Himachal Pradesh is well known for its trekking destinations. In the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra is one of the toughest Pilgrimage treks. Trek leads to the Shrikhand Mahadev peak which is named after Lord Shiva and is a place of religious importance for local people. We have explained complete guide for Shrikhand Mahadev trek in the blog.
The most preferred trail for the trek to Shrikhand Mahadev starts from Jaon village of Nirmand. Total trek length (32 km in one side), the height of the trek top (5,227 m) and variety in the trail at the different places makes it one of the toughest treks of India. 75 feet Shivalingam is worshipped at the peak of the mountain, which is considered as the abode of Lord shiva.
Brief Introduction of the Trek
|Maximum Altitude||5,227 m (17,150 ft)|
|Trek Distance||Jaon Village – Shrikhand Mahadev : 32 km|
|Trek Duration||3-4 Days|
|Distance from Delhi (To the base point – Jaon village)||505 km|
|Best time to visit||Yatra conducted by Shrine board & Gov in Jul [Date changes every year]|
|Most crowded time||Jul-Aug|
|Must to do things||Trekking, Camping, Photography|
How to Reach
|By Air||Nearest Airport : Shimla||Shimla to Jaon village needs to be covered by Road|
|By Rail||Nearest Railway Station : Kalka Railway station||Kalka to Jaon village needs to be covered by Road|
|By Road||Step 1) Delhi to Shimla : Public & Private buses available at ISBT Kashmiri Gate
Step 2) Shimla to Jaon Village :
|Trek starts from Jaon Village|
- The base point Jaon is a small village that has basic facilities and a small market. It has few provision stores and a couple of Dhabas.
- Route from Shimla to Jaon Village : Shima > Rampur > Bagipul > Jaon village
Where to Stay
|Head||Places to Stay||Type of accommodation available||Price Range|
|Enroute||Shimla, Rampur||Hotels||1000-3000 per person|
|Base Point||Jaon village||Homestay||500-1200 per person|
|Trek||Singhad, Thachru, Kalitop, Bhim Dwar||Tent accommodation||Free of cost|
(Delhi – Jaon Village – Shrikhand Mahadev top – Jaon Village – Delhi)
This is going to be an endless journey. Keep your pace slow and steady. Do not ignore the body signals in the early stage. Be hydrated and do not waste your energy by taking shortcuts.
1st Day: Reach Jaon village
Start your journey from ISBT Kashmiri Gate by taking a bus to Shimla and then to Rampur. We can cover Delhi to Rampur in 12-14 hours depending on the bus availability at Shimla. You can also reach Shimla by other modes of transportation.
After reaching Rampur, take a bus from Rampur bus stand to Bagi pul. The distance between these two places is around 30 km and we can cover it in 1.5 hours. Further, Bagi pul to Jaon is a kuccha road that can be covered in 20 minutes by taking a shared taxi.
Jaon village is the starting point of the trek from here trek starts on foot.
2nd Day: Jaon Village – Thachru
Jaon Village to Singhad
Start your trek from Jaon village to reach Singhad. This stretch has a gradual slope with a total trek length of 3 km that can be easily covered in 2 hours. Singhad is the base camp for the trek where registration and medical fitment test is done by the concern authorities and it is advisable to keep at least one identity proof for the trek registration. Base camp has the basic facility for food and stay.
Singhad to Thachru
This is a straight uphill stretch with a total trek length of 12 km. The trail passes through the lush green dense vegetation and Deodar trees. One will enjoy the water streams alongside the trek trail. Depending on the individual fitness level, it takes 7-10 hours to cover this portion of the trek via Barathi Nalah.
One can plan an overnight stay at Thachru. Thachru has all the basic facilities for food and stay. At the time of planned yatra, you will find langer (free meal for the pilgrims) at almost all trek points i.e. Thachru, Kali top, Bheem Talai, Bheem Dwar.
