Date: 20 Oct, 2022
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The Spiti Valley, a gorgeous haven resounding with peace and spirituality, is home to various Buddhist monasteries and breathtaking natural features, the most of which are unknown and hence unspoiled. The Spiti river, which bursts through steep gorges and valleys and is tucked away in Himachal Pradesh, cuts a sharp swath through the valley’s craggy topography.
Those who enjoy water sports, particularly river rafting, are highly fond of the river. Adventure sport enthusiasts can enjoy camping, paragliding, and walking in the valley’s lush, emerald nature, which is bordered by snow-capped mountains.
For those who set out to float from the visiting routes, Spiti, a less well-known neighbour of Ladakh, is a cold alpine desert. Himachal Pradesh’s powerful, fruitless Himalayas enclose Spiti’s postcard-perfect towns, where you can climb alongside Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf habitats.
Visit religious communities that date back more than a thousand years, experience an intriguing society and cuisine that differ from what’s left of India, and meet the kindest people who lead the harshest lives. As Rudyard Kipling famously said, this is a world within a world.
Winter in the Spiti Valley can be quite icy, both in terms of the weather and the surroundings. In the shoulder months of October to March, there are fewer tourists because nighttime lows can reach minus 10 to 30 degrees.
The sun should appear less frequently, and there should be plenty of snowfall and largely foggy weather.
The closed roads would be among the most likely difficulties you’d encounter while travelling to Spiti in the winter. When there is a lot of snow or a blizzard, the roads may be closed for several days, weeks, or even months. Even though BRO is reputed to keep the roads leading from the Spiti valley up to Kaza open, it is best to go prepared for the worst-case scenarios.
The lack of mobile signals and electricity are two other issues that are frequently encountered in Spiti throughout the winter. PS: Connections to MTNL and BSNL may occasionally offer a glimmer of hope.
There’s a possibility that ATMs won’t work, for the most part. Therefore, be sure to carry enough cash with you to go by for even a month if you become trapped for whatever reason and there is no way to get home.
Particularly in December and January, Spiti is renowned for its subzero wintertime temperatures. You’d undoubtedly feel shivers go down your spine in higher locations, like Nako. You feel tremblings in addition to the extremely low temperatures.
Since the majority of the hotels and dining establishments in the Spiti valley would be closed during the winter, there would be very few options for lodging there. Don’t anticipate even the most basic amenities, like bottled water, when travelling. Local homestays, if any, would be the ideal place to stay.
At this time of year, most of the valley would be closed. You won’t be able to get immediate medical assistance due to limited or nonexistent electricity and road restrictions. The closest assistance you can imagine is probably in Shimla.
Make sure you have adequate cash on you at all times. Finding a functioning ATM would be impossible if you were to become stranded in a remote village without electricity or access to transportation.
Have you ever experienced predictable weather? I don’t believe so. Nevertheless, it is always preferable to pay close attention to weather reports and be well-prepared. Make sure you have the appropriate gear for your winter vacation to Spiti as well.
Wintertime would mean less frequent availability of public transportation. Therefore, it is not advised to go around Spiti using public transportation (buses/shared taxis) unless you have a month or two to spare.
Do you have the driving skills necessary to navigate the snow-covered mountain passes in a car or bicycle, to be specific? Go on if you said “yes,” but if not, attempt to join an expert group. Make sure to stop frequently to acclimate yourself to the climate, regardless of the method of transportation you use.