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Ten facts about Hikkim, Spiti Valley

Hikkim, Located at a distance of around six kilometres southwards of Langza, on the way to Komic, as you reach the village, this lovely place simply mesmerises you with its beauty. Enjoy a leisure walk here, soaking-in the serenity. If you really wish to spend some memorable days away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this is the place to be.

1. Altitude

  • Hikkim is known for being the home of the highest post office in the world, lying at an altitude of 4440 m (14567 feet) above sea-level (listed in the Limca book of records also).

2. Lima book of records

  • This location is credited as being the world’s highest polling station. It is recorded in the Limca book of records also.

3. Bowl-shaped

  • At first glance, you might mistake Hikkim for an extension of Langza or Komic as this village too is bowl-shaped and equally tranquil.

4. Houses

  • The houses in Hikkim, Spiti Valley are made up of stones and mud with white coloured walls. The houses here are in groups, closely placed, right below the road. The path towards these houses is a steep 65 degrees road. Prayer flags fluttering near the houses is a pointer towards the presence of Buddhism in the village.

5. Fossil Life

  • Like Komic and Langza, Hikkim also is rich in fossil life from the Indian Ocean before the mighty Himalayas came into being. If you look properly, you might even spot a few.

6. Network

  • There is no cell phone signal or internet to connect with. Like the rest of the valley, the post office is also shut for six months of the year because of snow.

7. Connectivity

  • There is a motorable road to Hikkim. Travellers can hire a cab in Kaza. Alternatively, one can go on a two-hour uphill hike from Kaza. There is only one bus a day at 2 pm that drops off passengers above the village. There are no guesthouses in Hikkim, only one homestay in the nearby village of Langza promoting ecotourism. Kaza has the best accommodation options and restaurants.

8. Snowfall

  • The region remains cut off from other regions for half the year due to heavy snowfall over the passes.

9. Aarakh

  • Local alcohol is made named Aarakh is fermented and formed out if jowar and wheat.

10. History

  • Hikkim was one of three villages which is not conquered by the Mongolians as they thought that no life can survive at such a high altitude of approximately 15000 feet above sea level.

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