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Day 3: Trek from Dumti to Gundar via Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp

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Trek date during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition: 22nd May 2017 (Monday)

Trek distance: Around 11 to 13 Kms.

Time taken: Around 6 to 7 hours

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Wide & Beautiful Dumti Meadows.
  2. Scenic Dumti Camp-site.
  3. Dumti ITBP Camp.
  4. Legendary Karu Devta Temple of Dumti Meadows.
  5. Beautiful Baspa Valley.
  6. Evergreen Baspa River.
  7. Yak’s around Baspa valley.
  8. Snow-caped Mountains all over the valley.
  9. Streams, Waterfalls & Glaciers throughout the trail.
  10. Bhojpatra Trees – Right side of the trail on other side of Baspa River.
  11. A walk on Narrow trails followed by long tiring walk on the banks of Baspa River with breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains.
  12. Lovely experience of walking & interaction with ITBP Men.
  13. Hail storm while approaching towards Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp.
  14. Classic Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp.
  15. Nakdum River crossing.
  16. Hide & Seek play of Snowfall at Baspa Valley.
  17. Breathtakingly Beautiful Gundar Camp-site.

Challenges: Easy to Moderate day of trek on the banks of Baspa River with NaKdum river crossing post Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp.

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

  • Dumti Meadows comes around 4050 Mtr.
  • Gundar Camp-site comes around 4222 Mtr.

Day in brief:

Day 3 of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017, Goal was to reach Gundar Camp-site which is last of camp-sites before heading to Snow fields of Lamkhaga Pass base. Gundar belongs to Upper Baspa Valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India.

As informed by Sonu & Happy ji on previous day, all of us got-up around 6:00 AM in the morning. Weather was clear & Snow which is there at Dumti Meadows in the previous day evening was melted and full greenery can be witnessed at surroundings of camp-site.

Had morning Tea followed by freshen-up. I spent some time in Photography at Dumti Meadows and clicked some fabulous Photographs too.

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Morning Scenes of Dumti Camp-site – Pic#1
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Morning Scenes of Dumti Camp-site – Pic#2
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Morning captures at Dumti Meadows – Pic#1
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Morning captures at Dumti Meadows – Pic#2
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A surreal capture of Dumti Camp-site

Breakfast was served at Dinning Tent around 7:45 AM and all of us packed our backpacks. Took group photo and trek to next camp-site Gundar began at 8:45 AM.

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Day 3 Breakfast at Dumti Meadows
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Team at Dumti Camp-site
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Group Photo at Dumti Camp-site

Initial 2 Kms. took us to Karu Devta Temple then we moved on Moraines of Baspa Valley crossing n number of streams.

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Start of Day 3 trek at Dumti Meadows
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Heading to 1st Pit-stop of the day – Karu Devta Temple, Dumti Meadows
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There you go! – Karu Devta Temple, Dumti Meadows
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Group Photo at Karu Devta Temple, Dumti Meadows

Finally landed into Upper Baspa valley from Lower Baspa Valley. Took enough breaks en-route. Experienced Hail storm during the journey.

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Beautiful Experience indeed!
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Beautiful Baspa Valley
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Pit-stop en-route Gundar Camp-site
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A lengthy up & down walk at Baspa Valley
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Collage of Dumti to Gundar Trek
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Signs of Hail storm
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Crossing few streams too
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Porters resting en-route Gundar Camp-site

It was 1:00 PM when we reached Nitthal Thch ITBP Camp. Had lunch & started towards Gundar Camp-site around 2:00 PM.

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Closing in Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp
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Few meters away from Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp
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Reached Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp at 1:00 PM
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All set fro Day 3 Lunch at Nitthal Thach
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Day 3 Lunch at Nitthal Thach

 

Nakdum River Crossing

It was great experience while crossing Nakdum River at Upper Baspa Valley. Happy, Rajeev & co. helped us to cross Nakdum River with help of Ladder. It was thrilling experience with snowfall happening around the valley. All of us enjoyed to the core!

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Nakdum River at Indo-Tibet Border
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Thrilling experience of River crossing with help of Ladder

Gundar camp-site is just half Kms. from Nakdum River crossing point so i was walking fast to reach camp-site and reached at 2:53 PM. Rest of them reached 5 minutes late and joined us at 3:00 PM.

Weather at camp-site is cold breezy with Clouds all over the valley. Huge Himalayan Mountains standing in-front of us with mighty Yamrang La can be viewed from Gundar.

Note: Upper Baspa valley of Kinnaur District (Himachal Pradesh) as two major passes which lead to Tibet. Famous pass is Yamrang La (5570 Mtr) and little to its south there is another pass called Gugairang La (Altitude is unknown).

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Misty weather of Gundar on 22nd May evenings due to Snowfall
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Team closing in Day 3 Camp-site – Gundar

All of us had Ginger Garlic water as Acclimitization drink at camp-site followed by Tea. Myself, Aashish, Aditya & Anand had great time inside tent while sharing our travel experiences in the evening. Around 7:30 PM, had dinner and told Bye Bye for the day.

Tried my hand on Night photography also at camp-site. Thanks to Cinematographer cum Trekker Vivek Shah for all the guidance! :)

Camp-site:

Gundar Camp-site belongs to Upper Baspa Valley which is very close to Yamrang La which divides India & Tibet. Also this camp-site is surrounded by Snow-caped Mountains, Baspa & Nakdum River, Nitthal Thach ITBP Camp.

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

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Misty Gundar Camp-site
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