Kaza

Kaza Lahaul Spiti Himachal Pradesh

Kaza is a small but indeed a beautiful town in Spiti Valley. It is situated at the foot of steep ridges, at an altitude of 3800 meters on left bank of river Spiti. It is the sub divisional headquarters of Spiti.

Kaza is a cold desert having close similarities to the Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture. Being a central station to the other parts of the valley, Kaza is an ideal base camp for trekking, mountaineering and tours directed to other parts of the valley.

Kaza, a must visit place in Lahaul Valley offers enormous beauty, Picture perfect scenery, the peace anyone can desire of, many unexplored terrains and variety of adventurous activities.

Some of the major tourist attractions in and around Kaza beside Tangyud Monastery are the Key Gompa.

Note for foreign Tourists
To travel beyond Jangi in Kinnaur to Kaza in Spiti one requires an inner line permit for foreign nationals which can be obtained from the DC offices Shimla, Kullu, RecongPeo and Keylong and SDM offices, Shimla, Rampur, Kalpa, Nichar, Keylong, Udaipur and ADC offices, Pooh and Kaza

Indian nationals do not require any permit to travel in this area however retaining a proof of identity is suggested.

Weather and Climate

Climate in summer remains pleasant and colder than other part of the country. It is the best time to visit Kaza to get rid off the heat waves in the other parts of the country.

Winter approach Kaza in November and lasts till April. The temperature drops below the freezing point with heavy snow everywhere. Heavy woollen clothes are preferred to take while going for Kaza during winter season.

Places And Activities

DHANKAR (3890m) :24 km from Tabo, this place is famous for a Buddhist monastery.

PIN VALLEY :The Pin valley lies below the Kungri Glacier and has several beautiful and important monasteries. It is called the land of Ibex and snow leopards.

KUNZAM PASS (4551m) :76 km. One of the highest motorable pass. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over this pass and wards off evil.

CHANDER TAL LAKE (4270m) :7 km from Kunzam Pass, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayan region. Surrounded by snow, this deep blue water lake has a circumferences of 2.5 km. River Chandra flows very close to the lake.

How to reach?


Nearest airports are at Kullu (Bhuntar) 250 km. and Shimla 445 km. Kaza can be approached by road from Shimla (May to October) and from Manali 200 km. via Kuzam Pass (June to October).

In winters when Rohtang Pass remains closed Periodic flights from Kullu can let you through to Kaza.


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