This is required if you plan to go via the Spiti Valley (optional on the June Run, unavoidable on the September Run). despite it being optional in June, you should definitely try and go that way if you can though as it's quite simply the most adventurous part of one of our most adventurous events.
- June Runners -We have been informed that one can pick it up en-route at the government office in Kaza between 10:00 and 16:00. You need 500 rps, copies of your visa and passport and 4 passport sized photos. Relatively simple.
There is an alternative - but we have not tested before so it's at your risk. We understand that it's possible for the permits to be issued remotely in Manali and then delivered to Keylong for you to pick up en-route.
- September Runners - your ILP can be picked up in Shimla in advance or en-route in Reckong Peo. The process in Shimla is notoriously slower and can be frustrating. Teams in the past have found it easier in Reckong Peo.
You'll need a few passport photos, your passport, some patience and a few hundred rupees.
To reiterate, it's well worth getting. The Spiti Valley is the bit that really separates the boys from the slightly bigger boys.