Shimla to Spiti Valley: Travel Guide with Road Conditions 2020
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

Essential Information

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

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How many days does it take to reach Spiti from Shimla?
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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Best Time for Shimla to Spiti Valley Trip
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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Shimla to Spiti Valley Road Condition
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

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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By 4X4 Vehicle
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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By Bike
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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By Bus
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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Narkanda
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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Chitkul
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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Kalpa
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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Kufri
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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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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Sangla
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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Reckong Peo
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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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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Tabo
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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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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Kaza
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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Hikkim
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
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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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Langza
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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Chandratal
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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Things to Know for Shimla to Spiti Trip

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Petrol Pumps on Shimla - Spiti Route

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Petrol Pumps on Shimla - Spiti Route
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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ATM's on Shimla - Spiti Route
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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Mechanics on Shimla - Spiti Route
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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Mobile Connectivity on Shimla - Spiti Route
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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Places for Night Stopover
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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Safety Tips & Guidelines
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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Permits

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

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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Clothes to Carry Shimla - Spiti Valley trip

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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Medical Facilities on Shimla -Spiti Route
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)  and Acclimatisation
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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Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
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About the Destination:

Spiti Valley can be said as the synonym for the paradise it is also known as the ‘Little Tibet” of India. It is the place that is full of monasteries and Tibetan culture, it's one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh and is known for its snow-capped peaks and natural surroundings. This Spiti valley bike trip promises a Himalayan trip of a lifetime. You will be visiting many places by this Spiti bike trip which will blow your mind with their scenic beauty. You will start this trip from Chandigarh and will get to witness places like:

Komik: which means “eye of snowcock”, located at the height of 4,513 m with a population of 84 people this village is Asia’s highest village. 

Hikkim: where you will get to visit the world’s highest post office. 

Langza:  situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also visit 1000 years old lang(temple).

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.

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.

About the Spiti Valley Bike Trip:

Thrillophilia offers you the best Spiti valley motorcycle tour, and lets you live the dream of your life. This trip will start from Delhi and you will ride through Narkanda, Chitkul to the Spiti Valley. you will ride through a beautiful scenic valley. 

During this trip, you will be visiting the ancient monasteries, which are famous all over the world like Key monastery, Tabo monastery. You will get to experience the traditional blend of Buddhism and Tibetian culture. You will be meeting the local people and will get to know about their lifestyle. You will also be witnessing the amazing Chandratal and will visit villages like Komic, Hikkim. During the trip, your comfort will be our priority you will be staying in a comfortable hotel/homestay, will get well-maintained bikes and will get to eat delicious local food. Get ready to lose yourself amidst the beauty of this scenic valley. This  S
piti valley bike tour will give you once in a lifetime experience through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh.

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Winter Spiti Road Trip | Girls' Special
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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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Spiti Valley in Winter 2020: Paint It White
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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 winters 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 winter trip and allows you to create memories that are worth-sharing and worth-living. Go on a trip that you will remember for the rest of your life and that promises you stunning pictures for your social media.

Start Point: Delhi-Shimla
End Point: Shimla-Delhi
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Highlights:
Experience local Spitian homestay.
Visit Ajanta of Himalayas
Visit ancient monasteries – Tabo, Dhankar, Key
Visit highest post office at Hikkim and highest village with a motorable road in the world at Komic

About the Places:
Chandigarh: Capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, Chandigarh is also known as the City of Gardens. Imbibing the culture of two states, the city is one of the best destinations to go.
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.
Tabo Monastery: Known as Ajanta of the Himalayas, Tabo Monastery is situated at a 
height of 3050 meters above the sea level. Located in the valley of Tabo, the monastery was founded back in 996 A.D.
Dhankar Monastery: At an altitude of 12,774 feet, Dhankar Monastery or Dhankar Gompa is one of the main centres of Buddhist art and culture.
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.

