Travel Route: Lahaul Valley – Losar – Kunzum La Pass – Chandratal Lake – Parvati Valley – Tosh – Rishikesh
Lahaul Valley, Losar, and Kunzum La Pass
The people of Spiti Valley are incredibly hospitable and friendly. We have often been invited to share a cup of tea, a meal, and smoke on our walks. But the most animated conversations we experience are with fellow Israelis, young or not so young. Tomer enjoys practicing his Hebrew. The percentage of Israeli travelers in this region, among the total number of international tourists is probably 80%. It’s a wonder; how a country of 7-8 million people has so many travelers in one remote region of the Himalayas.
It is rare to have electricity during the day in Spiti Valley; at most, it’s sporadic. At around 8 pm, the backup generators will kick in, and electricity will be on for a few hours.
Hot water is another tricky issue; if no electricity, then no hot water. Thus, my new criteria for choosing a place to stay are whether a solar panel and a heated water tank are installed.
Wi-Fi is not available, but a trench is being dug for a 4G line along the roads. Hence internet connection will arrive at Spiti Valley in the near future; one hopes
At 4580m elevation, Kunzum La Pass connects Spiti Valley with Lahaul Valley. On the pass, vehicles perform a respectful circuit of the stupas.