Planning Shrikhand Manahdev Trek - India's one of the most difficult Pilgrimage Trek


Recently one of my fellow-trekkers shared this article form Times of India, which say that Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult Pilgrimage routes. And soon this trek is going to open for everyone. Although I have shared about the trek multiple times, but this post is dedicated to trekkers or pilgrims, who are planning to go to Shrikhand Mahadev this year. This PHOTO JOURNEY would try to share some of the tips for planning it better, because a better plan can make your experience much better. 


Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

First let's talk about the location of this trek and how to reach there? If you are coming from outside Himachal, you need to hit Shimla. Check this post to know various options to reach Shimla. If you are driving till the base, even then you need to come to Shimla first. Let's talk about the bus route from Shimla to Jaon village, which is the base of Shrikhand Mahadev trek. From Shimla, you can take a bus to Baghipul (find out more details & routes at HRTC website). If not Baghipul, you can take any bus going towards Kinnaur and get off at the place from where the route cuts towards Baghipul. There's a bridge that comes before Rampur. I know it is not too helpful to tell a place which comes before a known milestone :). But this information can be shared with fellow passengers or the bus conductor, so that they can help you get down at the right place. During Trekking season, everyone knows that people get down at this bridge to catch the next bus towards Baghipul. The road on the left side after crossing the bridge goes towards Baghipul. From Baghipul either you can wait for the next bus to Jaon or take the shared cabs. There is a good probability of finding shared cabs till Jaon village. If you don't find a shared cab, try to hire a cab from Baghipul only. Car drivers at Nirmand usually charge a lot more. If you are in a group of more than 4, I suggest you hire a cab from Shimla till Jaon village. Below is the map from Shimla to Nirmand. 




Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...


When you know the route, it's time to plan your travel. If you plan to go by your own like we did, you need to find a good place to park your car for 5 days. We parked our car at Nirmand. We knew someone there. And from Nirmand we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon village. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Since it's a difficult trek and you need to spend few nights on the hills on your way, it's important to understand the stay arrangements and what you need to do to ensure that you take proper rest during the nights. It will be bone chilling weather on the hills. During the day it will be fine and most of the times you will feel comfortable with single layer of clothes, because of bright sun on these mountains. But during evenings you would need 3-4 layers of cloths and a cozy tent to spend the night. The good part is that you can find tents on rent at various places on the way. So you need not carry tents with you. The only condition is to figure out places where you can rent tents and then ensure that you reach that place by 4pm to reserve your place. Usually everyone starts the day trek early in the morning by 4-5am and concludes the day by 4-5pm. The first half of the day is most productive and usually there is high probability of rains in the second half, when clouds cover the sky. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Ensure that you don't carry too much stuff with you, but ensure that you have enough to eat. Eatables and basic medicine are extremely important. Food would also be available on your way, but don't expect tasty food options. And spending 5 days with tasteless food would be very unpleasant. So ensure that you have enough to eat. We carried some cup noodles, biscuits, dry-fruits with us. Good amount of glucose would be very helpful. On the way, it's important to consume water. You won't feel the need of water because of nice weather, but make sure you keep taking water at regular intervals. Put some glucose when you refill the water bottles. You get enough water through fresh water streams till the second last day, but during the last stretch you will go through snow covered hills and will not have access to water. So usually people get clean snow and put in the bottles. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Be extremely careful about carrying enough food material. Because of a bad plan, 2 of us were down with bad health. One of us was not eating well and other person got very tired. It's equally important to plan your days, so that you don't stretch unnecessarily. It's ok to spend 1-2 extra days, but move at a pace which suits your body. Because if you get stuck halfway because of bad health, that would be an extremely bad situation. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

One good thing which we did during our trek was to hire a porter from Jaon village, who was carrying 3 of our bags. So 4 of us were only sharing 2 bags. And believe me, carrying a small bag on these hills is a big deal. So try if you can simply trek without any baggage. If you have baggage, plan your days well in terms of distance to be covered per day. Fortunately we got a nice guy, who was very helpful throughout the trek.  

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

If you are in a good group of 6-8 people, I recommend you carry your own stuff and hire 3 porters. Have tents, sleeping bags & some basic utensils to make food. That will give you lots of flexibility to trek. You need not set targets for the day to reach a camping site. Wherever you find a good place around water, you can put your tents and enjoy the relaxing trek. And at times, it would be ok to not use the infrastructure and get rented shelter.

