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Lahaul & Spiti, a hidden jewel of the western Himalayas


Lahaul Spiti is a district in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Lahaul Spiti is comparatively less well known than Ladakh, yet...

On the tourist map, they do not have much to envy their grand neighbor to the Northwest - Ladakh. The tour of Lahaul Spiti is an excellent introduction to the Western Himalayas.

There are similarities to Ladakh, but the experience is different. In Lahaul Spiti, we are at the gates of Tibet and in a different biological, geological and cultural environment.

The road through Lahaul Spiti is a loop. There are two ways to reach the region, by the Southwest or the Southeast. We will do this by the Southeast route. So we visit Spiti first followed by Lahaul.

While on the way to Ladakh, the line between the regions watered by monsoon and those that are not is very clear and abrupt. Traveling to Spiti leads us progressively from the 'Green Himalayas' to the 'Himalayas of high altitude deserts'.

In fact, during our tours to Lahaul & Spiti, we will go back up the large Spiti river to its source. We will cross the forested mountains of Kinnaur district through steep canyons prone to landslides during the rainy season. Then gradually the thick cloudy sky of the monsoon opens up while the greens become scarce.

The climb is gentle. You will not suffer from altitude sickness, and the valley changes stage to stage.

We will come across very old Buddhists monastery, including Tabo and Komic that are more than a thousand years old. The Kye monastery, a more recent one, is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhism learning centres worldwide. It has an impressive position and architecture which reminds one of medieval fortresses.

Chandra Tal Lake (the Lake of the Moon), though smaller than those of Ladakh, is located in an exceptionally beautiful environment.

Lahaul Spiti should be your next Himalayan destination! The tour of Lahaul and Spiti can be done from July to October.

Lahaul & Spiti map

Lahaul & Spiti, India map. With main roads, trekking routes and places to see.
Lahaul Spiti India map

Map of Spiti - Legend

    Town
    Motorable road
    Trekking trail
    Monument
    Interesting village

    Camping spot
    Noticeable peak
    Mountain pass
    National Park



Lahaul & Spiti weather

The climate of Lahaul & Spiti is quite similar to the climate of Ladakh. Warm with plenty of sunshine in the summer. However it can get very cold and dip below freezing in the higher reaches even during the day in summer. Unpredictable weather conditions can add days to your journey.
It is always advisable to keep one or two days free in case you are stuck somewhere because of a landslide or so.

The winters of Lahaul & Spiti are very cold. The Spiti valley is reachable most of the time via Reckong Peo but the Kunzum pass opens only by the end of June until October.
So if you want to do the full tour in the best conditions you should go from July to October.

Best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti

Best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti is from late June to mid-October.
  • Jan

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • Feb

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • Mar

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • Apr

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • May

    Cold

    Changing

    You may go
  • Jun

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Good to go
  • Jul

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Aug

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Sep

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Oct

    Moderate

    Sunny

    Good to go
  • Nov

    Cold

    Changing

    Avoid
  • Dec

    Cold

    Sun / snow

    Avoid

Lahaul & Spiti trip

What will be your travel experience ?

Like for Ladakh we organize your trip to Lahaul & Spiti by vehicle.

Himalayan Ecotourism offers you two options. Either you move with our team in a private jeep/minibus or you go on a motobike (Royal Enfield) with a back-up jeep following you.

In all the conditions you will be going along with our team. We will take care of everything, especially when we are in the isolated wilderness. For accommodation on the way we give you the choice of either camp in the wilderness with our unbeatable camping equipment or to stay at some homestay, or a mix of these two options.

All our tours to Lahaul & Spiti follow the road coming from the Kinnaur region and make a loop via the Kunzum and Rohtang passes.

For the more adventurers we offer a selection of easy hikes and treks while on tour.


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