Kaza is the largest hamlet in the Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled about 11,980 feet above sea level, the Kaza is the biggest town in Spiti Valley lying along the Spiti River. This scenic town is snuggled amid high mountains with snowy summits, gleaming rivers, streams, and barren splendor intermixed with patches of green.
Kaza and the Spiti Valley have strong geographical and cultural resemblances with Tibet and Ladakh. Kaza is the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti Valley, thus an important administrative and commercial center. It is a base for tourist activities in the Spiti valley, also known for its colorful festivals and the Sakya Tangyud Monastery.
Kaza is divided into two sections, Kaza Soma is the new town, while the older one is Kaza Khas. The township has hotels, a market, bus depot, hospitals, and government offices. The older section of the town has the king's palace, monasteries, gompas, and other historical buildings. The town people survive in severe conditions in winters. They are known to produce exquisite handicrafts.
Kaza is blessed with mountainous terrain. The pristine locales attract visitors who want to indulge in adventurous activities and spiritual well-being. Adventure enthusiasts set the base camp for trekking, mountaineering, and other adventures in the town. Pin-Parvati, Parang-La, and Pin-Bhaba are some of the popular trails. A gentle stroll to villages around Kaza can also be an interesting experience. From Kaza, one can also visit places like the Ki Monastery, Kibber and Komic Village, Nako, Pin Valley, Kunzum Pass, and Chandratal Lake.
Kaza can be reached from Kinnaur Valley and Lahaul Valley. The Kinnaur Valley route remains open throughout the year and the Lahaul Valley route remains open only during summers as the Kunzum Pass closes during winters. Winters are severe, with the temperature reaching the sub-zero levels. Therefore, locals remain within the households and venture out only if absolutely necessary.
In the third week of August, Kaza is crowded with people from all over the region who have come to attend the Ladarcha Fair. The locals dressed in their finest traditional attire, all sorts of goods are bought and sold. You can plan a trip to Kaza with our Spiti Valley tour packages, which are customizable and you can modify the itinerary according to your requirements. Contact our travel experts for more information and book a tour with us!