CAMPING IN HIMACHAL
Camping is perhaps the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature given to Himachal and sharing the warmth of its people. You can carry your own gear along or opt for any one of the several organized camps such as the Bopara is Camping Site at Barog, that are pitched in various parts of the State. These camps offer accommodation, catering, and a variety of activities like hiking, fishing, nature tours, and rafting. Most of these offer quality facilities and services.
Himachal Tourism has camped at Sarchu in Lahaul besides built accommodation, and tents are available at Sangla and Kalpa in Kinnaur and Kaza in Spiti part of Lahaul & Spiti district.
The Youth Hostel Association of India runs camps at Dalhousie (Chamba) and at Kullu-Manali. Camps run by the private sector are at Barog in Solan district, Baspa (Sangla) Valley and Kalpa in Kinnaur, at Tabo in Spiti, at Al Hilal (Taragarh) and Dharamsala in Kangra, at Shoja near Kullu and Mashobra and Baldian near Shimla. Adventure camps are likely to be available soon in the Pabbar valley in the Jubbal – Hatkoti – Rohru area in Shimla district.
Traveling to Kinnaur, Lahaul, and Spiti?
Drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Petrol pumps on the route are at Shimla, Theog, Narkanda, Rampur, Powari, Recong Peo, Kaza, Keylong, Sarchu and Manali. If driving, essential spares, and extra fuel are recommended, a sturdy vehicle is suggested. Government hospitals are at Recong Peo, Kaza and Keylong. Dispensaries are available elsewhere. Prescription medicines and a sunscreen lotion should be carried along. If crossing the high passes, good health is essential. The best time to travel to these areas is between April and October. While planning your trip, it is suggested that you check on general road conditions and confirm if the high passes are open to traffic. Foreigners visiting the upper reaches of Kinnaur and Spiti require a permit. For details regarding this, please contact any office of Himachal Tourism.