Explore Spiti with NotOnMap – Visiting the lesser known villages of Spiti

Spiti Valley is a cold desert located in the trans-Himalayan region of Himachal. With a landscape that changes with every passing village, vast barren flatlands, huge rocky mountains and tiny villages perched on them, green meadows stretched to infinity;, Spiti Valley is a journey that you must experience at least once in your life. With the recent increase in tourism in Spiti , places like Kaza, Key and others are no longer a secret and but still a large portion of the valley remains unknown and untouched by the travel industry.

With NotOnMap, you can explore Spiti Valley like never before. NotOnMap offers the perfect chance of living like a local while exploring the magical land of Spiti in the most mystical way. Spiti Valley is quite a large valley in Himachal and has around 39 villages that can be explored. While some of them are virgin and located deep inside the valley, most of the them can are accessible either by local or private transport or even by hiking. The weather is Spiti is quite pretty unpredictable with the winters being bitterly harsh yet but exquisite and summers being pleasant and an ideal time to visit.

NotOnMap offers the opportunity of exploring Spiti in a way you have never before. Let us now take a look at the places you will visit while exploring the valley.

  1. Kaza

Regarded as the district administration head, Kaza is a beautiful small town in Spiti and has pretty much everything that you might need while you are there. With NotOnMap, we explore Kaza and it’s interiors. Starting in the morning, with the Old Kaza town which is located right behind new Kaza to explore the small lanes full of beautiful houses and for experiencing the old world charm. After lunch at one of the local houses, we head out for a walk to the monastery which is quite old and one of the most beautiful monasteries you will ever come across. Sitting for a  while at the monastery has its own charm and you could be spiritually enlightened by having a chat with the monks about their life and routine. Soon after that, in the evening, we head out to go near the river basin which is about 20 minutes walk away from Kaza. The spectacular view of the mountains along with the river is something you will cherish forever.

And while you are there, NotOnMap also offers a chance for you to stay with the locals in their house and spend some quality time learning about their life story and culture.

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2) Langza/Komik/Hikkim

These are among the most beautiful villages in Spiti. Langza must be visited first in order to explore the fossil village of India . Lunch shall be at one of the local houses, after which we head further ahead to Komick which is the highest village in the world by motorable road. Komik offers some of the most splendid views of Pin Valley ranges along with the peaks in Spiti. After tea and snacks, we  move further to Hikkim which is home to the highest post office in the world. A night stay at Hikkim is a must and whats better than staying at one of the local houses there. You can visit the post office and write letters to your loved ones as memory to cherish forever. Also, the post office manager is a friendly person and you can sit and have a conversation with him. There is no better way to end the day than to stay at a homely place and watch a sky full of stars.

Langza, Komic and Hikkim offer incredible views, very different from one another . While you are there, NotOnMap also offers a chance for you to stay with the locals and spend some quality time learning about their life style, culture and traditions. The Komik House and Tsedup’s House by NotOnMap offers a perfect place for you to be one with the locals.

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3) Demul

Regarded as one of the most virgin village in Spiti, Demul is a quaint little village with only 52 houses. With NotOnMap, you get to experience the rich Spitian culture and traditions at Demul. Demul is only 25 kms ahead of Komic village and the route happens to be one of the most scenic one that lasts for about an hour. Once you reach the village, you can spend time strolling around the houses in Demul and visit the monastery.  Also, Demul has no network connectivity at all which will let you talk with the locals more and experience the richness of true conversations and human connection.

And while you are there, NotOnMap also offers a chance for you to stay with the locals at the Mulche Village Homestay  and spend some quality time.

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4) Kibber

Located high in the valley, Kibber is one of the most beautiful villages you will ever visit. Regarded as the highest village once upon a time, Kibber is still untouched and away from human intervention and remains as beautiful as always . Kibber shall give you an insight into how warm the people in these little villages are, they have the most welcoming smile and are happy to treat guests. You can spot the mighty Kanamo peak from Kibber which can also be hiked. Also, if you happen to visit Kibber in winters, you may be lucky to spot a snow leopard.

