There is a saying in the mountains which goes like ‘the valley is inviting you’. And yes indeed if you have heard the Indian Classical Music album by Shiv-Hari ‘The call of the valley’ our adventure here will invoke that spirit of joy and a prevailing sense of happiness thereafter.
Chanshal Peak 4520mts is the highest peak in Shimla district, sitting atop the Chanshal pass 3750mts, open only during the summer months from May till October and is the gateway to forlorn villages of Dodra and Kwar. The beautiful vistas all around and Rolling Meadows interspersed with apple orchards and glacial streams make this region pristine and pure. Before we reach Chanshal, we shall ride to Khara Pathar, where we explore Giri Ganga, from where the river starts and hike through a dense forest of oak and cedar and ultimately climb up the Kuppar peak 3352m, from where the Giri Ganga originates and then disappears to appear at Giri Ganga temple below. The top affords expansive views of the valleys below and the mountainscape above. Thereafter we ride to the town of Rohru, on the banks of the river Pabbar and continue further towards Chirgaon, famous for its trout fish and then Tikri and Larot the last settlement 18kms before Chanshal pass. We experience a night under the star trails as we camp on the glades at Chanshal pass and enjoy to the music of the winds.
DAY 00 (We will all meet at Himachal Bhavan, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Delhi at 1900hrs and board the Volvo bus to Shimla.
Arrive in Shimla early morning and after freshening up and a hearty breakfast we mount our mountain bikes at Charabara (9kms from Shimla) and ride along the highway for a while before catching up with a country road leading us downhill towards Chailla. A highway winding its way through apple orchards leads us towards Khara Pathar from where the meadow of Giri Ganga is a 4kms offroad ride. Check into the camp.
A day of excitement as we head out after breakfast and start our hike to Kuppar Bugyal, through a dense forest of oak and pine. Once at the top we relax to our musings and hike back down to Giri Ganga. We just scaled the Kuppar Peak. We board our cabs at Giri Ganga and drive to Rohru (40mins). Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 03 Rohru to Larot to Chanshal pass (ride 62kms)
It’s a 62kms long ride today so we start early at 8:00AM and have our breakfast at Chirgaon 15kms away. Here we cross the river and ride towards Larot crossing the Andhra stream enroute. Chanshal Pass is 18kms from here through switchbacks cut through glades. Be careful as all of this is offroad. We reach the pass by late afternoon and set up camp. We light a bonfire in the evening and prepare our favorites in the kitchen with some grilled on the bonfire trout too. O/N camp
DAY 04 Climb Chanshal Peak. Chanshal Pass to Rohru to Shimla (120kms)
We rise early and attempt to climb atop the Chanshal Peak (4520m), two hours. We just scaled the highest peak in Shimla district. Hike back down and we bid adieu to Chanshal and drive back to Shimla making a halt at Rohru for lunch. Drive further to reach Shimla in time (19:30hrs) to catch the Volvo bus back to Delhi.