Spiti valley, the cold desert is getting famous among travelers and adventurists. The cold desert is home to many species, barren lands, small patches of green agricultural fields, brown hues, and snow-covered high mountain peas make Spiti valley look like a world of mystery. The feeling of being in such an incredible place makes our mind and heart overwhelming. . It is located at a height of around 12,500 ft above the sea level
This article is for you if you are planning your vacation to Spiti and want to know the budget or cost of your Spiti valley trip.
The budget of any trip depends a lot upon person to person including a road trip. The taste and preference vary to each person, hence the cost of any trip can be calculated as an estimate on certain assumptions.
Calculation of budget
Spiti valley offers varied stay options depending on your interest and choice of comfort, food, preferences, transportation, etc. it is the same for any remote and tribal places in Himachal Pradesh.
The stay options near Spiti valley may range from Rs 100 at Dhaba tent or shack, Rs 250 to Rs 400 for a low-cost guest house or homestay in Spiti valley, and also Rs 700 to Rs 1500 for medium-cost hotels, Rs 3000 and above for hotels that offer more facilities.
When it comes to Food, it completely depends on what you want to eat. You will get pizza or dal, rice or roti, dal fry, maggie, veg or non-veg food, etc. So the price varies according to each person’s preferences.
It is hard to calculate the budget for any trip. But still, we can try to sketch out an average range for the Spiti valley trip.
Group size for Spiti valley
Always remember that while traveling alone the cost of transportation and others is bound to increase. So if you try to travel in an evenly balanced group it will be under your budget.
Assume that you guys are a group of five members and can calculate the budget on a twin-sharing basis. It will help you to share the taxi fare, accommodation, and food.
Food + accommodation + miscellaneous budget
If you are traveling in a group and staying in an average budget hotel then the average cost per day for food, accommodation, and other expenses like entry fees is about Rs 900 to 1200 per day.
You need at least 9 days to complete the Spiti valley trip. So you will be spending an amount of 8100 to 10800 per person for food, accommodation, and other expenses. Again these prices may vary depending upon the choice to stay and food or other activities you plan to do.
If you are planning to do paragliding in Manali, rafting, mountain biking, shopping, etc. then it will be an additional cost for you. Although for a person with the budget hotel having decent comfort and food and including mandatory miscellaneous charges then the budget will range from Rs. 8100 to 10800 per person for a 9 day Spiti trip.
Mode of transportation
For a trip, the major cost comes out to be for taxis or fuel. Using public transport is quite risky, because based on their schedule you may require more days to complete the trip. So travelers mostly prefer private taxis or find travel partners and can share the fares with them. You can also choose to rent bikes or cars from Manali.
Self-drive private vehicle ( Bike or car) –
on a road trip from Delhi to Kinnaur to Kaza, you will need to travel about 1600 to 1700 ms for the Spiti valley trip. If your bike has a mileage of about 25 KMPL in hills and plains, then the average cost for fuel will be Rs. 7000. Same for the car also, but in hills, your car will give much lesser mileage than in plains.
Now, food + accommodation + traveling by self-drive mode of transport the total cost will be around Rs. 15100 to 17800. Hence these may vary depending on the number of people in a group and the rate of different vehicles.
Taxi Fare –
the rate for Kinnaur & Spiti valley trips is around Rs, 3800 to 4000 per day. So for a 7 day Spiti valley trip, the price will be Rs. 5000 per person for a taxi, considering a group of five people.
Taxi Drivers –
you can connect some drivers in Spiti valley. the drivers will come and pick you from your point. On the other hand, taxis are available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from Taxi stands.
So make your budget and plan your trip to the beautiful cold desert of the Himalayas this year.