The Week in Photos: Getting to Spiti Valley

Getting to Spiti Valley is no easy task. There’s a daily bus from Manali to Kaza (Spiti’s capital), but taking a jeep is your best, most comfortable, least terrifying bet. Kind of.

It’s a highly variable 10-hour drive from Manali to Kaza across the Rohtang and Kunzum passes. The rocky road is only open from April to October and feels like it’s fallen directly from the moon.

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_BendGetting to Spiti Valley by bus is possible

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_Jeep_2But a jeep is advisable

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_Mile_Marker_2Because your skeleton registers every single kilometer

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_AmbulanceAnd you do not want to travel like this

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_CowsSometimes you yield to cows

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_River_RoadSometimes the way is more river than road

Getting_to_the_Spiti__Valley_trucksThe drive is a mean game of blind chicken

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_Horn_SignAnd the horn is every driver’s best friend

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_prayer_flag_2The Kunzum Devi Temple appears on the lunar-scape like a spiritual satellite

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_Check_PointThen foreigners show their passports at a very busy checkpoint

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_Pit_StopAnd all travelers take solace in a chai stop

Getting_to_Spiti_Valley_TruckGetting to Spiti is a long and winding road, but what lies beyond is worth it