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Day 2: Trek from Rani Kanda to Dumti

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Trek date during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition: 21st May 2017 (Sunday)

Trek distance: Around 12 to 14 Kms.

Time taken: Around 7 to 8 hours

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Peaceful Rani Kanda Camp-site of Rani Kanda Meadows.
  2. Rani Kanda ITBP Camp.
  3. Beautiful Baspa Valley.
  4. Evergreen Baspa River.
  5. Snow-caped Mountains all over the valley.
  6. Streams, Waterfalls & Glaciers throughout the trail.
  7. Bhojpatra Trees – Right side of the trail on other side of Baspa River.
  8. Trails of Borasu Pass – Right side of the trail on other side of Baspa River.
  9. Lovely experience of walking & interaction with ITBP Men.
  10. Initially easy walk on Jeep trails then followed by Narrow trails while approaching Dumti ITBP Camp.
  11. Wide & Beautiful Dumti Meadows.
  12. Scenic Dumti Camp-site.
  13. Dumti ITBP Camp.
  14. Legendary Karu Devta Temple of Dumti.
  15. A walk to Karu Devta Temple with Happy & Rajeev ji.
  16. Snowfall at Dumti ITBP camp in the evenings.

Challenges: Easy to Moderate day of trek with mix of walk on Jeep trail & Narrow trails while approaching Dumti Meadows.

Altitude Meter: Please find altitude details for the day below:

  • Rani Kanda Meadows comes around 3700 Mtr.
  • Dumti Meadows comes around 4050 Mtr.

Day in brief:

After easy Day 1 on previous day during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017, it’s time to move further at Baspa Valley. This time to 2nd Camp-site of our epic journey Dumti which is around 12 Kms. from Rani Kanda Camp-site.

After good overnight sleep, all of us got-up around 6:00 AM. Happy & Rajeev ji served us morning Tea followed by Biscuits. All of us freshen-up and as usual started to roam around the camp-site in the mornings. Clicked some beautiful landscapes of Rani Kanda Meadows too.

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Rani Kanda Camp-site on Day 2 mornings
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Trek Crew enjoying Bonfire at Rani Kanda!

All of us had  breakfast followed by group photo before leaving the camp-site at 8:15 AM.

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Group Photo at Rani Kanda Camp-site

It was easy & little steep walk on jeep trails of Lower Bapsa Valley. We met ITBP Men en-route Dumti Meadows who are all on duty at Indo-Tibet Border.

Note: There are 2 ITBP Camps post Rani Kanda Meadows. One is Dumti ITBP Camp and another one is Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp.

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Lovely walk on the banks of Baspa River!
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Easy & little steep walk at Lower Baspa Valley
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Beautiful Stretch it is!
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Crossing Landslide zone en-route Dumti Meadows – Pic#1
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Crossing Landslide zone en-route Dumti Meadows – Pic#2
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Bhojpatra Trees on Right side of the trail on other side of Baspa River.
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Group Photo en-route Dumti Meadows
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Pit-stop en-route Dumti Meadows

Took much needed half an hour break around 11:00 AM at Shoncho.

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Much needed break at Shoncho

Continued our journey to Dumti Camp-site around 11:30 AM. It was landslide zone post Shoncho and Jeep trails were effected by landslide. This stretch is little bit of walk on Moraines!

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Beautiful views all the way
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Team Raacho Trekkers!!!
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Crossing landslide zone en-route Dumti Meadows

Soon we encountered a Km. long walk on deadly dangerous narrow trails while closing in Dumti Meadows which took us to Lunch point at 1:00 PM. Porters followed us.

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ITBP Men resting en-route Dumti
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Some difficult stretches of Rani Kanda to Dumti Trek
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Fabulous views all the way!
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Wat an adventurous stretch indeed!
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Lovely sight to see
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There you go – Lunch point it is!

Lunch point to Dumti ITBP Camp is just 1 Kms. descent so Sonu ji informed us to take enough rest at Lunch point. All of us had lunch and relaxed for more than 1 hour. It was 3:00 PM when we started to Dumti Camp-site.

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At Lunch point around 1:00 PM
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Day 2 Lunch at Dumti Meadows
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Porters with camping stuff en-route Dumti Meadows
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Porters resting at Lunch point
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Continued our last stretch at 3:00 PM to Dumti Camp-site

Time was 3:30 PM, when all of us reached Dumti Camp-site. While getting down to Dumti Meadows, one can witness Huge playground, Karu Devta Temple, Snow-caped Mountains, Evergreen Baspa Valley with Bapsa River and many more. It was great feeling for everyone while getting down to Dumti Camp-site from Lunch point.

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Wide & Beautiful Dumti Meadows
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Final few meters to Dumti Camp-site
Importance of Halva Prasad at Dumti

After reaching Dumti Camp-site on 2nd day of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017 at 3:30 PM, Happy & Rajeev ji with Halva Prasad started to Karu Devta Temple at Dumti Meadows near Indo-Tibet Border around 3:50 PM. It was 2 Kms. of trek from Camp-site. Myself also joined them and wanted to know what they will do with that Halva Prasad at Temple.

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Happy & Rajeev ji walking towards Karu Devta Temple, Dumti

As I heard from one of team members of Raacho Trekkers Happy Negi ji – To have food at Dumti ITBP Camp, Halva Prasad should be offered to Karu Devta at Karu Devta Temple. Even ITBP men also offer Halva Prasad everyday in the morning before having food.

Karu Devta Temple is having small Shiv-ling inside. They call them Karu Devta. Local Kinnauri’s believe Karu Devta is Avatar of Lord Shiva.

Note: Information furnished above might be right or wrong. Whatever i heard, have updated in this post. Lot of Hidden stories from Mountains!!! Isn’t it?

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Happy & Rajeev ji offering Halva Prasad to Karu Devta

Returned to Camp-site by 4:45 PM and Happy ji distributed Halva Prasad to each & everyone.

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Return journey to Dumti Camp-site
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Magnificent view of Karu Devta Temple in the lap of Himalayas!

Meanwhile weather got worsen at Dumti Meadows & it was snowing in the evening. Had Tea followed by Pakoda at camp-site. These Pakoda’s with Tea is giving feast to our Stomach with Cold Breeze around the Baspa Valley. After evening snacks, moved outside and clicked some beautiful snaps of Snow-covered Dumti Meadows.

It was 8:00 PM when all of us had dinner. Post dinner, told Bye Bye for the day with journey to next camp-site Gundar awaiting us!

Camp-site:

Dumti camp-site is 2nd camp-site of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition which is Wide & Beautiful with views of Snow-caped Mountains, Evergreen Baspa River of Baspa valley, Dumti ITBP camp, Huge Playground, Legendary Karu Temple and many more…

Temperature: Around 5 to 10 degree Celsius at night since camp-site is situated at lower altitude.

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Snowy Dumti Camp-site

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