Kinnaur Valley Sample Itinerary | Kalpa – Sangla – Sarahan


I hope the below itinerary will be useful for someone planning 6 or 7 days trip to Kinnaur Valley, Himachal Pradesh. I guess Kinnaur is a place where time sometimes stops while you ogle the Kinnaur Kailash peaks :)

Day – 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
Day – 2 | Narkanda – Sangla
Day – 3 | Sangla – Chitkul – Kamru Fort – Sangla
  • At Sangla, you can visit Kamru Fort, there is trout hatchery region across the river and there will be ample of trails to hike around in Chitkul.
Day – 4 | Sangla – Kalpa – Roghi Village – Kalpa
  • One complete day in Kalpa with Sunsets and Sunrise not to be missed at any cost. Kalpa is one of the best place to see sunset and sunrise in Himalayas. You can easily walk up to Roghi village from Kalpa which could act as a small trek for you guys. Road to Roghi village is open only in summers though.
Day – 5 | Kalpa – Sarahan
  • If interested in Sarahan, then halt at Sarahan else continue towards Narkanda or Fagu. But, a day at Sarahan is recommended to explore the beauty of the place.
Day – 6 | Sarahan – Delhi (a bit of long drive)


Day – 6 | Sarahan – Kufri – Chail / Shimla
Day – 7 | Chail / Shimla – Delhi

I will be looking forward for your valuable comments and suggestion to better fine tune it.

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  1. dr tejas chauhan on

    Hello Mr dheeraj
    I’m planning to travel kinnaur valley and up to tabo if possible, in may 2015 along with 4 member including a 6 yrs child.

    I’ll be starting from delhi and I’ll be having 7 days for delhi to delhi.

    I want to include sarahan,sangla valley particularly rakcham and chitkul,kalpa,and visit to pin valley without much stay in spirit valley.

    Is this possible in this time period??
    And how will be weather in may end?
    Tourist crowd?? Bcoz I dont like much crowded places!!
    How will be this time in view of snow and scenic beauty??

    And I’m not used to drive in mountains so will it be advisable to travel in self drive MINI SUV??

    Thanx and waiting for your reply


    • Hello Dr. Tejas,

      7 days will be a bit hectic but you can plan it like below:

      Delhi – Narkanda
      Narkanda – Kalpa
      Kalpa – Tabo
      Tabo – Kaza covering Pin Valley and Dhangkar
      Kaza – Sangla (Long drive)
      Sangla – Shimla/Narkanda can cover Chitkul and Sarahan on the way
      Narkanda – Delhi

      It will be hectic though and hence I will suggest to add couple of days in it.

  2. deer dheeraj, pl plan for 9 nights tour from chandigarh to kalpa sangla and back to chandigarh. also plan an alternative tour including manali in 9 nights in march 22 to 30.we are reaching chandigarh at 2pm on 22 mar

    • Tonmoy, a suggested itinerary is already mentioned in the article above for Kinnaur Valley. You can add rest days as you need in it at Sarahan, Kalpa, Sangla. Regarding 9 day trip to Manali and around, you can refer below:

      Day 1 – Leave from Delhi by overnight Volvo for Manali. Get down at Aut/Bhunter near Kullu next morning (Day 2) where you can get to reach Tirthan Valley (about 40-45 KMs from there)
      Day 2 – Tirthan Valley – Relaxing day besides Tirthan River
      — Stay at Raju Bharti Guest House (you will need booking well in advance, so finalize it ASAP) other you need to stay at some other property. Raju is a pioneer in that region, so will say do not miss the stay there as it is quite an experience in itself.
      Day 3 – Tirthan Valley
      — Enjoy the walks in the GHNP. There are two Waterfalls nearby Raju GH in the woods.
      Day 4 – Tirthan Valley – Shoja – Jalori Pass – Serolskar Lake – Tirthan Valley
      Day 5 – Tirthan Valley – Kasol – Manikaran – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place) (about 100 KMs)
      — Stay at Naggar Castle and enjoy the place. Very romantic with great views and food. Visit Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and do not miss the hike to ancient Krishna Temple at the top
      — It is one of the most romantic places in Himachal
      Day 6 – Naggar Castle – Manali (about 30 KMs)
      Day 7 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 8 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 9 – Manali – Delhi

      Replace Delhi by Chandigarh.

