Chirkitti Pass Trek
About the trek
This trek first takes you to a mountain village where most houses are traditional style, there are fields around houses, distant from road and city hustle bustle. First night's stay will be in village and post that in tents. All the regions covered in the trek are less intruded by urbanization and you see a variety of terrains like villages, fields, forests, muddy paths, rocky paths, streams, rivers. This trek presents a fair amount variety as well as challenge (especially in snow) to the beginner. Along with astouding views of Dhauladhar range and natural scenery abound, you also get to experience mountain village life and culture. You cover three different regions in this trek, which is quite rare for a 4 day trek.
Route
Baijnath - Kandkosri - Thati - Rajgundha - Barot - Baijnath
Day 1 Baijnath - Kandkosri (20 minutes by road, then ~2 hours trek)
Easy short trek through village and pine forested region. This is a serene and peaceful village far from road. Today's stay will be in village homestay. You can interact with natives, observe mountain village lifestyle and culture ,and enjoy homemade food cooked on traditional chullah(mud stoves)

Day 2 Kandksori - Thati - Maghaal Paani(6 -7 hours trek )
After some steep ascent out of Kandkosri, we enter a pine and rhododendron forested region and ascending gradually, reach Thati village which is inherently quite traditional in nature. Intermittently views open up and on a clear day you can see far off views. After Thati, we again step into wilderness and for most part our ascent is upstream in forested trail along a stream.

Day 3 Maghaal Paani - Chirkitti Pass (~2950 m ) - Rajgundha ( ~6 km , 5 hours)
We continue the ascent towards the pass and reach the base - Chirkitti. Altitude wise this is not a very high pass though final ascent is bit steep, a characteristic of most passes. Looking back we can see long running view of the valley till far away including Barahan village. At the top you can see astounding views of mighty mountains on the other side of the pass. After about an hour's descent we reach Rajgundha village. This is Chhota Bhangal region, serene, laid back and relatively untouched yet, from urbanization. Plenty of terraced fields abound all around. View of Thamsar Pass mountains and the mountains on Mandi side leaves you spell bound.

Day 4 Rajgundha - Kukarrgundha - Badagran (~5 km, 3 - 4 hours). Badagran - Baijnath (~3 hours by road)
This is a relatively light day trekking wise. At leisurely pace explore the region around, then we move to Kukkargundha, last inhabited village in this direction, and then cross Uhl river to reach Badagran village. Trek ends here and we return to Baijnath via road. The scenic road journey also takes one along downstream direction of Uhl river and some part of Chauhar valley.

Reaching Trek Base - Baijnath
It is recommended to reach a day before trek for proper rest, energy and acclimatization. If you plan to start trekking same day as you reach, then reach as early in the morning as possible.

Delhi - Pathankot - Baijnath
First you need to reach Pathankot. You can take a train till Pathankot(PTK) or Pathankot Cantt (PTKC). Almost all trains going to Jammu will halt at Pathankot Cantt. There are many overnight trains from Delhi to Pathankot. Journey time is 9 hours approximately and overnight journey is recommended to save daytime.

Pathankot to Baijnath
From Pathankot , it's ~ 4 hours by road to Baijnath. Bus/taxi are good options.

Delhi - Baijnath
Direct bus till Baijnath from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi ( Travel time 12 hrs approx ).
Terms & Conditions
  • The cost includes services of skilled and knowledgable guides, helpers, and cooks, all meals and equipment during trek
  • Cost excludes travel/accommodation prior to and after the trek
  • Detailed instructions & Payment mode will be emailed to you on registration

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