Manali – Kinnaur over Pin Parvati Pass

pin parvati passDay 01 : Arrival Delhi – Meet at the airport and transferred to hotel. Most international flights lands in night-stay in Delhi is recommended.

Day 02 : Reaching Chandigarh. Hotel stay. Do visit ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 03: Travel to MANIKARAN via KULLY VALLEY

Day 04: Manikaran-Pulga: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Manikaran at 1700m is very popular religious place where people of all faiths comes to wish. Pulga 2100m is very famous among trekkers but mostly returns back. Small tea stalls and hotels are settled in apple orchards and are usually crowded with foreigners.

Day 05: Pulga-Kheer Ganga: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail gradually ascends to Kheer Ganga which is a scenic place and now supported by a ” shelter” which is usually heavily crowded by foreigners. Kheer Ganga2850m is a open meadow.

Day 06: Kheer Ganga-Bhojtunda: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steay ascend to the gorge. Valley then widens and trail crosses several beautiful pasturs supporting many types of wildflowers. There are some Gujjar/Gaddi shepherd emcampments and this will be last human settlement you will be watching. Bhojtunda is 3200m high pastur.

Day 07: Bhojtunda-Thakur Khan: Walkgint Time 4-5 hrs.> Crossing through rocks and dense vegitation. You will see remains of Indian Army helicopter which crashes in high winds when trying to land-just toppled due to velocity of wind. Thakur Khan 3400m is above the cliffs.

Day 08: Thakur Khan-Mantakal Lake: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> You will be lucky if you could see any shepherd encampment. There is a natural bridge and is known as Pandu Bridge.Trail makes some ups and downs and then goes through flowered meadows. To reach Mantakal Lake 4070m, it is 200m of steep ascending over boulders which may not be tough for people who had some expereince but first timer may find learning lessons.

Day 09: Manatak Lake-High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Crossing terminal moraine and walking by cairns through boulders is high altitude ritual and expereinced trekkers will find it easy and first timers will be able to learn how to find route among boulders and scree of terminal moraine. In bigger climbing expeditions-even expereinced climbers had been seen loosing their ‘way through’. So, this type of walking in high altitude is must to learn for people who love Himalayan trekks.

Day 10: High Camp-Pin Parvati Pass-Pin valley: Walking Time 5 hrs.> From high camp, steep 300m climb to a snoefield and then a small col is way to cross this legendary pass.Pin Parvati Pass 4810m is marked by cairns and prayer flags. Descending is gradual.

Day 11 : Pin valley-Mud: Walking Time 8hrs.> Gradual desceding towards valley floor to village Mud 3600m.

Day 12 : Mud-Sangam: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> A gradual walk though Spiti valley which is a landscape of it’s own type. Sangam is a road head and you can catch bus for manali or Shimla.

Day 13 : Traveling To Recong Peo-hotel stay.

Day 14: Travel back to SHIMLA

Day 15: Travel back to DELHI

Shorter Options in Parvati Valley:

Camping: Manikaran is road head and as we mentioned Pulga is 2-3 hrs. walking distance and is ideal place for camping with families /friends.Old and small kids can easily walk on jeepable road which is well marked with tea stalls en route. himadventures.com is regularly using this region for summer camps and as well as family camping.

Trekking: If not for Pin Parvati pass-one can easily reach to Kheer Ganga and Mantalai beyond.

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Kaza to Manikaran over Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati PassA tough and challenging option which should be only taken by trekkers, explorers and climbers who are experienced about high altitude and remote trekking in mountain ranges.

Day 1: Takeover from AIRPORT – Most international flights lands in night- we provide takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT- you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.

Day 2: Reaching CHANDIGARH – In moderate traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at internationally famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.

Day 3: Reaching RECONG PEO- We start travel after breakfast and it is a long traveling day to reach RECONG PEO.

Day 4: Rest Day – We suggest you to take local walking in mountain as this willhelp you in getting acclimitized to mountain air.

Day 5: Kaza-Sagnam
Sagnam is situated on the right bank of river Pin. One has to experience a ride on a JHOOLA bridge to reach the village. This is a single wire suspension bridge which is crossed sitting in a sling and sliding on the wire with the help of an Ibex horn. World famous breed of horses called Chaumurti can be seen in this valley.

