Untouched landscapes, remote valleys, a thrilling crossover at 5,282 m!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 6: Kyarkoti to Harsil (2,400 m); drive to Gangnani- 6-7 h
This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.