Spiti Valley Circuit Tour (10 Days Road Trip)
Spiti Valley – the middle land – is the place where God lives. Although, there is always the effort that writers make with their wordplay, after a stay in this part of the world within a world, you would agree with Kipling to the fullest.
Spiti Valley Circuit Tour (9N/10D)
TOUR DATES – August 14 – August 23, 2020
Spiti Valley – the middle land – is the place where God lives. Although, there is always the effort that writers make with their wordplay, after a stay in this part of the world within a world, you would agree with Kipling to the fullest. Where else in the world there were such brown barren mountains, the sky as blue as the sea, clouds endlessly floating towards the horizon, small picturesque village, monasteries in the most remote places for men, rivers sketched with cliffs flowing in twists and turns in a valley far below, the night sky sparkling with thousands of bright stars, people welcome strangers with a wide smile as if they were their own. If the gods needed a place on earth, it could be Spiti valley.
The route from Shimla to Spiti Valley passes through Narkanda, Rampur Bushahr (a former principality of the Bushahr dynasty), and Kinnaur to Khab, where the Spiti River joins the Sutlej River. From Khab, a series of bends called Ka-loops (named after Ka village) climbs for 10 km to enter the barren land of the Hangrang Valley of Kinnaur. The is the only open route — though it gets closed when during heavy snowfall or blizzard events — to Spiti valley during winters.
The trans-Himalayan terrain begins from here. Around 30 km north-west to Khab, one enters the valley of Spiti at the checkpoint of Sumdo ITBP. At Sumdo, the Para-Chu stream (a mountain stream from Tibet) merges with the Spiti River. Kaza (also spelled as Kaja) is placed on the left bank of the Spiti River.
There are many rough roads on the Kinnaur-Spiti road route. Some of them are Nigulsari-Tranda, Karcham-Shongtong-Powari, and Powari-Pangi Nallah-Ribba road stretch in Kinnaur.
In Spiti valley, the infamous Malling Nalla stretch where glacier melt streams often cause landslides and few meters of the road gets washed away in monsoon season.
Spiti Valley Circuit Tour Detailed Itinerary
Reach Narkanda from your home city. Narkanda is a gateway into the apple valley of Himachal Pradesh. We start getting glimpses of the road which most of us have seen circulated on the net, this is the beginning of our journey into the upper hills of Himachal. This is the start of treacherous but beautiful roads. Even though the distance is less than 100 kms, it takes 3 hours to reach Narkanda from Shimla.
Narkanda – Sangla
Visit Hatu Peak early in the morning and head back to Narkanda. Have tea & breakfast, check out of our hotel rooms, and get on your way to Sangla. After about 30mins drive, you’ll get your first view of the Sutlej River, which we’ll be traveling right next to till Karcham, a small town on NH5.
Continue driving towards Rampur Bushahr. We can pause here for sightseeing as we have plenty of time to get to Sangla, which is about 4 hours away from Rampur town. Continue on the NH5 and turn left at Karcham on the Karcham Bridge to reach the breath-taking Baspa valley. Reach the village of Sangla by early evening.
Get up early, have breakfast. Go for a walk and explore the town of Sangla. Hike Sangla-Kamru Trail to visit Kamru Fort and Badri Vishal Temple, Kamru. Return to Sangla and drive on the Sangla-Chitkul route. Take a detour and visit the village of Batseri. Return back to the Sangla-Chitkul road and halt at Rakcham for sightseeing. Start driving towards the village of Chitkul. Visit the temple of Chitkul and the fort. Return back to the village of Sangla.
Sangla – Nako/Tabo
Start early and drive back to Karcham on the Sangla-Karcham road. Return to National Highway 5 and continue on the road leading towards the village of Nako. Halt at Powari petrol pump to refuel our vehicles. Powari is the last gas pump before Kaza, so we’re going to make sure the fuel tanks are full. Continue on NH5 towards Akpa where we need to register at the Akpa checkpoint. Continue on the NH5 towards Pooh. After Pooh, the road conditions are going to get better and remain so all the way to Nako. After Khab at the confluence of the River Sutlej and the River Spiti, the route becomes inclined. After zig-zagging through the Ka-loops, we get to Nako.
