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.

Hi I am planning this trip

Hi

I am planning this trip fron 23 june onward. Please advise if batal to manali will be possible in june end. Anyway it's a great blog and very informative. 

Thanks 

Hi I am planning this trip

Hi

I am planning this trip fron 23 june onward. Please advise if batal to manali will be possible in june end. Anyway it's a great blog and very informative. 

Thanks 

Hi, we are planning to travel

Hi, we are planning to travel till Kaza from Shimla with kids aged 9 and 6 from May 26th. Is it possible to do the 10 day trip without a problem with kids? We will miss chandratal too i am told.

Hello Vishnu! Can your Kaza

Hello Vishnu!

Can your Kaza tour be done during the 3rd and 4th week of October?

Sanjay.

Hello Vishnu! You have truly

Hello Vishnu!

You have truly lived upto your name - Vishnu! Is it possible to do your Kaza tour during the 3rd and 4th week of October?

Regards.

Sanjay.

 

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for the

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for the nice blog, it is very informative. I am planning to go to Spiti Valley starting from 20th May 2017 (From Gurgaon) and coming back to 28th May 2017. I intend to follow Shimla via Kinnur route till Kaza. I am travelling alone by my Swift VXI car. I have couple of questions, I am looking for a scenic and peaceful place where I can spend couple of days during this time, so any suggestions, also not very keen to cover the entire circuit if it  difficult. As I am riding on my Swift car can you tell me if the journey is possible with this car and being alone would be fine too. Which are the segments in the circuit where I need to be careful with my car or otherwise, I mean quality of roads etc. As Kunzum pass may not be open during this time I will be back from the same route as well.

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for a nice

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for a nice blog and very helpful. Can you please tell me in 10 days what are the best places to cover from the above you mentioned.

Spiti + Tabo + Kaza, kalpa-Peo-Sangla-Chitkul. 

Secondly, what are the activities which we can do at these places instead of visiting temples, monastries, scenic beauty

And we are planning to go in july end or 1st week of august. will rainy season have any impact on the trip?

And is it safe for 2 girls trip?

 

Cheers

Rishu

Could you please let me know

Could you please let me know a good reasonable reliable Taxi contact (Innova) from Chandigarh to Kalpa and drop at Delhi for 9 days.

Thanks so much.

Hi Vishnu, We are planning to

Hi Vishnu,

We are planning to visit Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Chitkul, Tabo, Kaza from Delhi from 26th May onwards for a period of 5-6 days. Do you think 5-6 days are enough to cover all those. Give your opinion which should be best places to visit and which could be left.

 

Hi Vishnu,   Planning a road

Hi Vishnu,

 

Planning a road trip to Spiti on self drive around 5th June 2017. Last year had been upto Nako. The sletch itinerary is as below -

Day 01 - Delhi To Sarhan. I know this would be a bit streneous, but I plant to have an early start around 4.30 - 5.00 am.

Day 2 - Sarhan to Sumdo. Wish to waste minimum time before Nako as have visited, Sangla, Rakcham, Chitkul, Kalpa last year. 

Day 3 - Sumdo to Lepcha / Kaurik (subject to permission availability on the spot) and drive to Kaza visiting Gue and Tabo Monastery enroute. Overnight Kaza.

 

Now till here a few queries - 

1) Day 2 travel is possible ? Staying options is Sumdo with attached toilet ? Or is Tabo a better option to stayat instead of Sumdo ? In that case would the drive from Sarhan to Tabo be possible ? Then Kaurik / Lepcha would be left out, what is your suggestion ?

2) Is the ITBP generous with permissions to visit Kaurik / Lepcha ? More importantly can Sumdo - Lepcha - Kaurik - Sumdo - Gue - Tabo - Kaza be done the same day with all the stops in between ?

3) Can Dhankar also be visted on the same day enroute ? Will time permit ?

Back to the itinerary -

Day 04 - Kaza - Key - Khibber - Kaza. Overnight Kaza

Day 05 - Kaza - Mud - Kaza. Overnight Kaza

Day 06 - Wanna head to Manali. Is Kaza - Manali possible the same day with a visit to Chandratal ? Your suggestions ?

