Heavenly Chitkul: The road ends here…


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! 🙂

Chitkul village

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.

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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!

ChitkulColors in Chitkul

More about Kinnaur.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome! 🙂 Loved the shot of the kids through the flowers.. and the last pic with the flowers.

    1. Thanks Viz! My favourites too 🙂

  2. Gorgeous photos!! What a beautiful and charming place to visit! It looks like a place where you could get lost in time and just be!!

    1. Absolutely! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  3. thomas peck says:

    Fantastic – I would love to visit Tibet. Jealous…

  4. janina says:

    Awe inspiring! Why would you need ATMs and fuel stations there — horse and cart, or donkey, or shanks pony, and bartering could be something happenin’ there. The architecture is interesting! Good luck with a return visit in winter.

    1. Thanks Janina! 🙂

  5. Oh, boy. This post was a delight even *before* the flowers scrolled into view. Now, I can barely handle the wide-ranging beauty of it all.

  6. Meenakshi says:

    Beautiful pictures, as always…so serene and green! So no ATMs or fuel stations huh? That is really far out. I love the picture of the little children.

    1. Thanks Meenakshi! 🙂

  7. kebhari says:

    the shots are all so awesome! Loved them…

  8. mariayarri says:

    Again a fantastic serie of photos ! I´ve always have had an attraction to Tibet and the Himalayas … I must ask you , the photo of the black dog, was it an Tibetan Mastiff ? // Maria 🙂

    1. Thanks Maria! 🙂 Yes, I think it’s a kind of a mastiff. All the dogs were huge with nice coats!

  9. Some epic shots, there. Love the flowers and the kids.

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