GANGOTRI TO YUMNOTRI
VIA DHUMDHARKANDI & BALI PASS
14 days in India, 10 days trekking; Level: easy - very strenuous
Highest Point: 5,608m
Dates: May, June, September, October
Route Highlights: Delhi – Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Zala – Kyarkoti – Dhum Dhar Kandi Pass - Ruinsara Lake - Yamunotri Pass - Yamunotri - Jangi Chatti/Kharsali - Hanuman Chatti - Uttarkashi - Musoorie - Delhi
Dhum Dar Kandi Pass leads between Swargarohini (6,252m) and Bandarpunch (6,320). It's a stunning traverse that takes you down to Ruinsara Lake before ascending once again over the 5,000m Yamunotri Pass down to Yamunotri. Thereafter it's an easy enjoyable descend along with many pilgrims returning from the Yamunotri Temple, one of the four temples on the Garhwal Pilgrim Circuit, passing those that labor up the mountain on this fascinating ancient pilgrimage.
Season : May to Sep
This trail encompasses Bhagirathi to Yamuna valley through two high passes, imposing mountains, spectacular valleys laden with alpine flowers and starts from close to the holy shrine of Gangotri. The initial stages leading to the advance base camp of Dhumdarkandi Pass (DDK pass) are through beautiful forests and alpine meadows. The majestic Kiyarkoti meadows en route are inimitable in beauty. From here the landscape changes completely to boulders, scree, moraine and snow fields to reach the top of Dhumdarkandi pass (DDK pass - 5300m) in 3 days. After taking in the breathtaking views, we descend into the Ruinsara valley before crossing over to the other side of the river and reach upper slopes of Thangi meadows. From here we walk to the base camp for Bali pass. Next day there’s a delightful section of walking on top of a ridge before reaching the top of Bali pass (4780m). summit of this pass is relatively easier than the DDK pass. Close up views of Bandarpoonch & Swarga-Rohini peak is a sight to behold. We will reach the holy shrine at Yumnotri the next day and from here a short descend will get us to the road head from where we drive to the popular hill town of Mussoorie.
ACROSS DHUMDHAR KANDI PASS
DHUMDHAR KANDI PASS, is famous for its tricky location, and unstable weather condition. James Baillie Frazer first came to learn about the existence of the pass in the year 1815. He collected information that since ancient times local villagers and traders and even the invaders used this difficult pass as a short cut to cross over Bhagirathi valley to ‘Rawaeen’ valley (the upper parts of the Tons valley) and vice-versa. From his account we came to know that the river Sian gad, which flows southeast to meet the Bhagirathi ganga below Jhala village, ‘rises in Dhumdhar…… a very lofty and wild range to the north of Bandarpunchh and along which there is a very alarming road leading to “the remote parts of Rawaeen’.
RECOMMENDED ITINERARY :
Day 1: Haridwar -Rishikesh
Arrival at Haridwar / Rishikesh ; hotel transfer. Stay in Gayatri resorts. Visit to Parmarth Niketan for Ganga arti.
Day 2: Uttarkashi
Drive 7 hrs to Uttarkashi lunch and stay in Hotel. Local sightseeing.
Day 3: Uttarkashi - Jhala
Drive 03/04 hrs for Jhala on arrival check camp Dinner & over night at camp.
Day 4: Jadunga- Durai Gad (09Km H 3440 M)
after breakfast start trek on the trail following left bank of Sian Gad. 6/7 hrs steep up passing through bush forest, on arrival check camp Dinner & over night at camp.
Day 5: Durai Gad - Bakarthach (10 km. H. 3750 M)
Start trek for Kyarkoti after breakfast. Picnic lunch in alpine meadow. The trail steep up passing through forest and alpine meadows, on arrival check in camp, dinner & over night at camp.
Day 6: Bakarthach – Kyarkoti. (09 Km H. 3850 M)
Trek through beautiful meadows to Kyarkoti.
Day 7: Rest day in Kyarkoti.
Day 8: Kyarkoti - Rocky camp/Sian gad - (08/09 Km H.4250 M)
Trek through Birch forest and moraine to boulder filled campsite.
Day 9: Rocky camp – ABC (12km; 6-7hrs;4600m)
Cross sian gad early in the morning, climb through meadows till advance base camp of pass, you can see pass in a distance.
Day 10: Advance Base camp - Dhum Dhar Pass H. 5150 M – Kyarkoti – (16 KmH4650M)
Early breakfast at camp and proceed for the pass Dhum Dhar kandi pass. From pass, you have close-up view of Banderpunch peak, black peak, the Gangotri Himalayan range, after short rest at pass down trek over cross Banderpunch Glacier to reach Kyarkoti camp. On arrival check camp Dinner & over night at camp.
Day 11: Kyarkoti - Ruinsara Tal (09Km H.3450M)
Morning start your trek for Ruinsara Tal. Gradually up and down 09 km passing through alpine plateau. Picnic lunch, on arrival check camp dinner & over night at camp.
Day 12: Ruinsara Tal – Devthach (12km trek)
Morning start your trek for Devthach down trek passing along the bank of Ruinsara Gad, on arrival check in at camp Dinner and over night at camp.
Day 13: Devthach – Seema / Kalkattidhar (10 km trek)
Morning after breakfast starts your trek for seema and beyond as possible to setup campsite before Har ki dun.
Day 14: Seema/ kalkattidhar – Har ki dun (10km)
Morning breakfast and trek to Har ki dun, Har ki dun is best known for its beautiful grassland and wildflowers...
Day 15: Har ki dun – seema
After breakfast trek down to seema (13km) camp next to supin river/gmvn guest house.
Day 16: Seema – Sankri
Todays walk take you through very dense forest of oak, pine and walnut to Taluka, hot lunch in tea shop. Afternoon trek down till sankri. Stay in GMVN guest House.
Day 17: Sankri –Dehradun
Early breakfast and drive 10 hrs to Dehradun via Mori, purola.
Catch night train to Delhi/ stay in Hotel in Dehradun.
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