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Spiti Valley Budget Trip: 10 Day Itinerary and Daily Cost

Spiti Valley budget trip is a dream come true for every backpacker. This part of the world is one of the most surreal places that you’ll ever visit in your lifetime. It will leave an permanent imprint in your mind as a traveler.

Since Spiti is located remotely in the mountains, it is extremely important that you plan your trip well. Not only should you be aware of the rugged terrain but also of the daily cost throughout your Spiti Valley budget trip.

Regions in the mountains are often expensive owing to limited local resources and an overall difficult lifestyle of the natives. Not to forget emergency travel budget situations arising due to the unpredictable weather.

Taking a trip to Spiti and maintaining a pre-defined budget has been quite an achievement for me as a traveler. Therefore, through my current blog, I’d like to share my travel experience in Spiti with anybody seeking a decent plan, itinerary and an effective budget.

Also useful:

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Trekking and camping at Chandrataal lake in Spiti

Spiti Valley Budget Trip

Let me start this blog by addressing a common question asked by most travelers -“is a Spiti Valley budget trip even possible?” Well, with the right planning, it surely is possible.

If you happen to be one of those travelers who wants too much to see but doesn’t have enough funds, do not worry. You are not the only one having this concern. I had the same when I first started my journey. However, I did manage well and so will you.

It needs to be mentioned here that on my first trip to Spiti, I traveled along with two more friends. Therefore, all the prices mentioned throughout this blog have been calculated accordingly.

As a first time traveler, you should visit Spiti with at least one or two more persons. That way, you will have no problem managing your expenses. 

If you want to travel solo to Spiti, then I’d urge you to do so after your first trip. That way you will understand the locale well and will be able to plan your budget accordingly. Traveling solo on your maiden visit to Spiti will prove out to be hugely expensive. 

Spiti Valley Budget Trip

When I first visited Spiti, little did I know what was in store for me. Having spent 10 days in Spiti and its nearby locales , I witnessed a positive change in me as a traveler and as a person. Spiti will do the same to you. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot. 

Spiti Valley is home to enchanting monasteries, snow-capped mountains, the pristine Spiti River and clear skies that boast of countless stars. It is also home to the Moon Lake or Chandratal Lake as the locals call it. 

Also, this region has the world’s highest and old-fashioned petrol pump at Kaza, the world’s highest motorable village Komik and the world’s highest post office at Hikkim.

In addition to the natural beauty of the place, your Spiti Valley budget trip will turn out to be memorable because of the heartwarming people of the region. They will welcome you with open arms and make you feel at peace

Let me sum my overall experience in Spiti by pouring my heart through the following words –

“We held our breaths with our bodies stiffened, as our bus found itself on the very edge of the hazardous road. On the other side, there were just a few centimetres between our wheels and the cliff from which the road had been carved. It was dangerous and scary but totally worth it”

Thus, Spiti Valley is not for the faint-hearted. This needed to be set right at the outset.

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My first ever trip to Spiti was along two other good friends of mine. I’m glad we traveled together because the region was completely new for us. By being together, we managed to cut down on our expenses significantly. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

It is important to be aware of the overall budget when you plan to take a trip anywhere. Without the right kind of budget allocation, you will end up spending much more than required without exploring much.

Now this should be avoided at all costs.

Your goal as a traveler pursuing Spiti Valley budget trip should be to explore much more by spending less.

Spiti Valley Budget Trip – A Brief Overview for Travelers

Here’s a brief overview of how your Spiti Valley budget trip should like. There are things on which you shouldn’t mind spending but on others you should certainly save. I’m sharing all of the points below based on my own personal experience.

Estimated budget for a 8 to 10 day trip

18,000 to 20,000 INR

Most expensive commodities

Accommodation and transportation

Reasonable commodities

Food and sightseeing

Top money saving tips

Book home stays and guest houses instead of hotels wherever possible

Budget tips for adventure seeking travelers

If you travel during summers, carry your own tent and camp amidst the mountains for free

Suggestions for group travelers

Divide your budget equally amongst yourselves and let one person handle all the money

Suggestions for solo travelers

Stick to grabbing most of your meals in local homes instead of restaurants and carry fruits with you



A cold and remote desert valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is almost cut off from the rest of the world. A lot of people don’t even know if Spiti is safe or dangerous for travelers ? However, even then, hundreds of travelers visit Spiti each year.

