Reach Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station and drive to Rampur Bushhar via Shimla. Enroute stop for photo opportunities and Shimla Site seeing like Ridge, Mall Road etc. Shimla Stay for 3-4 hours to soak in Shimla Beauty and then proceed to Rampur, The Journey takes approx 8 hours. Reach By late evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning drive to Jaon village from Rampur,cross the river Satluj to enter Niramand region of Kullu district and drive till Jaon Village. Last 8 Kms from Bagi pul to Jaun is a kuccha road.
About Jaon Village Jaun is a small village of around 50-60 houses and a temple dedicated to Mata Katyayni. Jaun is a village in the midst of great himalayan range. One can admire the beauty of mother nature sitting amid mountains, rivulets, small houses, temples and most important and pleasant fully developed apple orchards of Jaun. Jaun provides a clear and beautiful view of Shrikhand Mountain. In Clear Weather, you can get a glance of holy Shrikhand peak from here. Jaon is the last place from where you can do necessary shopping for the trek.in Jaon, you will meet innocent people with a lovely smile on their faces always. They are the most hospitable people. This is the place where you can spend some time with the locals who can familiarise you about the folklores related to the Shrikhand Yatra and how it has become a source of renumeration for the locals.
From Jaon to Shingarh Base Camp. After spending some time at Jaon start to Shingarh which is at 6873 ft. Jaon to Shingaarh is a trek of 3 Kms besides the right bank of Kurpan. On the way to Shingaarh you have to cross several apple orchards, some small streams and a village with old beautiful two story houses .It takes one hour to reach Shingaarh.
Shingaarh is a base camp place where you can stay for a while or take a rest. It is a holy place, people regularly pay rituals here for the completion of their trek. One can visit temples here at Shingaarh. It is a place surrounded by lush green forests. This place is known for its dense forest with Deodar trees.
Shingaarh to Barathi Nalah – The next step is to proceed to Barathi Nalah at 7283 ft, which is the place of the confluence of two small rivulets that make Kurpan. The trek upto Barathi Nalah is breathtaking. This is a trek of 3 Kms and takes 1.5 hours. On the way to Barathi Nalah sometime you have to cross the Kurpan through wooden bridge, trunk of Deodar tree.
Barathi Nalah to Tharchu – After taking rest at Barathi Nalah, proceed to Tharchu, there is a vertical climb of 6 Kms of Danda Dhaar which takes around 6-8 hours. This climb requires good strength and stamina. This climb is through the dense forests of deodar, so dense that nothing is visible. There is no source of water on the way to Taacharu, hence carry more water for the trek upto Taacharu.
As you trek uphill you can experience the change in the vegetation and from several place one can get a glimpse of Kullu Himalayas. On the way you can find centuries old big Deodar trees and beautiful rare birds.
About Tharchu at 11318 ft is a place where tree line ends and herbs and shrubs remain for the next patch of the trek. Day one trek stops at Taacharu. Evenings are very beautiful with views of Sarahan and Kotgarh region towards Southern side and Shrikhand peak towards Eastern side and Kullu Himalaya at Westerns side. Tharchu looks like a perfect place for night stay after the vertical climb of 6-8 Kms. From here to Parvati Baag the trek is gentle and not very energy consuming. Overnight in Tharchu camp.
After a complete rest start trek to Parvati Bagh along beautiful flower valleys, waterfalls. Familiarization with the climate and the region (14000 feet). Next day start early in the morning, so that you can reach at Parvati Baag with ample time to spare. From Taacharu to Kali Ghati there is a straight climb of 3 Kms. It takes 1.5 hours to complete this.
From Kali Ghati to Bhim Talai – On the way to kali Ghati one can find some rare flowers of Himalayas. The way to Kali Ghati from Tharchu is straight north facing and one side has a deep ditch. After spending about 1 hour on trek you reach an open place full of big rocks. It provides a close view of surrounding mountains. From here it takes 15 minutes to Kali Ghati. Kali Ghati is the top of Danda Dhaar. It is at 12778 ft. The vertical climb started from Barathi Nala ends at here. From Kali Ghati you can get 360 degree view of the Himalayas.
A small temple dedicated to Maa Kali is here. Next journey starts here after worshipping Kali. From kali Ghati trek extend towards Bhim Talai which is just 1.5 Kms. It takes only 30 minutes to cover this distance because trek is gentle. Bhim Talai is a place where according to legends Bhim one of the Pandava brothers used to take bath. This is a place surrounded by high peaks, bugiyal and tiny waterfalls. One can see shepherds here at Bhim Talai. Bheem Talai is at 11700 ft. Overnight in camps.
