November 13, 2019

Day 4: Easy Trek from Khulara to Tali

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Trek date during WINTER TREK to PANGARCHULLA PEAK via KUARI PASS: 31st December 2015 (Thursday)

Trek distance: Around 4 Kms.

Time taken: Around 2 hours.

Difficulty level: Easy

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Dense forest with Pine and other type of himalayan trees.
  2. Trails full of snow.
  3. Slippery trails with snow turned into icy fields at some patches.
  4. Ice walls en-route Tali inside dense forest.
  5. Camp-site inside dense forest.
  6. Longest camp-fire of the trek which went till 1st day of 2016.
  7. New year Celebration at Tali camp-site.

Challenges: Trek distance of 4 Kms. inside dense forest on snowy trails makes 4th day was easiest day of winter trek.

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

  • Khulara meadows comes around 2896 Mtr.
  • Our camp-site Tali comes around 3506 Mtr.

Day in brief:

After long day at Nanda Devi National Park summitting Mini Pangarchulla on previous day, last 2 days were formalities of completing the winter trek. Tali camp-site was just 4 Kms. away from Khulara inside dense forest. It can be used as first and last camp-site while trekking to Kuari Pass or Pangarchulla Peak. Guide told us to wake-up slowly since less distance to cover in the day. Previous night was most chilling one of the winter trek with temperature dipped more than -10 degree Celsius at night. After waking up around 7:00 AM, we all freshen-up and had breakfast. Waited for Mules to start towards Tali camp-site. Since lot of time left before leaving to Tali, we all enjoyed snowy fields of Khulara to the core and clicked classic pics.

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4th day morning at Khulara camp-site
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Team having breakfast at Khulara camp-site
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My camera always click beauties!!!
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Mt. NeelKanth in different angle
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Packing in-progress at Khulara
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Beautiful morning at Khulara camp-site

Mules at Khulara camp-site

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Team waiting for Mules to start at Khulara
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Selfie with Mani & Crew at Khulara
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A Mule at Khulara (Mt. NeelKanth is in the backdrop)  
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Breathtaking landscape
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Open land of Khulara in my camera
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Group pic at Khulara camp-site  
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Mani, Afzalul, Mahipal & Myself in the eyes of Dev Sirji

It was 11:10 AM, when Mules started towards Tali with packed camping accessories. All of us started our easy trek to Tali camp-site at 11:15 AM. It is easy trek inside dense forest on snowy trails of Nanda Devi National Park. Took many breaks before reaching the camp-site and enjoyed our snow walk to the core!!!

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Finally, Day 4 was begun at 11:15 AM
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Dyut da started too…
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Easy hike towards dense forest
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Enchanting & classical Khulara from the top
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Panoramic capture of the valley on the way before entering dense forest
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People who made our event successful resting before entering the dense forest 
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Started towards dense forest
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Getting down inside the forest
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As usual experimenting with my camera – Pic#1
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Snowy trails all the way – Pic#1
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Snowy trails all the way – Pic#2 
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As usual experimenting with my camera – Pic#2
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Prithayan da enjoying the day to core!
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A classic capture en-route Tali camp-site
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Beautiful collage of our experience
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Easy day of hike on snowy trails
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Icy walls en-route Tali – Common sight during this stretch
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Small hike before reaching Tali 

Finally, reached Tali camp-site around 1:30 PM. Had welcome drink rooh afza followed by veg biryani for lunch.

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Finally, reached Tali camp-site

Roamed around the camp-site and collected wood for camp-fire. Few people from the group wanted to explore near-by meadows so they went towards meadows and returned to camp-site around 5:00 PM.

New year celebration at Tali camp-site

Camp-fire at Tali camp-site is longest one of the winter trek and it lasted till 1st day of 2016. After having dinner in the evening, we all decided to celebrate new year at camp-site. Few of us including me were  at camp-fire till 12:30 AM and celebrated new year with hearing & singing melodies songs. Had new year cake served by nearby camp-site Trek lead of TTH. My best new year celebration till date. Dream come true for me with celebrating new year at Himalayas!!!

Told Bye Bye for the day at 12:30 AM with last day of trek just few hours away.

Note: We will not encounter any remote villages during the 4th days trek.

Camp-site:

Tali camp-site is last camp-site of our winter expedition. It comes inside dense forest. It can be used as first and last camp-site while trekking to Kuari Pass or Pangarchulla Peak.

Temperature: Dipped to Max -5 degree Celsius at night.

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Average camp-site of Tali inside dense forest

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