Day 6: Sagnam-Mud, 11 kms
Mud is the last village in the valley. Trekkers will like to see Sword dance performed by wandering lamas called Buzhen.

Day 7: Mud-Glacier camp, 14 kms
Trek to the campsite by the side of Pin river is difficult.

Day 8 Glacier camp-Mantalai, 14 kms
Trek on the glacier for more than 4 hours to reach the top of the Pin Parbati pass, alti 16500 feet. From the pass very beautiful view of both the valleys can be had. Britishers had tried to connect both the valleys by road but in vain.

Day 9: Mantalai-Thach, 13 kms
Trek down stream along the left bank of Parbati river. Thach is a wide pasture. Good camping ground.

Day 10: Thach-Khirganga, 11 kms
Go downstream along the left bank to reach Khirganga hot water springs, alti 3354m. Good camping ground.

Day 11: Khirganga-Pulga, 9 km

Day 12: Pulga-Manikaran, 12 kms
Pluga is located in a very narrow valley with steep hills. The area is totally forested.

Day 13: Travel back to KULLU

Day 14: Travel back to CHANDIGARH. 6- 7 hrs journey.

Day 15: Travel back to DELHI.

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Frozen River Trek -Lingshed Trek

Frozen River Trekking

 

Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lover. The traditional name of the trek is “Chadar trek” the frozen sheet, which was only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter when all other ways are closed due to heavy snow fall at high passes. Therefore, it had been trade route for centuries for Zanskari People. Now the route is also famous as winter trekking among adventure lovers. For last several years, we have been organizing this winter trek in three different options with trained local Zanskari potters and our well-experienced guide and staff.

The coldest temperatures may shudder your bodies in the mornings when the temperatures are often at their lowest. You’ll be up at 8AM and we start walking around 9:30AM. By then the days are typically sunny with blue sky although cold and truly fresh! Of course, by now you’ll be spellbound by your surroundings all over again and so easily will forget the discomforts of cold. As the sun climbs higher, temperatures become not only tolerable but pleasant and you’ll no longer will be preoccupied with weather, enjoying the surroundings with zest

Highlights: This is a trek into some of the most isolated yet inhabited regions in the Zanskar mountains, most notably the village of Lingshed. Trekking on ice, the frozen Zanskar River, we average five to seven hours daily at an easy pace but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed to sustain walking for nine days during winter conditions. The trek commences from the village of Chiling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. The trek follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Day 1: Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 2: Morning sightseeing – Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar Gompa; lunch at hotel, afternoon rest.

Day 3: Sightseeing around Sham, the lower part of Ladakh, visiting Likir and Alchi monasteries.

Day 4: Leh to Chiling (by private bus or jeeps) along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, 5 hours; visit coppersmithing workshops.

Day 5: Walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar river, Chadar, commences from Chiling, stage one to Zaribago, 5 hours.

Day 6: Zaribago to Deepyokma 4 hours.

Day 7: Deepyokma to Nyrakpulu 4 to 5 hours; camp below Nyarak village, ten minutes up along a small stream.

Day 8: Nyarakpulu to Lingshed, one hour walk on Chadar, then 5 hours steeply up to Lingshed village; stay in private house, relax in a heated room.

Day 9: Full day rest in Lingshed, one of the most remote villages in Ladakh, visit monastery, school for monks, roam around the village.

Day 10: Ligshed to Nyarakpulu, 5 hours.

Day 11: Nyarakpulu to Tsomopaldar, 4 hours.

Day 12: Tsomopaldar to Tilatdo, 5 hours.

Day 13: Tilatdo to Chilling, and return by Jeep to Leh, 5 hours.

Day 14: Full day of rest in Leh.

Day 15: Return flight to Delhi; depart from India.

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Rupshu Valley over Kongmaru La

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Southeast of Leh this high altitude cold desert is the western extension of the Tibetan Plateau. Previously closed to visitors, this region offers some of the most amazing scenery to be found in Ladakh It is a land of monasteries and high passes, dissected by numerous mountain ridges and traversed by a number of ancient trading routes. We will venture in a mineral wilderness where only a few nomads live, totally reliant on their yak and sheep herds for their subsistence.

ITINERARY FOR RUPSHU VALLEY TREK

Day 01: Delhi. Airport – hotel transfer.

Day 02: Delhi – Leh (3500 m) by plane. Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.

