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Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide | Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul

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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

For more details on good hotels to stay in Kinnaur Valley OR good accommodation options to stay in Kinnaur Valley, you can refer the article: Good Hotels or Accommodation options in Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley

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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485 Comments

  1. Hallo Dheeraj,

    We (me and my wife) are planning to visit Shimla & Kinnaur valley in the month of November from 22nd to 28th November (excluding the journey days from Kolkata). The main destination stops will be Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Chitkul.
    Can you please suggest an itinerary for the tour which will cover the places??
    Also, will the places be accessible (or advisable to go) at that time of the year??

    Thanks
    Anish

    • Day 1 | Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Sangla Valley
      Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul / Sangla
      Day 4 | Chitkul / Sangla – Kalpa
      Day 5 | Kalpa – Sarahan
      Day 6 | Sarahan – Chail/Shimla
      Day 7 | Chail/Shimla – Delhi

  2. Hi,

    I am planning to travel from Chandigarh for 8 N/9 D Himachal Trip.

    Please find my proposed intinerary as follows:

    Day1–Chandigarh to Chail

    Day2- Chail to Sarahan

    Day3- Sarahan to Sangla

    Day4-Sangla

    Day5-Sangla to Kalpa

    Day6-Kalpa

    Day7-Kalpa to Kaza

    Day8- Kaza

    Day9-Kaza to Manali

    Day10- Manali to Chandigarh/Delhi

    Is this itinerary OK?

    Also, is it OK to travel in November? we are starting on 28th Oct. Will it be too cold ? Will the roads be blocked?

    Appreciate your help.

    • Saheli, I wil advice that instead of spending a day in Kalpa extra, please add that day in Kaza. so, from Kalpa go to Tabo stay there, then next day Tabo – Dhangkar – Pin Valley – Kaza. Next day Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Langza- Hikkim – Komik – Kaza, then come back via same route to Delhi as I saw you going end of October. Well, in that case it is a big big NO to travel beyond Kaza towards Manali as it becomes no mans land and veru risky with chances of getting stuck up there for months in case snows out there. Even local people are afraid of traveling beyond mid of October between Kaza – Manali over Kunzum Pass unless it is some very very badly needed in case of some crisis. I will suggest followin

      Day1–Chandigarh to Chail
      Day2- Chail to Sarahan
      Day3- Sarahan to Sangla
      Day4-Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla
      Day5-Sangla to Tabo
      Day6-Tabo – Dhangkar – Pin Valley – Kaza
      Day7-Kaza and around as suggested above
      Day8- Kaza – Kalpa
      Day9-Kalpa to Shimla/Narkanda
      Day10- Shimla/Nakranda to Chandigarh/Delhi

      • Hi,

        Thanks a lot for your inputs. Is it feasible to go Kinnaur Valley in November? Or should I plan for some other places like Dharamshala and all? Will the weather be too harsh? Also, is it advisable to book the hotels in advance, or will get good deals on the spot? I heard the HPTDC hotels are good.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are group of 9 bikers from Bangalore. We are starting our ride from Shimla on the 21st of July.
    Our proposed travel is as under,
    JULY
    21st – Shimla- Narkanda (Snow trail camps Near Chail)
    22n – Narkanda- Sangala ( Kinner Camps Sangla)
    23r – Sangla- Chitkul- Nako (Kinner Camps Nako)
    24t -Nako- Pin valley- ( Guest House)
    25t – Pin – Kaza local – Kye monastery -( Spiti Sarai Kaza)
    26th- Kaza – Chandrataal (paramount Camp)
    27th- chandrataal- Rohtang- Manali .
    Ride ends.
    28th manali – chandigarh by car.

    We have a a innova which is following us with luggage and two back up people.

    * Suggestions Required from you.
    * Current Whether/ Road Conditions/ Rain factor- intensity
    * Any change in route required.
    * AMS precautions for suggested route.
    * Accommodation mentioned above ok/ not ok/ better options.

    Appreciate your constant effort to guide,

    Thnx ,

    Ashwin

  4. Ankit Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj….
    We are 6/7 heads planning a trip to Sangla form Delhi. The travel date is 1-8-2015 to start from delhi & have to reach delhi 7-8-2015.
    Please advise me about weather & road conditions there. It is ok to go with Toyota Innova. Is it is the right time to visit this place?

    • Ankit, it is monsoon time and Kinnaur is ideally not really a place to be in monsoons due to fragile roads which are vulnerable to landslides anytime. Please check the weather updates from http://yr.no website and then take a call to go or no go.

  5. K Vamshi Krishna on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel Spiti and Kinnaur Valley in 1st week of august along with my wife. I am landing in Chandigarh on 6th August and returning back from Chandigarh on 12th August. We have 6 days and we need to cover Spiti and Kinnaur. Kindly suggest me the Iternary plan where I can cover the max Spiti and Kinnaur Valley and other places arounf those valleys. Alos suggest me if you know any local travels who can guide and help us through out the journey. Also suggest me if it is the right time to travel in August and is it safe if we can trust Cab Drivers as me and my wife is planning the trip. Awaiting for your fond response.

      • Thanks Deeraj Bhai for your response. I am planning to go to spiti valley in 6 days. One of my friend Sarin went to spiti valley on june 15th 2015. he has hired a scorpio Tenzing – 09418433973 where he got the info from DOW. Even I am planning to hire Tenzing – 09418433973. One query here. Sarin has informed that the road is extremely dangerous from manali to spiti valley. Also the accommodation seems a worry as we have lots of Isreil and germen people around kaza. and hotel will be packed with those people. I also heard they have lots of drugs but for sure they wont disturb anyone. Request your kind help if you can help me with some accomodations around chandratal lake and kaza where we have more Indians. Money is not a problem. Awaiting for your fond response.

