Chur Dhar Trek

The enchanting Churdhar mountain in Sirmaur (Shivalik ranges) is the highest peak in southern Himachal Pradesh. Churdhar is commonly known as Churichandni (Bangle of Snow), is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in this region. The view from the summit embraces a vast panorama of lowland tracts towards the south and snow-capped ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region, towards the north.


 It is believed that this is the very place where Hanuman discovered the life-restoring Sanjivini booti, which revived Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s younger brother. Ruins of an ancient town have been discovered at the nearby Dundi Devi. A wealth of herbs and beautiful alpine flora, covers these Himalayan slopes. Walking through the wildlife sanctuary, one can spot the spectacular monal, Himachal’s state bird, along with koklass and kaleej pheasants. The canine-toothed musk deer and the endangered Himalayan black bear inhabit the higher forests.


Below the summit is the door-roofed, single-Storeyed, square temple of Srigul with a lingam, dedicated to Shiva (Chooreshwar Mahadev). Pilgrims sing and dance at night during the Navratras fair in this ancient temple.Trekkers tread over small glaciers on their way to the windblown Churdhar summit, which has moderate to heavy snowfall (average of 33 feet snow). Often the Srigul temple gets buried under it.


On a clear sunny day, you can be rewarded with a view of the Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines, Gangetic plains, the Sutlej river and hills of Shimla and Chakrata. Atop the Churdhar summit lie the lingams of Shiva and Kali, where once goat and sheep were sacrificed. Devotees hoist flags and make offerings here.

Area:  Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh

Altitude:  3646.93 meters/ 11965 ft. 

Duration:  6 Days (Approximately)

Season:  Mid March to June & September - November 

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Itinerary
* Given Itinerary is tentative and can be customised as per the client request.

Day Zero - One: Delhi – Shimla – Dianli. Overnight bus from Delhi to Shimla and then by cab / bus to Nerwa from where our representative will meet you and arrange for your travel to the first base camp at Dianli.


Day Two: ‘Base camp to Cave camp’: After breakfast we drive to Dhaiya where we pay our respect to the local deity lankra Vir before beginning our trek. Walking through the forest we reach our first stop for the night, here we will be camping in a small cave. The trek-paths are surrounded by fir, pine and oak trees. At the foothills, you find pine trees. A little further up, you find oak trees, and as you make your way still further, the fiery rhododendrons with beautiful flowers, will greet you (March, April).  This flower is said to possess some medicinal value and is used for high blood pressure and heart diseases. At the foothills, the rhododendrons are reddish in color, at a greater height, their color becomes mauve.


Day Three: ‘Cave camp to Camp 2’: We have a steep climb, crossing small villages en route, the trek takes us uphill and downhill en route we meet the Gujjar tribe. Camp for the night.


Day Four: ‘Camp 2 to Camp 3’: Today we are climbing all the way to the peak. It’s a steep climb for 2 hours. As we reach near the top, the view just opens up. One can see the temple on the far horizon. On reaching the temple of Churdhar we pitch camp for the night nearby location. It is an amazing feature to see water at the temple in a 'Bawri', which has water all the year round.


Day Five: ‘Camp 3 to Sarain to Base Camp’: From the Temple we start walking through the forest area of Churdhar sanctuary which is also a botanical paradise. A steep downhill all the way for 9 km to reach the old village of Sarain en route we cross Gujjar Ka Dera and Halda Jubbar (pastures). At Sarain you have a beautifully carved wooden temple almost 700 years old. From here the cabs/bus will do a pick up and drive to Village Dianli. Stay overnight at Base Camp.


Day Six: After breakfast we log out of Shimla. On arrival we check into the hotel / home stay. The rest of the day is spent exploring the Mall. We take a night bus back to Delhi. End of the trip.

** Above Itinerary is subjected to change depending upon actual weather conditions.
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