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Day 4: Summit Day to Animal Pass

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Trek date during ANIMAL Pass & SORA UMGA La Trek: 21st September 2016 (Wednesday)

Trek distance: Around 10 to 11 Kms.

Time taken: Around 10 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Trek distance as per ViewRanger GPS Application: Around 5.04 Kms. (One way)

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Shamshi Thach camp-site.
  2. Steep ascent during initial phase of the trek.
  3. Snow-capped and high altitude mountains on both sides of trail.
  4. 360 degree view of mesmerizing Tosh valley.
  5. Crossing huge rocks (Boulder zone) en-route Animal Pass.
  6. Continuous steep ascent till Kuta Sarovar.
  7. Breathtaking Kuta Sarovar.
  8. Reaching Animal Summit.
  9. Hailstorm followed by Snow fall at Animal Pass.
  10. Quick descent in the foggy weather at Tosh valley.
  11. One of the unique days of my life.

Challenges: Steep ascent, Rocky boulders and long day at Tosh valley.

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

  • Shamshi Thach comes around 3680  Mtr.
  • Kuta Sarovar comes around 4500 Mtr.
  • Animal Pass come around 4750 Mtr.
  • Deo Tibba comes around 6001 Mtr.
  • Ali Ratni Peak comes around 5490 Mtr.

Day in brief:

It was summit day for all of us at Tosh valley. Kundu spoke with trek staff on previous evening and decided to start early in the day around 7:00 AM. Breakfast was scheduled at 6:30 AM. I got up around 5:30 AM and had morning formalities. Meanwhile all of us got up and freshen-up. Breakfast was ready at 7:00 AM which is half an hour late than scheduled. Cook Sanjay Thapa prepared Pan Cake for breakfast. Had breakfast and it took more than half an hour for us. All of us took group photo at 7:45 AM.

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Breakfast & Packed lunch getting ready at Shamshi Thach
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A morning click at Shamshi Thach camp-site

 

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Group photo at Shamshi Thah before leaving to Animal Pass Summit

Started for Animal Pass Summit Around 8:00 AM. One of the trek crew Ram Singh led from the front. He has already did Animal Pass 4 times this year. This is his 5th attempt. Initial climb was very steeper one. Literally 80 degree climb took us to half way stage. It was amazing experience indeed for me!!! Meanwhile Narayan ji along with Gopal Thakur & Vipul Sharma started from Shamshi Thatch camp-site little late. They quickly joined us half way stage. Kundu, Sujitha and me were hiking together till the Lake. It was very tough climb at Tosh valley with crossing boulders and rocks all the way. Finally reached Lake just below Animal Pass around 12:00 PM. I feel it is around 3 Kms. of hike till the Lake.

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Summit hike started around 8:00 AM
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Steep ascent started…
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Wow…What a hike it is!
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Tiring still amazing experience indeed!
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Guys resting en-route Animal Pass
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Brave girl Sandhya – Never give up attitude
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Amazing steep climb all the way – Very tiring!
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Kundu enjoying his favorite passion
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Sujitha giving her Best!
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Breathtaking view of Tosh valley
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Crossing boulder zone just before Kuta Sarovar
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Kundu posing to my camera
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Amazing Framing! Isn’t it?
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Classic experience!!!
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Kundu closing in Kuta Sarovar
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Finally reached Kuta Sarovar

Narayan ji told Lake name was Kuta Sarovar. Kuta Sarovar was very huge and extremely Beautiful!!! I believe it is one of greatest creation of God at an altitude of 4500 Mtr. Everyone took half an hour break here and enjoyed the serenity around the Lake. It was mountains everywhere. Took many pics at the Lake.

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Team at Kuta Sarovar-Pic#1
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High altitude hidden Lake – Kuta Sarovar
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Mountains everywhere-Pic#1
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Mountains everywhere-Pic#2
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Mountains everywhere-Pic#3
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Deepak having Apple at Kuta Sarovar – Much needed energy booster at Kuta Sarovar after 4 hours of tiresome hike crossing boulders & steep zone
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Team at Kuta Sarovar-Pic#2
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Amazing trek crew resting at Kuta Sarovar! Real pillars of successful Animal Pass Summit – Vipul Sharma, Ram Singh and Gopal Thakur.
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Enchanting view of Kuta Sarovar along with Animal Pass
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Team at Kuta Sarovar-Pic#3
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Group selfie at Kuta Sarovar
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High altitude hidden Lake – Kuta Sarovar(4500 Mtr)
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One more view of Kuta Sarovar!

Trek crew told us this is not final hike and there is another few Kms. of hike pending for Animal Pass Summit. At 12:30 PM, we all started towards Animal Pass Summit. Walk on the banks of Kuta Sarovar took us to steep hike which is full of rocks. Those who reached Kuta Sarovar early where lagging behind this stretch. Me, Kumar, Shashi and Bharani hiked together to Animal Pass at this stretch. Bengali group first to reach Summit along with trek crew at 1:20 PM. Myself and Bharani reached at 2:00 PM. I felt over the moon!!! One of the toughest treks of my life even tougher than Pangarchulla climb. It was 5 Kms. of tough hike at Tosh valley for me. Around 6 hours of journey took us to Animal Pass 🙂

Note: Deo Tibba, Ali Ratni peak, Malana valley along with Malana village of Kullu valley is  visible from Animal Pass Summit. We are pretty unlucky couldn’t see any of the peaks due to bad weather at Summit.

