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Borasu Pass
Borasu Pass interfacing section between the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

TEMPERATURE

-2°C  to +15° C

DURATION

7 Days 6 Night
(Dehradun to Chitkul)

LEVEL

 Difficult
Altitute - 5450 m.

BEST SEASON

May, June, September & October

COST

25,000 ₹
(Include all taxes and Transportion)

Trek Highlights

Every year, the valley was splashed with color as it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades of colors as months progressed.

The trek starts from Taluka and passes through the lush green Har ki Dun valley. Har ki Dun is a hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas, surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks

One can stay in the Forest Rest House in leisure or camp near Har ki Dun Ganga. Also, one can camp near the beautiful glacial lake at Maninda Tal a few km from Har ki Dun.

a stunning mix of backwoods and vast meadows, packed with spurting rivers and widespread glaciers, with a view of snow-capped peaks and massive boulders.

Borasu Pass or Bara-su is a high mountain pass that is located on the border of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh along the border with Tibet. It was an ancient trade route between Har ki Dun valley and Kinnaur valley. It is no longer used by the locals and is an escapade for trekkers and mountaineers.

 

For all adventure lovers Borasu Pass trek is the best place.Borasu Pass goes about as an interfacing section between the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which is one reason why trekkers are so pulled in to this trek! The pass additionally associates Tons and Baspa Rivers which is a lovely sight.Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are the significant goals in India in the event that you need to draw near to the Himalayas.On the off chance that you are infatuated with experience and prepared to take the test then Borasu Pass Trek is an ideal trek for you.

The trek starts from Taluka and passes through the lush green Har ki Dun valley. Har ki Dun is a hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas, surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks and dense forests flocked with colourful birds and wild life. The trek starts by following the boisterous Har ki Dun Ganga and ends with the colossal Baspa River. One can stay in the Forest Rest House in leisure or camp near Har ki Dun Ganga. Also, one can camp near the beautiful glacial lake at Maninda Tal a few km from Har ki Dun.

The trail passes through glacier moraine, steep narrow ridges, sheer vertical snow slopes and boulder fields. All in all, it is a nerve-wracking trek – a stunning mix of backwoods and vast meadows, packed with spurting rivers and widespread glaciers, with a view of snow-capped peaks and massive boulders.

History

Har ki Doon is a valley of Gods (‘Har’ means Lord Shiva and ‘Dun’ means Valley) and according to the local folklore, this is the place where fairies congregate. It is also mentioned in our religious stories (epics) that Pandavas went to swarg (heaven) through this valley by climbing the Swargarohini peak. The area also acts as a base for approaching the Swargarohini peaks. We can also see the Bandarpoonch mountains, Ata peak, Kalanag or the Black peak and Bonga Peak.

Geography

Borasu Pass divides Uttarakhand from Himachal Pradesh. The pass is located only a few kilometers from the Tibet border. The east part of the Borasu area comes out from Tons valley and the north-west part is merged with Baspa valley. Its north-west range comes down on Jhukia Glacier. The nearest village, Chitkul, is 20.3 km (12.6 mi)away from the pass. on the Himachal (Kinnaur valley) side and Osla village on the Uttarakhand side of the pass.

Approach to the pass is marked by grasslands. Mountains Bandar Poonch, Black Peak or Kala-nag, Swargarohini and Har ki Dun may be observed from the pass.

Climate

In summer, temperatures range from 0 °C (32 °F) to more lower. After November, the temperature falls down to several degree lower from 0 °C (32 °F). Precipitation in Baspa Valley is low in scale. Comparatively in the side of Tons valley rainfall is often common. Generally, snowfall is received after October

Geographical Information:

Temperature: Night : - 2° to - 5° c, Day : 5° c to 15° c

Trekking Distance:  67km

Maximum Altitude: 17,880ft

Difficulty Level: Difficult 

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts at Dehradun and ends at Chitkul

Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Best Season: May, June, September & October

ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (210km)

In the way of dehradun to sankri the first hill station we will reach at mussorie. Mussoorie is one of the most beautiful hill stations not only in Uttarakhand, but the whole of India. It is named after Mansoor, a shrub which is indigenous to this area. Popularly known as the 'Queen of hills' in India, the place seems like a 'virtual paradise' on earth. Lush green forests and lofty mountains adorn the scenic town.

