Delhi to Kinnaur in 4 Days & 5K Budget | Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul

Kinnaur

Duration in Kinnaur – 4 to 6 days

Expenditure – INR 4,000 to 6,000/-

Delhi – Reckong Peo – Kalpa – Roghi (Suicide Point) – Sangla – Chitkul – Reckong Peo – Delhi

 

 P.S Bonus information towards the end of this blog!

 

Kinnaur is one of my favorite places in Himachal Pradesh. The best part is you have to cross Kinnaur while traveling to Spiti, giving you the best of both the worlds.

Below you will find a comprehensive Kinnaur itinerary that you can follow from Delhi. I have also covered cost, accommodation, bus timings from Delhi to Kinnaur. You will also find bonus information towards the end.

 

Also Read My Delhi to Chitkul Guide

 

P.S Nako is also a part of Kinnaur district. I have covered it in my Spiti guide as it comes midway.

 

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Location & Altitude

 

Kinnaur is located at the Northern most part of Himachal Pradesh and to reach here you have to go 240 km further from Shimla. Since this place is so far it has left the place offbeat and raw and you can get the true essence of Himalayas. Please ensure that you keep this beautiful place clean and carry back your plastic waste.

Kalpa – 2,960 metres

Sangla – 2,696 metres

Chitkul – 3,450 metres

 

Best Time

 

Kinnaur looks pretty throughout the year. I would like to experience this hill station every month. Having said that, it depends on you what you would like to see. If you want to see flowers and walk through the colourful 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.

 

If you are planning to go to Spiti, read our guide here – Spiti Travel Guide

 

 

Kinnaur Itinerary

 

Day 0 and 1: Delhi to Reckong Peo

Delhi – Chandigarh – Reckong Peo

I took an overnight HRTC bus from Delhi to Chandigarh first and then 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 (ISBT Kashmiri Gate) at 8 PM that takes ~ 18 hours to reach Reckong Peo. The bus fare is INR 575/-. 

Fact: Ladies get 25% discount on their bus tickets *winks*

 

Reckong Peo Bus stand, Kinnaur Travel Guide
Reckong Peo Bus stand

 

Where to Stay in Reckong Peo

I would suggest you find a hotel close to the bus stand itself as you would have to leave for Sangla/Chitkul the very next day. There are many hotels just outside the bus stand, prices ranging between INR 400/- to INR 700/-.

You can check the website below as well for hotel booking. The best thing about this website is that you do not have to pay any amount in advance. Just reserve the room through them 🙂

 



Booking.com

 

Day 2: Reckong Peo to Sangla

How to Reach

There are 2 buses to Chitkul at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Catch any of these buses and get down at Sangla village. Chitkul is approximately an hour away from Sangla.

Sangla is beautiful. You can enjoy the village walk over here, visit the Sangla monastery and visit the nearby Kamru Village. There is a 1000 years old Kamru Fort which is also one of the oldest in Himachal Pradesh.

Kamru Fort – Situated ~2-3 KMs from Sangla this Fort and the view from here are marvelous. You would have to climb several steps to reach here. Entry inside this fort is quite unique. An inspector (guard) will give you a Kinnauri cap and then tie a cloth around your waist. The fort has a beautiful wooden balcony along with an idol of Kamakhya Devi.

Note that women who are on their menstrual cycle are not allowed to enter the fort.

 

If you want a detailed guide on Chitkul and Sangla, you can read our guide here – Chitkul Travel Guide

 

 

Day 3: Sangla to Chitkul

Only BSNL network is available over here

I do not have any words for Chitkul. It is just breath-taking. Two years back there were hardly any hotels, however, things are different now. You would have absolutely no trouble in finding one.

Fact: Don’t miss India’s akhri dabha (food corner) here

 

How to Reach

Catch the same bus that leaves from Reckong Peo for Chitkul which will take 45 minutes to an hour. I left for Chitkul early in the morning and then took the last bus at 3 PM that leaves for Reckong Peo from Chitkul.

 

But if you want to spend more time in Chitkul, read my Delhi to Chitkul Guide

 

 

Day 4: Kalpa & Suicide Point (Roghi)

How to Reach

Kalpa is just half an hour away from Reckong Peo. You can easily get a bus that operates every 15 minutes, right outside the main bus stand.

