Girthi is a tributary of Rishi Ganga (draining Nada Devi glaciers) and joins
Alaknanda river. Girthi forms a narrow and formidable gorge in middle sections
and is difficult to trek. Moreover it is near China border and it is difficult
to obtain permissions.
In last few decades Girthi gorge was explored by the Scottish Himalayan expedition in 1950 (Bill Murray and three others) and the route was followed in 1986 by a team from Mumbai (Harish Kapadia). The gorge is fed by several streams and valleys from both sides, each leading to small valleys, containing unknown peaks .
Girthi Ganga originates from two glaciers, both flowing north at first, west of
Unta Dhura. Girthi east valley is broad, drains the glacier at the foot of Nanda
Gond and its waters are black. Girthi west valley drains the glaciers at the
foot of Kholi (6114 m) and Chalab (6160 m). From a narrow and highly crevassed
glacier milky white waters gush out. Then it flows westwards forcing a way
through the gorge to meet Kio gad at Girthi Dobala and merge with Dhauli at
Malari. This gorge was said to be first traversed by Dr Kurt Boeckh in 1893.
Next record of its traverse is by the Scottish Himalayan expedition in July
1950.9 During their long journey they crossed this gorge climbing Uja Tirche
(6203 m) at its entrance. We decided to follow their footsteps and explore the
Girthi west valley which had had no visitors. The eastern valley is relatively
broad and shepherds visit it.
Day 1 - Delhi to Rishikesh. Hotel
Day 2 - Rishikesh drive to Joshimath.
Day 3 - Rest day.
Day 4 - Malari Village, shimath- Malari (65Km, 3400M) - Camp (8Km, 3050M)
Day 6- 8 Pt Camp(3050M)- Paani Udiar (5Km, 3500M)
Paani Udiar(3500M) - Johari Kharak (4000M)- Dum Paani(5Km, 3700M)
Day 7&8- Rest Day- Dumpaani(3700M)- Sangla Palyo- Senyurpaani(8Km, 3550M)
Day 9- Senyurpaani( 3550M)- Girthi Confluence (5.5Km, 3720M)
Day 10- Girthi Confluence(3720M)- Lower Matoli Camping Grounds(6 Kms, 4400M)
Day 11- Lower Matoli Camping Grounds(4400M) - Topidunga(5Km, 4500M)
Day 12- Topidunga( 4500M)- Untadhura Base(5.5 Km, 4900M)
Day 13- Untadhura Base(4900M)- Jaintidhura(4Km, 5620M)- Topidunga(7 Km, 4500M)
Day 14- Topidunga(4500M)- Khingar Dhura(5.5Km, 5280M)- Chudaang CG (7Km, 4450M)
Day 15- Chudaang (Chidamoo)CG(4450M)- Kio Gaad (7Km, 4150M)- Lapthal ITBP Post (4.5Km, 4450M)
Day 16- Lapthal(4450M)- Sumna(14Km, 3500)- 21 Pt(6Km, 3400M) - Malari(21Km, 3450M)
Day 17- Drive to Joshimath. 6hours drive. Hotel
Day 18- Drive to Rishikesh. Drive 9hours. Hotel
Day 19- Drive to Delhi
Trip end up here.
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