Kalpa is often a gateway town for those heading to Spiti, but it’s worth staying a few days to feast on the world class mountain views and breathe in the relaxed vibe of this historic Himalayan village.
The older houses and temples are found in lower Kalpa while most of the hotels sit on the hill above. The views are amazing from anywhere. Locals shuffle around the stone streets and lanes and it’s nice to sit a while on the seats in the centre of town and watch everyday life unfold. You’ll often be joined by locals who wear traditional green and beige caps.
The views of the Kinnaur Kailash Range along the way are incredible and the drop-offs from the road are much more relaxing to walk along than drive by. After passing by apple orchards and pine forests I reached suicide point, which is basically just a graffiti inscribed rock above a massive drop-off to the valley below. There is also a longer day hike up the hill from Kalpa but the haze stopped me venturing up there.
Visit To Kalpa