Kinnaur and Spiti valley are two of the most fascinating regions of India fringing the Tibetan plateau. The general state of knowledge about these regions, occupying the northeastern quarter of Himachal Pradesh, can at best be described as scanty.
Their geographical inaccessibility has resulted in their attracting the sporadic attention of only the most tenacious of travelers who love to tread on relatively less explored trails like Lamkhaga pass, Mangsu pass, Kinner-Kailash Parikrama and Nalgan pass trek.
Lesser explored treks in Kinnaur-Spiti & Garhwal Region
Lamkhaga pass trek is a fairly remote trek and is now regarded as the classic route from Chitkul to Gangotri, which was first crossed by Marco Pallis in 1933. The trek is also known as Chitkul village to Gangotri trek or Harsil to Chitkul trek. It can be done from either side.
The beautiful route takes you through some of the most remote areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, like the Jalandhari valley that is covered with flowers post-monsoon. The snow in the early season could impede your progress.
The pass is at 5490 m altitude and connects the ridge coming from Gangotri III (6580 m) peak on the north-west and the ridge coming from Jogin I (6465 m) on the east, and also binds a glacier coming from Jogin I, on the north side of Rudugaira valley, Auden’s Col & infamous Khatling glacier on the south side of Bhilangna valley.
A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in his novel “Kim” described Spiti as “a world within a world” and a “place where the god lives”. Things have hardly changed since then. In the depths of winter, this primeval & harsh land is often cut off from the rest of the world, and the elusive wild cat descends from the high peaks & ridges into the valleys to hunt for Bharal ( Blue Sheep ), Ibex and livestock of native Spitian. The snow leopard is generally found in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and Pin Valley National park of Spiti valley. The snow leopard has been spotted by locals around Lippa – Asrang Sanctuary. The Kibber Snow leopard Expedition will take you to far faraway and incredibly beautiful regions of Himachal Pradesh, into the very heart of the Western Himalayas.
Had a great experience with team Raacho during Kinnaur Kailash trek.
Raacho is the go-to team to explore treks and terrains that you wouldn’t find on internet.
Sonu is a wonderful host. We had a lovely trip with him…
I didn’t go for any trek with them. But meeting with someone like Sonu Negi is the best thing that happened in my Kinnaur trip last year. In him I earned a friend, philosopher and guide. He brings out the essence of the Kinnaur region. “Son of the soil” you can say. Vastly experienced and knowledgeable guy. This is your “Docsahab” sending you best wishes from Kolkata. Eagerly waiting for a trip with you again next year.
It was ossum
I had a great experience with Sonu Negi and crew on three passes. What makes them stand alone as the best company for Auden and Lamkhaga is their passion for mountains. I highly recommend them if somebody wants to do Auden’s as if they can’t do a trek that year you will be assured nobody else is doing it too. Just keep up the good work.
Abhinav ChaudharyAuden’s Col 2019 Expedition trek
If you are an extreme high altitude trekker and if Himalaya’s most adventurous, most secluded, less explored yet scenic routes fascinate you then trust me, Sonu Negi and his team are the best people for such extremely high altitude expeditions. His approach, meticulous plan, and execution are beyond excellence. I have done 3 passes expedition with him (Auden’s col being one of them) and I was awed with the kind of efforts he and his team had behind the success of the same. I have seen few other trek operators canceling the expedition during the same time duration because of trail condition and excessive snow condition, but Sonu’s well-prepared team and his effort made this year’s first (and only) summit of Auden’s col. I would highly recommend him for his excellent service at high altitude, his mountaineering knowledge, and his safety measurements.
Brijesh Dave Auden’s Col 2019 Expedition participant
We did Auden’s col with Raacho trekkers. They are best in the business for this trek. Their trek leader Sonu Negi is very knowledgeable. They make sure all your needs are catered to. Highly recommend their services.