From Bhim Talai to Kunsa is 3 Kms smooth trek. It takes 1.5 hrs to cover this patch. Just after crossing the Grass Ground, you have to cross a glacier around 500 meters long and 80 meter wide. From this glacier to Kunsa there is a vertical climb with rocks. Kunsa at 12746 ft is a place surrounded by big waterfalls. It is a place of breathtaking scenery.Kunhsa Valley to Bheem Dwar – From Kunsa to Bheem Dwar there is a level walk . It is a trench of 3 Kms. The route to Bheem Dwar is filled with rare Himalayan flowers and different shrubs. One can find very rare flower like Braham Kamals here easily. This place is wide and it provides a panoramic view of deep valleys, deep gorges, big waterfalls and some small streams flowing on the way.
After spending 2 hours, you reach Bheem Dwar. This place is at an altitude of 12175 ft. It is said that during Pandavas exile they stayed here. Today this place is known as Bheem Dwar. This is a Large Grassy land surrounded by big waterfalls and a numbers of glaciers. On the way to Parvati Baag you have to cross the biggest waterfall on this trek. Overnight in camps.
Bheem Dwar as a base camp during yatra. During the Shrikhand Mahdev Yatra held in every July, this place Bheem Dwar provides the base for the pilgrims. Shepherds’ use this place to graze their sheep and goats. One can stay at Bheem Dwar in nature cave here. Most of the pilgrims use these for rest purpose. The beauty of this place is terrifying. One can easily spend hours here admiring the beauty of mother nature. Overnight in Camps.
Bheem Dwar to Parwati Bagh – Early in the morning you have to start towards Holy Shrikhand Peak.Parvati Baag 13622 ft is just 3 Kms from Bheem Dwar. It takes 2 hrs to reach Parvati Baag. Up to the big waterfall the trek is gentle. Just after crossing the waterfall there is a vertical climb of 2.5 Kms up to Parvati Baag. Parvati Baag is a beautiful place for night halt. According to legends it is said that Mata Parvati used this place for their stay. So it is called Parvati Baag. This place is full of rare flowers of higher himalayas and famous for rarest Brahma Kamal. One can easily find this rarest flower here at Parvati Baag. This place is just below the Holy Shrikhand Mountain. At night it feels like you can touch the sky with your hand.Parvati Baag is the last place where you can find Grass and some high altitude shrubs and herbs. After Parvati Baag you will trek on only moraines and snow. Shrikhand Peak is just 6 Kms form Parvati Baag. On the way to Shrikhand you have to cross glaciers, streams and stone tunnels.
Reaching Nainser Lake – First part of the trek upto Nainser Lake is gentle with snow and boulders. Nainser is a high altitude lake at 14527 ft surrounded by an area of about two football fields. It takes 1.5 hours to reach at Nainser. The whole trek to Shrikhand Mahdev is associated with Lord Shiva and Nainser Lake, it is said that this lake was created with the tears of Maa Parvati when she was worshipping lord Shiva. Nainser Lake as dedicated to Maa Parvati as a place of worship. Before trekking further spend some time here for worship. It is said that if one prays here at Nainser his/her trek will be completed successfully.
From Nainser Lake to Srikhand Top ( toughest Part) Trek to Shrikhand is very steep and almost vertical from Nainser Lake. First patch of this trek from Nainser Lake is a glacier of 200 meters. It normally takes 45 minutes just to complete this part of only 0.5 kilometre. After spending 45 minutes you reach the top of a cliff at 14967 ft. From here you can see the beauty of Nainser Lake very clearly. Towards Shrikhand one can see the big boulders and glaciers. If you reach early in the morning then you can see the beauty of Kinnaur Mountains from here.
After this the next part on the trek is full of Moraines and snow at very few places. There are seven small peaks which you have to climb to reach Shrikhand.
Bheem Baiee enroute Srikhand Mahadev – On the way to Bheem Baiee you have to cross many small stone tunnels, glaciers and moraines. Bheem Baiee is a sacred place dedicated to Bheem at an altitude 15921 ft. You can find different marks on stone here. It is said that Bheem once constructing the stairs from here to Heaven, but it was not completed due to lack of time. You will find a number of stones one top of another which appears like a stairway.
Reaching Srikhand Mahadev Top From Bheem Baiee you can see the holy Shrikhand Shila. It takes half hour to reach Shrikhand. You have to cross a big glacier to reach Shrikhand. This place provides excellent view on Himalayas from three sides and from one side a magical look towards Rampur Sarahan and Shimla hills, Kinnaur Himalaya from one side, Kullu and Shimla mountains from other sides.Shrikhand at 17195 ft is a place where you can feel the fragrance of nature everywhere. This is the Land of Mighty God Shiva. After Barfani Baba Darshan we’ll come back to our camps at Bheemdwar. Overnight at Camps
Day 6 : Bheem Dwar – Thacharu
Trek back to Thacharu and have rest.
Take dip in hot sulpher water spring. Drive to Sarahan. Visit Bhima Kali Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel at Sarahan.
Day 8 : Sarahan – Chandigarh
We will start our journey back to Chandigarh.