Kindly advise. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Hi, Here is my take on your

Hi,

Here is my take on your questions-

1) Day 2 travel is possible ? Staying options is Sumdo with attached toilet ? Or is Tabo a better option to stayat instead of Sumdo ? In that case would the drive from Sarhan to Tabo be possible ? Then Kaurik / Lepcha would be left out, what is your suggestion ?

Tabo is better for staying overnight. Travel from Sarahan to Tabo is really long journey. I do not think you can really incluce Lepcha/Kaurik if you are doing the whole journey in single day. Overall you are actually doing a really hectic trip.

2) Is the ITBP generous with permissions to visit Kaurik / Lepcha ? More importantly can Sumdo - Lepcha - Kaurik - Sumdo - Gue - Tabo - Kaza be done the same day with all the stops in between ?

Generally getting permission is easy but do not know what is the situation now a days. From Sumdo to Kaza in a day via Lepcha-Kaurik-Tabo is possible but it would be a really long day.

3) Can Dhankar also be visted on the same day enroute ? Will time permit ? - No need to make this trip unnecessarily hectic.

Day 04 - Kaza - Key - Khibber - Kaza. Overnight Kaza (Yes, very easily)

Day 05 - Kaza - Mud - Kaza. Overnight Kaza - Yes, can be done easily.

Day 06 - Wanna head to Manali. Is Kaza - Manali possible the same day with a visit to Chandratal ? Your suggestions ? --Would be very hectic but possible if start very early in the morning. As Cars can not go all the way till Chandratal so you need to walk.

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Hi Vishnu, Thanks for a

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for a wonderful and detailed chart ! I am planning for a road trip from June 11th-17th, 2017 by my volkswagen POLO. Do you think a hatchback like POLO will be able to survive the roads from Narkanda- sangla/kalpa/ chitkul ?

Also, weatherwise is it a good time for a road trip ?

I am planning-

Delhi-Narkanda- Sangla/Kalpa- Chitkul. Is there anyway to include Nako in this itinerary ?

Please advise ! Thanks a lot in advance.

 

 

It is good time to travel

It is good time to travel Sangla, Chitkul and I think Polo can survive on this stretch. Nako can be included but road towards Nako is bit treacherous relatively.

I Anup Biswas with three

I Anup Biswas with three families (13persons) want start my journey on 23sept 2017 to 4th Oct 2017  from Kalka ,Simla,kalpa,sangla,chhitkul,nako,kaza,tabo.pl.give me proper guide and provide a root map to visit the above places and let me know is it the  ideal time to visit? Please please guide me.

Yes, September end is the

Yes, September end is the best time for traveling to this side. Rest everything is included in the blogpost.

I am coming from New York

I am coming from New York would like to visit from Simla to tabo to keylong to leh with intention to see Chandra tal and surya tal in particular and would like to visit Srinagar and Jammu before flying to Delhi
Pls advised best possible and economical way

Hi Anil, For the whole

Hi Anil,

For the whole itinerary, keep 3 weeks if you want to do it with public transport. You can start from Shimla and then go to Kaza via Tabo and then ChandraTal and Keylong and then to Leh and then to Srinagar.

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Hi Vishnu, First of all

Hi Vishnu,

First of all congratulations for having such an informative blog...honestly you are doing a great job and please keep it up for the tourists like me. I am planning to visit the Kalpa-kaza-keylong-udaipur-side of Himachal Pradesh in the last week of September, 2017. Therefore, please help me by quenching some of my queries such as:

i. Would it be pleasant enough to book HPPWD rest houses for this trip or HPTDC lodges?

ii. Is udaipur worth visiting along with Kalpa and Kaza in the matter of scenic beauty and peaceful ambience?

Please provide me some phone numbers of drivers who drive on these rugged roads.

Thank you.

Eagerly waiting for your valuable reply.

I will send you a number

I will send you a number which might be useful.

Hi Avik, Here is my take on

Hi Avik,

Here is my take on your queries.

i. Would it be pleasant enough to book HPPWD rest houses for this trip or HPTDC lodges?

