Black Colt's Expedition : Around Panch-Chulis

rohitbhat

Super User
Trek day 2

Paton to Lungriani. The long, winding walk up and down the mountain had squeezed all the energy in us. To top it up, the rains and leeches. If you stop, the leeches attack.
A steep walk up from Paton took us above 2000m altitude, finally. As we were already tired on second day itself, there were no signs of sunlight. But the walk felt like trekking in Western Ghats, as we crossed many small waterfalls, greens, herd of sheep, cowdung, migrants coming from Ralam to Paton with their livestock.

Nothing more to say, but the sun did came out once we reached our campsite at Lungriani and our hopes to continue the expedition took a positive turn.

Altitude gain : 300m,
Distance : 10kms+
Grade : Moderate
From : Paton to Lungriani, by the banks of ferocious Ralam river.

Karak Da's house, where we had our breakfast.
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A pair of Mynas
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Philti Nala : The water comes from Rajrambha glacier.
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The early migration.
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Hansling temple : Situated on the dividing spur of Gori Ganga and Ralam Gad streams. It takes lot of time to ascend till here.
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And by 2:00pm, we were at our campsite. Surprisingly, another day with phone connectivity.
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Our camp site by Ralam river. Its located deep in the gorge of Ralam.
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Duryodhan Singh and his elder brother Karak Da. Duryodhan has been to many expeditions in the past deep into Kalabaland glacier and Yangchar glacier. He used to be the Sirdar of porters. We did not miss a chance to have lunch prepared by his family at Lungrani.
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Lungriani has no village, but has a small forest house. Locals of Ralam usually takes a halt here while migrating up and down.
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We heaved a sigh of relief as the sky opened up at night.
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to be continued......

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rohitbhat

Super User
Trek day 3

Third day challenging climb brought a rise in altitude from 2100m to 3200m+. In 12 kms the trail took us from subtropical jungle to open grazing alps, where stunted juniper and straggling silver birch formed the only surviving woodland. It didn't rain though. For the first time, we got a glimpse of snow peak on the easy side, i.e Partial view of Rajrambha peak. As usual, porters were slow and we reached the campsite at 1:30pm and slept under open skies at Khiltam.

Altitude gain : 1100m,
Distance : 12kms+
Grade : Moderate
From : Lungriani to Khiltam.

The terrain of the walk for the whole day, is something like this as seen in the photo.
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Rajrambha side.
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We leave behind forests and alpine meadows open up as we gained height.
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One of the many tiny waterfalls from east side.
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Our campsite. It didn't rain, but if you see the photo, you would be able to make out of what type and kind of weather we faced.
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The place was not flat and we had rough sleep in the tents. At the same time, next morning few people saw mama bear and her cub on the opposite hill. But before we could take out our camera from the bag with sleepy eyes, they had vanished.
 

Gaurav Dutt

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Trek day 3

Third day challenging climb brought a rise in altitude from 2100m to 3200m+. In 12 kms the trail took us from subtropical jungle to open grazing alps, where stunted juniper and straggling silver birch formed the only surviving woodland. It didn't rain though. For the first time, we got a glimpse of snow peak on the easy side, i.e Partial view of Rajrambha peak. As usual, porters were slow and we reached the campsite at 1:30pm and slept under open skies at Khiltam.

Altitude gain : 1100m,
Distance : 12kms+
Grade : Moderate
From : Lungriani to Khiltam.

The terrain of the walk for the whole day, is something like this as seen in the photo.
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Rajrambha side.
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We leave behind forests and alpine meadows open up as we gained height.
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One of the many tiny waterfalls from east side.
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Our campsite. It didn't rain, but if you see the photo, you would be able to make out of what type and kind of weather we faced.
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The place was not flat and we had rough sleep in the tents. At the same time, next morning few people saw mama bear and her cub on the opposite hill. But before we could take out our camera from the bag with sleepy eyes, they had vanished.
Perfect composition bhai :)

The trail looks tough.
 
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