Ki Gompa information
Lonely Planet review
About 12km from Kaza, the tiny village of Ki is dominated by the whitewashed buildings of Ki Gompa . Set atop a 4116m-high hillock, this is the largest gompa in Spiti and the views from the top are extremely photogenic. Around 300 monks, including many students from surrounding villages, live here. An atmospheric puja is held in the new prayer hall every morning at around 7am (8am in winter). On request, the monks will open up the original medieval prayer rooms, full of thangkas, Buddhist texts printed on cloth, and the bed slept in by the Dalai Lama on his visits in 1960 and 2000. Dance masks are brought out for the annual Ki chaam festival (June/July) and again in February/March for Losar .