      • deer dheeraj
        we will be reaching chandigarh by 2pm on 22 march and will back on 31 mar from chandigarh(flight at 9am). I am confused between chandigarh(1) narkanda(1) sarhan(1) kalpa(2) sangla(2) chail(1) chandigarh(1) or chandigarh to chail(1) sahran(1) sangla(1) kalpa(2) shoja(1) manali(2) chandigarh(1). Pl suggest.What will be the weather and road condition then. Any suggestion for hotels in kalpa sangla and shoja! How is hotel Hill Top in manali.We have 1 child and 2 senior citizen with us(total 6)

  3. Sejal Khanna on

    Hi Dheeraj, planning a trip to Kinnaur in Nov (15-21). We’ll be relying on trains and local transport.
    We dont wish to make too many stops on the way as we like exploring one place at one time and Kinnaur sounds like heaven.
    Can you suggest an itinerary with how-to’s of travel bit.

  4. hello dheeraj, we are planning 5d/6n trip to kinnaur from 3rd-7th oct, as:
    3rd – delhi-narkanda/rampur
    4th – kalpa
    5th – sangla-chitkul
    6th – chitkul-theog/fagu
    7th – delhi
    please give your expert opinions if it is correct or needs change. Also, which one is the better place to stay, sangla or chitkul, considering there ll be 2yr old baby also.
    dr darvesh

  5. Hello dhiraj,
    we are family of 6 mid aged adults and 3 young adults, from kolkata, are planning a trip to shimla-kinnaur-manali in mid oct. our itinerary is as follows :
    12th night 11 pm reaching del airport.
    13th early morning train to kalka.
    13th afternoon kalka to shimla and nightstay.
    14th early morning shimla to sangla.
    15th early morning sangla-chitkul-kalpa and nightstay.
    (as per my research we should reach kalpa before sunset so we can enjoy sunset at kalpa, what do you say?)
    16th late morning kalpa to sarahan.
    17th morning sarahan to shimla.
    18th early morning shimla to manali.
    19th morning manali-solang-rohtang and back to manali nightstay.
    20th morning manali to delhi so that we can reach delhi by night
    21st early morning flight to kolkata.

    I know including manali is not so good idea but everybody is insisting for rohtang so u know.
    what do you say is the plan okay? It would be highly oblizing if you advise kindly.

    • Shouvik, your plan is fine. I will suggest that you twist it a little like below:

      16th late morning kalpa to sarahan.
      17th morning sarahan to Shoja via Jalori Pass.
      18th Shoja to manali.

      • Thank you so much for your response. On 16th morning instead of coming sarahan if we come to rampur and stay overnight is it possible to reach manali from Rampur if we satrt early on 17th morning?
        In that case we can save one whole day which we can spend in sangla or kalpa what do you suggest??

        • Even if you start from Sarahan early in the day, you will be able to reach Manali by evening. I just added it because to ease out the travel in between. You will not go wrong with either Sarahan or Rampur. You are spending enough time in Sangla and Kalpa. Kalpa does not have enough to do in 2 days and Sangla you are spending 2 days already which will take care of Chitkul too.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    Possible to share the campsites in Kinnaur?I mean, we will be carrying our own tents, so wanted to know where exactly can we pitch our tents in Sangla, Kalpa, chitkul or anywhere in Kinnaur

    • Ronak, go over to Rakkcham ahead of Sangla and there you will find many sites along the Baspa river for it. Kalpa or ahead of it near Roghi there should be some fields where you can do so by asking villagers and paying royalty to them for pitching the camps.

  7. Hi Dheeraj

    Please suggest a 4 day plan for a motorcycle ride from Delhi starting from 15th August ending on 18th August 2014.

      • Thanks Dheeraj.

        I am guessing you are saying this due to rains and possible landslides. Is it particularly risky riding in rains in Kinnaur area? We wanted to make it a monsoon ride, so riding in rains isn’t much of a problem. In any case it will be really helpful if you can advise a plan for 4 day ride as originally requested. Thanks :)

        • Amit bhai, you go anywhere in Himachal but leave aside Kinnaur in rains :) :) .. I hope that answers ;)

          Best is to make a trip to Chindi – Karsog. In case you wanna be adventurous, then go over Jalori Pass, stay at Shoja and drive down to Tirthan Valley and come back via Mandi – Chandigarh road.

