Spiti Weather: All Months Spiti Valley Temperature Guide 2020

Spiti Weather and Temperature:


Considered as a paradise on earth, Spiti valley is slowly gaining popularity as one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the country. But as with all tourist places, it is important to consider the weather conditions of the place before planning your trip there.

Coming to Lahaul and Spiti, the valley sports a variety of terrains and geographical problems that can affect your travel plans considerably. And that is why, it is even more important to consider Spiti weather before you plan your trip there so that you can be well-prepared for any eventuality. Spiti Valley Weather is harsh and extreme for the most part of the year.
This is because of the rough geography of the region as well as its proximity to the Himalayas. But the valley is extremely pleasant and warm during the summers, that is, between May and July. That is why, it is recommended to plan your travel during these months.

Spiti Weather ( Season Wise Guide)

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Spiti in Summer

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Spiti in Summer
The summer season in the valley, that is, the months between April and July are considered to be the best time to visit the region. This is because when it comes to sightseeing in Lahaul and Spiti, Weather is an extremely important factor you need to consider. And, summers are perfect for the fun and adventure activities planned in the valley.

This is the time when the snow in the valley starts melting and you can drive on the trans-Himalayan roadways without any danger. In fact, the peak tourist season for visiting the valley is in June, when the Manali-Kaza highway opens up. As the harsh winters of the Himalayas take a step back, it gives way to sunny days, warm weather, and a pleasant environment when you can enjoy the pleasing landscape to its maximum. 

Summer is also the season for participating in the various adrenaline-pumping activities planned here. After the ice on the rivers melts, you can enjoy river rafting, and also go for rock climbing, camping, paragliding and mountain cycling without any fear of avalanches. 

Additionally, it is also the time when various carnivals and festivals are held in the valley, where you can see how the natives of the region celebrate love, life and everything in between. Hence, it is highly recommended to plan your visit to the valley during summers. The best places to visit the valley during this season are – Kunzum pass, Dhankar monastery, Pin valley national park, Chandratal lake.

Average Temperature day and Night: Spiti Valley Temperature during the summer, on average, is 15 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night, it can be 4 to 6 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall: 64 mm
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Spiti in Monsoon

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Spiti in Monsoon
Since the valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayas with the shadow of the mountains just covering the region, it is no wonder that Spiti Weather is greatly affected  by the mountains, especially in monsoons. Due to its strategic location, the valley did not receive any rain at all until recently.

But global warming has changed a lot of this, and in the last few years, the Spiti Valley has seen many instances of cloudburst, followed by overcast weather and heavy downpour going on for days. But these instances are rare, and most of the time, there is next to no rainfall in the region. However, this is only applicable to Spiti Valley - to be precise, the area between Puh and Batal. If you are starting your journey from Shimla, you will have to face rain in the monsoon season until Kinnaur valley, Manali and Rohtang Pass. 

Due to the rough terrain in these regions, paired with heavy downpour – it is also common to see dangerous avalanches on the roads leading up to Kinnaur. The roads near Karchham and Reckog Pao, for example, should be avoided especially because of the terrible state they get in when it starts to rain. Massive landslides can also occur, blocking the roads and leading to felling of trees and pillars. Moreover, due to the presence of water on the roads, they become frictionless and it is no longer safe for travelers to drive here. 

Despite all this, if you do want to visit the valley during this season, it is imperative that you get familiar with all the precautions and warnings. It cannot be denied that the valley is cloaked with an unearthly charm during this season, and the brutal weather only reveals its most pristine beauty. Perhaps that is why some daredevils do like to visit the valley during this season. To the end, you must make sure that all your belongings are covered in waterproof layering, and if you are traveling by car, you should not put anything on the roof. Additionally, make sure you are traveling in an SUV that can handle the rough roads and slushy paths. 

