The GOD resides in these mountains. While I don’t know whether these mountains will lead you to God but I know these mountains will take you to heaven for sure. In the land of Gods Himachal lies the Kinnaur Kailash or Kinner Kailash where trekking is considered one of the most difficult ones.

Kinnaur valley is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal. It is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. ON the east there is the Tibet, Garhwal on south Kullu in west and Spiti in North. You can just imagine how beautiful this place would be. But we are not here for beauty but the adventure of Kinnaur Kailash trek instead.

Kinnaur Kailash trek is one of the most treacherous yet enthralling experiences you will ever have. At an altitude of around 15000 ft you surely feel close to God and near heaven. The trek leads you to splendid views of the Himalayas via Sangla valley and Hangrang valley. Nature here is extremely beautiful. The oxygen feels lighter but soon you look at Snow peaks you feel content and your tiredness changes into excitement.

Religious Value Of Kinnaur Kailash

For centuries people Kinnaur Kailash holds a very sacred value not only for the people of Himachal but all over India. Kinnaur Kailash is home to 79 ft tall Shivaling which is said to change color every second. The Shivalinga is well balanced on the rock slab underneath it. Also close to the Shivalinga is the Parvati Kund which is believed to be created by Maa Parvati.

Facts About Kinnaur Kailash Trek

  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough
  • Max altitude: 14900 FT
  • Total distance: 30 to 40 km approx
  • Trek duration: 9 days
  • Location: Kinnaur Kailash
  • Nearest railway: Shimla

Kinnaur Kailash Trek Itinerary

This is what we all have been waiting for trekking in the Himalayas. This trek Itinerary is only suggested but I will recommend you to have a guide with you while trekking.

Day 1 Reach Shimla and then Sarahan

Reach Shimla early in the morning. Shimla is a very popular hill station so if you want to extend your stay and want to explore Shimla you surely can. But I will try to keep this Itinerary to the point.

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After reaching Shimla you will have to take a bus or a private taxi for Sarahan. Sarahan is approx 160 km from Shimla. It takes around 5 hours from Shimla to reach Sarahan. If you reach Sarahan early it will be your first day here. Sarahan is very pretty. Sarahan is surrounded by the Himalayas which looks dazzling especially in the morning light.

Day 2 Sarahan to Reckong Peo and then Kalpa

After spending a good night in Sarahan have a good breakfast as we will be heading deep into hills. Now keep in mind that we are going to some of the most remote places after this.

Reckong Peo himachal pradesh

Have a good breakfast in Sarahan and take a bus or taxi to Reckong Peo. Reckong Peo is around 88 km from Sarahan. It takes a good 3 hours from Sarahan to reach Reckong Peo. Reckong Peo is a small place yet very beautiful. You can either take a hotel here or in Kalpa. Both are extremely beautiful places. There are a lot of tourist places also here. From monasteries to temples you can visit many Places here.

Intresting fact: Best apples in Himachal are from Kalpa

Day 3 Recongpeo to Lamber

Wake up Today is the day we all have been waiting. Finally, after days of traveling on wheels now comes the best part. Trekking will start from today towards Lamber.

Now we are going deep in the Himalayas where roads are not available. The only way possible to reach these most remote places is via trek. While till thangi we still can hire a taxi from Recongpeo. From Thangi you will slowly ascend towards beautiful Lamber. The trek is not very long but it is around 10 to 12 km. Lamber is a very beautiful campsite. It is covered with snow peak Himalayas all around that make your stay even more exciting. At night light up some bonfire and chill with your friends as from tomorrow trek is going to be a lot harder.

Day 4 Start trekking towards Charang

Now the real deal starts. Your first full day trekking starts from Lamber. We will be trekking from Lamber to Charang which is around 12 km from Lamber.

Trek through Charang is not extremely difficult but sure you will need some experience first. The trekking takes you to many different terrains. There are many shepherd houses en route to Charang. People here are though way away from any connectivity but human connection is way stronger. The Surting Shepherd houses at a height of 3500m look extremely beautiful when the Himalayas are on the background. Today our night camp will be Charang only.

