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Ralam Valley and Birje Ganga Pass Trek


Duration : 13 Days Ex Delhi, 8 Trekking days
Trek Grade :
Moderate to Tough
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Kumaon Trekking is ideal for those trekkers who wish to encounter tough challenges amidst splendid Himalayan surroundings. Starting at Munsyari(2290 mts.) the trek route winds its way up the Gori Ganga river past Rargari, Mapang and Martoli to Sumdu. From here the route goes up to the snow clad Birje Ganga pass(4666 mts.) and descends to Ralam village. The views are magnificent with peaks such as Rajrambha, Chaudhara, Chirang We and Suitilla on the eastern side. This trek is primarily porter based.

Day 0 : Delhi
Arrive in Delhi : Check into your choice of hotel.

Day 1 : Delhi – Overnight Train
Take the overnight Ranikhet Express train from Old Delhi railway station to Kathgodam (Train No. 5013, Departure-22:40 hrs IST)

Day 2 : Kathgodam- Vijaypur (B y car 210 kms, 6 hrs)
Arrive at Kathgodam 06:30 hrs. Received by an escort and transferred to waiting vehicle after brief rest. Drive to Vijaypur . Check in to our eco lodge- Chestnut Grove.

Day 3 : Vijaypur – Munsyari (By car 115 kms, 4.30 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Munsyari via Thal. The drive is beautiful, following Ramganga east river winding up to a 2748 mts high pass before descending into the glorious Munsyari valley. Check in at a lodge for a good rest.

Day 4 : Munsyari – Dhapa-Rargari (6kms by jeep, 9 km trek)
After breakfast drive for 6kms to Dumar and then the trek begins. Trek past Jimighat and Lilam village to Rargari (10 kms) where we camp for the night.

Day 5 : Rargari –Nehar Devi (3000 mts, 8 kms trek)
Today is a strenous walk along a gorge past the Gori Ganga river. The route is fairly up and down passing through the ITBP post at Bougdiyar. The camp site at Nehar Devi is close to the river, with high rocks rising on the other side.

Day 6 : Nehar Devi – Rilkot – Martoli (3385 mts, 14 Kms trek)
The valley opens up now. The day's walk is fairly even with slight up and downs past Lhaspa and Rilkot to a magnificent hamlet called Martoli, welcoming you with the great views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Trishuli, Hardeol and Brijgang Peaks.

Day 7 : Martoli – Tola- Sumdu (3070 mts, 14 kms).
Today walk is slightly strenuous as we descend down to the Gori Ganga and cross over and climb up to Tola village. We walk past Tola village, cross the Tola gad and start climbing up from Sumdu village. We camp in a small meadow close to the end of tree line.

Day 8 : Sumdu to Ralam village (3700 mts, 11 kms) across Birje Ganga pass (4666mts)Ralam Valley and Birje Ganga Pass Trek , Trekking Tours, Indian Himalayas Trekking
Its is a strenuous day today. We start very early in the morning (3 am to 5am depending on snow conditions) and start ascending for 3-4 hrs to the Birje Ganga pass. Once on the pass a wide panorama opens up in front which has to be seen to believed. Facing us, are Rajrambha(6895 mts), Chaudhara, Suitilla and several others. But the best view is towards the west. The entire northern wall of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary is clearly visible, with the twin peaks dominating the heights on the left. One could spend hours counting the peaks and staring at this view with a sense of wonder. We descend down 5 steep kms to camp near Ralam village.

Day 9 : Ralam to Lingerani (3015 mts, 16 kms.).
The route descend down from here, and the terrain is rough with some regular landslide patches. We camp here for the night.

Day 10 : Lingerani to Pantu (2100 mts, 10 kms)

The day's walk is through several meadows with constant ups and downs till we reach the village Pantu where we camp for the night.

Day 11 : Pantu – Munsyari via Lilam (9Kms 4-5 hrs)
We descend along the Gori Ganga gorge up to Jimighat and then climb steadily to Dhapa where we get on to a waiting jeep that takes us to Munsyari, where we stay for the night..

Day 12: Munsiyari – Vijaypur (115 Kms 4-5 hrs)
It is time to bid farewell to Munsyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Vijaypur. We check in for the night at Chestnut Grove Himalayan Lodge.

Day 13 : Vijaypur to Kathgodam (210 kms 6-7 hrs).
Start after early lunch to catch Ranikhet Express to Delhi. (Departure at 8.40 p.m. from Kathgodam, arrival, at Delhi at 4.30 a.m., the next morning.

 
 
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