Indian Nationals do not require any permit to travel in this area however retaining a proof of identity is suggested. To travel beyond Jangi in Kinnaur to Kaza in Spiti one requires an inner line permit for foreign nationals which can be obtained from the following offices:
District Magistrate – Shimla, Recong Peo (Kinnaur), Kullu, Keylong (Lahaul)
Sub District Magistrate (SDM) – Shimla, Rampur, Kalpa, Nichar, Keylong, Udaipur
Additional Deputy Commissioner Office in Pooh and Kaza.
Please obtain your permits at Rampur or Recong Peo. The office of the SDM at Rampur is just opposite the Police Station in the main bazaar and the office of the District Magistrate at Recong Peo is near the bus station.
The permit is free of cost and holds good for seven days. To get a permit, one must have a letter of introduction from a recognised travel agency, three passport size photos, and a photocopy of the front pages of the passport. Making several copies of the permit is suggested, as one may have to submit them at checkpoints on the way. Foreign nationals can travel with permits in a group of four or more persons. Foreign nationals cannot stay overnight between Jangi and Kaza.
How to Reach
Approach To Lahaul Valley: Upto Kullu by air (Bhunter Airport) or road then proceed to Manali from where one can easily reach Keylong the Headquarter town of Lahoul valley through Rohtang Pass by Bus/ Jeep. Its a 115 Km journey from Manali which takes 6 hours. Although one can opt for other approaches such as Shimla- Reckong Peo- Kaza – Kunzum – Keylong. Leh- Tanglangla – Baralacha la – Keylong.
Approach To Spiti Valley: Spiti is linked via the Sutlej valley of Kinnaur with motorable road. Upto Shimla by air, rail or road. By road from Shimla to Kaza (The headquarter of Spiti division) the distance is 412 kms. This is via Narkanda, Rampur, Jeori, Wangtu, Karcham, Powari, Jangi, Puh.
Due to closure of Rohtang Pass the road to Lahaul valley remains closed from Mid November to Mid May every year and due to closure of Kunzam Pass the road from Lahaul valley to Spiti i.e. Koksar-Batal-Kaza remains closed from Nov to June, however the road to Spiti valley from Kinnaur is almost all-weather road.
Best Time to visit:
The best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti is during summer i.e. from mid May to mid October, since the district is snowbound area and Lahaul valley remain isolated from rest of the world from October-May due to closure of the Rohtang Pass. Although Spiti is an almost all-weather place.
Petrol Pump / Fuel Station
There are only two petorl pumps in this region. One can be found at Tandi in Lahaul and the other at Kaza in Spiti Valley
Mobile / Telephone / Internet
Only BSNL operates in the majority of this valley beyond Pooh though Airtel currently operates only in Keylong. Mobile Internet is available through GPRS while cyber-cafe can be found at kaza and Keylong.
A civil hospital can be found at Keylong while Community Health Centers can be found in most of the places. It is advisable to carry emergency medicine supplies.