3rd Day: Thachru – Bheem Dwar
Thachru – Kali Top
This is a 3 km uphill trek stretch that can be covered in 1.5-2 hours. Kali top is considered as an abode of Hindu Goddess Kali and one can see a small temple dedicated to Kali here. On this stretch, one will see a variety of flowers and dense vegetation.
The panoramic view of the surrounding valley from Kali top is surely the reward for your journey till here.
With limited facilities available, overnight stay at Kali top can also be planned.
Kali Top – Bheem Dwar
From Kali top, there is a 1.5 km downhill stretch that takes you towards the Bheem Talai. Tents and Food langer are available at the end of this stretch.
After Bheem Talai, One has to hike a 3 km gradual slope trail leading to Kunsa valley. Small glaciers and water streams need to be crossed in Kunsa Valley. A little of extra caution and a good pair of good trekking shoes will always help you in crossing the glaciers and water streams.
Once Kunsa valley is crossed, One will reach base camp Bheem dwar after trekking for another 2 hours covering a 3 km uphill stretch. One will witness the rare species of flowers and jaw-dropping view of big waterfall streams at this place.
Overnight stay can be planned at Bheem Dwar base camp. This base camp also has the basic facility for food and stay.
4th Day: Bheem Dwar – Shrikhand Mahadev – Bheem Dwar
This is going to be a very challenging day which will be full of adventure and new experiences. As there are no stay options available at the Shrikhand Mahadev peak, one has to complete the trek and return to base camp at Bheem Dwar.
Bheem Dwar – Parvati Bagh
Start your day early in the morning [Preferably at 5 am] toward Parvati bagh. The LED torch will be a very useful and necessary tool for covering this stretch. This is a small but very steep uphill stretch that will take 1.5 hours to cover. You will witness waterfall streams flowing downwards from here. It is said that Hindu Goddess Parvati chose this place for her stay. One will see rare species of flowers, like Brahma Kamal at this place.
Parvati Bhgh – Shrikhand Mahadev
Once reached at Parvati Bhag, take a 10-minute break and have some snacks. As compared to earlier covered portion, this is more hard stretch. The stretch has a total trek length of 5-6 km and depending on the fitness level of the person, takes around 6-7 hours to complete.
On the way, you will come across a holy lake named Nain Sarovar lake.
Steep and slippery glaciers, cold weather, and rock-filled trails make it a very challenging as well as an adventurous trek and at places, the trail is so steep and narrow that a minor mistake can take you to the nearest gorge.
At this height, your body may not get enough oxygen that can lead to headaches, vomiting, and nose bleeding.
Once reached the top, the chant of Har- Har Mahadev will fill you with divine energy.
Worship the Lord Shiva Shivalingam and witness the indescribable beauty of Mighty Himalayas from the top. You will feel on top of the world.
Plan your return trek for Bheem Dwar based on the time availability. After reaching Bheem Dwar, plan your overnight stay at Bheem Dwar.
5th Day: Bheem Dwar – Singhad
After having breakfast at Bheem Dwar, start descending towards Kunsa Valley. Complete your return trek journey at a slow and steady pace. Take breaks as per the body.
Most probably you will reach Singhad by evening. Freshen up, eat some snacks, and plan for an overnight stay at Singhad.
6th Day: Singhad – Delhi
Plan your journey back to Delhi on the next day of the trek completion. One can do the return journey through the same route.
Important Things to Consider
Things to carry on the trek
- Proper trekking shoes along with 5-6 pairs of socks
- Trekking paints & few full sleeve t-shirts
- Full sleeve jacket, raincoat & thermal clothes
- Woolen cap/scarf & Windproof jackets
- Power banks, Water bottle & LED Torch
- Basic medicines like Crocin, Combiflam, Disprin, Band Aid, ORS, Cotton, Betadine etc.
I hope this blog helped you in planning the Shrikhand Mahadev trek. Send your opinion and feedback in the comment section.
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