Exploring Kugti Village area in Himachal Pradesh

#1 May 23rd, 2012, 13:30
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This time Sadanand Kamath (SK) and I are going to Bharmour and Kugti area in HP; just to explore that area and escape this Mumbai heat for 2 weeks till the rains arrive here.

No big trek has been planned and nothing has been arranged except booking our train tickets. (my kind of trip! )

We will reach Chakki-Bank on 25th May and then move on to Chamba, Bharmour and Kugti by share-Sumos.

If weather and conditions permit we may climb upto the snow-line towards Kugti Pass.

We should be back by 5th June ... Will post some details here then.
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@KS & SK, enjoy your time at Kugti village. Looking forward for your pictures & trip / trek report.

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That is nice KS and SK. I have had this dream for years. I am 70 (in a year or two I should be ready for this trip). Hope to get details and photographs after you return. Is bus/share-taxi service is available only till Hadsar or up to Kugti now?
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post That is nice KS and SK. I have had this dream for years. I am 70 (in a year or two I should be ready for this trip). Hope to get details and photographs after you return. Is bus/share-taxi service is available only till Hadsar or up to Kugti now?
Buses are available from Pathankot to Bharmour (via Chamba). Share jeeps are available from Bharmour for Hadsar and to Dharol, the last road head for Kugti village. From Dharol, it is a 5km trek to Kugti village. Road up to Kugti is not yet ready.
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Convey my hello to the Kugti Post Master (no other office is mentioned in the maps).
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We are back in Mumbai after visiting Chamba, Khada-Mukh, Bharmour, Hadsar, Dharol, Kugti and Holi Villages. We went upto Karthik Swami temple (3100M) beyond Kugti. It was a fun trip!

We were advised not to beyond the temple (towrads Kugti Pass) as it was heavily snow-laden and risky to try. The first of the Gaddi Shepards will 'cut' the trail-path to Kugti-Pass around 1st week of June and only after their Puja at the pass top, will regular trekkers start crossing the Pass.

More details after a few days.
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KS & SK, welcome back. Waiting for the details & the photos.

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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post Kugti and Holi Villages.
Welcome back. Will wait for more information from you. How come two valleys in one trip? Where did you jump from one valley to another? I think there is a way to get down to Holi from Mani Mahesh (basket crossing of the river, so I was told), but perhaps the route would not be open at this time. Would like to know about state of greenery/vegetation in the two valleys.
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Good Question! .. A: we went by hired Alto via Khara-Mukh. This was a daring-kam trip, so we didn't walk over the mountain.

Surprisingly the road between 'Kharamukh and Holi' was more scenic and in better condition than the road between 'Kharamukh and Bharmour'.

The deep gorges and steep vertical mountains all around the Khara-Mukh road junction was so raw and awesome!

To me the Holi valley seemed pretty greener too. I guess once the rains start in July both valleys will be lot more greener.
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Just to supplement what KS said about Khadamukh and road to Holi, Here are some pictures :


After crossing the bridge over Ravi river to the foreground, the right turn takes to Chamba and the left turn to Holi village.



The deep Ravi river gorge seen from Holi road. To the left is Khadamukh village.




View of apple orchards with a few beautiful houses seen from Holi road.



A Max coming from Garima village, crosses the belly bridge over Ravi river to reach Khadamukh-Holi road.



As we come near Dalli village, Ravi river comes close to the road level. Holi village is about 8 kms from this point.



Holi village on the left and Ravi river on the right.



Holi Nala cascading down to meet Ravi river after about 200m from this point.



The snow covered Talang Pass (4643m) seen from the lawn of PWD Rest House in Holi. The Chowkidar of PWD Rest House told me that this is the most difficult pass over Dhuladhar range. Even Gaddi shepherds avoid this pass. He said this year due to higher level of snow accumulatiion, the pass may open only in early August.
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SK, nice pics ... esp. of khadamukh junction point and the Holi Village scenec. You have been superfast in uploading pics! I am yet to take out my camera from my backpack!

PS: So far I only looked at my GPS Tracks got on smartphone and uploaded to Google Maps. Will share those links below with brief daily itinerary
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The forest in the last one is absolutely beautiful, though the pass is just like a snow wall. No peaks, no markers.
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Our Daywise Itinerary:

25th May - Pathankot (Dep 8:50AM) to Bharmour (Arr 6:30PM) via Banikhet, Chamba by HRTC Bus
26th May - Bharmour (2100M) to Bharmani Mata Temple (2300M) via Chourasi(84)Temple Complex - Trek to&fro 7KM
27th May - Bharmour to Dharol (2300M) by Taxi (22KM) and then Trek 7KM to Kugti Vill (2550M)
28th May - Kugti Vill (2550M) to Karthik Swami Temple (3100M) and back - Trek to&fro 12KM
29th May - Kugti Vill to Dharol (Trek 7KM) and Taxi to Bhramour (22KM)
30th May - Bharmour to Holi Via Khadamukh (taxi 36.3KM) and continued to Chamba
31st May - Chamba local
1st June - Chamba-Kajjiar-Kalatop-Dalhousie by Taxi
2nd June - Dalhousie local
3rd June - Dalhousie to Chakki-Bank by Taxi

Some GPS Tracks recorded by me ... as Google Map Links:

Dharol to Kugti Vill (trek): http://goo.gl/maps/CLtR
Kugti Vill to Karthi Swami Temple (trek): http://goo.gl/maps/JkRs
Dharol to Bharmour Via Hadsar (taxi): http://goo.gl/maps/8Nal
Bharmour to Holi (taxi): http://goo.gl/maps/VI6Q
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SK, KS, another question. How crowded were these places (with tourists/trekkers)? Thanks.
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Welcome back SK & KS... nice clicks SK !
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