Kinnaur Sightseeing – Temples & Monastries

 

Kinnaur Sightseeing – Temples & Monastries

Chandika Temple Kothi 
 
Durga Chandika – Kothi, Kinnaur
A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika, more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district.The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. For want of social contact by the local people with their more advanced and brahmin ridden brethren they have evolved their own peculiar procedure of ritual and worship to this presiding deity. There is an image of gold, seated in an ark. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship. 


Her legend goes that she was the daughter of the demon devta Banaasur who presided over the Kinnaur. He had 18 sons and daughters. Chandika was the eldest among all. She presided over Sairag the heart of Kinnaur. But establishing her hold on the area was not so easy. The thakur of Chini ruled Sairag with a aid of a powerful demon. To defeat this enemy, Chandika took the aid of a cunning female relative called Byche. Byche duped the demon into placing his long hair between the grinding stones of a water mill. Then Chandika sprang on the helpless giant and severed his head with her sword. But a new head immediately replaced the old. Repeated swishes of her sword only brought forth more grinning faces. Frustrated and tiring, Chandika was soon in danger of drowning in the sea of blood created by her actions. Forsaking her pride, she appeared to her brothers for assistance. Chagaon Maheshwar responded and told her to kill the life sustaining beetle, hovering over the demon’s head. Chandika maintains her chief abode at Kothi in the middle of Sairag.
 
Mathi Temple at Chhitkul
 
Mathi Temple at Chhitkul, Kinnaur
Mathi is the local goddess of the people of chhitkul having three temples the main one said to have been constructed about five hundred years ago by a resident of Garhwal. The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. Her legend goes that she started from Brindavan and passing through Mathura and Badri Nath reached Tibet. Afterward she came to Garhwal, and via Sirmour reached Sarhan in Bushahr and ultimately reached the Barua Khad. Beyond Barua Khad she found the territory divided into seven parts. The deity of Shaung village was Narenas, her nephew. She appointed him to guard the territory.Then she proceeded to Chasu village. There too she appointed the Narenas of Chasu, her nephew as a guard. Then she visited the Kamru fort where her husband Badri Nath, was a guard of the throne of Bushahr. She further went to Sangla where her another nephew, Barang Nag, was responsible for safeguarding the Rupin Ghati. Thereafter she proceeded to Batseri village, where Badri Nath of Batseri, her husband was responsible for guarding a place named Dhumthan. Thence onward she arrived at Rakchham where Shanshares, yet another nephew was appointed as a guard of Dhumthan. Finally she arrived at Chhitkul and settled there permanently assuming the overall responsibility of safeguarding the seven divisions. After her arrival, people had plenty of food, animals had sufficient grass and the village began to proper. She had also a pujares. In the morning the pujares bring water from the nearby spring and worship goddess by burning incense, while musical instruments are played by Domangs.
 
Maheshwar Temple at Sungra
 
Maheshwar Temple at Sungra, Kinnaur
The portals of Maheshwar temple of Sungra have superb wood panels on either side. deeply cut images of prominent Hindu deities are a treat for the art historian. On the eastern wall are panels depicting the Vishnu Avatars and the symbol of the Hindu zodiac. The friezes on the eaves are beautiful and the buildings arround the temple courtyard are similarly embellished . A small stone shrine of eighth century stands a short distance from the temple doorway, evidence of the site’s antiquity. The Sungra Maheshwar was once said to have been attacked by an enemy of superhuman strength, often linked to the Pandava hero, Bhima. Bhima hurled a huge boulder at the temple from the mountain tops across the Satluj. The Maheshwar deflected the missile to one side. It now lies close to the road, a short way from the temple and still shelters the alpine flowers found only in the high mountains.
 
Chango Temples at Chango
 
Chango Temple at Chango, Kinnaur
Chango has three temples. In lower Chango, the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontory  but contain little of note. Nearby, the village temple, in more regular use as a place of worship, has a large prayer wheel, clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. A large image of Avalokiteshwara, crudely carved in stone, lies on the path between these two shrines. It was found in some out of the way and the monks decided to place it in a temple but the combined strength of many men was insufficient to lift the stone. Then the present location was though. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. Close by, a new prayer hall, library and guest rooms are nearing completion. Across the Chango stream, perched above yellow, alkaline cliffs, is an older collection of religious buildings.
  
Rarang Monastery at Rarang
 
Rarang Monastery at Rarang, Kinnaur
Just outside Rarang, on the Thopan side is the newly built Monastery of Tashi Choeling. This new monastery has come in the wake of post-1960 Tibetan influences from the Drugpa sect. Close to the monastery are older dwellings and temples, merging into the rugged surface of a rocky mountain side. These older units are traced to Nyingmapa adherents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Durga Temple at Ropa
 
There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters. Her temple at Ropa, a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame, is an architectural malapropism.
   



Charang Temple
 
Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image, astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity, absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value; a Maitreya seated with legs pendant, in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols, in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo. The wall paintings below are old although the wheel of life outside the door has been redone lately. There is also an interesting hoard of ivory and bonehandled knives and daggers at the temple. Many centuries ago, it is said a robber gang from across the Tibetan border raided the temple. The clay images of protective deities at the entrance set up a terrific noise, resembling the thundering hooves of galloping horses. The terrific robbers droped their weapons and took off, running up valley to vanish in the crevasses of the huge glaciers streaming down from the high peaks above.
 
Brelengi Gompa at Brelengi near Peo
 
  Near Reckong Peo in Brelengi there is a Buddhist Monastery also known as the Brelengi gompa.This is an impressive modern Buddhist edifice. The monastery of Mahabodhi society was constructed specially for the Dalai Lama to perform the Kalachakra ceremony in 1992. Next to the monastery is a 10 meter statue of the standing Buddha, which is visible from a considerable distance.
 

Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

Hotel Apple Pie India offers Packages for Himachal Pradesh India . Himachal Pradesh is the most beautiful hill state in India, located in north-west region of western Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west gives you an opportunity to view the most scenic / iconic beauty. In Himachal Pradesh, there are variety of hill stations like- Kasauli, Kufri, Manali, Shimla, Palampur and Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kandaghat, Khajjiar, Koti, Mashobra, Naldehra, Palampur, Parwanoo, Shilon Bagh as you get during Himachal Pradesh Holiday. Travel to the magnificent cities of Himachal Pradesh and stay at some of the nice hotels

Hotel Apple Pie & Group, also provides complete customized tour packages for himachal pradesh India. If you are looking for any specific requirements like Biking Tours / Trekking Tours / adventure tour, Hotel Apple Pie can also provide these kind of tour packages. We always try to create guest friendly tour packages for our guests. For our International Guests, to create a hassle free & friendly India tour packages we always start our tour packages for himachal pradesh from Delhi, India.

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Duration -(05 nights 6 Days)
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Chitkul 3610 mts
Accomodation – Hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa-Chandigarh
Travel Mode – SUV

Day 1 :Delhi pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla at hotel.
Day 2 :Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 :Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet)
Day 4 :Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 :Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple)
Day 6 :Early Check out n transfer to Delhi
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Nature’s Paradise — 7 nights 8 days Holiday Tour Package (Himachal Pradesh, INDIA) Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

If you are travelling to Himachal Pradesh INDIA on a slightly extended time, then this is the best tour package for himachal, India. Traversing through the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh you will be able to catch the glimpse of some of the best gifts of nature.

