Are you looking for a detailed and common itinerary for Spiti Valley trip? Look no further, this article deep dives into all the required details for you.

Spiti Valley is one of my favorite places to travel in the trans-Himalayas after Leh – Ladakh. In fact, when people question me about if Leh Ladakh is better than Spiti Valley or not, I do not have an answer 🙂 …

How to plan a road trip to Spiti Valley from Shimla in 10 days? [2 Best Spiti Valley Itinerary]

Now that I have covered both Spiti Valley and Ladakh so extensively that I feel I can forever go to Spiti Valley but may skip the journey to Ladakh.

Spiti Valley Most Common Itinerary
Spiti Valley Most Common Itinerary

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Spiti Valley or Ladakh?

As of 2022, Leh Ladakh is filled with a crazy rush of tourists, especially in season time from May to September. However, Spiti Valley has also seen a tremendous rise in tourist rush in the last few years but still, I will say the situation is not as bad as it has become in Ladakh tourism.

People mostly confuse Spiti Valley with Lahaul Valley or they are more or less restricted to only a visit to Chandratal. However, the real beauty of Spiti Valley starts beyond Kunzum Pass, towards Losar then to Kaza and then towards Tabo, and then towards Nako or Kinnaur Valley. Not to forget the Pin Valley in between and there is a hell of a lot of heavenly beauty to explore in Spiti Valley.

Secondly, a trip to Leh Ladakh will always cost you more than a trip to Spiti Valley while the experience of adventure and thrill is almost equivalent. While you have more vastness in the Ladakh region, the valleys in Spiti are much narrow with closer mountains, as if you can touch them. Hence, Spiti Valley has a different but raw nature to offer still amidst the budding commercialization.

Looking for a detailed Spiti Valley Itinerary?
Looking for a detailed Spiti Valley Itinerary?

Most Common Itinerary of Spiti Valley for 11 – 12 Days

I will be starting up the most comprehensive Travel Guide to Spiti Valley on the blog with this article in a similar fashion to what was done for Leh – Ladakh i.e. with the Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

I am sure as the most common Ladakh itinerary has proved super successful in guiding and helping countless travelers planning their trip to Leh Ladakh, similarly, this article too will act as a special guide for all such people who are looking forward to exploring the magical colors of Spiti Valley.

There are two routes to enter Spiti Valley viz. Delhi – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza AND Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza. So, you can see that one can enter Spiti Valley from one Shimla side and exit Spiti Valley from Manali back to Delhi making it the complete circuit.

More frozen views near Kaza
More frozen views near Kaza

This detailed day by day Spiti Valley itinerary covers the entire circuit from Shimla to Kinnaur Valley to Spiti Valley to Manali with almost all major tourists places in Spiti Valley including Tabo, Kaza, Losar, Chandratal, Kunzum Pass, Ki, Kibber, Pin Valley, Langza, Hikkim, Komic, Dhangkar, etc.

Day 1 | Delhi – Shimla / Narkanda

  • Shimla sightseeing includes Famous Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhu Temple
  • Narkanda is about 60 KMs from Shimla takes about 2 Hrs
  • About 8 Hrs drive to Shimla
  • Overnight at Shimla or Narkanda, whichever suits your timings

Day 2 | Shimla / Narkanda – Sangla / Chitkul (Kinnaur Valley)

  • Leave early, if from Shimla and enjoy the vistas en route
  • You can plan for lunch at Rampur
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs of beautiful drive through Kinnaur Valley
  • Overnight at Sangla

Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – Kalpa

  • Leave early to spend some time at beautiful Chitkul Village
  • Visit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to Kalpa
  • Watch the lovely sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa over Mount Kinner Kailash
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of total drive on this day
  • Overnight at Kalpa

Day 4 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo

  • Start your day early and watch the vistas en route over Hindustan Tibet Highway
  • Check Out Khab, Confluence of Spiti and Satluj Rivers
  • See the Leo Purygal Peak from Khab Bridge
  • Have your lunch at Nako Lake
  • Meet the dreaded Malling Nalla ahead of Nako
  • After Chango – Sumdo you will enter Spiti Valley.
  • After Sumdo police registration, detour towards Geyu Village to visit the 500-Year-old Mummy
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Tabo

