4 Nights, 5 Days
Day 1 - Pick Up from Pathankot Drive to Orchard Hut Starting Point (Chaminu) via Chamba visiting millennium old Temples and town. 30 Mins country walk to the Orchard hut through terrace fields. Reach Himalayan Orchard Hut Traditional welcome at Orchard Hut. Overnight at Himalaya Orchard Hut.
The scattered village of Kut-Chadiara in the Panj-La Valley lies perched mid-way up a steep terraced slope at 1325m above sea level. Surrounded by fruit trees, vegetable fields and forest, Orchard Hut offers a bird’s eye view of the mighty River Saal in the valley below and is a 30 minute climb from the bus stop at Chiminu Village, 6 km from Chamba town.
Himalayan Orchard Hut is the home of an environmentalist extended family who offer food and accommodation to those wishing to experience true village life. The house is made of clay and wood in traditional fashion and offers neat, clean and basic rooms with verandas overlooking the hills and valley. There are either single or double rooms or alternatively tents on the hill terraces. Separate bucket bathing and toilet facilities lie next to the house. The delicious food provided includes rare traditional dishes famous from the time of the King’s rule in Chamba District. The food is mainly Indian with options for catering to western tastes as well. Pure drinking water comes directly from our springs.
We offer a tranquil setting in which to relax and rejuvenate yourself after the stresses, strains and pollution of urban life. You will treasure your memories of your time here forever.
Day 2 – After Breakfast Start trek to Ridge Moor Cottage near the village of Rulpuli (2,300m) which takes 4-5 hours through dense forest of Devdar trees, terraced fields and tribal shepherd villages. Arriving around tea time, you’ll enjoy dinner and a camp fire. Night stay in tent or room at Ridge moor cottage.
This trekking hut near the tiny village of Rulpuli is at about 2250m. and has a spectacular 360 degree view of the Dhauladar ranges and snow capped mountains of the Pir-Panjal Himalayan range. The house, built in traditional form, is at the peak of a mountain on a pasture surrounded by spruce, cedar and rhododendron trees. The cottage is 9 to 10 km from Orchard Hut and a 3 to 4 hour trek. For the journey down it is possible to walk for two hours through a forest to the nearby town of Chhoti Jhamwar (5 km away and at 2000m.) and catch a bus back to Orchard Hut.
Day 3 – After Break fast start trek to Bari Jamwhar (Ht.3000m) snow line it a beautiful meadow from where one can see a another 360degree view of Himalayas. Picnic Lunch will be served and after lunch descend back by changing the route through dense forest of Devdar trees. Dinner and Camp fire. Night stay in tent or room at Ridge moor cottage.
Day 4 – Today we will come back to Himalayan Orchard hut Via Baat (different route) or via Chotti Jamwhar. Reach at Orchard Hut for the Hot Lunch. Overnight at Orchard Hut.
Day 5 – After Breakfast Descend down to the road head drive back to Pathankot train station by vehicle through Khajjiar and Dalhousie hill station . Over night train to Delhi.