Kinnaur Road Trip – Located close to the Indo- Tibetan Border, Sangla Valley, also known as Baspa Valley is located in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. With the Baspa River flowing through the valley, Sangla region is known for its apples famous all over the world. Other common fruits grown here include walnuts and apricots.
The region is also famous for its freshwater trout fish and one can even try their hand at angling here. Until 1989, all visitors to the region had to obtain a special permit from the Government of India due to its strategic location near the Tibetan border. The valley is a culturally rich and distinct area than the rest of the state, with people speaking their own dialect, Kinnauri.
Sangla Valley receives heavy snowfall during winters and most of it remains inaccessible from December to February. It is a beautiful area set amidst the mountains of the Upper Himalayas, with high peaks so close to you, you could almost touch them! If you are a mountain lover and escape to the Himalayas at every chance you get, then this is the trip for you! Hop on board as we go on an epic road journey through the rich apple orchards of Sangla. Also, visit other beautifully rustic villages like Rakcham and Chitkul! Moreover, Chitkul is the last and the highest village in this valley.
Kalpa-Kalpa is another beautiful village in Kinnaur. It offers the best views of Kinner Kailash; the Shivling is on the northern saddle of Kinner Kailash. It changes colour many times during the day as the rays of sun fall at different angles. The peaks of Raldang and Jorkanden are also visible.
Kinnaur has been a major Trans-Himalayan corridor for centuries. The Valley has some of the most interesting meadows, viewpoints, lakes and lush green pastures in the state.
Kinnaur Road Trip Map
Day 1(5 Dec) -We start our journey early morning from Shimla and cover the 225 kilometers to Sangla, driving through Kufri, Theog, Fagu, Narkanda and Rampur. Upon reaching Sangla, we retire to our cozy hotel rooms for the night after relishing some delicious dinner. Sangla is the main town of Sangla Valley and is the only town with a petrol pump in the valley. Other facilities like Banks, ATMs and post offices are also available here, which might or might not be available for the rest of the journey. The most popular things to do in the town include the Kamru Fort and the Gangarang Waterfall amongst other places.
Day 2(6 Dec) –After beginning our morning on a high note with some hearty breakfast, we begin the first leg our journey- the 15 kilometers drive to Rakcham. This is a small village en route Chitkul from Sangla and is sparsely populated at a height of 2,900 meters, with a population of just about 800 people. The road to Rakcham is narrow and winding and makes for a bumpy ride but all of that compensates for the breathtaking views of the Baspa River flowing through the valley with thick alpine and coniferous forests on one side, and small villages lined on the other! The people of Rakcham live a nomadic lifestyle herding sheep and goats, and farming alongside. It is a quaint village with a rustic charm of wooden houses and a blend of Hindu and Buddhist ideology that might just be the highlight of the entire trip! After exploring the picturesque village of Rakcham, we move on to Chitkul, located about 9 kilometers away. This small village in the Kinnaur district is the home to some of the finest potatoes of the world. Popularly known as the last inhabited village near the Indo- Tibetan Border, the Indian roads end here at Chitkul. The village is famous for its traditional Pahadi houses with roofs made of either slate or wooden planks. Adorned with high snowclad mountain peaks, Chitkul is also often known as the Swiss Alps of India! Once we are done exploring these two beautiful villages, we head back to Sangla to relax and unwind to a dinner feast before hitting the bed!
Day 3 (7 Dec) -We start afresh in the morning to start off for the last leg of our journey, driving the 40 kilometers to Kalpa. Kalpa is a beautiful village, known best for its apples and chilgoza or the pinus gerardiana. Located at the base of the Kinnaur Kailash Range, Kalpa is blessed with spectacular views of the higher mountains, especially during sunrise and sunset with the rays of the sun touching the snowclad peaks. The Shivling Peak standing 6,000 meters tall also looms over the village of Kalpa! After exploring through this naturally beautiful village, we retire for the night in our comfortable hotel rooms.
Day 4 (8 Dec) -We begin our mornings with a spectacular sunrise over the mountains of Kalpa, and then head on to explore the bustling bazaars of Reckong Peo after breakfast. After strolling through the lanes of the town’s market, we head back to Shimla with a heart full of happy memories and a bag full of Kinnauri apples to feast at back home!
Stay – Hotel (sharing basis);
Meals- Vegetarian Nutritious and Tasty Meals during the Tour with Evening Tea.
Breakfast on Day 2, 3 and 4
Lunch on Day 1, 2, 3 and 4
Dinner on Day 1, 2 and 3
Experienced tour leaders and cook.
Transport from Shimla to Kinnaur and back in Tempo Traveler/Innova.
First-Aid Kit/ Oxygen Cylinder.
Climbers are reminded that there is a 15kg limit on personal luggage for all climbs.
Cameras, whether video or film, needed to be protected against the severe cold either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep your camera in your backpack at higher elevations.
We do not provide donkeys or porters to carry luggage.
No insurance is provided during the trek.
When between camps, please carry your daily personal rubbish to the next camp.
Remember – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. So, keep the mountains clean and green.
Aspirins and Paracetamols are highly recommended for headaches and because they also thin the blood that will help improving circulation & oxygen delivery to the body. Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
Personal expense of any kind will not be entertained.
Personal Equipment Required:
A good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack with plastic or water-proof lining.
Comfortable, lightweight clothing.
Sunglasses or goggles.
Woollen hat for warmth.
Scarf or bandana.
Ear plugs. (Optional)
Spare contact lenses or glasses.
Extra polythene bags.
Reading materials, Games, Cards. (Optional)
Towel especially lightweight quick-dry type.
Track pants with more pockets. Carry around 2 pants. Avoid jeans.
Waterproof jackets and gloves.
A raincoat since the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. (Optional)
Identification proof like Passport, Driving license, Aadhar card etc.
1 Passport size photograph.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation of booking of tour 31 days or more before the date of Departure will result in a 20% deduction in the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 21-30 days before the date of Departure will result in 40% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 11-20 days before the date of Departure will result in 60% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 6-10 days before the date of Departure will result in 80% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 1-5 days before the date of Departure will result in 100% deduction of the cost of the tour.