A part of the largest district in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is often considered to be a life-changing experience. Travellers often claim that if one wants to truly disconnect, there is no better place than this cold desert. Many have described Spiti as vast fields of barren land shimmering in hues of brown and crimson, while others have compared its surreal beauty to a painting. Lying in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti and Lahaul are typically counted as one region, separated only by the massive Kunzum Pass, and the best way to explore the area is by booking personalised Spiti Valley tour packages.
If it’s your first trip to the mountains and you are not familiar with the terrain, geography and way of life, Spiti Valley tour packages will make the trip far easier. Spiti, which means ‘middle land’, is true to its name as it is situated comfortably between India and Tibet and travellers will notice that the local culture has strong influences of both countries. Rudyard Kipling once said that Spiti is “a world within a world” and we completely agree. To explore the beauty of Spiti, one needs at least seven to fifteen days and we recommend booking Spiti Valley tour packages that give you this time. There are two ways to enter the district and travellers prefer exploring the valley in a circuit. With entry points from both Shimla and Manali, it is suggested that travellers can enter from one city and exit from the other to make the complete circuit.
Fondly known as Little Tibet, this northern district has harsh climatic conditions and is accessible only during the summer season, making it essential that travellers plan their trip well in advance. To save costs on your travel and accommodation, it’s best to book Spiti Valley tour packages during the months of February and March to avoid last minute price surges. Surrounded by archaic monasteries, idyllic villages and sparkling blue rivers, Spiti is a dream to explore. A huge attraction for adventure enthusiasts from across the world, Spiti is sparsely populated and you can walk for miles without coming across another soul. This enchanting land is the base for some of the country’s best trekking trails and a trekking experience here is splendid.
All Spiti Valley tour packages keep aside at least two days for Chandratal Lake. Situated at an altitude of 4,300 metres on the Samudra Tapu, this surreal lake is loved by trekkers and campers. Overlooking the Chandra River, it is one of the two high altitude wetlands in India (Tso Moriri being the other) which are considered to be Ramsar sites. The ever-changing hues of the lake is another reason why travellers look forward to camping trips here. Spiti Valley tour packages usually include the trek from Batal to Chandratal in Spiti holiday packages but you may need to customise the package according to your interests.
Another place that you must include in your Spiti Valley tour is the Pin Valley National Park. Situated in the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve, the park offers a fascinating experience. Home to some rare flora and fauna such as Himalayan snow leopards, Siberian ibex, red fox, bharal and the stunning chukor, Pin Valley should definitely be included in Spiti Valley tour packages. One of the most thrilling experiences for travellers is the incredible Pin Valley trek which is slightly challenging but a must do if you are an experienced trekker. It is important to remember that foreigners are not allowed to visit Pin Valley National Park.
Another marvel of nature and one of the most popular spots in Spiti Valley tour packages is Dhankar Lake. Situated close to the stunning Dhankar monastery, the trek to the lake is quite difficult but definitely worth it. Taking you through a well-marked route, the three to four hour trek begins at the monastery and ends at the lake. We recommend to not include this is trek in your Spiti Valley tour package if this will be your first trekking experience.
An integral part of all Spiti Valley tour packages are the stunning monasteries of Spiti Valley. From popular monasteries of Key, Dhankar, Tabo to lesser-known monasteries of Shashur, Gandhola and Tayul, travellers can book personalised Spiti Valley tour packages focused on a monastery trail. Tabo monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Spiti Valley and it is sometimes referred to as ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’ because of the fascinating murals and paintings covering its walls. In fact, if you are a history buff, you’ll be treated to a plethora of intriguing Buddhist artefacts, murals and paintings which are preserved in the monastery.
If you are creating your own Spiti itinerary, you must choose Spiti Valley tour packages which include Key Monastery. A popular Tibetan monastery, it is situated close to the mesmerising Spiti river. Sometimes referred to as Kye and Ki Monastery, the monastery is more than a thousand years old. The largest monastery in Spiti Valley, it also functions as a learning centre for the Lamas and you may even witness a few teaching sessions during your tour. If you book Spiti Valley tour packages during the months of June or July, you can join the vibrant festivities of Chaam held at the monastery.
Spiti Valley is a great destination for trekkers and campers and if you’d like an action-packed trip, we’d recommend booking adventure-focussed Spiti Valley tour packages. With a plethora of trekking trails and camping sites, adventure enthusiasts will have a memorable experience in Spiti. The most popular trekking trails are Pin Parvati Pass trek, Parang La trek and Baralacha Pass. It’s important to remember that most treks in the area are quite tricky and demand a certain level of fitness and stamina. If you aren’t sure of your trekking skills, it’s best to choose Spiti Valley tour packages with groups. If trekking isn’t what excites you, you can also try whitewater rafting. The Spiti and Pin rivers are quite popular for the rafting opportunities they offer and are a huge favourite with some of the travellers. You can book Spiti Valley tour packages which give you a combination of adventure, historical tours and camping.
