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Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya Mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district.  The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) is Kaza, Himachal Pradesh which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m) above mean sea level.

The valley possesses a distinctive Buddhist culture similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and the Ladakh region of India. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated and most beautiful regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Lahaul and Spiti are surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m).  A road connects the two divisions, but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow.

The valley has numerous amazing waterfalls and the never ending Chandra River; one will also get a nice view of peaks like Akela Killa (6005 m), Minar (6172 m), Phabrang (6172 m),  Talagiri(6279 M), Tara Pahar(6227 M), Chandrabhaga peak(6280 m) and Mulkilla (6517 m). During summers Spiti becomes home to hundreds of semi-nomadic Gaddi sheep and goat herders who come to this valley for grazing their animals from the surrounding villages and sometimes as far as 250 km. They enter the valley during summer as the snow melts and leave just a few days before first snowfall of the season. The valley is likewise cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions.

Explore –

  • ChandraTal - The Moon lake
  • Kaza
  • Kibber, Key Monastery
  • Losar
  • Komic Village
  • Langza
  • Tabo, Tabo Monastery
  • Mudh
  • Pin Valley National Park

Things to do - 

  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Cycling Tours
  • Motor biking and 4X tours
  • Nature and Himalayan Wildlife Photography
  • Night sky photography