Kinnaur Valley Sample Itinerary | Kalpa – Sangla – Sarahan

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

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

OR

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

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

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  1. Hi we are planning a tripp from shimla via kinnaur to leh and it will be a 7-8 days tripp. Anyone if went through this way kindly message the tour guide

    • Karan, three days are just required to reach Spiti Valley from Kinnaur, from there 2 long days will be required minimum o reach Leh. You have just 7 days and you will have to come back too?

      • Hey Dheeraj thx for reply,can u plz tell me about the route and what will be the speed of the cars and how are the roads.KIndly messege me the ruote from shimla to leh via rampur.

        • re you go Karan,

          Day 1 | Chandigarh/Ambala – Narkanda – Sarahan
          Day 2 | Sarahan – Rakcham/Sangla/Chitkul
          Day 3 | Rakcham/Sangla/Chitkul – Nako – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
          Day 4 | Tabo – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Pin Valley – Kaza
          Day 5 | Kaza Rest and Local Sightseeing
          — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
          Day 6 | Kaza – Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit – Kaza
          Day 7 | Kaza – Sissu / Keylong, leave early in the day
          Day 8 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
          — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 9 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 11 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 12 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

          Day 13 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 14 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
           
          Day 15 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
          — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 16 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 17 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Kargil

          Day 18 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
          — Enjoy the vistas enroute
          — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
          — Overnight at Srinagar

          Day 19 | Srinagar – Jammu
          — Overnight at Jammu

          Day 20 | Jammu – Ambala – Delhi
          — Back Home

  2. Rishi Khurana on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Greetings for the day..!!

    I am planning to visit Sangla valley and nearby places like Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako and if possible want to trek Kinner Kailash in mid of April. I want to stay few days in Chitkul. Could you please suggest me some home stays or guest houses in Chitkul or nearby. I am planning to drive by myself there so how the road conditions would be during that time. It would be great if you can help me with the Itinerary.

    Best Regards
    Rishi

  3. Soumik Sengupta on

    We are planning to go Sarahan,Sangla,Kalpa,Chitkul.
    We shall reach Simla on 29th May from Kolkata. Our return is on 5th May from Kalka.
    Pl.make a tour plan for us.We are eight adult and four children in the team. What type of car will be good for us.We don’t want Hick tick journey.
    Looking forward for your reply.

    • Soumik, you can easily follow the itinerary mentioned in the article above. It is most common itinerary for Kinnaur Valley and suits your number of days too. Spend more time in around Sangla and Chitkul

  4. Satyajit Chakrabarti on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Kinnaur valley from 08/10/2016 (from Howrah) to 17/10/2016 (reach Howrah).
    Please suggest an ideal Itinerary of the above.

    Thanks,

    Satyajit

      • Satyajit Chakrabarti on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your quick response. Please let me know that is better to stay a night at Chitkul or at Sangla or both a night at Chitkul and Sangla? I can increase the tour by one day.
        Satyajit.

        • Then stay night at both the places 🙂 … If you cover Chitkul on the way back from Kalpa in that case you can stay at Chitkul only and that shall be good enough but if you first visit Chitkul before Kalpa then better stay at Sangla first.

        • Satyajit Chakrabarti on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          My tour plan is as follows:

          07/10/2016 – Howrah – Delhi (Rajdhani/Duronto)
          08/10/2016 – Delhi – Simla
          09/10/2016 – Simla
          10/10/2016 – Simla – Chitkul
          11/10/2016 – Chitkul -Sangla-Kamru Fort-Chitkul
          12/10/2016 – Chitkul – Kalpa
          13/10/2016 – Kalpa
          14/10/2016 – Kalpa – Sarahan
          15/10/2016 – Sarahan – Manali
          16/10/2016 – Manali
          17/10/2016 – Manali – Delhi
          18/10/2016 – Delhi – Howrah (Rajdahani/Duronto/Flight)

          Is the above itinerary Okay.

          There are some questions which I need your advise.

          1. Can I go Straight from Delhi to Simla on the same day I reach Delhi (12.00 Rajdhani arrives at Delhi) ? I don’t want to halt at Delhi for the day.

          2. Can I travel to chitkul the next day after lunch I reach Simla (09/10/2016)?

          3, While returning from Sarahan (15/10/2016) can I come back to delhi from Manali (night stay 16/10/2016)?

          Satyajit

        • Satyajit, I think I advised to include Nako somewhere in your plan but if you want to skip it, it is fine or may be I am confused with someone else. Secondly, better halt at Narkanda on 9-10, and at Sangla/Rakcham on 10-10 to acclimatize to sleep at Chitkul on 11-10. Sarahan – Manali will be long day, so leave early.

