How to Plan a Visit to Spiti Valley in December?

by Vargis.Khan

When one talks about planning a trip to Spiti valley in December, several questions come to mind. The first and the foremost is whether is it doable or not? And if yes then what is the best way to plan the journey? How will the weather be and how should your packing be for the journey ahead? In this article; I will details some necessary information that you should keep in mind while visiting Spiti in December. I will first add a few tips to plan the journey better, followed by a few advantages and disadvantages of going to Lahaul Spiti in December. If you have any doubts after reading the article, you are welcome to comment and ask.

spiti valley in december

Can we visit Spiti in December? Answer to this questions is a definite yes. By road, the valley remains accessible throughout the year. The only difference however is that that you can approach it via Shimla only. The stretch between Manali and Kaza which is the shortest gets declared closed after it starts to snow to Kunzum Pass; sometime in October.

The road from Shimla to Kaza however remains open all 12 months; except for occasional road blocks caused by heavy snowfall. Even if that happens, authorities clear the road just as soon as they are able to.

You must however keep in mind that life in Spiti valley during winters is tough. When I say tough, I mean extreme cold due to which even water in pipes freezes. So there will be no running water; you will have to work with warm water provided in buckets; and may even have to do your business in a dry pit every morning. If the weather turns extreme, you may be stuck in the valley for days altogether. Your phones will definitely not be working and there may not even be any electricity as well. People living in the region are accustomed to this life as they go through it each year. But for people like us; it may get a bit frustrating so please do consider this before you plan your travel to Spiti in December.

One of the most common questions I get asked by people traveling to Spiti is if they need to obtain a permit. There is actually a requirement of Inner Line Permit for Spiti valley but it is applicable to only foreign nationals. Indian citizens can freely visit the valley without needing any permit at all except for the one for Rohtang Pass; if you were approaching via Manali. But since it is the month of December we are talking here, you won’t be heading towards Rohtang Pass anyways so there is no need of that permit as well. For more information on ILP for Spiti valley, please read through the article at the link below.

How to Get an Inner Line Permit for Spiti Valley

With the above being said, if you are thinking to visit Spiti Valley in December, mentioned below is how you should plan your travel. It will definitely not be an easy or regular journey; not even a typical Spiti valley trip but if adventure is what you seek then you will get plenty of it.

Visiting Spiti In December

I will first list down a few important tips, followed by some advantages and disadvantages; and a then suggested Itinerary in the end.

Spiti valley weather in December

Cold and harsh are the two words that describe it the best. And it is not even the regular cold that we are discussing here. Temperature at nights will fall several degrees below zero. Days too will be no better. You may not see Sun in the sky for several days and even if you do, temperature will still be close to zero. You must prepare yourself for extreme cold, both physical and mentally. At an average, temperature in Spiti valley in December during day will fluctuate between -1 to -5 Degrees Celsius. By Night, it will drop down to between -20 and -25 degrees Celsius.

Clothes for Spiti Valley

This will relate to the point above. You need to pack woolens that can keep you warm in a freezing environment. Good thermals are a must followed by both light and heavy woolens. You also need to protect yourself from cold winds and a good quality heavy; windproof and waterproof jacket will be your best friend. Ensure that your jacket has a hood to cover your neck and head as well. Waterproof warm gloves, woolens socks, muffler, possibly waterproof shoes, sunglasses are some of the other accessories. You will also have to pack a good sunscreen lotion, cold creams, lip balms and some basic medicines for stomach ache, fever and cold.

Also read: Clothes for Spiti trip: what to Pack?

Do not Plan on the entire Circuit

As you probably would already have figured it out; you cannot plan on completing the entire Spiti circuit in December. Since Manali Kaza road will be closed, you will reach Kaza from Shimla and return via the same route.

For a complete list of places to visit in Spiti valley please read through the following article.

Also read: Tourist Attractions in Spiti Valley and its vicinity

Do not plan unless you are good at the wheel

Spiti is notorious for its bad roads and situations gets even worse during winter. While in summer it is just bad broken roads with a lot of potholes, dirt and water crossings; the risk increases in winter due to frost, black ice and snow. It doesn’t matter if you are going by a motorcycle or a car, you must be a good experience driver or rider who is capable of maneuvering the vehicle and navigate your way through. If you do not have much of experience then it is best to cancel the plan of visiting Spiti in winters.