Despite the rough terrains, harsh environment, unpredictable weather, and tough living standards, Spiti Valley marks the list of almost every traveler today.

If you ask me the reason, I’d say – Its a dazzling beauty that also happens to pump out your Adrenalin. Not to to forget the honesty of the people there and their simplicity.

10 Day Itinerary for a Good Spiti Valley Budget Trip

As travelers, my friends and me had a planned a trip to Spiti Valley via the Shimla side and not Manali. Reason being, the roads from the Shimla side are better. Also, that route is open throughout the year unlike the Manali route.

If you’re struggling with the question of how to reach Spiti Valley and which route to take to reach there, do not worry. Spend some time knowing all the routes. Make a final call depending on the timing of your trip and the duration of your stay.

Anyway, here is the itinerary that we three friends followed on our first ever trip to Spiti –

Day 1

Reaching Reckong Peo from Shimla

Day 2

Reaching Kaza in a bumpy bus

Day 3

Visiting Langza, Komik & Demul Khas

Day 4

Traveling to Key Monastery and offbeat villages

Day 5

Trekking in Dhankar & staying overnight within Pin Valley National Park

Day 6

Mailing Postcards at Hikkim & Shopping at Kaza

Day 7    

Visiting Losar, Kunzum Pass and Returning to Kaza

Day 8

Leaving Kaza and reaching Kalpa

Day 9

Exploring Sangla & Chitkul

Day 10

Bidding adieu to the region




Let me now share the day wise itinerary of my Spiti Valley budget trip in detail. I will also be sharing daily costs for each day. 

Day 1 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Reaching Reckong Peo from Shimla

After getting a good night’s sleep and resting our bodies tired from the long journey to Shimla from Mumbai (our home city), we were finally heading towards Spiti Valley.

In case you have additional days, feel free to stay for at least 3 days in Himachal Pradesh’s capital – Shimla. There are so many reasons to visit Shimla. Trust me, you will love the pretty town.

Covering a distance of 230 Kms till Reckong Peo

We grabbed breakfast along with our haversacks and hopped on to a local bus that would cover a distance of 230 kilometres and take us to a place known as Reckong Peo. The locals call it just Peo.

Now you do have the option of booking a cab instead but believe it or not, the bumps, the stares, and the cramps that accompany the economical bus rides will make your journey memorable. Therefore, travel by bus. Also, travelling by bus is the best option to genuinely pursue your Spiti Valley budget trip.

Checking in our home stay at Reckong Peo

We made it to Reckong Peo at around 4 pm and were almost desperate to have a room to ourselves, to rest our backs, and to devour some steamy momos. Reckong Peo finds itself at about 2290 meters above sea level, in Kinnaur district of Himachal.

It is a bustling town as per Himachal standards but nevertheless pretty with its breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas. While the options were many, we finally checked in to Hotel Jeevan Jyoti. This place turned out to be clean, hospitable, and affordable.

We made sure that we slept early so as to take complete rest before starting the next day. As it turned out, next day was way tougher than we thought it would be as first time mountain travelers.

 Money spent on day 1 

Bus ticket from Shimla to Rekong Peo

340 INR per person

Staying at Hotel Jeevan Jyoti

600 INR for a room in total. Therefore, it costed us 200 INR per person

Food (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)

300 INR per person in total for all four meals

 

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There are buses that leave from Shimla main bus stand to Reckong Peo starting 4 am to about 11 am everyday. They run at a frequency of half an hour. Know the schedule before hand. If you are a woman traveler, do not forget to ask for ‘Women’s Concession’ on your way to Spiti via a government bus. Himachal government offers it to women. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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First view of Reckong Peo as seen by me. Just like this man in the picture, we too couldn’t stop gazing at the endless mountains and green views. Reckong Peo lies outside Spiti and is the headquarter of Himachal’s Kinnaur district. Spiti isn’t in Kinnaur but in a district by the same name i.e. Lahaul and Spiti. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 2 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Reaching Kaza in a Bumpy Bus 

We started our second day by waiting for a bus. It was suppose to carry us from Reckong Peo till Kaza. To our horror, a crowded bus with almost no space approached us at 7:15 am in the morning.

After somehow stuffing in our haversacks in the dusty back of the bus, we squeezed in where we almost felt like foreigners.

Bagging a seat in a public bus 

We managed to bag just one seat even though we were three friends. This was us being lucky (yes that is correct because in buses here bagging even one seat is getting lucky). We tiresomely alternated this one seat amongst the three of us almost till the very end. 

