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A backpacking trip to Kinnaur valley is the perfect natural retreat that people crave when looking for a break from the daily humdrum of their daily lives. 

From witnessing apple and apricot orchards gracing the green meadows of Sangla Valley, to breathing in clean air of India’s last village Chitkul, Kinnaur has many gems hidden in its embrace and we explore the best places in Sangla valley and other nearby spots as we embark on this Kinnaur Valley backpacking trip.

Kinnaur has gained recognition recently because of its picturesque landscapes and the stunning view of Kinner Kailash ranges but the history of this valley remains obscured and the only mention of its existence in the record is through mythological tales and local legends, adding more mystery to this land that remained forbidden for a long time. 

Nestled on what was the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, it is surrounded by many natural wonders. On one hand, the great Himalayas beckon you closer while on the other hand, the Zanskar river flows ceaselessly with a promise to wash you anew.

We start this 7 day backpacking trip to Kinnaur valley from Delhi as our rendezvous point. The overnight drive from Delhi takes us approximately seven hours but every turn that we take just means that our destination would be closer and that excitement is what makes this otherwise long journey seem short. 

The real trip to this valley with rich culture and age-old tradition starts from Shimla which serves as our first halt point in this Kinnaur Valley trip. The route from Shimla is perhaps the best when it comes to road trips to Kinnaur valley as it’s not only accessible throughout the year (except in cases of heavy snowfall) but also because you get to glimpse at the beautiful valleys and meadows en-route while driving on the Hindustan-Tibet highway. This route also helps your body get acclimated to the weather conditions as well as high altitude.

Enroute Chitkul from Shimla, we will make a brief pit stop at Narkanda which is a small town nestled within a Fir forest in Himachal. At an elevation of 8599 feet, it is surrounded by the great Himalayan ranges. The small town has pleasant weather throughout the year and in winters, it transforms into a ski resort. After spending some peaceful moments here, we will resume our Kinnaur backpacking trip. 

Chitkul, our first stop on this trip, is the last village in India. Elevated at a staggering height of 11,320 ft, this small village is considered to have the cleanest air in the country. Located on the banks of the Bispa river, the trails of this place are covered in wooden houses and apple orchards with majestic mountains in the backdrop, making it the perfect place to start your adventurous journey from.

Our next destination is Kalpa and as we will start moving towards this beautiful place, you will start getting entranced by the views of the Himalayan mountains. The town of Reckong peo with its vibrant market is a must stop while on a backpacking trip to Kinnaur valley.

Surrounded by the Kinner Kailash peaks with the Sutlej river flowing through deep gorges, Kalpa is known for it’s beautiful views but it has a lot of different things to offer.  

The 3000 year old Kalpa Monastery and the famous suicide point are a few of the major attractions of Kalpa. While the monastery is home to many ancient relics and thangka paintings, the suicide point acts as a vantage point for a 360 degree view of the Kinnaur ranges. 

The next stop in this Kinnaur trip is a tiny hamlet located amidst the trans Himalayan ranges. An abode to a thousand year old monastery and many Buddhist stupas that have remained intact for many decades, is the quaint village of Nako. With Reo Purgyal in its backdrop, Nako is a perfect spot for those who are looking for some peace of mind. A stroll to the beautiful and serene Nako lake along with a chance to visit the Nako monastery is something that you simply can’t miss out on while on this backpacking trip. 

Sarahan, a small town and a sacred site, acts as a gateway to Kinnaur because of its proximity to the old Indo-Tibetan road. Popular because of the Bhimakali temple which is the abode of the Kuldevi of the dynasty that reigned here in the past, Sarahan has its roots back to the Puranas and Vedas in hinduism. The Bhimakali temple is considered to be as holy as the 51 Shakti Peeth, making this temple a significant part of the entire district and the reason why we would pay our respects at this holy site while on this Kinnaur backpacking trip. 

The aim of this trip is to explore the best places in Kinnaur valley and since the valley is vast with a lot of destinations to offer, from lush green valleys to confluences of many rivers, quaint villages where life seems to move at a slow pace, towns like Reckong peo where you get to witness distinct cultures blending together,  it isn’t humanly possible to cover them all in this 7 day Kinnaur backpacking trip. That is exactly why we have carefully curated this itinerary, handpicking some of the must visit places in Kinnaur valley to make sure that we cover all the major attractions so you get to make the most out of this experience. 

