Spring Treks - March

#1 Mar 15th, 2019, 17:14
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Hi good folks,
This time I am planning to go for a 6-8 day trek somewhere in Himachal or Uttarakhand, in the last two weeks of March. Unlike last time however, I would like to avoid the snow completely

Could anyone recommend me a section hike where I could catch the spring bloom, without needing to carry my snow equipment and stove? I have looked at doing a section of Buran Ghati or Har ki Dun, but have come across only few reports of the trail situation in March, in terms of avoiding snow.

And everyone knows we received a lot of snow this year so I am not sure of the trail conditions. It would be great if some folks could share some info
#2 Mar 16th, 2019, 10:34
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Originally Posted by baselayer View Post Hi good folks,
This time I am planning to go for a 6-8 day trek somewhere in Himachal or Uttarakhand, in the last two weeks of March. Unlike last time however, I would like to avoid the snow completely

Could anyone recommend me a section hike where I could catch the spring bloom, without needing to carry my snow equipment and stove? I have looked at doing a section of Buran Ghati or Har ki Dun, but have come across only few reports of the trail situation in March, in terms of avoiding snow.

And everyone knows we received a lot of snow this year so I am not sure of the trail conditions. It would be great if some folks could share some info
Yes, this year, snow conditions are different than usual. Complete avoidance would be difficult above 3000 or 3200m in March end. Probably, you can go for multiple smaller routes like nag tibba and first 2/3 days of any common route like rupin pass, buran ghati, dhumdharkandi, mayali, etc.

Or a few mid altitude hikes in Parvati valley and ghnp.

Loharkhet to dwali/ phurkiya and then khati to kathaliya seems a reasonable option as well based on your requirements.

Or ramble around in urgam valley. Helang, kalpeshwar, bansinarayan, dumak, toli bugyal, panar bugyal, Sagar or anusuya temple. Panar might have a little snow though. Can take toli to Gopeshwar route if it would have. Urgam has other winter routes as well that I am not acquainted with - saptabadri temples etc.

Dodital, har ki dun, kuari pass, namik glacier, Deoria tal to tungnath forest route, machail mata should be quite doable as well but probably not without stepping foot on light snow.
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Thanks so much for your suggestions mate. I really wanted to do a section of Buran Ghati but now I will try to go for it later this year, as I hear it's still a mess to reach Dhundi as of now. A lot of the places you mention I have not even heard of, so now am getting more info on them, Urgam valley looks very promising

I have also recently heard about Jibhi in the Banjar valley, from where the Dak Runner's Trail to Shimla begins. This and the Mukta top also appeal to me because of the possibility to spend a number of days in the forest.

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