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.
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.
There is no deluxe hotels and resorts at Nako, homestay is only and best accommodation in Nako village.
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.