          Day 1 | Delhi – Chindi
          Day 2 | Chindi – Jalori Pass – Shoja
          Day 3 | Shoja – Tirthan Valley
          Day 4 | Tirthan Valley – Mandi – Delhi

  8. Somnath Bhattacharyya on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am from kolkata.
    We are planning a trip to sangla-kalpa.

    Day 1: —Shimla
    Day 2: —Shimla to Sarahan
    Day 3: — Sarahan to sangla
    Day 4: — sangla-Chitkul-sangla
    Day 5: – sangla to kalpa
    Day 6: – kalpa to kalka
    At night we have to reach kalka mail.
    We have already booked hotels. Now is it possible to reach Kalka from kalpa in one day? And is there any bus service available from kalpa/recong peo to shimla/kalka?
    Please let me know if you have any information.
    Thanks and regards

    • Somnath, your itinerary is fine except last day. It is better that you move Sarahan down on Day 5 and do Sarahan to Kalka which will make more sense since you need to reach there by evening. So, do Shimla to Sangla on Day 2. and Kalpa to Sarahan on Day 5.

      Oops, I see you have booked hotels. So, now best is that you leave early morning from Kalpa as soon as you can then try to reach Kalka by evening. It will take around 10-11 Hrs to reach Kalka from Kalpa.

  9. Hello Dheeraj,
    We are planning 1 4 day 5 night trip to chitkul.

    19th night: — Delhi-Narkanda
    Day 1: —Narkanda to Karcham
    Day 2: —Karcham to Sangla
    Day 3: — Around Chitkul
    Day 4: — Chitkul to Kalpa to Rampur
    Night travel back to Delhi. Reach on 24th early morning.
    Is it Doable? What things we need to keep in mind? We are a group of 9 ppl with seven girls. Will finding night acco difficult….i mean do we need to book in advance or we can get it easily once we reach there?

    • Vaani, just modify as per below plan:

      19th night: — Delhi-Narkanda
      Day 1: — Narkanda to Sangla/Rakcham
      Day 2: — Sangla/Rakcham to Chitkul and around
      Day 3: — Chitkul/Rakcham/Sangla to Kalpa
      Day 4: — Kalpa to Rampur

      It will be very very hectic drive from Kalpa to Rampur to Shimla to Delhi. Watch out for it. Road conditions in Kinnaur at present are not that great and there are couple of major landslides for which there is a diversion there that causes about 2 Hrs of delay.

      Even I see you are traveling almost whole night on 19th to reach Narkanda and then whole day to reach Sangla/Karcham. there is nothing to stay at Karcham, so you need to go to Sangla. Similarly on return. Are you really sure that you are used to such long long drives?

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj. But when u want to travel with ppl who cant get leaves from their offices…u have to squeeze in… N i really want to go to kinnaur valley after reading ur blog n a few others. Thanks for ur suggestions…if it will be tiring, we will cut short a thing or two in between but we will touch chitkul and around for two nights and head back…. What about accomodation? do we need to book in advance or we will find something when we reach… We need just basic facilities to spend the nights!!!

        • That’s a sport !! :) :) … Yeah, in that case go ahead and you will get accommodation as you do not have much expectations !! Have fun and if possible do share the pictures or story with DoW Community as Travel Tale or Photo Tale :)

  10. rakesh garg on

    god bless you deeraj for the help you are giving to people,please guide me regarding 5 days relaxing and enjoyable trip for kids we want to travel on 12 june. regards garg

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    Really good to see your prompt replies to all the queries and this is what made me to ask and clear my doubts here. :)
    I am from Delhi, and this june me my husband are planning for kalpa, Chitkul trip. Following is the first phase itinerary I have prepared.

    Day 1: — Delhi-Shimla
    Day 2: — Shimla-Sarahan
    Day 3: — Sarahan-Chitkul
    Day 4: — Around Chitkul
    Day 5: — Chitkul-Kalpa
    Day 6: — Around Kalpa
    Day 7: — Kalpa-Fagu
    Day 8: — Fagu-Delhi

    Now the question comes that will it be possible for us to drive from Shimla to Sarahan on the same day provided we have as 4*4 vehicle, not a SUV.

