Airtel, Vodafone, and BSNL have connectivity at Narkanda, Jeori, Saharan, Sangla, Kalpa, Reckong Peo, and Chitkul. In fact, they work well till up to Spello.

Around Pooh, only BSNL works, which is erratic once you cross it. It resumes once you reach Nako. As you proceed, the network doesn’t work till Tabo. From Tabo to Kaza, it will again remain erratic until you reach Kaza. At Kaza, you will get a regular network. 

Both prepaid and postpaid connections work for these networks.

Internet connectivity on the route is there, but too slow. At best you will receive a GPRS or 2G connectivity. 
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Places for Night Stopover

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We are listing the places where you can take a night halt during the trip along with some of the best hotels to stay at. These hotels are available almost throughout the year:

1. Sangla: 

Hotel Batseri: INR 4400 per night
Hotel Rock View: INR 1000 per night
Hotel Madhu: INR 1700 per night

2. Kalpa:

OYO White Nest: INR 1600 per night
The Grand Shamba La: INR 4000 per night
Tab Exotic Group of Hotels: Rs. 2000 per night
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Safety Tips & Guidelines

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First and foremost, Spiti should not be your first driving or riding trip. Since the distances are huge and the roads uneven, you need experience and the patience that comes with it to manage this trip.

Avoid taking undue risks like over speeding while driving. Don’t consume alcohol while driving. Never drive when you are fatigued or try dangerous stunts on these precarious roads. 

You should know your vehicle in and out. Keep a check on its fuel efficiency, performance on bad roads, condition of its parts, weights that it can take, etc. Keep spares handy.

Learn the techniques of manoeuvring your vehicles in slushy mud or at the time of landslides, especially as you cross Kaza. This is where bringing an SUV will help. 

Getting to know the route also goes a long way in having a fun trip with minimal risks. There is ample information on the Internet about where you will tend to run into bad road patches. This will help you in managing your vehicle and time. 

Keep a check on fuel stations, ATMs and hospitals on the way. Always carry ample liquid cash, as the ATMs tend to work as per the weather. 

Keep a couple of buffer days to make up for any delays due to bad roads or weather conditions.

Double-check your ‘To-carry’ list of clothing, water, medicines, and other essentials. 

Reach Spiti via the Shimla route. This will greatly help you in acclimatising to the altitude and minimising the chances of AMS.  
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Permits

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For Indians:

Indian nationals don’t require any permits to travel anywhere in the state of Himachal Pradesh. You can just share any government-issued ID like driving license, Aadhar card, Voter’s ID as identification. 

For Foreign Nationals:

Without a permit, foreign nationals can travel only up till Reckong Peo. To proceed further to places like Dhankar, Tabo, Pooh, Nako, Kaza, etc permits are required. There is a Police Post at Reckong Peo where foreign nationals need to register and produce an ILP (Inner Line Permit). This can be easily obtained from the DM’s (District Magistrate) Office in Shimla or Reckong Peo, which is valid for 2 weeks from the date of issue. 
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Things to Carry

Personal items:

Clothing depending on the season.
Personal toiletries, out of which sunscreen is very important, and your medications.
In case you are trekking, remember to carry gloves, gaiters, good trekking shoes, waterproof backpack, fleece thermals, trekking pole, water bottles.

Car/ bike Accessories:

Puncture kit
Litre plastic bottles to carry spare petrol or diesel and funnels.
Toolkit including the basic stuff like screwdrivers, hammers, extra rope, etc.
Extra tubes for bikes
M-Seal
Cables to help with jump-starting the vehicle
Adhesive tubes
Car inverter
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Clothes to Carry Shimla - Spiti Valley trip

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During Summer

Light fleece jacket
Windcheater
Cotton socks that are sweat absorbent
Full-sleeve T-shirts
Cotton trousers
Sport shoes
Sunglasses
Cap or hat

During Winter

Heavy down jacket, preferably waterproof.
Thermals
Fleece jacket
Balaclava
Woolen socks
Wool lined shoes
Waterproof gumboots 
Woolen gloves
Sunglasses
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Medical Facilities on Shimla -Spiti Route

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Since you will pass through long remote stretches during your Shimla-Spiti trip, medical facilities can be few and far between. We are listing some of the major hospitals on this route for easy reference. You might also find small chemist shops in the town areas. However, it is advised to always carry your stack of medicines, which should have medicines for fever, stomach issues, headache, AMS, etc.

1. Shimla:


Indus Hospital, Mount Jakhoo
Indira Gandhi Medical College, Circular Road, Lakkar Bazaar
HP Government Dental College & Hospital, Circular Road, Lakkar Bazaar 

2. Kinnaur:

Regional Hospital, Reckong Peo
Civil Hospital, Chango, Kinnaur
Project Hospital, Bhaba Nagar
Tribal Ayurvedic Hospital, Reckong Peo

3. Lahaul Spiti

Civil Hospital, Kaza
Regional Hospital, Keylong
District Ayurvedic Hospital, Keylong
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AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and Acclimatisation

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AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a very real concern while traveling in the mountains. It is that condition, which is caused by low oxygen levels found in high altitude areas. It causes a variety of effects on one’s body ranging from physical to those related to the brain like:

Dizziness
Confusion
Severe headache
Nausea
Constant vomiting
Increased heart rate
Breathlessness
Reduced or lost appetite

These symptoms usually go away on their own. However, they aggravate in case you gain altitude too quickly and if your general physical health is not too good. If left untreated, they can quickly become life-threatening. Fortunately, the Shimla-Spiti route allows one to gradually Acclimatized. You can adapt easily on this route as the daily altitudinal gains are minimal. 

