Undiscovered Treks In Himachal's Hidden Valley That No One Knows About

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Pabbar Valley, located just above Shimla, is rarely spoken about. The few who have experienced it, however, call it an unspoilt, unseen wonder of Himachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by mountains on all sides and is a stunning place to be during spring. Trekkers who have made it to the valley are rewarded with views of bright green oak, Deodar trees and beautiful apple orchards.

It isn't very difficult to reach this unknown paradise. National Highway 22 runs near Pabbar Valley, making it accessible by road through bus, taxi and private car. There is also an easy drivable route from Shimla that will take you right to the valley.

Explore Pabbar Valley with some great treks that are little known outside of the core trekker community and make your way through all kinds of terrains and landscapes to enjoy this gem in Himachal Pradesh. Here's a list of a few to get you started.

Rohru to Buran Ghati Pass

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Known for trout fishing and its apple orchards, Rohru is a small town in Himachal Pradesh, around two and a half hours from Shimla by road. A trek from here to Buran Ghati Pass takes you through small villages, far-reaching meadows, forests, lakes and snow-covered mountains; it offers the best of beauty and adventure. The 4578metres-high Buran Ghati Pass is a common route for shepherds going to Kinnaur, and offers mesmerising views of the valley below.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Best time to go: April to June and September to November

Days: 5 to 6

Route: Rohru – Janglik – Lithum Thach – Dunda Thach – Buran Ghati –Maldi Thach – Kharcham – Shimla

Janglik to Chandernahan Lake

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The Chandernahan Lake is a spotless lake located at 4,000 metres, covered by snow for almost 8 months in a year. Locals consider the lake holy and believe that taking a dip in it can rid you of all sins. The lake itself is breathtaking, as are the sweeping views from here. The trek from Janglik Village, the last motorable spot on the trek, goes through pine, oak and Rhododendron forests.

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to go: Mid-April to June end; September to October end

Days: 4

Route: Janglik – Dayara Thach – Litham Thach – Chandernahan Lake

Gadsari Village to Saru Lake

This lesser-known trek in Pabbar Valley promises a forest route and takes you to Saru Lake, located at 11,865feet. Though you can see the lake on a day's trek from the motorable road bend at Chanshal Pass, a more satisfying route will be from the Gadsari village, which is 24km from Rohru. You will walk through dense foliage and hop over streams to witness fascinating views of the Bandarpoonch range, Deodar trees, beautiful meadows and finally the pristine Saru Lake.

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to go: Mid-April to June end; September to October end

Days: 3 to 4

Route: Gadsari Village – Kharshali Village – Saru Lake

Kharapathar to Giri Ganga

Though you can drive all the way up to Giri Ganga now, the route is tight and becomes inaccessible during the monsoon. Trekking up is the best way to see this scenic and well-marked 6km long trail. The trek starts near the Himachal Tourism Hotel in Kharapathar and goes towards Rohru. From here the trail gradually ascends and takes you through meadows, patches of vegetables and thick pine forests. You will also be able to see gorgeous views of the Chander Nahan mountain range. The trail ends at the Giri Ganga Temple.

Difficulty: Easy

Best time to go: March to June, and September to November

Days: 1

Route: Kharapathar – Theog Road – Giri Ganga

Rupin Pass

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This is a popular trek, loved for the variety of terrains it exposes trekkers to. You start from Dhaula and make your way through sky-high cliffs, thick forests, quaint villages, fields of snow, all the while with the pretty Rupin river running by your side. The long walks are rewarded with changing scenaries and a mesmerising three stage waterfall. The final ascent to Rupin Pass, at 4619m, is thrilling and requires crossing snow and a rocky path.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Best time to go: April to June, and September to October

Days: 5 to 7

Route: Dhaula – Sewa – Jiskun – Udaknal – Dhanderas thach – Uppar Waterfall Camp – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad – Sangla

Chansal to Mori

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Culturally diverse and religious, Mori is located on the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The trek from Chansal Valley to Mori starts at a high altitude and descends further down. The trail runs through dense forests and stunning meadows as far as the eyes can see. Once you reach Mori, which is situated next to the Tons River, you can indulge in some rive rafting or just smoke hookah with the locals.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Best time to go: March to June, and September to November

Days: 3 to 5

Route: This trail is typically used by shepherds, many of who you'll encounter on your way. They can guide you on the best route to take.

Have you done any of these little known treks in Pabbar Valley? Or do you know of some treks not included on this list? Write about them here and help the travel community.