Spiti Valley trip is spectacular in every sense. There is no doubt about it. The landscape, risky roads, monasteries, mountains, villages, the rivers…all this make this place awesome.
The Spiti valley trip comprise of driving through two spectacular valleys. The Sutlej valley in Kinnaur and the Spiti Valley in Lahual – Spiti region.
We start from Shimla and we drive through Kinnaur Valley which is is captivatingly beautiful. We have now given this a new name “The Cedar Valley” after driving through this beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh. Driving along the Sutlej river is a test of skill and patience. In fact, driving in the hills is a test of skill and lots of patience!
Please check out these post cards from Kinnaur Valley first before we take you on a drive in Spiti Valley. Don’t blame us if it encourages you to plan your next trip there. But trust us, it is worth it!
A house in the middle of cedar forest!
This is why we call this as “Cedar Valley”!
A Panoramic view of Sutlej river
The famous landmark on this road – Stone carved tunnel!
….and the road. Carved through stone. Notice the valley on to the left. Deep down flows Sutlej
Can you spot the road? The road runs all along Sutlej. We thought this was toughest road. This was only a start in our drive to Kaza in Spiti.
Spectacular view of Kinner Kailash ranges on our way to Reckong Peo
Raldong Peak, Kinner Kailash range. Spectacularly beautiful in evening sun!
As the greenery fades and we enter the desert region of Lahual Spiti, we drive along Spiti river all the way to Kaza.
If you feel driving in Ladakh is tough, come to Spiti Valley. Ladakh is a cake walk these days with wide and good roads. How do you feel when you have to drive at 500 feet above the river with a huge rock wall on one side and a sheer drop on the other? The roads so narrow that you have to be on consistent vigil. But you are also awarded by some of the pristine and spectacular landscape anywhere in the world. Places so remote and unspoilt, you can feel them.
We present a glimpse of spectacular Spiti Valley thorough these lovely pictures. Click on them to see in larger size.
Yes, We were driving on the World’s Most Trecherous Road. True in every sense. See next picture for the proof…..
Dhankar monastery ! Built on mud stilts!!
The terraced landscape as seen from Dhankar. It is also confluence point of Spiti and Pin rivers.
The road from Kaza to Manali via Batal is one of the most treacherous in the world. There is no road as such it is a jeep track at most of the places. You drive along Chenab river flowing from Kunzum La.
Climbing up to Kunzum La
It started snowing unusually. The snow fall had happened on the previous day as well.
Please check out our drive to Kunzum La in Snow here.
Kunzum La top. Totally whitewashed!
You drive through these ice walls on non existing roads!
And cross these dreaded water crossings…..
You are also greeted with some magnificent mountainscapes!
Then you heave a sigh of relief on reaching snow bound Rohtang La
Then the lovely meadows of Manali mountains…..
Aren’t these pictures enough for you to plan your next trip to Spiti. Travel in Spiti is tough. But it is worth every mile…….
In the mean time, for anyone planning Spiti valley trip, here is a good itinerary from Chandigarh. If you are Travelling from Delhi then you can straight go to Chail.
11 Day Itinereray for Spiti Valley
Day 1 – Chandigarh – Chail (night stay in Chail)
Day 2 – Chail – Saharan (Explore Chail and then proceed to Sahran. Night Stay in Saharan)
Day 3 – Saharan – Chitkul (Explore Saharan and then proceed to Chitkul. Night Stay in Saharan)
Day 4 – Chitkul – Kalpa (Explore Chitkul and then proceed to Kalpa. Night stay in Kalpa)
Day 5 – Kalpa – Nako – Gue – Tabo ( Explore the lovely town of Nako and the mummy at Gue monastery and UNESCO World heritage site of Tabo monastery. Night stay in Tabo)
Day 6 – Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza ( Explore lovely Dhankar monastery, Pin valley. Night stay in Kaza)
Day 7 – Kaza – Ke – Tashi Ganga – Langza ( Explore Ke Monstery and night stay in Langza)
Day 8 – Langza – Komic – Kaza ( Vsist the highest post office in the world in Komic. Night stay in Kaza)
Day 9 – Kaza – Chandratal. Night stay at Chandratal.
Day 10 – Chandratal – Batal – Rohtang la – Manali (Night stay in Manali)
Day 11 – Manali – Chandigarh
8 Days itinerary for Spiti Valley
Day 1 – Chandigarh – Chail (night stay in Chail)
Day 2 – Chail – Kalpa (Explore Chitkul and then proceed to Kalpa. Night stay in Kalpa)
Day 3 – Kalpa – Nako – Gue – Tabo ( Explore the lovely town of Nako and the mummy at Gue monastery and UNESCO World heritage site of Tabo monastery. Night stay in Tabo)
Day 4 – Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza ( Explore lovely Dhankar monastery, Pin valley. Night stay in Kaza)
Day 5 – Kaza – Ke – Tashi Ganga – Langza ( Explore Ke Monstery and night stay in Langza)
Day 6 – Langza – Komic – Kaza ( Vsist the highest post office in the world in Komic. Night stay in Kaza)
Day 7 – Kaza – Batal – Rohtang la – Manali (Night stay in Manali)
Day 8 – Manali – Chandigarh
Android users may please download an excellent navigation app HVK Routo and request for a map for the above itineraries. These maps are curated based on real life experiences and latest updates. This navigation app comes with audio alerts. It has Petrol pumps, restaurants, Hotels, toll gates and other alerts. We have used it in all our road trips and is extremely useful.
We strongly recommend you to stay in Home Stays as it will enrich the travel experience. Spiti Ecosphere an NGO working in Spiti Valley have pioneered the concept of Home Stays in Spiti Valley. Check out details here.
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