Hatu Peak Trek offers everything that one might expect in a full-fledged trek – tall pine forests, enchanting mountain views, beautiful meadows and the thrill of walking on a rocky terrain!The trek starts at Narkhanda, 63 km from Shimla. So, it is perfect weekend trek from Delhi.
The trek leads up to the sacred shrine of Hatu Mata, a deity revered by the locals. The summit overlooks Narkhanda and offers a splendid view of the surrounding hills and valleys of Shimla, Rohru and Theog.
The temple itself is a specimen of excellent architecture. Hatu Peak is about 8 km away from Narkhandha, at an altitude of 3,400m. The trekking trail is very well defined and there’s also a motor-able route. You can complete the trek and get back to Narkhanda on the same day itself, but if you want to experience the thrill of camping, you can camp out at Joh Bagh. The trek takes you through the forest area of pine, oak, rhododendron, deodar, sil, fir, and spruce trees.
After almost an hour long trek you can reach the meadows of Joh Bagh, which is 2kms away from Hatu Mata temple. The meadows are ideal for pitching a camp. You are advised to plan the trek during the first few weeks of March as the weather is perfect and Hatu Peak treats you with snow!
How to Reach?
You can reach Narkanda from Shimla. There are regular buses to Shimla from Delhi. The nearest railhead is at Shimla and it connects with the nearest broad gauge station at Kalka, which is at a distance of around 80 km from Shimla. There are taxis available from Kalka to Shimla.
Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti which is 75 km away is the closest airport. Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Narkanda.