Fixed route and Distance:
Kharshali to Saru Tal Lake, Trek of 11 km
SaruTal Lake to Chanshal Pass, Trek of 9 km.
Passes: Chashal Pass.
Mountain Range: Dhauladhars.
Streams: The trek has many snow fed rivulets, brooks and streams with major river (Pabbar) as its main depository.
Caves: The trails used as major adventurous treks were frequently used by shepherds, traders and travellers in historical era and have many caves in between where they used to stay at night but they are off trek and not used as tent camping at a comfortable place are a great option today. Forts or Palaces: The region has no forts to boast of but it can rightly brag of two royal palaces at Kotkhai and Local Culture and tradition: People have deep faith in Local DeviDevta. Women wear suits, Jubbal. Though not open for common public, the present palace are an impressive structure. The one at Kotkhai has a sturdy, typically indigenous and unmistakably prominent structure which can be seen while travelling to Jubbal. It stands on a narrow spur formed by two rivulets that run on three sides. The other at Jubbal has a massive wooden door as the main entrance; about 18 ft. high and 7 ft. wide covered with copper and studded with coins- an ancient practice in region which you can see on the wooden doors of every temple. Old furniture, ancient artefacts and a rich Sanskrit and Persian books library with enhance its grandeur. Villages: After Rohru you will cross Samoli, Seema, Badiyara, Mandli, Chirgaun, Sandhasu, Tikri,Kharshali,Ghatsari, Shiladesh, Larot. Chirgaun is the last place to have a health centre. You can get some basic medicines in Larot too.
Demographics: According to 2011 census, the sub district Rohru is home to more than 49 thousand people, among them about 26 thousand (52%) are male and about 24 thousand (48%) are female of whom 70% are from general caste, 30% from schedule caste and 1% consists of schedule tribes. 10% of the children are under the age of 6 have 52% boys and 48% girls. There are about 11 thousand households in the sub district with an average 4 persons each. 2
Temples: Hateshwari Temple at Hatkoti and Village god temple in Larot and Durga temple
in Kharshali is a must see as they are in your way though there are many more to see and
Ghrats: These are the traditional flour grinding mills which run by the flow of water. You
can see one at Tikri, Fair and Festivals: If you will come in April during Baishaki you may see the color of local culture in Local Festivals, Vishu but if you are planning to tour in early September you may attend Jagra.
Food: Red rice, Siddu(Stuffed Steamed Bread buns), bade (More like Vadda) and Poldu(softer and thicker puri). Dhidhde (Colocasia Fritters) Red Rice of Pejaa is very famous. Art (Wooden/ Stone): Traditional Houses and temples are made up of Deodar wood and stone blocks with minute carvings on doors and pillars. They are earthquake resistant(Puri). Dhidhde (ColocasiaFritters) Red Rice of Pejaa is very famous.
Folktales: The region has many folk tales about the origin and origin places of their God and Goddesses and primitive conflict between different villagers. Every village and their god
have many tales to be explored. Local Culture: People have deep faith in Local Devi-Devta. Women wear suits, Dhatu ( a scarf)and Sadri (a Jacket) where as Men Wear Kurta Pajama, Sadri and Pahari Topi. Public and Private Transport: Till Shimla one can reach by train, bus or plane but to reach Mandli forest rest house or at any other rest house at Rohru, one can take Govt. Buses, private Buses and private tracks are the main modes of transportation but one can hire private taxi also to and from Shimla.
Altitude: 7,967 ft (2,276 m)
Mode of travelling: Train/ Bus/ Taxi/ Airplane
We advise you to reach Shimla a day before the expedition to adjust yourself to the climate
and altitude. Roam around leisurely and explore the trees, market and sunset in the
mountains. Relax and get ready for the thrill.
