Brief Event Description
|Event Organiser||Himalaya Shelter|
|Event Location||Lamkhaga Pass, Himalaya|
|Pickup Time||8:00 AM|
|Things to Carry||Will be informed later|
|Itinerary||Day 1: HARSIL (2400m) TO GANGAPANI (3400m) - 16km (7hrs)
You have the option of either taking the road or walking to gangapani through walnut, pine and birch forests. At gangapani you can take a holy dip in a hot water spring called Rishi Kund, where there is a temple dedicated to sage Parashar.
Day 2: GANGAPANI TO KIARKOTI (3820m) - 18Km (7hrs)
The trail continues along the river Jalandhari through dense forest, waterfalls and streams, which you need to cross. The lovely meadow at Kiarkoti makes for a beautiful campsite.
Day 3: KIARKOTI TO LAMKHAGA PASS BASE CAMP (4400m) - 8Km (4hrs)
The trail divides a little beyond kiarkoti, the straight path goes to Chhotakhaga Pass, while the trail for Lamkhaga Pass crosses the river to the true right of the valley. The valley is fairly narrow, leading to the snout of the glacier.
Day 4: LAMKHAGA PASS BASE CAMP TO GUNDAR (4450m) VIA LAMKHAGA PASS (5284m)
Today could be a tough day depending on the ice conditions. The trail is marked by chortens (religious stone mounds), and crosses snow slopes between two ribs and possible crevasses. The climb is fairly steep and you may require a rope. The views from the pass are truly rewarding. The rivers flowing on either side of the pass flow into the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. The path on the other side is also steep and you may require a rope. Gundar is about 5km from the pass and has grazing meadows.
Day 5: GUNDAR TO DUMTI (4050m) - 16KM (6hrs)
From Gundar, follow the Baspa River on the true right bank. There are several side streams to cross on your way to dumti. An early start is recommended in case the streams have turbulent water. The valley widens with many camping grounds at Nithal Thatang and Suthi Thatang.
Day 6: DUMTI TO RANI KA NDA (3700m)-14Km (5hrs)
Today is a beautiful day passing through flower-filled meadows with waterfalls. You again have several side streams to cross, but not as turbulent as day 5. The forest starts to appear as you get closer to Chitkul.
Day 7: RANI KANDA TO CHITKUL (3435m) - 9Km (3hrs)
Chitkul is the last settlement of the Baspa Valley and is located on the right bank of the river. It has a PWD rest house. There is a road along the left bank from karcham. There are three temples dedicated to the local goddess mathi, the main one is believed to be around 500 years old. Sangla, 26km from Chitkul is worth a visit and is the most charming valley in the district of Kinnaur.
|Instructions & Guidelines||NA|
|Difficulty Level||Yes Its Difficult !|
It is a fairly remote trek and is now regarded as the classic route from Gangotri to Kinnaur, which was first crossed by Marco Pallis in 1933. The trek can be done from either side. The beautiful route takes you through some of the most remote areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, like the Jalandhari valley that is covered with flowers post monsoon. The snow in the early season could impede your progress. Harsil is famous for Wilson's Cottage built in 1864. Gangotri is a short drive from Harsil, while Chitkul is the last village in the Baspa valley.