Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border in Baspa valley of Kinnaur, Himachal. The Indian road ends here.
At an altitude of 3450 meters on the banks of Baspa River in the Himalayas, about 24 kms from Sangla is the remote and heavenly village of Chitkul. Heavenly not just for the breath-taking scenery and the quaint architecture, but also because this is where our Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek ended. It felt divine to have reached Chitkul after the rigorous trek: like entering the gates to Heaven! 🙂
It felt so comforting to see houses, people and signs of civilisation at Chitkul, after the desolate landscape of the trek! The trek from Charang La pass to the mountain top behind the village ( houses in blue), and up to the village was the most treacherous.
The houses in Chitkul are peculiar with tin roofs and made of wood and stone. Potatoes grown here are one of the best in the world. The area is under the control of Indo-Tibet Border Police Force (ITBP) and a permit is required to explore beyond the village. There are no ATMs or fuel stations here.
In winters Chitkul gets covered in snow and sometimes gets cut-off due to heavy snowfall. We had a very short stay here, but I’d definitely come back in winters sometime to see this heavenly beauty covered up in white!
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