Route and permits
Tabo village is located in Spiti Valley, at an altitude of 3,280 metres. There are two options for traveling to Tabo village: either travelling via Shimla and Rekong Peo to Tabo, or travelling via Manali (or, if travelling from Ladakh, Keylong) and Kaza to Tabo.
In this remote region, the winter period is comparatively cold and long, usually lasting from October to April/May. The roads to the valley are still quite basic and during the winter period Tabo can be inaccessible. Travel during the month of August can also be difficult as the rain makes the roads dangerous, with the area experiencing frequent rockslides. At this time journeys take even longer than normal. We recommend that travelers always inform themselves about the latest road and weather conditions prior to their journey, consider all relevant safety issues and adjust their planning accordingly.
Please be aware that the requirements for obtaining a permit to visit Tabo may change over time. We recommend that travelers always inform themselves about the latest rules, regulations and procedures prior to their travel. At the time of writing this text, Indian nationals who want to visit Tabo do not require a permit. Foreign nationals are allowed to travel to Tabo via Manali and Kaza without a permit. However, foreign nationals are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit if they wish to travel via Shimla and Reckong Peo to Tabo. Information requests and applications for an Inner Line Permit can be submitted to the District Collectorate Office at Shimla or Rekong Peo, Himachal Pradesh.
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