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Duration – 07 nights 8 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Nako 3662 mts
Accomodation – hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa –Nako-Sarahan-Chandigarh
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet).O/N stay in the hotel in sangla.
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple).
Day 6 : After Early breakfast visiting nako Lake and return by evening. O/ N stay in kalpa
Day 7 : After breakfast transfer to Sarahan visit Bhimakali temple in the evening.O/N stay in the hotel in Sarahan.
Day 8 : After Breakfast droping to Ending point.

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The Silk Route — 10 nights 11 days Holiday Tour Package (Himachal Pradesh) .Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

The bestest tour package for India’s Himachal Pradesh that lets you explore the hidden beauties and the raw nature of Kinnaur and Spiti valley. It traverses through the tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti valley. Good for people who is seeking some adventure tour packages in Himachal Pradesh India.

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Duration – 10 nights 11 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to Oct
Highest Altitude – Komic 4582 mts
Accomodation – hotels
Travel Map – Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul –Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Kalpa
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sarhan. Visit Bhimakali temple in the evening.O.N Stay in Sarahan.
Day 3 : After breakfast transfer to Sangla . leisure time in the evening. O/N stay in Rakcham
Day 4 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet).O/N stay in Rakcham
Day 5 : Early Check out n transfer to Tabo (Enroute visit nako lake) stay at hotel in Tabo
Day 6 : After breakfast transfer to Kaza. Enroute visit Dhankaar Monastery. O/N stay in kaza
Day 7 : Local sightseeing (Kii, Kibber) stay in kaza.
Day 8 : After Breakfast droping to Ending point.
Day 9 : Local sightseeing Chini Gaon , Roghi Village ) . Leisure time in the evening. O/N stay at kalpa.
Day 10 : Local sightseeing Parikarma or Chaka trek. O/N stay at kalpa.
Day 11 : Early Check out and droping to ending point.

**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need.

 

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The Himalayan Retreat — 11 nights 12 days Tour Package (Himachal Pradesh). Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

“Mountains have music for those who listen”, This tour package of ours takes you through some of the highest passes and ranges of the Great Himalayas. It covers Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti valleys completely giving you a complete glimpse of what the beauty of Himachal Pradesh has in store for you.

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Duration – 11 nights 12 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – June to Oct
Highest Altitude – Komic 4582 mts
Accomodation – hotels/Camp/Home stay
Travel Map – Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul –Nako-Tabo-Kibber- Mud-Kaza-Manali
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : Delhi pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in Rakcham.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet). O/N stay at Rakcham
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple).O/N stay at Kalpa
Day 6 : Early Check out n transfer to Tabo (Enroute visit nako lake) stay at hotel in Tabo.
Day 7 : Early checks out n transfer to Kaza (Enroute Dankhar Monastery, Pin valley ) stay at Kaza.
Day 8 : Local sightseeing (Kii, Kibber,Komic , Langcha ) stay in kaza.
Day 9 : Early check out n transfer to Chandrataal. Stay in chandrataal.
Day 10 : Check out after breakfast and transfer to Manali.
Day 11 : Local sightseeing in Manali
Day 12 : Check out and drpoing to Ending point

**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need.

 

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Honeymoon Package — 11 nights 12 days Honeymoon Package (Himachal Pradesh). Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

Wishing to start your new life in the lap of nature? Kinnaur is the best place where you can take some cherishing memories of a new start with you. Our specially designed honeymoon package lets you capture few of the best moments of your life. ”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. The memories of this tour with Apple Pie shall stay in your minds forever.

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Packages for Himachal Pradesh India

Duration -( 05 nights 6 Days )
Stating point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Chitkul 3610 mts
Accomodation – Hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa-Chandigarh
Travel Mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple)* stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet)
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple)
Day 6 : Early Check out n Droping to Eng point
**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need.

 

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Vacation in India-a joy for ever

India is a vast country with an abundance of appealing attractions — mountains, desert, beaches, nature, temples, and history — scattered from one side of its soil to the other. Therefore, planning a vacation in india requires considerable thought as to the top places to visit.

vacation in india

vacation in india

There are so many different things see and do, it’s easy to want to fit as much as possible into one trip. However, vacation in India can be exhausting, particularly with the culture shock to deal with as well, and many people find themselves wishing for more relaxation time. That’s why it’s common for people to end up spending months at a time roaming around and exploring the country.

Of course, not everyone can afford to take months off work to travel. No one likes to waste valuable vacation time traveling between places either. Therefore, if you only have a limited time for vacation in india, it’s a good idea to choose one region and focus on its highlights.

vacation in india

vacation in india

Each region offers a diverse range of sights. For example, one of India’s most popular tourist circuits, the Golden Triangle, covers Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and Jaipur in the Rajasthan desert. Those who also want to spend time amongst nature can take a short detour and visit Ranthambore National Park, also in Rajasthan.

As well as backwaters, Kerala has some wonderful clean beaches, ancient temple complexes, and national parks that are home to large herds of elephants.

For a dose of spirituality and history, Varanasi is one city that’s high on visitors’ lists. Some important historical and architectural sites such as the Khajuraho erotic temples, and national parks are also not too far away from there.

vacations in india

vacation in india

 

Himachal Pradesh is the land of snow, lofty peaks, cascading streams, alpine meadows & lush fruit-laden valleys. Many parts of the Himachal state have a distinctly Austrian look with conifer-clad mountains, chalet-like huts with overhanging balconies and serene blue valleys watered by snow-fed streams. Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is still very much a Raj township in appearance and atmosphere.Plan your vacation in india with Hotel Apple Pie and Karvan travel.

Himachal also store numerous wonderful hill stations, which are particularly cool in summers. Kalpa, Sangla valley in Kinnaur  Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu, Manali and Kufri are a few of the hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh which offer breathtaking scenery and countless options of adventure sports. Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama lives, is another important centre on the tourist map.

vacation in india

vacation in india

 

As the sweltering summer approaches, students and teachers start rejoicing in the anticipation of the imminent vacations. At least the scorching sun brings good news for someone! With schools and colleges closed, you have a good opportunity to travel with your family to a place that has little to do with constantly rising temperature and is free from many constrains of city life. Most of us head out for a vacation in india to a hill station with our families and  the one thing that knits a beautiful bond between the family members is when they are out travelling together. Vacation in india to the northern himalayas can be most refreshing and a never forgettable experience in one mind.

Himalayan range covers the entire northern part of India, nestling five major states of the country within it. The ancient pilgrims who have travelled in these mountains in India since time immemorial coined a Sanskrit word for the Himalayas meaning “Abode of Snow”.

Some of the reasons why people have been so fascinated by the Indian Himalayas is because of the Hindu pilgrim routes, the low valleys that abruptly rise up in high mountain ranges, the lovely trekking hikes, densely forested areas lying just a mountain range away from barren cold deserts, and the lovely people of the mountains in India with their unique hospitable lifestyles.That is why most of the people plan their vacation in india to the northern himalayas.

Trekking in indian himalayas

Trekking in Indian Himalayas covers a vast area along the northern boundary of India, spanning five states including Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradech. For the people of the Indian Himalaya, the mountain range continues to dominant their lives as it has done for centuries and marks the divide between three of Asia’s main religions; Kashmir is largely influences by Islam, whereas the foothills of Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh follow Hinduism and from Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) through Tibet and onto the eastern state of Sikkim, the dominating religion is Buddhism.

