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#31 Mar 7th, 2009, 22:25
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Lucid, the ridge of Sesarang group is visible from Tokto or upper Asrang beyond monastery...

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#32 Mar 7th, 2009, 22:31
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Thanks andreas
I will get the shot in few weeks hopefully, sadly my stay in asrang was cloudy last time around.
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Originally Posted by Lucid View Post Thanks andreas
I will get the shot in few weeks hopefully, sadly my stay in asrang was cloudy last time around.
I wish all the best for your next visit. Please say a big "hello" to Rameshwar Das - the Lama from Chugla Kang in Tokto and visit Sonam Sangmo at the Padmasambhawa sanctuary... a great walk from Asrang (5km)
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Originally Posted by Lucid View Post ..do tell me if i missed the peaks because of clouds ?

Yes, it appears cloud ate up your mountains last time.

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also uttam..what part of the ropa valley are those pictures from ? on the way to manerang pass ?
I shot these pics from Rangbar on Manerang/Ghunsarang trail.

Do get lots of pics for us when you get back.

Cheers!
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I've already had some advice from Uttam but I'm a belt and braces sort of guy......

So what I've understood is that the best option to get into the mountains on a short trip (leaving Shimla 12th April and having to back in Chandigarh on the 17th) is to head to Kinnaur.

Kinnaur is the better option, rather than Nainital and Almora right....I can go to one or the other and could happily skip Shimla.

Where exactly should I head for on the 12th - Kalpa or Chitkul. How do you get to Asrang from there?

I was going to travel really light and am wondering will I get away with trekking sandals and thick socks if I only intend shorter walks..
Any ideas of temperature during April - I read it was -2 at Chitkul this week...

Tips on places to stay would be good - after all its your fault I'm going - all those beautiful photos....

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#36 Mar 9th, 2009, 20:35
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Hey Michael...5 days are not enough for kinnaur..but then again its worth it nonetheless, after all we go home to come back for the himalayas.

First of all i wish to know..how are you traveling, is it public transport or private ? if public i would suggest you to go to kalpa/reckong peo straight from shimla..and catch a morning bus for Asrang which leaves reckong peo at 10.30..and reaches Asrang at 1 approx..goes through rarang/lippa etc. i am not sure of the timings of the buses in april though.

Stay at the IPH hotel in Asrang ..and get in touch with ganga singh(the caretaker of the guesthouse) i really met with lots of food issues in asrang..anyways i am sure ganga singh can help you out. You can come back to reckong peo next day or whatever in an afternoon bus from asrang (only 1 service available) get to kalpa stay in chini guest house if open..and then take a bus to chitkul from reckong peo next day (1 bus service to chitkul), so all of this is if you are traveling via public transport.
Timings can vary.

Trekking sandals might not be enough in treacherous conditions (snow etc)if you choose to be in these conditions i.e and i never predict the temperature but leave it for the nature..its always unpredictable.

Have a good one.
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Thanks Lucid , I've just seen some nice pics of chakori, munsyari,

are they more accessable.......is the "feel" of the mountains as good.

Any tips for Chandigarh while your here.

Thanks so much...Michael
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spuds, Almora, Nainital, Chaukori and Munsyari are not only in a different state, Uttarakhand, they are in the further (eastern) half of the state. I.e. a very long way from Chandigarh, you'll be on the road for 3 days. So forget it for now.
For 5 days I wud send you to the Kullu valley only, not enough time as Lucid says. But Kinnaur is fantastic, and if that's where you want to go, you shud. But forget about going further afield.
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Thanks Dilliwala - I am coming from the east - Gaya to be precise - so if Nainital etc is the best bet let me know....I can get to Chandigarh later.


Thanks, Michael
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OH! That's different - you'll be passing quite close to the southern boundary of Uttarakhand. Depending on which train you take, you might be able to go all the way to Haldwani/Kathgodam, the railhead for Kumaon.
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So Dilliwala what do you think.....

Nainital etc or the Kullu Valley.

In my current situation I'm lucky to be getting to the Himalaya at all.
But it could be a very long time before I get back...

Thanks for all your help and all your other interesting posts on the site, Michael.
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Man, I'm the wrong person to ask - for me, ANYWHERE in the Himalaya is good.

All depends on what you want to see and do, but considering accessibility, etc. I'd have to say Kumaon will be easier to do. But give Nainital a miss! Chaukori, on the other hand is great.

If you're keen to see Kumaon, take a look at the 'Escape to Kumaon' sticky in the Uttarakhand forum, it has a WEALTH of info. You can also post more Qs there if you like.
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You're exactly the right person to ask.....

Your dead right anywhere in the Himalaya is good.

Since its probably the only trip I'll get in a few years I'm just getting a bit uptight finding the best spot.
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April
13th Night in Shimla
14th Travel to Chitkul - 7.45am bus or share a taxi.
15th Chitkul
16th Chitkul
17th Travel to and overnight in Rampur
18th 8.30am bus to Kalka, night train to Dehli

What do you guys think of this simple itinerary? Thought it might be good just to spend time in and around Chitkul rather than trying to see too much.

Should I keep it simple or try to see somewhere else I don't mind walking to somewhere else I can get a bus back from.

I would welcome advice of places to stay in Shimla, Chitkul and Rampur.

Also what might I need to take, how is food in Chitkul - is there anything I can take in that might be useful to the local community.

Thanks so much to everybody for all you help.
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See above or should I base myself in Sangla and take a day trip to Chitkul....

Would it be better as the altitude is lower, I've read a few stories of altitude sickness problems over 3000m and Chitkul is 3400 (is this correct), coming direct from Shimla might be a bit much....

Does the bus for Chitkul go through Sangla

Thanks again
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