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Top 10 Things to do in Spiti Valley (2021)

Published on 02 Aug 2021

Top 10 Things to do in Spiti Valley (2021)

A Spiti Valley Trip is a traveler’s delight, thanks to the thrilling roadways and rustic landscapes. While most parts of India undergo unbearably high temperatures, the beauty of Spiti shines like a diamond under the sun during peak summer months. The best time to visit Spiti is from May-October when the glacial lakes will welcome you in all their glory. It is now that you hit those roads with our Spiti Valley Road Trip Package!

The treacherous curves that lead to the valley of Spiti from Manali will give you a dose of adventure and beauty all at once. This is your chance to experience the thrill of traveling through the famous Rohtang Pass.

When you finally enter Spiti Valley you’ll realize that it is much more than just a picturesque place in the Himalayas. There’s an abundance of rich Buddhist-Tibetan culture that resides in the serrated villages of Spiti. 

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Best time to visit Spiti Valley: 

  • Summers are the best time time to visit Spiti Valley to soak it in all its glory.
  • The ideal months would be from May to October.
  • During these months the roads steer clear of ice and the vibe is cozy and spectacular!

How to reach Spiti Valley?

  • By Air - Kullu Airport at Kullu is the nearest airport.
  • By Train - Shimla is the nearest railway station.
  • By Road - The roads in Spiti Valley welcome tourists throughout the year. Since, there the Airport and Railways are not directly linked, once can reach by the means of roads.

Let us browse through the list of 10 Top Things to do in Spiti Valley- 

  1. Pay a visit to Ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  2. Camping at Chandra Tal Lake
  3. Take the ever famous Spiti Valley Bike Trips
  4. Trekking Expeditions in Spiti Valley
  5. Go Fossil Hunting
  6. Explore the Village of Giu
  7. Experience Yak Safari
  8. River Rafting
  9. Visit the World's Highest Post Office
  10. Let Loose by the Spiti River

1. Pay a visit to Ancient Buddhist Monasteries

If the mountains fail to fill you with serenity, then visiting the Ancient Buddhist Monasteries will make up for it! Spiti abodes a plethora of crucial heritage sites for Buddhists and a trip to these will fill you in on the gripping concept of spiritual fulfillment. 

The relaxing aura coupled with the tranquil environment and majestic architecture will help you meditate and introspect. This experience could also end up being your calling to spend time with yourself and kickstart a yoga and wellness journey!

Spiti Buddhist Monasteries: Key Monastery, Kungri Monastery, Kardang Monastery, and more.

Handy Tips: 

  • Visit the monastery in late July, during the annual three-day Chaam festival to witness masked dances, spinning prayer wheels, and ancient rituals.
  • Trek your way to the monastery or rent a car/hitch-hike. There are no eateries there, packing some food might help you out.

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2.  Camping at ​Chandra Tal Lake

Chandra Tal Lake, Lahaul, India 
Chandra Tal Lake, Lahaul, India 

Set up your tent and prepare to be mesmerized by the lullaby of Chandra Tal Lake's shore! Camping by the lake makes for one of the best things to do in Spiti Valley. Do spend a night here to sink the lake's beauty in all its senses. 

The Chandra Tal Lake flaunts a crescent shape and an elevation of 4300 m, nestled amid the Himalayas. The wow factor of this lake lies in its ability to change colors!

Location: Middle Himalaya, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Handy Tip: Stay over for a night to witness the changing colors and incredible surroundings. 

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3.  Take the ever famous Spiti Valley Bike Trips

Hands down one of the most thrilling things to do in Spiti Valley is experiencing an electrifying bike trip!

Challenging Terrains, high passes, exhilarating views, and one hell of a machine are what all bikers dream of. If you too are one of those who have a passion to ride on seemingly endless roads, then perhaps a bike trip to Spiti Valley is all that you need.