Day 5 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mud Village)

  • Visit Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake and leave after early lunch
  • Enjoy the magnificent vistas all-day
  • Traverse the Pin Valley | Kungri – Sagnam – Mud – Tailing
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Mud Village in Pin Valley

Day 6 | Pin Valley – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang – Kaza

  • Head for Kaza, headquarters of Spiti Valley
  • Have lunch at Kaza and check in to Hotel
  • Visit Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang in the second half of the day
  • Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive
  • Tashigang is where the road ends but again beautiful drive
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the day
  • Overnight at Kaza

Travel Tip: You can always refer to my detailed travel guide of Kibber Village.

Day 7 | Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza – Kaza / Losar

  • Today visit the road less traveled or offbeat places near Kaza
  • Great view of Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak from Langza
  • Statue of the Buddha near Langza looking down the valley
  • The Tanggyud monastery at Komik is one of the most important and the highest monastery in the Spiti Valley
  • You can move to Losar if you would like to stay away from the hustle-bustle of Kaza
  • About 2 – 3 Hrs of drive in the day excluding Losar
  • If planning to go to Losar, Enjoy the most scenic drive of entire Spiti Valley between Losar and Kaza at an easy pace
  • About 2 – 2.5 Hrs drive between Losar and Kaza, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Kaza or Losar

Travel Tip: You can always refer to my detailed travel guide of Langza Village.

Day 8 | Kaza / Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal / Battal

  • Visit Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy the day there
  • Camps are about 2.5 KMs from the lake, either stay there or back to Battal where there is a PWD rest house now though without electricity. But, no point going back a painful ride to Losar over Kunzum Pass unless you want to stay in the guest house with electricity. Better stay at Battal and save time as well as energy for the next day.
  • About 4 – 5 Hrs drive minimum
  • Overnight at Battal or Chandratal Camps

Day 9 | Battal / Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali

  • Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass
  • Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass is out of the world
  • About 7 – 8 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang Pass
  • Overnight at Manali

Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

  • If there is time explore Manali, that is if going by overnight Volvo which starts around 5.30 PM
  • Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Old Manali, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting), etc.
  • About 12-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Back Home

Day 11-12 | Buffer Days

Buffer days to be kept in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more 🙂

Add-On Days for Spiti Tour

If you have more days then perhaps you can choose any of the days to explore more beautiful places within Spiti Valley…

  • Spend a day to explore more of Kinnaur Valley, maybe after Shimla stay at Sarahan before reaching Sangla or at Chitkul/Sangla itself.
  • Spend a Day to explore Rama Valley and Lingti Valley that includes Demul, Lallung
  • Spend a day to explore Mane Village in Spiti Valley
Ki Monastery, as seen from the road to Chandratal from Kaza
Ki Monastery, as seen from the road to Chandratal from Kaza

Why travel to Spiti from Shimla side?

In this article, I started the trip from Shimla side and exit the Spiti Valley from Manali side due to three basic advantages.

Firstly, Spiti Valley is a cold desert situated in the Trans-Himalayan region at an altitude of 11000+ Feet mostly and hence, your body will require a certain amount of acclimatization before you enter the Spiti Valley.

Going via the Shimla side will help you gradually increase the altitude and your body gets acclimatized properly. Hence, there is less chance of getting hit with acute mountain sickness. If you start from the Manali side then you reach high altitude terrain pretty quickly which increases the chances of mountain sickness that can spoil the trip.

Secondly, you get a chance to traverse the Hindustan – Tibet Highway which is one of the world’s most treacherous or adventurous (some call deadliest too :)) roads. Riding or driving on Hindustan – Tibet Road is a journey in itself even if you do not visit any places in Spiti Valley 🙂 …

Thirdly, you do not need Rohtang Pass permits when you are not traveling to Spiti Valley from Manali side. Rohtang Pass permit is required to travel beyond Rohtang pass in case you travel to Rohtang Pass from Manali side. Hence, travel to Spiti from Kinnaur helps you avoid the process of getting the Rohtang Pass permit first.

