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Shumga Trek - Perfect Getaway For Adventure Seekers

  • Region : Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration : 6 Days
  • Distance : 30km
  • Altitude : 12,500 ft ft.
  • Grade : Easy - Moderate

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Overview

Region :- Himanchal
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 12,500 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 30 Kms.

Trekking is no more done only by frequent trekkers or adventure enthusiasts. Trekking has now become ecstasy of our lives. It is a medium to rejoice, relive, and reconnect with nature. That is the reason why trekking is the most popular activity. This provides scope for us to keep exploring the unfamiliar and bring the hidden jewels of the Himalayas. What better could it be when the trek lies in the Valley of Gods, the Kullu valley. One of the precious treasures of Kullu valley is the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Less known, untraveled paths hence, bring a lot of curiosity and excitement. Shumga trek lies within the GHNP since 1984, when it was formed.
Shumga is truly remote from rest of the world, as it has no network connectivity. It is, therefore, a perfect getaway for adventure seekers. The trek route begins from Shangarh village which is an epicentre of serenity and green meadows. It was also a hunting ground due to the abundance of fauna on the pasture lands. It is known for the tower temples built 100 years ago. From here itself you will start getting views of lush green plateaus surrounded by Cedar forests and endless ranges of mountains in the background. Walking towards the encircled area of the forests, make way on the well-marked trail to Lapah camp. The route from Lapah camp to Sarah Lake has variations. From pine forests to rhododendron to steep ascent, you will be amazed at every point. The trail goes through blossomed rhododendrons along the beautiful Saradhar ridge, later to Sarah Lake. Camping beside this lake under glittering stars will revitalize you for the summit day.
The summit trail will again show the variant color of the vegetation from pine trees to rhododendrons. Towards the end of the trail comes Alpine meadows, home of the pheasants like Monal, Tragopan, Koklash etc. The summit point is marked by the shrine of Goddess Jogni or Sati. This point lies on the ridge separating Tirthan and Sainj valleys. Lower Himalayan peaks of Banjar, Thachi, and Mandi are visible on the Southwest side. Towards Northeast, peaks of the Great Himalayan Range are visible. On a clear autumn morning, high peaks of Kinnaur and Spiti regions can also be sighted.
Major peaks seen are Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag, in Lahulibati.
Altitude 7,200 ft.
Pick up time .
Drive .
Network is available.
Stay in a Home stay/Tent.
Route:- Mandi - Pandoh Lake - Hanogi Temple - Diversion before Aut Tunnel - Sainj -Shangarh
After you reach Mandi the beautiful mountain journey begins. The first major sight will be of Pandoh Dam built in 1977 as hydroelectric power station. It is an attractive tourist spot in Manali.
You will follow the Mandi – Aut Tunnel route. If you wish you can halt at the Hanogi Mata temple, perfectly balancing on the edge of a cliff forming a divine picture. Taking steep turns, the view gets greener as you get closer to the Sainj River and vast meadows come to visibility. The first thing that will capture your heart will be the tower temples. ShangchulMahadev Temple is newly built temple after the old was destroyed in fire. The temple will remind of you Chinese constructions.
You will instantly fall in love with the entire setup of pleasing green grassland with Snow Mountains and tiny village houses. Sip a cup of tea and enjoy your night in a Tent/Homestay. Permissions are required to step into the wonderland of Great Himalayan National Park.
Trek 9 km.
8,500 ft.
Reach Camp before lunch.
No local market, no network is available.
Till Lapah level walk on the well-marked trail, frequently used by villagers (6.5 km).
Cross Barshangarh village.
Waterfall on the way to refill water bottles.
Gradual ascent 2.5 km from Lapah Village till campsite.
Camp in between mixed forest of pine and other broad-leaved trees
Wake up in the morning getting immersed in the wonderful scenery. You would want to relax on the grass and feel the sun rays. But get packed to experience more. The height gain up to the next campsite, Lapah is from 2200 meters to 2700 meters. You will be covering 9 km distance in 5 hours trek.
After 1 km walk through the forests, you will arrive at Barshangarh village. The path henceforth is a level walk between Pine trees. During winter these trees are layered with snow forming a perfect winter picture. You will cross the Lapah village to reach the campsite. It will be a steep ascent of 2 km until campsite. Your eyes will be filled withmindblowing views of Greater Himalayan peaks. Though the peaks are not clearly visible, it is enough to rejuvenate you. If you are lucky you might have an encounter with Black deer, Goral or Musk deer.