Day 03: Leh – Hemis (3505 m) by car. Visit of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century), Thikse, Shey and Hemis.

Day 04: Hemis – Shang Sumdo (3850 m) in 4 h. Today we leave the Indus valley. We descend towards Martselang, then go up the valley, which is fairly narrow in some places, then continue along the riverbed to Shang Sumdo. A short and pleasant stage, in anticipation of the next two long following days.

Day 05: Shang Sumdo – Latza Kongmaru (4800 m) in 7 h. We progress along the river whose banks are punctuated with ochre rocks. From Chukirmo village, the track leads into narrow gorges where ponies need to be unloaded twice and go up to the base of Kongmaru La.

Day 06: Latza Gongmaru – Kongmaru La (5050 m) – Langtang Chu (4250 m) in 7 h. From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern vista is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6400 m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards the path easily descends towards Nimaling summer pastures and Markha valley, the most beautiful valley in Ladakh.

Day 07: Langtang Chu – Yakrupal (4700 m) in 4 h. We climb up the large valley, and after crossing a stream follow on along a morainic wall.

Day 08: Yakrupal – Zalung Karpo La (5200 m) – Sorra (4200 m) in 5 h. We carry on upwards until the valley divides and take right. From the pass, we follow a ridge trail leading to another pass, then plunge into the valley.

Day 09: Sorra – Dat (4200 m) in 5 h. We follow gorgeous woody gorges until they widen into a valley. Manis and shortens are spread on the trail leading Sara and Dat rivers. Dat is a green village, where cultivation and vegetation takes every fragment of land.

Day 10: Dat – Yar La (5000 m) – Lungmo Che (4010 m) in 6 h. An easy climb takes us to the pass, where we enjoy a dramatic vista over the Rupshu. Sometimes some “Khyangs”, wild donkeys, go up to the caravans, frightening our ponies.

Day 11: Lungmo Che – Sangtha (4200 m) in 3 h. Then transfer by jeep to Sarchu. The landscape completely changes into a vast arid plain. Tibetan nomads mainly populate the area. The road to Sarchu winds its way up to the Lachlung La pass (5060 m).

Day 12: Sarchu – Manali (2000 m) by jeep. This journey is rewarded by magnificent landscapes. The road goes through amazing switch back roads, pass the blue Suraj Tal lake to Darcha and pass through Rohtang Pass (3954m) the last pass of this journey. The landscape is breathtaking. Rohtang Pass is a very wide pass, and is one of the most beautiful passes in the Pir Panjal. The view on both sides is exhilarating.

Day 13: Manali. Surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, Manali is also known as “Queen of Mountains”. It is a gloriously colorful market place for the surrounding villages. Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple and Vashisht village.

Day 14: Manali – Delhi (Private vehicle).

Day 15: Delhi. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 16: Delhi. Hotel – airport transfer.

OPYION: You can travel to LEH by road.

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Padam To Lamayuru over Hanuman La

4Day 1 & 2 : Reaching Padam from Sirinagar /Leh

Day 3 : Rest Day ( Acclimatization )

Day 4: Padum-Karsha : Walking Time 2 hrs.> There is a monastery at Karsha belonging to 10th century.

Day 5 : Karsha-Pishu: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Karsha 3600m, gradual ascending to village Rinam 3350m. Pishu is at 3470m.

Day 6 : Pishu-Hanumil: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail skirts around Zhanskar River and usually a level walk. Pidmu 3420m is about halfway. Hanumil 3380m is all about few houses.

Day 7 : Hanumil-Snertse: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steady upwards to Purfi La 3950m, Coming to Zhanskar River and then steep ascending and descending and again 400m climb for Snertse 3850m. This is a shepherd settlement.

Day 8: Rest Day ( High Pass )

Day 9 : Snertse-Hanuman La – Lingshet: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Hanuman La 4950m. Descending is steep.Do visit Lingshet monastery which is very old and is close to the era when Budhism was being established in this area.

Day 10 : Lingshet-Base Singge La: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Netuke La 4280m. There is one more 400m climb of Khyupa La 4300m. It then gradually ascends to base of Singge La 5050m.

Day 11 : Singge La-Photaksar: Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Climbing steep scree to negotiate Singge La. Gradual descending to Photaksar 4200m but requires patience as one gets too tired by the end of day.

