Kinnaur Kailash Trek (Parikrama Of Kinner Kailasha)

Camping at Lalanti Meadows , enroute Charang La

Kinner Kailash (6050 m) peak is located in the Kalpa region of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinner Kailash parikrama route of Kinnaur follows the circumambulatory trail around Kinnaur Kailash Shivling (~4800m) peak.

Kinner Kailash circuit tour offers magnificent views of towering peaks of Kinnaur Kailash range and surrounding peaks like Raldang (5499m) and Jorkanden (6473 m).

The region is hemmed in by Indo-Tibetan border and peaks of Zanskar and Greater Himalayan range on its north-eastern side. Dhauladhar range seperate it from Uttarakhand on the southern side .

The cultural and traditional practices of Kinnaur are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and the trek is a great opportunity to witness the beautiful confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Kinner Kailash Yatra 2023

Journey to the Kailasha of Kinnaur

The schedule of Kinner Kailash Yatra of Kinnaur is fixed by the office of deputy commissioner office Reckong Peo.

Kinnaur Kailash Yatra is usually scheduled for the 3rd week of July month or the first week of August month, but Parikrama of Kinnaur Kailash is doable in the month of May and June also. Before departing, Local tour operators—registered at tourism department, DC office Kinnaur — are mandated to submit the list of trekkers planning to hike the Kailash route at nearest police station.

Kinnaur Kailash Yatra Timelapse

The route to the Kailash 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.

Kinnaur Kailash Yatra has been deferred due to adverse weather conditions. The Yatra will now take place from Tuesday, August 15, 2023, to August 30, 2023.

Kinnaur District Administration

The Yatra or pilgrimage to the Kinnaur’s holy Shivling is unlike the Shrikhand Mahadev or Manimahesh Kailash where the route ascends gently in zigzag fashion.

The official Kinner Kailash Shivling Yatra is scheduled to begin on August 15 and will continue until August 30, 2023. A daily quota of 350 people will be allowed to hike this scenic trail. The authorities have implemented a two-fold registration system.
Out of the total daily quota of 350, 200 slots will be available for online registration, while the remaining 150 slots can be booked through offline mode. For the safety and well-being of all participants, the Kinnaur district administration have introduced a new mandatory requirement. Each Yatri must obtain a valid medical certificate from a recognized medical practitioner. It is important to note that the medical certificate should not be issued more than 15 days before the commencement of the journey.

Kinner Kailash Departure Schedule in 2023

Our Kinner Kailash Parikrama departures are scheduled for the second week of June and the first week of September. We are looking for a minimum group size of 6 people.

We also can run tailor-made trips for smaller group sizes (i.e. less than 6 people) who are willing to sustain an additional price. The trek dates are subjected to the notifications and the pandemic guidelines released by Kinnaur district administration.

Routes to Kinner Kailasha Shivling

There are three routes to reach the apex point of Kinnaur Kailash Shivling trail.

  • Tangling- Maling Khata Meadows – Gufa – Parvati Kund – Kinner Kailash (the most frequently trodden trail).
  • Ribba village – Bato Kanda meadows – Parvati Kund – Kinner Kailash.
  • Purbani village – Purbani Kanda – Parvati Kund – Kinner Kailash Shivling.

All three trails passes through villages, apple orchards, vineyards (Ribba is renowned for grape cultivation and Angoori — the grape wine).

The Tangling-Maling Khata-Gufa trail is a quintessential ascent.
After the Tangling village — the last point of civilization — there is an 8-9 hours of sheer climb through dense forests of Fir and Juniper trees till Government Sarai (Shelter).

Most people discontinue their hike at or nearby Sarai, camp on the meadows, and stop for the night halt. If you hold up there through the night, start early in the morning as you need to cover the remaining boulder-ridden terrain—which is the most difficult part of the Kinner Kailash Yatra trail—and descend back to the base.