The temperature of Kinnaur valley remains pleasant throughout the year except for the heavy snowfall that graces the land with thick blankets of snow, making it less accessible to people. Hence the best time to visit Kinnaur valley is from the months of March to May as in winters, the temperature drops below sub zero.  

During these months though the temperature remains at a tolerable level, maintaining a balance between the too hot temperatures of cities like Delhi and harsh cold winters of most hilly areas. 

If you are someone who isn’t a snow fanatic, the best time to visit Kinnaur valley for a backpacking trip would be the summer season. You get to see the valley bloom in all its glory as the snow will melt away except for a few patches that you will only find at higher elevations.

In a nutshell the Kinnaur backpacking trip gives you the chance to break out of the monotony of life that  you may find yourself in after a tedious routine and since it’s a week-long trip, it is the perfect retreat that you can plan ahead and see almost every attraction of Kinnaur. 

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

2nd Day: Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla | (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)

3rd Day: Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

4th Day: Kalpa to Nako (100 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

5th Day: Nako to Saharan ( 174 Kilometers, 6 Hours Drive )

6th Day: Sarahan to Shimla | Overnight Journey

7th Day: Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

Price

Delhi to Delhi:

Tempo Traveller
Triple Occupancy 17000 / Person
Double Occupancy 19000 / Person

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 1

    1st Day : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey

    • The group assembles at the pick-up point by 08:30PM
    • We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be conducted.
    • After which, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.

    *The pick up point would be Majnu Ka Tila 

  • 2

    2nd Day : Shimla to Chitkul/Sangla | (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)

    • Upon reaching Shimla, we will freshen up and head towards Chitkul/Sangla.
    • En-route we will make a pit stop at Narkanda where we will have breakfast.
    • upon reaching Chitkul, we will check into our designated hotels.
    • Dinner followed by overnight stay in Chitkul. 
  • 3

    3rd Day : Chitkul/Sangla to Kalpa (50 Kilometers, 3 Hours Drive)

    • After breakfast, we will head towards Kalpa which is known for its scenic landscapes
    • En-route Kalpa, the small town of Reckong Peo town, serves as the perfect pit stop. If the weather gods are in your favor, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Kinner Kailash Peak.
    • Upon reaching Kalpa, after spending some leisure time, we’ll head out to visit the 3000 year old Kalpa Monastery and the Suicide Point which offers a picturesque view of the Kailash ranges.
    • Post-check in, Dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Kalpa.
  • 4

    4th Day : Kalpa to Nako (100 Kilometers, 5 Hours Drive)

    • After having breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Nako, a tiny hamlet situated in the trans Himalaya ranges.
    • En-route we will make a pit stop at Khab, the site of union between Sutlej and Spiti river.
    • In Nako, we’ll visit the serene Nako lake and pay our reverences at the Nako Monastery.
    • Dinner and overnight stay at Nako.
  • 5

    5th Day : Nako to Saharan ( 174 Kilometers, 6 Hours Drive )

    • After having breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Sarahan.
    • Sarahan is known for the Bhimakali temple where we will pay our reverence upon reaching this small town in Himachal. The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner followed by overnight stay in Sarahan. 
  • 6

    6th Day : Sarahan to Shimla | Overnight Journey

    • Embark on our return journey after early morning breakfast and head towards Shimla.
    • Upon reaching Shimla, we will indulge in local sightseeing at the Mall road and local market.
    • In the evening, we will start our overnight drive to Delhi via Volvo.
  • 7

    7th Day : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends

    • We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning and the group will disperse with fond memories.
    • End of Winter Kinnaur Valley backpacking trip.

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Inclusions

Volvo Delhi to Shimla & Shimla to Delhi

Local Transport on Sharing Basis (Innova \ Tempo)

4 Night Accommodation at Sharing Basis

Meals: 9 Meals (Day 1- Breakfast+Dinner, Day 2- Breakfast+Dinner, Day 3 - Breakfast+Dinner, Day 4 - Breakfast+Dinner, Day 5-Breakfast)

Sightseeing as per the Itinerary

All Kind of Permits

Toll & Parking Charges

Driver Allowances

Medical Support

Experienced Trip lead

Exclusions

5% GST

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation.

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date

 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.

 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Trek Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

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