If you’re looking for a Himalayan adventure that’s off the beaten track, Khara Pathar is the perfect destination.
Located at a staggering height of 8770 feet, this small village is the highest point on the Shimla route. The road to Khara Pathar may be rough and bumpy, but trust us when we say that it’s worth it!
The view of the scattered houses on the hill, lit up like specks at night, is a sight you won’t forget anytime soon. And if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear night, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable view of the stars.
Khara Pathar is also known as the “apple belt of Himachal Pradesh” due to the sprawling apple plantations dotting the hills. It’s the perfect place to go camping or fishing, and there are plenty of hiking and trekking trails to explore. The most famous trek is the Giri Ganga River Trek, which sets up its base at Khara Pathar and stretches all the way up to the source of the river. It’s a must-do for religious societies, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor explorers.
The trek through the dense forests and lush greenery surrounding Kharapathar is sure to impress. Along the way, you’ll see an abundance of deodar trees, pine trees, and apple plantations. You might even come across clear streams and brooks. The terrain is mostly muddy, but the end of the trek is a rocky path that forms approximately 15% of the end.
Once you reach your destination, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Giri Ganga River and its surroundings. There’s also an ancient temple complex to explore, which is made up of ruins, a cottage, and a traditional age-old dharamshala made of wood and stone. The main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga, and local legends say that taking a round around the temple, in the water, is a sure fire way to wash away all your sins and wrongdoings. You might even spot locals doing this themselves!
Getting to Khara Pathar can be a bit of an adventure in itself. The best way to reach the village is through renting a sturdy private car or taxi. Bus services are also available, but be warned that the roads are extremely rough towards the end and it takes at least twice the time to reach Khara Pathar. But don’t let that deter you – the journey is half the fun!