The last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border is Chitkul, around 569 kilometers from Delhi and 24 kilometers from Sangla. It is famous for its sunsets, potatoes, apples, and the incredible hospitality of the locals.
At 3450m, Chitkul is well over a few mountain tops in Himachal alone that makes it witness frigid winters during which the snow makes the inhabitants move to the lower regions of Himachal.
Chitkul is famously known for the quality of potatoes produced; they are one of the finest in the world. Situated on the bank of river Baspa, Chitkul is the first village of Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route and is also the last point in India that one can travel to without a permit.
Moreover, it is proved that Chitkul has the cleanest air in India by the researchers of IIT. So, if you’re someone who wants to be out of the polluted air in a metro, Chitkul should be your first pick.
Not to forget the ‘Aakhri Dhaba’ present at the very far side end of the village. It is named so because it’s the last dhaba in the previous town of India.
But your life can get a little bit tricky if you’re someone who does not carry enough cash with them. Since Chitkul is an offbeat remote area, you’ll not get access to ATMs. But not only that, even medical centers, hospitals, fuel stations, and many other necessities are not present in Chitkul.
So, what if you’re in an instant? Well! One has to move back to Sangla, which is about 28 to 30 kilometers away from Chitkul.
While all that is true, one last thing to make it the perfect offbeat destination would be ‘no network zones.’ Yes! Chitkul comes under that only. So, you can drop off the Instagram or even call for a few days while you’re in Chitkul.
But it doesn’t mean that the Chitkul is not developed; they have their hydropower flour mill, which is prideful for all the villagers living in the vicinity.
Lastly, if you’re to talk about the people of Chitkul, then they are way too friendly and helpful. Also, the Buddist religion is the primary one in Chitkul, but Hinduism is also there to chime in.
If you’re planning a trip to Chitkul, then the month of April to June and September to October would be the best.
Having difficulties planning a trip to Chitkul? Well! We’re here for the help, come along and join our latest batches of Chitkul Road Trip.
Day 0 : Delhi to Shimla | Overnight Journey
- The group assembles at the pick-up point by 09:00 PM (tentative).
- We’ll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be conducted.
- Afterwards we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Shimla.
*The pick up point would be Majnu Ka Tila.
Day 1 : Shimla to Chitkul (225 Kilometers, 9 Hours Drive)
- Early in the morning, we’ll arrive in Shimla via the Hindustan-Tibet highway.
- We’ll be changing our transportation from bus to Tempo Traveler at this point and will head out for Chitkul.
- En-route, We’ll be traversing through the beautiful towns of Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur, Sangla, Rakcham, and witness the Karcham Dam with the Sutlej river flowing alongside.
- Upon reaching Chitkul, we will check into our hotels where we will indulge in group bonding exercises. Dinner followed by overnight stay in Chitkul/Sangla.
Day 2 : Chitkul Sightseeing Day
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll head out for a sightseeing tour.
- Our first halt would be ISBT camp from where we will enjoy the beautiful view of the Baspa Valley and sit by the Baspa riverside. We will pay our reverence at the Kagyupa temple and then visit the iconic Hindustan Ka Aakhri Dhaba to indulge in local cuisine.
- Return to our Campsite / Hotel for dinner followed by overnight stay in Chitkul.
Day 3 : Chitkul to Shimla | Delhi Arrival
- Resume our return journey after breakfast and head towards Shimla.
- Upon reaching Shimla, we will board an overnight bus towards Delhi.
- We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning and the group will disperse with fond memories.
What Will Be the Group Size for This Chitkul Tour?
We prefer a smaller group size consisting of only 15-18 participants. The reason being that smaller batches are better in terms of collaborative group experience and trip coordination as well. You’re more likely to gel up with everybody in a short group as compared to a group that has more participants in number.
Who All Will Be Accompanying The Group During The trip?
We have fully qualified and functionally trained Trip Leads, Assistant Trip Lead, Driver accompanying the group during all our journeys. Apart from that, Local Guides and Porters (personal expanse) will also be tagged in if required on a trip/trip.
What Will Be the Type of Accommodation on the trip? What Will Be the Type of Accommodation on the trip?
It depends on the tour. Sometimes, we stay in Hotels, Camp and sometimes we prefer Homestays as well. The information about the full plan will be shared with you post the booking. Additionally, if you have any doubts, you can call any of our representatives to get more information on the same.
What Necessary Items Should I Pack For The trip?
Once your booking is confirmed, an email confirmation will be delivered to you which will include all the necessary information including booking details, trip details, and a brief packing list.
Do I Need to Buy trekking Shoes For The trip?
“Since we do not have any trekking to do while on the journey, you might not need tripking shoes specifically. But still, a good pair of shoes that have proper soles and are equally comfortable is recommended.
You might need a good pair of shoes when traveling to Dhankar Lake and Chandratal lake. A Quechua or forclaz shoes available at Decathlon will also do.”