Monsoons will soon arrive in North India and so will the questions on making a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons 🙂 🙂 … In today’s article, I will try to outline some basic tips which will help you make your trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons, somewhat comforting.

Trip to Spiti Valley in August or Monsoon

However, before deep-diving into the topic of making a trip to Spiti Valley in August or monsoon season, let me first answer the fundamental question for you.

Is it safe to travel to Spiti Valley in Monsoon season?

Well, you must know that Spiti Valley is a rain shadow region, meaning, that the rains do not reach up there in plenty because of the range of trans-Himalayan mountains protecting it from winds bearing the rains.

However, the definition of the rain shadow region of Spiti Valley is changing now with the change in the global climate. We have started getting rains in Spiti Valley too or at least overcast conditions with drizzles now and then in monsoons. Hence, be ready for some surprises even in the rain shadow region of Spiti Valley though they may not be much unless you have a bit of terrible luck.

And finally, if it is safe to travel to Spiti in monsoon, well, the short answer is indeed it is a risky affair. You should continue to read my article to get an understanding of it.

Tips for planning a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoon
Tips for planning a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoon

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Are you planning a trip to Spiti Valley in Monsoons?

I have already written about the best season to travel on road to Spiti Valley and in this article, I will try to outline a few important tips for you to make the best use of the August holidays. This will help you make a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons or August.

The tips mentioned in this article will help you mitigate some risks to an extent and minimize the impact of few which may occur when you are up there in Spiti Valley in monsoon time. This article is not about how to get to Lahaul or Spiti Valley or how to visit Spiti Valley; rather it just highlights the tips for making a safe and successful trip to Spiti in monsoon time.

So, let’s begin without wasting more time 😉

The slush on road to Spiti Valley
The slush on road to Spiti Valley

1. Be prepared for monsoon hassles in lower hills

In monsoon time, you will face common monsoon hassles in lower / foothills of the Himalayas including the entire lower belt of Himachal Pradesh. But once you get closer to Spiti Valley, then being a rain shadow region you will be least affected by monsoon rains.

Please note that landslides, roadblocks, and mud on roads will be common in the lower hills due to rains and especially troublesome between Manali to Rohtang pass and most parts of Kinnaur Valley. To be very frank, Kinnaur is not a good place to be in monsoons due to its fragile mountains which are always susceptible to landslides.

2. Be prepared for driving in slush on roads to Spiti Valley in Monsoons

There will be slush on the roads especially from Rohtang Pass to Gramphu and most parts of Kinnaur Valley. Be prepared, to drive with care in slush and do know the whereabouts of the engine chamber of your car if you are making a self-driving road trip to Spiti in August.

There could be stones beneath in slush which may not be visible but can badly damage your engine sump/chamber, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. DO NOT push through too much in case you get stuck, try the back-n-forth tactic to come out or use push or wooden plank/rubber mat. Otherwise, you may end up with burned clutch plates.

Please carry these must have essentials for a self-drive trip to Spiti Valley.

3. Be prepared for tackling furious water crossings on Manali – Kaza road

Since most of the rivers in the entire Himalayan range will be flowing in spate and so does the water crossings will be swollen too. Some water crossings have been passed through water pipes on Manali – Kaza road, but you never know which one emerges the given year.

However, some of those who aren’t yet may become the reason for spending a night in the middle of nowhere OR puncturing your engine sump while crossing it or losing your mudguards or bumpers. Try to cross Malling Nalla ahead of Nako as early as possible, and the same is applicable for all the ferocious water crossings from Manali to Kaza road between Gramphu – Batal section.

Pro Tip: If riding a motorcycle, gumboots will help you dodge overflowing water crossings and keep your other boots dry to ride further. Do carry a pair of them, they don’t cost much.

An aerial view of Kaza on an overcast day
An aerial view of Kaza on an overcast day

4. Be alert for shooting stones

The shooting stones along with small landslides are prevalent during rains or monsoons in the mountains. When driving or riding or even sitting in the car, you must always be alert to see over a shooting stone from the side of the mountains.

Be very careful on stretches which have loose gravel or mud, especially in Kinnaur Valley, near Rohtang Pass / Beas Kund to Rani Nalla, Shialkhar village to Sumdo and stretch between Tabo to Attargoo bridge.