This had probably been the most tiring journey of my life. However, what made it special were the little things – steaming hot rajma chawal (broad beans and rice) for lunch at our halt at a place called Nako, driving through gorgeous mountain views, holding tight as we made it through steep roads, landslides, and unpredictable weather conditions, and gaping at the ever-changing terrain.

Reaching beautiful Kaza and checking in our place of stay

We reached Kaza at about 5 pm, and we couldn’t believe where we were. It was almost like time stood still. Vast stretches of nothing but barren mountains capped with snow, chilled winds, and the three of us almost forgot how tired we really were.

We headed to what was going to be home for the next days – Pema Homestay, where we were greeted by the cutest of kids, hot chai (tea) and a cozy room warmed by Achaktap (indoor furnace).

Money spent on day 2 

Bus ticket from Reckong Peo to Kaza

250 INR per person

Pema Homestay

800 INR per person (inclusive of all meals)

Additional Food 

200 INR per person 

 

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Local Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses are Spiti’s lifeline. Make sure you’re well in time for catching the bus to Kaza from Reckong Peo. There’s just one bus on this route on an ordinary daily basis. Be sure about the “starting point” of the bus. Also, book your tickets in advance. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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One of the “rooms” at Pema Guesthouse. This place turned out to be nice and clean. The owners were lovely people from the mountains and were extremely hospitable. As a traveler, all you need in Spiti is a decent place to crash down at the end of each day because you will get tired. So make sure your place of stay is comfortable. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 3 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Visiting Langza, Komik & Demul Khas

This was our very first morning in mainland Spiti Valley. We were super excited. An early morning walk around the place exposed us to happy puppies and locals jetting water out of pumps.

We were served delicious aloo parathas (Indian bread stuffed with potatoes) for breakfast at our place of stay.

Heading to the fossil village of Langza

We headed to a remote village known as Langza right after breakfast. It is essentially a place filled with ancient fossils.

What we noticed within a millisecond was a towering Golden Buddha statue pitched against clear blue skies. Numberless prayer flags signifying a strong Buddhist presence marked the already charming Langza.

Reaching Demul Khas and witnessing fresh snowfall

Our final destination for the day was Demul Khas. This is a place not as visited as Langza but it is splendid.  A good 2-hour drive made us all witnesses to blue sheep, and turbulent weather.

Our whims and fancies got catered to as we reached Demul around 4:30 pm and it started snowing. We then headed to an unknown house, one that felt homely, one that warmed us up with chai (tea) and food.

Making it to the highest motorable village in the world

Our next stop was Komik.  This place situated at a lofty 4,587 meters above sea level and known as the “world’s highest motorable village.” It is for this reason that Komik attracts travelers from far and wide.

Known for the Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery, Komik is a lovely place.

Back to Kaza

Our Spiti Valley budget trip was turning out to be exemplary. We got back to Kaza at 7 pm and witnessed a power cut. Our cold bodies craved the electric heaters placed in our rooms.

But we warmed ourselves up in a room made cozy with people and a chaktap (indoor furnace).

All in all, life was good.

Money spent on day 3 

Pema Homestay

800 INR per person (including meals)

Cab for covering Langza, Demul Khas and Komik

2200 INR in total. 550 INR per person (We made a deal with a local cab driver and he charged us the same amount throughout our stay in Spiti).

 

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The magnificent statue of Buddha at Langza standing tall against snow clad Himalayas. While at the site, hunt for fossils of prehistoric marine animals, found in abundance all around the place. Due to the many fossils, Langza is known as the fossil village. This place is incredible. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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The generous family in Demul that offered us steaming hot tea and lunch for free. Such are the people of Spiti – simple, pure and compassionate. See the broom in this picture – it is meant exclusively for cleaning the indoor furnace. The natives respect their place of cooking and believe that the local deity resides there. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 4 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Visiting Key Monastery and Offbeat Villages

Day four started with a fresh zeal. After all, we were about to visit the most photographed places of Spiti. These places are all over travel websites on the internet.

Visiting the magical Key Monastery and Gete Village

A 15 kilometre drive from Kaza took us to the very prominent Key Monastery – one that features in a number of master photographs from Spiti.

Key looks almost magical, straight out of a fantasy book. When we reached the monastery, the monks at Key were performing Badipooja (prayer) which we were lucky enough to witness.

