The Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Your discovery of the lesser-known Himalayas can begin at the Banjara Camp in the Sangla Valley. At a height of 2,700 mts the Banjara Camp is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and is set on the banks of the Baspa river that surges through the valley.
Reaching Sangla Camp from Shimla :
You would have to take the road route from Shimla to reach Sangla. From Shimla, Sangla is an 8 hr drive (for first time drivers this time may be around 10 hrs).
From Chail/Shimla to Karcham (the turnoff point on NH 22) is 221/209 kms. Please take a right turn at Karcham. And at around 18 kms down the road, you will hit Sangla. 6 kms ahead of Sangla you would spot the "Banjara Camp" sign on the right. Take a right turn from here to reach the Banjara Camp parking lot at the base of the hill.
17 fully furnished tents with attached bath. 24 hrs running water.Long walks to discover the amazing fauna and flora of the velly, treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks, angling for trout, experiencing some of the local culture and traditions, rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing are only some of the delights that are on offer.
The Camp is an ideal setting for total relaxation with cosy Swiss-style tents that have attached bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and evening bonfires that keep the chill away. There is no experience more calmer and relaxing than sitting around the bonfire, beside the gurgling Baspa river, feeding the senses with the sweet sounds of the fresh mountain air while also feeding the stomach from a scrumptious barbeque
Best time to visit
The Sangla Valley Camp stays open from April to October. However, temperatures vary with the seasons. May to September have pleasant days (light woolens) and cold nights while April & October have pleasant days. The night temperature may dip to 5 degrees.
Places to visit around the Retreat :
Last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route.
Full day walk to the green pastures.
Beautiful 4 hr walk along the Baspa river to Rakcham village.
This river flowing along the valley is great for trout fishing.
Just across the camp, this village is an excellent example of the great hill architecture. The local devta temple here is a must see.