With the promise of returning back to this village and stay for some days we headed for the return journey to Shimla.
Basic information about the Trek Chuurdhaar:
At an elevation of just under 12000 ft above the sea level, Churdhar is the highest peak which is not in the Himalayas.
There are three routes to approach Churdhar Peak. Chaupal, located in the district of Shimla is the shortest route with a trek distance of 7 km. Haripurdhar in Sirmour district involves trekking a longer distance of 50 km. Nohradhar is the most preferable route and it is a 20 km trek uphill.
We trekked through the Nohradhar route and headed down through Chaupal in the village Saraha.
Who goes there
Mostly local pilgrims visiting Chureshwar Mahadev Temple near the summit and some trekkers.
Best time to trek
Peak season for yatra begins from May to November, during which stay could be arranged easily. During winter months the path is entirely covered with snow and it would be difficult to find any facilities.
It is moderate kind of trek , we had beginners with almost no experience but for them it became quite a difficult. Trail through Saraha village is quite easy but if you are trekking via Nohradhar rocks path could be quite difficult.
Time to Reach
We took almost 12 hours to reach because of the larger group and the inexperienced people. Smaller groups and people with little experience can do it in 8 hours.
Preferably you should stay at the top of carry a tent to pitch it at the meadows in the midway. Day up and down could be dome through the Saraha way.
What to carry
Make sure you wear something light and loose because sometimes you might have to take the big steps to climb and jeans won't allow to do that. And dont forget to carry woolens and wind cheater to protect from the cold waves at the top. Make sure you have proper trekking shoes to avoid slipping off the rocks and snow.
Carry sufficient water - We were out of water and almost dehydrated and had to fill in snow in the bottles as we consumed it all while reaching the top.
Food - There is not a single food stall in the midway so carrying snacks, fruits and energy bars is always the good idea while trekking. You never know when you might need them.
Sunscreen - If you don’t want to get tanned.