Sahastra Tal and Mayali Pass   -  20 days   14 days of trek

Trek to Thousand Lake, view of Kalanag, Kirtistambh, Gangotri group of peaks, Satopanth, Banderpunch and Kedardome

Trip Route: Delhi/Chandigarh - Uttarkashi - Kyarki Khal - Parital - Sahastratal - Kalyani - Masar Tal - Maili pass - Vasuki Tal - Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Devprayag - Rishikesh - Delhi

Trip Facts

Garhwal region - Uttarakhand, India
Difficulty Level - Strenuous, Max Altitude - 4980 m
Trip Length - 20  days Delhi to Delhi,
14 days of Trek and 12 nights of Camp and 7 nights of hotel.
Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time -
Mid June to Mid July, Sept to Oct end.

Meal: All meals during the trek, Breakfasta and dinner during the hotel

 

Trip Introduction

Sahastra tal at an altitude of 4560m, is situated in Between Bhagirathi valley in the west and Bhilangana valley in the East.  The word 'Sahastra' meaning 'a thousand' in Sanskrit, It is also the modification of the local Garhwali word 'Sahasyu' which means seven. The topmost and the largest lake on the Bhilangana side is referred to as Darshan tal. The other seven being - Pari tal, Arjuna tal, Bhim tal, Draupadi tal, Gaumukhi tal (or Vishnu tal) and Lam tal.  

From Kush Kalyan plateau a high ridge continues towards north and several high altitude small and medium lakes are found on both side of the ridge. Sahastra Tal is situated at the head of this ridge. This less frequented trail offers grazing pastures, lush green alpine meadows (Bugyals), High Himalayan ranges and peaks including Banderpunch, Black Peak/Kalanag, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda along with Gangotri range. The walk over far flung alpine meadows of Kush Kalyan and Kyarki Bugyal is a delight to any trekker. The panorama of Western Garhwal range awaits at Kyarki Khal.

Khatling is a lateral glacier at the source of river Bhilangana with Sahastratal at the west and Masartal at the east. The Valley of Bhilangana offers panoramic view of Jogin group (6466 mts.), Kirti Stambh (6402 mts.) and Meru. The entire trek passes through thick forests and beautiful lush green meadows in the beginning. Later, it crosses two passes above 17,000 ft. and negotiates glaciers moraines and a snow patch. This is strenuous and physically challenging high altitude trek.

Highlights

Lush green meadows, panoramic view Bhagirathi River valley and peaks, meeting with shepherds

 

Included in the price

  • 12 nights camp with all camping facilities, 7 night of hotel accommodation

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

 

Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Delhi, Rishikesh

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi - Rishikesh

Day 02: Rishikesh-Uttarkashi ( 155 kms/4-5 hrs)

Day 03: Uttarkashi - Lata (1100m) Drive 22 Trek to Upper Chuna (1990m), 9 kms, 7 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Jowari Thach (3200m), 8 kms, 6 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Kush Kalyan, 11 kms, 6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Kyarki Khal (3900m), 14 kms, 6/7 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pari Tal (4210m), 4 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Lamb tal - Sahastra tal (4560m), 5 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Kalyani (2750m), 16 kms, 8/9 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Kharsoli (2940m), 11 kms, 5/6 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Tambakund - Chowki (3640m), 6-7 hrs.

Day 12: Day trip to Khatling glacier

Day 13: Trek to Masar tal (4500m), 6 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Mayali pass (4980m) - Vasuki Tal (4315m), 7 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Kedarnath (3500m), 7 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Gauri Kund, 16 kms, 5-6 hrs., Drive to Sonprayag

Day 17: Drive to Joshimath - Rishikesh

Day 18: At Rishikesh

Day 19: Rishikesh to Delhi.

Day 20: Flight back to home.

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 01: Delhi - Rishikesh

Drive to Rishikesh, which is about 5 to 6 hrs.  Check in to hotel and afternoon visit to Laxman Jhula and market.

 

Day 02: Rishikesh-Uttarkashi ( 155 kms/4-5 hrs)

Drive to Uttarkashi At an elevation of 1158 meters on the bank of river Bhagirathi, Uttarkashi is an important pilgrimage center equated with Varanasi or Kashi in Divinity. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check in to Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 03: Uttarkashi - Lata (1100m) Drive 22 Trek to Upper Chuna (1990m), 9 kms, 7 hrs

Early departure from Uttarkashi to Lata. Drive along the right bank of Bhagirathi river. Leaving Lata descend to cross the Baghirathi river by bridge. Gradual climb to Saura village and to Sara village. Long climb through dense forest to Upperchuna camp, which is set amidst in the trees. Be careful for Leeches. Especially on mud trail, can climb to leg through boots and suck your blood. They are small size, but can grow quick after sucking blood. Mid September to October end no traces of Leeches on first day.

 

Day 04: Trek to Jowari Thach (3200m), 8 kms, 6 hrs.

