Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide | Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul

 

Kinnaur Valley – Kalpa, Sangla Valley, Chitkul

Continuing on towards laying the foundation of comprehensive Travel Guide for Spiti Valley and as discussed in the last article Hindustan Tibet Highway, first let’s cover the lower Kinnaur Valley in depth before going further towards upper Kinnaur Valley and Spiti Valley. The lower part of Kinnaur Valley is also very much visited by many people during summer time due to ease of accessibility from Shimla/Delhi/Chandigarh and less crowd or offbeat location. By lower Kinnaur, I mean that I will be covering Kalpa, Sangla Valley and Chitkul in this travel guide and may be upper parts like Nako, Chango, Ropa, Hangrang can be covered in time to come, if required.

Kinnaur Valley is one of the 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh which is known for its apples & orchards, beautiful small hamlets, beautiful meadows surrounded with thick dense woods and not to forget the ever adventurous roads. One of the road to Sangla Valley was also got popularly featured by the name Ledge in Discovery Channel as Deadliest Roads in the World :) … This adds just the right charm of adventure in the trip. In winters, the presence of snow makes it just a jaw-dropping experience to be in Kinnaur Valley where the major attractions is the breathtaking view of Kinner Kailash, a mountain sacred to Hindus, close to the Tibetan border. The beautiful meadows in Sangla or Baspa Valley and Chitkul which is considered the last village in India where one can reach from Kinnaur side, are also covered commonly on a trip to this part of Himalayas.

Marvelous View of Kinner Kailash in Kinnaur Valley…Marvellous View of Kinner Kailash in Kinnaur Valley

Location

Kinnaur Valley is located in the Northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh about 235 KMs from state capital, Shimla.

Altitude

Kinnaur Valley has a mountainous area, ranging in altitude from 2,320 Mtrs to 6,816 Mtrs (7,610 ft to 22,362 ft) where Kalpa is located at an altitude of 2,960 Mtrs (9,710 ft) and Sangla Valley is located at an altitude of 2,696 Mtrs (8,900 ft). Chitkul is the highest in the lot at an altitude of about 3,450 Mtrs (11,320 ft).

Season for Traveling to Kinnaur Valley

You can visit this beautiful valley throughout major part of the year but in winters things get very tough and heavy snowfall makes it inaccessible sometimes too. But, apart from peak winters Kinnaur Valley including Kalpa and Sangla Valley can be visited rest of the year without much fuss. It is important to note that monsoon is not the right time to be in Kinnaur Valley due to common landslides and worse roads, so in any case avoid monsoons My favorite time is Autumn or Fall when monsoon just resides away and you might still see some apple orchards loaded with apples with clear skies in the background. Also, Chitkul becomes inaccessible at the time of peak winters, so please avoid going there in late winters without knowing the weather conditions. One snowfall can trap you for months in Chitkul :)… In case you are going in Apple Season, that is around Late July or August in Kinnaur Valley then be ready for massive mess of trucks traffic too along with rains.

How to Reach Kinnaur Valley

Below is the most general route to Kinnaur Valley from Delhi that most people usually follow. You can reach Kinnaur on the second day with overnight halt at Narkanda or anywhere far from Shimla or Chail. The route to Kinnaur Valley from Delhi along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Delhi – Shimla (360 KMs) – Narkanda (420 KMs) – Rampur (488 KMs) – Karcham (566 KMs) – Reckong Peo (587 KMs) – Kalpa (595 KMs)

Road from Karcham bifurcates towards Sangla Valley and Chitkul as: Karcham (566 KMs) – Sangla (582 KMs) – Rakcham (596 KMs) – Chitkul (610 KMs)

Making its way… through the mountains…Road cut through mountains in Kinnaur Valley

Road cut through mountains in Kinnaur Valley

Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones not required. However, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions at the time of travel.

Suggested Itinerary for Kinnaur Valley

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

Feel free to discuss your custom itineraries in DoW Himalayan Travel Community at the link: Itinerary Advice | Lahaul, Spiti & Kinnaur Valley

Accommodation Options at Kinnaur Valley

There are many accommodation options available at Kalpa as well as Sangla Valley which are good enough to cater to the varied needs of budgets among people. There are economic guest houses which are cheap enough to keep your money saved and there are other luxury properties as well which provide the comfort and facilities if you are looking forward to them.

Apart from private accommodation options, you can go ahead and vouch for many PWD Rest Houses in Kinnaur Valley which are though comfortable and economic but may not suit needs of every family may be. Also, you require bookings for them and sometimes in case of some VIP visit they may try to push you though not in rights. So, in general and in case you are OK with average comfort conditions, Quite Recommended!! You can refer: How to Book HP PWD Rest Houses or FRHs

Places to visit in Kinnaur Valley

You can plan a trip to Kinnaur Valley where you can try and explore the following places in or around Kalpa and Sangla Valley.

Attraction In-Around Sangla Valley

Sangla Valley: About 120 odd KMs before the Indo-Tibet border, lies one of the most beautiful and romantic valleys in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Sangla Valley or otherwise also known as Baspa Valley which houses a major village by the name Sangla. Sangla is about 16 KMs diversion towards right from Karcham which is at Hindustan Tibet Highway going towards Kaza from Shimla Sangla Valley is surrounded by thick forest slopes and offers lovely views of the high mountains surrounding it. Recently, various beautiful meadows in this valley (such as Rakcham meadow) have become very popular among shooting various film scenes and advertisements too.

  • Chitkul Village: About 28 KMs away from Sangla Valley at an altitude of 3450 Mtrs and on the banks of Baspa river there lies the last inhabited place in India before Indo-Tibet border named Chitkul. The magical beauty which this village offers is unmatched and incomparable. Chitkul remains closed in winters and is extremely famous for its potatoes in the whole world which are extremely costly as well :) … You can read more about Chitkul at the Wikipedia link here.

  • Kamru Fort: About 2-3 KMs away from Sangla Valley, there is a famous 1000 year old Kamru Fort considered to be one of the oldest forts in Himachal Pradesh. Do check out when you are in Sangla Valley.

  • Misc. Trails & Meadows around Sangla: There are loads of trails in these apple orchards which can be hiked around while your stay in Sangla Valley. There are some lovely meadows too (one near Rakcham village as I remember) as well which can be visited or spent time to bask in the lap of pristine mother nature.

    You can also for for an easy 3-4 Hrs hike to the Glacier point if you are interested for some snow play.

    Batseri village to Sangla Village walk of about 12 KMs through dense Cedar forests is also quite famous among people who love being midst nature and actually feel it. There is a Trout Fishery Farm on the other side of Baspa River near Sangla Village too which is nice to visit and can be covered in this walk itself. What better having a trout for yourself and later barbecue it over camp fire in the evening :) !!

Hindustan Tibet Road near Reckong Peo Cut-off…Hindustan Tibet Road near Reckong Peo Cut-off

A Surprising Snowfall in Kinnaur Valley…A Surprising Snowfall in Kinnaur Valley

Attraction In-Around Kalpa

Kalpa: Kalpa is one of the best place to see sunset and sunrise in Himalayas over Kinner Kailash range. Kalpa is about 8 KMs from Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur Valley which in turn is about 7 KMs diversion from a place called Powari on Hindustan Tibet Highway. The place is just majestic and the views of Kinner Kailash range from almost any of the hotel at Kalpa would just make your jaws drop at any day. I never thought that it would be that beautiful what I witnessed after reaching this lovely place. We were extremely lucky to witness such fantastic weather at such awesomely beautiful location in Kinnaur Valley. Read more about Kalpa here.

  • Roghi Village: It is about 6-7 KMs from Kalpa and is known for its traditional lifestyle of Himachal surrounded by apple orchards. Very nice place to have a short hike or walk across village from Kalpa. You will almost feel you are in time machine and somewhere in past, if you really spend some time here in this village. They villagers have a great knowledge of the place, its flora and fauna and you can get quite a decent knowledge in the village from them in case you are interested to know about Kinnaur Valley and this region

  • Kothi Village: Just 3 km from Recong Peo, this village has a Chanadika Devi temple which has an unusual architectural style and fine sculpture set amidst a picturesque mountains backdrop.

Clouds floating in Kalpa – Kinnaur Valley…Clouds floating in Kalpa - Kinnaur Valley

Clouds floating in Kalpa…Clouds floating in Kalpa - Kinnaur Valley

Medical Facilities in Kinnaur Valley

In case you need any kind of medical assistance, there is a one district hospital at Reckong Peo, being the headquarters of Kinnaur Valley. There is a local hospital at Sangla village too being the biggest village in Baspa Valley.

Food Joints near Kinnaur Valley

Most of the time you will be eating out in Hotels or Camps or Guest Houses or Home stays you will be staying. However, there are dhabhas or eating joints on the way to Kalpa or Sangla from Shimla which you can use for in between meals.

Phone Signals at Kinnaur Valley

Most of the connections work in Kalpa as well as Sangla Valley with best being Airtel. However, as you go ahead towards remote parts of Kinnaur like Nako, Puh, Chitkul etc. then best option will be to carry an MTNL/BSNL prepaid/postpaid connections which always has maximum coverage in Himachal Pradesh. Vodafone did have issues with some connectivity at times.

Petrol Pumps near Kinnaur Valley

About 10 KMs from Kalpa, you can find the nearest petrol pump at Reckong Peo. There is one more fuel pump at Powari which is on Hindustan – Tibet Highway when you move from Reckong Peo back towards Shimla which is about 30 KMs from Sangla Valley. I am not sure if it is still functional though on my recent trip to Spiti Valley in first week of May 2013, Powari fuel pump was not functional. There has been one fuel pump which is fairly new that I saw at Tapri.

Best thing is to top up your fuel tank at Narkanda which is fair in terms of quality as well OR the last petrol pump in Rampur that comes on the right side while going from Shimla side.

ATMs near Kinnaur Valley

There is an ATM as far as I know in Sangla Valley. Otherwise, you may find one for sure at Reckong Peo about 8 KMs away from Kalpa and 38 KMs away from Sangla

Conclusion

Kinnaur Valley is one of such secluded and untouched places in Himachal Pradesh which people must go over and enjoy raw nature. It is a perfect place for family vacation with lovely views all around and yes, a part of adventure too with rough roads. It is one of those places where journey is itself a destination.

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291 Comments

  1. Poulomi says:

    I want to visit Kinnaur(Sarahan,Sangla,Kalpa and Nako) between February and April.Could you please suggest the best time to visit Kinnaur in this period?

