The Shrikhand Mahadev trek is without a doubt one of the most fascinating and difficult treks for adventure seekers all over the world. The trek’s highest point is located in the Indian Himalayan range at an elevation of 17,150 feet and includes some of the most magnificent natural overlooks along the way.
The Shrikhand Mahadev Trek is the major draw of the arduous and rewarding hike. The majestic magnificence of a Shiv-Ling that is 75 feet tall and 46 feet thick may be seen here. This huge Shiv-Ling shows Lord Shiva’s visage, complete with eyes, nose, and matted hair. It’s a fantastic sight to see as you near the end of your journey.
MYTHOLOGY ABOUT SHRIKHAND MAHADEV
According to tradition and legend, there was a monster named Bhasmasur. Through severe penance, he preached and delighted Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva reacted by bestowing upon him the power known as Bhasma Kangan. Bhasmasur can now transform anything he touches into ashes.
Bhasmasur, engulfed by his ego and vanity, considered reducing Lord Shiva to ash. Lord Shiva retreated into the cave and reappeared on the mountain top, thanks to Lord Vishnu’s assistance. Vishnu disguised himself as a female enchanter, Mohini, and fooled Bhasmasur into touching his own head and burning himself with his own hands.
Shrikhand Mahadev is the name given to the mountain top where Lord Shiva stood.
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SOME FACTS ABOUT SHRIKHAND MAHADEV
Altitude: 5227m | 17,150 ft above sea level
Location: Rampur, Himachal Pradesh
Total Distance: 32-35 km on one side which is 70 km in total
Difficulty level: Difficult & Challenging
Base Camp: Jaon Village
Destination: Shrikhand Mahadev Peak i.e. the Shivling
BEST TIME TO VISIT SHRIKHAND MAHADEV
The greatest time to hike to Shrikhand Mahadev Peak is during the full moon days of July and August when the weather is ideal for enjoying the scenic journey. September is also a good time, more scenic and few people on hike. Official yatra schedule is in July and it’s rainy season.
During official Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra schedule, you’ll find lot’s of pilgrims on Shrikhand Mahadev trek. Hike is really challenging so prepare well and do few high altitude treks before opting for Shrikhand Mahadev especially if you are coming from south India or plains.
SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK DISTANCE
Shrikhand Mahadev trek starts from Jaon village, which is the base village with some basic amenities. Shrikhand Mahadev Trek distance is 35 km one side and it takes 5 to 7 days to complete this arduous himalayan trek.
SHRIKHAND MAHADEV ALTITUDE
Shrikhand Mahadev is the toughest of Panch Kailash and altitude is 5227m approx. and which is very high.
SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK 2023
Shrikhand Mahadev trek 2023 start from July, you check out the fixed departure dates with Team Heaven Riders India.
July: 2, 9, 15, 16, 23
August: 5, 12, 13
September: 3, 10, 17
WHERE IS SHIKHAND MAHADEV LOCATED?
Shrikhand Mahadev located near to Rampur in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Route is Chandigarh – Shimla – Rampur – Nirmand – Bagipul – Jaon. Jaon is the base village of Shrikhand Mahadev trek.
From Shrikhand Mahadev top on a clear day, you can see Kinner Kailash range, Garhwal Himalayas and many great himlayan peaks.
HOW CAN I GO TO SHRIKHAND MAHADEV
Jaon is a typical himalayan village. To reach Jaon is little tiring journey as it is located in remote area. Chandigarh is well connected in terms of Flight, Train to all the major cities of India. From Chandigarh, book a taxi and it will take 10-12 hours to reach Jaon. Road is well maintained upto Rampur.
Shimla’s Jubbarhatti Airport is the closest one to Jaon. Road transportation is accessible from there up to the Jaon village of Nirmand, where the trip begins.
Shimla is once again the closest railway station to Jaon. The voyage begins in Jaon Village, which is 170 kilometers from Shimla and, as previously said, is accessible by road. Chandigarh railway station is more accessible as compare to Shimla. Shimla train is narrow gauge rail line so one has to shift train from Kalka and board the Shimla train, which takes almost full day to reach Shimla.