If you manage to reach the Gufa (a big cave shelter that serve as a base camp for Kailash Yatra pilgrims) milestone on the same day, the climb will be less straining on the body as you get more time to take a breather — which you must take frequently considering the thin air and imposing boulders blocking the route.

The Ribba-Bato Kanda route to Kinner Kailash is a shorter and less (than Tangling-Gufa route) demanding. The trail gradually ascents from Ribba village and meet the Tangling-Gufa trail near Parvati Kund.

The Purbani-Kinnaur Kailash route is the least trodden one. It is used mostly by the shepherds.

History Behind The Kinners Of Kinnaur

The history and origin of the word Kinner — with respect to the people of Kinnaur — is still debatable. Kinners of Kinnaur finds mentions in all religious and mythology texts — except Rig Veda — like Rajtaringini, Amarkosha, Matsya Purana, Ramayan, Mahabharata, Shiv Purana, and Vishnu Purana.

In this anthology of epics, Kinners are revered as a distinct tribe who are demi-gods—partway between men and gods.

Sun rising over snowy mountain tops of Kinner Kailash. Image: Vithal Kshirsagar

The celebrated poet and sage Kalidasa has written extensively about the Kinner people of Kinnaur. In Meghdoot — a masterpiece in Sanskrit literature — Kalidasa has described Kinners as pretty people with mellifluous voices who sung and danced at Lord Kuber’s royal court.

Bird's eye view of Kalpa village of Kinnaur
Snow-capped peaks of Kinner Kailash range shrouded in clouds and looming over Kalpa village. Photo by Ramesh Tahlan.

Kinner or Kimpurush are children of the God. To visit this country means to visit Devaloka. Over the year, the word Kinner itself got corrupted to Kinnaur. There were many routes to reach here. The most followed route since the prehistoric times began from Kalsi, on the banks of the Yamuna. At Kalsi, there is still a stone inscription of the king Ashoka. Today people don’t take this route to reach Kinnaur, but the people of Kinnaur have not forgotten Kalsi; Even now in winters they reach there with their thousands of sheep and goats.

from Kinner Desh Main by Rahul Sankrityayan

Following the June 2019 incident that occurred 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.

As per Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities Rules, 2017 any trekking activity in the district has to be carried out with prior permission from the tourism office and camping permission of the trek is to be obtained from the forest department.

— Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama (Charang-La) Trek, 2023

Kinnaur Kailash Trek 2021

Parikrama(circuit) is the rite of circumambulating — called Pradakshina in Sanskrit — in a clockwise direction of religious images/symbols. It is an integral part of Hindu and Buddhist religious practices.

Climbing Lamkhaga pass altitude 5282 meters
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Charang Rangrik Monastery
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Crossing Charang Kanda
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Camping at Lalanti meadows, enroute Charang – La
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Glacial lake at base camp , Charang – La
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Camping at Lalanti Meadows , enroute Charang La
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Lalanti meadows , enroute Charang – La
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Upper base camp Landscape
Standing on Auden’s col
Climbing Charang – La.
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Top of the pass , Charang -La.
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The Charang-La pass is at an altitude of 5300 m whereas the holy peak of Kinner Kailash (Shivling) is at an altitude of around 4500 m. Clockwise circumambulation, or Parikrama, is done around the holy peak of Kinnaur Kailash.  The trek starts from Charang village.

What is the trek Cost?

Kinner Kailash trek (circuit) price starts from 20,000 INR. A multitude of variables will influence the final price, including group size, pick-up location (Chandigarh or Shimla), departure date (pre-monsoon in June or post-monsoon in September), and add-ons such as backpack offloading, gear (crampons or gaiters), accommodations before and after the trek, and drop-off location (Shimla or Chandigarh). Shoot us an email if you’re interested in group or early bird discounts. The cost of the Kinnaur Kailash Shivling trek will be determined by the same variables.