Things to Do

Kalpa is really really gorgeous! It comprises of monasteries and temples and you can also walk through the apple orchards and reach the famous Suicide Point near the Roghi Village.

Just ask the locals about the walking route to the Suicide point; it hardly takes 15 minutes.

Where to Stay

I stayed at Kalpa Deshang. The rooms were cozy and from the balcony itself we were able to enjoy breathtaking views of Kalpa. The rooms were comfortable, hot water was available and they also had a restaurant.

However, if you are traveling in a budget then there are several homestays starting INR 500.

 

 

Day 5: Reckong Peo to Delhi

You can either take a direct bus to Delhi that leaves early in the morning or take a deluxe bus at 1:30 PM to Chandigarh.

Another option is to catch the last bus at 6 PM for Shimla.

 

Planning a Solo Trip to Kinnaur? Read This  – Solo Travel Tips

 

 

The Map I Followed

As you can see Chitkul and Sangla are a little far from Reckong Peo. You can visit Kalpa and nearby places if you are short in time, say a day.

 

 

 

Connectivity

Reckong Peo/Kalpa – There is hardly any connection of Vodafone. Jio works the best followed by Airtel

Sangla – Vodafone does not work here at all. Jio works the best followed by Airtel

Chitkul – Only BSNL/MTNL operates in Chitkul. Further, there will be no internet connection even if you are using BSNL/MTNL

 

ATMs and Petrol Pumps in Kinnaur

ATMs are available only in Reckong Peo and Sangla. Hence, do not forget to carry cash from Delhi or Chandigarh.

Same is the case with petrol pumps.

 

Accommodation in Kinnaur

Reckong Peo

Find a hotel near the bus stand itself. You can ask the locals or shopkeepers for cheaper stays. The prices ranges between INR 400 to 700

Chitkul/Batseri

You can either stay in Zostel or opt for any homestay. I chose to stay in a nearby village called Batseri, as it was quite secluded. I stayed in Hotel Batseri which was amazing, comfortable and beautiful

Kalpa

I stayed in Kalpa Deshang where I was able to enjoy the entire view of Kalpa. This hotel has an attached restaurant as well.

If you are looking for other economical options do check the website below. The best thing about this website is that you do not have to pay any amount in advance. Just reserve the room through them 🙂


Booking.com

 

Typical Cost

Homestays/Hotels – You will easily find rooms for INR 500 and they are decent enough for an overnight stay

Bus cost – A journey from Delhi to Reckong Peo will cost you INR 575. Buses will be your best friend if you are on a tight budget

Food – There are many restaurants over here, with a wide range of options in Reckong Peo and Kalpa. A meal cost would cost you around INR 150

 

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Things to Carry

Since the temperature goes down to negative at times it important to carry the below essentials.

 

Clothing

Thermals

This should be your base layer. Thermals trap your body heat and keep you warm. Further, they do not take that much space as well in your backpack

My recommendation – 

Add Gear Ski + Mountaineering base Layer

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Fleece

Fleece is a great way to protect you from cold. It is a comfortable layer of insulation by trapping air in the pockets between its fibres. 

My recommendation

For women

For men

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Down Jacket

Have a good warm down jacket that can withstand negative temperatures

My recommendation

Forclaz Trek 100 Hooded Down Jacket

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Hiking Pants

For your legs, wear your second layer over your thermals. I personally prefer quick dry and light cloth for this purpose.

My recommendation

Quechua Forclaz 500

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Trekking Shoes

Carrying shoes is essential because the area is rugged and mountains feel like love in the mountains.

My recommendation

Quechua Forclaz 500 Snow Boots

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Gloves/Muffler/Woollen Cap

All these are essential. During winters it is important to keep your head covered. Avoid wearing woolen gloves during the snowfall season as it traps water. Consider buying the below one –

My recommendation

Quechua Adult Trekking Mountain Gloves Trek 500

Woolen gloves

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Thermal Fleece Full Face Mask Balaclava
Woollen Slouchy Beanie

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Socks

Merino wool is the best and the warmest socks that I have tried lately –

My recommendation

Balenzia Cushioned High Ankle Sports Socks – Pack of 6

Quechua Arpenaz 100 Warm Merino Wool

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Electronics

BSNL/MTNL Sim

If you are going to Chitkul, it will be a good idea to have these sims. Otherwise, do carry Jio or Airtel Sim

Power Banks

To have a power bank is essential for your phone and your GoPro. 

