Fachu Kandi Pass Trek – A fetching trek in Garhwal Himalayas
Fachu Kandi Pass Trek – A fetching trek in Garhwal Himalayas
A High Pass in Garhwal Himalayas
Fachu Kandi Pass lies at an altitude of 4356 meters in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand. It lies beyond a famous glacial lake Sarutal. The base camp of this trek is Sankri and en point is Hanuman Chatti in Chamoli.
Pass by Kedarkantha and Sarutal to reach Fachu Kandi Pass
These two are very famous treks in Garhwal Himalayas and the trails always remain crowded. On the trek to Fachu Kandi Pass you will pass through these pristine places and ahead the trails are virgin because not many people are familiar to this high pass.
Trekking through dense forests of Oaks, Pines and Rhododendrons makes the trek pleasing and the forest clearings surprise you from time to time. Go through undulating meadows with sight of amazing snow clad mountains. Ahead cross streams and high ridges with fantastic views.
Duration – 09 Days from (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Best Season – May, June, Sep, Oct and Nov
Level – Moderate
Highest Points – (4356 m)
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.
Summer Temperature – (-2°C to -5°C)
Winter Temperature – (0° C to 10°C)
Short Details for Fachu Kandi Pass Trek
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours) overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2700 m) (5 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base (3400 m) (4 km) (3/4 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha summit (3800 m) and trek to Dunda Thach (3200 m) (8 km) (6/7 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 5 : Dunda Thach to Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp (3500 m) (8km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 6 : Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp to Sarutal (3900 m) (9 km) (5/6 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 7 : Sarutal to Fachu Kandi Pass (4356 m) and trek to Kotara Chani (2954 m) (7 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 8 : Kotara Chani to Leka Dogari (2600 m) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 9 : Leka Dogari to Hanuman Chatti (5 km) Drive to Dehradun
Fachu Kandi Pass Trek Details Itinerary
Day 1- Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours) overnight stay in a hotel
Our pick up point is Dehradun Railway station or ISBT, meet us there and then drive towards Sankri you can have your breakfast at Kempty Fall which is a famous picnic spot and is famous for a waterfall. Have your lunch in middle of your journey at Purola.
It’s a picturesque drive to Sankri, you will get fetching views from your window, and the drive will be through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainbagh, Damta, Newman, Purola, Mori, Netwar these are beautiful places in the Himalayas. Sankri lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district, it is a village with a mini market famous for wooden huts which serve delectable food. You will see apple orchards here and greenery all around.
Reach Sankri have a glance of snow covered mountains, this place is pollution free, enjoy the invigorating climate. We own a hotel there named “Swargarohini” Relax, have your meal and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2- Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2700 m) (5 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Trek starts from Sankri’s mini market, have your breakfast and leave early for Juda Ka Talab with packed lunch. After crossing the hustle and bustle of busy market you enter the area of Forest Department where your I.D’s get checked. When you go further you can see Saur village on your left there are wooden houses which remains cool in summers and warm in winters.
The trail is well marked and cemented and from there you can have glance of mountains, all covered by snow and Swargarohini with “Char Singhs” looks the most beautiful of them all. As you go further now you have to trek off road and the ascend starts, this climb is steep till 1km, make sure you have enough water so that you don’t gasp to breathe. Take breaks and continue your trek, the trail is through beautiful dense forest it is all covered by lush greenery.
You can hear the sound of flowing streams and chirping of birds which makes it pleasurable to trek through these woods. Today’s trek is an ascending one there are short descends. In middle of your trek you will reach a meadow a stream flows on the side, there is a wooden hut of a local which serves Maggie and tea, you can communicate with them and know about their traditional lifestyle.
After spending some time there start your trek it will take two hours to reach Juda Ka Talab, the ascend is steep keep going and you will descend down now you are about to reach Juda Ka Talab. It is a famous lake amidst a meadow it is crystal clear and the attraction of that place. Reach your campsite explore this place, you will see trees all around, camping here is perfect under the shade of shimmering stars and around this captivating lake. Setup your tents here, explore the beauty and enjoy overnight stay and dinner in tents.
Day 3- Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base (3400 m) (4 km) (3/4 hours) overnight stay in tents
Have your breakfast at Juda Ka Talab and leave for Kedarkantha’s base camp, the trail is beautiful and has got mesmerizing views of snow covered peaks and you can also take the other path of Baniya Thach, it is a short steep climb and has also got scenic views of mountains. The trail takes you through dense pine forest, it is a pleasure to walk through the woods, further this forest ends at a ridge.
After 90 minutes of trekking through the forest of oaks you will reach another ridge, cross that reach you may get tired but then a meadow will unfold in front of you from there the views are magnificent. Now, Kedarkantha summit is visible from here, the snow-capped mountains looks enchanting and the beautiful greenery makes one stare at it as it looks picturesque.
During winter season it remains covered by snow and looks picture perfect, walk over snow and under the shade of oak trees. Continue your trek and after some ascends you will reach Kedarkantha Base Camp, the view of Bandarpooch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Rangnala are glorifying and all covered by snow they look fascinating together. This campsite is the most beautiful one and the beauty of this place will leave you spell bound. Enjoy your meal here and overnight stay in tents.
Day 4- Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha summit (3800 m) and trek to Dunda Thach (3200 m) (8 km) (6/7 hours) overnight stay in tents
Have your breakfast early in the morning and start your trek towards Kedarkantha summit, there are many trails to reach this point you can take anyone. Maronda Thach a wide meadow, Pokhrola Thach after a gradual ascend it offers majestic views of mountains which are covered by snow and the views of huge waterfalls.
