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Day 4: Trek from Gundar to Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site

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Trek date during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition: 23rd May 2017 (Tuesday)

Trek distance: Around 10 to 12 Kms.

Time taken: Around 8 to 9 hours

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Beautiful Gundar Camp-site.
  2. Classic Himalayan Landscapes.
  3. Yamrang La which divides India & Tibet.
  4. A walk on flat terrain with more of Boulders, Streams & Moraines.
  5. Evergreen Himalayan Mountains of Kinnaur Valley.
  6. Mighty Baspa Glacier.
  7. Evergreen Baspa River.
  8. Crazy Baspa River crossing.
  9. Ascent on Moraine stretches of Upper Baspa Valley.
  10. A memorable ascent on Huge Snowfields & Extremely Scenic Snow-slopes of Kinnaur Valley.
  11. Very High Altitude Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site.
  12. Breathtaking views of 3 passes of Jalandhari Gad Valley – Chhotkhaga Pass, Dudhiyan Pass & Lamkhaga Pass.
  13. Brilliant Weather throughout the day.

Challenges: Moderate to Difficult day of the trek due to Boulders & Moraines crossing, Baspa River crossing & Steep ascent while approaching 4th day camp-site from Kinnaur side (Himachal Pradesh).

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

  • Gundar Camp-site comes around 4222 Mtr.
  • Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site comes around 4650 Mtr.

Day in brief:

It was 4th day of the Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017 & very important day indeed for many reasons – Baspa River crossing, Weather should go right  & choosing camp-site which will help us to attempt crossing of Lamkhaga Pass next day.

Our plan is to reach either Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp-site or go little ahead of 2 Kms. and camp somewhere between Lamkhaga Pass Base or Advanced camp-site from Kinnaur side.

My struggle for capturing Golden Beauties of Kinnaur Valley continued in Gundar camp-site too! :(  Happy ji told me on previous night to get-up early before 5:00 AM to capture Golden Beauties of Kinaaur Valley. As per his advise i got-up around 4:30 AM in the morning. Unfortunately weather was not in our favor and clouds have covered all over the valley at 5:00 AM itself.  Disappointed me went to tent and slept again.

Rest of the team and crew members got-up around 6:00 AM. Happy & Rajeev ji, as usual served morning Tea to all of us. All of us freshen-up & had morning breakfast. I roamed around camp-site & captured beauty of camp-site to the core!

Heavenly place indeed around Indo-Tibet Border in the lap of Himalayas!!!

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Heavenly view of Gundar Camp-site on Day 4 mornings
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Beautiful view of Upper Baspa Valley from Gundar Camp-site
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Another capture of Gundar Camp-site
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Breathtaking capture indeed!
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A Fabulous view of Gundar Camp-site (4222 Mtr) in the lap of Himalayas!

Started from Gundar Camp-site around 8:30 AM post breakfast. Biggest challenges of the day is Baspa River crossing and Steep ascent before Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp-site. It was easy walk of 2 to 3 Kms. till Baspa River crossing point at Upper Baspa Valley of Kinnaur District at Indo-Tibet Border with views of Himalayan Mountains & Baspa Glacier made our journey memorable one during initial stages of the day!

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Day 4 Journey at Baspa Valley began at 8:30 AM
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Classic Experience of walking on Upper Baspa Valley
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A Trekker & his journey at Baspa Valley
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Wow is the only word! :)
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Beautiful Scenes indeed!
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Group Photo at Upper Baspa Valley
 Crazy Baspa River crossing

After almost 2 to 3 Kms. of trek from Gundar, all of us got challenge of crossing Baspa River. Team enjoyed this moment to the core! Myself & Kohinoor ji crossed Baspa River without any issues and reached other side of the River. Rest of the 8 people made 2 groups of 5 and 3. Our skilled guides Happy & Rajeev ji helped both the groups to reach other side of Baspa River very easily.

Note: Baspa River originates from Baspa Glacier on Kinnaur side. This place was very close to Tibet and we can witness Yamrang La in this valley which divides India & Tibet.

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Crazy Baspa River crossing

After river crossing, Took half an hour break and continued trek to upper camp-sites around 10:45 AM.

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Half an hour break post Baspa River crossing

Initially walk is on Moraines, gradually it was steep ascent on Moraines before reaching another Pit-stop point around 12:00 PM (Distance from Baspa River Crossing point to this Pt-stop point is around 1 Kms.). Took break of 20 minutes while Porters overtook us at this point.

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Gradual steep ascent on Moraine fields of Upper Baspa Valley
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Pit-stop point en-route Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site

Started around 12:30 PM and decided to have lunch at 1:00 PM. Had lunch & one hour of break before continuing towards Day 4 Camp-site.

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Trek resumed post much needed Pit-stop at 12:30 PM
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Having lunch en-route Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site
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Day 4 Lunch at Upper Baspa Valley

After lunch, Started around 2:00 PM to next camp-site. Meanwhile Sonu ji & Crew were marching way ahead in search of camp-site. Meanwhile they have crossed Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp-site and went 2 Kms. ahead. Sonu ji decided to camp between Lamkhaga Pass Base & Advanced camp-site. We have named this new camp-site as Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site.

It was 70 degree steep​ ascent on Sleepery Glaciers & Moraine-slopes before reaching Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site made this stretch strenuous one!  Myself & Aditya were 1st to reach Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site along with Rajeev ji. We 3 reached around 3:45-4:00 PM. Happy ji is with other members of the team and they all reached camp-site by 5:00 PM.

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Post Lunch scenes from Day 4 of Expedition
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Glacier-slopes en-route Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site
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Breathtaking view of Upper Baspa Valley
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Snow-slopes of Upper Baspa Valley
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Rest of the team members closing in Day 4 camp-site
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Happy ji performing prayers at Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site
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Another capture of Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site

Had Warm water, Ginger Garlic water as Acclimatization Drink followed by Tea at camp-site. Had Maggie for snacks and relaxed in tent till 7:30 PM. Had dinner around 7:30 PM and told Bye Bye for the day with Biggest & Most difficult day of the Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017 is in the store!!!

Camp-site:

Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site is very high altitude camp-site with views of 3 passes of Jalandhari Gad Valley – Chhotkhaga Pass, Dudhiyan Pass & Lamkhaga Pass, Huge Snowfields & Extremely scenic Snow-slopes of Kinnaur Valley.

This camp-site is new camp-site altogether because Raacho Trekkers never camped in this camp-site before, either they camp at Lamkhaga Pass Base or Advanced camp-sites before attempting Pass. Since our team is full of energy & able to trek in good pace on 4th day, we went little ahead of 2 Kms. from Lamkhaga Pass Base Camp-site where we supposed to camp. This camp-site comes between Lamkhaga Pass Base & Advanced Camp-site from Kinnaur side.

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

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Very High Altitude Lamkhaga Pass Intermediate Camp-site
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