EXPEDITION & TREKS 2016

 These are some of the Expedition & Treks for 2016 season in Uttrakhand & Ladakh.  

UTTRAKHAND

1.SHIVLING (6550 m.)

Mt. Shivling is among the most stunning peaks of the Garwhal region. It rises as a sheer single pyramid above the snout of the Gangotri Glacier when seen from Gaumukh. But it is actually a twin-summit mountain, with the northeast summit being slightly higher than the southwest summit (6,501 m.). Between Gaumukh and Shivling lies the Tapovan meadow, a popular pilgrimage site due to its inspiring view of the mountain. Since the first ascent, at least ten other routes have been climbed on the peak, ascending all major ridges and most major faces of the mountain. All routes are extremely technical climbs.

Day 1 – Mussoorie (2200 m.) to Uttarkashi (1352 m.)  
7- 8 hrs. drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel / guest house.

Day 2 – Uttarkashi to Gangotri ( 3293 m.)  
7- 8 hrs. drive to Gangotri. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 – Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3775 m.)  
7 hrs.  trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 5 – Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (4000 m.)  
5 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Gaumukh to Tapovan (4350 m. )  
6 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Rest and Acclimatization. Overnight at camp.

Day 8 – Climb to Advance Base Camp. Overnight at camp.

Day 9 –  Climbing the Peak depends on the weather and route conditions. It can take one or more weeks.

Day 15 – Trek to Gaumukh. Overnight at camp.

Day 16 – Trek to Bhojbasa. Overnight at camp.

Day 17 – Trek to Gangotri. Overnight at camp.

Day 18 – Drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight at goesthouse / hotel.

Day 19 – Drive to Mussoorie. Overnight at guesthouse / hotel.

            

  • Grade: Major Mountain Expedition
  • Best Time: June to August
  • Nearest Airport: Dehradun

2.SATOPANTH (7075 m.)

Mt. Satopanth, the second highest summit in the Gangotri Group is located in the remote Indian Garhwal Himalaya Range. This is an incredibly beautiful and remote area with unlimited and untapped mountaineering and big wall potential.

ROUTE

Day 1 – Mussoorie (2200 m.) to Uttarkashi (1352 m.)
7- 8 hrs. drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel / guest house.

Day 2 – Uttarkashi to Gangotri ( 3293 m.)  
7- 8 hrs. drive to Gangotri. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 – Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3775 m.)  
7 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 5 – Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (4000 m.)  
5 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Gaumukh to  Nandanvan (4350 m. )  
6 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Nandanvan to base camp – 4 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 8 – Rest and Acclimatization.

Day 9  Climbing the Peak depends on the weather and route conditions. It can take one or more weeks.

Day 15 – Trek to Gaumukh. Overnight at camp.

Day 16 – Trek to Bhojbasa. Overnight at camp.

Day 17 – Trek to Gangotri. Overnight at camp.

Day 18 – Drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight at goesthouse / hotel.

Day 19 – Drive to Mussoorie. Overnight at guesthouse / hotel.

  • Grade –Major Mountain Expedition / Technical
  • Best time – July to August

TREKS

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1. VALLEY OF FLOWERS

In 1931 Frank. S. Symeth, Eric Shipton and R. L. Holsworth, all british mountaineers were heading back from a sucessfull expedition to Mt. Kamet when they lost their way and landed in a valley in the high western Himalayas. This valley was full of flowers, so Frank Symeth named it “The Valley of Flowers”. It is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and fauna. The snow leopard is the most famous and mysterious animal roaming around.

Route 8 days/7 nights

Day 1: 7 hrs. drive from Delhi to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at camp/hotel.

Day 2: 8 hrs. scenic drive to Joshimath. Overnight stay at camp/hotel.

Day 3: 1 hr. drive to Govind Gath, 3 hrs. (6km.) trek to camp 1. Overnight at camp.

Day 4: 3 hrs. (7km.) trek to Ghangria. Overnight at camp.

Day 5: 2 hrs. trek to the Valley of Flowers and 2 hrs. back the same day (overnight stay in the park is not permitted). . Overnight at camp.

