Sangla valley

Far from the madding crowd

Blazing Kinnaur Kailash peak as viewed from Sangla. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Blazing Kinnaur Kailash peak as viewed from Sangla. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Nestled at an altitude of 9000ft above the sea-level on the right bank of Baspa river in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is the most enchanting less-travelled Sangla valley. It is at a distance of 220kms from Shimla,54kms from Sarahan and 17kms from Karcham.

Enchanting but perilous road enroute Sangla. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Enchanting but perilous road enroute Sangla. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Surrounded by green forested slopes in the higher Himalayan range, Sangla Valley is named after the serene Sangla village.  Until 1989 outsiders could not enter this valley without a special permit from the Government of India, due to its strategic location on the Indo-Tibet border.
The entire journey through breath-taking caved mountainous roads with sharp risky bends, deep river gorge with scenic mountain backdrop and rugged terrain is indeed very thrilling. After Karcham the eternal snow-covered peaks add a new dimension to the journey. Sangla Valley is also known as Baspa valley since Baspa river meanders through this region and is famed for trouts. A temple dedicated to Nages god is worth a visit and other places are Rakhcham, Kilba, Kamru fort which can also be visited.

Luscious Kinnaur apples being packaged. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Luscious Kinnaur apples being packaged. Picture credit @ Soul Safar

Where to stay
The Sangla town is cluttered with concrete buildings but as one approaches towards the valley down the river bed, the nature unfolds its mesmerising beauty. The most exciting places to stay in this valley amidst the apple orchards or beside the Baspa River with the backdrop of the majestic Kinnar Kailash peak are the comfortable Swiss tents. With magnificent views of slopes and forests, luscious Royal red and Golden Kinnaur apples, pine- nuts and cherry trees, Sangla is the most beautiful valley in the entire Kinnaur district. One of the best places for your comfortable stay in Sangla amidst the apple orchards is ‘Apple Orchard Farm & Camping’. 

 

Apple Orchard Camp, Sangla.
Apple Orchard Camp, Sangla. Picture credit Apple Orchard.
Apple Orchard Camp, Sangla.
Apple Orchard Camp tent, Sangla. Picture credit Apple Orchard.

Things to do

One can easily spend a few days in this serene valley simply by silent walks or small treks or angling in the river.

Best time to visit
Winters are extremely harsh with snowfall, while summers(April-June) are pleasant. But Soul Safar suggests you to travel to Sangla Valley during Autumn (August-October) to enjoy the majestic Himalayan peaks and experience the Kinnaur apples at the same time.

Virgin Baspa Valley. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Virgin Baspa Valley. Picture credit @ Soul Safar

Sangla valley is a relief to your soul from the mundane life-the beauty of the distant snow clad Kinnaur Kailash, the vibrancy of the green valley and the simple lifestyle of the Kinnauri folks will undoubtedly rejuvenate you. So plan your next trip to the most enchanting Sangla valley in Himachal Pradesh.

 

 

 

 

For your Soul Safar to Sangla feel free to contact us at indira@soulsafar.in. We will be happy to guide you.

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