After that we cross along with Kempty Falls, Kempty Fall is one of the most beautiful water fall. Enveloped by high mountain cliffs and situated at an altitude of 4500 feet, the falls present an awe-inspiring view as the water falls down from a high altitude and then splits into five streams. Final station of Day One is sankri which is banks of the River Tons. We know the excitement of the following day may just keep you keep, but tired eyes may not get you very far. So enjoy a scrumptious meal and tuck in before the adventure begins!

Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka And it begins from Taluka to Osla (14kms;5-6 hours)

The day starts with 2 hours’ drive through the dense forests and the streams cutting through the lushness of the forests towards Taluka village and from thereon we shall start our trek on the stony trail towards the beautiful village of Seema. Welcomed by the very gracious people of the mountains, Taluka has quite contrasting architectural structure as compared to its other neighboring villages. The trek begins with a small descent towards the banks of River Tons. A distinctly craved shepherd’s trail is visible along the banks of the river that leads to straight into the mixed forests. A few minutes into the forest of conifers and you will come across a cemented bridge.

Cross the stream and soon enough you will see a wooden bridge built across the blue waters of River Supin. Follow the slope that takes you towards the river and get refreshed by the cooling soothing glacial waters. Traverse the bridge and the climb gets steep and alternates between upward and level walks. Continue on the terrain and not long enough, you will see a beautiful village with unique wooden houses on the left side of the River Supin, welcoming you in its paradise. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight - Stay in the wooden forest guesthouse.

Day 3: Osla to reaching Har Ki Doon (11 kms; 6 hours)

Start your day early as you will be trekking towards Har Ki Doon which is located at a height of 11,700 ft. Right behind the guesthouse you will find a narrow trail leading you out of the village. Walk through the fields of beans and rice, giving the whole stretch a ranch house feel. The lifestyle of the people here still remains like them, simple and content. Enjoy your hike through the vast cultivated lands, grazing cattle, waving across to the small kids and do not forget to click some photographs with them.

Day 04- Har Ki Dun to Ratta Tho (4105 m) (7 km) (4/5 hours)

The other name of Ratta Tho is Lal Patthar. You can reach there in 4 to 5 hours because the distance is 7 km. On the right of the trail Har Ki Dun Ganga flows. The valley is an ascending one, the path is muddy after crossing this section you can see a wide meadow present on other side of the river. Now trek on the trail and Maninda Lake will be visible, after a short hike a green meadow will welcome you. Reach Ratta Tho it lies just before Borasu glacier. It is a wide field with many flowers blooming, this campsite is windy because of its high altitude. So wear proper clothes to keep yourself warm. Setup your camps here and comfortably stay in tents.

Day 5 – Ratta Tho to Upper Lamjunga (4899 m) (8 km) (5 hours)

Today the trek is to Upper Lamjunga and the climb is steep but the views of Borasu pass will not leave your sight. Continue trekking on the muddy trail and follow the right bank of river. Go through meadows and ahead you have to cross a stream. After crossing the section of meadows trek through the rocky area. The path is a mixture of rocky and grassy with many streams on the way. Cross a ridge it may take 40 to 45 minutes to reach the flat part of land.

Start the steep climb and reach a campsite which is used by the shepherds, it offers magical views of Borasu Pass and the peak both. Ascent towards Upper Lamjunga camp which you will reach after crossing the ridge. Mountains surround this campsite and Borasu glacier and Borasu Pass both are visible from here. You can find snow here in the month of June also. Pitch your tents and settle for the day.

