Where is Kinnaur?
Kinnaur district lies in the southeastern corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 230 km from Shimla, surrounded by Tibet to the East. It is blessed with three beautiful high mountains ranges: Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar.
The people of Kinnaur
The people of Kinnaur, also known as ‘Kinners’, belong to one of the tribes of India. Their culture is totally unique and somewhat mysterious. Due to its remote geographical situation along the Tibet and Indo-China borders, Kinnaur remained inaccessible for centuries; exchanges were rare and thus the culture was preserved and has developed in its own way.
Kinners are mentioned in several ancient Hindu scriptures, such as in the Mahabharata epic where they are said to be the descendants of the Pandavas brthers, and thus they are considered halfway between men and gods. Their beliefs generally follow both Buddhism and Hinduism. Monasteries that are thousands of years old still exist in the area. Both the Buddhists and Hindus live in perfect harmony.
Kinnaur festivals and marriage ceremonies are some of the best events to experience this very peculiar culture, where women are adorned with spectacular silver jewels and men practice a trance dance by holding the devtas (local deities) on palanquins.
When is the best time to visit Kinnaur?
April to October is the best time to visit Kinnaur. The temperatures during the summer season are mild and pleasant, ranging between 10 to 30 degrees Celsius.
When is the best time for trekking in Kinnaur?
June to September is considered to be the best time to trek. Depending on the year, if winter is shorter, we can start trekking from the second week of May. Please contact us to be informed about this.
What about monsoon in Kinnaur?
Monsoon season lasts from June until September. Only the Baspa valley, the lower region of the Satluj valley, and the area south of the Great Himalaya receive monsoon rains, while monsoon showers progressively decrease in the upper areas.
Kinnaur in Winter (October - April)
The winters in Kinnaur district are very cold. The temperature can drop as low as -5 degrees Celcius. Snowfall is frequent and roads can be blocked.