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Hampta Pass : Day 5: Shea Goru to Chatru and bumpy drive to chandratal

With the successful crossing of the hampta pass done and dusted. Today would be the last day of the trek with a continuous descent to Chatru. Ravi had told us we would have another water crossing where we had to cross the stream flowing in front of the camp.

We found a shallow point with just knee deep water we crossed the river and once everyone were across we dried our feet and started the descent,

We came across a huge herd of the sheep heading to shea goru while taking a break.

Sheep herd

The descent continued with breaks and soon we reached a point where we were told we had to board the jeeps to take us to the basecamp. We had longish break with lunch and took couple of photos before starting the final descent

Lunch point

The final descent took us another hour and we were at the cabs which were waiting for us to take us to the camp.

Once everyone reached we boarded the cabs and the bumpy ride on non existent roads started till we reached the basecamp. Ravi asked us not to waste time there except to dump the luggage and take only what is required for the visit to chandratal lake

It took us another 3 hours to reach chandratal lake with the drive across roads being very bumpy. We could see the stark contrast in landscape. With continous bumps and a desert like landscape we stopped at a hotel for some refreshments before heading out to the lake

Another one hour later we were at the lake. We had to park the cars and walk km and half to reach the lake. With amazing backdrops we took enough photos and another group snap near the lake

Chandratal Lake

Spending couple of hours at the lake we headed back to the cabs. Two hours later we were back at the camp thus completing a wonderful trek

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Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak Trek Day 5: The climb to Bhujgali

The climb to bhujgali starts immediately from Rohini bugyal and then descends steeply all the way to the river from where we need to climb all the way up to the grasslands.

After the inital climb, it was a smooth descent to the river where we took an extended break to enjoy the cold waters. We spend some time indulging in photo sessions. Spending about an hour at the river, we packed our bags and started the climb towards bhujgali.

Photo Sessions @ river

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Climbing for couple of hours we reached a stone settlement with fantastic views of the mountains. The flat grassland also had a small stream flowing which served as a good point to pit for lunch. A short seista and we again began the final climb to the campsite which was an hour away.

Lunch point

_MG_0927_resize_MG_0929_resizeTents were already up and we settled into the tents. We were lucky to get a clear sky and after a couple of group photo sessions and some sunset photos, Rushish called us for another briefing where we were shown the use of gaitors and ice tractions for the ascent to chandrashila peak.

Sunset @ Bhujgali

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Group snaps

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Dinner was served early and we retired to our tents as we had a very early start the next day. The ascent to chandrashila peak due the next day and every one was excited

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