Nako is a small village
and famous adventure travel destination around Nako Lake, surrounded by willow
and poplar tree in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on Indo-Tibetan border. Nako
village situated on 9,500 ft. above sea level at the end of Kinnaur and
distance from Kalpa is 110 K.M and 115 K.M from Sangla. Natural beauty of Nako
is fabulous. Nako with Lahul and Spiti can be visited after Kinnaur tour from
Shimla. Water shadow of snowcapped peaks in Nako Lake is a magical and
memorizing scene for your lifetime. Nako is last point of Kinnaur and gateway
to Lahul and Spiti region. Nako is a restricted destination and an inner-line
permit needed for foreign travellers. Eucalyptus trees are used to build roof
of mud made houses, an unique experice to see this roof.
Accommodation in Nako
Himalaya in Kinnaur region is green wrapped and you can
find rough nature as you go to Spiti and Lahul valley. The nature is rough but
the destination of unmixed beauty. You can visit Nako monastery in a day trip, stucco
statue or idol of guru Padmasambhava and mural paintings are remarkable.
Footprint of Guru (Saint) Padmasambhava in Nako monastery is very holy and
point of attraction. The Nako Lake is another attraction of this village, this
is an oval shaped lake and surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
Nako is biggest village of Kinnaur district, for your
information: there is no urbanization in this district. Eco-Tourism is the only
source of income for locals, summer season (Jun – Sept) is used to cultivation.
The Nako is one the picturesque village of Kinnaur region, also declared as
heritage village. Two major trekking route starts from this village one is ‘Reo
Purguil peak’ trek and Tashigang trek.
Way to Monastery
Nako Lake around village
There is no deluxe
hotels and resorts at Nako, homestay is only and best accommodation in Nako
Lake View HomeStay: This homestay situated on Kalpa-Kaza highway
and distance from Pooh is only 30 K.M. They have nice and clean three rooms
with all basic needs and tariff starts Rs.1000/ onwards.
Amar HomeStay: Mr. Sunder Singh has setup a nice homestay
on Kalpa-Kaza highway at Nako. Tariff starts with Rs.1000 to Rs.1, 200. Mr.
offers 3 nice and cozy rooms for travellers with basic facilities.
The Moon Lake HomeStay
also is a good accommodation option in Nako, owner Mr. Shanta Kumar a good
human being and guide.
Nearest airport is
Shimla and nearest railway station is Derhadun. Nako can be reached from Shimla
via Rampur, Sarahan and Sangla. Also you can take HRTC buses from Delhi
(Khasmiri gate) to Narkanda and distance would be around 417 K.M. then Narkanda
to Chitkul and Nako will be on the route.
Best season to visit
Nako is summer, from month of June to September. Rest of the year this place
covered with thick snow and became inaccessible from outside. Sumer is also
cultivating season for locals.