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Introducing Kalpa

Reached by a winding road 7km above Rekong Peo, Kalpa is a little gem of a village. Majestic views of the Kinner Kailash massif grab your eyeballs and don’t let go. There are several simple guesthouses in the village, plus a growing number of modern hotels on the ridge a 10-minute walk above town. For an ambitious day hike ask locals about the four-hour trail to the meadows of Chakkha Khanda.

According to legend, Kalpa was the winter home of Shiva, and there are some impressive Kinnauri-style temples in the ornately carved Narayan-Nagini temple complex, just below the colourful Samdrup Choeling Gompa. In September/October, villagers pile wildflowers in the centre of the village as part of the annual Phulech Festival.