How is it Like to Travel to Chitkul in April by Vansh Tiwari
Chitkul,  My Experience

How is it like to Travel Chitkul in April

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Himachal Pradesh has some jaw-dropping locations where landscapes come alive, and believe me, Chitkul is amongst those places. The rest of the other gems we’ll discover in other posts.

Chitkul in April can be like daunting on one hand and excitement of witnessing the white Winterland on the other. Daunting 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. Tourism in Chitkul 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 half a foot – one foot till the entrance. The water is frozen, and 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 you had understood what I am trying to convey – “The vibes during that weather period” spot-on right, A trip from Delhi to Chitkul.

Chitkul in April full of snow & landscape beauty
Chitkul in April full of snow & landscape beauty

Road to Chitkul in April

The road conditions will not hamper your journey. You will be very tired if you are reaching Chitkul after a long drive 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. It 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.

Last sunlight before the dusk
Last sunlight before the dusk

You can bring your car, bike but to travel in an HRTC will be a different experience.

Weather in Chitkul in April

The weather will play a significant role, especially at the places where you’re dependant upon the weather, to proceed. The people residing in Chitkul re-locate themselves because of harsh 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.

Weather in mountains is unpredictable
Weather in mountains is unpredictable

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 possibility that you’ll end up asking for heaters from the staff where you will be staying.

The chances are low that you can visit Chitkul in peak winters (Dec-Mar) because the roads will be blocked from the snow.

Things to pack

If you are planning somewhere around that April. 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 its best.

Blue hour morning before the dawn
Blue hour morning before the dawn

At night the temperature would slip around -1 degrees.

1. Pack at least three layers

The layers of clothing will safeguard you from intense cold conditions throughout the day.

2. Strong grip boots

You must wear a pair of 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. Precaution right before stepping out in the field will be 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, the shoe would have been torn.

Mountains and boots with powerful grips are directly related to each other.

You can get an idea from the image below that rugged mountain terrains & strong grip shoes are of utmost necessity.

Strong Grip Boots in the Rugged Mountains Terrain are necessary
Strong Grip Boots in the Rugged Mountains Terrain are 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 be a relief of stay when the sun comes out. But Safety from Direct sunlight especially at high elevation. It is as necessary as staying hydrated. You can consult your doctor for face creams & precautions from the winter sun.

You can read, How to do a 5 day Kinnaur Valley road trip under 8K

Final Words

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 and the people who were visiting. It will create a negative impact. Suppose what will happen if people didn’t welcome you in Chitkul, in fact, 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.

Let me know your experience in Chitkul and the month in which you had visited.

Until then, see you on the roads.

Vansh Tiwari
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