November 14, 2019

Day 3: Trek from Sharan Thach to Shamshi Thach & Trek to Tosh Glacier

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Trek date during ANIMAL Pass & SORA UMGA La Trek: 20th September 2016 (Tuesday)

Trek distance for the day: Around 12 Kms. (6 Kms. from Sharan Thach to Shamshi Thach + 6 Kms. of trek to Tosh Glacier)

Time taken: Around 4 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Magnificent Sharan Thach camp-site.
  2. Steep ascent during initial phase of the trek.
  3. Narrow trails with steep ascent on the banks of Tosh river.
  4. High altitude mountains on both sides of trail.
  5. 360 degree view of mesmerizing Tosh valley.
  6. River crossing while closing in Shamshi Thach.
  7. Open valley at Shamshi Thach camp-site.
  8. Beautiful view of snow-capped mountains at Shamshi Thach.
  9. Magnificent views of Sora Umga La range of peaks.

Challenges: Moderate day of trek with walk on narrow trails with steep ascent during most part of the trek at Tosh valley.

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

  • Sharan Thach comes around 3345 Mtr.
  • Shamshi Thach comes around 3680 Mtr.

Day in brief:

I can divide Day 3 into 2 parts:

  1. Trek from Sharan Thach to Shamshi Thach
  2. Trek to Tosh Glacier
Part 1: Trek from Sharan Thach to Shamshi Thach

Trek distance from Sharan Thach to Shamshi Thach: Around 6 Kms.

Time taken: Around 4 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trek distance as per ViewRanger GPS Application: Around 5.10 Kms.

3rd day of trek with challenge of reaching to base camp-site of Animal Pass Shamshi Thach. All of us wake-up as usual and freshen-up. I spent sometime in photography. Breakfast was ready at 8:00 AM. Had breakfast and got packed lunch from trek crew.

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Morning clicks at Sharan Thach
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Breakfast and packed lunch getting ready at Kitchen…
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Breakfast at Sharan Thach
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Mesmerizing Tosh valley
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Himalayan beauties at Sharan Thach 🙂
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Trek crew resting at Sharan Thach
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Some experiments as usual

Started our trek to next camp-site Shamshi Thach after some group pics at Sharan Thach around 9:00 AM.

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Group selfie at Sharan Thach
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Group photo before leaving to next camp-site Shamshi Thach
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Trek started to Shamshi Thach around 9:00 AM

It was steep ascent initially on narrow trails at open space of Tosh valley. Glorious views all the way at this phase of the trek. Had few breaks en-route and spent time on photography too..

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Small River crossing before steep ascent
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Himalayan beauty!!!
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It was steep ascent all the way…
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Jhankar posing for my camera

Nothing much to explain of 3rd day, it was trek to base camp-site of Animal Pass Shamshi Thach. We had great time trekking on this phase and some scary moments too cos of narrow trails. Took safer trails to reach Shamshi Thach camp-site.

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Breathtakingly beautiful Tosh valley
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Narrow trails with steep ascent
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Local guide Ambar Chand posing with us…

On the way I had 15 minutes nap while closing in Shamshi Thach. Very tired soul in me looking for much needed break. Post nap took some group selfies and left for Shamshi Thach around 12:00 PM. We are already closed in Shamshi Thach at this point.

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Closing in Shamshi Thach
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Group selfie at resting point

While closing in Shamshi Thach, challenge of River crossing came for every one. Most scenic waterfall of entire trek can be witnessed at this River crossing point.

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Team at River crossing point

Just before half Kms. of the Shamshi Thach camp-site few of us took another break of 15 minutes and experienced beauty of Himalayas!!!

Lovely place to rest with silence everywhere. Inner piece for sure!

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Inner piece for everyone!
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Classic Himalayan landscapes…

At 12:45 PM, started again to Shamshi Thach and reached camp-site around 1:15 PM. Finished remaining packed lunch and shifted to tents.

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Finally reached Shamshi Thach
Part 2: Trek to Tosh Glacier

Trek distance: Around 6 to 7 Kms. (Two way)

Time taken: Around 3 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trek distance as per ViewRanger GPS Application: Around 3.02 Kms. (One way)

We had enough time in the day so decided to trek towards Tosh Glacier. Everyone had Tea around 2:45 PM and started towards Tosh Glacier at 3:00 PM. Great Jhankar took much needed nap at Shamshi Thach camp-site keeping in mind Animal Pass Summit next day.

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Great Jhankar taking much needed nap
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Started towards Tosh Glacier

It was challenging trek on boulders. Boulders everywhere at this phase. 5 of us – Myself, Sandhya, Lakshman, Richard & Shashi decided to stop midway and return back to camp-site because of distance need to be covered. Also it will become dark while returning. One more reason is we have challenging 2 days in store with Animal Pass Summit & Trek to Sora Lake. 5 of us returned back to Shamshi Thach camp-site at 6:00 PM. Meanwhile few of them reached Tosh Glacier and returned before 7:00 PM.

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Group selfie at Boulder zone

Took some memorable captures too…

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Lovely experience!
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Group photos at Shamshi Thach
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Final click of 3rd day…

Had dinner around 7:00 PM and Told Good Bye for the day early at 8:00 PM with Animal Pass Summit beckons us…

Camp-site:

Shamshi Thach camp-site is Beautiful & Magnificent camp-site which is in open valley with view of Snow-capped mountains. Open camp-site streams and few lakes all over the camp-site. It is 3rd camp-site of Animal Pass & Sora Umga La Trek and base camp-site for Animal Pass which is just on left side of it.

Temperature: Around 5 to 8 degree Celsius at night.

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Beautiful & Magnificent camp-site which is in open valley with view of Snow-capped mountains
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