After Kaza, it was time to start the return journey to Shimla and today’s plan was to explore Pin Valley and Dhankar and stay in Tabo for the night. Pin valley is often less travelled compared to Kaza and Kibber, which is a bit strange because I found Pin valley to be absolutely breathtaking. Check the pictures below, which don’t do justice to the beauty that I witnessed.
This is the start of the Pin valley area and the view ahead looked quite promising with all the snow around. There was definitely more snow here than Kaza and Kibber.
As soon as we entered Pin valley, we spotted a group of Himalayan Ibex, which is usually rare to spot. Though I was kind of praying to spot a snow leopard, I was happy to see at least some wildlife that didn’t seem to be too bothered by our presence.
And then the scenery went to a different level altogether. These were some of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen.
This was the furthest that we could drive, which was like 2 kms from Sagnam. The road ahead was blocked by snow. But I was so spellbound by the scenery so far that I hardly even cared.
In a land of billion people, it is rare to find signposts like these.
The entrance to Pin Valley…A diversion that shouldn’t be missed.
Next on the plan was to visit Dhankar village
The view from the top at Dhankar village.
Finally to the last stop of the day – Tabo
This was the only homestay open during this season and the owners were very friendly. It is right at the turning towards Tabo village. You can find the phone numbers if you zoom the picture.
Next stop on the list was a 6 hour drive to Kalpa, as we start with a bit of ascent towards Nako and then descend towards Kalpa.