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Goecha La Blog

Goecha La

Goecha La

As a kid, I have always enjoyed travelling to various places holding the hands of my mother and following my father, but in the growing years of my life, I came to a realization that this hobby of travelling has fueled up to become an undying passion within myself. Every day I wake up with a determination to try something new but deep down in my heart, all I wanted to do is trek and travel. This relentless passion led to me some of the most amazing destinations in the country and recently I have been to Sikkim to explore the region.

Goecha La Blog

While Sikkim boasts with many great places but a passionate trekker can never ignore the best trekking route in Sikkim, Goecha La Trek. Also known as the Kanchendzonga Trekking trail, the journey begins from Yuksom at 5670 ft and concludes at the Goecha La Pass at 16207 ft. After I have completed this route I realized it is a tough trail to walk on, but if you bear that willingness it is a piece of cake.

Yuksom was the starting point in my journey and I effortlessly enjoyed each bit of the jeep ride over the bumpy road. The road curling over the mountains with vivid landscapes and deep gorges instigated me even more for the journey. The Yuksom Village is a beautiful place with warm hosts and my overnight stay there was quite enjoyable. I chatted a lot with the locals before shifting to sound sleep.

Early mornings at Sikkim is really beautiful and I decided not to waste much time as I had to cover a good distance to Sachen. Walking through the gradual climbs I arrived at the Pek Chu River which I crossed over a suspension bridge and entered the Kanchendzonga National Park. From there the walk was fairly easy to the campsite of Sachen.

The next stop on my list was Tshoka. I remember the trail descending down to the river followed by a steady climb up to Bakhim at 8600 ft. I spent some time sipping on the hot tea before resuming on the walk to Tshoka. The small and beautiful village had lots to explore and I made it a point not to miss out on any point.

The next morning in Tshoka rewarded me with some bewildering views of the snow-capped peaks Pandim and Thansing. The next campsite was Dzongri and my homework suggested this was the toughest stretch of the whole journey. A climb from 9700 ft to 13000 ft can be anything but easy. I kept on walking on the ascending trail for a few hours to reach Phedang. There I spent some time catching a breath and gazing at the astonishing views all around. Resuming on the climb I reached the captivating Dzongri. All I did there was setting the camp and sleeping like a dead body.

The last day’s walk had a huge effect on my body and today I had to walk up to the Dzongri Top. As I reached the top I was literally in awe to witness the best scenery of the whole trek. The panoramic picturesque beauty of the surrounding landscape was astounding.

The next day I decided to start at the earliest to Thansing. The trail ran through the Pek Chu River which I had to cross and head towards Thansing. The campsite was incredible nestling between two majestic mountains.

Following day was the easiest and leisure walk to Lamuney. A short one hour walk through the valley led me to Lamuney where I decided to get the maximum rest and prepare for the longest trek the following day.

Next day start was as early as 2.30 am to get to the viewpoint 1 of the Goecha La and catch the breathtaking sunrise. It was incredible, the sun rising over the mountains painting the clouds orange was a sight that will be there in mind forever. The next journey was the longest and toughest to viewpoint 2. Ascending trail all the way with bitterly cold winds and the slippery path was extremely taxing for the body. But at the end of the journey, what I witnessed was beyond explanation. The beauty of the Goecha La Lake, the Kanchendzonga looming in the background complimented with the majestic Pandim Peak was unreal. After enjoying the scene I knew I had to walk a long way back to Lamuney. So without waiting much, I started the journey.

The returning journey I did on the same trail back to Yuksom. It was an enthralling walk which very well satisfied my craving for thrill and adrenaline rush. It was fun and hectic and the views which I witnessed was beguiling.

Pangarchulla Peak Blog

Pangarchulla Peak

Pangarchulla Peak

Have you ever looked at yourself and exclaimed how tired you are with the hustles and bustles of the city life? Have you ever come across the feeling to just pack a bag and run to a faraway land? When these feelings struck me, I did not waste any more time in planning an escape route to the mountains and that’s how I landed in the Pangarchulla Peak. Sitting at an elevation of 15000 ft, the Pangarchulla Peak is considered by many trekkers as the first step towards paradise. The height was quite astounding but my relentless soul knew no boundaries and walking through the dense forests and meadows for about 5 days led me to this incredible beauty of nature complimented with some mesmerizing snow-capped peaks looming in the background.

