When to visit Spiti valley? This will definitely be the first question on your mind when you plan to visit a place like Spiti. This is definitely not your usual weekend getaway and a trip to Spiti means that you will have to take some time out, plan meticulously and try to make the best out of your time and money. You got to make sure that the time of your trip is the best time to visit Spiti Valley so that your trip can remain enjoyable, safe and hassle-free.
Hopefully, after reading through the article below, you will have a clear answer to this question.
The majority of the tourism to Spiti valley happens in the months of summer. However, a lot of people travel there in dead of winter as well. Contrary to common belief, Spiti valley actually remains accessible by road throughout the year.
When is the best time to visit Spiti valley depends on your preference, places you wanted to include in your itinerary and which route did you intend on taking. Several other factors like mode of travel and budget etc too come into play, but mostly it will depend on what exactly are you looking for and how you plan to travel through the valley. In this article, I will give a month by month breakdown explaining what you can expect in a particular month.
The most common way of a journey to Lahaul and Spiti valleys is to complete it in form of a circuit; meaning you start from one place and exit at another. This particular circuit lies between Shimla and Manali so you can enter Spiti from either of these two places.
From Shimla: Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Jeori – Reckong Peo – Nako – Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza
From Manali: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphoo – Batal – Losar – Kaza
Spiti valley is accessible from Shimla side throughout the year however from Manali; it is accessible only for 5 months, from June till September. So if you are planning from Shimla, from June till September, you can complete the circuit by exiting from Manali. However from late October till early May; you can only drive up to Kaza from Shimla and will have to return the same way. There is no high altitude pass between Shimla and Kaza however when it comes to Manali; you will cross two high altitude passes, Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. Both these passes remain close from anytime in October till May (depending on the weather) so a journey from Manali to Spiti valley can only be done from June till September.
Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide
Please note that even though you can travel to Spiti from Shimla throughout the year, in peak winter the entire valley remains under a thick sheet of snow so a road journey will not be only difficult but also very challenging.
As I mentioned above, the best time to visit Spiti valley depends on what your preference is. If it is snow you are after, then the best time would be to go sometime in February or March otherwise July till September would be an ideal time to visit Lahaul & Spiti.
Spiti Valley In January
Not a good time to go at all. Winter is at its full swing and there is heavy snow all around, starting right from near Shimla until Kaza. Chances of catching a live snowfall, roads being closed and getting stranded somewhere are highest during this time. The road from Manali to Kaza remains closed at this time so the only way to get into the valley is to travel from Shimla however the road goes through some regions that experience heavy snowfall due to which it is best to avoid traveling at this time. There is not much of accommodation options available too in January.
Also read: Clothes for Spiti Trip – What to Pack?
Spiti Valley in February & March
If it is snow that you are after, then the best time would be to go from sometime mid Feb till March. There is a high chance of catching snow near Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Sarahan, Nako and Kaza at this time. Please do carefully plan your accommodation though because this is not really the tourist season and most of the hotels at this time remain closed.
Spiti Valley In April & May
Snow starts to melt away by Late March or early April. Hotels and guest houses too start to open up by this time however tourists are still few in numbers. If it is solitude you seek with not a lot of people around, then this is the best time to go. Chances of catching snow will be very less however the weather will still be extremely cold. Accommodation will still be limited and you will not be able to complete the circuit as well. You can hope to find whatever is left of the snow in the months of April and May but it is also the time when roads are in worst condition.
Spiti Valley In June till September
The complete Spiti circuit remains open at this time. You can start your journey from Shimla and end at Manali or vice versa. While Spiti does not experience much rain, almost next to none for that matter; roads leading to the valley can still close due to landslides in monsoon. Kunzum pass opens in late June and it takes some time for BRO and PWD to improve the road conditions from Kokhsar till Kaza. The entire patch from Kokhsar to Kunzum, especially till Batal is a nightmare to drive on. Add monsoon to this and you will get the idea.
Landslides often occur in this region and you may have to wait for a few hours for the road to reopen and turn back and return the next day. Road from Shimla however does not have that large of a risk of closing down, even though it is equally bad. But even after all this, you can still comfortably complete the journey and enjoy the valley.
Also read: Spiti Valley Route Guide
Chandratal is open during this time so you can add that too to your itinerary. Hotels are all fully functional so finding accommodation would be child’s play. If travelling in June or early July, your trip will pretty much be event-less. However, monsoon would have arrived around Shimla and Kinnaur valley by late July bringing in chances of landslides along with it. Best to keep a couple of days as buffer while planning your itinerary in July or August. By September, monsoon would have gone and the valley would be colorful all around which makes it an ideal time to be travelling here. Temperature however would start to dip by late September or early October; so ensure that you are carrying heavy woolens at this time. During September, Kunzum and Rohtang too remain open so you can complete the circuit as well.
Spiti Valley In October till December
A trip to Spiti gets one sided during this time because Kunzum pass remains closed till June. You can start from Shimla, travel till Kaza and return taking the same road back.. The region starts to receive snowfall sometime in late December so until then; it will just be cold winds that you will experience which makes it a bad time to be travelling to Spiti. Most of the hotels are in the process of closing down in October so choice of accommodation is just a few hotels and guest houses still operational.
Also read: Festivals of Spiti Valley
Best time to visit Spiti Valley by road
From June till September is probably the best time to visit Spiti by road. This way you will be able to complete the circuit and will not be limited to just visiting from Shimla to Kaza. Places like Chandratal and Kunzum Pass are also accessible during this time only.
Also read: An Ideal Itinerary for Spiti Valley
Best time to visit Spiti Valley for photography
This will depend on what exactly you like to shoot. If a valley covered under a thick sheet of snow is on your mind, then you must go in January or February. For lush green hills, you must visit in August. If the colors of autumn interest you, then plan it by late September or early October.
Best time to visit Spiti Valley on a Budget
If you are on a budget, you must plan your trip between June and September when it is the peak tourist season. All the hotels are operational during this time and you will easily be able to find a budget accommodation. You will also not have any trouble at all finding public transport services during this time.
Best time to visit Spiti Valley on Bike
The months of April, May, June and September would be best to visit Spiti valley on Bike. From January till March, the weather will be cold with chances of snowfall and black ice on the road which is not really an ideal situation to be riding around on a bike. Some people do make a winter ride to Spiti but not everyone can do that without getting hurt. July and August would bring the season of monsoon with chances of rain, landslides and slush which again is not ideal for a bike ride. From October to December, you can indeed ride to Spiti valley but the weather would then be cold. These three months in my opinion are worst time to be going to Spiti valley. There will not be much greenery anywhere on the route; there will be no snow as well and you will just be riding through cold winds and an overall dull landscape.
Best time to visit Spiti Valley
So if a safe, uneventful trip, lush green hills and colors of Spiti is on your mind; then June, early July and September is the best time to visit Spiti Valley. If you are feeling adventurous and heavy snow is what you want to see, then Feb & March is the best month to go. Please do keep in mind that life in Spiti in winter is really not that easy. Water freezes everywhere including in pipes and taps; which means there will be no running water and you will have to depend on water in buckets.
I hope this information on best time to visit Spiti valley was helpful. If you have any further questions; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.