A well-established bus network connects Shimla to the Jaon hamlet, where the yatra begins. It takes seven-eight hours to travel by road. Aside from the bus, cabs are accessible from Shimla to Rampur (130 km) and then to Jaon village through Nirmand (Kullu), however, the last 8 km from Bagipul to Jaon is a single and narrow road.
Recommendations: Take a flight to Chandigarh and rest for a night and next day drive to Jaon.
ATM & MOBILE CONNECTIVITY
Last ATMs are available till Nirmand, But it will be better to withdraw from Chandigarh/Shimla or Narkanda. Because you’re on a journey that is taking you far from civilization. It is preferable to bring enough cash to cover the full travel as well as the payment.
The network works up to Jaon village, which is also the base village & starting point of Shrikhand Mahadev Trek. Only Jio, Airtel & BSNL works at Jaon. During the trek, you’ll find Jio & BSNL network till at Kali Top (day 2), Kunsha (day 2) & also some time on the top of the summit but it will totally depend on weather conditions.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
Trekking is very difficult if you have not prepared yourself for hard-core physical activity or a high level of fitness. Let’s face it, it requires a lot of hard work. Sweat is the price of a fantastic trekking. If you want enjoy the trek & great views so prepare well.
Blisters and missing toenails are badges of honor, as are sore calves and aching quads. In exchange, you get some of the world’s most unspoiled, pure, and jaw-dropping scenery.
The more you prepare for such a big hike, the less difficult it will be. Here are some tips to prepare yourself:
1. Start Walking / Jogging ( Daily for 10kms).
2. Start leg-based cardio exercise.
3. Make sure you include stair climbing in your daily routine.
4. Eat healthy food, remain hydrated, and get adequate rest for the greatest results.
5. Breathing Exercise
6. Do a high altitude trek before Shrikhand Mahadev upto 4500 meters is highly recommended.
7. Some of the activities you can do for an intense level of cardio are pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, breathing exercises, yoga & meditation and planks (3-5 sets each).
ITINERARY OF SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
Day 1: Chandigarh to Jaon (Drive 300km, 10-12hrs)
Day 2: Jaon to Thachdu (Trek – 12 km)
Day 3: Thachdu to Bheemdwar via Kali Ghati (Trek -10 km)
Day 4: Bheemdwar to Shrikhand Mahadev and return
Day 5: Bheemdwar to Thachdu via Kali Ghati (Trek 10km)
Day 6: Thachdu to Jaon (Trek – 12km)
Day 7: Jaon to Chandigarh (Drive 10-12 hours)
We advise you to have an extra day as buffer to deal with bad weather or road block.
THINGS TO CARRY FOR SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
The following are some of the items that must be brought to Shrikhand Mahadev trek. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to do it alone rather than with a group or package, you will need to bring additional camping and cooking supplies.
- T-shirts-2, trekking pant -2
- Wind & Waterproof Jacket (lightweight)
- Sunglasses with UV protection – 1
2. Warm Cloths
During this trek, at least two to three layers of clothing are required.
- including fleece jacket, thermal for night, gloves, woolen & sun caps, neck warmer, and woolen & trekking socks.
- Trekking Boots with good grip
- Toothpaste and brush, liquid soap, Sanitizer, Tissues, Toilet paper
- Sunscreen lotions, and lip balm are all items to have on hand.
- Power banks and chargers
- Extra batteries for the camera
- Headlamp Torch with spare batteries
- ORS, glucose, energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, Energy Bar, dried fruits
7. First Aids
- Diamox is an essential medicine for high altitude (headaches, stomach distress, and other symptoms of altitude sickness)
- other basic medicines (consult with your doctor)
- Also keep sprains, band-aids, volini spray.
- consult a registered medical practitioner for more.
SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK ROUTE MAP
RENTING GEARS FOR TREKS
Chandigarh serves as the best place for shopping for your Shrikhand Mahadev trek where you can either purchase or rent the essentials for your trek. Don’t worry if you traveling with Heaven Riders India. At Jaon which is also the Base Camp, HRI’s team will provide you the rental gear like:
1. Trek Pole
3. Trek Shoe
POINTS TO KNOW BEFORE ATTEMPTING SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
2. After Jaon village, there is no cell phone connectivity. Only a limited JIO, BSNL network is available on a few points & not trustworthy.
