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Sangla Lesser-Known Himalayas(7 Nights)

Chandigarh, Thanedar, Sangla, Chandigarh

for Adventure Seeker, Inbound Traveller

Holiday Overview

On a trek (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Temple visit on Rakcham Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views on a Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views on a Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views on a Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views on a Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Rakcham Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Rakcham Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views from Chitkul (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)
Views from around Thanedar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 10 June 2009)

This is a soft trekking itinerary for guests to explore beauty of Sangla region. Those who do it agree that its much more beautiful than other much hyped circuits and still completely unexplored.

Route

Thanedar(1) - Sangla(5) - Thanedar(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Chandigarh. Proceed to Thanedar
  • Day-2 Saroga Forest Walk in the Morning. Proceed to Sangla
  • Day-3 Chitkul visit and Nagasthi walk Acclimatization
  • Day-4 Sangla- Rakcham walk and River crossing
  • Day-5 Sangla meadows overnight camping
  • Day-6 Sangla Meadows - Sangla
  • Day-7 Sangla - Thanedar
  • Day-8 Leave for Chandigarh
Sightseeing Summary

Sangla - Trout Fishing in Baspa River (5.00 kms), Rakcham Walk (5.00 kms), Walk to Sangla Village (5.00 kms), Sangla Meadows Trek (5.00 kms), Chitkul - Indo Tibetan Border Checkpost (24.00 kms), Bhimkali Temple Complex (82.00 kms)

Thanedar - Saroga Forest Walk (2.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chandigarh Departure - Chandigarh
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Chandigarh to Thanedar -198 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Sangla -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Sangla to Thanedar -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Chandigarh -198 kms (5.5 hrs)
Route

Chandigarh - Thanedar(1) - Sangla(5) - Thanedar(1) - Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Chandigarh. Proceed to Thanedar Arrive at Chandigarh and proceed to Thanedar (7700+ ft asl - 190 kms).

Day-2 Saroga Forest Walk in the Morning. Proceed to Sangla Wake up early in the morning and go for a walk in Saroga forest. This is lovely hike for a couple of hours in the woods. After breakfast at retreat in Thanedar, drive to Sangla. Packed lunch en route. Reach Sangla in the evening.

Day-3 Chitkul visit and Nagasthi walk Acclimatization There is not a better conception of a day picnic than a short drive to Chitkul, walk to Nagasthi and opening the lunch hamper under the pine trees next to a rivulet on green grass looking at the beautiful expanse of the valley. We start the day after breakfast. It takes 45 minutes to reach Chitkul. The drive is a fascinating one through pine forest that slowly gives way to ‘Bhojpatra’/Birch trees and then the tree line disappears. The valley opens up and you find yourself facing the snow capped Great Himalayas beyond which lies Tibet. Perched on the one side of the valley, below one of the ridges is the quaint Chitkul village. Chitkul falls in what once used to be the ‘Silk Route’. Nagasthi is the last border outpost (bordering Tibet) and a short walk from Chitkul. Civilians are not allowed beyond this point. The walk is a level one and slightly going down the path through a pastureland and fields overlooking the freely flowing Baspa. Walk back and open your lunch hamper at an idyllic spot. Back in the camp by early afternoon.

Day-4 Sangla- Rakcham walk and River crossing "A signature walk of the valley, it is a fascinating walk through a wide variety of flora. We start early after breakfast and arrive back at camp by noon for a hot shower and lunch. A level-cum-gradually climbing path first takes one to Batseri Village across the Baspa River. A ‘dekko’ at the temple and one is quickly out of the village into the forest. After about half an hour the path takes a sharp climb and goes on for thirty minutes where one hits the first ‘glacier’. That can be the first 'chota' halt. Across the glacier one quickly melts into the forest and here the path goes gradually up. Half an hour and many fascinating views later the path takes a sudden descent and opens out into the valley. Lo and behold! Another small glacier walk (only till early June) and a balance walking across a few streams later one comes to a plain flat ground. This is generally the mid way break point where we stop briefly for refreshments. Resume the walk after a short break. A big tract of Poplar forest welcomes you as you walk on. The path from here takes a gradual ascent and goes on for 30-40 minutes to level in a forest which gives way to the fields of Rakcham village. The Valley opens up here revealing the snow-clad mountains across which lies Uttaranchal and Tibet depending on which direction one is looking at. Here one has the option to either take the vehicle back to the camp or else walk back on the road to the camp (7 kms/1.5 hrs). On this walk, one gets to see most of the tree and plant variety the valley has to offer.

