Trekking from Komic over Demul to Dankar

October 4, 2014 at 15:08

After breakfast we packed our stuff and left Komic towards Demul. The walk is not really difficult since there is not a lot of up and down. We did not meet people on the way expect for a road crew. They where working on the street and happy that something happened other than working that day.

Trekking to Komic
Adios Komic!

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Landscape Landscape Landscape!

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Last time I was here the sky was blue most of the time. Now a lot of clouds – still nice to see. And it is not so hot when you walk.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
The highest point on that trek – over 4800 meters!

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Every little space that can support agriculture is used. A lot of work up here and not a lot to harvest.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Something went wrong with this little guy.

Dankar

We did reach the village and it was absolutely deserted. Everybody was out on the fields. Great – now what. We walked all over the village and almost gave up. Than we found a woman who returned to the house to get some food to bring back to the fields. Since Demul has a rotating system for the home stays she could not give us a room. She had to ask the guy that is doing the rotation and he was on the fields as well. She left us with her daughter and she did cook us a really good lunch. Later in the afternoon the boss woman of the house returned and we could stay at her place for the night.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
The daughter prepared our lunch.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Wood for the winter and food for the animals is stored on the roofs.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
In the evening all the animals have to get back to the villages. Over night they keep them next to the houses.

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Early morning in Demul

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Adios Demul!

After Demul it is down for a long time all the way to the valley. From there you go to Dankar or stop over night in Lalung. There is an old old temple there and I would recommend to stay there over night. If you still have power you can move on the same day of course.
Since we did not go to Lalung you can have a look at the pictures from last time.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
On the way down we did pass a herd of – I have no idea what it is – animals.

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Since I did walk a completely different route last time when one bridge was broken we had to ask someone for directions. We did pass a few houses and this friendly girl did offer us some tea and told us where to cross the river.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Something went wrong with this guy as well.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
The bridge all the way down in the valley.

Than we had to walk up to the next mountain.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Sometimes you think you are in America.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
In the distance you can see Dankar Gompa

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Getting closer – and closer.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
The view from Dankar towards Kaza which is somewhere in the left valley.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
A very tired doctor that was so hungry that he was not sure to survive till dinner.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Our home stay in Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Dankar Gompa in the morning.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
At last the poor guy does feed the dogs.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar
Walking back down to the road.

From Komic over Demul to Dankar

Trekking from Kaza to Langza and Komic

September 29, 2014 at 10:28

Time to hit the mountains! Lothy of Spiti Holiday Adventures did write us the list of guest houses and the next morning we started the trek. Four years ago I went up the mountain behind the temple to get to the first village. This time he told us to take the road round the mountain. We where on the street for a few minutes when we hitched a ride all the way to Langza. I do not really recall traffic in the mountains but it looks like everything does change here as well. So it was a lazy day of not really walking a lot.
We did check into our home stay and they did not remember me. I remembered grandma for sure. Last time when we where here it was her birthday and there was a party in the evening.

Trekking to Langza
Langza did not change too much – a few more buildings. Makes me wonder how they make the money to afford all of this. A new house and lots of children? They can not “make” more farm land. Strange!

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Grandma – still active round the house

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Lunch

Trekking in Spiti Valley
The kitchen sink – in the living room

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Grandma is in charge of the heating material construction. Animal dung rolled into convenient balls so they fit into the small oven in the living room. She forms it and dries it in the sun. Later it gets stored on the roof till they need it in the winter.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Another new house

They told us that there is a horse race from the lower part of town up to the temple. So we went to the temple. There where lots of people gathering down in the valley but no horses. After an hour or so we decided to walk back to the house again. That race never took place. Guess it would be nice to take a few pictures but that way the horses had a nice afternoon.

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Where are the horses?

Trekking in Spiti Valley
On the roof of the temple

Trekking in Spiti Valley
His car – his sister has her own car so they do not fight.

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Little sister was happy to dance in the evening sun

Off to Komic

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Who knows – I might be back one day again. Next time I will bring a few pictures from this trip and the last one to give to the owners of the home stays.

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Our home stay in Komic. I did stay here 4 years ago as well. The room with the open window was ours. Great view of the mountains!

Trekking in Spiti Valley

Trekking in Spiti Valley
View from our room

Trekking in Spiti Valley
Close to the harvest season so there was no time to collect dung for the grandmother here.

A few more days till my next India Trip

June 21, 2014 at 14:50

Kunzum Pass India 2012
This is where i want to go – back to the Indian mountains

How to spend Summer?

Since i had to cut my winter trip 5 weeks short i got here to early. Than i did my eBay thing and sold comics. A week at Majorca and 10 days in Switzerland. And now another week in France. Since i have to wait till fall for the second round of eBay i have enough time. BUT Joga has his birthday party at September 13. And that does fuck up everything. Since we wanted to go and hike a few days at the end of September i can not go to Greece than. So lets see – 2 weeks in October? And i do not want to fly so far for only 4-6 weeks. So in the end i decided to try to get to Leh again. The last few times the roads where still closed or flooded and bridges gone. I have my flight from July 15 to September 11. If you are somewhere over there lets connect and meet!

So after filling out the very very loooong visa form i was able to get all the information together and did mail the passport.

India 2014
On the web site they tell you it takes up to 4 weeks so you better get the visa before the flight. Guess what – the passport was back in 8 days including one public holiday!

From Dehli i have a connection flight to Amritsar at noon. Will go Couchsurfing at a more than 300 year old red brick fort. It was built by his family that came over the mountains from what is now known as Pakistan. They did settle there and build the family home. Mr. Singh converted it into a hotel with 2 pools and a few rooms. He has his horses there and the food in the canteen is organic from his own fields.

Amritsar India 2012
I will stay again with Mr. Singh – my great host from last time in Amritsar!

Amrizar India 2012
Last time i had the room behind the pool where the door is open

Looking forward to chill there for 5 days before it goes towards the mountains.

Golden Temple India 2012
Will visit the Golden Temple again. No visit to Amrizar would be complete without it.

Than it is off to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. Up the Nubra Valley and than toward Spiti Valley – lets see how much time is left after that!

India 2012
I might stop in Kalga to visit friends?

India 2012
Looks like somewhere in Europe does it?

India 2012
I might go to Pin Valley again

Dhankar Gompa India 2012
Visit Dhankar Gompa again – the building on the top left. It is one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world.

Demul India 2012
See what is left from Demul

Demul India 2012
Stay again with them in Komic


Stop over for a night in Langza

Demul India 2012
Fresh prepared meal for me at the place in Langza

I really look forward to see the mountains again and experience the great hospitality of the mountain people!