The Spiti valley lies close to the Tibetan border following the Tibetan Hindustan Highway. It is an amazing landscape in its strange starkness. Scree slopes, narrow gorges, raw rock and the raging Sutlej River below in a desert like dry environment that is emphasised by the brilliant green of the sporadic pea and apple orchard culitivated slopes. Little tibetan style villages and ageing buddhist monastries cling to cliffs. Its been incredibly hot, the dazzling light and the high-ish altitudes of 3000- 4700m make for challenging conditions not to mention the rough roads.