    • Poulomi, the time window which you have picked, will be extreme winters up there in Kinnaur with road only upto Sangla be open and Chitkul / Rakcham will be out of reach due to snow. Secondly, most hotels up there will be closed and few will be running as water in the pipes tend to freeze. You passage will be dependent upon snowfall even through Narkanda types and hence, if you really want to make it I feel March will be better time as it is just about the time when snowfall in not extreme, but all depends on luck still and road are mostly open though in bad state. In april, though the roads are open but it is usually the time of landslides and snow slides as snow meltin starts up there causing avalanches and landslides in Kinnaur region.

      • Poulomi says:

        Thank u Dheeraj for the information. Could you please tell me about the road conditions in late April/Early May? Also will the region be landslide prone in in late April/Early May?

  2. chandrima says:

    My mom is asthma patient..is it okay for her to go to chitkul valley without oxygen cylinder?

    • chandrima, yes, should be fine. do consult the doctor too anyhow and carry couple of inhalers and keep them handy as we as a backup too. In anycase, you will be staying at Sangla so, day trip to Chitkul should not be much issue.

      • chandrima says:

        thank u dheeraj for ur co-operation but no the trip is not a day-trip they will stay there at night also..is night stay will be problematic..

        • Hmm, sometimes at night people face issues at Chitkul. Hence, I was suggesting to avoid the night stay as our body respiratory system is weakest when we sleep, as per my knowledge. Hence, consult a doctor for sure before deciding on it.

  3. Munish says:

    Hi we are planning to visit chitkul on 22nd oct from chd..and then proceed to tabo then kaza , kunzum, rohtang.. manali .. chd.. the question is how many days should i ideally keep aside.. and is passing kunzum and rohtang doable at that time of the year

    • Munish, I will not recommend to travel from Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Manali route that late in October. It will not be safe to travel. You need to come from Kinnaur only.

      • Munish says:

        thanks Dheeraj,
        I am now planning to go uptill kaza on 20th and then asses from there weather to go forward or return to shimla.. is it fine till kaza? Is it easy to get accommodation at this time of the year

        • Munish, yeah, upto Kaza it should be fine. Winters have set in up there, so carry enough woolens with you. Yes, you will be able to get accommodation easily up there in Spiti Valley.

  4. vtr says:

    My trip plan is as follows
    Vehicle :Duster
    Me and my wife

    My intinary
    Delhi to Shimla 2nd Oct
    Shimla to sangla 3rd Oct
    4 and 5 visit kalpa, rekong, chitkul etc
    5th back to Chandigarh
    6th back to Delhi
    Itinary might change as per need

  5. abhishek says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    i am leaving for sangla this week on wednesday, would be staying in chandigarh on wed night and start on Thursday morning for sangla.
    Intend to reach there on the same day itself.
    Few things i wanna know since you were there last week as per your post
    1. Road conditions
    2. Would a sedan be OK to go there, got a skoda rapid
    3. intend to leave chandigarh at 5 AM and reach sangla by 4 PM max.
    Any special advises from your end would be welcome.

    • 1. Road conditions at present were the best I have ever seen in Kinnaur but that does not mean they are not bad :)
      2. Yes, Sedan can do it now a days. Drive with caution and care though.
      3. It will take about 12+ Hrs to reach Sangla from Chandigarh.

  6. Naveen says:

    Hello Guyz,

    I am planning to visit kinnaur in october month. I want to cover Sangla valley, Spiti Valley & nearby Places.
    1. Can you suggest a travel agent.
    2. For how many days its better.
    3. will i get snow over there
    4. I have 1 year baby can i take him

    • Naveen, Spiti Valley is quite far from Kinnaur Valley and October is not a good time to visit Spiti. Stick to Kinnaur and follow the itinerary as suggested above in the article.

  7. Richa says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    me and my husband have planned a trip to kinnaur. please guide us through our sangla/kalpa trip planned in september.
    27th sep – reaching kalka in noon and heading for narkanda for a night stay (where should we stay?)
    28th sep/ 29th sep – starting for sangla and halt for 2 nights to visit chitkul/rachkam (shud we stay at chitkul or sangla and which hotel is recommended?)
    30th sep/1st oct – start for kapla and halt for 2 nights to enjoy reckong peo, roghni village and kapla (shud we stay at kapla or reckong peo? and which hotel)
    2nd oct – start for shimla from kalpa (how many hours will it take ) will stay at shimla and move to kalka on 3rd oct as i have a train to catch from kalka on 3rd evening.

    • Richa, following are my advices:

      You can stay at Narkanda – HPTDC Hatu. Better to stay somewhere at Rakcham first night to see cold conditions and then plan to stay night at Chitkul, Panchali Guest House is nice choice. I will suggest that you stay at Kalpa only. Reckong Peo is a town. Also, stay just one night in Kalpa and next day move to Sarahan from Kalpa to make it less hectic on last day and also explore the calmness of Sarahan :)

  8. Dr rajwinder singh says:

    Hi there, I am planning a trip to kalpa and sangla from chandigarh in this last week of sept. … I just wanted some info…. till what point can I go by my own car??? I mean…. pakki sadak kahan tak hai??? or I should hire I taxi from rampur or sarahan? ?

    • Rajwinder ji, you can do Kinnaur with your car if you have experience of driving in hills and OK with careful/cautious driving. If it rains you can actually hire a taxi but for complete peace of mind and if you are not too much into travel or driving in hills, better take taxi from Rampur or Sarahan.

  9. Yogesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, I must say that you are doing a great job by assisting so many people with their travel plans to Kinnaur. Kudos to you!
    I am planning for a week long family vacation in Kinnaur this Diwali (4th week of October) and would like to solicit your expert advise for the same. I will be travelling with my 1 year old child. So will this be a good time to travel considering it should be the start of winters. Also we would be starting our journey from Chandigarh around noon. Do you suggest a night halt on the way?

    • Yogesh, I think I replied to your query in some other post, if not please let me know. Sorry for the delayed reply but I was away on DoW Mega Meet in Spiti Valley for last 10 days

  10. gaurav says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    I would like to visit Narkanda/Rampur/Sarahan/Sangla/Chitkul/Peo/Kalpa in Mid December. Do i cover these places in mid December by self drive Alto 800, If not all then on which place I can stuck last according to you. I mean to say may I reach Sarahan/Sangla/Kalpa or even less. Thanks Gaurav

    • gaurav says:

      tell me road and weather condition as possible. Cold and Clothes I can manage.

      • gaurav says:

        dheeraj you forget to reply me dear

        • Gaurav, as I was away for the last 10 days in Spiti Valley, I am trying my best to complete all the 500+ pending comments to be replied by today :) … I am sure you will get the reply today as I reach your comments sorted by date and time in descending order :)

      • Roads should be OK in conditions as compared to rest of the season. For sure you need to carry warm clothes with you.

    • Gaurav, yes for sure you will be able to cover these places in Alto. We just completed the entire circuit of Kinnaur – Spiti with an Alto too. You need to be very careful in driving in these terrains anyhow.

      • gaurav says:

        In which place among Narkanda/Rampur/Sarahan/Sangla/Chitkul/Peo/Kalpa I got snow in from mid novmber to mid december, if i would like to take driver from narkanda is driver available for small car alto for 2-3 days, thanks

        • Gaurav, only towards Chitkul from Sangla you will be able to get some snow in November to December period. At all other places, highly unlikely. Small car should be fine but the issue will be ice on the roads especially in Kinnaur towards Chitkul / Rakcham where you have to be very very careful as it tends to skid the vehicle.

  11. divya says:

    Hi dheeeaj….i jus wana to ask me n my frnds plnaning to visit kinnaur in coming october n in frst week of october ..can we get snow there ..if not den where we can get snow in frst week of october

    • Divya, snow will not be possible in first week of October unless it snows that very lucky day for you :)

      • Kapil says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        IS is feasible to visti sarahan in first week of october, how abt th read conditions as I came to know that roads in Manali circuit are not good to go at the moment.Also is there any route which connects to Chakrata to Sarahan and what is road conditions,Is is good to go via simla to sarahan and Sangla in month of 1st week of Oct 2014(As there is rain in some parts of himalaya) Also will be able to see snow on peaks on any of the place.

        • Kapil, I think we discussed about your query in other thread. Lemme know in case you have any queries.

        • Kapil says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          I am confused between munsiyari and Kinnur vally visit in first week of october.I want to see snow peaks, which direction should be good in first week of october, what abt road conditions, basically we will be on road trip , please suggest best place

        • Try Munsiyari in that case, you can be able to see snow over the peak in that region. Kinnaur is all gone for snow and only tips had the snow last week when I was there. Road conditions to Munsiyari will anyday be better from Kinnaur Valley roads.

  12. Kuldeep Verma says:

    Hi, I am planning for Himachal in december 1st week and i am willing to visit to Kalpa side of Himachal, as Manali and those areas are common but still interesting…however i read lots of review about kalpa and nearest places around kalpa, my planning is scheduled to be on December first week, could you please suggest if this is good time and we will enjoy at that time?
    i will be coming from Delhi to Shimla and will take 1 day halt at Shimla then will move to KALPA for 3 days.

    Questions for you – 1- is this good time?
    2- is cab available from Shimla to kalpa and return?
    3 – what are nearest best areas to visit in 3 days?
    4-which are best hotels (GOVT and private) in kalpa or near it? tarrif?
    5- this will be our honeymoon, so is this my good decision to go there?

    appreciate your help on this, Thanks.

    • Hi Kuldeep,

      1. It will be very very cold up there at Kalpa but possible to visit if you can survive cold. Stay at a good hotel with heating facility.
      2. Yes, taxis are available from Shimla
      3. Try to visit Sangla as day visit from Kalpa. Hang around at Kalpa for a day and while coming back stay at Sarahan.
      4. Try out Kinner Villa, listed above or Grand Shangrila. They are a bit costly but very nice. Ask Prithvi Negi at Grand Shangrila and you can refer DoW or my name as he knows me well as DoW.
      5. Should be good just carry enough woolens.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Kuldeep Verma says:

        Thanks for your detailed advise, yes i heard about kalpa that it will be very cold at that time or may be closed for winter, however i am having second thought for going to manali and shimla for my honeymoon as it will be my first and i don’t want to spoil it, i can go some other time in may or june to kalpa.

        anything you can sugggest on Manali and Shimla, like hotel rates and which one is best, also what are the cab rates from shimla to manali? my budget for hotel is upto 3K as i have to go for local sight seeing also, so there will be cab charges as well, can you suggest me what will be charges by CAB services there to roam around shimla for 2 days and in manali for 3 days? hope to hear from you soon, thanks in advance.

