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Trek to Dhumdhar Kandi & Bali Pass


Rs.38,800
Product Code: TRBP
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Duration: 11 Days
Season: May-Sep
Grade: Strenous
Region: Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
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ITINERARY


DAY 01: Dehradun – Harsil (2600m) Drive/280 kms/8 hrs

We begin the drive from Dehradun to Harsil, passing Uttarkashi on the way. Harsil is a small hamlet and is considered to be one of the most scenic places in the Indian Himalayas. Here we will stay at the beautifully located Himalayan Eco Lodges (www.himalayanecolodges.com/harsil.php). Check into the lodge and relax. Overnight at the lodge.

DAY 02: Harsil (2600m) – Durai Gad (3440m) Trek/4 hrs

After breakfast we walk along the main road for 2 kms to reach Jhala a small village on the Gangotri highway and from there start climbing up along a side stream called Sian Gad. Today’s hike is mostly steep but the distance to the campsite is short. It’s our first day and we are sure to be delighted with the landscape we tread. There are a few river crossings that we need to make. Overnight in tents.

DAY 03: Durai Gad (3440m) – Kyarkoti (3850m) Trek/3-4 hrs

It’s a short stage again and like yesterday most of the times we will be hiking up a gradient. There are beautiful forest stages and inviting meadows along the trail. We will be passing Bakarthach meadow where we might run into local shepherds. Kyarkoti is a beautiful bugyal (high altitude meadow) and lots of trekkers come till here to enjoy its beauty. It is a wonderful camping spot with wide open views. This alpine meadow has birch forest on top and the meandering Sian gad adding to its beauty. Overnight in tents.

DAY 04: Kyarkoti (3850m) Rest/Acclimatisation/Exploration day

During the days ahead you would be climbing up to 5300m and for us to be able to do this we need to be acclimatised very well and our body should have the energy required to take on the climb. Keeping this in mind we spend another day at Kyarkoti. You are sure to enjoy every minute spent here. Do your own thing today. Explore the meadows of Kyarkoti, or attempt a short climb or just relax. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: Kyarkoti (3850m) – Rocky camp along Sian Gad (4250m) Trek/5-6 hrs

After breakfast we get going on our hike for the day which is a moderately long one with lots of steep sections in between. As we cross the birch forest we cross the tree line and move into a contrasting terrain. We will cross the 4000m mark and the rarefied air is going to make our climb a bit more exhausting. There are boulders and moraine all around. Depending on the month we are doing this trek we will get to see a variety of alpine flowers. Again we will camp close to the Sian Gad. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: Rocky camp along Sian Gad (4250m) – Base Camp (4600m) Trek/4-5 hrs

We start after an early breakfast as we need to cross the ominous looking Sian Gad. Water levels are low in the morning and we make good use of this. Even with low level it will pose a challenge and we might have to use ropes for crossing over. There are again nice meadows that we cross and moraine and glacial sections. From the campsite we can see our destination for tomorrow, Dhumdhar Kandi pass. Early on in the season we will have lots of snow in this region. Overnight in tents.

DAY 07: Base Camp (4600m) – Dhumdhar Kandi Pass (5300m) – Arjun Chhara (4850m) Trek/6-8 hrs

Depending on the conditions our guide will decide on the time for starting the climb but usually it’s quite early (around 4-5:00 a.m.). In case there is a lot of fresh/soft snow we might start even earlier. The route to the top is quite steep but unlike one of the other breath-taking passes in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kalindi Pass, it doesn’t have too many crevasses. Our guides will carefully guide you up to the pass with lots of rest breaks in between. We will be on top of the pass in 3-5 hours depending on the conditions. High altitude is going to ensure you reach the top panting! From the top the views are scintillating to say the least. We get very close views of Bandarpoonch & Black peak (Kalanag). There are several other high peaks and underlying valleys to be seen from the Dhumdhar Kandi pass. Once at the pass you need to pat your back on having scaled a 5300 m remote pass. After resting for some time and grabbing a bite we are back to business. There is a tricky descent from the top to a rock ledge below and we will need to use ropes. After this section we hike down cross the glacier to reach our campsite. This campsite is very special with a setting completely different from what we have experienced till now. This is the campsite used by climbers scaling Black peak (Kalanag) who set up a summit camp ahead of this place and from there push for the final climb. Overnight in tents.

