Monday, July 2, 2007

Shali tibba ascent (3126mts from mean sea level)

Dear reader,

Greetings from Himalayas.

This time I would like to give you an introduction of Shali just an hour and half of drive from north of Shimla.

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.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Shimla –Mashobra - Sipur - Thaila - Gulthani - Deola.
In the morning after breakfast depart Shimla at 9 A.M. by jeep. Reach Mashobra which is the starting point of the trek. Mashobra is a small village which holds a magnificent view of the valley.
From Mashobra descend into woods and after walking for 2 km you are in a thick pine forest and nearby to it is about 500 yrs old Shiva temple (Sipur). Continue descending down through villages to the river Thaila.
From Thaila the uphill journey through lush green pastures will take you to village Deola. Have lunch. In the evening visit the local deity temple in the village, walk through terraced fields. Overnight camp with bonfire.

Day 02: Around Deola.

After breakfast, in the morning walk down a small rivulet through small terraces to explore the rich flora of Himalayas. Walk back to guest house for lunch. For evening walk up to the to of a hill near the guest house which offers rewarding views of Sunsets. Walk back with bundle of woods for a bonfire. After dinner know about the bygone history from the elderly people.

Day 03: Deola - Khatnol - Shali.
Start early in the morning to Shali . Stop at Khatnol, a small hamlet, offering nice views of Shali. Walk for here takes a turn and we get into a very beautiful forest of Himalayan Cedar, Himalayan Spruce and endless wild flowers. Stop for lunch on the way. Walking more takes us towards the Shali peak and on can see the deep valleys down. Enjoy evening tea at Shali. Overnight camp Shali.

Day 04: Shali – Karyali Lake.

Start late after having breakfast to Karyali down through thick oak and pine forest. Reach Karyali late afternoon for lunch. Later explore the village. Overnight camp at lake.

Day 05: Karyali – Tattapani – Shimla.

Drive to Tattapani for lunch, enjoy hot sulphur bath. Later in the evening drive back to Shimla.

To book this tour please mail to or Call 0911 - 9816366111.

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