Locals have named Churdhar peak after deity ShriShirgul Maharaj or Chureshwar Maharaj who used to live here in ancient times.
Churdhar at 3655 metres is the highest peak in outer Himalayas.
A beautiful trek near Chandigarh, trail moves through dense forests, meadows and finally to the Churdhar Peak. Panoramic views from the Churdhar top are unbelievable. On a clear day, one can see peaks like Shrikhand Mahadev, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Kinnaur(or Kinner) Kailash to name a few.
In 1834, George Everest who was the Surveyour General of India recorded many astronomical readings and sighted some of the higher Himalayan peaks from Churdhar. Mount Everest, highest peak of the world is also named after George Everest.
Trek from Solan side starts from Nauradhar and is approximately 15 kms to the top. There are 3 more starting points for this trek. One of these starts from Sarahan in Shimla district, which is a steep incline of 7 kms.
Nauradhar is located at 133 kms (3-4 hours) from Chandigarh and 383 kms (7-8 hours) from Delhi. One needs to take a diversion from Kumarhatti towards Rajgarh road. Kumarhatti is 55 kms from Chandigarh on Chandigarh – Shimla road. Once you reach Nauradhar, all the tiredness of journey would vanish the moment you see the trail snaking upwards through the forest towards the destination.
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|Pickup/Drop Point||Sector 17 Bus Stand, Chandigarh (In case you opt for back and forth transportation, otherwise it is from Nauradhar)|
|Departure Time||5:30 AM|
|Return Time||8 PM on Day 3 (Take a buffer of 1 hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||7 kms||Moderate||Initially muddy and then through forest||2855 metres|
|Day 2||18 kms||Difficult||Initially forest, then meadows and finally rocky||3655 metres|
|Day 3||7 kms||Easy||Initially forest and then muddy||2855 metres|
133 kms drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 metres) and 7 kms easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah (2855 metres)
We arrange pickup from Chandigarh Sector 17 Bus Stand at 5:30 AM (In case you opt for back and forth transportation from Chandigarh, otherwise pickup point is Nauradhar at 10 AM). After providing a meal box, we start by 6 AM towards Nauradhar, starting point of trek. We expect to reach Nauradhar by 10 AM.
|We use Traveller, or Innova, or Sedans for back and forth travel from Chandigarh|
There are many shops in Nauradhar where one can purchase essentials. Trek starts right from centre of this town.
Initial 1 km of trek is a bit steep through the muddy terrain. After that, it is a gradual incline through forest of pine trees until Jam Nallah, our first day camping site.
It is a total of 7 kms trek which usually takes 4-5 hours. We reach Jam Nallah at around 3 PM. We camp just ahead of Jam Nallah. Our campsite is in forest area and surrounded by pine and cedar trees. Availability of water nearby makes it an apt location to camp.
|Please note that if you have opted for back and forth transportation from Chandigarh and are reaching late at Chandigarh on Day 1, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach Nauradhar at your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs. On the other hand, if you have opted for Nauradhar as pickup point and reacg there beyond 11 AM, you trek will be canceled without any refund.|
9 kms moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 metres) and 9 kms easy trek from Churdhar Peak to Jamnallah
As this is a long and exhausting day, trek starts early at 6:30 AM.
Trail from Jam Nallah to Teesri (3250 metres) is a gradual climb of 5 kms which takes around 2.5 – 3 hours. It is the easiest part of entire trek. This section is also through forest. The silence of surroundings, fresh fragrance of forests and mud gives a touch of calmness to surroundings.
Teesri, a little place with few teashops is along the ridge of mountain is the windiest place on entire trek. It is 2 kms of trek from Teesri to Temple. As we cross Teesri, trees slowly start to diminish because we cross tree line (a geographical term that signifies a hypothetical line above which trees cannot grow).
We reach Chureshwar temple by 12:30 and have lunch here. It takes 1 hour for 1 km of this steep section to reach Churdhar summit from temple. Views from the route and the top are breath taking.
One gets 360 degrees view of various Himalayan ranges like Srikhand Mahadev, Kinnaur (or Kinner) Kailash, Kedarnath, Badrinath. After that, we start descend towards campsite and expect to reach there by 6 PM.
7 kms easy trek from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and 130 kms drive from Nauradhar to Chandigarh
It is the last day of trek and starts with tea at 6 AM. After that, if weather permits, we try to have brief yoga and meditation sessions. Trek starts by 9 AM towards Nauradhar. We follow same route as we did on first day.
It takes 3-4 hours to reach Nauradhar from Jam Nallah.
After that, we take everyone to Chandigarh in pre-arranged shared cabs. Considering buffer time, we expect to reach Chandigarh by maximum 8 PM (If you have opted for back and forth transportation from Chandigarh)
- Rucksack (40-50 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 (for winter season)
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must for winter season 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 (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Disprin (in case of headache) – 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
• Vegetarian meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Breakfast till Day 2 Lunch
• 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
• Transportation from Chandigarh to Chandigarh. (This can be booked at extra cost which can be selected while booking the trek)
• 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 400 per rucksack per day. If informed at base location or at campsite, charges would be Rs 500 per rucksack per day
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 1 week prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 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 25th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-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 an moderate trek like Churdhar, a basic 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.
We would suggest a daily jog of 3-4 kms on flat surface like in your nearby playground or street.
For beginners, do a daily 3 sets of10 bodyweight pushups, 3 sets 20 bodyweight squats, 3*30 seconds Plank Hold and 5*100 meter sprints (full power)
Take good amount of rest between sets
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 🙂