  6. Lukesh Kashyap on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Chitkul by the end of July or May be early august. First of all is it a good time to visit at this time of year. Also how is the condition of the road and is it safe enough to travel on Bullet. I will be travelling all alone or may be with my Gf. I or we would be travelling by Bullet. I am planning a four days trip from delhi and back. Please suggest are the number or days enough for the trip and is it good time to visit as I think rainfall can create a mess. Would really appreciate that :)

    Thanks,
    Lukesh

  7. SIDDHARTH on

    HI DHEERAJ BRO,
    how are u ….i need a help…i and my friend are planning a trip to shimla -reckang peo-kaza on our apache bike from delhi in first week of october….i want to know about the road condition from reckong peo -pooh-tabo-kaza….will it be safe to go on a single bike….plzzz help

    • Siddharth, it should be fine to travel during that time with respect to road conditions. However, doing Kaza – Manali that late in the season, must ensure that weather is good because Manali – Kaza is a no mans land road and most dhabhas also wind up by October mid october.

  8. i am planning for visit to kalpa / sangla / chitkul from delhi. the travel date is 22.10.15 to start from delhi & have to reach delhi on 28.10.15.

    can we travel by train upto chandigarh by train & onward by road or we should plan by road jourbey from delhi itself ??? which is better one ??

    Pl. also help us to get a tour plan.

    regards,

    sanjib

    • Sanjib, better you go with train to Kalka, then carry on with road journey. Also, Delhi to Shimla has a good volvo service as well which you can avail too.

  9. Rajesh Handa on

    Hi Dheeraj !!

    This site is very useful.

    I want to go kinnaur valley between 24 to 30 May from Dehradun with family. Is it OK to go with beat diesel ?? Which are place of interest between shimla & sangla valley? Can we visit kotgarh during this route?

    Or Could you help & make plan for us?

    • Rajesh, you can find all the required details of places and sightseeing in the article above and it also suggest a 6-7 day plan as well. Regarding taking hatch back, if you are a good driver and can tackle a bit rough roads, it is OK to travel.

    • Rohit Verma on

      Hi Rajesh,

      I am Rohit from Chandigarh. Many of the facts explained in the article above highlight only the geographical conditions of the vicinity and the points of interest.
      As you are traveling with family and hailing from Dehradun, then I believe you will be quite familiar with mountain roads as Dehradun is near mussoorie therefore I think you will be quite experienced to enthrall yourself onto this escapade.

      Eitherways, you have to reach Shimla in order to continue further and the road till Shimla is sweet! Will suit your vehicle. On the contrary, i totally agree with Dheeraj that if you are a good driver and can avoid potholes or any other depression on the road then you should be good! Also if your kid is quite comfortable with Mountain drives then you should be perfect, however there can be AMS if care is not taken at the right time. Kothgarh can also be covered however for the same, you would require a day more.

      Should you have any concerns regarding your travel plan, please don’t hesitate and contact me

      • Thank you Rohit for the inputs, the plan in general covers the main aspect of AMS too if followed properly. Also, AMS starts to affect once you are beyond 3000 Mtrs and main problem in Kinnaur in general comes to people going/sleeping at Chitkul. So, as long as you follow Narkanda, Sarahan/Sangla, Kalpa sequence with hydrated bodies you are mostly good to keep up with AMS.

        • Good day Dheeraj,

          I am from Singapore and came across this site as was planning a trip to Kalpa next late May.

          Can you advise road condition from Kalpa to Manali via Chango? Can Toyota Alto handle this terrain? How many days would it take if we do it in a leisure manner?

          Plan is get a driver from Shimla and drop in Manali. Would you be able to advise what is the current rate for a driver with Toyota Alto per day?

          Thanking you in advance and your guidance.

        • Hello seow,

          There is no Toyota Alto in India, we have Maruti Alto. It will struggle a bit up there due to low ground clearance though people do it. Also, in May it will not be possible to do Kalpa to Manali over Kunzum Pass. You will have to hire a big car driver. 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

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  10. Gaurav Agrawal on

    Hi All,

    Good Evening…

    Have visited Kinnaur – Reckong Peo, Sangla, Kalpa, Chhitkul with family. In family me, wife and 1 year old baby boy….

    Went by my TATA Indigo Car, have hired driver for the travel.

    Date of Travel from 08.05.2015 to 13.05.2015…

    Wil share shortly pics of travel along with experience…

    Overall the trip was good…..

      • Dear Dheeraj,
        We are in plan to travel Sangla – Kalpa – Chitkul from Meerut by Alto (13 June to 21 June). We are husband, wife with 7 years old kid.

        1. Please check, if my itinerary is correct? Especially the driving hours.
        2. What shall be the average Hotel Tariff (Just want clean toilets + Good bed) in Sangla & Kalpa
        3. Which route is better:
        SHIMLA – NALDHERA – PANDOA – NANI – KINGAL – RAMPUR – SARAHAN
        OR
        SHIMLA – KUFRI – THEOG – NARKANDA – BITHAL – RAMPUR – SARAHAN

        Our planned itinerary:
        Day From To Night Stay Dates in June Km / Day Driving Hrs
        Day 1 Meerut Narkanda 1st Night 13 400 km 12 Hrs
        Day 2 Narkanda Sangla 2nd Night 14 190 km 7 Hrs
        Day 3 Sangla Chitkul – Sangla 3rd Night 15 50 Km 4 Hr
        Day 4 Sangla Kalpa 4th Night 16 50 km 2 Hr
        Day 5 Kalpa Kalpa 5th Night 17 0 Km 0
        Day 6 Kalpa Saharan 6th Night 18 100 Km 4 Hr
        Day 7 Saharan Shimla 7th Night 19 170 Km 6 Hr
        Day 8 Shimla Shimla 8th Night 20 0 0
        Day 9 Shimla Meerut 21 350 km 12 Hrs

