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Spiti in Winter: A Complete Guide For A Trip

Spiti Valley in winter becomes a frozen wonderland and is bound to leave you awe-struck with its captivating beauty. This high-altitude desert is situated in Himachal Pradesh and experiences heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures during the winter. Spiti Valley winter temperature during the day ranges around 8 degrees Celsius and at night temperatures drop down to -10 to -30 degrees.

With our Spiti Valley Tour Packages, you can have a hassle-free tour of this icy paradise in winter and get a chance to appreciate its ethereal beauty. You can also enjoy various adventurous activities like camping, trekking, and frozen waterfall climbing.
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Why You Should Visit Spiti Valley In Winter?

Spiti Valley in winter becomes an icy wonderland giving you the chance to appreciate the frozen rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. Since the temperature is extreme during the winter the crowd is usually less allowing you to have a hassle-free exploration of the valley. You can visit the ancient monasteries and embark on some of the best winter treks.

During the winter Spiti turns into a paradise for snow sports lovers as they get to enjoy various activities such as snowboarding and skiing at the ski resorts. You can also attend various celebrations and traditional festivals, like the Tibetan New Year and Losar, and interact with the locals to learn about their way of life.

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Climate and Weather of Spiti Valley In Winter

Spiti Valley in October: Snowfall typically begins in Spiti Valley in late October and you can also feel cold gusts of wind. The average Spiti Valley Winter temperature ranges from 5 to 10 degrees at night and during the day, it hovers between 26 to 28 degrees Celcius. You can undertake the Spiti Valley tour in October to have a comfortable exploration of the monasteries and waterfalls.

Spiti Valley in November: 
November marks the arrival of winter in Spiti Valley and the weather is not as extreme as the peak winter months. Daytime temperatures during this month range from 0°C to 10°C and at night it often reaches below freezing point. The Spiti Valley tour in November is considered the best as you get to have an intimate experience and can soak in the breathtaking beauty of the valley.

Spiti Valley in December: 
December marks the peak winter season in Spiti Valley with heavy rainfall and unbearable temperatures. The Spiti Valley Winter temperature in December ranges from -5°C to 5°C during daytime, and it drops between -15°C and -20°C at night. Due to the extreme weather conditions, only a few regions like Dhankar, Lhalung, and Hikkim are accessible.By planning the Spiti Valley tour in December you can attend Dechang Festival.

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How to Reach Spiti In Winter

By Road: The Shimla-Kaza road is the main route to Spiti Valley and it remains open throughout the year. You will have to pass through the following checkpoints while travelling on this route- Delhi – Chandigarh – Kalka – Shimla – Rohtang Pass – Narkanda – Kaza – Spiti Valley. Instead of driving on your own hire a taxi service or driver as these routes may be dangerous, blocked, and slippery. Also, stay notified about the routes to know about any blockages up ahead.

By Air: 
To reach Spiti Valley you can board a flight from both the Kullu and Shimla airports. The Kullu airport is closer but the road route may be blocked. So you’re advised to reach the Shimla Airport and then you can reach Spiti Valley by road.

By Train: 
You won’t be able to complete the journey to Spiti Valley solely by train as the nearest train station is either Shimla or Kullu. In the Kullu Manali area, the roads are not that good so you can catch a train to reach Shimla. From Shimla, you will have to catch a taxi or bus to reach Spiti Valley.

Public Transport: 
You can get only one or two buses from these checkpoints- Delhi – Chandigarh – Kalka – Shimla – Rohtang Pass – Narkanda – Kaza – Spiti Valley. So you’re advised not to rely solely on public transportation in winter to reach Spiti Valley. You can hire a taxi to reach Spiti Valley from the above-mentioned checkpoints.

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Things to Do on Spiti Valley Winter Trip

1. Visit the monasteries: One of the best things to do in Spiti Valley in winter is to have a leisurely exploration of famous monasteries like the Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery, and Dhankar Monastery. These monasteries are shrouded in snow and exude a tranquil ambience for meditation and introspection. You can explore their intricate murals and halls and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

2. Trekking: If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure then trekking through Spiti Valley’s snow-covered landscapes can be your go-to choice. The hamlets of Langza, Hikkim, and Komic are ideal for trekking in winter and you get to enjoy panoramic views of frozen rivers and snow-capped mountains.

3. Camping: Camping in Spiti Valley in winter is the best way to experience the raw beauty and wilderness of the region. You can set up your camp near a frozen river or valley and admire the countless stars at night. Set up a cosy campfire to get some respite from the chilling weather.

4. Spotting Snow Leopard: Embark on an expedition to spot the snow leopard in the mountains of Spiti Valley with the help of experienced trackers. The chance of spotting snow leopards increases in winter as they descend to lower elevations searching for food. You can scan the cliffs and rocky slopes for any signs of movement of these elusive creatures.

5. Indulging in Local festivals: Get an insight into the traditions and rich cultural heritage of the locals by attending the popular winter festivals. You can attend the Ladarcha Fair and see how traders take part in the barter of goods and the Lossar Festival which marks the Buddhist New Year. Enjoy the dance performances of masked monks by attending the Chaam Dance Festival.

