Ascent to Kukin Khal on 1993-09-24

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, September 24, 1993
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Place:Kukin Khal
    Elevation:10240 ft / 3121 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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

Approximate Distances:
9/22 0.5 km
9/23 20 km
9/24 20 km
9/25 6.9 km
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6424 ft / 1957 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9852 ft / 3002 m
    Round-Trip Distance:29.4 mi / 47.3 km
    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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5440 ft / 1658 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2445 ft / 746 m; Extra: 2995 ft / 912m
    Loss on way in:2995 ft / 912 m
    Distance:14.6 mi / 23.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Mundoli  7795 ft / 2375 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6857 ft / 2090 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5873 ft / 1790 m; Extra: 984 ft / 299m
    Gain on way out:984 ft / 299 m
    Distance:14.8 mi / 23.8 km
    End Trailhead:Ghat  4367 ft / 1331 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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