Day 12: Rest Day ( High Pass )

Day 13: Photaksar-Sisir La -Hanupatta: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Sisir La 4850m. Spectacular view back of Zhanskar Range. Hanupatta 3760m is gradual descending.

Day 14 : Hanupatta-Wanlah: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Gradual descending, Wanlah 3250m is a small village.

Day 15 : Wanla-Lamayuru: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Gradual and wet day as some of the trek goes through watery and vegetative growth.

Day 16-17 : Travel to Sirinagar/ Leh.

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Padam to Manali over Umasi La

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Day 1 & 2 : Reaching Sirinagar from Delhi

Day 3: Camp at Sonmarg for acclimatization.

Day 4 : Reaching Padam from Sirinagar / Leh

Day 5 : Padum-Zongkul Monastery: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> High above the valley floor is situated Zongkul monastery of 11 century at 3750m.

Day 6: Zongkul-Base of Umasi La: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> 4400m high Umasi La base is gradual ascending from monastery.

Day 7 : Umasi La Base -High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Ascending glacial valley, no creavasses and distance can be covered in 1 hr. to Umasi La 5340m. Route is marked by cairns and flags. Last 100m is steep snoe and ice section. Pass is a small gap in the cliffs. This pass is regularly crossed by monks and they have worked hard to point route in such a high road !

Day 8 : High Camp-Suncham: Walking Time 8 hrs.> The snowfield you were last night is creavassed area, so have to be carefull, steep 300 m descending to glacier floor.Walking is easier.Suncham 3250m is gradual descending and requires bit patience.

Day 9 : Sunchem-Marchel: Walking Time 3 hrs.> Trail leads through several villages, Marchel 2790m support Budhist monastries.

Day 10 : Marchel-Atholi/Gularbagh: Walking Time 8 hrs.> Gradual descending to Shashut 2600m.Atholi 2250m is famous place in the region.

Day 11: Atholi-Shoal: Walking Time 2-3 hrs.> Shoal 2400 is bit grdual ascending and descending.

Day 12 : Shoal-Istahari: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Steep ascent of 500m, at 2820m Istahari is last main village in J& K state.

Day 13 : Istihari-Kilar: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Long descending to Shophu Nullah, and village of Kilar 2750m is now well connected with jeeps and buses.

Day 14: Reaching Manali

Day15 : Reaching Delhi/Chandigarh.

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Padam to Leh Over Cha Cha La

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Day 1 & 2
: Reaching Padam from Sirinagar/ Leh

Day3: Rest Day ( acclimatization )

Day 4 : Padum-Zangla:Walking Time 7 hrs.> From Padum trail crosses though Zangla 3370m to well graded trek to Stongde 3500m. A jeep road now covers much of this route.

Day 5 : Zangla-Cha Cha La Base : Walking Time 3 hrs.> Gradual walking but do take rest at base.

Day 6: Rest Day ( High pass)

Day 7 : Base-Cha Cha La-Camp: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Rough scree to negotiate, final 200m are hard and requires patience. But view from top proves that effort was worth. Cha Cha la at 4950m is very famous pass.

Day 8 : Camp- Tilat Sumdo: Walking Time 6 hrs.> River crossings, gradual walk through shepherd pasteur to reach Tilat Sumdo 3750m.

Day 9 : Tilat Sumdo-Base of Rubrang La : Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Rubrang La 4350m. You may encounter Khampa nomads who live a traditional nomadic lifestyle.

Day 10 : Rest Day

Day 11 : Rubrang La Base-Markha: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Climb to Rubrang La 5020m takes two hrs.offers beautiful view of Stok and Zhanskra Ranges from top, Gradual ascedning through a gully, descending is also gradual to Markha village 3850m.

Day 12 -13-14 : Markha-Hemis: These three stages can best be done via Kangmaru La which is in Namling plateau.

Day 15& 16 : Back to Manali.

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Kedar Tal

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A ten days trip which involves drive to Gangotri , the ancient source of the holy river Ganga and trek to the finest high altitude Himalayan lake, Kedar tal (4912 mts) punctuated with breath stopping close view of Greater Himalayan peaks e.g. Thaleysagar (6904 mts), Brigupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks. The emerald lake with melting snow of Kedar glacier originates kedarganga, a tributary of Bhagirathi, considered as lord Shiva,’s contribution to Bhagirathi. One can encounter a good variety of high altitude fauna e.g. Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear with a great variety of birds. The trek is bit strenuous, but the rewards are very high.