⚡ Kinner Kailash Trek 2023 Rundown

RegionKinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Duration6 days and 5 nights
Difficulty levelModerate to challenging
Apex Altitude~ 5300 m
Best Time To TrekMay to early October
Trail Length~ 30 km
Departure DatesJune, July and August 2023
Group Size10
Start FromCharang
End AtChitkul
ActivityCamping, walking, hiking, climbing, glacier and stream crossing, boulders and scree slope crossing
Kinnaur Kailash trek highlights

⚐ Brief Itinerary of Kinner Kailash Trek

  • Day #1: Shimla – Charang village (altitude 3500 m)
  • Day #2: Acclimatization at Charang. Village walks and a visit to the Rangrik Tsungma monastery.
  • Day #3: Charang village – Lalanti meadows.
  • Day #4: Lalanti meadows – Base Camp of Charang La
  • Day #5: Base Camp of Charang La – Charang La Pass – Chitkul
  • Day #6: Chitkul – Shimla.

Kinner Kailash Circuit 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.

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Log

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: Lalanti – Base Camp of Charang La

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

Day 5:  Base Camp of Charang La – Charang La – Chitkul

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

Day 6: ChitkulShimla

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.

Kinner Kailash (Kinnaur) Circuit Trek Map

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Kinnaur Kailash trek map. The yellow line on the map represents the road route and the blue line represents the trek route.

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.

Are You A Match For Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek?

Sunrise over Kinner Kailash peak of Kinnaur. Photo by Dr. Mahan Singh.

You must have done at least one high altitude trek before. Those who do not have the requisite trek experience of high-altitude passes should not apply.

You must be physically fit to do the 4-day Himalayan trek. The Kinnaur Kailash circuit trek leads you up to 17,400 feet high pass of Charang-La and through a long expanse of Charang-La glacier.

At this altitude, the air is thin, and the rigors of the mountain can grind you down. You must give yourself sufficient time to prepare yourself for the trek.

NOTE: Trekkers are required to bring a medical certificate deeming them fit for high-altitude trekking at the start of the trek.

Backpack carrying: A porter will carry your backpack, please do not bring extra items but only the essentials needed for high altitude trek. Besides detailed planning, taking care of all the logistics, food, and good equipment, packing a backpack efficiently and carrying essential things play a key role in the success of an expedition.

Bare Essentials For Kinner Kailash Trek

  • A pair of good quality waterproof trekking boots.
  • Three pairs of socks.
  • Two pairs of waterproof hiking pants.
  • A pair of shorts
  • Two pairs of fleece jumpers. 
  • Two pairs of thermal tops and bottoms
  • One down jacket.
  • Headgear (1 beanie/skull cap, 1 buff, and 1 trekking cap). 
  • A pair of thick gloves
  • Personal hygiene essentials (alcohol-based gel, hand sanitizer, soap, towels, toilet papers, baby wipes, etc.) 
  • UV-block sunglasses.
  • First aid kit.
  • Water purifier and filtration bottle.

Trek FAQs

Are the Kinner Kailash & Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra routes same?

No. Shirkhand Mahadev Yatra route is located in outer Siraj region of Greater Himalayan National Park of Kullu district, whereas the Kinner Kailash Yatra route falls completely in Sairag (Kalpa) valley of Kinnaur.

How to reach Kinner Kailash?

First you need to reach Reckong Peo, the administrative HQ of Kinnaur district. You can take any one of the three routes from Reckong Peo. 
Tangling village-Gufa-Kinner Kailash Shivling route. 
Ribba village-Parvati Kund-Kinner Kailash Shivling route.
Purbani village-Parvati Kund-Kinner Kailash. 

What is Kinner Kailash?

Kinner Kailash (6050 m) is a holy peak towering over the Kalpa (called Sairag by the people of Kinnaur) valley of Kinnaur. You must have previous climbing/mountaineering experience to reach the apex of Kinner Kailash peak. However, the trek to Shivling pillar, located below the 6050 m high Kinnaur Kailash peak, is doable (not recommended) even if you have no prior trekking experience. 

