Hatu Peak trek – Under 1200 INR

A solo trek was always on my mind and this time I got a chance to experience one. Hatu peak, a short 1 day trek begins from Narkanda, a town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Hatu peak is the highest point in Narkanda region.

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Reaching Narkanda

I started my journey from Chandigarh on 27.01.2018 at 7.00 AM. I boarded a normal HRTC Bus from sector 43 ISBT for Shimla as there was no HRTC direct bus to Narkanda. I reached Shimla at 11:45 AM. I then boarded a bus from Shimla to Narkanda. The travelling distance is 65 kms from Shimla. I would have reached by 3:15 PM but due to huge traffic snarls caused because of large chunk of tourists visiting Shimla it took me additional 2 hours to reach Narkanda. If you are coming from Delhi there are regular buses to Shimla from Delhi too.

After reaching Narkanda I went to HPPWD rest house which I had booked earlier. The rest house is just near the point where the bus drops you at Narkanda. As I hadn’t eaten much and was quite peckish I visited the local market, had my dinner and then rested for the day so as to start fresh for the trek next morning.

The Trek

I started my trek at 8:00 AM in the morning. The trek has a motorable road till Hatu Temple but as it had snowed few days back the last 4 kms of the road was full of snow. After a walk of about 4 kms I found the camps on the way along with an eatery which also provide you boots as the trek from here was all snowy. I encountered my first milestone then indicating that Hatu temple is 3 kms away. The track had thick snow and it was slippery at some points too which made the walk more thrilling. The views from here were mesmerizing ranging from undulating snow-capped mountain peaks, tall pine spruce forests & beautiful meadows. I encountered the second milestone 1 km before the summit.

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I reached Hatu Peak at 10:10 AM. The walk was truly a bliss and it was quite easy and beginners can do it in 2 to 3 hours. However it totally depends upon on your stamina and endurance how much time will you take to reach the peak. The Hatu Temple at the summit is a beautiful and you are left awe-struck by the craftsmanship & its magnificence. According to local belief the Hatu temple is the temple of ‘Mandodari’ wife of ‘Ravana’.

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The temple was covered in pure white snow all around. The view at the peak was spectacular. Sights of blue sky, snow-capped mountain peaks, valleys & folds took my breath away.

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Peaks visible from here include Dibibokri, Nagtibba, Churdhar etc. It was so peaceful, away from the fast moving life of the city. I spent about 2 hours at the Hatu peak and then started my descent.

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It took me 1.5 hours to make the downhill climb. I took some falls too. I reached the town center at about 1:30 PM. I then boarded the bus to Shimla and reach there at about 4:00 PM. After having some snacks at the bus terminus I then boarded the bus to my home, Chandigarh. I reached Chandigarh by 9:00 PM and rested. Looking back, it was a great weekend break. I enjoyed it completely.

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Now that is something you call travelling on a budget !!!

33 Comments Add yours

  1. SANDEEP BAWA says:

    Sir… Your photographic skills are too good

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  2. Sevya Sharma says:

    picturesque!

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  3. Quality wing says:

    Wow… beautiful place.. amazing nature

    I wish I would’ve joined you

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  4. Ripan says:

    Good yaar!!

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  5. Gaurav sharma says:

    Next time I will join u for sure.

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  6. Hiking Singh says:

    Thanks I am just a beginner

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  7. Nipun says:

    Superb veer ji..You managed the whole trip at such a paltry sum, despite in the peak period.Kudos..Keep posting..Lots of love.

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  8. Jasmeen kaur says:

    Great stuff! Brought me close to the nature again 🙂

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  9. Sandeep Bawa says:

    Your story narration is too good Sir…

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  10. This is post is so detailed and you have a great way of expressing your adventures. Weldon.

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  11. ngofrillsnomad says:

    This looks awesome! I love how detailed your photos are, outlining the elevation. Job well done!

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  12. vballangel5 says:

    THis sounds amazing! And I love your pictures.

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  13. Ziaul Hasan says:

    The place seems mesmerizing…thank you for the post…

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  14. Hello again! I always have a problem with commenting your articles 😉 When I read them I imagine myself on this kind of hike or I see the movie of your adventures (with the help of your photos)… And I really have nothing to say, because I have an impression, everything important/meaningful has been told. I just want to assure you, I enjoyed reading your blog and keep going with your good job 🙂

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  15. ansh997x says:

    I did this trek a few years back. The blanket of snow was thicker but I guess rising temperature is responsible for this. Also, are you sure that’s Nag Tibba. Isn’t the peak in Uttarakhand?

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  16. Team Uy says:

    the view at the peak is stunning and i love that you have temple stopover before you reach the summit.

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  17. Hiking Singh says:

    Havn’t been to Nagtibba. I am not sure if that is Nagtibba as it was captured by my phone application. May be there is some location error.

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  18. Hiking Singh says:

    🙂 Thanks !!! I think that is because you are not using WordPress.

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  19. Hiking Singh says:

    Oh that way 😁 I thought there is some commenting issue 😄

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  20. I use wordpress 🙂 I just said I have a problem with commenting, because I don’t know what meaningful to say – everything has been told in the article already 😉 Mountains aren’t for commenting, describing – they’re for enjoying!

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  21. I commend you on your hiking! Looks like a great one! And the temple covered in snow would have been so beautiful!

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