Every mountain lover (categorically in North India) would know of ‘Choordhar’, the highest peak (3630mts) of the Shivalik range, in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Shivalik mountain system is older than the Himalayas, and as such Choordhar is part of so many legends and folklore. The name of this highest peak would translate to ‘Bangle of snow’, ‘Moonlight gleaming on snow’; the breakup of the word would be Chur – Bangle – Dhār – Ridge’. Well, that’s for the name, Choordhar is surely one of the best short treks in the region.
Stay on on twin sharing basis. (In hotels, B&B, Tents as mentioned in the itinerary)
Board the evening Volvo bus for Shimla from Himachal Bhavan, Safdar Hashmi Marg, New Delhi.
Arrive early morning in Shimla and drive to Chail (2hours). After freshening up we gear up for a short ride towards Kali Tibba and temple.
Thereafter we ride downhill 20kms towards Gaura on the banks of the Giri River and the entry to the Peach bowl of Himachal Pradesh at Rajgarh Valley. Rajgarh is another 22kms from here. Overnight at Hotel.
Rajgarh on the way is an idyllic spot and so are nearby destinations like Dadahu, Giripul and Haripurdhar. During the start of the summer, this valley aplomb with stone fruits. Such is the produce, that this valley is very popular as the Peach bowl of Himachal Pradesh. Another produce of the region is Garlic, again very large quantities, and yes – it’s size. Drive 30kms in the early morning towards Nauradhar.
Nauradhar is the base for the trek start towards Choordhar. Boots out and start your ascent. Reach Tesari meadow after an easy ascent of about 4-5 hours, through an oak laden trail. This is a very good and a recommended camping spot.
The top is another 3 hours from Tesari. The final climb is steep and you will definitely make stops to catch stunning vistas of the Himalayan ranges afar, from the Trans Himalayas and Greater Himalayas (Kinnaur), Dhauladhars and Pir Panjals to as far as Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand. The wide expanse of the Doon and the Chandigarh plains is a sight to remember and so are the views towards Shimla and Chail. Seek Blessings at the temple and start your descent down towards Saraha on the Chopal side, which should take you about 6 hours. Drive back to Shimla to catch the Volvo in time.
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