For the rulers of the erstwhile hill states, Hatu Peak (11,154 ft) was of great strategic importance because of its commanding position. It was accepted as a boundary between the states. The Gorkhas captured it early in the 19th century and established a fort on top of the Hatu peak. Later, the British ousted them from the Hatu heights. Narkanda (8,884 ft), situated at the base of Hatu offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Hatu is famous for its ski slopes. A sub-centre of the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute in Manali runs various adventure activities here and skiing equipment is available here in winters. Thanedar and Kotgarh near Narkanda forms the apple heartland of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Hatu is of 7km and starts at Narkanda. It passes through a rich Conifer forest comprises of Blue pines, Deodars, Firs and Spruce trees inter spread with the broad-leaved moru. Then comes the Kharsu Oaks, Rhododendrons, Walnuts and Horse Chestnuts. Every year a fair is held here in the month of May. On the way one will pass through Gujjar Kotha (temporary shelters of Gujjars who come here to camp with their herds in summers) with a little pond reflecting the tall trees, the peaks beyond and the blue sky above.
Hatu Mata Temple is located at the top of a long ridge. From here one can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. It stretches from the easternmost Pir Panjal ranges in the west, Shrikhand range in the east, Kinner Kailash range of Kinnaur in the north-east, and all the way across to the peaks of the Tons and Yamuna catchment in Uttarakhand. A half hour’s walk east to the temple through an Oak forest will take you to the grassy meadows of ‘Jor Bagh’, the place is blessed with the spectacular view of Himalayas and is ideal for camping and bonfire.
Hatu Peak Map
Day 1 (6 October) – Start journey from Shimla at around 10 a.m. to Narkanda. Trek from Narkanda to Hatu Peak (7km) through the silent alpine forests and magnificent view as you hike up. Evening tea with a wonderful sunset view. Camping, bonfire, and dinner at Hatu Peak.
Shimla: Shimla, Once the summer capital of British India, is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh located in the Himalayan foothills. It ’s known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.
Narkanda/Hatu: Narkanda is a town in Shimla district. It’s situated at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan-Tibet Road in Himachal Pradesh, India. One can enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayas from here. In clear weather, from Hatu, one can witness easternmost Pir Panjal ranges, Shrikhand range, Chanshal range, and also Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag peaks of Uttarakhand.
Day 2 (7 October) – Next morning, enjoy the 360-degree view from the top with a breathtaking sunrise and connect with yourself. A brief explanation about the place and about the ranges visible from Hatu Peak. Visit the Hatu Temple and after breakfast hike back to Narkanda. Drive back to Shimla. At Shimla, we part ways to meet soon for another trekking adventure. (Night stay in Shimla would be arranged if required by you)
Stay – Tents (sharing basis); Sleeping bags and carry mats.
Meals- Vegetarian, Nutritious and Tasty Meals during the Trek with Evening Tea.
- Breakfast on Day 2
- Dinner on Day 1
Experienced trek leaders and cook.
Transport from Shimla and back to Shimla.
- Climbers are reminded that there is a 15kg limit on personal luggage for all climbs.
- Cameras, whether video or film, needed to be protected against the severe cold either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep your camera in your backpack at higher elevations.
- We do not provide donkeys or porters to carry luggage.
- No insurance is provided during the trek.
- When between camps, please carry your daily personal rubbish to the next camp.
- Remember – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. So, keep the mountains clean and green.
- Aspirins and Paracetamols are highly recommended for headaches and because they also thin the blood that will help improving circulation & oxygen delivery to the body. Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
- Personal expense of any kind will not be entertained.
Personal Equipment Required:
- A good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack with plastic or water-proof lining.
- Comfortable, lightweight clothing.
- Sunglasses or goggles.
- Woolen hat for warmth.
- Pocket knife.
- Scarf or bandana.
- Lip balm.
- Ear plugs. (Optional)
- Spare contact lenses or glasses.
- Thermal innerwear.
- Extra polythene bags.
- A whistle.
- Reading materials, Games, Cards. (Optional)
- Towel especially lightweight quick-dry type.
- Track pants with more pockets. Carry around 2 pants. Avoid jeans.
- Waterproof jackets and gloves.
- A raincoat since the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. (Optional)
- Identification proof like Passport, Driving license, Aadhar card etc.
- 1 Passport size photograph.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY
- Cancellation of booking of tour 31 days or more before the date of Departure will result in 20% deduction in the cost of the tour.
- Cancellation of booking of tour 21-30 days before the date of Departure will result in 40% deduction of the cost of the tour.
- Cancellation of booking of tour 11-20 days before the date of Departure will result in 60% deduction of the cost of the tour.
- Cancellation of booking of tour 6-10 days before the date of Departure will result in 80% deduction of the cost of the tour.
- Cancellation of booking of tour 1-5 days before the date of Departure will result in 100% deduction of the cost of the tour.