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The Spiti Valley


         Spiti Valley Complete Guide               


Spiti means "the middle land" its a land between India and Tibet.
It's a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Mostly people follow Buddhism as Tibet and Ladakh. This valley is least populated.
The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) is Kaza, Himachal Pradesh which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m) above mean sea level.

 Why to visit Spiti  Valley 

Spiti Valley is famous for its beautiful and scenic views, breadth taking cold desert mountains, monasteries and night sky.
This valley is totally different from every other mountain. To experience this valley it self is a treat. There are lots of different types of scenes which is a complete package to see. The mountains changes from green forest to barren or desert mountains. And there can be nothing comparable. And its famous for people who love adventures.

Weather

Its still one of the coldest place to visit in summers where as winters are very cold and the temperature may fall to -25 degree Celsius. This is the reason its a main tourist spot in summers. 

 How to Reach 

Spiti Valley can be reached by following ways.

Bus: There are various private bus services which can be booked by travel agents. The price may vary from around ₹16000/- to 30000/- depending on the booking agents and their services.
There is only one HRTC bus service from Reckong Peo to Kaza which leaves early in the morning near about 5:30 A.M. And it charges around 500/- The bus reaches Nako at 11:30 A.M. generally for lunch.

Bike: If going by own bike then its recommended to have a proper service of the bike. As its a long and tiring journey and there are plenty of challenging patches of tough roads its always better to be ready to face such challenges.
There are many bike renting shops in Delhi, Shimla or Manali (depending from where you are planing to go) and the rent per day may vary from 600/- to 2000/- depending on the bike.

Car: If going by own car its again recommended to have a proper service of the car.
There are car renting shops like Car Rentals or Zoom Car.

Roads and transport

Spiti Valley can be reached from Shimla as well as Manali. As its a circuit one can enter from Shimla and exit from Manali or vice versa. However roads from Manali are blocked in winters from late October. Still Spiti valley is accessible throughout year via Kinnaur from Shimla route on a difficult 428-kilometre-long (266 mi) road.
Although Spiti Valley could be reached by both Shimla and Manali side, its advice to go from Shimla. And its avoided from Manali side because of its high elevation and high altitude sickness.
There are high altitude passes which include 
Rohtang Pass (3978m) Rohtng Pass is worlds Deadliest pass and its meaning is " Pile of Dead bodies"
Kunzum Pass (4590m). 

 Itinerary  


This itinerary is from Delhi to Delhi. One can add number of days reaching Delhi from their cities. There are two ways to reach Spiti Valley i.e. Shimla and Manali.
Lets see both of them.

Route 1

Day 1: Delhi to Rampur or Narkanda
Start the ride in early morning and one can easily reach to Rampur or Narkanda.
               Delhi to Rampur 470 km.
               Delhi to Narkanda 402 km.

Day 2: Narkanda/ Rampur to Chitkul
Chitkul is the last village of India and Tibet. Its a very beautiful village with lots of beautiful scenic views. Stay in Chitkul.

Day 3: Chitkul to Nako/ Tabo.

Day 4: Nako/ Tabo to Kaza (Can add 1 more day to visit Near by Places or can save this day as a buffer day)

Day 5: Kaza to Chandratal via Kunzum Pass

Day 6: Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass

Day 7: Manali to Delhi

Route 2

Day 1: Delhi to Manali 540 km.

Day 2: Manali to Chandratal 

Day 3: Chandratal to Kaza

Day 4: Kaza to Tabo/Nako (Can add 1 more day to visit Near by Places or can save this day as a buffer day)

Day 5: Tabo/Nako to Chitkul

Day 6: Chitkul to Rampur/Narkanda

Day 7: Rampur/Narkanda to Delhi



 Budget 

Well, budget can vary according to one's personal choices. Still Sipti Valley is not very costly but not too cheap at the same time. One can get a hotel room at a price of 800 per night to ₹7000 per night.
A minimum full plate of delicious meal will cost around ₹100. Still it depends on the choice of the food one chooses to eat depending upon the restaurant.
Another addition charge is the fuel of the vehicle, which again may vary drastically.
For bikes cost would be somewhere around ₹4000 to ₹7000. The fuel price of cars will be around ₹10000 to ₹15000 depending upon the average of car.
It also depends on the number of persons going as hotel prices will be distributed among everyone.
Still ₹10000 would be a decent amount to complete this trip but always carry extra cash in case of emergency like bike breakdown (its very common in such places).
For  those who are travelling by car the over all budget will be around ₹15000 to ₹20000. Carry some extra money as an emergency fund. Again no one can tell exact amount for the budget.

 Places to visit in Spiti Valley 

  • Kaza
  • Chandra Tal Lake
  • Key Monastery
  • Hikim Village
  • Komic Village
  • Langza Village
  • Lhalung Monastery
  • Tabo Caves
  • Tabo Monastery
  • Kunzum Pass
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Chicham Bridge
  • Gue

 Things to Carry 

Things one must carry can be divided into 4 major categories.

Valid id and paper work
Driving licence
RC
Pollution 
Passport size photograph x 2
Aadhar Card

Electronics
Mobile phones
Mobile charger
Camera
Camera charger
Power banks
Extra batteries for camera
Tripod
Extension wire
Laptop (if making videos)

Clothing and Riding Gears
Helmet
Riding Jacket
Knee and Elbow Guard
Riding boots
Riding Gloves
Winter Clothes and Jackets
2-3 Pair of jeans
Rain Coat
Bungee ropes
Shoes
Socks
Gum boots
Sun Glasses
Hanky

Grooming and medicines
Sun's screen more than SPF 20
Moisturizer
Face wash
High altitude sickness medicine
Stomach ache medicine
Head ache medicine
First Aid





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