Ropeway ride across Parilungbo Canyon – Chicham – Spiti Valley

canyon kibber chicham

Spiti Valley, one of the world’s most beautiful places on planet earth and has some stunning landscapes, lakes, canyon, glaciers and snow cap mountains. As a result, adventure lovers flock around the Spiti valley from all over the world. In addition, you will find a lot of bikers exploring this place. There are these little know villages where a few families have lived for generations without any infrastructure or connectivity. However, the beauty of this place and the considerate nature of people makes this place an ideal getaway. One such village is ‘Chicham’.

Chicham – How did I come to know this place?
Chicham village
Chicham Village as seen from the trail to Kanamo Base Camp. Image Copyright: Ravindra Joisa

Exploring the Himalayas is something that I love. Visiting a place that is less crowded, peaceful and away from any kind of mobile connectivity is what I like. This time, the trek was not the usual trek. I usually go on a hike for a few days. But, this trek was a summit climb to Kanamo Peak which is at 19600 feet. The nearest town to Kanamo is Kaza and the best place to collect all the ration needed for the trek. There is road connectivity to the basecamp, Kibber which is another village similar to Chicham. We reached Kibber a day in advance to get acclimatized to 14000 feet. The only village around is Chicham which is more like a backyard to Kibber village.

Chicham ropeway and bridge
Chicham and Kibber - Parilungbo canyon, Spiti valley
Parilungbo canyon and Kanamo peak to the top right. Image Copyright: Ravindra Joisa

Chicham and Kibber had no connectivity before. Other than a round trip to Kaza, as there is Parilungbo canyon separating the two villages. So, the only way to reach Chicham was to hike down to the Spiti river tributary and climb up. And, that would take half a day. This route was being used by the locals to carry heavy goods. But, locals without luggage had an alternative to cross the canyon with a self-propelled ropeway. There is absolutely no safety, but locals risked their lives to cross the canyon. Recently, the government has built a bridge connecting the two villages. During my visit, the Chicham bridge was under construction and I doubt if the ropeway still exists.

The ropeway has no backup power, motor or any kind of safety and is completely manual. Luckily, in the video, you can see our trekking team pulling the rope. Also, the present-day Chicham bridge can be seen to the right in the video but was under construction at that time. So, if you have the guts needed to sit in that little cart and cross the canyon which is at a height of 150 meters, without any kind of safety gear then leave a comment.


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Crossing Parilungbo Canyon using a simple ropeway. Images and Video Copyright: Ravindra Joisa