Spiti Trek is one of the most imposing and isolated areas for trekking in India.
Spiti trek with homestays, will offer you to explore valley of Spiti. It will make you understand a Buddhist way of life that has remained unaffected for centuries. The valleys of Spiti and Lahaul are bordered by the Kullu valley to the south, Tibet in the east and Ladakh in the north.
The trek begins from Manali to Kaza, into the mountains gaining more height. You will trek through glowing landscapes which vary from flat agricultural land, to alpine meadows, sharp peaks and evergreen forests and the sterile mountain deserts.
To visit Lang Temple, reach Langza. Lang is said to be the headquarters of all the deities of the valley, with houses some beautiful old frescoes and thankas (paintings on silken canvas).
If you negotiate along a natural fossil center, there is an opportunity to mark some rare relics of Spitis geological history. This course runs along the incredible Pasham Range whose chief peaks Chau Chau Khang Nilda (6380 m.) and Chau Khang Namo (5964 m.) form a beautiful setting.
If you are lucky enough you can spot a Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf or Blue Sheep.
Another trek slowly winds itself over pasture lands, where you can do camping at a summer settlement of the villagers.
Trek to Demul, located in one of the most remote areas of Spiti. Thereafter, explore the picturesque village called Saglung, houses to houses.
There is Lhalung, which has a lot to offer, it is a temple and the ancient trees.
A trek of another half an hour will take you to the waters in Dhankhar Lake. Water of this lake is crystal clear and they often reflect a perfect image of the surrounding landscape. Descend to a steep trail, which will lead to the ancient capital of Spiti. Travel around the old and new monasteries, the remains of the Dhankhar Fort and the museum of cultural works of art.
Kaza: Kaza is 58 km from Losar, at the main transport centre of eastern Himachal. It is the administrative centre of the sub district of Spiti.
Kaza is divided into two parts : Old town and New town.
The old town is a labyrinth of little shops, hotels and homes.
The new town has government buildings, and DMs office.
Dhankhar monastery: A Buddhist monastery, Dhankar is placed 24 km from Kaza in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Dhankhar village as words are inadequate to describe this village, balanced hazardously amidst geological remnants.
A gigantic village Dhankar was the capital of the Spiti in the 17th century. In Dhankar monastery, there are about 100 Lamas, in position of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Dhankar monastery is belonged to the Gelugspa School of order and assists as the mansion of over 150 monks.
The main attraction of this monastery is the collection of various crumbling Thangka sculptures. This monastery has relics in the form of paintings and sculptures. The statue of Vairochana is the center of attraction. Dhankar monastery represents four complete figures seating back-to-back.
How to get there
By Air: The nearest airport for Manali is Bhuntar, 50 km (Approx.) from Manali.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station for Manali is at Chandigarh (310 km.) and Ambala (355 km).
By Road: Chandigarh to Manali is 320 Kms & Journey duration is 14 Hrs.
Best time to visit: July to September
- Get familiar with climate and gears.
- The trek is easy and requires average level of fitness.
- Maximum height 4740 m.
- Make sure that you do not spoil the surrounding places and the home-stays.
- Carry boosters and water bottle with you while trekking.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Binoculars and camera
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
Kibber: Kibber is 11 km from Kye village. Situated at an altitude of 4,205m, the pretty village Kibber is known as Khyipur. The population of Kibber has reached over 400 and renowned as the highest inhabited village.
This village is linked by a motorable road till you reach Tashigang.
Thang Yud Gompa: It is 13 km north of Kaza, Thang Yud Gompa is familiar as Hikim. This gompa is belonged to the rare Sakyapa order. The Sakyapa sect obtained its name from the color of the soil.
In Tibetan sa is meant by earth kya stands for white.