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Come explore the region’s rich blend of cultures, religions and dramatic landscapes with World Expeditions. We offer tours and trekking in indian himalayas in the stunning Garhwal and Ladakh regions.

Undoubtedly the centre stage of the trekking in Indian Himalayas is formed by the Garhwal where India’s highest peak Nanda Devi is located. Here, great peaks like Kamet, Trisul amd Nanda Devi rise majestically, separated by some of the mightiest rivers of northern India. It is these awe-inspiring peaks, the beautiful valleys and meadows, and the legends associated with all of the above that make Garhwal so special.

Ladakh translates to “Land of the High Passes’ – and it certainly merits this name with its multitude of towering mountain ranges, river valleys and high plateaus. Unique and remote, the traditional culture of Ladakh derives from Tibetan Buddhism evidenced in the many centuries-old monasteries that are found in almost every village throughout Ladakh. As well, wildlife is abundant in the mountains, and it’s very common on our treks to see the Blue Sheep, Ibex, an occasional wolf, wild yaks, marmots, chukors, and birds of prey such as the Golden Eagle and the Iammergier. Ladakh is also home to the elusive Snow Leopard.

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(trekking in indian himalayas)

The Himalayan Alpine climate varies according to the elevation. It gets colder as the elevation increases and gets wetter as the elevation drops. As a result the temparture and climatic changes in the Himalayan regions change very quickly and can be quite unpredictable.
The two major seasons of the Himalayan region are winter and summer. During the winter the region recieves the maximum snow with very icy temperatures. Summers are quite mild over here, making the places overe here quiet good summer holiday hideouts. The Ladakh and Indian Himalayan climate is one of the very few areas in the Himalaya that can offer trekking in June, July and August.

 

 

Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, so take the time to master your budget, time your trek and assemble the perfect itinerary.

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Design an itinerary(trekking in indian himalayas)

Do your interests lie in centuries-old culture or do remote mountain passes appeal? For ancient monasteries, Ladakh or Little Tibet are the places to go. If you want to trek through luxuriant forests then consider exploring Sikkim. For spectacular mountain views, the little-trekked trails of the Garhwal are on par with the best in the Himalaya.
Above all, don’t be too ambitious with your itinerary. Allow plenty of contingency days for acclimatisation, inclement weather, porters that disappear without notice for half a day, village celebrations, or taking an extra day to savour a stunning campsite. Understanding the Himalaya would take lifetimes to achieve, so don’t expect to master the mountains on a single trip.

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Set your budget(trekking in indian himalayas)

If you’re trekking independently, work out the cost of hiring a guide, porters, food, accommodation and transportation – and then double it. That should take care of all other unforeseen costs that always seem to creep into a tight budget. If your arrangements are made by a trekking agency, plan to keep money at hand for tips (likely to come to 10% of your total budget).

Time your trek(trekking in indian himalayas)

March until June are often considered peak trekking season, but make sure you stay weather-aware throughout your trip. The Himalaya are subject to a weather pattern so complex that even experienced travellers can find themselves caught out. The regions of Himachal, Uttaranchal Darjeeling and Sikkim are subject to heavy monsoon rains so avoid July and August if possible. The Indian Himalaya also experience a long and cold winter from mid November until March – during this period, it’s best to head to Nepal.

Safety first(trekking in indian himalayas)

Your travel planning needs to go beyond government travel advisories. Trekking is a specialist activity so read up on acclimatisation (it could save your life) and don’t assume you can rely heavily on your GPS when you’re out there. Even the most detailed contour maps tend to be unreliable in some remote areas, so your best investment by far would be hiring an experienced local guide.

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Check your gear(trekking in indian himalayas)

There’s no one to impress in a remote mountain pass, so forget fashion and make sure your gear is sturdy enough to withstand the changeable mountain weather. There is no reason to invest in all the latest outdoor gear, provided your trekking gear is in good shape. Unlike Nepal, good gear still comes at a premium in India. If your arrangements are being made by an agent, double-check what is included. When in doubt you’re best to at least bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat and even your favourite (lightweight) tent.

 

Tips for the trek(trekking in indian himalayas)
So you made it to the mountains; here’s how to protect your gear, pace yourself and befriend the locals.

Be positive and pace yourself(trekking in indian himalayas)

Being in the right frame of mind is equally as important as your physical preparation. High altitudes aren’t the place to unleash fraught emotions, so try to keep calm during frustrating moments, and leave enough leeway in your itinerary that you won’t feel flustered if your plans go awry. Keep your trekking to the same pace as the locals. Your trekking mantra should be ‘short steps, deep breaths’, particularly when ascending steep passes or completing long uphill stretches. And don’t cross rivers or swift flowing streams barefoot: your boots will always dry out, but sprained ankles equal end of trek.

Protect your gear(trekking in indian himalayas)

Use a sturdy kitbag for your trekking gear: these can easily be replaced after constant contact with thorn bushes, jagged rocks and being offloaded into dusty campsites, but don’t risk damaging your expensive rucksack (by having it strapped directly to a mule). And while it’s tempting to walk with your camera at the ready, your chances of spotting a snow leopard on a distant ridge are on par with winning the lottery. Dusty trails and expensive cameras don’t mix, and a slip on the trail could result in untold damage to your photography gear.

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Keep your essentials at hand(trekking in indian himalayas)

Always carry your water- and wind-proof jacket with you, together with a dry pair of socks and a spare sunhat (or two – they’re all too easy to leave behind after a rest stop). A supply of stuff bags is a good investment, to ease the constant cycle of packing and repacking. Buy an umbrella locally, not just to keep off the sun and rain, but also to shield your modesty during mountainside bathroom breaks.

Be courteous and flash a smile(trekking in indian himalayas)

Get into the habit of saying a Salam, Namaste or Julay while on the trail. Remember that the local people are always interested (or amused) that you have travelled half way around the world to meet them. Carry a few photographs from home to show them your family or friends, and that will help to break down the cultural barriers. But don’t assume you can get snap-happy with local people: photography in some remote regions can cause offence. Wait for permission (a smile at least) before bringing out your camera.

Respect the environment(trekking in indian himalayas)

Don’t start wood fires or pollute water sources – you might be thousands of miles from home, but the smallest careless actions can be disastrous for local ecosystems and people. Plan to leave with the rest of the trek crew to ensure that your campsite is cleaned up and garbage carried out (it’s eco-conscious, and also avoids the possibility of any of your belongings being accidentally discarded).

Medical matters(trekking in indian himalayas)

Bring your essential medication, but be selective about taking other medicines along with you. Many brands can be purchased without prescription in India. But whatever your medical background, do not treat local people. Except in extreme emergencies, you will do more harm than good. Supplying antibiotics may seem helpful, but it may discourage the patient from seeking long-term advice from a local medical practitioner.

 

 

Hotels in sangla

Sangla is a picturesque hill town situated in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the valley of Baspa, this place lies in proximity to the Tibetan border.The main tourist attractions of sangla valley are Rakcham and Chitkul.There are plenty of hotels in sangla where a traveller can stay. The town has been named after a village of the same name, which means ‘Pass of Light’ in the Tibetan language. The scenic beauty of the region is mesmerising as it rests in the Greater Himalayas and is enveloped with forest slopes and mountains.There is no star category hotels in sangla but plenty ofcleaner options available.

view from hotel apple pie ( hotels in sangla)

view from hotel apple pie ( hotels in sangla)

 

 

Till 1989, travellers had to take a special permit from the government of India in order to visit this place because of its position on the Indo-China border. However, this rule was abolished later, to promote tourism in the region.Several hotels in sangla were constructed after that rule was abolished.The place is noted for its pine nut orchards and beautiful trees of apple and cherry. Villages such as Chitkul, Rakcham and Batseri are some of the popular tourist attractions of Sangla.Most of the tourists prefer to stay in Rakcham rather than the hotels in sangla.

