Lamkhaga Pass - Chitkul to Harsil - 13 Days

A challenging & strenuous trek in North Eastern part of Garhwal Himalayas

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Review

Trip Introduction
The Lamkhaga Pass at 5265 m is one of the challenging high passes which connects Kinnaur valley of Himachal Pradesh with Harsil in the 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 Inner Line Permit is required if going from Chitkul to Harsil, but it doesn't require permits if starting from Harsil and ending at Chitkul. This beautiful trek especially in the Garhwal side takes you through some of the most remote areas 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 be combined with Auden's col or Gaumukh - Tapovan trek.

Trip info
Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Himachal & Uttarakhand Himalaya, Difficulty level - strenuous, Max Altitude - 5265 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4900 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 2400 meters, Trip Length - 13 days Delhi to Delhi, 8 days Chiktul to Harsil, 8 days trekking, 7 nights camping, 6-night hotel, Best time - Mid May to Oct

Outline Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Delhi / Chandigarh to Shimla (2270m).
Day 02: Shimla to Kalpa (2960m)
Day 03: At Kalpa
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
Day 12: Drive to Uttarkashi - Dehradun /Haridwar or Rishikesh
Day 13: Drive to Delhi

Trek from Kaza, Spiti to Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
"A long trek in three phases, excellently organized with first-class guides and support team. Even when we reconfigured the third phase at short notice, Prem got everything in place. A tough trek!"
Bhaba pass - Lamkhaga pass - Sahastratal - Mayali pass - Kedarnath
14 Aug to 22 Sept - 40 Days
Mr. Henry E, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
  • 5 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan. 1 night shimla, 2 night kalpa, 1 night Harsil, 1 night Dehradun or rishikesh.
  • 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.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses or porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits.
  • Goods and services tax.
  • First aid medical kit.


What is included in the Price

  • Domestic flight. (Delhi airport transfer on request)
  • Hotel in Delhi.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft or hard drinks.
  • 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.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

Trek from Kaza, Spiti to Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
"A long trek in three phases, excellently organized with first-class guides and support team. Even when we reconfigured the third phase at short notice, Prem got everything in place. A tough trek!"
Bhaba pass - Lamkhaga pass - Sahastratal - Mayali pass - Kedarnath
14 Aug to 22 Sept - 40 Days
Mr. Henry E, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


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