Continuing from the previous article explaining sightseeing around Kibber, Chicham, Gette, and Tashigang; in this article, I will talk about how to plan a visit from Kaza to Komic, 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 discuss in this article.
There are several ways that a trip to all these villages around Kaza can be planned. The most common way is to make it a day trip. You start really early in the morning from Kaza and spend an entire day driving around from village to village. By the end of the day, you would have covered an approximate of 125 kilometers and would have witnessed views that are hard to find elsewhere on Spiti Circuit.
About a decade ago, no tourists ever came this way, except for a few Israelis maybe. But in recent years, as tourism in Spiti Valley went on the rise, a lot of people have now started to come to these villages as well. As a result, accommodation choices in the form of homestays also became available.
So yes, if you wanted to spend a day or two in the village, you can do that as well. It is, in fact, one of the greatest ways to truly experience how life in Spiti Valley is. You stay with a villager in their home, learn about their culture, share their food and listen to their stories.
Kaza to Komik, Hikkim and Langza
If you want to really witness the beauty of Spiti Valley, then I will highly recommend spending a day in Kaza and see these remote areas. Let me first post a map of the route that you will be covering for a better understanding.
As you can see, you can actually drive to all three villages in the form of a circuit. From Kaza, first go to Hikkim, then Komic, then Langza and finally drive back down via Hikam Village. Or you can do it the other way around as well.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide
The entire circuit will be a drive of about 40 kilometers and can take you anywhere between 3-4 hours, depending on the time you spend in each of the villages. Once you have driven back down on the highway, you can then continue to Key Monastery and then drive straight to visit Kibber, Chicham and Tashigang Village.
Here is how your journey will turn out to be.
- Kaza to Hikkim – 15 kilometers
- Hikkim to Komic – 3 kilometers
- Komic to Langza – 10 kilometers
- Langza to Kaza – 16 kilometers
In winters this village becomes a hot spot for spotting Snow Leopards. Below is a detailed description of the route mentioned above.
Kaza to Hikkim
Your first destination of the day will be Hikkim Village. In order to get there, you will start driving from Kaza towards Manali. About 1.5 kilometers out of the town, you will notice a road to your right going uphill. This is the one you need to turn on. The road is an easy one to miss so please pay attention. If you weren’t unsure, ask any of the locals. If you reached a bridge to your left, you had gone too far and will have to turn back.
The road will climb up steeply and is a narrow and winding one. Drive on it for about 4 kilometers until you reach a bifurcation again. The road to your right will be going to Hikkim and the one straight ahead to Langza. From here on, turn right, drive for about 10 kilometers and you will arrive at Hikkim.
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Hikkim Village is located at an elevation of 4,400 meters (14,400 ft) and about 16 kilometers from the town of Kaza. It is just a small village, only a handful of houses, and is best known for its post office.
The post office here came into existence on November 5, 1983, and now is famed as the world’s highest post office. While this claim is not really true, it can definitely be put ‘among the highest post offices in the world’. It has now become the Hikkim’s prime attraction and attracts hundreds of tourists each year.
Other than the post office, the village also has a small monastery that is worth visiting. Until a few years ago, Hikkim also had the world’s highest polling station before it was moved to the nearby Tashigang Village nearby.
Hikkim, like the other villages nearby, is rich in fossils. Langza is commonly known as the fossil village but you can very easily find those in Hikkim as well, provided that you know what you were looking for.
But the natural beauty of the place will definitely be the topmost item. It offers great views of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. Farming is the primary source of living of the villagers here. The green patches of fields amidst the barren brown mountains of Spiti really present a beautiful sight.
There will hardly be any people around, just you and the mountains. The peace and tranquil out here is like nowhere else. For more details on what you can see here, I will recommenced reading, How to Plan a Trip to Hikkim Village.
Hikkim to Komic
After spending some time at Hikkim, you will continue driving for another 3 kilometers and reach the village of Komic. Also known as Kaumik and Komik, 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 19 kilometers from Kaza and at an altitude of 15,027 feet, it is often called the highest village in the world or highest motorable village in the world, a claim which is, of course, disputed and largely incorrect.
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 being rich in fossil life. Several ancient fossils have been found here that villagers keep to show and even sell to tourists. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Komic Village.