We are 5 friends planning to go Spiti Valley from 2nd Oct –> 9 Oct 2021
This is our travel plan :
2nd Oct -> Chandigarh –> Chitkul
3rd Oct -> Chitkul – kalpa – roghi village
4rd Oct -> kalpa – nako
5th Oct —> nako – gue monestry – Dhankar – kaza
6th Oct -> Kaza (key – langza – hikkim – komic – kaza )
7th Oct —> Kaza – kibber – Chandartal Lake
8th Oct -> Chandartal Lake –> Manali
9th Oct –> Manali —> Chandigarh
Is it looks good ? Any inputs from your end on this plan
hi sir ji
Delhi- shimla – kaza – manali
7-8 days & 8-9 nights
20th july night – start date
Car – ford freestyle
GC – 190 mm
Is it safe to start from 20th july night from delhi ?
Yes, you can go Bhai. Just be very careful on the Kaza-Manali road
once again thanks a lot bhai ji .
190 mm GC is good enough to clear all water crossings ? is there any chance of water enters in the engine ?
We will leave chandrataal lake by 27th july .
Can you please suggest which is best time to cross the most dangerous water crossing. Is it morning ?
Thanks a lot bhai ji
Water will not enter the engine Bhai, there is no risk of that. Start early in the morning so that the water level is low.
There is a lot of news of rains and landslides right now in Himachal right now.
We are planning to trip at SPITI from 1st Oct.2021 to 3rd Oct 2021. Is it best time to visit ?? whether snow fall during this time ?? what is road condition ?
Hello vargisbhai, I have a very different question,, Please suggest me top 5 places, which can be visited (or at least best visited) in June only, because i have 1st week of june for travel, and i want to visit a place which is generally not suitable to visit in other than june..
Hi virgis.. although I’ve asked the same question in your leh page for which I’m waiting for the answer. So if in case that trip is not possible then can Spiti be???
we are planning a trip to spiti from Delhi in the last week of April starting from 25th April Saturday early morning and return by 3rd of may sunday evening. We have XUV500 manual front wheel drive, total 5 members and 9 days with us so
is this trip possible??
what should be the best route??
where should we take halts in this route??
what would be the total cost??
1. Yes but you will have to go via SHimla and come back the same route. Manali route cannot be covered
2. Shimla route is your only option
3. Delhi – Narkanda – Sarahan – Chitkul – Nako – Kaza – Kalpa – Shimla/Chail – Delhi
4. It depends but abt 35-40k at least.
Thank you so much virgis..
you are welcome
hello, I am planning to travel spiti valley from Manali on coming June(June 2020). Can you please guide me the route?
Please see the article below.
Hello sir I want to go Spiti valley in June in my fiat punto from shimla to kaza and back to shimla is my car is OK to go
If you are coming back to Shimla then yes you can.
Hi I m looking to plan a trip to Spiti to enjoy Snow but at the same time my wife is not ok staying in Home stays , what can be the earliest dates to get accomadation in Hotels & can we expect Snow in that period ? Thanks in Advance
Nowadays you can hotels in all 12 months, except for the remote villages where there are no hotels
I am leaving from Delhi on 6 Oct with my friend… We are going on RE 350..please guide if we will be able to complete Spiti Circuit…
Yes you will be
Me and my friends are planning to visit around 20 sept, on bikes (thunderbird, R15, 350Bullets), can you please suggest will it be good idea to go at this time
Yes it is a good time to go.
Good Information sir
Thank you Vijith
Hi I am planning 9 day spiti road trip from 22nd to 30th June. Going via Shimla and return via Manali.
Since that would be the last week of vacations, just wanted to know what’s the best way to reduce chances of traffic jams around Manali and Rohtang? Is it possible and adviseable to cross Rohtang in late evening and descend to Kullu by night?
Sir, I am 59, moderate fitness, want to trek solo from Dhankar monastery to lake and back in September. Is it well worth ? Is it advised ? If yes, what precautions are needed ?
You will be the best judge for your level of fitness Mr. Ghosal. The trek does get steep at places but if you are able to walk 4 to 5 kilometers then yes, you should be able to do the trek Sir
Our plan to visit the valley from 21 st august to 31 st august, 2019
. Can you please tell me the approx. weather condition at that time?
It is going to be the monsoon season so do expect some rains
You did not write anything about bird or wild life photography. I presume best time will be August September. Pl say something on this.
Your blog is excellent.
July to September is actually monsoon which is not advised for bird or wildlife photography. An ideal time would be from March to June or October.
Hi Vargis Sir,
We are group of two planning for trip to Kaza via shimla in month of March’19 . So can we do it by Bike or necessary to take Hrtc buses. Also suggest Itinerary for amazing places near kaza /spiti, Trip duration is not problem ( Suggest detailed Itinerary for Shimla – kaza and return ).
Also can we get accomodation on spot their ?
You can do it by Bike as well Mudit if you are sure you can handle it if there was snow on the road. Weather will be very cold while riding so be prepared for that as well. For itinerary, please see this page.
Vargis thanks for good information.
Can I know if on this narrow Spiti road tempo traveller will be available for 9 of us during early June 2019 from Shimla to Manali round trip.
Hi Dhanesh – Yes Tempo travelers are very common on this route.
Hello Vargis ji,
1. I intend to do Chd Shimla Spiti Manali Chd circuit from 02 to 13 June 2019 (12 days).
2. Plan is as follows.
D1 Land at Chandigarh. Chd – Chail/Narkanda
D2 Chail/Narkanda – Sarahan
D3 Sarahan – Sangla
D4 Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa
D5 Kalpa – Nako
D6 Nako – Gue – Lallung
D7 Lallung – Mud – Kaza
D8 Kaza – niegbouring spots – Kaza
D9 Kaza – Ki Monastery – Chandratal Camp
D10 Chandratal Camp – Chandratal Lake – Manali
D11 Manali – Chd
D12 Departure Chandigarh
3. Humble request if you could suggest good high end accommodation (hotels n homestay n camps) at above places. We are NOT budget travellers but don’t mind good authentic homestays. Regards.
We are a group of 7-8 people travelling from Mumbai. We plan to take the Delhi-Manali-Kasol-Spiti route.
The trip is planned around 21st June’19 for around 10-11 days. Would this be the right time considering the road to Spiti from Manali.
Could you help us with the iternary for this trip. We plan to stay at Kasol for 2-3 days and then head to Spiti Valley.
any ideas, or suggestions (prices) on longer-term renting private budget accomodation (furnished house/appartments) with cooking facilitiets etc) in Spiti. easy to find?
ps. Great blog, thanks!
Hello sir, I ma planning to go to spiti in coming march( between 10-20) . i s that advisable?
Yes you can but can only travel from Shimla side. Manali route remains closed at that time.
Hello Vargis bhai, I Read your post and Iam planning to visit spiti valley in February 1st week by bike…
so plz can you tell me is this right time to visit.
Hello Krishna Bhai, See this post please. Should answer your questions.
Hello Vargis Sir ,
I m planing to going Spiti valley from Delhi by bus transport
Nearby 5 january please guide me
Winter is good time to visit Spiti Vargis bhai 🙂
Spare some time for my log.
