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Day 3: Trek from Gangad to Osla via Chillar Ghat

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Trek date during Har Ki Dun winter trek: 26th January 2015 (Monday)

Trekked villages: Gangad and Osla

Trek distance: 8 to 10 Kms.

Time taken: Around 5 hours

Difficulty level: Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Gangad and Osla villages of Govind Pashu National Park of Uttarkashi District.
  2. First snowfall experience of the life for most of people in the trek including me.
  3. High altitude snowy mountains on both sides of trail.
  4. Trails full of snow.
  5. Valley turned into heaven after fresh snowfall especially Chillar Ghat campsite.
  6. Supin river.
  7. Someshwar temple and Pariyon Ki Gudi in Osla village (As per information gathered from villagers).
  8. Challenges: Steep ascent during last stage of the trek.

Day in brief:

All of us equally stayed in 3 to 4 rooms of Gangad home stay. After much needed peaceful sleep post long day at valley got up around 6:00 AM in the morning. While getting up in the morning huge surprise awaiting for all of us! We can see more amount of snow around home stay. Trek crew come sweeper of this trek Gangaji who slept at sit out outside told us light snowfall happened early morning around 4:20 AM.

Freshen up and had breakfast. Around 7:30 AM, it started to snowing again. Trek lead Saranbir informed us once snowing stops, we will start trekking for the day to Osla village. Meanwhile all of us enjoyed our first snowfall experience of the trek. Clicked many memorable pics.

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Enjoying first snowfall experience of my life to the core!
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Team posing for group photo around Gangad home stay in the morning

After 2 hours of light snow fall sky was little clear but it has given glimpse of what is in offering for the day. After morning briefing session regarding days plans by trek lead Saranbir, we all left for our next camping site Osla village home stay around 10:00 AM.

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Team gathered for briefing session of trek lead outside Gangad home stay
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Around 10 AM one of the unforgettable days of the trek started with flag off from Trek lead Saranbir…

Personal point of view, It is best day of my life! As soon as we started from Gangad home stay around 10:00 AM, it started snowing again after small break. Hide n Seek game from mother nature at its Best!!! It started snowing heavily as the day progresses with team approaching Chillar Ghat campsite. Place is turned into virtual heaven with Supin river flowing across the valley.

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Journey inside the heaven is unforgettable one!
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Snow, snow everywhere – All of us enjoying our trek to the core!
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Experimentation with DSLR producing me memorable snaps…

Reached Ghillar Ghat campsite around 11:00 AM. Our group is big in number with 24 so trek lead informed us to rest inside incomplete guest house at campsite.

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Incomplete guest house at Chillar Ghat campsite

 Snowing is not stopping so decided to explore surrounding till it reduces and sky to clear but no luck we all got back to unfinished guest house at 12 noon.

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Valley turned into snowy!!!
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Demand for group photos is obvious during this climate
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One more group photo from my DSLR
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Heavenly view of Chillar Ghat campsite – Captured while coming back to place after exploration of surrounding

Trek lead Saranbir utilized this time to brief us on AMS. Meanwhile snowfall was stopped and got flag off to move next camp site Osla home stay from trek crew.

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Team enjoying informative session from Trek lead Saranbir on AMS

Incomplete AMS session remained incomplete forever from Punjab ka puttar Saranbir.

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Final stage of trek for the day with steep ascent from Chillar Ghat to Osla – En route Osla home stay

Reached Osla home stay around 3:30 PM. Had tea and Maggie for lunch. Meanwhile snowfall began again and its white white everywhere!

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Kids of Osla village in my DSLR – En route Osla home stay
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Snowy Osla village after fresh snowfall in the morning
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Group photo with kids of Osla village – En route Osla home stay
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Breathtaking Landscape captured in my DSLR during Osla home stay in the evening
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Beautiful Osla village after fresh snow fall – Captured this beauty during Osla home stay in the evening
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Snowy Seema village after fresh snow fall – Captured this beauty during Osla home stay in the evening
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Osla village with backdrop of Swargarohini pics!!!
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Snowy mountains everywhere! Two eyes are not enough to see these beauties
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Me completely in love with beauty of Himalayas.. Oh my! one more heavenly Landscape in my camera
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Guys busy on experimentation with their cameras!
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Unforgettable Osla home stay in my camera during beautiful evening at valley
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Heaven!!! No words enough to describe the beauty of Himalayas

Explored Osla village with few of trek-mates. Took Classy and beautiful snaps of the place.

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Snowy collage of Osla village in my camera after fresh snowfall – Captured this beauty in the evening during village exploration

Returned to home stay after incomplete exploration due to fog around the village. Had dinne as usual and told good bye for the day. Few of them spent time at night playing cards, Dumb charades, etc…

Population of Osla village: Around 750 in numbers

Difficulties of villagers:

  • Second remote village of the valley without jeep trail  En route Har Ki Dun and one has to use trails to reach the village.
  • Due to winter session at valley between November to mid April, they store ration for 6 months.
  • They are completely unaware of medicines and tablets. I have seen villagers begging for tablets and medicines during village exploration. Feeling sad for them.
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