11 Places To Visit In Spiti After Your Trek

Wind-carved mountains, whitewashed settlements, patches of green on an arid terrain and confounding moonscapes to offer, it is difficult to disagree with Kipling. To have our treks either start (Kanamo Peak) or end (Hampta Pass, Pin Bhaba Pass) in these surreal landscapes of Spiti Valley is just a cherry on top of the trek experience.

The moment you hit Kunzum La pass (known as the Gateway to Spiti), with fluttering of prayer flags in the high winds to greet you, you know you have entered a completely different world. You can see Bara Shigri– the second longest glacier in Himalayas and Chandra Bhaga mountain from the Pass.  As you descend from the Pass, the Himalayas show you a completely different face. The untouched culture is a product of this region’s seclusion, cut off by snow at least 7 months of the year.

We have listed out our favourite experiences in the Spiti Valley region of Himachal Pradesh here:  


Crystal clear water at Chandratal. Picture by Rekha

Distance from Manali: 128 km
Transport: We recommend getting a taxi from Manali instead of  a public transport. Buses and share taxis only drop you off at Batal.

The Pangong Tso of Spiti! This stunning crescent lake is included in our Hampta Pass itinerary and is a must-do! Not only that, if you are trekking anywhere near Manali, perhaps the Bhrigu Lake or Pin Bhaba trek, you can easily add another day to your itinerary and visit this gorgeous lake. 


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Spiti Valley is a world apart from anything you have seen. The drive to Kaza feels like you are going through the Grand Canyon. PC: Sachin Jha.

Distance from Manali: 200 km
Transport: There is State transport bus leaving Manali for Kaza at 6 am.

This is where our Pin Parvati and Kanamo trekkers go to on their Day 1. Kaza is the capital and the largest settlement of Spiti region, sitting on the floodplain of Spiti river.  This is also your last place with an ATM and petrol bunk. Being the largest settlement in Spiti Valley, it is well-equipped to meet needs of travellers.  If you are trekking in months of July/August, you may able to catch the Ladarcha Fair. Originally it was a conference of traders from Kullu, Ladakh, Lahaul, Kinnaur to barter goods in Kibber Maidan, until the trade routes with Tibet closed. Now, the Fair is held in Kaza and is a shopping paradise.

Key monastery

Key Monastery, Spiti. Picture by Sudheer Hegde

Distance from Kaza: 15 km

Key is the largest monastery in the Spiti Valley region and possibly one of the oldest in the region. Perched on a hilltop, boxes of buildings stacked on top of each other, with Spiti river breaking the desert valley, this monastery is quite a sight! If you are lucky, you will get a tour from a friendly monk (and a helping of herbal tea!) and even get to go through old manuscripts. Our Kanamo trekkers are lucky this monastery is part of the itinerary, and they get to stay here overnight!

Look up monastery festivals before you go, you might be able to witness the Cham Dance!


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Look at the way these villages are! Built on slopes of the mountain so they don’t lose an inch of farming land in this arid region. Seeing the harsh conditions people live in here, it is amazing how people here are perennially cheerful and unaffected. PC: Sachin Jha

Distance from Kaza: 19 km

Here’s where our Kanamo Peak trek starts. Kibber, dubiously claimed as the “highest village in the world” before Komic stole its glory, is a beautiful village with whitewashed houses made of mud and stone. The farmlands of peas and barley add striking colour to the desert landscape. The area is under Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot elusive snow leopards (these animals only come down from the mountains in winter), Himalayan wolf, ibex, blue sheep and red fox.


The bridge connecting Kibber to Chicham. Picture by Satyen Dasgupta

A small village on the other side of the river from Kibber. Earlier, the means of commute between Kibber and Chicham village was trolley ride between the gorges. The trolley will have you looking at almost a 150 metre drop, with sparkling blue river snaking its way below! 

Thankfully, there’s now a full-fledged bridge across the river to reach Chicham!


The postcards from here are a thing to treasure! Picture by Satyen Dasgupta

Distance from Kaza: 15 km

Hikkim village, sitting in a bowl in a mountain, has the distinction of having the world’s highest post office and also be named as world’s highest polling station. It is not everyday you get to send postcards from the highest post office in the world!


The Golden Buddha at Langza, deemed to be a 1000 years old. Picture by Satyen Dasgupta

Distance from Kaza: 14 km

Behind Hikkim is Langza- a geologist’s paradise! Millions of years ago, Spiti was under Tethys sea. There are innumerable fossils of sea creatures and plants to be found under rocks, or in the higher reaches of the mountains. With grand views of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak, the village is one of the most beautiful villages in Spiti. Langza also has a large, golden Buddha statue  which is said to be over a 1,000 years old.


