Sahastra Tal and Mayali Pass Trek

19 Days

Sahastra Tal at an altitude of 4560m, is situated 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 the Kush-Kalyan plateau, a high ridge continues towards the north and several high altitude small and medium lakes are found on both sides 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 BanderpunchBlack 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 the 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 a panoramic view of the Jogin group (6466 meters.), Kirti Stambh (6402 meters.), 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 a strenuous and physically challenging high-altitude trek.
A Himalayan writer Bill Aitken Mckay called it ” The Lake District of the Garhwal ”

Previous Sahastra Tal and Mayali Pass trek review


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 2017 – 40 Days

Mr. Henry E, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


Trip Highlights

  • Trekking in the "Lake district of Garhwal"
  • Scenic mountain trail
  • Campsites at beautiful, lush green alpine meadows (Bhugyal).
  • Seven lakes: Pari tal, Arjuna tal, Bhim tal, Draupadi tal, Gaumukhi tal (or Vishnu tal), Lam tal and Sahastra tal
  • Spectacular view of Banderpunch, Black Peak/Kalanag, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda along with Gangotri range.
  • Kush Kalyan plateau and high ridge-line trail.


Day 1:
Delhi to Rishikesh.

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

Day 2:
Rishikesh to Uttarkashi ( 155 kms, 5-6 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 3:
Uttarkashi to 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 Upper chuna camp, which is set amidst in the trees. Be careful with 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 4:
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 5:
Trek to Kush Kalyan (3500m), 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 6:
Trek to Kyarki Khal (3900m), 14 kms, 6/7 hrs.

From camp descend to a small temple and climb for 45 minutes, then 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 7:
Trek to Pari Tal (4210m), 4 hrs.

From camp climb steep for 45 minutes than along the ridge straight walk for an hour, then climb up for 30 minutes. Now trail is 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 8:
Trek to Lam 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 9:
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 Tamba kund - 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 Tamber kund. 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 or rest day.

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 take about 1 hr, then 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.

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

Day 20:
Flight back to home.

Departure to IGI airport and flight back to home.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
  • Delhi airport transfer.
  • 6 nights of hotel / Guest house accommodation MAP plan. (Uttarkashi, Kedarnath, Sonprayag, Rishikesh, Delhi)
  • All camping facilities: dining tent, kitchen tent, camp stool & table.
  • Accommodation in spacious 4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping mattress, trekking poles.
  • All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
  • Qualified & trained local guide, experience crew.
  • Porters for porterage of gear and baggages.
  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
  • Goods and services tax.

Cost Excludes

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Rishikesh, Delhi
  • Personal health insurances.
  • Soft or hard drinks.
  • Personal tipping to staff. Guide(s), Porter(s), Driver(s), Camp crew.
  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, roadblock which cost extra lodging & boarding which is beyond trip Schedule
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What is the best time to do Sahastratal and Mayali pass trek.

The best time to do Sahastratal and Mayali pass trek is from Mid-May to Mid-July, Sept to Oct. end.

Trekking gear check list

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 2017 – 40 Days
Mr. Henry E, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Trip Info

  • Trekking and Hiking
  • Mid-May to Mid-July & Sept. to Oct. End.
  • Car/Bus
  • 3-star hotel and Tent.
  • Strenuous
  • 4,980 meters / 16,338 Ft.
  • 18
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