Hatu Peak Trek – is a delightful trek in Shimla district of Himachal, India. Trekatribe offers trekking to this blissful trek throughout the year. Its one of the best weekend getaways near Shimla. 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 Peak offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Hatu Peak is famous for its ski slopes. A sub-center 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 form the apple heartland of Himachal Pradesh.
Hatu Peak- The best weekend Getaway in Shimla:
The trek to Hatu is of 7 km 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 Trek Map
Hatu is famous for its ski slopes.
The area is surrounded by forests of Fir and Spruce, with a smattering of maple, Aspen and Cedar trees.
At top of the peak, there is a small wooden temple known as Hatu temple. According to local belief, the famous Hatu Mata temple is the temple of ‘Mandodari’, wife of ‘Ravana’. People come in great number on the first Sunday of Jyeshtha to pay rituals here. There is an ancient stove like formation of rocks nearby temple. Locals believe that it was used by the Pandava brothers to cook their food during their Agyaat Vaas (years of exile).
Hatu Peak is uninhabited and a really peaceful place with the most spectacular view around.
Day 1 (23 Nov) – Start journey from Shimla ISBT at around 9 a.m. to Narkanda in Tempo Traveller/Innova (65 km, 2-3 hours). Start trek from Narkanda to Hatu Peak (7 km) through the silent alpine forests and magnificent view as you hike up. Evening tea with a wonderful sunset view. Camping, bonfire, and dinner near 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 Peak: 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 (24 Nov) – Next morning, enjoy the 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. Spend some time in Narkanda market and 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
Lunch on Day 1
Dinner on Day 1
Experienced trek leaders and cook.
Transport from Shimla and back to Shimla.
Climbers are reminded that there is a 15 kg 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.
Woollen hat for warmth.
Scarf or bandana.
Ear plugs. (Optional)
Spare contact lenses or glasses.
Extra polythene bags.
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.