Help to plan Spiti and Lahaul valley trip by bus

#1 Jan 9th, 2015, 16:25
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Hello Friends,


I am so happy to be back here.

this time I am planning to backpack around Spiti valley and lahaul valley in July or august. I will be able to spare around 11 days. I will be travelling from either hyderabad or bangalore.

I need your help in planning this trip. though I have read a lot about these valleys here and there, I am not able to get a complete picture as to how and where various villages and towns are placed there. And top of that I am not able to find much information on how well they are connected by buses. ( I will be travelling alone and mostly by bus or shared taxis)

I need following help from you all
1. What are "not to miss places" in these 2 valleys (in 11 days). There seems to be a lot of small towns.
(I am not much of cover everything kind of traveller. I would like to spend time with local people and wander around the valleys and monasteries. )

2. any recent information on homestays, hotels, or bus services (cheapest available) in the region.

3. Which route is better to travel by bus? Manali or Shimla?

4. And the best map that you all might have come across for this region.

Please help me friends.

I have gone through Krishnapriya's post on Spiti valley. Its a little old so asking for latest information here.

Thank you all in advance..
#2 Jan 9th, 2015, 16:41
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#3 Jan 9th, 2015, 16:51
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Have a look at this post I wrote earlier today - information is per this May first week when I went. I was there for about two weeks and covered Kinnaur and Spiti (it was too early for Lahaul). If you're following KP's TR (I referred to it too, though it was of limited use since I went from Simla), stick with that report. It's accurate.

In two weeks, broadly spend 2-3 days in Keylong area, 3 in Kaza, 1-2 in Tabo and 2 in Pin valley. Rest of the time would go in travel to and fro-delhi.
#4 Jan 9th, 2015, 17:20
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Thank you so much. I will go through the details in both the posts. I have found a few maps. I will plan a little more and share here for suggestions.

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I would suggest go via Manali. First bus 4:30 or sometimes they let them go at 5 depending on the weather from Manali. Now take a ticket to Kunzum Top. Walk all the way from Kunzum to ChanderTal. Well marked trail, Kangra gaddis you will meet en route. Spend a day at the lake, get back to the Pass by the same time next day. Reach Kaja. Then you have infinite possibilities. The walk from the top to the lake is heavenly.
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Whats your budget for the trip ?
#7 Jan 14th, 2015, 14:06
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I have not decided the budget yet. But I usually travel at cheapest costs.. I set a per day budget and try sticking to that. It just gives me a chance to get closer to local people. I am thinking of 800 a day.

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