For the Indians and the Buddhists, Parikrama is circumambulating holy mountains, temples, and divine places. The mount Kinner Kailash is also known as “ the eternal house of Shiva”. This Parikrama is one of the most famous treks of Kinnaur. The Parikrama starts from Kalpa via Triung Valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla Valley. And so, we have geared ourselves for the trek, guides and every little need.
The trek took us through rural villages on Indo Tibetan border, following the pilgrimage trails, freezing rivulets, glacier terrains on to the top of the Charang Pass and then a deep descend into the Bapsa Valley where the river Bapsa flows and on to Chitkul Village. This is the last point of the Parikrama. A beautiful place, indeed! Who would have thought that such beauty even existed on Earth.
From Charang Pass till you reach the Chitkul Village you rarely get to see anyone.
It is a 60-Km walk with 30 Km on a standard trek path, the other 30 Km on a boulder terrain. This restricts the distance that can be covered on an average.
Inner Peace, Tranquil and the best trek ever.
The rivers or lakes that one has to cross are knee deep and freezing. They are so freezing cold, when you walk through the icy water you feel as if you have lost your limbs and are floating over the water. The trekking is in such a remote place, unless you know the terrain or have a guide and porters, there are chances of getting lost. We were not so adventurous to take that risk.
At the Charang Pass Crossing, we were cautioned of loose rocks that could cause an accident. We moved on with utmost care with the help of our guide. At Charang village we visited the Devi temple where the deity worshipped is a goddess. The climb starts as soon as you exit the village border gate. The descend gave us a breathtaking view. The sun playing on the Snow is a worthwhile watch. The final Parikrama point is Chitkul Village which is marked by the ancient Buddha temple. It is mandatory for the Parikramis to pay respect to the non Buddhist Goddess.