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Around 12:30 PM, after break of half an hour all of us started final ascent to Animal Pass
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Shashi taking much needed break at Kuta Sarovar – Really tiresome hike it is!
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Shashi & Bharani hiking at final boulder zone at Animal Pass
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Great acheivement for all of us – 6 hours, 5 Kms., Steep ascent of almost 4 Kms.,altitude above 4000 Mtr. Finally, reached Animal Pass Summit at 2:00 PM in the afternoon. Tiresome and challenging hike indeed! Tarun, Bharani & Shashi posing at Animal Pass Summit. Note: look out for 2 dots in pic behind Bharani. They are Achintya & Jhankar. They went all the way to explore Glacier at Animal Pass
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Summit pics at Animal Pass
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Bharani 4th one to reach Animal Pass. Great fitness! Very inspiring she is…

Weather got bad at 2:15 PM and trek crew told us to start back to Shamshi Thach. Hail storm followed by snow flakes near Animal Pass gave us real Himalayan experience!

Trek crew Ram Singh took us to different route back. Initially we walked on Glacier at Animal Pass and then took same route return back till Lake. Gopal Thakur accompanied me till Kuta Sarovar. Took Amazing pics while returning and even took selfie with Gopal at Lake.

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Exploring Glacier at Animal Pass-Pic#1
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Exploring Glacier at Animal Pass-Pic#2
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Bharani at Animal Pass Glacier

 

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Team enjoying at Animal Pass Glacier
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Finally descent started at 2:45 PM from Animal Pass Summit. Weather got bad first time in the trek that too above 4000 Mtr – It is hail storm followed by snow fall 🙂
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Jhankar having fun with first snow fall
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Descent was quickest one…
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Gopal Thakur gave me company all the way till Kuta Sarovar – Amazing people from Himalayas
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Tarun & Gopal on the way to Shamshi Thach
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Small Lakes around Kuta Sarovar can be witnessed

Deepak, Bharani & Lakshman joined us at Kuta Sarovar while descending. Ram Singh along with few trekkers waiting us at some point to join them. Finally we all together started to descend and it is different route all the way while descending. Weather was cloudy and foggy. We are lucky to have clear trail while descending. Descending took us 3 and half hours of time. I was last to reach around 6:00 PM to base camp Shamshi Thach. Meanwhile Kundu Along with Narayan ji, Shravan, Sujitha, Tarun & Jhankar where in second group and they reached camp-site at 7:00 PM.

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Descending at Tosh valley
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Finally closing in Shamshi Thach camp-site
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What a weather it is!
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Finally reached Shamshi Thach camp-site around 6:00 PM after nearly 10 hours of exploration at Tosh valley. Final click of 4th day!

All of us had Soup, Noodles, Fried rice and Shavagi for dinner at 7:00 PM. It took us 1 hour for dinner and people are very tired. All of us told Bye Bye for the day around 8:00 PM with trek to Sora Lake is in store for next day.

B G BALIGA TRAVEL DIARY at ANIMAL PASS

B G BALIGA TRAVEL DIARY at ANIMAL Pass (Altitude 4750 Mtr according to View Ranger GPS app) on 21st September 2016 afternoon 2:00 PM.

It was one of  toughest hikes of my life. The toughest Himalayan hike of 6 hours which started at morning 8:00 AM from Shamshi Thach camp-site which took us to Animal Pass Summit around 2:00 PM in the afternoon. Probably one of tiresome hikes. Never give up attitude of entire group made this journey successful one!

Once we reach top, weather at valley got bad. It started with hail storm followed by snow fall. Unique day indeed in my life!!! Thanks to my friend Achintya Kundu for guiding, motivating and inspiring me to attempt this summit.

Animal Pass Summit is one of the greatest achievements of my life cos of terrain, steepness, altitude and weather at Summit. Feeling proud that I have achieved it!!!

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Camp-site:

Shamshi Thach camp-site is Beautiful & Magnificent camp-site which is in open valley with snow-capped mountains. Open camp-site streams and few small 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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One thought on “Day 4: Summit Day to Animal Pass

  1. Yash Sahu says:

    Thanks for sharing this brother. I found your article after spending 3 hours on Google and YouTube. Very few people have given information about this one because of less explored. I saw a video on YouTube earlier about this and no other video I found about this trekk. Them I came to Google and after some time found you.

    You have defined it very briefly. I want to add something more in your blog that is valley of flowers on your day 2. You have found a lot of  flowers on your way which are mesmerising beautiful. The view can be much better after autumn. This place is known as mysterious because of changing land scapes after every 10 minutes and you can get lost very easily in this valley. Therefore, A guide is compulsory during this trekking. Just few wrong steps can make you lost.

    Again, Thanks for this buddy!!

    I will visit this soon!!

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