Still, if you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, make sure to let your body acclimatize by:

Slowly gaining altitude during your trip. In case you experience any symptoms, stay in the same location at the same altitude or descend immediately.

Keep a check on yourself and recognize if you are getting any of the AMS symptoms.

Avoid consuming alcohol and smoking during the trip. This adds on to the probability of getting AMS.

In case you feel any of the symptoms, get proper sleep. Sleep with a pillow rather than on a flat surface. It is best to sleep in an upright position.

Avoid using the car heater. This makes the body temperature fluctuates as you step in and out of the car.

Keep yourself hydrated. Avoid carbonated drinks and caffeine.

Keep your pace slow while walking and don’t exert yourself too much. 

Use medicines like Diamox to reduce the initial impacts of AMS. However, Diamox should be taken sparingly and only after consulting a doctor.

Try things like the essential oil of lavender & peppermint to soothe your headache and nausea. 

Keep some fresh cloves and garlic with you. Chewing on them helps in reducing the feeling of nausea and breathlessness. 
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About the Tour:

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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About the Tour:

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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About the Tour:

“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. Which are the best places to visit in Nako?

    There are several beautiful places to visit in Nako- a lush, green, beautiful village located in Himachal Pradesh.

    1. Nako lake
    2. Nako monastery
    3. Nako Gompa
    4. Lipa- Asrang Sanctuary
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Kaza?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Kaza:
  3. Which route is better Manali to Spiti Valley or Shimla to Spiti Valley?

    Approaching Spiti from Shimla side is considered to be a much better option as compared to the Manali route. On the Shimla route, the ascent is gradual, which allows you to be AMS-acclimatised properly. Not only this route is open throughout the year, but also you can avoid the tourist crowd of Rohtang Pass and permits for crossing Rohtang Pass.

    Both these routes are generally compared based on:

    - Route availability: The Manali-Kaza route is available for a shorter window during the year i.e. only between June-October. However, the Shimal-Kaza route is open throughout the year due to the absence of high mountain passes. So in case you want to explore Spiti during the off-tourist months of early summer and peak winters, the Shimla-Kaza route is preferable.

    - Availability of time: In case you are pressed for time and want to make a quick escape to Spiti, you should opt for the Manali-Kaza route. This would take around 7-8 hours. However, if it is a longer trip and you intend to leisurely soak in the beauty of the place, opt for the Shimla-Kaza route. This takes around 2-3 days. This route also saves time that is spent is getting the Rohtang Pass permits. 

    - Acclimatization: There is a quick ascent of around 2000 metres each day on the Manali-Kaza route. On the other hand, the Shimla-Kaza route allows for the gradual ascent that is spread over more days, letting you get used to the high altitudes. 
  4. How can I reach Lahaul Spiti from Shimla?

    There are a number of ways in which you can reach Lahaul Spiti from Shimla- bus, cabs, or self-drive. Opt for buses plying regularly between Shimla and Lahaul Spiti via Hindustan Tibet Highway. Choose between the buses plying during the day or overnight buses that are also available. There are many state-run and private buses to choose from. Else, opt to self-drive or take a shared cab.
  5. How far is Lahaul Spiti from Chandigarh?

    Lahaul Spiti is at a distance of around 217 kilometres from Chandigarh. The best route to take is the one from Shimla-Narkanda-Nako-Spiti.
  6. Can kids go to Spiti Valley?

    Spiti is located at an altitude of around 12,500 ft with rarefied and dry air. These factors tend to cause AMS, breathlessness, fatigue in people and have a greater impact on kids, especially those who are very young. You should avoid taking children younger than 2 years of age. Not only are the lungs not very well developed at this age, but they are also unable to express any discomfort. When you decide to travel with your kids, make sure to keep an eye on them and take any physical discomfort and changes in behaviour like irritability, confusion, and loss of appetite.
  7. How many days is enough for Spiti Valley?

    8 days are enough to see almost all the spectacular wonders of Spiti Valley, which include:

    1. Kaza-Ki-Kibber
    2. Tabo Village
    3. Dhankar Village & Lake
    4. Mud Village
    5. Komic Village
    6. Pin Valley National Park
    7. Hikkim
    8. Langza
    9. Chandratal Lake

  8. Which car is best for Spiti Valley?

    A 4X4 SUV serves the best on these roads and the surprises that they sometimes throw up. If that’s not an option, a 2X4 SUV will also suffice. We are recommending SUV due to their ground clearance that will help you steer over potholes and damaged roads, steep ascents, and water streams. They are great for manoeuvring through muddy slush, which is common during the monsoons.
  9. Is there a network in Spiti Valley?

    The two connections that work in Spiti are BSNL and MTNL. Till Tabo, the connectivity is quite smooth. As you cross Tabo, places like Pin Valley, Mane Village, Dhankar, etc. the connectivity starts breaking. It gets better the moment you reach Kaza. As you proceed towards Komic and Kibber, the BSNL and MTNL connectivity becomes intermittent again. It works well near Key Monastery, Kunzum Pass and Rangrik Village.

     As for data connectivity, you will be limited to GPRS/2G. Some hotels and cafes offer WiFi, which is quite slow. The connectivity depends upon the weather largely, which affects the mobile towers and availability of electricity.