Summer Drive – Lahaul & Spiti Valley

Summer Drive into the valley of Lahaul & Spiti is for those who want to experience adventure at the same time have a nice relaxed vacation with the family

The best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti is from April to June. The temperature ranges from 0 – 15 degree celsius making it an ideal time for a relaxed vacation. Winters in Spiti are for the daring. The road connectivity is unreliable during the winters with Manali-Kaza highway being cut-off.  It is best to avoid planning a trip to Spiti during the monsoon months (July- September), since the continuous heavy rainfall, followed by landslides and slippery roads, may spoil your holiday mood to a great extent.

The Route

Narkanda – Rampur – Chitkul – Kalpa – Pangi – Pooh – Khab – Nako – Tabo – kaza – Mudh – Kaza – Pangmo – Batal – Chhatru – Gramphu – Marhi – Manali

Trip Details

There are two ways to reach Spiti in the summers; from Shimla via the NH-22 highway through Kinnaur, or from Manali crossing  Rohtang La and Kunzum La. I prefer a ride from Shimla because of 2 main reasons.

  • One tends to gradually climb the altitude while moving from Kalpa to Kaza. This will help ease the acclimatization process
  • One does not need permits to climb Rothang La when entering from the other side of Manali.
Day 1ThaneUdaipur750
Day 2UdaipurDelhi650
Day 3Delhi Narkanda410
Day 4NarkandaSangla or Chitkul160 / 180
Day 5Chitkul Nako150
Day 7Nako Kaza110
Day 8KazaMudh (Pin Valley)50
Day 10Kaza Batal90
Day 11BatalGrumphu50
Day 12GrumphuManali70
Day 13Manali Delhi540
Day 14Delhi Udaipur650
Day 15Udaipur Thane750

But before you travel into such a cold desert in winters, knowing a few essential things will help in better planning and enjoying the overall experience of such an adventure trip.

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