12 Day Driving Adventure Through Spiti Valley
Day 1 – Delhi to Mashobra ( Alternatively Chandigarh to Mashobra ) – 350 kms – 9 hrs
Start from Delhi to Mashobra, It is a smooth 4 lane highway all the way till Pinjore. The journey will be fast till Pinjore and then it will slow down as the hill climb will begin from here and the road will switch to 2 lane highway. The road conditions is mostly good and smooth. There are plenty of renowned Dhabhas which will offer great food. Do enjoy tea by the road side for a typical North Indian experience. Mashobra is nearly 13 kms from Shimla and the last 6 kms from Mashobra is through a dirt village road. Start as early as possible latest by 8 AM
Day 2 – Mashbora to Sangla – 215 kms – 6 to 7 hrs
Enjoy the early morning sunrise from the Narkanda Valley and take in your breakfast at leisure. The Glorious Sangla Valley will mesmerise you with its beauty, sitting by the Baspa river will be an experience to remember. Road Conditions are good all the way till
Raksham. Once you take the diversion towards Sangla from Rakhsham, the road condition is narrow and bumpy. Start no later then 9 AM from Mashobra so that you reach well in time during the day at Sangla. Batseri Village is about 5 kms ahead of Sangla where the camps are located .
Ensure that you must refuel on the way either at Narkanda or on the highway near Rampur as no fuel is available at Sangla. !!!!
Day 3 – Day trip to Chitkul – Hike to Nagasti
One of the most gorgeous drive you will undertake is from Sangla to Chitkul. Though the distance is short but the Baspa Valley will
surely take your breath away. Plenty of photo opportunities exist on the route. The rugged and yet green mountains will remain firmly itched in your memory. From Chitkul, do take the gentle walk towards the ITBP check post in Nagasti Check post, it will be quite refreshing and indeed very picturesque. If you happen to travel in tourist season, do plan to leave early so that you avoid the tourist rush.
The Glorious Raksham walk from Sangla is another beautiful alternate for those who like to walk more. The hike is absolutely stunning is highly recommended.
Day 4 – Sangla to Nako Lake 124 kms – 4 hrs
From Sangla to Spello, the road conditions have significantly improved after the flooding in 2013. The Army has been working tirelessly for the last 4 years and the road conditions are just brilliant. You can break in Spello for tea and continue further till we enter into the
arid and dry landscape of Spiti near Dubling. From Dubling, we move towards Khab Sangam, from here on the Spiti Valley is very narrow and the road condition steep and narrow, so drive carefully. Nako village is quaint and the typical architecture and set up of the village will enchant you. It will give you a good rural experience by staying here for the night. Mix with the locals and understand their culture. Do enjoy the bonfire at the camp and enjoy a lovely dining experience here under the stars.
Day 5 – Nako to Kaza – 80 kms 4-5 hrs
The journey to Kaza is short but we have plently planned for you today, provided Maling Nullah does not create any major hindrance for you. First you must take a detour from the main highway to Gyu Village . The story goes that about 45-50 years ago when the Indian army was digging to build bunkers at Gyu village, their digging instruments hit a body. This body started bleeding from the corner of its mouth and they couldn’t really decipher what was going on. The body was excavated placed in a small mud hut. No special precautions have been taken to preserve this body. It is said that the body is still in the same state as the day it was dug out and that its hair is still growing and monks from around come once a year to collect its hair to take it back for worship. It is said that this body is of a lama in deep meditation and that he still hasn’t died. Whatever the real story, it does make for an awesome experience and a great story to tell firsthand. In Tabo visit the 1000 year old Monastery which is made entirely from Mud … Relish the local architecture and the peace here.
Shortly as you cross Tabo you will visit the Dhankar Monastery which is slight detour from the main highway. The view of the Spiti Valley from Dhankar Monastery is mesmerising and do remember to take the1 hour hike ( Each side ) to Dhankar lake ( Must visit ) . Just check from the locals the way to the lake and walk up to wards it. There is no place to eat here so kindly some food items and water along with you on this trek. After the Trek you can head back to the highway or go towards Lalung Village and then to Kaza from Lalung
Day 6 : Drive to Pin Valley ( 120 kms Kaza – Mudh – Kaza, 5 to 6 hrs )
Before you head for the drive, you can spend some time at the Ki Monastery Located a few kms away from the main town
Drive to Pin Valley all the way till Mudh Village. Drive towards Tabo and then cross over a bridge to the other side of Spiti River. The road is mostly dirt track but it is quite remote and will give you a feeling of complete wilderness. Packed Lunch must be taken along as there are no places to eat on the way. Few villages with scanty population along the major tributary of Spiti river… Enjoy the drive in wilderness today all the way till Mud ( Mud has some local bakeries, please carry food along with you ) . Mud is a small village and is the starting point of the Pin Parvati Trek
Day 7 – Drive to Langza / Hikking / Komic / Demul
Your trip to Spiti is incomplete without a visit to Langza which is a small and most beautiful village set at an altitude of 4500 m amidst
grand Himalayan peaks and sprawling meadows. The remote windings roads take you to neighbouring villages ( Komic, and all the way till Demul ) so drive for as long as you want on this piece of heaven. The drive all along is absolutely magical and you will find plenty of blue sheep / ibex and other rare birds. Go fossil hunting in Lamgza near the Giant Budhha Statue .. World Highest Post Office is also located in Hikking Village …
Day 8 : Kaza to Chandratal – 6 to 7 hrs in July Aug / 5 hrs from Sept Onwards
A very scenic drive all the way. The Spiti valley is really wide and the Spiti River meandering along in multiple channels. You will find many small villages along the highway. Enjoy the drive and take it slow. Losar is the last village in Spiti, break here for tea at a local dhabha. As you cross Losar, you begin the ascend to Kunzum the road conditions is all dirt track, it will be a bumpy ride with river
streams which eases out by Sept. Enjoy the views from Kunzum La top at 4551 m, the highest point in your journey. Just before Batal you have to turn right towards Chandratal near a U turn. This section of 10 kms will be a demanding drive. SUV can reach the lake except for the last 500 m. And one must visit Chandratal in the afternoon and then again in the evening / Morning. Its a long day so start early from Kaza, latest by 8 AM so that you have enough time to reach and enjoy the lake before enjoying a glorious evening at this magical place
Day 9 : Chandratal to Manali – 10 hrs in July / Aug ) ( 8 hrs from Sept onwards )
This section of the drive will be extremely challenging especially between Batal & Chotta Dhara ( Gushing stream with boulders ) and then near Chattru. You will be challenged by multiple streams on this section of the trip. The streams are raging best in July and August and then from September onwards begin loosing the steam and are absolutely placid by late Sept . Once you merge onto the Rohtang Road, the road conditions will improve and as you go towards the top, the road conditions are excellent then. From here on the roads will not pose any challenge and enjoy the smooth ride to Manali from here. Till June End, the traffic at Rohtang can substantially delay your time of reaching Manali. From July, there is no traffic problem from Rohtang to Manali …
Day 10 : Leisure Day in Manali
After 2 days of rough driving, it is time to relax and unwind at the outskirts of Manali. Manali has some delightful places to eat. Enjoy lunch at a place of your choice and relax in a comfortable environment.
Day 10 : Manali to Chandigarh – 330 kms, 9 hrs
This is a regular hill drive and gradually you will enter the plains of North India.
Day 12 : Chandigarh to Delhi ( 250 kms – 5 hrs )
A Smooth ride to Delhi