Start a bit late in the day

Black ice is one of the biggest threats of traveling to Spiti valley in December. What is black ice? It is a thin coating of ice on surface of the road. It is formed on relatively dry roads because of moisture present in the road texture which when frozen; creates a honeycombed invisible sheet of ice. The ice itself is not black, but visually transparent, allowing the often black road below to be seen through it. There is, thus, a risk of skidding and subsequent accident due to the unexpected loss of traction.

In order to avoid any unfortunate incidents; it is best to wait for the sun to come up. A couple of hours of sunlight will ensure that the black ice has melted and the road is relatively safer to travel on.

Keep Buffer Days

It is always wise to not keep your itinerary strictly bound to a set timeline. Keep at least a couple of days as buffer so that if you do get stuck somewhere; your entire plan does not go for a toss. If the trip was event-less and you traveled as decided, this day can be used to relax at the last destination of your trip; or maybe to rest at home after coming back from the trip before you went back to work.

Plan in Early December

There are two aspects of visiting Spiti valley in winter. One is that you just want to go there for the first time and were not able to do it in summer. Second is that you have been there and this time you want to see how the valley looks when covered under a thick sheet of snow. If your reason of visiting Spiti valley in December is the second one, then December is not at all a good time. It starts to snow heavy sometime towards late December and what you want to see exactly will be available in January and February the best. There will not be that much snow in early to mid December.

If however you just want to visit Spiti and not too eager handling snowfall and heavy snow all around; then I recommend that you plan your trip early in the month. Weather I agree will be cold but not as much as it would get towards late December. Snow it may but not as heavy or frequent as it would towards end of December.

Get your Vehicle Ready

It is not just you who will be under stress while traveling through Spiti but also your vehicle. Availability of mechanic is anyways limited here but in winters it gets even rare. You must get your vehicle ready and reduce all risks of a possible breakdown anywhere. If your vehicle ditches you somewhere, you will be stuck in the middle of nowhere; either looking for a mechanic or to get it towed. Diesel run engines can sometimes give start up trouble in cold regions so you will have to speak to a mechanic and get that taken care of as well.

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Is it wise to travel to Spiti in December?

Not really is my answer to the question above. It will be extremely cold, you will have to leave certain areas out and still will not be able to witness the white Spiti. Better plan for January, February or March if you want to see snow all around. If you are thinking of visiting with family or children, give up that idea completely and leave it for summer next year. There really is not much that Spiti offers in December but staying here will definitely get difficult.

For more details on an ideal time to plan a journey through Spiti circuit, please take a look at the article below.

Also read: When is the best time to visit Spiti valley?

Advantages of Traveling to Spiti Valley in December

I know I said that December is not really the ideal time to be visiting Spiti but nonetheless, this month too has a few advantages of its own. Since the tourist season in the valley has already ended and there aren’t many people around, you will actually get that feeling of being away from every inch of civilization that so many people come here seeking. The biggest charm will however be catching a live snowfall during the trip. If you did not catch it live; or if there was no snow at Kaza as well; then you can take a drive towards Kunzum Pass from Kaza; go as far as you can safely; and you will definitely get to see some snow there.

Disadvantages of Spiti Valley in December

Now let us take a look at some factors which make December a bad month to be visiting Spiti. Manali Kaza road will come at the top. This small stretch is one of the prime attractions of the Spiti circuit because it takes you across two high altitude passes and one of the most challenging and adventurous road that you have ever been on. Traveling in December will mean that you will have to keep this route out of your plan. Chandratal will come next in line. The lake gets closed for tourists by mid October so you will have to exclude it from your itinerary too.

Since you will be traveling from and to Shimla, you will need at least 1 week for the trip and cannot make it a short one. Cold will be a challenge at a whole another level. In winter, cost of living goes up in Spiti so it is possible that you may end up paying more for even some of the basic commodities. Black ice if you weren’t careful can cause serious damage. If the road ahead is not open due to recent snowfall, you will have no choice but to wait it out until the authorities to declare it safe to travel on. There is no running water here in winters and you will have limited warm water in buckets. If there is no warm water then even washing hands will become a herculean task. Morning business will happen in dry pits.

Suggested Itinerary for Spiti Valley in December

Your final travel plan will depend on how many days you have in hand but I will still make a few suggestions that can help you to lay out your itinerary. For the sake of this article, I will assume you are starting from Delhi. If you need help with setting up itinerary, please mention your details in comments and I can suggest any possible changes, if required.