Picture this – 30 monks dressed in bright maroonish-red colur in a  mystic architecture, and vast stretches of land of nothingness. You know you can stay in Key Monastery itself and even become a volunteer.

We then proceeded to the not very popular Gete Village, which offers you a top view of the enchanting Key Monastery. Rely a little on locals’ advice over Google in the region.

Reaching the villages of Tashigang, Chicham and Kibber

Driving a little further, we reached Tashigang. This was apparently the highest village in Spiti Valley – 2,650 meters above sea level. This place barely had 5 to 6 homes. It was a little village, indeed.

We then moved on to Chicham. There, we got lucky and saw about a hundred yaks being tamed for agriculture. 

We then boarded our cab which drove on vast stretches of nothing but ice. We trusted the driver because he was a local inmate and was familiar with driving on ice.

We finally made our way to Kibber. It is a large village by Spitian standards. It is also popular for snow leopard spotting. We checked in to our home stay here.

20 km drive till La Darcha

What made Day 4 the best day of my Spiti Valley budget trip was a 20 kilometre drive to a place no blog will tell you of – La Darcha. An invisible moon and an electricity cut led us to see about a million stars, comets and shooting stars in the sky.

Right after checking in Kibber, we took this lovely drive.

The temperature dropped to a freezing -18 degrees Celsius, our hands were numb, and all we had to keep ourselves warm was a flask of chai (tea), a bonfire, and our high spirits.

Money spent on day 4 

Cab for covering all sightseeing places

2200 INR in total. 550 INR per person

Homestay at Kibber

800 INR per person

 

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A glimpse into the ‘Badi Pooja’ that took place over 3 days at Key Monastery. As a traveler, you can volunteer at Key Monastery and live the life as lead in the monastery. They even let you stay with them and offer food if you are decent. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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The 20 km drive till La Darcha was the highlight of day four of our Spiti trip. At the moment of this picture, the temperature had dropped to a freezing -18 degrees Celsius. We could have easily shot an ad film for any automobile company at this location and with this brilliant background. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 5 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Trekking at Dhankar & Staying Overnight within Pin Valley National Park

Day five began with a long 50 kilometre drive that took us to Dhankar. Home to about 150 monks, Dhankar Monastery is the newest of all in Spiti Valley.

What makes it even prettier is the breathtaking view it withholds – that of the beautiful confluence of Spiti and Pin Rivers.

Trek till Dhankar Lake

In spite of being worn out, we made up our minds to trek to Dhankar Lake. The trail of this short trek was 3 kms.  Although 3 kilometres might sound easy, the high altitude leaves you breathless at multiple points. Reconsider the trek if you have any serious health conditions.

After spending a happy 2 hours with dogs that voluntarily accompanied us on the trek, we commenced our descent. The best thing to do for a successful Spiti Valley budget trip would be choosing trekking over driving. 

Spending the night at Mudh within Pin Valley National Park

Next on our list was Pin Valley National Park. We chose to spend a night within the park at a place called Mudh hidden deep within Pin. We reached the top in an hour and were amazed to see a lake that was 80% frozen and 20% water.

Once again, to ensure a Spiti Valley budget trip in all its genuity, make sure you scan through all the options available for accommodation before finalizing on one. Tired from the long day, we spent the night watching a movie indoors.

Money spent day 5 

Cab

2200 INR in total. 550 INR per person

Homestay at Mudh

500 INR per person (inclusive of meals)

 

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A view of Dhankar Village. In times gone by, this place was the capital of Spiti. The colour brown seems to be covering the terrain here. This picture was taken while pursuing our trek at the frozen Dhankar lake. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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This is me taking a nap for observing the majestic view around me and also for replenishing my energy after a tiring trek till Dhankar Lake. I could have napped here for hours and hours together. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 6 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Mailing Postcards at Hikkim & Shopping at Kaza

We finally headed to the destination we’d read the most about and that is Hikkim. It is nearest major town from Kaza and is at a distance of about 45 kms from there.

Getting postcards stamped at the highest post office in the world

Since the very start of our trip, we’d dreamed about getting postcards stamped at the highest post office of the world, which happens to be in Hikkim. 

A beautiful mud structure painted in white, with a cute little postbox right by the door totally stood out.We received a warm welcome by Rinchen Cherring, the postmaster, who has been doing this very job since the past several decades.