Going through it now Negi Bhai
hi vargis, I want need to know if its possible to drive to leh via spiti in month of November. starting from mid to end of November. thanks
Hi Jaswinder – You may be able to go via Srinagar Leh highway if it remains open. Manali to Leh you will not be able to complete in November though.
thanks vargis for the info. need another one. Does all of these kunzum pass, rohtang pass, and zojila completely closes in winter and are there any other high points beside these that closes too in the winter permanently. and does kishtwar- keylong- leh possible. thanks
Yes Jaswinder, all these passes remain completely blocked in winter. The Kishtwar Killar route is also snowed out entirely.
Hi sir,i want to go lahul-spiti on April 2021 is it possible to start from shimla and exit by manali
Thanks mr khan..this was helpful…i am planning to visit this place in November that too solo and i have only 5 days from delhi..so wud you recommend me to travel…
Hello Mr. Bedi – November is not really the best of times to be traveling to Spiti but yes you can go. How will you be traveling?
Hi thanks for revert.. I will be using public transport..also i am travelling solo from delhi..so if u can guide me as i have only 5 days…
5 days is too less specially if you are going by public transport. Plan this only when you have at least 9-10 days in hand
Hi thanks..no problem in this case i ll plan later when i get 15 days off..ok so can you suggest a good place to visit for may be 3 to five days option solo.. Anywhere u can tell me.. I dont have any specific requirement.
Where will you be traveling from?
I will be travelling from delhi.. And looking for option in north India and hill station is my prefrence..
I am researching on Spiti Valley in relation to its culture and employment opportunities for local people. This content seemed quite a useful information. If we add helping for employment of local people with touring these areas, it would bring joy to them as they are also part of nature.
Thank you !!!
Lot of Information from you Mr.Vargish Thanks Lot.
I have to plan early April for spiti valley from Shimla. How can plan ? how many days ? and where will to stay night ? How many days Take Shimal – Spiti Vally – Shimala or Manali(if open) ? Please guide me day by day and Which vehicle Preferential ?
Can you guide me to plan trip for 4 days starting from delhi. We are thinking to come in this september end. Mainly we are planning:-
– to come to manali by bus then will go to rohtang and will come back to manali and will do stay. Is there anu possibility of staying near to rohtang instead of coming back to Manali.
– then next day we will go to spiti valley which will be 5 hours approx from manali. Now we have 2 days for spiti. I do not know what else we can do? Please guide on places which we can cover.
– lastly we thought to come back through same route of manali one instead of shimla ( as it is longer than manali). Guide what should be done?
Lastly final aim to reach to delhi by 5 day morning.
Also let us know regarding network avilability thought out the route and specially in spiti valley as we may have to work on the same.
In case you can assist in giving any kind of booking related to abovementioned trip, we would like to avail them.
Hi, is planning a trip during 2 nd Oct will be good and how many days be required from delhi
About 10-11 days would be good for a trip from Delhi
Thanks a ton for the very informative wriwr up
I plan to go motorcycling to the valley anytime after 18 sep. Can you give any contacts of people organising biking tours with mechanic support etc. I am alone so would love the backup and company.
I am sorry but I do not have any tie ups with any groups.
Very nice vargis,
I have two questions:
1) I am planning in sept end/ October first week for 8-10 days.. is it ok to visit it with kids aged 5 years ?
2) Is public transport available for spiti visit as per your ideal given Itinerary ?
Continue from my above post: public transport from shimla- sarahan, sarahan- Rpeo, Rpeo-kalpa-nako, Nako-gue-nako, nako-dhankar, dhankar-kaza, kaza-hikkim-kaza, kaza-kibber-kaza, kaza-keylong, keylong-manali.
1. It may be a bit hectic with kids by public transport.
2. September end yes but depends on the weather in early October.
Nice reading the details on here, pretty informative. We are planning on a 1 week trip to spiti via shimla in the last week of November.
Please let me know if this is a good time and if a trip in November is worth going?
Would there be snow at this time? Would want to know how good or how difficult it can be during this time in spiti.
1. You can plan in November but it won’t really be the best time to go.
2. Snow – No
3. Difficulty – It will be very cold and that will beccome your biggest challenge.
Thank you for your prompt reply. Just have 2 questions in this case:
1. Would you still recommend the trip to spiti at this time in November? Would there be enough for sight seeing or would it just be barren and extremely cold?
2. Any other places in Himachal that would have snow at this time ?
November is not really a good time to be heading to Spiti. Vistas will be very dull and the weather very cold. There is no place that receives snow by November and the ones that do remain closed like Rohtang. You can try flying to Ladakh though. Chances of catching a snowfall there are high.
Thanks a lot, let me reconsider my options them.
You are welcome !!!
I know you have already replied a lot about all Spiti queries.. So sorry its repetitive again..
I am planning for a solo trip and it will mostly be on bus. Since its not a tight budget trip; i am okay to take cab/taxi option where required.. Following is my itinerary.. i have few queries which i am posting alongwith..
it will be great if you can help me with them
Start 13th Sept
Day1. Blore – Delhi – Shimla — HRTC to Shimla
Day2: Shimla – Narkanda/Shoghi — Taxi/bus to Narkanda/Shoghi — Overnight at Shoghi/Nkanda
Day3. Narkanda/Shoghi- Kalpa — SHIMLA-KALPA 6:45 AM — overnight at Kapla
Q: What time will i reach Kalpa?
Day4: See Kalpa then return to RPeo — some local bus/taxi — overnight at Rpeo
Q: What i can see in Kalpa on foot or is it better to book a cab and see around?
Day5: RPeo – Tabo — Catch Kaza bus at 7.30AM. — overnight at Tabo
Q: By when will i reach Tabo?
Q: Since next day I will be going to Mudh; is there any other place than Tabo; which can be on the way?
Day6: Tabo – Attargo – Mudh — kaza-Mud bus at 4.30 pm from Attargo — overnight at Mud
Q: How to come to Attargo?
19th Day7: Mudh Stay
Q: What i can see in Mudh on foot or is it better to book a cab and see around?
Day8: Mudh to Kaza — 7.00 AM bus — overnight at Kaza
Q: By when will i reach Kaza?
Day9: Kaza – C/taal — Overnight at C/taal
Q: In case i dont get any cab to share with; do you know if i can hire a cab personally and go there; spend a night and come back next day ?
Day10: C/Taal – Kaza — Overnight at Kaza
Day11: Kaza – Manali — 5am Bus — Overnight at Manali
Day12: Manali – Delhi — HRTC Bus
Day13: Delhi – Blore
Thanks in advance
1. Narkanda to Kalpa – 6 yo 7 hours by Bus
2. Not much to see there actually. Take a look at this post. This should answer your questions about Kalpa.
3. Peo to Tabo 6-7 hours. From Tabo you will have to go to Attargo and take a bus from there for Mudh. Find a bus, shared cab or hitchike to attargo.
4. Mudh to Kaza – 3 hours tops
5. Stay at Hotel Spiti Valley in Kaza, opposite Kaza Monastery. The guy there is Tanzin Rabgay and he is a friend of mine. Give my reference and he will gladly arrange a cab for you to visit Chandratal. His number is 9418927312
Thank you very much for all the replies and the reference!! 🙂
You are welcome
Hey, I’ve been reading your blogs about Spiti since past few days. I’m planning Spiti via Kinnaur and then back from Rohtang/Manali. But the time I’ve chosen is mid october and i’m worried if Kunzum pass would be open then or no. I will be travelling through public transport only. Also this is going to be a solo trip. So the route and weather would be okay or you think I should reschedule?
