Road Trip to Chitkul

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Description

The last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border is Chitkul, around 569 kilometers from Delhi and 24 kilometers from Sangla and is famous for its sunsets, potatoes, apples and the incredible hospitality of the locals.

At 3450m, Chitkul is well over a few mountain tops in Himachal alone that makes it witness very cold winters during which the snow makes the inhabitants move to the lower regions of Himachal.

Chitkul is famously known for the quality of potatoes that are produced, they are one of the finest in the world. Situated on the bank of river Baspa, Chitkul is the first village of Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route and is also the last point in India that one can travel to without a permit.

 

Short Itinerary

Day 0 : Delhi to Shimla ISBT

Day 1 : Drive from Shimla to Chitkul via Narkanda via SanglaValley (250km).

Day 2 : Day Hike and Sightseeing at Chitkul

Day 3 : Kagyupa Temple and Drive to Shimla.

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 0

    Day 0 : Delhi to Shimla ISBT

    Board your overnight Volvo Bus to Shimla

  • 1

    Day 1 : Drive from Shimla to Chitkul via Narkanda via SanglaValley (250km).

    Our road trip to Chitkul will start early from Shimla once everyone had breakfast. Our Trip Lead will meet you at ISBT Shimla, and we’ll journey through the gorgeous views of Kullu valley in Kufri and Fagu which are again very famous tourist spots during winters. We’ll be covering about 250KMS in around 10 hours driving on the Hindustan Tibet road towards Chitkul through the beautiful town of Narkanda famous for the Hatu Peak. We’ll be accompanied throughout our journey by the Sutlej River. As we enter the Sangla Valley through Kharcham we’ll see the beautiful traditional houses of the valley. We’ll move towards Chitkul through our final two destinations of Sangla and Rakcham which also has the last ATM service in the region.

    We’ll have an overnight stay in homestay/hotel.

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    Day 2 : Day Hike and Sightseeing at Chitkul

    We’ll start with our breakfast and move towards the ITBP camp. Sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the Baspa Valley from around the camp and a majestic view of the snow-clad mountains. We'll return from the camp to have our lunch and move towards the other side of the Baspa River for a short-day hike while enjoying the forest area along the Baspa River.

    Sit beside the river to enjoy the view from the other side of the ITBP camp.

    Return to the hotel/homestay for a gorgeous sunset and dinner around the bonfire.

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    Day 3 : Kagyupa Temple and Drive to Shimla.

    Kagyupa Temple at Chitkul offers a beautiful, ancient idol of Shakyamuni Buddha. The carvings of four kings in four different directions on the doors are worth admiring. The Kagyu or Kagyupa is one of six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The morning prayer at the temple on Sunday is considered very important by the locals.

    Witness the prayer and start your journey back to Shimla.

    Reach Shimla by 6 pm . Board your onward bus to Delhi.

    Reach Delhi by 6am next morning.

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Inclusions

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

5 Meals (2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner)

Bonfire

Camp and Hotel Stay on Triple sharing Basis. 7800 INR * Per Person for Double Sharing

Trip Lead

Day Hike

Exclusions

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

GST

Any extra meals

 

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 
• First Aid Kit

• Sun Glasses
• Torch
• Water Bottle
• Power bank
• Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
• Raincoat

• Hand Sanitizer
• Toiletries
• Cold Cream
• Lip Guard
• Sunscreen Lotion

Things To Know

Cost :

Triple Sharing: 7000 INR Per Person

Double Sharing 7800 INR Per Person

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

Akshita Gupta
Akshita Gupta

It was an amazing experience with Justwravel. Everything was so organized and well planned. Must recommended one.

Prapti Sharma
Prapti Sharma

Amazing experience and amazing tour coordinator and leader. Very well organised and beautiful experience.

Raj
Raj

I can't imagine a trip better organised than this and its because of our group leader Mr. Rahbar. Generally people starts enjoying when they reach the destination however in our case it started from the time when we boarded the bus in Delhi. All of the co-travelers were so amazing that no one wanted to finish the trip and wanted to stay back a bit more. Thanks JUSTWRAVEL for organizing such an amazing trip.If anyone have still any questions then you are more than welcome to reach me out. I can guaranty that you will enjoy your trip, just go with open heart and you will find so many friends for life.

Praveen
Praveen

This was one of the most cheerful trip of my life, from people who joined the trip to the trip mentor everyone was amazing. The experience with hotel, food and conveyance was also up to the expected quality mark. Had a great time with trip mentor Rahbar.

Bhanu Goel
Bhanu Goel

Amazing trip! Everything was smooth without any hassle.

Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh

Coordinators were well informed and supporting. I had a good time with everyone present in the group :)

Krishna
Krishna

Had an awesome experience, met some amazing people, and Chitkul was beautiful, felt like heaven on earth.

poonam poonam
poonam poonam

Thank you JustWravel for an amazing trip. Our Coordinator Mr. Mohit was very supportive and giving equal attention to everyone. whole trip was full of fun and laughter. 2018 ended with good note. Hopefully next trip with JustWravel soon :)

Komal Goel
Komal Goel

It was an amazing experience with justwravel. Our lead (Mohit) was very cooperative and patient. We felt that we got a truly unique and very low stress traveling experience by booking through this company. I highly recommend it, Mohit Gupta will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience!

