Kush Kalyan/Gharwal Lakes
Key information: Kush Kalyan/Gharwal Lakes
- A fine trek up (some of the way on colonial-era pilgrims footpaths) up to the lovely meadows of the Kush Kalyan Plateau and then on up ridges and valleys to gorgeous Lamb Tal and sacred, cliff-girt Shastra Tal, high lakes in rough grasslands with excellent views of peaks all around, the Bandarpunch Range in particular.
- Straightforward but for the altitude. You will be in the company of pilgrims if you go in August.
- Best months: Mid-June to October. Clouds of Grama-kamal flowers (after which the lake gets its name) in August.
- Tough walking in remote mountains, where altitude can cause real problems. Come fully prepared, including proper acclimatization. Briefish info in the now quite old Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya by Harish Kapadia. Check the current permit requirements.
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- Walkopedia rating83
- Natural interest10
- Human interest5
- Negative points-3
- Total rating83
- Note: Neg: altitude
- Length: 72km
- Maximum Altitude: 5,145m
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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