Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 11 Days (6 days travel/5 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid May - September
Total Trekking: 35 K.M
One of the most challenging treks in the Indian Himalayan region, the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek takes you into a deep wilderness of the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh. The most scenic and remotest regions of Himachal, located close to the Indo-Tibetan border, Kinnaur is home to the sacred Mt. Kinner Kailash. The Sutlej River rising from the slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, flows through the Kinnaur valley adding to its serene and picturesque charm. Owing to the valley's close proximity to Tibet, you will find a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism cultures; the pagoda style architecture and monasteries are quite common in the area. Needless to say, being a sensitive border area, foreign nationals are required to take prior permits from tourism authorities.
Considered to be one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva, Kinnaur holds a great religious significance for devotees of Lord Shiva as Mt. Kinner Kailash in the region boasts of housing a 79 ft. tall Shivlinga that changes its colour which each passing moment. Mostly attempted by pilgrims, the Kinner Kailash Parikrama (circumbulation) trek is a test of one's faith, physical and mental fitness and strong determination. Along the trek, while revelling yourselves in unmatched scenic vistas of beautiful meadows, apple orchards, hanging glaciers and towering peaks, also be prepared to negotiate your ways through treacherous trails, climbing massive boulders, ascending narrow paths with loose gravel and stones and crossing large water streams.
Commencing from the Thangi village near Chail, the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek navigates you through scenic Charang Village, high mountain pass of Charang La standing at an altitude of 17,200 ft. above sea level, finally ending at Manali via Chitkul, Tabo and Losar.
The trek can be commenced between the periods of May to October but, the ideal time is between September and October as before that, the region may face heavy monsoon showers resulting in landslides, avalanches and cloud bursts.
The Kinner Kailash sits amidst the captivating Kinnaur Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Considered to be the land of dreams and fantasies, a trek to this fairyland is an unforgettable experience. The Kinner Kailash Parikrama or circumblation around the Mt. Kinner Kailash region is considered to be religiously significant for many Hindus. Owing to the same reason, many pilgrims and devotees venture on this trek every year.
Chail, near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is the main starting point for the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek. Following modes of transport can be used to reach the location.
By Road: Volvo, Himachal state run buses, Delhi tourism buses and taxis can be directly hired from Delhi and Chandigarh up till Shimla or even directly to Chail. Further, cab can be availed to reach Thangi.
By Rail: Kalka is the nearest railway station connected through Delhi and Chandigarh railway stations. To reach Chail, Himachal state run buses or taxis can be hired from outside the Kalka station. A toy train also runs between Kalka and Chail. If time permits, do take this option to have a memorable experience of a train journey that passes through winding hilly trails and tunnels.
By Air: Nearest airport is located in Shimla, the 'Jubbarhati Airport' to which flights regularly ply from the Chandigarh airport. Buses and private/shared taxis can be easily availed from the Shimla airport to reach Chail.
In the evening you will travel to Shimla by Luxury Volvo bus. Overnight journey.
On the day two, the trip begins with a drive through Narkanda, Kufri, and Shri Bhima Kali Temple in Sarahan Bhushar, Rampur Bhushar, then we will proceed to Jeori (which has hot water sulphur stream and offers stunning views of the valley). We will travel mainly on the metalled roads and pass through the thick woodland to reach Kalpa. During this time of year the Apples has a subtle fragrance that is tantalizing. Some of the finest chilgoza and apple orchards are found here. Here, one can enjoy an awe-inspiring picturesque view of the 6050 metres towering Kinnar Kailash range. We will stay overnight in Kalpa in a hotel for some rest and dinner.
On day three we will drive from Kalpa towards Lambar in the morning, a startlingly stunning destination, situated high on top of an abysmal gorge, with the quaint village nestled atop. We will then come back at the campsite, rest for the entire day at leisure for the acclimatization and stay here for overnight.
This day you can spend sightseeing and relaxing for the acclimatization at Lambar
We will commence our trek to the Kinner Kailash Parikrama, in the morning post breakfast from Lambar to Shurting towards the northern east direction climbing the height and following the stream. It is a parallel stroll. Surting is a little high land, here two river watercourses meets together forming the Lambar River. An ultra-modern advanced ITBP post located at 3150 meters where your names will be entered with regard to movement of the trekkers. Bonfire and overnight stay in the camp set up in Shurting.
This is a parallel hike of about three to four hours. Charang is well-known for its 11th century monastery known as the Rangrik Tungma Complex. After reaching the destination you can explore the spectacular surroundings and indulge in some relaxation and acclimatization. We will stay overnight in the camp located near to a gorge in Charang village.
On this day early in the morning we will begin an uphill trek in the Charang valley, covering about eight kilometres in approximately six to seven hours. Lalanti has gorgeous pastures with stunningly amazing high altitude flowers. It is an extensive carpet of blossoming red and yellow flowers under the expanse of blue sky with the sound of garrulous Mountain Rivers that adds up further magnetism to the charming exquisiteness of the valley and the overall experience of trekking. The Camp site is situated adjacent to a stream in Lalanti. Here, you will need to ascend moderate incline and from here we will camp below the Lalanti Pass.
Today is the most challenging and tough day for the trekkers as, during the trek approximately 30 kms will be covered which will take nearly (12 -14 hours). At around 4:00 AM, we will start the trek. It's a difficult climb up to the Charang Pass (5242meters) or Lalanti Pass. Coming down towards the pass is a long portion of strolling. After a walking for all day long we will finish our trek at Chitkul Lalanti. It is a soaring altitude shepherd territory and you can also get to see snow leopard here in the winters. Ibex can also be seen in this area. We will stay here for overnight in the hotel.
On this day you can spend the entire day enjoying the spectacular and picturesque sights around the Chitkul village.
Chitkul is located at an altitude of 3500 metres. It is the uppermost and the last village of the Sangla Valley. Ahead of Chitkul is there is the complicated and astonishing mountain territory and further moving ahead is Tibet. In fact, Chitkul is located in the region that was earlier used as the route for trade and commerce between Tibet and India. One can simply see the Tibetan influence in the jewellery they wear and as well as in the looks of the people. Chitkul is packed with distinctive and spectacular sights. Trekkers will come across cutting and twisting streams, gorgeous countryside, thickly forested hillside, extensive alpine meadows and last but not the least, deserted mountains. In Chitkul, there are three Goddess Mathi's temples. The earlier temples situated here are believed to be built about five hundred years ago.
On this day we will leave Chitkul in the morning and drive back to Chandigarh passing through (Sangla, Narkanda, Rampur Bhushar, and Shimla). From Shimla take AC Volvo coach for Delhi at 22:00 hrs. Overnight journey.
Arrive Delhi in the morning.
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You should book Kinner Kailash Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Kugti Pass trek is Delhi/Pathankot train station. At Pathankot our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Kinner Kailash Trek is tough trek with a maximum altitude of 17200ft (5242m) minimum age required is 15 years.
In the month of July & August the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and it can rain heavily which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.
We serve nutritious, pure vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in the wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp, they assess your condition and can take appropriate action in case a rescue is required. In the case of the rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.
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