    Secondly, I have not done any advance booking so far. So it wont be any problem finding the accommodation there?

    Hey last one, will I be able to see snow covered peaks in Kalpa and Chitkul?

    I want to make out the most of it from this trip and want to plan it real good. Please make modifications in this itinerary and your any other suggestions will be really really appreciated. (They are needed infact !!!)

    Looking forward to hear from you Dheeraj :)

    • Hello Preeti,

      Your itinerary is very relaxed and very much doable by any means. There should not be any problems with accommodation too, on the spot searching here and there a bit, you will get bookings. Yeas, there will be snow peaks visible through Kalpa and Chitkul, you might even be able to find some snow with some trekking around.

      Itinerary is very relaxed and you will for sure enjoy it, wonderful work :)


      • One more thing Dheeraj, should I stay at Chitkul or Rakcham? What would you suggest? I want to go for Chitkul, but not sure whether I will be getting accommodation there as according to what I have heard, there are only 2-3 options there?

        Thanks in advance !!!

        Really hoping for a wonderful trip !!!
        I will be back on 7th june and will post my pics here for sure.

        • Preeti, both are good options of stay. Chitkul is more pristine but will have basic stays or home stays. If that is OK, go ahead and stay at Chitkul. But, yes only less in number. Best wishes for the trip and I would request to post a Travel Tale with pictures in DoW Community. JOIN US at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for Travel Itinerary advices, Find Travel Partners, share your Travel Tales and much more related to Himalayas!!

  12. Hi dheeraj v r a group f 12 guys planning to visit kinner kailash v r frm u.p. v ll begin frm shimla can u suggest d bst tim n margin f d days v sh%d take fter shmla n taxi if v can hire on phone.

  13. Thanks for your detailed information. We are 6/8 people looking for a 9 nights 10 days trip from Kolkata to Kalpa, and near by places. can you please provide me some contact information about car booking from Shimla for this package with info about hotels

      • Thanks Dheeraj for your reply…What will be a best itenary for Kalpa, Sangla, Sarahan, Chitkul, trip start from Shimla and Ends in Kalka within 6nights (2 nights each in Kalpa and Sangla with 1 each in rest2places). Is Octoberis the best time for trip?….. How much it will cost?..(Shimla to Kalka with Car and Budget Hotel accommodation with MAP plan? Can you provide few budget but good hotels name?..(good by means of location and available view from hotel)

        • Kushik, you can follow the itinerary as below:

          Day 1 | Shimla – Sarahan
          Day 2 | Sarahan – Sangla
          Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul/Sangla
          Day 4 | Chitkul/Sangla – Kalpa
          Day 5 | Kalpa – Narkanda
          Day 6 | Narkanda – Kalka

          You can check Bhimkali Temple Guest House at Sarahan, Prakash Hotel / Guest House at Sangla, Kalpa has varied options.

    • Manisha Govind on

      Hi dheeraj,in this tour we want to see kinnour do we do it?please guide the route likewise as we have 7 days in our hands.

      • Are you looking for Kinner Kailash Yatra or trek? I don;t think in 7 days it can be done. However, from Kalpa you can see Kinner Kailash view in front of you from balcony of any hotel :)

    • I need some guidence above the following tour plan:

      30.9: Kalka Mail from Howrah
      2.10: Kalka in morning, Shivalik Express to Shimla;
      3.10: Shimla to kalpa (Long journey i guess)
      4.10: Klapa to Tabo.
      5.10: Tabo to Kaza
      6.10: KAza
      7.10: Kaza to Losar, visit chandratal
      8.10: Losar to MAnali, en route Visit chandratal (If not possible on previous day)
      9.10: Manali to Kalka; Kalka Mail for home.

      Is this plan justified in october? I get some homestay info in internet in Kalpa, Tabo Kaza Rs. 700-Rs. 800. how are those?? Any idea?…What will be the accommodation in Losar? (Home stay prefered).
      Car booking From Shimla to manali is right or must do From Shimla to Delhi?
      What will the cost of the car for 6 people?…Tata sumo preferable

      • Hi Kushik,

        Though not suggested BUT you should do your journey in opposite direction because by end of September all high passes startes getting snow. So, you can get stuck between Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. Better start from Manali side so that you cover that stretch early and not late. Also, I see you are traveling too much. You should add few days in between.