Komic to Langza
As you can see from the map above, there are two roads that you can take from Komic to Langza. You can either drive back through Hikkim village or you can take the alternate route around and overlooking Hikkim. Both of these are dirt roads and the distance is almost the same as well so it does not really matter which one you take.
The total drive between the villages is about 10-11 kilometers and will take you anywhere between 15-20 minutes to complete.
Langza is divided into two parts; Langza Gongma meaning “Upper Langza” and Langza Yongma meaning “Lower Langza”. It has a population of about 160 odd people in 30-40 houses.
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Like other villages in this region, even this small village is also famous for ancient fossils. The difference, however, is that Langza has recorded the highest number of fossils due to which, it is also known as ‘Fossil Village. They even have a Fossil center here where you can see some marine fossils and get more information about them.
This village also offers a magnificent view of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. The 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.
Right behind the statue is the village monastery, known as The Lang Temple or Gompa. It is believed to be over 500 years old and home to all the deities of Spiti Valley.
There are two lakes near Langza by the name of Tsonyeti and Chumo Tso. But for visiting the lakes, 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 a homestay. People here are very hospitable and will allow you to stay in their homes as a paying guest for a very nominal charge. For more details, please read How to Plan a Trip to Langza.
Langza to Kaza
After spending some time in Langza, you will drive back down to the highway; turn left and reach back Kaza. Or you can turn right and then proceed towards Kibber Village which visiting Key Monastery on the way. For more details on this, please read How to Plan a Trip from Kaza to Kibber, Chicham, Gette, and Tashigang.
Komic to Demul
Another way that this journey can be planned is that rather than going from Komic to Langza and back to Kaza, you continue towards Demul, another tiny and remote village of Spiti Valley. To do this, an ideal way would be that from Kaza, you first go straight to Langza. After Langza, drive to Hikkim, then Komic and then Demul. After spending some time in Demul village, you will then drive back down to Kaza Shimla highway and reach Kaza. The journey will still be in the form of a circuit but a larger one. Take a look at the map below to know what I am talking about.
See the road turning right in the image below, with a board next to it? That is the one connecting Komic to Demul.
The distance between Komic and Demul is about 25 kilometers on a narrow dirt road. Road conditions on this direct road between the villages is a little bad.
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The only downside of traveling this way will way that you will not be able to cover the villages towards Kibber because you will come in the exact opposite direction.
Demul Village is best known for its unique homestay system. They have a person in the village that is responsible for managing the homestays. When I was there, it was a person by the name of Angrup Funchok. He is known as the coordinator of Demul. Once you arrive at the village, this is the person you will meet first of all. He will allocate you a house to stay and that will become your residence in Demul for that day. You cannot choose a homestay on your own.
If you wish to stay for more than a day, then you will have to change accommodation the next day. That is correct. No villager can play host for a certain tourist for more than a day. This ensures that there is no negative competition among the villagers and everyone gets an equal share of income from tourism.
The best thing to do around Demul Village will probably be to trek to Balari Top. Also known as Palari Top, it is the highest vantage point from where you can get an incredible panoramic view of the entire Spiti Valley. Standing here, you can view 18 villages of Spiti Valley, the confluence of Spiti, Pin and Lingti rivers, Dhankar Gompa and a view that you will never forget.
The trek from Demul to Balari Top takes about 3 hours. The ascent is gradual but the long walk can be taxing if you are not into trekking. Do not forget to bring a pair of good trekking shoes with a good grip if you intend to try this trek.
There is also a small but beautiful temple in the village that I will recommend visiting. Just take a stroll around the village, see some sights and visit the temple. For more information, please read How to Plan a Trip to Demul Village.
The road on this circuit is a mix of good and bad. At some places, you will find tarmac and dirt trail at others. The good part, however, is that even the dirt trail is not a bumpy or broken one. As long as you go slow and carefully, your drive will remain smooth. The only part of the road that I will call bad is between Komic and Demul.
Where to Stay
There are no luxury hotels in any of these villages. The only choice of accommodation is small guest houses or homestays. If you are planning to stay here, it would be wise to let the owner know and book in advance as not many tourists go this way and calling in advance will allow the owner some time to prepare for your arrival.
Homestays are the best and most cost-effective way of accommodation in Spiti Valley. The locals here are quite 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.