Average Temperature day and Night: The average temperature in the valley during the day in monsoon season is 10-15 degrees, and at night, it can be 3 to 4 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall: 45 mm
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Spiti in Winter

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Spiti in Winter
Spiti Valley Weather during the winter season, that is, between November and  February is so brutal that the place is entirely cut off from the rest of the country during this season. The entire neighborhood of Ladakh, including the Spiti valley, is doused in darkness and snow during this time of the year. For these few months, the dramatic and stark landscape of the valley is covered in a thick layer of pure white snow.

Temperatures at night can drop way below zero degrees, and the entire valley experiences endless snowfall. In fact, the snow can be so relentless that the road from Manali to Kaza is closed during this time of year due to blockage. As a result, most people have to enter the valley via Kinnaur route from Shimla.

Due to the heavy snowfall, low temperatures, and no tourists – most of the hotels and homestays are closed in the valley during this season. The road transport is also not that reliable, although you can probably get some taxis. Only a few parts of the valley are accessible during this season, like Lhalung, Hikkim and Dhankar. 

Due to these extreme conditions, most people don’t prefer to visit the valley during this season. But the daredevils who want to wander through the frozen hearts of Himalayas, Spiti in winter definitely has a charm. The snow covers every visible surface, and the entire valley turns into a winter wonderland. However, if you plan to go here in such weather, you should be prepared for the extreme cold and difficult weather too.

Average Temperature day and Night: Spiti Valley Temperature during the winter season, on average, is 0 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night, it can be -20 to -30 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall: 45 mm
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Spiti Weather (Month Wise Guide)

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January – February – March

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January – February – March
Spiti Valley Weather during these 3 months is a little variable.

In the month of January, the valley sees an average minimum temperature of -4 degrees and maximum temperature of 11 degrees. There is a heavy snowfall, and it is extremely cold.

During February, the weather is more or less the same, but the average minimum and maximum temperatures are more extreme. The former is -7 degrees and the latter are 18 degrees. So, it is a little pleasant during the day, but the nights are brutal.

March sees some time improvement as the weather starts getting a little warmer at night, it can still be freezing cold, so it is not recommended to venture outside after dark. The days, however, are more pleasant as the average temperature is a warm 20 degrees.

It is not recommended to visit the valley during this season due to the extreme weather.
    
Average Temperature by day and Night: the average temperature at night can be -4 to -7 degrees during these months and during the day, it can be between 15 to 18 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
145 mm
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April to May

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April to May
When it comes to planning a visit to Lahaul Spiti, the Weather in the months of April to May is very well suited. April still suffers from some remnants of the cold weather, but by the end of May, tourism is in full swing in the valley.

This is because most of the snow from winters melts off during these months, the roads connecting the valley to the rest of the country open up, and you can actually participate in the outdoor activities during this time. 

Average Temperature day and Night: Lahaul Spiti Temperature at night can be 4 to 7 degrees during these months and during the day, it can be between 25 to 28 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
70 mm
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June to July

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June to July
Spiti Weather in June is quite pleasant and warm, and perfect for planning your trip to the valley. You will be able to go sightseeing without any danger of avalanches or landslides, and since the snow has melted, you can participate in adventurous activities like rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing etc. The warm weather, the pleasant breeze and the cozy temperature makes June the perfect time for visiting the valley.

July, on the other hand, is a little less pleasant, because you can already feel light rain showers by the end of the month. However, it is still safe to trek through the valley during the first two weeks of this month as the weather conditions are not that dire.

However, it is best to get out of the valley as the last week of July approaches, because torrential rainfalls can easily lead to blockage of road transport and cancelled flights. As a result, you may be stuck in the valley if you stay till the end of July.

Average Temperature day and Night: the average temperature at night can be 10 to 15 degrees during these months and during the day, it can be between 22 to 28 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
150 mm
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August

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August
Lahaul Spiti Weather during August is not that bad, as the valley lies in the rain shadow area and sees little to no rainfall. But the roads leading up to the valley, especially those in Manali and Kinnaur, are extremely dangerous due to the volatile rains these regions experience in August.

Due to the heavy rains, avalanches and landslides occur every other day on these roads. That is why, it is not safe to travel to the valley in this month.