Day 6: 6 hrs. trek to Govindgath, 1 hr. drive to Joshimath. Overnight stay at camp/hotel.

Day 7: Drive to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at camp/hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Delhi.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Best Time: May to June / September to November

2.ROOP KUND

Rup Kund, the Mystery Lake, resides in the land of the goddess Nanda (goddess Parvati’s name before her marriage to Lord Shiva). It was in 1942 that the lake and its mystery were discovered. A forest officer came upon the lake and saw that there were a considerable number of skeletal remains at the bottom. There have been many speculations as to whom the remains belong. The most credible story is that they belong to Raja Jasdal, his wife Rani Balpa (a Garhwali Princess), their two children and the procession which were on a royal pilgrimage (The Nanda Devi Raj Jat). To this day pilgrims continue to use this route to make offerings to their beloved Goddess. Trekkers come for the amazing views, beautiful meadows and forests and the intriguing lake.

Route 15 days/14 nights

Day 1 – Delhi – Mussoorie (2,600m.)
7 hrs. drive to Mussoorie. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.

Day 2 – Mussoorie – Srinagar (580m.)
6 hrs. drive to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.

Day 3 – Srinagar Lohajung (2,250m.)
6 hrs. drive to Lohajung. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 – Lohajung – Wan (2,460m.)
14 km. trek to Wan. Overnight at camp.

Day 5 – Wan – Bedni Bugyal (3,354m.)
11 km. trek to the beautiful Bedni Bugyal (meadows) with great views of Trishuli (7,120m.) and Nanda Ghunti (6,310m.) to the northeast. Overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni  (3,650m.)
7km. trek to the meadows of Patar Nachauni.
Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Patar Nachauni – Rup kund (4450m.)
14 km. trek to Rup Kund and back to the camp on the same day. Overnight in camp.

Day 8 – Rup Kund – Kanol (2,287m.)
14 km. trek to Kanol. Overnight at camp.

Day 9 – Kanol – Sitel ( 2190m.)
10 km. trek to Sitel. Overnight at camp.

Day 10 – Sitel – Srinagar
5 hrs. drive to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.

Day 11 – Srinagar – Mussoorie
6 hrs. drive to Mussoorie. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.

Day 12 – Mussoorie – Delhi
7 hrs. drive to Delhi.

Day 13: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast. 
Pack up and depart by 10am for the drive back to Mussoorie. 
Check in at guesthouse

Day 14: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast 
This is a rest day, which leaves plenty of time to walk around town and purchase any last minute gifts for friends and family back home. 
Overnight in guesthouse

Day 15: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast 
Spend the day relaxing and getting things together for your return. This evening we will spend celebrating the end of our journey. 
Overnight in guesthouse

  • Grade: Challenging
  • Best Time: May to June / September to November

LADAKH

KANG YATSE 6400mtr

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Route 7 days/ 8 nights

DAY 1 – Shang Sumdo to Kongmaru La base (Lartse).
2-3 hrs. drive to Shang Sumdo, 3 hrs. trek to Ganda La base with gradual climb. Overnight in camp.

Day 2 – GandaLa base to Nimaling (4650m.).
5-6 hrs. trek to Nimaling with 2-3 hrs. of climb to the top of the pass with an amazing view of the peak. Overnight in camp.

Day 03 – Nimaling to base camp.
3 hrs. trek to the base camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 4 – Base camp – Summit 5 (10 – 11 hrs.) – Base camp.
We have to start early (1am) as the snow is hard and therefore it is easy and safe to climb. It takes 6-7 hrs. to reach the summit. On a clear day you can have an amazing view of peaks around Kangyatse: the Stok range to the north east, Karakoram to the far north and the Zanskar range to the south.

Day 05 – Base camp to Nimaling.
3 hrs. trek to Nimaling, rest and overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Nimaling to Chukurmo.
6-7 hrs. trek via Kongmaru La (4948m.). Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Chukurmo – Shang Sumdo.
Leh – 2hrs. trek to Shang Sumdo, 4 hrs. drive to Leh with a visit to Hemis monastery en route.

