CHURDHAR-WEST APPROACH

At 3650m height Churdhar is the highest peak in the lower Himalaya. For those looking for a new route to Churdhar as an alternative to the Nauradhar route from the east can try the approach from the west. From the west it takes close to two full days to reach Tessri. From Teesri Churdhar can be climbed in 3 hours post which one can return back to Teesri and start the walk back to Nauradhar thus completing a traverse of the peak. The final climb from Teesri if done in fair weather is not very challenging and at the summit you find a fairly large temple. Views towards the north are majestic as a string of peaks are visible.

REgion

Rajgarh, Himachal Pradesh

FIRST TRIP

September 2010

Trip Grading

3

Trip DURATION

2 days

Best Period

April, May, June, September, October and November

Side TRIPS

Complete a traverse by descending from Nauradhar

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.    Walk through vast expanse of meadows offering wide views of Rajgarh towards the west. 
2.    Infrequent approach from the west typically only used by village folk.
3.    Open route from the west offering wide views as compared to forested approach from the east. 
4.    After the summit descend down to Nauradhar thereby completing a traverse of the peak.  

Churdhar-West Approach Gallery

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Village Didag (2000m) the starting point of the trek to Churdhar.

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At close to the 2500m one can get a wide view towards the west towards the Rajgarh side

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Trekking in April, one comes across the bloom where ladybirds can be seen virtually everywhere.

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At 29250m there is a lovely meadow to set up the camp.

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Finally close to the 3000m mark the trail begins to flatten out.

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Churdhar peak in the distance with Teesri being the low point on the ridge towards the right.

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Under snow negotiating the final stretch to Teesri has to be done with care.

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Finally at Teesri in the middle of a snowstorm.

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