Region : Kinnaur and Himachal Pradesh
Best Time : March to December
Duration : 3N/ 4D
A journey though lush green forests and apple orchards into the land which was once less traveled. The journey goes along the banks of the river Satlej and the Baspa till the place where Habitation virtually ends. The Baspa valley or more popularly known as the Sangla valley with it’s snow capped mountains overlooking the lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls seeping out of it’s crest, and thrilling curvy roads leading to the destination where every traveler aspires to be.
Day1. Chandigarh to Kotgarh ( 190 Kms, 7 Hrs). or
Shimla to Kotgarh ( 80 Kms, 2 1/2 Hrs)
You drive along the scenic NH 5 towards Shimla. From Shimla it’s a drive amidst Dense green Deodar forest and apple plantations on the way. On reaching Kufri you will have a first glimpse of the snow clad Baspa ranges. After Narkanda you will enter the apple heartland of India and the drive will be a memorable one for you as you will dive through one the most densest apple plantation in the world. Evening stay at a Hotel in Kotgarh.
Day 2. Kotgarh to Batseri ( 130 Kms, 6 Hrs)
After breakfast, we take a narrow road descending though orchards of apples and cherries, until we reach the right bank of Sutlej River. We drive along the Sutlej for 80 km. The journey is full of excitement and thrill as gushing water paints the muddy river white. The Mother Nature reveals its first marvel as soon as we reach a deep gorge at a place called Taranda. The road roofed by multiple rock tunnels ushers you into Kinnaur valley. We cross a bridge and leave the Sutlej River at a place called Karcham – gateway to the Baspa valley. Now we start chasing the Baspa River upward and reach a beautiful village called Sangla – a place to feel transition in rich and vibrant culture of Kinnaur. Sangla is a broad valley on the left bank of Baspa River. It is surrounded by forest of pine, deodar and Himalayan birch. Cliffy golden mountains toward the north guard the village and its inhabitants. They are so steep that even snow refuses to cling onto them.To south, snow-capped mountain range overlooking green forests and beautiful waterfalls seeping out of its chest makes your stay an ideal getaway for landscaping under the clear blue sky in the Baspa valley. You will enjoy listening to the story Mother Nature wants to whisper in your ears. Our halt for the night will be a Hotel/ Camp in the beautiful village of Batseri.
Day 3. Batseri - Chitkul. ( 20 Kms) Chitkul to Kalpa ( 70 Kms).
Batseri is a beautiful village at an altitude of 3000 metres. It is the home of one the best quality Deodar trees. Situated on the banks of river Baspa, with dense green forests around it and snow capped mountains in the backdrop, Batseri is one beautiful destination.We continue our journey for another 20 kms to reach the last inhabited village of the valley called Chitkul – 13 km from Rakcham. This place is at an elevation of 3450 m. So don’t be surprised to see big snowflakes falling from the sky in the month of May as soon as you raise your head to look up. This place is the starting point for some popular treks leading to Rupin and Lamkhaga Pass.
After spending sometime here, we start our journey back to Karcham, from where we take a new route to the village of Kalpa. Overnight stay in a hotel in Kalpa.
Day 4. Kalpa to Kotgarh ( 150 Kms)
Situated at an elevation of 2759 metres, 260 kms from Shimla. It is famous for the majestic view it offers of the snow clad mountains, the most prominent of them being the famous kinner kailash peak.This peak is said to be the winter abode of Lord Shiva. It is a spectacular view early in the morning as the sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. As the day progresses the light of the sun falls on the peak from different angles and the colour of the peak keeps changing. Kalpa has a landscape full of apple plantations surrounded by forest of Pine, Deodar and Pine Nuts. This place is a perfect destination for travellers looking for spending some time in wilderness and solitude. There are a lot of short hikes and walks here going though apple trees and lush green forests.
We spend a good amount of time exploring Kalpa and then continue our journey back to Kotgarh.
Day 5. Kotgarh To Chandigarh ( 190 Kms) or Shimla ( 80 Kms).
You can reach Shimla , have a stroll on the mall road and then take the overnight volvo to Chandigarh or Delhi.
Hotels and camps in Kotgarh, Batseri and Kalpa.
( All exclusive high end properties) .
All transport Chandigarh to Chandigarh. Innova or equilant jeep.
Qualified Guide who is a local. Certified in Mountain safety and guiding.
Cost : for minimum of 4 people :
INR 17,500. per person. ( if pick up from Chandigarh)
INR 16, 500 per person. ( if pickup from Shimla)
Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh.
Best Time to visit:
March to October