        • Kuldeep, best is to get to Manali and get a package of Honeymoon from Johnsons Lodge, stay a day at Naggar Castle too and that should be it. You will enjoy it to the core.

  13. Aniruddha Manna says:

    Hi,
    Planning to visit Kinnaur Kalpa Sangla and Chitkul during the christmas vacation. Please help me know if it is the right time to visit. Also please let me know about the weather and road condition at that time. Thanks in advance.

    • It will be extreme winters with Sangla and Chitkul closed and most hotels will be closed too in Sangla. Water freezes in pipes and hence they close the hotels. Those open might not have running water washrooms. Hence, not really an idea time to visit Kinnaur Valley unless you are very adventurous.

  14. Adhip Sebin George says:

    We are planning a bike trip to Kinnaur during August 15-18. How favorable is the climate and route during this time of the year?

    • Adhip, Kinnaur is a not a good place to be in monsoons and if it will be raining then it will be quite difficult with such bad roads and chances of landslides are very common.

      • Abhishek Sood says:

        Hello Dheeraj,

        Thank you for sharing such useful information but unfortunately we have made bookings at reckong peo. We are traveling between aug 14-18 this weekend in Honda Jazz (petrol) with 5 people. Please advise what needs to be taken care of in the road trip.

        • Abhishek, pray for good, dry weather and take care. Drive with caution and care !! Still, not convinced it is a good idea to travel but if you are adventurous enough, can’t say more. I wish luck and pray for dry weather all these days :)

  15. rahul says:

    we are planing to visit shimla in first week of december.After reading your blog,we feel to visit kalpa, kinnaur etc.1st or 2nd week of december is right time to visit?

  16. Sinjini says:

    Hi Dhiraj,
    Your informations on the Kinner-Kailash trip is extremely helpful. I am planning to visit in the first week of October this year. Do you think we can find snow that time? Also, my grandmother is accompanying us. She is around 65. Are there any chances of breathing trouble at the higher spots like Chitkul?

    • Snow will be very very rare to find unless it snows in Chitkul on your luckiest day of travel there. Keep everyone well hydrated and it should be fine. You will anyways be making a day trip to Chitkul and hence, sleeping low at Sangla. So, there should not be much issues.

    • S A Jamil says:

      We (me with my wife) will reach Shimla on 2.10.2014 on our own and we
      > want to start from *04.10.2014 (morning*).
      >
      >
      > We want to stay at night at Sarahan (1 night), Kalpa (2 nights), Sangla (2
      > nights), Tabo (1 night), Mud (one night), Kaza (2 nights), Losar (one
      > night), Manali (2 nights) and proceed to Chandigarh.
      >
      >
      > On the way, we want to visit Chitkul, Dhanker Monastery, Nako Lake, Giu
      > village, Ki-Kibber-Langcha-Komic, Chandratal Lake etc. etc.
      I am a senior Officer of West Bengal Govt. U may please join us at Shimla.

  17. chiranjib sahoo says:

    sir,I am planning to visit simla in oct14.I want to visit kalpa as well as Manali and Rotang pass with in 10 days.Is it possible?plz help me with a tour plan.

    • Chiranjib, if you are OK to take a risk of traveling from Kaza to Manali from Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass, it should be fine, else you should avoid it from Spiti Valley side. In that case, you can visit Kinnaur Valley and come from Jalori Pass to go to Manali and then visit Rohtang Pass but there will be no snow there, keep in mind.

    • S A Jamil says:

      We (me with my wife) will reach Shimla on 2.10.2014 on our own and we want to start from *04.10.2014 (morning*).

      We want to stay at night at Sarahan (1 night), Kalpa (2 nights), Sangla (2 nights), Tabo (1 night), Mud (one night), Kaza (2 nights), Losar (one night), Manali (2 nights) and proceed to Chandigarh.
      On the way, we want to visit Chitkul, Dhanker Monastery, Nako Lake, Giu
      village, Ki-Kibber-Langcha-Komic, Chandratal Lake etc. etc.
      I am a senior Officer of West Bengal Govt. U may please join us at Shimla.

  18. Moumita Mitra says:

    Hii..
    After reading your blogs and different suggestionss I have decided a tentative itinerary… please go through it and correct me whereever I am wrong… I have got some queries also-

    Day 1: Chandigarh Airport (arrival @12.20pm) – Narkanda
    Q1 – is it possible?? How long it will take??

    Day 2: Narkanda – Kalpa
    Q2 – how long it will take and any sightseeing in between??

    Day 3: Kalpa
    Q3 – any sightseeing??

    Day 4: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
    Q4 – the timing it can take??

    Day 5: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza

    Day 6: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Langza – Kaza
    Q5 – if Geu mummy visit can be accommodated in beteen somewhere??

    Day 7: Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Chitkul
    Q6 – is it possible and how long it will take??

    Day 8: Chitkul – Sarahan
    Q7 – whether I should stay in Sangla or chitkul??

    Day 9: Sarahan – Chandigarh airport to catch 5.45pm flight to Kolkata
    Q8 – as we ll have to catch evening flight whether we will be able to reach by 3 pm from Sarahan or not??

    Please I am eagerly waiting for your reply.. I need your help..

    • Hi Moumita,

      Below are the replies to your queries:

      Day 1: Chandigarh Airport (arrival @12.20pm) – Narkanda
      Q1 – Possible, around 5-6 Hrs it will take.

      Day 2: Narkanda – Kalpa
      Q2 – It will take about 6 Hrs to reach Kalpa from Narkanda

      Day 3: Kalpa
      Q3 – Refer Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide | Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul

      Day 4: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Tabo
      Q4 – About 6-7 Hrs it will take.

      Day 5: Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza

      Day 6: Kaza – Ki, Kibber, Komik, Langza – Kaza
      Q5 – There is no Geyu here, it is about 2 Hours detour while coming to Tabo from Nako as soon as you cross Sumdo.

      Day 7: Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Chitkul
      Q6 – Possible but a bit long. About 9-10 Hrs drive. Leave Early.

      Day 8: Chitkul – Sarahan
      Q7 – Stay at some home stay guest house at Chitkul OR stay at Rakcham may be.

      Day 9: Sarahan – Chandigarh airport to catch 5.45pm flight to Kolkata
      Q8 – It will take about 9 Hrs to reach Chandigarh from Sarahan. So, leave accordingly.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  19. S A Jamil says:

    We will start our journey from Shimla on 4.10.2014.

    DAY 1 – SHIMLA TO SARAHAN on the way covering KUFRI, FAGU,. NRKANDA, RAMPUR. Night Stay at SARAHAN.

    DAY 2 – Drive to SANGLA VALLEY Afternoon visit to KAMROO FORT. Night Stay at Sangla.

    DAY 3 – After breakfast drive to CHITKUL and back to Sangla.

    DAY 4 – drive to KALPA. Night Stay at Kalpa

    DAY 5 – Visit to ROGI & CHINI Village. Night Stay at KALPA.

    DAY 6 – Drive to NAKO. Walk to NAKO LAKE AND MONASTERY AND drive to TABO On the way visit to GUI VILLAGE . Night Stay at TABO..

    DAY 7 – After visiting to TABO MONASTERY drive to PIN VALLEY. Night Stay at MUD VILLAGE.

    DAY 8 – Drive to KAZA. Afternoon visit to KAZA TOWN. Night Stay at KAZA.

    DAY 9 – Local tour to KEE MONASTERY & KIBBER VILAGE. Night Stay at Kaza.

    DAY 10 – Drive to LOSAR . Night Stay at LOSAR.

    DAY 11 – Drive over KUNZAM PASS & if possible, visit to CHANDERTAL LAKE. Night Stay at MANALI.

    DAY 12 – Local sight seeing in Manali. Night Stay at Manali.

    DAY 13 – Back to Chandigarh.

    Now please go through my itinerary and comment.

    Where I may get car at Shimla and what is the cost ? We are 2 (me and my wife).

    • Jamil, the itinerary you posted is quite fine except below;

      DAY 10 – Drive to Chandratal. Night Stay at Chandratal.
      DAY 11 – Chandratal to MANALI.

      There is nothing to stay over at Losar for a day, IMHO. Rest your call. Instead like suggested above, go and stay at chandratal OR visit Langza, Komik, Hikkim which are much much beautiful than Losar where you planning to dedicate one entire day.

      You can get connected directly to some drivers in Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

  20. HIMASNHU SHARMA says:

    HI DHEERAJ,

    I AM PLANING TO VISIT SANGLA VALLEY ON BIKE FROM DELHI AT THE END OF AUGUST OR SEPT FIRST WEEK. PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE ROAD AND WOULD IT BE A RIGHT TIME OR SHOULD I CONSIDER THE END OF THE SEPTEMBER.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE

    • Better you consider end of September so that rain fades away to major extent and roads settle down. There is no short route. you have to first night halt at Shimla or Narkanda and then next day you can reach Sangla.

  21. sanjay says:

    HI , I am planning to travel to Kalpa and Sangla on 13th Aug 2014 from Delhi, will it be right time to travel on said time as last two times I have to come back from Narkanda and Sarahan because of Bad roads as advised by lot of people not to travel beyond, that was in June Period last two years.

    This time I am planning for August, pl advise, I am comfortable with Hill Driving and will be travelling in Maruti Dzire.

    Rgds
    Sanjay

    • Sanjay, monsoons is not at all a good period to visit Kinnaur Valley. I will not suggest you to hit the roads in Kinnaur which are quite fragile and can lead to troubles in monsoon time.

  22. mrinmoy das says:

    I want to go Kalpa, sangla chitkul in 2014 october second week. we have one baby age 5 yrs. Please give me susation this is perfect tyme to visit ?

    • mrinmoy, it should be fine to visit Kalpa, Sangla and Chitkul in October. No worries. Just carry some woolens with you as it starts to get cold up there.

    • S A Jamil says:

      Hi Mrinmoy, I am a Govt. officer in Writers’ Buildings. me with my wife intend to travel Klapa-Kaza-Chitkul-Kunjum Pass in October 2014. We will start from Shimla on 4.10.2014. We are going on our own.

      Whhat is your itinerary ?

  23. Baljinder says:

    Mr. Dheeraj We are planing to visit Sangla Valley wuth my family from 26 hune to 29 june from Patiala in my ALTO………are the road conditions suitable for ALTO & Please give me information about Weather???????

  24. Sujan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Kinnaur, with my family at the end of September. My mother and her elder sister are both in there 60s, can you please let me know that is it safe to visit this altitude?