  • It will take you a day to get to Shimla from Delhi. Kaza is at least about 2 days from Shimla. Then you will stay there for at least a day. Total minimum time of this trip then will be 7 days.
  • Do not however bound yourself to these timelines. Keep at least 2 days as buffer and plan with 9 days.
  • Shimla gets a bit crowded and I will not recommend staying there. A better choice would be to go straight to Narkanda and stay there for the night. This will also reduce your travel time on Day 2.
  • On Day 2, you can break the day at Reckong Peo and then go to Kaza on Day 3.
  • You can visiti Kibber, Kaumik and Langza on Day 4
  • If you have time, you can go to Pin Valley from Kaza on Day 5
  • From Pin Valley, you can come back to Nako and stay there for Day 6
  • On Day 7 you can head straight for Sarahan
  • You can break Day 8 at either Shimla or Narkanda and return to Delhi on Day 9.
Can we visit Spiti Valley In December?

Keeping the above mentioned points in mind, yes you definitely can. Just be careful, go slow and enjoy the white valleys of Spiti valley. I hope the information above was of help. 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.

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Abhilash Kundu September 26, 2022 - 10:01 pm

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Satish Chaladi November 12, 2021 - 5:05 am

Wonderful n very helpful information, sir. Kudos to your efforts in writing the article

Niharika January 28, 2021 - 8:50 am

Hi. We are planning a trip to Lahaul through the Atal tunnel in Feb 2021 for a week. We will be driving from Delhi and have 1 week for the trip. But not looking to cover Manali as such; we are more interested in seeing smaller hamlets or towns nearby, hiking around and also spending 1-2 days in Lahaul or Sissu. What would be your suggestion for the itinerary?

Amit October 12, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Hi Vargis, I am planning to visit Spitti in Dec 27 November to 2nd of December by my own vehicle. will Atal Tunnel help me to save my time. And I am not expecting snow at that time plus will I be able to visit Chandra tal and other places.
Please suggest what would be I able to cover if i visit Spiti in December.

Priyadarsini Bhutia November 24, 2019 - 7:02 am

Hey!!! can u suggest me which jacket of decathlon or some other brand which will be suitable for me during my trip to spiti valley in December

ikclick December 13, 2019 - 6:35 pm

Visit Decathalon, you can buy jacket for negative temperature from there. i bought -20 degree one.

Sushanth October 25, 2020 - 6:28 pm

Hi Vargis, I am planning to visit Spiti valley by bike from Chandigarh this december. Can please suggest is any other group u know so that I can join them.. my tentative plan is like Nov 27th to December 07th.

Vargis.Khan October 26, 2020 - 1:09 pm

Spiti is closed for tourism until March next year Sushanth. You will have to plan in 2021

DEWANG November 7, 2019 - 9:14 pm

Hello, we are 2 friends from Jaipur planning spiti around third week of december through public transport , if anyone intrested can join, whatsapp me 8005571374.

dinesh November 27, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Hi Dewang.
is your plan on

Rishabh Sarwa November 28, 2019 - 2:41 pm

Hi i wanna know the same if your plan is on?

DEWANG December 4, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Yes DINESH,RISHABH, we’re leaving from Delhi on 19th evening, what about you guyz?

Rishabh Sarwa December 13, 2019 - 2:07 pm

yes Im too leaving on 18 and will be reaching on 20th. ping me on 9165666796.

Sachin December 15, 2019 - 7:43 am

Create WhatsApp group

DEWANG December 16, 2019 - 5:11 pm

Thats great, better we have a whatsapp group, my no. 8005571374

Anshu December 18, 2019 - 3:28 am

Diwangi, rishav, sachin,, please add me in that group,, 8920982922

Shashank December 4, 2019 - 6:41 pm

Hello I am.planning from 21st December are you guys still planning the same ?

DEWANG December 5, 2019 - 11:45 am

I will start on 19 from delhi via public transport then on 21st will reach kaza

Sumitra October 22, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Hi Vargis, please advice if we can view the night sky late December. We are planning to go on 29th December

Vargis.Khan October 23, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Hi Sumitra – Yes you definitely can.

Mohana B October 22, 2019 - 9:56 am

Hi Vargis, its a very informative article, god Job. Can you also please add some details on solo travelling and may be via Public transports in December. From shimla to Kaza and back.

Vargis.Khan October 23, 2019 - 1:25 pm

Hi Mohana – The daily bused between Shimla – Reckong Peo and Kaza remain operational in December as well. So traveling by public transport will not be a problem.