Cherring successfully ensures that amidst no cell phone reception, the residents of Hikkim have at least some connection with the rest of the world. With no other employees to assist him, he indeed is an unsung hero.

If you leave Hikkim without sending out postcards to your loved ones, your Spiti Valley trip won’t be complete. 

Shopping in Kaza

We spent the evening strolling around the markets of Kaza and relishing the best momos we’d eaten in a while.

We also shopped for warmer woolens than we owned already. Reason being, the next day i.e. Day 7 was going to be the coldest of all.

To make your Spiti Valley budget trip even more economical, do try your hand at bargaining.

Washing our car

What we did after our spending hours at Kaza was not on our itinerary at all. We drove our car plastered in mud and snow into the Spiti River, and washed all the dirt away.

This is definitely not something we would get to do back at home, and we were thrilled by the sheer experience.

 Money spent day 6 

Mailing postcards from post office at Hikkim

20 INR each

Pema Homestay

800 INR per person (inclusive of all meals)

Delicious momos at Kaza

60 INR a plate (10 veg momos)

Woolens

200 INR for a monkey cap, 150 INR for a pair of socks, 150 INR for a pair of gloves

 

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A gentleman Rinchen Cherring opening the doors to the world’s highest post office at Hikkim. We mailed post cards from here. If you want to do the same, make sure you have addresses of the recipients. Reason being there is  no network in Hikkim for you to contact any of the recipients. This place is lovely. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

Spiti Valley Budget Trip

After mailing a few postcards to our loved ones from Hikkim’s post office and then shopping in Kaza, we washed our car inside out by the cold waters of the Spiti river. By the way, we negotiated with our cab driver and made sure that cab on day 6 costed us nothing. The fact that we could travel for free made us happy. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 7 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Visiting Losar, Kunzum Pass and Returning to Kaza

This was to be our last day in Spiti per say. The remaining 3 days were meant for exploring sights beyond mainland Spiti in other districts of Himachal on our way back to Shimla and finally to our home city – Mumbai.

Visiting the last inhabited village on the Indo-China border – Losar

We were told by the locals that our Spiti Valley budget trip would be wholesome if we spared a day to visit Losar and Kunzum Pass.

Losar is a scenic hamlet, known to be the last inhabited village on the Indo-China border. There isn’t much to do out there, but that’s where the beauty lies oftentimes – in doing nothing.

Another 20 kilometers ahead of Losar, lies Kunzum Pass.

Enjoying the mystical Kunzum Pass

After being reassured about the roads by locals, we proceeded to Kunzum as planned. The mountains, the roads, the trees were all covered with a thick blanket of pitch white snow.

With our car’s windshield covered with mud, we finally made it to Kunzum. We had snow up till our knees, but we sure did not mind it.

After glaring at the stark beauty of Kunzum, after failed attempts at building a snowman, after hiking up to the temple, and after bringing back to life a car stuck in mucky snow, we made our way back.

Our Spiti Valley budget trip was coming to an end, but we’d never been happier. Our journey back to Kaza had in store for us sightings of Himalayan Drifters and Red Foxes. We were elated.

Money spent on day 7 

Cab

2200 INR in total. 550 INR per person

Pema Homestay

800 INR per person (inclusive of all meals)

 

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A milestone on our way to Kunzum Pass. It is located at an altitude of 4590 meters above sea level. Kunzum Pass is among one of the highest motorable passes in the world. Pack yourself up in super warm clothes if you want to visit here. Even during the day, the temperature can drop due to strong chilly winds. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

Kunzum Pass in Spiti

This is me at Kunzum Pass super excited to be all around snow. Kunzum Pass has no restaurants, houses, or shops. So make sure you stock up on food and water beforehand. Life here is tough but good. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 8 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Leaving Kaza and Reaching Kalpa

With heavy hearts, we bid goodbye to Kaza. It almost felt like we were completely disconnected from the world outside, and that we had nothing to do with it. That feeling by the way was most beautiful.

Bus journey till Kalpa

There’s just one bus that leaves for Reckong Peo from Kaza on a daily basis at about 7 am. We boarded it.

A comfortable bus journey, one where we constantly found ourselves mulling over photographs from the trip, was all we needed. We reached Reckong Peo at about 4:30 pm but we decided to stay the night at Kalpa instead.

Kalpa finds itself at a distance of about 6-8 kilometres from Reckong Peo and is much colder, greener and quieter. Reckong Peo and Kalpa are connected by a number of daily local buses.

