Kunzum Travel List #2: Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Highest Villages

A view of Kaza from up above

If you want to explore the high altitude cold desert region of Spiti valley, Kaza will be your base for much of it. At about 3800 metres (12,500 feet) Kaza is surrounded by a treasure trove of natural beauty, history, culture and religion.

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All you need to do is drive around to be left awestruck. Natural rock formations, the wide expanses formed by the Spiti river bed, snow-capped peaks waiting to be summitted, deep gorges, traditional Spitian villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries and their festivals, trekking routes – you cannot go wrong here. It is truly a wonder on this planet.

Not to be missed highlights include:
* The Key Monastery, perched high up for a beautiful setting
* The Komic Monastery and its annual festival at one of the highest settlements on this planet. No one will tell you about this.
* Spectacular landscapes as you drive around to the high altitude villages of Hikkim, Langza, Kibber, Chicham and more.
* Meet local Spitians – language barriers never come in the way of instant friendship.

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The Key Monastery
The Key Monastery

Masked dancers at Komic festival
Masked dancers at Komic festival

Toblerone anyone? A peak visible on the road from Kaza to Komic
Toblerone anyone? A peak visible on the road from Kaza to Komic

Kibber Village
Kibber Village

A woman preparing the fields to sow crops in Kibber
A woman preparing the fields to sow crops in Kibber
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