II am very happy when I write to you today. I want to talk about the new Chirbatiya weekend hike that we start in Uttarakhand. It got us to the bone!
We were looking for a weekend hike in Uttarakhand for a long hike that would go with our Nag Tibba or our Deoban hike.
In all fairness we did some exploration. We have also opened them for trekking. For example the Benog Tibba hike near Mussoorie or the Thakoor peak near Nainital. But none of them sat very well with us. Something was wrong with them. We finally stopped taking people on these walks.
But sometimes you just stumble upon a hike by accident. Then you walk on it with concern and hope against hope that the hike can keep up with its predecessors. You do the hike once. You think it’s great. But maybe it was some initial excitement. Then you do the hike again. You want to see if the hike hits you as hard as it did the first time. And then it does too. You can’t contain your excitement! You hit a gold mine!
This happened to us on the Chirbatiya Weekend Trek.
It was pure coincidence that the Uttarakhand Forestry Department invited us to explore the Chirbatiya region.
If the name is new to you, Chirbatiya is a range of hills north of Rudraprayag. It’s tucked away in a corner where very few dare. Tourists didn’t see this place. In the heart of this region we will be hiking and camping.
We started our inaugural hike on March 12th and I’m sending this out invite first so that you join us!
Explore the Chirbatiya Weekend Trek
What we noticed most while exploring
Given that we have been looking for a weekend hike for a long time, we embarked on this exploration of Chirbatiya with great anticipation. Our senior trek leader, Dushyant Sharma, led the exploration.
Within a few hours he called us from the trail and was amazed at the view he was staring at! “I can see the Chaukhamba massif – every ridge and shadow on it! I can see Mandani Parbat, Janhukut … you won’t believe it, over the valley I can see Trishul, Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Changabang, it’s a full 270 degree view! “he exclaimed.
And sure he sent us this picture while he was walking.
A view of the Chaukhamba massif and Mandani Parbat at sunset from the Chirbatiya Trail. Image by Dushyant Sharma
I have to tell you It usually takes us several days of trekking to see such views. Not on a weekend hike. On this hike, we saw these views in just a few hours of trekking. The next hike that comes to mind with such great views is ours Deoriatal-Chandrashila.
But it’s not just the mountain views that are great on this hike. There is much more to be done.
What else we loved about the Chirbatiya Weekend Trek
1. The sunrise from the Patangnia ridge
Just 20 minutes from our first camp there is a ridge towards Patangnia Top. We climb this ridge to catch the sunrise on day 3. Trekkers have always imagined catching great sunrises on a trek. We believe this sunrise will stay with you for many days to come. “The view overlooks the Ghansali Valley – the sun rises behind the views of the misty hills in the valley. It will be magical! “Says Dushyant.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t catch the sunrise while exploring. But this picture gives the hikers an idea of where they will be, ”continues Dushyant.
Sunrise on the Chirbatiya Trail. Image by Dushyant Sharma
2. The enchanting forests of Chirbatiya
The starting point of this hike is Chirbatiya. “Chir” refers to pine trees and “Batiya” means a way. Literally translated it means a path through the pines. And you are sure to walk through some of the most beautiful forest trails on this hike. Not only is there pine, but there is also a good mix of oak and rhododendrons. Hundreds of birds and the scent of the forest hang in the air.
Chirbatiya forest trails
3. Look out for the campsite in the Patangnia clearings
On this hike we camp in the open clearings of Patangnia. That alone is reason enough for this hike, as the meadows here offer some of the great views of the rolling hills. You are literally camping on a hill.
“When you camp on these grassy openings, not only do you see the most beautiful sunset – and for the second time you can also see a wonderful sunrise over the valley!” says Dushyant.
Our trekking guide Dushyant Sharma, who led the exploration to Chirbatiya, is a seasoned professional. He has seen wanderings across the country and abroad. He has led over a hundred groups at Indiahikes. He knows a great hike when he sees one. I asked him if this hike was better than this Nag Tibba, the constant crowd-pleaser and one that Dushyant likes personally. He only had one word to say: “Every day!”
I won’t say anything more.
We have opened a special group for this hike for the weekend of March 12-14. Just make sure you are on this hike!
There is an additional bonus for trekking on the weekend of March 12-14
I already mentioned that we explored this trail on behalf of the Ministry of Forestry. Well there is more. The forestry department is holding an elaborate nature festival to promote ecotourism in beautiful Chirbatiya. Look at that!
“It is encouraging to see the Uttarakhand government taking great strides to open up trekking to more and more people,” said Arjun Majumdar, founder of Indiahikes.
In fact, I am so happy to see that even most of Uttarakhand officials are talking about this hike! Here is a tweet from the Rudraprayag DFO, Mr Vaibhav Kumar, about the hike.
As part of our quest to promote #ecotourism in the region, #Rudraprayag Forest Division, in partnership with @Indiahikes, is proud to offer #Chirbatiya Weekend Trek! Check the link for details! @UTDBofficial @Koko__Rose @suparna_r @shivaniazadTOI https://t.co/ll0Ug5dlGj
– Vaibhav Singh, IFS (aibVaibhavSinghIFS), February 15, 2021
I’m afraid the first registrations for the hike were made before I could send you this mail. Unfortunately, in March we were only able to squeeze one group together to open the hike. We’re just too busy with the rest of our other hikes.
I hope you sign up quickly. We do the opening hike on March 12th. It’s an extended weekend hike. That said, it starts on a Friday and you return on Sunday. Which means you leave Delhi on Thursday evening.
It is a 3 day hike with the following itinerary:
Friday: Start at 6.30am and drive from Dehradun to Chirbatiya. Stay at the Chirbatiya Forest Rest House / Home Stay for the night
Saturday: Hike from Chirbatiya to Patangnia Meadows and camp in the meadows
Sunday: Hike from Patangnia Meadows to Khalawa Tok and back to Chirbatiya. Drive to Dehradun. You can reach Dehradun between 7pm and 8pm.
If you want to take part in the first day of the nature festival (12,13,14) and experience the culture of the mountain villages, come a day earlier.
Here is the link to all of the Trek details again. Just click the button below.
Explore the Chirbatiya Weekend Trek
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