SARAHAN - CHITKUL – KALPA – NAKO - TABO - KAZA – KEY MONASTERY - LOSAR - KUNZUM

Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahual valley of Himachal Pradesh are the delight to the travelers who welcome thrill and adventure while exploring the less traveled treasure of Himalayas. These are one of the most challenging roads of Indian subcontinent and at times breath-taking. It is utmost important to plan your itinerary meticulously, outline your destinations, overnight stops, pit stops before cruising into treacherous terrain of Lahual & Spiti else you may miss some of the incredible attractions of these valleys and return back with frowning curiosity. I have drafted this chart to help you planning your trip to Kinnaur, Spiti & Lahaul. I tried to highlight all the key attractions (Please comment if I missed any) of this region. I am also attaching comprehensive maps of Himachal and Spiti valley. Along with these maps, this document is an indispensable printout (and your best companion) during your trip….. All the very best…
 

                                             PLACE ENROUTE AND STAGES BETWEEN

DELHI - SHIMLA - RAMPUR - SARAHAN - SANGLA - CHITKULKALPANAKO - TABO - KAZA
                                    KEY MONASTERY - LOSAR - KUNZUM - MANALI - DELHI

       

 

KMs

Remarks

Delhi – Shimla

370

 

Shimla - Narkanda (2708 m)

60

Stop here for capturing scenic view of Satluj River

Narkanda - Rampur (1005 m)

60

 

Rampur - Jeori (1250 m)

23

 

Jeori - Sarahan (2165 m)

18

Famous for Bhimakali Temple and apple orchards. Buy apples, apricots

Petrol -Narkanda, Kingel, Rampur, Jeori

Public Transport: There are frequent busses (Once in an hour) of Himachal Roadways & Private operators from Shimla to Rampur and then there are few busses (Once in two hours) from Rampur to Sarahan. In the night, bus service to Sarahan is not available.

Road is decent till Jeori on this stretch of Hindustan-Tibet (NH-22) Road

Average Speed: 30 Km per hour

Accommondation :Shimla - (HPTDC & Private Hotels), WFH-Hotel, Fagu-HPTDC Hotel & Private Hotels, Narkanda - HPTDC & Private Hotels, Private Hotels in Rampur - RH, Sarahan - HPTDC Hotel + Bhimakali Temple Rest House + Private Hotels.

Sarahan - Sangla (2680 m)

95

Picturesque town on the bank of Baspa River

Sangla - Chitkul (3480 m)

26

Last inhibited village of India on Indo-Tibet Border. Inspires the awe-within you.

Petrol -Tapri, HRTC

Public Transport: Busses to Sangla are available from Rampur and Rekong Peo. Both Private and Government busses run on this route.

2 busses in a day ply between Chitkul to Sangla.

Road is in bad condition from Karchham Dam onwards.

Average Speed: 20 Km per hour

Accommondation :Bhawa Nagar (PWD, RH), Tapri - (PWD, RH), Karchham - (PWD, RH)+Private Hotels, Sangla - (PWD, FRH, HPSEB) + Private Hotels, Chitkul – Couple of accommodation options available

Chitkul - Recongpeo (2290 m)

64

District Head-quarter of Kinnaur Valley, Stop here for getting permit to Shipki-La if you want to visit there. Permit is issued from DC office.

Recong Peo - Kalpa (2900 m)

13

 

Petrol -Powari (No Petrol after Powari only at Kaza, Tandi, Keylong)

Public Transport: There are frequent busses (Once in 2 hour) to Rekong Peo from Sangla and then frequent busses to Kalpa (Once each hours) from Rekong peo

Road till Kalpa is decent after Karchham dam

Average Speed: 20 km per hour

Accommondation:Recong Peo (PWD, RH), Kalpa - (PWD, RH + HPTDC Hotel) and Private Hotels.

Kalpa - Puh (2837 m)

77

 

Puh - Khab (2831 m)

11

May consider visiting Shipki-La (5669 m) which is some 30 km detour from Khab. Permissions are required. Shipki-la is the very place from where Satluj enters to India from Tibet.

Khab - Nako (3800 m)

31

Known for an old monastery and Lake.

Nako - Yangthang (3662 m)

7

 

Yangthang - Chango (3658 m)

13

Apple Orchards and Unique irrigation system for watering the crops.