        • Hi Amit,

          Please find my replies below:

          2. You will get around 1500 per day for hotel on average for on the spot bookings. check the link: Some Good Options of Stays in Spiti Valley / Kinnaur Valley

          3. Kufri – Theog will be better in terms of short distance.

          1. Your timings are correct and they will range in these hours only with an hour here and there plus, minus. Also, I will suggest you can come back via Chail route instead of following shimla and stay at Chail on Day 8 in case required.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Dheeraj Ji,

          Thank You so much for your helpful reply.
          Just few more thing to ask…
          1. Is it medically safe to travel with 7 year old kid
          2. Predicted road conditions in June 3rd week and is it doable with Alto?
          3. I drove till Bairagarh (on the way to Sach Pass) ; are roads of Kalpa – Sangla like that or WORST?
          4. Considerable Petrol filling points on this route after Shimla.
          5. Last ATM location after Shimla

          Regards,

          amit

        • Hello Amit,

          1. In general, it is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D.. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

          2+3. Will be bad and in case it rains it will be further bad. Till Bairagarh, roads are fine in Kinnaur when it rains it becomes more or less much bad.

          4. Don’t worry about fuel for just Kinnaur Valley. Top up at Tandi for sure.
          5. There is an ATM at Rampur as well beyond that I believe there is one at Reckong Peo too in kinnaur.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Dheeraj Ji,
          That means we should drop the idea to going to Kalpa Sangla by our ALTO 800 ? (DATES ARE BETWEEN 14 JUNE TO 21 JUNE)
          Please suggest so that we can plan accordingly.
          2. Is Gangtok – darejeeling is doable with Alto in these dates?

        • Dheeraj Ji,

          Still in confusion whether to take my Alto LXI to Kalpa Sangla or not
          Please answer my query that I asked earlier.

        • Amit, if you are a good driver and love adventure more than the car, then it is fine to take. Just keep a check on weather, if it says raining then cancel else go with it. But, prime condition is of good driver.

  11. Hi ,

    I plan to visit Reckong Peo in Early October this year (2015) . I am having a small kid who would be approx 18 months old in that month. Please advise whether October month would be preferrable or not ?
    Also , what would be possibility of having rains or snow during that period ?
    Can anyone also please advise the most lavish / costliest hotel in Reckong Peo / Sangla ?
    Regards
    Anubhav

  12. Arijit Chakraborty on

    Hi, We are 6/8 heads planning to visit Sarahan, sangal and Kalpa on Nov 15 end, could you please advice me about the weather there……….. Is it is fine to travel there that time.
    Our trip is like
    Day 1 – Chandigarh to Sarahan and stay
    Day 2 – Sarhan to Sangla and stay
    Day 3 – Sarahan side scene.
    Day 4 – Sarahan to Kalpa and stay
    Day 5 & 6 – At Kalpa.
    Day 7 – Kalpa to Rampur or Narkanda and stay
    Day 8 – Narkanda to Chandigarh.

    We will start from Kolkata on 21st of Nov and reach Chandigarh on 23rd 0300 hrs (as per schedule).

    Please advice……………..

    Thanks

    Arijit Chakraborty.

    • Arijit, it will be quite cold up there especially in chitkul during that time of the year. Rest your plan looks fine to me. On Day 3, you meant Sangla including Chitkul I think. Plan is quite relaed.

      • Arijit Chakraborty on

        Thanks Dheeraj Ji, for your prompt reply, Yes we are planning to visit Chitkul on day 3.
        Actually my only worry is snow, Is there any chance of snowfall there during my said time? I mean I have a really very bad experience of snowfall in Sikkim. It was on the month of Feb, Me and my wife travelling to east sikkim and suddenly snowfall starts, our car has lost his grip and it skiting badly and we have stay that night in a Army camp. They saved us and next day we have walk around 10/12 kms down.

        Is it possible to reach those places during 1st week of December, actually one of my friend has some problem to take leave during month end so now we are planning to start from Kolkata on 28th of Nov.

        If you please guide us……………

        • All depends upon luck. If it is a lucky dayfor you then it might happen else not. December will be very cold and most of the places will be shut down including hotels. In case it snows the road might close too to Sangla.

  13. Hi dheeraj..
    I have planned a trip to kinnaur valley.. I have an extra day in hand after visiting sangla, kalpa, chitkul and tirthan valley. Any suggestions for an additional day? I am confused between chail, sarahan, narkanda and kasol. Which is the better place to stay a day?

    Thanks in advance
    Satya

      • Hi Dheeraj.. I tried searching for daranghati in the internet. All I could get is daranghati sanctuary. Is this what you were mentioning?

        Also, I will be visiting in June 1st week. Is this a good time?

        • Yes, Satya, Daranghaati is a mountain pass actually located in sanctuary. There are couple of camping sites up there and yeah it is good time to visit :)

        • Hey satya, im planning a trip up to chitkul on the same first weeek of june. I am travelling alone tho. R u planning to ride there?

        • hi satya and hi aslam,…. i am also planning for chitkul in first week of june….can i join you guys…?

  14. dear Dheeraj,
    i have 5 nights between kalpa and sangla.
    pls advice kalpa main 3 nights ka stay aur sangla main 2 nights.or
    kalpa main 2 nights aur sangla main 3 nights……..

    • Personally, I will always spend more time in Sangla + Chitkul than Kalpa. So, my choice will be more for Sangla Chitkul and less time for Kalpa as there is nothing much to do there in comparison.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a family tour on last week of May,2015. Our plan is to visit sangla/chitkul/kalpa/rekong peo. We have two kids in our team ( 4yrs,5 yrs). I want to know if there will be any problem for high altitude and AMS. we are anxious about the kids. It will be helpful if you kindly guide us.