Average Temperature day and Night: Lahaul Spiti Temperature at night can be 15 to 17 degrees during this month and during the day, it can be between 25 to 28 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
250 mm
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September to October

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September to October
Spiti Valley Weather during September is much the same as in August. The region receives little to no rainfall, but heavy rainfall in Manali and Kinnaur leads to destruction of the roads leading up to the valley. Thus it is impossible to go to the valley in this month.

In October, the rainfall starts retreating, but it is replaced by cold gusts of wind, snowfall, and blockage of roads due to snow. The ice starts freezing on the roads, making driving on them dangerous.

Average Temperature day and Night: Lahaul Spiti Temperature on average, at night can be 5 to 10 degrees during these months and during the day, it can be between 26 to 28 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
100 mm
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November to December

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November to December
Spiti Weather between November and December is extremely harsh and cold.  Temperature often drops below zero degrees, and there are frequent landslides and avalanches. Flights get delayed or cancelled, roads get blocked, and most hotels are also closed. It is not recommended to visit the valley during this time.   

However, in its own way, the beauty of the valley is enhanced during these months because the entire valley is covered in pristine white snow. While it is not safe to go here during this time, if you do go, make sure you take plenty of warm clothes and follow proper precautions to prevent any accidents and mishappenings. 

Average Temperature day and Night: Spiti Valley Temperature on average, at night can be 3 to 5 degrees during these months and during the day, it can be between 0 to -20 degrees Centigrade.

Average Rainfall:
45 mm
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Best Time for Road Trip to Spiti Valley

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Shimla to Kaza Route

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Shimla to Kaza Route
The best Spiti Weather for a road trip via Shimla is during June when the weather is warm. This is because the environment of the valley becomes pleasant and warm during this time and sightseeing is much more pleasing. However, the main reason it is recommended to go road tripping during summers is that the Hindustan Leh highway becomes less dangerous to drive on during this season. 

This highway constitutes the majority of the route to the valley, and it has been deemed as one of the most dangerous roads in the world due to its rough terrain. But when the snow melts and the weather clears up in summer, this road is comparatively easier to traverse. 

So, unless you are an experienced driver who can handle extreme cold, freezing temperatures, snow, and a rough terrain at the same time – it is better to road trip via this highway only during summers.
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Manali to Kaza Route

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Manali to Kaza Route
The best time to undertake a road trip to the valley via the Manali-Kaza route is during May or June, when the weather is warmer. This is because the Rohtang pass, which is the pass that connects Kullu to Spiti valley, is closed in the winter, that is November to April this is because of heavy snowfall in the region that makes it impossible to cross the pass. as a result, for at least half the year, it is impossible to take this route to reach the valley.

As for July to October, the valley does not see any rainfall, but Manali, Rohtang Pass and Kinnaur experience heavy rainfall in these months. The road conditions of these regions are not good enough to allow driving during these months. Plus, they also see avalanches and landslides in this season. Thus, it is quite dangerous to be on the road during this time. Road blockages are quite common in these regions, and often, avalanches can lead to falling of trees and pillars that can lead to accidents. 

