Kinnaur and Spiti Valley FAQ
Q. Where is Kinnaur and Spiti Valley located ?
In Himachal Pradesh of North India.
Is Kinnaur and Spiti Valley safe?
Yes, Kinnaur and Spiti are an extremely safe region of Himachal Pradesh.
What about the Chinese issue?
The issues with China are an ongoing thing which is at the border where travellers are not allowed to go to. It’s the media who creates a mountain out of a molehill.
- Network related FAQ
Is there cell phone network in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley?
Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Kinnaur but not in Spiti Valley. BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone postpaid connection work in Kinnaur Valley up to Poh, BSNL and Airtel are the best. Only BSNL postpaid connections works in Spiti Valley.
Is there 3G/4G in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley?
As of October 2017, Kinnaur and Spiti Valley had only edge and edge plus (2G) in Tabo, Dhankar and Kaza. So basically, WhatsApp works. BSNL has the best and is the only data provider in Spiti Valley
Does Airtel, BSNL or Vodafone work in Chandartal?
Only BSNL has cellular connection near Chandartal.
- Delhi meeting point and how to reach thereWhere does the trip start in New Delhi?
The trip starts at ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi bus station.
What time should we reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate?
Around 60 minutes prior to the departure of the bus is a good time to reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
How to reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate?
-From the airport take a direct AC bus which leaves every 30 minutes. Good options if you want to avoid the metro rush.
-Take a shuttle bus to the airport metro and then an express metro to New Delhi and finally take the yellow line to Kashmiri Gate. (Fastest way to reach ISBT)
Where will we meet the tlow representative for the trip?
Our tlow representative will meet you at either Rampur or Tirtan Valley based on the start point of the trip.
So we have to board the bus all alone?
You won’t be alone, you’ll be with the rest of the group and our WhatsApp group which is made 36-40 hours before the start of the trip will be used as the platform to co-ordinate.
- Accommodation related FAQsWhat kind of accommodation will be provided?
We will be using home stays and guest houses all along the trip.
Will the accommodation be clean?
Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.
Will we get a bed, blankets and pillows?
Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.
Will we get hot water for a bath?
Every guest house and home stay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.
Will the rooms be based on gender or mixed?
It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.
- Food related FAQWhy is food not included?
Since this is a backpacking trip, we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in Spiti Valley.
Do we need to carry food along?
Not needed. Every place we stay at will have either a cafe or a Spitian family who will cook for us.
What kind of food should we expect to get?
In every town and village you’ll get a variety of food options from pastas and to pizzas to choose from. There will also be home cooked meals in remote villages which the locals will prepare.
Can we cook?
Yes, you can cook in our home stays. Provided you make the time.
- Sickness related FAQHow to I avoid altitude sickness?
The only way to avoid altitude sickness is to rest well, keep yourself hydrated and have plenty of water.
What about motion sickness?
Constitution, your local physician is the best for motion sickness.
What about the oxygen level?
The oxygen is indeed very thin in Spiti Valley but if you remember to keep yourself hydrated with small sips of water, it should not bother you.
Is there a hospital in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley?
Yes, every town and village of Spiti Valley has a health centre.
- Solo travellers FAQIs it okay if I enroll solo for a trip?
Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travellers who enroll.
What if I don’t get along with the other backpackers?
If no one talks to you, don’t worry our tlow team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.
- Travel related FAQWhat will be our mode of transportation?
While in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley we will be using a combination of HRTC volo buses and a tempo traveller (14 seater mini bus).
ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Rampur or Mandi
HRTC Volvo bus.
A 14 seater Tempo traveller.
Manali/Rampur to ISBT Kashmiri gate New Delhi
HRTC Volvo bus.