    • Kinnaur Valley is pretty much safe to travel with respect to high altitude. Follow an easy itinerary as suggested in the article above and you should be good to witness the beauty of the whole terrain.

  25. inder mohan singh says:

    hey dheeraj i am really grateful to your blog, it was really helpful in planning the trip to Sangla Valley. we visited chitkul from 2nd june to 7th june. during the trip, we stayed at Rampur on 2nd and 6th and three nights at Rakcham. Rakcham is better place to stay than Sangla or Chitkul as it is more serene and beautiful and their are beautiful riverside camps, i.e., Kailash View Camps, just beside the Baspa River, galcier was at walking distance. There are only two hotels at Rakcham and hence, less commercialized vis a vis Sangla. There were number of streams and meadows around Rakcham within radius of 1 km. One can venture for walks and people with lesser experience can also venture for smaller treks. There is a new petrol pump now at Sangla also. The detour from Karcham was also blessing in disguise as the views and driving through the new route was marvelous. Yes we were lucky as there were no rains during said period that made our trip little easy on travelling time.

    thanks again dheeraj

  26. Mohit Madan says:

    just one more thing dheeraj….. till what time it is advisable to travel in the kinnaur district , as there are chances of landslides or mountain fall which might not be visible in the night?

    • Mohit, if you driving in night, please avoid 100%. Till the time day light is present, then only drive. So, leave early and sleep early, should be the case.

  27. nitin batra says:

    hi dheeraj
    m planning tour to spiti valley via shimla, kinnaur on 22nd june in my VW VENTO… are the road conditions suitable for a sedan…

  28. arman says:

    Hi,
    I am planning to visit Kalpa around 16 – 21 June. Any feedback on weather conditions around this time?

  29. Mohit Madan says:

    Hi Dheeraj ….. I am planning to go kalpa either from shimla or manali.

    Do let me know the best way i can reach there?
    Also i would like to know whether honda activas (scooter) are worth taking there?
    In shimla is there any dealer who can provide me activas on rent

    • Hello Mohit,

      Best is always to go to Kalpa – Sangla from Shimla side only. In Simla, you will not be able to rent the activas. Also, you need more time on road and in hand to drive an activa on mountains and cover this trip to Kinnaur Valley. At places, especially while dodging slush, you might feel lack of power.

      Best is to take a bus or taxi from Shimla for Kinnaur Valley. Buses run between Peo and Shimla.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  30. balwant singh grewal says:

    is it advisable to take swift desire car..?? .please advise root and stay planing.

    • balwant singh grewal says:

      we have to travel from ludhiana to kapla

      • Vinay reports on email that “Sedans and Hatches can make it but the Road from wangtu to tapri is blocked for last 2 days due to landslide. Also there is diversion from tapri to choking via urni due to landslide. It adds 20 km of detour and traffic is released in batches one way. Hence plan an extra 2 hrs of travel”

        • amit says:

          has the wangtu-tapri road cleared now. any update on current status. we will be driving from narkanda to sangla on 17th.
          amit

        • Amit, please avoid traveling there as I will suggest. Please check the update below “Kinnaur Valley Road Updates: Landslides, sinking villages and a threat of Flash floods from Urni to Tattapani due to artificial lake formed up there. Those who traveling must take care guys.” Read detailed article at the link in DoW Community: Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Conditions

        • amit says:

          Just came back from sangla rakcham . we left from narkanda on 17th morning. THe roads till are in decent conditions till about 5 kms before wangtu.after that they are almost non existant. Gravel with no tar top. but are quite broad hence not risky to drive on . Also we were in a santro and had no issues. The diversion from tapri to choling is still there. About 21 kms which is quite narrow. We did not get rains for entire week except 2 shorts showers but if it rains this stretch could be tricky to drive on. The diversion takes about an hour. But some one we met at batseri(sangla) had to wait for4 hours as a bus had broken down.there are fixed timings forgateto open each side but they vary a bit.From there till sangla the roads are more or less bad though relaying is happening at a few places.but they are motorable and we faced noissues and had a great trip.

        • Thank you Amit for the update on Road conditions. Good to know that you had a wonderful trip to Kinnaur Valley :)

    • Balwant, you can take your dzire there but after Bhawanagar road conditions are not that good and lot of slush in case it rains. Hence, you need to drive very carefully through slush stretches. It will not be easy but manageable. For all other details of route and stay, please check the article above.

  31. sanjay says:

    There is normal to heavy rain predictions in and around kalpa, chitkul & surrounding areas from 08/06 to 15/07. So anyone going there pl. plan accordingly. That’s why I completed my journey from 28/05 to 04/06.besides road conditions after sarhan r very bad.

  32. priyanka says:

    Hi Deepak,
    Last year I took your help in planning my vacation and it went great. Thanks for that. Now this year too, am back with another query. Below is my itinerary:
    delhi-shimla-sarahan-sangla valley-kalpa-narkanda-fagu-delhi
    I have 5-6 days and plan to visit all these places. But I am not sure if i am taking shortest route. I also need to know where I should stay for more than a day or if there are more than 1 places which I can cover in a day.
    Please guide me.

    • Hi Priyanka,

      You can follow the below itinerary for Kinnaur for 6 days:
      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Sarahan
      Day 3 | Sarahan – Sangla Valley
      Day 4 | Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Shimla/Fagu/Chail
      Day 6 | Shimla/Fagu/Chail – Delhi

      Regards
      dheeraj

  33. Gagandeep Singh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go to Kinnaur on 8th June for about 3-4 days. I will be traveling with my parents from Chandigarh and want to know how should I go about with this trip. I will be leaving from Chandigarh around 1pm on 8th and will be coming back on 11th. Please suggest where should I stay overnight. Should I stay in Shimla or will I be able to reach Saharan on 8th itself??
    Also, I want to know how are the roads in that area and if a Sedan car (Ford Ikon) can be taken. Also, please suggest the places which one must see which comes on the way to Kinnaur.

    Regards,
    Gagan

    • Gagan, frankly speaking you have very little time on hand for a trip to Kinnaur Valley. Even if you start for Sarahan, you will reach there late night. Then next morning you should start for Sangla / Chitkul and spend time there. On Day 3, start moving towards Narkanda from Sangla / Chitkul and finally on Day 4, come back to Chandigarh. You can check the latest road conditions at the link: Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Conditions

      • Gagandeep Singh says:

        Thanks Dheeraj. I was planning to stay at Rampur on 8th n leave for Kalpa next morning (on 9th). Was planning to stay overnight at Kalpa (or any place near Kalpa) on 9th and leave for Sangla on 10th. Then go to Chitkul on 11th and reach back Chandigarh on 12th. Please let me know if it sounds feasible or if I should cut down to 2 places instead of 3 (Sangla, Kalpa and Chitkul). And can you please tell me in which order I should visit Sangla, Kalpa and Chitkul? I am not sure which will come first on my way from Chandigarh.

        And please suggest which places I must visit at Sangla, Kalpa and Chitkul.

        • Gagan, so you have 5 days or 4 days? Regarding Chitkul to Chandigarh, it will be a very very long drive, about 14+ Hrs. If that is fine, then you can go ahead with this plan. You can go through the travel guide above to understand what to visit in Kinnaur Valley around these place. First the diversion to Sangla Valley will come while going to Kinnaur from Chandigarh, then at first Sangla will come and then Chitkul. You need to come back from the diversion to Karcham and then go ahead towards Powari from where the road to Reckong Peo – Kalpa goes.

    • sanjay says:

      There is normal to heavy rain predictions in and around kalpa, chitkul & surrounding areas from 08/06 to 15/07. So pl. plan accordingly. That’s why I completed my journey from 28/05 to 04/06.besides road conditions after sarhan r very bad.

  34. Prabir Banerjee says:

    Planning to visit Kinnaur Valley Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul in the mid of July 2014.
    Is it the right time to visit these places with family. Guide me

    • Prabir, July is in general monsoons and I will say Monsoon is not really a good time to be in Kinnaur when it rains. The roads become very bad but if you have good buffer with you and are going by taxi or high GC vehicle, may be you can try it out for adventure. Else I will not suggest during monsoons to be in Kinnaur Valley.

  35. Devpriyo Bhattacharya says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I returned on Sunday night from my trip to Chitkul. Your posts were really helpful.

    Visit the following link for some travel pictures:

    http://1drv.ms/1h7l1ok

    Following is my trip report:

    Day 1, 21st May, Wed: Exit from Delhi at 1 AM. ** Sarahan **
    Route: Delhi > Ambala > Zirakpur (Took right from under the flyover, towards Shimla-Kalka bypass) > Parwanoo > Shimla > Narkanda > Rampur > Jeori > Sarahan. Reached Sarahan at 2 PM (afternoon). Took many breaks. Stayed overnight at Hotel Kasang. Very cheap but decent and clean. Rs 400 (Room only). There are other options as well.

    Day 2, 22nd May, Thu: Exit from Sarahan at 8 AM. ** Rakcham **
    Route: Sarahan > Jeori > Wangtoo > Tapri (Had to take a uphill diversion to Urni village as the Tapri-Choling route was closed due to landslide. This diversion was 23 kms and it got us back to Choling Bridge) > Rakcham Dam (Take right from this Dam.) > Sangla > Rakcham. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie. Got a double bedroom for Rs 1800 (Room only). Very spacious. Good cordial staff. Visited River Baspa, few kms from this hotel.
    Apart from Banjara and Igloo Nature Camp, there is one Apple Camping in batseri village.

    Day 3, 23rd May, Fri: ** Rakcham and Chitkul **
    Visited Chitkul village (10 kms from our hotel). Thrilling ride. Excellent view. Saw snowfall at Chitkul. Rakcham to Chitjkul roads are very picturesque. Although it was broken but still it gave a great feeling. Cam back to Rakcham. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie.

    Day 4, 24th May, Sat: ** Kalpa **
    Route: Go back to Rakcham dam and then go staright this time towards Reckong Peo. It took me 4 hrs to reach Kalpa from Rakcham (3-4 breaks and slow driving due to broken roads). Reckong Peo to Kalpa roads are excellent. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie. Same owner as was in Rakcham. Room was smaller in size. Got it for Rs 1540 (Room only). Visited Suicide Point. Went for trekking to Roghi Village.

    Day 5, 25th May, Sun: Kalpa to Delhi. Started from Kalpa at 7:15 AM and reached Rohini, Delhi at 1:45 AM. Thats approx 18 hrs of non stop driving. Uff.

    • Lovely, crisp report Dev !! Glad you enjoyed the trip fully. Thank you for sharing it with us. Pictures are refreshing and good to know that you got snowfall at Chitkul.

