Spiti Valley can be best described as, “The World within a World” -Rudyard Kipling
Welcome to Spiti Valley– “The Untouched – HIMALAYA”
Have you ever dreamt of escaping from the mundane life?
Are you daring enough to walk on the less traveled road and leave your footprint behind?
Have you ever felt the temptation to take yourself away from the daily grind of life, to a land of adventure; where there’s no one, but you and your lover surrounded by beautiful nature?
If yes, then breathtakingly beautiful Spiti valley is the place to be.
So, what are you waiting for?
Pack your bags, leave everything behind, and just run away, ready to explore a new world.
But, hey, wait!
Before you do that, read our full guide on taking a tour to Spit Valley, till the end.
The guide is very useful for those visiting the place for the first time. The guide will cover,
• How to reach Spiti valley – by air, by train or by road.
• Which is the most budget friendly way to Spiti valley?
• What to carry in your backpack.
• How to prevent High Altitude Sickness/ Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
• Which hotels to stay, and restaurants to eat at different bus junctions.
• How’s life in Spiti Valley.
• Places to visit in Spiti Valley
This first village you will explore on the way to the valley on the road leading towards Komic is Langza village.
- Its mesmerizing views would urge you to take a brief stay here and make fine memories by taking pictures to show it to your friends and relatives back to your hometown.
- In other words, you will start getting a glimpse of Spiti Valley from here. The higher you will go on these mountains you will find surface getting flat like a Plateau.
- There will be new scenery/ View after every turn on this road. Spiti valley landscape is different that Ladakh and similar to Tibet landscape.
The Highest Village in the World Connected with Motorable Road
The second village you will reach on your way to the valley is Komic situated at an altitude of 4587 meters.
Some interesting facts about Komic
- There are only 114 people living in the whole village, isn’t it a little bit weird? In an over populated country like India exist a village with only 114 people.
- You will find a small monastery in Komic village too.
- Homestays are available in at only 500-600 INR. Cool, isn’t it?
Note: The road is full of stone, so you should try driving your vehicle carefully, you might puncture your tyre in case you drive fast.
Precautionary Measures to take so that don’t get lost on your way from Langza to Komic to Hikkim
Since the roads are confusing and there not much of signboards you need to take the following precautionary steps.
- When you are leading from Langza to Komic, keep asking workers and commuters you find on the way about directions.
- Remember for your convenience, you will reach at one point where one road will be going up, and that road is for Komic, and the one which is going down is for Hikkim.
- Keep your pace slow so that you don’t get confused and follow the route easily.
- There won’t be GPS to guide you, however you can carry a road map with you.
World’s highest Post Office
Some Interesting facts about Hikkim
- World’s highest Post office is situated in Hikkim.
- The pin code of this post office and Hikkim is 172114.
- It is situated at an Altitude of 4440 meters.
- Getting and sending mails/post to this post office takes weeks long time because of its remoteness
- It is basically situated in some local villager’s own house.
Did you notice…?
When I started this journey from Kaza, I aimed to complete a circuit by visiting – kaza→ Langza → Komic→ Hikkim→ Kaza..and I completed it successfully…Hoooray!!
After completing the Kaza→ Hikkim→ Kaza circuit, you will be back on Kaza road and from here you can take the road which will be heading towards Kibber and Tashigang (the land of Ibex) and key monastery will fall before Kibber on the way. Kibber is 20 km from Kaza.
- If you want to see the beauty of key/ ki Monastery and its serendipity must try to visit it during end of winter Season(i.e January).
- key/ ki Monastery is one of the five important Buddhist Monasteries situated in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
- It has been constructed in such a way that Spiti river and few nearby villages can be seen from its location.
- Key/ki Monastery looks like a fortress.
- The monastery also has a school attached to it where young monks of different ages study.
- It houses around 250 monks during the winter and a greater number during summer.
In general people use to go to Kibber from Kaza and very fewer people visit Tashigang.
- This is village from where you can easily see the mountain full of snow.
- There are only 6 houses in this village. But You can find homestays in this village. They charge 600 INR/person for a day. T
- The oxygen level is very low in this village and you may feel like mountain sickness. You may find Ibex, which are very rare in this area and unique animal too of this valley.
Note: You may resort to NGO; Spiti Ecosphere for some volunteer work, for instance, if you are interested in Teaching English to Monks and Nuns or Building Solar cooker or working at a cafe. They also run a program ‘Monk For A Month’. Please visit www.spitiecosphere.com for more info.
Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley
May to October mid is considered the best time to visit Spiti Valley.
January, too, if you love winters and would like to explore the valley in winters.
This was Spiti Valley tour from my eyes, but there is a lot more to see, one can’t explore it in just a week or 10 days and you can’t stop yourself coming again and again to revive the life of this valley. So, Hoping to listen to your story of Spiti valley.