Borasu Pass Trek
Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh | 8D/7N | 17,224 Ft.
June – Mid July and Mid September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
One of the most challenging yet offbeat treks in Uttarakhand, Barasu Pass is a high altitude mountain pass straddling the boundaries of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The trail follows an old trade route between the valleys of Kinnaur and Har ki Dun. The trek stems from the lovely little hamlet called Taluka and plunges into the mesmerizing forested terrain of Har Ki Dun valley, chaperoned by neighboring snow-clad peaks. The trail moves along the raging Har ki Dun Ganga river, while the magnificent Baspa river marks the end of the trek. Weaving through stunning terrains including dense alpine forests of willow, chestnut and walnut, colossal valleys, moraines, narrow mountain ridges, and steep inclines, the trek poses an exhilarating challenge to trekkers. As you move along the forested trails of the Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, countless blossoming floral species greet you.
Max. Altitude – 17,224 ft.
Duration – 7 days
Difficulty – Difficult
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents.
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Sankri from home city/Dehradun
- Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and Chitkul to home city
- Food during transit from Dehradun to Sankri and Chitkul to home city
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Report to base village of Sankri
Board an overnight train from Delhi to Dehradun, from where you take a shared cab to the village of Sankri. The scenic drive is about 7 – 9 hours long. Sankri is a tiny village, and base for several treks like Har ki Dun, Kedarkantha, and Bali Pass. It affords magnetic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the iconic Swargarohini peaks, draped in a fiery hue of the setting Sun. A quite Himalayan village, Sankri houses a handful of shops, hotels and guest houses. Overnight stay in Sankri.
Day 2 Drive from Sankri to Taluka and Trek from Taluka to Seema
Begin the trek from Taluka to Seema along a well-defined trail that winds past the Forest Rest House. The trail is also lined with several small villages, and many shepherds can be seen across them. You soon cross a small bridge that looks over a steam and continue trekking along the right side of the river Har ki Dun Ganga. 30 – 40 minutes further into the trek, you enter a dense forest which leads you over another bridge right above the Har ki Dun Ganga river. From here, it is a gradual uphill climb, albeit it follows a zig-zag trail. The village of Gangad is a good place to break for lunch, post which we continue further till we reach Seema through beautiful valley trails and thick forests. Seema is also the base for Black Peak expeditions.
Altitude: 8,530 ft.
Distance: 14-15 km
Time Taken: 6-7 hrs
Day 3 Trek from Seema to Har ki Dun
The trek begins with a gradual climb, past the Forest Rest House, and through a suspension bridge. After you cross the bridge, the trail turns considerable steeper, and opens up to a roaring waterfall on the side. Another cemented bridge awaits you, commanding incredible views of Seema. The trail forks here, and we stick to the right-hand side which climbs to Har ki Dun. Crossing another bridge leads you to beautiful terrace fields and a Kaali Mata temple. After about 25 minutes, you cross another log bridge and continue up a steep climb over scree laden trails which give way to a green patch of land housing wooden huts. Walk alongside the hut’s left, while the Har ki Dun river graces your right. Enjoy the spectacular views of Bandarpoonch and Black Peak as you continue. Another 2 – 2.5 hours into the trek will lead you to the surreal Har ki Dun valley, just beyond the thick forest. Camp overnight in the valley.
Altitude: 11,482 ft.
Distance: 13 – 14 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Har ki Dun to Ratta-tho
Day four is relatively easy, with only 3 hours of trekking. ‘Ratta-tho’ literally means ‘red stone’, which justifies the name ‘Lal Patthar’ as the locals call this place. Take the trail on the left of the Har ki Dun Ganga river, and stick to the mud trail after crossing the first bridge. Look to your right to see the gigantic snow-clad beauties of Swargarohini and Hata Peak looming over you. Soon the trail bends to the left and straight into a beautiful meadow. Continue along the trail leading upwards through boulders, and once the trek line ends, a massive valley welcomes you. Soon, you can see the valley growing narrower. A few minutes later, the serene glacial lake Maninda Tal comes into view. The lake is believed to have been borne out of the stream leading from Borasu Glacier. After about a half hour’s climb, you come across the legendary Ratta-tho or ’Lal Patthar’ which is essentially a huge red boulder. This is our campsite for the night.