You should keep your expectations however very low. Your stay and food would be very basic but comfortable and delicious. You should also remember that you are staying in the home of a villager so do not expect any fancy rooms or cuisines.
For more information on homestays in all these villages and their contact information, please read Complete List of Homestays in Spiti Valley.
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 the fact that this is a wildlife sanctuary and you should not go camping in the middle of anywhere. All these villages have their own small monasteries and you can also inquire with the monks if they are willing to lend you a room in the monastery.
Where to Eat
There is a small eatery in Komic Village which really happens to be one of my favorite restaurants because of the amazing views surrounding it. Other than this, there are no other restaurants anywhere in other villages. If you were planning a day-long drive, please ensure that you are carrying enough food and water with you.
If you were staying overnight though, then you will be eating at your homestay only. The food served will be basic but delicious enough. While you were here, please speak with your host and request them to cook for you a local dish.
Bus Service / Public Transport
There is a bus from Kaza to Komik at 5 PM everyday. This bus first goes to Langza, then Hikkim and finally at Komic. So you can actually use it to get down at either of the three villages. The bus halts at Komic for the night and then comes back to Kaza the next day at 7 AM via Hikkim and Langza.
For Demul, there is a daily bus at 5 PM from Kaza. The same bus then comes back to Kaza the next day at 7.30 AM. For more details, please read Spiti Valley Bus Schedule.
If you want to travel in the earlier part of the day; you will have to inquire and wait for a shared taxi on the highway. The frequency of these taxis too, however, is not that much.
If you want to hire a private taxi; you can do so from Kaza and it will charge you about Rs. 2000 – Rs. 3000 per day covering all the villages. If only a drop to Kibber is on your mind, charges will be around Rs. 600 – 800.
Mobile Network and Data Connectivity
BSNL has the widest coverage in Spiti Valley but even that does not work in any of the villages. You will remain completely off the network as long as you are here.
I hope the information above on planning a trip from Kaza to Komic, Hikkim, Demul and Langza was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum, and I will be glad to answer.
*Route:* Shimla – Kufri – Kalpa – Nako – Chango – Kaza – Hikkim – Komic – Langza – Key – Kibber – Chicham Bridge – Ladarcha – Sangla – Shimla
I have got this Route plan and the Travel Agent is asking 21700Rs/Person with Pvt Car and with Accomodation+BF & Dinner for 8days. Do you think it’s expensive? This is my 1st time in that place. Plz do revert.
No I think that is quite reasonable considering that it includes everything.
Do we get bikes on rent in kaza? any idea what would be the rates for a bike like avenger? also, do these guys take bike deposits?
Yes. Rates Avenger will be hard to get, mostly Bullets. Rates range between 1000 to 2000 per day depending on the bike
***Just a Update***
There is no rental bike system exist in KAZA.
(all thanks to taxi-mafia)
The HRTC to komic/langza/hikkim is suspended.
Credit reserved to “Taxi-Mafia”.
Thanks a lot.
Good map and information.
Recently we covered and visited Hikkim, Komik,Langza . Completed circuit via Chandra Tal .
hi sir the article was a nice read .
i want to know if i want to spend two nights in the villages surrounding kaza which are the two best villages worth night stay?
planning trip in may 2021
Is it worth visiting kaza from manali by bike/ two wheeler? Is it that high power bike like royal Enfield required or low power is sufficient for the journey as above (including all circuit)?
Is chandrataal treck possible in month of June?
Yes it is
Hello sir.. Loved the article.
What I want to know is that I am planning a solo trip to spiti valley in first week of June. Will I be able to get a scooty ( not a bike/motorcycle as i cant ride one but a scooty) somewhat like an activa or aviator or jupiter on rent in kaza and at what cost?
Hi Mansi – Yes you will be able to get it for about Rs. 800 per day.
Can i visit langza, kivber and chandratal in one days and stays on key moneserty on the same day night?….
No. You can either visit Langza and Kibber or you can go to Chandratal.
Coming back again for another tip/advice.
I plan to stay in Langza and Kibber for a day each. I have been to spiti before but with my own vehicle and some friends. This time I will be traveling solo and without a vehicle, solely relying on local or shared (taxi) transport. Any tips on how do I leave for Langza early and then head to Kibber the next day or vice versa? If I do come across kind fellow travelers then I will hitchhike, but keeping that option aside for now.
