Ascent to Kukin Khal on 1993-09-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, September 24, 1993|
|Ascent Type:||No Summit Goal|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Bus|
| Elevation:||3121 m / 10240 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI attempted to do the Roopkund Lake trek in the Garwhal Himalaya region of India. I had some vague idea that from the lake (at over 5000 meters) I could perhaps scramble uphill towards Trisul, a 7000 meter peak overlooking the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
I made many mistakes on this trip, and I really didn't know what I was doing. The obstacles were: terribly rainy post-monsoon weather; lack of guides or porters; landslides blocking mountain roads; not bringing enough food; inability to get my stove working with the fuel I had; poor maps of the area; and a one-day bus strike while trying to get back.
I did not make it to Roopkund Lake. I abandoned that quest after my first day of hiking, and instead hiked from Mundoli to Ghat, over the pass of Kukin Khal at 3121 meters.
Although I was tired, hungry, wet, and miserable during most of this trip, it remains my only Himalayan experience (as of 2011), and many of the landscapes and people I encountered will always remain with me.
Mundoli-End of Bus Ride: 2376 m
Lohajang-Campsite 9/22: 2589 m
Wan Valley bottom: 2132 m
Red Pond Ridge: 2743 m
Forested Brook Ravine: 2590 m
Back to Red Pond: 2743 m
Wan-Campsite 9/23: 2439 m
Kukin Khal (Pass): 3121 m
Trail ups and downs: 2090 m
Trail ups and downs: 2390 m
Ghat-Bus station: 1790 m
9/22 0.5 km
9/23 20 km
9/24 20 km
9/25 6.9 km
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1957 m / 6424 ft|
| Elevation Loss:||3001 m / 9852 ft|
| Distance:||47.3 km / 29.4 mi|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||3 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
Monsoon rains during nights
| Elevation Gain:||1658 m / 5440 ft|
| Extra Loss:||912 m / 2995 ft|
| Distance:||23.5 km / 14.6 mi|
| Trailhead:||Mundoli 2375 m / 7795 ft|
| Elevation Loss:||2089 m / 6857 ft|
| Extra Gain:||299 m / 984 ft|
| Distance:||23.8 km / 14.8 mi|
| Trailhead:||Ghat 1331 m / 4367 ft|
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