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Now that exam season is over, does your vacation plans include trips to overpopulated trekking destinations in Himachal Pradesh? Thought as much. It is very difficult to come across someplace that does not have overcrowding – especially in the summer seasons.

Fret no more! We have just the right solution for you. Take the Rajgudha Trek. An enchanted escape away from the bust trekking regions and one to give you peace, solitude and gorgeous mountain views. 

Rajgundha

Rajgundha Valley (Image Courtesy: Jaydeep Mishra)

Details of the Rajgundha Trek:

  • Region – Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Duration – 3/4 days.
  • Highest Altitude – 12772 feet.
  • Average temperature – 10°C- 15 °C
  • No. of campsites – 1.
  • Difficulty – Easy.
Trekking

Trekking Uphill to Rajgundha

What the Rajgundha Trek Itinerary Will Look Like

Day 1: Reach Bir

Day 2: Bir – Barot – Baragoan – Rajgundha

Day 3: Rajgundha – Channa Pass – Billing – Bir

Places You Will See During the Rajgundha Trek

Barot

A 54-kilometre drive from Bir, Barot is a small village on the banks of the Uhl River. This place is also home to the Shanan Hydel Hydroelectric Power Dam. Built in 1932, it is the most scenic project in Himachal. It is almost daunting to listen to the sound of water powerfully reverberating through the valley. Apart from this, if you’re a fan of seafood, there are numerous poultry farms that offer the freshly caught trout fish found only in this region. 

Reservoir

The Reservoir at Barot Valley

Driving through the curvy roads, you will come across lines moving straight uphill that almost look like dried up waterfalls.

But, here’s the catch! They’re railway tracks. How can a train gain that much elevation, you may ask? Leave that to the engineers who designed this genius plan. This track was built to supply construction materials and heavy machinery to build the dam that you saw at Barot and it is still used to this day.

Barot

En Route Barot Valley

Baragaon

As you reach Baragaon, where the trek begins, the sun begins to set tinting the sky with a crimson hue that leaves you feeling tranquil and calm. The cool breeze will engulf you and strip you off lethargy as you tread through the valley. Passing by step farms, you will see locals dressed in their native attire with a smile that will certainly warm your insides.

Imagine all around you, snow-clad mountains beautifully arranged as you cross the raging Uhl river. This is exactly when the powerful force of nature dawns on you. The weather is quite unpredictable in the hills, one should be prepared for everything. 

Sunset

A Breathtaking Sunset in the Hills (Image Courtesy: Yati Gaur)

Rajgundha

Snuggled in the midst of the Thamas Valley, Rajgundha is a small settlement that offers an ethereal view of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Very few people live here, as it remains devoid of inhabitation during the winter months when the locals move down to warmer regions. 

With no materialistic desires, the people of Rajgundha lead a simple life. Living in small kuchha huts, they earn their livelihood through primitive farming of vegetables and pulses in the summer. You can even try some of them while you’re there! 

Rajgundha

Horses Grazing in the Valley (Image Courtesy: Jaydeep Mishra)

Almost identical to the specks of snow in the mountains, a million dotted stars in the sky will shine bright as the night crawls. Stargaze from your sleeping bag and fall asleep in the laps of serenity. Waking up to the beautiful sound of birds chirping, make your way to the next destination, Billing. A long way down, but worth the hustle. 

Camping in Rajgundha

Setting Up Camp in Rajgundha (Image Courtesy: Yati Gaur)

The trek ends at the take-off point for paragliding in Billing, and you can fly your way down to Bir or take the cab to come back.

Channa Pass

On the way to Billing, this is the perfect place to stop for a short break. The Channa Pass is a vast expanse of land that offers a breathtaking 360° view of the valley and the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges.

As you give your calves some much-needed rest, binge on some packed snacks and soak in your surroundings. Gaze upon the valley and try to spot the end-point of your trek, Billing. Still, a long way to go.  If you’re lucky, you might even come across a herd of sheep led by a shepherd and his friendly guard dog!

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Shepherd Dog Basking in the Channa Pass

Billing

The feeling of witnessing the final leg of your trek is incomparable to any other. As you are greeted with Tibetan prayer flags, look up to the sky and see a multitude of gliders, twirling their chutes in the thermals of the valley. Billing is one of the highest take-off points in Asia, being perched at a height of 2400 metres above sea level.

Let the adrenaline rush engulf you and make that jump. Before that, if you’re feeling too drained, have a cup of tea at one of the oldest tea stalls in Bir Billing, Chacha’s. We assure you, it’s worth it. As your foot touches the landing site in Bir, give your body the rest it deserves and grab some lunch as you head back.

Take-off Point in Billing

This path offers just the right amount of adventure coupled with tranquillity and peace. We recommend you to head to this trekking destination in Himachal Pradesh at least once in your life.

Tibetan Prayer Flags (Image Courtesy: Yati Gaur)

Things to Know Before You Go

  1. Make sure you do not litter around, The Hosteller believes in the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the place.
  2. Carry a water bottle with you, you’ll need lots of water as you trek uphill.
  3. The weather is unpredictable in the hills, make sure you are fully equipped to handle the conditions. Carry a water-resistant cap and a jacket.
  4. Wear trekking shoes with good grips and thick soles. The rocks tend to get a little slippery due to the rain.
  5. Do not fill your bag with unnecessary items, it will make it hard for you to cover elevations.
What Should I Do Now?
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