Enjoying the greenery of Kalpa

We made it to our accommodation at about 6 pm and were flattered by the greenery – something we missed back in Spiti. An economical option for your stay at Kalpa, as part of the Spiti Valley budget trip would be the Alpine Nest Stay. This place is affordable, clean and safe.

Money spent on day 8 

Bus ticket from Kaza to Reckong Peo

250 INR per person

Food (Breakfast, lunch, snacks)

200 INR per person approximately

Bus ticket from Reckong Peo to Kalpa

15 INR per person

Alpine Nest

1200 INR in total. 400 INR per person 

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One of the many water pumps found in Kaza. This was the last picture clicked by me in Kaza before bidding goodbye and leaving for Kalpa. Kaza was lovely and made me feel like home. I will come here again. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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Amidst the tall and green pine trees in Kalpa. Witnessing greenery after the cold desert of Spiti will feel different. In this picture are two of my friends, me and a native helping resident of the region. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 9 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Exploring Sangla & Chitkul

Although not a part of Spiti Valley, it would be worth making a visit to Sangla and Chitkul in Kinnaur District at either the beginning or towards the end of your Spiti Valley budget trip, just as we did.

If you want, you can even visit Batseri – a beautiful village nestled high in the mountains.

Your eyes would definitely be craving for some greenery after witnessing the cold desert of Spiti. You can easily get local buses starting Kalpa and Rekong Peo to both Sangla and Chitkul.

Clarify the timings of these buses beforehand, to avoid further confusion.

Traveling to Sangla in an open jeep

We made ourselves comfortable on a terrace-café and as we sipped on hot coffee and watched the locals farming, life seemed to be perfect.

To our horror, there were no buses back to Sangla for the day. We, however, got lucky, and made it back in an open jeep; it was windy, and the sun was setting.

Hopping on to a bus and reaching Chitkul

We finally hopped on to a bus to Chitkul that left Rekong Peo at 12 pm. Only a few kilometres away from the Indo-Tibet border, Chitkul is a majestic place.

After spending some time in Chitkul, we headed back to Sangla. There, we checked into this decent place known as Lake View Resort and spent the night. 

Money Spent on day 9

Bus ticket from Sangla to Chitkul

120 INR per person

Food (Lunch and snacks)

150 INR per person 

Jeep from Chitkul to Sangla

300 INR per person

Accommodation in Sangla

500 INR per person (including dinner)

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The simplicity of places like Sangla Valley and Chitkul make them appealing to backpackers. There is something special about these places that make one’s heart feel the real joys and pleasures of life. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

 

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The merry views of Chitkul which is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The Indian road ends here and beyond that Chinese territory begins. Imagine being so close to a nation like China. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Day 10 of Spiti Valley Budget Trip: Bidding Adieu to Himachal and Returning Home

We took the bus to Shimla early in the morning, and a bus to Delhi at night from there. It was time to head home after a beautiful journey. Spiti will always remain in our hearts. Also, we will visit again.

Overall Transportation Costs to Visit and Explore Spiti

Transportation costs formed a major bulk of our Spiti valley budget trip. Reason being, that we traveled from a far away place like Mumbai. Hence, let me share with you the exact cost incurred from Mumbai to Spiti and back.

Train from Mumbai to Chandigarh

1800 INR per person

Bus from Chandigarh to Shimla

200 INR per person

Bus from Shimla to Reckong Peo

340 INR per person

Bus from Reckong Peo to Kaza

250 INR per person

Cab from Kaza to Langza, Demul Khas and Komik and back

550 INR per person

Cab for covering Key Monastery, Gete village, Tashigang, Chicham, Kibber and La Darcha

550 INR per person

Cab for covering Dhankar and Pin Valley National Park

550 INR per person

Cab from Kaza to Losar, Kunzum Pass and back

550 INR per person

Bus from Sangla to Shimla

300 INR per person

Bus from Shimla to Delhi

700 INR per person

Train from Delhi to Mumbai

2500 INR per person

Thinking about life on the road often brings to the fore fears of lack of money. Although money is crucial, it is fortunately not all that is required for a worthy trip. So plan well, travel with a happy heart and everything will fall in place.



Now that I’ve shared my Spiti Valley budget trip itinerary with you in great detail along with the cost, I’d like to throw some light on some of the other aspects.

