Mount Kinner Kailash (6500 Meters) Parikarma Trekking in Kinnaur is the finest adventure in Himacahl Pradesh. Kinnaur surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 km from Shimla is a beautiful district that holds three of the world's grand mountain ranges - the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar. Mount Kinner Kailash has religious significance for a huge "SHIVA LINGAM"- the representation of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation that resembles a Shiva lingam and changes color as the day passes. This is one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva. This mountain is sometimes confused with the Mount Kailash in Tibet. The Kinnaur Kailash Range borders the district of Kinnaur in the south and is dominated by the Kinnaur Kailash (elevation- 6349m) and Jorkanden (elevation- 6473m) peaks. The pass accessible on the trek is the Charang La at an altitude of 5300 Meters.
Hinduism is the main religions in the district followed by Buddhism, although Bon is also practiced at few places. These three religions have undergone religious mixing, along with some indigenous shamanistic practices. In the ancient mythology, the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands year old monasteries still exist in the area.
The route details & general observations
The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of Sutlej River and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La pass. It is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions.
The Parikrama or circumambulation begins from Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. You drive up to Thangi and the actual trekking begins form here. The trek ends at Chitkul from where we drive to Shimla and further to Delhi.
- International airport to hotel in Delhi transfer by small coach/ medium or large cars as per the group size
- Sightseeing/ monument visits as per the itinerary
- Delhi to trek beginning point and back to Delhi transfers
- Transfer to international airport in Delhi after the trip
- Transportation of porters, cook, kitchen staff to trek beginning point and back to their places after the trekking
Accommodation – city hotels with breakfast & remaining on full board
- Hotels as per the program
- Trekking duration camps with all meals
- Gala dinner at Delhi with expedition mementoes/ souvenirs
- Porters for the trekking part
- Cook and kitchen helper (01)
- Trekking guide (01) from trek beginning point to trek end point
- Local sightseeing/ city/ monument guide
- Trekking tents for the members
- Trekking tent for cook+ helper and trekking guide
- Ground mattresses
- Kitchen tent, chairs, tables, stools, utensils, crockery and cutlery
- Toilet tents and toiletries
- Medical kit
- Maps and directions
Administrative assistance to the expedition team
- Cargo Management for big groups
- Insurance of the staff and porters for trekking trips like Kangla Pass
- Inner Line permits/ restricted area permits
The cost doesn’t include
- Air tickets of the expedition members
- Any kind of insurance of the clients
- Personal expenditures of the clients
- Helicopter rescue
- Personal sleeping bags and sacs
- Cargo handling charges
- If you want to ski down from some point, you can write separately.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi: On arrival, you will meet our representative, who will drive you to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Delhi and evening train to Pathankot- a place on the borders of Punjab and Himachal and an army base. This is an overnight train and you reach Pathankot in the morning.
Day 03:Early arrival Pathankot & drive to Dharamsala- a Tibetan settlement, where HH The Dalai Lama lives, is about 90 Kms from Pathankot railway station and takes between 2-3 hours time to reach.
After spending some time in your hotel, a sightseeing of Mc Leaodganj is arranged exploring the residence of The Dalai Lama, Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Parliament, Tibetan Medical Centre, Tibetan Library, Tibetan Children Village and Handicraft Center.
Day 04: Dharamsala to Bathad Drive: Morning after breakfast, visit Norbulinga Institute and further drive to Kullu Valley, about 230 Kms and reaching a peaceful campsite of Bathad in Great Himalayan National Park. This is the beginning point of your trekking, situated at the banks of a river which is the popular point of Trout Fish.
Day 05: Bathad to Bashleo Pass (3270 M) trekking: This pass divides Beas and Sutlej valleys. The panoramic view on both sides is breathtaking. Trekking journey begins from Bathad. Following the steep trail, you ascend up to Bashleo Pass. After few ascents, the trail eases and becomes more pleasurable. Upon reaching at an altitude of 3270 m, you camp at a beautiful site savoring the majestic beauty of Bashleo Pass.
Day 05: Bashleo Pass to Kullu Sarahan: From the campsite at Bashleo Pass, the Kullu Sarahan distance would be about 6 Kms, and it is complete descend till Kullu Sarahan. Kullu Sarahan offers a beautiful lush green valley to camp and relax in the middle of snow covered hills of Shrikhand Mountain Ranges.
