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Lamkhaga Pass Trek

This trek visits Alpine forests of bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Kyarkoti bugyals (Alpine meadows), dramatic crossings of Lamkhaga Pass. Spectacular views of the famous snow capped high Himalayas , Kyarkotital mountain lake. Hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above,. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & eagles.

Lamkhaga Pass Trek

Visits to local picturesque mountain villages. End the trek in fascinating British raj summer capital of India - Shimla.

Day Start Reach Hrs Kms Alt(mts) Mode/Acco
1 Delhi Rishikesh 6 225 600 Veh/Train: Hotel
2 Rishikesh Uttarkashi 6 185 1200 Veh: Hotel
3 Uttarkashi Harsil 5 10 2612 Veh: Camp
4 Harsil Gangnani 6 10 3313 Trek: Camp
5 Gangnani Kyarkoti 7 9 4000 Trek: Camp
6 Kyarkoti Kana Tal 6 8 4700 Trek: Camp
7 Kana Tal Lamakhaga Pass Sutiththang 7 7 4900 Trek: Camp
8 Sutiththang Kyarkoti 7 12 4300 Trek: Camp
9 Kyarkoti Dogriya 6 13 3154 Trek: Camp
10 Dogriya Chitkul 5 12 3000 Trek: Camp
11 Chitkul Shimla 10 255 2500 Veh: Hotel
12 Shimla Delhi 9 250 200 Veh: Hotel
Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation

Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
lamkhaga-pass-trekking-photos 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. lamkhaga-pass-trekking-images
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.

Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Harshil (75 kms/4 hrs)
4 hours by vehicle from Uttarkashi, market center north central Garhwal, set in a valley surrounded by foothills and terraced valleys, Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, apple orchards, and villages to Harsil. Visits to Harsil town and interesting local Tibetien village of Bagori nearby. Camp beside the Jalindragad (river) in a forest of stately deodar trees.

Day 4 : Harshil - Gangnani (10kms/6hrs)
6hrsSteep 5 k uphill, then 5 k downhill to mod rate trek through Alpine forest, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), pine, and stately deodar forests - up the valley with views back down into the Harsil valley, then along the Jalindragad river. Frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Camp at Gangnanai beside the river surrounded by bhujpatra trees and views down into the Harsil valley.

Day 5 : Gangnani - Kyarkoti (9kms/7hrs)
lamkhaga-pass-trek-photosModerate 9 k uphill trek along the Jalindra river through bujpatra trees and bugyals (Alpine meadows) over ridges, meeting hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats (June September), spectacular view of the valley. Camp at Kyar Koti - large bugyal on the river, dramatic views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks.

Day 6 : Kyarkoti - Kanatal (8kms/7hrs)
Moderate uphill 8 k trek along the Jalindragad through bugyals & moraines with closer views of the peaks. Chance to see ibex, snow fox, Himalayan bultures & eagles. Camp along the shore of the dried lake of Kana (blind) Tal with valley views.

Day 7 : Kanatal - Sutiththang (7kms/7hrs)
Steep 7 k uphill trek on the moraine on a glacier, then crossing Lamkhaga Pass - spectacular views back down the Jalindragad valley and into the Baspa valley ahead. Snow capped mountainsloom before. Camp at Sitiththang by the Baspa River with views down into the Baspa valley and mountains.

Day 8 : Sutiththang - Kyarkoti (12kms/7hrs)
Moderate 12 k downhill trek through bugyals on the moraine along the Baspa River with spectacular views into the Baspa valley which opens up ahead. Camp at Kyar Koti in a large bugyal by the river with views of mountains.

Day 9 : Kyarkoti - Dogriya(12kms/6hrs)
lamkhaga-pass-trek-imagesModerate 12 k downhill trek through bugyals along river through groves of juniper trees, meeting bakriwale with their flocks of sheep & goats (June September), mountain views. Camp at Dogriya, bugyal by the river surrounded by bugyals.

Day 10 : Dogriya - Chitcul (12kms/5hrs)
Gentle 12 k downhill trek down the valley to camp at Chitkul mountain village to meet friendly locals and see interesting architectural heritage homes and shops.

Day 11 : Chitcul - Shimla (255kms/10hrs)
Scenic drive down the Baspa River valley via an amazing road carved from the cliffs overhanging the river roaring far below. Once emerging into the Kinnaur valley, the land opens up to reveal terraced slopes, flat river bottom fields of grain and fruit trees, with interesting and often historically, culturally, and beautifully sited towns along the way. Arrive in Shimla, fascinating former summer capital of India under the British Raj, with many beautiful Victorian and Edwardian era buildings still in their original condition, views out from the ridge-hugging town to the mountains and valleys in the misty distance. There are many historical attractions to visit and a choice of unique and unforgettable heritage properties in which to stay.

Day 12 : Shimla - Delhi (25kms/9hrs)
Return to Delhi.

Best time to visit Lamkhaga Pass Trek : June, August, September and October