  16. Hi Sir,
    We are two people , planning to visit sangla and chitkul from 26 April onwards. My query is regarding road conditions from narkanda to sangla/kalpa…is the road open now and if u hv any idea r they in good condition or not…as we r going on bikes. So according to u wht precautions we need to take while riding on bikes.
    Following is itinerary :
    Day 1. chd to narkanda (night stay at narkanda)
    Day 2. narkanda to kalpa (night stay at kalpa)
    Day 3 . Local kalpa (night stay at kalpa)
    Day 4. Narkanda to sangla (night stay at sangla)
    Day 5 Sangla to Chitkul and back (night stay at Sangla)
    Day 6 Sangla to Sarahan (night stay at Sarahan)
    Day7. Sarahan to Chail (night stay at Chail)
    Day8 . Back to base

    Is it fine or kindly suggest some changes if u think. Moreover we r planning to stay at homestays only.

    Thanks and d regards

  17. Mayoor Chheda on

    Dear Dhiraj.

    I am planning to travel to Kinnaur valley (Shimla, Narkanda, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Fagu) from 5th to 12 th May. How would the weather be at that time of the year. Is it extremely cold ? Would we require heavy woolens? Does it rain in May? This year there has been lots of rain in March & early April–would this be a problem regarding landslides & condition of roads? Pl advice.

    • Mayoor, weather will be pleasant mostly during that time of the year. I will suggest that you carry light woolens and just a pair of heavy woolens or probably a jacket which can be taken out on demand basis. Chitkul will be most cold in all three places. Road conditions will settle by May.

      • Mayoor Chheda on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        We are a group of 11 people travelling to Kinnaur. We are planning to hire a tempo-traveller. Would a tempo traveller be safe on these roads. Would it be able to negotiate the narrow roads. Are accidents common in this region. Taking two Innovas is an option but this increases the tour cost way too much. Please advice

        • Mayoor Chheda on

          Dear Dheeraj.

          Thanks for your advice. We will take the tempo traveller only.

    • Rahul Nanda on

      Hello Dheeraj,
      Your portal is highly informative :)
      I was planning to travel to kinnaur district(kalpa,spiti and chitkul) from shimla may 17-22 do we get accomodations easily or do we need to book in advance?

      I also plan to cover dharamshala and Mac L in the said dates,kindly suggest an appropriate order?

      p.s I will be travelling alone and this my first :) your guidance will be of great help!

      • Rahul you will be able to get accommodation on the spot in the month of May with some search here and there. With 6 days in hand, you will only be able to cover Kinnaur Valley so you will have to drop Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj. I will suggest to check out the itinerary suggested in the article above.

  18. Hi Dhiraj,
    I m planning for tour of shimla/kalpa/sangla valley during 20th may to 27 th may for 7n/8days. Pls suggest me is it convenient time to visit this place with my wife & 1&half year old child? Also help me to design iternery from shimla / to shimla return by car/hptdc Luxary bus by visiting these places. Also provide me information abt Pwd rest house/home stay /budget guest house at kalpa/sangla/ kinnaur. Thanks.

  19. Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning a road trip from Chandigarh – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali – Chandigarh during later half of may (2-3 weeks). I am keen on traveling on a two-wheeler but well versed with driving only a gearless scooter (Honda Activa) and not geared once (Bike). Let me know if it would work and any precautions that needs to be taken.
    Many people say that it won’t be possible but i still fell that at 110 cc, engine is enough powerful to complete the journey successfully. I am from Himachal only (lower hills) but have never traveled to Kinnaur.

    • Ashish, I have known people who have taken Activa to Ladakh as well. So, with efforts you can for sure do. However, the progress per day will be slow and at times you may need to push the vehicle in case of slush or water crossings. Also, in case you want to travel from Manali side THEN better plan in mid of June as road from Manali to Kaza opens in mid of June.

      • Ashish Gupta on

        Thank you Dheeraj for your insights.

        It would be great if you can provide me contact info (email id, phone no.) of few people who have carried their journeys on Activa so that i can plan better.
        Also, i would like to know if we are two people, then we need to carry 2 vehicles or one Activa would suffice considering luggage weight as well.

        • Ashish, you will get a mail as I reply over it. Just reply me back on it and I Will share the details with you. One activa with luggage and pillion will be too much to ask for. Carry two vehicles.

  20. Hiii,

    Dheeraj we r playning a trip to himachal by the end of this month, we r adventure loving ppl, we have visited almost all famous places in himachal twice r thrice, plzzz plan a trip fr me of 4 days frm chandigarh by car, we want to visit offbeat places we would like to enjoy forestbresorts and adventure journey

  21. Rahul Korde on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    What is the best time to visit Spiti valley with family. I think after May, it is rainy season and there is slush all around. I would prefer going via Narkanda and return via Manali doing the Chandrataal lake as well. pls. suggest the best time to visit this place considering I would be going with a 8 yr old kid. I have not yet decided on the number of days, but it will be a leisure trip. I would be driving all the way from Mumbai.

    Regards,
    Rahul K

  22. Hello Dheeraj,
    I am planning a quick escape to Chitkul from Delhi in first week of April. All I have is 4 days. If you can suggest best itinerary for this short trip..

    0400hrs Leaving Delhi >>>>

    1. What should be my destination for the day? Narkanda/Sarhan or may be little further (I can manage long non-stop drive at a stretch)
    2. Where to stay on Day2 Sangla, Chitkul or Rakcham?
    3. Can I also manage RecongPeo, Kalpa?
    4. Which place would be suggested among those to spend much time?

