Duration in Kinnaur – 6 days
Expenditure – INR 6,000/-
Delhi – Reckong Peo – Kalpa – Roghi (Suicide Point) – Chakha – Chitkul – Reckong Peo – Delhi
Bonus information towards the end of this blog, by the way!
Two years back, I was not aware of this breathtaking gorgeous place – Kinnaur. It was only when I met a person back in the time during my corporate days, he told me of what all is there here in Kinnaur. He told me not just about the place but also the history. Kinnaur is close to Spiti giving you the best of both the worlds.
Below, is the guide that I followed in my 6 days trip to this place from Delhi. I have also covered the cost, where to stay, bus timings from Delhi to Kinnaur, as well as some bonus information towards the end
A side note, I have NOT added Nako in the ‘places to visit’ as it is usually covered during the Spiti stretch, however, if you want visit Nako as well, there is a separate we have a guide to help you through.
Kinnaur looks pretty throughout the year. I would like to experience this hill station in all the seasons, from springs to winters. Having said that, it depends on you what you would like to see. If you want to see flowers and walk through the colorful apple orchards, April is the best time to go, however, if seeing snowfall is your aim then February is the best time.
- April to May – Flowering season
- June to August – Apple season
- Feb to March – Winter season
However, during the peak season do check if the roads are open because things get difficult and inaccessible during that time.
Day 0 and 1: Delhi to Reckong Peo
Delhi – Chandigarh – Reckong Peo
I took an overnight HRTC bus from Delhi to Chandigarh to reach Kinnaur. I explored the little corners of Chandigarh in the morning. From Chandigarh, you can get a deluxe bus that leaves in the evening at 5:50 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM.
Alternatively, you can also take an ordinary bus directly from Delhi at 8 PM to Reckong Peo that takes approximately 18 hours to reach Reckong Peo. The bus fare is about INR 575/-
Fact: Ladies get 25% discount on their bus tickets *winks*
Day 2: Reckong Peo to Chakha Trek (4500 meters)
You will reach Reckong Peo early in the morning and this is the day when the journey starts. If you want to see the peaks even more clearly away from the hustle bustle, Chakha is the perfect spot for you.
How to Reach
It is a trek that takes approximately 2.5 hours to 3 to go uphill, however, it will only take 1.5 hours to come downhill.
My advice will begin the trek as soon as possible so you have more room to explore the place.
Tip: do carry food along with you while trekking as there are no shops in between.
Where to stay
I would suggest you find a hotel near the bus stand itself for today as the next day you would have to catch the bus that leaves for Sangla/Chitkul. Right next to the bus stop there are shops where you can ask for rooms and they also offer cheap stays. The prices mostly range between INR 400/- to INR 700/-.
Day 3: Reckong Peo to Sangla
How to Reach
From Reckong Peo two buses leave for Chitkul. One bus leaves at 9:30 AM and another one leaves at 12:00 PM. Catch any of the buses and get down at Sangla village as the village comes midway; Chitkul is approximately an hour away from Sangla.
Here, enjoy the village walk, visit the Sangla monastery and go to the nearby Kamru Village to visit the Kamru Fort which is said to be 1000 years old – one of the oldest in Himachal Pradesh. It is approximately 2-3 KMs away from Sangla Village which you can easily cover on foot. You have to also climb several steps to reach this fort. Upon reaching, the inspector (guard) here will give you a Kinnauri cap and will tie a cloth around your waist before entering the fort. The fort has a wooden balcony and has an idol of Kamakhya Devi.
Also, note that women who are on their menstrual cycle are not allowed to enter the fort.
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My favorite kind of time is when I am out there learning and trying something new. While the whole town of Chitkul was sound asleep, we took the Torchlight and prowled our way into the darkness on a damp road. It is simply amazing to just go out there and exist. Again, just a Nikon D3400 click, I am learning 🙂 #Nomllers
Day 4: Sangla to Chitkul
Note: There is no network here except for BSNL
Chitkul is so breath-taking that I just don’t have any words for this place. The civilization has increased 10 folds here though. Two years back there were hardly any hotels, however, now if there will be no problem in finding one, and the hotels are so gorgeous – they have graffitis and creative painting painted on it.
Fact: Don’t miss India’s akhri dabha (food corner) here
How to Reach
Catch the same bus that leaves from Reckong Peo and goes to Chitkul which will take 45 minutes to an hour.
Where to Stay
If you want to stay in Chitkul, you can stay in Zostel, however, I chose to stay in the nearby village called Batseri, as it offered secluded views away from the tourists. In Batseri I stayed in Hotel Batseri that offers luxury stay and epic views of the valley. You can also get a hot shower, free wifi and restaurant right inside the hotel.
