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The Great Brahmaputra Descent Siang River Expedition
An exciting journey down one of the world's greatest rivers, an option only for the true adventurer. The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. The expedition takes you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by leech-infested rainforest. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world. A 7-day self-contained run from Tuting to Pasighat (180 kms approx.) through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered. Between 2002–09, we have run 08 very successful expeditions on the Upper Brahmaputra, and several people bear testimony to our operational expertise in one of the toughest logistical operations in the Indian Himalayas.
A new trekking route explored crossing Kunt kal pass in Valley of Flowers of Garhwal Region.
There is something about the Himalayas not possessed by the Alps, something unseen and unknown, a charm that pervades every hour spent among them, a mystery intriguing and disturbing. Confronted by them, a man loses his grasp of ordinary things, perceiving himself as immortal, an entity capable of outdistancing all changes, all decay, all life, all death.
- Frank Smythe -
A Valley in Garhwal Himalayas gained such a distinction & popularity in no time with name ' Valley of flowers ' after the exploration by Frank Smythe who is officially credited with discovering the Valley of Flower in year 1931 after his Kamet Expedition.
Frank Smythe camped in valley of flowers for couple of days to collect material for his book “ The Valley of Flowers” and took with him seeds for the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. In furtherance of Smythe’s work, Joan Margaret Legge went to the Valley of flowers in 1939 to study and collect few more flowers. She camped at Valley of flowers for a few days, and unfortunately lost her life when she slipped from a rock while picking flowers in the valley. Later a small memorial in the shape of a tombstone in the valley of flowers. As a reminder of the great love she had for the Himalayas, inscribed on her marble tombstone, in valley of flowers are the following words –
“I shall lift my eyes up to the mountains, from whence cometh my help.”
Valley of Flowers is at a height of 11000 feet to 14000 feet above sea level in western Himalayas. It is famous for its meadows of alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty nearly 10 km in length, 2 km in width and concave in shape. Valley of flowers is divided along its length by a river called the Pushpavati and several rivulets and waterfalls rush down from the glacial deposits to merge with it. The Pushpavati joins the Laxman Ganga, flowing from Hemkund Sahib, at Ghangaria. This combined stream retains the Laxman Ganga till it meets Alaknanda river flowing from Badrinath at Govind Ghat.
A massive snow mountain with snow called Ghoda Parvat and Rataban peak , blocks valley of flowers at the other end. There is however, a traditional route which passes across a glacial pass at an altitude of 5091 mtr to Bank Kund and the pasture lands of the Gamsali Valley, via Bhuyandar Pass and eventually leads to Niti, the last Indian village on the border with Tibet. In valley of flowers, some of the flowers which can be seen are : Pink Primulas, Pedicularis, purple Campanullas , Erigerons , Golden Lily, creamy Anemones, large purple Asters, the rare white Androsace , the rosy-petalled Cypripedium,Morina Longifora, Green and chequered Fritillaries, pink Geranimus, purple , indigo-coloured Nomochairs, blue and yellow Pansies, the Himalayan Blue Poppy petals as blue as the ocean, white and red Potentillas, golden lilly, dwarf Rhododendrons - Buransh, Primulas in pink and blue and the deepest purple, Ranunculus, pink Epilobium, Bistorta and the heavily perfumed Brahma Kamal. The distance of Valley of flowers from Ghangria is 4 km and of Hemkund Sahib is 5 km away.
. The valley of flowers trek begins after crossing Alaknanda by a suspension bridge and then along a mountain path on the right bank of Laxman Ganga. The trek passes through dense vegetation and whispering forest and Laxman Ganga always appears to be hurrying down to meet Alaknanda down below. Then at 10th km of valley of flowers trek is the Bhyundar village from where a beautiful valley branches to Kagbhushandi taal. The Valley of Flowers trek continues along the Laxam Ganga and at 3 km from the Village, Laxman Ganga has to be crossed and then begins the final zigzag climb to Ghangaria. Ghangaria, nestled amidst the giant deodars, is conjuction and stopping place for both Hemkund Sahib or Lokpal lake and the Valley of Flowers. Camping in the Valley of Flowers National Park is not permitted , due to which visitors have to spend the night at Ghangaria only.
After 45 years a new route opens for Nature lovers at Bankund after crossing Ghangaria with Camping at Palsi Udiyar and Crossing the Kunkal Pass further reaching Hanumanchatti on Badrinath Road . Birds View of National Park and Nilgiri peak is a experience of lifetime.
Thousand lakes trek & sightseeing
Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland, adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during you visit.
Everest Base Camp
For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!
To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.
The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass or crossing 3 pass into Gorek Shep to Kala Pathar and EBC or vice versa.
To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!
Considered as one of the pristine and most beautiful valleys in Himachal , the Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin - Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m), Tiger Tooth peak etc. After crossing Sara Umga Pass, you descend into yet another beautiful Lahaul valley.
A Lake of Faith
Lakes have always beeen considered as sacred and worshippped in mountainaous regions. There are Several High Altitude lakes and pristine waterbodies tucked away in the gharwal region of Himalayas. Maldaru Taal or lake is one such remote ablong lake located South – Eastern region of Harkidhun valley at a altitude of 4800 m above sea level. The village folk of Puoni , Osla and Dharkot consider this lake as abode of gods. The path towards lake Itself is a memorable experience. Walking through pine forest and alpine meadows of Vishkopri and Raasi. The meadows carpeted with flowers in various hues and colors is a feast to eyes. Walking on the ridge is really exillarating experience. View of Swargarohini peak 6252 M from close quarters standing on the edge of lake is unique experience. The aroma that emanates from the flowers Brahma Kamal , Phen Kamal which profusely grows there is feast to eyes.