It all depends on how the weather trends in September. Too early to predict right now. Usually Kunzum Pass remains open until Mid October but Bus service may not be available.
I am planning to join a travel group for 10 days road trip to spiti following the complete circuit. Considering the monsoon conditions this month, are there any chances of landslides or getting stuck in the route due to mud and rains. Any advice?
Hi Shweta – It depends on when you are planning to go.
Last week of August
Hello Sir..We are planning to ho to leh via spiti on 22nd of August till 5th of september, what will be the water crossing conditions at Pagla nallah and overall weather conditions in spiti?..
Water level will be high in all nallahs across the route since Monsoon would have just passed. Weather during day will be pleasant but nights will still be cold.
Me and my friends are travelling to Spiti in the month of july 2018 from 22nd to 28th. I would like to know what will be the condition of the road and weather at this time and it will be safe travelling in tempo traveller. We are wanted to cover entire circuit.
Roads in spiti are always bad and it will also be raining. Your safety really depends on who is driving the tempo traveler. Hire a good experienced driver and you will be OK.
I am planning to visit spiti via manali on AUg 31 and then will return back via sangla/shimla as I am going to attend flower festival in rakcham and will stay their one day and one for chitkul. I wanted to know total number of 7 days will be enough as i will be travelling from delhi or we need more days. Also, is this the best time to visit in terms of weather conditions etc. Also, the route from manali to spiti will be open?
Hi Himani – If you are planning to stay a couple of days in Sangla valley then I will recommend adding more days otherwise the journey will be rushed.
And yes, the Manali route will remain open unless there is any landslides anywhere caused by rain.
I am travelling to Spiti in the first week of August.
Please advise if it is safe to travel during that phase.
Also, we have 7 days in hand.
What would be the ideal itinerary?
Yes you can travel in August but be prepared for rains all around. For Itinerary, see the article below please.
Hi Dear ,
Please confirm i m planning to visit kaza in august with my new bike avenger 200 its is best time to visit or which route is best manali to kaza (via Chhatru,batal) or shimla to kaza (via kinnur,kalpa)
No it is not the best time to go but you can visit. If possible then delay your plan to September first week. Both routes are equally good and you should actually cover both
Hi is it ok to travel with 2 years old kid to kaza,komic,langza.I am going to travel in mid of July.
What about the climatic condition.
Yes you can but keep your child well protected against cold and sun. Spiti valley is always cold and temperature at some places will go close to zero even in July
Will there be any issues beacause of altitude and what would you suggest what should be my last point if altitude is a problem for kid.
Should I take 2 days of stay in kaza.
Or 1 day in kaza and 1 day in langza.
How much is the difference between altitude of spiti and Komic/langza.
I do not think altitude will be a problem if you go via Shimla. Take the journey slow, give at least 3 days between Shimla and Kaza and you should be OK.
Hi vargis, Me and my husband are planning to visit spiti in July month. We ll be travelling from lucknow-Delhi-Shimla-narkanda-mall-tabo-kaza-chantratal-manali-Delhi
We ll be doing this circuit by our own car TUV.We ll be leaving on 8th July from lucknow n will be reaching Shimla on 9th and then will continue our journey to spiti.
I wanted to know is this a good time to travel here? And will our TUV be able to make it?
Please do reply. If you can give us some More suggestions and tips..
Hi Aanchal – Early July is OK for the trip. There is a chance of rain but that will only increase more in July and August. A TUV is definitely capable of the trip but you husband too would have to be a bit experienced in terms of driving in hilly region and handling bad roads.
Hi Vargis – Excellent details and appreciate the hardwork . We are planning to do spiti circuit in 8 days in Aug 2018 end . we will be starting from shimla then completing via Manail. I need some details about camping as we will carrying our own camping gear . like
Where we can camp in spiti circuit
are there any restrictions in some areas for camping
how will be the weather in aug end (last week) ?
should we carry any warm clothes ?
Hi Gaurav – There are several spots you can camp at. Finding a spot will not be a problem but August is monsoon so rains could post a big challenge while self-camping. Yes, definitely carry some warm clothes and a windproof jacket for the trip.
AccuWeather is forecasting few rain showers in first week of July. Will there be any chance of landslides in this week then?
Hard to predict, depends on how much it rains.
Salam Bhai. We(group of 8) have fixed the date 30th june for spiti circuit. do u have any idea kf current situation of roads and landslide. you know some cloud burst videos might disturb our plan since we are travelling in monsoon. please share your valuable insights on the route and climate conditions. is it safe for this year??
Salam Kapil Bhai … Road is all open so you are OK to go. The stretch between Manali and Kaza is in terrible state so please be prepared for that.
Sanidhya …Hi Vargis..You are doing a great job .. congratulations..We are planning to visit spiti valley from 7 June to 13 June..will it be possible to complete the circuit..will be starting from Shimla and exit through Manali…will there any chances of snow in pin valley…we are travelling from jaipur..one more help can u provide us some taxi contacts from Shimla…we are 6 people..can give us some idea of taxi fare for 7 days… Thanks in advance
Hello Vargis..can i travel with my 5 year daughter, is it safe travelling…also she has motion sickness….but would love to take her along…can i get a bike on hire there….Thanks
Hi Vargis, I just came across your brilliant and detailed website ! I want to plan a trip to Spiti Valley during June 20th – June 30th range (2018) Is there ANY possibility of viewing snow anywhere during that period in Spiti ?
Hi Johanna – Thank you for your kind words. The only snow you will find at this time will either be at the top of Rohtang Pass or Kunzum Pass.
I see…so there just gonna be snow to view and not feel, right ? Also, could you please look at this itinerary and let me know if it is worth it?
Drive from Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum La – Losar – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel.
Drive from Kaza – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Gette – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza hotel.
Drive from Kaza to Pin Valley – Kungri – Mudh – Kaza. Overnight in a Kaza Hotel.
Drive from Kaza to Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake Trek – Lhalung. Overnight in a Lhalung Homestay.
Drive from Lhalung to Losar – Kunzum La – Chandratal Lake. Overnight in Camps near Chandratal Lake.
Drive from Chandratal Lake to Rohtang Pass – Manali
Check Out of Manali inclusive of food / accomodation and an Innova, apparently it is coming to around 14k per head.does this seem worth the price ? Sorry for the trouble, TIA
Itinerary is OK but 14k sounds a bit on the expensive side. How many people are traveling in that Innova?
There will be some snow at the side of the road as you climb up Rohtang and Kunzum Pass but that will be it.
Had thought around 5 of us perhaps ? But now that you have mentioned about the snow or the lack of it rather, considering the trip now. You see, we are from South India and would love to be engulfed in a little more snow, away from the scorching Sun 🙂 Have decided to wait for Feb – March 2019 to do this trip. Will certainly be relying on ALL your information to carry the same forward. Thank you still and once again, GREAT JOB ON YOUR WEBSITE ! 🙂
Hi vergis we are planning to visit kinnar, lahul and spiti on 5th june from howrah by kalka mail. our programmes are d1 simla to sarahan.d2 sarahan to chitkul.d3 chitkul to kalpa. d4 kalpa. d5 kalpa to tabo via nako. d6 tabo to kaza. d7 kaza to keylong via chandratal. d8 keylong to manali. d9 manali. d10 manali to kalka.
please give me sugession wheather it is possible or not.
