SANGLA VALLEY OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
About 250kms away from Shimla is the strikingly beautiful district of Kinnaur, where the icy waters of the River Sutlej and its tributaries have carved deep gorges through the high ranges. The landscape varies from the lush green orchards of the picturesque Sangla Valley to the stark magnificence of the Hang rang Valley. Along the valley of the River Baspa, terraced fields surround villages that cling to the steep slopes above the gorge. Higher still, are beautiful Rolling Meadows spiked with iris and wild flowers in spring and dotted with shrubs of rhododendron in varying shade of pink. The massive snow clad ranges that provided a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of the Kinner Kailash revered by the Kinnauris as the abode of Lord Shiva. The road from Shimla to Kinnaur follows a scenic route, running through Narkanda in the heart of the apple country, past kumarsain, descending to the Sutlej Valley and the trading town of Rampur, then on to the beautiful village of Sarahan the last stop before entering Kinnaur. Kinnaur & Lahaul Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh, the most unique geography anywhere in the world, the beauty or Kashmir & landscape of Leh, all within a couple or hours driving distance. Away from the urban rigmarole to the silent wilderness of mysterious forests picturesque valleys and snow clad peaks which come together to offer a romance hitherto unseen, unheard or untold. Experience a complete holiday with timberline trekking camps at Kalpa & Chitkul, each of our planned programs include a wide range of experiences. Kinnaur famously known by the name of Dev Bhumi is set within the imposing greater Himalayas on the international border with Tibet. Legend has it that these inaccessible & impassable valleys & mountain ranges where the Abode of Gods, Pandavs of the great epic Mahabharta spent sometime here while in exile. Various primitive traditions, beliefs, superstitions and strange customs still survive here. The imposing forts, exquisite gompas & temples of Kinnauri architecture are things of beauty of behold which leaves one breathless. So dramatic is this land that on one side there are dense forests, fruit orchards, lunch green valleys while on the other rugged & barren mountains, miles & miles of high altitude desert. River satluj enters India near shipki la & literally cuts the greater Himalayan belt of kinnaur in the centre, carving in the process spectacular gorges. ALTITUDE: HIGH ALTITUDE VALLEYS 2,500M OR MORE. TEMPERATURE: Cold with temperatures well below Zero in winter. SEASON: June to Oct Ideal for treks. CLOTHING: HEAVY WOOLLENS. HOW TO GET THERE AIR: Shimla (25kms) is the nearest airport. RAIL: Nearest railhead is Kalka. ROAD: Linked by road to Shimla. The N.H.22 runs through the district to Spiti and links important centers along the route. BUS: Buses, Jeep and taxis are available from Shimla and Rampur. SARAHAN: Drive 177kms past woodland and orchards – and through the Sutlej Valley to Sarahan. Sarahan is regarded as the shonitpur of old. And here, in a truly splendid setting, Banasura of legend once ruled. With the Bhimakali temple complex, Sarahan is revered as one of the 51 sacred shaktipeeths. As the mists of myth gave way to verifiable history, the beautiful spot of Sarahan became the capital of the princely state of Bushair. The raja moved here from Kamru, the original seat in the Baspa Valley. In the 18th century another shift was made to Rampur on the lower boundaries of the state. Bushier was regarded as one of the wealthiest states of the region and was a major entry point for trade with Tibet, Ladakh, Kashmir and Kazakhstan. KARCHAM: The N.H.22 that follows the old Hindustan - Tibet route goes past the villages of Jeri, Wangtu and Tapri to Karcham (1,899m) located at the confluence of the Sutlej and Baspa rivers - a beautiful village and the start of the picturesque Baspa or Sangla Valley.
