Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley Road Trip in April 2016
Kalpa, is an alluring village of Kinnaur. Situated at an altitude of 2758m, Kalpa offers unbelievable views of the majestic Kinner Kailash range. The sunrise and sunset are mind blowing here. When the clouds play hide and seek with the mountains during the day, it’s a sight to watch!!!
We covered Kalpa on our recent road trip to Spiti Valley. Reaching Kalpa was the most difficult part of our journey due to bad road conditions. We were enjoying the monster faces and scenic beauty until the bad patches began disturbing us. Once we crossed Sungra the patches transformed into a fully fledged pebbly road. It was a stretch of good 40 kms starting from Wangtu and continuing till Karcham. Once you reach Karcham, the roads are divided into two – the one going straight leads to Rekong Peo and the other one to Sangla. We purposely took the one going to Kalpa.
Considering the bad roads, maintaining a good speed became really difficult task. Moreover, it disturbed baby’s sleep and he didn’t like the roller coaster feel of the car. I can’t define how difficult it can get if the baby does not want to cooperate!!! I’m definitely going to write a different post on traveling with a baby 🙂
Kalpa is few kms away from Rekong Peo. If you are traveling the region by public transport, you can take HRTC’s bus to Peo.
As we were ascending for Kalpa, picturesque views of the Kinner Kailash range (elevation 6050m) during sunset made our hearts pound with excitement. The nature truly re-energized us!!!
Mostly hotels were not fully occupied in April and therefore we got a great deal. We chose to stay in ‘The Kalpa Retreat’. We got a room with balcony that opened right into the Apple orchard and had amazing view of Kinner Kailash Range from the room itself. And it was even more exciting to watch the sunset and gaze at moon and the stars right from the hotel bed.