If you are looking for a paradise to escape from the stresses of everyday life, you have come to the right place. Sissu, also known as Khwaling, is a quiet fall land and winter otherworldly paradise on the Chandra River bank in Lahaul. 

The Sissu valley, located 9 km from the Atal tunnel, is near to the Rohtang pass and Keylong Himachal Pradesh, the most inhabited settlement in the Leh district. 

This blog will help you navigate, where is Sissu valley? and The top 4 amazing adventures to have before you die.

About Sissu

People find it hard to locate where Sissu valley is? so it here: Sissu Valley is an Otherworldly snow paradise situated 9 km away from Atal tunnel, Manali. Over half a decade tourists that visited Manali came to watch Sissu and Keylong valley.

Having attracted a massive tourist population for the last five years, Sissu has been a commercial hub as much as main Manali; accompanied by ecological balance that most tourist places lack. 

Highlights of the Sissu Valley:

  • Enjoy the natural beauty.  Sissu Valley is surrounded by amazing features to glance at.  There are icy, dazzling waterfalls that you should see. If you can bear the cold nights, you can see the moonbow. A culturally significant Lake Sissu valley Lake never freezes, even on the most freezing nights. Sissu Valley In the month of autumn, you enjoy the view of Autumn woods, the brown chinar leaves make you forget about everything around. 
  • Peace amidst winter hills:   The Sissu Lake is located close to monasteries, and together, the lake and the monasteries create an incredible, serene orchestra that can strike a chord of serenity in your heart.  Near Keylong and Lahaul stretch, you can have a fantastic experience of the stony plains of Ladakh. The stunning bare hills with naturally carved lines on the hills continue the stretch. 
  •  Local food binge:  On the way to Sissu valley, in Jispa and Keylong one can experience Tibetan food delight. The Tibetan tupkas are loved by the foodies around the world. 
  • Have an adventure sport; adventure sport in the hills consist of fun tire slides for family to snow scooting in the most stylish snow scooter. It covers a wide expanse of activities for every person for every age. 
  • Romantic tour:  Well people come here for a romantic weekend, but this place deserves a cozy romantic honeymoon for backpacker cum tourists, you can see beautiful night sky in the winters.

Some nostalgic coffee accompanied with the snowy period in Sissu creates a romantic atmosphere; additionally, hotels provide fascinating suites, announce packages, and take you on nearby romantic night excursions. 

Sissu Water Fall
Sissu Water Fall

Geography, Culture & its People

Geographically Sissu valley is a rocky valley that is surrounded by the green vegetation all throughout the valley and chinar trees that show up their autumn brown color during September mid-November end. 

In the winter, Sissu becomes an unexplored winter paradise, with heavy layers of snow, the cold-water streams, waterfalls arising from the mid of the valley and rocky snow surface that expand more towards the lake. 

The region near the lake is considered sacred to both Tibet inhabitants and Hindus inhabitants of the valley; both the inhabitants believe that Sissu lake is related to maa kali, and worship her in form Palama, which is also a matter of interest to cultural scientists around the world. 

Why should you visit Sissu? 

Sissu Valley is a versatile destination for a nearby visit; it attracts all types of visitors:  tourists, trekkers, adventure seekers and adventurous sport players.
Sissu is a destination that gets tourists almost throughout the year, in winter it is an otherworldly land and in summer it is a  heavenly garden to be looked at. 

The monasteries here are a part of the peaceful escape to worries of the world and temples are intense spiritual experiences. 

