Himachal Pradesh has some jaw-dropping locations where landscapes come alive and believe me Chitkul is amongst those places. Rest of the places we’ll discover in other posts.
Chitkul in April can be like daunting on one hand & excitement of witnessing the white Winterland on the other. Daunting in the terms of weather because the road to Chitkul usually opens in March & April. Honestly saying it depends upon the weather too.
It’s not just only the big cities that had been hit by the COVID pandemic but the far apart places like Chitkul too, where tourism doesn’t remain at its peak throughout the year.
Let me take you a little back – I had visited Chitkul in April & was traveling on the bus. Upon reaching Chitkul, I was accompanied by 3-4 people and we all end up staying in the same hostel. The roads had been opened just a few days back, the hostel surroundings are fully covered with the snow almost till half a foot – one foot till the entrance. The water is frozen, we were shivering at night with heaters on & there were around 5-6 people in the whole hostel of 30-40 occupancy of beds.
I hope that you understand what I am trying to convey – “The vibes during that weather period“, spot-on right.
From the heated weather of Delhi to Chitkul where the three layers are also sometimes not enough.
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Road to Chitkul in April
The road conditions will not hamper your journey. Obviously, you will be going to be very tired if you are reaching Chitkul after a long journey all the way from Delhi.
It is advisable to stay at Reckong Peo for a night before heading towards Chitkul. You will not be facing any problems while finding Reckong Peo to Chitkul bus.
Upon reaching Sangla, you will find yourself getting surrounded by the snow till Chitkul. The quantity of snow will increase with every foot forward & upon your arrival on Chitkul, you will find yourself landing on the snow land. The road trip to Chitkul will bring the excitement of exploring the far apart place & will also test your patience because you must have researched over 100 times on Chitkul. The mind will crave for the destination to arrive sooner.
You can bring your own car, bike but to travel in an HRTC will completely be a different experience.
Weather in Chitkul in April
The weather will be going to play a major role especially at the places where you’re dependant upon the weather to proceed. In fact, the people residing in Chitkul re-locate themselves because of hard weather conditions & snow covers their door restricting them to stay inside.
The people of Kalpa in Kinnaur call Chitkul Switzerland because of nature & the environment that inspires the majority of the tourists to visit here.
The weather during April month & especially towards the evening will be going to become quite harsh. After all, the Chitkul is located at a distance of approx. 11000 ft and a sudden change in the weather conditions will be natural. There’s a full possibility that you’ll end up asking for heaters from the staff where you will be staying.
The chances are very low that can you visit Chitkul in peak winters (Dec-Mar) because the roads will be completely blocked from the snow.
Things to pack
Since, if you are planning somewhere around that April window the chances are that you’ll be facing cold weather conditions if not in the morning, then definitely by evening.
You can look at how beautiful the shot from the morning blue hour before the dawn looks, nature at it’s best.
At night the temperature would slip around -1 degree.
1. You must pack at least 3 layers of clothing
The layers of clothing will safeguard you from intense cold conditions throughout the day.
2. Strong grip boots
You must wear a pair of strong grip boots because the snow might be slippery & the chances of falling over it will be high. In some parts, the snow will be fresh and your foot can go beneath it. i.e. precaution right before stepping out in the field is required.
While going near the Baspa river I had to pass a sheet of snow that snow appears to be fresh because the foot is going beneath on stepping. Suppose if I would have been wearing casual shoes then in that rugged condition my shoes would have been torn.
Mountains and boots with strong grips are directly related to each other.
You can get an idea from the image below that rugged mountains terrains & strong grip shoes are utmost necessary.
3. Pack 2-3 pairs of socks
In continuation of the last point, suppose your foot has fallen into the snow & went beneath it. If you are carrying a pair of socks that will save you from not wearing the same wet socks again and again.
The same thing goes with the cloth too because you don’t want to spoil your trip by falling ill and not enjoying the conditions out there.
4. Safety from Winter Sunlight
There will a relief of stay when the sun comes out but Safety from Direct sunlight especially in high altitudes is as necessary as staying hydrated. You can consult your doctor for necessary face creams & precautions from the winter sun.
Chitkul is amongst those places which recall how beautiful nature could turn if we try to protect it. Destroying nature will eventually lead to a conclusion that directly affects the life of the locals and the people who were visiting. It will create a bad impact, suppose what will happen if people didn’t welcome you in Chitkul rather tell you to leave their land.
The excitement, enthusiasm, energy is on one hand of visiting a place & keeping nature clean should be on the other.
I hope that this Chitkul in April guide will help you to plan accordingly.
Until then, see you on the roads.
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