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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104 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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..

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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??

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. ravi says:

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

  14. 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

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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

  17. D bhatia says:

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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Shammi says:

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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. sumit says:

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. Indrani says:

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

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  30. [...] 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. [...]

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. SAURABH KHEMKA says:

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

  34. 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 :)

  35. sangeeta says:

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

  36. Fizz Genuine says:

    Very Informative with excellent pictures… :)

 
 

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