Backpacking Solo - Spiti Valley

Tripoto
18th Jul 2013
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Spiti Valley is one of the most stunning and untouched valleys in India. I did a 3 weeks backpacking trip where I volunteered with the NGO called Ecosphere and chose to volunteer in the villages of Spiti which led me to the most beautiful hosts and homestays across 5 villages in spiti - Langaza - Komic - Dhankar - Tabo and Kaza. I spent a couple of days in each of these villages , trekking from one to the other. Each village had a couple of homes and a monastery each and we got to spend some lovely time with the locals in each of the villages helping them in their daily chores and learning about their livelihood.

Backpacking through this region is tough, because of altitude and other climatic conditions but it is also the most fulfilling trip I have had so far. The people are the warmest that I have met.

One should mentally and physically be a little prepared if you choose to do trekking. If you are driving around in car, then it is not so tough.

I ended my home stay trip in Kaza and volunteered at the NGO's main office helping them in their admin work and understanding that it is not easy at all to run ,, manage and execute so much work.

I got a chance to visit the Pin valley and help in installation of solar lights at a nunnery in Pin, so far that has been the most humbling experience. Light, a necessity taken for granted in cities, is non-existent in these regions.

My trip ended with a day visit to Chandra-tal, another hidden treasure of our country. That lake is the most breathtaking lake, and while you take a walk around the lake - the play of light helps us see many many shades of blue.

I was back in Manali after three weeks and with a rejuvenated mind-body-soul and feeling satisfied,fulfilled and complete.

I hope more and more people can go and experience this.

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Hi,Sonali! Have you seen any families with kids doing Spiti Valley trek? I did a trek in Nepal with my 5 year old last year and now he's 6 and Spiti looks soooo amaizng. Do you think it's doable in 3 weeks staying over in villages and resting just like you?
Sat 09 09 17, 02:12 · Reply · Report
beautiful pictures!
Sun 09 04 16, 09:44 · Reply · Report
It's always good to give back the little we can to these places. Well written! :)
Mon 11 09 15, 06:38 · Reply · Report
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Shilpi Bishnoi
What does Ecosphere do? I would like to make myself useful... How to get in touch with them?
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Shilpi Bishnoi
What does Ecosphere do? I would like to make myself useful... How to get in touch with them?
Fri 04 10 15, 23:56 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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