The Sangla Valley, Kinnaur: In Photos

Sangla Valley or Baspa Valley in Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh is a land of the Himalayan villages with beautiful landscapes and the gushing river Baspa. The valley starts from the village Karcham and ends at Chitkul. In fact, the village Chitkul is the last inhabited village at the Indo – Tibet/ China Border.

The Sangla Valley, Kinnaur: In Photos

The Sangla valley is surrounded by forested slopes, plunging gorges between tall snow-capped mountains, and has thick vegetation of apple orchards, apricot, walnuts, and cedar trees. The valley is home to kinnauris and it welcomes tourist only for 6 months and for rest months it is covered with snow. That is the main reason for its enchanting beauty. Oh, Wait! Here are the few of the photos and glimpses from my last trip, which speak for themselves because my words will be really short to explain the beauty of Sangla Valley.

  1. The enchanting morning views of Sangla Valley, Kinnaur

I love staying at Kinner Camps in Sangla because the huts are located in between the snow-clad mountains, Baspa river, and apple orchards. With the first ray of sunlight, the snow shines and the whole area becomes so picturesque.

The Sangla Valley, Kinnaur
The Sangla Valley, Kinnaur

  1. The changing color of Landscape in single shot at Chitkul

Chitkul, the last inhabited village near Indo-China Border is just 22 km ahead of Sangla. The roads are narrow and bumpy but the landscapes ahead are breathtaking. The amazing part is snow capped peaks and glaciers; semi-arid mountains; lush green mountains, Baspa River, Blue sky and floating clouds, all are here in one frame.


Chitkul, Sangla Valley, Kinnaur
Views at Chitkul
  1. The Tranquil Life in these Himalayan Villages

The people in these villages are simply dressed and they live a simple life. They usually do farming and own apple orchards. When I got to know this, I asked my hotel owner to get me a deal for planting 5-10 apple trees in Kinnaur. He laughed endlessly saying “Madam, even the poorest man here has at least 100 apple trees and you are talking about 5-10.” Now tell me, who is poor – we or people of Kinnaur, who live a tranquil life.

Apple orchards in Sangla Valley, kinnaur, Himachal
Apple orchards in Sangla Valley
  1. The colored tents and wooden houses

The wooden houses with the slanting slopes and the colored tents gel up so well in the up and down landscapes. They look in deep combination with the deep blue sky and the surroundings around, giving a complete feel of being in the lap of nature.

Rakcham Village in Sangla Valley at Kinnaur
Rakcham Village

Colored Huts in Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal

  1. The valley bowls walled by the snow covered peaks in Sangla Valley, Kinnaur

In between the way from Sangla to Chitkul, there are several valley bowls surrounded by tall peaks on sides and blue sky on the top. One might find a walking companion on the way.

Sangla Valley bowls in kinnaur, Himachal
Sangla Valley bowl in Kinnaur
  1. Unlimited water and fun with the waterfalls

Even my Scorpio needed a bath, so why not it has some fun with the waterfall. I will say the coolest way to clean your car.

Car Wash at Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal

  1. The Baspa River in Sangla Valley

The gurgling and gushing river Baspa; flow with a pride, protecting the valley and enriching the soil. The land here is favorable for apples, apricots, potatoes and other fruits.

Baspa River in Sangla Valley, Kinnaur
Baspa River in Sangla Valley
  1. The trails leading to villages on another side of mountains

Explore and hike on the trails explored by Shepherds. The Shepherds bring their cattle down for grazing and also carry supplies for the army men, guarding at the border areas.

Hiking Trails in Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal

  1. The Floating Clouds in deep blue sky at Sangla valley, Kinnaur

If you are someone like me, who likes searching figures in the sky and clouds then this is the perfect location for it.

Hiking Trails in Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal

These are my impressions of Sangla valley, Kinnaur. What are yours?

46 thoughts on “The Sangla Valley, Kinnaur: In Photos”

  • I love the photo of the car under the falls. That’s an instant car wash right there haha… I wonder if I would be satisfied if I was born and raised in a simple and quiet village like in the Himalayan. I agree they are richer when it comes to natural resources though. so how many apples did you get?