          1. With private taxi yes, but no volvo run in afternoon or late night
          2. Read above, Shimla to Chitkul is 9-10 hrs at time, so leave with enough daylight on hand
          3. Suggested above, detour to Manali will be long day

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your advice earlier for the post on Chaukori.

    We decided to visit Himachal in May 2016 (approximately 15th or 16th May and we have around 8-10 days). Planning a family trip being three of us and looking for good accomodation (not luxury necessarily though) but having good views and a pleasant experience with the family.

    We plan to visit Kalpa / Sangla / Chitkul / Sarahan or Narkanda. Please suggest an ideal itinerary to and from Chandigarh. Also, please suggest good hotels for each location that you suggest.

    Look forward to your valuable advice.

    Thanks.

    P.S. We applaud your itinerary suggestions for our earlier experience in Himachal especially Naggar Castle. All of us truly enjoyed that one. Many thanks to you again.

    • Hi Dheeraj,

      Adding to the post above, we have outlined itinerary as follows. Please feel free to comment –
      14 May – Land in Chandigarh (Afternoon or evening)
      15 May – Chandigarh to Narkanda
      16 May – Narkanda to Sangla
      17 May – Sangla
      18 May – Sangla
      19 May – Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla
      20 May – Sangla to Kalpa
      21 May – Kalpa
      22 May – Kalpa to Sarahan
      23 May – Sarahan
      24 May – Sarahan to Chandigarh to take evening flight.

      Also, please let me know if you have any idea of costs for a cab for a family of 3 for the entire itinerary. Or, should we hire cabs seperately?

      Please also let me know top two hotels for each of the destinations above.

      Thanks again.

      • The plan looks fine and quite quite relaxed. I will suggest somethings like below with Nako in addition here:

        14 May – Land in Chandigarh (Afternoon or evening)
        15 May – Chandigarh to Narkanda
        16 May – Narkanda to Kalpa
        17 May – Kalpa
        18 May – Kalpa – Nako
        19 May – Nako – Sangla/Rakcham
        20 May – Rakcham – Chitkul
        21 May – Chitkul
        22 May – Chitkul to Sarahan
        23 May – Sarahan
        24 May – Sarahan to Chandigarh to take evening flight

        It is very relaxed plan and you will just soak into the beauty of Kinnaur with numerous walks in Sangla and Kalpa.

        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. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of pickup as well.

        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.

        Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

        For stay options in Kinnaur and Spiti, check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your detailed reply.

          Taxi fees seem to be quite at the higher side for my budget. Do you think it is better to visit in March end rather than May considering that it will not be peak season around that time?

          Alternatively, is it a good option to split the trip as partly by bus until say Narkanda and then take a cab from there on ie (Narkanda to Kalpa – Sangla – Chitkul – Narkanda)?

          I have had a look at HRTC Deluxe buses but not quite sure if these are Volvo buses?

          Let me know your thoughts.

          Thanks again.

          Nimesh

        • Hello Nimesh,

          Yeah taxis are high in that region due to wear and tear and bad roads. You can visit in March too but Chitkul will not be open by then and Nako too will have hurdles and adventurous roads. I will suggest to keep it in April mid or May only. Nothing much will change in terms of taxi charges with or without season. Yes, you can split that way too. All depends on convenience and budget.

          There are no volvo or deluxe buses beyond Shimla, so journey has to be undertaken in standard HRTC buses.

        • Hello Mr. Dheeraj, me too would like to go with the same itenary. Can u let me know the approx tour cost without airfare n carfare?……so accordingly, we can plan……secondly, if I would like to do dharamshala, khajjar, dalhousie etc…..can u provide me ewd a relaxed itenary?

      • everett dsouza on

        hi nimesh iwill bedoing the same itenary but i will be in shimla on the 12th may if u wish we may travel together and share the taxi expense i am from mumbai and will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids one is 13yrs old girl and the other is 5 yr old boy let me know if u r intersted

  6. Abhishekam N Swamy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to do this itinerary in March – from March 10th to March 18th. Could you please let me know if this is possible during this time of the year. Also, is it safe for a couple to be doing this? Also, is it possible to fit Manali into this?

    • Yes, sure it is quite possible to do Kinnaur Valley in March and both Kalpa as well as Sangla will have pleasant weather. Chitkul will have lot of snow and in general opens around mid of March, so you will be lucky to get sight of huge snow 🙂

  7. Sujit Kumar Basu on

    Hi Mr. Sharma
    My daughter, son-in-law and my grand daughter aged 7 years intend to visit kinnaur in the 1st wk. of june 2016 for about seven days. They are UK citizens with OCI status. Do they need any permit for visiting that area. Their targets are Kalpa, Sangla and Chitkul. Aso could you kindly advice whether that period is ok for sight seeing. Especially whether mount Kinnaur Kailash will be visible? I will be highly obliged to get a reply by e-mail.

