After our attempt to Stok Kangri in May 2016 we were all charged up and couldn’t resist mountains for long. It was our colleagues who insisted on having an official outing and forced us to search for some trekking places near Shimla. And here it was our plan of Churdhar peak trek hatched. Most of them were skeptical when we told them that the peak is at a height of 11,965 ft (3,647m) but a group of 7 people agreed on our plan when we showed them the imagery and videos of Churdhar trek.
It comes the day when we all stuffed ourselves in the vehicle and headed towards Chopal, our stop before the trek. We were 10 in total which included myself, Madan, Susheel and 7 of our colleagues. It was kind of fun to see how 10 people with luggage were made to fit in the vehicle with a seating capacity of 7. I was the driver, hence I was happy with the fact that I wasn’t allowed to adjust.
Anyways the drive went comfortable and we reached Chadigarh a little late and decided to move towards Shimla without stopping at Chandigarh. All our associates brought lunch from their home so we thought of having our lunch in the mountains. We stopped for a while after Dharampur to have our Lunch. We all settled down on a small hillock and devoured our food. After being content of the sumptuous food we headed ahead.
We were supposed to reach Shimla by 3 PM but due to heavy traffic snarl mid-way we ended up crossing Shimla by 6 o’clock. We had to decide whether to stop in Shimla or head towards Chopal because we did not have any lodging arrangement in Chopal and we had to make arrangements for that after reaching there. But since it was 6 PM already and it takes around 4-5 hrs of drive to reach Chopal everything should have been closed by then. We decided to drive ahead as Madan used his contacts to get us accommodation in Forest Department guest house in Chopal.
So after a long hectic drive (because of the road conditions and some detour) we reached Chopal our base camp for the trek to the Churdhar Peak. It was an exasperating 16 Hrs drive for me and I was really relaxed to reach our first destination. However, my happiness was short lived by the news that the Guest house was closed and there were no rooms available because of some last minute Government bookings. We were left with no choice but to search for another place where we can retire. It was 11 PM and everything was shut. We knocked on the door of a hotel and pleaded for accommodation. Because we had 2 Himachalis with us (Susheel & Maddy) we did manage to get not only nice beds but also a great hospitality.
5. The peak has a great religious significance for the people of Sirmour, Shimla, Chaupal and Solan of Himachal Pradesh and Dehradun of Uttrakhand. Churdhar is a holy place related with Shri Shirgul Maharaj (Chureshwar Maharaj), a deity widely worshipped in Sirmour and Chaupal.