Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla.

Tripoto
29th May 2019
Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS
Day 1

About the place :
I had heard about the Chanshal peak and also read about its scenic beauty a long ago. But I had never been there. Perhaps I didn't find time to ride that side of Shimla. Though I had visited main Shimla on several occasions.

Chanshal is no doubt similar to an unexplored destination for the tourists outside Shimla. Because it is approx. 150 km away from Shimla and the trek/road to Chanshal Valley opens from end of May to October only. Any nature lover should visit this place at least once in a lifetime.

My plan to reach Chanshal :
It took me almost about an year to execute this plan. I wished to visit there in 2018 but as we know somehow it is tough to manage travelling with corporate job. So to just travel the beautiful places I QUIT MY JOB (not permanently 😉). So I got time. 
I shared my plan with my younger cousin brother, he agreed instantly. On Day1 i.e. 27th May, 2019 I rode my bike Avenger 220 cc from Mohali to Shimla where I was to pick my brother (yes the cousin, I would prefer to call him brother ).

It took me around 4 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh. I was there at 12 pm. From Shimla we rode to Rohru via Theog - >Kotkhai - > Hatkoti route.
In between, on the same route we knew about Hatkoti Mata Temple, which is very famous here. It is an ancient temple since the time of Pandavas and has its own importance around the town. We visited the temple and took blessings of Goddess Hateshwari.

It took us around 6 hours. The time to reach Rohru may vary depending on the conditions of the roads, traffic and the stays along the route. We stayed at Rohru on Day 1 at a Lodge which is just near to new bus stand (under construction) . It was well maintained and comfortable also. We checked in at 7 pm and took our dinner after taking bath at the hotel.
Now it was time to take some rest. The journey would gonna be more adventurous next day.

Here are the glimpses from Day 1:

On the way to Rohru.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Riders.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Hatkoti temple campus.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Hateshwari Mata temple.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Ancient architecture.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS
Day 2

Next day, we woke up at 7 am and completed usual morning routine. From Rohru we head towards our main destination, we confirmed from the locals and they guided us towards the peak. We took a stop at Chirgaon (a station there) for breakfast. There again after confirming the directions from the restaurant owner we were on our way to feel the heaven. Riding alongside Pabbar river is itself an excellent experience for bikeriders. Have you heard about Pabbar Valley, Rohru Valley, Chanshal Valley? If not, just Google these terms right now and see the surprise. Natural beauty of these places are exceptional. One cannot even imagine without going over there.

Ok, so we continued our ride to the Chanshal pass/valley which is around 30 km away from the main town of Chirgaon. The road can be considered as worse but not so risky as compared to the roads in Kinnaur. Around 20km route is non-metallic but adventurous for sure. For adventure lover it's coool! It took us around 3 hours to ride to the top of the peak which is called Chanshal peak, at 14853 feet this is the highest peak of Shimla District. We were already among the clouds, I could easily see there was nothing higher. Of course there was lots of snow because the June has not started yet as most of the snow melts during summer and valley becomes green until September /October. We spent 2 hours there. After having sufficient fun we returned, arrived Rohru at 5 pm. On the same day, rode to Narkanda and stayed there for a night .
I'm sharing below pics for scenic beauty of Chanshal Valley :

Arriving at Chanshal.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Chanshal Pass.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

At the highest point.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

This is the main point, Chanshal Pass.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Snow point at Chanshal.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Himalayas view from the Chanshal Pass.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Chetak and Badal at Chanshal valley.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Roaming around the Chanshal valley.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Natural beauty.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

He loves my trip plans.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Chanshal Valley.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

On the way to Chanshal.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

You should try too.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Pabbar Valley,Rohru

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS

Pabbar River, awesome view here.

Photo of Doubling : A Ride to Chanshal Valley. That feeling when you scale the highest peak of Shimla. by LokeS
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