With an elevation of more than 17000 feet, Lamkhaga Pass is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Garhwal Himalayas. This pass connects Sangla in Himachal Pradesh to Harsil in Uttarakhand. The Lamkhaga Pass Trek is one of the toughest treks in the remote regions of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The remote trail is now said to be the classic route from Kinnaur to Gangotri, which was first crossed by Marco Pallis in 1933. The trek will let you explore the remote areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand like never before. When you walk through the flower bed of Jalandhari Valley, you will see another side of the world, so beautiful, you never knew existed! Trekking in Himachal Pradesh will always leave you wondering if the places are for real. It’s so scenic and blissful that you would not want to come back.
Lamkhaga Pass is one of the best treks to go for in peak summers and autumn. Our journey will begin from Chitkul which is the last village in the Baspa Valley on Indo - Tibetan border. Through the meadows, lush forest, gushing streams, and magnificent waterfalls, you will trek all the way from Chitkul, Lamkhaga Pass, Gangotri to Harsil. We will spend most of our days in the Kinnaur Valley, which is one of the most splendid regions in the Himalayas. The Kyarkoti Bugyals will take your breath away and if you are in love with wildlife then this place is just for you. We will have a chance to spot the Himalayan wildlife here like ibex, snow fox, mountain crow, eagles and many more!
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Day 01: Shimla – Chitkul (245 KMS|8-9 hours|11269 feet)
Reach Shimla on your own which is easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh. Upon reaching Shimla, take local transport to reach Chitkul on the same day through the Kufri and Narkanda route. Have dinner and spend the night at Chitkul.
Day 02: Chitkul – Nagasthi – Rani Kanda (10 KMS|5 hours|12139 feet)
Chitkul is the last settlement of the Baspa Valley and it is one of the most beautiful places in the Kinnaur Valley. We will start our trek here along the Baspa River and reach there by evening and spend the night in the tents at Rani Kanda.
Day 03: Acclimatization Day
We will spend the day at Rani Kanda to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude. This is a high altitude trek and it is very important for us to get used to it. So we will make sure that we keep ourselves hydrated, rest well and eat healthy and light food. Above 12000 feet, any person can fall sick due to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). It does not matter how fit the person is, it is very likely to get AMS if you don’t take precautions. Have dinner and spend the night in the tents.
Day 04: Rani Kanda – Dumti (15 KMS| 7-8 hours|13287 feet)
Today we will start trekking through the cascading waterfalls and colourful meadows to reach Dumti. Have dinner upon reaching and stay overnight in the tents at Dumti.
Day 05: Dumti – Gundar (15 KMS|7 hours|14432 feet)
Today we trek up along the Baspa River to reach Gundar. After crossing a few gushing small streams we will reach our destination. Spend the night at Gundar in tents.
Day 06: Gundar- Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp (12 KMS|6 hours|14599 feet)
We will start early, as today is a tough and technical day depending on the snow conditions. The steep climb may require some technical gear, so follow the instructions of your trek leaders. Reach the Base Camp by evening and stay overnight.
Day 07: Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp – Base Camp II (6 KMS|5-6 hours|14599 feet)
We will start early today as it’s a steep climb to Base Camp 2 and it may take more time than expected. We will trek towards the next base camp which is in the Kinnaur Valley. We will spend the night in the tents.
Day 08: Base camp II – Lamkhaga Pass –Gangotri (16 KMS|6 hours|17335 feet)
We will start early for our final ascent to the Lamkhaga Pass and cross the mountain pass. After spending some time at the Pass, we will trek towards the base camps of Gangotri. We have reached Uttarakhand after crossing the Pass. The steep climb may require technical gear and expert support.
Day 09: Gangotri – Kyarkoti (12532 feet)
After crossing the glacier and few meadows we will descend to the base camp of Kyarkoti. Spend the night in the tents.
Day 10: Kyarkoti – Harsil (7478 feet)
Our beautiful journey in the Himalayas concludes today as we reach Harsil through verdant forest and streams. Proceed towards your destination from here.
Maximum Altitude: 17335 feet
Grade: Tough to Challenging
Best time to go: May to June, and end of September to October
Region: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand