About Langza Village
Langza, a less-frequented village in the Spiti Valley has a population of roughly 50-60 people and it is considered one of the gems of Spiti. While a lot of people visit the valley, theye often don’t visit this once in a lifetime experience.
This village is situated in the upper region of the Spiti Valley and lies approximately 16 km from the district headquarters; Kaza. Buddhism is followed, predominantly, as a way of life and you will find things in Langza that perhaps you won’t find in any other parts of Spiti.
How to Reach Langza Village
To reach Langza there are two routes to reach the village from Delhi; one way is via Manali and the other is through Shimla.
Now, the Shimla route is a bit longer, but it stays open throughout the year. The road to Spiti through Kinnaur is full of high rocky mountains. If you were to visit the region in winter season, you will see a lot of icefalls or few frozen waterfalls.
The route that passes from Manali is shorter one but due to excessive snowfall at the Rohtang Pass and the area of Lahaul. After the snowfall, the roads are permanently closed during the arrival of western disturbances in the month of October.
Kaza to Langza Bus
The bus to Langza is available form the Kaza Bus stand at 5:00 PM everyday. It covers the Kaza-Langza-Hikkim-Komic circuit and reaches Komic in 1.5 hours; its first stop is at Langza.
The transportation system in the valley works good during the summer season. In the winter months, say starting from November, the buses plying out of Kaza to various villages stop due to the extreme road conditions such as black ice and snow. During this time the transport system of the Spiti Valley is highly dependent on the shared taxis that ply on various routes to and from Kaza.
Activities in Langza Village
A few places around Langza are the Statue of Buddha where people usually go to take pictures. Then, there is the Langza Monastery; apart from this there are two lakes near Langza which are 3-4 hour walk away.
The Chau Chau Khang Nilda Peak is the most prominent thing visible from all places in Langza being the highest peaks in Spiti area.
Tsonyeti and Chumo Tso Trek
A Tales of Two Lakes
Migratory birds coming from the eastern Asiatic regions visit these lakes in the month of July. The water is pristine and crystal clear in these lakes; the lakes are fed by meltwater from the glaciers like you would expect in case of most high altitude lakes.
The Tsonyeti Lake campsite lies to the left of the fossil center and it takes around one hour to reach there. The second lake that is the Chumo Tso is situated at an altitude of 4691 m and it is larger than the Tsonyeti Lake. It makes for a perfect campsite with the Chau Chau Khang Nilda and Chocho Khang Namo Peaks towering in front of the campsite.
These treks are ideally done in the summer season and it is advised that you take a local guide along with you to the trek as the trail is not very well marked. However, if you have an idea of navigation and mapping, then reaching these lakes should be a piece of cake for you.
Chau Chau Kang Nilda Base Camp
The majestic Chau Chau Khang Nildas basecamp can also be visited from Langza. Thia mountain is very prominent and it is situated at a staggering height of 6303 m. It is known as CCKN in the mountaineering circle. It was first ascended by a British mountaineer in the year 1939. Since then, a handful of attempts were made. Despite the difficulty of this trail, one can trek to the base camp in 4 hours and then camp there for the day.
The Langza Buddha is one of the most photographed things in the Spiti Valley. It is situated above the village. Below the monastery, near the statue, there is nothing much to do there beside getting your customary photograph clicked with the statue and it is the landmark for the village.
Fossils Crisis of Spiti
It is suggest to go to the fossil rich zone which is 2 km away from the village and try to find a fossil yourself. This can be done by hiring a local or researching a bit alone and then go for the hunt; if you find a fossil, consider yourself ‘lucky’.
Spiti is called the “Museum of Indian Geology” but the locals are not very aware. Please understand fossil hunting is not advised. Take a picture instead. There were three places in Spiti where giant scorpion fossils have been found. Two of these places have been completely destroyed during the construction of road to the Pin Valley.