      • Devpriyo Bhattacharya says:

        Thanks for the appreciation Dheeraj. I just follow ur footsteps. Frankly speaking, DOW is the best community I have seen. Everyone contributes and thats what helps us in successfully completing our travel sagas. I have written a travellogue at bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/trip-report-sangla-valley-may-2014-a-t58954/

        It some other info as well. Hope you would like it.

    • sanjay says:

      Hi Dev yr pictures r superb. great details of yr trip. Could could u pl. tell me the availability of Petrol pumps from shimla to the routes covered by u. I’ll b leaving from ghaziabad on 30/05/14.I hope I’ll also enjoy the snow view as u enjoyed

      • Sanjay, there are no shortage of fuel pumps for Kinnaur Valley trip. You get fuel almost upto Jeori/Rampur and then there is one fuel pump at Tapri now. Then there is one at Reckong Peo. After that only Kaza has fuel pump.

    • priyanka says:

      Hi Dev
      The elaborate account of your trip is really helpful.
      Would it be possible for you to give contact details/link of Hotel Kasang. On internet, I am finding only Hotel Kasang Regency. Or are they same?

      Thanks!

  36. Rushit Jogani says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are a group of 10 planning to drive from Sangla to Chandigarh after a Rupin Pass trek in the last week of June.
    We are planning to cover the distance over two days and would like to stay overnight at some hill station on the way. Could you recommend some options?
    We have already checked out Narkanda, Solan and Chail but aren’t getting reservation anywhere.
    Looking forward to your reply.

    • There are camps at Daranghati, check that. Awesome place. Then check at Matiana. Solan is too low, don’t stay there. Then there is Fagu, a bit off track Thanedar, least Rampur.

  37. sanjay says:

    Sir,pl tell me whether the road from narkanda to hatu peak is motorable.if I drive myself or should I hire some taxi if it is risky. What r the reasonable rates of taxi.

    • Sanjay, road to Hatu Peak is definitely a steep and narrow drive. If you are confident on driving there and have good experience of driving, I feel it should be OK.

  38. Shashi says:

    hi Dheeraj:

    we are planning a trip to spiti valley around last week of june… whats your take on route from kaza -kunzum la -manali that time…
    1. will it be open ??
    2. Is chandrataal Doable that time ?

  39. inder mohan says:

    sir, we plan to visit sangla, with three nights at sangla only, in first week of june 2014, with 6 to 8 people, please suggest whether sedan car would be ok and also suggest whether we should book hotels before hand or book on reaching sangla

  40. sanjay says:

    Sir,whether the places suggested by u r on different route or on the way to narkanda, chitkul, kalpa, sarhan,Kinnaur etc.going to hilly means some enjoyment in snow. I usually go at hilly areas where I surely find snow but this route is first time. Pl. advise.

    • Sanjay, apart from Chitkul (with some chances) I do not think you will find snow anywhere else.

      • sanjay says:

        Sir, thanks for yr prompt reply.could u pl. suggest some other place in hilly area with good/average road conditions except J&K where we can find snow.I have already visited rohtang,leg,laddakh no. of times.

  41. sanjay says:

    Sir, could u pl. suggest the place between shimla to Kinnaur where we can enjoy snow. I am planning to go there on or abt.may 26

  42. Arun says:

    Dheeraj ji,
    I am planning a trip on 1 June from Ambala to Narkanda & then on 3rd june Narkanda to Kalpa for 3 days.So please guide me, I am going on my car chevrolet Beat, is it Ok or not? & Resently I listen that
    there is some road block due to landslide

    before Rekongpeo

    • Arun, roads close and open frequently near that area but did not hear of any major road block. Also, keep an eye on rain forecasts and if it rains then drive with care and caution as there is slush present on roads in Kinnaur especially near Shongtong area.

      • Arun says:

        Thanks Dheeraj ji but what about the beat car. & can you make my itenary.I am reaching kalpa on 3rd june & returning to Ambala on 6th june from kalpa.

  43. Vishal Sharma says:

    Hi Dhiraj,

    we are planning a 7 days trip from chandigarh, around 8 People, can we go in June End? would it be the right time to visit there? we will be having kids of age in between 9 to 13.

    Thanks,
    Vishal

  44. pankaj Munjal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Due to time constraints, we (5 families with kids) have changed our program from spiti vally to kinnaur valley from delhi (though i know it is still a tight schedule and that is why i amtravelling at night too.
    we have 5 days and I have planned it on Tempo Travller like this, pls check

    1. Leaving Delhi on 11 June, 8 PM in the evening.
    2. Passing Shimla around 6 am on 12 June heading towards Sangla Valley and reaching at sangla Valley around 3 PM on 12 June (with out breaking our journey at Narkanda or Rampur)Stay at Sangla.
    3. Visiting Sangla and local sightseeing (13 June)
    4. Visiting Chitkul ( 14 June)
    5. Start for shimla at 8 am on 15th morning and reach shimla around 4 – 5 pm…spend evening in shimla and leaving for Delhi at Night only (of 15 June) as we have to reach Delhi by after noon of next day (16 June).

    please answer:

    1. We are travelling during night. It is ok to travel at night?
    2. I have not taken any stay break on the way (Sarahan or Rampur) (other than lunch/lunch. Is it any problem with this? Is stay or halt necessary or we can reach direct to sangla with proper refreshing breaks on the way? Without taking halt break, we will reach sangla valley by 3 pm on 12 June na(if we happen to Shimla around 6 am of 12 June in the morning, I guess!)

    3. If you suggest halt, where should we stay, Rampur, Sarahan or Jeory?

    4. After reaching Sangla/Baspa..Two days are there only…or should cover kalpa /recong peo also…( I dint cover it in the plan so that it does not become hectic.) and Sangla is better than kalpa/Recong peo!! I guess..(Am i right?)
    should we cover kalpa too (is it worth missing?)if not, we can think of covering it too.

    5. I have found out a list of home stay units at HP tourism site..which offer a reasonbly priced accomodation..it is ok to stay there?

    any other thing u wud like to suggest..

    Sorry for putting u to so many questions at the same time…

    Thanks so much in adavnce
    Pankaj munjal

    • Pankaj, With families including so many of them, I will not recommend such an hectic sechedule for you. If at all you still need, better go like below
      Delhi – Narkanda
      Narkanda – Sangla/Chitkul
      Sangla/chitkul – Kalpa or stay at Sangla/chitkul
      Sangla/chitkul – Sarahan
      Sarahan – Delhi

  45. tussion says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go Kalpa, Chitkul,Kinnaur,Sangla with my wife and a 5 years daughter in first week or mid of June. I am planning whole trip for 4-5 days from Delhi. I have few questions/doubts need to be clear.

    1. Should i book hotels earlier for break journey like shimla etc. http://www.tripadvisor.in/Tourism-g3780960-Kinnaur_District_Himachal_Pradesh-Vacations.html

    should i book hotels that you mentioned earlier or i can book at arrival.

    1.Hotel Kinner Villa at Kalpa
    2.The Golden Apple at kalpa
    3.Banjara camps at Sangla
    4.Mount Kailash at Sangla

    Please suggest more hotels for break points with details.

    2. Please suggest break points, road conditions and weather reports details. How i manage all these.

    I am planning to visit places via Tavera. Also in my previous trip i was town with altitude sickness so any recommendations if you have would be helpful.

    • Hi,

      1. I will suggest keep the bookings open and book on the spot if you are OK with searching here and there a bit. Banjara is costly. You can also check PRakash Hotel too at Sangla.
      2. IMHO, you have less days in hand for Kinnaur Valley trip given the fact that you are traveling with a small kid anf family. Is there any chance you can increase the days in hand? You can refer the itinerary mentioned and linked in the article above for 5 and 7 days. I will prefer you go with 7 days with breaks suggested above.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • tussion says:

        Thanks for reply. I read your article “Kinnaur Valley Sample Itinerary”, you have explained nicely everything here. Thanks again. So you are saying that i can get room at Narkanda easily on arrival.( I am little bit worried here as i have seen rush on hills area during summer time). As per your suggestion, i am planning trip for 6 days now but i am thinking to make Kalpa as base place and i think i can easily do movements from Kalpa to Sangla, Kalpa to Chitkul, Kapla to Reckong Peo, so i can enjoy each things with relax and peace of mind. Please suggest here. Also can you provide avag time taken between shimla to kalpa,Kalpa to Sangla, Kalpa to Chitkul, Kapla to Reckong Peo. Also would like know if i start my journey 4AM morning from Delhi, how much time it will take to reach Narkanda. one last doubt :P can you suggest best website about weather.

        • Well, you can check with Krish Rauni Resort at Matiana where you can stay, ahead of Shimla and quite a good place. I know uncle Kishore, very nice family. You can refer my name to them. Book in Narkanda and rest should be manageable unless you are too particular about your stay. Yeah, good though to go with Kalpa as base and explore rest of the Kinnaur Valley. Shimla to Kalpa will be around 8 Hrs. Kalpa – Sangla/Chitkul can be done in 7-8 Hrs of round trip including enjoying there.

        • tussion says:

          Thanks dheeraj for useful info.

  46. Kalpana says:

    Dear Mr Dheeraj,
    i am planning a trip from Sonepat to Kinnaur by Santro with my husband and one more couple with one kid(5yrs).
    planning to start on 21st may at 5 pm to shimla. then we will spend one night there. next day morning, will start for kinnaur.
    Please suggest to plan this trip more interesting with guidelines about more places to visit in route.

  47. Sneha says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    After reading all the comments I am sure you can answer my question too. I am planning a two day trip to Sarahan, where I will start from Manali by a tourist car and take a halt in Sarahan for a day or two and then move to chandigarh. Could you please tell me wht is the travel time (roadway) from manali to sarahan and then sarahan to Chandigarh. And is the road safe?

  48. Vinay says:

    Hi

    How would the road conditions be in Sangla/Kalpa area in early/mid June. I was planning to drive down in an Honda Brio via Shimla. Given the low ground clearance of the car, I am a bit worried.

    Also, is it advisable to stay in Sarahan or Narkanda on day 1 assuming i start from chandigarh?

    Thanks

    • Vinay, well though people run alto too over there but all depends how much are you ready to sacrifice in your car with some scrapes in the underbelly or not. If it rains during that period, then definitely the conditions will be bad after bhawanagar. There will be slush, deep slush around Shongtong bridge and some sections near Tapri and all. I will suggest only if you love adventure more than your car, then only take it else do it in some taxi. OR if you have experience of driving in such road conditions then take it.

