Spiti, the cold desert on the northeastern part of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is a traveler's paradise. Although there are plenty of backpackers' den in Himachal Pradesh, I started my months long solo backpacking across India from this wonderland! The wide, arid and barren valley stretched on both sides of the Spiti river offers an unique experience to every traveler. The topography is very similar to that of the high altitude Tibetan plateau.
From Kunjum La at the north to Samdo at the south, the valley stretches for a long 150km. There are numerous places to explore in between these limits and a week is a very short time to do justice to Spiti. Yet, here is a tailor made itinerary for the must visit places in Spiti Valley which can be covered in a week.
Route- Spiti Valley can be travelled either from Shimla or Manali. While it is advisable to start from Shimla and gradually gain altitude to exit via Manali, this route takes longer time. If you have lesser time in hand, do it from Manali side. Note that the Manali side of the road is closed during winter(November to April). I have written a Manali-Spiti-Shimla route here, but you can also do a Manali-Spiti-Manali route.