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Kinnaur Valley Weather And Best Time To Visit Kinnaur Valley
Located in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh is the beautiful district of Kinnaur. It is surrounded by three major mountain ranges, Greater Himalayas, Dhauladhar and Zanskar. These ranges collectively enclose the valleys of Spiti, Sutley, Baspa and the tributaries. Owing to its location and high altitude, winter weather in Kinnaur is very harsh. However, post the end of winter, things are better. Visit if you can withstand extreme weather in winter, otherwise summer is the most suitable time to visit and explore the valley of Kinnaur.
Summer (April to June)
With temperatures ranging between 8°C and 30°C, summers are considered the ideal time to visit Kinnaur Valley. The places which close down during winter remain open during these months. Tourists can enjoy the pleasant climate and explore the valley and its beauty. This is the peak tourist season and hence experiences heavy footfall. Plan a trip in advance to avoid disappointments due to lack of accommodation or travel options. One thing to check out for is the pre-monsoon rains in June that have caused flash floods in the past with tragic consequences.
Monsoon (July to September)
Kinnaur receives considerable rainfall during monsoon and it is advisable not to plan any trips during these months. Landslides and cloudbursts are common, which creates mayhem in the region. The roads too are in poor condition which impedes travelling. The apple season also begins in the month of August, which causes massive traffic jam. Apples get loaded on to trucks for transportation and this makes the roads quite chaotic. Monsoon is not recommended at all, unless you are happy to sit in your hotels and enjoy the drizzle.
Winter (October to March)
Winter in Kinnaur is very harsh. Temperatures dip below 0°C, which impedes normal life. There is heavy snowfall, water supply in hotels gets affected as water freezes, moving around and sightseeing is difficult and most places become inaccessible and remain closed. Tourists cannot enjoy the real beauty of Kinnaur Valley. And even if you wish to enjoy the snow, you are mostly forced to remain indoors most of the time.