Pangarchulla Peak Blog

I vividly remember each day of the whole journey and as I began from Haridwar, the outstanding views of the surroundings and the excitement of the amazing journey ahead just prepared me for the journey spontaneously. I remember the first day’s journey from Haridwar to Auli through some of the really popular hot-spots. The confluence of the rivers in Rudraprayag was one of the most enticing sights in the drive. Travelling my way through the banks of Ganga and Alaknanda River, I finally arrived at the breathtaking and heavenly setting of the Auli Town, my first night stop.

The morning in Auli was remarkable and the artistic setting of the town in the laps of nature with distant snow-capped peaks in the backdrop was quite enthralling. I started the walk traversing through the Bugyals of Auli and was rewarded with some incredible views of the Kamet, Nanda Devi, and Hathi Parvat Ghori Parbat. The walk continues through the dense forests of Oaks and Maple and I found myself gazing at the awesomeness of nature in Tali. Another stretch of walking finally ended in Khulara Meadows where I decided to place my tent.

Waking up to the vivid mountainous landscapes of Khulara was an extremely cherishing moment. The destination on my checklist today was Kuari Pass at an altitude of 3650 m. The captivating views of some of the greatest peaks like Neelkantha, Hathi, Chaukhamba, Kedar, Draunagiri, and Mana was really an enchanting sight to savour. I started on a leisure walk to cross the lush green meadows of Khulara to arrive at Kuari Pass and kept on pushing further to finally reach the Pangarchulla Base Camp.

The day was finally knocking on the door when I was slated to conquer my way to the summit of the majestic Pangarchulla Peak. A stretch of three days walking was finally going to be rewarded with some exhilarating views from the Pangarchulla Peak and I was all geared up for that. Mountain slopes and ridges cover most part of the trail but the layer of snow over the path seemed like a tricky affair. The voice on my head constantly reminded me to approach with caution as these paths require great attention and physical ability. Along the way, I got to witness the grandeur of the mighty peaks like Nanda Devi and Trishul. As I finally fought my way to the top, it was a sight to behold. The beauty of the surrounding was beyond sanity and I was completely dumbstruck at the bewildering views. From there I started retracing my steps back to the Pangarchulla Base Camp. As I reached the base camp, I could not help but pat myself for the accomplishment of conquering this incredible summit. It was really an outstanding experience.

The journey I encountered while travelling back was filled with depression as the pain of bidding farewell to this extensively beautiful place is really unimaginable. Though I have decided not to restrict my wanderlust in the near future the experience of trekking to Pangarchulla Peak was really amazing.

Bhrigu Lake blog

Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu Lake

We are blessed with innumerable travel destinations spread all over the country offering the best of travelling experience. From the daunting Himalayas to the Backwaters of Kerala, India is home to some really amazing places that anyone can visit. Among these beautiful places lies some really incredible trekking destinations that are favoured by adventurists like me. At my age with my kind of passion for a thrill, if I do not get to trek to amazing locations then it becomes a spoilsport. This time I was very much fascinated with Bhrigu Lake. 

Bhrigu Lake Trek

 

Leaving all behind I decided to utilize my semester break and dedicate the time in hand to a beautiful nature expedition. The Bhrigu Lake was the destination in my mind and trust me it was the best experience I could have asked for. The high altitude lake in the Himalayas sits at an altitude of 14100 ft in the Himachal. The unforgiving terrain of the trail makes the journey possible only via hiking. On the east of Rohtang Pass, the Bhrigu Lake is a pristine and serene lake with the most amazing and artistic setting. The only dismay I had on this adventure was setting up the camp away from this striking brilliance of nature.

The Bhrigu Lake is blessed with beauty in all corners, no particular sight was less appealing for me and each and every second in this paradise was a cherishing moment. A short trekking destination, Bhrigu lake has rewarded me with an enthralling trekking experience, exhilarating views, excitement, and satisfied my craving for the thrill in the least possible time.

It was a tough trek as I had to reach that elevation within a couple of days. There are many other trekking routes leading up to the same altitude but takes up around 4-5 days. The Bhrigu lake is merciless and the route is designed to be completed in just two days.