Cameras

Just in case if you are into documenting your experience 🙂

 

Toiletries

Small Towel

Pack a towel which is light and a small one for your daily activities.

Moisturiser/Lip Balm

You will be prone to dryness in harsh and colder regions.

Brush/Paste

My recommendation

Slim Bamboo Toothbrush

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Sunscreen

In high altitudes, you are prone to extreme sun rays and your skin can get damaged.

My recommendation

Avène Very High Protection SPF 50

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Additional

Rucksack

It is essential to have a good backpack that gives comfort and is durable at the same time.  The best one is Quechua’s Forclaz with compression straps. 

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Day Pack

Once you reach the hotel, you would need a day pack to carry your essential things.

My recommendation – 

Quechua NH500 10 Litre Hiking Backpack

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UV Protection Sun Glasses

In high altitudes, the rays of the sun get harsh. Having a good pair of sunglasses is a must.

My recommendation – 

Quechua Adult Hiking Sunglasses

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Flask

My recommendation

Quechua Stainless Steel Insulated Hiking Bottle

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Raincover or Poncho

For your backpacks make sure you have a rain cover if you are going during the monsoon season. If you have gadgets and electronic things and your backpack is not waterproof it can damage all your necessities.

My recommendation

Rocksport Poncho Polyester Rain Wear

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Add Gear’s raincover

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Slippers

Do not forget to pack good slippers. For quick errands, you will not like to wear your shoes again and again

 

You can see my camping essentials over here – https://www.amazon.in/shop/radhika_nomllers

 

Bonus

I was able to explore a few “lesser” known places in Kinnaur. I don’t have a guide for this one as I explored these places with a local. All I can do is give you names and this will be your own little treasure hunt 🙂

 

 

Telangi Village

The village is beautiful and I visited a ghost temple here. Yes! An actual ghost temple. And it is said that the ghost is locked in the temple itself and is released in the month of January for 12 days.

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 else over here. Also, there is also a place at Kotang-tcho where the villagers come and pray for their beloved ones who are no more.

 

Kinnaur Travel Guide
Kinnaur

Kinnaur is my favorite go-to place in Himachal and I have no doubt that it will become your favorite as well. Let me know if this blog helped you in the comments below and ask any queries. I love answering questions!

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Judecia Silveira
Judecia Silveira
1 year ago

This is great…I’m going to kinnKin in march

Anurag kumar
Anurag kumar
11 months ago

Di agar November mein jayenge toe apple dekhno ko milega??

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11 months ago
Reply to  Anurag kumar

November mein thoda mushkil hai! Abhi season hai.

Gurdeep Singh
1 year ago

Nice Place to visit. Thanks for sharing

Neethu
Neethu
1 year ago

When did you take this trip?

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Neethu

In April 🙂

shubhekalka
shubhekalka
1 year ago

Beautiful place really. Very informative indeed!! Thanks for sharing.

Bharat Dua
Bharat Dua
1 year ago

So informative, nicely done !!

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bharat Dua

Thank you 🙂

Sujoy Haldar
Sujoy Haldar
8 months ago
Reply to  nomllers

What about middle month of February??

Bharat Dua
Bharat Dua
1 year ago

Want to ask couple of things:

1.What would be better, to go via chandigarh / shimla or direclt to Reckong Peo as that Bus reaches at 1500 Hrs next day?
2. If we want to cut-short to 04 days, what can be skipped?

Thanks 🙂

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bharat Dua

1. I have never taken a bus from Shimla and Chandigarh. I go directly from Delhi because I know I can travel for 20 hours straight and do not get tired 🙂
It depends on your body, how much it can take it! If you think travelling directly would be a problem then spend a day in Shimla.

2. 4 days including travel? You can miss Chakha trek and cover both Sangla and Chitkul within a day. You can read Chitkul’s guide here – http://www.nomllers.com/chitkul-travel-guide/

Hope this helps!

