S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide

Tripoto
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 1/23 by Achin Chauhan
Langza
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 2/23 by Achin Chauhan
Spiti river
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 3/23 by Achin Chauhan
killing time @kalpa
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 4/23 by Achin Chauhan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 5/23 by Achin Chauhan
Kalpa
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 6/23 by Achin Chauhan
Kinnaur Kailash
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 7/23 by Achin Chauhan
The framed photographer @Chandratal lake
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 8/23 by Achin Chauhan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 9/23 by Achin Chauhan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 10/23 by Achin Chauhan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 11/23 by Achin Chauhan
Losar village
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 12/23 by Achin Chauhan
Batal
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 13/23 by Achin Chauhan
Kunjom La
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 14/23 by Achin Chauhan
Bhimakali Temple @sarahan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 15/23 by Achin Chauhan
When in Himachal
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 16/23 by Achin Chauhan
Rohtang La
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 17/23 by Achin Chauhan
The roads(kind of)
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 18/23 by Achin Chauhan
Dhankar village
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 19/23 by Achin Chauhan
Tabo
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 20/23 by Achin Chauhan
Langza village
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 21/23 by Achin Chauhan
The beast that made it possible
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 22/23 by Achin Chauhan
Photo of S-P-I-T-I Complete Circuit Survival Guide 23/23 by Achin Chauhan

8 days, 3 riders, 2 bulls, 1500+ kms. It rained, it snowed, temperatures dipped to a minimum but what awaited us was worth we every shiver and every slip.

Riding on roads that don't offer you a second chance, not one bit, but make sure that you see some of the most beautiful and serene places on Earth in the process.

"Spiti", where its all about the journey and not the destination..

"Spiti", where even time takes a break..

"Spiti", the place i fell in love with..

Wise Words:

1) For a good 70-80% of your whole journey you would be riding on no roads at all("Citizen Kane" of bad roads).

"Puncture repair kit" is a must have(Get it tattooed).

2) Avoid the temptation of driving fast or driving late at night. After seeing the roads I bet you wont be making that mistake.

3) Carry a "BSNL" sim card. Thank me later.

4) Cyber cafe's? The ones at Kaza are dead and gone.

5) Chemists and petrol pumps are hard to find. Carry your supplies.

6) Try to cover as much as you can on your first day as you start afresh.

If you're travelling from Delhi or Chandigarh, see if you can make it to Rampur or Sarahan (Visit the famous Bhimakali temple at Sarahan).

7) Many would suggest that you make it to Reckong-peo, yes it's better accommodation wise but the roads after Tapri are in pretty bad shape.

In case you're not in a hurry(which you better not be in) I would recommend either of the above two places to call your day off.

8) Kalpa is 10kms from Peo and the roads are buttery smooth(you don't get to say that quite often). Its offers the best view of Kinnaur Kailash.

Visit the famous Kali temple and suicide point(~7kms from kalpa).

9) After Reckong-Peo the roads are in pretty bad shape till Pooh(Puh). Surprise!!!

10) The last petrol pump is at Powari but it may/may not be functional, so carry enough fuel.

11) No petrol pumps after Powari till Kaza, that's a 200 odd km's stretch. Luckily, there's a local shop in Tabo (150 km's from Powari) that sells petrol @ 100Rs/L.

50 in case you have an iPhone (just kidding!!).

12) Its only after Khab(where confluence of Spiti and Sutlej rivers takes place) the roads come back to life.

Take a deep breath, give a tap on the back that you made it this far and smile as the best part of the journey is about to begin(great roads till Tabo).

13) Trek to Dhankar Lake(~2kms from Dhankar Village) for the views and not for the lake. Photographers, are you listening?

14) Pin Valley: "Mudh village". Enough said.

15) Kaza is where you will find solutions to all your problems, a mechanic, a puncture repair shop, a Thekha and Worlds highest petrol pump(*cries at the corner*).

16) Villages of Langza, Hikkim (~30kms from Kaza) and Komic are a must visit.

Langza is a beautiful village that will remind of you the cartoon "Heidi". Take a break my friend.

At Hikkim you will find the "World's Highest Post Office". Don't forget to send postcards to your loved ones.

Komic is one of Worlds highest motor able villages. Don't miss the stuffed snow leopard at Tangyud monastery(Komic). You can touch it if you want.

