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#1 Nov 17th, 2004, 15:43
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My girlfriend and I are travelling to India for the first time in just three weeks. We've sketched out a plan for our month-long trip and are looking for some advice for hiking in Himachal Pradesh. The current plan is to spend five or six days in the region in mid-December, sandwiched between a few days in Delhi and then Agra before heading father east to see Varanasi and the Kanha National Park.

Our main goal for this part of the trip is to do some moderate day hikes and try to find the best mountain views accessible within our time constraints. Based on what we've read in the guide books, we were thinking of spending a couple days in Shimla and then 3 or 4 days in Manali including some excursions. Does this seem reasonable or are there other locations that we should try to visit? Any specific suggestions for December (the Rohtang Pass sounds awesome, but I guess it won't be open...)?

thanks for your help!
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The view from Kalpa, above Rekong Peo, is out of this world and you don't even have to get out of bed. Apparently there are plenty of day hikes in the area.
The Sangla Valley is incredibly beautiful and has lots of hiking, but I think there'd be too much snow in December to hike to any great altitude.
These places are fantastic and are within easy reach from Shimla - a days bus ride.
Please keep in mind that if you are only spending a few days in the region clambering around at high altitude could involve some risk due to altitude sickness.
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#3 Nov 23rd, 2004, 14:30
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Sangla-Chitkul-Recong Peo ( Kinnaur Region)

David !

There are few things which require consideration.

1. Get a inner line permit for Sangla and Chitkul. This is not a hectic thing-just landup in SDM office in recong peo. Write a letter about your intended journey to chitkul and sangla valley. He will sign and stamp and may be some small fee is there. This will free you from security checks and questions..and troubles.

2.You can can walk from Sangla to Chitkul and also you can travel by jeep and bus. I prefer walking both on road..and off road trails.

Go to chitkul and if you can walk further to a place called NAGASTHI which is further "W".

You won't be able to trek high as higher reaches will be snow bounded.
Good Scenery around !!
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Hi,

You don't need an inner line permit for the Sangla Valley, up to and including Chitkul. You do need one if you want to head n/e of Rekong Peo to the Spiti Valley towards Manali.
I certainly agree with Himadventures on the fact that good scenery abounds though!

Cheers

Rob

PS If you have any doubts about our promotion of the Sangla Valley, here's a couple of my pics to help....

Ratcham
Dawn on the peaks
Kinnauri Farmer, Sangla Valley
Down the valley
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Originally Posted by himadventures You won't be able to trek high as higher reaches will be snow bounded.
So .. how`s the skiing ? Good snow ? Mushy ?
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Inner Line Permit Probelms

Yes-you are right-we do not require permit for visiting Sangla or Chitkul but we can not do trekking beyond this.

We had seen rules are changing and there is no information anywhere. Even DM and civil administration do not know what security people changes....

You were right about inner line permit not required for traveling to Sangla or Chitkul but in Sept. 2004-we face this situation that even Indians require permit for trekking out of these boundaries.

It is better to have one-rather than wasting time and money on taxis and hotels !!

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