DEWANG November 7, 2019 - 9:08 pm

Hi Mohana, when exactly are you planning for spiti? I too wanna do it in december via public transport.

Dhruf Mehta October 16, 2019 - 9:39 am

Hi Vargis sir please can you guide me that whether can i stay in key monastery ? I am planning to go by 20th Novemeber for a span of 10 days and if that is not possible to due to extreme weather if there is any other monastery you could recommend for stay. Thanks in advance

Vargis.Khan October 17, 2019 - 5:53 am

Hi Dhruf – Yes, night stay is allowed in Kye Monastery. Please see the post below for more information.

Manjunath October 9, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Hi I read some articles about your spiti valley trip.i have some doubts. I hope you will solve them. We are 3 friends planning for spiti from Shimla on November 1st 2019. We have 5 days of time .we want to be back on November 5th to Shimla. What are the places we can cover?? Can we go for kaza-langza-hikkim-komic-kaza circuit?? Within this circuit we are planning to stay 1 night at langza……and can we go till kanzum pass??? Or while returning to Shimla can we cover pin valley??? I know this is some what idiotic questions…but we want to do some peaceful memories …’s like a small bachelor part trip…..I hope you will give some idea for this trip…..Thank you ..

kushal jindal September 7, 2019 - 5:49 am

We are leaving on 30th of November from pune and planning to return by 8th December to pune

Vargis.Khan September 7, 2019 - 11:10 am

I will recommend visiting Dalhousie and Dharamshala. Plan Spiti sometime next year during summers.

driverbychoice December 17, 2019 - 6:28 am

Hi Kushal, Can u share your experience and most importantly preparation to do for this trip. I am planning for the same trip towards end of December from Pune

Rahil May 27, 2019 - 11:01 am

We are a group of 5-6 friends… planning to do Spiti from 20th December 2019 onwards.. can we drive ourself? Do you know any good self drive car rentals from Chandigarh?

Rahil May 27, 2019 - 1:23 pm

we could also try 1st week of december

Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:48 pm

You should do it in December first week. Weather becomes very unpredictable towards the end of December. I do not know any car rentals in Chandigarh, sorry.

Rahil May 27, 2019 - 7:37 pm

Chances of snow in first week december? And will Chitkul be open?

Vargis.Khan May 28, 2019 - 12:20 pm

Chances of snow – very less
Chitkul – Yes

Jugal June 25, 2019 - 4:38 am

How are local buses schedule during winters.. specifically it possible and worth to travel Spiti through govt. Buses?

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Yes, Buses remain operational in December but may get shut down towards the end of the month once it starts to snow.

Rom March 21, 2019 - 10:06 am

Hy Vargis,

Im planing to visit on next year feb, first week.
Is it possible to get there through public transportation on feb?
Its my first time north and is it possible to see snow fall at that time? Like a white spiti?


Vargis.Khan March 21, 2019 - 1:19 pm Reply
alam alam December 27, 2018 - 7:55 am

hi vargis ,
i am planing to visit spiti on new year so need your advise this this okay month to visit there n also advise can we go 2/4 car,

Vargis.Khan December 27, 2018 - 1:37 pm

Hi Alam – Yes you can visit but will have to go and return via Shimla only.

Gaurav Singh December 20, 2018 - 9:31 am

I am planning spiti trip on 22-23Dec by public transport, if anyone interested pls call on 9971790035

Rom December 24, 2018 - 9:57 am

does the public transportation available in December?

Vargis.Khan December 24, 2018 - 6:48 pm

Depends on the weather

Shekhar K December 14, 2018 - 11:07 am


Anyone going to Spiti Valley this month i would like to join, please contact me on 9916000235

rahul December 13, 2018 - 6:37 am


we are going to spiti valley from 26 to 31 st December we are two boys by public transport any body wants to join us then call me at my no 9212200487 .


Diksha December 11, 2018 - 11:09 pm

Hi Vargis. There are 3 of us who are planning to visit Kaza, Spiti around 22nd December 26th December from Delhi
If we consider the route through Shimla, then can we cover the following places:
1. Chandratal lake
2. Lahaul Valley and Suraj tal lake
3. Chogskhor Monastery
4. Kye Gompa monastery
5. Gui/Gue/Ghuen Mummy village
6. Dhankar lake, fort
7. Kibber
8. Komik
9. Pin valley national park
10. Kinnaur valley

We plan to use public transport or local cabs for our visit. We have thought of 8-10k per person as our budget.
Please let me know which of these places won’t be accessible during the given time frame and is the budget and mode of conveyance + time of travelling fair?
This would be of great help, thank you.

