Spiti and Lahul during August 2011

#1 Aug 1st, 2011, 17:34
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  • nilanjanp is offline
We are 3 friends planning to visit Spiti and Lahul from Shimla between end August and early September 2011. The following is the tour plan:
August 27 - Shimla to Sarahan. o/n Sarahan
August 28 - Local Sightseeing at Sarahan. o/n Sarahan
August 29 - Sarahan to Kalpa. o/n Kalpa
August 30 - Kalpa to Kaza
August 31 - Local Sightseeing at Kaza. Overnight Kaza
September 1 - Start early morning from Kaza for Manali via Chandratal. Reach Manali around 8:30-9:00 pm.

Please suggest whther the above itinerary is doable?
#2 Aug 2nd, 2011, 00:48
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  • Neilangel is offline
Everything looks alright except the day when you travel to Kaza from Kalpa! That seems to be a huge distance, and also you have omitted many places of sight seeing if you are not stopping anywhere in between that distance!
Better give your trip a few more days, and it would be great!
#3 Aug 6th, 2011, 21:53
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Seems more like a road trip. Do you use the bus or book a vehicle?

We backpacked to Spiti last year from Delhi using mainly public transport. We took the HPTC bus to Reckong Peo. The next day we hiked up to Kalpa. Here are some pictures:

The following day we wanted to get to Kaza but could only reach Tabo. There is an HPTC bus service that leaves Reckong Peo (you will have to come down from Kalpa to take it) around 07:30 to Kaza. We couldn't get tickets on this bus because of the crowd going to Kaza for the Buddhist festival (May 2010). So we shared a Sumo to Tabo (Spiti) with some others.

Nest day we took the bus to Kaza. From there we went to Pin Valley and did some days of trekking. For some pictures in and around Kaza:

Hope this helps as you will be staying in Kalpa and Kaza.

We retraced our journey back through Reckong Peo and Shimla so can't comment on Kaza-Manali route. Enjoy yourselves.

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