Trans Himachal 2018

A 75 days ultra hiking journey during mid July to end Sep 2018 across 40 high altitude passes in Spiti, Zanskar, Pangi, Chamba, Kinnaur, Shimla and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh and J&K.

Alpine style (self-planned & navigated hiking route, self-supported carrying own shelter and food). Lightweight ultra hiking configuration (7kg). Refueling in between passes in small villages and traveling through HPRTC bus.

Those planning to hike some of these passes are suggested to familiarize themselves with topographic map reading and navigation through the navigation bootcamp online course.

Video documentary - in progress. More moments on my journey on Instagram

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Interview

Interview by Tarun Goel on my alpine-style trans Himalayan ultra journey.

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Hiking Route

Overview maps detailing the 40+ sections traversed through the 2.5 months journey

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Presentation

Presentation on Preparation & Planning: Maps, Hiking Trails, Gears, Himalayas, Pass Crossing

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Pass Summary

Comparative summary of the 40 passes crossed

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FB Live Presentation

Recording of the FB Live Presentation on Planning and Preparing for a self-supported hike in the Himalayas

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Overview map

Google map showing the passes (blue), roads (red), valleys (blue), trails (orange) and high ranges (purple)

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01 Manali - Hampta Pass (4270) - Batal

The beautiful alpine meadows of the Hampa pass on the way from lush green Kullu to barren Lahaul

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02 Batal - Chandra Taal - Kunzum La (4590)

The serene Chandra Taal, high altitude crescent shaped lake on the way from Lahaul to Spiti

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03 Kaza - Hikkim - Komic

Hiking towards worlds highest motorable monastery in Spiti

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04 Dankhar - Demul - Pass (4770) - Komic

Climbing up through a steep gorge from picturesque Dankhar gompa to remote Demul village

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05 Komic - Langza - Pass (4511) - Tashigang

From Langza through a deep gorge to the village of Tashigang

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06 Kunzum La - Chandra Taal - Baralacha La (4890)

A 3 day hike from Chandra Taal across wild streams to Baralacha pass

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07 Gata Loops - Tsarap Valley

Exploring ghost villages in the remote unearthly Tsarap river valley

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07a Gotunta La (5100) - Nialo Konste La (4830) - Phugtal

The high altitude desert of interior Ladakh - Zanksar

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08 Shade - Rotang La (4900) - Lar La (4670) - Padang La (5170) - Zangla

From the remote village of Shade deep into remote Zanskar mountains

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08a Padum - Pughatl Gompa - Tangze

Enchanting Pughtal gompa, steel blue Tsarap river and picturesque Zanskar valley

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09 Tangze - Phirtse La (5560) - Sarchu - Keylong

Crossing the high altitude Phirste La on the way from Zanskar to Lahaul

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10 Tindi - Darati Pass (4640) - Tindi

Picturesque alpine meadows dotted with flowers and sheep above Tindi village in Pangi valley

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11 Tindi - Killar - Hudan Batori - Tingloti Pass (4800) - Sural Bhatori

Visiting the remote Buddhist villages of Hudan and Sural Batori

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12 Saichu - Tuan - Unknown Jot (5260)

First (failed) attempt in crossing over from Saichu to Miyar valley in Pangi

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13 Rapay - Kugti Pass (5040) - Kugti

In the footsteps of the gaddi's across the Kugti pass from Pangi to Chamba

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14 Kugti - Dham Ghodi (4860) - Mani Mahesh

En route to Siva's adobe Mani Mahesh Kailesh from beautiful alpine meadows near Kugti village

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15 Mani Mahesh - Sukh Dali (4650) - Upper Tiyari

Stunning vertical drops descending from Sukh Dali pass in green Chamba valley

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16 Upper Tiyari - Tundah - Chaurasi (4500) - Datuin

Heart warming hospitality of the local mountain tribes of Chamba

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17 Teppa - Chaini Pass (4390) - Mindal

Across the ancient gateway between Chamba and Pangi

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17a Mindal - Saichu - Chasak Batori

Visiting the remote Buddhist hamlet of Chasak Batori in Saichu valley

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18 Tuan - Pratap Jot (5150) - Miyar Valley

Second (successful) attempt in crossing over from Saichu to Miyar valley

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19 Arat - Chobia Pass (4966) - Chobia

One of the tougher passes connecting Chamba and Pangi used by the shepherds

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20 Surai - Jalsu (3425) - Utrala

Along the pilgrim route from Barmour to Mani Mahesh

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21 Billing - Chhina Pass (2727) - Rajgundha

Into the beautiful Barot valley from the lower Himalayas

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22 Rajgundha - Thamsar (4748) - Bara Bangal

A tougher pass from lower Himachal deep into the Chamba valley to remote Bara Bangal

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23 Bara Bangal - Kaliheni Pass (4837) - Sangchar

From deep inside Chamba to Kullu through the Kaliheni pass

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24 Rumsu - Chandrakhani (3660) - Malana

Touch me not! Into the scenic Parvati valley through the Chandrakhani pass

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25 Malana - Rashol (3270) - Kasol

Crossing the Rashol pass from Malana valley to the main Parvati valley

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26 Kasol - Sar Pass (4100) - Pulga

Best views on the Parvati valley and its surrounding high ranges are from this pass

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27 Manikaran - Pin Parvati (5300) - Mud

The hot springs of Kheerganga, the freshly fallen snow on the Parvati glaciers

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28 Mud - Pin Babha (4865) - Kafnu

Crossing the Rashol pass from Malana valley to the main Parvati valley

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29 Karcham - Sangla - Chitkul

Enchanted by the beautiful villages and temples in the Sangla valley of Kinnaur

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30 Sangla - Rupin (4650) - Dodra

From picturesque Sangla to Dodra across the beautiful falls of Rupin pass

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31 Janglik - Buran (4550) - Duling

From Shimla back to Kinnaur through the remote Buran pass

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32 Sarahan - Bashleo (3300) - Bathad

Into the Great Himalayan National Park from Kinnaur

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33 Bathad - Manjali - Palchan Gad (3500)

Exploring the Palchan Gad valley in the Great Himalayan National Park

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34 Manjali - Bashel Pass (3500) - Gushaini

Entering the Tirthan valley in Great Himachal National Park

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35 Himri - Himri Pass (3261) - Gramagh

Entering the Lug valley from Kully through the Himri Pass

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36 Samalang - Sari Pass (3735) - Kadaun

First (failed) attempt in scaling the Sari pass from Lug to Barot valley

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37 Kadaun - Bhuvu Pass (2761) - Lohardi

Crossing over from Lug valley to Barot valley through lower altitude Bhuvu pass

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38 Dharamkot - Indrahar Pass (4300) - Dhradka

(Failed) attempt in scaling the Indrahar Pass due to fresh snow fall

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39 Kothikodh - Nohru Pass (3255) - Lohardi

Crossing an unused pass inside the Barot valley

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40 Lohardi - Sari Pass (3735) - Chalah

Crossing over from Barot to Lug valleys through the Sari pass

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