Komic, a small village around 18 km from Kaza. Picture by Satyen Dasgupta

Distance from Kaza: 18 km

Komic is a small village that houses around 10-15 families. It also has a monastery that houses around 50 lamas. It is known to be one of the highest motorable villages in the world.


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Right above the monastery is this hidden gem of a lake.  PC: Sabyasachi Chatterjee

Distance from Kaza: 34 kms

Dhankar (“Fort on Cliff”) used to be capital of Spiti during the 17th century- now it is just a tiny village. The buildings in the village is built in a way that it almost seems share their back wall with mountain. The Dhankar Monastery is listed as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world. It is not hard to see why. The monastery, wedged between eroded rock pinnacles,  overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin river, is at a site vulnerable to soil and wind erosion. The setting of the monastery, however, is incredibly dramatic! You can even hike up to Dhankar Lake above the monastery.

South of Dhankar Gompa, starts Pin Valley National Park, the only cold desert National Park in Himachal- where Pin Parvati begins and Pin Bhaba ends.

Once you have completed Rupin Pass, if you wish to visit Spiti- you can take the Hindustan Tibet road.This road, bored through a cliff and full of hairpin turns- though scenic- is also one of the most treacherous highways in the world. You start following the Spiti river a little before Sumdo and Tabo falls right after.

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Click to view the Spiti Valley on Google maps


Distance from Sangla: 160 kms

Gue is a diversion between Sumdo and Tabo.  Gue, a village straddling a trade route between India and Tibet , houses a 500 year old, remarkably well-preserved mummy in a glass chamber. The monk- said to be Sangha Tenzin underwent natural mummification and was found by villagers in 1975 when earthquake struck the region. The village is controlled by ITBP because of its proximity to Indo-China border.


Distance from Kaza: 48 kms

This is a world heritage site and Dalai Lama’s favourite place! Tabo monastery is known as the “Ajanta of Himalayas”  because of its fresco and stucco paintings. It is one of the few monasteries which is integrated in the valley with the village as opposed to being perched on a hill overlooking the village. The mountains also have meditation caves for lamas.
Tabo and Gue come right after you enter Spiti from Hindustan-Tibet Road that goes through Kinnaur.

Have we missed any mention worthy regions in the Spiti Valley? Write to us in comments and we’ll add them in this article and you’ll be given due credit!

What you should do now

1. If you’d like to go on a trek in Spiti or Lahaul, check out the Pin Bhaba, Kanamo Peak or Hampta Pass treks.

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31 thoughts on “11 Places To Visit In Spiti After Your Trek

  1. One need to add komik village above lagnza village with beautiful monestry and one compartment contains some black magic or alike where women are not permissible, having accomodation for stay and beautiful scenic picturescue area around where shadows plays with mountains

    1. Hi Prreya, Well- we have a bunch of them. There is Kanamo peak for experienced trekekrs, Pin Bhaba, Pin Parvati and Hampta Pass which ends in Lahual. 🙂 Which season do you want to trek in?

    1. Hello Arihanth
      You could do the Pin Bhabha trek if you want a taste of Spiti. It is a crossover trek which will show you the Kinnaur side of Himachal and the desert landscape of Spiti. You could also try the Kanamo trek. Keep in mind that both these treks rate high on the level of difficulty. Make sure you have a high level of fitness before you venture out to do any of these treks. Happy trekking 🙂

  2. Hey Aswati!
    Which travel group did trek with? Do you recommend it?
    I am interested in a group trekking trip. Searching for good company to go with.

  3. Hi, I want to do Spiti with you. I am 54 but in good physical shape. I did Chadartrek last year but I am not sure if I will be able to do a difficult trek. Please let me know if I can do Spiti with you by road mostly and with less walking. Or please suggest a reliable group.

    1. Hello Arti
      We have two treks that cross the Spiti. One is the Pin Bhaba trek where we cross over from the Kinnaur side of Himachal to the Spiti. The other is the Kanamo Peak trek. Both of these treks rate high on the level of difficulty. You need to be extremely fit to undertake these treks. Your age is not a concern as long as you can match the level of fitness required for difficult high altitude treks. Read this article to know more about fitness for difficult treks.

  4. As you have mentioned about the trolley between kibber and chicham. I would like to inform you that now the trolley has been removed. The bridge has ready. so need to upgrade it.

  5. Hi. Great Article. I need your help in planning a trekking trip to Spiti Valley.
    We are a group of 12. We will travel from Delhi. Help us plan a 4-5 day trek in Spiti Valley for the last week of November.

    1. Hi Arnab
      We do not organise customised treks. Amongst the treks we organise we have Pin Bhaba, Pin Parvati and Kanamo peak treks that go through the Spiti Valley. Will this be the first trek for all of you?

