It had been a few months since we headed out for any adventure activity anywhere. This year we did not plan even a shorter trek and it was September already. Taking our craving in consideration for fresh air and some mountain soil we planned a moderate trek to the scenic location of Giri Ganga followed by Kuppar.
Giri Ganga and Kuppar is located in the Pabbar valley, which is in Himachal’s southeast corner. Although none of us were aware of the track or even the location where we were headed but we had heard a lot about this location, so we thought of giving it a shot.
After a short planning among ourselves we took along 2 more people for this trek. Ashish and Arjun had already accompanied us on one trek earlier to Churdhar Peak. We took off at 3 AM in the morning towards Shimla from Delhi. While maintaining a steady speed and enjoying the drive we headed towards Chandigarh to pick Madan (a.k.a Maddy), one of our expedition partner. We managed to reach Chandigarh only at 7 AM and after a short halt we continued towards Shimla, our next stop for collecting our food supplies and tents.
Himachal has always been my favourite destination because it allows you a to pitch your tent anywhere without restrictions or without need of a permit. Although sometimes you just have to ask the locals to permit use of their land but that’s not a problem as they are really accommodating until you do not spoil their surroundings. So, having tents and food supplies of our own made us overlook the need of hotel and just focus on scenic drive on well maintained State Highway to Rohru.
In order to reach Giri Ganga one has to drive towards Kharapatthar a small town around 80 kms from Shimla. On the way to Kharapatthar you have to cross places like Mashobra, Kufri, Theog (one of the oldest Riyasats of HP) and Kotkhai. The drive is really beautiful as the road is well maintained and lined with high treeline.