Day-5 Sangla meadows overnight camping Sangla meadow is a perfect place to see the Kinner Kailash massif in its full glory. The locals have their fields in the Sangla meadows (or Sangla Kanda as they call it). As going up and down every day is inconvenient, so lot of people have made their temporary huts here called 'dogris'. When it starts to get cold in the valley, the shepherds often take their sheep and goat herds across Rupin Pass (visible in the distance) to the meadows near Dehra Dun. The magnificent 180 degree panoramic view of the snow-clad Kinner Kailash range is a just reward for all the huffing and puffing one need to do to reach here. Night stay in tents.

Day-6 Sangla Meadows - Sangla Base of Rupin pass- Sangla- 4-5 hrs. Hike all the way down to camp in Sangla.

Day-7 Sangla - Thanedar  Leave for Thanedar. Enroute take a 17 km detour before Ramnagar to Sarahan (Bhimkali Temple Complex, a Shakitpeetha Temple). Lunch at Sarahan. Reach Thanedar by evening.

Day-8 Leave for Chandigarh Leave for Chandigarh (190 kms - 5 hours). Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Sangla :

  • Trout Fishing in Baspa River - For the enthusiasts it is a treat to angle for trouts in the crystal clear waters of the Baspa River in Sangla Valley. Day permits can be arranged from the local authorities. Indias first trout breeding farm was set up in Sangla way back in 1926. Besides April, October is the best time to angle for Brown and Rainbow Trouts.

  • Rakcham Walk - A signature walk of the valley, this route was once used regularly by the villagers from Batseri to go to Rakcham. It is a fascinating walk through a wide variety of flora. If the trek is done before June, one also gets to cross two tails of glaciers coming from the top to meet the frisky Baspa. Takes about about 4 hours

  • Walk to Sangla Village - A walk along the Baspa River offering stunning views of the valley, overlooking Himalayan peaks and Baspa River. Can visit Trout Breeding Farm enroute.

  • Sangla Meadows Trek - Sangla Meadows is a full day trek (Medium difficulty level) from Sangla that passes through Glaciers and some of the most stunning scenery of the area including panaromic views of the Kinner Kailash range of mountains. Overnight camping can also be considered.

  • Chitkul - Indo Tibetan Border Checkpost - Chitkul is the Last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. A km walk would lead one to the Indo tibetan Check post. The panorama of Chitkul is most stunning with imposing close range Himalayan views. Just a cup of tea admiring views and surroundings could be nothing short of an experience.

  • Bhimkali Temple Complex - Bhimkali Temple is a old wooden structure temple considered one of the Shaktipeetha Temples and situated right in middle of the town overlooking Himalayan Views. Typically Visited enroute Sangla Valley even if it's a 17 km detour from the NH-22

Thanedar :

  • Saroga Forest Walk - This is a good two hour evening walk exploring the forest around the area (Upto 8 kms).

Destination Overview

Chandigarh - Chandigarh is a major business centre and hub for Software, IT and ITES companies. Chandigarh is a tourist destination being a transit point for guests on Delhi - Manali route and an access point to visit neighboring hills of Himachal Pradesh and hill station of Shimla.

Thanedar - Thanedar, an apple orchard growing area at a height of 7,250 ft and 80 km from Shimla and 18 kms from Narkanda off the NH-22.

Sangla - Sangla is a village, situated at an altitude of 8,792 ft in Baspa Valley of Kinnaur District. It has majestic views of Kinner-Kailash Peak

Access
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Distances
  • Chandigarh to Thanedar -198 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Sangla -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Sangla to Thanedar -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Chandigarh -198 kms (5.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Walking in Thanedar

Thanedar is an Orchard retreat at 7000+ft asl at 80 kms from Shimla (18 kms Off Hindustan Tibet more

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Distances
  • Chandigarh to Thanedar -198 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Sangla -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Sangla to Thanedar -170 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Thanedar to Chandigarh -198 kms (5.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

There is very little of Organised trekking where 4 people could just plug in. There are either camping fixed departure groups that either dates are not convenient or where accommodation is bare basic. At Sangla guests not only can enjoy Banjara hospitality and "at home" feel but also enjoy treking and soft adventure from trained instructors. As the area does not get much rainfall, even during normal monsoon season (July - Sept), its feasible to trek around the area.

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