A road trip to Spiti valley through Kinnaur, Sangla and Pin was long overdue. When the opportunity knocked the doors in Autumn 2017, we, the footloose wanderers set out for this splendid journey to experience, capture and share the unending sequence of breathtaking scenery of these picturesque Himalayan valleys.
Situated in southeastern Himachal at an altitude from 2,320 to 6,816 meters, Kinnaur valley is the natural gateway to the Spiti valley. Apart from being famous for its apples and sacred mountain Kinner Kailash, the valley is blessed with scenic mountain valleys, temples built following traditional wooden architecture, rivers with deep gorges and a cultural harmony of Hinduism with Buddhism.
After doing some basic research, we decided to stick to the most popular route to cover the valley by entering it through Shimla - Kinnaur and then completing the circuit at Manali. Apart from optimum acclimatization, this route also allows scenic detours into two Himalayan valleys - the gorgeous Sangla valley along the Bapsa River and the majestic Pin valley along the Pin River.
The key places covered in our route plan are:
Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkool - Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza - Kibber - Kunzum Pass - Chandrataal - Rohtang Pass - Manali