3. During the trek, don’t consume any banned substance or drug. Liquor is banned on trek.
4. Pack light because you will be carrying your bag for the whole of the trek. It’s best if your backpack doesn’t weigh more than 10 kg.
5. When traveling to Chandigarh from Delhi, take the train or bus, it is budget-friendly
6. Stay hydrated from the moment you wake up until the end of the walk.
7. You have the option of trekking alone with a local guide or joining one of the several organizations that organize the Shrikhand Mahadev Trekking. For a stress-free trekking experience, the latter ensures that all of your lodging, meals and other legalities are taken care of.
8. Be a responsible hiker by not littering the path or nearby areas.
9. Make sure your organizer must have a good experience in organizing high altitude trekking.
10. You can buy personal gears from the Decathlon Store.
11. Prepare well for Shrikhand Mahadev Trek.
12. Don’t go alone, not advisable.
13. Do a high altitude himalayan trek upto 4500m before Shrikhand Mahadev.
14. Don’t play loud music on the trail.
15. Because water is so valuable, conservation is encouraged.
16. Pay attention to the trek guides and instructors in order to have a safe and enjoyable trek. Also help you team mates.
17. Before embarking on the journey, consult a physician. During the hike, carry basic medications and a first-aid kit.
PLACES YOU CAN VISIT AFTER THE SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks and verdant grasslands. It is also the summer capital of British India time. Shimla has retained its old-world charm, with exquisite colonial architecture, a pedestrian-friendly Mall Road, and a ridge lined with stores, cafes,
and restaurants. Shimla is well connected to numerous places and is about four hours away from the neighboring city of Chandigarh. The city also has an airport, however, there aren’t many daily flights from here. The railway station connects Shimla to the plans and is well-known for the Kalka-Shimla train route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kasauli is a charming village with magnificent hiking paths, snow-capped mountains, and lush surroundings. This Himachal colonial-era hill station is a hiker’s dream and nature lover’s paradise, embellished with the unrivaled attractiveness of its spectacular Himalayan panoramas. It is one of the top holiday locations in Himachal Pradesh since it is surrounded by absolute peace.
Kullu, a prominent Himachal Pradesh tourist attraction, is located on the banks of the Beas River. Kullu is famous for the Dussehra Festival, historic temples, and rafting. Kullu is frequently associated with its sister town Manali, which is located at a considerably higher elevation and offers more magnificent views of snow-capped mountains.
Kullu is also home to the Bhuntar airport and bus station, and it serves as the starting point for trips to Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, and Naggar. Kullu also features a few significant temples, including the Raghunath Temple and the Jagannath Devi Temple. Many treks originate in this area, including the Bijli Mahadev Temple Trek and the Parvati Valley Trek.
This picturesque town, located at a short distance from Shimla, is particularly popular among honeymooners visiting Himachal Pradesh. Kufri, which is nestled in the Himalayan foothills, is one of the most popular holiday locations for adventure lovers also.
The small town’s towering valleys are delightfully green in the summer and ethereally snowy in the winter, providing some of the most magnificent views. The valley also has a diverse range of native flora and wildlife, such as dense forests of pines and deodars, which add to the natural beauty of the area. Kufri, unlike other villages in the upper highlands, is reasonably developed and offers a variety of sports and adventure activities for visitors. The Himalayan National Park in Kufri, which has a significant rich endemic fauna, is a joy for both wildlife aficionados and trekkers.
5. Sarahan Busahar
Sarahan is a tiny town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the location of the Bhimakali Temple, formerly known as the Bhimadevi Temple, which is dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, the reigning deity of the previous Bushahr monarchs.
The temple is one of 51 Shakti Peethas and is located approximately 170 kilometres from Shimla. Because of its proximity to the old Indo-Tibetan Road, the town is
renowned as the “gateway to Kinnaur.” The Satluj River is seven kilometers below Sarahan. Sarahan is associated with the Puranas also where it is known as Shonitpur.