Ayush wadh
Ayush wadh
1 year ago

I have 7 days with me and my car . Me and my partner were never into main stream commercialised over populated places. Most probably heading to Kinnaur in the Third week of June this year. Any kind of permits we’d require for my private vehicle? Any places not to miss ? Should we try and cover Nako and Kaza from Spiti circuit within these 7 days or keep them for another time suduri only Spiti circuit?

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Ayush wadh

Hi Ayush

Glad that you are visiting this place. It is beautiful! Since you are driving I think you have a lot of flexibility to cover a few extra places. I would suggest you go till Nako, as Nako is a part of Kinnaur. Kaza is very far away and that you should only cover while doing the Spiti circuit. You do not need any permit to visit Kinnaur or to get your private car. Do not miss out on Kalpa and Chitkul. You can also read our Chitkul guide here – https://www.nomllers.com/chitkul-travel-guide/

Bhoomika Sharma
Bhoomika Sharma
1 year ago

Hey! Lovely post. Do any hrtc buses leave in the morning from Chitkul to Chandigarh directly?

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago

Hey Bhoomika, thank you 🙂

Yes, there is one that leaves at 4 PM. You can also refer our Chitkul guide here – https://www.nomllers.com/chitkul-travel-guide/

Chitra Pandey
Chitra Pandey
1 year ago

Wonderful post. This blog has an amazing information about the destination of Delhi and near by places beautiful visiting spot……and captures very impressive photos.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Chitra Pandey

Thank you!!

Harshal Jain
Harshal Jain
1 year ago

Hi there thanks for sharing these details they were very informative. Wanted to know are there any scooty/activa rental options in Reckong peo or Sangla.
Will it be good to cover the distance from Reckong peo to Chitkul on a scooty?

harshal jain
1 year ago

HI there, the post is very informative and thanks for sharing it.
Wanted to ask couple of questions.
1)Are there any scooty/ activa renting option either in Reckong Peo or Sangla.
2)Would it be good to travel to chitkul form Reckong on a scooty?
3)Any cheap stay/Dorms in Sangla for a day.

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  harshal jain

Thank you Harshal 🙂 1. I do not think there are. At least I did not see any stores that do so 2. Most of the roads are in good condition but there are a few patches where a scooty might be a headache, not to forget there are also stretches where the path is a little steeper. If you are going to this place during the monsoon season then driving on a scooty will be a big no 3. In Sangla, there is a Sangla guest house which is very cheap. For other information you can read Chitkul’s guide… Read more »

SOUMYAJEET GHOSAL
SOUMYAJEET GHOSAL
1 year ago

is there any local bus or any other mode of transport from sangla / chitkul to reckong peo in the early morning ?

nomllers
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1 year ago
Sunny Wadhwani
Sunny Wadhwani
1 year ago

this trip in october?

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Sunny Wadhwani

Perfect 🙂

Deepinder Choudhary
Deepinder Choudhary
1 year ago

we are planning to visit kinnaur. we are driving from delhi on 4th of july 2019. can you please suggest on weather conditions in july. as i am afraid that the rain should not be a spoiler.

KARTIKAY SHARMA
KARTIKAY SHARMA
1 year ago

Man, I’m planning to do this on 4th April too. Wanna tag along?

Suresh Gambhir
Suresh Gambhir
1 year ago

I am planning to visit kinnaur in the month of mid October. Please suggest me, is it right time to visit ? And what about the weather n temperature at that time..

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Suresh Gambhir

Yes Suresh 🙂 Perfect time as no landslides etc. It will be very cold though since it lies in the upper region of Himalayas, so do carry warm clothes

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10 months ago

Thank you so much. loved to read successful blogging.Thanks for sharing this article.
Was helpful and informative.This helped me a lot.

Saurabh Kumar
Saurabh Kumar
10 months ago

Hi! I want to go with few of my friends in December. Will that be a good time to go Kinnaur?
Also we are not planning to book accommodations prior to the trip. We will book everything while travelling. Can we get rooms easily over there?

nomllers
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10 months ago
Reply to  Saurabh Kumar

Hi Saurabh

Yes it is but it will be very very cold and you might find a lot of snow so go prepared. And yes rooms are easy to find 🙂