Things to do in Sissu and Lahaul

  • Visit Palden Lhamo Dhar: Visit Palden Lhamo Dhar waterfall near the Sissu valley, which is close to the Sissu helipad. They are cold sparkling waterfalls to be watched before you die. You can see moon bow if you can see 
  • Experience Peace: Sissu lake is a culturally significant lake that does not freeze even in the freezing climate.  The Sissu lake is situated near monasteries, these monasteries and lake make an amazing tranquil orchestra to ring the chord of peace in your heart. 
  • Rocky planes like Ladakh: You can have an amazing experience of the rocky planes of Ladakh, near keylong and Lahaul stretch. The stretch continues with the magnificent bald hills with naturally carved lines on the hills. 
  • Have an adventure sport; adventure sport in the hills consist of fun tire slides for family to snow scooting in the most stylish snow scooter. It covers a wide expanse of activities for every person for every age. 
  • Enjoy warm coffee in the chilling cold: The coffee is something of a nostalgia the baby boomer generation is acquainted with.  Real coffee made from Kerala coffee beans is served. The coffee is like the coffee house which served sensational restaurants of the 80s decade. 
  • Have a romantic weekend:  Well people come here for a romantic weekend, but this place deserves a cozy romantic honeymoon for backpacker cum tourists, you can see beautiful night sky in the winters.The snowfall time Sissu brings a romantic atmosphere; moreover, hotels bring up exciting suites to enjoy hot baths, a tour nearby at night time, giving you an ecstatic view that you will get nowhere.

The Adventure activity in Sissu and Lahaul 

  • Tire Sledging:  You can sledge all your way down to the from short slopes with your Lilliput by your side. 
  • Zip line: Zipline is all over Manali and Sissu is no expectation to it, like very adventure spot you will get sledging opportunity 
  • Snow scooting: Something you do not get everywhere is riding a snow scooter. Well, if you have a license, Sissu valley will become your favorite destination for snow scooting. you can drive a snow scooter in the vast ground and valley of Sissu village. 
  • Camping: You can camp in Jispa, Himachal Pradesh. The campsite is a go to location when it comes to camping amidst rocky terrains. 

Places to Stay in Sissu

  • Hotel Plm Dhara : A Hotel Plm Dhara with a wonderful terrace that offers an escape into nature’s lap. The hotel’s architecture blends nicely with the surrounding beautiful nature.
  • Hotel Lauhaulat: Hotel Lauhaulat caters to those looking for a genuine experience by combining traditional beauty and contemporary comfort. The hotel is known for its wonderful regional cuisine and traditional Himachali architecture. 
  • Padma lodge:  Padma lodge is a hostel lodge near the campsite Jispa. The hotel is near a water stream and has a delightful sunset view. The staff is hospitable and serves a delicious buffet. 

How do I reach Sissu?

Sissu is close to the atal tunnel near the Atal tunnel, Manali. So, anybody coming from Delhi must first reach. Sissu is just 9 km from Atal tunnel, just you must follow the first left diversion after exiting the Atal tunnel. 

To confirm you are on the right path just ask directions from locals, or just ask if you are in Burwa, Burwa is the first village on the left diversion from Atal tunnel. 

The Sissu valley is the second village inhabitation, in the Lahaul valley, and has a helipad to reach directly. 

Distance –

  •  Rohtang Pass to sissu :  52 km 
  •  Manali to sissu: About 82 km
  • Leh to sissu : 85 km 
  • Atal Tunnel to sissu: 83 km
  • Delhi to sissu : 530 km 
  • Kasol to sissu 90 km 
  • Solang to sissu:   95 km 
  • Shimla to sissu: Approximately 260 km 
  •  Chandigarh to sissu : Approximately 280 km
  •  Chandratal Lake to sissu :  140 km 
  •  Lahaul to sissu: 1 km 
  • Kaza to sissu: 130 km 
  • Keylong to sissu:   17 km  
  •  Baralacha to sissu: 75 km
  • Jibhi to sissu: : About 150 km 
  • Spiti to Sissu; 1 km 
Sissu Lake
Sissu Lake

Sissu Weather & Temperature

Sissu valley has a cold region with extreme winter climate and pleasing summer, accompanied by late Spring.

