Each time, you’ll love it more
For the true traveler, there’s more to Himachal than just Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Naldera and Chail . The inner beauty of Kinnaur, for instance, is beyond belief. A most splendid valley, it is surrounded on one side by Tibet with the Satluj River meandering through its slopes & gorges. The lifestyle & culture over here is predominantly influenced by the Tibetan ways of life & religion. The region is dotted with Buddhist gompas & monasteries. Men, women & Children of Kinnaur are innocently simple, nubile & very very hospitable. Kinnaur – the land of legends & mythical richness beckons you to experience the spirit of exhilaration & nature’s wealth of beauty.
The Seductive Charms of Sangla Valley
It will bedazzle you. The Sangla Valley, at a height of 2700 meters, embedded like a jewel in Kinnaur District, is hardly 210 kms from Shimla and barely 70 kms from the Tibetan Border. A most exciting thing about Sangla is the clear & close view of the Himalayan Peaks in their pristine glory visible from here. The valley abounds n an amazing variety of flora, fauna, fruits, flowers & cider trees. Its picturesque villages will win your hearts & so will the Kinnaur inhabitants. Worth a view is the 800 years Old Kamru Fort in Sangla.
SANGLA, KANDA-DAMBAR, KANDA- VALLEY OF FLOWERS
If you are planning a holiday in Sangla and wish to throw in a bit of exercise and adventure, this short trek is ideal for you. This way, you can savour the beauty of the pastures of Sangla Kanda without the exertion of the Rupin Pass trek. Enjoy the Kanda over the afternoon after climbing up from Sangla. Spend the night t (or near) the Trekker’s Hut here and climb north-west the next day to cross the Shivaling Pass back toward the Baspa Valley Once across, stroll down to the trekking hut at Damabar, the pasture of Chansu Village. If time is not at a premium, spend another night watching the moon over Raldang Peak, due north across the Baspa Valley. From Dambar take to Chansu Village and Ruttrang Bridge, to reach the motor road 3 km below Sangla.
Chitkul Cool and captivating
Nestling almost at the end of Sangla valley is the pastoral village of Chitkul, at an altitude of 3450 meters on the right bank of River Baspa. It exudes a fairy-tale romantic aura. Chitkul, you’ll be surprised to known, has a population of a little over 500 only.
HOW TO REACH
You would have to take the road route from Shimla to reach Sangla. From Shimla, Sangla is an 8 -9 hr drive (for first time drivers this time may be around 10 hrs).
From Chail/Shimla to Karcham (the turnoff point on NH 22) is 221/209kms. Please take a right turn at Karcham. And at around 18 kms down the road, you will hit Sangla.
Place to Visit Around
Full day walk to the green astures.
A beautiful 4 hr walk along the Baspa River to Rakcham village. The signature- walk of the valley.
This River flowing along the valley is great for trout fishing.
Just across the camp, this village is an excellent example of the great hill architecture. The local devta temple here is a must see.
The glacier is just above Batseri village. If you visit us in March, April and May, you will be able hike up to glacier point and even play in snow.
This is a lovely little stretch of woods where we sometimes camp overnight (for the more adventurous ones) and at other times, we stop here on the way back from Chitkul for picnic lunch.
Last border village on Indo- Tibet border and only 3 kms short of last border outpost civilians are allowed to. This is on Hindustan-Tibet trade route which is no longer used.
Early morning walks
There are several early morning refreshing walks in the hills surrounding the camp.
Day excursion to Kalpa (50 kms/ 2 hrs drive on way). Kalpa offer an unparalleled view of Kinner Kailash peak and is famous for its apple and chilgoza plantation.
Best Time to Visit
The Igloo Nature Camp is open from 1st april to 15th nov. However, temperatures vary with the seasons. May to September have pleasant days and cold nights while March, April & October have pleasant days and night temperature may dip to 2-3 degrees.
Kalpa A Picturesque Panorama
The journey to Kalpa is a colorful feast for one's senses & sensibilities from Sangla which is only 51 kms away. The road to Kalpa passes through beautiful villages. Kalpa is surrounded by vineyards, which are protect from bears by large sheep-dogs. Visitors can buy Kinnuari Shawls & Caps, not forgetting excellent quality apples & chilgozas which grow aplenty here.
Nako Lake is a high altitude lake in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur. It forms part of the boundary of Nako village and seems that the village is half buried in the lake's border. It is about 3,662 metres (12,014 ft) above sea level. The lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees. Near the lake there are fourBuddhist temples. Near this place there is a footlike impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava. Several miles away there is a village called Tashigang around which there are several caves where it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated and gave discourse to followers. There is a waterfall nearby which has snow water falling like a river of milk. Legend says that it is a heavenly realm of fairies. In one of the caves you are still able to see the live footprints of these fairies or other demigods. It is a sacred place for the people of these valleys. Followers come from as far a place as Ladhak and spiti valley.