Continuing from the previous article explaining sightseeing around Kibber, Gette and Tashigang; in this article I will explain how to plan a visit from Kaza to Komik, Langza and Hikkim. All these villages are within a short distance from Kaza and if you started early, you can cover the entire region in a single day, unless you are planning to stay at any of these tiny hamlets. How to get here and what to see is what we will cover in this article.
How to Plan a Trip from Kaza to Komik, Hikkim and Langza
Also known as Kaumik and Komic, this small village will probably be the highlight of your journey towards this part of Spiti valley. The name Komik literally means “Eye of the Snow Cock”. Located about 18 kilometers from Kaza and at an altitude of 15,027 feet, it is often called as highest village in the world or highest motorable village in the world, a claim which is of course disputed.
Apart from its natural beauty; Tangyud Monastery, built like a fortified castle on the edge of a deep canyon overlooking the town of Kaza, is the primary attraction of Komik. This monastery is considered to be over 500 years old and one of the highest altitude gompas in India. Women here are not allowed to enter the monastery at the time of prayers which I found a little weird. This village is also known for the being rich in fossil life. Several ancient fossils have been found here that villagers keep to show and even sell to tourists.
This will be the second beautiful village that you will visit during your trip to this part of Spiti. It is at a distance of about 14 kilometers from Kaza and is divided in two parts; Langza Gongma meaning “Upper Langza” and Langza Yongma meaning “Lower Langza”.
It has a population of about 160 odd people with about 30-40 houses. Like other villages in this region, even this small village is also famous for ancient fossils; for which they also have a Fossil center here. You can find more information about the fossils and some sample at this Fossil center. This village also offers a magnificent view of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. Literal meaning of the name of this peak is “Blue moon in the sky”.
The primary attraction however at Langza is a grand Buddha statue overlooking the village The sight of Lord Buddha sitting in the lap of mighty Himalayas all around is a sight to behold. You can notice it right from the road as well. Do note though that in order to enter these villages on route, including all Komik, Langza and Hikkim, you will have to leave your vehicle at the road and enter the village after a bit of walking. I will post a picture of the statue. This picture is zoomed in from the road where I was standing. I left my motorcycle at the road and then had to walk all the way to the village as there was no road leading there.
There are a few lakes as well near Langza but for visiting them; you will have to stay here and take a local as your guide. It will take you a couple of hours to reach the lake and another couple of hours to get back to Langza. If you are planning to stay here, the only available option is of paying guest. People here are very hospitable and will allow you to stay in their homes and break bread with them for a very nominal charge.
In winters this village becomes a hot spot for spotting Snow Leopards.
This will be the third village on the circuit. It is at a distance of about 16 kilometers from Kaza and this village too offers great views of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. There is not really much to see in the village except for the natural beauty of the valley around.
How to reach from Kaza to Komik, Langza and Hikkim
Let me explain this with the help of a map for better understanding.
From Kaza, take the road towards Manali and about 1.5 kilometers after, you will notice a small road going uphill. This is the road you need to turn at. For the journey ahead, it is a complete circuit and you can either do it in the form of Kaza – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza or the other way around.
Guest Houses & Hotels in Kibber, Gette or Tashigong
The only option to stay is of paying guest. The locals here are quite hospital and welcoming to tourists. If you wish to stay here at night, you can speak with them and they will let you stay in their home for a very nominal charge. Keep your expectations however very low. Your stay and food would be very basic but comfortable and delicious.
Do not expect any fancy rooms or cuisines. If you are bringing your own camping gear, you can set up your tent but ensure that you are doing so within the village; closer to a home and after seeking permission. I will again stress on the fact that this is a wildlife sanctuary and do not do digging camp in the middle of nowhere. All these villages have their own small monasteries and you can also inquire with the monks if they are willing to lent you a room in the monastery.
There is a bus from Kaza to Komik at 2 PM on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Due to a steep climb on really bad bumpy roads; this bus reaches Komik at about 3.30 PM, taking 90 minutes despite the short distance. The same bus returns to Kaza at 4 PM on the same day.
As a matter of fact, you can cover all these villages including Kibber, Gette, Tashigang on the same day. Just start early from Kaza and first go towards Kibber. Cover that part first and then descend back on Kaza Manali highway. From here, take the road towards Komik, Hikkim, Langza and cover this area.
Is it worth visiting? Yes definitely. To witness the actually beauty of Spiti valley, you must stay for a day at Kaza and explore these remote areas.
I hope this information on planning a trip from Kaza to Komik, Hikkim and Langza was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I will be glad to answer.