The climb to Kedarkantha Peak is steep and it takes energy and efforts to reach there but the efforts are worth going there. The alluring views of Swargarohini 1, 2, 3, Har Ki Dun valley, Kala Nag, Black Peak stand tall in front of your eyes, the views are panoramic from there and there are temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh which makes the aura spiritual and divine.
Visit those temples spend some time there relishing the beauty of this place and leave for Dunda Thach, ascend gradually on the way you will get the enchanting views of snow covered mountains and waterfalls in this region, they look adorable.
Reach Dunda Thach by evening, relish the beauty of this meadow and spend your night here in camps.
Day 5- Dunda Thach to Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp (3500 m) (8km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Do not miss watching sunrise from Dunda Thach by waking up early in the morning, the sight is worth getting up early. Have your breakfast and leave for Pushtara Thach.
Trek towards your destination for today, en route you is a temple of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. From this point steep climb starts which can be done in 10 minutes. Cross this area and you will reach Pushtara Thach. A place with where the environment is invigorating and the surroundings are eye pleasing, spending night here is a delight.
Enjoy camping under the stars by having relaxing stay in tents.
Day 6- Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp to Sarutal (3900 m) (9 km) (5/6 hours) overnight stay in tents
Today’s trek is 9 km long from Pushtara Thach to Sarutal and the trail is a combination of ascents and levelled walks, you will reach there in four to five hours.
You will come across a number of meadows on the way, it is mostly ridge and meadow walk with beautiful views. The wide views of Gangotri peaks, Bandarpooch, Swargarohini and Kala Nag are visible from a distance.
Continue trekking, take rest breaks in between and have your packed lunch in middle of the journey. Sarutal is a lake amidst the meadows which remain hidden for many years and a shepherd found this unique lake in search of grassy fields.
Reach Sarutal and have proper sight of the surroundings and the alluring lake, trail from Sarutal further goes to Fachukandi Pass. Explore this area and experience the invigorating environment.
Place your tents in this ideal location have your meal and enjoy staying there.
Day 7- Sarutal to Fachu Kandi Pass (4356 m) and trek to Kotara Chani (2954 m) (7 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Post breakfast after bidding goodbye to this lake amid meadows start the trek towards Fachu Kandi Pass which lies at an altitude of 4356 meters.
The trek is thrilling to this pass and the trail is tough, ascent carefully because some areas can be dangerous. First walk through the section of meadows and then cross ridges. The last climb to Fachu Kandi Pass is the hardest one.
But the views from the top are rewarding, the gigantic Himalayan Peaks all together can be seen clearly with some unnamed snow clad peaks. Descent to your campsite Kotara Chani. Setup your camps there and comfortably sleep in tents.
Day 8- Kotara Chani to Leka Dogari (2600 m) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Kotara Chani to Leka Dogari is an easy decent which can be covered in 4 to 5 hours. Reach the campsite pitch your tents there and comfortably sleep in tents.
Day 9- Leka Dogari to Hanuman Chatti (5 km) Drive to Dehradun
Hanuman Chatti is the end point of this trek and the distance from Leka Dogari is 5 km. It lies in Chamoli and you will get back through Yamunotri side. After trek rest for and leave for Dehradun to reach there on time.
ATM Point and Mobile Connectivity: –
ATM POINT –
Purola is the last ATM point.
Mobile Connectivity –
Your device will receive signals at Purola. At Sankri your device can receive BSNL and Vodafone signals but the connectivity is not good. There will be no networks ahead so finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.
The most common question asked is “What things to carry on a Trek?”
First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below –
To reduce your expenses HPMA offer trekking items on rent at nominal prices. Make a special renting request before the trek to get trek gear on rent.
Things you can get on Rent
Clothes to Carry On A Trek
Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)
Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against chilly cold.
You should have 2 – 3 trek pants on a week long trek and take more for longer treks.
At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.
Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.
To avoid sunburns always carry full sleeved t shirts which dries easily and covers neck and arms properly.
They are useful during rain and snowfall.
(Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer etc.)
(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)
Medical Kit is Mandatory
(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case if any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)
Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit
Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe
WE CARE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY
(Includes all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun) (5% GST Extra)
Note: – The cost is for minimum 5 people in a group and if the group size increases the price will decrease.
Short itinerary Fachu Kandi Pass Trek
Day 01-Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours) overnight stay in a hotel
Day 02-Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2700 m) (5 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 03-Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base (3400 m) (4 km) (3/4 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 04 –Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha summit (3800 m) and trek to Dunda Thach (3200 m) (8 km) (6/7 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 05-Dunda Thach to Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp (3500 m) (8km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 06-Pushtara Thach/Taloti camp to Sarutal (3900 m) (9 km) (5/6 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 07-Sarutal to Fachu Kandi Pass (4356 m) and trek to Kotara Chani (2954 m) (7 km) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 08-Kotara Chani to Leka Dogari (2600 m) (4/5 hours) overnight stay in tents
Day 09-Leka Dogari to Hanuman Chatti (5 km) Drive to Dehradun </
Our Service end here
This board by Forest Department is the appeal for trekkers to only go with local tour operators.
“Most of the people seek adventure and choose this great adventure sport Trekking, but the common mistake committed by the people is wrong choice of a company which further lead to accidents. Now, as you can see the board by Forest Department, they had made an appeal to go with the local tour operators on any trek of your choice because adventure is risky and to reduce these risks no other company can help you like the locals”.
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. 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.
Up to 30 Days: 90% cost is refundable
Between 21–30 Days: 50% cost is refundable
Less thaan 20 – No Refund