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Trek Through Pabbar Valley To The Glacial Lakes of Chandranahan!

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Pabbar Valley, the enchanting valley of the Pabbar River is located just 80 kilometres away from Shimla. Nature is seen thriving in abundance in this quaint little region of Himachal.

Pabbar valley trek, located in the rural settings of Shimla is less frequented trek yet spectacular and alluring. It goes through the most apple orchards and lush green forests of Himachal Pradesh to a decent heightening pass. The trek is known after its major river Pabbar, with numerous tributary streams flowing down to the lower habitation. This offbeat trek starts from Jhanglik and heads toward Pabbar valley giving one glimpses of breathtaking mountain ranges. En route one will pass several attractive grasslands of pasture to a beautiful Chandranahan glacial lakes site. This trek has everything from deep virgin forests, gurgling streams, breath-taking mountain sides, miles of undulating meadows, amazing waterfalls and the feel of fresh mountain air as you climb from Janglik to the lake.

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Trek Starting & Ending Point – Janglik village, Upper Shimla Region

How to reach  Shimla is well connected to Delhi and other cities of India by air. From Shimla, Rohru is about 4 hours distance and buses are available from Shimla to Rohru. From Rohru, Chirgaon is about 15 kms and can be reached by a shared vehicle which takes about 1 hour. Further from Chrigaon, Tangnu is about 22 km and takes another hour to reach. Shared vehicles are available, but less frequently. From Tangnu, walk to Janglik on a jeep-able road. It about an hour’s walk.

If you are travelling by railways, then Kalka is your station. From Kalka, drive to Shimla which is an hour and a half journey.

Buses leave for Shimla from Delhi and takes about 11 – 12 hours.

Best time to do the trek: This trek can be done anytime during the year. The glacial ponds are sparkling blue during summertime and the waterfall looks majestic. During winters the trail is covered in snow and the lakes & waterfall is completely frozen.

Duration – 04 nights/05 days

Maximum Altitude – 4237 m or 13900 ft

Walking distance – 36 kms

Grade – Moderate

Trek Route – Janglik – Dayara Thach – Litham Thach – Chandranahan – Litham Thach – Simir Thach – Janglik

Day 1: Shimla – Jhanglik

Altitude: 9,200 ft (2,804 m)

Time taken: 9-10 hours from Shimla

The base camp of the Chandranahan Lake trek is JanglikThis adventurous trek begins with your arrival in Shimla from Delhi/Chandigarh followed by a drive towards Tangnu, Rohru and then towards Jhanglik village. The village is rich in heritage and has immense picturesque views.

Day 2: Janglik to Dayara

Altitude: 9,200 ft (2,804 m) to 11,075 ft (3,376 m)

Time taken: 5 hrs

janglik
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Today’s trek is perhaps the most beautiful first day of any trek that you will walk on. Post breakfast start your trek to Dayara thach. The trek starts from the village will take you through forests and beautiful meadows. In an hour, step on a ledge and look behind you for a commanding view of Diude, Tangnu and other villages. The climb gains altitude rapidly. A little later, the trail climbs into a oak and pine forest. The trail through the forest is just the treat that you needed after the long climb. You will eventually reach a vast expanse of meadows climbing into the hills to your left. Soak in the stunning view and keep trekking. Before reaching Dayara the trail climbs up gradually. Reach the campsite, setup your tents and sleep comfortably.

Day 3: Dayara to Litham

Altitude: 11,075 (3,376 m) ft to 11,737 ft (3,577 m)

Time taken: 3 hours

dayara thach
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Start your day by witnessing a beautiful sunrise from Dayara and explore the lush green meadows. Later, have your breakfast and then leave for your second day of the trek. The trail from Dayara to Litham goes through thick forests, alluring green meadows and gushing streams as you gain an altitude of 737 feet in 3 hours. Through meadows trail head towards Gunas Pass and after fifteen minutes you enter the pine forest. Cross a stream and exit the forest section with delicious views of Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass. Ahead the grasslands look wonderful, after half an hour trail takes you through another forest of Bhoj. Descend through this forest and reach a stream from where Litham is clearly visible. There are plenty of brooks running across Litham, choose a flat spot and good views to settle down for the day. Litham has stunning views from three sides. Towards left you can see the Chandranahan Waterfall, beyond which is Chandranahan Lake, towards right are cliffs with snow patches behind which lies Rupin valley and in front are snow-covered mountains at their back lies Buran Ghati.

Day 4: Trek to Chandranahan lake and back to Litham

Altitude: 11,737 ft (3,577 m) to 13,900 ft (4,237 m) and back

Time taken: 6-7 hours

Chandranahan lake
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Today is the day when you finally move forward towards the seven glacial lakes, the Chandernahan Lake. These seven Glacial Ponds are the very source of Pabbar River. Cross the stream that you get just before the Litham campsite. Continue upstream on the shepherd’s trail to a ridge top. Walk towards the snout of the waterfall from where the stream emerges. n one hour you can reach this Lake and the journey gets difficult from the snout. After another hour or so, you finally reach the lake. The setting of this Lake is idyllic, grassy patches are in middle and small waterfalls turn into small streams. Spend some time exploring the area and later head back to the Litham again.

Day 5 : Litham to Dayara

Retrace your steps through the undulating meadows of Dayara and reach the campsite.

Day 6 : Dayara to Janglik

Again, follow the same route and get to Janglik which finally marks the end of this beautiful trek. The trail is going to be mostly descending and comparatively easier than the rest of the days. If you wish, you can camp at Simir Thach or you can go all the way till Janglik.

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