DAY 08: Arjun Chhara (4850m) – other Kyarkoti (3650m) Trek/2-3 hrs

After a leisurely breakfast start walking down to Kyarkoti. This meadow shares its name with the one we camped at on the other side of the pass and is as delightful as the previous one. This trail and the one tomorrow are not very well defined and have a few risky sections which we will need to negotiate properly. There are rockfall zones and narrow passages at places. Our guides will take necessary steps to stay clear of any problems. This walk is again through boulders and moraine for quite some time. At Kyarkoti we are likely to meet some shepherds. We will spend some time with them and get the latest status report on the route for next day. Overnight in tents.

DAY 09: Kyarkoti (3650m) – Bali Udiyari (3850m) Trek/5-6 hrs

This is going to be a delightful walk with wide open views throughout and great meadows along the trail. From Kyarkoti we walk down to the river and find a suitable area to crossover to the other side. After crossing we climb up to the majestic meadows of Thangi from where we get awe inspiring view of the Ruinsara valley down below. From Thangi it’s a steep climb to a small cave shelter called Bali Udiyari. There are good chances of spotting bears today. Overnight in tents.

DAY 10: Bali Udiyari (3850m) – Bali Pass (Yamunotri Pass, 4780m) – Damini (3900m) Trek/6-7 hrs

After an early breakfast we start our climb for the day which is almost free of any danger but will require us to spend a lot of energy. We will reach the top in about 4 hours. From the campsite we climb up to a ridge which will lead us to a glacier below the pass from there it’s a short and exhausting walk to the top of the Bali pass (4780m). There are great views of the Swargarohini & Bandarpoonch peaks along with several other summits. Views on the other side extend to the underlying Yamuna valley. The tricky part about this pass is the descent on the other side which is quite steep with one patch where we might need to use a rope. We walk down to the campsite at Damini. Overnight in tents.

DAY 11: Damini (3900m) – Yamunotri – Jankichatti – Dehradun Trek/3-4 hrs & Drive/5-6 hrs

Today we walk down to the Yamunotri shrine and thank the lord for the successful trek. From here we walk further down to the roadhead at Jankichatti. Here we get into the vehicles and drive down to Dehradun. TRIP ENDS HERE.

 

PRICE 


PRICE INCLUDES

  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Accommodation in a hotel/guesthouse on single/ double occupancy. Accommodation will be in a basic but neat & clean hotel/guesthouse
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools & tables
    • Mess Tent
    • Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 11. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers to start points and from end points. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
  • Personal trekking gear
  • You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trip(s), transfer(s), gear(s), porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
      • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
      • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
    • Cancellation charges will be as follows:
      • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • <15 Days: No refund
    • Please Note:
      • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
      • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spicejet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same..

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there will be lots of snow on the trail. Days are going to be sunny and warm (10-18 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -3 to 5 °C. In the July-Aug period we will catch some rain at the start and towards the end of the trek as we hike through relatively lower altitudes (2000-3000m) and at higher altitudes there is possibility of snowfall if weather deteriorates. Day temperatures are around 10-18 °C and night temperature at the highest camp can fall to about -3 to 5 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-early Oct) there is hardly any snow at the start but we will catch snow at the base of the pass and ahead. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (8-15 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of September and nights are comparatively colder (-6 to 5 °C). Please keep in mind that on this trail irrespective of the season it can snow anytime and in case of bad weather it can continue snowing for long durations. Also, temperatures can fall below the above mentioned figures and an important factor you need to consider while preparing for the trek is the wind chill factor.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
  5. Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer water proof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproof (Goretex) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Raincoat / Poncho
  17. Small light weight towel
  18. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  19. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  20. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  21. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  22. Sunscreen Lotion
  23. Lip Balm
  24. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  25. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  26. Personal toiletries
  27. Book, if you like reading
  28. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  29. Carry rain cover for your bags
  30. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  31. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

