Freezing Key Monastery – Snow White Spiti

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The Journey so far…

We started the drive towards Key Monastery from Kibber from where it is just about 8 KMs, so within 20-25 minutes we were at Key Monastery including the long photo breaks we took on the way 🙂 🙂

Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery
Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery

Well, the road all the way up to Key Monastery was snowed out and I was not in any mood to walk that much and then climb stairs to reach the top. However, both Sany & Shikha decided to walk on the snow path and after a while I too started walking slowly and slowly. It was some walk to climb those last bends and then reach the monastery. Since, sun was out the snow was melting too, making the path more slippery. Somehow I managed to reach but unaware of the fact temporarily that we need to descend in these slippery conditions back to car again ;)…

About Key Monastery

Key monastery, is about 14 KMs away from Kaza at an altitude of 4116 Meters. When you drive towards Kunzum Pass from Kaza there comes a bridge from where the straight road leads to Key – Kibber and the left goes towards Rangrik and further towards Kunzum Pass across that bridge. Key is the oldest and the biggest monastery of entire Spiti Valley and I think most frequently visited too. It is built atop a hill and portrays a combination of a monastery and a fort. The monastery has some really beautiful scriptures and paintings of Lord Buddha and other gods. The Key Gompa is also famous for its priceless collection of ancient thangkas, including Tibetan silk thangkas up to 800 years old and frescoes depicting the life of Padmasambhava. There is a Key Village that comes just before the Key monastery while coming from Kaza. It also has a monastery guest house as well where you can stay for the day or you can stay inside the monastery rooms as well by paying a small fees to the monastery. You share the same food that is cooked for the monks.

Anyways, we entered the premises of the monastery, explored around for a while and chatted with monks about their daily routines and all. The views towards Kaza side as well as towards Kunzum Pass side up to Moorang village from this amazing vantage point are just breath-taking from where you can also view Rangrik Village across the Spiti River. Even some of the shots of movie Highway are shot right here, if you recall, the girl calling overlooking a snow capped mountain and then asking the boy to take her over it 😀 😀 … Such an easy thing in a movie, walking (read walking) over a mountain in high altitude cold desert such a Spiti 😆 …

After a while Sany got hold of an ancient blazer used by ancestors of a monk who was quite quite old in that monastery. It looked similar to the ones of Game of Thrones 😉 …. But, after knowing that fact that it cannot be cleaned properly as water or lubricants might destroy the fur, he decided not to buy it. Anyways it was a nice little session up there with the monks and we enjoyed.

Since, the day was still left, so we asked Dorje to take us for a ride till Attargu bridge from where the road to Pin Valley bifurcates as we wanted to explore the vistas on that route around Kaza. But for now, enjoy all the pictures I took in and around Key Monastery in this article which is kind of a photo tale 🙂 🙂

Chicham Village as seen from Kibber
Chicham Village as seen from Kibber
A House at Kibber Village
A House at Kibber Village
Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery
Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery

Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery

Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery

Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery

Some Close-up of snow capped peaks on the way to Key Monastery
Snow filled way to Key Monastery
Snow filled way to Key Monastery
Key Monastery Entrance
Key Monastery Entrance
Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery
Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery

Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery

Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery

Breathtaking Snow filled views from Key Monastery
Rangrik Village as seen from Key Monastery
Rangrik Village as seen from Key Monastery
Highway Movie Shooting Point
Highway Movie Shooting Point
Sany in trial of that ancient Overcoat
Sany in trial of that ancient Overcoat
Old Monk to whom that ancient Overcoat belonged
Old Monk to whom that ancient Overcoat belonged
Inside Key Monastery
Inside Key Monastery

Inside Key Monastery
As we started to descend to Kaza
As we started to descend to Kaza
And we spotted Ibex near Key Monastery
And we spotted Ibex near Key Monastery

And we spotted Ibex near Key Monastery

I hope you liked this part of the Snow White Spiti Valley Travel Tale. Stay tuned for the next part coming up very soon “Freezing Drive around Kaza” 🙂 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. hello !
    In your article you’ve mentioned that one can stay in monastery rooms! can you please tel me how to contact the monastery for the rooms? is it the on departure thing ?

    • Kajol, yeah, mostly you can end up there and plan to stay in monastery. Majority of the times they are available unless there are tons of such people looking to stay around there which is very unlikely.

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  5. swapnil k on

    Wow. Looks so beautiful….. What time do we get such snow and open road along with beautiful sky????
    Chandratal remains frozen that time???

    • anil moses on

      I read all the parts in one go Dheeraj bhai and as always the snaps and description of yours are awesome. Thanks a lot for showing us beautiful Spiti valley in a different perspective. Its hard to believe that places like Tabo, Kaza, Ki and Kibber remain so cold as we found them too hot to handle in our visit in June… 🙂

      • Thank you Anil bhai, I am trying to be quick in posting it. Every third day you will get to see one new post on it. I am working on the last part now and have scheduled rest all for next week. As soon as I finish it up, I will start out pending Chansal Pass trip on the blog 🙂

    • anil moses on

      Swapnil they did this trip in March and Chandrataal remains inaccessible at that time of the year.

    • Swapnil, with snow in question only way to travel is from Kinnaur Valley. Chandratal will remain frozen and inaccessible as Anil bhai suggested. Even Losar was not open during this time.

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