Ravinder Peepat Director from Mumbai with his Family at hotel apple pie rakcham sangla valley

Ravinder Peepat Director from Mumbai with his Family at hotel apple pie rakcham ( hotels in sangla)

 

 

Tourist places and hotels in Sangla

The Kamru Fort, which is now converted into a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Kamakshi, is also a famous tourist spot here. This temple represents the artistic excellence of the bygone era. Travellers can see a large image of the deity, positioned on the third floor of the temple. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Chitkul Maathi, popularly known as Mata Devi, is another popular religious site in Sangla. Every year devotees in a large number visit this temple to offer their prayers to the deity.The Baspa River flowing through Sangla is also considered as a prominent tourist destination as it is an ideal place where activities like fishing, trekking, and camping can be enjoyed.One of the best hotels in sangla is hotel apple pie which is located 7 kms ahead of sangla in rakcham village.
The entire region lies amid beautiful pine trees and oak forests and the presence of the glacier streams and forests further enhances the beauty of the place.Travellers interested in shopping can buy handmade shawls and ‘Kinnauri’ Caps from the Batseri Village, which is situated at a distance of around 8 km from Sangla.The spectacular view of snow clad mountains can be taken form all the hotels in sangla.

hotel apple pie rakcham location

skiing point near hotel apple pie rakcham( hotels in sangla)

The village of Batseri is quite popular as it is the only place where the famous fruit, chilgoza or pine nuts are grown. Some of the other popular places situated close to Sangla are Sapni, Kanda and the Trout Farm. The ancient wooden architecture of the region, which depicts the art of the medieval era, also attracts a large number of tourists. Another popular attraction of Sangla is the Tibetan Wood Carving Centre where beautiful hand-carved items are available.The hotels in sangla of this region are limited  and not much boasted.
These represent the art of the natives of the region.Nearest air base to Sangla is the Jubbarhatti Airport at Shimla, which is situated at a distance of around 238 km. Travellers can hire taxis and cabs at a reasonable cost from outside the airport in order to reach Sangla. Individuals who wish to travel by rail, can book their tickets till Kalka railway station, which is the nearest narrow gauge railhead directly linked to Shimla.You should book your hotels in sangla well before reaching here.

The students of The Lawerence School ,Sanawar,Solan at Hotel Apple Pie Rakchham

The students of The Lawerence School ,Sanawar,Solan at Hotel Apple Pie Rakchham( hotels in sangla)

How to reach Sangla

The railway station at Shimla is the closest major railway station from Sangla which is connected with major Indian cities. Private as well as state buses for Sangla are easily available from Chandigarh.
Sangla Weather

The climate of Sangla remains pleasant throughout the year except during winters. Summers are pleasant with temperature ranging between 8° C and 30° C. During monsoons, the region of Sangla experiences less rainfall. Winters are extremely chilly in the region, therefore, visiting this place during this time is not recommended. The temperature of the place ranges between 10° C and -10° C during this time.
Best Time to Visit Sangla

Monsoons and summers are considered ideal for visiting this beautiful destination.The hotels in sangla close due to heavy snowfall in winters.

Himachal Pradesh Kinnaur

road to hotel apple pie rakcham ( hotels in sangla)

Trekking in Himachal pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with immense beauty. True to its name, the state lies in the lap of the Himalayas, surrounded by splendid natural beauty. The state has been a popular tourist destination for years now due to its flawless beauty and scenic splendour. However, it is gradually emerging as a popular trekking destination among adventure enthusiasts. The diverse terrain of the state allows for a number of adventure activities, of which trekking is the most popular.Trekking in himachal pradesh is one of the most famous adventure for the people.

Irrespective of your experience , trekking in Himachal pradesh  test your capability and limits while offering some of the best panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Thrillophilia lists out the following recommendations for trekking enthusiasts in the Himachal region.

Best time for trekking in Himachal Pradesh

All the trekking in  Himachal Pradesh has its own enthrallment, excitement and timings. While winter has their own charm and appeal, monsoons are considered to be the ideal time to undertake most of the treks. The period of June – September is the best and suitable time to undertake any of the treks in Himachal Pradesh, as the entire region starts blooming with varieties of colourful flowers and lush greeneries.

Trekking is the most upcoming adventure sport in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal for centuries have been credited to be the mother of this sport. A trekking tour in Himachal Pradesh is the deepest and the most refreshing communion with nature. There are around 270 defined routes for  trekking  in Himachal Pradesh. You should try all of them as each promises something unique that will serve as beautiful remembrance. If planning to take various trekking tours, there is a wide option to choose from. You can enjoy difficult and grueling treks that will make your spine shiver, or you can also bask just walking around on the gentle slopes. Due to the presence of rugged terrains which makes it difficult to be reached by any vehicle, a person has to trust his feet if he wants to explore the camouflaged areas of the state.

Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is a unique experience . Take a trekking trip of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the land that is best seen on foot.

Almost all the areas in Himachal Pradesh provides excellent opportunities for trekking. The sentence that there is a trekkers heaven at every point in Himachal Pradesh will not be an exaggeration. The most popular areas for trekking in Himachal Pradesh are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, trails through the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, numerous treks out of Kullu, and select routes in the Trans-Himalyan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. You can take up these treks that can stretch from hours to days and weeks.

The mighty Himalayas in the Kangra valley makes this region the favored destination for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. The best time to enjoy trekking in the Dhauladhr ranges in from the month of April to September. Due to the presence of Dharamshala, which is a Buddhist hub, this trek can be categorized as a mix of cultural and natural treks. This trek is normally of 11 days which can be undertaken by a novice as well. Take the Dhauladhar trekking tour which is divided into various stages that will take a trekker to the concealed delights of the area. The popular destinations that you will encounter during this trek includes Dharamshala to Triundi (12 km), Triundi to Lakagot (7 km), Lakagot to Chatta (10 km), Chatta to Kuarsi (12 km), Kuarsi to Chanota (16 km), Chanota to Bharmour (40 km), Bharmour to Gehra (23 km), Gehra to Chamba (56 km by vehicle), Chamba to Khajjiar (17 km), Khajjiar to Dalhousie (17 km), Dalhousie to Pathankot (80 km by vehicle).

For all those who want to enjoy the temple heritage of Himachal Pradesh while trekking should take up this trek, that begins from Chamba and ends at Manali. At an altitude of 2,380 m this trek goes on for around 12 days and should be attempted by experienced trekkers. The main highlight of this trek is the Lahaul area, which is crossed by high mountain ranges and is extremely beautiful with mammoth glaciers and green valleys. The main areas covered in this trek are Chamba to Bharmaur (70 km drive), Bharmaur to Hadsar (12 km), Hadsar to Kugti (12 km), Kugti to Duggi (11 km), Duggi to Alyas (12 km), Alyas to Kugti Pass (6 km), Kugti Pass to Shansha (10 km), ShanSha to Tandi (15 km), Tandi to Sissue (2 km), Sissue to Khoksar (16 km), Khoksar to Rohtang Pass to Marrhi (15 km), Marrhi to Manali (30 km by vehicle).Trekking in himachal pradesh can rejuvenate your senses to a great extent.

