Complete Guide for Churdhar Trek, Nohradhar

Complete Guide for Churdhar Trek, Nohradhar

In the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh, Churdhar is the highest peak in the outer Himalayas (Shivalik Hills) and is a place of religious importance for local people. We have explained the complete guide for Churdhar Trek, Nohradhar in this blog.

Churdhar Sanctuary, which is spread over an area of 56 square kilometers, is named after Churdhar peak. Sanctuary is rich in Flora and Fauna(Himalayan black bear, Barking deer, Musk deer, Langur and Leopards).

Trek to Churdhar can be done by three routes, Shortest route starts from Chaupal in Shimla with a total trek distance of 7 km. The Longest route starts from Haripurdhar in Sirmour, with a total trek length of around 50 km. The Most preferred route starts from Nohradhar in Sirmour with a total trek length of 15 km. Trek starts with the steep and rocky trail for an initial 4-5 km and then a straightforward & well-defined trail for another 5 km. The last 5-6 km long trail to reach the Churdhar top is steep. The initial portion of the trek is through the lean forest and the last portion is through the steep meadows.

Brief Introduction of the trek

Maximum Altitude 3,655 m (12,000 ft)

Difficulty Level

Trek Distance Nohradhar – Churdhar top : 15 Kms
Trek Duration Nohradhar – Churdhar top : 7-8 Hours
Distance from Delhi (To the base point – Nohradhar) 370 Km
Best time to visit Apr- Nov
Most crowded time May-Jun
Trek close time
Snowfall time (High Probability) End of Dec – Start of Feb
Must to do things Trekking, Camping, Photography, Bird watching

How to Reach?

Mode Route Way Forward
By Air Nearest Airport : Chandigarh and Dehradun Chandigarh/Dehradun to Nohradhar needs to be covered by Road
By Rail Nearest Railway Station : Chandigarh and Ambala,
Narrow gauge : Kalka – Shimla
Chandigarh/Ambala to Nohradhar needs to be covered by Road
By Road Step 1) Delhi to Solan : Public & Private buses available at ISBT Kashmiri Gate

Step 2) Solan to Nohradhar :
Option 1 : Private Transport (Direct cabs available at Solan)
Option 2 : Public Transport (Local buses are available from Solan bus stand for Nohradhar)
Trek starts from Nohradhar
Important Notes :
  1. The base point Nohradhar is a small town that has basic facilities and a small market. It has hotels to stay, few provision stores and a couple of Dhabas.
  2. In the morning, the first bus from Solan (New bus stand) to Nohradhar starts at 5:00 am and in the Evening, the last bus leaves Nohradhar at 5:00 pm.
  3. Route from Solan to Nohradhar : Solan > Rajgarh > Nohradhar

Where to Stay?

Head Places to Stay Type of accommodation available Price Range
Enroute Chandigarh, Solan Hotels 500-2000 per person
Base Point Nohradhar Hotes, Homestay 500-1200 per person
Trek top Churdhar Top Tents & Dharamshala 300-500 per person

Detailed Itinerary

(Delhi – Nohragarh – Churdhar top -Nohragarh – Delhi)

1st Day: Reach Nohragarh

Start your journey from ISBT Kashmiri Gate by taking a bus to Solan. The distance from Delhi to Solan is around 300 km and it will take you 7 hours to reach the Solan bus stand. You can also take the train from Chandni Chowk/New Delhi to reach Chandigarh or Ambala. Public/private transport can be taken from here to reach Solan.
Once reached at Solan, take a local bus to reach Nohragarh via Rajgarh. The distance between Solan and Nohradhar is 65 km and the bus will take 4 hours to cover the same.

Suggestion: Start your journey at around 10 PM – 11 PM from Delhi to reach the Solan early in the morning.

2nd Day: Nohradhar – Churdhar top – Nohradhar

Start your trek early in the morning [6 am preferable] after having breakfast at the Nohradhar.

The initial portion of the trek : Nohradhar to Jamnala
The trail of this portion of the trek is steep and rocky. You can cover this portion in 3 hours. At Jamnala, you will find good camping spots and a couple of Dhabas/Shops. You can have snacks and purchase some basic things here. Apart from this, you will find some space in these shops for a night’s stay with minimal charges.

The middle portion of the trek : Jamnala to Teesri

This is the easiest portion of the trek, which to be covered in 2 hours. The trail is almost plain and very well defined in this portion.

Similar to Jamnala, you will find good camping spots and a couple of shops at Teesri. These shops provide snacks and stay options with minimal charges. In this portion, you will find few water streams.



The last portion of the trek : Teesri to Churdhar top

This portion of the trek is the toughest of all and it takes around 3-4 hours to cover. There are two trails from Teesri, One that takes you directly to the Churdhar peak where the statue of Lord Shiva is situated. It has a total trek length of around 4 km. Another trail takes you to the temple first and then to the Churdhar peak. Comparatively latter has a less steep trail and the total trail length is 7 km.

Options for stay at top :
  1. If you are carrying your tent, you can pitch it near the temple premise.
  2. Alternatively, you can easily get sharing-based accommodation in Dharamshala near the temple premise. They will charge a very minimal amount for the blankets used.
  3. You will find a couple of Dhabas near the temple premise for the food. Mostly you will get Paranthas, Rice, Dal and Tea.
  4. Although you will be tired after the trek, you can also take part in the evening aarti at the temple. Believe me, you will feel good after attending the aarti at the temple.

3rd Day: Churdhar top – Nohradhar – Solan – Delhi

After having breakfast, start descending towards Nohradhar early in the morning [Preferably 8 am]. It will take 5-6 hours to reach Nohradhar from the top. You can rest at Teesri and Jamnala on your way back journey. Avoid frequent rest during the trek.

After reaching Nohradhar, take a bus to reach Solan. Remember, the last bus leaves at 5:00 pm from Nohradhar.
Plan your journey back to Delhi on the same or the next day of the trek. The same route to be followed for the return journey as well.

Important things to consider

Things to carry for trek

  • Proper trekking shoes along with 4-5 pairs of socks
  • Trekking paints & few full sleeve t-shirts
  • Full sleeve jacket, raincoat & thermal clothes
  • Woolen cap/scarf & Windproof jackets (in winter)
  • Water bottle & LED Torch
  • Basic medicines like Crocin, Combiflam, Disprin, Band Aid, ORS, Cotton, Betadine, etc.

Facts related to trail blockage

  • Snow covers roads from the end of Dec to March. We do not recommend it to do the Churdhar trek in these months as the very thick layer of the snow covers the trail and there would be no availability of Dhabas/Shops for food and stay.

I hope this blog helped you in planning the Churdhar trek. Send your opinion and feedback in the comment section.

Check more such trekking guide :

1. Complete Guide for Shrikhand Mahadev Trek, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

2. Hike: Triund, McLeod Ganj Trek

3. Hike: Tungnath, Chandrashilla Summit

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