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Old 15th December 2008, 23:25   #1
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Default Shimla - Narkanda - Kalpa - Chitkul and possibly Puh- Sumdo - Kaza in December

Time for my annual Himalayan piligrimage and focusing on Kinnaur - Spiti region this time
The rough itinerary is to reach shimla on 26th

Part I: leave from Shimla on 27th December and make it to Kalpa by the evening (Innova)
a) Is it possible to make it to Kalpa in a single day
b) Would I find any accomodation in Kalpa this time of the year

Part II - use kalpa as a base to explore Kinnaur Valley - Head to Sangla - Chitkul
a) Should I earmark 2 days for Sangla/Chitkul or 1 day is adequate?

Part III - Head for Kaza via Sumdo
a) How'd be the road to Kaza from Kalpa
b) Possible to do it in a day?

Part IV - Explore areas around kaza

Now what are your suggestions? Does this sound like reasonable itinerary
I'll be taking adequate precautions, and I wouldn't mind turning back if the road conditions look precarious
If I turn back, I always have the choice to head to narkanda and later manali to pursue a more sensible albeit less exciting itinerary

PS: Need to be back in Delhi by the 6th of Jan
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Old 16th December 2008, 14:05   #2
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Incidentally, i too will reach Simla on Dec26th !!

Rest of the areas that you described makes no head or tail to me at this moment
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Kalpa was -1.5 last night and there is a possibility of snowfall in next 3-4 days due to western disturbances.

so i hope it will be very cool at least the nights below freezing point near 25th
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^^ I don't mind the cold.. was loitering around in Leh last december
What I am concerned abt right now however is whether the roads would be in driveable condition or not :(
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Yes Shimla Kalpa in one day is possible and easily doable. again Kalpa Kaza is doable in one day provided you find no obstructions especially at malling. Roads will be just about ok in some patches and ok to good rest of the way. early snows might distrupt your plans but I would be more worried about the cold. It would be colder than Leh in some places.
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Old 5th January 2009, 18:58   #6
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Back from the trip
Day 1 - Shimla
Day 2 Kalpa - (The HPTDC hotel in Kalpa is brilliant BTW)
Day 3 Sangla - Chitkul
Stayed for the night in a guesthouse in Raksham (Between Sangla and Chitkul). Unfortunately, one of my travel partners was a guy from Chennai who had never experienced winters in his entire 27 years of existence and he started feeling unwell in Raksham... We had to cut short our Kaza plans due to this and we proceeded towards Manali via Jalori pass.. Spent the rest of our vacation in Manali :( which wasn't bad but not a shade on Spiti

Will post the pics in the travelogues section soon
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Default Manali to Narkanda in december end

Hi guys,

I was planning to have a end of the year trip to hills so made bookings for 30-31st Dec at HPTDC Hatu, Narkanda. But now my wife wants to have either a white Christmas or new year.
So Manali comes into picture which will definitely have snow.

Is it possible to do Gurgaon-Manali-Narkanda-Gurgaon from 25th Dec to 1stJan ?
Which routes to follow, please suggest.
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