The Isolated Trek of Manali Beas Kund Solang Trek

If you are looking beyond culture and heritage while enjoying the adventure of trekking, then this is the best options. While on this route you will encounter alpine meadows, high altitude passes, riotous streams and panoramic views of the glaciers and various hot water springs. While at Manali, the wearied trekkers can also enjoy a spa that will act as a medication for the tired minds. This trek basically comprise of 5 days which is best indulged during the months from early April to end June and mid September to mid-December. The trekking itinerary includes – Manali to Solang Valley, Solang to Dhundi (8 km), Dhundi to Beas Kund (6 km), Beas Kund to Shigara Dug (8 km), Shikara Dug to Marrhi (10 km), Marrhi to Rohtang (23 km), Rohtang to Manali.this is one of the most important route for trekking in himachal pradesh.

There are a total of 270 defined routes for  trekking  in Himachal Pradesh, but you should be assured of the fact there is still one more that needs to be explored by you. So do not waste any more time. If you want to enjoy a watershed route then begin your trek form Chitkul (11,000 ft). This is barely a five to six day trek that will take you to Rupin Pass – Naitwar in the tons valley – Borasu pass – Haridun valley – Lamkhaga and Chotkhaga passes to Harsil in the Bhagirathi valley.

Those who want to enjoy shorter treks can take the Hindustan Tibet road to Shimla, Kullu to Manikaran hot water springs and from Khirganga, Mantalai glacier to the top of the pass on the Kulu-Spiti divide.these are the easier routes for trekking in himachal pradesh.

You should be physical and mentally fit – is a fact that goes without saying. It you are at the pink of your health then trekking is your ultimate adventure option, but if you are overweight then there is not a better chance as well as options to shed those extra kilos. All the essential gears are available from the various government departments set across the state and if desired, you can always buy a map directing trekking routes. Trekking in himachal pradesh is an adventure options that requires nothing more than the will and desire of the adventurer. So take up trekking in Himachal Pradesh and challenge yourself to some excitement.

 

Hotels in kalpa – the remotest destination

The tract of Kinnaur district due to great variation in its elevation, climate and topography represents varied fauna and flaura. For the reasons for their ecological, faunal, floral and geomophilogical importance three wild life sanctuaries are set up in the district. The main objective of these are to save the rare species. Varied varieties of wildlife can be seen in these sanctuaries.Kalpa is a major tourism hub of kinnaur and there are a number of hotels in Kalpa to stay.

a superb view of snow clad kalpa from hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

a superb view of snow clad kalpa from hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

Kalpa is situated at an altitude of 2759 m from the sea level, on the old Hindustan Tibet Road at a distance of 260 km from Shimla. Earlier it was the District Headquarter of Kinnaur. It is 14 kms. and half an hour’s drive from District Headquarter Reckong Peo. It has all the characteristics of a heritage village. Kalpa came into prominence in the wake of British Governor General Lord Dalhousie’s visit in th 19th century. The Narayan-Nagani temple is an exemplary of local craftmanship.There are a plenty of options available with the tourists for hotels in kalpa. There are couple of Buddhist monasteries at Kalpa including the Hu-Bu-Ian-Car Gompa, said to be founded it by Rinchensang-Po (950-1055AD).Kalpa is dramatically located close to the foot of 6050 meter high Kinner Kailash. This is the legendary winter home of Shiva. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light.Hotel Apple Pie is one of the best hotels in kalpa.

view from hotel apple pie during snowfall- hotels in kalpa

view from hotel apple pie during snowfall- hotels in kalpa

Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a travellers paradise -lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it all…Come Explore Himachal with Hotel Apple Pie – the best of the hotels in kalpa and rakcham.

hotel apple pie kalpa- hotels in kalpa

hotel apple pie kalpa- hotels in kalpa

Kalpa has all the makings of an Indian Fairyland. At a height of 10,900 feet in Himachal Pradesh, 265 kms ahead of Shimla on the NH22 in Kinnaur District is this hideaway town. It is located at the base of the imposing Kinner Kailash ranges and Shivling peaks which rise upto 20,000 feet, towering above the clouds, kissing the heavens, encircling the area around. Kalpa itself is spread amidst chilgoza forests, apple plantations and the holy deodhars. It is reached after crossing the quaint town of Recong Peo, which has a hundred-year-old monastery but the hotels in kalpa are better to stay than in rekong peo.

another view from hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

another view from hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

Generally, Kalpa houses have storerooms for keeping grain and dried fruits, and separate wooden grain-storage structures, called kathar. Pakpa, a piece of sheepskin or yakskin, is often placed on the khayarcha mat. Traditionally Kinners use utensils made of brass and bronze. Modern influences have included the introduction of Chinese crockery, and utensils made of stainless steel and aluminium. Clothes are mainly of wool. The thepang, a grey woollen cap, is worn with a white velvet band. The Tibetan chhuba, a long woollen coat which resembles an achkan, is worn as well, with a sleeveless woollen jacket. While men wear woollen churidhar pajamas, and tailored woollen shirts such as the chamn kurti, the women wrap themselves up in a dohru.Most of the hotels in kalpa are being traansformed from these ancient houses to lodgings for guests . The first wrap of the dohru is based on the back, with embroidered borders displayed throughout its length, which stretches to the heels. Darker shades of colours are preferred for the Dohru, although other beautifully coloured shawls may be worn, usually draped over the shoulders. A choli, another type of full sleeved blouse worn by women, may serve as a decorative lining as well. The Kinners are classified mainly into two castes: lower and upper caste. Again both of these categories are divided into sub classes. The caste system is more prevalent in the Lower and Middle Kinnaur regions.Recently with a boost in tourism the hotels in kalpa have also been refurnished to a great extent.

a room of hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

a room of hotel apple pie- hotels in kalpa

 

Kinner Kailash Trek-In the Lap of Lord shiva

The kinner kailash trek can prove quite a challenge and requires prior trekking experience. It involves crossing huge boulders and traversing thin pathways which makes retreating difficult. Added to this there are no signs or people anywhere after Charang Village and the thin air makes it difficult to breathe.

The most challenging part is that in one day you need to get from the base camp of the mountain pass, Charang La, to the top at the altitude of 17198 ft and then descend down to Chitkul Village 11352 ft. It’s a steep climb up to the pass through gravel and snow and the trail getting down is slippery and treacherous. Views throughout the trek are spectacular.

General Information

Kinnaur, the land between heaven and earth, is surrounded by Tibet on the east, Garhwal Himalaya on the south, Spiti Valley on the north and Kullu on the west. The Sutlej River, which rises from the southern slopes of Mt. Kailash near Mansarovar in Tibet, flows through the Kinnaur valley. The people, called Kinners, have lived in isolation since thousands of years and have a strong culture, heritage and religious beliefs. They mostly follow Hinduism or Buddhism, speak a Tibeto-Burman dialect known as Kinnauri and wear distinct green caps.

