Narkanda Trek offers a magnificent view of the majestic Himalayan Treks, including snow covered mountains of Pir Panja. Narkanda is located north-east of Shimla at an elevation of around 2621 m, and is bounded by Shivalik ranges. During winter, the slopes of Narkanda host skiing enthusiasts. Also, you can amble in the conifer forest, feel close to nature, and explore some of the best offerings of the area.
Hatu Peak (3300) is located nearly 8 km from Narkhanda. Gurkhas built a fort here in the 19th century when they invaded the hill state. A well-defined trekking> trail leads you from Narkhanda to Hatu Peak. There is also a motorable route, but if you are a trekking enthusiast, take the route going through the thick forest area.
Hatu Mata temple is located at the top. Standing atop the Hatu Peak, you get to see some of the spectacular views of the scenic surrounding area, hills and valleys of Rohru, Theog, and Shimla. Also, hill hamlets such as Kumarsain, Kotgarh, and Nirmand can be seen.
The trekking trail takes you though pine, oak, rhododendron, deodar, sil, fir, and spruce trees. En route, you also pass through temporary shelters of Gujjars. The open grazing ground Joh Bagh is located 2 km from the Hatu Mata temple. Almost an hour long trek via a forest area consisting of Oak trees takes you to the verdant meadows of Joh Bagh. The meadows are ideal for pitching you camp.
Exact Location: Narkanda is a hill station located on the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road National Highway 22 (NH 22), between the valleys of river Sutlej and Beas. District: Shimla.
Nearest Town: Shimla 65+ km
How to Reach
Narkanda can be reached from Shimla. From Delhi, there are regular buses to Shimla. The nearest railhead is at Shimla which has a meter gauge railway station. It connects with the nearest broad gauge station at Kalka, which is at a distance of around 80 km from Shimla.
There are taxis available from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka is well connected by rail line with all major cities in India. Chandigarh is another nearest railhead which is located at a distance of 177 km. Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti which is 75 km away is the closest airport. Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Narkanda.
Trek Length: 8 km
Best Time to Visit: January to June.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Shimla: This capital of Himachal Pradesh and a picturesque hill station is located in the lower Himalayan ranges amidst pine, oak and rhododendron forests. It was the summer capital of British. The snow clad mountains, verdant surroundings and the magnificent structures of Victorian style make this hill station quite popular. Some of the major attractions are Viceregal Lodge, neo-Gothic churches, Himachal State Museum and Library, the Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, Kali-Bari Temple, the Mall, the golf course at Naldehra and Jakhu hills.
Rampur: This town is located on the banks of the River Sutlej, and is on the national highway 22 (NH22). Rampur was once the capital of the princely state of Bushahr. The picturesque town is dotted with lanes, shops, and temples. The places worth visiting here are Dumgit Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya Temple, Narsingh Temple. Annually, an international stature fair called Lavi is held here on 25th November.