A bike expedition to Spiti can give you the feel of riding through the passes of Leh Ladakh, as this place is popularly called the mini version of it! Explore the Spiti Valley tourism as you begin your journey to Spiti from Manali, you travel through the popular Rohtang Pass located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

4. Trekking Expeditions in Spiti Valley

Trekking
Trekking

Trekking along the hills brings you a sense of peace and lets you be present at the moment, as you walk past panoramic sights only seen in movies. Spiti Valley offers umpteenth trek passes to satiate the trekker in you! Explore one of the best places to see in Spiti and things to do in Spiti valley as you trek all the way to-

  • Suraj Tal

Gaze at the emerald-green Suraj Taal, meaning ‘Lake of the Sun God’ and aboding the third highest lake in the country-  Bara-lacha-la Glacier at an altitude of 4,883 meters (16,020 ft). Ideal for trekkers, bikers, and peace seekers!

  • Dhan Kar Lake

The Dhan Kar Lake trek could be labeled as challenging but the sweat pays off with scenic vistas of the mountains, crystal-clear lake water, and serrated villages. One of the most popular things to do in Spiti Valley would be taking up the dare of trekking to Dhan Kar Lake. 

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5.  Go Fossil Hunting

Fossil Hunting in the villages of Langza and Hikkim comes under the list of unique things to in Spiti Valley. Explore these villages buried in fossils and dig one or two up for yourself. Don't lose your heart if you are not able to find one as the local kids sell souvenirs to cheer you up!

Best Places for Fossil Hunting in Spiti Valley: Langza and Hikkim village

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6.  Explore the Village of Giu

Giu Village, Spiti Valley
Giu Village, Spiti Valley

One of the most popular and mysterious things to do in Spiti Valley is trekking up to the Giu village. (8 km climb) situated between Sumdo and Tabo, to discover the shrine of a 500 years old mummy!

Rumour has it that the mummy is of a meditating Lama. Well, we just listed one of the most interesting places to see in Spiti for you. 

Location: Giu village, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Timings for visiting: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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7.  Experience Yak Safari

An activity enjoyed by all and hated by none is the Yak rides in the awesome villages in Spiti Valley. There are no ifs and buts when touring on Yak as one of the most cherishable things to do in Spiti Valley!

Not only do you get to ride around the picturesque valley but also experience the local culture there during your Yak tour and click install-groovy photos. One of the most unique things to do in Spiti is Yak rides.

Handy Tip: Pretty much, all the village families have at least one yak with them, making the ride even more accessible, and an experience worth having in the Spiti valley.

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8. River Rafting

River Rafting 
River Rafting 

This one is for all who seek adventure in the lap of ice-cold rivers! Gear up in your life jackets and experience rafting in Spiti Valley and wallop on the electrifying currents of the Spiti and Pin Rivers.

River rafting is a water sport open to the newbies and the pros. With the backdrop of snowy hills, aesthetic monasteries, and scenic views, this is one of the most popular things to do in Spiti Valley. Sit tight and enjoy the raft because fun is guaranteed during your Spiti Valley trip

Best rivers for River Rafting in Spiti: Spiti and Pin Rivers

Level: Moderate

Cost: INR 500-1500

Best time: July-August

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9.  Visit the World's Highest Post Office

Visiting a post office sitting atop 4,389 meters between Komik and Langza villages in Hikkim and claiming the title of 'World's Highest Post Office' would complete your list of best places to see in Spiti Valley!

Handy Tip: The Post Office is an hour or two by car, or an uphill trek away from Kaza. 

Location: Hikkim, Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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10.  Let Loose by the Spiti River

Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, India
Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, India

Take all your emotional baggage and dump it in the Spiti River as you get lost in its tranquil beats. One of the top things to do in Spiti Valley is to sit by the Spiti Riverside and listen to the cascading waves busting your stress and leaving you refreshed. Let this be a day of alluring views as you vibe to the sound of water rushing to the rocks and making its way to the River! Spiti River is also one of the famous places to see in Spiti and loved by all!

Sometimes doing nothing means doing everything needed, and a trip to the Spiti River might help you accomplish your everything as you gaze at sights untouched by human civilization and shoot plenty of rocks and pebbles to hear the river splash.

Location: Spiti River, Himachal Pradesh

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