Day 06: Trek to BAGI Pul (Bridge) -7 Kms, and drive to Sarahan: Morning we leave for Bagi Pul from the camp, which would take about 2 hours. We will find here the cars waiting for us to drive to Sarahan through Rampur in next 3 hours. Sarahan is the place of Goddess Bhimakal and a wonderful temple dedicated to the Goddess. We drive on the old Hindustan – Tibet road till Jeori and take right turn and climb up for 17 Kms to Sarahan. Sarahan was the capital of rulers of former Bushahr State. Bushahr dynasty earlier used to control the state from Kamroo in Sangla. The capital of state later was shifted to Sonitpur. It is believed that the country of Kinnaur was the place Kailash – the home of Shiva as per the Puranas. With its capital at Sonitpur, this former princely state was extended up to entire area of Kinnaur where for sometimes Lord Shiva disguised himself as Kirata. Today, the then Sonitpur is known as Sarahan. Overnight at hotel and visit to the temple which is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Day 07: Sarahan to Kalpa drive- 110 Kms: We drive once again on the old Hindustan – Tibet road and enter into the Kinnaur valley. The places in between Jeori to Rekang Peo, which is the headquarter of Kinnaur and situated just at the base of Kalpa, is majorly used for the hydro electricity projects. Kalpa is an ancient center of trade, religious activities and governance of British in India before independence. It is situated at the height of 2758 m above the sea level and the prime village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light.
Day 08: Kalpa to Thangi (2966 Meters) by road- 2 hours: We visit Kalpa temple in the morning, no need to say that getting early and watching the facing Kinner Kailash peaks from your hotel windows would be highly rewarding. Some time is to spend for acquiring our permits from the ITBP post, as the place is under control of Indo Tibetan Boarder Police. Reach to the campsite in the evening.
Day 09: Thangi to Lambar (2890 Meters) - 4 hours trek: We trek deep in the Tirung Valley of Kinnaur. The trail gradually ascends to village Lambar which is a small village with ITBP check post. Overnight at our camp.
Day 10: Lambar to Shurting (3150 Meters): After breakfast, you move along the trail that passes by Tirung Valley and a narrow gorge. After a while the trail encounters more gorge, boulder-strewn route, riverside and cliffs. Leaving behind the pine forests, the trail enters lush forests of juniper and wild roses. As you near Shrurting, you can witness rich meadows. Charang villages and Gompa are the major attractions of Kinnaur region. You get free time to explore these regions. There is a school and medical centers in Charang. On heading 2 km away from Charang village, you will find an ancient Gompa that has for years remained a sacred religious site. After your insightful excursion, you head back to Shurting overnight stay.
Day 11: Shurting to Charang (3506 Meters): Shurting is a small high land and here meets two river streams forming Lambar River. We leave the campsite and start trekking towards Charang Ghati or valley. The total distance is about 12 Kms and we reach tom our campsite in about 5 hours time.
Day 12: Charang to Lalanti (4420 meters): Soon after breakfast, you ascend up the valley, cross the Lalanti River and enter lush meadows. The trail further narrows as it follows steep ascents. You meanders past large meadow and rich grazing pastures and finally arrive in Lalanti at an elevation of 4200 m. You camp for the night at an amazing campsite that overlooks mesmerizing view of Zanskar range and glaciated undulating passes.
Day 13: Lalanti to Chitkul via Charang La (5260 meters) and drive to Sangla: The trek of this day is very challenging which needs good physical exercise and about 8-9 hours to accomplish. Beginning of the trek that crosses rich pastures and scree slopes. The trail wends way to glacial lake, moraine fields and rock cairns. It normally takes six hours to reach Charang La from Lalanti where about 200 meters at the last stretch is a steep climb. Charang La offers superb vantage point to view awe-inspiring sight of Kinnaur Kailash range and other stunning snow-capped peaks. From the peak we probably can peep into the Garwhal region also. Thereafter the trail descends to Chitkul Village, the last village of India on this side towards the border; from here we drive to Sangla Village taking one more hour to cover 22 Kms.
