Sissu beautiful small town in the Lahaul Valley.

Sissu Himachal

If you are planning a vacation to the small Indian village of Sissu in Himachal then this blog is for you. Keep reading to find out more.

#Sissu #Himachal #keylong with all these hashtags I saw pictures of beautiful yellow autumn trees on Instagram. It was the 1st time I discovered this place called Sissu. My Instant thought was to drive to this place, I don’t know when and how but I was sure I would plan my next trip here. 

Sissu is a beautiful picturesque small place on the banks of Chandra River in Lahaul Valley It is approximately 6 km away from the globally known Atal Tunnel and around 40km from Manali. Sissu is well known for its Autumn season trees and also for its stunning mountain valley. It’s within the Lahaul and Spiti districts.

All pictures posted in this blog are from the Autumn season as I traveled in October.

Best time to visit

Many tourists are visiting Sissu all around the year. Each season has something different to offer and the beauty of the place is incomparable. Now this part depends on multiple factors, there are four seasons in India, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. If you are a winter-loving person you can plan a visit during the winter months November to February and if you are a summer person plan between March to June. 


November to February 

Winters are super cold, so be ready with your warmest clothes. When winter descends upon Sissu, it adorns itself with a pristine, snow-covered cloak. The surrounding mountains and landscapes transform into a dreamy white wonderland. The tranquility of the winter season provides an unparalleled escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing you to embrace nature’s serenity. Walk through snow-laden trails, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and let the tranquility of Sissu rejuvenate your soul.


April to June

Summer in Sissu brings relief from the harsh winter cold, and the village basks in a pleasant and mild climate. With temperatures ranging from comfortably cool to pleasantly warm, you can explore the outdoors without the chill hindering your adventures. The clear skies and gentle breeze create the perfect ambiance for leisurely walks and exploring the beauty of the surrounding nature. I think it’s the perfect season when Sissu’s landscapes bloom to their fullest during the summer months.


September to November

As the seasons transition, the quaint village of Sissu undergoes a breathtaking transformation that lures travelers with its unparalleled beauty. Located amidst the majestic Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India, Sissu reveals its true splendor during the enchanting season of autumn. If you are seeking a destination that captivates your senses with a symphony of colors, Sissu in autumn is an experience like no other. As autumn paints the landscapes in warm and rich hues, Sissu’s surroundings burst into a riot of colors. The trees shed their leaves, creating a canvas of gold, amber, and crimson.  Sissu in autumn is a visual and sensory delight that beckons travelers to explore its breathtaking landscapes and immerse themselves in the magic of the season.


February to March

The pristine village of Sissu comes alive with the wonders of spring. Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India, Sissu beckons travelers to witness nature’s glorious rebirth during this enchanting season. Spring casts its magical spell on Sissu, transforming the landscape into a kaleidoscope of blooming flowers.

Spring brings pleasant temperatures and mild weather to Sissu, creating the perfect ambiance for exploration and outdoor activities. The days are comfortably warm, making it an ideal time for trekking, nature walks, and other adventures amidst the picturesque surroundings. Embrace the gentle breeze and bask in the delightful weather that makes your stay in Sissu even more enjoyable.

*July and August are rainy seasons recommended to avoid traveling in these months.

Top List of Things to Do in Sissu

1. Sissu Lake

The Sissu Manmade Lake stands as an enchanting testament to the harmonious interplay between human ingenuity and Nature’s bounty. This resplendent gem in the Himalayas not only captivates with its scenic beauty but also sustains and enriches the lives of those living in its vicinity. As you plan your next adventure, consider including a visit to the Sissu Manmade Lake on your itinerary. Embrace the serenity, marvel at the engineering marvel, and experience the enchantment of this hidden oasis amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

2. Atal Tunnel

Atal Tunnel, also known as the Rohtang Tunnel, Approximately 9.02 kilometers, it is the world’s longest tunnel at an altitude of 3,100 meters above sea level. The tunnel has reduced the distance between Manali and Keylong by approximately 46 kilometers, providing a more direct and efficient route for transportation. It’s an enchanting experience to travel via the Atal Tunnel. This engineering marvel stands as a testament to India’s prowess in infrastructure development and has become a symbol of connectivity, progress, and national pride.

3. Sissu Waterfall

Sissu has several stunning waterfalls that freeze over during winter, creating breathtaking ice formations. Jhakri Falls and Geyu Falls are captivating sights to behold at any time of year. The frozen cascades stand as icy monuments of nature’s artistry, making your winter visit even more rewarding. 

4. Camping/Hiking/Tracking

Camping amidst Nature’s Symphony:

Pitch your tents by the riverside and awaken to the soothing sound of the Chandra River, which flows gracefully through Sissu. Camping here allows you to indulge in stargazing and relax. Experience the magic of nights spent around a campfire, swapping stories with fellow travelers, and marveling at the constellations above.

As the sun rises, witness the golden rays painting the snow-capped peaks in ethereal hues. Camping in Sissu offers breathtaking views that change with the time of day, creating an ever-evolving landscape of wonder.

Sissu serves as a gateway to several enthralling trekking routes, each offering a unique

Embark on the Hamta Pass trek, a moderate-to-difficult trek that takes you through meadows, alpine forests, and glacial valleys. Reach the summit and be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.

For a challenging trek, consider the Baralacha La trek, where you can tread upon ancient trade routes connecting Lahaul, Spiti, Zanskar, and Ladakh. Traverse high mountain passes and immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the region.

The Chandratal Lake trek, though not starting directly from Sissu, can be accessed by a short drive. Trek to the mesmerizing Moon Lake, where the still waters reflect the pristine beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Places to stay near Sissu

There are multiple camping places near Sissu village but please check availability before you travel.

Despite varied weather conditions, the warmth of local hospitality in Sissu will make you feel right at home. The locals are known for their friendly demeanor and welcoming nature. So, pack your bags and immerse yourself in the magical charm of this Himalayan paradise!

I hope this blog was informative for you along with beautiful pictures of Sissu. Please make sure to post your comments and travel experience would love to read each one of them. 

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