Leaving camp climb gradually to Belak at 2900m. Small houses and locals from around live here during summer with their cows and buffalo's. As well as tea shop. From Belak it's 2 hrs to Jowari campsite in an open ground. Now we are above tree line and view is spectacular.

 

Day 05: Trek to Kush Kalyan, 11 kms, 6 hrs.

From camp climb ridge, and follow the trail along the lush green ridge for several hours. Early starts recommended as afternoon clouds can cover the hills and the view and path will be difficult to find.

 

Day 06: Trek to Kyarki Khal (3900m), 14 kms, 6/7 hrs.

From camp descend to a small temple and climb for 45 minutes, than along the ridge line for several hours. You can see Malla village from trail at below in the valley. Now climb steep first one and then second one to Reach Kyarki khal. It's 45 minutes gradual descent to campsite. 

 

Day 07: Trek to Pari Tal (4210m), 4 hrs

From camp climb steep for 45 minutes than along the ridge straight walk for an hour, than climb up for 30 minutes. Now trail are well paved, which is constructed many years before for pilgrims coming from Buda Kedar to visit Sahastra tal. Continue for 1:30 hrs to reach small lake called Pari tal. Descend to camp below the Lake. 

 

Day 08: Trek to Lamb tal - Sahastra tal (4560m), 5 hrs.

Leaving camp climb short to join main trail, 1:30 hrs of climb to top of ridge. Impressive view of Gangotri III peak or Jaonli peak 6632m in front to the north. Now descend steep for few minutes and gradually to Lamba tal Lake 45 minutes. From Lamba tal it's steep 2 hrs climb to Sahastra tal lake at 4559 m. Camp 

 

Day 09: Trek to Kalyani (2750m), 16 kms, 8/9 hrs

From camp climb to the pass passing through big Lake than descend through middle of two lakes. Continue descend than climb up a ridge than long descend, again climb up another ridge than descend. The path is not good. Continue descend through forest for 2 hrs to reach main trail to Kalyani camp in Bhilangana valley.

 

Day 10: Trek to Kharsoli (2940m), 11 kms, 5/6 hrs.

From camp climb gently through forest and along the right bank of river and through forest for several hours. A short before Kharsoli small cross small stream by ford. At Kharsoli there is temple and.Dharamshala. find a suitable place for camp. 

 

Day 11: Trek to Tambakund - Chowki (3640m), 6-7 hrs.

From Kharsoli along the right bank of river climb several hours, enroute 2-3 easy stream crossing. Finally climb to Tamberkund. It's an hour to a temporary bridge on river which can be dangerous for crossing especially during rain. Now climb 45 minutes to campsite of Chowki. Great view of peaks in front towards North. 

 

Day 12: Day trip to Khatling glacier

Either this day you can rest at Chowki or day trip to visit Khatling glacier with packed lunch.

 

Day 13: Trek to Masar tal (4500m), 6 hrs.

Leaving Chowki along the left bank of stream for few minutes, than steep climb. The trail may be small kind of shepherd's trail. Climb to base camp, small but wonderful, just below Masar tal.

 

Day 14: Trek to Mayali pass (4980m) - Vasuki Tal (4315m), 7 hrs.

Leaving camp climb to Maser Tal (4670m), which will takes about 1 hr, than steep climb to a first pass at 4789m. Than through rocks to the foot of glacier, it will take 1:30 hrs to Mayali pass at 4980m. From pass descent through rocks down to valley for 3 hrs to reach Vasuki tal. From here Gupt ganga or Vasuki ganga starts which later joins with Mandakini at Sonprayag. Camp.2 kms before the Lake. Nice campsite. 

 

Day 15: Trek to Kedarnath (3500m), 7 hrs.

From camp descend to Vasuki tal and climb on a well path to a pass. From pass it's long descent to Kedarnath. Impressive view of Kedardome peak and Kedarnath below. Arrive at Kedarnath check into guest house. 

 

Day 16: Trek to Gauri Kund, 16 kms, 5-6 hrs., Drive to Sonprayag

Early departure from Kedarnath to Gaurikund. The descent could be hard on concrete and cemented path, cover your mouth with clothing or scarf as the whole trail smell with horse dung. Arrive at taxi stand at Gaurikund and drive 5km to Sonprayag. Check in to hotel and afternoon relax.

 

Day 17: Drive to Joshimath - Rishikesh

Leaving Sonprayag, its 6 hrs drive to Rishikesh passing through Srinagar and Devprayag. Check in to hotel at Rishikesh and evening explore the market at Laxman Jhula.

 

Day 18: At Rishikesh

Rest and relax at beach resort or river beach or go for Rafting.

 

Day 19: Rishikesh to Delhi.

Drive to Delhi and afternoon explore Delhi.

 

Day 20: Flight back to home.

Drive to airport and flight back to home.