(Ralam Valley and Birje Ganga Pass Trek)
Ralam Pass Trek is ideal for those trekkers who wish to encounter tough challenges amidst splendid Himalayan surroundings. Starting at Munsiyari(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.
Arrive in Delhi : Check into your choice of hotel, preferably in Central Delhi.
Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam railway station. The best option is to take the New Delhi Kathgodam Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station. Train departs at 06.00 hours & reaches Kathgodam station by 11.30 hrs. At Kathgodam station you would be met by Wayfarer & driven by car to Ranikhet for overnight stay in our Snow View hotel (95 kms / 3.5 hrs )
Morning after breakfast drive to Munsiyari (220 kms, 8 hrs) …a journey that would take the full day to complete. This drive is across a range of mountains past small hill towns like Kausani ,Bageshwar, Chaukhori , Thal , Birthi Falls and finally Munsiyari . The final stretch of the road ascends to a height of 2748 meters before descending into the glorious Munsyari valley.
Check in at our mountain lodge called Wayfarer Himalaya Lodge at Munsiyari for a much deserved rest. This lodge is situated amidst a forested area and offers a completely local experience. It overlooks the magnificent Panch Chulli range
After breakfast you would be required to make a personal appearance at the office of the local magistrate for the grant of a trekking permit. Subsequently we would be ready to commence the trek from our mountain lodge. Our destination would be Lilam Village. Initially there would be a short jeep ride for 6 kms and then a half day trek (7kms) to Lilam Village (1800 meteres) where we would camp for the night.
Today is a strenous walk from Lilam to Bogdiyar (3100 metres/17 kms) along a mountain route that takes you away from the Gori Ganga river along a gorge . The route is steep and involves a day long upward climb up to a hill top called Nain Singh Top and finally eases off before reaching the camp site at Bogdiyar.
Today is a steep walk along a gorge past the Gori Ganga river. The route is fairly up and down but generally eases off before reaching the camp site at Mapang(3100 mts, 9 kms).
You are in high mountain country now and the tree line disappears giving access to vast stretches of Alpine pastures. The day's walk is past Lhaspa and Rilkot to a magnificent and deserted hamlet called Martoli(3385 mts, 12 kms)
Martoli to Sumdu (3070 mts, 10 kms). The walk is pleasant today and we have excellent views of a good number of major peaks as we descend through the Gori Ganga gorge . To night we camp on a plateau near the village of Sumdu.
Sumdu to Ralam village (3700 mts, 11 kms) across Birje Ganga pass (4666mts) : Today is a challenging day. We descend for a short distance from Sumdu and then start climbing for four hours to the Birje Ganga pass. Once on the pass a wide panorama opens up infront which has to be seen to believed. Facing you 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. You could spend hours counting the peaks and staring at this view with a sense of wonder. We camp at Ralam after a steep descend of 5 kms.
Ralam to Sarpudyar (3015 mts, 16 kms.). The route is wilder as we are deep inside the Ralam valley and there is a steady descent upto the huge cave called Sarpudyar with several large boulders around it. We camp here for the night.
Sarpudyar 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.
We descend along the Gori Ganga gorge upto Suringarh and then climb steadily to Dumar where we get on to a waiting jeep that takes us to Wayfarer Himalaya Lodge .
Munsiyari to Ranikhet (240 kms). It is time to bid farewell to Munsiyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Ranikhet through Vijaypur, Bagheswar and Kausani. We checkin for the night at Snow View Hotel. [more...]
Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms). Today is another day when we can chill out and relax. Late morning we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Ranikhet after breakfast and driving to the legendary Jim Corbett Park. The train to Delhi departs from Kathgodam at 15.35 hours and arrives at New Delhi station at 20:10 hrs.
The optimal timing for our trekking trips is between May 1st and June 30th and between September 1st and October 15th. Both seasons have their attractions. During the month of May the spring flowers bloom at the margins of the snowline while the weather is generally settled barring the occasional pre monsoon storm that can blow up at any time. Day time temperatures can rise to the mid 20s even at altitudes while at night they can fall to 0 degrees C. The post monsoon season is a time of settled weather with clear views of the mountains.
Day time temperatures will still be quite warm, upto 20 degrees C during the middle of the day, however at night the temperatures will occasionally drop below 0 degrees C.