Sagar Chadha
Sagar Chadha

Awesome experience with the trek . Our Group Leader Mohit Gupta Sir is like Brother for us . Very calm and comfortable . Always listen our problems and give good advice . Just go with #Justwravel ..

Varun Gupta
Varun Gupta

Had an amazing experience with just wravel on a recent road trip to chitkul.It was my first solo travel with a doubt in mind that I will feel secluded , but the company of new fellow travelers was Soo great that now I feel like going with them in future trips as well.Management was top notch with all the things being taken care of by our super talented trip lead Mohit Gupta. He took care of all the needs of every individual and made our trip more comfortable. Food was hygienic and home made style as well as our accommodation was very comfortable. The kindness and warmth with which we were taken care of was really overwhelming.Kudos team wravel , definitely looking forward to my next trip with you guys????

Swati Mehra
Swati Mehra

Ooo yeah.. It's time to review the services provided by Justwravel team..!! That's mean the trip end and start the planning for another trip with Justwravels'. Off course if I am thinking about next trip with Justwravel that Indicates I have fully enjoyed the recent road trip to chitkul..and looking forward for more trips in future..!! Each and everything was well planned.Bcoz of this road trip I am blessed to witnessed the snow covered peaks in full moon.. That was amazing experience I had ...can't explain in words.. Especially Thanks to Mohit our trip leader.. U r grt.. keep it up.. He is well aware about the place.The best part was visiting the village and meeting with locals...!! If one wanna to travel with Justwravel Team there will be no chance to worry about safety and security, food, accommodation.. Team will do a good job..! ????It's wonderfully fantabulous adventures journey..!!Highly recommend Came back with lots of good memories and new friends ????????

Teena Hans
Teena Hans

One of the most amazing ,awesome experience I had and our Trip Lead Mohit Gupta is one of the most caring and supportive leader.

Sakshi Kakde
Sakshi Kakde

Great arrangements!

Shweta Singhal
Shweta Singhal

It's been more than a year since I first travelled with Justwravel and now I plan my every trip with them only. Be it a 2 day trek or a week long road trip, they make sure the travelers experience the best of what itinerary has to offer, that too without burning a whole in your pocket. I would definitely recommend everyone to travel with Justwravel. :)

Siddharth Kumar
Siddharth Kumar

Camping experience couldn't get better than the one organized by JustWravel. The arrangement, the activities, the groups, the food, everything was just perfect. The packages are pocket-friendly and they take you to offbeat places. With them, it's not just travel.

Swãtî Mêhrã
Swãtî Mêhrã

Ooo yeah.. It's time to review the services provided by Justwravel team..!! That's mean the trip end and start the planning for another trip with Justwravels'. Off course if I am thinking about next trip with Justwravel that Indicates I have fully enjoyed the recent road trip to chitkul..and looking forward for more trips in future..!! Each and everything was well planned. Bcoz of this road trip I am blessed to witnessed the snow covered peaks in full moon.. That was amazing experience I had ...can't explain in words.. Especially Thanks to Mohit our trip leader.. U r grt..???? keep it up.. He is well aware about the place.The best part was visiting the village and meeting with locals...!! If one wanna to travel with Justwravel Team there will be no chance to worry about safety and security, food, accommodation.. Team will do a good job..! ???? It's wonderfully fantabulous adventures journey.

Rahul Yadav
Rahul Yadav

It was a nice experiience with justwravel on my latest trip to chitkul.????.

Abhishek Raj
Abhishek Raj

Loved the chitkul tour, whether u want to go solo or with friends; Go for Justwravel. They are very friendly and things are well organized.

Siddharth Kumar
Siddharth Kumar

Their itinerary is well defined and the package is absolutely economic. Been to 3 trips with them, each with different set of people which delivered different set of life-long memorable experience. Couldn't have asked for more!!

Shweta Kamble
Shweta Kamble

This was my first trip with justwravel and I must say I can’t think of any complaints or negative points. Choosing right ppl to go with is as imp as choosing the destination . I went to chitkul village with justwravel with 5 other gals. Handling different sort of gals in a group is not soo easy ? but I must say the trip leader Nishant and mannu really tuk care of us. They paid attention to our minute little things. A big kuddos to the team of justwravel for making my travel experience worth remembering. ?

Shruti Jain
Shruti Jain

One of the best travel group I have travelled with.. thanks to Manu and Nishant for being the amazing trip leaders throughout the trip.. they made sure that we enjoy every bit of the trip.. whether it's hiking to ITBP check post or strolling through the Chitkul village or having a sip of amazing tea at India's last dhabha.. we did all of it.. I'm happy that I travelled to Chitkul with these guys.. :)

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