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River Spiti

Spiti River originates from Kunzum Range, which is located at a height of 16,000 ft above sea level. Kabzian and Tegpo streams are the main tributaries of this river. A number of water streams coming out of the eminent Pin valley are also part of this river system. It is interesting to note that the position of this river across Himalayan range withdraws it from benefits of the South-West winds that cause widespread rain in all the major parts of India between June and September.

River Spiti gets its waters from the glaciers that melt at the top of the Himalayan range. The river initially flows through Spiti valley and then meets Satluj River in Kannur. It flows in South-West direction towards Himachal Pradesh. Beautiful, hefty mountains rise to high elevations on the edge of Spiti River and its tributaries. These mountains are barren and they are mostly devoid of a vegetative cover. Major settlements of Spiti River along with its tributaries are Dhankar Gompa and Hansi. The Spiti river system is a great center for cultural arts and Buddhists and their major attractions include Tabo and Ki monasteries. These monasteries are a beloved place of Dalai Lama. They represent intense beauty and holiness simultaneously.

The side scene of this river is absolutely perfect for cinematography and spectacular scenery. A number of Indian movies have been shot at by this riverside. The silence of this river deeply describes Buddhist culture and monasteries. This has made it home to Buchen Lamas, which is a Buddhist sect.

This river initially flows towards east till Kaurik and then takes a turn towards south to join river Satlujat Khabwhich is at the height of 2589 meters and one of the best tourist attractions of this area. The deep color of this river’s water is sure to mesmerize viewers with its intense beauty. This has made Spiti River a popular tourist destination for national and international travelers. The Buddhist connection has enhanced its popularity.

Spiti River is an epitome of natural beauty with many small water streams ending in Spiti River. A major tributary on left side of Spiti River is Chaladogpo and there are many important ones on the right side—Yulang, Lipak and Tirasang. The calm of this river is sure to relax the one who is disturbed or looking for a peaceful escape. There is a beautiful Spiti Lake as well where people come to celebrate important festivals and occasions on lakeside. People who visit Spiti Valley also cherish a visit to Spiti Village, which is located on the side of this lake.

An expedition of the river in Pin valley and Spiti offers a great opportunity to discover the beauty of Kullu Valley, Tibet and Ladakh. River rafters crossing these rivers relish the beauty of Zanskar valleys, Leh and Nubra. One can also see villages, monasteries and sub-tropical forest areas around this river. Camping overnight in the foothills is also a great idea to enjoy the beauty of this river. Shadows and light also play interesting notes to create striking natural imagery. Sarachu is the last village of Himachal Pradesh. One can directly reach Jammu and Kashmir from here.

Tourists can relish different kinds of adventures including rock climbing, trekking, paragliding and angling around Spiti River.

How to Reach Spiti River

By Air

Closest airports from Kaza, which is the headquarters of Spiti are at Kullu and Shimla. While Bhuntar Airport at Kullu is 250 km away, Shimla Airport is 445 km away. From Shimla and Kullu one has to drive down to Kaza. There is a motorable road to Spiti from Shimla via Kinnaur.

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a stunning destination for its natural beauty and hill city life. From Shimla, one can get to Kaza via road. Shimla to Kaza is a journey of 412 km.

By Rail

Joginder Nagar next to Manali is the closest railway station. From Manali one can drive to Kaza via Kuzam Pass. Manali and Kaza are 200 km apart.

Manali is a picturesque hill-station of Himachal Pradesh. It is specifically known for Tibetan markets and Buddhist monasteries. One can begin the trip after visiting the pious shrines and some exquisite shopping centers.

Shimla is also approachable by rail via a toy train from Kalka. From Shimla, one can get to Kaza via road. Shimla to Kaza is a journey of 412 km.


Extreme winters at this place make it inaccessible for most parts of the year. Winters are freezing and this place is covered with thick snow, which gives it an angelic appearance.

Best Time to Visit

Summers last from May to mid-October. This is a warm and comfortable time to visit this place. Spiti is also open during other seasons. However, it can get really cold in winters and temperatures dip below sub zero temperatures. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit Spiti during summers.

Places to Stay

There are number of hotels and guest houses in the Spiti valley. One can easily find rooms. A fun idea of stay is to reside at camping sites like Darcha, Sarchu, GemurJispa, Koksar, Tandi, ChotaDara and Sissu.

Hotel Spiti Sarai

Set amidst the beauty of tall and stunning Himalayas, Hotel Spiti Sarai is a 16-room hotel. It lies on the outskirts of Kaza and makes a budget-friendly hotel. This hotel also provides for needs of trekking groups and those on a pilgrimage. This hotel overlooks Ki Monastery and the rooms here overlook stunning snow clad peaks.

The Spiti

Overlooking the stunning beauty of Spiti valley, this is a great hotel to stay in. It is comfortable to stay at with regular and deluxe rooms. They also offer Spiti Suits! This hotel also has a dormitory for group travelllers.

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