If you are around Chandigarh and want to go for a nearby trek then Churdhar trek is the best trek near Chandigarh. Churdhar is the highest peak in Sirmour district and also the highest peak in the outer Himalayas and offer a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. This trek is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary. The total covered area of this sanctuary is 56.16 square kilometres as notified on 15 November 1985 (Wikipedia). This is a holy place related to Shri Shirgul Maharaj (Chureshwar Maharaj), a deity widely worshipped in Sirmour and Chaupal. Trek is a bit challenging at a few points and you may need to prepare for this in advance. You may find how to prepare for a Himalayan trek here.
Since you will not find anything on the trek you should carry every essential for this trek. We find many first time trekkers feeling exhausted due to steep hikes but they stay motivated since you can see a peak right in front of your eyes. Once you reach the top you will see a 360-degree view of the Himalayan range. The view is worth hiking and you definitely get relieved and relaxed after reaching the top. It’s a reward for all the hard work.
How to Reach
Churdhar trek starts from Noradhar which is approachable by road. Noradhar is 134 km from ISBT Sector 43, Chandigarh. Alternatively, you can come by Air or by Train till Chandigarh from where you can take go by road till Noradhar.
Things to keep in mind before attempting Churdhar Trek.
- There are very few water sources on the trek so keep enough water for the trek.
- There is no tea stall / dhaba on the way so carry enough food.
- The last stretch is a bit inclined if you take a shorter path.
- There is a Sarai at the temple where you can stay for the night by paying nominal charges.
- Mobile network is not available on most of the trek except a few points.
If you are planning for the trek and want to hire camping/trekking equipment you can rent it out at Chandigarh from Gadget Rental India.
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