  6. hi… good article.
    we r group of 10 – 12 , we r planning to visit spiti and kinnur in early may 2018 .
    can you suggest treks in these regions which r mild to moderate grade difficulty

  7. Is it a good idea to do a bike trip to Spiti in first week of May? Also how long are these treks? I mean how many days does it take?

    1. Hi Akanksha,
      There might be too much snow in Spiti in May to do a bike trip. June or July will be better.
      The places mentioned in this article are not treks. Once you reach Kaza, you will need 3-4 days to ride around, see and spend time time in all these places.

  8. Hey, we are a couple of overweight and underfit lawyers hell bent on visiting Spiti primarily because we were all stricken by the vivid descriptions about the spell binding nature there. We are visiting in the 2nd week of April. Other than knowing if we will make it out alive, we also want to know which route to take to Spiti and which treks to undertake with our bulging bellys and asphyxiated lungs. Free legal advice for a lifetime for anyone who helps us make this possible. Please do help. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Aneesh,
      There are two ways to reach Spiti – one is via Manali and the other via Shimla and Sangla.
      If you go via Manali, the route takes you through Rohtang Pass. I am not sure if this will be open in April 2nd Week – it depends on how much snow is accumulated there. Please check on this before you finalise the route.
      If you go via Shimla and Sangla, there are a few day treks that you can do around Sangla (Sangla Gompa, Chitkul) or Rekong Peo in Kinnaur before you reach Kaza in Spiti.
      Make sure you spend a couple of days acclimatising before doing anything strenuous in Spiti since is situated over 11,000 ft. While in Kaza, you take up a short hike to Hikkim, which has the highest post office in the world. You can also trek to Key Monastery instead of driving there – you will find a trail from the village below, around 3 km long.
      If you haven’t finalised your dates yet, I suggest you wait at least till first week of May. Spiti will be very cold in April.
      I will keep your offer for free legal advice in mind 🙂

  9. Hello,
    This post is really helpful. I would like to know if there are any other moderate level adventure activities apart from trekking. We are a group of 4 not-so-fit people and would like to keep our tour to Spiti a mix of trekking and local sightseeing activities.

    1. Hi Bhakti,
      Most places mentioned in this article do not require trekking. You can do short hikes to Hikkim and Key Monastery. These will not be too strenuous. Also spend some time walking around Kaza and Kibber – the culture here is unique.
      Make sure you rest adequately after to reach Spiti. Your bodies need to acclimatise to the high altitude.

  10. Hey i want to go for a trek to spiti this year and i am all alone can you suggest me some good trek group who goes for it…

  11. Hey

    The article is great and its of great help. I am actually going on a road trip to spiti valley from Delhi via shimla and manali. If you could guide me with the places that i should visit and i should absolutely not miss.


  12. I want to do spiti trek. I did many treks with I H. I just did EBC my self. So think I am fit for doing this trek. Can you help me to choose the date in Sept. Or Oct..

  13. Hi,
    I’m planning to visit spiti valley (delhi-shimla-manali-delhi) by car, and I was thinking of taking my own tent to setup camp there.
    Being a first time camper, I was hoping if you could shed some light on if it is safe and advisable to camp there, and if yes, then can you guide a little as to where to setup camps or what all to look for before going in for the night.
    Waiting for you reply.
    Thank You.

  14. Hi,

    I am planning for Humpta pass. Could you please suggest which time would be ideal for sure shot visit to Chandratal ( since this depends on the condition of the roads and weather).

    1. Hi Kusuma,
      The road to Chandratal is already open and our batches in June have been able to drive there. So you can plan your trek anytime between now and end of September.

    1. It’s not a very bad option for first timers, but you have to be very fit to do the trek. This would mean running and working out everyday for at least a month or 45 days before the trek. If you’re jogging, you should be able to cover 5 km in around 40 minutes consistently in every run.

  15. Hi Team,

    I am looking for Hampta Pass trek in mid August. Appreciate your help answering few queries.

    1. How will be the weather in Mid August?
    2. Is it safe to explore spitti solo[Women] for around 2 days after Hampta Pass trek.
    3. A brief places I can visit after trek for two days in spitti.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi, it will rain for a couple of days or more while you trek. But the rains won’t disrupt the trek. The valley will be filled with flowers at that time 🙂
      And yes, exploring Spiti is safe for solo woman traveller. safe. Spiti as a region is a valley spread across hundreds of square kilometres. Lots of people do a trip from Shilma to Manali (or the other way round). The trip usually goes like this, Shimla – Sangla – Reckong Peo – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Manali (via Rohtang Pass).
      Travellers spend more than a night at Kaza and do trips to Langza, Hikkim, Comic, Kibber, Key Monastery.