To explore the marvelous Spiti Valley one at least needs 12 days and as this big number is needed the budget is also a concern for the Spiti Valley visit. Nowadays Spiti valley is becoming a very hot destination among young trekkers. Those who are brave enough to sustain in the extreme weather and high-risk roads should definitely plan a Spiti Valley visit once in a lifetime. This part of the world is the most dreamlike destination for any trekker. The remote location of Spiti Valley high in the mountains also makes the visit quite expensive. Here we will see how to plan this visit to Spiti which will not burn a hole in a pocket.
- Plant a Visit in the month Of October/September/ May
When it’s not a peak season it’s better to plan a visit at this time. You can do spot bookings at this time to have better deals at hotels and taxis. There will be some drawbacks to travelling in winters. However one can plan a visit in shoulder months like in May when the season is about to start or in September – October when the season is going to end. Due to the fewer number of people visiting Spiti in these months you won’t need any prior bookings. One can opt for spot booking with lucrative offers as the staff at the hotel are ready to give extra deals. There are many homestays available which are quite cheaper than the hotels.
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- Travel with Group
Whenever you travel in a group it is always affordable as the daily cost will get distributed among the groups. The stays’ commutation options will also get shared with the group of people. Also, self-drive on a bike or car is the cheapest way to reach Spiti. If you are traveling alone or with one person then choose the bike option which you will get on a rental basis. Traveling in a group of 3 to 5 people then choose a taxi or drive a self-driven car. If it’s a big group of people then choose a taxi as a winger or tempo which will cut down your expenses by about 55 to 60% over hiring the taxis.
- Make on the spot bookings
The extreme weather at this high altitude may alter your plans suddenly. The roadblocks or landslides, high altitude sickness or any health issues are the concerns on Spiti Valley.
When you book on a prior basis you will lose the flexibility to stay in multiple places. At a space like Spiti valley if you are not very choosy or particular about any specific place to stay then you will get a guest house or options like a homestay.
- Choose proper accommodation location
It’s a golden rule in the Himalayas that to start your journey as early as possible in the morning and have a good night’s sleep not very late in the night. Don’t keep in mind any hotel-like ambiance on a budget tour of Spiti Valley. For most of your journey on Spiti, you will be traveling on the road. Hence no need for any fancy or three-star hotel is your requirement. Only basic cleanliness and comfort should be your priority while choosing the accommodation. The only drawback of homestays is that you wont get food whenever you want it will mostly be served when that family will cook food for themselves. Otherwise, get off to the hotel for dinner or lunch.
- Wisely choose when and what to eat
To save money it is better to have your lunch or dinner on roadside Dhaba and try your taste buds with local Tibetan food. Also, try various dishes on homestay and cut off the unnecessary spendings on food.
- Make Individual pay
Whenever going with a bunch of your friends or in the group always make distribution of payments for your stay or meals. Equally, share the costs so that per individual it won’t cost you too much.
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This is the way you can plan your budget trip to Spiti valley which won’t burn your pocket much, otherwise whatever are the basic spendings those will be unavoidable. So, we’ll plan in advance and avoid the extra burden of finances on the journey.