5) Nako

Located high in the upper Kinnaur region, Nako is also a small village in Spiti valley. The journey to drive to Nako from Kinnaur can be quite daunting yet enthralling at the same time. Nako has a beautiful lake right in the middle of the town surrounded by small houses and mighty mountains in the backdrop. You get an opportunity with NotOnMap to stay at one of the local houses and learn about farming and cultivation in Nako. Nako is quite popular for producing peas, rice, etc. Thus, the whole experience of staying in Nako like a local is something that is offered only by NotOnMap.

The Tashi’s Home and Sonam’s House  by NotOnMap offers a perfect place for you to experience the life lived by locals here.

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While you can explore and experience the magic of Spiti Valley with NotOnMap by truly living like a local, there a few lesser known villages that can also be visited during your trip to Spiti. These villages might not have the luxury you find at other places but they are sure to spell bound awe struck you with their beauty.

Let us take a look at these lesser known villages that are worth visiting.

1) Kungri

Located in the lesser known Pin Valley, Kungri village is just another gem of Spiti. Located on at a hill in the mighty Pin Valley, Kungri is home to the second oldest monastery in the whole of Spiti valley. The place offers beautiful scenic view, the warmth of the quaint little houses and a monastery right in the corner of the village. The village offers some of the most magnificent vistas of Pin Valley Mountains the river that flows through the valley. Thus, make it a point to visit Kungri monastery  while you are in Spiti Valley.

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    2) Sagnam

Pin Valley is a part of Spiti Valley which is isolated a bit from the main tourist center of Kaza. Pin Valley has numerous villages that are picturesque and prestine. Sagnam is one of such villages which are still untouched by tourists. The Pin river that flows by soothes the eye with the spectacular views of the mountains in the background. Also, Sagnam is the last village in Pin Valley before reaching Mudh. Thus, make it a point to visit Sagnam to experience the beauty of the valley like never before.

  3) Chicham

This village is located beyond the newly constructed bridge of Chicham. The Chicham bridge is regarded as the highest bridge in all of Asia making it one of the must visit places in Spiti. Also, beyond the bridge is a beautiful village of Chicham perched on a mountain. You need to drive all the way to Chicham from Kibber on the road which yet another spectacular ride indeed.

Visit the village to witness the magnificent views of Chicham bridge along with the famous Kanamo Peak in the background. Thus, make it a point to explore Chicham while you are in Spiti.

4) Mane

 Mane is certainly among the best untouched villages you will ever visit in Spiti Valley which is . Located a few kilometers before Kaza. You will come across a small bridge which will take you the gorgeous village of Mane. Now there are two villages located there namely, Mane Gogma and Mane Yogma. One is on of the upper side of the hill while the other is on the lower end. The village offers some of the most spectacular views of the famous Manirang Peak and the valley. There is even a short trek from the village to the untouched lake of Sapona which can be done from Mane.

Thus, while you are in Spiti, make it a point to visit this beautiful untouched village of Mane.

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5) Mudh

Mudh is easily the best village you will ever visit in Pin Valley. Located at the end of the motorable road in Pin Valley, Mudh is literally the last village in the Valley. The views from the village are quite breathtaking and the place also serves as the starting point for a number of hikes and treks. Visit the village to witness the beauty of a picture perfect village perched on a hill surrounded by huge mountains and beautiful fields with a river passing by.

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Thus, if you are willing to go beyond the usual and explore , Spiti certainly has some of the best untouched hamlets hiding deep in the mountains, waiting to be explored.

Be it the daunting roads, the huge mountains, the vast isolated flatlands them, the chilly unpredictable weather, beautiful landscapes or the warmth of the people, Spiti is a journey each person must embark as it leaves you spellbound in ways you could never imagine. Come explore, the land of llamas where the less you speak, the more you hear about the stories that the winds carry along.

Get on a ride to Spiti Valley with NotOnMap to not only witness the beauty of what it is but also be able to live it, and live it like a local.


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