Spiti Valley is one of the beautiful destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh. One of the two major rides of North India, other than Leh-Ladhak. Located on the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh, it is a long cold desert that is a part of the beautiful Himachal Pradesh. It is a circuit that can also be explored and a dream for bikers to rides Spiti valley and to complete the circuit of Spiti.
Lahaul Spiti ride is one of the most challenging ride of India, which is full of adventure. Many riders start the ride but didn’t complete it. In this blog we will discuss all the routes plan, weather, days to cover Spiti Valley, places to visit in Spiti Valley, and all the things to do before leaving.
Weather in Spiti Valley
Spiti is a place in Himachal Pradesh where the weather is always cool and the temperature is in minus during winters and less in summer. If you want to travel Spiti then summer is the best option to explore. The beautiful weather and the amazing environment of Spiti give you an amazing experience to explore the beautiful view of the location.
Best Time to visit Spiti Valley
The Best time to visit Spiti Valley is between April to September. During this season the temperature is pleasant and the condition of roads is much better than the winter season. Always choose the best time to explore because if you choose a season where the condition of roads may get affected and the routes may cause the problem to you. Spiti Valley is open in December but you have to take care some extra efforts to visit in December.
How many days required to complete the Lahaul Spiti circuit?
If you want to explore Lahaul Spiti by your own and want to complete the full circuit then it will take 7-8 days to complete the full Lahaul Spiti circuit. The full circuit is only be done on your vehicle, it is difficult to complete the circuit with public vehicles.
Permit required to visiting Spiti Valley
The only permit required to visit Spiti Valley is when you came through Manali and cross Rohtang Pass. The permit is required always when you enter the Rohtang Pass and complete the circuit. If you want to complete the full circuit of Lahaul Spiti then you have to take permit of Rohtang Pass. You can choose the Shimla – Kaza route to avoid permit.
Route of Lahaul and Spiti circuit from Delhi
Spiti Valley is 750 km from Delhi on one side. The distance of the full circuit will around 1536 km. If you want to complete the full circuit then you have to enter Spiti valley from one route and leaves from the other.
Route 1: Delhi – Shimla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Manali – Delhi
Route 2: Delhi – Manali – Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa – Shimla – Delhi
These are the two routes that you can choose to complete the Lahaul and Spiti circuit. In route 2 you have to take permit to cross Rohtang Pass, but in route 1 you don’t want any permit. This route is depending on your own choice, if you are traveling to complete the full circuit then route 1 which is via Shimla is better to choose.
Road Trip to Lahaul Spiti on Car
If you are planning a road trip to Lahaul Spiti then make sure to avoid solo traveling. Always travel with your friends and family members that can give you motivation in a tough situation. The trip to Lahaul Spiti is one of the tough road trips that are full of adventure and fun. The valley of Spiti is adorable and you will enjoy the beautiful valley with your friends. A road trip to Spiti gives you a different view of nature and the tough roads give you a lesson to face the tough situation.
Lahaul Spiti on Bike
If you are a moto lover and want to travel the whole Lahaul Spiti on the bike then it can be most adventures road trip on the bike. The Spiti road trip is one of the most dangerous road trips in India that will challenge you in different situation. The roads are the challenge for all the Moto traveler, after Leh Ladhak, Lahaul Spiti circuit is the second most favorite and adventure trip. There are many things to avoid before leaving to Spiti will discuss below later.
How to reach Lahaul Spiti via Public Transport
To reach Lahaul Spiti via public transport you have a different options like
By road – Take the bus from Delhi to Shimla and then Shimla to Reckong Peo. From Reckong Peo bus service is available to Kaza.
By Train – by train, you can travel to Chandigarh railway station and bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo available and then you follow the other instruction.
By Flight – If you are traveling from other states then you can reach by flight to Shimla airport and then to Spiti valley by road via bus or Taxi.
Places to visit in Spiti Valley Day by Day from Delhi
Day 1 – Delhi to Rampur via Shimla
The journey of Spiti Valley is started from Delhi and ended in Rampur which is 468 km from Delhi and 125 km from Shimla. You can stay here on your first day and continues the journey from here to your destination. You can easily find out the homestay and hotels in Rampur and can enjoy it.
Day 2 – Sangla – Chitkul
The next day starts from Rampur and explores Sangla and Chitkul. Sangla is 95 km from Rampur which you can explore and later you can stay and explore in Chitkul which is the last village of the Indian Tibetan border from Himachal Pradesh. Don’t forget to explore in Chitkul the last dhaba of India. You can stay in homestay and hotels in Chitkul which is easily available.
Day 3 – Nako lake, Tabo
The journey of the next day starts from Chitkul and you can explore Nako Lake, Gue monastery, and Tabo. The journey is about 200 km from Chitkul to Tabo which covers Nako. In Nako you can visit Nako lake which makes Nako famous and the beautiful Lake is so adorable to view. Another place to visit is Gue Mummy Stupa which is a beautifully made Monastery in Gue village, Himachal Pradesh. A mummy is put on a room which is here for many years. After spending time here you then move to Tabo and stay in Tabo.
Day 4 – Exploring Tabo
On the next day, it’s time to explore Tabo and places near it. Tabo Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Lalung Monastery, Pin Valley and Mud Village are the places that you can explore. Tabo Monastery is one of Himachal Best Monastery and you can also explore the beautiful lake Dhankar Lake which is so beautiful to visit. Tabo is a famous place in Spiti Valley which is most popular to explore.
Day 5 – Kaza
On the next day, it’s time to enter Kaza which is 50 km. Many places to explore in and around Kaza which is Key Monastery, Kibber Village, Gette village, Hikkim, Komic, and Langza. Key Monastery is a beautiful Monastery which is to explore and the Langza which most beautiful place to explore and to visit. Kaza is a beautiful town to visit and to explore the surrounding.
Day 6 – Kunzum Pass, Chandra Tal
Kunzum Pass is the most beautiful pass covered with snow and situated on Manali – Kaza road. The mountains and the sky is so beautiful and pure blue that it is amazing to view and to explore. You can also explore Chandra Tal and Chandra Tal Lake which is so beautiful to view. Chandra Tal Lake is India’s most beautiful lake to explore.
Day 7 – Manali
On day 7 you will reach to Manali via Rohtang Pass which is the most popular pass of Himachal Pradesh. On this day you can enjoy Manali, Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley which are places to visit in Manali. Manali is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh which you can also explore.
Day 8 – Manali to Delhi
The final day is the day when you travel back to Delhi from Manali and this is how to complete the Lahaul Spiti circuit.
Things to do always before leaving to Lahaul Spiti
- Always check the weather and road conditions before leaving for Spiti Valley.
- Avoid solo traveling especially on a bike trip. In some cases, it is required to have a partner with you which can help you in a different situation.
- Take the puncher kit and medicine with you.
- Carry extra Jerry can while on the bike for petrol.
- Avoid traveling on the rainy and winter season.