17) The roads after Kaza till Losar is a mix of good and bad. After Losar till Rohtang pass get ready to feel the pain.

18) Chandratal lake:

Option A: Stay at losar, cross Kunjom pass and visit the lake(~30kms).

Option B: Stay at Batal and visit the lake(~20kms).

Option C: Stay near Chandratal lake in one of the rented tents.

Losar is better accommodation wise. Choose wisely!!

19) Best time to complete the circuit is from June-October.

20) Carry enough cash at all times and a sunscreen.

Finally, I would leave it up to you if you want to do the full circuit or not. In either case, you will have an experience of a lifetime and stories to take back home.

Julley and Have a safe trip!!!

2 Comment(s)
Sort by:
super awesome pics (y)
Tue 06 21 16, 10:49 · Reply (1) · Report
thanks :)
Thu 06 23 16, 09:54 · Report
One question, which camera and lens is used?
Wed 01 13 16, 00:49 · Reply (1) · Report
Nikon 5200.. 18-55mm kit lens and 55-200mm.
Fri 01 22 16, 00:36 · Report
Related to this article
Weekend Getaways from Chandigarh,Places to Visit in Chandigarh,Places to Stay in Chandigarh,Things to Do in Chandigarh,Chandigarh Travel Guide,Things to Do in India,Places to Stay in India,Places to Visit in India,India Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Shimla,Places to Visit in Shimla,Places to Stay in Shimla,Things to Do in Shimla,Shimla Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Himachal pradesh,Places to Stay in Himachal pradesh,Things to Do in Himachal pradesh,Himachal pradesh Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Narkanda,Places to Visit in Narkanda,Places to Stay in Narkanda,Things to Do in Narkanda,Narkanda Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Sarahan,Places to Visit in Sarahan,Places to Stay in Sarahan,Things to Do in Sarahan,Sarahan Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Sangla,Places to Visit in Sangla,Places to Stay in Sangla,Things to Do in Sangla,Sangla Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kinnaur,Places to Visit in Kinnaur,Places to Stay in Kinnaur,Things to Do in Kinnaur,Kinnaur Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Reckong peo,Places to Visit in Reckong peo,Places to Stay in Reckong peo,Things to Do in Reckong peo,Reckong peo Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Nako,Weekend Getaways from Nako,Places to Visit in Nako,Things to Do in Nako,Nako Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Tabo,Weekend Getaways from Tabo,Places to Visit in Tabo,Things to Do in Tabo,Tabo Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Lahaul and spiti,Places to Visit in Lahaul and spiti,Places to Stay in Lahaul and spiti,Things to Do in Lahaul and spiti,Lahaul and spiti Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kaza,Places to Visit in Kaza,Places to Stay in Kaza,Places to Visit in Kaza,Things to Do in Kaza,Kaza Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Kaza,Things to Do in Kaza,Kaza Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Langza,Places to Visit in Langza,Places to Stay in Langza,Things to Do in Langza,Langza Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Hikkim,Places to Visit in Hikkim,Places to Stay in Hikkim,Things to Do in Hikkim,Hikkim Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Komic,Things to Do in Komic,Komic Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Komic,Places to Visit in Komic,Things to Do in Key,Key Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Key,Places to Visit in Key,Places to Stay in Key,Weekend Getaways from Kibber,Places to Visit in Kibber,Places to Stay in Kibber,Things to Do in Kibber,Kibber Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Losar,Places to Stay in Losar,Things to Do in Losar,Losar Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Batal,Places to Stay in Batal,Things to Do in Batal,Batal Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Solan,Places to Visit in Solan,Places to Stay in Solan,Things to Do in Solan,Solan Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Manali,Places to Stay in Manali,Places to Visit in Manali,Things to Do in Manali,Manali Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kullu,Places to Visit in Kullu,Places to Stay in Kullu,Things to Do in Kullu,Kullu Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Mandi,Places to Visit in Mandi,Places to Stay in Mandi,Things to Do in Mandi,Mandi Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kiratpur sahib,Places to Visit in Kiratpur sahib,Places to Stay in Kiratpur sahib,Things to Do in Kiratpur sahib,Kiratpur sahib Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Rupnagar,Places to Visit in Rupnagar,Places to Stay in Rupnagar,Things to Do in Rupnagar,Rupnagar Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Punjab,Places to Visit in Punjab,Things to Do in Punjab,Punjab Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Punjab,Places to Stay in Punjab,Things to Do in Punjab,Punjab Travel Guide,