spiti valley, Nordern INDIA
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 4, 2013 4:52 AM Last Post By: davinjakarta
May 24, 2013 12:47 AM
spiti valley, Nordern INDIAHi there.
I'm planning to travelling 2~3weeks at Spiti Valley(and Kinnaur) in end of July.
I've already travelled Manali - Leh two years ago. so I think i know usally customs, money trouble, homestay...etc. but I'm afraid I have no idea of road conditions, best directions(from manali to shimla), and how many days...
If you have any infomations. please...
May 24, 2013 2:02 AM
1We did the route a few years and will be there again same time as you.
Last time we went CW and it was good. The first few days were rough, and apparently still rough. Once you get to Losar it was OK and tar road started.
This time we'll be going CCW and meeting a friend in Rekong Peo so will be getting the roughest road at the end.
If you start Manali I think CW is best. Get the bad road over with first.
We'll be coming from Nepal and carry on through to Srinigar this time.
You'll need a special permit easily gotten in Kaza or Rekong Peo.
I forget how long it took
May 25, 2013 10:35 PM
2Road conditions were ok as of last september... the beautiful parts had worse roads and the less beautiful parts had good roads... there are 2 excellent stretches in kinnaur... around 5 kms of good quality tarmac near the jaypee hydel project and another 10 kms of good tarmac near the akpa bridge... the roads are better in kinnaur than in spiti... if you want a nice ride with less traffic, try the old hindustan tibet road... shimla - narkanda - taklech - darangati - sarahan - tapri - urni - kalpa - Pangi - Jangi - Kanam - Pooh - Nako - Tabo - Dhankar - Kaza - Ki - Kibber - Kaza - Manali
The first route from narkanda to pooh is awesome... expect bad roads / not much traffic / amazing views.... some parts not advisable if you are doing it solo...
other wise you can try the regular manali - kaza-kinnaur-kullu - manali circuti
Jul 14, 2013 6:12 PM
Sep 4, 2013 4:52 AM
4The narkanda /baggi/ sungri/ darangati and on to Sarahan is interesting. we did it a couple of years ago. Bagi to Sungri was pretty rough. Westayed in the Sungri guest house. Sungri down to Taklesh OK, very pretty but the road up to Dharangati was something else again! It does not follow the original old tibetan highway but snakes up and around the other side of the valley. Nice to look at but hard underfoot. Rocks and uneven and uphill make it hard to maintain speed.
stay at the old old guest house at the top of the hill but there is also a camp set up there. 2 tea shops. It is a lovely spot.
The descent was rough but once it crossed the valley the road into Sarahan was flat and smooth....From there we walked around the rest of the old road for 30km. Great walk but you would not want to take your bike on it. From there we dropped onto the NH22 and went to Reckong Peo and Kalpa.
If it is your first time in the area better stick to SH22 while you get your bearings!
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