Plan is doable Tapan except for Kaza to Keylong. That is a bit of a stretch there and rushed as well. Better would be to break at Chandratal for the night.
What are the probable dates of opening of the road from Manali to kaza this year? I am planning my trip in between 2nd june and 10th June, is it feasible? Can I make it to chandratal lake on 7th June?
It should be all open by May end.
I am planning to go to Spiti solo during the first week of July. I wish to enter through Shimla and exit through Manali. Is public transport readily available at all stretches of the path? What other restrictions/difficulties might pop up?
Hi Himani – There is no public transport available on Manali Kaza route yet but it will be by July 1st so you are OK to go. No other difficulties as such except for bad roads and you will be in a local bus so the journey may get a bit uncomfortable.
Great articles on your blog.
I have a query regarding my spiti solo bike trip(first). I will be reaching Narkanda on 13th of May evening. I am planning to do camping wherever possible (I went through that article of your blog ) . Can I complete the entire circuit with current weather condition there (will it be safe enough considering road condition ) . I have11 days for this trip.
Shall I stay at Kaza or stay at one of villages in langza, koumik, hikkim ?
What about washroom options if we go for camping at places as you mentioned in one of your articles ?
Approximate budget I can think of considering the above plans ?
Hi Mayank – Kaza will be better to stay in my opinion. Just make a day trip to the villages and return to Kaza by evening. Hard to tell right now whether or not the Kaza route will open in May but if it doesnt, you will have to come back via Shimla only. For 11 days solo ride by Bike, I will say keep a budget of about 17k. Take a look at this article.
I am planning to visit chandratal and some parts in spiti from delhi to manali route and back to manali n delhi in about 6 days in may end or june first week. Is it possible to do it ? will it be eventful? or it will be too hectic ?
Entire circuit from Delhi in 6 days will be a bit hectic and I will recommend that you add at least 2-3 days more.
hey i am planning to visit in last week of may.. will roads be open from manali ?
Also can you suggest any other places from delhi ? like can we do kasol – manali – chandratal lake ? we have 7 full days..
If you are asking about Manali to Kaza road then yes, it probably will be open by May end but Chandratal may not.
Oh ok… but i m keen on camping at chandratal lake. Can you suggest some other places in north from manali ?
You can try Kheer Ganga. Its a nice place to camp.
Dear Mr Vargis, we 2 families plan to complete Kinnaur-Spiti circuit during Sept 1-10, entry from Shimla, exit to Manali… 4 of us are around 60 years… what are the chances of land slides or any other adversaries during that time? And what would be the condition of road from Kaza to Chandratal…. Thanks for your detailed helpful posts…
Hello Mr. Kundu – September is a good time to go to Spiti will little chance of any land slides. The road from Kaza to Chandratal is always a dirt trail, mostly bad, so please keep your hopes low in this aspect.
Hope you are doing well.
Your articles are really insightful and i need your advise.
I am planning to cover Spiti in month of August, can you please help with Treks. We do not have any vehicles with us so we are relying mainly on walking and public transport.
This is my plan. Hope you can advise if this can achieve this in day trek.
13th August : Kaza to Ki Monastery – Kibber – Langza Trek and share Taix
14th August : Trek from Langza – Komik – (night stay and rest at Komik village )
15th August : Trek from Komik – DemuL – (night stay and rest at DemuL village )
16th August : Trek from Demul – Lalung – (night stay and rest at Lalung village )
17th August : Trek from Lalung – Dhankar -(night stay and rest at Dhankar village )
Waiting desperately to hear from you.
Hi Zeeshan – It is easily doable brother. The treks you are mentioned can actually be done in a few hours, so you will have plenty of time.
Hi Vargis bhai,
Me and my friend planning to visit spiti in 27/7/2018 to 07/08/2018 (chandigrah – Spiti – Manali – chandigrah ). Please advise me for the following issue.
1. We are planning to hire bullet 500CC for the trip. Will the rental bike condition will be fine, if so pls advise some rental company in chandigrah
2. 27/7/2018 to 07/08/2018 Trip date , will be any rainfall over the period. If so then we will change the date to 07/09/2018 to 17/09/2018. Please advice me on my travel date.
3. Will you advice two people in same bike (in bullet 500CC) for spiti or Should we hire each one bikes (in bullet 350CC).
Kindly suggest me on an above issue.
Hi Vinoth Bhai,
1. Please change your travel dates to early September to remove the risk of Monsoon if you can.
2. I do not have any bike rental contact in Chandigarh, sorry. I can provide you one in Manali though and you can talk to him. Maybe he will be able to direct you to someone reliable. Let me know.
3. If budget is not a problem, then definitely go for a solo ride on 350CC. It will be much easier and better this way.
Hello there, First of all thank you for such a wonderful blog, I Loved it how you provide a detailed info about the trip. I want to ask some question about it, We are planning to visit kaza on 7th April. Is it snowing right now there or can we find snow there in april, we are taking shimla to kaza route to reach kaza but google maps is showing NH 505 closed right now. So what is the status of NH 505, How can we go there?
Hi Shubham Bhai, Thank you for your kind words. Route to Kaza is definitely open right now and yes you can travel. Chances of finding snow however will be less. It did snow at Rohtang, Kunzum and Spiti valley on 15th March so yes, you may find a bit of snow as well.
Would may be a suitable time to visit Spiti valley via Manali route? Or the roads might be closed?
Since, we are a little tight on schedule thats why we are preferring the Manali one.
Hi Gaurav – Manali route usually opens by late May or early June; though there are chances that it may open early this year. Still to be on a safer side, I will recommend planning in either last week of May or 1st week of June.
I am planning to visit Spiti valley in the last week of March via Shimla- Kaza route. But on maps it’s showing that NH- 505 is closed from POOH to KAZA. Do you have any info regarding this? And how much time will it take me to travel from Shimla to Kaza ? And what’s the ideal stay period in Spiti ?
The road is open. Google just shows the road as closed but that is incorrect. It will take you a minimum of 2 days from Shimla to Kaza, 3-4 days is recommended time frame. How long you want to stay at Kaza will depend on how much time you have in hand but try to stay there for a day at least.
I would like to know how would it be if we plan for a trip to Spiti valley in mid April.
Yes you can plan but will have to go and return via Shimla only. Manali route will remain closed in April
can i travel spiti in april with my kids 3 and 6 and my parents in their 60s.
I also want to ask if i can self drive and which car is preferred
7 days is what i am looking form from chandigarh
Hello Dr. Gutti, I just replied to a comment by Ashwin Akbari on this post. Please take a look at that. The same will apply to your children as well. Regarding self drive, please opt for an SUV with a high ground clearance. Scorpio will be good. Doesnt have to be a 4×4 but good GC is must. When are you planning to travel?
Hi Vargis, I plan on doing Spiti valley between the 13th to 23rd of April. I have heard that the conditions are hard this time at Spiti. Can you tell me if these dates are feasible (keeping in mind transportation and accommodation in and around the valley)
You can definitely visit Vishal Bhai but will have to go from Shimla and return the same way. Manali Kaza road is closed and will remain closed in April. There is almost no snow at all in the valley this year. By April it will be all gone so wont be that tough.
