You will be able to visit Spiti Valley soon, as the destination is all set to reopen for tourism from February 17 onwards.
The Spiti Tourism Society released a statement saying that all stakeholders have jointly decided to reopen the valley for tourism.
It also mentioned that the valley has remained closed past year, but it is now looking forward to welcoming tourists.
“The valley has been incomplete without tourism this past year and we are very much looking forward to welcoming tourists to our home“, said the statement.
Takpa Tenzin, president of the Committee for Preventive Measures and Sustainable Development, Spiti, said, “The decision to open the Spiti valley for tourism has been taken unanimously by stakeholders of the tourism industry and valley residents.”
However, travellers who are looking forward to visiting the destination will have to follow these standard operating procedures (SOPs):
Here Are All The SOPs Travellers Need To Follow:
- Tourists have to ensure that they are carrying a valid RAT/RT-PCR test report, and have taken the test 72-96 hours prior to entering the valley. The tour operator will be held responsible for ensuring this.
- Tourists are prohibited from visiting the Khibber village and wildlife habitat as the village has refused to host anyone during the winter months.
- For individuals who are travelling to Spiti independently, it is essential to take a rapid COVID test at the government hospital.
- Social distancing norms and wearing a mask when outside the hotel/homestay room is mandatory for all.
Meanwhile, entry to Kibber village and Kibber wildlife habitat remains prohibited as villagers have decided not to host tourists this winter.