Traill’s Pass Expedition

  • Location Kumaon Himalayas Region, Uttarakhand
  • Type Expedition
  • Length 18 Days
  • Best Season Mid April to Mid October
  • Level Challenging
  • Altitude 5312 m

This pass was named after George William Traill, the 2nd British Commissioner of Kumaon (1816-1836), as Everest was named after George Everest, the illustrious Surveyor-General of India (1830-1843). A comparison between the two, though not relevant, is interesting. Both Georges earned the distinction sometime after relinquishing their posts and even the legend of Radhanath Sikdar related to the discovery of Everest has a parallel, Malak Singh Buda, in the first crossing of the pass in 1830.

Both Traill and Everest began service in India with the East India Company about the first decade of the 19th Century. By Himalayan standards, the Pindari glacier and the Traill’s Pass do not match most of the giants. The Pindari is neither the largest nor the longest of the glaciers nor is the Traill’s Pass, at its head, the highest of passes. However, Pindari has been the most frequently visited Himalayan glacier since the mid-19th century when a bridle-path with dak bungalows at suitable intervals between there and Almora was built. Even today, it is so popular a trekking destination that a tenfold increase in the number of beds available is unable to cope with the influx. What faces a visitor to Pindari glacier at the Zero Point, along its left lateral moraine, is an immense wall of jagged, broken ice criss­crossed with thousands of seracs and crevasses.

The upper icefields of the glacier are invisible from there and the near level ice mass at its lower end at the snout below recedes into insignificance. What people call the Pindari glacier is actually a huge icefall passing over a steep slope, through which a direct ascent has yet to be made. Above this lie the ice fields of the surrounding heights and the névé basin of the glacier, some 8 kms long, separated from the ridge above with a text-book fashion bergschrund. The lowest point on the ridge at 5400 m is the Traill’s Pass.

Beyond the pass to the north and east lies the Lwan valley whose catchment is the Gori ganga valley. Trails pass is a high altitude pass named after famous explorer and is on the head of Pindari glacier which is one of the most accessible Glacier & lies on the outer ring of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary in the Kumaon Himalaya. The Pindari Glacier forms the snout of the river Pindar which forms the main tributary of river Alaknanda which further joins the Bhagirathi to form The Ganges at Dev Prayag. Trails pass bridges Pindari Valley with Lwa Valley (Nandadevi East Base camp).

Itinerary (Day by Day)

Day 1

Arrive in Lohakhet (1755m). We will camp here tonight.

Day 2

Lohakhet to Khati (2210m)

Day 3

Khati to Dhakuri over Dhakuri pass (2902m)

Day 4

Dhakuri to Dawali (2734m)

Day 5

Dawali to Furkiya (3200m)

Day 6

Furkiya to BC (3700m). We will camp after crossing the Pindari river log bridge

Day 7

Base camp to Sura Kharak (4100m)

Day 8

Sura Kharak to Takhta Kharak camp (4400m)

Day 9

Takhta Kharak to Camp near Rock wall (4800m). We will also do a 250 m section of rope fixing.

Day 10

Camp near Rock wall to Ridge Camp (5400m)

Day 11

Ridge Camp to Lake Camp (5300m)

Day 12

Lake Camp – Lawan Glacier Camp over Traill’s Pass (5312m). Today we will cross the Traill’s pass and camp across on the other side on the Lawan.

Day 13

Lawan Glacier camp to Lawan snout camp

Day 14

Lawan snout camp to Martoli village (3300m)19 km trek

Day 15

Martoli village to Bogdiyar 18km trek

Day 16

Bogdiyar to Lilam 12 km trek

Day 17

Lilam to Almora 4km trek 85 km drive

Day 18

We depart from Almora to kathgodam diparture.

Accomodations

Tent, Local Homestay, Hotels or Resorts, Rest House according to the Altitude

Meal

Non Veg & Veg (Traditional & Continental)

Equipnent

Tent, Mattresses, Sleeping Bags, Sitting Chairs as required, Utensils, etc. (all are branded)

Activity

Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Rock Craft, Snow Craft, River Crossing, Zipline, etc. as required

Guide

We have well experienced guides who has good knowledge of flora & fauna

Supporting Team

Our supporting team is well experienced and active

Policies

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