Manali to Spiti valley on foot?

#1 Apr 16th, 2017, 12:03
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Hello everyone, I've heard that Rohtang pass was opened for pedestrians cca two weeks ago. I am in Himachal Pradesh right now and I was thinking about going the whole way from Manali to Kaza (via Rohtang pass, Kunzum pass and following the river further to Kaza).

1.) How crazy it is?

I am quite used to trekking and walking 25-30km per day doesn't seem as a big problem to me. However I don't have a big experience with the attitude (3600m on Singalila trek is my record so far). Anyway It is 200km from Manali to Kaza by road so I think that it could be possible to cover it in 10days.

2) Is it worth it?

I've noticed during my research that most of the guys visiting Spiti valley stay and trek around Kaza. I struggled to find any info on the places northwards by the road... Does that mean that there is not so much to see?

The point to all of this is to visit the Spiti valley and have a great time. I kind of like the idea of walking all the way there and time is not such a problem for me. However it is possible that I would have to skipp most of the places around Kaza because I don't see myself so motivated to do another 5days around there since I'd like to go to Gangotri later and I will need some rest I guess...

Thanks for any suggestions
#2 Apr 18th, 2017, 15:41
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I doubt if you will be able to cross kunzum still on foot. high passes will still not be passable even on foot. if you are in Manali, better check out with some local adventure travel agent.
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Originally Posted by Nunuaa View Post 1.) How crazy it is?

2) Is it worth it?
1) In my opinion....Quite crazy!
2) I doubt it, but would be fascinated to hear how you survived the experience if you ever did it!

Reason.......The TRAFFIC, following the Sound your Horn at every Bend maxim. I love trekking: to be at one with nature and hear the birds, the running of the rivers and streams, to see the new vistas around the next turn in the trail........... But this is a major highway you're talking about.
Better, in my a humble opinion: Take a bus and then do some day treks around each town you break your journey at
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It won't be a cakewalk, but you'll make it!

Hi,

I cycled from Manali to Kaza, unsupported or fully self-supported - Sep '16. I think you should be able to manage. The ascent to Rohtang and Kunzum would be a slight challenge only due to the altitude. But my hunch is that while walking you would be climbing very, very gradually thus offsetting the effect of AMS. I had no problem with the altitude.

You should also be able to find small-ish human settlements along the way, after every 20-25 kms. These could be makeshift shops, PWD (Public Works Department) rest-house or a small village.

I think your stops would be:

Manali>Gulabo>Marhi>Gramphu>Ch attru (or a small shop 8 kms short of Chattru)>Chota Dhara or a makeshift BSNL construction facility that may or may not be around still>Batal>Takcha (in case you're carrying your own tent)>Losar>Hanse>Chicham>Ki Monsatery (Only if you're interested)>Kaza

There is an alternate route via Rangrik but I didn't take that route.

I would recommend undertaking this trip once the bus service from Manali to Kaza starts because that is when most people set up shops on that route.

Best,
Sid
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Originally Posted by Nunuaa View Post Hello everyone, I've heard that Rohtang pass was opened for pedestrians cca two weeks ago. I am in Himachal Pradesh right now and I was thinking about going the whole way from Manali to Kaza (via Rohtang pass, Kunzum pass and following the river further to Kaza).

1.) How crazy it is?

I am quite used to trekking and walking 25-30km per day doesn't seem as a big problem to me. However I don't have a big experience with the attitude (3600m on Singalila trek is my record so far). Anyway It is 200km from Manali to Kaza by road so I think that it could be possible to cover it in 10days.

2) Is it worth it?

I've noticed during my research that most of the guys visiting Spiti valley stay and trek around Kaza. I struggled to find any info on the places northwards by the road... Does that mean that there is not so much to see?

The point to all of this is to visit the Spiti valley and have a great time. I kind of like the idea of walking all the way there and time is not such a problem for me. However it is possible that I would have to skipp most of the places around Kaza because I don't see myself so motivated to do another 5days around there since I'd like to go to Gangotri later and I will need some rest I guess...

Thanks for any suggestions
Not crazy or silly at all.
On the contrary; I consider it to be quite an interesting approach (also literally).
You would have sufficient facilities along the way, could even break your walk if in need.
I would recommend you on taking the detour to Chandertal and walk up straight to Kunzum La.
From after Rohtang traffic will be no issue. Either avoid following the road up to Rohtang or hop on a bus if traffic is prohibitive.
If you find enough time you could even consider an alternative approach to Kibber.
I have walked parts of it but the other direction.
Height should not matter as you get aclimatized actively while walking. It is mostly for those travelling by plane or road transport.
Julay!

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