Karol Tibba Trek
Karol Tibba located at an altitude of 2240 metres is highest peak of Solan region. It is an apt single day trek near Chandigarh. Trek starts from railway crossing of Chambaghat, which is 6 kms from Solan on Solan – Shimla road.
There is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali at Karol Peak. Along the trek, we also visit famous Pandva Gufa/cave, which is the oldest and longest cave in Himalayas. Cave starts here and ends in Pinjore. Currently, one can go only until 200 metres inside the cave.
Apart from mythological reasons, trek offers panoramic views of Solan town and on a clear day one can get to see Churdhar top and Shimla city too. Initial 1 km of the trek is through well-laid brick surface and after that, trail passes through grasslands for 3 kms and final trail of 2 kms till Pandava cave is through forest.
|Pickup/Drop Point||Sector 17 bus stand, Chandigarh|
|Departure Time||5:30 AM|
|Return Time||9:30 PM (Take a buffer time of an hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||11 kms||Easy||Forest trail and Grasslands||2240 metres|
Chandigarh to Chambaghat by shared cabs (70 kms/ 2 hrs) and Trek from Chambaghat to Karol tibba and back (total 11 kms)
We arrange pick up from Chandigarh Sector 17 bus stand at 5:30 AM. After providing refreshments, we proceed towards Chambaghat near Solan, which takes around 2.5 hours.
Trek starts by 9:30 AM from Chambaghat, which is a small town near Solan. It is around 6 kms from Solan on Solan – Shimla road. Trail is a gradual incline of 6 kms until Pandava cave. It takes 3-3.5 hours approximately to reach the cave.
Initial section of the trek is through well-laid brick surface. Post that, we turn left to enter the grasslands section, which is of 3 kms. After that, we enter the forest are. There are 2 diversions once we enter forest. Trail on the left goes directly towards Karol peak, whereas right one goes towards Pandava cave. We head towards Pandava cave route. From Pandava cave, there is another route towards Karol Peak. We take that route to go towards the peak.
Pandava cave is an ancient cave whose other end is in Pinjore (Pinjore is 48 kms by road from Chambaghat). It is believed to be longest and oldest cave in Himalayas.
Along the trail, we will also get a chance to see spectacular views of Solan city and other peaks of the region
We reach Pandava cave by 12:30 PM. One end of the cave is here, while other is in Pinjore. However, we can go only until 200 metres inside the cave because after that it is closed due to falling of rocks. From the temple near the cave, one can get a view of Shimla city and Churdhar peak (highest peak of outer Himalayas) too on a clear day.
After spending an hour near the cave, we proceed towards Karol Peak. We reach peak by 3:30 PM. On a clear day, Solan city is clearly visible from the top. After a relaxing time of an hour at the top, we head back to Chambaghat. We will reach Chambaghat by 6 PM
From Chambaghat, we proceed towards Chandigarh, where we reach by 9:30 PM to mark culmination of this short but memorable experience. However, please take a buffer of an hour while booking return tickets.
|Please note that if you reach late at Chandigarh in morning, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach Chambaghat on your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs.|
- Rucksack (20-30 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- 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
- Trek pants (1 pair)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woolens/fleece
- Socks (1 pairs): 1 cotton
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season, November – March)
- Woolen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season, November – March)
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, 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 (2 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 1 strip
- Paracetamol (in case of fever) – 2 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 1 tablet
- Combiflam (painkiller)- 1 tablet
- 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) starting from Breakfast till Evening snacks
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• 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)
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 50 per raincoat/poncho
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole
*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 April,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th March, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th March (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st March, 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 easy trek like Karol Tibba, 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 🙂
1. Are there mobile signals at any place on the trek?
Yes, there are mobile signals at many places on the trek. BSNL, Airtel, Reliance Jio have good connectivity along the trek.
2. Are there any ATMs at the base?
ATMs are available in Chambaghat. If you want to carry cash for emergency purpose, we suggest you to carry some extra case from the city your travel as there might be shortage due to limited number of ATMs. There are HDFC Bank, SBI, and IndusInd Bank ATMs at CHambaghat
3. What kind of physical fitness is needed for this trek?
Since Karol Tibba is an easy trek, a basic level of fitness is good enough for this trek. If you have an active lifestyle and are involved in any kind of Sports regularly, it will be a fairly easy trek for you. If you have a sedentry life style, we recommended you to undergo a fitness schedule before opting for this trek. You can click here to check general fitness plan. Please refer to beginner’s level for this trek.
4. Is it safe to trek with kids?
Minimum age required for this trek is 7 years. Since it can be a grueling trek for children below age of 7, it might be difficult to cope with sudden change in terrain and altitude.
5. Do I need to carry printout of booking confirmation?
No, you need not carry that.
6. What kind of documents I need to carry?
Please carry government issued ID card (Voter’s ID, or Passport, or Aadhar Card) in original as well as a copy. It is sometimes required for permission purposes. In addition, please carry a filled and duly signed copies of Disclaimer and Declaration Forms as well as Medical Forms. We mail you these forms on successful registration.
7. What kind of Washroom arrangements are there at base and along the trek?
Public toilets are there at the Chambaghat, which is base of the trek. On the trek, washrooms are available near the Pandava cave.
8. What if I fall ill and cannot continue the trek?
In a casy of emergency, our trek lead first provides you basic first aid and then with a helper take you to nearest road head. They can also make a temporary stretcher if need arises. From road head, they will take you to nearest hospital for your treatment and inform your loved ones. Please note that vehicle and hospital charges will have to be borne by you.
9. What if a trek gets cancelled due to nature’s calamity?
If a trek is cancelled due to nature’s calamity and we got to know it before starting date of the trek, either we will issue a full refund or provide an option to take alternative trek. However, if it is cancelled on starting date of the trek, or due to nature’s calamity, we have to change the trek or route while on a trek, there will be no refund.
Please refer to cancellations tab for any cancellation made from your side.