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:
- Shamshi Thach camp-site.
- Steep ascent during initial phase of the trek.
- Snow-capped mountains on right side of trail.
- High altitude mountains on both sides of trail.
- 360 degree view of mesmerizing Tosh valley.
- Snowfall during initial phase of hike till afternoon.
- Bright sunshine after 3:00 PM.
- Trek to beautiful Sora Lake.
- Beautiful Sora Lake.
- Magnificent view of Sora Umga La range of peaks.
- Kuta Thach & Umga Thach camp-sites.
- 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:
- Trek from Shamshi Thach to Umga Thach
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Trek staff decided to put camp-site at Umga Thach which is near-by another camping spot Kuta Thach.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Roger Redmayne from New Zealand died in the year 1991.
- Ms. Malabi Das from India died in the year 2005.
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!!!
Started return journey to camp-site around 5:45 PM and reached Umga Thach around 6:30 PM.
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.
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.