On day 6 we will continue our road trip from Kalpa to Nako, which will be essentially taking us on the After breakfast on day 12 we will continue our journey through Kinnaur Valley to Kalpa. After 2 hours we will turn off to visit Jangi village and Lippa Monastery. Apart from the monastery the village contains a further 3 temples due to the dual faith of Hinduism and Buddhism that runs through the valley. What is also evident on entering Kinnaur, is the very different architectural styles between temples and dwellings in Kinnaur and those previously visited in Spiti. From Jangi we will also visit Rarang Monastery (30 mins), before driving on for a final 1h 30 mins to our accommodation in Kalpa. If early enough, we will head out for a stroll around Kalpa following check in, before returning for our evening meal.
Kaza (Langsza - Hikkim - Komik) - Following breakfast we will spend day 10 exploring 3 further villages within the surrounding area of Kaza, including the highest village in Asia, Komik, which is situated at 14806 ft. As with the other villages in the region it is agriculturally based, but on a smaller scale catering for a community of 84 people. Due to the isolation of the village it is occasionally possible to see local wildlife, such as Tibetan wolves, red foxes, Bharal goats and hares. Mid way we will stop by Hikkim, which is said to have the highest post office in the world, where, if the post master is about, you may have an opportunity to send a quick postcard back home. The lowest of the villages in terms of altitude, at 14436 ft, is Langza Village, which is often cited as the most beatific within Spiti due to its lush green pastures, akin to an oasis within an otherwise desolate landscape. There are approximately 130 people residing in the village across 30 homes and as the village has been predominantly Buddhist for centuries, it has a 1000 year old temple, called Lang Gompa, belonging to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, accompanied by a gold statue of Buddha from the same era. Langza is further nicknamed 'Fossil Village', as marine fossils are often found in the sedimentary rock, from when it lay submerged under the Tethys sea millions of years ago. On completion of our tour of Langza we will return to our hotel in Kaza.
Kaza: Sunrise 05:12; Sunset:19:28; Daylight: 14:16; Temp: 4° - 19°;