Baspa Valley belongs to Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at Indo-Tibet Border. This valley is famous for Baspa River, Rani Kanda Meadows, Dumti Meadows, Karu Devta Temple at Dumti, ITBP Camps & Check-posts, Nagdum River, Mighty Baspa Glacier, Moraine Stretches, Snowfields & Snow-slopes of Upper Baspa Valley, Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks like Lamkhaga Pass, Borasu Pass & Many more…
Other Attractions of Baspa Valley: Pine-trees, Paddy fields around Chitkul, Bhojpatra Trees, Streams, Glaciers, Waterfalls, ITBP Men walking across Baspa Valley on Jeep trails, Eagles, Cows and Horses.
There are few treks passes through Baspa Valley - Lamkhaga Pass, Borasu Pass are few to name.
Note: There are many Unexplored & Off-beat passes goes through this valley since Kinnaur is surrounded by some beautiful villages like Rakcham, Batseri and Chitkul Villages. I have not concentrated on passes of Kinnaur in this article cos i believe it is better not to disclose passes of Kinnaur Valley since we did Lamkhaga Pass.
Altitude: Altitude of Baspa Valley, Himachal Pradesh ranges from 3000 Mtr to Above 5000 Mtr.
Best time to Visit: Mid May to September.
Baspa Valley can be divided into 2 Valleys. They are Upper & Lower Baspa Valley.
Baspa Valley – A Kinnauri Pride in the lap of Himalayas!
This article mainly concentrates on what we have seen in Baspa Valley of Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition in the month of May 2017. I have tried my best to document everything in this article:
A Scenic & Jaw-dropping view of Baspa River flowing across Lower Baspa Valley can be seen throughout Lamkhaga Pass journey. Baspa River originates from Baspa Glacier which can be seen post Gundar Camp-site.
Peaceful Rani Kanda Meadows
Rani Kanda Meadows belongs to Lower Baspa Valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by Classic Himalayan Mountains, Baspa River & ITBP Camp which makes this part of Baspa Valley as one of the peaceful places to relax in the lap of Himalayas.
Wide & Beautiful Dumti Meadows
Dumti Meadows belongs to Lower Baspa Valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. It is Wide & Beautiful meadow with views of Snow-caped Mountains, Baspa River, ITBP Camp, Karu Temple & Huge playground where one can spend time playing outdoor games like Cricket or Football in the lap of Himalayas.
Importance of Karu Devta Temple
As I heard from one of the team member of Raacho Trekkers Happy Negi ji – To have food at Dumti ITBP Camp, Halva Prasad should be offered to Karu Devta at Karu Temple. Even ITBP men also offer Halva Prasad everyday in the morning before having food.
Karu Temple is having small Shiv-ling inside. They call it Karu Devta. Local Kinnauri’s believe Karu Devta is Avatar of Lord Shiva.
Note: Information furnished above might be right or wrong. Whatever i heard from Happy ji, have updated in this post.
In Pic: Happy & Rajeev with Halva Prasad at Karu Temple!
ITBP Camps & Check-posts
There are many ITBP Camps & Check-posts can be seen during Lamkhaga Pass Journey from Chitkul to Gundar Camp-site of Baspa Valley, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. This valley is situated in Indo-Tibet border so ITBP Men walking around this stretch is common scene during the Treks.
Below are the ITBP Check-posts & Camps will be seen during Lamkhaga Pass Journey from Chitkul to Gundar Camp-site:
- ITBP Check-posts: Nagasti ITBP Check-post.
- ITBP Camps: Rani Kanda, Dumti & Nitthal Thach ITBP Camps.
Note: I will be not posting any photographs of ITBP Camps & Check-posts in my articles cos we have strict order from ITBP Men not to post Photographs.
Nagdum River is flowing around Yamrang La which is one of the Indo-Tibet Border Passes exist in this part of Himalayas. This river can be seen near Nitthal ITBP Camp which is last ITBP Camp on this stretch at Lower Baspa Valley.
Mighty Baspa Glacier
Mighty Baspa Glacier can be witnessed just after Gundar at Baspa Valley. Baspa River originates from this Baspa Glacier. View of Baspa Glacier is treat for eyes while passing through this part of Baspa Valley!
Walking on Moraines is one of the unique experiences during every Himalayan Trek. There are many moraine stretches one has to cross post Baspa River crossing at Baspa Valley. Some stretches have 70 degree steep scent. We experienced almost 70 degree steep ascent before reaching Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site at Upper Baspa Valley.
Snowfields & Snow-slopes of Upper Baspa Valley
Upper Baspa Valley is full of Huge Snowfields & Snow-slopes which goes till Lamkhaga Pass Advanced Camp-site (Lamkhaga Pass Base). Experiencing long steady walk on these Snowfields & Snow-slopes will be ones in a Lifetime experience for sure!!!
Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks
Baspa Valley is gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks like Lamkhaga Pass, Borasu Pass & Many more. Borasu Pass trails can be seen on right side of the Baspa River throughout the valley post Rani Kanda Camps-site.
Final words: This valley is Kinnauri Pride cos it has Beautiful Baspa River flowing across Baspa Valley with Snow-caped Mountains in the lap of Himalayas. I will rate Baspa Valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh 8 out 10. I missed Lakes & Greenery during our Journey may be we are trekking in the month of May that is the reason why i rated this valley 8. A valley which should be kept in to do bucket list of every adventure seekers. It’s worth visit and going to be Lifetime experience indeed!!!