Spiti Valley: How To Get To Key Monastery (Ki Gompa)

The Key Monastery (Ki Gompa in Tibetan) is located in Spiti Valley, which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It is the most iconic structure in the valley and should definitely be part of any trip into this corner of the Tibetan Plateau.  The monastery has a unique fort-like design due […]

Is Tibet Still Exotic?

The Potala Palace, known the world over as an icon of Tibetan Buddhism, towered over the city of Lhasa casting a literal shadow on the hustle and bustle below.  Although from our vantage point, the profound symbolism of the building was lost amidst the chaos of modernity that swarmed below it.  As we stood in […]

Spiti Valley: Day Hike From Kaza to Hikkim

Hikkim

For anyone in Kaza who wants to do a day-hike and doesnt have a lot of time to venture out into the rest of Spiti Valley, the hike to Hikkim may be perfect.  Currently there are no roads that reach this village, although one is in the works and should be completed shortly.  Even once […]