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)

OR

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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30 Comments

  1. suparna majumder says:

    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.

  2. aashish says:

    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

  3. swati says:

    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.
    thanks

    • 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 :)

      • swati says:

        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
        swati

        • 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.

  4. Mrinalini says:

    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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  5. Vidyun says:

    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.

  6. Priti Shah says:

    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.

      Regards
      dheeraj Sharma

  7. [...] Generally, I recommend 7 day itinerary for Kinnaur Valley so that one can enjoy the drive on the way as well as enjoy their stay in Kinnaur Valley comfortably, refer: 7 Day Kinnaur Valley Itinerary | Kalpa – Sangla – Sarahan [...]

  8. Sandee Bisht says:

    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.

    Thanks

    • 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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  9. mahesh says:

    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

    • Hi Mahesh,

      As you can see above 5 days would surely be a little tight, may be add one more day and follow the plan as mentioned above.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  10. Nitu says:

    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.

    thanks

    • 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.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. 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.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  12. Saloni says:

    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.

    regards,

    saloni.

  13. <div>Hi Pathrikrit,</div>
    <div></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></div>
    <div>Regards,</div>
    <div>Dheeraj Sharma</div>

  14. Hello Pathikrit,
    Which subscriptions are you talking about and what you need to pay?
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  15. Pathikrit Sarkar says:

    Hi Dheeraj

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

    Please let me know

    Regards

    Pathikrit

  16. Pathikrit Sarkar says:

    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

    Regards

    Pathikrit

  17. Pathikrit Sarkar says:

    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

  18. 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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