Chanshal Pass Trek
Perched atop the Chanshal Peak, Chanshal Pass is the highest pass in the Shimla region. Not a mainstream place, the Chanshal Pass is one of the breathtaking places to visit in Himachal. Connecting the pretty town of Rohru to Dodra and Kwar villages in the Simla area, Chanshal Pass is the highest peak and indeed a daunting one. Chanshal Pass is 48 km from Rohru – a town in Shimla almost 115 km from the Himachal’s capital city. To get here, hire a cab from Shimla for the entire route because that’s the best possible medium to reach the Pass.
The best part is that being counted among the offbeat places in Himachal you won’t find the place too crowded. Slush, loose rocks, and super narrow roads (at times) make Chanshal one of the most obscure places to visit in Himachal. Therefore, when you plan to visit Chanshal Pass, make sure that the man behind the wheels is someone well experienced. May to October beginning makes for the best time to explore this place, for the rest of the year, the entire pass is buried under thick layers of snow. Even the monsoon in July and August make the road to Chanshal quite scary.
Be reassured that you’d be greeted by strong chilly wind no matter what time of the year it is. And no matter how notorious the roads and weather here are, once you get to Chanshal the views and humbling nature around would leave you a mute spectator. Most of the travelers plan to go camping and enjoy adventure activities at Chanshal. The fun part is, even during the peak summer season, this place occasionally experiences zero degree temperature at night.