Churdhar Peak in Himachal Pradesh is the highest peak of lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. At a staggering height of 3647 m ASL the top boasts views of Himalayas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and the never ending North Indian plains. Just below the peak lies the holy Churdhar Temple. This temple is a spiritual trek for locals and devoted Hindu’s in the plains below.
The trek can be done from many sides but we chose the north-east side from Sarain, Chaupal which is the shortest yet steepest side. But this side is also the most scenic with beautiful pine forest trails leading to green meadows before the temple. The Churdhar trek can be done in one day but it is best to stay in the facilities at the temple and enjoy the sunset and sunrise from top. Due to covid-19 restrictions its not allowed to stay at the temple this year. There are limited water sources in the trail and it is best to carry water along till the temple. Our trek was total 22 kms return trip and started from our campsite at Halda Jubber (2200m). This is a beautiful campsite in a green meadow covered by tall pine trees. From Halda Jubber it is a continuous climb all the way to 3600 m till the temple. The route is extremely scenic.
Suggested Itinerary –
Day 1 – Delhi to Sarain via Shimla / Theog and camp at Halda Jubber (we do not recommend the route via Yamunanagar – Ponta Sahib)
Day 2 – Halda Jubber to Churdhar and return (Most people hike via Nohradhar but the trail via Sarain is short steep and more scenic. The drive to Sarain is 2 hrs more than Nohradhar but worth it)
Day 3 – Return to Delhi