  • Grade: Basic, snow/ ice climb
  • Best time: June to september

STOK KANGRI 6149mtr

Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri is the closest and a easy peak to climb from the north side. You should give enough time though to acclimatisation before starting the trek.

 Route 4 days/ 3 nights

Day 1 – 90 min. drive to Stok Trek Point, 4 hrs. trek to Mankarmo (4200m.). Overnight in camp.

Day 2 – 3 hrs. trek to the base camp (4970m.) with slow climb of 700m. Overnight at camp.

Day 3 – Early start around 1am. It takes 6-7 hrs. to reach the summit and around 5 hrs. to get back to the Base camp. On a clear day you can have an amazing view of the peaks around Stok Kangri: Karakoram range and Zanskar range. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 – 5 hrs. trek to Stok Trek point, 90 min drive to Leh.

  • Grade: Basic snow/ ice climb
  • Best Time: June to September

TREKS

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  1. RUMTSE TO TSOMORIRI

This trek is a high altitude trek; most of  the trek is above 4000m. You need to be well acclimatized before starting the trek. The trek goes through the high Changthang Plateau, which is the summer grazing ground for the Chang goats which deliver the precious pashmina wool. They are herded by the nomadic Chang Pa tribe. We end our trek at the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake with it’s clear blue water mirroring the surrounding snow capped mountains.

Route 9 days/ 8nights

Day 1 – Drive to Rumtse (4095m.)
5 hrs. drive to Rumtse. Overnight at camp.

Day 2 – Rumtse to Kyamar (4383m.)
4-5 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 3 – Kyamar to Tisaling (4800m.) via Kyumur La (4870m.) and Mandalchan La (4996m.)
5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 – Tisaling to Pangunagu via ShibukLa (5016m.)
5-6 hrs. trek to Tso Kar lake. Overnight camping near the Tso Kar lake.

Day 5 – Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4500m.)
4-5 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4668m.) via Dundunchanla (4712m.)
4-5 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Rachungkaru to Gyamburma  (4895m.)
6-7 hrs. trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 8 – Gyamaburma to Korzok
5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight camping near the breathtaking Tsomoriri lake.

Day 9 – Tsomoriri to Leh
7 hrs. drive to Leh.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Best time: June to September

TSOMORIRI TO KIBBER

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The Tsomoriri to Kibber trek is a challenging trek, starting near Tsomoriri Lake and ending at Kibber in the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh.

Route 11 days/10 nights

Day 1 – 7 hrs. drive to Korzok, near Tsomoriri Lake. Overnight at camp.

Day 2 – Korzok to Kyangdam (4595m.)
5 hrs. trek to the other side of the lake, walking along the lake. Good chances of sighting of Kyang (wild ass) and some migratory birds. Overnight at camp.

Day 3 – Kyangdam to Skitpodangsa (4563m.) or Nurboo Sumdo
4-5 hrs. moderate trek with river crossing. In early June and August the water can rise in the rivers at day time due to melting of snow higher up.

Day 4 – Skitpodangsa or Nurbo Sumdo to Getpabuzak (4600m.)
5-6 hrs. trek with river crossing just after the camp. Overnight at camp.

Day 5 – Getpabuzak to Tarangyokma (4731m.)
4-5 hrs. trek with moderate climbs. Overnight at camp.

Day 6 – Tarangyokma to Parang La base  (5089m.)
4-5 hrs. trek with a climb at the end of the day. Overnight at camp.

Day 7 – Kharsagongma to Takkarzong (4850m.) via Parang La (5588m.)
6 hrs. trek with a climb to the top of the pass. Today you will cross a glacier. Overnight at camp.

Day 8 – Takkarzong to Thangltak (4500m.)
4-5 hrs. trek with a steep climb at the end of the day’s trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 9 – Thangltak to Kibber
3 hrs. trek to Kibber. Overnight in camp/hotel.

Day 10 – Kibber to Sarchu
7-8 hrs. drive to Sarchu. Overnight in camp.

Day 11 – Sarchu to Leh
8-9 hrs. drive to Leh.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Best time: June to september
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