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Review of Kinner Camp Sangla

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Kinner Camp Sangla
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Mumbai
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Holiday well spent”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Comfortable tents, hospitable staff, decent food, clean surroundings - all this is there, but outside of this, there is crystal clear air to breath, lovely snow capped mountains to view and the excitement of snow in Summer. Once you are at sangla, you are in a different world. And this experience is made even memorable by Dilip Negi and his well trained staff who make sure that you enjoy this wonderful world for the time that you are there. It is a camp, so dont expect five star luxuries, but all that you need is there, including a hot cuppa at 7 in the morning and hot water at 11 at night. Enjoy the surroundings, go on treks, take in the fresh air and drink the spring water, enjoy a life that is impossible to lead in the city. Carry enough warm clothing as it is cold there in the evenings and nights.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We(4 adults and 3 kids aged between 3-5 years) stayed here for 4 nights last week. The overall experience was unforgettable.

Notes re the place -
1. Kinner camps are quite a homey place with the owners(Negis) at your service all the time. There are a couple of friendly dogs on the campus.
2. The camps are not very sophisticated but quite livable. They give you the rusty feeling.
3. The hot water bags in the night are your best friends to fight the biting cold. Our kids enjoyed them quite a bit too.
4. We did the following things around the camp - short trek to the river, climb up to the snow stretch in raksham vilage, walk in the batseri village and chitkul visit.
5. The restaurants in chitkul village are full during peak hours/season. So make sure you plan for it adequately esp if you are taking kids along like we did.
6. The currys made from local potatoes are amazing.

Tips re reaching the place -
1. It took us 10+ hours both ways from/to Shimla. We had hired an Innova.
2. If you are starting from Delhi, it makes sense to to halt after Shimla(somewhere between Shimla and Narkanda) and on the way back closer to Chandigarh.
3. The road till Rampur is great but starts getting tricky(one lane in many stretches) after that. After Wangtu, the road is a winding mud road.
4. After Wangtu, there is a couple of slots with recurring landslides and you may be asked to take the detour via Urni. This detour of about 15-20 km is super challenging.
5. We had hired a Innova with a driver from Delhi(who was quite good). But this road, esp after Rampur, is meant for the 4x4 Boleros.
6. There aren't too many restaurants after the Rampur stretch. So you should plan accordingly.
7. The ghats/turns are quite extreme. So if you are susceptible to motion sickness, do carry Avonimes/medicines.
8. It is advisable to avoid the Rampur-Kinner Camp stretch after 6 pm.
9. The drive till Kufri is quite crowded but then it starts thinning out. Make sure that you factor in atleast 30 min(and at most 1.5 hours) to cross Shimla.
10. The general thumbrule for driving through the hills should be 20-30 kmph.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Had an overall great experience recently. Sangla is beautiful n the hospitality of this campsite makes it perfect to spend precious time with family.
The location is great... with snow capped mountains right in front across the river. One has to go slightly down to be at the riverside. Had there been a direct view of the river from the tents it would be a feather in their cap.
The road to approach the camp has a very sharp descent and is kachcha so it may be a challenge for some drivers especially if its raining.
Tents are basic with clean beds n bathroom. Hot water is provided by buckets.
Food is good.
Tulsi is a great server, always smiling and ever present. We asked for packed breakfast at 6.00 in the morning and there it was - with tea n hotwater to freshen up. Great job!
Have only one suggestion - the beds should have a headboard, in its absence head feels cold on a chilly night n the pillow keeps falling off.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We were at Kinner camps on 17th April. Mr. Dilip was kind enough to get his car and get us down to the camp area which would have been difficult with a bigger car. Camp is located at a very quiet and peaceful place down in the Valley. We were really surprised by the cleanliness inside the tents. Staff were very helpful and they made us stay comfortable with their excellent service. We went trekking to Batseri village by crossing the Baspa river outside the camp. Was an excellent experience for us. They had arranged for an bonfire for us in the evening as it was really cold. Next day they got us hot water in buckets since the pipes do not carry hot water. Staff took care of all our basic needs so that we were not put into any trouble. Our son enjoyed staying in the tent which was a new experience for all of us. Surprising that even with the extreme cold outside, it was really warm inside. Overall it is a good place to stay for a couple of days and chill out amidst peaceful surroundings.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We visited Kinner at April End and it was snowing when we reached. The staff made sure that we were comfortable in that weather.
From the camp you can go for a small trek to the glacier point. They will arrange a guide for you.
Chitkul is a one hour drive from there.
Pros:
- Good food.
- Nice location.
- Excellent staff. Its easy to find a reason to complain at such a location but the staff will try their best to satisfy your needs.

Cons:
- No good heating solution in rooms.
- The road connecting the main road and the camp is in a really bad shape. The turns are so sharp that you cannot do in one go. You have to reverse your car once and add to that mud/slush. Going down might be easy, but coming up may be challenging if its wet.
- Try to avoid Sangla if its going to rain/snow. The route from Karcham to Sangla is a landslide prone area, and its a nightmare if you're driving your own car.

Room Tip: Any tent is fine. They are all same.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

It was a memorable stay for me, as I was staying in tent for the first time. Tents were neat and clean. It was very cold as we visited in month of April, there were enough quilts to beat the cold.
View was breathtaking from the tents.
We can go for a walk to Baspa river which is just 200 meters away from the tents.
Chitkul is also at 1 hour distance from Sangla, which is beautiful.
Food served is good, considering stay in tents.
Mr Dilipji is very friendly, and all the staff will fulfill your needs. They also setup bonfire.
Overall, did not find anything negative.

Room Tip: You can book any tent, no tip as such.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We visited Kinner Camp at the start of April and it was just a begining of the season.
Road to camp was damaged but Mr Dilip Negi and his men brought up the same in just 2 days

Tents were neat and clean.
Food quality is good with variation in buffet system each day.

Being end of snow season, view of mountains from camp was awesome.
Mr. Negi arranged guide for walkable trek to glaciors.

They provide you with enough quilts to beat cold.

Only cons I found is lack of heater in the tents and for room service you have to call person all the way to restaurant.(But it is understood that being a tent it is not possible to put heater and intercom).

I liked the idea of providing packed lunch for trek.
All in all, good 5 star experience of stay close to nature.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Kinner Camp Sangla
Address: P.O. Batseri, Sangla 172106, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kinnaur District > Sangla
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Sangla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Sangla Valley of the Kinnaur Himalayas, Kinner Camps is a dream destination to visit. We, at Kinner Camps, are committed to spread the joy in experiencing this untouched beauty - to refresh and rejuvenate you. Efficiently managed by local professionals, Kinner Camps Sangla, has the magnificent Kinner Kailash peak towering over it, and is an ideal setting for enjoying nature to its fullest. Our Camp has been in existence since 2001, and has played a major part in boosting eco-tourism in the valley. For your comfortable and unforgettable stay, we have the provision of 23 well-furnished Swiss style luxury tents with attached bath and all amenities. A multi-cuisine restaurant serves you Indian, Chinese and Continental food, to satiate your ever-growing hunger pangs. ... more   less 
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