Kalpa Chitkul Road Trip

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Description

There are several beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh such as Kullu Valley, Kangra Valley, Chamba Valley, Kinnaur Valley, etc. Out of all, Kinnaur is one of those valleys which remained untouched and is home to many picturesque places. Few of them are Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, etc. Kinnaur Valley is all about deep gorges, snowcapped mountain peaks, a blend of Indo-Tibetan culture, apple orchards, etc. Another amazing fact about Kinnaur Valley is that the region has the cleanest air in India. In this trip, one can cover almost all the major destinations in the Kinnaur region.

Kalpa is also known as Winter Abode of Lord Shiva and is famous for heavenly views of Kinnaur Kailash ranges and Roghi suicide point. Chitkul is the last village on the Indo Tibet border and is popular for breathtaking views of Baspa Valley. The road to Kinnaur Valley is exciting as it passes through natural mountain caves and its a part of Hindustan Tibet highway, which makes the road trip quite interesting.

Short Itinerary

Day 0 : Departure from Delhi

Day 1 : Reach Shimla and Drive to Chitkul

Day 2 : Chitkul Sightseeing

Day 3 : Chitkul to Kalpa

Day 4 : Kalpa to Shimla and depart for Delhi.

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

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    Day 0 : Departure from Delhi

    Depart from Delhi by AC volvo bus to Shimla. The journey takes around 7 hours and you will reach Shima by 7 AM.

  • 1

    Day 1 : Reach Shimla and Drive to Chitkul

    Deboard the bus at Shimla and our taxi will be ready at Shimla, get into it and begin your drive to Chitkul. Chitkul is around 250 km from Shimla and it takes around 10 hours to reach there. The journey to Chitkul village is also interesting as the scenes are quite breathtaking. Have your breakfast at Fagu and lunch at Rampur. The road bifurcates at Kharcham and the right one goes towards Chitkul. Enjoy the delicious momos at Sangla, which is the last place where your phone will have networks and you will ATM's. Continue your journey, in the next 2 hours you will reach your destination. Relax and enjoy the bonfire under the sky full off millions of stars. 

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    Day 2 : Chitkul Sightseeing

    Start your day with a visit to ITBP check post, which is officially the last point where anyone can visit without any permits. The check post is 3 km from the hotel and the walk is enjoyable as you can see the beautiful views of snowcapped peaks and Baspa river valley. Return to hotel for lunch and stroll near the river. Later, explore the village and the last Indian Dhaba. Bonfire and overnight stay in the hotel.

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    Day 3 : Chitkul to Kalpa

    Have breakfast and begin your drive towards Kalpa. The road to Kalpa passes through Sangla and Reckong Peo (Headquarters of Kinnaur district). It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Kalpa from Chitkul. Head directly towards Roghi and enjoy the views from the suicide point. Return to Kalpa and explore the village and the temple. Have dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

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    Day 4 : Kalpa to Shimla and depart for Delhi.

    Don't forget to wake up early in the morning to enjoy the heavenly sunrise which takes place behind the Kinnaur Kailash ranges. Have your breakfast and depart for Shimla. Drive back through the same road and reach Shimla by evening. Later depart for Delhi by AC volvo bus.

    *Reach Delhi by next day morning.

Inclusions

Transport Delhi to Delhi. Delhi to Shimla Volvo bus Tickets, Shimla to Chitkul, Kalpa and back Tempo Traveller

Total of 7 Meals

Bonfire

Camp/Hotel Stay on Double/Triple sharing Basis.

Trip Lead

Sightseeing

Driver allowance and taxes

Exclusions

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Any extra meals

Any extra cost due to disturbance in weather, road blockage or any other natural disaster.

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Reviews

Sukhda
Sukhda

It was a great experience. Trip lead Nishant was really friendly and flexible. Chitkul is a beautiful place and everything reagrding arrangements were great. Would travel again with you guys.

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