[metaslider id=2254]Rakcham is a little piece of heaven on earth, situated on the banks of the Baspa River. At an elevation of 3115 m asl, it provides a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges and Birch and Pine forests around. Rakcham is said to have derived its name from a natural stone bridge existing over the Baspa River. The village is situated amidst a beautiful glade surrounded by huge bare mountains. Trout fishing is a popular activity in the Baspa River.
You can spend the day walking down the rolling green meadows along the Baspa river right upto the glaciers. The villagers are an extremely friendly ever smiling lot always ready to give you directions or pose for a picture. Rakcham is the perfect base to explore the enchanting Baspa valley from Sangla to Chitkul; the last village on the Indo-Tibetan border this side.
Places To Visit
Rakcham – Sangla Trek: A lovely easy level trek along the Baspa River to the village of Rakcham. The trek takes 4 hours to complete.
Kamru Fort: This famous fort is at an altitude of 2600 m and located 2 kms from Sangla. It is famous for its 5 storied unique stone and wood architecture. During the rule of the Bushahar dynasty, Kamru was the capital but was later shifted to Sarahan.
Glacier Trek: Enjoy a easy trek through the scenic rolling meadows, velvety moors and a pine forest to the snow filled glacier visible from the Rakcham bridge and village. Specially enjoyable for Kids who have a great time playing in the snow. Take a guide from the village since entry and exit points to the glacier could be confusing.
Day-trips around Rakcham:
Chitkul(3460m): This is the last village before the Indo-Tibetan border. Experience the magic of the fresh mountain air, sprawling meadows and spectacular snow clad mountains on an easy to moderate level trek to the last ITBP border checkpoint. Discover More.
Sangla(2680 m): Located at a distance of 49 kms from Kalpa, it takes 2 hours to reach. Based at an elevation of 8900 ft on the banks of the Baspa River, it is a breathtakingly beautiful valley. To explore the Sangla valley, a minimum 2 night stay in Sangla or Rakcham is recommended. Discover More.
Batseri village: This is a nice and delightful walk from Sangla. The village has a Zanghu Nagas Temple of the local deity. The colourful Kinnauri houses in the village are a treat to see.
Kalpa (2960m): Located at the base of the majestic Kinner Kailash range is famous for its apple orchards and pinenut (chilgoza) plantations.
Reckong Peo is the District Headquarters of Kinnaur. It is located 224 kms from Shimla at an altitude of 2290m above sea level. This scenic village in a comparatively unexplored part of Himachal offers stunning panoramic views of the snow clad Kinner Kailash range (6050m).
Rakcham – Chitkul: 9 kms, 25 mins.
Rakcham – Sangla: 13 kms, 45 mins.
Delhi-Rakcham (588 kms, 14 Hours): Delhi (NH1)- Ambala (209 kms, 4 hours) – Zirakhpur (40kms, 50 mins; turn right under the flyover) – Panchkula (9kms, 25 mins)- Parwanoo (23kms, 35 mins) – Kumarhatti (27kms, 50 mins)- Solan Bypass (15 kms,30 mins) – Kiarighat – Shimla (48kms, 2 hours) – Fagu (18 kms, 50 mins) – Theog (10 kms, 15 mins)– Narkanda (33kms, 1 hour) – Rampur (62kms, 1.5hours) – Jeori (23kms, 30 mins) – Karcham (55kms, 1 hour 20 mins) – Turn right at bifurcation – Sangla (19kms, 50 mins) – Rakcham ( 13kms, 30 mins).
Shimla-Rakcham (233 kms, 7 Hours): Shimla – Fagu (18 kms, 50 mins) – Theog (10 kms, 15 mins)– Narkanda (33kms, 1 hour) – Rampur (62kms, 1.5hours) – Jeori (23kms, 30 mins) – Karcham (55kms, 1 hour 20 mins) – Turn right at bifurcation – Sangla (19kms, 50 mins) – Rakcham ( 13kms, 30 mins).
- Route 1 (304 kms, 8 hours via Jalori Pass) – via Kullu Bypass(40kms, 1 hour) – Bhuntar (10kms, 20 minutes) – Aut (20kms, 40 mins) – Turn Left after tunnel, NH305 – Banjar (24kms, 45 mins) – Shoja (14kms, 30 mins)- Jalori Pass (5kms, 20 mins)- Rampur (84kms, 2 hours) – Jeori (23kms, 30 mins) – Karcham (55kms, 1 hour 20 mins) – Turn right at bifurcation – Sangla (19kms, 50 mins) – Rakcham ( 13kms, 30 mins).
- Route 2 (455 kms, 10 hrs via Spiti Valley)– via Rohtang Pass (52kms, 2 hours) – Gramphu (15kms, 50 mins) – Batal (49kms, 1.5 hours) – Kaza (88kms, 2.5 hours) – Nako (110kms, 3.5 hours) – Puh (39kms, 1.5 hours)- Moorang ( 44kms, 1.3 hours) – Karcham (46kms, 1.5 hours) – Turn right at bifurcation – Sangla (19kms, 50 mins) – Rakcham ( 13kms, 30 mins).
Nearest Airport & Railway Station: Shimla (233 kms, 7 hours drive)
Winter: -15°C to 9°C, December to March. Temperatures drop below freezing point. Heavy woolens required.
Summer: 5 °C to 30°C, April to July. Temperature remains moderate with warm mornings and colder evenings. Cottons and light woolen clothing is recommended.
Monsoon: July to September. Rainfall in this area during monsoons is quite unpredictable. Rain wear and umbrellas recommended. The valley gets a decent amount of rain from Feb-Apr as well.
Best Time to Visit: Summer months (April-July and October)
Accommodation at Rakcham
Rupin River View Resort: 2 storied resort built on the edge of a rock base right over the Baspa river. The room balconies as well as the restaurant offer absolutely breathtaking views of the river, valley and snow-capped mountains. The Baspa Bridge with the colourful Tibetan flags looms right in front.
PWD Rest House, Rakcham