One of the most fascinating regions of the Indian Himalayan Range, Kinner is the home of some of India’s oldest traditions. The Kinners actually signify the land of fairy tales. So the Kinner Kailash Parikrama Trek, Shimla seemed to be an interesting prospect and it would have been only foolish to go that far and not visit that much talked about Trek. The entry in the Kinner Valley was, till 1993, restricted even to Indian Nationals and foreigners still have to register their names to the Inner Line Permit. That was arguably the only area in the Himalayan Ranges that has not interrupted with foreign invasions.
The actual trek started from Thangi to Lambhapur, where we had to camp after having walked for 5 hours. Then the next day we trekked to Shurting for 6 hours and again laid camp. A day trip to Charang followed for 5 hours the next day and after that, we took a small risk and managed to Trek to Lalanti. By that time everyone, including me, was getting accustomed to the changing altitudes and were being able to move with more stamina. So we struggled a bit but managed to reach there and camped. After that we were to return to our base camp, which was easily covered by us in 5 hours as it was downhill and the group was young. On the following day we trekked to Charang la- Chitkul, which took us about 8 hours and proved to be the longest journey of the trek till then.
The trek was one of the best things that I’d done in my life. It was a journey of emotions, travelling through realizations and feelings deep rooted. It was a walk through memory lane and inflicting pains and happiness. When the clouds of pain like the clouds of Shimla loomed in the sky, when a notorious shadow of sadness flickered by in life like the shadows of those mountains, when a tear found its way to the eye like the Sutlej River, I should have been there to heal. I’d ask the mountains that why does my heart cry before its might. Those deep silences that I felt during my visit to the Kinner Kailash Parikrama Trek, Shimla would serve as valuable teachings throughout my life.