    Thanks
    Pancham

    • Hi Pancham,

      4 days to Chitkul trip means being on the road only. May be you can try something like below:

      Day 1: Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2: Narkanda – Sangla/Rakcham
      Day 3: Sangla/Rakcham – chitkul – Sangla – Sarahan / Rampur
      Day 4: Rampur – Delhi

      Adding anything else beyond it will be too much to ask in 4 days :)

  23. Hello Dheeraj. Planning to go to Sangla Valley on from 5-10 April 2015. Will road condition be fine at same date and what about the weather

    • It is snowing / raining up there in Kinnaur at present and forecast for coming week is also snow / rain up there in Kinnaur Valley. Hence, you will find some bad roads with slush stretches and weather might be overcast/rainy too as per the IMD/Accuweather sites.

  24. Dear Dheeraj, first of all thanks for this wonderful information. I am also planning a trip to kinner valley by last week of May. I want to trek to kinner kailash in this trip. Could u pls help me un this regard.
    1) Is it necessary to hire a guide for this trek. Or can we identify the trek route easily?
    2) will there be any accommodation option in-between the trek route to kinner kailash
    3) will there be snow in kinner valley in general during this time.(may last)
    Thanks in advance..

    • Hi Dinu,

      1. May might be a bit early due to the presence of snow up there on the trek though I am not 100% sure. I would prefer that you take one local with you for sure.
      2. Sorry, never did this trek so do not have much idea on it.
      3. May last will have some snow

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  25. Dear Dheeraj,
    Planning trip to Kalpa with family 20-06-15 onwards. Will highly appreciate your inputs on the following questions:
    1. Is the time of year OK.
    2. Can I do The trip in my Wagon R. Have done a lot of driving in this car but are the roads OK.
    3. Plan to base at Kalpa for 3-4 nights and then come to Simla. Have already seen Sarahan.
    4. What all to do in Kalpa on foot?
    3. Will a days trip be Ok for Chitkul and Sangla Valley. What vehcles are available for hire and what will it cost.
    While answering my queries please keep in mind that the motto of the trip is leisure combined with adventure.
    Look forward to receive your valued advice ASAP so that I could book my accommodation. Always prefer to stay with HTDC.
    Regards,
    Amar

    • Hi Amar,

      1. Time is OK but at times in June it does rain which can play spoil sport in terms of road conditions. Please keep a check on the weather conditions when you reach closer to dates.
      2. Roads are just manageable beyond Bhawanagar. Hatchback with low GC will face some issues and you have to be very careful.
      3+4. Better to have base in Sangla. Visit Chitkul and roam around there. Have one night in Kalpa.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Dear Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the reply from which I assume that it is doable but with caution. How much driving time would it take from Rampur to Kalpa

        What exactly is meant when you say spoilsport. Does one get stuck. Are there landslides. If so how long does it take to clear.Also one just can not go without any advance hotel bookings which, in the eleventh hour would not be available.HAs anyone done the route recently?

        So, what do you suggest. Is Sangla doable in my car. What accommodation is available there? Shall be grateful for an update ASAP.

        • Also, can we do Kalpa-Khab-Kalpa as a day trip to see the Spiti-Sutlej confluence. Will the roads be open in June?

        • Hi Amar,

          Rampur to Kalpa shall be around 4.5-5 Hrs of drive. Yes, there can be landslides when it rains, there will be slush that makes driving difficult as car skids, sometimes car gets stuck. Road opening depends on the extent of damage done. You can surely go over and book on the spot by searching here and there. There are plenty of stay options in Kinnaur. Kalpa – Khab – Kalpa can be done in a day but road conditions further deteriorates on this route and completely broken. The roads will be open in case there is no landslide.

          You can read the most recent experience from last week at the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/white-spiti-valley-march-itinerary-road-conditions-updates/comment-page-1/#comment-317066

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  26. Hi dheeraj,
    We are 4 to 5 people and planning a trip to Spiti in june end. Here is my itenary and want your comments and suggetions. We will land Chandigarh at 11 am morning. And our return flight will be at 7pm in eve in return.
    1) Day 1 – chandigarh to Sarahan. Or narkanda if sarahan is long
    2) Day 2 – Narkanda/Sarahan to Sangla ( stay at kinner camp)
    3) Day 3 – sangla to Kalpa ( Visit to Chitkul village)
    4) Day 4 – Kalpa to Tabo
    5) Day 5- Tabo to Dhankar/mud village. Stay at mud village or phukchong village
    6) Day 6 – Mud village/ phukchong village to Demul
    7) Day 7 – Demul to komic
    8) Day 8 – komic to kibber
    9) Day 9- Kibber to kaza
    10) Day 10 – Kaza to Chandratal
    11) Day 11 – Chandratal to Manali
    12) Day 12 – Manali to Chandigarh. Flight from chandigarh at 7 pm.

    Want your comments for the above itenary and will each and everything is getting cover in this?

    • Dharman, it looks decent to me. While going to Demul, you can take a detour and visit Lhalung first and then come back and stay overnight at Demul. From Komik, you can also visit Hikkim and while going to Kibber, visit Langza on the way.

  27. beena.gada on

    Hi Dheeraj, we are planning a trip to kinnaur on 10th may for 10days. 2nights at chail.1 day chail-narkanda-rampur o/n.1day rampur to sarahan o/n at Sarahan.Sarahan to kalpa 3days.kalpa to rohru o/n.rohru to naldera o/n.naldera to Chandigarh. Pls suggest me whether the iternary is correct or any other good place we could be to.can we travel to nako during that period of time than may be we can change the iternary.pls help me in this. Thanks,beena

    • Hello Beena,

      Make Chail to Sarahan directly. From Sarahan go over to Sangla and stay up there for 2 days, may be one night at Chitkul. Then from Sangla, go over to Kalpa for a day. Finally, Kalpa to Rohru (it will be long, so break at Narkanda may be) Use the saved day above.

