I am planning to visit Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India on this November first onwards, and planning to be back by the end of the month. How is the road condition now? Local transportation is available. Direction in Google Map
Everything we want to know about Spity Valley trip: available in this blog. Quoting few important points I have noted in this blog
In early November, when the temperature dips down to -10˚C, the hotels are closed for the tourists and the first spell of snowfall stops the government bus service from Kinnaur. The road from Manali closes much before that. The NGOs working to develop Spiti and some for their own development, postpone their activities for the next tourist season, leaving the people of Spiti to face the harsh winters head.
Difficulty Level – Extreme
Winter is not an off-season in Spiti. Living here in winter is expensive for a Spitian. So, bargaining at the home-stays with your logic of off-season prices is not only rude, its inconsiderate. Water needs to be carried from the hand-pumps. Add to it the cost of wood to keep you warm and the cost of fuel to cook food and tea for you. No one is giving you a place to stay to earn profit in the winters. They don’t want you to freeze. So I will advice you to be generous and grateful.
November is unfortunately a wrong time to visit Spiti, as most of the routes that lead you to Spiti will be blocked due to snow. Rohtang pass closes for travelers in November. The most ideal time to visit in my opinion is after monsoons - July-August or before that. I hope this helps.
November is actually not a bad time to be in Spiti. It will be very very cold though, but still bearable. And roads from Kinnaur side are completely open at this time but not those via Manali/Rohtang. I'm pretty sure you won't have any problem with public transport reaching Kaza. The local buses within Spiti might not be as frequent, and so about that best to check locally with some hotel there. Taxi, etc will be easily available though. Have a great time in Spiti!
July is the best time to visit Spiti valley. November is not recommended.
Last November we went and it was awesome. The sky was clear snow started in the end. Got places to stay everywhere. Less crowded. I am planning to go on this November as well.
Last time visited Chitkul, Pin Valley, Kaza, Langza Vallley, Chandrathal, Kunzum Pass, Rothang Pass and returned via Manali. Beautiful and amazing journey.
If you like real adventure (with the possibility of getting stuck), yes it is a good time. According to me April/May is the best time to visit as you will see snow and clear sky. The transition from cold harsh winter to moderate climate is worth visiting.
Check the blog. It captures the experience nicely. https://www.adventuren.com/blog/blogdetail/4816