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Timings : Best time to visit during pleasant weather, sunrise, sunset and favourable seasons amid day hours

Timings : Best time to visit during pleasant weather, sunrise, sunset and favourable seasons amid day hours

Time Required : 1-2.5 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Kinnaur Kailash, Kalpa Overview

Kinnaur is percieved to be a magical land aka the land of fairy tales and fantasies which has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. It is a border district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also rich in flora & fauna. The culture and language is different from other parts of the state. Kinnaur, the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, lies 250 kms away from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is located on the Hindustan Tibet Road. The landscape of the area varies from lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the magnificence of the Hangrang Valley. The massive snow laden ranges which provide a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash. Kalpa is one of the biggest and the most beautiful villages of Kinnaur. One can enter Kinnaur district at Village Chshora and go down the road built in vertical rock and it is a rare treat to travel on this road which is a great engineering feat.

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Food Availability

Dhaba food is available up along the way. You can pack essential food for the rest of the climb.


Guest houses are available at all destinations. Camping can also be adopted by trekkers on the trek because of the natural beauty that it boasts of.

Water Availability

Water is available in the guest houses along the way. It is advisable to stock up in reasonable quantities whenever a refilling option is available.

General tips and tricks

1) Make sure you carry warm clothes along with you no matter during whichever season you are travelling in. 2) Be always prepared with your trekking gear and equipment. 3) Carrying your own medication and a good pair of shoes is a must. 4) Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region. aingear along as weather at higher altitude changes at every moment. 6) Choose a well-qualified and professional guide and fix the rates in order to avoid any misunderstanding. 7) Carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there maybe no electricity supply.

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Tips For Visiting Kinnaur Kailash

Carry camera, torch light and fully covered clothes, proper footwears, munchies, beverages and water along

How to reach Kinnaur Kailash

Well connected through main city via all means of transport. Bus services quite prominent.

  • Rail: Take a train from New Delhi to Kalka Railway station. It will take you about 5 hours to reach Kalka. There are frequent buses to Shimla from Kalka. Take a bus to Rampur from Shimla and change for a bus to Reckong Peo. You can get a bus for Kalpa from Reckong Peo. From Kalpa, you need to hire a taxi to Thangi.

  • Road: Thangi is 608 Km from Delhi. You can reach there by following NH 1 and NH 22.

More about Kinnaur Kailash

Approx trekking distance (Both sides): 60 Km

Base Camp: Thangi

Difficulty: Difficult

Highest point of trek: 17,194 ft

Nearest Airport: Simla Airport

Nearest Railhead: 337 km

Region: Kinnaur

Snow: Summer and Autumn are the best time for the trek.

Starting point of trek: Thangi

Itinerary for Kinnaur Kailash

Day 1: Thangi to Lambar

Drive through some beautiful alpine scenery to Lambar (2890m). Parts of the trail pass through a grand gorge.

Day 2: Lambar to Charang

Distance: 12 Km, Duration: 6 Hrs

The trek from Lambar to Charang is moderate even though it is a long one. We reached Charang by evening and stayed at the PWD guesthouse for another day to acclimatize and to visit Charang village and Rangrik Shungma or Charang monastery, which is a 2-hour trek from Charang village and is considered the most holy monastery in Kinnaur. A few landscapes from the trek through Charang village to the beautiful Rangrik Monastery.

Day 3: Charang to Lalanti

Distance: 11 Km, Duration: 4 Hrs

After a nice and peaceful day in Charang, we started next morning to Lalan Ti and had no clue about the ordeal that lay ahead of us. The trek from here is in complete isolation. We didnÕt have a guide or a compass and almost got lost just after crossing Lalan Ti pass the first day! The mountain air with less oxygen made us dizzy and we had to rest often. We re-filled our water reserves when we found a stream. After hours of trekking through the treacherous landscape we couldnÕt see any hut next to the river, as mentioned in the resources weÕd collected. With limited information about the trek and not a soul around to ask for directions, we didnÕt have anything else other than the pile of stones to follow and it was getting dark. We pitched the tent and were worried all night if we were going the right way! According to our map we were going right Ð parallel to the river. So we headed in the same direction next morning following the pile of stones Ð our only hope. Climbing through massive boulder-like stones, by noon we saw finally the hut, but it was on the other side of the river! Which left us wondering again if we were supposed to be on the opposite side! Despite the doubts, we kept following the river and reached Lalan Ti Ð the beautiful emerald lake.

Day 4: Lalanti to Charang La to Chitkul

Distance: 20 Km, Duration: 8 Hrs

After we reached Charang La base camp, we decided to trek up to the foot of the ascent to the pass, so we were closer to the most difficult part and could start the climb straight away in the morning. But after we trekked up we realized that there is no place to pitch a tent! There was just a frozen patch of land with different sizes of loose stones around Ð gravel size to huge ones. We managed to spend the night somehow on a huge slanting rock, the largest we could find. The hard part of climbing the pass was still ahead of us! We woke up to the view of the pass and the tiny prayer flags fluttering at the pass. This was a real test Ð the climb up the pass and the descent down to Chitkul village. ItÕs a really steep ascent with not much to hold other than gravel-like loose stones. ItÕs tricky and dangerous but we reached on top of the pass by noon and that didnÕt seem difficult after what we had already endured. The pass is like a ridge, no more than a few feet in width, on the other side of which is an even steeper fall! The descent to Chitkul was a never-ending walk through huge sharp stones and boulders, with no stream of water till Chitkul. WeÕd finished our water and the village was nowhere in sight. The sun had set and it was a matter of minutes before it became completely dark, and we had no idea how much further we had to trek. Soon our torches were out and we followed the same pile of stones that got us till here. After a long scary trek through that terrain in the light from our torches, we reached Chitkul around 11 pm that night. I couldnÕt believe that weÕd finally reached and it was all over! The next morning was the most beautiful morning IÕd seen ever! It felt divine to have reached Chitkul after the rigorous trek: like entering the gates to Heaven!

Day 7: Chitkul to Shimla

Drive back to Shimla by road.

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