Borasu Pass Trek
One such pass among the many passes that cross into Himachal from Uttarakhand is Borasu.Situated at an elevation of 5450 m or 17,880 ft is challenge for season trekkers too . It connects the Tons river valley with Baspa river valley. The pass is open only for a few months before monsoons and then post monsoon before the winter sets in. It is a high but practical traverse into the great Kinnaur Valley, takes 5 -6 days from Har Ki Dun valley to Ranikhanda further into the Baspa Valley. From Har- ki - Dun the trail heads north along the Maninda Gad popularly known as Morinda Tal. Beyond that the ascent eases to Rathadu campsite 4000 m with a distant view of mountains and thereon the path winds up for 5km through a flower strewn narrow valley offering you a breathtaking diversity of landscapes and the trek is the perfect blend of lush meadows, riot of flowers such as Geranium , Bistorta etc Moraine path finally reaching Sauni Beda camping grounds.A steep climb on the rocky patch from here brings to Lamjoonga makeshift campsite.
After Lamjoonga campsite with a glacier to further up, climb strenuously, beware of crevasses in post monsoon on the either side of pass for about 4 km to the pass, one will be surprised and awestruck to see Nilkamal flowers in full bloom on the rocky patches along the pass and descent along the 60 -70 deg rocky slopes reaching Zupke glacier.The route through boulders requires some careful footing and proper balance.Beware and watchful of rockfalls and boulders coming down and there on further down to the Baspa river bed. The loose rocks and rockfall pose a danger, avoid attempting the pass in bad weather, during post monsoon.Cross the river by a bridge and reach the and Doaria camping grounds. From Doaria the trek to Chitkul is very easy on the legs. This trek is one of the best ways to get a feel and experience the Himalayan culture of Garhwal region and Kinnaur region respectively.
Crown of Spiti Valley
Region : Spiti valley
Among the High altitude passes in the Himalayan region of Spiti valley Manirang Pass is regarded as the most remote and hard even today. It is located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 5355m above sea level. This pass is reckoned to be one of the least explored mountain passes in the Indian Himalaya. Mount Manirang Altitude: 6593 mtr. / 21625.04 ft known as the crown of the Spiti is the valley isa challenge for Mountaineers. It connects the Kinnaur to Lahaul & Spiti region and was the ancient route of trade before it became motorable.
The whole region is situated in the rain shadow area and more or less lies dry other than winter.
The undulating terrain is very harsh comprising of boulders, marine and difficult to access without a proper guide due to sheer remoteness.
A Mountain of Faith
A Pass seperating two of the faces stands at a height of 4710 meters adjacent to Kailash peak and is also known as Dham Godi Pass. It is scenic and difficult trek too and the last leg of this trek requires superhuman effort. Only recommended for seasoned trekkers. Parikrama means circumambulation of the Manimahesh Kailash peak. This route is mostly preferred by Lahauli’s coming over the Kugti Pass. Of late, trekkers too have started venturing out here. The trek starts from Kugti Village, The local beliefs say that it is mandatory to visit the Kelang Wazir temple or Karthik Swamy located 4km off the track from the Kugti- Jotnu trail. And it is recommend that you do visit the temple because you get to see the Kailash Peak in its absolute glory. The first pit-stop comes at the Hanuman Mandir, where another trail coming from Bada Bhangal merges.
Huge slippery boulders make the matters even worse. In case it is foggy, just cling to the feet of the Kailash Peak because that’s the safest way. After a long walk of a couple of kilometers you arrive at the Kamal Kund where from you can either go back to Dhancho or head towards the lake. There from you take a turn and move towards the Sukh Dali Pass.
Manimahesh Lake is situated at 27 km from Bharmour at the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain. The lake and peak are considered sacred and a fair called as Manimahesh fair (Manimahesh Yatra) is held at the lake each and every year in the month of August and September; the yatra held from Janamastmi to Radhastami each and every year. It is believed that on this occasion both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gets the bath in the Lake. For this holy moment lacks of peoples comes from the country and abroad to take holy dip in the Manimahesh Lake. Providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people. And the glorious views of Manimahesh Kailash in the morning and at the time of sun rising touches the hearts of visitors.
Regarding Manimahesh Kailash it is said that no one has been able to climb to the peak. Local legends clarifying that people point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit, the other is of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top of Manimahesh Kailash. Many holy places come in the way to Manimahesh, at the distance of 6 km from Hadsar, a Dhancho famous for water fall and after 5km from Dhancho Gaurikund come. Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this lake is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to bath in this lake and only ladies are allowed to take dip in the kund. About one kilometer ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva's feet. Two kilometer from Shiva Kalotri Kamal kund is situated in the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. After a short run from Gauri kund reaches the Manimahesh Lake is shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. For beginner trekkers Manimahesh trek is the best route for beginning as the gradient is good and also provide pilgrimage visit to Manimahesh Lake. Manimahesh Parikrama is a route which covers Manimahesh Kailash & Lake with round trip via Kugti village and back journey via Gaurikund and Dhancho.This route also covers the Famous Temple of ancient Chaurasi Temples & Goddess Brahmani Mata at Bharmour with Kartik temple and Mata Marali Temple at Kugti. The tentative route will like following and see the beautiful pictures of this trek.