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In the Footsteps of Smythe ::    Gupt khal Bhunyar Khall Pass Trek ::

- A Trek to the Valley of Flowers & the Twin passes Bhyunder Khal and Gupt Khal ::-->>

The 100Km trek starts off from Govindghat and ends up at Badrinath after passing through two high Passes- Bhyunder Khal (5100M) and Gupt Khal (5760M).

Govind Ghat(1700M) - Ghangharia (3100M)(13 Kms) - Tipra Kharak (3700M)(10 Kms) - Bhyunder Icefall Camp (4300M) (6 Kms)- - Bhyunder Khal Base (4600M)(4Km) - Bhyunder Khal (5100M) - Rataban(E) Glacier (4500M)(8Kms)

The Beginning
 

Watching the distant clouds kissing the gentle verdant slopes I repeated the name to myself. Frank Smythe! The name had an aura around it. Possibly because I had just ended up reading a short history of the "Valley of Flowers" passing by the little hamlet of Ghangharia. 
 

Looking at the distant snowy peaks peeking behind the clouds, I could imagine a team of adventurers descending down and standing awestruck looking at the splendid colors of pink, crimson, magenta and the entire rainbow variously dotted on a velvety green carpet.
 
Thus began my personal search of journeys done 8 decades ago, deep into the valleys of Garhwal, into areas rarely seen by the human eye. What got me hooked was the journey Smythe did in 1937, lured back into the valley after his maiden visit in 1931. On that occasion he spent several weeks exploring the various peaks at Valley of Flowers, the Devban Plateau, TheZaskar Pass (Called Gupt Khal today) making several first ascents in the area.

Expedition - Over the Gupt Khal

Tentative Tour Program ::-->>  Twin Pass Trek Bhunyar khal and Guptkhal pass trek ::-->>

Day 1- Rishikesh- Josimath (280 Kms- Drive)

Day 2 – Joshimath- Govind Ghat(1700M)(26 Km Drive)- Ghangharia (3100M)(13 Kms Trek)

Day 3- Ghangharia(3100M)- Tipra Kharak Camping Grounds(3700M)(10 Kms Trek)

Day 4- Tipra Kharak (3700M)- Bhyunder Icefall Camp(4300M) ( 6 Kms Trek)

Day 5- Bhyunder Icefall Camp(4300M)-Bhyunder Khal Base(4600M)(4Km Trek)

Day 6- Bhyunder Base(4600M)- Bhyunder Khal(5100M)- Rataban(E) Glacier(4500M)(8Kms Trek)

Day 7- Rataban(E) Glacier(4500M)- Bank-Kund Lake(4500M)(6Kms Trek)

Day 8- Bank-Kund Lake(4500M)- Bank-Kund Bend(4900M)(6Kms)

Day 9- Bankund Bend(4900M)-Garh Camping Grounds(5430M)(8Kms trek)

Day 10- Garh Camping Grounds(5430M)-Gupt Khal Base(5700M)(4Kms Trek)

Day 11- Gupt Khal Base(5700M)-Gupt Khal(5835M)- Nakthani Snowfields(5650M)(3 Kms Trek)

Day 12- Nakthani Snowfields(5650M)-Nakthani Glacier Snout(4950M) (8 Kms Trek)

Day 13- Nakthani Glacier(4950M)- Badrinath(3100M)(18Kms trek and 4 Kms Drive)

Day 14- Badrinath to Joshimath. Drive and stay over here.

Day 15- Drive to Rishikesh. Drive 10hours. Stay up here.

The name Frank Sydney Smythe is synonymous with "Valley of Flowers". The British explorer and mountaineer, after his successful climb of Kamet in 1931 was coming down into the Bhyunder valley when he saw "… splashes of blue, a blue so intense it seemed to light the hillside." The splashes of blue were the primula flowers and Smythe called it the Valley of Flowers. In 1937 Smythe returned to the valley, explored a few high-altitude passes, and wrote about his journey in his book, ‘The Valley of Flowers’.

The similar trek is also possible in Valley of Flower national park ::

Malarie -  Bhunyar Khal  Glacier  -  Tipla Kharak Glacier - Valley of flowers - Ghangaria - Govindghat -  Joshimath Trek
 

Summery
Trip length: 15 Days
Grade: challenging
Maximum altitude: 4600 M

ITINERARY OF BHYUNDAR KHAL VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK


Day 1):- Delhi to Rishikesh

Day 2):- Rishikesh to Joshimath

Day 3):- Joshimath - Ghangria

Day 4):- Ghangria - Tipra Kharak -via Valley of flowers

Day 5):- Tipra Kharak -Bhyundar khal Ice fall

Day 6):- Bhyundar Khal Ice fall - Bhyundar khal Base

Day 7):- Bhyundarkhal Base to Rataban Glacier

Day 8):- Rataban Glacier to Eri Udiyar

Day 9):- Edi Udiyar - Ghamsali Village

Day 10):- Ghamsali Village -Malari -Joshimath

Day 11):- Joshimath - Rishikesh

Day 12):- Rishikesh to Delhi

Trek Route map by Smythe ::--->> Frank Smythe!


 

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