That is why the best time to visit the valley is between May and June. Besides, Spiti Weather during these months is also pleasant, warm, and ideal for road tripping.
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18 July 2015
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Beautiful, unexplored place and the best part away from all the cobwebs of city.This place is heaven on earth. It is hard to believe that such beauty even exists. But yes, beauty comes at a price. Its hard to reach. Weather is extreme. I went there via Kinnaur. And Kinnaur is not for the light hearted. Its a long, tiring and dangerous journey with a treasure at the end.
10 January 2020
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I went to Spiti valley with my friends and we booked our tour from Thrillophilia and we had an amazing experience on the trip. The entire trip was so well planned and the place is so beautiful. Thanks for the memorable trip !!!
09 January 2020
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I booked Thrillophilia's Manali To Spiti Valley Bike Trip package. it was an amazing experience. everything was perfectly planned by the team. meals provided were very tasty. stays was very comfortable. overall enjoyed alot. Thanks to Thrillophilia.
09 January 2020
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I took a bike from Manali to Spiti on 5th Sept and did a solo ride. I want to thank you for the support you showed for my ride. And i appreciate your services. I have no words for the professionalism you show. Thrillophilia is the best in the industry with well maintained vehicles and good response. For my solo trip from Manali to Spiti. Breakfast, Dinner was included in the package. Thanks to Thrillophilia.
09 January 2020
Excellent
One of the best trip filled with fun and enjoyment with my friends. the snowy experience was amazing I would suggest it to everyone that one in a year you should visit spiti with your friends or family. the hotels were good and clean and the stay was comfortable. the food is also quite delicious. and one of the eye-catching scenes was the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej river. overall a good trip.
10 January 2020
Excellent
I went to Spiti Valley with my family from Chandigarh and we booked our trip from Thrillophilia. The place is so beautiful, the view is so captivating. the trip was really wonderful we had a very nice ti me on the trip. Thanks, Thrillophilia for the great experience!!!
10 January 2020
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We went to Spiti from Shimla. We booked the trip from Thrillophilia and must say they have arranged everything so nicely, the stays, meals everything was so nice. We had an amazing time on the entire trip.
10 January 2020
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The Spiti Valley trip from Delhi was so amazing, The entire trip was so nicely planned, the meals and stays everything was so good. we had a great time on the trip. The place is so beautiful.
10 January 2020
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we went to Spiti valley from Delhi and it was one of the best trips ever, The beautiful hills and mountains are so alluring, Key Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Pin Valley National Park, and Kunzum Pass all are so beautiful. We had an amazing time at the trip. Thanks Thrillophilia for the wonderful experience!!!
10 January 2020
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Spiti Valley is so beautiful and mesmerizing. The trip to Spiti valley was an amazing experience, I booked the trip from Thrillophilia and they have arranged things so well. The guide provided to us with the tour was so helpful. We had a very good time on the entire trip

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  1. Which are the Best places to visit in Spiti Valley?

    Here are some of the best tourist attractions in Spiti that you need to visit on your trip.
    5. Tabo Monastery
    7. Kaza
    10. Dhankar Monastery
    11. Nako Village
    12. Nako Lake
    13. Tabo
  2. Which are the best Summer Spiti Tour Packages?

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  4. Which month is best for Spiti valley?

    The best month to go sightseeing in the valley is during May or June, when the summer rolls around and the weather is warm and pleasant. During these months, you can easily stay outside for a long period of time without any problems while you enjoy the pristine views of the valley. If you want to go road tripping, it is best to go to the valley during May or June because the roads are less dangerous during this time. During the rest of the year, road conditions are extremely dangerous either due to heavy snowfall or torrential rains. This weather is also ideal for adventure sports like rafting, mountain climbing and paragliding, as the snow has melted away by this time. Thus, it is recommended to plan your trip to the valley between May and July.
  5. Is there snow in Spiti in June?

    Most of the snow in the valley has melted away by the time June rolls around. However, there are some high-altitude areas that still have snow in June. For example, Rohtang pass is covered in snow throughout the year, and you can also see the Kunzum pass covered in snow even in June.
  6. Is it safe to travel to Spiti in July?

    It is safe to travel to the valley during the first two weeks of July as the monsoon showers during this time are still not that intense or frequent. But it is not recommended to stay within the valley as the end of July approaches, because with the commencement of the monsoon season, all the roads out of the valley are closed due to heavy rainfall. This can also lead to cancellation of flights, blockage of roads, and dangerous road conditions. As a result, you may get stuck in the valley. That is why, it is recommended to not travel in the valley in the second half of July.
  7. Is Spiti open in October?

    Yes, the valley is open in October. The various passes and roads to the valley close down in November. However, it is not recommended to visit the valley during this month as there is heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures. Not only will you find it difficult to survive in the freezing cold, you won’t be able to participate in any of the adventurous activities as they close down for winters.
  8. Is there snow in Spiti in May?

    Yes, some parts of Spiti valley are still covered in snow in May. These include Kunzum pass, Rohtang pass, Dhankar lake etc.