Chango - Samdo ( 3230 m)

13

May Consider visiting Sugar Point/Lepcha (Tibet Border) Samdo-Kaurik (Sugar Point): 17 km, Kaurik-Lepcha: 7 km Permissions required from ITBP check post Samdo

Samdo-Hoorling

9

There is small detour (8 km right) towards Gue before Hoorling. Gue is known for the mummy of a Lama which is thousands of years old.

Hoorling - Tabo (3050 m)

24

Famous for a thousand year old monastery which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site

Petrol -Not available on this route (Get your tank full at Rekong Peo)

Public Transport: From Rekong Peo, There is just one bus to Kaza in a day. You can try your luck in hitch-hiking or Shared jeeps.

Road is quite treacherous in this stretch.

Average Speed: Leave it

Accommondation:Morang - RHm Akpa - RH, Puh - RH, Nako- Hotels, Rest house, Yangthang - RH, Sumdo - RH, Tabo - (RH + HPTDC's, Tourist INN) + Private Hotels.

Tabo - Poh (3150 m)

10

 

Pah - Atargo (3250 m) (for Potak/Dhankar)

1

Take a detour (7 km) to Dhankar, famous for monastery and Dhankar lake.

Attargo - Kaza (3600 m)

23

Head-quarter of Spiti Valley.

Kaza-Langza (4400 m)

20

Hamlet settled in lovely backdrop

Langza-Hikam

5

 

Hikam-Komic (4513 m)

2

Highest Village of Asia as of now

Kaza – Key Monastery (4116 m)

7

Famous monastery of Spiti Region

Key Monastery - Kibber (4205 m)

11

Used to be the highest village of Asia.

Kibber - Kaza (3600 m)

18

 

Petrol –Available in Kaza

Public Transport: 2 busses from Tabo to Kaza everyday, 1 bus to Ki/Kibber (5:00 PM) from Kaza everyday, No public transport on Langza & Komic route.

Let’s not talk about the roads.

Average Speed: You will always reach the maximum….. possible

Accommondation :Poh - (PWD, RH), Kaza - (PWD & FRH, Banjara Retreat, HPTDC's, Tourist Lodge and other Private Accommondation. Home stays available in Dhankar, Komic, Langza

Kaza - Rangrik (3700 m)

8

 

Rangrik - Khurik (3750 m)

4

 

Khurik - Sumling (3790 m)

4

 

Sumling - Murang (3800 m)

4

 

Murang - Hula (3845 m)

5

 

Hula - Pangmo (3896 m)

4

 

Pangmo - Kiato (3964 m)

13

 

Kiato - Hanse (3950 m)

3

 

Hanse - Losar (4079 m)

12

 

Losar - Kunzam Pass (4551 m)

19

(visit Chandratal Lake from Kunzam Pass ), It would be 8 km both ways

Kunzam Pass - Batal (3560 m)

12

Another base to trek Chandra Tal and it would be 10 km one way

Batal - Chhota Drara (3690 m)

15

 

Chhota Drara - Bara Drara (3690 m)

8

 

Bara Drara - Chhatru (3560 m)

9

 

Chhatru - Gramphoo (3200 m)

17

 

Gramphoo-Rohtang pass(3978 m)

14

 

Rohtang-Marhi

12

 

Marhi-Manali (2050 m)

39

 

 

Petrol –Not available on this route

 

Public Transport: 2 busses (4:30 AM, 7:00 AM) ply between Kaza to Manali everyday during Summers till Kunzum pass is open.

It is the worst stretch on this road. Small vehicles are not recommended to go beyond Batal on this road. Water streams and rocks can damage your vehicle severely.

Average Speed: Just let it pass

 

Accommodation:Rest houses are available at Losar and Batal.

 

Monastery Trek: Dhankar – Lalung – Demul – Komic – Hikam – Langza - Tashingang- Kibber- Chicham (3- 5 days hiking)

Kaza to Pin Valley (An extension to pin valley)

Kaza-Guling: 32 km
Guling-Kungri (3520 m): 2 km
Guling-Sangam-Mud: 25 km

Daily Bus to Mud departs from Kaza at 4:00 PM
 

 

Download Indispensable Map of Himachal Pradesh

 

Map of Lahaul and Spiti District

 

Special Thanks: Arun Khanna for consolidating gold-mine of Information about this trail. You are certainly an expert of Himachal Pradesh and without your help, It would have not been possible.

Hello sir, We are planing to

Hello sir,

We are planing to go kaza kalpa key monastery kunzum and we want to start our journey from Manali to Manali and our dates from Oct 17 to Oct 25. Is it okay or we should start from shimla to Delhi and what is the reason for that?