As I set out for the journey I knew the time ahead will be taxing and will take a great amount of toll on my body. I had to physically prepare myself for this short yet stingy route but I was excited and at last overwhelmed with what I got to witness there. The oval-shaped lake is fascinating and it is believed that the lake changes its colours according to the season. While I chose to travel in the late summer, I was extremely happy to witness the finesse blue of the lake. In early summers the lake turns into emerald green.

The most admiring feature of this journey was the amazing trail. Traversing through the mountains relentlessly, I witnessed the raw beauty of nature at it’s very best. Vast lush green meadows, the most colourful Himalayan flowers, tall deodar and pine trees, and the unimaginable setting of the mountains in the backdrop was really enchanting. I remember spotting a wild horse grazing peacefully on those beautiful grasslands. He was having the time of his life away from the chaotic life I was facing every day.

As I walked my way to the incredible lake, I was awestruck at the beauty of the place. It was complete. I wanted to spend my night adjacent to the lake but I came to know it was not allowed so I had to look out for a camping ground away from the lake. The tiredness from the steep ascending trail seemed to have brushed off as I lay my eyes on the bewildering creation of nature. The high altitude lake, the rich flora and fauna all along the trail, the astonishing setting, and the journey made this route an unforgettable one.

I chose to travel back the same way I went up, though there are some other trails leading to different places I decided to go back to Manali and spend another night over there. I remember how the picturesque beauty of the lake crossed my mind every now and then for a long time. If ever I get the opportunity to travel there, I will do it without any regrets.

Rupin Pass Blog

Rupin Pass

Rupin Pass

There is something about the virgin Himalayas that brings me back to this incredible place over and over again. The hardest part of this journey was the journey back home, leaving the serene beauty behind to fit in the chaotic puzzles of life. The Rupin Pass trek has offered me an abundance of joy in small packages, from the gushing Rupin River to the cascading waterfalls complemented by the dense jungles and above all the majestic Himalayas standing tall.

Rupin Pass Trek

 

The Rupin Pass Trek is considered as one of the most difficult treks of the country. The sturdy elevation of 15350 ft on foot seemed like an impossible affair at first, but as my days proceeded the child in me woke up and I was all ready to conquer the mighty Himalayas. The checklist was ready for the week-long touring and the first destination I was travelling to was Dhaula from the beautiful hamlet, Mussorie. The diversity in the scenery, the beautiful Yamuna River, and the tall pine forests charged me up for the exciting journey. The campsite was adjacent to the mesmerizing Rupin River.

The night in this quaint valley was incomparable and the sound sleep I had seemed to have avoided me in the recent past. The next stop on my list was Sewa and the trail promised to deliver an unmatched trekking experience. The first climb on the trail was quite a hectic one and as I managed to fight my way to the top, there was a sense of accomplishment and I found myself smiling. The walk further ahead was outstanding, the incredible view, the echoes of the Rupin River flowing below, and the sight of the unforgiving mountains packed the right punch of adrenaline rush. I walked further, cutting through this beautiful sights to finally reach the Sewa Village. My body was tired, I was having a back pain but it was all worth it.

I woke up before the sun rays glimmered on the Himalayas and the view of the sun peeking out behind these majestic structures of nature was exhilarating. The walk resumed towards Jiskun on the same trail. the pebble bed of the Rupin River was the first milestone in the walk today. Few hours into the journey, I crossed the bridge that separates Himachal Pradesh from Uttarakhand and kept on walking on the hectic trail to be finally on a flat terrain. A sigh of relief escaped my lips, but the journey was not over as I walked further on the lush green meadows to finally reach the Homestay at Jiskun.

Waking up to the snowfall was a pristine experience that filled my heart with an abundance of joy. I decided to start off the day early as I will be walking to the much anticipated and beautiful Suruwas Thatch. As I began walking on the trail, the striking brilliance of nature all around me made me incredibly happy. The hanging Jhaka Village arrived after a couple of hours. A bit more of walking on this amazing trail finally led me to the campsite of the Suruwas Thatch.

The next morning was extremely cold owing to the heavy snowfall and waking up at 5 am in this atmosphere was quite a taxing affair. The trail ahead was quite hectic due to the thinning of the air and the cold winds. Fighting the odds I finally arrived at the Lower Waterfall Camp or the Dhanderas Thatch, my astonishing campsite for the night.

