Rakcham Chitkul Sanctuary Kinnaur, Himachal

Rakcham Chitkul Sanctuary

Located at a height of around 5500m, Rakcham Chitkul Sanctaury is a popular attraction in Kinnaur. It is situated between Sangla Valley and Chhitkul and counted among the few popular wildlife reserves of Himachal Pradesh. The reserve forest is spread over an area of 34sq km and tends to be a heaven for the trekkers and nature lovers.

There are several trekking routes that pass through this sanctuary among which Lamkhanga Pass is the most famous as it connects Kinnaur with the Gangotri Glacier of Himachal Pradesh. The sanctuary does not experience monsoon as it lies under dry zone and that is why travellers can explore this reserve forest all through the year. The vegetation covering the forest are mostly of dry deciduous category. The wildlife includes Leopard, Blue Sheep, Goral, Musk Deer, Himalayan and Black Bear. Several trekking camps are arranged by the tour operators in and around this sanctuary. There are couple of temples around this reserve forest which can be delight for the believers.