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Lamkhaga Pass Trek

Lamkhaga Pass Trek 2023 – The Adventure For The Daring

  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty : Difficult
  • Start: Dehradun
  • Min Age : 10+

The Lamkhaga Pass at 5300 m is a high altitude cross-over trek that takes you through the remote Kyarkoti valley in Harshil, Uttarakhand to Baspa valley in Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh. During the post-monsoon season, the Jalandhari valley is filled with a variety of beautiful flowers that create colorful spots in the valley.

There are two ways to do Lamkhaga Pass Trek, as it can be done from either side i.e. Harshil to Chitkul or Chitkul to Harshil. Inner Line Permit is required for this trek. We will be doing this trek from Harsil to Chitkul.

The trek concludes at the Chitkul village, which is the last village in the Baspa Valley. Baspa Valley is one of the most picturesque and delightful valleys in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is connected to the Garhwal region of the Himalayas by some prominent passes.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Departure Time

6 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • BeautyPink Rhododendrons, Meadows and small glacial lakes of Kyarkoti in Harsil valley, and Baspa valley.
  • Remoteness The Harsil and the Baspa valleys are the most unexplored places, with long stretches of the glaciated routes, and boulder strewn zones makes Lamkhaga Pass a very remote place
  • Technical Trekking Lamkhaga Pass Trek is a difficult trek which requires strong technical knowledge. If you have not used technical climbing equipment before, you will learn to use crampons and to climb and descend with the help of a rope, and ice-axe.
  • Lamkhaga Pass Trek
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Lamkhaga Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun to Harsil (221 Km / 10 Hours)

The Lamkhaga Pass Trek starts from Harsil, which is an unexplored and unspoiled region of Uttarakhand far from the hustle-bustle. It is located on the Bhagirathi river bank. The beautiful Harshil village is surrounded by apple orchards and cedar trees. It is one of the most amazing places in the Garhwal Himalayas. It has good road connectivity and there are plenty of options to reach Harsil. 

If you book transport with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Dehradun I.S.B.T at 6:00 am. You can expect to reach Harsil by evening. Once you reach Harsil, you can explore the place a little. We will be staying at a guest house. You will also be briefed about your trek by the trek leader in the same evening. After that, have a good night’s rest and look ahead for the days to come. 

If you’re coming directly to Harsil, we suggest you start early in the morning so you can reach Harsil by evening. To reach there, you can find a shared taxi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun till Uttarkashi. You can expect to reach Uttarkashi by 12 pm. After that, you’ll need to take another shared taxi to reach Harsil. 

Day 2Harsil to Kyarkoti (12 Km / 6 Hours)

We will be starting our trek for Lamkhaga Pass today. Once we start trekking from Harsil, we will be walking under the shadows of dense oak and rhododendron trees covering the path, and on the way to Kyarkoti, we will be catching glimpses of magical waterfalls and streams passing by. The 14 km trek will take us to Kyarkoti Lake, where we will set up our tents in between the meadows.

Once you reach the campsite, set up your tents and have tea, and snacks. We will be resting here for the night.

Day 3Kyarkoti to Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp (12 Km / 7 Hours)

We will be starting our trek early today as the valley is fairly narrow and the distance to be covered is long. Today, as we go higher and gain altitude, ice crystals will start to appear with a sudden fall in temperature.

The trek to Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp will be difficult because of the terrain. It is a steep ascent and is full of moraines. It is necessary to have good technical equipment to cross some sections on this trail. After Kyarkoti, the trail gets divided. The straight path leads you to Chhotakhaga Pass, while the trail for Lamkhaga Pass traverses the river to the right of the valley. 

Once we reach the Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp, we will set up our camp and rest here for the night.

Day 4Acclimatization Day

Today is an important day. The whole purpose of this day is to get used to the high altitude, and the conditions. The most important thing is to get good nutrition and stay hydrated. 

We will also be going for a short hike today to a higher altitude to get acclimatized and come back to the Lamkhaga Base Camp to rest for the night. 

Day 5Lamkhaga Base Camp to Gundar via Lamkhaga Pass (13 Km/ 8 Hours)

We’ll be leaving our camps early today because today is going to be the longest and hardest days of the trek. After having breakfast and packing our lunch, we will start trekking up and through the boulder and moraine area. The terrain is steep and tricky, so we will need technical equipment and rope to climb up to the pass. 

Once you reach the pass, the view is beautiful and amazing. You can see snowfields and glaciers on both sides of the pass. You can also get closer views of the snow-studded peaks all around you. The trek is difficult but the view from the top is what makes most trekkers take up the challenge of Lamkhaga Pass Trek. 

You can also spot a stream flowing from both sides of the pass. It is amazing to note that this stream eventually meets the Bay of Bengal and flows into the Arabian sea. 

Once we’re done admiring the views, we’ll start descending towards Gundar. Gundar is just 5 km from the pass but it requires rope to descend. Gundar is a campsite that has lush green serene meadows and it a perfect place to rest and nurture the beautiful memories of Lamkhaga Pass.

Day 6Gundar to Dumti (15 Km / 7 Hours)

The trek today is a mixture of steep ascents and gradual descent. We will be following the Baspa river on its right bank. It’s going to be a long trek but you will have the majestic Himalayan peaks in the foreground to accompany you. We will also be crossing several streams on the way to Dumti. 

As you move down, the valley will start to open up. There are many campsites on the way like Nithal, Thatang & Suthi Thatang. The best of them is Dumti. The descent to Dumti is gradual so we will be taking it easy. Once we reach Dumti, you can rest.

Day 7Dumti to Rani Kanda (9 Km / 5 Hours)

The trail from Dumti to Rani Kanda is scenic and full of beauty filled with cascading river streams, vast grassy stretches, and magical waterfalls. They will surprise you can rejuvenate you to the bottom of your heart. 

It is quite easy to get lost in the spell of this unfathomable beauty of the Himalayas, especially in this valley. We will be camping at Rani Kanda for the night.

Day 8Rani Kanda To Chitkul (10 Km / 5 Hours)

Today is the last day of the Lamkhaga Pass Trek. We will be trekking back to the civilization i.e. Chitkul. Chitkul is also the last settlement and the highest village of the Baspa valley.

The hamlet of Chitkul is filled with beautiful wooden houses with cultivated green pastureland. You can also find good cafes and restaurants here, after the arduous Lamkhaga Pass Trek. We will be spending the night in a guest house in Chitkul. 

 

Day 9Departure from Chitkul

Today is the day you’ll be parting ways with your trek leader and trek mates. It is sure to be an emotional moment for everyone after spending more than a week in the mountains together on the Lamkhaga Pass Trek.

If you opt for transportation with us, your vehicles will pick you up in Chitkul in the morning and leave you at Shimla I.S.B.T by 8 PM. If you plan to continue your travels, you can say goodbye to us at Chitkul.

Day 10Buffer Day

We keep a buffer day in our pass-crossing treks or long treks because of any hurdles we might face during the trek, like bad weather including heavy snowfall, or rain. In such situations, it becomes risky to cross the pass or to carry on trekking.

In such situations, it must be a unanimous decision to use the buffer day. All the participants will be required to pay 2,999/- INR (exclusive of 5% GST) if the group decides to use the buffer day. The amount will be collected by your trek leader in cash.

Lamkhaga Pass Trek Map

FAQ

What is the best time to do the Lamkhaga Pass Trek?

Lamkhaga Pass is a high-altitude pass trek. The best season to do this trek is in the summer (May-June) or the post-monsoon season in September when the weather is most stable and the views are clear. 

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

How to make a booking with us?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

How do I cancel/modify my booking?

If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.

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