DARWA PASS

TREK

It is always fascinating to do a cross country trek and the Darwa Pass crossing is no exception. The Darwa pass is the watershed between two great rivers the Ganga and the Yamuna. The Darwa Pass also offers a most dramatic view of the twin peaks of Bandarpunch and multiple peaks in the Gangotri region towards the north east. It was also quite fascinating to see the drastic change in the terrain before and after the pass. The forest cover prior to Dodi Tal is very thick and in some situations resembles a rain forest. Across the pass the trail passes through a 25 km’s long meadow which just keeps going on and on. The trek ends at Hanuman Chatti which is the road head for this trek.

REgion

Uttarkashi

FIRST TRIP

September, 2017

Trip Grading

2

Trip DURATION

7 days

Best Period

May and October

Side TRIPS

From Darwa Pass head north to Bamsaru Khal 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.    Camp at Dodi Tal is a pristine high altitude lake surrounded by thick forest 
2.    Darwa Pass represents an exciting Pass crossing 
3.    Enjoy a dramatic view from Darwa Pass with Bandarpunch dominating
4.    Experience  beautiful meadow stretches from Darwa Pass 

Darwa Pass Gallery

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Sangam Chatti is a short 30 minute drive from Uttarkashi and is the start point of the trek

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The initial part of the trek all the way to Dodi Tal passes predominately through forested sections

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Dodi Tal is a huge lake completely enclosed by thick forest

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Bandarpunch dominated the view from Darwa Pass

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After Dodi Tal the next objective is Darwa Pass

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The 700m climb to the Darwa pass takes about 4 hours

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The terrain from Darwa Pass all the way to Hanuman Chatti is is essentially long meadow stretches

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After crossing the Darwa Pass the objective is to climb to Darwa Top 4200m the highest point on the ridge

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In the distance is the head of the Bin Gad Valley with the twin peaks of Bandarpunch dominating

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Finally a week into the trek and 80 km’s later the trail ends at Hanuman Chatti adjacent to the famous Yamunotri Temple

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Sangam Chatti is a short 30 minute drive from Uttarkashi and is the start point of the trek