Places to visit in Spiti Valley

Located at an elevation of 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is also described as a cold desert. The name “Spiti” literally means “The middle land” which implies the land between Tibet and India. There are numerous places to visit in Spiti valley. Blessed with surreal landscapes, abundant trekking trails, picturesque hamlets, snow-laden mountains, lush forests, ancient monasteries, and scenic lakes, Spiti is often compared to its ever-popular cousin, Ladakh. Spiti Valley is an ideal destination for a memorable experience.

Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley

The best time to visit Spiti Valley is from May to October, in fact, the summer season is the only time when the roads remain clear of ice. In winters the roads are closed for almost 6 months due to heavy snowfall.


Summers: It is considered the ideal time to visit Spiti Valley with a temperature between 15° to 20°.

Winters: Spiti valley experiences extremely cold and harsh winters, with the temperature falling to as low as -17°C and even lower.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley

1. Chandra Tal Lake

Tso Chikgma or Chandra Taal, or Chandra Tal is a lake in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Chandra Taal is near the source of the Chandra River. Despite the rugged and inhospitable surroundings, it is in a protected niche with some flowers and wildlife in summer.

Located at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level, Chadratal is one of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake is named Chandratal because of its crescent shape. Chandratal Lake changes its colour throughout the day from reddish to orange to blue to emerald green as the day ends. Chandratal Lake is a popular camping and trekking spot among backpackers because of its crystal blue water, lush greenery, and snow-capped mountains.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley near Chandratal Lake

  • Sissu
  • Kunzum Pass
  • Darcha
  • Suraj Tal
  • Bara Shigri Glacier
  • Baralacha La

Things To Do in Chandratal Lake

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Sightseeing

2. Kaza

The town of Kaza or Kaze is the subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the western Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Located at an elevation of 3800 meters above sea level, Kaza is situated along the river Spiti. There are plenty of activities to experience in Kaza like a jeep safari to monasteries, stargazing sessions under the sky, and an expedition to snow-clad peaks. Witnessing snow-covered mountains, bubbling rivers, picturesque landscape, and shimmering streams are some of the highlights of your trip to Kaza. Kaza is one of the amazing places to visit in Spiti Valley.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley near Kaza

  • Kibber village
  • Tabo
  • Key Monastery
  • Dhankar Monastery
  • Kunzum Pass
  • Komic Village

3. Suraj Tal

Suraj Tal also called Surya Tal, is a 800 m long lake that lies just below the 4,890 m high Bara-lacha-la pass in Lahaul and Spiti valley of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and is the third highest lake in India, and the 21st-highest in the world.

Situated at an altitude of 4890 meters above sea level, Suraj Talis the third highest lake in India. Located below the Baralacha pass, It is also referred to as the lake of Sun God. It is believed that taking a dip in the Suraj Tal lake cleanses a person of his sins. It is a perfect combination of beauty and spirituality. The lake is also popular for its biking and trekking trails. This lake is in between the Manali-Leh path, which is highly famous for bike trips. It is a sensational place to visit in Spiti Valley.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley near Sursj Tal Lake

  • Jogini Falls
  • Shashur Gompa
  • Kardang Monastery

Things To Do in Kaza

  • Trekking at Suraj Tal

4. Key Monastery

Kye Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Gelugpa sect located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India.

Located at an elevation of 4,166 meters above sea level, Key Monastery is located near the Spiti river in Spiti Valley. Key Monastery is believed to have been found in the 11th century by Dromton, who was a student of the famous teacher Atisha. The monastery which dates back 1000-year-old is Home 300 Lamas. Key Monastery is iconic, serene, beautifully calm, and relaxing, it gives peace to your mind, and calms your soul. Every year thousands of devotees and tourists visit Key Monastery from all over the world to seek harmony, balance, and inner peace. It is a spiritual place to visit in Spiti Valley.

Places to visit in Spiti Valley near Key Monastery

5. Kunzum Pass

Kunzum Pass, is a high mountain pass in the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. It connects Lahaul valley and Spiti valley. It is on the route from Gramphoo in Lahaul to Kaza the subdivisional headquarters of Spiti. Kunzum Pass is 122 km from Manali, and 79 km from Kaza.

Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La is one of the highest motorable passes of India and serves as a gateway to the Spiti via Kullu and Lahaul. Located at an elevation of 4,551 meters above sea level, Kunzum Pass offers a prodigious 360-degree view of Bara- Shigri Glacier which is the second-longest glacier in the world. Kunzum Pass also offer breathtaking views of Chandrabhaga Range the Spiti valley. It is also a starting point for Chandratal Lake.

6. Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park is a National park of India located in the Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in far northern India

Pin Valley National Park is home to ever dropping species of flora and fauna. Located at an elevation of 3,500 meters, Pin Valley National Park is a natural habitat for many endangered animals like the snow leopard, Siberian Ibex, Bharal, and Siberian Fox. Pin Valley National Park is famous for its incredible trek for those who enjoy the peace and calm of nature and have an appetite for natural beauty. Tourists need to obtain the required permits before entering, unfortunately, foreign nations are not allowed inside the park.

7. Trekking

Spiti Valley provides an ideal opportunity for trekking lovers because it is situated at an altitude of 4000 meters and is home to some of the highest villages, breathtaking peaks, and most stunning landscapes. The Spiti Valley offers various trekking trails with different grades of difficulty. Here are some popular treks in Spiti Valley.

  • The Pin Parvati Pass trek
  • The Pin Bhabha trek
  • The Parang La trek
  • The Kanamo Peak trek
  • The Baralacha Pass
  • Chandra Taal Lake

8. White Water Rafting

One of the most thrilling things to do in Spiti is river rafting. Crossing the rapids, steering through the unstoppable water gives one of the best thrills possible. Spiti and Pin river offers river rafting opportunities in Spiti Valley. Snowy mountains and mesmerizing landscape make Spiti Valley a perfect spot for river rafting.

9. Kibber

Kibber also Kyibar is a village high in the Spiti Valley in the Himalayas at 4270 metres or 14,200 ft in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It contains a monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located 20 kilometres from Kaza and a bus service connects them in the milder summer months

Kibber is one of the highest inhabited villages of the Spiti valley which is located at an altitude of 4,270 meters above sea level. Kibber is famous for the local monastery and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The village is surrounded by picturesque mountains and barren landscapes, it is also famous for trekking and mountaineering. There are several places to visit in Kibber such as Key Monastery, Chicham, Gette, Tashigang, and Kibber Monastery.

10. Spiti River

Spiti river is a tributary of the Sutlej river, which originates from the Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. The Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh is a desert area with almost no rains, the river gets no rainwater and all its water comes from the melted glaciers of the Himalayan ranges. Spiti river also offers adventure sports like river rafting.

List of Places to visit in Spiti Valley

  • Key Monastery
  • Tabo Monastery
  • Lhalung Monastery
  • Gandhola Monastery
  • Chandratal
  • Suraj Tal
  • Dhankar Lake
  • Kunzum Pass
  • Baralacha Pass
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Kibber
  • Losar
  • Udaipur
  • Komik
  • Darcha
  • Trilokinath Temple
  • Shashur Monastery
  • Tayul Monastery
  • Kardang Monastery
  • Tangyud Monastery
  • Keylong Market
  • Kungri Monastery
  • Sarchu
  • Tashigang
  • Nako Lake
  • Dhankar Monastery


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