Not everyone goes for Spiti Valley Trip, even if they visit the Leh-Ladakh. I visited there in March 2017 and February 2018 and experienced the valley in all white. Yes, completely covered with snow!
I have never been to this place until I forced myself last year and went for the Spiti Valley tour, adding views of huge snow covered mountains in my index.
It was a totally unique experience for me as I have been to many places in India, especially in Himachal Pradesh. But, this Spiti road trip was totally unique and mystic. You will definitely adore the natural beauty after visiting this place.
Important Information about Spiti Valley Tour
Spiti could be ruthless if you visit during the Winter season, So I am going to share best of the Spiti road trip tips and information that will help with the safety concerns and to have a mishap-free Spiti trip.
Weather and Road Conditions in Spiti Valley
How Far it is (Kaza)
First of all, let’s talk the distance to cover for a road trip between Delhi to Spiti.
Delhi to Kaza – 740KMs via Manali, 770KMs via Shimla (According to Google but it is more than that)
Chandigarh to Kaza – 520KMs via Manali, 560KMs via Shimla
Shimla to Kaza – 450KMs
Current Road Status for Spiti Valley Trip
Shimla Route stays open throughout the year but, Manali to Kaza opens and stays accessible before the area gets covered in snow, Roads are in perfect conditions, only 40-50Kms of roads are in bad shape.
Spiti Valley Road Status
Spiti Remains cold throughout the year but, from October to March it gets very cold. There are times the Temperature touches the -40 Degree, severe cold!
During those sub-zero temperature days, everything stands still and life gets very slow. Winter Spiti road trip could be ruthless and it can test your stamina, patience and the mental strength!
Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley
Not set to experience severe Winter yet? Let’s talk about the best time to visit Spiti Valley!
March end to July mid – This is the best time to visit Spiti Valley. But, you can visit in July end too. Take note, due to the monsoon, there are chances of landslides and roads are full of mud. So, it’s better to avoid the July and whole August, i.e., the Monsoon period!
Sept and mid-Oct – Both Manali and Shimla routes stay open during these months but, sometimes due to heavy snowfall at Kunzum La, it gets close during that period.
November to March Mid – Winters starts in October or before November ends in Spiti Valley, and due to massive snowfall, Ice on roads makes the driving a challenging task. Manali to Kaza Route stay shut for the whole Winters, and only Shimla Route is accessible. Plenty of adventure junkies visit Spiti in winters. So, you are not alone buddy!
HomeStay Options for Spiti Valley Trip
If you visit Spiti then you must own and experience the Buddhist culture and their lifestyle. I will always recommend staying in a Homestay, although, there are plenty of Hotels and Guest Houses in Kaza, Dhankar, and Tabo.
Homestay options also available in Nako, Tabo, Kaza, Kibber, Komic. You can find budget homestays in Spiti Valley easily. It will cost around 400-1200INR, depending on the timing of your visit.
Petrol Pumps in Spiti Valley
There are only a few petrol pumps in Spiti valley but, you don’t have to worry about it, like in case of Leh-Manali trip.
The average distance between two petrol pumps is 200-230KMs, hence, a full tank can cover the distances easily, unless you choose to burn rubber furiously.
Mobile Network and Internet Connectivity in Spiti Valley
If you travel via Manali, the mobile network on your cell phone will stay put till Marhi Village. If you are visiting Spiti via Shimla then it should work till Pooh.
BSNL and Airtel both work until Pooh and beyond that only BSNL works. But, that too in central locations like Nako, Tabo, Kaza. There are pay phones available and in case of an emergency, you can ask locals to make a quick phone call.
Airtel – Gulaba, Rampur, Tapri, Powari, Spillow, Pooh.
BSNL- Almost all places.
Reliance JIO – Kothi, Rampur, Bhabanagar, Tapri, Spillow
These three are the best mobile network brands to carry during Spiti tour.
Internet in Spiti Valley
Till Spillow you will be able to use the Internet on Airtel, Reliance Jio, and BSNL. Beyond that only BSNL 2g works, that too seldom.
Another option is satellite Internet which costs around 80INR per hour (approx) and is available in Tabo and Kaza.
Note: Weather conditions play a dominant role in mobile connectivity. During bad weather conditions network, availability might fluctuate!
All these details about Spiti Valley are coming from my personal experience and of my fellow travelers. You can also check official website of Lahaul and Spiti valley to get more details.
As it always happens, details may change in future but, I hope this write-up gave you a good idea of what to expect and how to prepare for Spiti Valley tour.
You can write in the comment section if you have any Suggestions or you want to add any information about Spiti Valley road trip.