Borasu Pass Trek Log [Har-ki-Dun valley to Chitkul Traverse]

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On June 30th Kamal and I took a bus from Mussoorie to reach Sankri. We reached Sankri by 4PM. No jeep was available to Taluka village — the last village before Borasu pass — because of the rains. So we walked from Sankri — the last village having electricity supply — to Taluka for a couple of hours to reach GMVN guest house at Taluka in time for dinner (reached around 7 p.m).

Borasu Pass Itinerary we followed

  • 30th June: Bus/Jeep to Sankri and trek to Taluka
  • 01st July : Taluka to camping place between Seema and Har ki Dun (31.12961N ,78.37957 E, 3056 M )
  • 02nd July : Camping place between Seema and Har ki Dun to a meadow with huge boulder (for shelter) 1-2 kms before Morinda Taal (31.16700 N,78.42866 E, 3831 M)
  • 03rd July : Boulder Camp 1-2 kms before Morinda Taal to Camp in glacial moraines before Sauni (Sauna) Bhera (31.21081N,78.44048E, 4358M)
  • 04th July : Sauni Bhera to Upper Lamjunga Campsite (31.22260N,78.45603E,4745M)
  • 05th July: Upper Lamjunga Campsite to Campsite at the end of Glacier(31.28034N, 78.48483E, 4172M ) on other side of Borasu Pass (31.23062N,78.46602E,5203M)
  • 06th July: Campsite at the end of Glacier to Chitkul village (31.35115N,78.43695E,3436M)

On 1st July after a quick breakfast, we continued up to Seema village with lunch enroute at Ghangar. My friend Kamal, with a 25kg backpack, surprisingly lagged an hour or so behind me. Once he arrived at Seema we walked for another hour or so before camping. That night it poured “cats and dogs and its cousins”.

Luckily my tent was good enough and water did not seep through. July 2nd was an overcast day with a near whiteout. We walked to Har Ki Dun and then to a meadow 1-2 km before Morinda Taal.

The entire route beyond Har-Ki-Dun meadows is along the true right of the Morinda Gad (stream). The Morinda Taal is formed in an area where the Morinda Gad spreads out on flat land.

Since, it was drizzling and again a near whiteout it was no fun walking. So, we decided to wait it out that day. We camped under a huge boulder which was a natural campsite (also used by the shepherds).

The weather did not clear up today. I spent a restless night on July 2nd praying that the weather would clear up. July 3rd – The weather had still not cleared up fully but just enough to entice us into moving early, sans breakfast.

We self-guided ourselves with a GPS, printed map and followed the lay of the land to camp in the glacial moraines (boulder zones) beside a small glacial pond about 500M before Sona or Sauni (Sauna) Bhera (marked in map as Sorna Vir).

We had to camp here as the weather was turning bad (it was starting to drizzle). On 4th July, the weather was slightly better. We headed to Sona Bhera, which we reached in about 30-45 mins. Post that, we lost our way a little, courtesy a minor navigational error.

We lost 1 hour climbing up and down a side ridge and came back to Sona Bhera campsite. By this time the visibility was very low. None of the hills or ridges could be seen.

We again ventured along, which I thought was the right route. After about a 30-45 mins climb, beside a nala, based on my GPS reading I felt we were about 100 M left of where the actual trail is supposed to be. So we recced once again and soon we found the right trail.

We climbed on the trail, till what appeared to be the high camp at 4750 M, amidst the boulder zone. There is a clear view of the ice-wall below the pass from this camp. As luck would have it, the weather gods were kind to us and on 5th July we awoke to a clear cloudless day.

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