Spiti is small heaven in the Himalayas mountain ranges, the north-eastern part of
Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 12,500 ft above sea level. It is located in the beautiful
cold mountain desert wrapped in a turquoise ribbon formed by the Spiti River. It offered
us an incomparable beauty that cannot be described in words.
It was an unforgettable Spiti valley tour and we started from Simla, we had a prebooked car for the journey and reached Kaza via Kalpa, Nako, Tabo with a hault at Pooh between Kalpa and Nako. We were excited about our Spiti valley tour. We visited local villages- Langza, Hikkim and Komic, each of which was blessed with the picturesque view along with the ancient Buddhist monasteries (Tabo Monastery, Dhankar monastery, Key monastery, etc). In Langza we were amazed by its unbeatable location along with some finest view of the hilltop, we found local ladies working on ground in fond of fossils. There are two or three anonymous lakes around Langza, the names of which we couldn’t retrieve. In spite of the stunning scenery, the presence of 1000 year old Golden Lord Buddha statue in the meadow makes Langza brilliant. We count it as a treasure in the Spiti Valley Tour. Komic, at an altitude of around 4600 Mtrs. Komic is about 10 KMs far from Langza village, will always stay in our heart because of its stunning view as well as its ancient monastery. There is a world’s most noteworthy restaurant named ‘Spiti Organic Kitchen’. You can get flavored foods like Oven hot maggie, momo, fuming coffee at a reasonable price. The village offers some high vantage points to witness some amazing views of Spiti Valley. Hikkim village, at a height of around 4400 Mtrs, is around 4 KMs from Komic and around 16 KMs from Kaza. Hikkim village is popularly known for the highest post office in the world. We all posted a letter to our corresponding address as a remembrance. We saw yellow leaf trees throughout the Spiti valley. It makes the valley more colorful. The red berry bushes were also attractive.
The Pin Valley is another most beautiful place we have seen in Spiti Valley, surrounded by some yellow green landscape and the beautiful Pin River. We were lost in the Sunny weather, strong winds, miles and miles of isolation, stunning views and enchanting silence of Pin Valley. The chilling breeze and breathtaking landscapes griped our mind when we visited Sangam Village inhabited by 20 -25 families. Then after we traveled to another village, Mud. The view of Mud mesmerized our senses. This village is also famous as the last inhabited village on the Indian side of the Indo-Tibet border. We enjoyed the colour changing landscape of Pin Valley from the hill tops of Mud. Village Kibber is one of the highest inhabited village & especially famous for snow leopard. Small cottages simpleton local people and few home stays are treasure of Kibber. It was a nice experience.
We got overwhelmed thinking about the trek to the lake. For visiting the Dhankar Lake we parked our car at Dhankar monastery and trekked almost 2.5 hours to reach the Dhankar Lake, located at an altitude of about 14000 feet in Spiti Valley, worthy for all the pain to get there. I must confess that the trek was very steep in some parts, breadth taking but honestly, coming down was much more difficult than climbing up for us, but the beauty of the clear sky, barren mountain, rocky terrain were holding heavenly beauty & inspired us to move till the first look of the pure blue lake was seen. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.
Some of the experience is very difficult to express in word that is why we suggest visiting Spiti. Spiti valley tour leaves us with memories for a lifetime.