The Shrikhand Mahadev trek is a Himalayan trek, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This trek takes 5 days to complete and has the most enchanting views. The first half of the trail of the trek is covered in forests and the second half in glaciers and snow. The Shrikhand Mahadev peak is of great religious importance to Hindus and is frequented by many as a pilgrimage spot. The flora and fauna found on the trek are the rarest and the most beautiful. The view from the Shrikhand peak is mesmerizing. The trail of the trek is of moderate difficulty, therefore it can be done by trekkers with all kinds of experience. The logistics of the trek are very simple and can be easily done by any trekker. You can do this trek yourself without the need of any tour operator.
Chandigarh to Baghipul
The first day starts with a ride from Chandigarh to Shimla. From Shimla, you will have to drive to Narkanda and then drive to Nirmad, which is the biggest village of Himachal Pradesh. After we reach Nirmad, you will have to cross the river to get to Baghipul where you retire for the night. The distance between Shimla to Baghipul is approximately 140 km. There are local buses and shared taxis which will connect you with the same. There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels in Baghipul to choose from.
Baghipul to Thachru
Start early by taking a cab ride to Jaon, which is a small village and get ready for walking. We get the first glimpse of the Shrikhand peak from the village itself. The trek starts from Jaon and the first stop comes after 3 kms at a village called Singhaard. You can stop at Singhaard for some rest and refreshments. Then head out to your next destination, Barathi nala which is again about 3 km from Singhaard. Here you cross a bridge and move on to Thachru, which is at a distance of 10 km. This part of the trek is tough as the climb is steep. Here you have to climb the 80-degree steep land known as Danda Dhaar. This part of the trail is covered in Deodar forests. We reach Thachru and camp here for the night. During the yatra time, there are single/shared tents available. Food is also easily available at an affordable price.
Baghipul to Bheem Dwar
This day starts at 4 am and have a sumptuous breakfast and start walking towards Bheem Dwar. The first 3 km of the trail is a straight climb from Thachru to Kali ghati. From Kali Ghati you get a 360-degree view of the mountains around you. From Kali Ghati you move on to Bhim Talai which is around 1.5 km away. This distance is downhill. You can stop at Bhim Talai for some tea and refreshments. After some rest move on to Kunsa. This place is surrounded by big waterfalls and has an enchanting scenery. The next destination will be Bheem Dwar, which is a place full of rare flowers and shrubs. Bheem Dwar is used as grazing grounds by shepherds. We will reach Bheem Dwar by the end of the day and camp there for the night. You can find multiple tents to stay and ample food.
Bheem Dwar to Shrikhand peak and back to Bheem Dhar
This day also starts early, with your headlamps on you start walking and reach Parvati Bagh at the crack of the dawn. At Parvati Bagh you can find the rare Brahma Kamal. This place is just below the Shrikhand Mountain. You continue walking towards Nain Sarovar for another 2 km. This lake is considered to be formed by the tears of Goddess Parvati. This lake remains usually partially frozen. After a short stop at the lake, move on to our final destination Shrikhand peak. This part of the trek is quite tough as it is full of moraines. You have to cross many small peaks in order to reach the Shrikhand peak and soon reach Bheem Baiee where you have to cross many stone tunnels and moraines again. From here you can see the peak clearly. In about an hour you reach the peak and the enchanting views fill you with a sense of victory. After taking gazillion pictures, start to retrace your steps to Bheem Dwar, where you camp again for the night.
Bheem Dwar to Jaon
Start early and descend back to Jaon, where you can retire for the night at one of its numerous guesthouses
Jaon to Shimla
Take a local taxi and make you way to Baghipul followed by another taxi or a bus to Shimla.
Late May till Mid October are the best months to do this trek.
This trek is of moderate difficulty and can be done by trekkers with some basic level of experience.
You must have the experience of doing a few Himalayan treks before you undertake this trek.
The Shrikhand peak trek is a wonderful trek which can be done by trekkers with some medium level of experience. The flora and fauna on this trek and the trail of this trek is one of the most beautiful. This trek also holds some religious importance, therefore it can be a great way to explore and learn more about religion and cultures.
Positioned at an altitude of 5155 meters, the Shrikhand Mahadev trek is a rigorous trek which demands good physical fitness. Due to some steep gradients with moraines, it is recommended to have a prior trekking experience. Perfectly suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers, this pilgrimage trek can be done by yourself without the need of a tour operator.
This trek is apt for the first-timers. But requires good physical fitness and stamina. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. Basic knowledge about trekking and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
July and August is the main pilgrimage season in which the devotees of Lord Shiva pay a visit to the peak of the mountain. SriKhand Mahadev pilgrimage tour is organized from full moon day in July to full moon day in August (Ashada Poornima to Shravana Poornima as per the Hindu Vikram calendar) by Himachal Pradesh state government. The schedule varies every year as per the weather forecasts.
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Most of the cellular connections work till Jaon. After Jaon, BSNL network is sparsely available.
Jaon being the base of the trek is well connected by road. It is around 140km from Shimla. Shimla is around 114 km from Chandigarh and around 350 km from Delhi.
By Road: There are frequent interstate buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla. Alternatively, an outstation cab can also be taken to reach Shimla from Delhi and/or Chandigarh. From Shimla, there are shared taxis, private taxis or local buses which will take you to Jaon.
By Rail: You can take regular trains from Delhi and/or Chandigarh to Kalka and then change for another train to Shimla. The Shimla Kalka train takes you through some of the most pristine sceneries and is a favorite among tourists, so book in advance.
By Air: Shimla airport has unscheduled flights so therefore it is recommended to fly to Chandigarh and then take a bus or a taxi to reach Shimla.
The famous hill stations of Shimla and Narkanda is any tourists delight to explore and spend some time unwinding.
There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels available until the village of Jaon. Following that there is only tented accommodation of single/shared basis.
The months of July and August are monsoon prone, so pack clothes accordingly. The temperature significantly dips as you gain altitude so pack dry and warm layers.
There will be snow on the Shrikhand Mahadev peak.
Shrikhand Mahadev Peak looks like the Shivling. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated at this peak and it was visited by Pandavas as well. The peak offers engrossing views of nature. The surrounding mountains and peaks add on to the natural charm of the place. It is considered as one of the best pilgrimage treks in India and is a favorite among pilgrims.
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