These sections of a road trip to Spiti in monsoon are more common for shooting stones and landslides. Even a small stone can pierce through the windshield, and your trip can be screwed. So, always be alert and keep a watch on the movement in such mountains which are vulnerable to shooting stones.

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

5. Carry water-resistant clothes and boots

Always carry a rain cut jacket, waterproof shoes or sandals/crocs at least along with a water repellant lower or lower with the quick-dry material. Carrying the jacket will help you in many ways when there is rain. It may end up saving your electronic equipment too.

So, do not forget to carry these at the very least. As said above, gumboots are always handy for people riding bikes and tackling water crossings in spate. You should read tips for Carrying Clothes for Spiti Valley Trip.

6. Carry tarpaulins & few waterproof bags

Apart from the rainproof clothing, carrying small tarpaulins or waterproof bags which will protect your clothes, luggage, or electronic gear if the need arises, especially when riding the bikes. Also, if you are planning to place the luggage on the top of the car, it is a must-have to be carried on a Ladakh trip.

The slush that might greet you on a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons
The slush that might greet you on a trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons

7. Carry an extra pair of car windshield wipers

Well, it sounds to be too much planning but seriously speaking I have seen plenty of people getting stuck just because they did not have that pair of wipers for their cars that fit in. Hence, I cannot avoid putting this tip in this article.

It can be an unlucky day for those, but if you have an old car which you are taking up there in the Himalayas, do prefer to carry an extra pair of wipers. If existing wipers break and you cannot find a pair for your car, you can’t drive in blind conditions even in lower hills.

8. Always follow Sleep Early and Leave Early principle in monsoons

As always in the Himalayas, “Sleep Early and Leave Early” shall be the mantra of your entire trip. It becomes more important in the rainy season as you are already expecting delays due to a landslide, roadblocks, slow speed of cars in the rain. So, always try to follow this principle.

Starting early in the day will help you cope up with extra unexpected delays.

9. Always have a couple of buffer days

It is not at all wise to run from point A to point B in all sought of tensions of missing the flight or train if you can’t make it. You should expect rains in monsoons, which may delay your daily plans or make you stuck behind a landslide for a day or two sometimes.

If you are running on a neck to neck schedule, well, delay of one day somewhere will trigger tensions in mind which will not help you enjoy the sightseeing or journey but keep you worrying about missing a flight or train. So, it is always better to plan your trip with a couple of buffer days when traveling to Spiti Valley in monsoons.

10. Protect your camera from moisture

Needless to say, in monsoon time, both rain and moisture will be all around you when traveling in the Himachal. Please ensure that you protect your camera so that it does not expose to moisture or water. Also, if you use CPLs on lenses, make sure you are making the right use of it in the right light conditions.

On an overcast or rainy day, CPLs may not make much sense depending on what you are shooting. I am just mentioning because I have ruined many times many pictures just because I forgot to take it off in those light conditions. Though I am just a newbie, pros do take care of it, I am sure. You can read: Do It Yourself: Camera dry box

Beautiful and refreshing weather in lower hills when it rains in Himachal
Beautiful and refreshing weather in lower hills when it rains in Himachal

Spiti Valley Weather in August or Monsoon Time

Spiti Valley weather remains cool and pleasant during the monsoon period or in August. Once you are in Spiti, you can pretty much use light jackets and caps. In general, it does not get too cold in monsoon unless it snows. Yes, there has been a year when it snowed in August.

How to visit Spiti in Monsoon

Well, I will recommend that you visit Spiti valley from Manali side during monsoon time because Kinnaur Valley is terrible in rains in comparison to other parts of the Himachal. Hence, it is better to travel to Spiti via Manali in monsoon. You can follow the below itinerary.

Manali to Spiti Valley Itinerary

Given below is a 7-day Manali to Spiti Valley itinerary for monsoon time. I have deliberately skipped the trip to Kinnaur Valley due to landslide-prone zones.

  • Day 1: Reach Manali by overnight Volvo of and stay overnight at Solang Valley as preferred for acclimatization.
  • Day 2: Manali / Solang – Kaza
  • Day 3: Kaza – Pin Valley – Tabo
  • Day 4: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Kaza
  • Day 5: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Langza – Kaza
  • Day 6: Kaza – Chandratal – Manali
  • Day 7: Manali – Delhi
Road Conditions of Manali to Kaza road after the monsoon
Road Conditions of Manali to Kaza road after the monsoon


I hope the above tips may help you make a successful trip to Spiti Valley in monsoons. If you have any other tips to share or experience of monsoon trip to Spiti, I will be glad to hear them in the comments section or reach me on my Instagram account.