Altitude: 13,451 ft.
Distance: 5 – 6 km
Time Taken: 3 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Ratta-tho to Upper Lamjunga
The distance may be short, but the climb is steep. Continue past the boulders, and descend to the waters of Borasu Glacier. Revel in the spectacular views of Barasu Pass and other neighbouring peaks through the day. Stick to the mud trail, and through open meadows. Crossing a lovely stream will lead to another stream that originates from the moraine, which we must climb to get to the other side of the Borasu Glacier. Soon the path trails into a rugged terrain strewn with small boulders. Soon, another beautiful meadow opens up, housing a beautiful stream formed from the waters of Borasu Glacier. The trail again goes over boulders and ice, giving way to a narrow scree ridge, through with a narrow stream flows. Trekking for another hour and a half brings you to a patch of land marked by vertical rocks to lead the way. Follow this trail through the boulders into another meadow. The trek to the snowy upper Lamjunga campsite is quite strenuous. Camp here for the night.
Altitude: 16,076 ft.
Distance: 6 – 7 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Upper Lamjunga to Gonga Camp via Borasu Pass
Another long day. We begin early in the morning, under the gaze of mighty sunbathed peaks on the left. Leaving behind the lovely campsite, valley and Borasu Glacier, the trek proceeds towards the Barasu Pass. The trail soon grows steeper, soon levelling up. The trail further is graced by several boulders which can be a good point for rest. Continue along a steeper trail which oscillates from even snow field to steep slopes. You need to make use of ropes and ice axes here to cut through the snow. Another hour of steep ascent through loose rocks and scree open up to beautiful 180 degree views of the snowy Himalayan wonders, against clear azure skies. The descent is steep and nearly vertical which again requires use of ropes and ice axes. Brace yourself to glissade down about 150 ft., and feel the adrenaline course through your veins. About 3 to 4 hours of descending will lead you through a rugged terrain until a steep slope comes into view. Trek for 45 more minutes to get to the Bonga campsite.
Altitude at Pass: 17,224 ft.
Altitude at Campsite: 14,763 ft.
Distance: 10 – 12 km
Time Taken: 8 – 9 hrs
Day 7 Trek from Bonga Camp to Chitkul via Doria Camp
Possibly the longest day of the trek, we trek towards Chitkul, leaving behind the beautiful Bonga campsite with its lush meadows and snowy peaks. Trek along the stream continuing from the campsite, and over loose boulders. Cross the stream and continue along a snowy patch of land through loose boulders. About 2.5 hours, the trial evens out on the right, and leads through a beautiful meadow. The trail weaves through flat grasslands and boulders for an hour, after which the Doria campsite can be seen in all its lush glory. The trail further leads through vegetable patches used by shepherds for food. About 5 hours into the trek, you reach a dense forest that houses a number of fallen trees. Continue further down the trail, leaving the meadows behind, and opening up to the beautiful Beas River snaking downhill. Continue for another 6 hours, through yet another grassy meadow right before the Rani Kanda camp comes into view. Another half hour’s trek leads you to Chitkul through an even stretch of land. Stay overnight at Chitkul.
Altitude at Doria Camp: 13,123 ft.
Altitude at Chitkul: 11,318 ft.
Distance: 15 – 16 km
Time Taken: 9 – 10 hrs
Day 8 Depart from Chitkul
You can depart from Chitkul with your onward travel plan.
Barasu Pass is a semi-technical trek that sits at a dizzying altitude of 17,224 ft. The challenging level of the trek combined with extreme high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance, and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only well-experienced trekkers who have scaled heights of at least 4,500 to 5,000 meters should undertake the trek.
The pre and post-monsoon months of June, September and October are ideal for this trek, as the weather conditions are less extreme compared to winter and monsoon months.
The daytime temperatures in summers will be between 15 to 20 degrees, while nights will see a drop to -2 to 5 degrees. Post monsoon, the temperatures will range from 12 to 20 degrees during the daytime, and -5 to 5 degrees in the night. Octobers will be a lot colder.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / post-monsoon well-experienced, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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