Spiti Valley

We have just spent the last week up in the little explored Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. We spent three days on the Spiti itself and explored another three tributaries which were the Gyrundi, the Lingti and the Pin. We are fairly sure that the Gyrundi and the Lingti had not seen a kayak before we arrived.

Myself on one the larger rapids on the Spiti

Lots of the rivers involved walk ins, especially the Gyrundi which we spent an afternoon and a morning walking in. Some workmen were trying to build a road up the valley and were blasting the cliff above us with dynamite which kept you on your toes.

Tom Laws on a probable first decent of the Gyrundi

The river Spiti itself proved to be a fantastic run however we didn’t managed to paddle the last 20km gorge which leads to the Sutlej due the Indian Army not approving of the plan. The last gorge of the Spiti has yet to be paddled by anyone to our knowledge and would be an excellent place to try and explore for any future groups

The group on one of the more “jazzy” rapids on the Spiti

Myself on a probable first decent of the Lingti

Thanks to Tom Laws for the photos of me!

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2 Responses to “Spiti Valley”


  1. 1 Slime August 10, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations guys! I am envious! Keep safe.

  2. 2 Graham M August 11, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Nice one guys, look forward to hearing about it. I herd that the Spiti gorges have some serious gradient at some point.


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