Tucked away in the serene Baspa Valley, this quaint little town called Sangla, translated to "the valley of light" in Tibetan, is one of the most charming towns in the Kinnaur District. Magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas, especially the Kinner Kailash peak, Baspa river, flowing through the valley, sprawling evergreen forests, makes Sangla a perfect escape.
Located at 8,900 Ft, Sangla is so famous that the Baspa valley is often called the Sangla Valley. Blessed with apple orchards, apricots, walnuts, cedar trees, glacial streams, Sangla will leave you enchanted with its natural beauty.
After crossing Narkanda and driving by the banks of the Sutlej river, we entered the Baspa Valley at Karcham. The road conditions from Karcham to Sangla stretch are a mix of good and dangerous, but the views are just awe-inspiring and make up for bad roads.
Finding a slice of heaven
There are many camping sites available in the Sangla region, and we opted to stay in Kinner camps which are around 20km away from Chitkul, the last village.
Driving along the Baspa river towards the Batseri, we reached a signboard that says Kinner camps which are around 700m downhill. The descend to Kinner camps could be slippery during rains. The parking space is available so you can park your vehicle down the hill.
Run by an avid traveller and efficiently managed by locals with a vision of ecotourism and the promotion of Kinnauri Culture, Kinner Camps is a perfect blend of comfort and charm in the middle of the Himalayas. Kinner camps welcome you with the misty mountains, whistling winds, birds humming, fluffy clouds wandering over the valley and mystic greenery soothing your eyes.
Accommodation at Kinner Camps
There are 25 Swiss-style luxury tents with a breath-taking view of the Himalayas. There are both double-and twin-bedded accommodations, with an extra bed available on request. Every tent includes a private bathroom equipped with a hot water facility and has an outdoor seating area to sit and savour the stunning views of the valley.
There is a multi-cuisine restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and Continental food. The food tastes good, and you can find many options.
Experiences at Kinner Camps
Nestled amidst the Sangla Valley, Kinner camps are an ideal getaway to refresh and rejuvenate. It is a delight to every nature lover as it offers many activities to unwind like trekking, yoga, meditation, trails and much more. Some of the experiences that you can have while staying at Kinner camps are-
1. Chitkul Village
Chitkul is around 23 Km away from the Kinner Camps. Also known as the last village at the Indo-Tibet border, Chitkul is gorgeous.
2. Adventure Activities
To quench your adrenalin thirst, you can indulge in the adventure activities like Rock Climbing, Rappelling, River crossing & Zip Line etc., organised on the camp premises.
There are many trek options available, from short day treks to overnight treks. You can opt at your convenience.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Practice meditation and yoga with the sound of birds humming, cool breeze and Buddhist chants for inner peace.
The camps also arrange 1- day fishing tour. The crystal clear water of the Baspa river offers the perfect opportunity for fishing fanatics to fish trout.
6. Batseri Village Walk
After a 1 minute walk down the camps, you can reach the Baspa river, and across the river, you can go for the village walk. Batseri is one of the oldest settlements in Sangla, and you can witness the rich Kinnauri culture and visit the apple orchards.
Cost for 2: 7500 INR (including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
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Kinner camps are idyllic camps away from the hustle-bustle of city life. You can truly experience the raw and untouched beauty of the Himalayas here. The staff is helpful and friendly. The sound of the Baspa river flower, the smell of freshly cooked food, the warmth of the bonfire at night, cloudy mornings, majestic mountain views will stay in your mind forever. If you plan to stay in Kinnaur or Sangla, try to spend a day in Kinnaur camps and explore the nearby villages across the Baspa river.
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