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Great Escape Routes, 03 Prospect Lodge Estate, Near Hotel Summit Le Royale, Jakhoo, Shimla-1.

KEYLONG TO MANIKARAN OVER BARA SHIGRI GLACIER

Bara Shigri on the left bank of Chandra is one of the largest glaciers in India. The glacier is so much covered with surface moraine that ice can be seen only along crevasses and in the ablation areas.

Detailed Itinerary

Grade: Difficult
Temperatures between -5* to 26* (Variation in Altitude)
(June to September)
Day-1 Keylong-Gramphu, By Bus.
Day-2 Gramphu-Chhatru, On Foot, see details on Manali to Keylong over Hamta Pass.
Day-3 Chhatru-Chhota Dara, On Foot.
Day-4 Cross river Chandra. Then trek over loose moraine to reach a fiat grassy patch for camping.
Day-5 Foot-Glacier Camp, On foot. Go jumping, avoiding and negotiating crevasses to camp on rather flat and safe patch on the glacier. If lucky you may find signs of another camp there.
Day-6 Glacier Camp-Concordia, On Foot. Concordia offers breath taking view. Four glaciers meet here. One can see alternating longitudinal stripes of brilliant white ice and dark debris. Camp at about 4700 m near a tarn in the middle of the glacier. Safe from avalanches and falling stones.
Day-7 Concordia-Chopini Thach/ end of Tichu Glacier, On Foot. From Concordia the ascent to the Gunthar Pass is Slow. It may take more than two hours. Alti of the pass is 5985 m. Another two hours strenuous walk brings one to the other tongue of this glacier. One may like to pitch tents here for the night or like to go to Thach for rest.
Day-8 Thach-Kalboti, On Foot. From the tongue of the glacier the route is narrow along the right bank of Tichu nullah. Down this route one ends up stating at a 30 ft high rock with no other passage visible. However there is a very narrow and impossible looking passage along the gorge. One may repel down to reach Kalboti or may prefer to climb the rock to follow a longer route to reach Kalboti taking an extra day.
Day-9 Kalboti Call a day of rest.
Day-10 Kalboti-Pulga, On Foot. From Kalboti follow the right bank of the Tosh nullah to the point Where it meets Parbati River. From there follow the right bank of the river to reach Pulga.
Day-11 Pulga (2895 m)-Manikaran, 12 kms On foot. Pluga is located in a very narrow valley with steep hills. The area is totally forested.