So, with these three reasons in mind, I prefer to travel to Spiti from Shimla side and exit via Manali side. However, you can read my top five reasons to travel to Spiti via Kinnaur Valley.

However, in case you are not interested, we can discuss a Spiti Valley itinerary from Manali as well. In fact, you can search my blog for the dedicated itinerary.

Petrol Pumps After Shimla to Spiti Valley

Please note these petrol pumps that come on the route from Shimla to Spiti Valley and up to Manali. You do not need to worry about fuel or petrol from Delhi to Shimla or Manali to Delhi, but once you enter Kinnaur and further to Spiti Valley, make sure you have enough fuel or petrol stocked up to complete the trip.

  • Theog
  • Narkanda Do Top Up Here
  • Rampur After crossing the town, the last one on the right side is pretty reliable
  • Jeori
  • Tapri – Do Not Miss
  • Rekong Peo
  • Kaza – Do Not Miss

Do I need Permits for Spiti Valley?

Foreign Nationals visiting the protected areas of Spiti Valley and Kinnaur Valley are required to get the Spiti – Kinnaur inner line permits or ILP. Domestic (Indian) tourists do not require any permits. If you are Indian, then just carry a valid photo ID proof of your nationality to be on the safe side.

FAQs – Spiti Valley Travel Plans

Let us look at some of the common questions travelers ask about a Spiti Valley tour from Delhi. I hope you find them useful too.

Can you suggest a Chandigarh to Spiti Valley Itinerary?

Well, the detailed travel plan explained in this article is equally applicable for a trip from Chandigarh to Spiti Valley. You can replace Delhi with Chandigarh in the above plan, and most of the day-wise plan should remain the same. You may try to do Chandigarh to Sarahan on Day 1 instead of sleeping at Narkanda.

How much does a Spiti Valley tour cost?

The cost of Spiti Valley tour depends upon the mode of transport you pick. An 8-10 day itinerary of Spiti Valley by public transport may not cost you more than Rs 12000, while a trip to Spiti Valley by car or bike may cost you under Rs 15000. On the other hand, if you go for a rental bike or rental car, the prices increase based on the model of bike or car you rent. Hence, you may not need those costly Spiti Valley tour packages from Shimla or Manali.

Is it possible to make a trip to Spiti Valley in 5 days?

Well, a Spiti Valley itinerary of 5 days will look like three days to reach Kaza from Shimla side and then two days to travel back from Spiti Valley via Manali side. Hence, you will be on-road for all 5 days. You may save one day in case you travel from Manali side both ways. However, I will advise you to plan a trip to Spiti Valley with at least 8 days in hand to make some sense of it.

How many days are required to make a Spiti Valley trip?

You should at least make a Spiti Valley trip in 8 days as you need 5 days in total to reach Spiti via Kinnaur side and come back from Manali side. So, having three more days will help you explore Pin Valley, Langza, Hikkim, Komic, Ki, and Kibber Villages around Kaza.

Frozen views of Spiti Valley in winters
Frozen views of Spiti Valley in winters


I am sure the above itinerary if not help you 100% with planning a trip to Spiti Valley but can certainly act as a starting point for your upcoming Spiti Valley trip.

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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. Planning a solo spiti circuit from 2nd october for 12 days using public transport. Please advice a itinerary

  3. Hi Dheeraj,
    Planning a winter spiti in Dec end between 22 to 29. Is it advisable to go during that time in winter and would we be able to cover all places ?? Given that i can plan only for 7-8 days…can you let me knlw what could be covered in that time frame as intenerary you have suggested is for 10-12 days..
    Request your advice..

  4. Ankur Garg on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your continous efforts for enlightening us with your experiences. Based on your suggested itinerary, i am planning the trip in my 2014 model i20. Would I be able to complete the journey in my car? Any ground clearance issues? Any sugestted changes in itinerary/vehicle?

