Trek to Churdhar

  • Overview Map of the Walk


  • Trek to Churdhar

    Shimla’ – has lovely forested land around it. In this program we drive to Chaupal, to the north east of Shimla to enjoy the tranquility of the forest. A day’s hike to the highest peak of Southern part of Himachal Pradesh is a real introduction to flora & fauna of himachal Pradesh.

    Churdhar is the highest peak in southern Himachal. The peak is crowned by a temple of a local deity Shirgul. It remains covered with snow most of the time of the year but is an ideal hiking point for a day or tow days trek. Mostly the nature lovers access this peak from Nauradhar but we take you from the opposite side so that you get a chance to see the two beautiful temples also located at Saraheen.

    Trek to Churdhar.



    Trip Category

    Day Hike


    Number of Participants

    Minimum 2 and Maximum 06


    Trip Duration

    4 Days and 3 Nights



  • Trek to Churdhar

    DAY ONE

    Arrival Shimla

    Overnight Stay : Hotel / Home-stay

    Arrive Shimla by toy train at 0520 PM. On arrival met and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and over night stay.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast


    DAY TWO

    Shimla – Balson

    Overnight Stay : Jandev Castle.

    Morning after breakfast drive to Balson where we are going to stay with a descendent of the Royal family of old dynasty called Balson. The drive is through some of the most beautiful landscape of Himalayan foothills. Balson was a full state during Raj and the Guest House here was originally built to welcome the British Aristocrates. Recently it has been converted into a home stay and opened for the visitors.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY THREE

    Shimla – Hike to Churdhar

    Overnight Stay : Camp.

    Morning drive to Saraheen for 40 kilometers and visit to the temples. Saraeen is famous for its two structures, standing vertically parallel to each other and excellent examples of hill architecture. Then begin our hike to Churdhar peak. This is the highest peak of southern Himachal and remains covered with snow for nearly 6 months of the year. The peak is crowned by the temple of a locale deity, Shirgul, a disciple of Lord Shiva. Spend some time there and then descend to Rohandi Nullaha where we are going to camp for the night..

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FOUR

    Churdhar – Didag

    Overnight Stay : Departure.

    Today we trek downhill to the other side of the mountain and reach Nauradhar. We walk through some dense forests and meadows. From Nauradhar we drive for 12 kilometers to Didag, a tiny village in district Sirmaur, where our accommodation is all set for our overnight stay.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FIVE

    Didag – Kalka Departure

    Overnight Stay : Departure.

    Morning free to yourself. Afternoon drive to Kalka to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. Tour ends here and we thank you for being a part of Shaimla Walks.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast


  • This is a car package offered to the leisure travelers.


    Health

    1. Before you travel to India / Indian hills it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
    2. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
    3. Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
    4. You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long. Most of the drive are 30 minutes to 1 hr. No early morning get ups but everyday we shall have to leave the hotel by 9.30 am.

    Safety and Security

    1. If you are a foreigner, please check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
    2. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while traveling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
    3. Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while traveling.
    4. Keep your baggage under lock and key.

    Physical Rating

    1. The participant to this Walking Tour should have a certain level of fitness. You are expected to walk for 3-4 hours a day with your own back pack.
    2. We shall be walking on the trails through the green area. The trails at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to walk slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy this Walking Tour who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
    3. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on this Walk is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
    4. Since we remain under the tree line so the effects of altitude cannot be a problem, but sometimes if the gradient is steep for you then it is suggested to slow down and go gradually.

    Check List

    1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
    2. Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
    3. Your personal First-Aid kit including dehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
    4. Wide brim hat or umbrella
    5. Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
    6. Walking Boots – light weighted.
    7. Boot Protector.
    8. Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
    9. Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
    10. Heavier outer socks.
    11. Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
    12. T – Shirts. Take several.
    13. Light weighted.
    14. Walking pants.
    15. Rain Pants.
    16. Warm socks.
    17. Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
    18. Lightweight travel towel.
    19. Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
    20. Ear plugs can be useful if avoid someone snoring in the group.
    21. Your own sleeping bag.
    22. Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
    23. A wind proof jacket.
    24. A pair of gloves.
    25. A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
    26. Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
    27. Bras. For Women, a couple.
    28. Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
    29. Toilet Kit.
    30. Insect Repellent.
    31. Bug Powder.
    32. A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.

    Season for this trip

    1. We DO NOT HAVE any fix departure tours for this itinerary. The trip is run on requirement basis and you may also ask for a customized tour exclusively for yourself. In winter you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 4000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
    2. By the end of October onwards any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
    3. From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days.
    4. Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependent on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.

    Weather Conditions

    1. July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
    2. Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.

    Dressing

    1. It is very important that when you are traveling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
    2. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
    3. At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
    4. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
    5. Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

    Photography and Interaction with Local

    1. During our walks there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
    2. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
    3. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
    4. People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

    Cultural Shock

    • India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.

  • Your Guide

    • For all the car packages it is recommended to ask for a Guide while asking for the cost. All our guides are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
    • The Tour will begin from Shimla Railway Station where we pick you up and will end at Kalka Railway Station where we drop you.

    Travel Information

    • While asking for the cost you may also ask to drop you at Chandigarh railway station / airport in case you are going to take your train / flight from there.
    • In case you want us to buy your train ticket, then kindly infort us in advance as we have to purchase the train ticket from New Delhi to Chandigarh and Shimla to New Delhi, two months in advance.
    • All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the dickey. Ask your driver to help you.
    • All travel shall be by Toyota Innova Cars / Etios Cars, depending upon your requirement.

    Accommodation and Meals

    • For all the car packages the choices are many. We recommend only higher category hotels.
    • The recommended one are Shimla : Premium Hotels : Hotel Cecil, Hotel Radisson. Deluxe Hotels Hotel Landmark, Hotel Willow Bank, Heritage Hotels Hotel Chapslee, Hotel Woodville Palace






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