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Nelang Valley

"Spiti of Uttarakhand"

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Nelong Valley lies 45km away from the Indo-Tibetan border, around 256km from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It is considered to be one of the most thrilling mountaineering treks in India. 

At a height of 11,000ft, the view from here is breathtaking. The valley offers a clear and surreal view of the Tibetan Plateau. Gartang Gali, a wooden walkway, is a main attraction of the valley said to have been built in the 17th Century. It was known as one of the main routes for trade between India & China in 1962.

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The valley was closed to all visitors all the way upto 2015. It has only been recently reopened. It has been controlled by the Indian Government very stringently as used to be a route for trade between India and China till the '60s. This route, popularly known as Gartang Gali, was originally discovered by the Pesawar's of Pakistan in the 17th Century.


You can not visit the valley without taking a permit from a Court and producing a fitness certificate in Uttarkarshi, the closest neighbouring town. It is only open to Indian tourists. Rishikesh is a good option for a stop-over.

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What is famous about Nelong valley?

Historic to India, China and Tibet. Exposure to Government controlled environment. Scenic and thrilling trek.

What is not so good about Nelong valley?

Permissions are required to visit.

Who should visit Nelong valley?

People who can trek at extremely high altitudes in the mountains.

What is the best time to visit Nelong valley?

The best time to visit Nelong Valley is May-June or September-October. This is when it is not too cold or under heavy snowfall, nor is it raining heavily. During the monsoons or winters, the weather is unpleasant. The route also requires dry weather as there are possibilities of landslides. The valley is not open after November.
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What is the best way to reach Nelong valley?

Nelong Valley is a sensitive zone in Uttarakhand and does not have any direct road, train or flight access. The closest airport is the Dehradun International Airport. The nearby train stations are Harrawala, Dehradun and Rishikesh. Harrawala has limited connectivity by train. Once you reach any of these locations, you would have to go to Uttarkashi by road. You can reach Uttarkashi by bus or drive or hire a taxi.

Permit: Upon reaching Uttarkashi, there are various permissions that will have to be taken. You have to make a detailed application to the District Magistrate in Uttarkarshi asking for permission to enter the restricted area of Nelong Valley. If the application is accepted, you can take this order to the forest department and the local intelligence unit to get your final approval. These documents have to be taken to the Sub-divisional magistrate again for a final Permit. This whole process can take upto 3 days so it would be wise to organise it in advance.

You can drive to Nelong Valley after receiving your permit.

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What are the places near Nelong valley?

The top places near to Nelong valley are Auli which is 83 km from Nelong valley, Valley of flowers which is located 69 km from Nelong valley, Shimla which is located 176 km from Nelong valley, Kedarnath which is located 42 km from Nelong valley, Gangotri which is located 15 km from Nelong valley

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