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The Shali Tibba is the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla. It is a magnificent isolated pinnacle with a Kali temple on the top. The ascent up to Shali is through an ancient trail through dense pine forests and rolling alpine pastures. It is a steep and steady climb to the often mist enveloped peak. The peak commands an unforgettable view of endless snow covered ranges along with the Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. For the avid photographer and nature lover, this trek offers the experience of a lifetime.
For those who enjoy history and love nature, Woodville Palace offers the best of both worlds. Once you have checked in at the hotel, after unwinding you can enjoy tea at the garden restraunt ensconced between bamboo groves, or you can either walk along the photo galleries of the palace that tell many a tale or take a walk in the private forest at the palace and invigorate yourselves in pine scented splendor.
Another option is to relax with a good book in the hammocks or retire into your colonial cocoon. In the evenings a drink at the Hollywood bar is ideal which has original signed photos of the 1930's Hollywood stars..Before you know it, it's time for dinner and you can get an early night's rest for the day's treks.
Depart Shimla at 9 A.M. by jeep. Breakfast at Mashobra, noted for its apple orchards and thick woods of oak and cedar. Travel in a jeep/car/bus till khatnol via Baldhea along a fascinating dirt track to Gulshaini, a tiny hamlet (1250 m) situated at the base of the peak. From Gulshaini it is a steady climb along a rough road till Khatnol, an isolated village perched amidst rolling fields. Here we start the ascent.
From Gulthaini it is a steady climb for one and a half-hours till Khatnol,, an isolated village perched amidst rolling fields. Halt at the Khatnol Rest House for a well-deserved rest along with a sumptuous lunch. In the evening one can explore the village and walk along the beautiful little tracks leading to enchanting spots. Drive back to the hotel for dinner.Day 03: KHATNOL - SHALI TIBBA (2867 m) - KHATNOL...9 kms.
The next day after breakfast we drive back to Khatnol. Start the climb early in the morning to Shali. The landscape changes dramatically as one follows the ancient trail towards the peak. It is a three-hour climb at a leisurely pace with ample time to stand and stare at the surrounding magnificence and the imposing peak ahead. The final climb is a tough one and is amply rewarded by the breathtaking view from the top. It is a must to visit the historic temple where legend states that one's wishes come true. After lunch and a frenzied session of photograph, start the surprisingly quick descent back to Khatnol where the jeep picks one up to return to Shimla.
› Welcome Drink upon arrival with the signature Woodville Welcome Ritual
› Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
› Lunch at the Grand Hotel in Naldehra.
› Access to special permits from the government to gain access to the catchment area.
› English speaking professional guide
› Exclusive vehicle for pickup and drop.
› Mineral water bottles with choclates, cookies, canned juice and seasonal fruits.