Although Spiti Valley is being frequented by travelers now more often than ever, it doesn’t change the fact that elaborate planning is required to enjoy the rugged terrains and the extreme weather conditions.

Therefore, let me share some crucial travel aspects of Spiti with you below.

Phone connectivity in Spiti

Only BSNL connection will work in Spiti Valley and has the widest coverage of connectivity. Hence, make sure to buy a SIM card before hand. Other networks are no good here.

Washrooms in Spiti

A number of villages in Spiti offer only organic toilets. So get used to them.

Carrying cash

Make sure you have anticipated your expenses well in advance, for depending on ATM’s or card payments in Spiti is risky. Cash is a safer way to proceed.

Layering of clothes

Carry clothes that can be worn in layers – this will help you adjust to fluctuating temperatures. Wear more synthetic fabrics than cotton.

Portable chargers

Spiti is a remote desert and electricity cuts aren’t a rare phenomenon. Make sure you’re well prepared for the same. Carry portable chargers.

Dry weather

To avoid skin problems, make sure you’re well moisturized at all points. Carry Moisturizers and sunscreen lotions.  Weather in Spiti tends to chaff the skin.

Medicines needed

Along with your personal medicines, make sure you carry medicines for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Biking in Spiti

Please makes sure to go biking from the Manali side in order to reach Spiti. The journey is shorter and safer than Shimla.

A trip to Spiti

If you truly want to enjoy a place like Spiti, make sure you know about it as a locale inside out. This knowledge will help you cope up with a new landscape, new weather conditions and the overall way of living here. Picture credits: Tarang Mohnot

Before I end this blog, let me mention some of the most reasonable ways to save money in Spiti Valley. These might come across as strange but I can tell you for a fact that they totally work. So try them out.

6 Important Ways to Save Money in Spiti 

I’m sharing with you below a few simple but crucial ways that will ensure that your trip to Spiti turns out to be as economical as it can get.

Choose the correct season to visit

Traveling to Spiti in the months of August and September will fetch you better deals. Traveling during April and May will turn out to be expensive.

Use HRTC buses wherever possible

Although it might get a little too bumpy at times, the local HRTC buses are as efficient they can get, and will make sure you have a safe and cheap journey. So at least while traveling from Shimla to Peo to Kaza, use public transport only.

Travel as a group

I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again that travelling in groups of 3 or more would help you save on costs when it comes to stay and cabs meant for internal exploration. There, buses won’t be of any help because there aren’t any.

Eat at your stay and carry food

Make sure to eat meals at your place of stay. In fact pack lunch from there and carry it with you. The temperature is cold so it won’t even rot.

Take lifts from locals

It isn’t very difficult to get a free lift from one town to another in Spiti Valley, and while this will save you a few dimes, it will also give you the experience to remember always.

Book spontaneously

Although you might lean towards wanting to have a fixed plan and have advance bookings, a lot can go wrong when travelling to Spiti – landslides, roadblocks, etc. It would thus make sense to book on the spot, to avoid any cancellations

Spiti Valley: A Video by Me

When my friends first asked me about pursuing a Spiti valley budget trip, it took me no convincing to book my tickets. Now when I look back, I know that backpacking to Spiti was one of my best life’s decision.

If someone asks me to describe these 10 days of my life, I wouldn’t be able to do it in less than a few hours or maybe  a few days. This is how much Spiti had made me aware of it as a travel destination.

Spiti has so much to offer that there’s definitely going to be certain place you’ll miss out on your first trip. Nako, Tabo and Chandratal Lake were some of the many places that we couldn’t cover. But isn’t that where the beauty lies? Spiti will keep calling out on you. Over and over again.

When its my turn to return, I surely will and explore Spiti even more vigorously next time.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

About the Author

Spiti Valley budget trip

Tarang Mohnot is an innate traveler. Constantly trying to quench her thirst for travel, Tarang’s goal in life is to keep on getting her passport stamped over and over again. This implies that she wants to explore new destinations each year. Resorting to a local inhabitant’s advice over online searches, to physical maps over Google maps, to haversacks over suitcases, and to exploration over planning, Tarang hopes to visit places no one has ever visited and to share her travel experiences with millions of wanderlust lovers all over the world – something her CV won’t ever tell. Academically, Tarang has a background in economics and sociology. She is an alumni of the prestigious St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India. Reach out to Tarang on Instagram and Facebook.

Spiti Valley budget trip