Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek
Uttarakhand | 12D/11N | 18,012 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Ultimate
- Group Size Medium Group
The Dhumdhar Kandi Pass trek is well known for its treacherous trails and extreme weather conditions. DhumdharKandi Pass sits to the north of the Bandarpunch massif, and links the Bhagirathi valley with Rawaeen, part of the upper Tons Valley. The trail is flanked by icy glaciers on each side. These glaciers mother the magnificent rivers Yamuna and Bhagirathi, which drip down the massive snout. The trail stems from Jhala village, and is marked by the conflux of the river Sian Gad and Bhagirathi. Zooming through the treacherous Kalanag Icefall and Bandarpoonch Glacier, the trek ends a little beyond Ruinsara Tal, at the quiet little village of Sankri. What is now a well known trail, is believed to have been secretly traversed by invaders and traders to enter the isolated beauty of Tons. Though discovered by James Baillie in the year 1815, the pass remained virtually untouched till the year 1987, when an expedition was successfully led through.
Max Altitude – 5,490 m
Duration – 12 days
Level – Challenging (Technical)
1. One of the most treacherous and thrilling trails in Uttarakhand, the trek follows the infamous Kalanag Icefall, and Bandarpoonch Glacier.
2. The trek is ideal for young mountaineers, and pro trekkers having the fundamental knowledge of mountaineering techniques.
3. Bask in the breathtaking views of Black Peak, Swargarohini, and Bandarpoonch!
- 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.)
- All group Climbing Gear
- 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
- Transportation from Sankri to Dehradun and Dehradun to Uttarkashi
- Food during transit
- 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 Reach Dehradun; Drive to Uttarkashi
Time Taken: 7 hrs drive
Day 2 Drive from Uttarkashi to Jhala; Trek to Dorangatto
Altitude: 3,050 m
Time Taken: 2.5 hrs drive; 4 – 5 hrs trek
Day 3 Trek from Dorangatto to Kiarkoti
Altitude: 3,525 m
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 4 Rest & Acclimatisation day at Kirarkoti
Day 5 Trek from Kiarkoti to Wodar
Altitude: 4,051 m
Time Taken: 4 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Wodarto Sirkey Thathar
Altitude: 4,600 m
Time Taken: 5 hrs
Day 7 Trek to Dharali ki Udiari via Dhumdhar Kandi Pass
Altitude at Pass: 5,490 m
Altitude at Campsite: 4,750 m
Time Taken: 10 hrs
Day 8 Trek from Dharali ki Udiari to Ruinsara Tal
Altitude: 3,350 m
Day 9 Trek from Ruinsara Tal to Dev Thach
Altitude: 3,000 m
Day 10 Trek from Dev Thach to Bheduka
Altitude: 1,815 m
Day 11 Trek from Bheduka to Taluka; Drive to Sankri
Day 12 Drive from Sankri to Dehradun
The Dhumdhar kandi trek is a technical one and climbs up to 5,490 meters. The challenging level of the trek combined with extreme high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance, and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only fit mountaineers who have scaled heights of at least 4,500 to 5,000 meters should undertake this expedition.
The months of May, June, September, and October are ideal for this trek, and the weather is relatively more stable compared to winters. Monsoons should be avoided, as landslides are very frequent.
During summers and post monsoon months, the weather conditions are quite pleasing and calm. The cool summer breeze greets you, and the temperatures aren’t too harsh, unlike during winters. Though, post monsoons, the temperature drops considerably. One has to be vigilant, as the weather may change anytime once you cross certain altitude.
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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