Snow trek to Buddhaban - Shamsi in January

#1 Jan 8th, 2019, 18:18
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Hi all,

My friend and I are planning to leave for Parvati Valley this weekend to catch some snow.
The plan is to drive up to Tosh and hike our way to Buddhaban passing thru Kutla.
I have done this trek in the summer, when we reached Shamsi Thatch en-route the Sara Umga Pass. However I am not so sure about the winter conditions of the trail.

A friend who is in Tosh right now asked some locals and was informed that Kutla is closed right now. The ten or so houses and shops are all shut down and everyone's down in Tosh. This worries me because our plan was to reach at least Kutla and make camp there, possibly move on to Buddhaban if we feel its good to go.

I would like to know if anyone is aware of the trail conditions at this time of the year. Also this is gonna be our first snow trek and we have everything but a stove. We were relying on getting firewood from the locals at Kutla but now doubt that possibility.
#2 Jan 8th, 2019, 19:25
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First snow trek without guide/local to accompany you may not be a great idea.
But I do not know what experience you have otherwise, if we are not to look at the snow trek.
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#3 Jan 10th, 2019, 15:27
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Makes sense, but I have been on this trail before in the summer, we did it without any guide or porters. We are only planning to do a part of the trail this time, till camp 1 [Buddhaban].

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