  • Lovely pictures that capture the spectacular Himalayan landscapes. Really these regions are so pristine, they almost border on the divine. I would love to take my car to the falls for a shower too, much needed relief from the heat of the plains.

  • I would call it beauty untouched. Thanks for taking us on a journey through some not so explored parts of Himachal. While everyone heads to Shimla and Manali , I feel the real beauty is now trapped in these locations. That shower of the car right under the waterfall..I am falling sort of words, I can imagine what a beautiful experience you must have had

  • Number six is a good snap!!! haha buton a serious note, the Sangla valley seems to be a very tranquil place. i think this is the place we need to get to to relieve our stress… in my country, to be able to go to a place a little somewhat like this, one needs long hours of road travel… i hope more of places like this be accessible 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • We visited Sangla valley enroute to Spiti but didn’t stop to spend some time there. Hopefully we will come back just for Sangla/Kinnaur sometime soon. Your photos so justice to its beauty and even reading through your post we could realize how beautiful it would be in reality. Will share our experience with you once we get there ! Thanks for sharing.r

  • Its weird, being an Indian I have never heard of this place. But I think the unpopularity is what keeps this place beautiful. Loved the experience from your lenses, can’t wait to have some from.mine!! Thank u for the write up 🙂

  • I’ve read so many travel blog posts about south Asia destinations in the mountains lately, so many places that I haven’t heard of before, and it makes me feel ignorant. I love mountain areas, and so have to get to this part of the world.

  • Sangla valley seems to be so beautiful and unexplored. I always like your writeup of such places. Not only you bring us closer to nature through these posts but also introduce us to lovely unexplored parts of India.

  • Aside from the scenic place, I loved the unlimited water part.. hahahaha free car wash, and I think its quite beautiful hearing the water fall over your car while you are inside.

  • You Post brightened up my dull day. You know why ? This is perhaps my most favourite places in India. Fell in love with Kinnaur and it is truly my happy destination:) sangla is just so beautiful and I love your pictures, the clouds, the valley views, the orchards and the peaks! 🙂
    I stayed in Kinner camps too. Blown over by Daleep negis’s hospitality. And the absolutely awesome food!

  • Oh my goodness! This place looks right up my alley!! Kinnar Camp looks like a great adventure and I love exploring waterfalls and the great outdoors!! And apple orchards too?! I’m sold!!

  • Ohh that little village with huts really did it for me. Looks like such a stunning place to visit. I mean who can say no to big mountains? 😉 Great pictures^^

  • You have found a slice of heaven in Sangla valley, Kinnaur. Those pictures of huts with a backdrop of snow-clad mountains are awe-inspiring. We would love to visit those apple orchids and meet some of the shepherds with their grazing cattle sounds like a dream trip. What an amazing life isn’t it? They are even doing their bit for the country by carrying supplies for the army.

  • I’ve never heard of this beautiful valley! It looks like a relaxing place for a getaway – overlooking the mountains from your covered tents would be an unreal experience.

  • That is one way to give your vehicle a wash! Those mountains look breath taking. The wooden houses are so cool to see surrounded by the mountains. What a great place to travel to. I’m glad you had so many good memories from the Sangla Valley.

  • Oh the beauty of the hills and the awesomeness of Himachal! I have read so much about Kinnaur and cant wait to explore it! Someday soon I will get to visit Himachal hopefully 😀

  • Ooh Gosh, those waterfalls remind me of Meghalaya. It is so refreshing to find them everywhere. Loved all your pictures. Kinnaur sure looks amazing. Was the apple harvest done when you went there?

  • Sangla Valley looks absolutely splendid! Your pictures speak for itself how surreal it is! I loved that waterfall picture where you’re cleaning your Scorpio which is very innovative indeed!

  • Wow! Love your photos. Looks like such a beautiful stay to stay for the weekend. It must’ve been amazing to see this view in person 😀

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