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The river is a major tributary of Sutlej. The river Spiti rises in the Kunzum range. The water drains the Pin Valley which is also famous part of the river system. The river is deprived of the South west showers during monsoon season since it is awkwardly positioned. From June till September, the waters of this river run with full force. When the glaciers melt during the summer, the Spiti arrives at its peak discharge.
The Spiti River has huge mountains on both its sides. The valley of Spiti is quite cold and arid. The barren lands of the mountains are devoid of vegetation. The river attracts many tourists form many parts of India and the world. Spiti River is quite close to the villages of Dhankar Gompa and Hansi. In this area, there are many monasteries which teach people the principles of Buddhist religion.
The eastern mountain slopes that run rife between Spiti and Lahul are its point of origination. The river is created right at the base of the Kunzum range. The confluence of Pinglung, Kabizma and the Kunzum La Togpo creates this beautiful river. The river flow eastwards until it reaches a place called Kaurik. Thereafter, the river turns towards South to meet Sutlej. Spiti River flows throughout the valley of Spiti and meets the Sutlej in Kinnaur at Namgai after travelling a 150 km distance. The river travels in a straight direction almost from north to the south.
There are many rivers that feed the Spiti River on both the left and right banks. Lipak, Tirasang, Chaladogpo and Yulang are some of its well-known tributaries. The left bank has the Chaladogpo which exists between Changirang and Chango. The right bank has Tirasang, Lipak and Yulang. Pin too feeds this river. Pin River flows right into the river of Spiti at Kaja. The catchment of the river Pin is covered in white snow. Kabzian and Togpo streams are also important tributaries of the Spiti River.
These tributaries of the river Spiti flow at a steady pace in the valleys. They resemble quite a lot to the main river itself but near the junctions these tributaries have to work through narrow chasms of rocky walls.