Shrikhand Mahadev Height = 17150 Ft/ 5227 metres
Trekking Distance = 28-30 Kms
Best Time for Shrikhand Mahadev Trek = June & July
Official Yatra time = 15-20 days in the month of July.
About Shrikhand Mahadev
Shrikhand Mahadev Trek takes you to one of the most sacred adobes of Lord Shiva. There is a 75 feet high Shiva lingam situated at the top of the peak. There are no trees or any plants and the area is mostly covered in heavy snow throughout the year. The peak is accessible only for 20-30 days in the the months of June and July. During this time, the local authorities conduct and maintain the official Shrikhand Yatra. Shrikhand Mahadev trek is considered as one of the most difficult pilgrimages in India, because of the difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions. Hundreds of devotees perform this trek each year. We have tried to provide the best possible information on this trek in this post. Please go through the available Photo Gallery and other details below.
Shrikhand Mahadev Photo Gallery
Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Registration
Is registration for the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra necessary ?
During the Yatra period, registration is mandatory.
If you do this trek before Yatra period, you should enter your name in a register maintained by the Sadhus at Bharatinala. The official registration is not available during this period.
Why register for this trek ?
Registration is recommended for this trek as it helps track the number of pilgrims going up and thus necessary steps can be taken to support them in case of an emergency.
How do I register for the Shrikhand Mahadev Trek ?
Online registration is not available for this trek. You have to register with the authorities at Singhad. The authorities set up camps at Singhad during the yatra period.
Is a medical certificate necessary for Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra ?
Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Route
Although there are other routes towards Shrikhand Mahadev, however the official Yatra starts from Jaon Village. Starting from the first, we have listed the main stops during this trek below.
Jaon Village is where the motorable road for this trek ends. Jaun village is 170 Kms from Shimla via Bagipul and Nirmand. From Jaon, you’ll have to walk on a Jungle trail towards Singhad.
Distance from Jaun to Singhad is approx 3 Kms. Singhad is the last village on the Shrikhand Mahadev Trek. A Shiva temple with a beautiful idol of Lord Shiva is situated in Singhad Village. The authorities setup camps in Singhad for registration purposes. Starting from Singhad till Bhimdwar, you’ll find various camps setup offering free food/ bhandara to the pilgrims.
The next stoppage is Bharatinala which is 3 Kms from Singhad. At Bharatinala, there is an Ashram of Juna Akhada where the the Sadhus maintain the record of the Yatris. They also offer accommodation and food to the pilgrims.
Please refill your water bottles in Bharatinala as there is no source of water before Kali top. However some dhabas on the way might offer some water to you if available.
From Bharatinala, the steep climb also known as Danda Dhar starts. Danda Dhar goes all the way till Kali Top. The next stop would be Thachru, however there is a spot before Thachru where people have camps setup for trekkers.
Kali Top is 3 kms from Thachru and it is the highest point in the area. Named after goddess Kali, it has a small stone temple dedicated to goddess Kali. You’ll get the best view of the Shrikhand peak and Shivalingam from Kali Top. The whole view from here is totally mesmerizing and makes you realize the grandness of the Himalayas. Although there are some camps at Kali top, but most trekkers prefer to continue further for overnight stay either at Bhim tal, Kunsha or Bhim Dwar if time allows. However, if you reach Kalitop in the evening, we would recommend you to stay overnight here only.
Bhim Tal or Bhim Talai
Kunsha is unarguably one of the most beautiful spots during this trek till now. The distance between Bhimtal to Kunsha is 2 Kms approx. This place is extremely beautiful and very photogenic. After Kunsha, you’ll have to walk another 3 Kms towards Bhim Dwar. The trail between Kunsha to Bhimdwar is narrow but easy to walk.
Nain Sarovar Lake
The Shrikhand Mahadev Peak
Please note that if you have any respiratory problems, please consult a doctor before attempting to do this trek. This is because the oxygen levels are low at the top. Due to this, it is also recommended to start the climb downwards as soon as possible and not to stay at the top for long.
Thank you for reading this post.
Hope, it will be helpful for the fellow travelers during their trek. Please feel free to contact us for any additional information about the trek. May your journey be safe and successful by the grace of Lord Shiva!