Thalay Sagar is a mountain in the Gangotri Group of Peaks in the western Garwhal Himalaya. It lies in 10 kilometers southwest of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh which is the source of the Bhagirathi River. It is the second highest peak on the south side of the Gangotri Glacier after Kedarnath but it is more notable for being a dramatic rock peak, steep on all sides.
For military and geopolitical reasons foreign climbers were not permitted into most of the Garwhal region until the late 1970s. Unusually for such a hard peak, the first exploration of the Kedar Ganga valley and Thalay Sagar by non-Indians resulted in an attempt was actually successful. It was first climbed on 24 June 1979 via the northwest ridge and thence across the shale band of the North Face by an Anglo-American team comprising Roy Kingfield, John Thackray, and Pete Thexton. The key difficulty in the direct routes is a notorious band of Shale near the summit, which presents rotten and dangerous rock.
We welcome you to climb this peak with our guides, staff and expertise.
On arrival, you will meet our representative who will drive you to your hotel in Delhi for overnight stay.
We drive to Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) after breakfast from the hotel. It would take around two hours time in briefing and if interested, you can request the officials for a visit to IMF museum which is quite encouraging with several climbing expeditions of past in Indian Mountains. Later you can visit some markets of Delhi after lunch.
Rishikesh exudes a distinct mysticism and spirituality. Known in mythology as the abode of Shiva and the place where Ram observed penance for killing Ravana, the place holds importance for all Hindus. It is believed that meditating in this ‘World Yoga Capital’ brings one closer to attaining salvation. Gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh abounds in natural beauty as the mighty Ganga flows majestically past lush green hills. Take a tour around this quiet town and let yourself be soaked in its beauty and tranquility. Lakshman Jhula: A landmark in the town, it is a suspension bridge across the Ganga. According to a legend the bridge was built of jute ropes by Lakshman, hence the name Lakshman Jhula. Enjoy spectacular views of the holy river that flows beneath it as well as the striking mountains which lie in the backdrop. A favorite pastime for tourists visiting Lakshman Jhula is feeding the fish in the river. Triveni Ghat: This is the main bathing ghat in Rishikesh, forever busy with thousands of devotees taking a dip early morning. The ghat derives its name from the belief that that the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet here. The ghat is especially busy in the evenings when the aarti is conducted. The air turns especially sacred when priests offer their prayers and chant mantras to the river. After the aarti, the river gives out a spectacular view as thousands of earthen lamps are set afloat on the river.
The drive between Rishikesh and Uttarkashi is reasonably wide, very smooth and scenic. Narendra Nagar is the first town, 15 Kms beyond Rishikesh. Thereafter, another vital town is Dharasu, about 115 Kms from Rishikesh. This is an important junction because the route to Yamunotri (100 Kms away from Dharasu) bifurcates from here. One gets the first view of Bhagirathi about 10 Kms before Dharasu. We reach Uttarkashi before noon and few hours are spent for the wild life formalities concerning our climb, although our advance party that joins us at Uttarkashi would have completed major formalities. Overnight Guest House
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the River Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glaciers and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.Gangotri is among the most beautiful in the Garwhal districts, with, high above, a snowline that endures year round and below a carpet of forests, superb Himalayan views and all the joys of trekking through God's country.
We start our trekking tour this day from Gangotri where after leaving Gangotri with a morning prayer, we find a steep ascent to Bhojkharak through Fir forests. We trek inside of the Kedar Gorge finding Bhoj (Birch) trees, it is pertinent to mention that the bark of birch was used as paper for ancient manuscript in India. Trek is uphill climb with paved way and later a narrow path on rocky slope. We reach Bhojkharak from where excellent views of mighty Thalay Sagar peak (6904m) become overwhelming.
A pleasant uphill trek takes you to the Kedarkharak meadows and the Bjoj (Birch) forests move with us. The distance till Kedarkharak is about 6 Kms and yet we have 5-6 more kilometers to reach KedarTal. The trek after Kedarkharak is strenuous through snow, boulders and loose rocks. The camp site is surrounded by high mountains and several snow covered peaks. Kedartal (also known as Shiva's lake) is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 metres . The lake is fed by the snowfall over Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Meru (6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks
Our staff and porters will help you in setting up the camp this day. Tomorrow onwards, you will have our cook and kitchen helper here with your team and the LO from IMF.
Higher camps till day 20 and the Summit Attempts by the team.
(If it is an Alpine style expedition, we leave you after BC with 02 High Altitude Porters and if you chose an Expedition Style, our climbing guide/Mountain Sherpas will assist you till Summit Camp and ahead to Summit.
Our porters will meet you back with your trekking guide this day at Base Camp.
We reach Gangotri this day and check into a pre booked hotel.
Payment can be made through cards/ online and wire transfer to our bank.We charge 25% of the total tour cost at the time of booking and rest 45 days prior to your arrival in India.
Once you book the tour with mentioned amount of advance, we will send you our bank details for balance payment along with the invoice. You can opt various methods of payment including cards and wire transfers.
If cancellation is made before 60 days, full amount will be returned after deduction of applicable taxes and 5% processing charges. If cancellation is made before 45 days, we refund you 50% of your deposit and if the cancellation is made before/during 30 day prior to arrival, the whole payment deposit will forfeit.
No refund, cancellation or compensation will be paid back to the client in case of any reason caused by natural disaster, war, terrorism, weather etc. which force to close the trip, change the itinerary or cancel the trip.