11 Days | May to Sep| Strenous| Max Alt: 5300mts (Dhumdhar Kandi Pass)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun Harsil (2600m) [drive/280 kms/8 hrs]
Day 02: Harsil (2600m) Durai gad (3440m) [trek/4 hrs]
Day 03: Durai gad (3440m) Kyarkoti (3850m) [trek/3-4 hrs]
Day 04: Kyarkoti (3850m) rest/acclimatisation/exploration day
Day 05: Kyarkoti (3850m) Rocky camp along Sian gad (4250m) [trek/5-6 hrs]
Day 06: Rocky camp along Sian gad (4250m) Base camp (4600m) [trek/4-5 hrs]
Day 07: Base camp (4600m) Dhumdhar kandi pass (5300m) Arjun chhara (4850m) [trek/6-8 hrs]
Day 08: Arjun chhara (4850m) other Kyarkoti (3650m) [trek/2-3 hrs]
Day 09: Kyarkoti (3650m) Bali udiyari (3850m) [trek/5-6 hrs]
Day 10: Bali udiyari (3850m) Bali pass (yamunotri pass, 4780m) Damini (3900m) [trek/6-7 hrs]
Day 11: Damini (3900m) Yamunotri Jankichatti Dehradun [trek/3-4 hrs & drive/5-6 hrs]

Description

This is adventure trekking at its very best!! This trail is in a very remote region of the Garhwal Himalayas and is filled to the brim with exploratory joy. We recommend this trek only to people with prior trekking experience.In terms of wilderness beauty this trail is unchallenged and has all elements that wilderness seekers look for.Not too many people know of this trail so its still hidden from most and only shepherds frequent the region.

This is a strenuous grade trek because of the following reasons:

  • It requires one to hike for 10 days in a very remote region where evacuation is not easy
  • One will be required to scale two high Himalayan passes with one of them being at 5300 m
  • There are challenging stages where one will needs to cross rivers, rope up and climb through tricky snow sections, stay clear of rock fall zones & hike on some very narrow and exposed trails.

The good part is that one doesnt need to have prior climbing/mountaineering skills. Our team of professionally trained and highly experienced guides will assist and guide you safely through the tricky sections.

In terms of wilderness beauty this trail is unchallenged and has all elements that wilderness seekers look for. Not too many people know of this trail so its still hidden from most and only shepherds frequent the region. On this trail you can look forward to completely wild flower meadows having a variety of alpine flowers, birds and an occasional wild animal, exceptional high mountain scenery having big mountains, glaciers, ice falls & snow fields, camping on high altitude meadows of exceptional quality, mesmerizing views from top of the two passes and experiencing a huge sense of achievement on successful completion of the trek.


In the first stage of the trek leading to the base camp of the Dhumdhar Kandi Pass we tread through beautiful forests and high meadows and will be required to cross and walk along rivers. On one of the days we will camp at Kyarkoti meadows, a place bestowed with abundant natural bounty. In the next stage leading to the top of Dhumdhar Kandi pass we walk through boulders, scree, moraine and snow fields to reach the top of the pass at 5300m. From the top there are stupendous views all-around of big peaks, glaciers, ice falls and underlying valleys. Having done the first pass we set our eyes on the next big task, Bali Pass. In this stage we climb down to the beautiful Ruinsara valley and cross over to the other side of the river to reach upper slopes of the Thangi meadows, which form the entry to the route leading to Bali pass. These meadows are extremely delightful and are inhabited by shepherds. From here we walk to the base camp for Bali pass called Bali Udiyari, getting its name from the natural cave shelter here.


In the last stage of the trek we summit and cross over the Bali pass. From the base camp, theres a delightful section of hiking on top of a ridge leading to the glacier just below the pass and from here its a steep climb to the top. The effort is well rewarded with splendid views of mountain ranges and underlying valleys. Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks seem to be at touching distance. From the pass we descend to our campsite at Damini and next day reach the roadhead at Jankichatti from where we drive to Dehradun. Enroute we pay obeisance at the Yamunotri shrine for the successful completion of the trek


DETAILS
Duration 11 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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