Kinnaur District :Chitkul Village :A Nature Lover's Paradise!

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Hello everyone!

I am here sharing some of the pictures that I took in the Himalayan mountainous village of Chitkul,this very beautiful Tibetian village situated at a height of almost 3500 metres is very close to nature and being the very last human habitation on the Indian front makes it even more special in a way. There are about 600 people living there in all,mostly Tibetian,and a school which attracts one's attention.Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh lies the Sangla Valley, part of the region of Kinnaur. The Valley, also known as the Baspa Valley, has been called the `most beautiful valley in the Himalayas’. Although the indignant residents of countless other valleys across the mountains may disagree, there is definitely some justification for the claim. Stretching for 95 km, the Sangla Valley is watered by the Baspa river, which meets the Satluj at Karcham, and by several smaller streams and springs. The first 18 km of the valley are fairly narrow, with cedar, chilgoza pine and bhojpatra trees covering the slopes on either side. At Kupa, however, the valley opens up and widens into an unforgettably lovely vale, dotted with a pretty-as-a-picture villages, right up to Chitkul, beyond which habitation is almost nil.
I always want to get back there ever since I set my foot for the first time in Chitkul. What do you think?

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Been there in 2005. Chitkul was a little dirty with plastic and stuff lying around when I visited.

I would advise all visitors to walk from Mastrang to Chitkul - the walk is verry verry beautiful. Its an easy walk so no sweat. I swear you will be sorry if you take a jeep all the way to Chitkul. In fact you will be sorry to reach Chitkul and find the muck and garbage. I was wishing I had pitched tent before Chitkul and never touched it.

However I vaguely remember reading about a trek from Chitkul into the neighboring state of Uttaranchal, over a snowy pass - if you are so inclined. Let me know if you want me to dig out that info again.

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did you hire your own car or are there buses plying on that route
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There is at least one bus from Sangla to Chhitkul everyday.
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have you travelled to that region, can you share more info
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Yeah I have traveled to that region but what kind of info do you need exactly?
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basic travel if i am going solo, do i need a car, or can i do by some bus transport

from chandigarh, via narkanda, sangla, nako, tabo, kaza, manali delhi
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You can travel by Bus easily, but if you have a car its even better. There is a bus from Delhi to Kaza, if you want to directly go to Kaza(a very long 30 hour ride). There is also a bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo. Basically, there are buses but not very frequent, so keep a lose schedule and there shouldn't be any problem in getting from one place to another. There are no worries about a food and accommodation as they are available easily everywhere.

If you go by your car then I am not sure you will get a petrol pump beyond Reckong Peo, so check on that.
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so i can do the entire road trip to kaza to tabo to manali by bus or shared jeep services plying like in uttaranchal, will sept end be a good time

will it be ok to share some info over phone
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Yes, you can do it that way.
September is a great time, when the rains have subsided and roads have been rebuilt.
Its better that info is shared on the forum instead of the phone, so it stays here for future use by everyone.
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Originally Posted by rahuldracula View Post Yes, you can do it that way.
September is a great time, when the rains have subsided and roads have been rebuilt.
Its better that info is shared on the forum instead of the phone, so it stays here for future use by everyone.
thanks , i was planning solo bus, or shared jeep in september end,. can you advise on itenerary


day 0 night - chandigarh to narkarnda or Rampur
Day 1 - Rampur to sangla/chitkul
Day 2 - chitkul
Day 3, chitkul karcham, moorang
Day 4 - MOorang - Nako
Day 5 - Nako - tabo
Day 6 - tabo - kaza
Day 7 - Kaza
Day 8 - Kaza to manali ( where can i stop in between )
Day 9 - vashisht, manali
Day 10 - Manali - Delhi

I can add 2 day to the trip for must to / must see things on way ,

need help, can you also advise how do i post if as a thread so that i can get some more feedback from travellers, i have not used site for long and cant find the link
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Originally Posted by soledad View Post Hello everyone!

I am here sharing some of the pictures that I took in the Himalayan mountainous village of Chitkul,this very beautiful Tibetian village situated at a height of almost 3500 metres is very close to nature and being the very last human habitation on the Indian front makes it even more special in a way. There are about 600 people living there in all,mostly Tibetian,and a school which attracts one's attention.Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh lies the Sangla Valley, part of the region of Kinnaur. The Valley, also known as the Baspa Valley, has been called the `most beautiful valley in the Himalayas’. Although the indignant residents of countless other valleys across the mountains may disagree, there is definitely some justification for the claim. Stretching for 95 km, the Sangla Valley is watered by the Baspa river, which meets the Satluj at Karcham, and by several smaller streams and springs. The first 18 km of the valley are fairly narrow, with cedar, chilgoza pine and bhojpatra trees covering the slopes on either side. At Kupa, however, the valley opens up and widens into an unforgettably lovely vale, dotted with a pretty-as-a-picture villages, right up to Chitkul, beyond which habitation is almost nil.
I always want to get back there ever since I set my foot for the first time in Chitkul. What do you think?

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can you help suggest with this itenerary

i was planning solo bus, or shared jeep in september end,. can you advise on itenerary


day 0 night - chandigarh to narkarnda or Rampur
Day 1 - Rampur to sangla/chitkul
Day 2 - chitkul
Day 3, chitkul karcham, moorang
Day 4 - MOorang - Nako
Day 5 - Nako - tabo
Day 6 - tabo - kaza
Day 7 - Kaza
Day 8 - Kaza to manali ( where can i stop in between , via rohtang)
Day 9 - vashisht, manali
Day 10 - Manali - Delhi

I can add 2 day to the trip for must to / must see things on way ,

need help, can you also advise how do i post if as a thread so that i can get some more feedback from travellers, i have not used site for long and cant find the link
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Originally Posted by rahuldracula View Post Yes, you can do it that way.
September is a great time, when the rains have subsided and roads have been rebuilt.
Its better that info is shared on the forum instead of the phone, so it stays here for future use by everyone.
how can i get further info on bus from chandigarh to recong peo, is it state bus or private, i may have couple of contacts in chandigarh and they can dig more for me if you can give some idea
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Originally Posted by jvenkym View Post how can i get further info on bus from chandigarh to recong peo, is it state bus or private, i may have couple of contacts in chandigarh and they can dig more for me if you can give some idea
I had seen a bus leaving Chandigarh bus stand to Recong in the morning. (At around 7AM, cannot remember the exact timing), it was a state bus.
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Not sure you interested but you missing Chandratal. For that you will have to get down at Batal and trek further after day 8.

infact i have a trip of similar kind planned but guess the trekking bug is stronger currently so its getting postponed every year...
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