Advice for Sara Umga in junr
There is no requirement of guide for Sara Umga la. The trail is well defined till Shamshi Thatch from where the deep wide slit of pass is unmissable along the horizon. Beyon Shamshi some unearthing of small trail till Kuta is requisited and finally as you cross boulders and reach the base of main crest, a little experience is required. Finally if you are trying to ascent in June, a dose of luck won't do any harm. Carry a pair of saw tooth crampoon and a small axe. Will come in handy and as glacier on reverse open up , be prepared for nasty crevasses.
Can you please suggest if same can be done without guide in last week of october and first week of november. Me and my friend are planning to do the same and animal pass. I did some good treks in past like Rupin pass in mid april'17, and lahesh cave in march'17 and pin parvati in sep2016. Mt partner did many more and completing his NIMS course and get free by 13th of oct. please suggest
Quote:Sara Umga should is not a very difficult pass post monsoon but doing it in mid October may be challenging chiefly due to Very low temperatures you may encounter, shorter days, verglass, and very large but generally visible crevasses on both sides of pass spevially on Chota Sigri glacier which as it is is notorious for wide and deep crevasses.
Other than that the pass is a wide prominent notch on the main ridge and is distinctly visible from Shamshi Thatch and beyond. But the tricky paRT if you are not taking guide commences beyond Shamshi Thatch and continues right uptil Chota Dara on the reverse side.
You will have to cross moraine belt for miles and if you follow old trail beyond Kuta, you will have to retrace and lose a day atleast. The ascent from base to top of pass is tricky specially in region of weathered rocks and there is no track. Additionally the crevassees are very hazardous and one must know the brittleness of snow, lips where jumping is tenable and where it is not worth it.
So go along with an experienced guide . Its worth every penny and you will not be sorry and most importantly even at PutiKul,there is a trolley bridge and if there is no one on other side to pull, it is impossible to do. However the local know a the trick to convey the trolley without help.
So hire a good guide specially if you do NOT HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN MOUNTAINS. ( course qualification does not give you experience but imparts very primitive skills)
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