Summiters Trek Diaries

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It was on One Friday evening I reached home tired and frustrated, not because of any hectic work schedule at office or a complex escalated situation at work, but because of the nasty traffic on the road. It took a solid 4 hours to cover 20 kms from my office to home. Trust me, these everyday difficulties are the ones that push us to something completely divergent, diagonal and unique attempts by us once the frustration reaches the limits. One such destress method that I have adopted for about two decades now is, a Himalayan Mountain trek. Immediately I contacted my old friend Vishwanath of Summiters Adventures who is a professional High Altitude Trek guide with whom I already had done several high altitude treks since 2010. Surprisingly he invited me for less known Borasu Pass connecting valleys of Gharwal and the Kinnaur valley of Himachal Pradesh. Though it was…
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A detailed Video log of the Holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Ananda Kumar Chandran in three parts ...  Part 1 : Delhi to Takalakote Part 2 : Takalakote to Darchen Part 3 : Mansarovar and back to Delhi
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                                                              A Faraway Jungle Retreat : Namdapa The dense fog had delayed my flight and a sudden bundh in Assam threatened to disrupt my itinerary. I landed in Dibrugarh, then freshened up at a friend’s place at Mohanbari and collected the inner line permit required for the trek. After parathas for breakfast at a road side dhaba, I passed through Tinsukia, Digboi, Ledo and Margherita. I crossed the Assam border at Namchik and reached Miao- the taluk head quarters of the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This North Eastern state was going to be our home for the trek. I got the restricted area permit from the forest authorities and then had a three hour drive on a narrow slushy…
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  Bandalu ko Ghumto lay.Annapurna Maa chopida Mailay Sablai bir Siyachhu timilai Samjudha. [ If the Mountain Annapurna (the goddess of plenty) is covered completely by Clouds and not visible for a long time then not seeing her, in her memory I forget to remember the entire world.] It was snowing continuously since 48 hrs with piercing cold and temperature being a good ten below zero .I was patiently waiting for the clear weather in Annapurna base camp at 13800 ft. Covering my shivering body with wollen clothing an early morning at 5:00 Am , I carried my camera equipment from my tent to a particular location in the hope of taking good pictures.Even our local porter Raj Sharma was shivering thanks to the cold climate.  The entire Annapurna base camp area was covered with mist.Previously the photography location was absolutely clear proudly displaying a 360 degree view of the…
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Background :This dream started in SeptI am pasting here the excerpt for the mail written by Jyoti Prakash (JP), the leader of the Auden's Col/Mayali Pass/Rudugaira trek in Aug-Sep 2010 (additional photos here), to all of us who had trekked with him in the Auden's col trek or in some other treks previously   Arwa Col:  This Col was first discovered in 1939 by JC Auden’s but he didn’t cross it. It was mentioned again 1990 by Harish Kapadia during his exploration of Jadganga valley. Even Harish Kapadia didn’t cross it. It is an unclimbed Col at 20300 feet, 8 kms to the left of Kalindi Pass. Harish Kapadia reached Saraswati Col in 1990 but again didn’t cross it.   The dream is to cross Arwa Col on which no human has ever set his feet till now. This might be a full fledged expedition starting from Bhaironghati and will take us to…
