Our backpacking trip to the offbeat Spiti Valley started few days before we actually began with this mostly barren yet so picturesque journey. It was with coming together of 3 not-so-random strangers (Me, Chitraj and Kirti) to go to an unplanned expedition for around 10 days. Not much time was taken to rule out the options in South (Pondicherry, Karnataka etc.) due to weather and finalizing with “The Spiti”. Meanwhile, we started tagging each other in FB posts related to Spiti, ranging from mesmerizing aerial view of the place to finding cheap home-stays there. However, little did we know what this trip held for us in its stride.
We started with the trip on 24th April with the following 3 guiding factors:
1) Unplanned- no pre bookings
2) Economic- budget trip without compromising much on comfort
3) Maximum public transportation- interaction with locals is must at such places, as they can tell things which google might not be able to (as whatever the Airtel 4G girl claims, network cannot reach everywhere ;) )
It was first such experience for me. My earlier trips were more of 3-4 days fully planned weekend trips, mostly on extended office weekends. However, this time, we three had one thing in common; we had enough time, as we were three UNEMPLOYED (by choice) souls trying to figure their lives out.
Suiting the time of the year we travelled, we took the following route:
Delhi – Shimla - Reckong Peo (Peo) – Kalpa – Nako - Kaza (Key, Kibbar, Langza, Koumik. Hikkim, Pin Valley, Mudh) - Peo – Shimla – Chandigarh - Delhi
I will be sharing the day-wise highlights of our trip: