Lamkhaga Pass 5265m 14 Days & 13 Nights A challenging and strenuous trek in North Eastern part of Garhwal Himalayas

Lamkhaga Pass 5265m
Overview

The Lamkhaga Pass at 5265 m is one of the challenging high pass which connects Kinnaur valley of Himachal Pradesh with Harsil in North Eastern Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. The Lamkhaga Pass trek starts from Chitkul the last Village of Vaspa valley in Himachal, though it can be done from Harshil side also. It is a fairly remote trek, which was first crossed by Greek-British author and mountaineer Marco Alexander Pallis in 1933. An Innerline Permit is required to if going from Chitkul to Harsil, but it doesnt required permit if starting from Harsil and ending at Chitkul. This beautiful trek especially in the Garhwal side takes you through some of most remote area of Himachal and Uttarakhand. Harsil is famous for Wilsons cottage built in 1864 and Gangotri is a 2 hrs drive from Harsil. The best time to go for this trek is May End to Mid July and End of Aug to Oct end.

Prior to this trek, it can be combined with Bhaba pass and later finishing trek at Harsil. It can also combined with Audens col or Gaumukh - Tapovan trek.

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi / Chandigarh to Shimla (2270m).

Day 02: Shimla to Kalpa (2960m)

Day 03: At Kalpa

TREK STARTS

Day 04: Kalpa to Chitkul (3450m) drive 3 hrs, Trek to Nagasti - Rani Kanda (3700m), 7 kms, 5 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Dumti (4050m), 9kms, 5 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Gundar (4450m), 15 kms, 7 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Base camp (4700m), 5-6 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to high camp (4900m), 3-4 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Lamkhaga pass (5265m) - Base camp (4800m), 11 kms, 7-8 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Kyarkoti (3800m), 16 kms, 7-8 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Harsil (2400m), 14 kms, 7-8 hrs. Visit Gangotri

END OF TREK

Day 12: Drive to Uttarkashi - Dehradun /Haridwar or Rishikesh

Day 13: Drive to Delhi

What is included in 13 days trip
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
ü  5 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan. 1 night shimla, 2 night kalpa, 1 night Harsil, 1 night Dehradun or rishikesh.

ü  7 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses or porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

 



Detailed Trek Itinerary
Day 1 - Delhi / Chandigarh to Shimla (2270m)

Arrive at Delhi or Chandigarh airport, pickup and drive to Shimla. Evening explore Shimla.

Day 2 - Shimla to Kalpa (2960m)

Early departure from Shimla, as its long journey to Kalpa. On the way pass through Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur along the Satluj River and finally at Kalpa. Check into hotel.



Day 3 - At Kalpa

Rest and relax, visit Kalpa village and enjoy the breathtaking view of Kinner Kailash. 

Day 4 - Kalpa to Chitkul (3450m) drive 3 hrs, Trek to Nagasti - Rani Kanda (3700m), 7 kms, 5 hrs

Today an early start from Kalpa to Recongpeo and along the Satluj River to Rakcham. Enter in Sanga or Vaspa valley to Chitkul. A short exploration of Chitkul village and trek starts from here. Chitkul is last village in Vaspa valley, which is situated at above right bank of Vaspa. Its an easy walk to Ranikanda mostly on rough road. Which will give a acclimatization walk as well. The trail goes through the fields.


 

Day 5 - Trek to Dumti (4050m), 9kms, 5 hrs.

An easy walk today to Dumti along the right bank for several hours. Cross few stream before Dumti. At Dumti valley widens up.



Day 6 Trek to Gundar (4450m), 15 kms, 7 hrs

Today leaving camp short trek to the temple than on the River bed. A few hours before camp large stream to be cross by bridge. If no bridge, camp before the bridge. It could be impossible to cross afternoon if there is no bridge. Nice campsite at Gundar meadows. The valley widens with many camping grounds as you start approaching Nithal Thatang and SuthiThatang.



Day 7 - Trek to Base camp (4700m), 5-6 hrs.

From Gundar 3 hrs to glacier. Either take the glacier to cross river or cross river near the glacier. Now climb up along the stream for an hour to reach base camp. Small campsites. 



Day 8 - Trek to high camp (4900m), 3-4 hrs.

Leaving camp climb to high camp II which is at the snout of the glacier. The climb is steep. 

Day 9 Trek to Lamkhaga pass (5265m) - Base camp (4800m), 11 kms, 7-8 hrs.

From camp climb 2 hrs to reach glacier than along the glacier for an hour. Finally steep climbing on loose rocks for 2 hrs to the Lamkhaga pass at 5265m. Steep descent from Lamakhaga pass for an hour on rock which can be very difficult to descent. Reach the glacier and along the glacier for 45 minutes than short descent to base camp. Large camping ground with mountain and peaks in front. 





Day 10 - Trek to Kyarkoti (3800m), 16 kms, 7-8 hrs.

Leaving camp, descent through boulders and rocks to River bed. 3 time stream crossing. 
From camp descent on rock for an hour than along the ridge to a stream to cross. Now descent on a good trail along the left bank of river, which will bring you to a large river bed. Cross the river and follow the trail in the right bank of river. Continue for 2 hrs to reach Kyarkoti campsite. Wonderful camp surrounded by wild flowers. A small lake near the camp can be visit. 



Day 11 - Trek to Harsil (2400m), 14 kms, 7-8 hrs

Today a long day ahead and early starts recommended. Leaving camp at first through meadows for several hours than forests. After the temple its long descent through thick forest to Harsil. Overnight in guest house.



Day 12 - Visit Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi - Dehradun /Haridwar or Rishikesh

Early departure from Harsil to visit Gangotri and return back to Harsil. Finally drive along the Bhagirathi River to Uttarkashi and continue to either Rishikesh or Dehradun. 



Day 13 Drive to Delhi

Day 14 Flight back to home

INCLUDES

·         All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 

·         All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.

·         Accommodation in quality 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.

·         All meals during trek

·         Qualified & trained mountain guide and experienced crew.

·         Porters or mules for porterage of gear & duffel bags

·         Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

·         Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles. 

·         Goods and services tax.

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Delhi / Chandigarh to Shimla (2270m)

    Arrive at Delhi or Chandigarh airport, pickup and drive to Shimla. Evening explore Shimla.

  • Day 2 Shimla to Kalpa (2960m)

    Early departure from Shimla, as its long journey to Kalpa. On the way pass through Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur along the Satluj River and finally at Kalpa. Check into hotel.

  • Day 3 At Kalpa

    Rest and relax, visit Kalpa village and enjoy the breathtaking view of Kinner Kailash. 

  • Day 4 Kalpa to Chitkul (3450m) drive 3 hrs, Trek to Nagasti - Rani Kanda (3700m), 7 kms, 5 hrs

    Today an early start from Kalpa to Recongpeo and along the Satluj River to Rakcham. Enter in Sanga or Vaspa valley to Chitkul. A short exploration of Chitkul village and trek starts from here. Chitkul is last village in Vaspa valley, which is situated at above right bank of Vaspa. Its an easy walk to Ranikanda mostly on rough road. Which will give a acclimatization walk as well. The trail goes through the fields.


  • Day 5 Trek to Dumti (4050m), 9kms, 5 hrs.

    An easy walk today to Dumti along the right bank for several hours. Cross few stream before Dumti. At Dumti valley widens up.

  • Day 6 Trek to Gundar (4450m), 15 kms, 7 hrs

    Today leaving camp short trek to the temple than on the River bed. A few hours before camp large stream to be cross by bridge. If no bridge, camp before the bridge. It could be impossible to cross afternoon if there is no bridge. Nice campsite at Gundar meadows. The valley widens with many camping grounds as you start approaching Nithal Thatang and SuthiThatang.

  • Day 7 Trek to Base camp (4700m), 5-6 hrs.

    From Gundar 3 hrs to glacier. Either take the glacier to cross river or cross river near the glacier. Now climb up along the stream for an hour to reach base camp. Small campsites.

  • Day 8 Trek to high camp (4900m), 3-4 hrs.

    Leaving camp climb to high camp II which is at the snout of the glacier. The climb is steep.

  • Day 9 Trek to Lamkhaga pass (5265m) - Base camp (4800m), 11 kms, 7-8 hrs.

    From camp climb 2 hrs to reach glacier than along the glacier for an hour. Finally steep climbing on loose rocks for 2 hrs to the Lamkhaga pass at 5265m. Steep descent from Lamakhaga pass for an hour on rock which can be very difficult to descent. Reach the glacier and along the glacier for 45 minutes than short descent to base camp. Large camping ground with mountain and peaks in front. 

  • Day 10 Trek to Kyarkoti (3800m), 16 kms, 7-8 hrs.

    Leaving camp, descent through boulders and rocks to River bed. 3 time stream crossing.
    From camp descent on rock for an hour than along the ridge to a stream to cross. Now descent on a good trail along the left bank of river, which will bring you to a large river bed. Cross the river and follow the trail in the right bank of river. Continue for 2 hrs to reach Kyarkoti campsite. Wonderful camp surrounded by wild flowers. A small lake near the camp can be visit.

  • Day 11 Trek to Harsil (2400m), 14 kms, 7-8 hrs

    Today a long day ahead and early starts recommended. Leaving camp at first through meadows for several hours than forests. After the temple its long descent through thick forest to Harsil. Overnight in guest house.

  • Day 12 Visit Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi - Dehradun /Haridwar or Rishikesh

    Early departure from Harsil to visit Gangotri and return back to Harsil. Finally drive along the Bhagirathi River to Uttarkashi and continue to either Rishikesh or Dehradun. 

  • Day 13 Drive to Delhi
  • Day 14 Flight back to home
Inclusions

What is included in 13 days trip
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
ü  5 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan. 1 night shimla, 2 night kalpa, 1 night Harsil, 1 night Dehradun or rishikesh.

ü  7 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses or porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

What is not included
×     Domestic flight. (Delhi airport transfer on request)
×     Delhi Manali transfer.

×     Hotel in Delhi.

×     Travel insurance.

×     Soft or hard drinks.

×     Entrance fee at monasteries

×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, camp crew, horsemen, porters, driver.

×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

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Trekking map of Lamkhaga Pass


Trip info

Activity - Trekking & hiking
Region: Himachal, Garhwal Himalaya 

Difficulty level - strenuous
Max Altitude - 5265 meters
Max sleeping altitude - 4900 meters
Lowest trek altitude - 2400 meters

Trip Length - 14 days Delhi to Delhi
8 days Chiktul to Harsil
8 days trekking
7 nights camping
6 night hotel

Best time - Mid May to Oct


Chitkul


Gundar


Base camp - Garhwal side

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