Hi Reeneta – Have you thought about renting a bike there, like an Activa?
The thing is I cannot ride hence the dependency on walking, local transportation and hitchhike.
Are there shared taxis available since a full taxi will be an expensive option.
Frequency of any kind of transport is very less in these areas, almost next to none. Shared taxis are like once a day and sometimes not even that. It could be hours before you come across another passing vehicle that you could hitch a ride with.
Hallo vargis khan. First of all my appreciation for your posts.m planning trip to lahaul spiti in June. Can it be done in swift diese. Which places we can cover in 15 days
Hello Sudsudh – Yes you can do it in Dzire but do not go during monsoon season. Take a look at the post below for places to cover.
Thanks a lot for your Blog which is really very much informative and helpful to travellers like me.
We have planned to visit Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti in early part of June of this year. In our itinerary we will stay one night at Pin Valley and from Pin Valley we will move to Kaza. My question is whether on the same day we can visit Villages of Lanza,Hikkim and Komic and return to Kaza for night stay. Because next day our plan is to visit kee and Kibber and return to Kaza for night stay. Please advice me.
Yes you can. Pin Valley to Kaza is hardly 2 kilometers journey at most so you can covers others villages as well on the way.
Hello there I wanted to know all about the travel plans from New Delhi-Spiti including best modes of transport .☺
Let me know what questions you have.
I want to know which bus can I take to get to Spiti from Delhi.Also can you tell me what route will that bus take.
Two different buses, one from Delhi to Shimla and then Shimla to Kaza
I’m going solo to Spiti in October and I wish to cover these three villages from Kaza. What I’m worried about is the mode of transport. Will hitch-hiking or shared cabs be possible?
Also I’m going via Kinnaur and wish to come back via Manali, hence completing the circuit. Will it possible at October end?
Come back to Manali – No the road will be closed.
Mode of transport – You can either rent a taxi or a bike from Kaza for the day.
Hi, thanks for you informative article. Can we visit Hikkim on march month? And which are the roads will be closed on march in spiti valley?
Yes you can but may have to rent a local 4×4 taxi from Kaza for the trip. See this post
Hi Vargis Ji,
I am planning to visit Spiti in between 15-30 July’18. Hope it will be fine to travel within these dates. I will be taking route from Shimla – Peo – Kaza – Manali by HRTC bus. The only problem is that as I am travelling solo so, how will I visit the local places in Kaza like Ki Monastery, Langza, Hikkim, Komik etc. Are there local taxis (private/shared) available? If yes then what would be their approx. charges?
Or, if I want then can I get any self geared scooters (activa or something) on full day rent? Need some advise from you on this part. Some option for local sightseeing of Kaza on minimum budget.
Hi Avdhesh – Yes you can get a two wheeler on rent from Kaza at about Rs. 1000 per day. Another choice is to rent a private taxi from Kaza for about Rs. 3000 for a tour of these places.
You are welcome !!!
Hi Vargis, great article and very helpful; just wanted to check if there are options to take a cab to travel Hikkim, Komik & langza from Kaza? If so how much time will it take?
Hi Sumana – Yes you can hire a cab from Kaza to visit all these places. It usually takes about 5-6 hours to travel on the entire stretch.
Hi Vargis, i am planing a travel to Spiti valley from delhi via volvo…i have 4-5days i.e 18July onwards.
pls suggest itenary. thank you
Take a look at this article please.
You have a wonderful blog I must say. Salute to people like you who are doing such a fine job in helping others with travel. I’m planning almost a 2 week trip to Kinnur and Spiti all though public transport. I don’t drive or ride a bike. I have pretty much all of it sort but wanted to know how can i do Kaza to Komik, Hikkim, Langza and back as a solo traveller. Is there a day taxi I can hire? If yes what will be the cost? Thanks in advance.
Hi Rahul – Thank you for your kind words. Yes you can hire a taxi from Kaza. Will cost you about 2000 to 3000 for the trip, depending on your negotiation.
HIKAM and HIKKIM are two different villages as shown in ur map. it’s creating a little bit confusion sir? wil u clarify?
Yes Arvinder Bhai, these are two different villages.
We are planning to go from manali to spiti.
Now we wish to stay at langza and kibber….is it worth it…or should we stay at kaza only.