  8. Hi,

    I plan to ride up towards Sangla valley from the 14th to the 19th of November 2015. We will be a group of around 6-9 bikers, all on Enfields. I am not sure whether the roads will be open and motorable at the time. Half of our group are semi-seasoned riders while the others are more amateur than the rest.

    Any suggestion, inputs or advice? I would really appreciate it. Also, suggestions for alternate locations in Himachal Pradesh would be deeply appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Amitaayu, roads will be open most likely but you will face frozen/black ice on the road, so please take care while riding. Unless there is a heavy snowfall during that time of the year, road will be open.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go alone to sangla and want to cover sangla chitkul kalpa. Can I get a taxi in sangla to visit nearby places or bus service?

    Thanks in advance

  10. Hi dheeraj
    how are you.
    I need your help again.
    I wann go sangla vally.
    From 1st Oct at 10 pm in night from delhi(I can drive over night) and want to come back to Delhi by 5th Oct till 6 pm. Plz make an itinerary for me.
    I am taking XUV 500 from zoom .
    We are total 6 members.

    • Hi Karnesh, I am doing good. Thank you.

      2nd October: Reach Narkanda / Sarahan and rest for the day
      3rd October: Go to Sangla and stay overnight
      4th October: Visit Chitkul in day and start back towards Shimla
      5th October: Reach home from Shimla by 6 PM

      • Thank so much dheeraj 🙂
        U alwaz fullfill my expectations.
        One more thing I want to know.
        1.What is road conditions of that route.?
        Or
        2. Is there any special point to keep remember becoz that route totally new for me. ?
        3.Is that risky road ?
        Plz explain me do and don’t in brief.

        You helped me in my ladakh trip.
        I obeyed your instructions. N made a memorable journy.

        • Hello Karnesh,

          Road conditions are in comparison OK and dry. The bad road of Tapri – Urni – Choling is also opened temporarily so you will save one hour and 20 KM of pathetic drive.

          Rest of the roads at points after Tapri will have some landslide points and couple of bad stretches.Rest should be OK.

        • OK dheeraj
          Plz tell me at which place I can go with my friends other than sangla.
          Which is best according to you.
          My time period is From 1st Oct night to 5th Oct evening. We are starting from Delhi.
          Plz reply me soon.

        • Why are you quitting Sangla – Chitkul? These are beautful places and you will see a bit less crowd in comparison to any other place during that coming weekend where everything will be choked to fullest !! In case you fear the road, well, I will suggest take a taxi in that case brother from Sarahan/Jeori or Narkanda or Shimla.

        • Hello dheeraj
          It’s not like that I can drive thank you 🙂
          I asked you because you are best in that. I will go sangla and chitkul..
          I have doubted that is why I asked you.
          Can you send me the over all route. name of villages and town on the way. Accommodation. Name of good restaurant and all.

  11. Hello there,

    I am considering traveling to Kapla in the beginning of November, staying the entire month, and traveling back to Jaipur in the beginning of December. Do you think the roads will be passable? Or will there be too much snow? Will I be able to get there? Thank you!

  12. Rahul kaushik on

    Thanks Dheeraj for your prompt reply.
    Can you also please help me in preparing the itinerary for these days. My plan is from 21st October to 26th October.
    I want to cover chitkul and near by beautiful places .
    Please help

  13. Rahul kaushik on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit chitkul and near by places in late October month. Please suggest me about the environment and weather of chitkul in late October month. Are there any chances of snow fall in chitkul at that time. My journey will start from Delhi on 21st October 2015.

  14. Hi Dheeraj
    Our family of 7 (6 Adults + 1 Kid (10 Yrs) ) planning a spitivalley tour from 17th July to 25th July as below:

    18th July- Ambala- Shimla- Sarahan, Stay in Sarahan.

    19th July- Sarahan- Wangtoo- Chitkul- Kalpa. Stay in Kalpa

    20th July- Kalpa- Pooh- Khab- Nako- Sumdo- Tabo-kaza, stay in Kaza

    21st July 2015:- Kaza Local Sight Seeing. Stay in Kaza.

    22nd July- Kaza – Chandrataal Lake. Stay in Camp

    23rd July- Chandrataal- Batal- Chatru- Gramphoo- Rohtang Pass- Manali. Stay in Manali.

    24th July:- Manali Local Sightseeing /nagger castle and Overnight stay at hotel.

