Chandranahan, constituting of 7 glacial ponds, is the point of origin of Pabbar River. A trek to this place is no less than a walk into paradise, going through endless meadows, alpine forests, gurgling streams, glaciers and a huge waterfall. The trek begins from Janglik Village. Your whole journey to this place would be a totally different experience. There are no resorts, no tourist dhabas on the road and no maddening crowds of tourists. You will get an authentic remote Himalayan feel everywhere you go beyond Shimla.
How to reach Janglik
It is a small hamlet located 500km from Delhi on the banks of Pabbar River. Rohru is the biggest town closest to Janglik and it is well connected with other cities of Himachal. One can also get direct buses from Delhi and Chandigarh. The onward journey from Rohru is a little difficult to cover, you have to hire a taxi to cover the 40km distance till Jangrik. Getting shared jeeps to Chirgaon and then another till your final destination is also an option. Another way to reach is to hitchhike. There is a dam under-construction at Jangrik and vehicles going there can give you lift till the dam, you will have to walk the rest of the distance.
The trek is of moderate difficulty. It is said by the locals only those who are called upon by devta can reach the lakes to signify it difficulty level. Although a lot of botanist in their 50s have completed this trek.
The trail passes through wilderness and sometimes it gets hard to find through thick alpine forest. So, this is to be done with trek organisers and guides only. Organisers like Himalayanfootslog and Indiahikes do this trek at around ₹12000, Shimla to Shimla, inclusive of all the equipment, guide, camping and meals.
Janglik - Dayara Thach - Litham Thach - Chandranahan - Litham Thach - Simir Thach - Janglik
When to do it
This trek can be done anytime during the year. The glacial ponds are sparkling blue during summertime and the waterfall looks majestic. During winters the trail is covered in snow and the lakes & waterfall is completely frozen.