The Lamkhaga Pass connects north eastern Garhwal Himalayas and Himachal Pradesh and is surrounded by an enticing landscape of snow, mountains and air of mystery. The treacherous trek involves a steep ascent to 5200 feet, precarious glaciers and stream crossings, thin air and uneven terrain. It is rated as one of the most dangerous trails amongst the various mountain treks in India and even Indians require special permission to go on the trek.
Lamkhaga Pass 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 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. The trek can be done from either side. But the ascent from Chitkul side a bit steeper than that of the Harsil side. Rope fixing is needed on both sides. Heavy snow to be expected on pre monsoon, whereas post monsoon makes way for lots of boulder hopping. A fantastic proposition to consider, anytime.
Atmospheric Gangotri and its pilgrimage temples
Holly and yoga town Rishikesh.
Enjoy the magnificent view of Shrikhand Mahadev
Take in one of the most fantastic views of the Kinner-Kailash – the 70 m Shivling
Visit Chitkul Village, the last village of India on this side towards the border
Eearly morning transfer to the railway station to catch the express train to Haridwar. The train journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arriving at Haridwar at lunch time midway, 0ne hrs. Short drive to Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganges. check in the hotel. Afternoon visit some of the temples of this holy town Rishikesh Himalayas and in the evening we will witness the ceremony. Shortly after sunset, the ‘puja’ is performed in all of the temples lining the river at the same time, with a cacophony of musical instruments and voices. Afterwards, offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the Ganges and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river. Overnight & Dinner at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1150 m).Upon arrival check in to the resort. In the afternoon proceed to visit India’s premier Mountaineering institute ‘Nehru Institute of Mountaineering’. This national institute imparts mountaineering training to young people to inculcate the spirit of adventure among the youth of the country.Uttarkashi is an attractive small town situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi It is also this place is famous for its temples, including the Vishwanath temple just to the north of the town & gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Gangotri area. The day to explore around Uttarkashi. Overnight stay & Dinner at Hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri via Harsil. On arrival visit the holiest temple and later drive back to Harsil for overnight stay. Overnight camp
Harsil: Harsil is a beautiful spot to see the colors of the nature. The walks, picnics and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land. The adventurous tourists have the choice to set off on various treks that introduces them to beautiful meadows, waterfalls and valleys. Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, Harsil is counted amongst some of the most beautiful places in the Garhwal Himalayas region.
In the morning we will start our trek up to Kyarkoti via dense forest, water falls and much more. On arrival at Kyarkoti, we will set out our tent in the meadow. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
The trail divides a little beyond kiarkoti and 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. Overnight Tents & Dinner.
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.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
In the morning we will trek up to Dumti. The trek is upwards and downwards. 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. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
The day is full of scenic beauty and you will trek through the meadow, water falls and much more. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
Chitkul is the last settlement of the Baspa Valley and is located on the right bank of the river. Chitkul is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa River. There is a road along the left bank from Karcham. There are 3 temples of local goddess Mathi, the main ones are said to have been constructed about 500 years ago…
In the morning after breakfast drive to Shimla. The road passes through some breathtaking scenery & very high mountains & a furious Satluj river. It is all awe inspiring – Mother Nature at its glorious best! Arrival at Shimla by late evening. Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.
In the morning drive to Delhi via Chandigarh. On arrival Delhi transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel & Dinner
Accommodation will be provided throughout the trip as mentioned in the itinerary on twin sharing basis
Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads entire the trek.
Meals: As per itinerary, Tea /coffee, snacks & drinking boiled water during the trek. All meals would be vegetarian,the food would be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Local.
Entrance fees, Camping fees & Trekking Permit with all applicable taxes entire the trek.
All group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings etc. and individual climbing kit which would be hired – e.g. climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters
All camping arrangements on the trek with a mess tent, tables & stools,toilet tent etc.
Experienced local mountain guide, cook and assistants .
Porters: For carrying rations, trekking equipments, personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 10 kgs).
Includes 4.2% of Service tax on total cost.
Items of personal clothing.
Any arrangements in Delhi( Meal/Stay)
Air Fares, Visas, Insurance, Airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, beverages and bottled water, Souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature.
Tips for guides, cooks & porters.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control