kaza- langza-komik-demul homestay

#1 May 17th, 2011, 10:03
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hi all,
Do you know if its easy to get transport (e.g bus/shared taxi) from kaza to langza and komik village and is it safe to find any homestay from the villagers at langza/komik/demul? how much usually should i pay for the homestay?

is there any bus from demul - dhankar and how long is the journey?
thanks ..
#2 May 17th, 2011, 13:00
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From Kaza you will get bus upto komik (twice a week, tuesday and Saturday at noon) . The bus fare is Rs.30. Komik monastery has a guest house (Rs. 250/- per head including food).Bed sheets are clean. But toilets are very basic. The foods which will be served are all home (monastery ) made i.e. tea, bread and butter at morning; rice, lentil soup and vegetable at noon and at dinner boiled vegetables and dumplings. very tasty. In the village there are also some homestay and the rate will be similar. Hrom Komik you can trek upto langza. Throughout the route you will get homestay. No problem at all. But donot book earlier. Just go and negotiate.
Roads are not yet prepared upto demul. you can reach Dhankar by hiring car directly. Or from Kaza every morning (7.30am; bus will be crowded)there are frequent bus service to Shisling. from there you can trek upto Dhankhar. Last year I stayed at Shirin Homestay. Ask anybody about Shirin. A very nice old person, clean room, good food. Even he rented us his mule to carry our backpack guring return journey (only 100/). Charges are same (Rs. 250/ including food). There is a new Dhankar Monastery GH but it costs Rs 600/ (except food, but modern toilet).

Donot worry about these people. Civilisation did not spoil them till now.
Just enjoy Spiti and its people. You will cherish it troughout youur life.
Bye
#3 May 17th, 2011, 21:27
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hi Krishnapriya,
Thanks so much for the helpful info.
How long is the trek from komik - langza and is it advisable to hire car from langza - dhankar straight or back to kaza first?
Do you know if its easy to get transport (bus/taxi) from dhankar - tabo - nako? Is nako village easy to get homestay?
any other beautiful and genuine village you'd recommend to visit around the area?
thanks for your advice, appreciate it very much
#4 May 20th, 2011, 00:25
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Hello quiet23,
komik to langza is one day trek. You won't be able to hire car from Langza or Dhankhar. But you will be able to hitch-hike from there as goods vehicles frequently ply between these villages and Kaza. You can either trek from Langza to Dhankar or return to Kaza and get the morning 7.30am bus frpm Kaza to Shosling for Dhankar. The same bus will go to Tabo and nako. at tabo, you will get Monastery GH (Rs.200/) (common toilet but have clean roomand bedsheets). You can have tasty tibetan dishes at Hotel Ajanta. At nako, near the bus stand there is Lovon GH (Rs. 300/); nice room with great view from balcony overlooking the valley.
You can visit Mudh at Pin valley . Kaza-Mudh bus runs once daily at 4pm. Stay at Tara GH. You can also visit Kibber. Serkong guest house (contact person Renchan Dolma:9418538140)Rs.200/- ; tasty meals and alu paratha (15/-) at Kibber.
have nice trip.
Bye.
#5 May 21st, 2011, 07:45
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Hi,

you can find some information on accomodation and transport in Spiti Valley in my 2008 trip report on http://meczko.blog.onet.pl/, including a detailed description of the Langza-Komic-Demul-Lhalung-Dhankar trek.

Enjoy Spiti!
#6 Jul 31st, 2011, 22:38
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thanks so much @krishnapriya and @meczko for the useful tips and info
#7 Jul 31st, 2011, 23:53
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quiet23,
When do you plan to go? Or have you done the trip? Though this may be off from the places you mention, I suggest Pin Valley National Park. There is a daily bus service from Kaza that departs at 3:30pm for Mudh, the last stop (at least it was last year!) in Pin Valley.

krishnapriya already mentioned Mudh. We took that bus from Kaza and got down at Sagnam, the village before Mudh. I forget (and now I can't locate where I wrote the name down!) the name of the place (more like a homestay) but it was right where the bus stops in the village. Very nice family. From Sagnam you can trek into the Park along the Parahio river. You can also explore the Pin river bed or the nearby Kungri monastery. The return bus from Mudh departs in the morning around 6:30.
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Thks very much for all the information. I am planning for the spiti left bank trek in september 2011!
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thanks @mars13, i might be travelling to spiti from leh around mid of september, thanks so much for all the tips and info
#10 Sep 25th, 2011, 00:36
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Hi, we've just come back from Spiti Valley. I took a lot of info from the 2008 report we found here, so I wanted to provide some more updated info when it's still relevant about the (Langza)-Komic-Demul-Lhalung-Dhankar
As krishnapriya said, there are buses to Komic twice a week, so it's possible to skip Langza. We did that, but since Langza is slightly lower than Komic, I'm not sure it's a good idea. We started with a group of 4 people, and 2 got altitude sickness and had to quit the trek... so maybe we should have started lower in Langza...
From Komic-Demul, the first part you follow a jeepable road but you have to pay attention that at some point you have to go up on the left on a smaller trail. It's not too hard but we had to ask to find it.

From Demul to Lhalung you can go through a small village called Sanglung (or not), but the bridge that it's on the left of Sanglung and it was under Lhalung no longer exists and it was washed away by the rain last year. So you have to go to the opposite direction and cross a small bridge (if you got to Sanglung),then a big car bridge and then walk towards Lhalung. I guess it's better to ask in Sanglung.

From Lhalung to Dhankar it's a pretty easy trek and we managed to catch the 5pm bus back to Kaza in Shichling (under Dhankar).

Ah, regarding the prices we paid everywhere 400 rupees for sleeping and 3 meals (it's a good idea to have lunch box to store the 3rd meal).

I'll try to post pictures and some stories in my blog, but it may take some time, and I wanted to give these tips while it's still relevant. I hope it's useful to someone (you'll see it's my first post here).


That's it. Enjoy Spiti, there's still a beautiful weather!
#11 Sep 28th, 2011, 19:55
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I also trekked there recently.
1. You can trek directly from Kaza itself to Demul. It's a 1000 meter climb, th first part is on the bare slope of the valley but afterwards it enters a small and nice gorge
2. At Demul the homestays cost 450 rupees while in other villages you generally only pay 300 or 350 rupees. The homestays are organized at village level and you cannot choose where you stay. In my case the room was very nice. If they show you somrthing less nice, just refuse and ask to be shown another place
3. It is also possible to do a longer trek, starting from Kibber, there is a trail crossing the deep gorge between Kibber and Langza (I've seen it from above only).
#12 Oct 9th, 2011, 16:48
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Originally Posted by willemspie View Post I also trekked there recently.
1. You can trek directly from Kaza itself to Demul. It's a 1000 meter climb, th first part is on the bare slope of the valley but afterwards it enters a small and nice gorge
2. At Demul the homestays cost 450 rupees while in other villages you generally only pay 300 or 350 rupees. The homestays are organized at village level and you cannot choose where you stay. In my case the room was very nice. If they show you somrthing less nice, just refuse and ask to be shown another place
3. It is also possible to do a longer trek, starting from Kibber, there is a trail crossing the deep gorge between Kibber and Langza (I've seen it from above only).
It's strange, we payed the same: 400 rupees in every place. And I think you can choose, you just not enter to the house if you don't want. Anyway, I think everyone has his own different experience in India.

Well, it's kind of late (in the season) but maybe for next year, here is my post of the place with some pics.
#13 Oct 10th, 2011, 19:43
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I have just done this walk so if anyone needs any specific infomation do let me know.. the bridge below Lhalung does not exist by the way!

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