Vargis.Khan December 12, 2018 - 12:53 pm

5 days to and from Delhi is too less. You can’t cover Spiti in 5 days, specially by public transport. Plan it only when you have at least 9 to 10 days in hand.

Puja December 10, 2018 - 5:10 am

Planning to visit spiti in mid December by Ciaz car .please can you suggest ??

Vargis.Khan December 10, 2018 - 1:07 pm

While I wouldn’t recommend a Ciaz for Spiti, it is however doable from Shimla to Kaza and same way back.

yajat singh December 7, 2018 - 5:34 pm

Hi, we are planning a trip to kaza from 15th or 16 of december, is it safe going there for 1 week in mid December with kids?

Vargis.Khan December 7, 2018 - 8:29 pm

It is going to be extremely kids so you will have to pack accordinngly.

Aman giri November 22, 2019 - 10:29 am

Hi Vargis Bhai,
I will be starting my trip to kaza on 10th dec from Delhi, we are 6 of us with each 15k budget( enough?) Our main motive is to witness ice covered mountains, will there be proper snowfall at this time of the month. We are taking Mahindra Thar, any important upgrades for the car.
Your important input of advice is needed bhai.

Vargis.Khan November 22, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Hi Aman – Bhai the kind of snow you are expecting will only be there after Jan. Right now there is no snow at all. You can encounter a snowfall in Kaza but it will be a light one. Better delay the trip by a month.

Aman giri November 24, 2019 - 6:14 am

Thanks Bhai ..can u suggest any other place near by under snow or can we drive on till Manali if possible cause we can’t delay as we are college students, dates and attendence are huge issue.

Shariq Rahman Khan December 2, 2018 - 2:05 am

Hi Vargis,

This is Shariq we are 6 people in which girls are included planing to go spiti in decembr last days..
We have our own vehicle(Scorpio)
There are few things i need to ask you.

1 is safe for girls to visiting spiti valley in dcember?

2 shoud we get our own vehicle or get a public vehicle in spiti?

3 is there any hotel or any resort where we can stay? becaus we will be having 3 its realy hard to stay in any monestry with them..

4 if we plan 10 days trip so should we stay in 10 diffrnt places? and if it is yes? are there any good hotels where we can stay..

5 how are the locals in spiti valley?

6 you mentioned everything above..but when you were telling about visiting place you did not mention spiti why? like reckong peo, kaza, kibber, kaumik,langza,pin valley etc… etc…are there places under spiti valley or not?

Please answer these question i will be happy about this

Thank you

Vargis.Khan December 2, 2018 - 2:34 am

Hi Shariq,

1. Yes
2. Go by your own car
3. There are plenty of hotels of hotels on the route and in Spiti. There is no need to stay at a monastery.
4. Yes for both your questions
5. Very friendly
6. Kaza, Kibber, Kaumik, Langza, Losar, Tabo, Dhankar … It is all Spiti valley. It is an entire district, not just one town.

shariq Rahman Khan December 2, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Thank you so much brother..

Vargis.Khan December 2, 2018 - 4:58 pm

You are welcome !!! 🙂

sameer khan November 27, 2018 - 5:33 am

Hello Vargis ,
I am planning a trip to spiti valley trip from 30 november – 5 december .
1) Can you tell me if the road is open from shimla side ( i heard that this year there was early snowfall )
2) Its my first time in winter and i will be driving an alto car ( 1 year used car ) , is it safe to drive ( considering the snow and black ice on road )

If you can give any toher suggestions , then it will be helpful .

Thank you .

Vargis.Khan November 27, 2018 - 2:03 pm

Hi Sameer,

1. Yes it is open
2. There isn’t any snow on the road till Kaza yet but start a bit late in the day to avoid black ice / frost on the road in early morning hours.

Sameer Khan November 28, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Thanks for the information .
1)Can you tell if there is any special cloth My required for this winter season ?
2) One more thing , are there any chances of the petrol or water in radiator of car getting frozen ?

Vargis.Khan November 29, 2018 - 2:01 am

1. You will have to pack woolens and a windproof heavy jacket
2. Petrol doesn’t freeze, Diesel does.

Vishal November 25, 2018 - 2:05 pm

Hello vargis, we 2 friends are planning for a trip to kaza via Shimla – my travel dates are probably from 29th november 2018 onwards and i am planning to hire a vehicle from zoom car – starting from Chandigarh airport – should there be any specific behicle hired and also any extra care to be taken as this would be the self drive .Hope to get your email id in reply so that i can communicate further .