Altitude: 7,967 ft (2,276 m) / 5,003 ft (1,525 m)
Duration: Drive 120 km, 4-5 hours Drive
Mode of travelling: Car/ Bus/Traveller
A pickup will be arranged on sharing bases from Shimla. The first stop will be at Kufri, a
beautiful place with higher altitude. Kufri offers an open view of the valley with mountains
all around. The journey will be resumed after a hot breakfast. The road by the Giri-Ganga
will lead you to the spell bounding dense forest and apple orchards all around. At Khara-
Pather you will see the Jubal Valley full of Apple orchards. The road descends leading you to
the Historical Temple of Hateshwari Mata at Hatkoti. The temple has an Ashtadhatu idol of
deviDurga to be worshipped as Mahisashurmardini. The stone temple of Shiva nearby
Pandavas toy houses is very unique. The temple has a small cave and many stories to tell.
Later the Group will head towards the Mandli Forest rest house passing Rohru, Samoli,
Seema, Badiyara and Mandli. In evening, a bon fire will be arranged by the riverside to enjoy
soul satisfying music of nature.
Altitude: 5,003 ft (1,525 m) / 9,000 ft (2,743 m)
Duration: Drive 18 km for 2 hours.
Mode of travelling: Car/ Bus/Traveller and Trek
The morning session of the Day2 starts with some technical training activities making you
accustomed to the hurdles you face during the Trek. It is followed by some adventurous
activities to warm up before the challenge. Buckle up and refill you water bottles as after the
technical training group drives towards next destination Kharshali passing Chirgaun,
Sandhasu, Tikri by crossing the river Pabbar to Kharshali. Take a break and explore the
cultural Heritage of Himalyan village as you will not get to stay in any village in this trek.
The village is a smaller one with a population of 588 people. The wooden houses and temples
with carving and slate roof are unique and resembles to that of Kinnauri architecture. Take a
stay, see the wooden houses and its architecture, talk to the people and listen to their stories.
Roam around the village to see the fields, meet villagers and experience the mystic and
serene aura at the Devi Durga Temple nearby.
Altitude:9,000 ft (2,743 m) / 11,865 ft (3,316 m)
Duration:Moderate Trek of 9 km for 3-4 hours.
Mode of travelling: Trekking
Start the day early with moderate ascends towards Saru Tal Lake. As you trek more you will
leave houses, fields and apple orchards—the last prints of civilization behind for the forests
claiming the landscape but the right turn from the diversion at 3 hour trek takes you to a
barren and rock strewn mix vegetation with green and flowery meadows. Climb the trail for 2
more hours and you are at exotic Saru Tal Lake, saucer-lake atop the hill. The mountains
around are looking as if you can touch them. Settle down and fall in the love with the
mesmerizing sunset, the lake and other beautiful spots where nature is giving its best shots.
Descend the trail little nearby Lake to camp and call it a day to stay in a flowery Green thach
under the sky. Relax and ponder upon the memories you collected to recapitulate like
Altitude: 11,865 ft (3,316 m)/ 12,303ft (3,749 m)
Duration: Moderate Trek of 11 km for 4-5 hours.
Mode of travelling: Trekking
Start the day with capturing some more beautiful moments with the stunning sunrise and
descend to see a new surprise of nature. Take the well marked shepherd trail and see the
western slopes of the Chanshal massif covered with dense forests expansion to downy
pastures Thach .The trek leads you to a snowy gorgeousness at a high altitude of 3,755
(12,467ft) above the sea level. Not only will you have the chance to stop and soak in the
amazing view of the sky-reaching peaks near the pass, you’ll also get a chance to play in
snow with your friends. Captures the moments with beautiful Sunset and call it a day and stay
under the sky at one of the best camping site in Himalyas to witness the bright starry night.
Altitude:12,303 ft (3,749 m) / 7,967 ft (2,276 m)
Duration: Drive 150 km, 5 -6 hours Drive
Mode of travelling: Trekking
The stay at Chanshal Pass also put forwards the luxury of watching spectacular sunrise its
delicate aura spreading all around the valleys and mountains just from one place. The pass
has a 360 degree view as it sits atop Chanshal Peak. Descend down the trail to Larot and see
the art and architecture of a pent roof style temple of Chirgaun banashiramander Larot, a
revered devtabefore climbing your vehicle taking you back to Shimla. You will reach Shimla
by the evening so make your booking accordingly.