Welcome to Sangla Valley
The Sangla Valley is a deeply carved cleft between burly mountain slopes, where evergreen forests rise to alpine meadows crowned by snowy summits. Village cores here feature temples built in traditional Kinnauri style of timber and stone with heavy slate roofs. The road up the valley leaves the NH5 at Karcham hydroelectric dam. Much of the first 15km to Kupa is cut hair-raisingly high into an almost vertical cliff face. Sangla, the only town, hides its fascinating old section completely out of view from the road. Thereafter, the valley has essentially just three villages: Batseri across the river has won prizes for cleanliness; Rakchham sits in an intriguing chaos of large boulders. After the Mastrang police checkpoint (show your passport), the already beautiful valley gets ever more spectacular with sharp-sculpted snow peaks towering ahead above Chitkul. All main settlements have temples worth perusing.