DAY 01 ARRIVE RISHIKESH . OVERNIGHT HOTEL

DAY 02. RISHIKESH / UTTARKASHI DRIVE 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT: TOURIST BUNGLOW
Early morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. Situated on the bank of roaring Bhagirathi, this town is famous for its institute of mountaineering. The drive to Uttarkashi is beautiful and along the Bhagirathi river. Arrive Uttarkashi and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 03. UTTARKASHI / GANGOTRI DRIVE : 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : TOURIST BUNGALOW
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Lunch en route at Gangotri, with a hot refreshing bath in hot spring. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 04. GANGOTRI / BHOJ KHARAK TREK: 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : CAMP Morning after breakfast trek to Bhoj Kharak. The steep ascent to Bhoj Kharak starts as we leave the camp. After an hour climb we travers kedar gorge to reach Bhoj kharak. The entire trek is along Kedar Ganga , through fir (cedus ) and Bhoj (birch) trees. The bark of birch was used as paper for ancient manuscript in Inida. Arrive Bhoj Kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 05. BHOJ KHARAK/ KEDAR KHARAK TREK: 4-5 HRS OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today we leave the tree line and trek through a long meadow with Bhrigupanth peak in backdrop. Arrive and camp near the gushing stream in the meadow. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 06. KEDAR KHARAK/ KEDARTAL TREK: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today the trek is very steep and through boulders and stones. After 3-4 hrs walking on difficult terrain we reach Kedartal . Arrive and camp. Enjoy an excellent sunset on Thaleysagar peak with its reflection in the lake. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 07. KEDARTAL / BHOJ KHARAK TREK:: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Early morning witness special sunrise on the peaks and lake. After breakfast trace your steps back to Bhoj kharak. Lunch at Kedar kharak. Arrive Bhoj kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 08. BHOJ KHARAK / GANGOTRI TREK: 4- 5 hrs. OVERNIGHT : TOURSIT BUNGLOW
Early morning start trekking down to Gangotri . Witness evening prayer at Gangotri temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganges. Meals and overnight tourist bungalow.

DAY 09. GANGOTRI/ RISHIKESH DRIVE : 9-10 HRS. OVERNIGHT : HOTEL
Morning after breakfast drive towards Rishikesh. Lunch at Uttarkahsi. Meals and overnight Hotel.

DAY 10. RISHIKESH OUT
Morning after breakfast proceed for onward destination. Tour terminates.

ALTITUDE: Rishikesh: 360 mts. Uttarkahsi: 1158 mts. Gangotri 3140 mts. Bhoj kharak: 3780 mts. Kedar Kharak :4270 mtd. Kedar tal: 4912 mts.

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Roop Kund

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This is very famous trek as human bones are found at Roop Kund which dates back to 14 century pilgrims which were trapped and killed in bad weather. Impressive view of trishul and it’s massif.

Day 1: Arrival New Delhi.
Meeting upon at IGI – Indhira Gandhi International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Delhi Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive, car
Morning breakfast, afterwards drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx.. Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spritual center. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also its the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh : Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel.

Day 3 : Reahcing Karan Paryag: Traveling from Haridwar to Karan Paryag.

Day 4 : Travel by jeep to Mandoli-trek for Wan. ( Latest information: Road for WAN was under construction-if jeep is operating-we will reach camping place/rest house)

Day 5: Rest Day

Day 6: Wan-Bedni Bugyal : Walking Time 6-7 hrs. Walking through jungle, gradual to steep ascending to reach 3350m high altitude pastur which offers such a scenic view that you may decide to stay for one more day here.

Day 7: Bedni Bugyal- Bhagwa Basa: Walking Time 5 hrs. High altitude walking, Bhagwa Basa 4100m is in footsteps of Roop Kund. There is a shelter which is usually filled with snow and ice which does not melt due to frozen wind.

Day 8: To Roop Kund (5020m)

Day 9: Stay at Bhagwa Basa and short excursions arround

Day 10: Back To Bedni : Walk back to camp at Bedni Bugyal.

Day 11: Back to Mundoli: Reach Mundoli

Day 12 : Travel back to Karan Prayag-hotel stay.

Day 13: Back to Haridwar-hotel stay.

Day 14: Back to Delhi-hotel stay.

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