  14. Ritu sadana on

    Hi Dheeraj!!!we r planning leave for Sangla on 13 April and will be back by 21 April.Deehraj is it safe to stay in tents near river in the month of May as we were considering kinner sangla camps at Sangla and The Monk in kalpa.i was in two minds after last year flash suggest as it would help a lot

    • Ritu, no one can predict natural calamities and also 13 April is gone, it must be May?? Like I said since no one can predict such calamities, you need to take that risk if you are looking forward to stay there but that risk in general is at most places when we travel in Himalayas. Also, May I feel receive less rains so should be OK time as per past but again, no guarantee.

      • Ritu sadana on

        Hi Dheeraj !!!sorry for April,it’s actually May.thanks so much.yes actually no one can guarantee bt when I checked the weather forecast from 13 May to 21 may it shows rain and thunderstorm!!! surely I don’t want to miss the trip and excited for the same.we travel to mountains atleast once a year but it’s our first trip to Sangla valley!!!two years back we went to tirthan and jalori which were amazing.any other things to keep in mind as we’ll be driving ourselves with a halt at chail for a night.your suggestions would really help!!

        • Ritu sadana on

          One more thing Dheeraj,that we’ll be driving in Quanto from Delhi to Sangla! My husband loves to drive in mountains so he doesn’t prefer to hire a we r going to Sangla for the first time and hv heard about the roads being not in so good condition as compared to other places in suggest.

        • Quanto has a bit high GC and IMHO, if you guys have decent experience of hills driving then there should not be any issues even when it rains. The the roads are bad but manageable all the way even with small cars. However, when it rains, there becomes slush after Bhawanagar which creates problems. But, since you have high gc vehicle, so it will be manageable with careful driving.

    • Thanks for your reply…We are planning this route because we want to enjoy the toy train route from kalka to Shimla. I guess from Shimla I cannot skip Kalpa before entering the Lahoul-Spiti, So we are taking the heavy journey load on day 1. I guess after kalpa The journey is as per every other tour Plan. regarding kunzum pass and Nathula, this is small risk We have to take because we have tight schedule. We have time from 30th September to 11 October. Can you suggest any better alternative tour plan?….

      • Kushik, Kalpa is about 19 KMs detour from the road to Spiti valley. So, if required you can skip it. Apart from 5,6 you are not resting any of the day and should expect tiring journey on all days. I am here to tell you risk, take it or not, is your call :) … Things go nasty there, believe me. I am not scaring you rather just warning you so that you don’t under estimate the potential hazard and take a calculative risk. I will still suggest better do it from Manali side.

        • If I start from Manali side then I guess the route is totally opposite. If we want to Skip Kalpa then where should we stay at par our above itinerary? Can you please suggest some driver’s name and contact info? As we are going by our own so need this info…. We are planning to book Homestay in Kalpa,Tabo, kaza and Losar/batal and Bank’s Holiday homes in Shimla & Manai

        • Thanks Dheeraj,
          What your opinion about homestay in Kalpa,(or the places mentioned by you) Tabo ,Kaza? …In your opinion where should we stay ..Losar/Batal to visit Chandratal on our way back to Manali…… Is the lake generally Frozen in October 1st week?…If so then we would skip that?….. what is your opinion on that?

        • Homestays are quite good and you will not go wrong with them. Don’t stay at Batal, better stay at Losar so if something happens you are near civilization. Do Chandratal while going to Manali next day. No it is not frozen in October.

  15. suparna majumder on

    hi, i am suparna. we are planning a trip to kinnaur valley. we are reaching delhi on 30th of may and our return air ticket from delhi is on 8th june. It will be very helpful to us if u kindly suggest a tour plan which can make us explore the beautiful kinnaur valley. please recommend good hotels for the same. we are a family of 4 which includes me my husband my two children of ages 12 and 13. we are eagerly waiting for your reply.

      • suparna majumder on

        yes absolutely right. please suggest a tour plan so that we can book our hotels accordingly

        • Suparna, in that case you can follow the 7 day itinerary mentioned above in the article. If you are coming early in the day on 30th, then you can head straight to Shimla. You can include a day rest at Kalpa or visit Nako from there OR spend time in Shimla/Narkanda around to explore Thanedar, Hatu Peak, Naldhera, Tattapani etc..