Hi,   We (2 persons) wish to

Hi,

 

We (2 persons) wish to travel BOM - Jammu - Dalhousie (halt 3 days) then dharamshala, Mcleod ganj ( 2 nights halt) then Dharamshala to Sangla by road, 2 night halt in Sangla (we wish to see sangla valley, so we have to consider transport from hotel to valley scenary) then Sangla to dehradun in order to fly back to Mumbai from Dehradun.

 

Travel dates: 6th to 16th June 2017.

Do you think this is doable? We would like to use public transport as much as possible in order to save costs.

 

Please share your expertise on this iternary of ours.

 

Thanks for your time and patience.

 

Regards Ashma (Mumbai)

Hi,   We (2 persons) wish to

Hi,

 

We (2 persons) wish to travel BOM - Jammu - Dalhousie (halt 3 days) then dharamshala, Mcleod ganj ( 2 nights halt) then Dharamshala to Sangla by road, 2 night halt in Sangla (we wish to see sangla valley, so we have to consider transport from hotel to valley scenary) then Sangla to dehradun in order to fly back to Mumbai from Dehradun.

 

Travel dates: 6th to 16th June 2017.

Do you think this is doable? We would like to use public transport as much as possible in order to save costs.

 

Please share your expertise on this iternary of ours.

 

Thanks for your time and patience.

 

Regards Ashma (Mumbai)

WE ARE PLANING TO VISIT

WE ARE PLANING TO VISIT SHIMLA-RAMPUR-KALPA-KAZA-LOSAR-SHIMLA IN THE END OF MAY-2017 MONTH WITH MY CHILD HAVING AGE OF 8 YEARS.KINDLY LET ME KNOW WEATHER CONDITION AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for the

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for the very informative post on the circuit. I was planning a round trip (CHANDIGARH - SARAHAN - CHITKUL – KALPA – NAKO - TABO - KAZA – MANALI - CHANDIGARH) in the last week of February. Thanks to your article, i figured that KUNZUM pass would be closed and it would not be possible to proceed onto manali. I will now have to skip Manali and trace the same road back to chandigarh. 

My plan is to rent a car from Delhi and drive to himachal. Do you think there would be snow on the roads in the last week of February that would make driving there difficult? Also, do you think a high ground clearance car would be necessary to drive on these roads or would an average ground clearance do just fine?

Regards,

Praveen

 

We are planning to visit

We are planning to visit Sarahan - Kalpa - Sangla - Chitkul - Narkanda on second week of March,2017. Please let me know whether this trip is possible or not due to snow on roads, what are the chances that the roads will remain open during this time? Will there be any kind of snow fall during this time of the year?

Yes. it is possible in March.

Yes. it is possible in March. Roads remain open more or less through out the year on this route. Chances to see snow fall are not very high as it will be almost spring.

I want to start my journey in

I want to start my journey in the month of October 2017, start from Kalka, Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza, Manali , total max 12 days. Kindly make a good chart for the same. Here we are 8  or 9 persons of three families of 3 members each, so provision of three seperate double beded room at every hotel.

 

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I am not a tour operator but

I am not a tour operator but i can connect you with someone who can help with actual logistics.

we are planning to visit

we are planning to visit Spiti, Tabo, Kaza . So please suggest best time of visit this place.

 

August to October is the best

August to October is the best time.

Hi Vishnu, We are planning to

Hi Vishnu,

We are planning to visit Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza, Manali from 22nd May onwards for a period of 10-12 days. Please let me know whether roads from Tabo, Kaza to Manali from Kunjam Pass will open during that period.

Also let me know your views about Kaurik.

Regards,

Angshuman

Kunzum might not be open so

Kunzum might not be open so you can not cross to Manali but rest everything will be do-able.

Dear Vishnu. We are planning

Dear Vishnu.

We are planning to travel a brutal journey from shimla  to Manali, via Rampur, sangla , kalpa, nako, tabo , kaza 

From 09 April,to 19,april 2016. The main challenge  is we have 10 days. Please suggest is this insane or possible. I am waiting for your reply

pushpen.

Shimla to Manali via Kaza and

Shimla to Manali via Kaza and Kunzum pass will not be possible in April. Kunzum gets open by June end or July first week. so if you will have to return back from Kaza.

Hi! we are planing our tour

Hi! we are planing our tour to himachal. we already reserved our ticket for chandigarh at 7th april 2017. Please help me which places we can cover with in 18th april. We want snow view and some realy awesome seneric views. Dont want to go dharmashala and dalhousie sides.

