The road from Manali to Spiti Valley is the shorter of the two available routes to Spiti Valley in summer months. However, because of the rapid altitude gain on this route, the way through Kinnaur is preferred by a lot of visitors. If you are planning to go to Spiti in summers and are short on time, take this route as it saves you an entire day. Take the same route on the return to save two days, considering you started from and returning to Delhi.
The road from Manali to Spiti Valley is the shorter of the two available routes to Spiti Valley in summer months. The road passes through Manali and goes towards the Rohtang pass. On the way to Rohtang pass, it passes through the beautiful hamlet of Gulaba, which is lush green at this time, and water from various streams falls into the abyss. The bus usually stops at Rohtang Pass for a good 15 minutes before starting the descent to the Chandra Valley on the other side of the Rohtang Pass. Once you cross the Rohtang Pass, the district of Lahaul and Spiti officially starts and is a part of the Leh Manali highway. The road snakes along with the mighty Chandra river, which seems truly majestic as there is practically no human settlement on this side of the Rohtang Pass compared to the other side. The Bada Shigri Glacier, which is the biggest glacier in Himachal is somewhat visible on the route. It bifurcates at Gramphoo, where the main highway goes all the way till Leh. Take a right, which leads to the High altitude cold desert of Spiti. The views are majestic and out of the world here. On reaching Kunzum Pass, you will witness that all the buses and cars make a pitstop to offer their prayers at the Kunzum Mata temple for a safe passage ahead. The Chandratal lake is nearby, and it is from here that the journey to this lake starts. It takes a further 4 hours to reach Kaza from Kunzum Pass.The Leh-Manali highway is maintained by the Border roads organization which in some ways is a subsidiary of the Indian armed forces. The upcoming Rohtang tunnel will further shorten the travel time to Spiti Valley by two hours.
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The road to Spiti Valley from Manali remains open from mid-May to mid of October. After that, the western disturbances hit the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and bring heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of the state, which causes all the transportation to come to a standstill. All the consecutive passes like the Rohtang la, Kunzum la are buried deep inside the snow, making them inaccessible in such weather.
The pros of the Manali route is that it takes less time compared to the Shimla route. Assuming you will start from Delhi, going through the Shimla route, you can make a stop at Shimla, Reckong Peo, then reach Kaza, so this route is a three-day affair. However in the case of Manali, when you Manali, stay the night and take the morning bus to Kaza. This way you save an entire day. A lot of people complain about acclimatization. I’ve personally found that if you take 2 doses of Diamox at home you can outrun a Cheetah after landing to Ladakh on a 1-hour flight.
In my opinion, I am not the best judge but some people say that the altitude gradient is too high on this route and may cause AMS in people. The other disadvantage is that this route is not operational in winters.
Every morning there is one bus that leaves from Manali towards Spiti Valley. The Manali to Kaza bus leaves the bus stand at 5:00 AM. It reaches Kaza by 5:00 PM and rests there for the night before setting out for Manali the next day.
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The Manali to Kaza bus costs around 600 INR. Only ordinary buses ply on this route due to the difficult terrain of the region, no Volvo’s or Deluxe buses operate on this route.
Manali to Spiti Valley private taxis are readily available for hiring in the taxi stand right next to the Manali bus stand in the Mall area. It will cost a bomb to hire a taxi if you are traveling alone. However, in my personal experience, I have seen such creatures who hire taxis to Spiti Valley to themselves only, but I haven’t been able to decipher their motivation behind doing so.
Manali to Spiti valley Shared Taxi : Shared cabs are readily available from Manali to Kaza. You can easily get a cab to Kaza from Manali, cabs can be booked at the various taxi service stands which are situated near the Manali bus stand.
Spiti Valley to Manali Shared Taxi : Shared Cabs are available from Kaza to Manali daily. One can get a shared cab till Manali from Kaza at the kiosks near the Kaza bus stand.
Bada Shigri Glacier
What is the Manali to Kaza bus HRTC bus fare?
The cost of Manali to Kaza ordinary HRTC bus is 250 INR per person
Status of Manali to Kaza in July?
The Manali to Kaza road is open in July.
Do private buses run between Manali to Kaza?
No. Only HRTC buses run from Manali to Kaza.
How far is Spiti valley from Manali?
Spiti Valley is around 150 kilometers away from Manali.
Manali to Kaza distance?
The distance between Manali and Kaza is 201 kilometers
What is the Manali to Kaza bus timing?
The Manali to Kaza bus leaves the Manali bus stand at 5:00 AM and 05:30 AM.
What is the Kaza to Manali bus timing?
The HRTC bus from Kaza to Manali leaves the Kaza bus stand at 7:00 AM.
What is the Manali to Kaza Taxi Fare?
The taxi cost person is around 1200 per person. Taxis are available near the bus stand.
What is the Kaza to Manali shared taxi fare?
Taxis are available from Kaza to Manali opposite the Kaza bus stand. They charge 1200 per person.