I have read a lot of threads on this forum about Spiti Valley and heard about the destination being mentioned in other places. I think it is a destination which has recently just become familiar, and I only guess that it is nothing like Shimla or Manali. However, it is a place I would like to visit. Before thinking of making any final decisions about going Spiti Valley, I need some questions answered. 1. How far is Spiti Valley from Shimla? 2. When is the best time to visit Spiti Valley? 3. Which routes should be taken to reach Spiti Valley? 4. What activities can be conducted in Spiti Valley? 5. Are there any monasteries in Spiti Valley? 6. I have seen the term AMS mentioned what does this mean? 7. Can we do trekking at Spiti Valley? 8. Is it a good idea to get a tour package or plan the itinerary ourselves? 9. How many days do you recommend to stay in Spiti Valley? 10. Please give any recommendations of any nearby places to Spiti Valley, which should be visited.