Kinnaur is the most scenic but less known district of Himachal Pradesh, located on the Indo-Tibet border. It is surrounded by Tibet on the east, Garhwal Himalaya trek on the south, Spiti Valley on the north, and Kullu on the west. The Sutlej River, which rises on the southern slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar in Tibet flows through the Kinnaur valley. Due to the proximity of Kinnaur to Tibet, the lifestyle and religion of its inhabitants had been influenced by Buddhism, mostly in the northern and central regions, although the majority of the people practice Hinduism.
Set within the Greater trekkings in the Himalayan belt it boasts of the highest mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Close to the border with Tibet, entry to Kinnaur was restricted even for Indian nationals till 1993 and foreigners still have to register themselves with Inner line permit. Kinnaur valley comprises of the lower valley of Spiti and Satluj gorge, the two rivers race through valleys of The Satluj and The Spiti. Sutlej river which has its origin (common to the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers) in Lake Mansarovar beside the holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
Kinnaur holds three of the world’s grand mountain ranges – the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar, Mount Kinner Kailash (6’050 m) dominates this region, it has religious significance for a huge SHIVA LINGAM the representation of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation that resembles a Shivalinga and changes color as the day passes. This is one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva.
The circuit around the whole range attracts many pilgrims every year. The Parikrama or circumambulation begins from Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. Drive up to Thangi and the actual trekking begins from here.
To reach this forbidden land, India’s northern tip, before July, we travel through the Hindustan – Tibet highway, the ancient silk route following the Satluj. The Spiti river joins the Sutlej from the west and runs parallel with the Great Himalayan Range, the natural boundary between India and Tibet (China). In July it is possible to enter Spiti from the north, crossing Rohtang Pass (3980m.) into Lahaul and Kumzum La (4550m).
Day 1 – Arrival Delhi
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel, Overnight stay is in the hotel.
Day 2 – Dehli to Shimla (1900m).
Leave for Shimla early in the morning by train. After 12 hours we will reach Simla (The queen of the hills). Shimla is capital of the Himachal Pradesh and one of the most famous hill stations for the vacation, round the year. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 3 – Visit Shimla
After breakfast climb to the Jhaku hill to visit the Hanuman temple (the monkey God, museum, and advance study hall, back to the hotel for lunch. It is a free afternoon to visit the mall. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 4 – Simla to Sarahan (1920m) 190 km.
After breakfast, drive via Kufri, Narkandha, and descend to the Rampur, the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Rampur Bushahar. Continue to Sarahan the summer capital of the Rampur Bushahar. Pay a visit to a 1500 years old temple and get a magnificent view of the Shir Khand peaks. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 5 – Sarahan to Recongpeo – Kalpa 2290 m Guest house/Camp.
Today we will move to Recongpeo the district headquarters of Kinnaur. A monastery is built on the top of the town; the majesty of the Kinner Kailash Mountain is in direct vision from Kalpa this is regarded as one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva.
Day 6 – Recongpeo to Lamber (2896 m) 12 km Trek
We will drive to Thangi followed by a gradual trek along the stream till a beautiful campsite of Lamber. Overnight stay is in Lamber.
Day 7 – Lamber to Charang (3500mtrs) 12 km Trek
This day we will trek from Lamber to Charang. The trek goes through different terrain via Surting shepherd house.
Day 8 – Charang to Lalanti (4421 mtrs) 11 km Trek
This day we will trek from Charang to Lalanti. Lalanti is a beautiful place for camping with varieties of wildflower.
Day 9 – Lalanti to Base of Charang (4550 m) 6km Trek
We will trek from Lalanti to Base of Charang. This trail goes through Moraine and boulder upwards till base camp, camp on glacier field on the moraines.
Day 10 – Base to Chhitkul. over Charang pass (4950 meters) 9 km Trek
We do a two-hour steep track over rocky terrain till the pass. There is a beautiful steep descent till Chhitkul, last village of Baspa valley before Indo-Tibet Border. Put up a camp near the village.
Day 11 – Chitkul to Sangla
Located in Baspa Valley, the most beautiful valley of Kinnaur dominated by Kamrufort, visit the fort and village followed by an overnight stay in a camp.
Day 12 – We will travel back from Sangla to Rampur. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 13 – On this day we will return back to Shimla. Put up in a hotel for the day.
Day 14 – Leave Shimla for New Delhi by train, 470 km. O/N in hotel
Day 15 – Departure
Arrive in New Delhi, transfer to hotel, a day at leisure, and evening transfer to International airport for onward flight.