Day 14: Sangla full day excursions: a beautiful valley to relax after strenuous trek. If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be a magician extraordinary. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. Even the rushing waters of the Baspa River, that flow through its 95 km length, seem to absorb some of the magic and slow down to savor its snow-frame beauty. 2 km from Sangla is the fort of Kamroo (300 m) its tower like architecture resembles that of the Bhimakali complex and this was the origin of rulers of Bushehr.
Day 15: Drive to Shimla (220 Kms) through Rampur and Narkanda on Old Hindustan Tibet Road.
Day 15: Full day sightseeing of Shimla and evening train to Delhi from Kalka.
Day 16: Morning check in to the hotel, as the train from Kalka reaches in the early morning in Delhi. Rest of the day is free for individual activities, you will get cars at your disposal and guide can also be arranged for the places you need to visit. Later transfer to the international airport to board the flight back to home.
Getting there: Your nearest international airport is Delhi where you will meet with our expedition manager. After essential visits to IMF and cargo (if required), you will be escotrted towards the initial point of your adventure as per the program details.
After the expedition/ adventure journey, you arrive back to Delhi. After de briefing (in case of expedition) and farewell ceremony, you will be driven to international airport to board flight back to your home.
Airtickets: We have our partners in almost every foreign countries, so if you need any assistance in your air tickets bookings, you are always welcome to speak to us to know about our partner close to you.
Cargo Management: We have strong tieups with the cargo management companies to get your consignments clear timely in Delhi. In maximum cases, you will only need to spend just 2 hours for getting your consignmwent delivery. Once you send the documents and the boxes details, we start locating them in India.
Insurance : It is a condition of joining our trips that you must be adequately insured. All persons are expected to arrange their own insurance. Polices should cover any potential risks involved in such adventure.
Our hotels and camps: We offer you best economy hotels in cities and towns and till base camp we provide you very comfirtable tents with maximim possible faciltiies in the mountains. For the trekking, Jeep Safaris, MTB and other adventure journeys, we provide the most luxurious camps fitted with dining areas and modren toilet facilities.
Adventure India briefing: We have excelent maps, images and movies of majoriety of our adventure expeditions/ joiurneys and sports. A short briefing in our offices is highly recommended so the team understands logistics, forecarst problems and know where the solutions would be. We stress on planning, planning and planning in any adventure expediton and till now we have remained successful in all of our expeditions just because of our planning. So we need you to be an active part of it.
Rescue and helicopter evacuation: if the expeditons are well planned, rescue operations can be avoided. In the history of 14 years, we didn’t encounter any seviour requireemtn of rescue but still we can tie up with the agencies to provide helicopter evacuation on your request and willingness to pay the charges.
Peak booking formalities: already mentioned in detail in our mountaineering formalities in India link. For necessary applications either you can check the website of IMF or speak to us.
Ground transportation: We provide the ground transportation compriseing of best available cars/ copaches in fine roads and rough trucks in remote areas of the Indian mountains.
Porters and ponies: We provide ponies till base camp and HAP/ LAPs as per the requirement of the expedition.
Fuel and gases: Fuel (aftwer BC) is not a part of cost included section, but we will manage Butane / Butane propane gases for you on your timely request.
Trek & BC food : We offer a mixture of Vegetarian and Non vegetarian food till BC including the several herbs we have individually discovered with the medicinal values and capacity to keep the body warm. We have cooks who make Korean, Japnese and Continental food along with Indian food.
Our guides & instructors: Our guides are basically trained till BC trekking and support to establish BC. But our instructors do have good experience of mountaineering who can join the expeditions to higher levels too.
Ground Support system: We have fantastic ground support system developed in collaboration with the local people of nearest villages, army camps, porters and local guides. We have re discovered the use of traditional communication system also along with the setellite phones to stay in touch with the groups after BC. Our BC staff is trained to keep information of the groups at ABC and between and act as per the situation.
Cost Includes & not: The cost includes all hotels, guest houses, camps till BC, food till BC, ponies, porters, LAP/ HAP, food & tents for the porters, cooks and staff at BC, insurance of our permanenet staff, food for LO, cargo management, all transportation, all sightseeing, liasioning and coordination, trekking guides and BC management. The cost doent include IMF fees and environment levies, State Government fees and environment levies, porters insurance, clients air fares, helicopter evacuation, extra porters requirement from the BC, extra days at or above BC and any expenditure on personal level including clients insurance/ visa etc.