The Kinner Kailash trek, also known as the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Indian Himalayan region. Kinnaur Kailasha is a mountain located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh near the Indo-Tibetan border. The mountain is considered to be the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and is considered to be sacred for both Hindus as well as Buddhists. Thousands of visitors reach the Kinnaur region every year to take a look at this majestic mountain and several of them embark on the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek.
Apart from being sacred, the Kinnaur Kailasha mountain is also known for its captivating beauty. The trail trek will pass through different terrains, each adding flavor to the serene ambience and stunning vistas surrounding the trail.
Ideal for a visit in the summer months, the Kinner Kailash trek in June will start from the well-known hill station of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla and ends after 10 days and 9 nights at Shimla. The trail of the trek passes through several villages and hamlets of Kinnaur such as Sarahan, Reckong Peo, Kalpa, and Lamber. While visiting them, a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism cultures can be witnessed. The trail will move up to Charang La Pass at 5242 m above sea level, before descending to Chitkul and reaching Sangla at 8900 m altitude before returning to Shimla.
Embark on this adventurous trek and spend ten days in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty which will rejuvenate your body and soul. Come back feeling refreshed, carrying wonderful memories.
Maximum altitude: 17200 ft.
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
Trekking distance: 50 km
Trail type: vertical climb
Railhead: Kalka, 87.0 km from Shimla
Airport: Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti, 16.6 km from Shimla
Snow Season: October to March
Service from: Shimla
Base camp: Charang
Best season: Summer (June to mid-September)
Region: Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Who can participate: Any adventure-spirited visitor who does not suffer from health issues
Day 1: Arrival at Shimla
Clothes: Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers. Wear T-shirts, which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast. Wear jackets to protect you against chilly weather. Take lots of warm clothing such as fleece, woolen layers or thermals. Cover your head with a cap or balaclava. Wear woolen gloves to protect your hands.
Footwear: Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.
Essentials: A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with good support is an absolute must for a trek. Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc. Carry sunscreen to protect your skin. Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problems, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts. Take along a Hiking pole for support during the trek. Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek. Sunglasses for protecting the eyes. Torch to use at night. Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty. Carry Toilet paper & wipes as you will be staying at camps at few destinations
To begin your trek to Kinner Kailash, you will need to first reach Shimla.
By Road: Travel by road from Delhi and cover 292 km to reach Shimla in 5 hr 41 min approximately. You can either travel by your own car or take the overnight bus.
By Air: The nearest airport to Shimla is Jubarhati, which is about 23 from Shimla town. You can get regular flights from Chandigarh to Delhi to reach Jubarhati. From Jubarhati, you can get a taxi to reach Shimla.
By Train: Kalka is the nearest railhead to Shimla and the station is well-connected with the rest of the country.
Kinner Kailash is famous for being the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and is situated at a height of 6500 meters above sea level. It is considered to be sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists and visitors go for a holy parikrama starting and ending in Shimla. The lofty mountains are also well known for their scenic view of mountain peaks, gushing streams, captivating valleys, quaint villages and more.
The best time for the Kinner Kailash trek is from mid-June to September. During these months the weather is comfortable for a day-long journey as it is neither too chilly nor too hot.
The total distance of the Kinner Kailash trek trail is 50 km. The trail starts from Shimla and passes through the villages of Sarahan, Recongpeo, Kalpa and Lamber to reach Charang. From Charang, the trail further goes to Charang La Pass via Lalanti and then proceeds to Chitkul. From Chitkul, the trail goes to Sangla and then back to Shimla.
Yes, the trek to Kinner Kailash is considered to be very challenging and moderately difficult. It may not be suitable for everyone, so check out its details thoroughly and ensure that you will be able to complete the trek comfortably before you embark on it.