Kedarkantha trek

Beginner's Guide For High Altitude

About Borasu Pass

Borasu Pass or Bara-su (5,250 mtr) is a high mountain pass that is located on the border of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh along the border with Tibet. It was an ancient trade route between Har-ki-Doon valley and Kinnaur valley. It is no longer used by the locals and is an escapade for trekkers and mountaineers. The trek starts from Taluka and passes through lush green Har-ki-Doon valley which is a hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks and dense forests flocked with colourful birds and rich wild life. The trek starts by following the boisterous Har-ki-doon Ganga and ends by following the colossal Baspa river. One can stay in the Forest rest house in leisure or camp near Har-ki-doon Ganga. Also one can camp near the beautiful glacial lake at Marinda tal few kms from Har-ki-doon. The trail passes through glacier moraines, steep narrow ridges, sheer vertical snow slopes and boulder fields. All in all it is a nerve-wracking trek that is a stunning mix of backwoods and vast meadows packed with vibrant wild flowers and birds, spurting rivers and widespread glaciers, huge picturesque valley flanked by gargantuan snow-capped peaks and massive boulders. 

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SWATHI CHATRAPATHY

Swathi heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

General Information of Borasu Pass Trek

Har ki Doon is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. You have several passes that connect Uttaranchal to Himachal, towards the north is the Lamkhaga Pass and towards the south are Kimalay or the Kimloga pass (no longer used), Singha and Rupin pass that all lead to the Sangla valley.  This valley is snow covered during October to March. Surrounded by dense Pine forests the valley offers views of glittering mountain peaks. The area is remote and hence a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The trek starts from Taluka passing through dense forests consisting of chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar trees. The trek from Osla to Har-ki-doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy patches and thick conifer forests. As Har-Ki-Doon falls within the Govind Pashu Vihar wildlife sanctuary, chances of seeing wildlife are very bright indeed. In the sanctuary you will find trees of Bhojpatra, the rare Bramhakamal, and colourful flora and fauna. You can see various bids like Rosefinch, Redstart, Tit, Warbler, Babbler, Thrush and many more. One can see Kala nag, Bandar poonch, Ruinsara peaks and the majestic Swargarohini even before one reaches

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Swathi heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

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