We’ve listed our top 7 things to do in Spiti Valley for you! Spiti is a land full of hidden treasures. The cold desert region has surprises in store for everyone. Be it treacherous drives, long hikes, adventure sports or simply taking in the beauty, Spiti has something for everyone. Make the most of your trip and do the following things while in Spiti.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN SPITI VALLEY –
We only recommend this to experienced drivers as the roads of Spiti are some of the toughest to navigate through. The drive is steep, narrow and full of gravel in some places. But this is what makes it a top thing to do in Spiti Valley, especially for thrill seekers!
Take in the experience of rafting on the Spiti or Pin rivers surrounded by picturesque mountains and beautiful skies. Some of the best rafting experiences can be found in this region and if you have what it takes, go ahead and give it a try. This is a great thing to do in Spiti Valley!
Spiti, with its Hindu and Buddhist dominated population, is home to many old monasteries, such as Key and Tabo Monasteries. These monasteries are filled with relics, sculptures and scriptures that are centuries old. Meet the lamas here and enjoy a cup of tea with them. Or sit and meditate in absolute tranquility. This is one Spiti Valley attraction you just cannot miss.
A small village near Tabo and Kaza, called Giu is famous for a mummy of a Buddhist monk, sitting in meditation. It was found in Giu Gompa in the year 1990. Unlike the mummies of Egypt, this mummy has not been embalmed or preserved using chemicals. It is said that the mummy is about 550 years old and its hair and nails are still growing! A must-see for sure, it is a top thing to do in Spiti Valley.
See some endangered flora and fauna in the national park, situated at the top reaches of the Himalayas. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and squeal in excitement when you spot the rare snow leopard or the Siberian Ibex. Wildlife enthusiasts must visit this place and even if you aren’t one of those, you will lose track of time here.
The locals almost all have a yak per family and this is the best means of transportation in the tough terrain. Act like a local and enjoy a ride atop a yak!
Go to the Chandratal or Dhankar lakes and spend a night on its banks. With fabulous views all around, the experience will take your breath away. At night, spend hours looking up at the brilliant sky and stargaze until you fall asleep.
There are many other things one can do in the villages of Spiti, like adventure sports in Kaza, visiting the world’s highest post office in Hikkim, and going fossil hunting in Langza. As we said, Spiti offers myriad experiences for everyone. Make your next vacation Spiti and be blown away!
Thank you very much to you and your team for arranging this fantastic tour. One of the best pick from this tour was your meticulous planning and promptness of service. All arrangements were fantastic, be it a delivery of vehicle at Chandigarh airport, hotels particularly at Chandigarh, Leh, Nubra, Pangong. However the best was at Jispa, Kargil and Srinagar for different reasons. Jispa was simple but authentic with very tasty food.
Rajesh & Gauri Natu
Graphic Designer, Apple
Sunil, after I ran 21k Marathon I bragged about it for years. The same is being repeated again, with my ambition to drive across the Himalayas, which was almost faded with Srinagar under curfew. You and Chetan were the spark to our fire that we could do this drive and without a single trouble. Driving is a passion but driving thru places where there are no roads is trouble, but your breakup of program and awesome car condition helped us actually sail thru. Three cheers and five stars.
Absolute Networks, Mumbai
Wow. wow, wow. What a experience! We took the route of Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar - Leh - Sarchu - Manali - Delhi. Sunil Kapoor gave us excellent service which includes his next to new 4WD in immaculate condition and all hotels were top class. Coming from Australia, we were bit nervous in start but when we met Sunil, we had full trust and all went very positive. Sunil gave us perfect instructions and everything was according to plan. Thank you Sunil and your team for our one of the best experience in life you have provided us.
Director, Webential, Australia
Eight of us from Sri Lanka got Sunil to arrange a self driven tour to Leh and we are very happy with our decision. He was punctual, trustworthy and met our expectations. The service provided was very professional. As foreigners it’s hard to arrange such a tour by ourselves and Unwind outdoor filled in the gap perfectly. All places we stayed were nice and decent. Should specifically mention about the two Scorpios which we instantly fell in love with. They were very well maintained ...
Friends from SriLanka
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The itinerary was so crisp and so very well laid out that there was no reason for us to worry other than coping up with nature’s fury.
Clifford Chance, Delhi
We did a SUV self drive trip from Chandigarh to Ladakh and back organized by Unwind Outdoor.
Highly recommend Unwind Outdoor as Sunil and Manpreet took care of everything we needed (car, hotel bookings, sightseeing and food recommendations, permits) and everything was organized seamlessly. Sunil was very patient with all our queries, giving suggestions and options to suit our preferences.
Ashish & Neha Thadani
Great to see the know-how of the Unwind Outdoor team regarding every aspect of the Srinagar - Leh - Chandigarh self drive trip. From weather conditions, to road conditions, to health/clothing requirements, and also driving instructions - Sunil and Manpreet are warm, meticulous and knowledgable. Villa Himalaya in Sonamarg surpassed all our expectations and ensured that our expected standards for the rest of the trip were extremely high.
Symbiosis Law School, Mumbai
Thanks Sunil for arranging a wonderful trip. Everything went well and we were in good hands with friendly and competent drivers. Accommodation was good and tents were comfortable beyond our expectations. We didn't have problem with food choices. It was a totally rejuvenating vacation and experience for us. Thanks from us in Singapore!
We had an amazing 9-day from Manali to Leh. Serene, breathless and picturesque. High altitude sickness was a big issue for us but we were in good hands.
Unwind Outdoor was superb in arranging and coordinating the trip. Taking care of all arrangements and checking-in on us. Kudos to Sunil and his team.
Assistant Director, Jurong Town Corporation, Singapore
We travelled as a couple & completed a self drive trip from Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Tso Moriri-Sarchu-Manali-Delhi. Itinerary was meticulously designed to be a mix of adventure and comfort. Hotel choices were best. Support was available at all points in case of emergency.Vehicle provided was top notch. Thanks to Mr. Sunil Kapoor for personally putting in efforts to maintain such high standards.
Nikhil & Neha Mazumdar
Manager L&T, Mumbai
Six of us (two families) travelled to Leh in Jul / Aug 2015 and we had an excellent experience with Unwind Outdoor. From the very beginning of our excited planning phase, Sunil has been willingly suggesting us options, number of days, places to visit etc. He has all the knowledge of the terrain, passionate about trekking and traveling himself, so he understands travel-crazy people such as me and my quirks.
We landed in Leh in time for cloudbursts and flashfloods and landslides (along with mud and rocks sliding too). Despite Nature's fury, Sunil and Skarma made sure we were utmost safe and comfortable. These guys are just not into travel business, they help people fulfil their travel dreams. Truly! Go guys!!
Barclays Bank, Bangalore