  49. Rajiv & Sunanda says:

    Dear Mr. Dheeraj Sharma,
    We’re visiting the Shimla hills and Kinnaur in mid-May. We’ve two kids (12 & 7) with us. Our tentative itinerary is given below. Please feel free to suggest alterations.

    17 May: reaching Delhi at 6 pm. Night in Delhi.
    18 May: taking an early morning cab to Shimla. Night in Shimla.
    19 May: Shimla sightseeing. Night in Shimla.
    20 May: reaching Sarahan. Night in Sarahan.
    21 May: start for Kalpa after breakfast. Night in Kalpa.
    22 May: Kalpa.
    23 May: Sangla. Night in Sangla.
    24 May: Sangla.
    25 May: Start for Narkanda after breakfast. Night in Narkanda.
    26 May: Starting for Kalka after lunch. Return by Kalka-Howrah mail.

    Thank you for maintaining this website. People like you make life worth living. All the best.

    • Rajiv, the itinerary is quite relaxed and very well done. I hop you have included a visit to Chitkul on the day you resting in Sangla. You will enjoy it perfectly.

      • Rajiv & Sunanda says:

        Thank you Dheeraj Sharma. We kept it relaxed because of the kids. The highest we’ve climbed so far is Rishyap, near Lava, in the Kalimpong hills. Feeling a little jittery about Chitkul.

        • Rajiv, I feel it should be completely fine as you are first spending time at Sarahan, then Kalpa too. So, you will be acclimatized to quite an extent.

  50. Dr Chatterjee says:

    DEar sir i am planning to travel by my tata Manza from Gujarat to Kalpa, sangla, chitkul in Mid may. i have driven myself twice to manali via swarghat. how long will it take to reach kalpa from shimla and will we het to see snow covered peaks in mid may. thanks in anticipation

    • It will take about 8-9 Hrs to reach Kalpa from Shimla. You will be able to see snow on peaks. First go to Sangla Chitkul from Shimla and then from there go to Kalpa. time difference will be about 1 Hrs less in this case.

    • Dr Chatterjee says:

      Sir a few queries, which will have better accomodation out of kalpa and sangla as i am travelling with my wife and 8 yr old son. any problems in going in a sedan? and any need for advance booking. thank you

      • Both have decent accommodations from varied budgets. so, you will not go wrong with any of the place in terms of accommodation and comfort. Regarding Sedan, if it rains, then there will be few stretches after Bhawanagar where you will find slush and bad roads, so drive with caution and care at those roads. Rest it is manageable by hatch and sedans. I hope you have experience of driving in hills before.

        • Dr Chatterjee says:

          yes sir, i have driven to manali thrice via swarghat.. also solan to paonta sahib when road was being widened

        • Hmm… Just drive with caution and care once you cross Bhawanagar especially if it rains. Roads will be bad for you in comparison to places where you have travelled so far.

  51. Dhairya Gulati says:

    Hi, I am planning to visit the mentioned places with my family (4 people). We are planning to start our trip from 11th till 14th June. Our starting point would be Ambala. I need to know that in these 3 days whether it would be possible to visit Sangla valley and places around it and Kalpa and its surrounding areas OR only one of these two within the time frame. Please suggest asap.

    • Dhairya, in just 4 days with family, it will be super hectic brother. Still, you want I can suggest something like,
      Day 1: Ambala – Sarahan
      Day 2: Sarahan – Sangla – Chitkul
      Day 3: Sangla – Chitkul – Shimla/Narkanda
      Day 4: back to Ambala

  52. Fahad says:

    HI Dheeraj,

    We are travelling to Kinnaur, Starting from Delhi, from 16th May.

    I would like to ask you, can we cover from DELHI-Narkanda in 7-8 Hours ??

    Also, How much time it takes from Narkanda to Chitkul.

    We have Fortuner.

    Also how is availbility of hotel during Mid-End May. Do we need to book hotel at narkanda, Rakcham & Kalpa …

    thanks al lot for your help

    Fahad

    • Hi Fahad,

      Delhi – Narkanda with least breaks can be covered in 8-9 Hrs. Narkanda to Chitkul considering bad roads ahead of Bhawanagar will take another 7 Hrs. Don’t pre-book unless you want to stay at a specific hotel only. You can walk in there, see yourself what is good, bargain and check in.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Fahad says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,
        Can you also Suggest, that If we make a move from DELHI at 4 A.M in the Morning, would it be wiser for us to make stay further Narkanda, I have heard the road Via Dharnaghati to rampur is very Scenic albiet in poor condition, can we make that road in this season ?? also if there is any hotel on the way, where we can stay or we have to force ourselves to stay at Rampur… Is it also WISE to CAMP ?? Which place would you think is best for Camping ….

        • Yes, you can make it there in case you leave by 4 AM in the morning with good daylight left in the day. Daranghaati is quite nice place but keep in mind that road is not good and narrow too. So, drive with care and caution. There are camps at Daranghaati, you can stay there overnight.

        • fahad says:

          Hi dheeraj,

          Please can you advice, if kufri Via chail is shorter than khanghat, we want save max time and reach chitkul….

        • Fahad, I will say while going you better take the Kandaghat – Shimla route only as it is highway and you make quick progress. While coming back, if you wish you can take the Kufri to chail road. The latter one is not highway, hence, small road and depending upon time and traffic it may slow the progress but it indeed is a beautiful route.

    • Mayur says:

      Hi Dheeraj,
      can you provide me the best option of visiting chitkul or kalpa if i have 4-5 days. I will start from Delhi and i have honda amaze. I am used to drive on hills.

      • Mayur, 4-5 days are very tiring for a journey to Kinnaur Valley. You will be mostly on roads for more than 8 hrs every day. If you can’t extend the time, you can follow something like below:

        Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
        Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla / chitkul
        Day 3 | Sangla / Chitkul – Kalpa
        Day 4 | Kalpa – Sarahan / Rampur / Jeori
        Day 5 | Sarahan / Rampur / Jeori – Delhi

  53. SAIKAT CHANDA says:

    Sir,I wanted to visit Kalpa & kinnaur during Middle of May’14. I wanted to know the weather & road conditions.Also I have 9 days in hand from simla to kalka and since I will travel along with 14 others, Pl. advice your valuable comment.

    • Saikat, you can travel in mid of May, no issues on that front. 9 days are more than sufficient for easy, relaxing journey to Kinnaur Valley. You can spend couple of days in Chitkul, Sangla and couple of them in Kalpa. Then a day in Sarahan too. Rest consider Chail, Narkanda, as options of stay on the way and back.

  54. Jitesh says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning for sangla vally tour during 1st – 15th June, I have Alto K10 vehicle, Based on your analysis, please suggest whetherthe timimg and vehicle are okay. Earlier I drove upto Kedar & Badri with same vehicle.

    • Jitesh, there will be little hassles of Slush if it rains after bhawanagar but then it is manageable since you have already done Badri and Kedarnath. Roads in Sangla are bad when it rains and even after Bhawanagar you get alot of the slush. Just drive with caution there. Also, is 15 days trip you planning?

      • Jitesh Dubey says:

        Thanks for your response Dheeraj

        I am planning a trip of a 8-10 days. What can be the suggested coverage or tour plan you can advise.

        Regards,
        Jitesh

        • If you have 10 days, you can travel a bit of 7-8 Hrs per day you can cover Spiti Valley too. If you have 8 days, I will suggest to stick to a laid back trip to Kinnaur Valley only. Let me know in which one are you interested?

        • For 7 days of Kinnaur Valley trip, there is already an itinerary suggested in the article above. You can include a day more of relaxation in Kalpa or Chitkul OR can check out Daranghati while returning back.

        • Jitesh Dubey says:

          Dear Dheeraj,

          I am planning for 10 days trip. Please advise

        • Jitesh, in that case you can follow an itinerary something like below for both Kinnaur Valley and Spiti Valley as:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
          Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla / Chitkul
          Day 3 | Sangla / Chitkul – Nako – Geyu (Mummy) – Tabo
          Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
          Day 5 | Kaza Sightseeing and around
          — Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang
          Day 6 | Kaza – Hikkim – Comic – Langza – Kaza
          Day 7 | Kaza – Tabo – Nako – Kalpa
          Day 8 | Kalpa – Sarahan
          Day 9 | Sarahan – Narkanda/Chail/Shimla
          Day 10 | Narkanda/Chail/Shimla – Delhi

        • Jitesh Dubey says:

          Hello Dheeraj,

          Two questions
          1. Can I reach Rakcham to Kaza covering Nako – Geyu (Mummy) – Tabo on same day?
          2. Can you share the contact details for Sakya Adobe?

        • Hi jitesh,

          1. Rakcham to Kaza doing Geyu and tabo will be quite quite long day.
          2. You can get connected with Tsering at 09418208987 and can refer my name to him, he is more than a friend to me and a very humble/down to earth person up there in Spiti. He will ensure any concerns or requirements you have can be take care.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Jitesh Dubey says:

          Hello Dheeraj,

          After long excercise I had planned as mentioned Below:

          Day 1 – Delhi – Narkanda
          Day 2 – Narkanda – Kalpa
          Day 3 – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza
          Day 4 to 6 – Kaza and surrounding
          Day 7 – Kaza – Rakcham
          Day 8 & 9 – Rakcham – Sangla – Chitkul
          Day 10,11,12 – Not Planned what to cover while returning

          How you feel about this. Any suggestions

          Regards,
          Jitesh

        • Hi Jitesh,

          I will suggest some modifications as below:

          Day 1 – Delhi – Narkanda
          Day 2 – Narkanda – Kalpa
          Day 3 – Kalpa – Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
          Day 4 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley
          Day 5 | Pin Valley – Kaza Local Sightseeing
          — For stay check Sakya Abode or snow lion are two good options at Kaza apart from PWD Guest houses. Get in touch with Tsering, the guy who runs it. He is a very good friend of mine and you can refer my name.
          Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing
          — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
          Day 7 | Kaza Local Sightseeing
          — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
          Day 8 | Kaza – Rakcham/Sangla
          Day 9 & 10 – Rakcham – Sangla – Chitkul
          Day 11 | Chitkul – Sarahan/Narkanda/Daranghati
          Day 12 | Sarahan/Narkanda/Daranghati – Delhi

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  55. Mrinal says:

    Hi Dheeraj ji, I have planned Kinnaur-Sangla-Chitkul trip in this weekend (18th – 20th Apr). But, according to the weather forecast in various websites, it seems there are chances of moderate rainfall and/or snowfall in all these areas during my trip. In such condition, would you suggest me to still go for the trip?

