are unbelievable wonders of nature. It’s a little known destination in Himachal. Trekking through refreshing forest paths, long walks through huge meadows, sight of humongous waterfall and experiencing lakes one after the other makes it a complete trek. It is believed that Lord Shiva once took a bath in these lakes and crescent moon on Shiva’s head fell into these, hence the name Chandernahan. Locals believe that there are 7 lakes in total, though only a few has been to the last one. Lying at border of Kinnaur and Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh, trek for Chandernahan lakes start from a little village named Janglik. Janglik is also the starting point for Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati treks, though Rupin Pass can also be started from Sangla in Himachal or Dhaula in Uttarakhand
250 kms drive from Chandigarh to Janglik village
Pickup will be arranged from Chandigarh Sector 17 bus stand at 5:30 AM. Day 1 involves a drive of 250 kms through Shimla, Rohru and Chirgaon till Janglik village. In some parts, road condition is not good, due to which it would take around 12 hours to reach the village.
Janglik village in Pabbar valley is at an altitude of 2800 metres. It is the last village of Shimla district and is located on the border of Kinnaur and Shimla district. Due to its proximity to Kinnaur, Janglik village has more prominence of Kinnauri culture even though it lies in Shimla district. Janglik receives snowfall in the months of January and February. This day’s stay would be in home stays. Snacks would be served on reaching the village at 5 PM. We will have a briefing time at 6 PM. Soup will be served at 7 PM, followed by dinner at 8 PM
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE COMING LATE ON DAY 1, I.E. BEYOND THE 1-HOUR BUFFER POST PICKUP TIME, YOU WOULD HAVE TO REACH BASE AT YOUR OWN EXPENSES ALTHOUGH WE WILL ASSIST YOU FULLY IN BOOKING OF CABS
7 hours’ moderate trek to Dayara Thatch
We will start at 7 AM from Janglik village after having breakfast and getting packed lunch. Initial section of 2 kms is a gradual ascend till we enter the forest. Trek through the forest is moreover flat till a point called Simar Thatch which would be our camping site on Day 5. It’s a beautiful campsite with couple of shepherd huts.
As we move from Simar Thatch towards Dayara Thatch, trees slowly start to diminish, an indication of crossing the tree line (An imaginary line above which trees cannot grow. It’s usually around an altitude of 11000 – 12000 feet above sea level). As we meander across the tree line, huge meadows greet us. Views are made perfect by towering Chanshal range of Himalayan mountains. One cannot resist taking a break for few minutes and admiring the beauty of perfect landscape. We will reach Dayara Thatch at around 3 PM.
Dayara Thatch at 3375 metres is a perfect camping site amidst the meadows under the shadow of Chanshal range. Snacks will be served at 4 PM, followed by soup at 6 PM and dinner at 8 PM
5 hours easy trek to Litham
Day 3 would be a comparatively easier and trek would be moreover flat with three sections of ascends of 30-40 minutes each and couple of descends too. Day starts at 7 AM with morning tea. Since it would be a short day, we will try to have some stretching and meditation sessions. Breakfast time would be 8:30 AM. Before starting the trek, everyone would be getting packed lunch.
About an hour after starting of the trek, one can see Litham campsite far away. Since we would also be descending at couple of places, we will again go below the tree line and trek through a section of trees. After first section of trees, we will also be crossing small rivulets which meet in Pabbar river. Last hour of trek till Litham is very easy.
Litham campsite at 3575 metres is at cross section of Buran Ghati, Chandernahan Lakes and Rupin Pass treks. To the south is Chandernahan Lakes, to the east is Buran Ghati whereas Rupin is towards north considering we approached Litham from east direction. Highlight of the Litham campsite is the view of enormous Chandernahan waterfall. It has got a drop of more than 100 feet and is visible even from Litham campsite. It takes around 2 hours of trek to reach the top of waterfall from Litham. On reaching Litham, snacks will be served at 4 PM. Soup time will be 6 PM, followed by dinner at 8:30 PM
7 hours’ difficult trek from Litham – Chandernahan Lakes – Litham
This day, we will visit Chandernahan Lakes. Since we would be staying at Litham campsite on this day too, we will only take day packs and leave rest of the rucksacks at Litham.
Day starts with early morning tea at 6:30 AM. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM and we will start the trek by 8 AM after getting packed lunch. It would be difficult day of trek but most rewarding. First part of this days’ trek till top of waterfall would be a difficult one. During this section, we will have clear view of Chandernahan waterfall.
As we reach to the top (snout) of waterfall, first lake is around half an hour of trek from there. All lakes are in a way connected with each other with water flowing from one to another. Locals believe that there are 7 lakes in total, though only a few has been to the last one. We will try to go till 6th lake which is at around 4300 metres. It is unbelievable sight to experience these natural wonders. After having lunch near, we will proceed towards Litham campsite.
We will return back by 4 PM and have hot snacks at campsite. Soup will be served at 6 PM followed by dinner at 8 PM
6 hours’ easy trek from Litham – Simar Thatch
This day, we will start the return journey. It will be an easy day of trek till Simar thatch which we crossed on Day 1. We will take the same route as coming up towards Litham.
After having breakfast at 8 AM, we will start the trek at 9:30 after getting packed lunch. We will be passing through Dayara thatch campsite on the way to Simar thatch. It will take 6 hours (including breaks) to reach the campsite from Litham. We will serve snacks at 4 PM, soup at 6 PM and dinner at 8 PM
2 hours easy trek till Janglik village and 250 kms drive till Chandigarh
On last day of the trek, we will trek till Janglik village which will be 2 hours of easy descend. After having early breakfast at 6 AM, we will start the trek and reach Janglik by 8 AM. From Janglik, we will move to Chandigarh by cabs and reach there by 9 PM (Take a buffer time of 1 hour)
- Rucksack (60 -70 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket
- Socks (4 pairs): 3 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch.
ORS/Electrolyte (4 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Breakfast till Day 6 Breakfast
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings (This service is available at extra cost and can be selected while booking the trek)
Mules/Porter Service: Rs 500 per rucksack per day. If informed at base location or at campsite, charges would be Rs 700 per rucksack per day (It would be charged from Day 2 to Day 6 for this trek)
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho per day
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 2 weeks prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-14 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 18th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 19th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For a moderate-difficult trek like Chandernahan Lakes, a good level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Mix uphill training and jogging on plains. You can do 2km of uphill running and 2kms of jog on flat surfaces
Here, try adding more resistance and increase the volume
Try to do 4 sets of 12 pushups (add resistance of ¼ bodyweight), 4 sets of 12 squats (Add resistance half of bodyweight), 3*45 seconds Plank Hold and 6*100 meter sprints (full power).
Rest time should be less than 1 minute
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