The Jia – Aadi Himani Chamunda is a moderately difficult 7.4 kilometer trek near Chamunda (H.P.). This trek involves a moderate yet relentless climb. Shelters, shops and solar lamps dot the trail. The trail itself is partially paved and it is clearly defined. The relatively gentle and clear trail does not involve any technical skills or any precarious drops; the temple complex provides a dormitory and bedding for an overnight stay. All these factors make this an extremely attractive trek to complete with children.
Barfani Chamunda or Aadi Himani Chamunda is a Hindu temple near the town of Chamunda (Himachal Pradesh). At 2810 metres and flanked by Dhauladhars; Aadi Himani Chamunda temple is accessible via two well-defined trek routes. The more frequented trek route connects Chamunda temple with Aadi Himani Chamunda via Jadrangal. This is a route frequented by pilgrims and it is a much straighter and paved with stone steps. The other trekking route is lesser known, but is more scenic. This route starts near Jia Village. Jia is a picturesque mountain hamlet nestled in Dhauladhar foothills. This picturesque village is 7 kilometres from Chamunda town.
4 hours ascent, 3 hours descent
7.4 kilometres one way
START & FINISH
Jia village near Chamunda town, with an option to trek straight to Chamunda town.
Bus / Taxi. Four buses ply daily between Chamunda and Jia. A taxi can be easily hired from Chamunda (H.P.). Chamunda is 17 kilometres by road from Kangra (H.P.) and 20 kilometres from Dharamshala (H.P.).
The temple provides a dormitory and bedding for pilgrims and trekkers. However, if you are visiting after 15th November or during a Hindu festival it is best to carry your own camping and sleeping gear.
Pleasantly cold during the day, usually cold and windy at night.