Sara Umga & Animal Pass
It was once again Korean Way Project for which we organized a wonderful trekking program in inner Tosh Valley under two mighty Himalayan peaks Dharamsura, the while sail and Papsura. Tosh is a small village at the top of Parvati range which has few houses, small hotels and small restaurants serving to the trekkers and climbers to upper regions. After three days trek from Tosh, we reach base camp of these twin peaks and a day’s trek to Animal Pass and back to Kuta Thatch base camp is not less rewarding at all. Animal pass offers panoramic views of these peaks and valleys to both sides and a high altitude lake on the way. After the Animal Pass trekking expedition, we move towards Sara Umga Pass, which is the wall in between Tosh Valley and Lahul Valley. The traversing day is long and tough through glaciers and fresh snow some times as we experienced with this Korean group. We get down to Futi Runi which was a meeting point of traders in ancient times and cross a bridge to reach to road on next side. The bridge was built by British company that used to collect metal from this region of Shigri Glaciers to make guns till second world war. We take the vehicle from other side on the river called Chota Dara and drive to Manali.
Mandi is an ancient town of Himachal Pradesh which is known as Little Varanasi because of plentiful of temples here. It is 102 Kms short to Manali and a perfect venue to break the long journey on Delhi- Manali highway.
Morning we visit a popular Hindu temple named Trilokinath at Mandi and drive to Tosh village from where we start our trekking.
From Tosh we can start late after having checking of all equipment, food items and staff. We can hire ponies from Tosh in summers but for the early months of year, we can hire porters. The trek from Tosh to Kutla (which is again a small village with one rest house) is very nice through pine trees and waterfalls. You can see the snow covered mountain cliffs in the background during the trek. We can stay in the rest house or we can use our tents too for this night. Budhaban is just 30 minutes more walk from Kulta, till Kutla (local pronounce it basically Kotla), there are guest houses on the way. Juniper, Maple and Cedar trees contribute to the vegetation of this region.
It takes about 4 hours to cover this distance of about 7 Kms on the right side of River Tosh. We trek towards the Tosh Glacier crossing through a cold stream. The base camp is a meadow and beautiful area in deed again beside a stream. During summers, shepherds do meet with their flocks in this BC area. The ponies or porters will leave the team here. Here we find some stone erected of two climbers Malabi Das from Indian and Roger Redmayne from New Zealand who died while climbing Papsura in different years.
If you are interested to see a beautiful lake surrounded by high peaks above Tosh Glacier, you can always enjoy this extra day. Once you trek upwards, you reach Animal Pass which offers you the wonderful view of Devachen Peak, Dharamsura Peak, Papsura Peak and back side of Deo Tibba peak. An extremely beautiful lake is the rewards of this days trek. Chander has trekked to Animal Pass few years ago and the details are available on Google too.
• Administrative coordination with local authorities wherever necessary
• Airport transfers on arrival & departure
• All transportation as per the itinerary
• Hotels from Delhi to Delhi with breakfast
• Trekking camps with all camping and kitchen equipment
• All meals during trekking/ camping
• Experienced guide
• 01 cook and kitchen helper
• Porters and ponies as per the requirement of trail.
• Campsite fees as applicable
• Supporting vehicles wherever necessary
• Any kind of government fees, visa fee
• Air travel
• Personal gears, clothing & tips
• Monument entrances
• Sleeping bags
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• Insurance for your expedition.
• Oxygen cylinders and masks
• Small and medium size generators
• Solar battery chargers
• Satellite phones & walkie talkies
• Sightseeing of Agra and Rajasthan or any other place after completion of your expedition.
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We provide 4/5 star hotels in Delhi and 3 star hotels in Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Ziro, Rishikesh, Nainital, Manali and Leh. The hotels in Uttarkashi, Almora, Gangotri, Zanskar, Kargil and other places will be mixture of best available hotels/ guest houses/ home stays. These are the cities and towns on the way to 90% of our journeys.
The hotels in Delhi will be offered on room+ breakfast basis and hotels in Himalayan cities will be offered on room + breakfast + dinner basis and in remote areas it will include all meals. The camping days will offer all meals. (We provide base camp food for 5- 7 days to the groups on climbing expeditions and all meals at BC to LO and cook + kitchen helper during such expeditions). Our cost includes food for the porters and horse/ mule handling persons too during trekking. Our cooks are trekking for more than 20 years with our groups and they are expert in serving you delicious and nutritious food during trekking. We have made certain experiences with Himalayan Herbs which keep the body warm at high altitude and the cooks offer you variety of cuisine, cakes and breads. If you have any special choice of food, you are welcome to send the list before the tour. If you need gluten free diet or any special requirement, kindly convey well in time.
We use different kind of transportation in different cities/ terrain starting from large and small AC coaches to Tempo Travelers, Toyota Innova cars and other 4WD cars. We offer powerful support vehicles for your luggage and our camping gears wherever necessary.
We have good experience of handling Cargo in India if you are planning to send equipment and food in case of big groups and expeditions from your country.
Porters / ponies/ horses
Our porters are trained in carrying trekking/ expedition material. Our High Altitude porters are experienced in climbing up with the teams and fix ropes. Low Altitude Porters carry your equipment and food till Base Camp. Every Low Altitude Porter group is led by a captain to avoid any kind of inconvenience during the trekking period. Horse- men are also experienced in the mountains and when there were no emails and phones in our region, they never forgot to reach to the loading points conveyed to them one year ago by the departing group tour leader.
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Guides and escorts
Our escorts and guides are passionate and trained. Trekking guides and exploratory trip escorts understand your requirements and at same time climbing guides and mountain Sherpas add all possible scope of success in your expeditions. Our climbing guides remain occupy in Indian peaks and Nepalese peaks equally so if you are not planning an alpine style expedition, it is always advisable to book you guide well in time.
We enjoy a great community back up and support in entire Himalayan region because we belong to these mountains and have best references everywhere. This community support works a lot in any last minute requirement, natural hazards or passing communication.
We are organizing these adventure trips and expeditions since 1995 so we have learnt to plan according to your stamina, training and requirements. Our Mountain Guides, Climbing Sherpas, HAPs (high altitude porters) and cooks hold several years experience in the mountains. Our tour escorts and guides for trekking, biking and exploratory field trips study and research the geography, anthropology and history of destinations pertaining to the trips assigned to them.
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Our fix departure dates are flexible if you make a group of minimum 4 persons for any trip. For Climbing Expeditions your preferred customized date will be confirmed on the availability of peak with IMF. Similarly our prices are also flexible enough to customize on the basis of your requirements.
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