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How our mornings looked like in @SanglaHolidays The best part of traveling with fellow creators is you synergies your creative energies to capture the location at its best form possible. The temperature was freezing cold, and we were out here throwing snow at each other. What fun times ^_^ . Clicked by @ro5h4n ❤️ . Snow courtesy @vartickaa ❤️
Day 5: Chitkul to Reckong Peo to Kalpa to Suicide Point
How to Reach
Again, there are two buses that leave from Chitkul, one at 12 PM and other at 2 PM. In accordance with me, it will be best to take 12 PM bus since you have enough time to explore Kalpa and Roghi Village.
Things to do
After returning to Reckong Peo, head towards Kalpa. You can easily get a bus from Reckong Peo bus stand for Kalpa, or hire a cab. Kalpa is 15 minutes away from Peo.
Kalpa is really really gorgeous! It comprises of monasteries and temples and from here on you can walk through the apple orchards to go to the Suicide Point near Roghi Village.
Just ask around the walking route from Kalpa to Suicide point, it hardly takes 15 minutes.
Tip: We went to the extreme end of the road of the Suicide point to get the famous Instagram picture kind of feels.
Where to Stay
I really wanted to stay at a place which is cosy and offers perfect views of the Kinner Kailash. One such place was Kalpa Deshang. The rooms were cosy and from the balcony itself, we were able to enjoy the whole of Kalpa. The rooms were comfortable and hot water was available as well which is essential when you are travelling to a colder region. In fact, the hotel has a restaurant as well with well served and fresh food at your service. You can visit their website to know more about their prices.
Note that, this place is closed during the months of January to March.
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Thank you so much guys for the overwhelming response on the videos. It is always a humbling experience to start off something new when chances are it could fail eventually. Much love ❤️ . This week, as promised I will talk about the things you can do in Kinnaur because if at all I have to choose between Spiti and Kinnaur, I won't be able to, both are immensely beautiful. Just a quick question – do you need a detailed post of the itinerary as well about this place? Including the cost? #Nomllers
Day 6: Reckong Peo to Delhi
Well, again either you can take a direct bus to Delhi which leaves in the morning or take a deluxe bus at 1:30 PM that will drop you off till Chandigarh.
The Map I Followed
You will see below, that Chitkul and Sangla are a little far from Reckong Peo bus stand. So these places would need an entire day to cover, however, you can plan and visit Kalpa and places nearby easily in a day if you have less time.
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All the connections work in Kinnaur (Airtel is the best though), however, as one goes towards Chitkul only BSNL/MTNL signal works. Vodafone won’t be your best friend here though, it keeps coming and going.
ATMs in Kinnaur
You would easily be able to find ATMs in Reckong Peo, and then there is another one in Sangla. Other places do not have any ATMs, so do not forget to carry cash when you leave for these places.
Reckong Peo: I would suggest you find a hotel near the bus stand itself if you any buses to catch the next day. Right next to the bus stop there are several shops from where you can ask for cheaper stays. The prices of these rooms mostly range between INR 400/- to INR 700/-.
Chitkul/Batseri: If you want to stay in Chitkul, you can opt for Zostel. There are several homestays as well that offer a room for INR 500. However, I chose to stay in the nearby village called Batseri, as it offered secluded views away from the tourists. In Batseri I stayed in Hotel Batseri.
Kalpa: In Kalpa, I stayed in Kalpa Deshang. Here, from the balcony itself, we were able to enjoy the whole of Kalpa. This hotel has a restaurant as well with well served and fresh food at your service.
- Homestays/Hotels – You will easily be able to find rooms for INR 500/-. And they are decent enough for an overnight stay
- Bus cost – Bus from Delhi to Reckong Peo and vice versa costs INR 750/- and to travel in and around Kinnaur. Buses are your best friend and the most budget-friendly partner to have during the trip
- Food – There is a wide number of restaurants to choose from, especially in Reckong Peo and Kalpa. A meal cost somewhere around INR 150/-
Things to Carry
- Jackets and Lower
- Pairs of Woollen socks
- Trekking Shoes
- A small backpack
- A water bottle
Multiply the number of clothes as per the season though!
Well, I was able to explore a few “lesser” known places in Kinnaur. It was told to me that I might be the tenth tourist to have touched this place. Not sure if it is true but it was really flattering. Haha!
I don’t have a guide for this one, it was just my lucky stars that my Kinnauri friend tagged along with me. So these places I will leave it like a puzzle for you to “explore” Kinnaur and be a traveler to discover these places on your own.
We took off to a whole new route where the water pipelines were being constructed after crossing the Telangi Village. Even the village itself is beautiful, to be honest with you.
Also!!!!! There is a ghost temple here. Yes! An actual ghost temple. And it is said that the ghost is locked down in the temple and released for 12 days in the month of January so that his powers do not get accumulated.
Kande – YashkaTang – Kotang-tcho circuit
This stretch lies at the height of 4,200 meters and does not have a direct pathway to climb it. There was no one here but us. Also, there is also a place at Kotang-tcho where the villagers come and pray for their beloved ones who are no more along with them.
Like Spiti, Kinnaur is my favorite go-to place in Himachal and I have no doubt that it will become your favorite place as well. Let me know if this blog helped you in the comments below and ask any queries. I love answering questions!