  16. Hi,we are 2 people, & have plans to travel to sangla for 4 days only from may 1-4 from chandigarh. I will be travelling in toyota corolla altis,i have driven in himachal on the kangra route, so will it be fine if i drive to sangla by myself or will you recommend driver along with? Also i have another option of travelling on alto as well. If you recommend an expert driver, then could you please send the phone number of drivers whom i can contact(Personally i would want to drive by my own).Your advice will be appreciated

  17. Hi
    we are two doing a journey from delhi to delhi 10 days starting 17th april and need to explore the area, wanted to do the whole circuit but came to know that is’nt doable at the moment, though if you could suggest something which let us explore the small towns, villages and let us interact with the locals, also we need 2 days to spend at kalga and around.Can you help giving a suggestion.

    • Swati, you have 10 days in hand. Firstly you can have a relaxing trip and follow the 7 day itinerary easily as suggested above OR else you can include Spiti Valley into the picture though the road conditions will not be in good shape at this moment, at times scary too. Also, if you could clear my confusion over Kalga OR Kalpa? Because both are different and located some distant apart. This will help in suggesting the travel plan to follow :)

      • Thanks for such a quick response. :)
        till how far can we go on Sangla route, we were thinking if we can go till kaza or losar, will that be doable or can we go ahead?
        we need to get to kalga which is near tosh or Manikaran.
        any village you can suggest on Sangla route?
        Much thanks

        • Well, if it is Kalga near Kasol, then you need time as well to reach Kalga from Kinnaur and enjoy the place. In that case, it is better to stick to 5 days in Kinnaur and rest for later half of the journey plus stay in Kasol – Kalga. Chitkul is best to spend time in Kinnaur. Also, Roghi village ahead of Kalpa is again something where you find people who knows great history and knowledge about the terrain of Kinnaur.

        • thanks you for all the info..very grateful..back now with great memories and experience..ride upto losar, kaumik and ahead, but had to skip kalga..couldn’t do it..took 14 days for all..all worth it. :)
          thanks again

        • Awesome Swati !! So good to know that… Glad you had fun time up there in Kinnaur and Spiti !! If possible, do share some memories as Travel Tale or Photo Tale in DoW Community :)

  18. Mrinalini on

    Hi dheeraj
    We r a family of four from Bangalore including two kids aged 4 and 7.could u let us know how long will it take to drive from Delhi to kinnaur valley.planning to do it during April 26- 29.Also please suggest which car would be suitable to hire and the rental agency.

    • Hi Mrinalini,

      Well with kids of such small age and so less number of days I will NOT suggest that you make a trip to Kinnaur Valley. You should have at least 7 days to make a trip to Kinnaur Valley with kids, ideally I will say. I will say you better make a trip to somewhere in lower hills with Family. Have you been to Tirthan Valley? If not, please go ahead with it.

      Dheeraj sharma

  19. Hi , we are travelling from Delhi to Kinnaur Valley . Would it be possible for us to drive all the way to Sangla Valley ? If not can you suggest some drivers ?

    • Vidyun, yes you can drive to Sangla Valley for sure brother. The road conditions at present are not that great, I will say horrible at some places after Bhawanagar. Rest it should be fine if you are planning to follow the itinerary above for 7 days.

  20. Priti Shah on

    Hi. We are planning a visit to Shimla in the month of May. We would be 8 adults and 8 kids, with a couple of kids being 1-3 years of age. How long does it take to reach Kalpa or Sangla from Shimla? Is the journey hectic? We are okay with a travel time of 5-6 hours.I have heard that the roads are very narrow. Since we are from mumbai, self-driving is not an option for us. So can u suggest with whom can we book rental cars?