Mt. Kinnaur Kailash (19850 ft), locally known as Kinner Kailash, is regarded as the mythical home of Lord Shiva. Beside it is the 79 ft high rock formation that resembles ‘shivalinga’ that changes colors as the day progresses and is visible to the naked eye on a clear day. The ‘parikrama’ or circumbulation around the base of the mountain is a 5-7 day trek. It begins from Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. Also visible on the trek is the peak of Raldang (18041 ft) – where the spirits of the dead people of Kinnaur are considered to live.A circle around this circuit is known as the kinner kailash trek.

 

lalanti climb in kinner kailash trek

lalanti climb in kinner kailash trek

Day 1: Reckong Peo (7513 ft) to Shurting (11188 ft) via Thangi and Lumber (9501 ft)

3 hrs jeep drive from Peo to just before Lumber. 8 kms, 2 hrs trek from drop point to Shurting.

Reckong Peo is the last major village so after all arrangements for the trek is done drive to Lumber which is 60 kms drive from Peo. Lambar is a small village in Pooh Tehsil in Kinnaur District. This beautiful drive takes you into the heart of the Tirung Valley along the Tirung Nala offering a glimpse of the rural life along the way.The road trip for the kinner kailash trek starts from here.

The drive itself becomes an adventure once you reach Thangi. The jeep will drop you just 2-3 kms short of Lumber, which is the last motorable point. Get off here and walk down to Shurting, also known as Shruling. Keep to the left side of the river and follow the “kaccha-stone” road ahead. After 30 minutes into the hike the trails narrows and passes through loose soil and scree. After going around for another 15 minutes the trail now gradually starts to descend. You will find yourself going through a series of gradual ascents and descents for another 15 minutes till it descends to the river bed.

Kinner Kailash Trek

The trail continues by the river through a narrow valley with limited view. You pass by small boulders and after 20 minutes of easy walking you see a huge cave in the rock on the other side of the river at a height of above 75 – 100 ft from the ground. Colorful prayer flags are seen fluttering in the wind and are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.

Continue for another 5 mins and you will cross a bridge over the Tirung nala which takes you on the trail to Shurting. The serene hike suddenly becomes lively with the gushing sound of the Triung nala under the bridge. Keep yourself on the right of the river and follow the trail.The trail passes through bushes and shrubs covered with pink flowers. Wild Himalayan roses are clusters of silvery pink flowers that darken as they age.

lalanti top -kinner kailash parikrama

lalanti top -kinner kailash trek or parikrama

Kinner Kailash Trek

Within 10 minutes you will reach the open grounds of the “Shurting” (11188 ft). Just before “Shurting” are empty settlements usually used by the horse/ khacchar owners or shepherds. For Kunu you need to continue on the right bank before the bridge. Just past Shurting, the stream coming from the Shimdong pass to Tibet joins the main river on the right. Kunu (11155 ft) can be seen amidst gently sloping fields. The traditional Parikrama route requires one to visit Kunu. The stretch which is around 8 kms from Lumber to Shurting is relatively easy and takes around 2 hours. Shurting is an ITBP checkpost as you are very close to the ITBP border. The border is less than 30 kms away. Beyond this point begins the restricted area and it is not possible for foreigners (Non-Indians) to visit Khimokul la, giving access to Tibet. You can camp next to the ITBP campsite or proceed to Charang Village which is 6 kms from here.

Kinner Kailash Trek

Day 2: Shurting(11188 ft) to to Camp-I (before Lalanti) (13780 ft) via Charang (11483 ft)
shurting to Charang, 6 km,1.5 hrs. Charang to Camp-I (before Lalanti) (13780 ft), 10 km, 7hrs.

There are two trails that go from Shurting. The one that goes ahead follows the Tirung Nala passing Charang village. The other trail goes right from the ITBP checkpost. The trail that goes to right up in the hills is unstable – with landslides, steep piles of scree and deep streams of water flowing down the hillside. Stay on the right side of the river and follow the Triung Nala. The old trail will lead you from Shurting to the Charang village. You will also see a trail on the other side of the stream that goes to the Kunu village. Carry on the trail for 10 minutes passing through the riverbed as the river widens and divides into many small streams.

kinner kailash trek - enroute

kinner kailash trek – enroute

Kinner Kailash Trek

After 30 minutes into the hike, you will see that the trail now gradually starts to ascend. The trail rises above the river as the valley widens and you see some excellent views of the Racho group of peaks, including the highest peak in the Kinaaur area, Rangrik Rang (21500 ft). You need to continue on the trail that moves along the right of the valley towards Charang Village. It takes about 1hour before you see the beautiful white stupa of the Rangrik Monastery on the left. Rangrik Monastery is one of the most sacred monasteries in Kinnaur. You will see the trail passes through the Charang guest house. Here you can have quick snacks and fill your water bottles as you may not find water for another 4-5 hours. This is also the last village on the trail and the trek from here on will be in complete isolation.You can purchase some last moment supplies here but do not expect much.

 

Kinner Kailash Trek

Keeping the Charang Guest house to your right follow the trail that moves upwards bypassing the Charang Village. The climb continues for 10 minutes till you reach a point from where the trail takes a U turn and you see the guest house on to your right now. The trail now gradually starts to ascend. After 30 minutes you come across a couple of incomplete stone shelters that look like the 4 walls of a hut. This is used by the shepherds. Keeping the stone shelter to your left continue on the trail that moves to top of the ridge for another 45 minutes till you see a vast expanse of the valley. Look out for the magnificent snow clad peaks. The peak on the left is Rangrik Rang peak. You will come across a stone structure that stands 2 feet tall. Stones stacked one over the other indicate the way. The trail passes through a series of small boulders that appear like a flat table along with a few bushes here and there. Continue on the trail for another 30 minutes till you see Lalanti pass in front of you.

enroute kinner kailash trek or the parikrama

enroute kinner kailash trek or the parikrama

Kinner Kailash Trek

Lalanti La is visible from a long distance as you see huge stone structures along with the multi coloured Buddhist prayer flags that indicate the pass.The trail up to the Lalanti pass is gradual but long (2-3 kms). It takes around 2.5 – 3 hours to reach the pass.

Kinner Kailash Trek

Lalanti pass lies in the upper Shurting valley at about 14764 ft. From the pass follow the trail which curves towards your left. The trail zigzags down to the valley and follows the stream thereafter. This is the tributary of Tirung Nala that comes from Shurting. Proceed down towards the stream as the trail gradually descends. After 15 minutes into the hike the trail becomes very thin and narrow. Watch your steps as it can get slippery with all the mud. You will see that the trail disappears many times because of landslides in between. After hiking on the trail for another 15 minutes you will cross a thin stream coming from the top.The trail down the hill is unstable – with landslides, steep piles of scree and streams of water flowing down the hillside.

Kinner Kailash Trek

After 1 hr into the hike the trail gradually ascends for a few minutes and then descends steeply through a gully formed by rocks on either side. Proceed down for another 30 minutes till you are just a few meters above the riverbed. The trail gradually ascends and passes through green pastures. Wade through the green pastures for 30 minutes till you come across a narrow stream coming from the top. You will also see stone structures used by shepherds for temporary shelter. You can camp here or proceed to Lalanti which is 1 hour, 2-3 kms from here. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Camp-I from Lalanti pass and around 6 hours from Charang Village.

 

Day 3 : Camp-I (before Lalanti, 13780 ft) to Camp-II
8 kms, 4 hrs.

