Spiti Valley

General Info of Spiti Valley

Spiti is the sub division of Lahaul & Spiti district with its headquarters at Kaza. Spiti also means "Middle Country". It is called "Little Tibet" because it has almost the same terrain, vegetation and climate. Some inhabitants have adopted Buddhism as their faith and Bhoti is the spoken language. The people are simple and honest. It lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Kullu. From Shimla via Kinnaur there is a motorable road which remains open up to Kaza for 8 to 9 months. About 10 Km. ahead of Pooh, Satluj enters India near Shipki la & Spiti River joins it at Khab. The road then goes to Sumdo via Hangrang valley. From Sumdo Spiti valley starts. The Spiti River flows fast through deep gorges at some places. It has an area of 4,800 sq. Km. The main Spiti valley is split into eastern and western valleys. They are connected with Ladakh and Tibet on eastern side & Kinnaur and Kullu on western side through high passes.

The valley lies at a height of 2745 metres above sea level. Summer in this valley is cool and pleasant with green grass and alpine flowers. There are little monsoon in both these valleys and this enables climbers & trekkers to enjoy a long and unbroken season in perpetual sunshine to explore the wilderness and grandeur of the inner Himalaya. This unique feature makes Lahaul-Spiti as an ideal destination for tourists and trekkers in the month of July, August and September.

Travelling to Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti?

Drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Petrol pumps on the route are at Shimla, Theog, Narkanda, Rampur, Powari, Recong Peo, Kaza, Keylong, Sarchu and Manali. If driving, essential spares and extra fuel are recommended, a sturdy vehicle is suggested. Government hospitals are at Recong Peo, Kaza and Keylong. Dispensaries are available elsewhere. Prescription medicines and sun screen lotion should be carried along. If crossing the high passes, good health is essential. The best time to travel to these areas is between April and October. While planning your trip, it is suggested that you check on general road conditions and confirm if the high passes are open to traffic. Foreigners visiting the upper reaches of Kinnaur and Spiti require a permit. For details regarding this, please contact any office of Himachal Tourism.

Things to do

  • Watch Snow Leopard and test your stamina at Pin Valley National Park.
  • Watch the nature made mummy kept in an open glass box at Giu Village.
  • Be a part of the Lossar celebrations and discover the many colours of the festivities.
  • Feel the spiritual beauty of Chander Tal.
  • Watch the pure beauty of Glacier and enjoy the ride at Kunzum Pass.
  • Visit the Kye Monastery to find spiritual solace.

Weather and Climate

The weather of Lahaul and Spiti remains moderate and pleasant during summers which start in May and stretches till the mid month of October. During monsoon season, there is little or no rainfall in these regions. The weather remains dry and enlivening. The days are quite hot and nights are extremely cold. In winter season i.e from November till the end of April, there is heavy snowfall and the temperature goes down. The average snowfall in this season is about 7 feet.

Best Time to Visit

Summer season is the best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti which starts from May and lasts till the month of October.

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