    I know that, in himalayas, weather changes very frequently and it may happen that it didn’t rain as per the prediction. I’m little bit confused to take the final decision about the trip. Need your valuable opinion on this. Pls help. Thanks in advance. :)

    • If you can postpone the trip I will say better do that because the roads are no good in Kinnaur especially when it rains. There will be lot of slush. However, if you are accustomed to such bad roads then you might see amazingly beautiful Kinnaur especially the floating clouds in the valley from Kalpa and high chances of experiencing snowfall at Chitkul

  56. Mrinal says:

    I want to cover Sangla and Kalpa valley in 2 n half day?Can you suggest where we should stay Reckong Peo or kalpa valley..

  57. SOURABH says:

    Iam Planning to visit kinnaur via narkanda. after kinnaur i want to visit manali via rampur. plz suggest me that roads to manali via rampur are safe to travel?

    • Sourabh, there are two routes Rampur – Karsog – Ner Chowk and then Rampur – Sainj – Jalori Pass. You can take either and both are common roads for connectivity to Kullu Valley from Shimla – Rampur side. Buses run over these routes.

  58. abhishek says:

    hi,
    i am planning to visit shojha in himachal on 18th April-20th April weekend…need to know the road conditions as i would driving myself..would be driving a sedan…
    is it advisable?

    • Abhishek, except Jalori Pass the road conditions will be fine. Not much fuss. If you planning to take the Bilaspur road, it is horrible in condition from Kiratpur Sahib to almost Bilaspur and then improves abit. Better take the route from Shimla side.

  59. Salil Sidheeque says:

    am planning to take a ride in this route in first half of August.How risky it is?

    • Salil, Kinnaur Valley is usually NOT the BEST to visit in the month of August when rains are in full fury !! Mountains in Kinnaur are fragile and the chances of landslides exponentially increases when it rains… You should take calculative risk.

  60. sourav chakraborty says:

    Hi,
    we are planning to visit shimlamanali,rotang pass,kalpa,kinnaur,chitkul in 1st week of june. will we get snow in any of those places at that time??

  61. s. majumder says:

    Hi!I am suparna. I am planning a trip to kinnaur valley with my husband and two children in around 26 or 27 of may from kolkata. We have 20 days in hand for the entire trip. Can you suggest a suitable iteniery with recommendations of good hotels and car rental. It will be very helpful to us.

    • Hello Suparna,

      Are you planning 20 days for just Kinnaur Valley? I believe you can include many other places like Spiti Valley, if Kunzum Pass opens, then Lahaul Valley and Manali – Tirthan Valleys too. You can start from Shimla side and exit via Manali side. Are you interested in all these places?

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Sourav Guha says:

        Dheeraj bhai,
        We had planned to hit kinnaur valley in October, Kolkata to Kolkata 15 days, Self driven Bolero with 4 adlts 3 chldrn. Please suggest an itinerary. Rgds.

  62. Jagrit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We guys are planning to visit chitkal on 9th Apr’14. We are planning to come onbike. Please suggest if this is a right time to visit and which places nearby we should be visiting to make it ever memorable trip for us.

    • aaRVee says:

      Jagrit Bhai, tu yaha sawal bhi puch dia hai?

    • Guess, you already have planned the journey to Chitkul. Sorry for delay in reply. It all depends upon the number of days in hand and road conditions aren’t that good now a days in Kinnaur but manageable for bikes.

  63. Tamal Sarkar says:

    Hi.I am going to kalpa,sarhan,sangla on 13 th April,I want to know about the temp,weather and what kind of precaution i should take.i am with my family.is there breathing problem or some kind of altitude problem?

    • Hi Tamal,

      Kinnaur Valley is safe to travel with least impact of AMS / Altitude Sickness. Make visit to Chitkul as day visit to be on safest side. I am not sure how many days do you have in hand but the itinerary listed in the article above will give you a fair idea on how to go for on a trip to Kinnaur Valley.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  64. kuldeep says:

    hi Dheeraj,

    i am planning to go to kalpa in 3rd week of may for 3 days with family no kids, will it be best in may?
    also is there any chance we may find snow around it?
    we will come from shimla by cab, appreciate your help!

    • Kuldeep, well, yes you can visit Kalpa in May and conditions will be much better during that time. Regarding snow, I highly doubt but you can get snow towards Chitkul side by little trekking towards higher reaches.

  65. kaushiki guha says:

    plz tell me when we will get snow around the kalpa kinnaur area. because we are fond of snow

    • kaushiki, when are you planning the trip to Kinnaur Valley. After May you will not find much snow in Kinnaur area. So, plan in April end types if you want to see snow in Kinnaur.

  66. Rushit J says:

    hey dheeraj, I’m travelling to Sangla in June. How long will it take me to drive from Sangla village to Chandigarh?

    • Rushit, it will take about 13-14 Hrs to reach Sangla from Chandigarh depending upon the number of breaks do you take and car you have. Small car means less speed on bad and bumpy roads.

  67. ravi says:

    is it a good plan to go there in mid march?

  68. Ashish says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I was planning to visit kinnaur valley in April. Wanted to know about the road conditions and if I can bring my hatchback (Fabia)?

    • Ashish, Kinnaur Valley should be fine in April. Though due to intermittent rains there could be some slush on roads but nothing too much to worry about. Roads remain generally bad to worse in Kinnaur, so that’s what you have to live up there. By driving carefully, you will be able to make it.

    • Also, I am heading there to Spiti in last week of March, so stayy tuned for the road condition updates in the DoW Community Forum: Road Status & Conditions in Himalayas

      • Ashish says:

        Awesome :)
        Thanks Dheeraj.

      • rickydee says:

        Hi Dheeraj, I was also planning to to there in last week of March 2014. but when I checked weather with accuweather I found the weather condition not very favourable. How do you check weather condition. I am interested in photography so it matters lot to me.

        • Ricky, in trans-Himalayas in general things change very fast and quick. We will surely monitor the weather conditions before venturing out there. But best predictions come in just few days in advance. So, we will check the weather updates on 18-19th of March before heading there and in DoW Community we have a sought of advisory in terms of weather, Aashish, our moderator for the same. We follow his advice :D

      • Ashish says:

        Hi Dheeraj, I have one more question. I need to divide 6 nights among Sarahan, Sangla(kinner camps) and Kalpa. What do you suggest? 1 @ Sarahan, 3 @ Sangla camp, 2 @ Kalpa? Is this a good idea?

        • Ashish are these 6 nights just for Kinnaur? If yes, then probably, you should also include Nako into your itinerary as well. 2 days at Sangla should be sufficient enough I will say even on relaxing end. You can even visit Chitkul may be as a day trip if the roads to Chitkul are open.

        • Ashish says:

          Actually I’m travelling from Delhi to Delhi for 8 nights.
          So how about this:
          day 1: Delhi to Nakranda
          day 2: Narkanda to Sangla
          day 3: day trip to chitkul.
          day 4: Sangla to Nako
          day 5: Nako to Kalpa
          day 6: kalpa to Sarahan
          day 7: Sarahan to Shimla
          day 8: to Delhi

          But this doesn’t seem to be relaxing. Of all these (Sarahan, Nako, Sangla, Kalpa) which one should I leave if I wanted to?

        • Ashish, you should keep it like:

          day 2: Narkanda to Sangla
          day 3: day trip to chitkul.
          day 4: Sangla to Kalpa
          day 5: Rest at Kalpa or if you feel you are OK with 6-7 Hrs of drive in a day, then make day trip to Nako and come back to Kalpa same day. else just explore Kalpa more.
          day 6: kalpa to Sarahan

    • saurabh khemka says:

      Hi dheeraj,
      The work you are doing is invaluable and unparalleled. I am planning a trip to spiti via manali and coming back via simla. What is the latest time I can do it in this year. Also will a small car like zen be ok for this trip. I have travelled a lot in hills so driving isn’t a problem for me.

      • Hi saurabh, thanks alot !!

        There will be issues with small car especially between Gramphu to Kunzum Pass road. Rest will be manageable. Drive with care if you take it as it is not impossible to drive there even with hatch backs and sedans. Be well prepared though with spares and little DIY fixes. Also, I will suggest that you make the trip in other direction so that it helps you with acclimatization too. When are you planning the trip?

        Regards
        Dheeraj

        • SAURABH KHEMKA says:

          Thank you so much for your reply dheeraj.
          I am planning to go there as soon as rohtang pass and kunzam pass opens.
          I dont have an suv or a 4×4 so I have no choice to do it in a small car.
          What kind of issues can I face and what all spares should I carry along.I want to do this trip via manali as if I clear the rohtang and kunzam there will be no roadblock all the way to shimla. I plan to do it slow and steady in 10 days.

        • Saurabh, For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway, Spiti Valley and Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

          This enlists some essential spares, tips to have an understanding of issues that might come up. Don’t under estimate Kinnaur for being blocked as last year most people only returned from Kinnaur while the route to Kaza from Manali remained open :) :) … So, the problem will be on both ends just that in case there is a blockage on Rohtang – Kunzum Side, you will not see the Spiti Valley and come back while if you go the other way round you might see Spiti Valley and come back. But again as I said, this risk is on both sides and the only thing is Kinnaur route help you acclimatize well so that you enjoy more.

      • arvind says:

        YOU MAY LEAVE KALPA . NAKO IS FAMOUS for lake , sangla chitkul both are very very beauty full place ,remember when you move to chutkul from sangla you must be leave in morning and return to sangala because a nalla overflow on road in noon as a result of melting snow. mata bhimakali at sarahan very bautifull place

  69. karan sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Very informative article. Thanks for the same. I have travelled to Leh via road twice and this time i want to travel to Kinnaur. But i also want to cover Chandratal. What would be the route and best time?
    Thanks in advance :)

  70. gj kaz says:

    Hey!
    Planning to go to Spiti Valley.All girls. Is it safe?
    Also, is it okay for people in their fifties to travel here or will it be too exhausting?
    Thanks

  71. D bhatia says:

    Aap sabi mere ko sugest kro ki shimla se kinnaur kaise jaa sakte hai

  72. Piyush says:

    Hello sir, Is kinnaur a good idea for honeymoon? We wanted to go in the Mid April. I want to know how is the climate or temperature at that time? can we see snow fall in the area in mid April? I heared there is not any market like mall road in shimla. We are scared of getting bore there because of much peaceful area. Which is the most beautiful area in kinnaur. Where to stay in kinnaur to cover the all surrounding areas? Please reply as soon as possible

    • Hello Piyush,

      Yeah, Kinnaur will be very beautiful during Spring and can be considered for sure. Temperature will be pleasant in April, just like sought of Delhi winters with warm sunny days. In case you are party people then yes, you will get bored as it is a kind of offbeat place not a regular tourists destination with dine-ins and restaurants over mall roads. You can stay either at Kalpa and Sangla and execute the trip from these two places.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  73. abhishek says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to go to sangla in Mid March(15th-17th Mar), basically the holi weekend.
    Would it be a good idea to go to sangla at this time of the year.
    Also, i will be driving down in a sedan..would that do?
    Awaiting your comments ASAP

    • Hi Abhishek,

      Well, it will be a bit cold up there at that time of the year but still fine if you are OK with cold. Secondly, sedan shall be able to manage with a bit careful driving :)

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  74. Shammi says:

    Dheeraj any alternate route for reaching kalpa from delhi bypassing shimla?

