Few places on Earth can make so dramatic a change in landscape as the Bhaba Pass (4890Mts). To one side, an awesome vista of bare, chocolate – colored mountains to the other the lush green head of Kinnaur.
We start towards Kaza from Manali in a jeep. Most of the drive is along the Chandra River. Through high summits massive moraines and glaciers.
As we cross the Kunzum La (4551Mts.), the topography changes. Spiti side offers a typical desert look; we glimpse barren reddish mountains with hardly any sign of vegetation. Driving through the lunar landscape we pass many villages on the way.
We spend two more days exploring Spiti and its beautiful adjoining valleys such as Lingthi Valley. We also visit ancient monasteries of Tabo, Kungri, Lalung and Dankar, Kye, rich in image and murals.
We start the trek from Gulling in the Pin Valley. Here still the unreformed form of Lamaism – the Nyingma – pa sect is performed. Trek offers wonderful views of the Villages, Sagnam and Khar and veers amidst the barren lunar landscape glittering against the infinite blue sky. On the way we meet with the friendly people of Spiti and shepherds from Kinnaur. On the other side of the Bhaba pass, huge flower fields for kilometers lie in front of our eyes. This part of the Trek offers an ample opportunity for exploring Alpine flowers from easily available Primulla and strawberry to the rare Himalayan Blue Poppy in the Month of July and August. Alpine pastures of Kara and mulling mesmerize all the trekkers by its beauty. The trek Finally ends at Kafnu.