Spiti has a total population of around 10,500 people. These people inhabit villages spread over three levels of altitude -- lower, middle, and upper -- with Kaza being the region's main administrative center. Kaza, with an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level is in the upper region, and is popularly used as a base by travelers.
A trip to Spiti wouldn't be complete without exploring the villages, and discovering exactly what it’s like to inhabit such a remote, high altitude environment. The harsh winters force residents to stockpile food and remain housebound for months at a time. During this period, they occupy themselves by making handicrafts.
There are a number of Spiti villages that are of interest:
- Kibber -- the world's highest village with a drivable road and electricity, is located not far from Kaza at 13,800 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level.
- Komic -- is Asia's highest village, with an altitude of almost 14,800 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level.
- Langza -- known for its fossils, is a small village with a huge and colorful statue of Lord Buddha presiding over it. It has an altitude of 14,500 feet (4,400 meters) above sea level.
- Demul -- is a lively and alluring village, with a captivating vista at 14,300 feet (4,360 meters) about sea level. It's an excellent place to spend a day or two.
- Lhalung -- located at a height of 12,000 feet (3,660 meters) above sea level, is rich in diverse flora including Seabuckthorn trees.
- Dhankhar -- is a large and remarkable village, that was once the capital of Spiti. Located 12,760 feet (3,890 meters) about sea level, the village is an unforgettable sight as it balances precariously on the edge of the cliff face. Attractions include the Dhankhar monastery, ruined fort, lake, and awe inspiring views.