Dhankar- Spiti Valley

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I was interested to see the article on Dhankar - Spiti Valley:

http://thinkingparticle.com/gallery/dhankar-spiti-valley

but was wondering how feasible it would be to try and journey to Dhankar in mid-June? It seems likely that the Rohtang pass to Manali would be closed until the beginning of July, so the journey would have to be a go and return trip from Shimla, rather than a circular tour, if indeed it is possible to reach Dhankar at that time of year.

 

Regards, Tim Makins, currently enjoying cooler weather in Mussoorie.

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Hi Tim,
            Good to see you here:)... I hope you are having amazing time in Mussoorie...

            I think Rohtang and Kuzum should be open in the first week of June and Mid-June will not be a bad time to travel to Spiti via Lahual...  Connectivity to Kaza is open via Shimla side and I am hopeful that Kunzum and Rohtang will also get open in a month... I will suggest you to do the whole circuit rather than taking the same road in return... Once Kunzum is open you can get public transport between Manali and Kaza... I remember there are 2 government busses on this route...

             let me know if you need more information... will be happy to help...

             btw, from where you got to know that Rohtang is closed till July first week.

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu,

We are planning a trip to Manali - rohtang pass - keylong - kunzum pass - kaza.

We are from Delhi, family of 7 (4 adults + 3 children (13 years, 9 years and 6 years).

In the initial 2 days we want to cover manali (base), kullu, manikaran.

Then we couldn't figure it out how to go about further.
But we want to cover keylong-lahul, chandratal (beaskund), kaza -spiti, Kalpa - Sangla Valley, then finally Shimla to Delhi.

We have 8-9 days for this trip. Will u pls guide us further?

Thank u.

Regards,

Latha.

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Hi Latha,
                8-9 days will be less for this kind of trip... It is do-able in defined time period but you will need to hire a private taxi for that... You can do Manali-Shimla stretch in 8-9 days... I have written an article around this stretch...have a look and let me know if you have any specific query....

http://thinkingparticle.com/articles/sarahan-chitkul-%E2%80%93-kalpa-%E2%80%93-nako-tabo-kaza-%E2%80%93-key-monastery-losar-kunzum

=== Vishnu

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Hi Vishnu,

Thank you for the information. We start from Delhi on 27th May. Originally our plan was to visit keylong, chandratal, kunzum pass, kaza, sangla valley in the 1st week of Jun. But we got the confirmed message from Himachal tourist office and few other tour operators that this trip is highly impossible as the route won't be opened.

Now we consider the another option, from Aut going to Tirthan valley, staying there for 2 nights and proceeding towards Sangla via Jalori pass. Could u pls suggest us which route we should opt for this? We are going to hire a private vehicle as we are 7 members (4 adults + 3 kids). What are the 'must visit' places on this way? We don't want long stay in any of these places. We might stay at Sangla for 1/2 nights.

Here we want to combine Manali and Rohtang too. Coz our departure is there from manali on 4th june. As the kunzum road is closed, what is the next best option to reach Manali from Sangla? nd Places to vist on the way?

Any important things we should keep in mind for this trip?

We look forward for your reply..

Thank you.

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Hi Latha,
              After visiting Tirthan valley, you can reach Rampur-Sangla via Jalori Pass.... You can also opt to stay at Jibhi which is a small village before Jalori Pass.... Once you NH-22 (Which connects Kinnaur to Shimla) then you can easily reach Sangla... Chitkul, Rakcham are another picturesque village around Sangla and you can also plan to visit Kinnaur....

If Kuzum is closed then you will have to take the same road in reverse to reach Manali....:(

Visiting Rohtang will only be possible via Manali...

Here is a blog link which can be helpful outlining your itinerary...

http://thinkingparticle.com/articles/sarahan-chitkul-%E2%80%93-kalpa-%E2%80%93-nako-tabo-kaza-%E2%80%93-key-monastery-losar-kunzum

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu - thanks for your comments. Sorry for the delay in replying - I don't get online every day as they want 60rs/hr here in Mussoorie !!

The last time I was in Manali at this time of year was 2005, and that year the first bus of the year left for Leh on July 1st. I just thought this was the normal date that the Rohtang pass would open.

I wonder how feasible it would be to do a circular trip from Shimla - various towns - Dhankar - Manali - Shimla via public transport? I remember the last time I enquired for some type of tour in Shimla, the agents eyes just lit up 'Foreigner = $$$' and they couldn't come up with any sensible prices.

Tim Makins

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I never imagined Mussoorie will be so expensive....its so popular and blessed with high-end tourist facilities....60 INR /hour was the rate decade back....

Public transport to Leh depends on many other passes enroute along with Rohtang.... Due to treacherous road condition, Leh has got really Thin connectivity with public transport.... I think Kunzum and Rohtang both will be open by mid june and busses will also ply on this route.... For making sure, you can give a call to Himachal State Roadways....their Manali office....

http://hrtc.gov.in/hrtc/page/Contact-Us.aspx

The Route Shimla-Rampur-Sarahan-Sangla-Rekongpeo-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Losar-Gramphoo is one of the most challenging route in the country.... Public transport is available during summers but its very thin..... However thousands of travelers make this trip every year during summers...mostly backpackers.... it is very much do-able with public transport if you have flexible number of days....Accommodation and fare is also economical... July to September end would be the best time to venture there....

let me know if you have any further doubts...Will be happy to help...

=== Vishnu

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hi vishnu

planning a trip -full circuit-spiti valley-june last week

day 1- Ambala  to Narkanda (start about 10 a.m.)

day 2-narkanda to peo/kalpa

day 3-peo-nako-tabo-kaza (is ship-ki-la possible)

day 4-kaza-pin valley-lhalung

day 5-lhalung-chandratal

day 6-chandratal to manali

not much interested in monasteries. would like to get feel of the area through jeep safari

above itinerary-how does it look?

any suggestions

madhavi

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day 3-peo-nako-tabo-kaza (is ship-ki-la possible) : No, even with permissions, it will be super hectic.

Itinerary look super hectic. There is no point running around with this speed. You should include at least 2-3 nights stay at Kaza.

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With unexplored lakes and some of the worlds’ highest inhabited villages, Spiti leaves you with picture-postcard memories of barren desert and precariously perched monasteries set against a backdrop of clear blue skies. Travelling through Spiti is the closest you could get to Shangri-La, albeit on some inspiring tarmac. While you’re certainly not going to be allowed forty winks on the Dalai Lama’s bed, used on his visits here; Spiti offers much more than monasteries and pristine glaciers.  Impressive decorations signal the onset of festivals here in Spiti, offering an easy excuse for much song and revelry throughout the year. If you’re lucky enough to be in Spiti at the end of September, check out the ‘ChakharMela’ (held every three years) that ends with the Chham dance (mask) by the Llamas. Sparse population and awesome trekking opportunities offer a feeling of unexplored remoteness in an area yet untouched by tourism.  At incredible altitudes with stunning landscape, often compared to Ladakh before tourists took over, Spiti makes a fantastic road-trip destination with the added bonus of spotting that ever-elusive Snow Leopard.

 

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woow.. it pretty much summerize the highlights of the middle land.

+- Vishnu

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