Located just above Shimla is the rarely spoken about Pabbar Valley. The number of visitors to this place are very few and those who have been here call it a hidden gem or a place equal to paradise on earth.
Surrounded by mountains on all sides, it is truly a breathtaking place to visit, especially during spring. Trekkers who have reached the valley are blessed with the unparalleled views of bright green woods of oak and deodar along with gorgeous apple orchards.
Pabbar Valley exploration is complete only with a number of treks which are lesser known outside the trekking community. You can find your way through all kinds of terrains and landscapes to enjoy this hidden gem in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Here are a few of them to get you going.
Rohru To Buran Ghati Pass
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Well known for trout fishing and apple orchards, Rohru is a tiny town in the state of Himachal Pradesh. A trek from here to Buran Ghati Pass takes you through a number tiny hamlets, vast green meadow, lush forests, bubbling lakes and to top it all snow-capped mountains; the place offers you unbeatable natural beauty and adventure.
Located at an altitude of 4578 m, the Buran Ghati Pass is a very common route amongst the shepherds who head towards Kinnaur and offers one breathtaking views of the valley below.
Kharapathar To Giri Ganga
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Although one can reach Giri Ganga by road now, the route becomes inaccessible during the monsoons. Trekking is one of the best ways to explore this panoramic and well-marked trail which begins from the Himachal Tourism Hotel in Kharapathar and takes you all the way up to Rohru 6 km away.
The trail gradually ascends from here and would take you through meadows, thick pine forests and vegetable farms. One would be blessed with the breathtaking views of the Chander Nahan mountain ranges and the trial comes to an end at the Giri Ganga Temple.
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A very popular trek which is loved for its various terrains is Rupin Pass. The trek begins from Dhaula and takes you through high cliffs, thick forests, beauty villages, snow fields and much more alongside the banks of the Rupin river.
The reward for the long walks are the changing landscapes and a hypnotising three-stage waterfall. The last leg of the trek to Rupin Pass, which is located at an altitude of 4619 m, is totally thrilling and requires one to cross a path filled with snow and rocks.
Janglik To Chandernahan Lake
Chandernahan Lake is well known for a being a spotless one which is located at altitude of approximately 4000 m and is covered with snow throughout the year.
The lake is considered to be holy by the locals, who believe a dip in its waters would wash away all the sins committed by an individual.
The lake indeed is a breathtaking sight, so are the views of the marvellous landscape from here. Janglik village is the last stop for vehicles on the trail and then the trek takes you through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron trees.
Gadsari Village To Saru Lake
This trekking trail is the least popular amongst trekkers in the Pabbar Valley, but promises you a trail passing through lush forests and eventually wraps up at the Saru Lake at an altitude of 11,865 ft.
The trek is of a day's duration, which can also be reached by a motorable road which bends itself at Chanshal Pass or by a more satisfying route from Gadsari village.
The route which starts from Gadsari village takes you through the dense vegetation and a number of streams which you will have to hop over. Apart from this, be mesmerised by the fascinating views of the Bandarpoonch range, vast meadows and lastly the beautiful Saru Lake.