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How it all started ?- A number of folks I had met were always talking of a Leh-Manali bus drive/motor-bike ride/cycling expedition. Well, I thought why not a trek from Leh to Manali.   - Checked with a few trek mates if they would be interested. I knew that beyond 2 weeks folks would find it difficult to get time off from work and that is how it turned out -:) so decided to do this solo (something I wanted to do) The Original Planned itinerary (based on Lonley Planet Guide : Trekking in the Indian Himalayas): Date Start Finish 24-Jul Bangalore Delhi 25-Jul Chandigarh Manali/Jobra 26-Jul Jobra Chika 27-Jul Chika Balu-ka-Ghera 28-Jul Balu-ka-Ghera Shia Goru/via Hampta Pass (4270 m)29-Jul shia Goru/Siliguri Chatru/Batal 30-Jul Batal Chandra 31-Jul Chandra Tal Tokpo Yongma 1-Aug Tokpo Yongma Tokpo Gongma 2-Aug Tokpo Gongma Baralacha-la/bharatpur {Baralacha La South (4900m) & Baralacha La North (4950m)} 3-Aug Bharatpur Lingti via Kelong Sarai (4510m) along Manali-Leh…
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29 July : Bharatpur to Keylong Sarai (4510 M) As I was having lunch and resting at Bharatpur I was thinking over the next part of my journey.   Surely, I won't get lucky again and find another group trekking over Phitse-la into Zanskar (as most trekkers would take the conventional route over Shingo-la into a Zanskar - a route I had done couple of years ago). Since it is not a frequented route would there be any trail. How difficult is route finding going to be ? Would there at least be Gaddi shepherds along the way ? I knew that I had to cross the Lingti River and is that something I could do alone (without rope / harness as guidebooks recommend).   After the exertions of the previous 4 days did I have enough energy to do this stretch solo As I was wrestling with these questions…
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4th August : Khangsar (~3700 M) to Tantak / Base Kontse La (~4000 M)I was feeling lazy after the long walk the previous day.  Got up late to splendid morning views from this campsite.   After breakfast, packed lunch and nice hot shower I felt clean and brisk.  Left for Phugtal by 9:00 a.m.  I had been here in 2009 towards the end of September.  At that time of the year the Tsarap chu looked a pristine blue (similar to the photograph of the Zara River) as opposed to the greyish, silvery stream flowing now.  The trail follows the left of the Tsarap Chu river before it reaches the bridge to cross over to Phugtal Gompa.   As you follow the trail the sight that strikes you the most is the massive boulders that lie in the Tsarap River.  These boulders forces one to imagine the destruction they may have caused…
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10 Aug : Leh (~3500M) to Spituk (~3300 m) After a well needed rest at Hotel Changlo  Chan (a budget hotel) on the old Leh Road in Sheynam I got up to search and book hotels (more luxurious ones) for the period from 20th Aug to 25th Aug when my wife would join me at Leh for the "tourist trip" of Leh.  I was able to get reservation @ Hotel Grand Dragon for the 20th & 24th Aug.  Given that this is peak tourist season it was not possible to get reservations for the intermediate days.  I thought those could be arranged later.  I also decided to leave some of my warm clothes  (rain cut, down jacket, thermals, t-shirts) behind at the Grand Dragon as the weather in Leh and through the first 3 weeks of my trek had been pretty warm.  It reduced the weight of my backpack by nearly 2…
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I am posting my itinerary & photos (click on the links for each day) of the helambu-gosaikund-langtang and jiri-tumlingtar trek here to help fellow trekkers who might want some information regarding this trek. The jiri-Tumlingtar trek is a combination of 2 treks namely the Jiri-Lukla trek (the walk-in route to the EBC trek) and Arun Valley trek. :- Itinerary13-Jan : Kathmandu to chisopani14-Jan : Chisopani to Kutumsang15-Jan : KutumSang to Mangengoth16-Jan : Mangengoth to Ghopte17-Jan : Ghopte to Phedi18-Jan : Phedi to Sing Gompa (via Laurabina Pass and Gosaikund)19-Jan : Sing Gompa to Dhunche and Back 20-Jan : Sing Gompa to Bamboo Lodge21-Jan : Bamboo Lodge to Thanshyap22-Jan : Thangshyap to Kyanjin Gompa and Kyanjin Ri23-Jan : day hike to Langshisha Kharka24-Jan : Kyanjin Gompa to Bamboo Lodge25-Jan : Bamboo Lodge to Syarbubesi26-Jan : Syarbubesi to Kathmandu by Bus27-Jan : Rest Day at Kathmandu28-Jan : Kathmandu to Bhandar29-Jan : Bhandar…
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