The toughest 1000 m of the entire journey, the hike to the upper waterfall camp of Rati Pheri gave me the more of the of thrill and adventure I can ask for. The steep right angle climb was waiting for me, it was impossible to conquer and I just kept on climbing up and up fighting the pain and strain. Finally, the grandeur of the basin unfolded before me and it was more than anything I can ask for. It was in a single word, ‘Bewildering’. This was the very last night before Rupin Pass.

Thick sheets of snow, brown rocks and a final climb led me to the breathtaking Rupin Pass. The walk was quite tricky but as I finally arrived at the top, it was ecstatic. The astounding 360-degree views of the surrounding Himalayas looked like a doppelganger of the heaven. The beauty was unmatched and every single frame of the entire region seemed like an eternity.

On the way back, I traversed on the same route back to Mussorie. The Rupin Pass is undoubtedly one of the toughest treks to attempt but the joy of accomplishment you will be greeted with is beyond your imagination.

Chopta Deoria Tal

Chopta Deoria Tal

Chopta Deoria Tal

While I was planning to take my travel expedition to a whole new level, the idea of trekking the Chopta Deoria Tal crossed my mind, and I decided spontaneously not to filter my idea any further.

Chopta Chandrashila Deolia Tal trek

This beautiful journey has been attempted by a number of my fellow trekking mates and their reviews and verdicts helped me to finally attempt this. In the Uttarakhand region, a few hours drive from Haridwar brings one to the starting point of this trek, Sari. A 5 days journey through the exciting views and versatility of nature has the capability to leave any enthusiastic traveller in complete awe.

As I set out for the journey of Chopta Deoria Tal from Sari, my destination on the list was the Deoria Tal. The lake was extremely beautiful with a serene and artistic setting and I was highly surprised to witness some amazing species of birds. A leisure walk of around two and a half hours led me to this heavenly lake and as I reached the region, I spent the time strolling around the lake and savouring the delightful sights. The distant snow-capped peaks looked really appealing and the whole setting was incredible.

The night in Deoria Tal was in one word ‘peaceful’ and extremely enjoyable. I have a habit of waking up early and waking up in this incredible beauty of nature was a whole different experience. The trail was set for the present day to Rohini Bugyal, through a number of forests and ascends. The walk was easy but there was a lack of water sources that posed an issue. The long day ended after testing six hours of walking but the campsite was mesmerizing. Rohini Bugyal is a high altitude meadow that looks fabulous and the panoramic views were excellent. Distant white and brown peaks, vast green sheets of grass, forests, and the colourful flowers looked exhilarating.

Rohini Bugyal looks mesmerizing and the morning here is the most beautiful time to experience the raw magnificence of nature. I spent some time admiring the views before packing for the further journey to Bhrujgali. En route to Bhrujgali, I witnessed a beautiful waterfall flowing down to a stream and the sight looked really admirable. The walked traversed through the quaint forest on a trail that had both ascends and descends. It was an exciting walk altogether and as I finally reached the campsite, I wasted no time in laying down to catch a breath.

It was a very early start as the night witnessed a huge amount of snowfall. I realized the thick sheets of snow can be tricky so I might need to approach at a slow pace and that’s why I set out for the journey as soon as the clock hit 4. The ascending trail, thick snow and the dropping temperature was quite taxing but somehow I fought my way up to the famed Tughnath Temple. The path was extremely tricky and at times sinking in the deep snow sheets. My back was hurting and there an unforgiving pain reminding me of the hectic journey I am having.

The final day of the journey was planned on a walk to Chandrashilla Peak and back to the same spot and further descending down to Chopta. It was quite daring to walk up to the peak and back to Chopta as the trail became worse. The Monals and rich and colourful Pheasants looked ecstatic and I had no regrets of failing to walk up to the Chandrashilla Peak. I resumed on the walk to Chopta which was the most relaxing walk of the whole journey. Half an hour into the journey on a descending slope led me to Chopta, my final destination of the journey.

The next day was scheduled for a journey back to Haridwar or Rishikesh. The journey was bewildering and trust me if you have an urge to witness astounding views of nature in a short span then look no further than this popular trekking route in Uttarakhand.