What is the best time to go for the Kinnaur Kailash trek?

The yatra dates of Kinnaur Kailash are officially announced (for a period of 4-5 weeks) by Kinner Kailash Yatra committee after consultation with the local administration. One can’t go for yatra before or after the time window approved by the administration.   
However, the Kinnaur Kaliash Parikrama (circuit) trek is doable from May-September month period.

Why is it called Kinner Kailash?

Kinner Kailash peak is named after the Kinner tribe — the people of Kinnaur. There are many mythological connotations attached to the word ‘Kinner’. You would find a mention of ‘Kinners’ in almost all major Hindu religious texts and epics. In these texts, the Kinners are described as a tribe of great singers and dancers living in the Himalayas. 
Artists of India and Central Asia made sculptures of the Kinner tribe during the ancient and early medieval period. Cave 1 of Ajanta caves is dedicated to the Kinners. During this period, the Kinner tribe was spread from Bhagirathi valley of Uttarakhand in the east to the source of Chandrabhaga river in the west.    

77 responses to “Kinnaur Kailash Trek (Parikrama Of Kinner Kailasha)”

  1. Amit Chauhan Avatar
    Amit Chauhan

    Please send the details with cost on my email address or on my whatsapp(7533055735).

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      I have email-ed you the trek event registration process and price quotes.

  2. Parag Deshpande Avatar
    Parag Deshpande

    Please send details with cost on my mail for 2 persons.

  3. Abhishikth Avatar

    Can you please share the itinerary for this trek through the glaciers and Gufa (the main trek route)

  4. Swati Avatar

    Hello, I am interested in the Kinner Kailash Yatra this year. Can you please share the schedule and pricing for 1 person. would prefer an all inclusive one since it would be my first time on a trek.

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      Hello Swati ! I have emailed you the details of 2023 Kinnaur Kailash Yatra fixtures.

  5. Ajit Salunkhe Avatar
    Ajit Salunkhe

    I wish to get dates in 2023 and the route via Tangling to Kinnaur KailashTrek.
    Also please send the detail itinerary and cost for a team of 6 .

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      Hello Ajit, the trek dates for 2023 batches haven not been finalized yet . I’ll send you the rest details.

  6. Abhishek Shukla Avatar
    Abhishek Shukla

    Hello, for Two person in any upcoming batch, can you share the details of the trek, with all expenses and timimngs.

    Thank you

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      Hello Abhishek, the expenses and our 2022 trek event details have been e-mailed to you.

  7. Magan Mahadeo Tate Avatar
    Magan Mahadeo Tate

    Trek which starts from Tangling & return to tangling. Cost

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      Do you just need a guide and camping gear? We generally run all-inclusive treks.

  8. Ankit Avatar

    Hello, for one person in any upcoming batch, can you share the details of the trek.

    Thank you

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      We do have a upcoming batch for Kinner Kailash Parikrama.

  9. Jagdish Patel Avatar
    Jagdish Patel

    Om Namah Shivay

    This year only 75 people per day permitted as per registration guidelines for Kinner Kailash yatra and now it has reached limit. Can I perform Kinnar Kailash Yatra with registration in August-2022? and if yes than send me the details.

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      Om namah shivay…the Kailash Yatra schedule has already been deferred to fourth of August due to bad weather and the administration is not accepting new registration applications. If the current weather conditions persists, it would delay this event further.

  10. Sreelal. M. K Avatar

    I along with my friend are willing to do the pilgrimage of kinner kailas in july 30 this year. Will you give the full details including registration and cost. We are from kerala. We have already travelled the other 4 kailas during the past years.

    1. raachotrekkers Avatar

      The registration for Kinner Kailash yatra is closed now as 75 trekkers per day limit set by the administration has reached. In case you’re interested, I have emailed you the details of parikrama trek of Kinnaur Kailasha. Registration is not a prerequisite for the parikrama.

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