Me and my friends are planning a trip to spiti valley in mid of april , will there be snow?
Can you please tell me how can we go to spiti valley from Delhi
is there any public transport facility available like bus or do we have to hire a car for daily trips ?
What will the Overall expenses
There is no snow at all anywhere in Spiti this year, not even right now. Yes there will be a Shimla to Kaza direct bus that you can board with night stay at Reckong Peo.
I am planning to travel in the 1st week of June. Based on your comments I think I should take the Shimala route. I am travelling with my wife and daughter (10 years). Would she face any issues due to high altitude? Is it safe to travel with kids? What timeline (in days) you would prefer for comfortable journey?
I really would like to thank you for such a wonderful blog and guiding us on our queries.
Thank you for your kind words Ashutosh.
Manali Leh route opens sometime in early June so yes, I would recommend that you start from Shimla. After you reach Kaza, ask around if the Manali Kaza road is open and if yes, then take that way to exit the valley. Mountain sickness will not be a problem since you are going from Shimla side. At a minimum, plan for 10 days Where are you starting from?
I am travelling to spiti in first half of September. Can u plz suggest me the itinerary for 10 days starting from Chandigarh. We are group of 6 frnds. N plz tell me how’s the weather in first week of September or shall we plan in 2nd week of September
Plz reply to my post
Hi Supriya – Sorry I missed your comment. How are you traveling? By your own vehicle or public transport?
And you have 10 days Chandigarh to Chandigarh?
I m planning my trip to visit spiti Valley during May 2018 and we can get good accommodation without any problems..? And give me best rout plan for visit spirito valley, i start from shimla and end for manali for this month is possible? My travelled start 12 may and end 22 may, so please give me information for my this trip
Yes you can find accommodation on the route in May without any problems but you will not be able to cover Manali route. That opens by early June so if you want to attempt the entire circuit, better plan after 10th June.
I have 2 yrs girl child, so is it proper to bring her and will she able to manage that atmosphere…….what is the maximum night that we will have to climb….
You can definitely bring her but make sure that you take the journey slow. Start from Shimla and give it at least 4 days in between before you make it to Kaza. That way her body will get plenty of time to acclimatize. Keep her well covered and protected from harsh sun and cold, hydrated, and keep an eye out for any behavior where she may seem a bit uneasy. A lot of people have done the trip with kids of that age and you should be OK. Taking the journey slow and allowing her body plenty of time to adjust to the height is the key here. Maximum altitude you will gain will be at Kunzum Pass, 4590 meters and this is why you must start from Shimla side and not Manali.
Hi!! I am planning a trip of shimla-manali and spiti valley in mid march. Could you please suggest the itinerary?Thanks.
Hello, How many days do you have, where are you starting from ad what is your mode of travel?
7days atmost…preferably in car
7 days atmost..preferably in car if any available…from delhi via train to shimla.
With 7 days in hand, you will have to give up Manali, even Spiti will be a bit hectic. In March, you can travel in the following manner.
Day 1 – Delhi to Shimla
Day 2 – Shimla to Sarahan
Day 3 – Sarahan to Nako
Day 4 – Nako to Kaza
Day 5 – Kaza to Reckong Peo / Kalpa
Day 6 – Reckong Peo / Kalpa to Shimla
Day 7 – Shimla to Delhi
Manali – Kaza road is closed until June so that cannot be included
I m planning my trip to visit spiti Valley during March do you think I can see snow and we can get food accommodation without any problems..?
Yes you will find plenty of snow in March. Until Reckong Peo / Kalpa, you should be able to find a hotel easily however after that until Kaza, it would be best to call in advance and book your stay.
Hi. I’m debasish my group member 10 (one member 7year) . I’m going to1st April to spiti…..??
Please feel free to contact me on my number
Hello Debasish – Please let me know what your questions are and I will be glad to help
Could you please tell me if we can make a trip to spite during early October? Will we get all the ways accessible? Planning to come back to Manali via kunzum pass and Rohtang. Is it possible at that time? And one more thing during that time of calendar will we get to see a bit snow or it will be lush greenery?
Hello Anoma – Please take a look at this article. Should be able to answer your questions.
Hello Mr Khan,
Me along with my friends, are planing for d visit in last week of December. (22-27 Dec)
Will be going from Shimla.
Will have our own driver from Dehi itself. will travel the complete route with him in our own vehicle.
Any views abt it? Will it be possible?
SInce i also read der wont be any hotels during this time or the water wont be available since pipelines get froze. Wat do you suggest.
Hello Mr. Ahmed – Yes you should be able to do the journey until Kaza and return the same way. For hotels, you will have to call in advance and book so that your hosts can prepare for your arrival accordingly.
I want to visit ki monastry in the time of snow fall which is possible route i can travel
Hello Sudheer – After it starts to snow, you can only reach there via Shimla.
Thanks for the reply , also i have one doubt , did we need a inner line permit to travel through spiti
Hello Sundheer – Inner line permit is not needed for Indian citizens in Spiti
Thanks Cathie, you have provided enough information for the traveller.
the roads of spiti valley are open in feb?? can we hv bike trip to spiti from chandigarh in mid of feb.??
From Shimla side yes it is open until Kaza and yes, you can make a bike trip in Feb.
Planning a trip to Spiti next year with my wife and kid who will be 7 years old. Based on your blog and given that my kid will have summer vacations till 15th June, we would want to go in the first two weeks of June. However, I wanted to understand whether early June will the time for heavy tourist inflow in Spiti. If that is the case, will September be better than June? Also, will there by difference in road conditions between the two months.
We will be using the Shimla axis only.
Hello Ravi – If you are planning to cover the Shimla route only then June will be a good time to go. Tourist inflow increases post June mid so first two weeks will be OK from that aspect as well.
Thanks Vargis. On road conditions, will June be better or September? Asking since June is after the ice melts while September is post monsoons.
From Shimla side, it will pretty much be the same until Kaza. Between Kaza and Manali however, it will be somewhat better in September. Please note that when I say better, I mean less treacherous. It will still be a nightmare to drive on though.
We are planning to visit Spiti on 27th Oct…can we visit Spiti via Manali highway or should we go via Shimla? Hw will b the weather conditions? we are planning to visit Spiti for 7 days..will it be a good time to visit Chandratal, suryatal, kaumik, kaza…etc..? And also kindly help me out with the itenerary if possible..we are total 4 ppl..
No you cannot go via Manali. Kunzum Pass will probably be closed by then and Chandratal will definitely be closed. You will have to go via Shimla and return the same way. You can cover Kaumik and Kaza but not Chandratal and Suryatal. Where are you starting from?
It would be great if you guide me with itinerary…is there any other beautiful lake to visit?
Where are you starting from, Delhi? And you have seven days Delhi to Delhi?
Hello Varghees, thanks for the reply..
We are going to start our journey from Chandigarh. We have total 15 days – 26th Oct to 9th Nov. Out of which we have to spare 5 days for Dalhausie – Khajjiar -Dharmashala etc. And rest of the days are for Spiti – Lahaul.
Kindly suggest us the itinerary so that we can explore more places.
Hi Durgesh – Assuming that you will reach Shimla from Dharamshala, Spiti can be planned as below.