It;s an open ended question.

It;s an open ended question. I do not know which play should i recommend you. You can go towards Manali, go to Kasol in parvati valley, go to Banjar valley, Jibhi etc.

  Hi Vishnu, I am planning to

 

Hi Vishnu,

I am planning to visit kinnaur and lahaul spiti from 01.05.2016 to 10.05.2016 starting from Kalka and ending at Kalka.

mus schedule is as below :

01.05.2016 kalka  sangla taxi 325 stay at sangla 02.05.2016 sangla chitkul to kalpa taxi - stay at kalpa 03.05.2016 kalpa kalpa   - stay at kalpa 04.05.2016 kalpa tabo taxi 149 stay at tabo 05.05.2016 tabo  kaza taxi   stay at kaza 06.05.2016 kaza kaza     stay at kaza 07.05.2016 kaza kaza     stay at kaza 08.05.2016 kaza    taxi 450 stay at 09.05.2016   kalka taxi   stay at

Dear Vishnu,

I am from a far away place, ie south Gujarat. I would like to know a few things.

(Sleepy from where I would book a tourist car for two families including 4 adults and one child of 13 ( do you recommend any travels or driver)

(ii) where to stay as shown in my plan

(iii) how would be the conditions of road this summer

(iv) is AMS serious here ? ( we have been to Leh (pagong & Numbra) in 2015 )

(v) Places to visit as per my plan.

 

Dear, 

Please let me know if my plan requires any change or modification.

 

Further, 

can I come back from Manali on these dates ?

 

 

( from where I would book a

( from where I would book a tourist car for two families including 4 adults and one child of 13 ( do you recommend any travels or driver)

I can send you a number which might be useful in booking the tour.

(ii) where to stay as shown in my plan

There are homestays in all the locations mentioned and that's where all the travelers stay

(iii) how would be the conditions of road this summer

Not sure. It is always bad

(iv) is AMS serious here ? ( we have been to Leh (pagong & Numbra) in 2015 )

AMS is not serious on this route.

(v) Places to visit as per my plan.

you have already highlighted it and it looks a good itinerary to me.

Dear, 

Please let me know if my plan requires any change or modification.

 

Further, 

can I come back from Manali on these dates ?

Nope. you can not. Kunzum remains closed till June end.

+- Vishnu

thanks.       

thanks. 

 

 

 

We are planning a roadtrip to

We are planning a roadtrip to chitkul via sangla kalpa on bikes in very first week of january . Is it accessible during this period ? Or do we need any special permission for that ?

I think Kalpa and Sangla

I think Kalpa and Sangla might be reachable but don't go there if you have no experience driving on snow. there would be snow around.

Hi Vishnu, The article you

Hi Vishnu,

The article you have mentioned ia very informative.

I am going Spiti (kaza) and back by same Shimla route from 18th to 25th December.. roads are open and I am going by bike.

Can you please guide where to take stops , food and home stays  costs there on the route...

Thanks

Aman Pathania..

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you had good time.

dear vishnu i and my wife

dear vishnu

i and my wife want to visit lahul and spitti in spetember  end 2017

we want to start frm shimla and stay in sarhan - sangla - chitkul - kalpa - tabo -kaza

then returns back from kaza to manali via kunjum

is it possible to make the tour by public transport (by bus )

pls suggest

Yes. it is very much possible

Yes. it is very much possible using public transport. however using public transport will take little longer and its not that frequent.

Hey Vishnu, I have heard a

Hey Vishnu, I have heard a lot of bout Kasauli, and I can't stop myself to be there. Its lush green picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly locals. Any suggestions....

Yes. it is beautiful. its

Yes. it is beautiful. its peaceful with lovely surroundings.

Dear Vishnu, Five of us are

Dear Vishnu,

Five of us are planning to visit sarahan, lahul spiti, kaza, chitkul chandratal.We will reach shimla on 15th April 2017 and we have flight from delhi on 23 rd april 2017. What are the best places to visit in this period? we will be booking a car for the entire trip so will i book the car from shimla or delhi?

Please guide us we have 8 days in hand.

 

Warm regards.

Indrajit Poddar

Duration is very less to

Duration is very less to cover all the places you mentioned. Chandratal will not be accessible during April. Reaching Kaza will also be difficult. I will suggest to hire a car from Delhi. Go to Shimla-Narkanda-Sarahan-Chitkul-Sangla-Kalpa-Peo and come back.

