Camping and trekking to Himani Chamunda Dharamshala

Trek to Himani Chamunda An overnight trek to Himani Chamunda is a wonderful experience for the adventure loving tourist visiting Dharamshala.  Just 15km away from Dharamshala is the famous Chamunda...

Trek to Himani Chamunda

An overnight trek to Himani Chamunda is a wonderful experience for the adventure loving tourist visiting Dharamshala.  Just 15km away from Dharamshala is the famous Chamunda Devi Temple near Dadh.  In its backdrop is the majestic Dhouladhar mountains and in its vicinity flows the river Baner Khad.  Every year, a large number of devotees travel to this holistic destination of Himachal Pradesh to get blessings of goddesses ‘Chamunda’ (Hindu deity).

The old Chamunda temple was located  about 10kms away on top of the Dhouladhar mountains at the height of about 2864 meters  and one can reach their by foot only.  This ancient temple is known by the name as HIMANI CHAMUNDA.   It was not easy to visit this temple by everyone.  As per the legend some 400 years ago, a Raja and a  priest prayed to Chamunda Devi asking her consent to shift the image to an accessible location, then Maa Chumnda appeared in a dream to the priest granting him the permission. She told him to dig a certain area and subsequently, they will find an ancient idol. new temple was built at Chamunda near Dadh so that everyone can pay their homage to Goddess Chamunda.

Himani Chamunda

The starting point for the Himani Chamunda trek begins at 800 meters after crossing the new bridge over “Baner Khad”.  The trail is divided into three distinct sections; a paved concrete section, a series of stone steps and finally over grass and scree. The Himani Chamunda trek paved concrete section is 3.5 kilometers  long and it rig-zags.  it’s way through a wooded section and along the hill side. As you climb higher, take time to admire the Himalayan vultures as they soar the thermals. Towards the end of this section, the view towards the Dhauladhars is especially delightful. The second stone stairs section is 1.4 kilometers long. The stones climb through a glade of firs and end at the base of a meadow.  A temple dedicated to Hanuman sits on this meadow.  From the temple the last 3 kilometers  are over grass and loose rock and scree.  Stone cairns and solar lamp guide you through this last section. In addition to these markers, red arrows  are painted on prominent stones that mark the route to the temple.

Trek Summary

DIFFICULTY Moderate
DURATION 4 hours ascent, 3 hours descent
DISTANCE  7.4 kilometers one way
MAX. ELEVATION 2864 meters
START & FINISH  Jia village near Chamunda town, with an option to trek straight to Chamunda town
GETTING THERE Bus / Taxi. Four buses ply daily between Chamunda and Jia. A taxi can be easily hired from Chamunda (H.P.). Chamunda is 17 kilometers by road from Kangra (H.P.) and 20 kilometers from Dharamshala (H.P.)

Best Time to Visit : Mid June to Late October  

Climate: In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point, so heavy woolens are recommended. During summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

 

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