About the Tour:
The tour starts in Chandigarh from where we head towards Rampur. Before leaving for Rampur gather all the required medicines from the pharmacy we stop at. Overnight stop on day 1 is at Rampur. Meet your guide and know other travellers there in Rampur before going to sleep. Day 2 starts at 4:00 in the morning. This 9-10 hours of the journey will mesmerise you with the scenic beauty it holds. We will have our lunch at Nako Village, where you can walk over the frozen lake. On this day you will be sleeping in a local Spitian homestay. At the homestay, get a chance to talk to locals and have dinner.

On day 3, we visit 100 years old Tabo Monastery. After visiting Dhnakar Monastery, 
used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times, we have our overnight stay in Kaza. In the morning of day 4, we go on a snow drive towards Langza, Hikkim and Komic. Click as many photos as you can. At night, learn about local life, festivals and traditions from the host family at Kaza. On day 5, we head to either Khiber/Chicham via Key depending on which area has seen the maximum amount of trails during the season. On day 5 and 6, we will be tracking the snow leopard and other wildlife following their trail surrounding the villages.

On day 7, we leave for Rampur. This is a long journey and both breakfast and lunch will be done during the journey itself. On Day 8, get back to your homes from Chandigarh with a lot of memories and maybe some new friends you made during the trip.
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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Shimla 2020
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Highlights of the Spiti Valley Tour package from Shimla:

- Drive along Indo-Tibet Highway
- Drive over 2 high mountain passes – Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass
- Visit ancient monasteries – Tabo, Dhankar, Kee, Komic, Lhalung
- Visit highest post office at Hikkim and highest village with a motorable road in the world at Komic
- Enjoyable short treks – Dhankar Lake and Chandratal Parikrama.

Places Covered:

- Shimla: Capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla boasts to be the largest city in the state. 
Situated at a height of 2200m, the city is snuggled in beautiful hills and mystical woods.

- Sangla: One of the best places to go away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sangla nestles in the middle of the mountains and valleys.

- Chitkul: At an altitude of 3450 meters above the sea level, Chitkul is home to beautiful orchids, mountains, meadows, grasslands, river, jungle, and huge rocks.

- Kalpa: Having beautiful temples and monasteries, the village of Kalpa is famous for its apple orchards.

- Dhankar Gompa: At an altitude of 12,774 feet, Dhankar Gompa is one of the main centres of Buddhist art and culture.

- 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.

- Bhaba Pass: One of the most challenging treks, Bhaba Pass connects Kinnaur and Spiti. Thick woods and serene waterfalls make the trek a perfect one.

- Chandratal Lake: Also known as Lake of Moon, Chandratal Lake is in the shape of a crescent. Attracting a lot of tourists, the place beholds tranquil beauty.

About the Spiti Valley Tour Package from Shimla: 

The quest starts at Shimla bus stand from where we pick you up. From Shimla, we go to Sangla via 
Kufri and Narkanda towns, Sutlej valley, Indo-Tibet Highway and  Kinnaur district.

After an overnight stay in Sangla, we take you to Chitkul on day 2. There we go for a short walk to Mata Mandir and ITBP Camp. Later, we retrace the roads back to Karcham Dam and move towards Recong Peo on the Indo-Tibet Highway. Magnificent views of snowcapped peaks called the Kinner Kailash range awaits us at Recong Peo.

On day 3 of Spiti Valley tour package from Shimla, we enter the Spiti Valley. Reaching Nako through 
Sutlej and an hour of climb, the main attraction is the artificial lake; which, in the late spring, beholds pink flowers bloom all around the lake. Chos Khor Gompa is our next stop after that. Relax in the fields of Tabo or hike up to the caves, the monks used to meditate.

On day 4, we go to Dhangkar Gompa or monastery, one of the architectural masterpieces of the Buddhist yore. After Lhalung and Golden Temple or the Serkhong Gompa, we call it a day.