      Hope this helps, still any doubt, feel free to post the query.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • beena.gada on

        Hi dheeraj,thanks for your fast reply and thanks for the suggestions I will surely bring down the changes. Can you pls clear my querrie about kaza can we travel on those dates will the roads be clear without any issues

        • Beena, you can for sure travel to Kaza in the month of May but you will have to come the same path that is from Kinnaur Valley because the road from Kaza to Manali will not be open by that time.

  28. Vijay Sharma on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    We plan a family trip from shimla to kalpa,peo,sangla,chitkul and theog in first week of April 2015.Please advice me the rout ,weather condition and stay facility.

    • Hi Vijay,

      The route and itinerary is suggested in the article above along with stay options suggestions. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts left after going through the article above.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Vijay Sharma on

        Thanks Dheeraj. Now please give me the suggetion about road condition at that time of our trip i.e. 3rd April to 9th April 2015.

        • Vijay Sharma on

          Dear Deeraj,

          This is my plan from Shimla to Kalpa,peo ,sangla and chitkul in first week(3rd to 9th) of April 2015.Detalis of trip as follows:

          1.Day one-Chandigarh to Shimla(N/S)

          2. Day two-Shimla to Sangla (N/S)

          3. Day three- Sangla visit and rest

          4. Day four-Sangla to Chitkul and return

          5. Day five- Sangla to Kalpa via peo and return

          6. Day six- Sangla to Theog

          7. Day seven-Theog visit

          8. Day eight-Theog to Kalka

          Please give me the road condition reprot and weather condition during my trip.Is my plan ok or not.

          Thanking you.

        • Hi Vijay,

          Here are my comments:

          1. Better go over to Narkanda and stay there instead of Shimla on Day 1
          2. Day 4: You can stay at Chitkul too if you like.
          3. Day 5: There is no need to return from Kalpa, better stay in Kalpa
          4. Day 6: Do Kalpa to Sarahan, there isn’t much to see anything in Theog
          5. Day 7: Sarahan – Theog – Narkanda / Shimla / Chail

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Vijay, it shall be OK during that time of the year. As of now roads are not open but it may not take much time once the weather settles. Stay tuned here and we will update the status.

        • Vijay Sharma on

          Dear Dheeraj,

          Thanks for information .Please update me the more information regarding weather and road condition till my trip date.
          Again thanks….

        • Vijay Sharma on

          Dear Dheeraj Bhai,

          Thanks for the update.Please keep in touch with me..

    • Vijay Sharma on

      Hiii Dheeraj,

      Thanks for your suggestions, we complet our trip and return on 10th April.Realy it is a nice and enjoyable trip in our life.Road conditions are good before Tapri.After Tapri is not so good.Some landslide are found in between Tapri and Sangla.Sangla to Chitkul road is quit good.We have not go to chitkul proper due to heavy snow on the road,but before 1.5 km chitkul near rakchham,we found lots of snow.

      Again thanks for making our trip so wonderfull .Keep in touch always.

  29. hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks a lot for all your help.
    Based on all your suggestions earlier, this is what I have planned finally.

    Sunday : Day – 0 (April 12)
    Chandigarh to Shimla (3 hours – 131 kms)
    Night stay – Shimla

    Monday : Day – 1 (April 13)
    Shimla sight seeing (Daytime)
    Shimla to Sarahan (afternoon time) (6 hours – 170 kms)
    Night stay – Sarahan

    Tuesday : Day – 2 (April 14)
    Sarahan to Sangla (3 hours – 90 kms)
    Night stay – Sangla
    (Hotel prakash regency – Rs. 2000)

    Wednesday : Day – 3 (April 15)
    Sangla – Chitkul (50 mins – 25 kms) – Kamru Fort – Sangla
    Night stay – Sangla (same)

    Thursday : Day -4 (April 16)
    Sangla – Kalpa (1 hour – 40 kms) – Roghi Village – Kalpa
    Night stay – Kalpa
    (Options – The MOnk resort)

    Friday : Day – 5 (April 17)
    Kalpa to Narkanda ( 4.5 hours – 170 kms)
    Night stay – Narkanda

    Saturday : Day – 6 (April 18)
    Narkanda – Delhi (9 hours – 450 kms) via chandigarh

    Does it sound good as per you? We will be having enough time to cover the places wherever we staying right?

    Deepak

  30. Grt article Dheeraj. I want to go to a quiet place preferably with river or streams. It’ll be a 3 days trip. This Fri, sat, sun. When I looked up weekend trips to Himachal there were a few names that came up, including Manali and Kinnaur. But here it’s written that one needs 7 days for Kinnaur.

    Another place that comes to my mind is Mcleodganj. I’ve been there once. At this time it will have crowd I guess but there is the waterfall bhagsu there.

    Which place would u recommend? And if Kinnaur, is OK then which part of Kinnaur?

  31. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are two persons from Bangalore, planning to visit Kinnaur, spiti and Lahaul between 28th April and 9th may (Shimla to Shimla). Please clarify on following things:
    1) is this the right time to visit all above places?
    2) will it be feasible to travel through all these places in 12days? If yes, then could you please suggest a travel itinerary? if not then also kindly suggest the best possible travel option.

