Spiti Valley is a chilly mountain desert in the Greater Himalayan mountains’ rain shadow zone. It is located in Himachal Pradesh’s north-eastern region.
The Spiti River Circuit Tour begins in Chandigarh and travels clockwise through Shimla and Narkanda. The Spiti circuit’s last stretch follows the Spiti riverbed and connects with Manali after passing via the Atal tunnel via Rohtang pass.
The canyon is bounded in the south-east by Kinnaur, in the south by Kullu, and in the north by the hills and mountains of Zanskar and Ladakh. Spiti shares its eastern border with Tibet.
Spiti, or Piti as it is called among the natives, translates as “the intermediate land” between India and Tibet.
Why should you use the Shimla-Kaza-Manali route for a Spiti Valley tour?
There are two road ways to Spiti Valley, however we prefer the Shimla-Kaza route for the following reasons:
During the high summer season, the road length between Manali through Solang Valley via Atal bridge becomes congested (i.e. June-August). You could be trapped in traffic.
The Shimla-Kaza route has a progressive increase in height (save for the Narkanda-Rampur road portion). This slow ascent is beneficial for acclimatisation. Particularly for those coming from the lowlands.
How Much Does a Spiti River Tour Cost?
The cost of a Spiti valley tour begins at 20,500 INR. The final cost will be determined by variables such as vehicle type (4WD SUV or standard), level of comfort (stay), group size, grab location (Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, or Manali), travel dates . add-ons such as driver, camping gear, and mentor, and drop position
The Spiti Valley and lower Kinnaur are isolated areas with high-altitude harsh and tough terrain. Instead of luxury hotels or road courses resembling F1 grand prix circuits, expect breathtaking and astonishingly lovely valleys with dreamlike landscapes.
Itinerary for a Spiti Valley Circuit Trip from Shimla
Drive from Chandigarh to Shimla-Narkanda (175 miles). Driving time on the NH5 is around 6-7 hours.
When you arrive in Chandigarh, take a taxi to Shimla. Shimla is a good place to stop for dinner and sightseeing. Continue your journey to Narkanda (8,858 feet). Stay at the HPTDC hotel for the night.
Narkanda to Sarahan on Day 2
100 kilometres. 4 hours on NH 5 and the Jeori-Sarahan connecting road
Travel from Narkanda towards Sarahan by car. stop at Hatu temple and enjoy views of the Dhauladhar as well as Kinnaur-Garhwal mountain ranges. Take the road to Sarahan. Spend the night just at the hotel.
Day 3: Sarahan to Kinnaur’s Chitkul village
The distance is 106 kilometres. 5 hours on the Jeori-Sarahan connecting road, the NH5, and the Karcham-Sangla-Chitkul Road
Sarahan is a lovely village known for the aesthetically and historically important Bhimakali temple, which dates back over 1500 years. From there, one may enjoy breathtaking views of something like the Srikhand Mahadev mountain (5150 metres).
While not as close as it looks, the beautiful Srikhand Mahadev mountainous region appears to be just an arm’s length away. Visit a bird refuge to see if you can spot a relatively close bird species. Drive into Chitkul village as well as stay at a hotel there. The driving distance is around 106 kilometres. Staying at a hotel in Chitkul for the night.
Chitkul to Kalpa on Day 4
The distance is 62 kilometres. Driving duration is 3 hours on the Chitkul-Sangla-Karcham route, NH5, and the Powari-Kalpa connecting road.
Chitkul (at 3400 metres above sea level) is the final settlement before the Indo-Tibet border. This is the most frequented location in Kinnaur’s Baspa Valley. We’ll go to the Chitkul Mata shrine before returning to Sangla. On our way back from Sangla, we can stop at the Bering Nag shrine. Visit Kamru village’s old fort.
Travel distance of 60 kilometres from Kalpa to Charang. 3 hours on the Kalpa-Powari connecting route, the NH5, and the Moorang-Thangi-Charang road.
Charang to Tabo temple on Day 6
160 kilometres. Drive duration is 5 hours on the Charang-Thangi-Moorang route,
Village stroll in Charang (altitude 3400 mtr) and visit Rangrik monastery, which dates back thousands of years. Charang boasts a Zanskar-style landscape and dwellings that are comparable to those erected by the inhabitants of the Zanskar region. Drive towards Thangi and pay a visit to the Lochwa monastery, which is located in the heart of Thangi hamlet. Moorang citadel and Moorang village should be visited.
7th Day: Tabo – Pin Valley
65 kilometres. Driving duration is 3 hours on NH505 the Attargo-Mud village route.
After breakfast, we leave Tabo and proceed to Mudh hamlet, the final settlement in Pin valley. Pin Valley would be the least visited valley in the Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh.
Mud – Dhankar temple – Kaza on Day 8
50 kilometres. 3 hours on the Mud-Attargo crossing and NH505 (Attargo-Kaza road)
Drive to Dhankar’s eye-catching and majestic monastery. Dhankar, perched on a riverbank cliff, was the historic capital of something like the Trishuli River . It overlooks the Spiti River and provides panoramic views of the river valley. Experience one of the Spiti Valley’s oldest Gompas. In Kaza, spend the night in a hotel.
Then enjoy your trek as many days you want.
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