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Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek [Charang-La 5270m] – June 2014 expedition

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog.

Otherwise called Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama, this trek is circumambulation around holy Kinnaur Kailash Range.
Kinnaur Kailash is one of the 5 Kailash a Shiv Bhakt must visit (others being Shrikhand Mahadev, Manimahesh Kailash, Adi Kailash and Kailash Mansarovar). Kinnaur Kailash itself, has two important routes from pilgrimage perspective.
1) Kinnaur Kailash Shivling – Which is around 4500M ASL, approachable
in a 10 day period only in August. This is a state-sponsored Yatra.
2) Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama aka Charang-La pass which is around 5200 Meters, which this album is all about. This is very difficult pass crossing in June snow and scree conditions.
It is said the spirits of the dead walk amidst Rangrik peak in the vicinity of Kinnaur Kailash peak. Kinnaur Kailash itself is winter abode to Lord Shiva who conducts darbar for a class of mythological people called Kinnaurs (one who is proficient in music in Hindu Mythology)
And apart from the importance to Hinduism, this trek also provides an opportunity to visit Charang Monastery one of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Himalayas. Unlike the Male Lamas of Ladakh, this particular monastery is inhabited by Buddha Bikshinis (Female Buddha monks)
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Charang La is probably more tougher than any other treks and yatra’s including Kailash itself. Reason being the remoteness of this trek, steepness of CharangLa pass and streams (Nala) to cross are atleast 3. In early season (June/July), snow will ease out boulder hopping, but pass itself will be under thick snow. I would easily reckon the day of CharangLa pass traverse (in June) is difficult than the day of Lamkagha pass traverse.
Since this expedition comes very close to international border with Tibet, written permit from SDM Reckong poo is a must and will be verified by Shurting and Charang ITBP. So plan this without fail.
This is a unique trek which starts from a rocky desert like environment and ends up in absolute beauty of a greenery at Chitkul. So in 5 days time, we can experience the change on every day. And tents/provisions are a must for atleast 3 days after Charang.
To do this trek, one has to take a Jeep Safari (i am not sure about availability of Bus) from Reckong Peo to Thangi/Lumbar which will cost anywhere from Rs.2500 to 3000 and henceforth trek the next 5 days. This Jeep safari is along Reckong Poo-Pooh-Nako-Kaza (Spiti) highway which is in full grandeur on a ancient mountain system to Himalayas. Geologists claim this to be confluence of Himalayas, Dhauladar and Zanskar mountain systems. Very rugged mountains and moon like landscape
(read cold dry rocky dusty).
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The trek itself was done as below :-

Trek Itinerary
June 16th: Reckong Poo to Thangi by Jeep (along Spiti Highway) and
further trek to Shurthing (ITBP camp)
June 17th: Shurthing to Charang Buddhist Monastry and back
(Views of Rangrik Rang AKA Raacho peak)
June 18th: Shurthing to Lalanti (Dilapilated ITBP shed is there)
June 19th: Lalanti to Charang La Base Camp (4800M)
June 20th: Charang Base Camp to Chitkul via incredible and nearly
vertical, Snow Clad CharangLa pass @ 5200 Meters ASL
Trek Guide: www.raachotrekkers.com
(Proprietor and Guide: Sohan Negi from Charang Village/Chitkul)