Roopkund

Roopkund

Roopkund is considered as one of the most heavenly places to be in, with a fairy tale artistic setting and highly admirable views all around. The place is a mesmerizing experience and once I decided to explore this incredible destination, there was no looking back. One of the very fine high altitude trekking options, Roopkund offers the trekkers with all the luxuries of a dense forest, snow-capped peaks, thrilling terrains cutting through the storm and snowfall. The Frozen Lake is a sight that I have cherished for a long time.

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The offset to this highly anticipated journey began with my arrival at Lohajung and from there the ride through the captivating scenes of nature’s extravaganza took me to Wan. The roads were quite bumpy and it was quite a hectic journey all together as from Wan I moved forward in a climb to Ghaeroli Patal. The hike mainly traversed through the dense forests of Oak and Rhododendrons and offered some really blissful scenes of the surroundings.

The first day’s journey concluded with a soothing sleep at the night as a great deal of excitement was due the next day. Waking up to this incredible beauty of nature was one of the finest experiences of my life, and I decided to waste no time and start the day’s journey. The day began on a well-marked trail that left the forest behind and entered the vast and wide meadows or Bugyals. The splendour of the Ali Bugyal and Bedini Bugyal left me in complete awe. The beauty of the vast clear sky over the Bedini Bugyal gave me an astonishing Stargazing experience.

The following day I was supposed to indulge in another remarkable trekking to Pathar Nachauni. Though after a couple of days my body was quite tired and tolled, the third day seemed like an easy affair. The rising altitude posed no threat as my body seemed to acclimatize well and support well. As I walked on the well-marked trail, the sights of the campsite from miles out looked quite fascinating. The Pathar Nauchani’s campsite is well known for the unpredictable rough weathers and not to my surprise even I was caught in a stormy rage of nature. The panoramic brilliance around looked really captivating.

Three exciting days have passed in this fascinating area and on the fourth day, I decided to start my journey at the earliest. The trail that I planned to conquer today ran out of the campsite and eluded beyond the grandeur of the snow-capped Kalu-Vinayak. The terrain transformed from lush green to rocky as I kept on walking and hiking forward. Through the adventurous path, I finally reached the Kalu Vinayak Temple. There was a touch of magnificence in that extremely beautiful temple that will be etched in my heart for a long long time. From there I followed the trail descending down to my campsite, Bhagwabasa at an elevation of 14500 ft. The whiteness of the snow carpet engulfed the whole ground in the region. The rest of the day I dedicated to training for the following day’s summit climb.

The day finally came involving the most thrilling summit climb of my life. I left the tent at around 4 am when the sky was still dark and a head torch showed me the path. After a hectic 4 hours of climb through numerous ascends I was finally standing on the summit gauging at the bewildering views of the surrounding. The child in me suddenly seemed to have come to life and the exhilarating views of the frozen Roopkund Lake were wonderful. The return journey began at around 9 am to avoid the threat of the melting snow.

The trek ended as I finally retraced my steps back to Bhagwabasa and followed the trail in the same way back to Lohajung. Roopkund Trek has provided me with a breathtaking experience. It was one thrilling journey that did tax my body but rewarded me with views that I will savour for a really long time. If the situations permit, Roopkund will be there on my bucket list yet again.

Hemis to Stok via MathoPhu Blog

Hemis to Stok via MathoPhu

Hemis to Stok via MathoPhu

I have an undying crave to witness the unaltered beauty of nature in its raw form. I have been to some amazing destinations that can offer me with the raw excellence of nature and I still wish to cover more magnificent trails over the coming years. The best of indulging in an experience of this stature is by trekking and every time I have trekked to a solitary destination, I have been rewarded with best sights of nature devoid of any human fabrication and structures. Now India is blessed with innumerable fantastic trekking destinations each catering something unique but Leh is still one of my most favourite destination to trek.

Leh is often called the trekker’s paradise, the likes of stupendous surroundings, rugged and barren landscapes, distant snow-capped peaks, and some really remarkable monasteries and villages have always lived up to the expectations of the trekkers. The Hemis to Stok via MathoPhu Trek that I covered in the recent years was supreme experience likewise. A short trek lasting just over 5 days, the trail is fantastically crafted with brilliant sights, some exquisite remote villages, daunting high passes, and the astounding MathoPhu La Pass.

