Charang Ghati Pass:- The most strenuous treks in the Kinnaur

Charang Ghati Trek

Kinnaur is one of the most beautiful areas of the Indian Himalayan range where the old stories and tales have actually most likely to a better degree of positioning individuals of Kinnaur– The Kinners. This is the land of fairytale and also dreams bringing incredible terrains of lavish eco-friendly valleys, orchards, wineries snow-clad mountains and also cold desert hills.

Charang Ghati pass is one of the most strenuous treks in the Kinnaur & Spiti valley region. Charang Ghati is situated at an altitude of 5242 m and acts as a base for trekking in the Chitkul Village, which is located in the Sangla Valley. Charang-La forms the drainage divide between the Tidong valley of Kinnaur(on Charang side) and Chitkul in Baspa valley. The area was opened for tourists in the year 1994 and since then it has become a popular Trekking area known as the Charang Ghati Pass.

The most challenging part is to get from the base camp of the mountain pass, Charang La to top in one day and then downwards to Chitkul Village difference of 6000 feet in altitudes. The steep climb up to the pass-through gravel, snow, and trail getting down is slippery and treacherous.

Sapni Fort – Wonderful Architectural Beauty

Sapni Fort

The beautiful Sapni Fort in Kalpa is renowned for its exceptional architecture and wonderful surroundings. It is located in proximity to the Sapni village which is another beautiful village in the vicinity of Kalpa. The Sapni Fort faces the valley and is like a colossal structure comprising of two buildings integrated into one. The unique architecture of Sapni Fort makes it one of the most popular destinations in Kalpa.

A temple dedicated to Goddess kali is there on the fifth floor. Two buildings of this fort were constructed by King Padam Singh of Rampur, one of them was his queen’s tower. This fort also displays some impressive woodwork and carvings on window frames and door.

Charang Monastery – The Oldest Monasteries in Kinnaur

Charang is a small village in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the last village along the Indo-China Border. The ancient Rangrik Monastery is located in this village. Charang is situated at a height of about 3400m above sea level. The village offers a complete escape from the busy city life. No network coverage only two BSNL landline connections one in the village & the other one at the last ITBP Charang Post. The village has flourished under the blessings of the Rangrik Monastery.

Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image, astride a horse, is the oldest at the temple. In all likelihood, Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity, absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value; a Maitreya seated with legs pendant, in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols, in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo.

The wall paintings below are old although the wheel of life outside the door has been redone lately. There is also an interesting hoard of ivory and bone-handled knives and daggers at the temple. Many centuries ago, it is said a robber gang from across the Tibetan border raided the temple. The clay images of protective deities at the entrance set up a terrific noise, resembling the thundering hooves of galloping horses. The terrific robbers dropped their weapons and took off, running up the valley to vanish in the crevasses of the huge glaciers streaming down from the high peaks above.

ShongTong Bridge: The Gateway to Kinnaur

ShongTong Bridge

Shongtong Bridge is located in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful bridge is on the way to Reckong PEO Kinnaur. Just 30 Kms before RekongPeo, A Bridge filled with Tibetan prayer Flags can be found. The Bridge is around an amazing location, Snowcapped Mountains, to green Forest laden Mountains, a river flowing & road leading to the depths of Himalayas into Kinnaur. Must visit this place and the best part it’s on your way if you are travelling to Kinnaur.