A winter journey into lands end at Spiti valley

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A traveller in a jeep finds his way into one the remotest corners of Himachal and explores the stunning cold desert of the Trans-Himalaya highlands where winter is yet to retreat. The road from Kibber to Tashigang cuts across the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its apex predator, the Snow Leopard and the Tibetan wolf. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

A traveller in a jeep finds his way into one the remotest corners of Himachal and explores the stunning cold desert of the Trans-Himalaya highlands where winter is yet to retreat. The road from Kibber to Tashigang cuts across the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its apex predator, the Snow Leopard and the Tibetan wolf. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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An azure blue sky forms a near perfect backdrop against the Nako Lake. As one reaches the corner of Kinnaur District on the old Hindustan-Tibet highway, the landscape begins to change dramatically and one is able to access a valley that remains obscured by extremely harsh winters for more than four months of the year. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

An azure blue sky forms a near perfect backdrop against the Nako Lake. As one reaches the corner of Kinnaur District on the old Hindustan-Tibet highway, the landscape begins to change dramatically and one is able to access a valley that remains obscured by extremely harsh winters for more than four months of the year. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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A bird’s eye view of Kaza town (centre below) as seen from the road to Komic village. The Spiti river flows through the valley till it enters Kinnaur where it merges with the Satluj river. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

A bird’s eye view of Kaza town (centre below) as seen from the road to Komic village. The Spiti river flows through the valley till it enters Kinnaur where it merges with the Satluj river. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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A passerby smiles at the camera on the road to Losar. Outsiders in the winter are infrequent if not rare as night time temperatures can dip to -30 degrees. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

A passerby smiles at the camera on the road to Losar. Outsiders in the winter are infrequent if not rare as night time temperatures can dip to -30 degrees. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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The flat plains of Kaza covered in snow as seen from the road to Key monastery. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

The flat plains of Kaza covered in snow as seen from the road to Key monastery. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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The Himalayan Blue sheep (Bharal) seen near Komic Gompa. The sheep is a staple diet of the Snow Leopard. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

The Himalayan Blue sheep (Bharal) seen near Komic Gompa. The sheep is a staple diet of the Snow Leopard. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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Womenfolk at Mudh village, the last outpost in the Pin Valley in Spiti. With an average elevation of 4000 metres, Spiti has one of the lowest population density in India of just two people per square kilometre. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

Womenfolk at Mudh village, the last outpost in the Pin Valley in Spiti. With an average elevation of 4000 metres, Spiti has one of the lowest population density in India of just two people per square kilometre. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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Children sun themselves on the roof of a house in Mudh village in Pin valley. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

Children sun themselves on the roof of a house in Mudh village in Pin valley. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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A road less travelled, quite literally in the winter on the road to Losar. The road connects the valley with Manali and is totally cutoff in the winters due to heavy snowfall. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

A road less travelled, quite literally in the winter on the road to Losar. The road connects the valley with Manali and is totally cutoff in the winters due to heavy snowfall. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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An isolated hutment near Komic Gompa. This area is famous with geologists with a massive fossil park located nearby starting at an elevation of 4600 metres above sea level. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

An isolated hutment near Komic Gompa. This area is famous with geologists with a massive fossil park located nearby starting at an elevation of 4600 metres above sea level. (Amandeep Singh Kalra)

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