If you share a similar craving like me then you ought to stay one extra day at Leh to explore the region. Every time I am in Leh, I get surprised by the mesmerizing setting of the region. The alluring landscape tempts me to a whole new level. This time also I stayed back an extra day to explore the most of Leh. I visited the famous monasteries like the Shanti Stupa and Thiksey Monastery and had an incredible time exploring the very old Leh Palace. I even take great joy just by exploring the streets and marketplaces of Leh, and the place seems new every time.

After having an amazing time in Leh, I finally started my journey and the first destination was a drive to Martselang. The drive was an ecstatic experience as the road traversed through the natural wonders of Leh and the sights were picturesque. On arrival in Martselang, I decided to start trekking to Chogdo as I had enough time to cover. The total journey took around 4 hours and the campsite in Chogdo was extremely beautiful. Now the trail that awaited was quite new and very less explored. The very next day I started my trek towards Gyuncho La and the path was quite thrilling. The ascent was long and hectic, and the path mostly traversed through a tributary valley. After a long 6 hours, I was at the top of the Gyuncho La witnessing the bewildering sights of the surrounding. The place was not an ideal campsite so I had to descend a bit to establish the tent.

On the 3rd day of the walk, the trail led me to the grandeur of the Shang La pass at an elevation of 4800 m. along the way, I encountered many spurs and small passes but the sights of the Indus Valley and the distant peaks in the backdrop were truly captivating and breathtaking. From Shang La witnessed the enchanting sights before descending down to MathoPhu for the campsite. My next day’s destination was the Matho La pass which was enthralling. The colourful prayer flags were so beautiful and the sight of the Zanskar Range in the backdrop was appealing to a whole new level. The campsite was Mankarmo and the trail mostly traversed along the Jingchan River. I also witnessed the savouring sights of the bewildering StokKangri Peak and as I finally reached the campsite I had a sound sleep after the long day.

The final day was from Mankarmo to Stok Village and from there a drive back to Leh. The walk to Stok Village was equally commanding and I visited the famous Stok Museum in Stok Village. The drive back to Leh was quite fun and filled with some amazing glimpses of the vivid landscapes.

A mere 5 days gave me an unmatched trekking experience with some enthralling views and filled with thrills and adventure all along the trail. Though this journey is yet to be popular, it has all the capabilities to stand strong among the other famous trekking routes.

Anmo to Serchu Trek

Anmo to Serchu

Anmo to Serchu

Trekking has always been one of my favorite thing to do. A dive into the most remote places in the country, walking on the thrilling trails, the sight of the grand peaks, and the journey through the small villages, trekking is a complete adventure that can put the harmony to any chaotic life. I have been to some amazing destinations in the country and have attempted some super fine trekking trails and each of these journeys has always rewarded me with sublime experiences.

Leh Ladakh is undoubtedly a trekker’s paradise and every trail coming out of Ladakh is filled with loads of adventures and thrills. When I read about the sumptuous Zanskar Valley, instantaneously I decided to visit the place explore the trail that leads to Serchu Village. Though Zanskar itself is a magical place but the trek from Anmo to Serchu have been well appreciated by many travel enthusiasts.

My journey to this trail was a couple of years back and it was a super amazing experience. The trail fits some of the incredible scenes, brilliantly crafted nature’s extravaganza and some really beautiful villages. The thrill of walking on this high altitude challenging trail was unmatched and the incredible monasteries I visited were truly beautiful.

My journey started with a drive from the very famous Padum Village and took me to the very last point where the road finally ends and the trek began from there. En route to Padum, I was cherishing the inexhaustible beauty of the surrounding and even stopped at the Burdan and Mune Gompa. From Anmo, I immediately started with my trek journey towards Cha Village and took the path running along the river. The campsite was supreme in every way. I sipped on the early tea the next morning and just geared up for the next walk to Tangtse. The walk started with a descent to a river and from there a hike again through the other villages of Yal, Testa, and Kuru. The setting of the Tangtse Village was a bit different. Small houses surrounded by vast endless fields were looking quite beautiful.