I do not have first hand experience of living in these rest houses so can not comment on it, unfortunately.

ii. Is udaipur worth visiting along with Kalpa and Kaza in the matter of scenic beauty and peaceful ambience?

udaipur is a non-touristy town (slightly bigger). It is also on the other side from this trail so i do not think you should really include it in this trip.

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hi vishnu..i m planning a

hi vishnu..i m planning a trip this may. is accomodation available on arrival or do we need to book it well in advance

I do not think you really

I do not think you really need to book anything in advance. You can pretty much get everything on the go.

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Hi, am from kerala and

Hi, am from kerala and planing a trip from manali-kaza-manali is it doable on the 2nd or 3rd week of april 2017?

 

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you enjoyed your trip. Kaza-Manali is not possible from November to June as Kunzum remains closed.

Hi  If I plan a trip between

Hi 

If I plan a trip between 17th May till 30th May and want to do  Narkanda, Kalpa, Sangla , Chitkul, Tabo , Nako, Chandratal will I have to do this trip one directional and is it doable at this time.... I guess I cant go round and come back via Manali please suggest

You can not do the round

You can not do the round trip. you will have to come back to Shimla. I do not think you can even visit Chandratal in May.

I am going in May 22

I am going in May 22 2017 

Chandigarh --> Narkanda --> Kalpa ---> Sangla -->Kalpa via Chitkul  -->Tabo via Nako and Gue-->Pin Valley via Dhankar-->Kaza via Kye and Khibber-->Kaza to Langza, Hikkim and Komic and back --> Kaza to Chandratal via Kunzum and Lohsar--> Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass-->Manali and Around--Chandigarh

All the road will be open these time ?

What will be suggestion for this trip.
 

I think Kunzum pass will

I think Kunzum pass will remain closed till June End so you can not go to Chandratal. Rest everything look OK. you will have to come back to Shimla.

Hi, We are planing to go

Hi,

We are planing to go Sarahan,Sangla,chitkul,Kalpa,Kinnaur,nako,Tabo,Kaza,spiti,manali.To start our journey from Shimla and to end at Manali and our dates from Oct 16 to Oct 27. Is it right time to go there. kindly reply . You can call back on 8100899041

 

 

Regards,

Suman

Yes, October is the best

Yes, October is the best season for this trip.

Hi Vishnu,  Very nice

Hi Vishnu, 

Very nice article. 

I want to cover the Spiti circuit from Shimla side including Chitkul and Chandratal in October. I am having 11days(fr om Delhi to Delhi) in October this year. Can you help me making the itinerary. Pls help.  

11 days are sufficient for

11 days are sufficient for doing the entire circle October is good time. you can easily make the itinerary based on this blogpost or refer any comment.

Dear Vishnu.  Thanks for the

Dear Vishnu. 

Thanks for the informative post. I would like to visit fronm 26/10/2017 to 05/10/2017,from   Kalka-Narkand via (fagu)-sarhan -sangla-chitkul -kolpa-naka kaza (Chandertal lake) - tabo-manali via (kunjung pass). if you kindly make a proper tour chart i will be highly greatful. and if possible pl mention  phone no of some of the car booking drivers and hotel phone nos in this route. Thanking you .

kaushik saha

Hi Kaushik, It would be easy

Hi Kaushik,

It would be easy to make a draft of your itinerary based on inputs from this blogpost. I will send you the number of the person who might be able to arrange car and accommodation.

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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?

You do not have enough days.

You do not have enough days. I would suggest to keep from Manali to Manali and skip Kalpa. Shimla-Kaza-MAnali will take quite sometime.

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)

Dharmshala to Sangla is

Dharmshala to Sangla is really a very long trip. I hope you already checked about it. Ofcourse it is doable but considering the time you have, it would be hectic.

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.

Weather would be cold but not

Weather would be cold but not freezing. May is beginning of the season. It would be a nice trip.

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

 

Kaza-Manali is not possible

Kaza-Manali is not possible in February so you will have to return back to Shimla. Yes, there would be lot of snow on the road and will make driving really challenging. Not just ground clearance, you need to be an experienced driver so that you can drive on black ice.

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.

Dear Vishnu,   In case you

Dear Vishnu,

 

In case you want we can provide you with all kinds of logistics.

 

Regards

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

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