Trek 6.5 km.
10,500 ft.
No water point on the trail so fill bottles at Camp.
Keep your wind and waterproof handy.
The first half of is through pin, fir and spruce forest having gradual to a steep ascent.
The second half of the trek is through rhododendron forest (Steep ascent).
Walk along the ridge named Saradhar.
Reach Sara Lake by late noon.
Stay in tents beside the lake.
After peaceful sleep under forests, it is time to encounter how the forests change its colour. The trail starts from Lapah along the Saradhar ridge. The trail starts with a moderate ascent of 2 km, followed by a steep ascent of 2 km. Notice the change in vegetation from thick Pine, Fir and Spruce forests to Rhododendron and Junipers scrubs.
Towards the end of the trail you will come across Raila village. Walking a little ahead you can spot the next camp site besides Sara Lake. The lake is a tiny lake surrounded by Kharsu oak trees on the sides. The lake is dark coloured and mostly covered by leaves. Towards the northeast side you will get views of never-ending Greater Himalayan ranges. You will get enough time to roam around and capture memorable moments with the nature.
Trek 8 km up and down from the summit.
11,800 ft.
Start after Breakfast, lunch at Summit.
Sara to Shumga Summit gradual ascent 4 km.
Pheasants Monal, Thragopan, Koklash can be spotted.
Spend some time at Shumga Summit.
Sliding can be enjoyed while coming down in winter.
Fun day of the trek.
Reach Campsite in the late evening.
Peaks of Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag are visible.
This is one of the easy treks having a summit day covering a total of 8 km. The trail is of moderate type so relax and just engulf the peacefulness. On this trail too you will observe the variation of greenery filled with Rhododendron and Junipers scrubs. Just as you move up the tree line ends and lavish meadows of Shumga incept. Also, you will find alpine scrubs lying everywhere. These scrubs are breeding grounds for pheasants like Monal, Tragopan, Koklash etc. After establishment of National Park Shumga attracts wildlife watchers.
Shumga summit point is obvious by prayer flags and a shrine of Jogni deity. The Goddess is believed to guide and protect the mountains. What makes the summit unique is that it lies on a ridge separating Sainj and Tirthan Valley. A 360 degree theatre opens as soon you reach the summit. Towards southwest lower hills of Banjar, Thachi, and Mandi are visible at a distance. On the other hand, Northeast side has Great Himalayan range peaks. On a clear autumn morning high peaks of Kinnaur and Spiti regions can be noticed. Look towards North for distant mesmerizing views of PirPanjal range. You will also find Beas River meandering through Kullu Valley towards West. Major Peaks seen are Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag, in Lahulibati.
Trek 12.5 km.
5,500 ft.
Descend is gradual along Saradhar Ridge till Lapah.
Mind the diversion at Lapah towards Niharni.
Niharni is gradual descend till Baha bridge on Sainj River then a level walk till the road appears.
First 1 km is gradual ascent and rest 1.5 km is steep ascent.
Reach Campsite by lunch.
Accommodation in Tent/Homestay.
Wake up with all the memories fresh in your mind, promising to never forget them. Another chance to relive those is on the return trail. The route to Lapah is the same as you came up. This will be the longest route of the entire trek. After 6 km of retracing your steps to Lapah, take a diversion to Nihari.
Another 6 km descend until Sainjriverand you will reach a bridge over the river at Baha. Walk the final steps on the bridge and say the end to the Shumga trek.

drive of 4 hours (126 km).

Just look back and try to relive the entire trek as the time to say Goodbye, has come. With a big smile get ready to miss the trek while you drive back to Mandi.

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.
By Train:-
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)
By Bus:-
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
Usually buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station
THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Haridwar Railway Station at 6:30am.
Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
You will reach Joshimath by 5:00 pm
Food from dehradun to Joshimath is not included in the trek cost
Inclusions :-
  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and retorn (According to itinerary)
  8. Mules to carry the central luggage
 
Exclusions :-
  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Mandi.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Shumga Trek
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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