Advice please: June '16: Spiti

#1 May 19th, 2016, 18:21
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Hello fellow wanderers!

I'm planning a low budget trip to Himachal Pradesh between 17-30 June.
This also happens to be a rainy time, and any suggestions for other places that I may visit to avoid some storms are of course very welcome!

The idea is to go from: Delhi - Shimla - Rampur/Recong Peo - Nako - Tabo - Kye - Kaza -Dhankar -Chandrataal - Kunzum pass - Rohtang pass - Manali - Kasol - Delhi

I want to travel preferably by public transport/cheapest option available, and possibly hike the distance between Tabo and Kaza (about 50km along the road) over a period of 3 days.

I hold a foreign passport and have seen that I would need a permit to travel this region, how/where do I get one?
Any travel advice please?

Also, if you're thinking of doing a similar route around this time, travel partners would be great and we can share costs (hehe).

Cheers!
#2 May 19th, 2016, 18:29
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Hello, You may read my TR in signature for traveling this region by bus. It'll give you some idea.
Permit @ reckong peo. I wouldn't recommend Kaza to Tabo by road as it'd be dusty (check the photos). Instead try a few day walks around Kalpa / Chikul and longer hikes between some villages near Kaza.
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Hi, thanks for the reply! Your busventure looks great and I'll be taking tips from that!
Where would you suggest hiking around Kaza? How would it be possible to get back to Kaza/around the area to Chandrataal? Is there a bus/taxis or possibly many bikers to hitch a ride from? Thank you!
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The idea is to go from: Delhi - Shimla - Rampur/Recong Peo - Nako - Tabo - Kye - Kaza -Dhankar -Chandrataal - Kunzum pass - Rohtang pass - Manali - Kasol - Delhi

I want to travel preferably by public transport/cheapest option available, and possibly hike the distance between Tabo and Kaza (about 50km along the road) over a period of 3 days.
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Some small treks:

Get down from the bus on the Tabo - Kaza section at a village called Shilling. Trek ( using a short cut or the longer mountain road) up to Dhankar Village. The straight route used by villagers is a nice climb and will take 2 hrs or so.

Trek from Dhankar to Dhankar Lake and back.

Trek from Dhankar to Lallung ( if you want a side trip) or up to Lingti ( on the Tabo - Kaza road). It is a dirt road but there is no traffic.

Trek from Key monastery ( near KAza) to Kibber, on to Gette and back

Trek from Kunzum La top to Chandratal (footpath) and from Chandratal to Batal (road)

Picture of Dhankar Lake below
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#5 May 21st, 2016, 12:53
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I hold a foreign passport and have seen that I would need a permit to travel this region, how/where do I get one?
Any travel advice please?

Also, if you're thinking of doing a similar route around this time, travel partners would be great and we can share costs (hehe).

Cheers!
Permit is issued is Shimla/ Rekong peo. Tricky part is they issue it to min 04 persons travelling together. would suggest to get it in Peo. you can always find other persons applying for permit can join the group. on case to case basis they can even issue it to 01 person but thats very unlikely.

will pm you if i got someone travelling during your dates.
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Thank you for the reply!
Where in Rekong Peo can you apply for it?
The website for Himachal tourism, regarding the permit for foreign nationals, states:
"To get a permit, one must have a letter of introduction from a recognised travel agency, three passport size photos, and a photocopy of the front pages of the passport. Making several copies of the permit is suggested, as one may have to submit them at checkpoints on the way. Foreign nationals can travel with permits in a group of four or more persons. Foreign nationals cannot stay overnight between Jangi and Kaza."

My friend and I, both European passport holders, want to travel through the Kaza area, Dhankar lake, and stay over night at the Kye Monastery, as well as in Kaza.
We also don't have a travel agency, but we do have a hotel reservation in Kaza.
Is this explicitly forbidden? How would we obtain the permit, and is this possible?
I would love to travel through Spiti, so bit worried now!

Thank you!
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Writersblock, this is great information!
Will definitely do some of these treks, Dhankar lake looks amazing!
What are the homestay/monastery stay options? How can I get it, just upon arrival ask around?

There's something else somewhat worrisome - the weather!
Will it be raining all of end June in this area? Will this cause landslides and problems?
Thank you!
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What are the homestay/monastery stay options? How can I get it, just upon arrival ask around?

There's something else somewhat worrisome - the weather!
Will it be raining all of end June in this area? Will this cause landslides and problems?
Thank you!
Most villages in Spiti have homestays. You will be able to get accommodation on arrival in June. In Key, the monastery is the only option. In Dhankar there is a new monastery with attached guest house; also another guest house. In Tabo and Kibber many options. In Mudh ( You should also visit Pin valley if you have the time) many guest houses. Kaza is full of hotels.

Spiti is across the main axis of the himalayas and is in a rain shadow region. You may have some problems getting there through Kinnaur. But once in Spiti, you should have great weather. Monsoon is delayed this year ... so it may not be in full swing during your travel through Kinnaur and Kulu.
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Where in Rekong Peo can you apply for it? = try SDM office in main peo town

We also don't have a travel agency, but we do have a hotel reservation in Kaza. = ask the hotel guys in Kaza. i am sure they will be having links with some travel agency and can arrange for this.

Is this explicitly forbidden? How would we obtain the permit, and is this possible? = getting permit is very much possible. as i said above, try your hotel in kaza. also look up for sdm office Rekong peo telephone no and call them directly. they generally are a helping lot and will provide necessary info.
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Where in Rekong Peo can you apply for it? = try SDM office in main peo town

We also don't have a travel agency, but we do have a hotel reservation in Kaza. = ask the hotel guys in Kaza. i am sure they will be having links with some travel agency and can arrange for this.

Is this explicitly forbidden? How would we obtain the permit, and is this possible? = getting permit is very much possible. as i said above, try your hotel in kaza. also look up for sdm office Rekong peo telephone no and call them directly. they generally are a helping lot and will provide necessary info.

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