Day 6 – Upper Lamjunga to Borasu Pass (5450 m) and Bonga Camp (4470 m) (11 km) (6/7 hours)

Leave Upper Lamjunga and head towards Borasu Pass, the trek is hard and long. Pass through the big rocks on the way, use your equipment to move forward. Ice axe is very important to cut the snow and move further. Start climbing the sheer ridges, crossing them would not be easy because of the big rocks. After three hours of hike you can reach Borasu Pass. From there you can see the all-white mountain peaks, snow fields and glaciers.

The views of Bandarpoonch, Black peak, Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini are rewarding. Start the descent, you may need ropes for it or slide down until you reach the levelled part. On the way see frozen waterfalls and start ascending to Bonga campsite from there you can see Bonga peak. After crossing a stream reach a blooming meadow, this campsite looks perfect because of the wide green meadows and clear streams around. The mountains look amusing covered in snow. Pitch your tents and settle for the day.

Day 07 – Bonga to Chitkul via Rani Kanda

Start through the trail which has many loose rocks and is muddy. Follow the stream and after crossing it you will trek through a rocky terrain. There are many streams on the way. The trail becomes levelled and temporary settlement of shepherds can be seen there. Go through a meadow a stream flows through it, now the forest section starts at the end of it Rani Kanda comes into sight.

After some descents you can reach Rani Kanda. After a short break, leave for Chitkul village. The trail is well maintained, cross bridges to move ahead. It has beautiful houses of wood and green fields which are used for cultivation. Vehicles will be arranged from Chitkul to Shimla.

Packing Refuge Based Keep it simple and minimal “A heavy pack is a pack filled with anxiety.” Freud.Keeping your pack weight to a minimum is the key to a successful trek. We recommend people joining any of our treks where you will be sleeping in gites (hostels) or refuges be equipped with the following:

 

Technical equipment Comfortable walking boots or shoes (3 or 4 season)

Walking poles (definitely two) Clothing suggestions

Fleece Waterproof jacket (or big plastic poncho)

Waterproof over trousers

Lightweight puffer jacket for evening comfort in the higher refuges

Warm gloves and hat (for early starts)

Sun hat or peaked cap

Sunglasses

One pair shorts

One pair lightweight walking trousers

Two T-shirts

Good quality walking socks

Other essential items

40 – 60 litre Rucksack

Light weight towel

Waterproof ruck sack cover or waterproof bags to keep your things dry

Sun block for face and lips (Factor 50)

Personal First Aid kit (plasters, Compeed for blisters, paracetamol)

Roll of toilet paper

Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres

Penknife

Head torch for use in refuges

Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

Optional items Change of clothing to include:

underwear, tracksuit bottoms, dry shirt, spare socks (think of things that you can wear to both dinner and bed so you don’t need to change)

Camera Paperback novel (light!)

Snack bars/dried fruit/chocolate

Waterproof map case

Ear plugs (there will inevitably be snorers in the refuge)

Buff – good for blocking out light and noise while sleeping, keeping your neck warm, holding your hair etc.

Additional items for Independent Groups

Compass, Altimeter, GPS or Mobile phone with GPS

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (210km)

Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka And it begins from Taluka to Osla (14kms;5-6 hours)

Day 3: Osla to reaching Har Ki Doon (11 kms; 6 hours)

Day 04- Har Ki Dun to Ratta Tho (4105 m) (7 km) (4/5 hours)

Day 5 – Ratta Tho to Upper Lamjunga (4899 m) (8 km) (5 hours)

Day 6 – Upper Lamjunga to Borasu Pass (5450 m) and Bonga Camp (4470 m) (11 km) (6/7 hours)

Day 07 – Bonga to Chitkul via Rani Kanda

INCLUDED

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES

Trekking

Camping

Village tour

NOT INCLUDED

Meals during road Journey

Any kind of Insurance

Any expense of personal Nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion

list Carriage of personal laggage during the trek

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Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

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