CRecently, I was going through different treks in India to see which one would be the best for my next vacation. After around half an hour, Churdhar peak trek got my attention, which is the highest peak of the outside Himalayan range. After reading a lot about the place, one thing I was really sure that the place would be one of the best places to experience nature’s best version. It is situated at a height of just under 12,000ft and is also called as Chur Chandani that means mountain in the bangles of snow.
Trust me, the place was exactly the same I read about. And why not, Himachal is undoubtedly one city that never disappoints you with its natural beauty and elegance. Churdhar allows its tourists and visitors to see beautiful snow-capped ranges and peaks of Kedarnath and Badrinath. Also, the best time to take up the Churdhar Peak trek is from May to November except monsoons. So, if you ever plan to be on this trek, here’s the day-to-day itinerary to help you out in making most of the trip.
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Churdhar Peak Trek – Travel Guide
Day 1: Chandigarh to Nauradhar to Jam Nallah
The first day of trek asks you to take the bus from the Chandigarh bus stand by early morning and head towards Nauradhar. It’s a journey of around 4 hours from Chandigarh to Nauradhar and once you reach there you can try out some shops to buy any kind of essentials. Now, the trek will begin from the center of the town. The first 1km of the trek is quite steep through the muddy terrain but after this, you’ll get an easy incline through pine forests until Jam Nallah. This will be the campsite for your first day. The trek for your first day will take around 4-5 hours and the total distance it covers is 7km. If everything goes smooth, you can reach Jam Nallah by 3 pm and you can do camping just ahead of this place and the best part is that the campsite is fully surrounded by pine and cedar trees.
Day 2: Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak and then back to Jam Nallah
Your day 2 is going to be a little exhausted and tiring, thus you need to start your trek by 6:30 in the morning. Start from Jam Nallah and head towards Teesri, which is a 5km trek and will take around 2.5-3 hours. This first part of the day passes through the forest and is the easiest part. Your mind will be definitely blown by the silence around you, the exotic fragrance of the forest, and the mud that brings peacefulness to the surroundings.
Teesri is considered the windiest place of this whole trek and you’ll only find a few tea places at this little town. Now, you can move to the temple from Teesri, which is just a 2km trek. Once you cross Teesri, you’ll see the trees slowly begin to disappear because you pass the tree line.
After you arrive at Chureshwar temple, have your lunch there. In order to reach the Churdar summit from the temple, remember it will take 1 hour for every 1km because of the steep sections. Beautiful vistas on the way and the top will totally leave you spellbound. The most special thing about this day is you can see a 360ᵒ view of different Himalayan ranges that includes, Srikhand Mahadev, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Kinner Kailash. After this, you need to trek back to your campsite (Jam Nallah).
Day 3: Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then drive to Chandigarh
Since this is the last day of this amazing trek, another plus point this entire vacation is that you plan for the place anytime during your long weekends. Wake up early and have your morning tea by 6:00 am. If you’re lucky and most importantly if that day’s weather allows you, do indulge in yoga and meditation sessions at the place. You can start the trekking by 9:00 am for Nauradhar by following the same route you took to come there. It will take another 3-4 hours from Jam Nallah to reach Nauradhar. Now, you can leave for Chandigarh and you trip successfully ends here.