    We are only 2 people planning for this trip.

    Ankur Garg

    • Hey Ankur,

      Thank you, glad it is helpful to you. Definitely the car will struggle especially after reaching towards Kunzum Pass and then all the way up to Gramphu. So, you will have to drive with utmost caution and care in that stretch.

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Kaza road and Spiti Valley, I will say Possible = Yes, Difficult = Yes, at quite a few places especially on Manali – Kaza road:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Kinnaur Valley route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done Spiti Valley, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Kaza road in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. You should carry some important essential things for a self drive trip to Spiti Valley and for it, do read reference my 40 Must Have Things to Carry on Spiti Valley Self Drive Trip

      Also do check the article on 7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Spiti Valley or Leh – Ladakh

  5. Hii Dheeraj
    Thank for sharing all this wonderful information about Spiti. We are planning to travel only Spiti Valley for 6/7 days from Delhi via Narkanda in the month of November.
    We have already covered kalpa , Kinnuar and chitkul in our previous trip.
    Can u suggest which are the best halt option.

    • Hey Dev,

      7 days for Spiti valley trip from Kinnaur side is going to be tough:

      Day 1: Delhi – Shimla / Narkanda
      Day 2: Shimla / Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
      Day 4: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day 5: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Hikkim
      Day 6: Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa – Rampur/Jeori (very long day)
      Day 7: Rampur/Jeori – Delhi (again a long day)

  6. Sanchit seth on

    Hey Dheeraj, first of all thanks for this wonderful article!! This was the most helpful piece i could find over the internet 😉

    Now i need your suggestions for my travel plan:
    I am reaching Delhi on 8th Sept. morning, i plan to take a overnight bus to Manali and rent a bike from there. I have my flight from Delhi on 16th night so i need to return before that. I think i have enough days in hand but i just can’t decide the best itinerary to cover most of the areas as i would love to cover areas that fall in the way if i start from Shimla instead. Could you help me here please?
    I am flexible with any itinerary as i am travelling solo, my only constraints are my dates which are 8th morning to 16th evening (September)

    • Thank you Sanchit, I am glad it was helpful.

      You seem to have 8 days in hand,

      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 – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 4 : Tabo – Pin Valley
      Day 5 : Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 6 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza / Batal / Chandratal
      Day 7 : Kaza / Batal / Chandratal – Chandratal – Manali
      Day 8 : Reach Delhi by overnight Volvo from Manali on Day 7

  7. Hi Dheeraj, We are planning a trip during mid of Sept. What should be the possible journey plan? Is it possible to rent a bike/car from Shimla or Manali?
    Are there any chances of finding snow in the route?

    • Yes, you can rent the car from Shimla. 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.

      Snow is not possible

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. Your blog is so full of great insights.
    Me & my friend are planning travel to spiti valley in month of September. We are planning to travel by public transport. Is it possible to complete above itinerary in 11 days ?

    Thank You.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. Your blogs are so full of great insights.
    Me & my friend are planning travel to spiti valley in month of September. We are planning to travel most of our journey by public transport. Is it possible to cover above tour plan in 11 days via public transport?
    Thanks You.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,
    Traveler friendly itinerary i would ever come across. Thanks for the valuable inputs. Much appreciated.

    I’m planning to travel Spiti Valley and Kasol for 8 days from Delhi starting 7th Sptember. Could you please provide best possible itinerary. Areas/activities of interest Buddhist monastery, camping, trekking, landscapes, weed, party.

    Eagerly anticipating our reply.

    Thanks in advance.

    • 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 – Dhangkar – Tabo
      Day 4 : Tabo – Pin Valley – Kaza. Do Ki, Kibber in the evening.
      Day 5 : Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Chandratal
      Day 6 : Chandratal – Manali
      Day 7 : Manali – Kasol
      Day 8: Kasol – Delhi

  11. Do I need to carry petrol cans/jerry cans for 8-9 day spiti valley tour or I will get petrol without any problem.