SANGLA (2,860M): The largest village in the area, scenic Sangla is 18kms from Karcham. A link road that goes off the N.H.22 into the Baspa Valley offers an enchanting vista at every curve. There are saffron fields, orchards and higher up, as the road climbs the steep inclines, lovely alpine meadows. Sangla is built up a sharp slope with the houses rising in tiers. The Kinner Kailash Peak dominates the view. From Sangla, it is possible to visit the Karma Fort, an imposing fortress - style temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. It is by far the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh full of wooded slopes as far as CHITKUL (12000FT). The last inhabited village in this valley surrounded by green fields & high mountains peaks, Chitkul is like a FAIRYLAND. The bewitching scenery & the eternal snow view from here is an unforgettable sight. A trek through lush green meadows to the grazing fields of nagasti on the banks of Baspa River is a delight. CHITKUL (3,450M): The last and the highest village in this valley, Chitkul, 26kms from Sangla, are noted for its alpine meadows and snows capes. It has a rest house. POWARI: Powari, 70kms form Rampur, is the last major stop on the N.H.22 with a Petrol Station. The link road, to the district headquarters Recong Peo, takes off from Powari. RECONG PEO (2,670m): Located 260kms from Shimla and 07kms from Powari, Recong Peo is the headquarters of the district. It has a rest house and hotels and a fine view of the Kinner Kailash. KOTHI: Just 03kms from Recong Peo, Kothi has a temple to the goddess Chandika Devi. Set against a backdrop of mountains and groves of deodar, the temple has an unusual architectural style and fine sculpture. An exquisite gold image of the goddess is enshrined in the sanctum. KALPA (2,759m): Beyond Recong Peo (14kms from Powari), on the link road, is the main village of the district - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. They are a spectacular sight early in the morning, as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Looming in front of KALPA 9800ft. Is the impressive KINNER KAILASH (19800 ft.) it has religious significance for a huge SHIVA LINGAM, the representation of Lord Shiva, which changes colours several times a day with change of weather conditions, trek around the whole range attracts many pilgrims every year. PUH (2,837M): Lush green fields, orchards of apricot, vineyards and groves of almond trees, are to be seen on the route to Puh. Just 58kms from Powari along the N.H.22, puh has modern facilities for a comfortable stay. NAKO (3,662M): A little off the N.H.22 along a link road just short of Yang hang is the scenic village of Nako, the largest village in the desolate Hangrang Valley. A little lake reflects the stark grandeur of the surrounding hills.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN KALPA AND CHITKUL (CELSIUS) JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV MAX. 01.5 04.2 09.7 14.1 21.3 24.1 22.2 20.4 20.8 18.0 14.5 MIN. -5.6 -3.8 -0.5 2.6 7.9 11.0 13.0 12.4 10.0 04.9 01.6 DISTANCE Delhi to Shimla 385 kms Kaza to Kunzum Pass 106 kms Delhi to Kullu 550 kms Kaza to Losar 98 kms Shimla to Kalpa 310 kms Kaza to Koksar 180 kms Shimla to Chitkul 320 kms Kaza to Manali 380 kms Shimla to Sarahan 210 kms Kalpa to Luhri 192 kms Kalpa to Moorang 79 kms Kalpa to Nako 142 kms Kalpa to Tabo 210 kms Kalpa to Kaza 240 kms JEEP SAFARIS: highly experienced drivers drive our comfortable jeeps on these mountains to move you safely over rugged road, high passes and breath taking gorges. These cross-country journey are adventurous. TREKKING: Penetrate the scenic road less area where nature is untouched. Sporting just a light daypack for your camera, sweater, binoculars you’re unencumbered & free to enjoy the sights & surroundings. All camping equipment food, supplies & most of your
belongings are carried for you by our support team, which included a leader, cooks and assistants, doubtlessly an adventurous journey on foot. WILDLIFE & NATURE WALKS: Discover a fascinating variety of animals, birds, flowers, herbs & medicinal plants around our camps. Forests of bhoj patra, mountain slopes with trees of pine, chilgoza, walnuts, almonds & orchards of apples, peaches, plums & pears, miles of alpine meadows dotted with flowers. Lammergeyer’s & golden eagles rule the skies. Ibexes, snow leopard & black bears abound the snow line. CULTURAL TOURS & NATURAL HISTORY: You experience the life styles, strange customs, religion & art of this region. Visit the famous Pandav Forts, Buddhist Gompas, Ancient Temples and villages, witness the exquisite Indo-Chinese architecture, and discover fossils and much more. NATURE CONSERVATION: You learn to save and enjoy the environment; our camps effectively use non-fossil energy for lighting and water heating by tapping solar energy. The Italian biodegradable western style loads are very hygienic & environment friendly. OUR FACILITIES: our super deluxe 14ft / 12 ft tents have been specially designed to provide all hotel comforts while staying in camp which is an adventure by itself. Each tent has *Wooden Flooring, *Carpeting, *Comfortable Beds, *Poly Fill Quilts, *Fresh White Linen, *Chairs & Tables, *Independent Change Area with Wash Basin, *Fresh Towels, *Herbal Soaps & Tissue Paper, *Each Tent has its own change area with Wash Basin, *Independent attached Wash & Toilet, *Imported Bio-Degradable western style chemical Toilets from Italy which are most hygienic & ideally suited for outdoor activities.
CAMP ACTIVITIES: *Star gazing, *Fishing, *Rock Climbing, *Mountain Biking, *Photography & Camp Games, *Kite Flying, *Sunbathing, *River Crossing.