Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the Northern Indian State of Himachal Pradesh namely the state of Lahaul & Spiti. The name “Spiti” means “The middle land”, i.e. the land between Tibet(Xizang) and India. Spiti is sometimes considered as an extension of Ladakh as both regions share similar geography, cultures and even the ruling Royal Family.

The local population follow Vajrayana Buddhism similar to that found in the nearby Tibet and Ladakh. It is different from Therawada Buddhism found in many South East Asian countries. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in the country and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Along the northern route through Manali or Keylong via the Rohtang Pass or Kunzum Pass respectively. The state’s capital is Kaza, which is situated along the Spiti river.

The Lahaul and Spiti district is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley Kunzum Pass cuts of Lahaul and Spiti from each other. There is a road that connects the two divisions, but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snowfall in the area. The Whole state is difficult to access throughout Winter, so the ideal months to visit are summer and monsoon although the road through Kinnaur is open throughout most of the year.

Chandtratal Lake


Spiti valley is a research and cultural center for Buddhists. Highlights include the majestic Key Monastery and Tabo Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and a favorite of the Dalai Lama. The Pin Valley is also home to other different Buddhism sect.

Places to See

Key Monastery

The include:

  • Dhankar Lake
  • Hikkim Village which has the highest altitude post office in the world.
  • Kaza
  • Kibber
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Nako
  • Tabo
  • Chandratal Lake
  • Langza village
  • Komik village
  • Mud Village
  • Gue Village

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