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Hyderabad to Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

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3 minutes ago, sagar said:

Back in 2016, Due to lack of leaves at work we shortened it to doing it from Delhi and mission accomplished :D

Looking at the number of plans being made in multiple posts this spiti would need annual leave approval ... sick leave would not do 😀.. 

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7 minutes ago, ksa171983 said:

Looking at the number of plans being made in multiple posts this spiti would need annual leave approval ... sick leave would not do 😀.. 

 

A longer sick leave where you would have to produce a doctor's certificate would make it very much comfortable to do this :D 

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Doing it from Hyderabad in a group is very tough affair.(for people don't have leaves)

Delhi to Spiti will be more manageable.

 

How many do we require to properly explore Spiti?

I'm contemplating between Leh and Spiti. 

 

Leh has direct flights but Spiti looks adventurous. 

 

 

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On ‎7‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 11:04 AM, RajG said:

Doing it from Hyderabad in a group is very tough affair.(for people don't have leaves)

Delhi to Spiti will be more manageable.

 

How many do we require to properly explore Spiti?

I'm contemplating between Leh and Spiti. 

 

Leh has direct flights but Spiti looks adventurous. 

 

 

 

Leh now-a-days has grown more towards the commercial end. But the beauty there still remains the same except for the crowd. Everything are available quite easily over there unlike Spiti. Spiti is almost a no man's land. Extremely adventurous.

Do go through the whole log above as it has everything which can be your absolute guide. Good 15 days would be sufficient to explore Spiti if you are planning to drive from Hyderabad. :) 

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16 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

I have a solution to this now after the pre-monsoon drive

 

haha 

 

On 7/5/2018 at 11:04 AM, RajG said:

How many do we require to properly explore Spiti?

 

Usually to explore nice places leisurely it will take two weeks.
But you can do a full circuit in 8 days. 

Problem in 8 days? you wont be able to cover all the places. 

 

Roads in Spiti are unpredictable, you always should have a two days buffer. 

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2 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

Roads in Spiti are unpredictable, you always should have a two days buffer. 

 

Living there for a month will definitely change a man's perspective towards life. It will be the time of your life <3 .. I would recommend this if there's anyone looking to travel having no restrictions :D 

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Excellent report complimented amazing pictures Varun. Very informative post. It has all the necessary information needed to do Spiti valley. 

I have stayed in Delhi for 6 years and i couldn't dare to do this till now. Now, after getting transferred to Hyderabad, I feel like doing this :) 

How are the weather conditions in Spiti in November/December ? Is it doable? Ofcourse on a 4X4 .. Planning to do it from Delhi..

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17 hours ago, mayank said:

 

How are the weather conditions in Spiti in November/December ? Is it doable? Ofcourse on a 4X4 .. Planning to do it from Delhi..

 

Yes, 4X4 is a must this season to do Spiti valley and it is definitely doable but not at all easy :) Are you planning to rent one and which car are you think of?

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19 hours ago, mayank said:

Spiti in November/December ?

 

Issues:

  • Your vehicle should be 4x4 (preferably with chains)
  • Road blocks are unpredictable, be ready to stay back, keep at least 5+ days buffer. 
  • Going in a group is a must, if you are a first timer in winter. 
  • Very few accommodations are available. 
  • You cannot drive towards Chandratal. 
  • You cannot do a full circuit, you should come back via Shimla 

 

I would suggest you to visit during Summer,

Drive back during winter.

 

In summer itself, it is a great adventure.

There are many tracks to explore. 

 

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On 11/14/2018 at 4:54 PM, Ranger said:
  • Your vehicle should be 4x4 (preferably with chains)
  • Road blocks are unpredictable, be ready to stay back, keep at least 5+ days buffer. 
  • Going in a group is a must, if you are a first timer in winter. 
  • Very few accommodations are available. 
  • You cannot drive towards Chandratal. 
  • You cannot do a full circuit, you should come back via Shimla 

 

Looks too complicated. 

Plan purely relies on weather conditions. 

 

I want to visit Spiti in December.

But after discussing with Karthik and Ranger decided to drop out. 

 

May be I have to wait till i buy a proper 4x4.

 

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2 hours ago, RajG said:

 

May be I have to wait till i buy a proper 4x4.

 

 

Will be waiting for you to get your new Compass delivered .. May be we can plan this for the next November/December.

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Hi team, Have you guys visited Chadrataal lake during your Spiti drive? I heard there are camping spots beside Chandrataal lake. Can we drive till the camping spot or does it require any trek to reach the spot?

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Hi @mayank, It was raining very heavily during our drive to Chandrataal lake. For the kind of roads and terrains that we were driving, we could hardly see the road due to heavy downpour. We had returned back midway and continued our next bit of journey. We have done our enough bit of research about the Chandrataal lake and stayed at a host's place in Kaza who regularly announces his treks and camps on the banks of Chandratal lake. We will have to drive down till Batal and trek for about 14 kms to reach the camping spot

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This could be not just the trip of a lifetime but the experience of a lifetime.

@varunc You've managed to capture majesty, fearsomeness and grace, gentleness at the same time. Appreciate your patience for providing all the details. Stunning travelogue with gorgeous pictures.

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15 hours ago, KSK said:

This could be not just the trip of a lifetime but the experience of a lifetime.

 

This was truly the best road trip we have done. Out of may road trips in Himalayas, this stands tall on our list till date. One should explore this place leisurely soaking in all the beauty by having at least 15 days in their sac. :) 

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2 hours ago, karthik said:

Between Leh and Spiti which is a better place for road tripping people like us. 

 

About 8 years ago when I had first done my Leh trip, I had felt that it going to get spoilt pretty soon because of the commercialisation. I hope they work towards preserving this jewel in Himalayas. I in fact loved the road trip to Leh as it is more scenic.

A couple of years later when I had done my Spiti drive, I went bonkers. It was heaven on earth and lot is there to be explored. Absolutely deserted and I had the time of my life. This place is pure magic and I'm afraid if this would lose it's charm like Leh again. The terrain is tough and the circumstances in this region are unpredictable and that's one reason why the beauty of this place still stays preserved.

 

If you want to enjoy the Himalayas irrespective of the little crowd it has which has decent amenities in reach, Leh is a place to do.

If  you are looking at pure exploration and when time is not the limit, hands down Spiti Valley :) 

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On 2/21/2019 at 5:07 PM, sagar said:

If you want to enjoy the Himalayas irrespective of the little crowd it has which has decent amenities in reach, Leh is a place to do.

If  you are looking at pure exploration and when time is not the limit, hands down Spiti Valley :) 

 

Well said. Spiti in winter is my dream drive!

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