SARAHAN - WANGTU TREK
Trekking Around Sarahan
Sarahan - Wangtu Trek
This is an easy and pleasant trek of 4 to 5 days along the old Hindustan – Tibet road. According to mrs. Penelope chetwode, it is one of the most beautiful walks in the world ; from sarahan the trail leads through the typical villages of sungra and nechar where a few ancient temples are located. There are several rest houses along the route, some dating back to 1890; they have been providing shelter to travellers and eplorers on their way to Tibet during all these years. One of the main attractions of this trail is the local colour and the traditional way of life of the inhabitants.
Best period ; april to june and august 15 to October 15th
1st day ;- sarahan 1920,mts – chora 1638,mts …..16kms
The trail follows the metalled road down to jeori for about 1kms. After a sharp bend in the road, the trail branches off to the right and continues north –east along the Hindustan – Tibet road. The path leads through forests of pine, horse –chestnut, oak and rhododendron. The trail is fairly level to start with but after a few kilometres it descends and crosses two streams; it continues down gently to the chora forest rest house. An ancient temple of hirma devi is located 300mts below the rest house.
2nd day ;- chora – tranda 1800mts ……8kms
Again , this path is a fairly level walk for the first 6kms after which it climbs steeply for 2kms to reach the forest rest house of tranda, situated on the top of a ridge.
3rd day ;- tranda – paunda 1830mts ……….10kms
This is a pleasant walk through thick pine forests.the trail goes along the edge of a precipice as far as solding nala, which is crossed by a bridge. The trail then crosses another stream before climbing gradually to meet a metalled road that links the new Hindustan – Tibet road with the villages of sungra and nechar. The p.w.d. rest house at paunda was built in 1890.
4th day ;- paunda – nechar 1950mts……12kms
Nechar is an easy walk of 12kms the paunda rest house. After 3kms , one comes to the ancient temple of sungra, which is built in pagoda style and stands amidst dense pine forests. The rest house at nechar is 6kms further on . the villages and temple of nechar are situated 3kms beyond the rest house. The temple is dedicated to the goddess ukha or usha
5th day ;- nechar – wangtu 1830mts ……5kms
The trail descends from the temple site for about 4hrs to join the new Hindustan – Tibet road at wangtu 31’ 32n, 78’ 01e . from there one can take a bus and return to Shimla or to sarahan .