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Planning to travel to Spiti in Monsoon or August?
Planning to travel to Spiti in Monsoon or August?

I am Dheeraj Sharma - a traveler, techie, and Himalayan lover. Since 2009, I have been helping thousands of travelers every year plan memorable & budget-friendly trips to the Himalayas - Smartly, Safely, and responsibly.


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  2. Shivang Mehta on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Last year we successfully completed our srinagar Leh manali kcircuit with the help of your valuable advice. This sept (mid), we have planned a trip to Spiti. Days is hand 7-8. We’re 3 families taking our own cars. Can you pls plan an itnerary for us. Our itnerary goes like this –
    Day 1 delhi to Narkand
    Day 2 Narkand to chikul
    Day 3 chitkul to dhankar
    Day 4 dhankar to pin valley
    Day 5 pin valley to batal or losar – from where we can find cab to Chandeatal lake
    Day 6 chandrataal to _________
    Day 7 Manali
    Day 8 delhi

    Now I have a few questions –
    1. Where can we park our vehicles after we get ride to chandrataal (either from losar or batal). Pls share details of some reliable taxi owner.
    2. Can we do chandrataal to Manali in a day.
    3. Can we do Chitkul to pin valley in a day and add something more to it?
    4. I want to do Lang za, kibber, chicham, where do they fit in?
    Pls alter this itenerary.
    5, what could be the possible cost. I m assuming 30k for one car (2 people in 1 car).

    Also, the cars on duty are Dzire, i10, tigor.
    Also, pls tell us more on budget hotels and some good restaurants.
    Dzire and i10 are petrol, tigor is diesel, so what should we keep in mind and where can we get fuel?

    Shivang Mehta

    • You should follow the below plan for 8 days Spiti tour:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza Rest and Local Sightseeing
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
      Day 6 | Kaza – Ki, Kibber – Rangrik – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
      Day 7 | Chandratal – Manali
      Day 8 | Manali – Delhi

      1. You do not want to drive to Chandratal?
      2. Yes, refer updated plan
      3. Plan updated
      4. 30K is decent budget

      For stay options in Kinnaur and Spiti, check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and 3 of my friends will be visiting spiti from 12th to 20th August. Where can we expect snow to play with.

  4. Hi we are a group of girls and we are planning a trip to Spiti from 1st to 10th September.

    Shimla – Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Nako – Tabo – Dhankar – kaza – hikkim – Kaza – Kibber – Key – Kaza – Chandratal – Mandi – Chandigarh

    Since the weather forecast shows rains for 3 continuous days I am little skeptical about the plan. Can you please suggest if its worth going to in September.

    Also, we won’t be driving by ourselves and plan to hire a professional.

    • Hi Anita,

      Weather predictions that long are not accurate, so please check the weather updates during last week of August for more accurate predictions. You shall be fine in September, it does not rain like cats and dogs then because monsoon is gone.

      You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3200-3500 per day depending on the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price. If you are 2-3 in the group, you can opt for sedan taxi cars as well which charges around Rs 2200 per day.

      Otherwise, taxis, in general, are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands. These drivers can help you with finding local stay options too.

      For stay options in Kinnaur and Spiti, check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley.

      You can keep an average of 900-1200 per person per day for food and stay on the tour to Spiti Valley.

      I will request that you please refer the following articles for planning a trip to Spiti Valley: Spiti Valley via Manali | How to Plan Your Journey AND Spiti Valley via Kinnaur | How to Plan Your Journey

      They have all the details. Feel free to let me know in case of any doubts

  5. Hi Dheeraj hi, planning a Spiti circuit for 10 nts from 27th July to 7th aug with other 3 friends, want your suggestions on hiring a self driven car from chandigarh or hiring a Chauffeured car. Also kindly update on the weather to be during the period. Tks

    • Weather will be kind of monsoon these days, so you might have read the article above for the tips of traveling to Spiti Valley in monsoon. Regarding the self drive car or taxi with a driver, if you have no experience of driving in bad roads in mountains, then better go with taxi else if you have driven to Ladakh before or have seen such road conditions and still OK to drive, then take the self drive car

  6. We (group of 5) are planning trip to spiti (from delhi). Dates will be from 12-20 august 2017, will be ascending through shimla and descending through manali.
    If any group want to join … I’m reachable at 08377999680


  7. We are planning our trip to spiti in august long weekend..from 12-20 august. We’ll ascending through shimla and descending through manali side.
    If any group wants to align with our plan.. I’m reachable at 08377999680

  8. hi i m planning to visit leh ladakh from hoshiarpur in the month of july 28 to 3 august by our mich it will cost and did i need to register to reach leh or is there any permit given by the government to visit leh?

