LAST DAYS IN SPITI VALLEY
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9 October, 2012 - Spiti Valley by Kibber Village (14,200ft)
11 October, 2012 - Kibber Village (14,200ft)
The highest perpetually inhabited village in the world.
8 October, 2012 - Dhankar Village (12,774ft)
Dhankar boy preparing for school.
1 October, 2012 - Nako Village (12,014 ft)
29 September, 2012 - Nako Village (12,014 ft)
Waiting late afternoon for the village's sheep and cattle to return from the surrounding mountains where they graze daily. Once called the stock ferry themselves through the same intersection where they are collected by their respective owners and taken to individual pens.
30 September, 2012 - Nako Village (12,014 ft)
Boy fishing at the holy Nako Lake, where a nearby footprint impression is ascribed to Guru Padmasambhava, one of the central figures of Tibetan Buddhism who himself is supposed to have appeared an eight year old boy in a lotus blossom floating in in Lake Dhanakosha, Oḍḍiyāna in the 8th century.
24 September, 2012 - Sangla
Animal sacrifice on the final day of the Phulaich Festival
Kibber women take an afternoon Chai tea break
28 September, 2012 - Nako Village (12,014 ft)
Guests at a traditional Spitian wedding
13 October, 2012 - Ascent to Rohtang Pass
Landslides in Spiti Valley occur almost daily resulting in long stoppages and travelers often having to collaborate loading and unloading weighed down trucks, reinforcing roads with gathered stones or towing vehicles back from the precipice.
Spiti women wait several hours for the road to clear after a small landslide.
13 October, 2012 - Spiti Valley, between Kunzum & Rohtang Passes
Abandoned nomads huts on the floor of Spiti Valley
9 October, 2012 - Near Kibber Village (14,200ft)
Wild grazing yaks.
9 October, 2012 - Near Kibber Village
First snow. A week or two after the first snowfall of the year, the road out of Spiti to Manali will be closed and the people of Spiti snowed in from the west. Animals will be moved down to warmer pastures and a few people from each family will stay behind to effectively live indoors for 3 months.