Spiti Valley Trek Overview
In recent years, Spiti Valley has become a go-to destination for trekkers, thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts from all around the country. The high-altitude desert valley, located in the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, has many trekking trails that run across the landscape. Trekking through the bleached landscape of Spiti is truly a mesmerizing experience as you get to see the breathtaking topography of the valley along with some of the most unique and remote villages of the world.
Spiti is one of the best Himalayan trekking destinations in India, and while trekking in Spiti, you will get to experience the dramatic contrast of the arid desert with the radiant blue sky, along with the sky-piercing mountains that are crowned by sparkly snow. You'll also see cerulean lakes, glaciers and much more.
And apart from the magnificent landscape, you will also get to visit some of the remotest villages of the world that are brimming with rich culture and heritage. You'll visit Langza where you can try your hand at finding ancient fossils; you'll stop by Komic, the highest village in Asia; and you can send a postcard to your loved ones from the world's highest post office at Hikkim. You can also spend some time with monks at some of the most famous and historic monasteries at Key, Gue, etc.
Here are some of the top Spiti Valley treks:
Spiti Valley trek
If you’re an avid trekker and want to experience the breathtaking topography of Spiti along with the rich cultural heritage of the remote villages, then the Spiti Valley trek is the one for you. This trek lets you experience Spiti on foot, starting from the headquarters at Kaza and ending at Dhankar.
Your first destination is the historic Key Monastery built over a thousand years ago, followed by a night at Langza where you can look for ancient dinosaur skeletons. You then head to Kibber, followed by a visit to Komic which is Asia’s highest village connected by a road. You can then send a postcard to your loved ones back home through the world’s highest post office at Hikkim.
You then enter Demul, enjoying the barren mountainous terrain and cross the Chemai Lepcha Pass into the Lingti Valley to reach Lulang. The village is located at the base of the mighty Tangmar Mountains. Your final destination is Dhankar where you get to visit the 1200-year-old monastery and watch the splendid confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers.
Mt. Kanamo trek
Located at an altitude of 19,600 feet, Mt. Kanamo is a peak located in Spiti. The peak is covered in snow, giving it the name Kanamo, which means ‘White Hostess’ in the local language. Mt. Kanamo offers breathtaking views of the Kinnaur Mountain Range along with the valleys of Lahaul-Spiti and Parvati, and the high altitude pass of Parang La in the distance.
The trek starts from the village of Kibber, and the trail is mostly of scree and boulder moraines. And since the trek takes you nearly to an altitude of 20,000 feet, it has become a great alternative to the Stok Kangri trek.
Parang La trek
The Parang La trek is one of the most off-beat and unconventional treks in Himachal Pradesh that takes you from Spiti to Ladakh via a snow-packed route across the two valleys. It goes through one of the most unexplored and remote regions of the Indian Himalayas that includes high-altitude wetlands of Pare Chu, sprawling snowfields and glaciers. En route, you also stop by the shimmer Tso Moriri Lake.
Pin Bhaba Pass trek
This is another trek that takes you across a high altitude pass into another region. Here, it takes you from the stark landscape of Spiti to the lush valleys of Kinnaur, across the Pin Bhaba Pass at 15,900 feet. The trek also lets you explore the vibrant Pin Valley National Park. But what makes this trek one of the unique treks in Spiti is its accessibility even in the monsoon season.
Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek
The Hampta Pass trek is one of the best treks in the Indian Himalayas that begins in the vibrant valleys of Kullu-Manali and takes you across Hampta Pass (14,100 feet) into the arid Spiti Valley. The trail winds across the magnificent Pir Panjal Range in the foothills of the Himalayas. Another highlight of the Hampta Pass trek is the visit Chandratal Lake, an alpine body of water shaped like the moon.
Know more about the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek here.
Pin Parvati Pass trek
The Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas of India that takes you via a 100 km trail at an altitude of 17,000 feet. The trek begins in the lush valleys of Parvati in Kullu and crosses the Pin Parvati Pass to enter into the desolate valley of Spiti. En route, you encounter hidden trails, the mighty Parvati River, and the sheer beauty of valleys full of thick forests, high waterfalls and glacial moraines.
Spiti Valley Trek Summary
- State: Himachal Pradesh
- Nearest city: Manali
- Total days: 5-14 days
- Grade: Easy to challenging
- Max altitude: 19,600 feet
- Season: Summer (April to June)
- Avg temperature: 10-30 degrees Celsius