Singalila or trek out of Manali second half of March?
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2013 2:22 AM Last Post By: old_india_hand
Feb 3, 2013 1:28 AM
Singalila or trek out of Manali second half of March?Just wondering what kind of trekking conditions to expect in Himchal or Uttarakhand for the second half of March. I'm prepared for cold, thinking more about the snow conditions on the hiking paths. I've got a couple of weeks starting from Delhi mid-March and have been thinking of either:
a) Amritsar, Dharamshala, Manali, Shimla, back to Delhi.
b) Uttarakhand for Singalila trek, possible visit to Corbett tiger park although I'll probably be going to Bandhavgarh in Madya Pradesch before the north so might skip Corbett in lieu of something else.
Feb 5, 2013 8:15 AM
Feb 5, 2013 7:43 PM
Feb 5, 2013 10:58 PM
3Actually I wanted to ask about Pindari Glacier trek near Nanda Devi vs. Manali. I'm headed to Darjeeling early April and will definitely be doing Singalila and Kanchenjunga.
Are trekking conditions in Uttarakhand second half of March OK? Cold doesn't bother me, is actually preferable, and I've got plenty of cold weather clothes and experience.
Feb 14, 2013 7:48 AM
Feb 15, 2013 6:34 AM
Feb 16, 2013 6:24 AM
6For the Pindari Glacier the high altitude comes only at the end of the trek, when you reach the glacier. So it is certainly possible to attempt it. There is also a permanent village, with accomodation and shops, on the way.
On the other end, I expect the lodges after the village and towards the glacier, which are government-owned and run, will be closed, so you will need camping equipment, food and stove.
Feb 19, 2013 4:39 AM
Feb 20, 2013 5:09 AM
Feb 22, 2013 2:04 AM
9Its not possible to hike from village and be back in a day. The only permanent village on the route is Khati. If you push really hard, you can reach the glaicer in a day. but you definitely cant come back.
If you time it slightly later in april, you may be able to find a place in Phurkiya where there is a forest rest house. You can go and come back in a day from Phurkiya.
There is also a saint who lives at the Zero point near the glaicer. You can also stay at his place at night if he is there. He also serves you free food as a godly service.
Feb 22, 2013 4:17 AM
10Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, the only time I could do this is second half of March. What is going to be the best place to get info on the route conditions and also pick up a map? Coming from Lucknow by train where's the best place to get off, Rudrapur?
Feb 22, 2013 4:46 AM
11You must go by train to KATHGODAM. I think there is a direct train Lucknow - Kathgodam. Then by bus to Bageshwar. From Bageshwar 2 shared jeeps to Song.
Mar 15, 2013 5:52 AM
12I have twice been along the Pindari and Sunderdhunga in late March, worthwhile but ice will block progress.
On both occasions the Dwali KMVN bungalow was open. Phurkiya is possible but unlikely to be open.
Would suggest entering Pindar valley on the Supi (night halt in village) direct to Khati route and exit over Dhakuri (always open).
Also good walking beyond Jaitoli for about 6 hours (only one patch of ice to cross) to reach some huts.
Ask in Jaitoli for a sous-chef for accompany.
btw - have also twice been Pindari side in October and once in September after heavy rain fall !
btw - why does the OP write “Uttarakhand for Singalila trek” !! ?
Mar 15, 2013 7:04 AM
13btw - why does the OP write “Uttarakhand for Singalila trek” !! ?
Mistake - I've been reading too many guidebooks about treks and got the areas confused. But I am going to Darjeeling early April.
I'm arriving Kathgodam Monday ~9 am and will head to Naintal after arrival to get some info on trekking conditions, what's open, etc.
Thanks for all the tips.
Mar 15, 2013 3:34 PM
14Why Nainital, odd choice !
Do you trek solo and carry own bag ?
Pindar is always open and best option for late March.
Suggest taking a share car from Kathgodam to Almora.
Almora has book shops, try to get the Nest and Wings map of Uttarakhand (90% accurate), unfortunately the map is not accurate in regard to the position of Loharkhet and Song.
Stay in Almora at the Bansal in Lala Bazaar or take a share jeep to Bageshwar.
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