Kinner Kailash Parikrama: Kinnaur Trek

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Kinner Kailash peak is located in the Kalpa region of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. The parikrama route is best known for the panoramic view of Kinnaur Kailash Shivling peak & surrounding peaks like Raldang(5499m) and Jorkanden(6473m). The region is located on the Indo-Tibet border and gives an eye-opening introduction to the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Charang Rangrik Monastery
Crossing Charang Kanda
Camping at Lalanti meadows, enroute Charang - La
Glacial lake at base camp , Charang - La
Camping at Lalanti Meadows , enroute Charang La
Lalanti meadows , enroute Charang - La
Upper base camp Landscape
Climbing Charang - La.
Top of the pass , Charang -La.
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Kinnaur Kailash Yatra

The official yatra to the holy Kinnaur Kailash peak commences in July month, but Parikrama is doable in May and June month as well. The route to the summit is steeply inclined and it gets almost perpendicular just after Tangling village. It takes around 8-9 hours from Tangling village to reach the next pit stop i.e Maling Khata meadows.

Following the June 2019 accident that happended near Parvati Kund, the Kinnaur district administration under Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities Rules, 2017 has mandated the permit for every trekker wishing to register for the Kinner Kailash Yatra.

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama (Charang – La) Trek

The Charang – La pass is at an altitude of 5300m whereas the holy peak of Kinner Kailash (Shivling) is at an altitude of around 4500m. The clockwise circumambulation or Parikrama is done around the holy peak of Kinnaur Kailash.  The trek starts from Charang village.

What Does Kinner Kailash Trek Cost?

The Cost estimation is based on the number of factors like the group size, pick-up place(Chandigarh/Shimla) and add-ons needed(like backpack offloading, accommodation before and after the trek & drop off point(Shimla/Chandigarh). Drop us an email to get detailed cost breakup & to avail group or early bird offers.


Region:Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Duration:6 Days
Difficulty level:Moderate to Challenging
Maximum Altitude:5300m
Best Time To Trek:May to early October.
Trek Distance:Around 30Kms

Kinner Kailash Trek Itinerary

  • Day #1: Shimla – Charang
  • Day #2: Acclimatization at Charang. Village walk and visit the Rangrik monastery.
  • Day #3: Charang – Lalanti
  • Day #4: Lalanti – Base Camp of Charang La
  • Day #5: Base Camp of Charang La – Charang La – Chitkul
  • Day #6: Chitkul – Shimla.

Detailed Itinerary

The landscape of the area varies from the lush green scenic valley of Sangla to the snow-clad mountains of the Kinner ranges. This trek is packed not only with some of the best views of the mountains, but also provides an insight into the rich history of trade, religion, and diverse ethnic groups, the experience of which leaves one enchanted.

Day 01: Shimla to Charang

Reception at Shimla and drive from Shimla to Charang via Kufri, Narkanda and Reckong Peo. The drive from Shimla to Charang is a beautiful and scenic village with breathtaking views of the Phawarang peak (6050 m) and the Rangrik range. Reach Charang by evening and the stay would be arranged either at a Homestay or rented accommodation.

Day 02: Acclimatization at Charang.

Village walk and a visit to Rangrik monastery and last ITBP post on the Indo-Tibetan border. Explore the places around Charang and pay a visit to the Rangrik Monastery. Overnight stay in the village homestay or camping.

Day 03: Charang–Lalanti

Today we trek from Charang to Lalanti. Initially, the climb will be steep for 2-3 hours till we reach Charang Kanda. After reaching the Kanda gradient is low till Lalanti. Lalanti is a place with many wildflowers and beautiful meadows. The place is beautiful with flowers and blue sky and the roaring sound of rivers. Camp for the night beside a stream in Lalanti.

Day 04: Lalanti – Base Camp of Charang La

Trek to the base camp of Charang La today. The climb is relatively steep today and we reach the base camp by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 05:  Base Camp of Charang La – Charang La – Chitkul

Today we start early and climb steeply to the Charang La. The view of the Kinnaur range is spectacular from this point. We pass the Charang La and descend down to Chitkul village. Overnight stay in the village.

Day 06: Chitkul– Shimla

Chitkul is the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. We can explore the places around Chitkul like Nagasti ITBP post and Ranikanda meadows. Drive back from Shimla with a bag full of lifetime memories.

Crevasses enroute Charang la | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Crevasses enroute Charang la
Climbing the pass | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Climbing the pass
Negotiating the glacier stretch | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Negotiating the glacier stretch
The snowscape | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
The snowscape
The climb | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
The climb
Panoramic view of the Baspa valley | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Panoramic view of the Baspa valley
Glisadding down the pass | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Glissading down the pass
Descending down to the Baspa valley | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Descending down to the Baspa valley
Waiting for warmth | Kinner Kinnaur Kailash trek
Waiting for warmth

Kinnaur Kailash Trek Cost Includes.

  • All arrangements for overnight stays during the trip.
  • Camping and Climbing gear.
  • All food expenses
  • Food will usually consist of morning breakfast, lunch, evening high tea, and dinner.
  • All food will be vegetarian.
  • Trained and certified guides trained for emergency situations.
  • Local guides and workers with in-depth knowledge about the local area.
  • One luggage per person will be transported by us.
  • Inner line permits and arrangements en route will be arranged by the operator.
  • All stays and lodging on a twin sharing basis shall be provided.

Cost Excludes

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Camera fees or any other costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances and situations beyond our control

Besides good planning, logistics, food, and good equipment, packing a backpack and carrying essential things play a key role in the success of an expedition.

24 replies on “Kinner Kailash Parikrama: Kinnaur Trek”

Can you tell me the distance of parikrama of kinnaur kailash & when can we plan the trekking so we could see and walk through the snow capped mountain?

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