This is the second-highest peak in Shimla district located only 70km away from the town. Standing at a height of 12,000 ft., the peak offers views of fir, maple, and cedar forests. This is the ideal serene alternative to the crowded, bustling Mall Road of Shimla.
Know Before You Go:
You can hire a cab or take a bus from Shimla to Narkanda, a journey that will take only about an hour to complete. Narkanda forms the base of the trek, from where the peak lies only 7km away. This is an easy hike that will take you through mild ascents, through a beautiful alpine forest. You can either complete the trek in one day, or camp at the campsite that lies about 3km away from the peak. The trail to the peak is clearly marked and you are sure to enjoy gorgeous views of Himachal.
Route to Follow:
Narkanda — Hatu Peak — Narkanda
Best Time to Undertake:
The ideal time to do the trek is in summer, however, if you want to experience an easy snow-hike, Hatu Peak is a great place to start. Please note that the temperatures may dip as low as -8°C. However, if you are planning to undertake the hike under unfavourable conditions, don't forget to take the locals' opinion or take a guide along.
Where to Stay:
You can even stay at Narkanda the Hatu Camp, a campsite located on the peak at ₹2700 - ₹3000 per bed.
Click to see pictures from a traveller's experience of Hatu Peak during snowfall season!