Garhwal Himal Trek, October, 2004

We traveled to northern India into the high mountains of the Garhwal Himal for a 14-day trek. The weather was somewhat spotty with blue sky mornings and showers in the afternoon. A large snowstorm hit the area as we crossed our first high pass at over 15,000 ft and stayed with us until we spent a couple of nights in the town of Gangotri. There was too much snow for us to complete our trek over the Kalindi Pass at 19,000 ft. However, we were able to hike up the Bhagirathi Valley to the source of the Ganges River at Gaumukh. We had great weather along the way but there was too much snow to go much further than to Tapovan and back. We had some rest days and a raft trip along the Ganges River near Rishikesh to fill in the time. We ended our trip with a visit to Ranthambore National Park and its tigers near Agra.

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Amaranthus Fields
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Agoda Camp
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Dodital Temple
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Sonpara Pass
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Bandarpunch Mountains
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Bin Ghat Crossing
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Bin Ghat Valley
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Bin Ghat Bridge
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High Camp
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Bamsaru Khal (3-Try Pass)
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Snow Camp
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Steep Descent
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Mary Jane Camp
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Snow in Gangotri!
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Warm Hotel Room!
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Gangotri Shrine
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Gangotri
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Bhagirathi River
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Gangotri NP
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Chirabasa Camp
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Nearing Gaumukh
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Cover
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Gaumukh Camp
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Bhagirathi Peaks
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Gaumukh Sadhu
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Climb up to Tapovan
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Tapovan Camp
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Blue Ram
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Gangotri Glacier View
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Descent from Tapovan
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Return to Gangotri
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Bhagirathi Valley View
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Pay Day!
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Basking Lizard
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Park Entrance
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Accident!
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Ganges River Crossing
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River Camp
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Ganges River Rafts
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Ganges River Rafts
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Rishikesh Temple
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Rishikesh Sadhu
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Dussehra Festival!
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Aarti Lamp Ceremony
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Ranthambore Jackal
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Sambar Deer
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Chital
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Black Buck
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Tigers!
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Tiger!
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Ranthambore Tiger Sighting







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