    • Hello Priti,

      With such a long group I will recommend breaking the journey at Sarahan and then from Sarahan moving to Sangla or Kalpa. Otherwise, from Shimla to Kalpa/Sangla it is an easy 8 Hrs drive and with kids on board I suspect more. Yes, the roads in Kinnaur are a bit narrow and a bit bad in shape. You will have to hire a taxi from Shimla. I will get to you couple of drivers mentioned in the DoW Community with whom you can directly get in touch instead of involving any travel agent in between.

      dheeraj Sharma

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  22. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a cycling trip from Shimla to Chitkul. Would it be possible to do this in January end or February beginning because to roads upto Sangla would not be blocked I am assuming?
    Please help me with the weather details and the road terrain. Also, is it possible to get a mountain cycle on rent from Shimla. If you know anyone then let me know.


    • Hi Sandee,

      Well, road to Chitkul will be blocked I feel for sure in end of January. You should be able to reach Sangla but will be very cold conditions brother. You might get the bike there but sorry I do not have any such contact. Also, if it snows, then road to Sangla may also get closed for few days upto clearance of it. Normally, the Highway is first cleared and then inner roads in case of any snowfall.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. i am planning for a holiday at simla 10th to 15th sept. can i visit kinnaur and kalpa during this time and if so can someone help me in planning my trip as i am totally clueless about it

  24. hello dheeraj.

    pl. suggest in short words, itinerary on my return trip from laddakh , after sarchu/pang to lahaul-spiti-chandigarh, night stay wise. After sarchu/pang where will be my night halt of that day, if i want to do this circuit on RE. I hope roads will be open by 2-3 july. also suggest budget acco./fuel availability on the route.


    • Hi Nitu,

      I am not sure if the road will open by then or not but hopeful. This is what I can suggest you –
      Sarchu – Keylong/Jispa/Sissu
      Keylong – Udaipur (55KM) – Triloiknath Temple – Guru Ghantal Monastery – Keylong

      If interested in Chandratal…
      Keylong – Battal
      Battal – Chandratal – Battal (It will be trek if road to Chandratal is not open else do Battal – Chandratal – Back to Kunzam Pass Cut – Kunzam Pass – Kaza/Losar)
      Battal – Kunzam Pass – Kaza

      If not interested in Chandratal then…
      Keylong – Khoksar – Gramphu – Chattru – Battal – Kunzam Pass – Losar – Kaza
      Kaza – Comic – Langza – Kibber – Gette – Tashigong – Kibber – Kaza
      Kaza – Pin Valley – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Tabo
      Tabo – Nako – Nako Lake – Kalpa
      Kalpa – Sangla – Chitkul – Kamru Fort – Sangla
      Sangla – Sarahan
      Sarahan – Shimla/Chail
      Shimla/Chail – Chandigarh

      Petrol pumps on the way to Lahaul – Spiti – Shimla route —
      • Tandi. You need to tank up at Tandi ahead of Keylong to go to Kaza
      • Kaza (Not to be missed) It is either five or six days open, not 100% sure. Also it opens at around 8 in the morning and closes to around 5 in the evening and even during this time if there is no electricity there will be no petrol available!
      • Powari (Not to be missed)
      • Rekong Peo
      • Jeori
      • Rampur
      • Theog

      For accommodation, best is to try and get room at PWD Rest Houses and Circuit Houses at Kaza and Keylong. Otherwise, at Keylong try Nalwa Guest House (economic stay) right on the Manali – Leh Highway when you enter Keylong from Jispa side. At Kaza, try Spiti Sarai or Norling Guest House. At Kalpa, Hotel Aucktong, at Sangla try Mount Kailash at Kamru or spot hunting advised, at Sarahan Bhimkali Temple Complex first floor rooms, at Tabo try Millennium Monastery Guest House, Battal has a dhabha while will offer stay for you else no place and you will head to Losar PWD rest house.

