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Day 5: Trek from Shamshi Thach to Umga Thach & Trek to Sora Lake

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Trek date during ANIMAL Pass & SORA UMGA La Trek: 22nd September 2016 (Thursday)

Trek distance for the day: Around 10 Kms. (6 Kms. from Shamshi Thach to Umga Thach + 4 Kms. of trek to Sora Lake)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Shamshi Thach camp-site.
  2. Steep ascent during initial phase of the trek.
  3. Snow-capped mountains on right side of trail.
  4. High altitude mountains on both sides of trail.
  5. 360 degree view of mesmerizing Tosh valley.
  6. Snowfall during initial phase of hike till afternoon.
  7. Bright sunshine after 3:00 PM.
  8. Trek to beautiful Sora Lake.
  9. Beautiful Sora Lake.
  10. Magnificent view of Sora Umga La range of peaks.
  11. Kuta Thach & Umga Thach camp-sites.
  12. One of the best days of my life.

Challenges: Moderate day of trek with walk on narrow trails at Tosh valley.

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

  • Shamshi Thach comes around 3680 Mtr.
  • Umga Thach comes around 4065 Mtr.
  • Kuta Thach comes around 4065 Mtr.
  • Sora Lake comes around 4320 Mtr.

Day in brief:

I can divide Day 5 into 2 parts:

  1. Trek from Shamshi Thach to Umga Thach
  2. Trek to Sora Lake
Part 1: Trek from Shamshi Thach to Umga Thach

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

Time taken: Around 9 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trek distance as per ViewRanger GPS Application: Around 5.93 Kms.

After summit of Animal Pass on previous day, it was another important day for all of us at Tosh valley. Kundu informed us to be ready for breakfast at 8:00 AM so we can start walk to Sora Lake around 9:00 AM. I got up around 6:00 AM and freshen-up. Roamed around camp-site and captured some morning shots at Shamshi Thach.

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Morning shots at Shamshi Thach

Breakfast was ready at 8:00 AM. All of us had hygienic food and Tea for breakfast. After breakfast we took final group photo of Shamshi Thach camp-site.

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All are geared up for 5th day trek…
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Packing luggage is everyday activity at camp-sites
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Beautiful. Isn’t it?
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One more capture of Shamshi Thach camp-site
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Some experiments 😛
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Group photo at Shamshi Thah before leaving to Sora Lake

Started at 9:30 AM from Shamshi Thach to Sora Lake. Initially hike was steeper one. After 45 minutes of steep hike, all of us reached trail which will take us to Sora Lake & Sora Umga La. Trail was very narrow and rolling one. Myself, Kundu, Shravan and Jhankar were way behind and enjoying the hike with photos and videos. Meanwhile weather at Tosh valley started to show it’s true color!

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Started off to Sora Lake
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Initial steep hike
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Guys resting en-route
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Breathtaking views all the way…
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Lovely trail indeed!
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Myself in selfie mode
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Yet another lovely capture…
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Woo…What a place!

At an altitude above 4000 Meter one can expect snow fall at any time. We are very lucky and weather got worst while moving towards Sora Lake. Initially it was hail storm followed by continuous and steady snow fall at Tosh valley gave us breathtaking experience of our lives!!! Meanwhile snow fall at Tosh valley is not stopping at all and Narayan ji is worried about continuation of trek to Sora Lake.

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2nd snow fall experience at Tosh valley

Around 11:30 AM, we decided to take call on whether to get back or not. After discussing with trek crew, all of us started to Sora Lake around 12:00 PM after small break of half an hour. Continued our walk and had lunch at Kuta Thach around 1:00 PM. After half an hour break for lunch at Kuta Thach, started around 1:30 PM to Sora Lake.

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Bengali babu’s having lunch at Kuta Thach
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Foggy Kuta Thach after snowfall-Pic#1
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Foggy Kuta Thach after snowfall-Pic#2

Weather was little clear at this point of time with less worries. It started to snowing again at 2:15 PM and all of us decided to get back.