    Thanks,
    Gopi,

    • Hi Gopi,

      1. It should be OK time to travel up there in Spiti in May. Though it will be a bit cold not that much though.
      2. Yes, 12 days is good enough time period to travel. You can follow a plan like 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 and go back to Tabo
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit
      Day 8 | Tabo – Rakcham/Sangla
      Day 9 & 10 – Rakcham – Sangla – Chitkul
      Day 11 | Chitkul – Sarahan/Narkanda/Daranghati
      Day 12 | Sarahan/Narkanda/Daranghati – Delhi

      Lahaul Valley will be closed and will not be possible during that time.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  32. Shimla – Kaza, Spiti Road Update by a friend Bhaskar who is stuck there at Nako – Puh for last 8-10 days. He writes
    “Kinnaur is in really bad shape still stuck at poo ..bro just opened malling bt vry risky nd bro still cudnt clear recking peo -poo steach frm 10 days nd the amount of snow is huje aftr 6 days cud pass nako to poo nd it ws vry cold,freezing cold..only vehicle tht crossed frm nako to poo ws mee nd vry vry risky evn with 4×4 nd all tyres chained….so plz guz dont attempt dis tym wub b vry nasty in spiti….still hopin to cum bck delhi…”

  33. DR TONMOY on

    Hi Dheeraj
    We are going to sangla valley at the end of this month. 22/3 chail, 23/3 sarahan, 24/3 sangla, 25/3 26/3 kalpa, 27/3 shoja 28/3 29/3 manali 30/3 chandigarh.Is it fine? How will be the weather in kalpa sangla? The road to chitkul- will it be opened? The night stay at Raja Guest House at Shoja- is it safe? Regarding veihle (innova or tavera) if you have any contact? What will be the per day charge? We have 1 child and 2 sr citizen along with us. Pl help.

    • DR TONMOY on

      Dear Dheeraj
      How will be to stay at jibhi at latoda hut instead of shoja. Pl send contact no if you have.

      • Dr. Tonmoy, Jibhi shall be fine too but Shoja is more cold. Here are the details I have for Latoda hut as per official tourism website of Himachal Pradesh

        Lato Da Hut Home Stay, Bhallagaon (Jibhi).
        Address : Prop. Sh. Kishan Singh, Village Bhallagaon, P.O Jibhi, Tehsil Banjar, Distt Kullu.
        Tariff per day : Rs 800/- & Rs. 1000/- per room.
        Contacts : Ph.: 094186-91868.

    • surya kant on

      Hi dheeraj..we are planning to go kinnaur vally..like kalpa, roghi,sangla n chitkul vally on our RE bikes from 15th april from chandigarh n want back on 19th april..cn u plz guide us about weather conditions road conditions n the route and where we plan our night haults because we dont want to ride after sun set….

      • Hi Surya,

        15th April shall be fine to travel and roads will be open for all these places. You can follow a plan like below:

        15: Chandigarh – Sarahan
        16: Sarahan – Kalpa, visit roghi in the evening
        17: Kalpa – Sangla – Chitkul
        18: Chitkul – Chail / Shimla / Nakranda
        19: Chail / Shimla / Nakranda – Chandigarh

    • Dr. Tanmoy, I will suggest to swap a bit here. There are more things in Sangla – Chitkul and around and shall be done later to shorten the distance to Shoja. So, you should do like below:

      22: Chail
      23: Sarahan
      24: Kalpa
      25,26: Sangla – Chitkul
      27: Shoja over Jalori Pass

      Raja Guest House, I have stayed and was quite nice. Like in other comment, you can stay at Jibhi too. I will suggest to have Innova and regarding Chitkul, it may or may not open. Usually it opens by that time. 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 too.

      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

    • Dear Dheeraj
      Is it safe to go to kalpa sangla on 24/3- 26/3 in the present weather forecast ?we will be in Himachal from 22/3 to 30/3. pl suggest.chail-sarahan- kalpa- sangla -jibhi- manali -chandigarh or chail -manali-rampur-kalpa -sangla-sarahan-chandigarh —which option will be better in this situation?

      • Dr Tanmoy, Chail to Manali is way apart, not sure if you miss typed or you meant it. Regarding considering present conditions, wait for this week to get more clear understanding as snowfall is predicted in this week and will clear the facts if roads to Kalpa/Sangla will be open or not or safe to travel up there or not.

  34. Hi Dhiraj,

    We are a group of 4-5 friends and are looking to plan a trip to lower kinnaur valley for from 2nd April(evening after office) and be back on 6th April night. Few questions:
    1. Will this be a good season to visit there?
    2. I know we dont have enough days to work with so we might need to alter this a bit. Please suggest a good itenerary without tiring us too much.
    3. Please suggest an alternative trip on the Manali circuit if you this this is un-doable.

    Regards,
    Harpreet

    • Harpreet, it shall be OK time to travel. Just see there aren’t any heavy rain predictions during that time. Since, you do not have too much days in hand so there will certainly be tiring days. best you can do is

      3: Reach Shimla by overnight Volvo and carry on towards Sarahan for this day
      4: Sarahan – Kalpa
      5: Kalpa – Sangla / Chitkul – Jeori – Rampur
      6: Rampur to Delhi

  35. Hi Dheeraj,
    planning to visit Kinnaur in the last week of May with family of six members for 6/7 days (from Shimla/Kalka and back), Please plan me a budget trip in a non AC car.

    • Swarup, what query do you have for Kinnaur Valley trip? DoW is an travel information portal where we provide info. on traveling to Himalayas and are in no way involved in providing any tours to anyone. In case you looking for info. feel free to post any queries and in case you need to get in touch with any travel agent for travel services, you may get in touch with info@offbeatescapes.com for travel related services. They might be able to help you.

