A journey on the spiritual route, the Churdhar trek can be exciting and immersive at time. Immersive for the fact, that you will be lost in enjoying the natural beauty of this region of Northern India in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
If you intend to head on Churdhar trek from Chandigarh, the duration should ideally be 3-4 days. The first day could see you completing your journey from Chandigarh to Nauradhar in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
The Exciting Journey
Nauradhar lies at a distance of 45 Km from the town of Solan which is a major business hub on the Chandigarh- Shimla Highway. A detour from Solan will take you to town of Rajgarh which is known for its peach fruit. Infact, this region is known as “Peach Bowl of Asia”. The single lane road will take you further to Nauradhar which is a small town and the base for beginning of Churdhar Trek.
The Churdhar trek distance is around 14 Km from Nauradhar andyou need to climb to 11965 feet from roughly 7,000 feet at Nauradhar. Since most of the people come to Churdhar trek from Chandigarh and other plain areas of the country, it is important to acclimatize at Nauradhar. The small town has some good hotels which will offer you a comfortablestay.
The Churdhar Trek
Since the Churdhar trek distance is around 14 Km from Nauradhar, it is better to start early. The few Km in the beginning will take you through a dirt track with steep climb. Infact, you could even think that why did you decide to come on this trek!
However, as you begin to curse your luck, the scene changes for good. The Oak forest appears suddenly and so will your smile. As you move forward, the forest will get dense to the extent that you could lose your way, if you are new to the region. Do not trust online maps in this terrain or else you could be in deep trouble.
Follow the set path and soon you would be at Teesari which is a flat land with vast grasslands. On one edge, you will see Himalayan Range and the way to Churdhar Peak on the other.
The trek gets tough from here and soon you would be in rocky terrain devoid of any vegetation. Move slowly and admire the nature as you go ahead. The temple will soon appear embedded deep in the mountains.
Designed typically in hill architecture style, the Shiva temple is quite old. A saint stays at the shrine, even in winters, when the area has over 20-25 feet snow. Once you are at the temple, it is time to test your power and climb around 1000 feet above from between the rocks to the top of the Churdhar Peak.
A brief climb of 10-15 minutes will take you to the top of peak which is at 3647 meters or 11,965 feet. The idol of Lord Shiva or Chureshwar Mahadev sits significantly on the top and holds special significance for people of Shimla, Sirmaur and Solan districts of Himachal Pradesh.
On a sunny day, some of the Himalayan Peaks like Dhauladhar, Kaidarnath and Badrinath are clearly visible from the top.
Best Time to Visit
April to June and September to Early November
Where to Stay
Churdhar has some basic stay facilities (Dharamshala) and Dhaba (Local Eateries) which provide food. You can also carry your camping gear and camp outdoors, if you decide so.
The region is inaccessible during winters and even if you can manage, do not take the risk to plan the journey. During summer months too, carry some winter clothing, basic medicine kit and dry food material.
The trek to Churdhar could definitely be one of the best, you took in long time! Plan this exciting journey soon and share some lovely memories with us.