Favorite Cycling Routes: Spiti Valley (Northern Indian Himalayas)

Making ghee (butter) with a grandma, India 2013.

Making ghee (butter) with a grandma, Spiti Valley India 2013.

Spiti valley was easily my favorite route in all of the Himalayas; I loved the feeling of immense solitude that came from going hours without seeing anything or anyone, and I had two wonderful homestays with various women which showed me a small window into what life above 4,000m looks like. The road through Spiti valley is notoriously rocky, but it’s worth every ounce of energy dispensed to be isolated in these high beautiful mountains.

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