Vargis.Khan November 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Hi Vishal – SUV with high GC will be the best for this trip, possibly a Scorpio. You will have to go via Shimla and come back the same way.

Harsohrab Singh November 10, 2018 - 7:49 am

Hi, I wanted to visit Spiti in the 1st week of December, because after that I’ll be moving to South for my job and it will be really difficult for me to find the time to cover spiti later.

It will be my first trip to Spiti and I really want to manage the trip according to my budget, also will be going solo or maybe if I can find a friend.

I don’t care about the manali route and will be heading from Delhi towards the kalpa route. The maximum I can plan the trip is for a week. Everything considered, I want to if it really worth going now and will I enjoy the adventure (am fine with adventures).

Places I’m planning to visit – Kalpa, Tabo, Pin, Kibber, Hikkim(optional), Kaza, Key, Komik…

Budget – 8 – 9k.

Also wanted to if it is possible to rent a scooty (since I don’t know how to ride a bike) somewhere after Reckong Peo or from there and will it be worth the risk driving on black ice.

Please let me reply if you get the time to read this to help me with this dilemma.

Harsohrab Singh

Vargis.Khan November 10, 2018 - 1:56 pm

It will be tough to do it in 8-9k. Where are you traveling from? And no, you can’t rent a scooty as well in that budget.

Harsohrab Singh November 10, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Hi, thanks for replying. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be travelling from delhi or chandigarh and and please specify the budget in which I’ll be able do it with or without the scooty and where will I get the scooty for rent as well.


Vargis.Khan November 10, 2018 - 10:34 pm

For a week by public transport, I will say keep a budget of around 10-12k at least. If you are renting a scooty which you can get in Shimla, then keep about 13-15k to be on a safer side.

Ankit Kumar October 30, 2018 - 6:17 am

Hello Vargis,

Many riders travells to Spiti in Jan-March not in december. is there any specfic reason for this ??
We are group of 4 people planning to visit Spiti in December this year on bikes. What you would suggest?

Vargis.Khan October 30, 2018 - 12:32 pm

That is because there is no snow on the ground in December. A winter trip means to see snow which is rare in the lower areas.

Madhukar Dhuri October 26, 2018 - 4:10 pm

I want to visit in December with public transport. I have seen snow and trekked in knee deep snow but never got a chance to see live snow fall. Also planning to include Sangla Chitkul. How is the first half of December. Second half I belive travelling to Delhi/Chandigarh becomes difficult and costly. Which monasteries will let me stay with them? I have 2 weeks. I am from Mumbai.

Vargis.Khan October 26, 2018 - 9:08 pm

There won’t be any snow in early December in Spiti, at least not in lower areas. Dhankar Monastery is the one where you can stay overnight.

Darpan August 19, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Will Jan first week will be a better time if I want to see lot of Snow in spiti?

Dipin Yadav July 15, 2018 - 10:20 pm

Is is okay to opt for public transport in December. And what should be the minimum budget for that trip.

Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 12:35 am

Yes you can but will have to keep Manali Leh highway out of the plan. Budget will depend on how many days you are planning for and how many people.

Dipin Yadav July 16, 2018 - 12:38 am

Yeah i will opt for shimla route and we will be two or three friends for 7 days i guess.

Azizur Rahman June 5, 2018 - 5:55 pm

If we want only snow then we can go rohtang pass in mid december?
100% chances of snow in rohtang will be there right?
If we dont get. Then will go till kunzum and back to manali

Isnt a good idea in mid dec??

Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Rohtang Pass remains closed in December so no, you cannot go either to Rohtang or Kunzum.

Kavitha krishnan October 29, 2018 - 12:02 pm

Hello vargis
we are group of girls would like to visit manali and nearby instead of usual solang and stuff
would you like to suggest us some nice place in and around manali rather than usual sightseeing

Kushal September 6, 2019 - 9:37 am

Hi vargis
We 2 friends are planning to visit himachal in first week of December but we are bit confused as to where we should go….we are planning from pune, Maharashtra…we are confused between where to go spitti or dharamshala nd dalhousie our budget 20k including flight from pune pu delhi…plz suggest us where should i go….

Vargis.Khan September 7, 2019 - 3:12 am

How many days do you have Kushal?

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