Spiti Valley – Trekking mecca and a virgin paradise
Famous for its splendid views and untouched natural beauty, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan culture, Spiti is a destination for trekkers, hikers – only the string hearted.
The Lahaul and Spiti district comprises of both the valleys which are separated by Kunzum pass. Spiti or Spiti valley is located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh.and it is one of the most unexplored destinations in Himachal Pradesh. This region is a desert mountain valley and is known for its beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. The terrain of Spiti Valley is highly difficult and the entire region becomes completely isolated during the winters.
A visit to Spiti would remain incomplete without visiting the monasteries here. The Ki/Key Monastery and the Dhankar Monastery are must-visits. For adventure enthusiasts, there are a few trekking trails and mountain biking routes that they must go for. The Chandratal lake and Surajtal lakes are some of the most beautiful lakes in the world and are among the highest lakes in the world. This region plays host to a number of festivals which are all celebrated with a lot of fervour, which includes burning of the devil, chaam dance and Pauri festival.
There are just a few rest-houses, some hotels, tourism guest houses in Kaza which is the headquarters of Spiti subdivision of the district. There are also a lot of accommodation options in Keylong, which is the headquarters of the Lahaul subdivision of the districtThe Ki, Kie or the Key monastery is located at an altitude of 4,116 metres, above sea level and is located at a distance of 12 km. from Kaza, by road.