Best Places to Visit in Sissu Valley

  • Palden Lhamo Dhar: Palden Lhamo Dhar waterfall is near Sissu Valley helipad. They are cold sparkling waterfalls to be watched before you die. You can see the moonbow if you bear cold nights. 
  • Sissu Lake:  The Sissu Lake is located close to monasteries, and together, the lake and the monasteries create an incredible, serene orchestra that can strike a chord of serenity in your heart. 
  • Gemur Gompa: It is a Tibetan monastery in the Tod valley, Jispa. The monastery is famous for the two parallelly running rivers, Jispa and Bhaga. 

Sissu Weather throughout the year

  • January in Sissu valley : The Weather is a freezing cold month in Sissu valley and is the most freezing month here. The temperature is usually below -10 degree Celsius and even more on the colder nights. This time is the time of heavy snowfall and it is not romantic as in february. It is never visible to visit in January unless you are a survival expert. 
  • February in Sissu valley: One should always try February for better snow or snowfall excursions.   The temperature is below this month but the weather is fairly recovering from the temperature drop in Sissu valley although at a slower pace. The worst low temperature can hit 8 degrees Celsius or 18-degree Fahrenheit.  It is ideal for winter vacation and fun, but if you wait till the cold becomes more bearable.
  • March in Sissu valley :  The march like February is colder but the valley recovers from the winter chill, and temperature bounces back to -2 degree Celsius, due to which it receives a delayed spring. 
  • April in Sissu valley: The April period is pleasant though colder with delightful morning sunshine. The month of April is a spring month in Sissu valley, unlike keylong, Himachal Pradesh, which enjoys spring in late march. The temperature in Sissu valley currently is 8 degrees Celsius. The Sissu valley gets back its greenery in the month of April. 
  • May in Sissu valley : May is month of heat though less hot than surrounding states, is still hotter month for inhabitants in Sissu valley the temperature ranges between 12 -15 degree Celsius.
  • June in Sissu valley: Month of June is like the temperate atmosphere of Mumbai, you get a cooler and delightful climate but the always exciting Sissu before the last few days of June month is advisable though you can thrive on pleasant 12 degree Celsius, but wait no more as this month is a silence before storm.
  • July in Sissu valley: the rainy month of Himachal, the monsoon starts to show its colors. The 14-degree cooling atmosphere might seem good initially until it begins to rain hard, though it is nothing as compared to august when landslides are very common, but in the month of July, the beginning or initiation for the same. 
  • August in Sissu valley: August month need no introduction you would have seen ample of destruction this year and, it is because in month of august the monsoon is at its peak till November, and there is heavy rainy almost 24 x7, visiting in this month will be unfruitful as devastation is at its peak and no scope of going out.
  • September in Sissu valley:  Mid- september is usually a pleasant month and a month that fills the autumn flair in the Sissu valley, with temperature 12 degree Celsius but this you can experience more in October.
  • October in Sissu valley: October is a month that will often give you a delight of autumn and till Halloween, 31st of the month you can experience a beautiful long drive amidst the vast brown cladded chinar wood.
  • November in Sissu valley: It is a transition from the autumn to winter, one can see the landscape preparing for winters. The temperature falls to 4 degrees but still maintaining its traces of autumn nearby last week or second week of the November month.
  • December in Sissu valley =: From the 4-degree Celsius autumn temperature now it is time for Sissu valley to again clad itself in snow which it does completely till new year eve. The temperature is -2 to 1 degree Celsius.
Sissu Valley Manali
Sissu Valley In Summer

Helpful Travel Tips/ Things You Should Know Before Traveling Sissu

  • Make sure you do not travel from the last week of July to the mid-September, coarse showers can be dangerous. 
  • Avoid January to come here until you are trained to survive. 
  • Make sure you carry cash, because as soon as you enter Atal tunnel, you enter a remote location lacking modern facilities. 
  • Never travel without food, at least keep fruit, though the place is clear and there is no need to rescue from the wild. But the cold climate might numb you with the freezing breeze. 
  • Avoid videographic when you are inside a tunnel, serious action, you might have to face some dead-serious consequences. 

Network Connectivity

Jio and BSNL are the only two connections working in the region. 

Permits

You will need an Aadhar card and registration on the government website before entering Atal Tunnel.