RECKONG POE – KAZA, SPITI (196km, 9:00hrs)
Now here’s a thing that you’re probably not going to like but it how it is and nothing much can be done about it. The thing is there is only one bus that goes to Kaza (Spiti Valley) from Peo bus stand and that too at sharp 7 am. It’s pretty obvious that you’ll have to stay at Kinnaur which is a plus point trust me. you can always take two days out from your 10 days trip and explore astonishing villages of Kinnaur like Kalpa (20mins away from Peo), Sangla (3hrs away from Peo), and the best of all Chitkul (4hrs away from Peo).
TIP: learning from the past* experience, the day before I was going to leave for Kaza I checked in in a hotel within the walking distance to the Peo bus stand so that I don’t have to worry about getting late or the cab fare.
*Past: I stayed at Kalpa last to last year in 2017 and booked a cab for 500rupees which is totally not worth it as it is just 20 mins away from Peo.
Bus Details: HRTC Ordinary bus
Timing: 7 AM sharp
Venue: Peo Bus Stand
It’s way too much to grasp I know but once you take this journey and come back home you’ll be stronger from within and will feel differently about yourself, differently in a good way obviously. Because by then you must’ve witnessed the beauty of Spiti, and by beauty, I mean not only the landscapes but also the beauty of the people and their hospitality.
Some more TIPS -:
-Pee wherever you get a chance and every time the bus stop.
-Backpacks only. pack light but pack essentials
-Carry a torch. I know your phone has this feature but you certainly wouldn’t want to waste your battery on anything other than clicking pictures.
-Try to pat every dog you come across. All they need is love and little food.
-Visit Kaza Monastery during the lunchtime, you might get lucky in terms of having lunch with the monks.
-Always ask, just don’t hesitate to ask any query you have or any help you need. People go out of their way to help.
-(If possible) Hire a bike please, because this experience is so worth it.
Just go for it.