In recent years, Spiti Valley has experienced a gradual increase in the number of tourists. This has encouraged tourism and has also given locals an additional source of income. If you’d like to experience local hospitality, you must spend time in the villages. Most Spiti Valley tour packages give travellers an option to choose accommodation in lesser-known villages to experience the local way of life and learn about the culture. Some of the villages that we recommend are Komic, which is Asia’s highest motorable village, Langza, Demul and Dhankar.
Until a few years back, Spiti was a fairly unknown destination. The only travellers who ventured to this barren land were trekkers and bikers. Today, Spiti welcomes all kinds of travellers from across the country and it has become immensely essential for travellers to know what to expect. There is a lot of information on the web with respect to Spiti but we believe travellers are the most authentic source of information. Tripoto travellers will give you interesting insights into Spiti culture, will take you through the best trekking trails and will offer some useful tips for your Spiti trip. So before booking Spiti Valley tour packages, take a look at which Spiti holiday packages will work best for you.
“A perfect example of nature’s surrealism is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see. From the ancient Monasteries of Tabo, Dhankar, Key to the picturesque villages of Nako, Langza, Mudh to the turquoise-grey ribbon of the Spiti River to the serene blueish lake of Chandrataal - Spiti is an extraordinary experience.” – Sōme Aditya Mandal
“Last Indian village before Tibet, and set at a tranquil location in the lap of mountains on both sides and by the banks of Baspa river; the last village where you can travel without a permit. I met a lot of travellers and got to bond with a few of them.” – Nitish Thakur
“The more we travelled towards Spiti valley, the terrain kept changing the mountains, and the land kept becoming brown instead of green.” – Rohit Kumar Singh Jadon
Owing to its location, Spiti Valley is one of the coldest places in India. When the rest of the country is enjoying summer, Spiti is marginally warm with temperatures between 15 to 20 degree Celsius.
The months of May and June are the warmest while the months between November and February are the coldest with temperatures going as low as -20 degrees.
Tourism begins to pick up in the months of April, May and June, which is the best time to visit Spiti Valley. If you are planning a trip during this time, we suggest booking Spiti Valley tour packages well in advance. It’s also important to note that Manali and Shimla, the two entry points to Spiti, face heavy monsoons which can disrupt your Spiti travel plans. It’s best to keep aside at least 4 to 5 days as a buffer when you are planning a trip to Spiti.
Spiti Valley gained popularity with adventure enthusiasts owing to its rugged terrains and unusual landscapes. Today, it's popular with all kinds of travellers and offers numerous experiences. Spiti Valley tour packages for couples are focussed on walking tours, camping and easy trekking tours. In fact, travellers will vouch for the fact that the best way to explore Spiti is through extensive village tours.
The villages are dotted with mud and brick houses and they are the ideal accommodation options for travellers who are looking for a local experience. For couples travelling to Spiti, it's best to customise Spiti packages according to your interests, budget and preferences. It's difficult for one to describe Spiti in words but if the idea of picturesque sunsets, awe-inspiring beauty and peace are what you and your partner are looking for, book your Spiti holiday package now.
Spiti may not be a typical family destination but it is definitely one that families should consider. Offering a break from the monotonous humdrum of everyday life, Spiti Valley takes you to another world. Filled with picture-perfect views, quiet villages and unique culture, it is a great way to introduce the joys of travelling to children.
The growth in tourism has brought huge changes in Spiti Valley. This change is most visible in the myriad restaurants which are lining the villages of Mudh and Nako as well as the extensive menus offering everything from yellow dal, matar pulao, thukpa to chicken soup, butter tea and Tibetan bread.
However, we do recommend sticking to local cuisine – not only will it keep you warm, but it is also delicious. Seabuckthorn tea is a speciality that is a must try for all travellers. Orange in colour, the tea instantly rejuvenates you and also gives one temporary relief from frozen fingers. Butter tea or namak chai is another great option to protect yourself against chapped lips.
Among the best local dishes, we suggest thukpa, spiti sandwich, barley kheer, thenthuk, momos and special Spiti thali. Generally, most travellers stick to having food at their hotels and homestays, but if you are in the mood to venture out, we suggest trying some local restaurants. You can try Sachin Kunga restaurant at Old Kaza, Sol cafe at the main bazaar in Kaza and Cafe Kunzum top.