Lahaul is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya Mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district. The present administrative centre is Keylong in Lahaul and it is the most visited place in Lahaul valley because of its wide range of hotels.
The two valleys are quite different in character. Spiti is more barren and difficult to cross, while Lahaul is a little green and has good roads. With an average elevation of 4,270 m (14,009 ft), the valleys are enclosed between lofty ranges. The sky here has a nice and a different blue color that you don't get to see elsewhere, especially in the cities. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated and most beautiful regions in India and is the gateway to Leh-Ladakh.
The harsh conditions of Lahaul permit only scattered tufts of hardy grasses and shrubs to grow, one can also see ibex, brown bears, foxes and snow leopards during winter. Rohtang-La (3979 m or 13000 ft) is the entrance pass to Lahaul and Spiti valley and it can be accessed only during summer (between the months of June to October). Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m).
For trekkers, the Lahaul and Spiti Valley is a paradise, offering challenging treks to explore the new heights of the Himalayas. The treks take you to the most remote areas including the rugged villages and old Gompas followed by the exotic wildlife trails.
Things to do -
- Trekking & Camping
- Cycling Tours
- Motor biking and 4X tours
- Nature and Himalayan Wildlife Photography
- Night sky photography