It is largely a smooth drive from Nako to Tabo. Barring Malling Nallah stretches, the road conditions will mostly remain good. Take some rest at Tabo and visit the Tabo monastery. The monastery is called ‘The Ajanta of the Himalayas.’ Next, after Tabo, there will be the small village of Dhankar & Dhankar monasteries. It’s a straight run towards Kaza after Dhankar. Road conditions would vary from good to okay. It will be around 6-hour from Nako to Kaza.
Day 6 & 7
Sightseeing and exploring places around Kaza for two days. The Tangyud monastery, Key(spelled sometimes as Ki) monastery, the Kibber village, the Komic village, the Gette Village, and the Langza village, which is well known for its marine fossils, are among some of the Instagram worthy places around Kaza.
Kaza – Chandratal
After Kaza, we would head towards Losar and from there, ascend to Kunzum Pass. As we begin your descent from the Kunzum pass summit to Batal, a road diverges to Chandratal lake. From the diverging point, the lake is about 10 kilometres away. It’s a very narrow dirt trail, so caution is recommended while driving. It’ll take around 5-6 hours to hit Chandratal from Kaza. Road conditions are going to vary from decent to poor.
Chandertal – Manali
On day 8. We return to Kunzum and head for Batal. Batal is an extensive flatland in Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It has become a prominent pit stop for people coming either from Kaza or Manali. After Batal, we’ll come across the worst stretch of road on the Kaza-Manali route. It takes around 5-6 hours to cover a 100 km odd distance from Batal to Manali. Road conditions are bad till Gramphoo. From there, barring a few stretches, the road conditions are okay till Manali.
This is the end of our beautiful journey and beautiful roads of Himachal Pradesh, which go spiralling through apple orchards and open green fields and thick deodar forests. After breakfast, we start off to our homes with a million unforgettable memories.
Why Spiti Valley Circuit Tour?
Our Spiti Valley tour lets you explore the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is one of the most beautiful regions of Himachal Pradesh. It has breath-taking mountain ranges, meadows, open landscapes, glacial rivers, monasteries, and snow-capped peaks. The valley is rich in culture and natural beauty. Also known for the virgin beauty unspoiled by landfill and air pollution, the Spiti valley is considered a heaven for photographers and explorers.
Spiti Valley Circuit Tour gives you the opportunity to get up close with the beautiful Himalayan lakes and high mountains passes overlooking expansive landscapes, pristine river streams, and beautiful remote hamlets. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to learn about the culture, people and their way of living. Come and breathe peace and calmness in this secluded area and explore the less travelled and unpopular locations that are rich in culture and natural beauty.
Things to Carry
Sleeping bag (-15-20 Degrees)
Trekking shoes (waterproof, high ankle preferably)
Fleece jacket/woollen sweater
Down feather/Hollofil jacket
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 2 Pair
Muffler/scarf/bandanna (to protect neck, ears and head)
Trek pants (avoid shorts, denims, capris)
Woollen socks (4 pairs)
Sun cap (one that covers the neck as well)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Quick dry towel
Extra camera batteries
DO’s & DON’Ts
Do not DRINK & DRIVE.
Himalayas are an eco-sensitive zone. You can contribute by keeping carbon footprints as low as possible.
Always insist on Safety before Speed.
Report to us immediately.
Do carry canned juice.
Do not forget to bring your own sleeping bag for nights in the remote locations.
Always maintain a first aid kit with all the necessary medicines, adhesive bandages, thermometer, water purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams, petroleum jellies like vaseline etc.
The change of water may cause an upset stomach.
Do keep portable fresh drinking water with you all the time. If having water from outside, take only mineral water bottles and ensure that the seal is not broken. Even in restaurants, take bottled mineral water only and not the water served there.
Don’t use and discard polythene/ plastics/ other hazardous material.
In order to avoid dehydration drink fluids.
Make it a habit to wear a cap or a scarf and apply sunscreen while roaming in the sun and cover your head and ears to protect from the cold breeze.
Do not stay out after it gets too dark, the wildlife may surprise you.
If your driver is driving dangerously, refuse to travel with him.
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