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Places to Visit on Spiti Valley Winter Trip

1. Dhankar Lake: Dhankar Lake is a freshwater lake that freezes completely during the winter season. You can only reach this lake by undertaking a moderately challenging trek transversing through the snow-covered valleys and mountains. You can sit by the lake’s side and appreciate the majestic beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

2. Key Monastery: 
Key Monastery is situated on top of a hill and is Spiti Valley’s largest monastery. In winter the surrounding landscapes of this monastery are blanketed in snow adding to its beauty. You can explore the collection of scriptures, ancient murals, and beautiful paintings and witness the snow-covered landscapes from the top of this monastery.

3. Chandratal Lake: 
Chandratal Lake in winter transforms into a frozen wonder captivating the visitors with its magical beauty. You can pitch your tent near the lake and appreciate the beautiful scenery and snow-covered landscapes. Witness the reflection of the surrounding mountains on the lake’s icy surface.

4. Chicham Bridge: 
Perched at a height of 2820 meters, Chicham Bridge is an architectural marvel and Asia’s highest suspension bridge. This bridge connects two beautiful villages Chicham and Kibber and offers fantastic views. You can walk over the bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the frozen valleys, rivers, and snow-capped mountains.

5. Kibber Village: 
Kibber is one of the highest villages in the world bordered by limestone rock mountains. It is one of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley in winter as you can spot snow leopards that reside here. You can also trek in and around the village taking in the panoramic views of the frozen lakes and remote valleys.

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Tips for visiting Spiti Valley in Winter

  • During winter the mobile network coverage is very poor in Spiti Valley so you’re advised to buy a BSNL sim but you won’t get internet services even with that.
  • You are recommended to keep important medical supplies like bandages, ointments, paracetamol tablets, and more with you to stay prepared for minor issues. 
  • Keep a check on the updates about any kind of road blockages as some areas may face landslides or get blocked in winter.
  • The weather is unpredictable in winter in Spiti Valley so pack enough warm clothes so that you can stay warm and well-protected from the extreme weather.
  • Hot water and electricity may not be available in the accommodations in Spiti Valley due to extreme winter conditions so you may have to live with bare necessities.
  • Pack ample instant food as finding a restaurant may be difficult in winter.

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Things to carry while visiting Spiti in Winter

  • Pack fast-drying and easy-to-clean clothes like pants, T-shirts, and hiking pants.
  • Carry warm clothing items like woollen coats, sweaters, thermal undergarments, shawls, and scarves.
  • Bring along a waterproof and lightweight backpack.
  • Keep a medical kit including bandages, pain relievers, personal prescription medications, allergy medications, a first aid kit, and emergency medications.
  • Carry ample water and food supplies, like energy drinks, energy bars, dry snacks, tablets that purify water, and portable water purifiers.
  • Ensure you have waterproof hiking or winter boots that keep you comfortable.
  • Keep liners for sleeping bags, sleeping bags, and inflatable pillows.
  • Pack hygiene essentials like Toilet soap, Liquid detergent, Soap, Facewash, Hand Sanitizer, Toothbrush, Towels, Toilet Paper, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Tissues, Wet wipes, etc.      
  • Bring along trekking Gear like Torchlights, Sleeping tents, Trekking equipment, Multi-tools and knives, lighters or matchsticks, and Navigation devices like satellite devices, GPS, or compass for remote areas.
  • You must keep travel and personal identity documents like your driver’s license, Aadhar Card, etc., and permits required for visiting Spiti Valley’s restricted areas.
  • Carry cash, debit card, and credit card.

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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Spiti in Winter?

    1. Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas and gets shrouded with snow in the winter creating a magical spectacle. It houses an extensive collection of manuscripts, frescos, well-preserved statues, and extensive murals. You can have an intimate exploration of the monastery in winter as the crowd is very small.

    2. Kibber Village: 
    Kibber Village is one of the world’s highest-inhabited villages where you can admire the Himalayan wilderness in winter. By undertaking the Spiti Valley tour in October, you can see the entire village shrouded in snow allowing you to witness the raw beauty of nature.

    3. Chandratal Lake: 
    Chandratal Lake turns into a frozen wonder in the winter and its icy water mirrors the snow-capped peaks surrounding it. You can camp near the lake and spend a night admiring the starry sky. If you’re lucky you may even spot Himalayan blue sheep or snow Leopard here.

    4. Key Monastery: Key Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Spiti Valley known for its splendid architecture and blissful ambiance. You can appreciate the scintillating views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and frozen rivers from the terrace of this monastery.
  2. Is Winter a good time to visit Spiti?

    Winter is a good time to visit Spiti as the entire region gets blanketed with snow and turns into an icy paradise. The Spiti Valley tour in December is recommended for those who want to spot snow leopards and have an intimate exploration of the famous sites. This is also a good time to enjoy sports activities like trekking, camping, and snowboarding.
  3. Can we go to Spiti in winter?

    Yes, you can go to Spiti Valley in winter and get a chance to appreciate the beauty of the snow-clad landscapes. You can also enjoy various sports activities like trekking, camping, and snowboarding. The crowd is smaller at most of the attractions so you can explore the monasteries and lakes at your own pace.
  4. What is the lowest temperature in Spiti in winter?

    The lowest temperature in Spiti Valley can drop as low as -20°C or even colder during the nighttime. If you undertake the Spiti Valley tour in November you can witness frozen lakes and high mountain passes and remote areas may get blocked due to landslides and heavy snowfall.
  5. Which is the coldest month in Spiti?

    January is the coldest month in Spiti Valley with the daytime temperature remaining below freezing. At night the temperature reaches as low as -20°C or even colder. You can experience heavy snowfall, extremely chilly weather, and landslides during this month.
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