Lamkhaga Pass way to pass
Way to Lamkhaga Pass; PC: Tanuj Martolia

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 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.

Lamkhaga Pass trek - June, 2017
Credits - Tanuj Martolia

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  • Day 1: Chitkul to Dumti

    A vehicle can drop the group from Chitkul to ahead of Rani Kanda. The trek from there is of about 8 to 9 km. The trails pass through flower filled meadows with waterfalls. We may have to cross several brooks.

  • Day 2: Dumti to Gundar (4,400 m)

    We follow the Baspa river on its true right bank. An early start is recommended to avoid turbulence in the stream. Gundar is a grazing meadow and we camp here.

  • Day 3: Gundar (4,400 m) to Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp in Kinnaur (4,800 m)

    On this day, the trail becomes devoid of vegetation. We walk mostly over rocks, snow and ice to reach the basecamp. The camp is usualy over snow here.

  • Day 4:Lamkhaga Pass basecamp (Kinnaur) to Lamkhaga Pass basecamp (Gangotri Side) via Lamkhaga Pass (5,282 m)

    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 we may require a safety 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 a rope may be needed again.

  • Day 5:Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp to Kyarkoti (3,820 m)

    On this day, we cross the river to the true left of the valley. The landscape changes again and vegetation fills it up. The lovely meadow at Kiarkoti makes for a beautiful campsite.

  • Harsil
    Harsil; PC: Tanuj Martolia
    Day 6:Kyarkoti to Harsil (2,400 m); drive to Gangnani

    The trail continues along the river Jalandhari through dense forest, waterfalls and streams, which we need to cross. We either camp at Harsil or drive for about 30 min to Gangnani and stay in a guest house. Gangnani is known for its natural hot water spring baths.

  • Day 7:Harsil/Gangnani to Dehradun drive

    This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex
  • Snow Leopard
  • One can get a view of Kinner Kailash near Sangla. Most of the peaks (five and six thousanders) visible from the trek are unnamed. Much of these regions are still unexplored.
  • Baspa river is followed till day 2 of the trek.
  • At Harsil we are greeted by Bhagirathi river originating from Gaumukh

Transport support from Harsil to Dehradun: on day 6 and 7.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 breakfast to day 7 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 6.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Transport to reach Chitkul from Shimla can be arranged on request.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.

Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Accommodation in Sangla/Chitkul can be arranged on request.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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