Hello Vishnu I am planning to

Hello Vishnu I am planning to go Sarahan. Could you please recommend me to best places to visit at Sarahan? Is it good to take North India Tour Packages with  Top Indian Holidays Pvt Ltd?

 

I do not know about Top India

I do not know about Top India holidays etc and Sarahan itself is a place. I am not able to understand your question.

Hello Vishnu ,I am planning

Hello Vishnu ,I am planning to go to shimla 0n 29th November  and I am not sure how to plan the trip as this is winter and I do not know which areas are unaccesssible.I really want to visit Kaza ,Kalpa ,Keylong and the surrounding regions and I have 7 days.I would really appreciate it if you could help me plan.

Not possible in November end.

Not possible in November end. You can visit Kaza and Kalpa from Shimla side but on your own car would be difficult. Keylong is inaccessible during winters.

Hi there...I want to start my

Hi there...I want to start my trip from Shimla & go all the way to Chitkul -> Kaza -> Kalpa -> Reckong Peo etc...How many days it will take? And what all are the places worth visiting?

10-12 days. all the places

10-12 days. all the places worth visiting all mentioned in the blog. It would be the duration when you are having your own transport.

Hello, We are planning to

Hello,
We are planning to visit kinnaur-lahul-spiti valley in March 2017.Please suggest a suitable itinerary for 10 days

In March you can not visit

In March you can not visit Lahual. Roads are closed from all sides. You can visit Spiti from Kinnaur side only. Shimla-Kinnaur-Spiti and return from the same way. you can stop at Tabo, Nako, Kaza. if possible then can also go to Pin Valley. There is no suitable itinerary for winter as all will depend on your luck.

Pleasde wait, after receiving

Pleasde wait, after receiving your comment I am preparing the itinerary for you, in the mean time let us know that if you want to start from Chandigarh by Motorcycle?

 

If not than which mode you will be using and from where to start & where to end the journey ?

 

Rest Vishnu can tell if the plan is perfect or not............

Thanks sir for taking time in

Thanks sir for taking time in drafting the itinerary. I will wait for your response on the same.

Dear Vishnu, Very nice

Dear Vishnu,

Very nice informative blog. Thanks for putting it on web. Need your views on my trip.

In private vehicle(Innova) with kids I am planning to do a trip in third week of November.

 

Day 1. Reach Prashar (Stay overnight)

196kms drive

Day 2. Narkanda & Hatu (Two nights) - Stay at Narkanda and will be visiting Hatu and relax

180kms drive

Day 4. Kalpa 

Day 5. Kalpa (rest)

Day 6. Chitkul and back to kalpa

241kms drive

Day 7. Shimla

Day 8. Shimla and back

 

I have 8 days and its november... I am not sure if I can do a full circuit of Prashar>>Narkanda>> Rampur>> Kalpa >> Nako >> Tabo >> Kaza>> Manali... (please suggest if its possible in 8 days... ) so I am doing half circuit.

 

 

I will not recommend you to

I will not recommend you to do full circuit. 8 days are not sufficient and Kunzum might get closed by that time. your current itinerary looks doable.

the page is very informative,

the page is very informative, I praise the person who worked so hard,

Thank you very much. Will

Thank you very much. Will look forward to see you more often.

Hello Vishnu, I was planning

Hello Vishnu, I was planning to visit Spiti valley (via Nako and Tabo) along with a couple of friends at the end of this month.We are planning to visit Rampur-Reckong peo then Nako and so on. I was wondering if this route is feasible? Are the roads going to be open this time of the year? We prefer to travel on buses since we are on a budget trip. Any advice would be of great help. Thank you. Smile

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. Yes, roads are open if you are planning from Rampur side.

Hey me and my family (4) of

Hey me and my family (4) of us are planning to travel to delhi via shimla to kaza and back 7  day road trip in skoda rapid petrol sedan please suggest a itenarary and what not to miss, essentials to carry , we are planning in the last week of oct, also we want to as many places as possible. do we need special tyres,  hotels and homestays etc

7 day road trip to Kaza from

7 day road trip to Kaza from Delhi can be quite taxing. i would recommend more days. all the highlights of the route are included in the blogpost.  you do not need special tyres. homestays are available every where.

Hey vishnu,     I have a

Hey vishnu,

 

  I have a group of 8 friends . We would like to visit kaza from shimla... On 10th november. Is all the public or private transport facility available at the time.. ?hotels also.. or is it a good time or not   to visit Kaza.. or  any suggestion from your side to us.? We have 7 days from shimla to kaza trip. On 8th day we have to touch chandigarh.

 

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