  75. aseem chandrakar says:

    i want to go kalpa in january on bike plz tell me is it possible

    • Aseem, if you an brave the cold and couple of small bad stretches it is possible to visit Kalpa in the month of January provided it does not snow near that very day you are riding because that will close the road for a day or so.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  76. Sunil says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Need your help in planning a trip to Chitkul and around. I have 05 days between 12-16 Oct and will be starting from Delhi. Few queries
    1. Is it right time to travel and will 05 days be enough.
    2. How are the roads these days, is it doable in a hatch(only 168 mm clearance) or by car till Shimla and hire a bike from there onwards.
    3. And What are major places you will recommend to cover in Kinnaur valley.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sunil

  77. Siddhartha says:

    Hi All, please suggest if it is ok to travel in mid November to Chitkul & surrounding areas?

    • Chitkul, might close if it snows but you can always try your luck :) … How many days are you planning for a trip to Kinnaur Valley?

      PS: Sorry for delayed reply as I was traveling Ladakh for last couple of weeks.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  78. sumit says:

    Tbe hotel guy at kaza confirmed tht ppl are arriving frm kinnaur side …so i assume tht malling nullah has opened
    Regards

  79. sumit says:

    hello kruti ,
    had a talk with a hotel reception @ kaza , the roads are open till kaza as of today . even confirmed with om resturant @ poo , the roads are open .
    even chitkul is accessible as of today .
    hope this helps .
    myself am scheduled for a trip starting 09 sep from mumbai , hence was in touch with the hotel guys .
    regards
    sumit

    • Sumit, thanks for the update. So, the Malling Nalla road has opened? Or the road upto Puh is open?

    • Kruti says:

      Hi Sumit
      Thanks a bunch for the update. My travel dates are 27 sept-9 oct 2013. I hv only booked air tickets to & from chandigarh. So I guess, I will wait until 15th sept before I cancel the trip. Plz let us know about the route after your travel. Hope you have a great journey.

  80. Kruti says:

    Hi Dhiraj
    I wish to travel to spiti valley via Narkanda & kalpa in the last week of september 2013. On the way, i want to take a detour to Sangla valley & chitkul. Due to lanslides & rains, Sangla valley was cut off after Karcham, June onwards. What is the road-bridge status from Karcham to Sangla valley & chitkul? Is the entire circuit from chandigarh to spiti valley-kunzum- chandratal-manali-chandigarh travellable at the moment in september?

    • Kruti, as per the last updates from one of the readers linked at the DoW Community thread here, it is not recommended to travel the road to Spiti Valley from Kinnaur this year as in fact the road is closed at Malling Nalla for almost 15 days I think. The whole section has disappeared and BRO does not feel like they will restore it soon enough. So, read the updates at the thread and stay tuned if nay more and then only make a choise of attempting this trip. Otherwise, will suggest to postpone to next season OR risk it via Kunzum Pass in October.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Kruti says:

        Hi Dheeraj
        Thanks a million for your prompt response to my querry. I greatly appreciate it. I had decided to postpone my trip to next year but this was my last ditch attempt to find out if it is possible to travel this year. Your advise has convinced me not to do this circuit this year. Thanks once again.
        Dheeraj, your blog is one of the best for the western himalayas sector. Kudos to you for such a great job. :)

        • Kruti, like you said in another post, please keep it open upto 15th and then you can call it off !! But, rest assured that though roads will be open and manageable BUT will be bad in shape after all landslides and flash floods happened this year. So, take a safe decision accordingly. I will try to post the updated status if I can find anyone coming or going there by next week before I go for Ladakh late in September :)

        • BTW, thank you so very much. The blog has a dedicated Himalayan Community as well. JOIN US at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for Travel Itinerary advices, Find Travel Partners, share your Travel Tales and much more related to Himalayas!!

        • Kruti says:

          Hi Dheeraj
          I hv just joined the DoW Himalayan community. Will contribute as and when I can. Thanks
          Kruti

  81. sumit says:

    HELLO ,
    i plan to drive down covering the following places
    Sangla , Chitkul , Kalpa , Poo , Tabo , Kaza and Ke Monastry.
    Can i get an update on the road conditions prevailing.
    I plan to do the journey in early week of september.
    I will be driving a Logan.
    Will i experience rains even at that time and what about slushy roads??
    regards
    sumit

  82. Indrani says:

    Very elaborate and detailed post. Inspires me to plan a visit.

  83. [...] Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide | Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul [...]

  84. [...] Saharan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa can also be clubbed as a 6-7 day trip ex. Delhi if someone is short on the days in hand. A trip to Kinnaur Valley does include all these places only. Hence, I will cover them in depth in upcoming article on Travel Guide to Kinnaur Valley. [...]

  85. Ritu says:

    Thanks so much for the article. I’d gone to Kinnaur Kailash Parkrama – http://colorodyssey.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/kinnaur-kailash-parikrama-magnificent-desolation/
    Should add trek & Charang village to the above things to do :)
    Cheers!
    Ritu

  86. venkat says:

    Dear Deeraj,
    Fantastic and useful blog..
    I need a suggestion from you.
    We four friends planned to do a trip to either Sangla Valley or Tirthan Valley. We are from Dehradun.
    As I explored to Google map to find the route, I found the short route is Dehradun-Chakrata-Rohru-Rampur-to Either Sangla Valley or Tirthan Valley.
    We have only 3 days in hand. Looking forward your suggestion to plan our trip. we will start from dehradun on June 14th Evening. With Own ALTO K10 vehicle. please tell about the feasibility also.
    The alternate route is Dehradun-nahan-chandigarh-bilaspur-mandi-tirthan valley seems to be longer than the route i mentioned earlier. But i do not really know the road conditions of Chakrata-rohri-rampur-tirthan vallye or sangala valley section.
    Thanks in anticipation

    • Venkat, Rohru road though sorter but have very very bad roads as per last updates. Sangla Valley will be tight and so will Tirthan in just three day. First day at Max I can think you can reach Narkanda from Dehradun with that bad roads and then next day you will reach Tirthan and then again you need to come back the other day. So, you will just be reaching Tirthan and coming back.

      • venkat says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,
        Let me Brief my plan.
        Starting from Dehradun-14th 4.30 pm. I can reach Shimla Via Nahan (road conditions are very good except for 20km stretch from nahan towards shimla). I can reach shimla by midnight.
        With brief rest, If i start 5 am from Shimla (15th), I can reach Tirthan valley by 2 pm? If so, I have one and a half day in Tirthan valley. Then start back on 16th Evening either Via Aut-bilaspur-chandigarh or return through same route. Please suggest if this is possible.
        SECOND OPTION: Can you suggest a good place in Garhwal (Uttarakhand) for a two day trip to enjoy. I dont like places filled with people. Need a isolated, natural place to enjoy with friends.
        Thanks in advance.

        • Venkat, instead of so much traveling all the way to Tirthan why not you travel to Harsil. Much better and pristine then Tirthan and near to you too in terms of accessibility. It is just about 8 hrs drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh.

        • amit says:

          Hi Dheeraj, from Rishikesh to harshil should be atleast 9-10 hours.

        • Aah, Amit, I thought it shall be manageable in 8 Hrs as it seems 220 odd KMs from Rishikesh though I have never been to it, just read few travel accounts of it. Thanks for correcting me though but still feel shall be better option to drive than to hit Tirthan Valley from Dehradun.

      • venkat says:

        Dear Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your advise. I found harsil is best in terms of travel time.. so decided to go to Harsil.. between 14th and 16th June.. Can you help me finding a good budget hotel accommodation there in Harsil. Please suggest some places to enjoy there.. thanks in advance..

        • Venkat, Harsil will be perfect. I always stay with KMVN or GMVN as I found them value for money with respect to locations and cleanliness.

  87. SAURABH KHEMKA says:

    We are going there on june 9th for 7 days……i wonder what is the condition of roads there.

  88. Prasad Np says:

    Another marvelous post with useful information. The pic of the bus in the tunnel is really good..

    • Thank you so very much Prasad. Yesh, it is too one of my favorite giving the context of the scale too. I am sure, once you will plan the trip here this is going to be useful in some or the other context :)

  89. sangeeta says:

    Truly enchanting…such beautiful vistas..maybe one day I will make that trip!

  90. Fizz Genuine says:

    Very Informative with excellent pictures… :)

    • sanjay says:

      Sir, I am fond of travelli g hilly areas with my low ground base small car.Last yr I visited chardham yatra and during yamunotri and gangotri visit I found the worst road conditions which were narrow too. Now I am planning to go to narkanda, sangla, chitkul, kalpa etc. and i wish to know that whether the road conditions r more worst as compared to yamunotri/ gangotri roads? Is there any permission/ regn. Reqd. To visit these places.

      • Sanjay no permissions are required. But road conditions are more or like same and it is just about 100 KMs where you need to suffer from bad roads rest are all good.

        • Rima Bandyopadhyay says:

          I would like to have some information on a trip in Lahul – Spiti and Kinnaur. We are 4 adults and 1 kid and we are looking for a 9 days trip in this region. Could you please suggest us an itinerary for 9 days. We would like to spend some time in the place where the landscapes are best – so please allow time in the itinerary in those places where we can see the best landscapes for our photography purpose.

          Also, I would like to know how Key monastery is placed. Can that be included in the itinerary?

          Appreciate if you please also suggest on cost for 4 adults and 1 kid. We are not looking for 4/5 star hotel but clean and hygienic accommodation is a requirement.

          Please send this ASAP

        • Hello Rima,

          Since you looking for a relaxed trip and time on hand and traveling with family too, you can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

          Regards
          dheeraj

 
 

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