      I hope this helps.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Hi Saloni,
    Yes I guess, Honda City can do it for the major part of the trip but you need to be more careful in Kinnaur Region specially and the bad stretch between Shimla and Narkanda such that the under belly is not bumped into pot holes there. I have barely seen any City in himalayas over last few years I started traveling. Although I have done it in my dZire and Santro with ease, and my friends have done it in SX4 as well. I have even seen people doing Manali-Leh on city but again won't advice such things if you love your car. I guess its just sensible and careful driving that is required. I am not too sure about how the stretch between Sangla and Chitkul might turn out, nevertheless you can surely take a taxi from Hotel if locals suggest not to venture on it.
    Secondly, I will strongly suggest that you take it ONLY IF you have any prior experience with driving in the hills and some rough roads else you might bump it from below somewhere or the other
    Lastly, the trip may have an abrupt end if there is landslide debris somewhere in-around Kinnaur region. The Ground Clearance of Honda City may not be enough to cover that.
    If you are one of those who love your car very much and do not want any minor hits at the under belly then I guess in that case you should hire a taxi and go ahead with peace of mind as well as body. I generally do not prefer taking an expensive luxury sedan into the Himalayas and play with it. After all they are Himalayas and they are always unpredictable :) …But, these are my personal views only.
    Do not take me wrong if I am sounding a bit pessimistic but all I want to show you is the clear picture and may be you can decide better with all "Ifs and Buts". It can be done but there are always some things which we mere mortals cannot predict at all :)
    I hope this helps.
    Dheeraj Sharma

  26. Dear Dheeraj sir.

    I am here to ask you regarding the trip Mr.Pathikrit is talking about. I have a low-floor Honda City IVTEC. Is it safe to take the car for this trip? Like, are there any problems or any kind of harm caused if we take the car for this trip?

    Please opine.



  27. <div>Hi Pathrikrit,</div>
    <div>Well, yes Honda City can do it for the major part of the trip with ease but he need to be careful in Kinnaur Region specially and the bad stretch between Shimla and Narkanda such that the under belly is not bumped into pot holes there. Although I have done it in my dZire and Santro with ease, and my friends have done it in SX4 as well. I guess its just sensible and careful driving that is required. I am not too sure about how the stretch between Sangla and Chitkul might turn out, nevertheless you can surely take a taxi from Hotel if locals suggest not to venture on it.</div>
    <div>Dheeraj Sharma</div>

  28. Pathikrit Sarkar on

    Hi Dheeraj

    How much the subscription is and how have I to pay?

    Please let me know



  29. Pathikrit Sarkar on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Sorry to bother you.Actually one more friend wants to join our trip with his Honda City. So we want to know that is it doable by honda on this trip ?

    Please suggest



  30. Pathikrit Sarkar on

    Hi Dheeraj its fine but I heard that there is no good hotel at Sangla.We are going with 4 kids (comprising a group of 10 people including kids),if so is it possible to make Kalpa as base and tour the neighbouring areas like Sangla,Chitkul etc. Basically its a leisure trip and instead of treking we will love to sit idol. And on our way back we will stay one day at Sarahan and one day at Kufri or Chail to reduce driving time. Please opine. Thanks.Pathikrit

    N>B> can I book HPTDC hotels or you suggest other hotels

  31. Pathikrit, well I am not sure what you call good but there are some decent Hotels in Sangla too. If you have decent budget then try a stay at Banjara Camps (011-26861397, 26855153). Awesome location right on Baspa river, I shall say and perhaps you will not regret and not forget the stay there. People generally go to see the location as tourists only. Make a choice yourself.

    Anyways, you can definitely do a day trip to Sangla Chitkul but it will put 2 Hrs of driving time on schedule. If you want you can reverse the stay at Sangla and Kalpa making it 2 nights at Kalpa and one night at Sangla. That ways you will do something like this as well:

    Narkanda – Kalpa

    Kalpa – Roghi Village – Kalpa

    Kalpa – Sangla – Chitkul – Kamru Fort – Sangla

    Sangla – Sarahan

    Sarahan – Chail

    Chail – Delhi

    Generally being in family, I also prefer HPTDC. But, at Kalpa I will recommend you Hotel Kinner Villa, where I have stayed myself and it was far better than HPTDC. Do not forget to taste and get some apple juices from them. You can check my review at: Kinner Villa, Kalpa | Hotel Review

    The Golden Apple is also good option at Kalpa. For Sangla, if not Banjara camps then I will suggest Mount Kailash (01782-242390/527) which is also decent enough. At Sarahan you can stay at Srikhand, HPTDC / Bimkali Temple Complex (only first floor rooms).

    For various meal stops enroute you can refer the link at: My Spiti Itinerary

    The idea to break the journey is great to enjoy the drive. Do not stay at Kufri rather go to Chail via Kufri. That ways you will explore one more place and route as well. Moreover, Chail will be much more calmer and peaceful.

    Let me know incase you need further info.

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