    • In this case you can check:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Narkanda
      Day 2 | Narkanda – Kalpa
      Day 3 | Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo
      Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – Pin Valley (Mudh Village) – Kaza
      Day 5 | Kaza Local Sightseeing 
      — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang in the second half of the day
      — Sakya abode or snow lion are two best options at Kaza. Get in touch with Tsering at 09418208987, he is more than a friend to me. Will offer you best price. Both are run by him only. He has home stays too.
      Day 6 | Kaza Local Sightseeing (Hikkim, Koumik) – Tabo
      — Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit 
      Day 7 | Tabo – Sangla
      Day 8 | Sangla – Chitkul – Shimla / Narkanda
      Day 9 | Shimla / Narkanda – Delhi

    • Madhavi Surti on

      Thank U Dheeraj. I Just want to know whether roads will be open ?? As I heard roads are closed sometimes pls.confrim

      • Yes, roads from Shimla to Kaza remains open all round the year except few days of heavy snowfall OR major landslides which no one can predict. The rroad only closes in these cases only. Regarding Kaza to Manali, it opens by late June or mid June only and remain open upto mid of October.

  36. Madhavi Surti on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning for a tour to Kinnaur with 10 members for 9 days. I want to cover Kinnaur, Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, Nako, Puh, Ribba, Chango & Kaza. Can u suggest me the itinerary for the same alongwith stay option.

    Best Regards,

    Madhavi Surti.

  37. Hi,
    As you suggested, we are planning a weeks’s trip to kinnaur valley from chandigarh starting 11th april 2015.
    I have a question, how is self-drive in this region, we are planning to get zoomcar for this trip from delhi?
    I have driven many hill stations in south-india, so with that experience, do you suggest us to go ahead with self-drive there?

    Thanks
    Deepak

    • Jay, when are you planning to take this journey? If upto May, then better be off it as it is not a place to be with family before mid April – May due to arduous journey and harsh weather up there in Spiti.

  38. Vikash Raj on

    Hi! Dheeraj
    I am planning to visit kinnaur valley some time in the March 1st week for 5 days. Could you pl. suggest me the best places to visit in kinnaur.

    We are looking for budget trip. pl. guide.

    Regards

    • Hi Vikash,

      You can refer the above article which details out all the places that can be visiting around Kalpa, Sangla, Sarahan. Place like Chitkul will be closed due to presence of snow up there but Sangla will be open. Also, refer the itinerary as well to draft a plan for yourself. Feel free to post any queries you have.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  39. Mayoor Chheda on

    Thanks Dheeraj. I think your modified version is probably ideal as it includes all places that we want to visit. Only query is whether it would be too hectic or is it doable comfortably.

    • Mayoor, I believe with amount of days in hand this is the optimum comfort you can achieve. It is more or less comfortable I will say with no day going beyond more than 5-6 Hrs of drive.

      • Mayoor Chheda on

        Thanks Dheeraj. You are a great help. Your blog is awesome. Keep up the good work. Your journeys inspires people like us to explore these secluded places.

  40. Mayoor Chheda on

    Dear Dhiraj

    We are planning to visit Shimla & Kinnaur valley in the month of May from 6th May to 12th May. We are a family of four & we would be leaving from Mumbai on 5th May by air & reach Chandigarh where we plan to stay overnight. The next day we plan to start our tour. Can you please suggest an itinerary for the tour which will cover Shimla, Kufri, Fagu, Narkanda, Sarahan, Sangla valley & back to Chandigarh by 12th May to catch flight back to Mumbai.

    Also, at which places would be find decent accomadation to spend the night. We are Vegetarians. Would finding good vegetarian food be a problem there. If so, we would then carry some food with us. Also can we do the journey by means of a rented Sedan Car or would we require a SUV.
    Thanks in advance.

    Mayoor

    • Hi Mayoor,

      6th | Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkanda via Kufri
      7th | Narkanda – Sangla Valley
      8th | Sangla Valley – Chitkul / Sangla
      9th | Sangla – Kalpa
      10th | Kalpa – Sarahan
      11th | Sarahan – Shimla / Solan / Barog / Chandigarh, where ever you prefer.
      12th | Back Home from Chandigarh

    • 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 too.

      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

      • Mayoor Chheda on

        Dear Dheeraj

        Thanks for your kind advice. I tried charting an itinerary which includes Nako lake. Please give me your advice as to to whether it is feasible or would it be too tiring..
        6 th may….chandigarh to shimla to kufri to narkanda
        7th may…..narkanda to sarahan
        8 th may….sarahan to sangla
        9th may…..sangla to chitkul to kalpa
        10th may…kalpa..nako..kalpa
        11th may…kalpa to narkanda or fagu
        12 th may..return to chandigarh by 2 pm

        Also does altitude sickness play a role here and do we need acclimatisation?

        Pl suggest good hotels at above places and whether sedan would be okay or suv is required.

        Thanks a lot

        • Mayoor Chheda on

          Dear Dheeraj,
          I plan to visit Spiti valley some time in the future but maybe via the Kunzum pass. Will I be able to visit Nako lake along with Spiti valley or it would be better to club it with kinnaur. Pl advice.

        • Mayoor, are you planning Kinnaur or Spiti? The number of days in hand is not sufficient for Spiti as I replied to other comment. Best is to keep Kinnaur this time or extend the days further. Nako comes while going from Shimla – Kinnaur side BUT not from Kunzum Pass side in case you plan to return from Manali side only.

        • Hi Mayur,

          Here is a little modified version:

          6 th may… Chandigarh to Shimla to Kufri to Narkanda
          7th may…. Narkanda to Kalpa
          8 th may… Kalpa to nako to kalpa
          9th may… Kalpa to Sangla or Chitkul
          10th may… Sangla or Chitkul – Sarahan
          11th may… Sarahan to narkanda to Fagu or Shimla or Shogi
          12 th may return to chandigarh by 2 pm

          This will help you in acclimatization as well and you need not worry much about it.

          Regarding hotels, check: Good Hotels or Accommodation options in Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley

          You can take the sedan too but it will get a bit lashing on the roads to Kinnaur. So, if you have any option of SUV take that only.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

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