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It started snowing again 2:15 PM

Trek staff decided to put camp-site at Umga Thach which is near-by another camping spot Kuta Thach.

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Horses & Mules returning to Umga Thach after cancellation of further treks

Most of us reached Umga Thach camp-site. Thankfully weather got cleared and all of us pitched tent at Umga Thach. Meanwhile all of us had Tea at camp-site and spent some time in photography 🙂

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Weather is getting cleared. Time for photography now 🙂
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Inspiring girls of our team at Umga Thach

Weather was clear at valley and all of us enjoying breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks of Sora Umga La range. I felt camp-site is the best of ANIMAL Pass & SORA UMGA La Trek. Clicked many pics and enjoyed the serenity of Himalayas to the core!!!

Note: Mother nature is at her Best on 5th day of the trek. Twice snowfall (Morning & Afternoon) followed by bright sunshine after 3:00 PM at Tosh valley.

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Wow…Magic of Himalayas!!! Weather got cleared in no time 🙂
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Myself & Narayan ji at Umga Thach
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Some experiments as usual…
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Breathtaking views from Umga Thach
Part 2: Trek to Sora Lake

Trek distance to Sora Lake: Around 4 Kms. (Two way)

Time taken: Around 2 to 3 hours.

Difficulty level: Easy

Trek distance as per ViewRanger GPS Application: Around 1.80 Kms. (One way)

Since weather was clear all of us wanted to explore Sora Lake. I spoke to Narayan ji and decided to trek towards Sora Lake around 4:00 PM. As per plan started to Sora Lake at 4:00 PM. It was 2 Kms. of easy walk on the ridge with crossing river and streams.

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Trek started to Sora Lake at 4:00 PM
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Narayan ji & Sandhya en-route Sora Lake
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No words…Beautiful indeed!
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Marching towards Sora Lake
Memorial en-route Sora Lake

A memorial can be seen en-route Sora Lake which is made in memory of 2 climbers who died while attempting Papsura (6451 Mtr) peak. Papsura peak comes under Sora Umga La range at Tosh valley.

These are 2 climbers who died during Papsura expedition:

  1. Roger Redmayne from New Zealand died in the year 1991.
  2. Ms. Malabi Das from India died in the year 2005.
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Memorial en-route Sora Lake
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Views en-route Sora Lake-Pic#1
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Views en-route Sora Lake-Pic#2
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Views en-route Sora Lake-Pic#3
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Some experiments as usual…
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Trek to Sora Lake. Lovely!!!
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Life is full of surprises!
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Sigh! Treat for eyes…
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Heaven!!!
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Closing in Sora Lake
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Myself at Sora Umga La
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Classic Himalayan Landscapes

Reached Sora Lake around 5:15 PM. Spent half an hour at Sora Lake and clicked some memorable pics. Lake was very beautiful and beauty of the Lake can’t be described in words. No words enough to describe the beauty of Lake… Heaven!!!

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Fabulous view of Sora Lake
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Photography time at Sora Lake
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Memorable captures
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Another capture of Sora Lake

Started return journey to camp-site around 5:45 PM and reached Umga Thach around 6:30 PM.

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Return journey to Sora Lake
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Major River crossing experience while closing in Umga Thach
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Final click of 5th day…

Dinner was ready at 7:00 PM as usual. Had Paapad, Soup, Chapati, Rice and Dal for the dinner. All of us left for tent around 8:00 PM post dinner.

Meanwhile I got mood for writing blogs and was busy in writing write-ups for Day 5 & 6. Told Bye Bye for the day around 10:00 PM.

Camp-site:

Umga Thach camp-site is the best camp-site during Animal Pass & Sora Umga La Trek. It is extremely scenic camp-site with view of Sora Umga La range of Peaks. It can be used as base camp-site for Animal Pass Summit & Sora Lake Trek. We used it as base camp-site for Sora Lake Trek.

Temperature: Dipped to Max 0 degree Celsius at night.

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Extremely scenic camp-site of the trek
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