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Best time to visit kalpa

Overview

Located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa is a remote village which is a part of the Sutlej river valley. Kalpa is located at an elevation of 9,700 feet and is approximately 250km away from Shimla. The Kalpa area enjoys a temperate climate, which means that summers here are shorter (June- September), while the winter season is longer (October-May). 

From witnessing the Kinnaur-Kailash range at an eye-level to planning a winter trek to Chakka, which is along the gurgling water channel, this place has a lot to offer.  

The Roghi village is a place which quite near to Kalpa, and if you wish to blend in the local culture and know them closely, you must visit this small yet colourful village to imbibe some knowledge about the local culture of Kalpa. 

For the history buffs, we have the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery, which is an extremely ancient monastery and was founded by Rinchensang-po (950-1055 AD). The place is hardly 2km away from the city centre, and you can easily reach there by foot. 

You can also pay a visit to the famous Chitkul village which is also known to be the Last village of India on Indo-Tibet Border. This small and picturesque hamlet is located around 60 Kms away from Kalpa and if you’re willing to add 2-3 more days in your current itinerary for Kalpa and cover Chitkul then probably this can be one of  the best trips of your life. Though before adding it into your Itinerary you must go through the list of things you should know before going to Chitkul village.

In this blog, we are going to provide you with in-depth details about what is the best time to visit Kalpa and how are the weather conditions there throughout the year. Keep reading to find out more!

Best time to visit Kalpa

Kalpa in Monsoon

The ideal time to visit Kalpa is during the summer season when the temperature in the plains goes as high as 48-degree celsius. In short anytime between the month of April and June can be considered to be the best time to visit Kalpa. The temperature during this period ranges between 8°C to 24°C, which is considered pleasant. During these months, you can witness a crystal clear sky, which allows you to have a clear and full view of the Kinner-Kailash range. In the winter season, the temperature can dip considerably, which is why the summer season is considered ideal for a visit.

Kalpa in winters

Kalpa in winters

The weather in Kalpa during the mid or peak winter season is harsh and extremely cold. October marks the beginning of the winter season and it lasts up to the end of March- mid of April. The entire village is buried in snow during this time and the locals move to lower hills. Hotels and guesthouses are mostly shut down and do not entertain tourists during this time.

Kalpa in November

You’ll get to see the first glimpse of winters in the month of november. Infact, there have been years where kalpa has seen heavy snowfall during the last week of this month and chances are that if you plan to go here in november, you might get stuck in the village for a long period of time. Also, during this time, the village turns into a Ghost town as many locals move to lower regions. The maximum temperature does not go beyond 3°C, while the minimum temperature goes as low as -15°C.

Kalpa in December

The month of December is even worse as the maximum temperature goes as high as -2°C, while the minimum temperature goes as low as -19°C. The village becomes inaccessible during this time and most of the routes are blocked and embedded in snow. 

Kalpa in January

In the month of January, Kalpa experiences harsh cold winds which come from the Greater Himalayan region. The temperature during night dips down to below 0°C. In case the weather conditions go bad, the possibility of heavy snowfall exists. It is highly advisable that you should not visit Kalpa during the winter season with light winter clothing. But if you 

Kalpa in February

Due to heavy snowfall, roads might remain blocked during this season and this can go on for days, which is why it is not advisable to visit Kalpa in the month of February, as you may remain stuck for a number of days. Many hotels do not take bookings for the month of Feb. Also, all the good routes get closed around this time of the year, mostly because they are all blocked by heavy snowfall.

Kalpa in March

Around the second week of March, the road to Kalpa opens. However, please keep in mind that between March-April, the snow melts and it can result in snowslides or landslides. Due to this, the roads might not be in the best condition. It is advisable to wait or contact the local hotels before paying a visit.

Kalpa in Summer

Kalpa in Summer

Summers are short and sweet at Kalpa. All routes, including treks and roads, are open during this time. This season is considered the peak of the tourist season and hotel business runs in full-swing around this time of the year. The weather is cold, yet not harsh. The air also has a pleasant touch to it.

Kalpa in April

As the snow melts, the flowers start blooming in the month of April. You can witness the natural beauty of Kalpa at its best during this time. This is also that time of the year when a lot of tourists visit this area, looking for exciting adventures and serene beauty. The weather during the month of April is so pleasant that you can always enjoy a shopping spree at Reckong Peo, which is also the headquarters of Kinnaur District that can cover all your shopping needs.

Kalpa in May

This is yet again a great time to visit Kalpa. The weather might be relatively warmer during the day time (12°C), however during nights, the temperature still goes as low as 0°C. The best part is that all the routes will be open and you won’t face any difficulty during the journey.

Kalpa in June

By the end of June, you can experience pre-monsoon showers in the Kalpa region. The monsoon season is not the best time to visit any region in Himachal, mostly due to risk of landslides and slippery roads. The first few weeks of June are considered much warmer and the temperature goes as high as 18°C.

Kalpa in Monsoon

Kalpa in Monsoon

The monsoon season is considered a bad time for visiting Kalpa or other locations in the Kinnaur region. The entire region experiences heavy rainfall from July- August. Also, roads might get blocked and there is always a chance of landslide. Another saddening part is that due to the heavy rainfall, you might not be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest, and have to stay indoors for most of the time. 

The only good part about visiting Kalpa during the monsoon season is that you will experience and closely see the flora and fauna of the area blooming fully. The hills are much greener and the rain washes away all the dust and dirt from the trees. 

Kalpa in July

As July marks the official beginning of the monsoon season, the temperature goes at a maximum of 20°C and may also go to 7°C, which is the minimum temperature during this month. You can still plan a trip at the beginning of July, as the intensity of monsoon is relatively lesser than the peak monsoon season.

Kalpa in August

The month of August is almost the same as July at Kalpa. The only significant difference which you can spot during this time is the amount of greenery. There are days when it rains non-stop. Also, the famous trek of Kinner Kailash which is known to be the abode of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati officially opens around the first week of August and closes around the end of the month.

Kalpa in September

The monsoon season almost retires during the month of September, leaving behind lush green forests and meadows which you can enjoy. The view is absolutely mesmerizing and the month of September is considered a good time to visit this place if you are fond of greenery. The maximum temperature goes up to 15°C, while the minimum temperature goes as low as 1°C.

Kalpa in October

October is the month which welcomes the arrival of the autumn season in the Kapla region, which is witnessed by an orange and yellowish shade of the leaves. The first 10 days of October are considered for planning a trip. However, beyond that, it is not a good idea as the snowfall season may start anytime soon, which would ultimately block the lower roads.

Best Season to visit Kalpa

The summer season is considered the best time to plan a trip to Kalpa, and the monsoon season should be avoided due to risky routes and slippery roads.
The winter season should be avoided as the village is almost inaccessible, and the routes might get blocked at any time. 

Conclusion

We hope that this blog provided you with all the valuable information which is required before planning a trip to Kalpa. The place is famous for its scenic beauty and rich lush greenery. Also, if you wish to know more about the local craftsmanship of Kalpa, you must visit the Narayan-Nagin temple, which is hardly 1km away from the city centre. Lastly, the Kinnauri apples are famous for their juicy taste and flavour across the world and we suggest you definitely have some from the beautiful orchards at Kalpa. You can even buy some while heading back. 

Now that you have all the relevant information about Kalpa, we hope you have a great and safe travelling experience on your journey to this wonderful village.