On the 3rd day of the journey, my destination was Zingchen and the trail mostly ran beside the river. As soon as I entered the gorge on the way, I was overwhelmed with the craftsmanship of Mother Nature. I had to leave the gorge on walking further and then follow the river yet again to finally reach Zingchen. It was a captivating place to be in. The raw form of nature without any human fabrication was certainly one the most savoring sight of my life. I had to begin the next day at the earliest as a very long waited for me. The designated trail passes through the Phitse La and leads to Churmik Marpo and takes up about 9 hours. As soon as I got to the base of the pass, I could feel the sting and my back was paining. I caught my breath for some time on the base of the Phitse La and then resumed on the walk to the top. Now when I tackled my way to the top, I was totally dumbfounded by the exhilarating views of the surrounding. I thoroughly enjoyed the bewildering panorama from the top of the pass and then started the descending walk to reach Churmik Marpo.

My journey was nearing the end and I today I was walking to the last destination before Serchu Village. Umlung was the destination and the trail had fine adventures all along the way. I remember crossing the Lingti River over a horse back and also gazing at the stupendous views. From there a flat walking trail led me to Umlung, my night stop.
Now Serchu was the last spot and a 4hours of walking was all I had to do to reach this enchanting destination. I traversed along the river, the walk was quite easy and enjoyable and finally had to cross the Tsarap Chu River before reaching the populated Serchu Village. It was quite fun to see so many people after so many days. I had delightful food at a local dhaba and finally concluded the journey.

This was a short journey lasting over 6 days but rewarded me with a highly enticing experience. I interacted with the villagers, had a thrilling time walking, witnessed astounding views, and even enjoyed the striking brilliance of the greenery. If you long for a similar experience, try this journey soon.

Saboo to Khaltsar Trek

Saboo to Khaltsar

Saboo to Khaltsar

Traveling and trekking is a fun-filled adventure that can serve the humanity in the best ways. My trekking adventures have been so fun and exciting that I spend most of my non-trekking days in the memories of the majestic mountains I have been to. Every time I have been on a trek, Mother Nature has rewarded me with an unaltered beauty that is truly incomparable to any structure brought up by a human. Over the course of my trekking days, I have realized that a walk through the raw form of nature is the most enticing way to get intoxicated by the grandeur of nature.

Saboo to Khaltsar Trek

While I have been to many famous trekking destinations and attempted various trekking trails, I still consider Leh to be a supreme trekking region and most of the trails that originate from Leh are filled with unexplored and unspoiled regions that still boasts the beauty without any human fabrication. I always had this urge to walk and explore an offbeat trekking route and get surprised by the trail and this forced me to walk on the Saboo to Khaltsar Trek. The beauty of the trek lies in the thrilling trail and the sumptuous destinations. Starting with the inexhaustible beauty of Leh, to the Saboo Village, the grandeur of the Digar La Pass, and the bewitching sight of the Saser Kangri, Stok Kangri, and Karakoram Ranges, each spot in the journey was truly remarkable.

Leh is well known among the travelers to offer the raw brilliance of nature at its prime best. As I reached Leh, the rugged and dusty landscape fascinated me to a whole new level. I spent an entire day exploring all I could. From the marketplaces to the streets, each turn in Leh shouts out beauty. I also visited the famous monasteries and palaces like the Thiksey Monastery, Leh Palace, Shey Palace, and the Stok Museum.

After my time in Leh I started off with my journey and the first stop was the small Saboo Village. I knew the trek would only last a 5 days so I had to make the most of these 5 days. After the enjoying walk to Saboo Village, I walked further and decided to stop at the Digar La Base Camp. Through Saboo Phu, a grazing field of the Saboo Villagers, I was finally at the base camp of the Digar La for my first night. The beauty of the place was unmatched.

Now Digar La was the pass that connects Nubra Valley and Indus Valley and today I was all set to explore this astounding pass. I started with my walk towards the Digar La and I was instantaneously bewildered by the setting of the trail. A steep climb finally led me to the top of the pass from where I was gazing at the incredible panoramic brilliance. The sights of the Saser Kangri and Stok Kangri were breathtaking and in every way picturesque. After enjoying the magnificence of the place I started walking towards the campsite, Chumik Yokma that walked through some beautiful meadows and captivating landscapes.

Digar La was a fascinating place but today I was gearing up for a descending walk to the Digar Village. 5 hours of enjoyable walk traversing through the outstanding scenes and landscapes finally brought me to the charming Digar Village, which was my night stop.