Shimla to Sarahan
Sarahan to Chitkul
Chitkul to Nako
Nako to Kaza
Kaza to Kibber, Kaumik, Langza to Kaza
Kaza to Mud Village (Pin Valley)
Mud Village to Tabo
Tabo to Kalpa
Kalpa to Narkanda
Return journey from Narkanda. If you have additional days, you can use those at any place of your liking.
I am Planning to visit spiti after manali around alst week of nov is it ok during that time
Manali to Kaza road will be closed by November 1st week so you cannot take that road.
I WANT TO GO KAZA IN NOVEMBAR, IT RIGHT TIME TO GO HERE ?
It is definitely not the best time but you can go via Shimla. Manali road will be closed so you will have to return via same route.
HI Khan sir
I m planning to visit Manali n Spiti Oct 9 to 14 where can I find snow sir plz tell me
You may find some snow at Rohtang and Kunzum top Sir, nowhere else.
Hey, we are 4 people and planning to go on first week of November, is it safe that time? We will hire a cab from shimla, could you help me with route and places to visit that time.
November is not really an ideal time but you are OK to go. Kunzum Pass will be closed so you will have to return via SHimla only. How many days are you planning for?
We are planning for 6-7 days.
Hello, i am visiting spiti in 2nd week of November…. what will be weather during that time?? i want to witness the spiti like in video that spiti is covered with snow and we are travelling ib between it. will i be able to see that?? does snow fall occur in spiti during November 2nd week?
Hello – You won’t get to see much in early November, there may be some only at the top of the peaks or at Kunzum Pass. If you plan to see a white Spiti, covered in snow, then you should plan between January to March.
Thank you. but i have already done the booking so just hope this time winter arrives early and can see the snowy road at some of the places in spiti
From Kaza, take the road towards Kunzum Pass top via Losar. Kunzum will be all snowed out and blocked by November. Go as far as you can and you should find snow there.
I am visiting spiti in 2nd week of November… what will be atmosphere over there… can i see a snow like in videos of spiti… that we are travelling in middle of snow both the sides roads are fully snow covered.
We are planning for Himachal trip in Oct 1 – 9. We were initialy planning for Manali, Kasol , Keerganga and Tosh. But after reading your articles on Spiti valley we want to include that too on our trip and decided to spare few days exploring spiti valley else it will be a big miss.
Can you please suggest a plan including spiti as well(mainly kaza, tabo, pin valley and chandratal lake)?.
We will reach manali on Oct 1st morning and we want to leave on oct 9 evening to delhi.
Can you please suggest the best option for us?
How are you traveling? By your own car?
Hii Mr. Vargis thanks for the so descriptive and detailed account of spiti journey . I am planning a road trip from Delhi to kaza via manali on my continental gt , we have two dates 15th sep to 19thsep or 28th sep to 2nd october, also in case of bike breakage in spiti , towing service in emergency is available? also we want to do house stay in villages so which village should we go near manali and near kaza?what will be the approx tariff for the house stay?
Hi Abhinav – Please plan towards mid of September, it will be better. For house stays, go to Kibber, Komik, Langza or Hikkim from Kaza and talk to the villagers about letting you stay for a night. No towing service in Spiti anywhere so better prepare your bike accordingly. Take a look at this article.
We are planning spiti trip from manali route in the first half of october. we are a bunch of boys planning to go so is it safe in first half of october or should we avoid it at all costs.
You are OK to go in first half. Try to make it around 10th October at latest if you can.
Thank you. Are there any bike rentals that allow us to rent the bike in shimla and drop it in manali if we want the complete circuit?
Yes you can do that but it won’t be for free. They charge around Rs.10,000 extra just for leaving the bikes at Manali; apart from the rental and all other expenses.
We are planning to go here for 4 days around end of September and starting October. Will that be a good time?
Yes, traveling at this time will be OK.
Thanks for your article. It is very informative. Will 5-15 Oct will be a advisable time to visit spiti and would it be possible to complete the circuit. I know you have answered this previously but I m assuming since monsoon is late this year, so will it effect the timing.
Looking forward for your reply. Thanks a lot in advance.
Hello Mannish – I am guessing it will be OK but it all depends on the weather in the end. If it snows early than Kunzum Pass will get blocked but in initial days it is usually temporary. Camps will remain available at Chandratal until October 10th so you may have trouble finding a place to stay there if you arrived on 15th.
Hi Vargis, Greetings of the Day. I am Supriyo from.Kolkata. We have planned to go to CDG-Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Kalpa-Tabo-Kaza-Kibber-Chandratal-Keylong-Manali-Amritsar-Delhi from 22/9 to 5/10. Me along with my wife and Mother(of age 67years) will travel in single Innova. Pls advise is the time safe for travel ? My mother is having good health without any heart or asthma prob. Shd we take any precaution for her ? Chances of getting snow ? Any travel tips for sr citizen ? I’ve cladded peaks can be seen ? How’s the beauty of the terrain at that time ? Is it advisable ? Please advise.
Thanks for all assistance in advance
Yes it is safe to travel at this time. Chances of finding snow at this time are next to none, you may see some at Rohtang Top or Kunzum top but nowhere else. Regarding your mother, if there is no medical condition then it should be OK for her to travel but I would still strongly advise to take a doctor’s opinion. Just take the trip slow. Plan your itinerary in a way that you do not travel anymore than 5-6 hours a day or else it may become too stressful for her considering the bad roads in Spiti.
We r a group of 05 SR citizens wishing to tour spiti anytime in the month of September by own car .kindly suggest the vehicle type.
Hello Mr. Omprakash – Any SUV with be good. It doesn’t have to be a 4×4 but good GC is must for visiting Spiti.
Hi. I am planning a trip to spiti first week of Oct. Is it a good time?
October first week is OK, just do not delay it any further because it can snow at Kunzum anytime then and the Manali Kaza stretch will close.
I am planning to leave sep 23- oct 3 from manali via Jibhi – Rampur – Kalpa – Nako Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza- – Chandratal , My concern is can I fins snow anywhere on this schedule?
Hi Abinesh – Chances are that you will not find any snow anywhere unless there is an early spell of snow at Kunzum or Rohtang top.
We are planning to go Lahul Spiti on 27th August from Manali side. Can you please inform me is it good time to visit Spiti valley. Is there any raining chance there in August last week.
Hello Arghya – August is Monsoon time so there is really no way of predicting whether or not it will rain but chances that it may are high.
Thank you for your reply. So can we go that time or not? Please suggest
Yes you can definitely go, just prepare and pack according to Monsoon. Take a look at this article.
Thanks for your article and your replies.
I am planning to start from Simla-Kaza-Kibber-Kaza-Manali, Is it possible to to finish this in 5 days?
Hi Prakash – From Shimla to Manali via Kaza in 5 days is easily doable. What is your itinerary though?
Hi Vargis Very informative article. Thank you 🙂
I am planning Solo road trip from Chandratal from 27th September 2017 onward. My rough itinerary is Batal- Kibber-Hikkim -Kaza- Tabo- Kalpa-Sangla- Shimla- Delhi. It may take a week to cover the places. Can you tell me if the roads will be open during this season? (And was just wandering why the route other way round is more advisable!)