Our proposed plan
D1 Delhi to Manali (or should we stay at solang instead)
D2 Manali to kaza (or at langza ?)
D3 kaza to tabo via dhankar,stay at tabo(can we visit geyu same day ?)
D4 tabo to mud
D5 mud to hikkim komik langza,stay at langza
D6 : langza kaza ke kibber chicham(is the bridge to chicham functional or the ropeway still exists….stay at kibber /chicham….which is better?) Can we visit tashigong on same day?
D7: kibber to chandratal (how much time will it take?)…..should we stay at kibber on day 6 or visit kibber and then go back to chandratal (is it doable..langza kaza ke kibber chandratal in a single day?)
D8: chandratal to Manali, overnight bus to delhi
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Hello Dr. Jana – My recommendation would be that you stay at Kaza and make a day trip to Kibber / Kommik / Langza / Hikkim etc. You can easily cover all these places in a day from Kaza. Just start early from Kaza, drive through the entire terrain and be back by evening, it is better that way. How are you traveling by the way?
We are thinking of hiring a car from manali.
Can we do the entire circuit (Shimla to Manali ….ie kinnaur and spiti ,including pin valley) in 7days? What will be the itinery?
That will depend on whether or not the Manali – Kaza route is open. Which month are you planning the trip in?
Then yes, you can do the entire circuit in 7 days. Starting from Manalli, trip then will be like this.
1. Manali to Chandratal
2. Chandratal to Kaza
3. Kaza to Kibber / Komik / Langza / Hikkim to Kaza
4. Kaza to Mud Village
5. Mud Village to Nako
6. Nako to Kalpa
7. Kalpa to Shimla
Is kinnour kailas and kalpa same?
Kalpa is the town and Kinnaur Kailash is the name of the mountain
HELLO , where should i spend my nights if i have only 2 nights for kaza-hikkim-langze-komic – kibber- gette- tashigang. provided 3rd day i will reach manali too. thanks in advance.
Hello – If you just have three nights then I will recommend spending one in Kaza and the other at Chandratal.
Hi, is it possible to take a share taxi to Komic from Kaza
because the bus only run two days a week??
If yes, and usually how much does it cost??
Finding a shared taxi will be a little difficult but yes you may find it. Fare will not be more than Rs. 50-100 at most.
I’m planning to visit spiti valley in June this year. I’ve thought to stay for a night in Kibber village for sightseeing. The problem is that I’ll be not able to get the bus for Manali. Is there another bus during a different time??
Hello, No other bus. The bus for Manali leaves early morning from Kaza
Thanks for an awesome article. I wanted to ask, if I go to kaza in last week of ‘may’ can I do : Delhi – Shimla- recong po – kaka — kunzum – Manali – Delhi. Is this route possible?
Hi Gaurav – Kunzum Pass usually opens by early June so it all depends on the weather really. If there is not much snow then yes you may be able to do it but to be on a safer side, delay the plan by a couple of weeks.
am a solo traveller as well as a trekker, planning a solo trip in April and the route am choosing is via Shimla to recongpeo and so on … Just want to know that, is this a good time(last days of April and first few days of May in Kaza and so on) to visit spiti valley?
Hi Rituparna – The time is OK to go to Spiti but you will have to come back via Shimla only. Manali to Kaza route will not be open until Late May or early June.
Your page is really a gem.
I’m planning a solo trip to spiti valley from mid November 2017.
Do you think november is a good time to visit or not?
I’ll be starting from shimla and returning to manali.
Places i plan to visit are kalpa,chitkul,kaza,langza,hikkim.
How are the bus services in the area??
Hi Aashish – Thank you for appreciating the page. Novemeber is not really a good time if you want to cover the entire circuit. Manali Kaza road is closed already so you will have to return to Shimla only. You can visit kalpa,chitkul,kaza,langza,hikkim but cannot cover Chandratal, Kunzum Pass etc.
I, along with a friend, am planning to stay in Kaza. Our schedule is quite tight in terms of number of days. Can we get motorcycles on rent for 2 days? can it be availed on the spot?
Hello, Motorcycles on rent from Kaza or Manali? Answer is actually a yes to both but for local sightseeing, I would recommend renting a bike in Kaza itself. Contact Jamaica at 9418200183, give my reference and he can help arrange.