6. Morni Hills
Morni Hills, a peaceful hill station in Haryana, is popular with the people of Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Morni Hills is the ideal weekend escape place, with lush vegetation all around. Morni is surrounded by the Shivalik range of the Himalayas.
Morni Hills is the ideal hill station if you’re searching for a few hours of peace and relaxation. It is well connected to the major cities that surround it, and the weather is pleasant all year except summers.
Chandigarh is an important business center as well as a renowned tourist destination. It is said to be India’s first planned city and one of the best-planned cities
in the world.
Some well-known tourist destinations include:
1. Monuments: Capitol Complex, The Open Hand, The Tower of Shadows, Le Corbusier Centre, Palace of Assembly, Fateh Burj
2. Museum: International Doll Museum, Government Museum, and Art Gallery are some of the must-visit museums in Chandigarh
3. Lakes: Sukhna Lake, New Lake, Sector 42, and Dhanas Lake are the lakes in Chandigarh
4. Gardens: Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Terraced Garden, National Cactus, and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre, Garden of Fragrance, Japanese Garden, Butterfly Garden, Topiary Park, Shanti Kunj Park, Chandigarh Botanical Garden
5. Zoo: Chhat Bir Zoo or Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park
THINGS TO DO AFTER SHRIKHAND MAHADEV TREK
1. Paragliding in Shimla
What could be more adrenaline-pounding than gliding through the air? Make the most of your Shimla trip by trying it out. This thrilling activity is quickly becoming one of the greatest adventure activities in Shimla. There is no doubt that Shimla’s beauty is unparalleled by any other hill station, and there are several activities to do in the city. The undulating hills and surrounding area are suitable for this sport. This thrilling activity combines parachuting and hand gliding.
2. River Rafting at Tattapani
Shimla has undoubtedly one of the best River Rafting trips in Tattapani. This level-3 rafting experience in Shimla’s calm and incredibly stunning nature is truly
one-of-a-kind. There is nothing to worry about because we have all of the best safety procedures in place, as well as experienced and trained teachers. This thrilling
exercise is open to everyone over the age of five.
3. Kufri Adventure Park
When it comes to thrill and entertainment, nothing beats the Amusement Park. Himachal’s first advanced amusement park offers entertaining thrill rides and more,
surrounded by wonderful hiking, skiing, breathtaking scenery, and plenty of adventure. At 9000 feet above sea level, the Kufri Adventure Park is one of the finest
Hill Adventure Sports experiences in North India. Book a day at this amusement park in Kufri, near Shimla, and have a good time.
4. Jakhu Ropeway
The Jakhu ropeway is a cable car that runs across Shimla. The ropeway is a renowned tourist attraction in Shimla because it offers a breathtaking aerial view of
the city. It is merely a 10-minute ride to the Jakhu Temple while enjoying the beauty of the woodlands. One can see the 108-foot-long statue of Lord Hanuman from the ropeway, which is regarded as the world’s tallest Hanuman statue at an altitude of nearly 8100 feet. It increases the value of your ropeway ride. The ropeway links the Jakhu temple to the ridge ground. The total trip is around 8 kilometers, which takes about an hour to walk, but a cable car makes it more convenient and saves time to see the temple.
5. Horse Riding at Kufri
Kufri is a lovely place, and one of the most traditional ways to visit it is on horseback. The thrill of horseback riding, paired with a hunger for adventure, makes the ride unforgettable. A horse ride to Mahasu Peak is a must-do experience if you can handle the relatively rugged topography of the routes. It’s quite different from hiking and doesn’t take long. While the scenery may enchant you, the journey itself is a little frightening.
6. Boating at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake is a tranquil source of water in Chandigarh’s foothills of the spectacular Shivalik range. The lake is surrounded by foliage and provides a wonderful site that draws travelers, presenting a peaceful unity with nature. It is so attractive that a trip to Chandigarh would be incomplete without boating on Sukhna Lake, which is a calming experience. Shikaras have now been added to the lake’s boat fleet, allowing tourists to enjoy the experience of floating on the expanses of this tranquil lake, similar to Dal Lake in Kashmir.
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