Wild White Roses - Reckong Peo | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Wild White Roses – Reckong Peo
Apple Orchids - Reckong Peo
Apple Orchids – Reckong Peo
Apple Orchids - Reckong Peo
Apple Orchids – Reckong Peo
HRTC Bust Time Table - Reckong peo Bus Stand
HRTC Bust Time Table – Reckong peo Bus Stand
Kinnaur Kailash Range - Burning in the morning sun | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Kinnaur Kailash Range – Burning in the morning sun
Rocky Extensions - A common occurance on Kinnaur highways . The unique geological formations
Rocky Extensions – A common occurance on Kinnaur highways . The unique geological formations
LandSlips (Enroute Thangi). Had to wait for 2.5 hours to clear. Effects of Hydro Power projects on fragile environment. A daily occurance in Kinnaur. | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
LandSlips (Enroute Thangi). Had to wait for 2.5 hours to clear. Effects of Hydro Power projects on fragile environment. A daily occurance in Kinnaur.
Enroute Thangi (Waterfalls like these are commonplace)
Enroute Thangi (Waterfalls like these are commonplace)
Tricky bends. Enroute Thangi
Tricky bends. Enroute Thangi
Enroute Lumbar..me enjoying the rough ride. Guide Sohan Negi in the front. You know i am an adventurer, i cant take the front seat!!!
Enroute Lumbar..me enjoying the rough ride. Guide Sohan Negi in the front. You know i am an adventurer, i cant take the front seat!!!
Enroute Shurting, Fantastic bridge over river Tidong
Enroute Shurting, Fantastic bridge over river Tidong. Tidong is a tributary of river Satluj.
Enroute Shurthing. About to start the Parikrama and enter the narrow channel over river Tidong
Enroute Shurthing. About to start the Parikrama and enter the narrow channel over river Tidong
Shurting to Charang - Scenaries enroute (River Tidong flowing down) | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Shurting to Charang – Scenaries enroute (River Tidong flowing down)
Shurting to Charang - Vistas enroute (River Tidong flowing down)
Shurting to Charang – Vistas enroute (River Tidong flowing down)
Shurting to Charang - Vistas enroute | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Shurting to Charang – Vistas enroute
Tidong valley - Charang landscape
Tidong valley – Charang landscape
Looking back toward Shurting
Looking back toward Shurting
Standing before Rangrik Rang Peak and Charang Village is at the background
Standing before Rangrik Rang Peak and Charang Village is at the background
Green landscape of Charang village | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Green landscape of Charang village
Rangrik Tungma monastery gate , Charang | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Rangrik Tungma monastery gate , Charang
Rangrik Tungma monastery Charang. The monastery is believed to be one of the earliest monastery established in Kinnaur.
Rangrik Tungma monastery Charang. The monastery is believed to be one of the earliest monastery established in Kinnaur.
Rangrik Tungma monastery | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Rangrik Tungma monastery
Inside Rangrik Tungma monastery
Inside Rangrik Tungma monastery
Bronze sculpture of a Buddist deity inside Rangrik Tungma monastery
Bronze sculpture of a Buddist deity inside Rangrik Tungma monastery
Inside a local house in Charang Village
Inside a local house in Charang Village
Wooden roof of the house in Charang
Wooden roof of the house in Charang
Wild Flowers out of rocks - Where there is a will there is a way
Wild Flowers out of rocks – Where there is a will there is a way
Wild Flowers out of rocks - Where there is a will there is a way
Wild Flowers out of rocks – Where there is a will there is a way
Unwinding on the boulder bed..
Unwinding on the boulder bed..
Scenary enroute Lalanti meadows
Scenary enroute Lalanti meadows.
Scenary enroute Shurting to Lalanti
Scenary enroute Shurting to Lalanti
Scenary enroute Shurting to Lalanti
Scenary enroute Shurting to Lalanti
Scenary on Shurting to Lalanti route
Scenary on Shurting to Lalanti route
Before reaching LalanTi
Before reaching LalanTi
Approaching LalanTi meadows | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Approaching LalanTi meadows
River crossing enroute LalanTi
River crossing enroute LalanTi
Just below Lalanti meadows campsite
Just below Lalanti meadows campsite
Relaxing on the Lalanti meadows
Relaxing on the Lalanti meadows
Lalanti medows Campsite | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Lalanti medows Campsite
Porters raising campfire @ Lalanti (Tashi and Omkar)
Porters raising campfire @ Lalanti (Tashi and Omkar)
At Lalanti meadows campsite | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
At Lalanti meadows campsite
Pitstop before Charang la pass basecamp | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Pitstop before Charang la pass basecamp
Scenary @ Lalanti to CharangLa Base Camp route
Scenary @ Lalanti to CharangLa Base Camp route
Charang - La base camp | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Charang – La base camp
Views from Charang - La base camp | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Views from Charang – La base camp
Imposing sight of Charang-La from the base camp | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Imposing sight of Charang-La from the base camp
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake while climbing the Charang- La pass | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake while climbing the Charang- La pass
Charang-La climb
Charang-La climb
Can you spot the climber near the base?
Can you spot the climber near the base?
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake - enroute Charang-La
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake – enroute Charang-La
Taking a breather - CharangLa ascent
Taking a breather – CharangLa ascent
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake - en route CharangLa | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Looking backwards at Glacial Lake – en route CharangLa
The slope - Charang-La pass | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
The slope – Charang-La pass
The snowscape - vista of the mountain range | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
The snowscape – vista of the mountain range
Cook Prakash Rathi. He helped me a lot to ascend CharangLa. He is the real hero. | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Cook Prakash Rathi. He helped me a lot to ascend CharangLa. He is the real hero.
Charang La - Scenary from the top (notice the scree) | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Charang La – Scenary from the top (notice the scree)
Steep scree slope.. the descent was slippery and taxing | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
Steep scree slope.. the descent was slippery and taxing
finally Chitkul is in sight... Chitkul is last village on Indo - Tibet border located in the Baspa/Sangla valley
finally Chitkul is in sight… Chitkul is last village on Indo – Tibet border located in the Baspa/Sangla valley
The Sangla valley , Chitkul | Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek blog
The Sangla valley , Chitkul
Chitkul village - The gem of Sangla valley
Chitkul village – The gem of Sangla valley

 

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