Thanks in advance
Hello Dharitri – Yes the road will be open at this time.
We are planning to travel Spiti valley on 24th August from Mumbai and return to Mumbai on 27th or 28th August. We’ll reach Chandigarh by 10AM on 24th and will take a self-drive car on rent to cover the plan.
Is it the right time to visit these places? Which route will you recommend – via Shimla – Kinnaur or via Manali? What might be my budget options?
It will be good if you suggest a plan.
Hi Susanta, 5 days for Mumbai – Spiti – Mumbai is impossible, there is no way you can do it.
I am going to spiti valley and other places such as kaza nako around 10th October can i expect a snowfall? ??
You may catch a snowfall at Kunzum Pass at that time but chances are less and it will be very less. If it snows heavy, the pass will be closed and you will be stuck in Kaza. There won’t be a snowfall anywhere else at that time.
How do I reach spiti valley from Hyderabad ?
And what might be my budget options if in February month!
From Hyderabad you will reach Chandigah, then Shimla and on to Spiti. February is not really the ideal time to go there but from Shimla to Kaza to Shimla for a 10 days trip in Winter, traveling by public transport, keep a minimum budget of about 15k.
I am going to visit Spiti in late of December. Is it okay to visit Spiti in that time ?
You can go but be prepared for extreme cold. You will have to go via Shimla to Kaza and come back the same way as Manali route will be closed in December.
We are planning to travel Lahul & Spiti valley on 29th September from Delhi and return to Delhi on 8th or 9th October. Is it the right time to visit these places? Which route will you recommend – (a) via Shimla – Kinnaur or (b) via Manali? It will be good if you suggest a plan. Thank you.
Time of your travel is good enough Chandan Bhai. Travel from Shimla and exit at Manali. You can travel in the following manner.
29 – Delhi to Narkanda
30 – Sarahan
2 – Kalpa
3 – Nako
4 – Nako to Mud Village (Pin Valley)
5 – Mud to Kaza
6 – Kaza to Kibber / Kaumik / Langza / Hikkim to Kaza
7 – Kaza to Chandratal
8 – Chandratal to Manali
9 – Manali to Delhi
Hello, i have planned the same trip for the same time..i would like to ask what can be the budget for that?i am a bagpacker;) thank for the replay;) gabi
Traveling by public transport, for a trip of 11 day, I would say you should keep a minimum budget of around 15k
Can i book my bus on “makemytrip.com”?i didnt find the destinations there…could you tell me where is the best to book the seat? Thank you! Gabi
Or at least which operator goes to narkanda?;)
These are all HRTC buses. Best would be to catch a bus to Shimla and take either a connecting bus or shared taxi from there for Narkanda.
There is no booking system available. you will have to buy a ticket on the spot
I understand! Thank you Vargis.
You are welcome Gabi !!!
Hello again, Vargis could you tell me where is the spot in Delhi from where the bus leaving to Narkanda?thank you!
Hello Gabi – It starts from ISBT Kashmere Gate. I do not know the timings though, better call and inquire first.
You are the best <3 !!!
Hey Varghis, Thanks a lot for the informative article. Helps a lot of people.
I am in just one small dilemma. Your suggestions would be valuable. I am planning to visit Spiti around last week of september, 2017 starting from 23rd Sept from Chandigarh and return to Delhi by 2nd or 3rd Oct on my motorcycle. So, should I do the Manali-Kaza-Shimla circuit or the reverse way round?
Do it the other way around Rakesh Bhai. Start from Shimla and exit at Manali, the route remains open by early October so you are Ok to go really
Thanks for the wonderful information. Is it possible to finish the circuit in the second week of October? When will the kunzum pass closes every year?
Hi Harsha – Depends on the weather Bhai. Chandratal camps usually wrap up by September end as it can snow anytime after that.
Thanks for this amazing article…
I’m planning for a 10 day trip around September 1st week this year.
Will I be able to complete the full circuit?
Also I’m a travel photographer so can I expect some good landscapes…?
Thank you once again.
Hi Abhinethra, Thank you for your appreciating words.
Yes you will be able to do the circuit in September and it will be a perfect time for photography.
Oh that’s a great news..
Thank you once again Vargis.
You are welcome bro !!!
is August 15 this year ok to trip spiti?
how good is mid august usually?
Yes you can travel in August but be prepared for Monsoon. Take a look at this article please.
I am planning to visit spiti form 20th June to 28th. Whether pubic transport is available to complete the circuit.
Manali to Kaza Bus may not be available around 20th June but it will be at rest of the places.
Hi Vargis, We have planned a week long road trip from Chandigarh to Kaza, starting on June 15. The itinerary is Chandigarh-Rampur, Next day RAmpur-Nako, Next day Nako-Tabo-Dhankhar-Kaza, next day Kaza-Kibber and back, Next day Kaza-Chandertal with stay at Chandertal, next day Chandertal-Manali, next day back to Chandigarh. Is it fine as per your experiences. we are Six people, in an XUV and a Bullet Classic 500 cc bike.
Any suggestions will be welcome.
Prof. Harminder Dhanoa
Hello Prof. Dhanoa, Your itinerary is great, I wouldn’t change a thing. Be prepared for some extremely damaged and difficult road between Kaza and Manali though. You will reach Rohtang after noon so also be prepared for encountering some heavy traffic there.
Hi Vargis ! Is it advisable to travel to Spiti lahaul in the third week of September with a 2 year old kid at tow ??? And if yes then kindly give me an itenary for the same. I would be visiting manali in September .
Is there any chance I can see snow at that time ??
Hi Ranjit – How many days do you have in and? Let me know and I can help with an itinerary. Snow will be a bit tough to find at that time. Take a look at the article below for traveling to high altitude places with children.
Road condition is bad in what terms is it narrow or it has potholes and patches all the way .
Can you tell me approx distance in kms for which the road is bad ?
Bad in terms of
1. barely wide enough for one car between Kunzum Pass and Chandratal – 15 kms
2. Nightmarish ride or drive through numerous water crossings, potholes, lose stones on the road between Gramphoo and Batal – 60 kms
3. Dirt roads prone to landslides between Reckong Peo and Pooh 70 kilometers
Throughout the ride it is a mix of bad and good roads,sometimes super smooth and sometimes broken with lot of potholes. Hard to point out specific areas as conditions continue to change however the above three are the most problematic.
I am planning to travel Spiti on 12th or 13th October 2017, Is it good time to travel, what will be the road condition if go from Kalpa
Road conditions are always bad in Spiti so do not expect any better in October as well. It is however a good time to travel to Spiti.
Hi Varghis.. what month would be better for photography.. June or September ?
Hi Anubhav … September would be better for Photography.
Hi Varghis. We want to plan Spiti tour for approx. 10 days…. when should we start for couple/family trip (no kids) …. starting from mid June or from mid August or from early September? Thanks.
Hi Rathore Bhai – Mid June or Mid September would be better. Avoid going around Mid July or Mid August as you will have to travel through monsoon and resulting landslides and slush.
Me and my family are travelling to Spiti in the month of may 2017 starting from 19th to 26th. I would like to know what will be the condition of the road at this time.
Hello Minnu – Road conditions in Spiti are always bad for most part of the journey so be mentally prepared for this. Since you are travelling late in May, this would be an ideal time to go.