This is a beautiful district in North India, that holds three of the world's grand mountain ranges - the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar. Kinnaur lies on the ancient trade route between Tibet and India called Sangla Valley.
Himachal Pradesh /Kinnaur District
The Kinnaur Kailash (locally known as Kinner Kailash) is a mountain in the Kinnaur district of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The Kinnaur Kailash has a height of 6,500 meters and is considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist Kinnauris.
This is one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva's often confused with the Kailash in Tibet. One can undertake the holy pilgrimage of Kinner Kailash from this place and return to Kalpa in 7-8 days or travel onward north through Manali or traverse to Spiti or overland to Ladakh.
There are no direct fights from Delhi; you can enter via Delhi to Shriningar airport/Shimla with a drive which takes you into the Sangla Valley of Kinnaur.
While much of the Himalaya's offer greater heights, the terrain is high desert with no greenery except spare trees planted by the local peoples. Eg Ley in Ladakh or Spiti near by Kinnaur, In Kinnaur, the terrain is surrounded with magnificent peaks with lush orchards of cherry, apricot and apple at the foothills. It actually reminded a lot of Japan as one hikes along, although the entire range is a splendor like no other. The route is along the Sutlej river in Sangla valley . Kalpa is a beautiful village located in the backdrop of Kinner Kailash Mountain range. Coincidentally, I happened to meet the Tibetan owner of a small newly built hotel here. This was the family, the grandfather now 85, who escorted the Dali Lama out of Tibet when the Chinese invaded in 1954.
Their stories are unique and the hospitality the most gracious. All our clients stay 2 or more nights here and from your bedroom, with french open doors, laying in your bed you can view all of Mt. Kailash.
SUGGESTED ROUTE: Sangla + Chitkul + Nako Lake kalpa, Kullu, Manali and North can be an extension as well as a traverse to Ladakh. We offer 6 day itineraries, as well as 2-3 weeks and 56 days traverse the Himalayas.
Wildlife Sanctuaries:Three wildlife sanctuaries namely Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary, Rakchham-Chitkul Sanctuary, and Rupi-Bhaba Sanctuary houses wide varieties of wildlife. Species like Yak, Ibex, Leopard, Red Fox, Goral, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Brown Bear and Himalayan Black Beer are found here.
Recong Peo: To get a panoramic view of Kinner Kailash, you must visit Recong Peo, the district headquarter of Kinnaur and 260 kms from Shimla. Chandika Temple: This temple located in the village of Kothi is dedicated to goddess Chandika. She is worshipped with great reverence among the locals. It is believed that she was the daughter of demon devta Banasur who presided over Kinnaur.
Chitkul: This is the highest village of Baspa Valley especially easy 2 hour hikes.
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