Only a couple of days were left on the tour and I had to enjoy the walk till it lasts. I started my journey which was of around 15 km to the Rongjok and the trail was literally awesome. The path ran above the Shayok River Valley and the sights of the beautiful river were extremely alluring. I had a fun night in Rongjok.

The final day of the walk was towards my last destination, Khaltsar. It was a descending walk of about 15 km and took not more than 5 hours and what a brilliant sight I enjoyed all throughout my walk. The path was beautifully lined on the Shayok River Valley and the setting of the place was truly enchanting. The Khaltsar Village was very pretty and an ideal place to conclude the journey.

Though my journey to Saboo to Khaltsar did not have many thrilling trails and mountains, did not constitute of ascending to high passes or crossing a gushing river, but the trail is perfectly blended with the artistic magnificence of nature and stupendous trekking locations. It was a cherishing journey for me.

Lamayuru to Darcha trek

Lamayuru to Chilling

Lamayuru to Chilling

Leh is blessed with the inexhaustible beauty of nature at its very best and each and every percent of Leh is wonderful in its own virtue. Now I am an enthusiastic traveler who loves to visit new and exciting places with a hope to discover something incredible each time. My trekking expeditions have blessed me with an insight into the local villages of every place and also helped me indulge in interactions with the villagers. I love meeting new people and above everything, I am addicted to the raw grandeur of nature. When I decided to attempt the Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, I knew it well it would be one of the finest experiences of my life.

Lamayuru to Chilling trek

The Lamayuru to Chilling trek is a well known and popular trail that traverses through some highly enjoyable and beautiful locations. From the quaint villages to the captivating monasteries, the trail is artistically crafted to cater to all type of travelers. As I was walking through the campsites, each and every day I had a unique kind of surprise and even each day I witnessed a whole different avatar of Leh.

Now the Lamayuru Monastery was the starting point of the trek, but my journey already began as soon as I was in Leh. The vivid landscapes of Leh were unparallel, it boasted the raw form of nature in all aspects, and the incredibly rugged and sandy setting was breathtaking. My time in Leh was quite enticing as I explored all I could and even visited some famous spots like the Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, the extremely captivating Shanti Stupa and a few other beautiful places.

From Leh, the Lamayuru Monastery was my first stop which I covered with quite an ease. Though it was 125 km long journey, the commanding scenes of the region kept my spirits high and roaring. En route to Lamayuru, I also stopped at the Alchi and Liker Monastery. Both these places were truly fascinating.

My trek route started from Lamayuru and the first stop was Wanla. The walk to Wanla was extremely thrilling as I had to walk up to a high pass called the Priktin La. The walk was a perfect way to boost adrenaline rush and I even walked along the very calm and serene Shilakung River. On the next day from Wanla, the walk led me to Urtsi and the walk was on a very old route, the goat path. The walk was quite thrilling as it had some treacherous turns and bends. The enthralling sight of the mountains was incomparable and followed all the way to Urtsi. The incredible setting of Urtsi was surreal and marvelous. On the next day from Urtsi, it was another short walk on the same goat path to Hinju Village. I had some fun time exploring the village and even visited the Diskir and Dolkar Monastery.

I had only a couple of more days left on the journey but on the 6th day, I was all prepared for the most hectic and tiring walk of the whole trail. The destination of Sumda Chenmo and it was a really difficult walk. At one point I had to walk on a really steep climb to Konza La Pass which was hectic. The views from the top of the pass were enchanting and from there the final walk to the small Sumda Chenmo Village was long. I retired quite early for the night in here.

The very last day of the walk was to Chilling, the last destination of the trail. I knew it would be quite difficult as I had to cover a total of two passes, the Pagal La Pass and Dungdunchen La Pass. While the walk to Pagal La Pass was not much tough, but the climb to Dungdunchen La was strenuous. As I reached the top, I was effortlessly gazing at the enthralling beauty of the Zanskar Range and Markha Range. It was outstanding and astounding. From there I enjoyed a final walk to chilling and finally concluded the trek in Chilling.

lamayuru to Chilling was truly an inspiring journey for me as the trek presented me some highly enticing views and also led me to mix with a unique set of people. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Monasteries and the trail had both leisure walking and the right amount of thrilling as well.

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