The relatively easy gradient today coupled with manageable overall distance gives you ample opportunity to explore the area around and soak in every nuance of this extraordinary trail. Keep yourself to the left side of the river and follow the trail ahead. The trail passes through a grass patch and shrubs covered with red stem and yellow flowers. If lucky you could see colorful butterflies and some exotic Himalayan birds on the way. After 30 minutes you will come across a small stream that comes from the hill top and merges with the river below.As you cross over, you will see a small pasture land full of knee high bushes and boulders. Continue on the trail that gradually starts to ascend. You will find yourself going through a series of gradual ascents and descents for another 30 minutes till you see a vast expanse of the valley. The trail passes through small boulders and bushes. Look out for the magnificent snow clad peaks on either side. The peak on the right is Saro 19997 ft and another unnamed peak 20500 ft.

campsite near the charang la in kinner kailash trek

campsite near the charang la in kinner kailash trek

Proceed down on the trail that goes to the river bed hopping over a lot of small boulders. In the distance you see a stone structure that stands 2 ft tall on the other side of the river which you will pass after 20 minutes into the hike. This indicates that the Lalanti campsite is near. Do not cross the stream as it is very deep. Look for the Lalanti campsite which is on the other side of the stream.

Kinner Kailash Trek

Lalanti campsite has a tin shed that is used by the pilgrims that come on the parikrama. The campsite is situated on a flat meadow ground a little above the river. You can see the yaks grazing on the slope a little above the Lalanti meadows. Proceed on the trail for another 30 minutes till you see the Lalanti campsite across the stream. Here the stream is broken down into several small streams, so choose the stream that is small and shallow to cross over. Keep yourself to the right side of the river and follow the trail ahead bypassing the Lalanti campsite. After 20 minutes into the hike the trail gradually starts to ascend.You will come across a stone structure indicating the way. Proceed down on the trail that gradually descends to the meadow.

Kinner Kailash Trek

After 30 minutes of re-ghati-trelatively easy hike the trail passes through grass meadows covered with little yellow flowers along the stream. Follow the trail through loose stones. You will find yourself again climbing up for another 30 minutes followed with a level-walk of 30 minutes. After a series of gradual ascents and descents you come across a meadow with stone markings that stand 5 feet tall. You will see huge flat boulders covered with colorful flowers. You can camp here tonight. The panoramic view from the campsite is commanding as you see snow clad peaks on either side of the valley. To acclimatize yourself it is a good idea to explore the valley. Bird lovers can see a variety of Himalayan birds while exploring the campsite. If you are lucky you can encounter wildlife as well.

 

Day 4 : Camp-II (13780 ft) to Charang La Base (15748 ft)– 7kms – 4hrs

Today is a relatively easy day for trekking.Proceed ahead with a nice level walk along the stream. Keep yourself to the right of the stream. After 30 minutes into the hike the stream broadens. You will encounter a shallow section where you will have to cross the ice cold river barefoot. The trail gradually ascends and changes from plain meadows to rocky terrains. After around 15 minutes you come across two structures indicating the way. You will find yourself going through a series of gradual ascents and descents on loose rocks. It is very easy to miss the trail here. Keep walking towards the left side of the valley. After another 20 minutes you will come across loose rocks and huge scattered boulders making the ascent difficult.

the famous pass that is one of the last stages of the kinner kailash trek

the famous pass that is one of the last stages of the kinner kailash trek

Kinner Kailash Trek

After 1 hour into the hike you can see the Charang la pass at a distance. Charang La is a muddy patch with a slight depression with snow ridge on one side and rock ridge on the other. Proceed on the trail for around 20 minutes and you can see the rocky terrain now changes to glacier moraine. After 30 minutes of level walk, you will again be required to ascend the moraine ridge. Look for the stone structures at the end of the moraine ridge. You can see the trail now descends down. After 15 minutes of hike you come across a small pond. You will find yourself going through a series of gradual ascents and descents for another 30 minutes till you see a vast expanse of the valley.

Breath taking views of clear sky and snow clad peaks welcome you. In the midst of grey and brown terrain occasionally you all come across small green bushes with yellow flowers. You can get lucky and get to encounter colorful butterflies and some exotic Himalayan birds at this height as well. As it is going to be a short walk today you can enjoy the luxury to click as many photos and videos as required. Proceed on the glacier moraine for another 30 minutes till you see huge boulders and a pond formed by the glacial water. You will see the trail passes through huge boulders. The trail has stone markings all throughout to guide the way. After walking around 30 minutes on the boulder trail look out for a 25 ft huge boulder that has stone marking and a red flag indicating you are very near the Charang la base.

Kinner Kailash Trek

You can see the flag from a distance as it sits atop a huge boulder.You can also see a commanding view of mountain ranges covered with snow on either side. On the left ridge you can see an overhanging edge of snow also called cornice. On the right ridge you can see a peak that looks as sharp as a needle. Continue on the trail for another 30 minutes till you reach a huge glacial lake. Look for two huge boulders of around 30 feet near the lake. In front of the boulders you see a small stone temple that has a few trishuls. Trishul or trident is the primary weapon of Lord Shiva. It depicts the power of Lord Shiva. Many pilgrims who come for Kinnaur Kailash parikrama worship Lord Shiva, offer prayers and seek His blessings. You can camp near the boulder besides the glacial lake. To acclimatize you can go around the glacial lake and check the peaks visible from here.

Kinner Kailash Trek

Day 5 : Charang La base 15750 ft to Charang La 17198 ft to Chitkul 11352 ft , 7kms – 9 hrs

Today’s trek is more challenging as you climb up the Charang La pass .The top muddy patch visible the previous day is Charang La. This is the most difficult day of the trek due to a lot of altitude gain and a steep descent. The trail goes through glacier moraine, snow bridges (thin layer), rocky terrain and huge boulders so be very careful and follow the guide. Proceed ahead on the left side of the valley as the trail goes parallel to the snow ridge. The trail is covered with snow in patches.

Kinner Kailash Trek

Proceed on the rocky terrain for 15 minutes until you reach the snow bridge. You will encounter a tricky section where you will have to cross the snow bridge which is extremely thin at some places. Look for a stone structure just after the snow bridge indicating the position from where it can be best crossed. You can fill in your bottles here as this is the last place that you will find water. There is no water on the trail for next 5-6 hours. You can see the trail continues in the direction of Charang Pass.The trail passes through huge boulders and some hard snow patches. After 45 minutes of boulder hopping you reach the snow slope just below the muddy patch.

 

the top of charang la- kinner kailash trek

the top of charang la- kinner kailash trek

Kinner Kailash Trek

You can see the snow slope has a steep gradient of around 60-70 degrees. This section can be tackled without use of ropes / ice axe, however it is recommended that you carry them especially if you are an inexperienced trekker. You need to continue zigzagon the snow slope for around 1 hour till you reach the muddy patch.The bird’s-eye view of the valley below is amazing from here. The slope is challenging so you have to be very careful where you stop. A fall will take you directly to the glacial stream below so avoid any risks.

You can see the final trail of around 150 mtr after the snow patch is made up of loose rocks and plenty of scree. You will need to keep some distance between two people on this trail. After 30 minutes of hike you reach the pass. The view from the pass is breathtaking and memorable. Have quick snacks, chocolates, dry fruits here as it is still a long way ahead.