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Shrikhand Mahadev trek starts during the time when it's rainy around these hills. Clouds play hide and seek with you. So be prepared with following things - A good rain suit, nice trekking shoes (should not be slippery), avoid shorts (there can be dangerous insects or even snakes on your way), a cap or a hat to ensure that your head is covered. Something to tie around your head would be very helpful to save your head from windy weather in late evenings. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

It would be a good idea to have a sense of weather through forecasts. Also be informed about the state of terrains for the year when you are planning to trek. Situations are different every year. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Keep some of the basic things with you - a torch, a Swiss knife, a first-aid box, a lighter (match-boxes as backup, but wrap them well to avoid moisture), paper soaps etc. Comfortable socks and gloves are equally important.

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Don't forget your camera and extra batteries. Try to avoid using LCD of your camera because that consumes a lot of energy. If your batteries are giving problems, take them out and rub against dry cloths. Put them again in camera and this trick should work 2-3 times or more. Keep some garbage bags to ensure that you don't make these beautiful hills dirty and there would no one to clean them if you leave the remains lying unattended. 

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Today Mr. Shankar Rajaram came to meet us at Noida. He was here in Delhi after Chadar Trek last month. Shankar has been trekking around Himalayas for more than 20 years now. His passion for trekking started when he used to visit various pilgrimage places. Today's discussion with Shankar reminded me of my Shrikhand Mahadev trek, which I did with my friends in 2008. This post is just a refresher of #LifeLessOrdinary experiences at the height of 18,700 feet with snow covered Himalayan ranges. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is one of the most difficult treks I have done and Shankar also agrees with me on this. Shankar, who has done many more treks in his life considers Shrikhand as something he will not even dream of attempting in future. While we can still think of Kailash Mansarovar, Chadar Trek, Lamkhaga Pass, Rupkund, Pin Parvati etc. At the same time, it's said that treks can't be compared and they change every year and experiences can be drastically different which usually depend upon the weather conditions.When we started from Delhi, we had never thought that next 7 days would be very different and exciting as compared to regular life we live in Metro cities. After reaching the base-camp of Shrikhand Mahadev, we lost connectivity. It was the time to inform everyone that we would not be reachable for next few days. This trek starts from Jaon village. After long drive from Delhi to Jaon, through Chandigarh, Shimla & Baghupul, it was time to have some rest and be ready for the real adventure from next morning. Shrikhand Mahadev was not a popular trek in 2008, but lot of local pilgrims used to go till the top of Shrikhand peak. Shikhand is basically a huge rock standing still on snow covered hills. It's a very unique thing and that's the reason that local folks from Himachal consider it very auspicious. But for us, it was an adventure and a good break from routine life.First day of this trek was mainly about crossing some rivers, water-streams and dense forests full of fog & high trees. We were trekking in the month of July, which is the only time to trek till Shrikhand peak. Rains and low visibility are two main challenges in this trek. This is what we thought on day-1 but we were not prepared for other challenges we experienced in subsequent days.During this trek we had some exceptional experiences which are hard to describe through words. I would recommend you to see photograph above, as it is very difficult to explain what we were experiencing. We were walking on the clouds and I do not mean metaphorically. It was surreal, though day dreaming was very risky owing to the steep gorges just one misstep could lead us to fall into.Sustained by Maggi, fresh air, and an adrenaline rush, we carried on in spite of the biting cold, mortal danger, and exhaustion. With only the rock, the Mahadev, in sight, we carried on. Never have I felt more in touch with myself as I did amongst those invincible mountains and the rolling valleys.At times the next step felt as if it could be my last, and at times I felt as if I had transcended mortality. Reality and dreams merged and I seemed to be slipping in and out of reveries. Being one with nature does this to you. There are no more questions. Amidst such pristine surroundings, it is just the Truth, The Ultimate TruthI don't know what it is about these treks but they are immensely emotional experiences. By the time we reached the summit, all of us were overflowing with emotions. I tried and blinked fast to fight them, but at last I had to gave in and the tears flowed. Once they started, I couldn't stop and soon I was sobbing. No one asked me why. Because all of them were experiencing something unique. And I wasn't the only one crying.   And let me now treat you to some ethereal sights from the trek...

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..


Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

Shrikhand Mahadev in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most difficult Treks, I have done so far. All these photographs are more than 4 years old now, but memories are still fresh in our mind. This Photo Journey is sharing some of the black & White photographs shot during Shrikhand Mahadev Trek in 2008. Let's check out and know more about this wonderful place in Himalayas...Very first photograph shows a huge rock standing still on top of snow covered hill at the height of approximately 1700 feets. This place is of high importance for Shiva followers. This rock is considered as Shivling and every year various pilgrim come to this place from various parts of the country. This Trek opens in July for approximately 3 months. I remember the moment when this Trek was planned by Vikas, Vishal & Narender Ji... I was one of the passive member who was not involved in planning and other folks were best at it :) ... It was very quick plan... Three of us started from Delhi and all of us met at Shimla to start next journey. We went till Nirmand Town in our car and parked it there at some friend's home... From their, we hired a cab to drop us at Jaon Village. jaon village is base from where Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Starts. This whole stretch from Jaon to Shrikhand Mahadev peak was very beautiful with various herbs, plants and flowers on the way...This climb from Jaon to Shrikhand peak took 3 days and third day was mainly through rocky hills with not plants and most of them covered with snow... Last day was challenging one with last stretch was also creating some breathing problems for some of us.. So idea was to reach final destination, spend little time there and come back to Parvali Bag for spending night... During back journey we took 2 days to reach Jaon Village...Here is another photographs from third day of climb.. This place is just above Nain-Sarovar... I call it cloud store... Even this kind of clouds can't be seen from airplane... The size of hills in background will give you some idea about the diameter of this Cloud store.. It was most beautiful moment to see these clouds.. I wish I had a video to share this moment...Here is a photograph showing two of our friends climbing up through snow covered hill around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. After this stretch some of us started feeling breathing problems but we managed to handle this through some of the medicines we were carrying with us..During this trek to Shrikhand Mahadev, clouds keep walking with you and at times start racing and of-course you can't compete with them :) ... Although these clouds make you most uncomfortable when they plan to throw heavy showers on you, while you have backpack on your shoulders and climbing high...Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is part of Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Although route to reach the place is through Shimla town if you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh... Weather on these hills is extremely unpredictable... Rains can start anytime... It's hard to see sun after 9am as clouds start moving from one place to another and whole day is spent with roaming clouds.. Most of the times, weather is good for trekking unless rain starts.. After first day, you don't even see trees where you can protect yourself from raindrops...Here is a photograph of fuggy day.. It was day one near Thachru which is one of the halts, where tents can be arranged for night stay but many folks target for Kali-Ghati or Parvati Bag on first day... We stayed at Thacharu as we didn't want to rush.. After first day of trek two of us were down with fever due to sudden change in weather and continuous trekking throughout the day...Here is a photograph of Shrikhand River which starts following you from Baghi-pul and during first day you have to walk through it or along the parallel paths during first half... A beautiful river with chilled water which comes from snow capped peaks around Shrikhand Mahadev Peak.Here is a photograph of Parvati Bag. This is the place which is targeted for first stay by many trekkers and for us it was very aggressive... So on first day we stayed at Thachru and on second day at Foolon ki Ghati which is next to Parwati bag....Lush green hills all around with shining white snow on the top and inside the corners of these hills.... Many of the water sources were also frozen on the way... At times, walking on those was extremely risky and you never know that which part of it has hallow below it...In some of the water streams, flow of water was very high during the day time and it used to increase as time passes in a day... During evening all of these streams used to get highest flow and slows down during night and cycle gets repeated.Here is a nother photograph of one of the hills covered with Hills... But this is much below the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak as we can see some tree in the bottom... This one is probably shot during first day or even on the way from Shimla to Jaon village...One of the rare photographs from Shrikhand Mahadev when we saw uncovered sky which was not wrapped by dense clouds..

If you are also a trekker and want to add more tips to this post, please leave a comment here. 

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -

  1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter
  2. Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
  3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
  4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
  5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

9 comments:

renu sethi said...

beautiful pictures :)

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Renu ! The trek is far more beautiful.

swati bassi said...

Wonderful Trek.
It was only yesterday I was reading about Shrikhand Mahadev trek.
The place looks so beautiful in your pics.

VJ Sharma said...

It's a brilliant trek but demands very good planning. The place is much beautiful that the photographs.

Sri Kri said...

Excellent Shots with nice presentation on important tips for planning.Thanks for sharing.
http://www.srikri.com/

ashofficial1 said...

Xtreme Good article to read with beautuful pics..

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Sri Kri and Ashofficial1 !

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Very informative article. I am 47 and planning to trek this Mid June. Couple of years back I did a 27 km trek in a single day with liquids only. This seems to be a difficult one though. I want to see how much my body can take. As you mentioned preparation is half the trek done.

Thanks again.
Raj

Kishore C. Azad said...

Very nice and informative article.

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