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8 day Itinerary for Spiti valley: Shimla-Spiti-Manali


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Duration: 8 Days

Spiti or "the middle land" is the land between India and Tibet. It is not a place rather it is an experience in itself. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, India this place is surrounded by mountains and remains cut off for most part of the year due to heavy snowfall. Together with Lahaul valley it forms Lahaul-Spiti district.

I along with couple of friends of mine decided to go to Spiti this summer. We booked a tour from an agent , Spiti Holiday Adventure. Initially we were reluctant to go with tour operator since I always like to explore on my own but then we decided to go with it.

Basic route for reaching Spiti is: -

Chandigarh-Manali-Rohtang pass-Kunzum la-Losar-Kaza-Dhankar-Tabo-Nako-Reckong peo-Sangla-Shimla

There are either ways to reach Spiti valley

1. Via Shimla - This route generally remains open throughout the year and you enter Spiti valley from Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Kaza which is subdivisional headquarter of Spiti valley is around 430 Kms from Shimla. While going from Shimla many major places of this region like Reckonpeo-Kalpa-Sangla-Chitkul-Nako-Tabo-Dhankar-Pin valley falls en route.

2. Via Manali - This route generally remains after the snow is cleared which is usually after May. Road from Gramphoo to Batal is mostly pathetic with numerous water crossing and at few places full of stones specially are around chota dharra. Manali to Kaza is nearly around 220 Kms. But one just cannot afford to miss Chandratal lake. It's a must visit for everyone who is going to that region.

DAY 1

Day 1: Shimla -Sangla-Chitkul-Sangla

Distance & Duration: nearly 230 Kms ( 7 hrs)

Photos of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

We started early morning around 7:00 AM from Shimla and then going via Sarahan, Reckong peo we went to Sangla. We crossed Sangla in order to go to Chitkul which is about 20 Kms and one of the amazing places to start with. Its the last inhabited village near Indo-China border. After spending some we came back to Sangla

Stay: Igloo Camps, Sangla

DAY 2

Day 2: Sangla - Nako

Distance & Duration: nearly 125 Kms ( 5 hrs)

Photos of Nako Lake, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Nako is famous for its lake and monastery. We did a small hike upto the hill top about 2 kms where there was a prayer wheel. Nako lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees. Our hotel had a lovely view of lake in front of us.

Stay: Lake view hotel, Nako

Day 3: Nako - Tabo - Dhankar - KAZA

Distance & Duration: Nako - Tabo nearly 65 Kms ( 1.5 hrs)

DAY 3
Photos of Tabo Monastery, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Tabo monastery was founded in 996 CE. This monastery is known to be the oldest continuously operating Buddhist monastery.

Distance & Duration: Tabo - Dhankar nearly 32 Kms ( 1 hr)

Photos of Dhankar Monastery, Sichling-Dhankhar Gompa, Dhankhar, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Trek to Dhankar lake which is approx 2 kms from monastery is a straight uphill hike.

Photos of Dhankar Lake, Dhar Nipti, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Mostly a barren land while trekking but a splendid view en-route to lake. After this trek we went to Kaza, the headquarter of Spiti valley.

Distance & Duration: Dhankar - Kaza nearly 35 Kms ( 1 hr)

Stay: Hotel Spiti Sarai, Kaza

Day 4: Kaza - Pin valley - Mud village - Kaza

Distance & Duration: Kaza-Mud nearly 60 Kms ( 2 hrs)

DAY 4
Photos of Pin Valley National Park, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Pin valley is a place where Pin River meets Spiti river. Mountains here have different textures and colors. It is a cold desert. Snow leopards are found in this region during winters. 

Photos of Kungri Gompa, Kungri, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

On our way we went to Kungri monastery as well.

Photos of Mud, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Our next and final destination for the day was Mud village. One of the picturesque village I have been to. From here Pin- Parvati trek starts. Road is not accessible after this village. Tara guest house offers amazing food here.

Stay: Hotel Spiti Sarai, Kaza

Day 5: Kaza - Langza - Hikkim - Komic - Kaza

Distance & Duration: Kaza - Langza nearly 14 Kms ( 1 hr)

DAY 5
Photos of Langza Buddha Statue, Hikam, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Langza is at an altitude of about 4300mtr. It is best known for fossils of marine animals and plants. There is a Lord Buddha statue over there which looks after the valley like an eye of the tiger.

Distance & Duration: Langza - Komic nearly 14 Kms ( 30 min)

Photos of Komic, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Komic is the highest village in the World connected with motorable road. It is situated above 15000ft. Nested in between hills and mountain there are roughly about 13-14 houses.

Distance & Duration: Komic - Hikkim nearly 10 Kms ( 40 min)

Photos of Hikkim Post Office, Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Hikkim is famous for having World's highest Post office at an height of 4440mtr. One can actually send post cards to their loved ones from here.

Distance & Duration: Hikkim-Kaza nearly 20 Kms ( 1 hr)

Stay: Hotel Spiti Sarai, Kaza

Day 6: Kaza - Key monastey - Kibber

Distance & Duration: Kaza to Key nearly 12 Kms ( 20 min)

DAY 6
Photos of Key Gompa, Key, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Key monastery is situated at around 4100mtr above sea level. It was founded by Dromton, one of the students of teacher, Atisha. Being situated on hill top, it gives the most amazing view of Spiti valley and it is one of the famous monastery of this valley.

Distance & Duration: Key monastery - Kibber nearly 10 Kms ( 20 min)

Photos of Kibber, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Kibber is situated at a height of around 4270mtr. Before Komic it used to be the highest motorable village in Asia.

Photos of Chicham, Himachal Pradesh, Republic of India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Stay: Norling homestay, Kibber

Day 7: Kibber - Kunzum la - Chandratal lake

We started early around 05:30AM from Kibber and came back to Kaza and from there on we continued our journey to Kunzum la and Chandratal lake. We saw breathtaking view on our journey from Kaza to Losar.

Distance & Duration: Kaza to Kunzum la nearly 95 Kms ( 3 hrs)

DAY 7
Photos of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Kunzum pass is at a height of 4590mtr. Goddess Kunzum temple is situated at this pass. One can watch the amazing view of Bara Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier of the World from here.

Distance & Duration: Kunzum la - Chandratal nearly 30 Kms ( 1 hrs)

Photos of Chandra Taal, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Chandratal was an like an ocean of blue water. Chandratal got its name because of its crescent shape and rightly so. It is situated at a height of 4300mtr.

Stay: Chandratal camps

Day 8: Chandratal - Rohtang la - Manali

Distance & Duration: nearly 140 Kms ( 6 hrs)

DAY 8
Photos of Rohtang Pass, Lahaul And Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by NIKHIL JAIN

Road from Gramphoo to Batal was horrible with stones, and number of water crossings.

Finally our trip ended on a high note with snowfall. We reached Manali and checked into a hotel for couple of hours. We took a bus for Chandigarh and its over.

I still cannot forget Spiti. For me it will always be an experience rather than a place and surely I will be visiting it soon just to find the piece of me which I left there.

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