    25th July- Manali – Kullu – Ambala :-

    Kindly suggest, if the plan is fine or if any change you recommend. Also will there be heavy rains, can we get at least little snow at rohtang pass?

    Thanks
    Vinay

  15. KUNAL gupta on

    Hi, My name is Kunal, Wish to visit Sangla valley with friends & family in 2nd week of July from ambala. Kindly suggest me the itenary for 5 days.

    • Day 1 | Ambala – Shimla – Sarahan
      Day 2 | Sarahan – Sangla/Rakcham
      Day 3 | Sangla/Rakcham – Chitkul
      Day 4 | Chitkul – Narkanda
      Day 5 | Narkanda – Ambala

  16. Hi

    I am planning to visit this stretch. I have 8 days in hand. I m planning to leave Delhi on 2nd July. Is this the good time to visit and what about snow.. Will we get any snow till Chutkul ?

    • Mayank check the rains and then go for it. In case it says raining it will be difficult as mountains are fragile in Kinnaur and landlsides are common. So, check about heavy rains before you leave. Regarding snow, it will be touch and go, some remains might be present

  17. Ajoy Maji on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    I am planning to visit to Spiti Valley during 1st week of September. I have two plans so need your help to understand which one is best . Please alter the plan if required.

    Plan-1 :
    Day 1 : Chandigarh to Sarahan.Sightseeing in Narkanda, Sarahan etc.
    Day 2 : Sarahan- Sangla – Chitkul (Sightseeing in Sangla and Chitkul.
    Day 3 : Chitkul- Rekong Peo – Kalpa. Sightseeing in Rekong Peo and Kalpa.
    Day 4 : Kalpa to Tabo via Nako. Sightseeing in Nako and Tabo.
    Day 5 : Tabo – Dhankar Monastery – Lalung – Pin Valley – Kaza.Sightseeing in Dhankar,Lalung,Pin Valley and Kungri gompa.
    Day 6 : Kaza whole day (Sightseeing in Langic, Komic, Kye, Kibber).
    Day 7 : Kaza – Lossar – Kunzum Pass (4700 m) – Chandratal – Rohtang Pass (4050 m) – Manali.1 hr stop over in Chandratal.
    Day 8 : Manali to Chadigarh and catch the train at 23:55 from Chadigarh.

    Plan-2 :
    Day 1 : Chandigarh to Manali.
    Day 2 : Manali – Rohtang Pass (4050 m) – Chandratal(1hr stop) – Kunzum Pass (4700 m) – Lossar
    Day 3 : Lossar – Kaza : Enroute visit Kye and Kiebber then lunch at Kaza and then go to Langic,Comic.Night halt at Kaza
    Day 4 : Kaza – Pin Valley – Lalung – Dhankar Monastery – Tabo
    Day 5 : Tabo to Kalpa via Nako. Sightseeing in Nako and Tabo.
    Day 6 : Kalpa – Rekong Peo – Sangla
    Day 7 : Sangla to Sarahan via Chitkul
    Day 8 : Sarahan to Chadigarh and catch the train at 23:55 from Chadigarh.

    Thanks for your help

  18. Sunita Jaswal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 7-8 friends, planning to visit Kinnaur this july. We have 6 days in hand and we all reside in Chandigarh. We would like to visit rampur, chitkul, kalpa,sangla, kibbar kaza etc.
    Kindly suggest the best itinerary for 6 days. also our plan is to travel in first week of july, what are the wether conditions in July there,generally.

    Thanks
    Sunita Jaswal

    • Sunita, you can just cover Kinnaur Valley not Spiti Valley in just 6 days in hand.

      Day 1 | Chandigarh – Sarahan
      Day 2 | Sarahan – Sangla Valley
      Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul / Sangla
      Day 4 | Chitkul / Sangla – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Kotgarh/Narkanda
      Day 6 | Kotgarh/Narkanda – Chandigarh

  19. Lakshya Gupta on

    Hello dheeraj

    I am planning a trip to sangla via narkanda. Is it advisable to take a car like grand i10 or swift there?

    • Lakshay, you can take a hatch over there but these could be stretches where it might get scratched from the underbelly and that you need to live with it. Also, you need to have good skills especially in case there are rains around as it creates slush.

      • Lakshya Gupta on

        I am planning to visit there on from 12th to 17th june. Will it be a good time to be there? And we are planning to take a quanto and a wagonr. I am somewhat confused for wagonr, that’s why asking for your opinion for that. Please advise me for that

        • Yeah it shall be good time to visit Kinnaur. Just check the weather reports and it shall not say heavy rains and all shall be good enough. People take hatches too, if you can manage to drive in some slush stretches or sometimes couple of underbelly hits, it is quite manageable.

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