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Top 5 Treks in Kinnaur that every admirer of the Himalayas should try

Kinnaur has been among the traditionally remote parts of Himachal Pradesh and therefore, it lagged behind on development front. The prominent elements of the physical
environment such as rugged terrain and harsh climate etc. have been playing a dominant role in influencing society and adversely impacting the impulses of development. The region is located on the Indo-Tibet border and gives a wonderful introduction to the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism.

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Bhaba pass trek - Bhaba valley of Kinnaur to Mud village in Pin valley of Spiti

Bhaba pass trek - Bhaba valley of Kinnaur to Mud village in Pin valley of Spiti

Bhaba pass is located between the Kinnaur and Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. From the beginning of the trek to the end, one experiences wildly vivid landscapes, people, languages, and religions. Bhabha Pass Trek can be done in either direction, from the Mud village of Spiti and from Kafnu village of Bhabha valley, Kinnaur. Normally it takes 4-5 days to reach the Mud village under normal weather conditions. Bhabha Pass connects two contrasting valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti. Lush green meadows of Bhabha valley transforms into barren moonscapes of the Pin valley of Spiti region.

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Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama (Charang – La) Trek

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama (Charang – La) Trek

Mount Kinner Kailash is located in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. The Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama route provides a panoramic view of the whole range of Kinner Kailash mountain peaks. This region is located on the Indo-Tibet border and gives a wonderful introduction to the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism.The Charang – La pass is at an altitude of 5300m whereas the holy peak of Kinner Kailash (Shivling) is an altitude of around 4500m. The clockwise circumambulation is done around the holy peak of Kinnaur Kailash. The official yatra to the holy peak commences in July month, but Parikrama trek is doable in May and June month as well.
The trek starts from Charang in Tidond/Tirung valley and ends at Chitkul in the Baspa valley of Kinnaur.

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Lamkhaga pass trek - Chitkul to Gangotri trek

Lamkhaga pass trek - Chitkul to Gangotri trek

Lamkhaga Pass (5284m) is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks I’ve done so far. This 8-day trek connects the beautiful villages of Chitkul in Baspa valley (Kinnaur, Himachal) to Harshil (Gangotri region, Uttarakhand) through some of the remote regions, usually not accessible for civilians. The amount of fresh, deep snow made hiking at higher altitudes extremely difficult. Spending two complete days navigating through knee level snow (& sometimes till the waist) was a gruesome process but it’s the stunning mountain views that were truly the highlight of the trek!

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Borasu pass trek - Chitkul to Har-ki-Dun Uttarakhand

Borasu pass trek - Chitkul to Har-ki-Dun Uttarakhand

Borasu Pass at an altitude of 5450 meters (17880 feet) above sea level is a high mountain pass connecting the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and is located at the border of the two states. The itinerary covers the famous Har-ki-Dun valley and we witness the beautiful glacial lakes of Morinda Taal and Zhukia Glacier. The route for this trek passes through a glacier, narrow ridges, vertical show slopes, meadows, and boulders. Overall a very adventurous experience not to mention the unforgettable views of the mountains.
The start point is Chitkul in Baspa/Sangla valley of Kinnaur and end point is Taluka in Har-ki-Dun valley.

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Buran Ghati trek - Sangla valley to Pabbar valley of Himachal

Buran Ghati trek - Sangla valley to Pabbar valley of Himachal

Buran Ghati (altitude 4572m) trek is a classic Sheppard route connecting Pabbar valley of Shimla to Sangla valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. It is still frequented by sheppards and the locals. Other two passes on the same mountain range connecting Sangla valley to Rohru & Dodra- Kwar in Pabbar valley are Gunas pass & Rupin pass. Chandernahan lake ( the source of Pabbar river) is located about one hour trek from Litham Thach. Brua/Buran village is the start point of the trek from Sangla valley in Kinnaur & Janglikh village is end point. Jaglikh is a beautiful village located in Pabbar valley of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Sonu Negi is the owner and CEO of Raacho Trekkers and organizes some of the most exotic, remote, and adventurous treks in the Trans-Himalayan regions of Spiti, Kinnaur, and Uttarakhand Garhwal areas. Being born and raised in Tidong Valley , a region in Kinnaur where climbing and trekking is everyday part of life , Sonu needs no certification or approval in mountain trekking and climbing. He has been solo trekking since an early age and subsequently followed his dreams to create a career out of it. He has earned his reputation over the years purely on word of mouth.

    The call of the unknown drives him and he is famous for exploring and creating new routes. There is no ‘been there done that’ with him. Always on the look for the next unexplored trail, he likes to create different and unique experiences for his clients, even on the more popular trails.

    In addition to trekking, Sonu’s skills are in demand as a high altitude adventure professional for tracking the elusive snow leopards, creating cultural and adventure safaris for corporate groups and travelers, camping, and ensuring the list of exciting new activities and trails for Raacho Trekkers clients are always growing.

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