Damdhar Kandi Pass Trek
This trek visits Alpine forests of bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Kyarkoti and Harkidoon bugyals (Alpine meadows). Dramatic crossing of Dhamdharkandi pass. Spectacular views of the famous snow capped high Himalalayas - Black peak, Bandar Punchh, etc. Runsiyara Tal mountain lake. Hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & eagles. Seasonal meetings with Gujars (generally trival muslim mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking & their herds of buffalo.
Visits to local picturesque mountain villages. End of the trek Scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills, along the valley the Yamuna River, above terraced fields, looking down on villages clinging to mountain spurs above fertile fields in the valley below. Through the famous British Raj era 'hill station' of Mussouri, and on down the slopes into the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehra Dun, famous as a center for mountain research and expensive private schools for India 's wealthy.
|4||Jhala||Durain Ghat||6||10||3200||Trek: Camp|
|5||Durain Ghat||Kyarkoti||6||10||3700||Trek: Camp|
|7||Odar||Ratiya Bamak||5||8||4300||Trek: Camp|
|8||Ratiya Bamak||Cross Pass Dham Dhar Kandi||6||5||5400||Trek: Camp|
|9||Dham Dhar Kandi||Kyarkoti||5||10||4000||Trek: Camp|
|10||Kyarkoti||Runsyara Tal||5||10||3600||Trek: Camp|
|11||Runsyara Tal||Gujar hut||6||12||3200||Trek: Camp|
|12||Gujar Hut||Bangali Dhar||6||8||3500||Trek: Camp|
|13||Bangali Dhar||Harkidoon||5||12||3700||Trek: Camp|
|14||Harkidoon||REST DAY||--||--||3700||Trek: Camp|
|16||Oshla||Taluka||5||13||3000||Trek: GMVN Bnglw|
|Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation|
Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.
Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.
Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Jhala (75kms/4 hrs)
4 hours scenic drive in vehicle from Uttarkashi, market center of north central Garhwal, set in a valley surrounded by foothills and terraced valleys, along the mighty Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges , through terraced fields, deodar forests, apple orchards, and villages to Jhala village. Camp beside the Bhagirati River . Visit the nearby village to meet the villagers.
Day 4 : Jhala - Durain Ghaat(10kms/6 hrs)
Steep 5 k uphill, then 5 k moderate uphill trek along the Sham Ganga River, the forest of pine and stately deodars, then up the valley slope to view of the Bhagirati valley and Harshil valley and on through Alpine forest, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree") juniper, deodar, frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Camp in Durain Ghatt.
Day 5 : Durain Ghaat-Kyarkoti (10kms/6 hrs)
Moderate 10 k uphill trek along the Sham Ganga, spectacular views of the wide valley of the Sham Ganga valley with ridges and bugyals (Alpine meadows). Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, and Gujars (generally Muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with & their herds of buffalo. (june - september). Camp at Kyarkoti - beautiful site surrounded by bugyals and ridge lines with views back down the valley.
Day 6 : Kyarkoti- Odar (9kms/6hrs)
Gentle to moderate 9 k uphill trek through bugyals, along the Sham Ganga, through juniper and bhojpatra forests many different kinds of Himalayan birds Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & vultures,. Mountain views. Camp beneath the protection of the famous rock at Odar (overhanging rock).
Day 7 : Odar- Ratiya Bamak(8kms/5hrs)
8 km. uphill trek through bugyals and moraine along the Sham Ganga with spectacular view of the valley we just trekked up. Many different varieties of flowers (july august). View of snow covered Himalayan peaks. Camp actually on the Ratiya Bamak (glacier), with a view of the Dham Dhar Kandi Pass which we will cross on the morrow.
Day 8 : Ratiya Bamak-Dhamdharkandi (5kms/7hrs)
Steep 5 k uphill trek on the Ratiya Bamak (glacier) picking our way through the crevasses to the summit where there is an unbelievable vista out over both the Sham Ganga valley just traversed and the Har Ki Dun valley to come, and the snowcapped high Himalayas - Black Peak, Bandar Punchh and Swagrohini. Just beyond the pass, the campsite features the views as from the pass.
Day 9 : Dhamdharkandi-Kyarkoti (10kms/6hrs)
Moderate to steep 10 k downhill trek through moraine and bugyals, spectacular views of the Har ki Dun valley below, Camp at Kyarkoti bugyal by the stream.
Day 10 : Kyarkoti-Runsyara tal(10kms/5hrs)
Gentle 10 k downhill treks through bugyals, and along river & glacier, and juniper and bhojpatra groves. Views of the valley and above mentioned mountains. Camp at Runsyara Tal Mountain Lake surrounded by bugyals and bhojpatra trees.
Day 11 : Runsyara Tal-Gujar Hut(12kms/6hrs)
Gentle 12k downhill trek along the Run Sarya River through bhojpatra and juniper groves, and bugyals, through and open valley, with views of the mountains - Black Peak, Bandar Punchh & Swagrohini, etc. to camp at Gujar Hut. Meet with bukriwale (june - September) and Gujars.
Day 12 : Gujar Hut-Bengali Dhar(8kms/6hrs)
Gentle 2 k downhill, then moderate 6 k uphill trek through rhododendron (bloom end April - beginning May), oak, and stately deodar forest, then through mountainside spectacular views of landscapes and valleys Camp on Bengali Dhar (ridge) with valley view (option - forest camp).
Day 13 : Bengali Dhar- Harkidoon(12kms/5hrs)
Moderate 12 k uphill trek along a river through an open valley of bugyals(alpine medows) to Har Ki Dun, an India-wide famous bugyal with flowers (july - august). Meet with bukriwale (june - September). Camp in Harkidoon bugyal with views of above mentioned mountains. A famous location for its charm and beauty.
Day 14 : Harkidoon- Rest day
Rest day to enjoy the famous Har Ki Dun bugyal's charms.
Day 15 : Harkidoon- Oshla(13kms/6hrs)
Gentle 13 k downhill treks along a river through bugyals and forests of bhojpatra, juniper, stately deodar, rhododendron (bloom end April - beginning May) and oak. Camp at Osla.
Day 16 : Oshla- Taluka(13kms/5hrs)
Modrate 13 k downhill trek along a river through forest of stately deodar and pines through more picturesque villages, also famous for their distinct and authentic style of local antique architecture. Stay at GNVN bungalow (option - forest camp 1 k prior).
Day 17 : Taluka-Dehradun(260kms/9hrs)
8 hours by vehicle to Dehra Dun. Scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills, along the valley the Yamuna River , above terraced fields, looking down on villages clinging to mountain spurs above fertile fields in the valley below. Through the famous British Raj era 'hill station' of Mussouri, and on down the slopes into the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehra Dun , famous as a center for mountain research and expensive private schools for India 's wealthy.
Day 18 : Dehra Dun- Delhi(260kms/6hrs)
Return drive to Delhi (Possible to stop at Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town. One/two hours extra).
Best time to visit Damdhar Kandi Pass Trek : May, June, 2nd week August, September and October