Hikkim village, famous for holding the world’s highest (14,400 ft.) ‘permanently structured’ post office, is tucked between Komik and Langza, the region’s other two lovely high altitude communities. Technically, there is a post office at a greater elevation than Hikkim, in Tibet (17.060 ft.), known as the Mount Everest Base Camp Postal Service.

That, however, is not a permanent building. Despite the fact that it operates efficiently for seven months of the year, which is about similar to the amount of time the Hikkim post office operates given the challenges of weather and topography. 

Hikkim appears to be an extension of Komik or Langza villages from above, as they are all structured in a similar way, with Hikkim lying somewhere in the midst of the two. Hikkim is 16 kilometers from Kaza and requires a 45-minute uphill trip on winding roads. You may get there by driving from Kaza to Komic and Langza settlements.

With its tiered fields reflecting hues of green and brown, guarding snow-capped peaks, and the rustic beauty of the Spitian way of life, it is one of the most attractive settlements. Add to it the excitement of sending a letter from this dizzying height, and you’ve got yourself a thrilling Spiti adventure.

How to reach

The town lacks train and air connectivity. It has a road connection to the nearby town of Kaza. Hikkim is a 45-minute (16-kilometer) trip from Kaza. The winding roadways provide breathtaking views. The ascent becomes steep at times, and there are numerous hairpin bends. To go to Hikkim, you can either take a taxi from Kaza or take a state bus until Kibber. 

If you are driving yourself, you will need to obtain a permission to cross Rohtang Pass (if taking the Manali-Kaza route).

Joginder Nagar (364 kilometers from Kaza) is the nearest train station, which is narrow gauge and gets trains from Pathankot (wide gauge). The nearest significant railway station is Chandigarh (500 kilometers from Kaza).

The nearest international airport is Chandigarh, while the nearest domestic airport, Bhuntar (Kullu), has minimal flight connectivity. If you are traveling by rail or plane, you can continue your journey by cab, self-drive, or bus.


Best Time to Visit

Summer is typically a nice season to visit the Spiti region because it is less crowded. A snow coated Hikkim in winter is eerily beautiful, but getting there is difficult.

The weather in Spiti Valley is chilly and dry. The winter months are brutal, with temperatures as low as -20 degrees. The valley is blanketed in many feet of snow during this season, making it difficult to reach Hikkim. Because the Rohtang Pass is closed in winters, the Manali-Kaza route is not a possibility in the winter.

Summer months are pleasant with plenty of sunshine, which is fully exploited by residents via solar panels that power various operations. Summer nights can be cool, so bring some woollens. During the monsoon season, there is little or no rain. However, rain and landslides cause obstructions and closures on the routes going to Spiti from Manali or Shimla, including the Rohtang Pass.

Nearby Places to Visit

Hikkim Post Office

Rinchen Cheering, the postmaster who has worked here from its beginning in 1983, deserves credit for establishing and administering this post office.

The post office serves 4-5 villages and also functions as Rinchen’s living quarters, which is a classic Spitian house. He and his family live there. Residents of little settlements like Gette and monks from high monasteries like Ki all receive their mail at the Hikkim post office. Due to the lack of stable mobile networks and internet connections, the presence of conventional Mail is critical.

For some, this is their sole means of communicating with the rest of the world. And Rinchen, along with his two postmen assistants, has been working hard for the last 29 years.

Village Monastery

The soul of any Spiti valley village is its deeply established culture and really organic way of existence.  Hikkim, like the other towns in the valley, has a monastery at the other end of town. If you’ve gone to Ki, Tabo, or other historic monasteries in the area, you might not notice anything unusual about this monastery. It is, nonetheless, worth a visit.

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Frequently Askee Questions

Hikkim serves as a gateway to a number of neighboring attractions. You might go to Manali, a popular hill station famous for its natural beauty and adventure sports such as paragliding and river rafting. Kaza, located in the Spiti Valley, provides a look of the Himalayas’ raw and pristine beauty, with its steep mountains and historic monasteries. Kasol, nestled in the Parvati Valley, is a refuge for travelers and environment lovers, with its peaceful atmosphere and vibrant hippy culture. Dalhousie, located on the Dhauladhar Range, has old-world elegance and imperial architecture, whilst Auli in Uttarakhand is a haven for skiers and nature enthusiasts.

Hikkim has a diverse assortment of attractions to suit a variety of interests. The world’s highest post office is an incredible site to send a postcard and leave your mark in such a spectacular setting. Village monasteries give a look into Buddhist traditions as well as a peaceful environment for contemplation. Fossil exploration connects you with the region’s rich geological past. Walking around the village allows you to experience its rustic beauty and unique way of life. Night sky gazing reveals the enchanting beauty of the celestial realm. Visit small cafes to discover local hospitality and amazing food. Finally, every nook of Hikkim is a photographer’s dream, with picture-perfect landscapes and breathtaking views.

  • Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Follow these guidelines to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
  • Always wear sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle because the sun is fierce in Spiti during the summer. 
  • Except for BSNL, phone networks are not reliable here. 

Tourists in Hikkim should taste the traditional Spitian cuisine, which includes thukpa (noodle soup), momos (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), and butter tea. These foods represent the region’s cultural influences as well as adaptation to its high-altitude climate.

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