Snaking up to Spiti
Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
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Tabo was a gorgeous village which had a Buddhist Gompa dominating the centre. We visited the 1000 year old Gompa where inside we saw ancient Buddhist paintings kept in pristine condition. Whilst in Tabo we made a friend called Dipesh who was 19 from Calcutta
From Tabo, we moved on to Kaza stopping at Dhankar on the way which had wonderful views of the mountainous landscape. Kaza was a larger village than the others we’d stayed at on the jeep trip, with a bit more choice of places to eat and a few shops. However, the surrounding scenery wasn’t as spectacular. On our second day here, we went to the tiny villages of Kibber at 4250m high and Key. Kibber was so cute with donkeys everywhere and traditional white-washed homes dotted around. From Key, the next village, we decided we’d walk back to Kaza which was around 16km and although it was mostly downhill we found it more difficult than we might normally because we were at such high altitude throughout (half the height that aeroplanes cruise at!) It was a lovely way to soak in the landscape around us. Partway through our walk, we came across a group of Tibetan workers having chai and rice on their lunchbreak, sat on the roadside. They insisted we drank some tea with them – we felt like locals!
From Kaza we had our longest journey in the jeep (around 11 hrs) out of the Himalaya, to Manali. It was soooo bumpy the whole way and we were growing tired at how slow the Raz had to drive because of the conditions of the roads. Alas! We survived the tour of the valleys and even though we were happy to get to a bigger town in the end, it was worth it all for the breath-taking views we saw!