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A particularly interesting trek involves the highest peak in the Shimla hills

Shali Peak Trek

The Shali Tibba is a peak that is hard to miss. It towers over the district of Shimla, right behind the Mashobra ridge. Despite its conspicuousness, however, the peak does not attract as much attention as it deserves. Shali Tibba, at an altitude of 9,423 feet, is surrounded by Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda. This stand-alone peak provides a magnificent vantage point for a panoramic 360 degree view of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Best Season: All Year Round
  • Region: Shimla ,Himachal
  • Max. Elevation: 9,423 feet
  • Trek Grade: Easy - Moderate

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Trek for the meadows

The Shali Tibba is a peak that is hard to miss. It towers over the district of Shimla, right behind the Mashobra ridge. Despite its conspicuousness, however, the peak does not attract as much attention as it deserves. Shali Tibba, at an altitude of 9,423 feet, is surrounded by Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda. This stand-alone peak provides a magnificent vantage point for a panoramic 360 degree view of Himachal Pradesh.

The road leading to the base camp, Khatnol Village, winds through a quiet and beautiful valley of blue pine and cedar forest. Away from the hustle of Shimla, the trek to Shali Top is beautiful, short and easy and can be completed in a single day. It is an ideal weekend trek in Shimla.

The Shali top has a temple dedicated to Bhima Kali, a goddess, who is highly revered by locals. Devotees flock to the top regularly, especially during Navratri. The temple has been constructed with wood and stones, typical of rural Himalayan architecture. A trail to the temple was constructed in 1936 by the Raja of Faridkot. The same trail exists today and is in a good shape.

Things To Take

BARE NECESSITIES:

Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.

Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.

CLOTHES

Three warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.

Two trek pants: Wear one pair and carry one pair.

Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.

Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

ACCESSORIES

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.

Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.

Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.

Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.

Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.

Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory

Detailed Itinerary

  • Around 300 metres before Khatnol, you will see a road going up the mountain ridge. You will also see a sign board stating the way to Bhim-Kali Mandir – Shali Tibba. This is a kuchcha but motorable road going up the ridge, leading to Shali Tibba. The road allows a vehicle up for another 2 km, after which there is a dead-end and just enough place to reverse the vehicle. The trek can start from this sign board or after 2 km. The road winds through the ridge and goes along a forested area. In the backdrop, Shali Tibba main peak dominated the view, with Chota Shali Tibba on its left.

    The trail zig-zags upwards, with a series of scissor bends. Approx. 3-4hours journey of hike straight up the mountain will have you reach the destination.

    Finally You reach the gate of the Shali Temple, which has an old bell hung on it. Proceed straight up on cemented stairs till the point you reach a small level land. Here, there are two cemented huts meant for pilgrims to spend the night.

Price Information

1 Day Trek Price: On Request

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