    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side with stopovers at Jispa, Manali and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil . This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days.

  9. Akshay Lamba on

    Hello Brother
    Im planning a road trip to Leh Ladakh On 23 July 2017
    I was planning a route like this
    Delhi – Jammu – Srinagar – kargil – leh ( Nubra , Khardung la , Pangong )
    and After Im done with leh .
    i was thinking to come back from manali so that it doesnt get boring by coming from the same srinagar route.
    and also i was planning to visit zanskar after reading your article which is amazing .
    Please Advice me on Route plans and stays and road conditions of both the routes
    Delhi to srinagar to leh
    leh to manali to delhi.
    waiting for your reply.
    Thank You

  10. Mrs Sonowal on

    am mrs sonowal my son and his friends are in Chandratal, but we dnt connected now what we do

    • Mrs Sonowal,

      Please try to connect on the satellite phone number at Chandra Dhabha with Dorje Uncle and Aunty ji at 08991722020 is the contact number of satellite phone at Batal and you can inquire from him.

      Dorje Uncle’s son Tenzin now also setup camps at Chandratal, you can reach him at: Tenzing Camp – +91-8991722020. Else call up the satellite phone and ask Dorje uncle to if he is aware about it or not.


  11. Gajendra Singh Chauhan on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning a circuit from Chandigarh > Kalpa > Kaza > Tandi > Sachpass > Chamba > Chandigarh on my bike, its a solo trip.

    I would be carrying my tent and sleeping bag, plan is to stay in tent at least 2-3 nights in the entire trip.

    Could you please advise which all places would be safe to put up a tent on the above mentioned circuit. Any pointers and tips is highly appreciated.


  12. Thiyagarajan on

    hello Dheeraj ,

    we are 10 guys (27 to 28 age group)from Chennai planning for spiti trip in august 3rd week.we have drafted a itinerary , unsure if that would work. we will reach Chandigarh around 12.00 midday on 12th aug.

    Day 1(Sat)| Chandigarh – sarahan
    Day 2(Sun)| Sarahan– Sangla
    Day 3(Mon)| Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpa
    Day 4(Tue)| Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
    Day 5(Wed)| Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley -kaza
    Day 6(Thu)| Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Gette – tashigang – Kaza
    Day 7(Fri)| Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal
    Day 8(Sat)Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Day 9(Sun)| Manali – Chandigarh.

    please advise on the below:

    1) Itinerary : there is no buffer days in the above, please suggest if the above would work? if you could advise on alternative itinerary it will be great.. only constraint is,the start/end dates can’t be changed as we have already booked our flight tickets.

    2) Accommodation: other than manali ,we are planning to get the accommodation after reaching there as we can’t see much options available it advisable? please suggest.

    3) Mode of Travel:we planning to hire a tempo traveler for the entire trip, please advise if you see any issues(eg permit..etc) with this.. awaiting your response,


    • Hello Thiyag,

      1. Your plan looks fine but as you rightly said there is no buffer day so in monsoon you will need very good luck to get through all the roads every day. If I try to change the plan then you sacrifice on the sightseeing and rest in between. Best will be to take a call then and there and try to keep this plan as goal.

      2. Yes, best will be to book the hotels on the spot as in monsoon you will not be sure if you will reach a particular place or not

      3. No issues in hiring any tempo traveller in whole of Himachal. You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

      • on

        Hi ,
        I am planning a trip Between 20 TO 31ST july with my family of 6 and need advice as we start from Chandigarh to first go to Manali and then from there to Rohtang Pass, Kaza, Kibber, Dhankar, Kalpa , Sangla and then to Shimla – Chandigarh.
        The opposite way?
        Can you please advice on travelling with younger Kids (Things needed, is it safe to travel with them ?