On day 5, d
rive to Pin Valley and local homemade pizzas for lunch awaits us. Exploring the local market in Kaza and going for an evening walk amidst the fields of Kaza will be our last activity for the day. On day 6, we head towards the village of Komic. Our overnight stay on this day is at Langza, the most scenic village of Spiti.

Day 7 takes us to the famous monastery of Spiti at Kee. Chandratal or Moon Lake is our next destination. After a walk near the lake, we call it a day. Day 8 is the last day and after breakfast at the camps, travel back to Manali via the Batal. With this, Spiti Valley tour package from Shimla ends and we bid each other goodbye.
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Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
  • 7D
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About the Destination:

Known widely for its ancient monasteries, mystical topography, semi-frozen lakes, and amazing trekking routes, Spiti Valley happens to be an absolutely quaint destination. Inviting adventure lovers, photographers, and nature buffs from across the globe, Spiti has gained a lot of popularity for its adventure activities and sightseeing opportunities.  Featuring incredibly surreal vistas, Spiti Valley is packed with many stunning destinations including Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar Lake, Kibber, Kaza, Lahaul Valley, and Kungri Monastery. Offering visitors the chance to hike, camp, raft, and hike, this destination has everything it takes to satisfy the wanderlust souls.    

About the Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip:

Embark on an adventurous Manali to Spiti valley bike trip and get ready for the ride of your life through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From exploring the Spiti Valley to the Kee Monastery and the beautiful lake of Chandra Taal, the trip is an adventure that will leave you astonished at the beauty of the Himalayas.

Your 8-day adventure starts from Gushaini. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Manali. 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. 

Note:  
- Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants, etc. May cause itinerary change. The operators reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort and general wellbeing. 
- 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 on the same in case any last-minute changes need to be made to your plan. 
- All the riders are required to wear a riding jacket(won’t be provided by us) at all the times they are riding the bike, else won’t be allowed to ride the bike.

Wondering what you will be ticking off?

Key Monastery: One of the famous Buddhist monasteries located at an altitude of 4166 metres. It is the biggest monastery in the Spiti Valley and also functions as a religious training centre of Lamas. Surrounded by beautiful scenic mountains and a soothing view of mother nature this place is filled with peaceful vibes.

Tabo Monastery: Founded 1000 years ago this monastery it is also known as the oldest Buddhist monastery in India. This place is a blend of history, culture and natural beauty. It is also famous by the name of “Ajanta of Himalayas”.

Kibber: A small but beautiful village which home to beautiful landscapes, mountains, meadows covered with varieties of wildflowers. This place will refresh you through its beauty. 

Chandratal: Perched at a staggering altitude of 4200 meters above sea level, you have to witness the unparalleled beauty of Chandratal to believe it. A sanctuary from the lightning-fast city life, this lake is slowly becoming one of the most attractive tourist places in Spiti valley. With the spellbinding backdrop of majestic mountains and meadows covered with gorgeous wildflowers, the lake is the perfect place to click some Instagram worthy pictures for photography enthusiasts.manali to spiti valley bike trip

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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Manali 2020
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Highlights of the Spiti Valley Tour package from Manali:
- Guided Road Trip with activities for an exclusive group of ten people
- Riverside Bonfire, Day Hike, Monastery tour with a monk and local cooking session included
- Visit Pin Valley and camp overnight at Chandratal Lake

About the Places:
- 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 on Spiti Valley tour package from Manali. 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.
- Kibber: To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with the 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 Spiti Valley Tour package from Manali:
With striking places like the key monastery, Chandratal lake, Komic village, Dhankar lake, handicraft market and numerous others in its vicinity, can be toured in summers as well as winters. When the showers strike the region its landscape changes and in winters, the temperature steeps down to freezing points, extending picture-perfect sceneries.  This land of fresh environs, lush green blankets, snow-capped peaks and everything beautiful, Spiti Valley tour package from Manali has each thing to arrest you in its charm.

Your 7 days adventure starts from Manali. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Manali. Stay at great places, eat local food, travel around the valley, know the culture and visit landmark spots that will take your breath away.
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  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.