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Debangana Sen Jun 26 2014

Suggest a 10-12 day route map plus itinerary for Spiti.

Shikha Gautam Jun 26 2014
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A 10-12 day trip to Spiti is one of the most comprehensive ones that you can take on this route.

It's advisable to take the Shimla route rather than the Manali one to enter Spiti, as the latter one ascends sharply and you might be hit by AMS.

Still, if you wish to gorge on the natural beauty that is very much a part of the whole journey, you can leave Spiti via the Manali route and take a stopover at the very gorgeous Chandratal as well. This way it will be more like a circular route and one of the best ones too!

Day 1 - Delhi - ShimlaPhoto Courtesy - Wiki Commons

A 7-8 hour journey, with many food joints and stopovers, if needed, on the way. Take a night halt here.

Day 2 - Shimla - Sarahan

If there's nothing much at Shimla that you want to explore, leave early in the morning for Sarahan. It's a 3 hours journey on an approximate; might differ as per the road conditions. Take a stopover at Sarahan before leaving for Sangla/Chitkul.

Day 3 - Sarahan - Sangla/Chitkul

Sangla is a further 2 hours ahead of Sarahan, and the route is one of the most breathtaking ones. So much so that you would love the roads more than the destinations! Stay overnight at Sangla rather than Chitkul as it has more in terms of natural beauty.

Day 4 - Sangla/Chitkul - Kalpa

Around 1 hour if you start early in the morning from Sangla will have you at Kalpa, one of the most enticing places in the region. A little hamlet, it has nothing much to do rather than gaze at the now-very-near Himalayas.

Day 5 - Kalpa - Nako - Nako Lake - Geyu Mummy - Tabo

You will now need to take an overnight halt at Nako, which is another hamlet in the region. A number of homestays and tents are offered to the travellers here. Geyu, which houses a 500-years-old mummy is a detour but makes for an interesting visit.

Day 6 - Tabo - Dhangkar - Dhangkar Lake - Lallung

One thing that you ought to remember for this one is that Lallung is not connected by roads. You'll have to trek to Lallung from Dhankar. An easy trek if one is used to trekking.

Day 7 - Lallung - Pin Valley

Though there's nothing much to do at Lallung, a visit to Pin Valley National Park is a must. While there are no safaris or tours of this one, it's one of the perfect place to get away from city din and some real wildlife spotting.

Day 8 - Pin Valley - Kaza Local Sightseeing

You can best spend another day at Pin Valley. For the next days, you can discover the sleepy hamlet and the tiny market place of Kaza other than the monasteries. Keep the next day to explore the many villages around Kaza. Warm smiles and plenty of home cooked food will await you at most of these villages.

Day 9 - Kaza - The Villages Around It

You'll have to skip a visit to any one of these four villages - Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang - as it's a very tiresome route to be completed in just one day. Plus, the roads are exactly the way you can expect a road in the high Himalayas to be.

Day 10 - Kaza Sightseeing

Consider going to any two of these three to avoid making it strenuous - Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit. Do keep in mind that you got to wake up and hit the road to Chandratal quite early in the morning. Thus, it's better to take an easy day.

Day 11 - Kaza - Kunzum Pass - Chandratal

To visit Chandratal, you'll need to go via Batal, which will take some 3 hours from Kaza. Overnight stay at luxury camps can be found at Chandratal, though the best and more affordable option is to stay at one of the tents offered by the shepherds here.

Day 12 - Chandratal - Manali

From Chandratal, you need to come back to Batal to get a cab to Manali if you're not taking your own vehicle. Take a stopover in Old Manali rather than the more crowded town side, for the Old Manali stretch has a quaint charm to it. Plus, some of the best food joints and hip crowd in the region.

Day 13 | Manali - Delhi

Keep in mind that this itinerary involves a daily driving time of 6-8 hours on an average and much of your time would be spent on the roads, which are nevertheless a major attraction of this trip.

This route map and itinerary for Spiti is one of the most perfect ones that one can have. A grand road trip, the journey to Spiti is as enjoyable as the destinations itself. Enjoy.

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