Kinner Kailash Trek Overview

The Kinner Kailash trek, also known as the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Indian Himalayan region. Kinnaur Kailash is a mountain located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh near the Indo-Tibetan border. The mountain is considered to be the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and is considered to be sacred for both Hindus as well as Buddhists. Thousands of visitors reach the Kinnaur region every year to take a look at this majestic mountain and several of them embark on the Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek.

Apart from being sacred, the Kinnaur Kailasha mountain is also known for its captivating beauty. The trail trek will pass through different terrains, each adding flavor to the serene ambience and stunning vistas surrounding the trail.

Ideal for a visit in the summer months, the Kinner Kailash trek in June will start from the well-known hill station of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla and ends after 10 days and 9 nights at Shimla. The trail of the trek passes through several villages and hamlets of Kinnaur such as Sarahan, Reckong Peo, Kalpa, and Lamber. While visiting them, a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism cultures can be witnessed. The trail will move up to Charang La Pass at 5242 m above sea level, before descending to Chitkul and reaching Sangla at 8900 m altitude before returning to Shimla.

Embark on this adventurous trek and spend ten days in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty which will rejuvenate your body and soul. Come back feeling refreshed, carrying wonderful memories.

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  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the monolithic pillar (Shivling) which is located at an altitude of around 4800 meters
  • The Kinnaur Kailash Range borders the district of Kinnaur in the south and is dominated by Jorkanden (elevation- 6473m) peaks. Jorkanden is the highest peak in the Kinner-Kailash range.
  • The Sutlej River rising from the slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, flows through the Kinnaur valley adding to its serene and picturesque charm.
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Hotels and camping are basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • The Kinnaur Kailash trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
  • In case, the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate this Kinner Kailash Trek..
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the Kinnaur Kailash trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
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Quick Facts of Kinner Kailash trek

Quick Facts of Kinner Kailash trek

Maximum altitude: 17200 ft

Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Trekking distance: 50 km

Trail type: Steep Climb

Railhead: Kalka, 87.0 km from Shimla

Airport: Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti, 16.6 km from Shimla

Snow Season: October to March

Service from: Shimla

Base camp: Charang

Best season: Summer (June to mid-September)

Region: Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Who can participate: Any adventure-spirited visitor who does not suffer from health issues

Kinner Kailash Trek Itinerary

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Day 1

Day 1: Arrival at Shimla

  • Your Kinner Kailash trek will commence from Shimla so you will need to reach the hill station.
  • Reach Shimla early morning, check in to your accommodation
  • Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, then start your trekking tour by climbing the Jhaku hill.
  • Offer your prayers at the Hanuman temple of Jhaku Hill
  • Take a tour of the museum and the advanced study hall
  • Return to the hotel for an enjoyable lunch
  • Take a rest in the afternoon or explore the famous Shimla Mall
  • Return to the hotel for the night.

What to Pack for Kinner Kailash Trek?

What to Pack for Kinner Kailash Trek?

Clothes: Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers. Wear T-shirts, which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast. Wear jackets to protect you against chilly weather. Take lots of warm clothing such as fleece, woolen layers or thermals. Cover your head with a cap or balaclava. Wear woolen gloves to protect your hands.

Footwear: Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.


  • A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with good support is an absolute must for a trek.

  • Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.

  • Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.

  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problems, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.

  • Take along a Hiking pole for support during the trek.

  • Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.

  • Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.

  • Torch to use at night.

  • Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.

  • Carry Toilet paper & wipes as you will be staying at camps at few destinations.

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Important Tips for trekkers
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Important Tips for trekkers

Trekkers must be careful about a few pointers during their Kinner Kailash trek. This will make their journey safe and enjoyable. A few tips to note are:

  • Climatic conditions in high altitudes are different from the plains; So, take time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.

  • Get your medical checkup done to ensure fitness before you go on a trek.

  • People with heart, respiratory and blood pressure problems should not go trekking without a doctor’s advice. The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies.

  • Pay attention to your trek instructor to enjoy a safe and sound trek.

  • Do not waste water as it is precious in the hills.

  • Carry some light snacks such as dry fruits to keep you energized. Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill them.

  • Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for trekking.

  • Carry a medical kit which may come in handy for sprains, cuts etc.

  • Be careful as you walk. Do not get distracted while walking, which might result in losing your foothold and spraining your legs.

  • Do not litter local sites or campsites.

  • Hotels and camps are basic in nature and do not provide luxury.

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What is Kinner Kailash famous for?

    Kinner Kailash is famous for being the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and is situated at a height of 6500 meters above sea level. It is considered to be sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists and visitors go for a holy parikrama starting and ending in Shimla. The lofty mountains are also well known for their scenic view of mountain peaks, gushing streams, captivating valleys, quaint villages and more.

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