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Trekking in Shimla Valley
Though Shimla is the capital city of
Himachal Pradesh and a very popular hill resort, it offers very few
trekking opportunities. Two trails over Jalori Pass and Bashleo Pass,
which lead to the adjoining Kullu Valley, provide easy and pleasant
walks. Buran Ghati trek, though not very common amongst trekkers, is an
adventurous trek which leads to the adjoining Kalpa Valley.
The main trekking areas in Himachal are the
Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla
region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out of Kullu and select tracks
in the Trans-Himalyan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas
are between 1500 metres and 6000 metres.
With well over two hundred and seventy defined trails, the variation in terrain
is also enormous. Low scrub-land and paths through paddy fields, give way to
trails strewn with pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering
rhododendron, which merge into forest of Himalyan cedar - 'deodar' - and spruce.
On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the
high mountains are passes which were once known only to migrant shepherds and
dare all traders. These lead to the fabulous wastes and swift rivers of the arid
Trans-Himalya. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through
changing countryside. The degree of physical output can also be changed to suit
your requirements. For example, the same trek can be developed from a week to
last longer. Or, the two ends of a trek can be the same, but the trails can be
designed to be taxing, or gentle.
In recent times the Satluj and Beas valleys have
been joined by a road over this pass at the SW end of Srikand Dhar which divides
the two river basins. It is open for vehicles at least nine months of the
year; on the way an old fort and a lake are worth a visit, while there are
panoramic views of the Parbati (Kullu) peaks, and the peaks of Lahaul and
Bashleo Pass (3277m)
From Rampur to Banjar, a parallel crossing E of
the Jalori Pass, and an alternative pedestrain route into the Kullu district, of
3-4 days. Of no great height, the pass can be crossed between March and
November, but April, May and September to November are the best months.
Ghati (Valley)-Karcham Trek
A direct root from Pabar valley into the sangla
valley of Himachal Pradesh which involves crossing of a 4578m high Buran Ghati.
A medium difficult trek which can be undertaken between May-June and September-Octobe.
Dhanwari, near Rohru in Shimla region, is the convenient road head and can be
approached from Shimla via Theog and Jubbal. An ancient temple of Hatkoti
between Jubbal and Rohru is an added attraction, and has a tourist rest house.
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