This Sanctuary and Catchment Area is situated adjacent to National Highway 22. It starts right after Dhalli and extends beyond Kufri.The altitude ranges from 1,900 m to 2,620 m. The sanctuary is connected by a forest corridor to Chail Sanctuary in the south. This catchment which is the main water supply for Shimla. The natural vegetation comprises pine, oak, cedar or Himalayan deodar, and rhododendron, as well as maple and horse chestnut. The wildlife consists of jackals, kakkar (barking deer), and the occasional leopard, as well as numerous bird species such as the Himalayan eagle, pheasants, chikor and partridges.
There is one rest house inside, and one small room in the middle of the Sanctuary which was built by the Britishers where British officers used to play cards.
The enchanting Churdhar mountain in Sirmaur (Shivalik ranges) is the highest peak in southern Himachal Pradesh. Churdhar is commonly known as Churichandni (Bangle of Snow), is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in this region. The view from the summit embraces a vast panorama of lowland tracts towards the south and snow-capped ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region, towards the north.
It is believed that this is the very place where Hanuman discovered the life-restoring Sanjivini booti, which revived Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s younger brother. Ruins of an ancient town have been discovered at the nearby Dundi Devi. A wealth of herbs and beautiful alpine flora, covers these Himalayan slopes. Walking through the wildlife sanctuary, one can spot the spectacular monal, Himachal’s state bird, along with koklass and kaleej pheasants. The canine-toothed musk deer and the endangered Himalayan black bear inhabit the higher forests.
The Shali Tibba (3208m) is one of the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla. It is a magnificent isolated pinnacle with a Kali temple on the top. The ascent up to Shali is an ancient trail through dense pine forest and rolling alpine pastures. It is a steep and steady climb to the often mist enveloped peak. The peak commands an unforgettable view of endless snow covered Great Himalayan ranges along with the Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. For the avid photographer and nature lover, this trek offers the experience of a lifetime.
Length: 7 days of trek; Walking from Dhaula to Sangla, around 60 Km. Dehradun to Sangla in 8 days.
Access: Dehradun is well connected by train from New Delhi and Kolkata. There are several overnight trains and buses from Delhi. Nearest airport Jolly Grant is 20 Km from Dehradun. The trek base Dhuala is 200 Km from Dehradun. Sangla the trek end point is around 235 Km from Shimla.
Highest Point: Rupin Pass ~ 4685 m/15370 ft.
Grade: Moderate (heavy snow in summer)
Seasons: Mid May to June and September to end of October.
Further Option: There are few trekking passes like Borasu Pass, Lamkhaga Pass, Nalgan Ghati, Sinkha Ghati (Lamea Pass) etc which connect western Garhwal with Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. It is possible to do a round trip while going Sangla and returning through another pass in the same region.
As you all know Himalayan Foot-slog had organised a SNOW TREK to Chandernahan Lakes and it was a successful trek , now we are organizing Chandernahan Frozen Lakes trek. Chandernahan Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking route of the region. It’s beauty remains unexplored by the enthusiastic trekkers. Chandernahan Trek can also be ranked as trekker’s paradise. The trek starts from the heritage village Janglikh and winds through the beautiful meadows, thick forests, grassy land ascents where the pabbar valley exposes the view of the whole surroundings snow cladded mountains, waterfall and seven glacial ponds of chandernahan which is the source of pabbar river.
It is believed there are total seven Kailash mountains. The well known Mansarovar Kailash in Tibet, Adi Kailash in Pithoragarh district of Uttrakhand , Amarnath Kailash in J&K, Kinner Kailash in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Mani Mahesh Kailash in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh,Sri Khand Kailash in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Seventh one is believed to be Boorha Kailash andis yet to be located.