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Day 5 Trek from Charang to Lalanti

Now the trekking towards Lalanti from the Charang valley starts. This is a very high altitude zone starting from here full of excitement. Charang to Lalanti is a 10 km long trek is which takes around 7 hours to complete. You can look at how tough is the trek that it takes us more than 7 hours to complete a 10 km long trek.

Kinnaur kailash trek
Trekking routes

But with all those difficulties comes the adventure and enthralling experience. While trekking you will see thousands of wildflowers in the red and yellow color spread over the area. These flowers under the sun look very alluring. You can also hear the sound of the Gushing river stream. The aura of this place is such that even right now I can feel the place. Tonight our camp will be Lalanti only.

Day 6 Lalanti to Base of Charang

Last night was pretty good. Clean sky bright stars and a group of friends. Today our trekking journey will be towards the base of Charang. The trek from here is treacherous but beautiful.
Rocky mountains, snow-capped peaks, and alluring glaciers all along the way.

The Base of Charang la remains the last part of this trek. After this will be heading down. This Kinnaur Kailash trek is more like a Parikarma trek. We will be heading down to Charnag pass tomorrow.

Day 7 Base to Chitkul over Charang Pass

The last village of Baspa valley Chitkul will be our stop. It will take good 2 to 3 hours of trekking from here to Chitkul. Chitkul lies in the Indo Tibetan border. We will pitch our camps here.

India's last resturant in Chitkul
How can you miss this

Day 8 Chitkul to Rampur Bushahr to Shimla

From Chitkul we will be heading towards Sangla. Sangla is 22 km from Chitkul and it takes around 1 hour via a taxi. From Sangla we will be heading to Rampur Bushahr that is around 95 km from Sangla. It takes another 3 hours from Sangla to Rampur.

While you can stay here in Rampur and see the beautiful valleys here but we headed out for Shimla. Shimla is around 130 km from Rampur and takes around 3 and a half to reach here. We wanted to explore Shimla so that’s why we directly came here rather than Rampur Bushahr.

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Day 9 Shimla to Delhi

You can head out from Shimla for Delhi. There are buses and trains available most of the time for Delhi.

What is the Best time for Kinnaur Kailash trek?

The best time would be from September and October. The weather remains pleasant for trekking and the valley is not very cold.

In summers the trekking generally starts in May only but you could find yourself surrounded by thick layers of snow and glaciers. While it all looks very alluring the trekking becomes extremely bad.

I would not suggest doing Kinnaur Kailash trek in Monsoons. The whole Himachal receives very high rainfall and a lot of erosion is going around in hills at this time. You will find yourself stuck here and will not also be able to complete your journey.

Kinnaur Kailash receives very heavy snowfall in Winters. The winters remain a very tough time here so winters are also not a great time for Kinnaur Kailash trek.

How is the Experience?

Have you ever seen something magical? You don’t believe it until it happens to you. The same happened to me. Kinnaur Kailash is about the experience. It truly feels you are connected to the supreme being. Even if you are not here for a religious tour the serene landscape will impress you. You will be stunned by the sheer beauty this place has and how on the earth is this place even possible.

Going into some of the remotest villages of India and then trekking around the Himalayas tells you how people are way more connected there. We feel blessed to have taken this extremely tiring, very tough yet mesmerizing trek. All the place throughout this journey feels surreal and the experience here is simply blissful. I would highly recommend taking on this adventurous Kinnaur Kailash trek and feel alive.

What things to carry on Kinnaur Kailash trek

The list below is only suggestive you can change it according to your comfort.

  • Good trekking shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking sticks
  • Your Ids
  • Woollen clothing
  • Your smiling passport size photos
  • First aid kit

You can find our list of 10 must things to carry on trekking here for more information.

Also if you want a Guide on trekking shoes than it here.

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