Kinner Kailash Trek

The trek down to Chitkul is long and you need to cover around 5578 ft of steep descent. It is around 6-7 kms and takes around 6 hrs.The route towards Chitkul curves towards the right side of the valley. Proceed down for 45 minutes as the trail passes through rocky terrain and loose boulders. You can see stone structures at regular intervals on the route indicating the way down. Keep yourself to the right of the valley and proceed down for another 45 minutes till you reach the plains. You can see the plain is covered with hard snow. Cross the snow patch and keep moving right.

Kinner Kailash Trek

The trail alternates between snow patches and rocky terrain. Proceed ahead by following the laid out trail on the right side of the valley for another 1 hour till you reach the end of the plains and the trail descends down. Another 1 hour of of steep descent on the rocky terrain will take you to a stream that comes from the top. You will see the trail gradually moves down towards the right.The trail passes through grass patches and shrubs. Wade through the trail for 30 minutes as it broadens. You will see Chitkul village on the left.

Kinner Kailash Trek

The trail now is well defined and it takes around 45 minutes to reach the plains from here. You can see the view gets greener and better as one comes across colorful flowers and shrubs along the way. After a tiring walk on the monotonous snow patch and boulders for 3-4 hours this is a refreshing change. Another 30 minute of hike ahead on the plains will take you to Chitkul village. The trail crosses the fields and the beautiful village temple.

a beautiful view of the chitkul village-kinner kailash trek

a beautiful view of the chitkul village-kinner kailash trek

Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin pas trek is one of the most fantastic treks in this region. The trek begins from the lovely valley of Sangla in Himachal Pradesh and moves onto Uttarakhand via Rupin pass. In terms of landscape, gradient and altitude, it offers a wide range. Not a very well known trek, it certainly is one of the most beautiful being full of streams, waterfall, river, mountain views, snows, beautiful meadows full of flowers etc

 

climb of rupin pass trek

climb of rupin pass trek

 

a trail of rupin pass trek

a trail of rupin pass trek

 

lush green meadows in the due course of rupin pass trek

lush green meadows in the due course of rupin pass trek

 

rupin pass trek during summers

rupin pass trek during summers

 

Rupin pass trek can also be started  from the village of Naitwar in the Tons river valley region of Uttarakhand. From Naitwar the trail goes along the Rupin river valley to the villages of Dhola(reachable by Jeep now) and Sewa. After Sewa the trail crosses into Himachal Pradesh (always following the course of the Rupin river), first to Gosangu (its not a village but a central spot in the valley where the roads connecting the villages of Dodra, Kwar and Jiskun coverage) and then on to the hanging villages of Jiskun and Jakha on slopes above the Rupin. After Jakha the wilderness starts, taking you along the river through dense pine forests, across and over multiple snow bridges and meadows to the imposing 3-tired Rupin waterfall. Above the waterfall the trail finally leaves the river and veers left climbing steeply over a ridge and then over gentle undulating snowfields/meadows (depending on the reason) to finally reach the Rupin pass. An unmistakable half tube cut straight across the dip in the ridge line of the Dhauladhar range. The most easy itinerary of the Rupin Pass Trek can be located hereunder.

 

        • DAY 1:  CHANDIGARH- THANEDAR- 6 HRS
        • Reach Chandigarh at 0350 hrs by Kalka mail. Get off and drive to Thanedar. Stop en route at Shimla for breakfast and freshen up. Carry onto Thanedar. Check into hotel. After lunch, hike to Hatu peak. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in hotel.

        • DAY 2:  THANEDAR- SANGLA- 6 HRS
        • Wake up early in the morning. After breakfast, drive to Sangla. Reach Sangla early n the evening. Check in and hike up to Batseri village after freshening up. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in hotel/camp.

        • DAY 3:  SANGLA- ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO RAKCHAM VALLEY- 6 KMS
        • Today, we go on a upward hike to Rakcham valley. This is the signature walk of the valley. The gradient is moderately upward. Reach Rakcham village by afternoon. Drive back to camp/hotel. Rest of the day at leisure as we prepare and check gear for the trek the next day. Evening around a bonfire.

        • DAY 4:  SANGLA (2700M) – SANGLA MEADOWS (3600M) – 4-5 HRS
        • Sangla meadow is a perfect place to see the Kinner Kailash massif in its full glory. The locals have their fields in the Sangla meadows (or Sangla Kanda as they call it). As going up and down every day is inconvenient, so lot of people have made their temporary huts here called ‘Dogri’. When it starts to get cold in the valley, the shepherds often take their sheep and goat herds across Rupin Pass (visible in the distance) to the meadows near Dehra Dun. Night stay in tents.

        • DAY 5:  SANGLA MEADOWS- BASE OF RUPIN PASS (ABOUT 3500M) – 4-5 HRS
        • DAY 6:  BASE OF RUPIN PASS- RUPIN PASS (4750M) DANDRASH (3450M) 6 HRS
        • This is a tough day on the trek with steep uphill and downhill climbs. There would be snow at the pass.

        • DAY 7:  DANDRASH- JISKOOL (2320M)- 5-6 HRS
        • This is a lovely hike through meadows and then we hit the valley. We walk past a waterfall and cross a cross a river.

        • DAY 8:  JISKOOL- SEWA (2040M)- 4-5 HRS
        • From here on, it is a gradual downhill walk most of the way.

        • DAY 9:  SEWA- DHULA (1560M)- MUSSOORIE- 3 HRS WALK AND 6 HRS DRIVE
        • Last day on the trek, we reach Dhula where vehicles will be waiting to carry us on to Mussoorie. Settle into your rooms in Mussoorie. Rest of the evening at leisure.

        • DAY 10:  MORNING JAN SHATABDI FROM DEHRADUN BACK TO DELHI AND CONNECTING FLIGHTS/ TRAINS OUT.
        • Leave early in the morning from Mussoorie and drive to Dehradun to catch Jan Shatabdi back to Delhi.

          The Rupin pass trek can be started either way from Himachal or Uttarakhand and the itinerary can be tailored according to the customers need.

 

     

      Tribal festival kinnaur

      Tribal Festival kinnaur is being celebrated since 1994 from 30 October to 2nd November every year at District Headquarter Reckong Peo and this festival has been declared as State Level festival and has been celebrated since 1987 under different names like Janjatiya Utsav, Phulaich Utsav and also as Tribal Festival kinnaur. This festival  depicts the panorama of rich culture heritage of district .It also provides an opportunity to the local people to sell/exhibit their horticulture/agriculture produce, handicraft and artifacts. Besides the Kinnauri culture groups, participants from other districts/states also present and perform culture programmes symbolising national integration and brotherhood.

      a glimpse of tribal festival kinnaur

      a glimpse of tribal festival kinnaur 

       

      The tribal festival kinnaur is held in the month of October or November every at Rampur Bushahr. In ancient, Tibet and Kinnaur had good trade relations and Lavi fair is the outcome of business interest of both sides. People from other areas in general and tribal belt in particular participate in this fair with horses, mules, pashminas, colts, yaks, chilgoza, namdas, pattis, woollens, raw semi-finished wool and other dry fruits produced in the state are brought for selling. Tribal festival kinnaur is  three hundred years old fair and also a state fair.4 During day time, hectic trade activities are witnessed all over the town. At night, folks dances and music around small bonfires are organised. It continues for three days.

      another glimpse of tribal festival kinnaur

      another glimpse of tribal festival kinnaur

       

      tribal festival kinnaur

      tribal festival kinnaur