Sin la Pass

Sin la pass is along the Kailash – mansarovar route, closer to Tibetan border. It was used as a trade route by the Bhotiyas in ancient times. At an elevation of 5,495 m it connects Bidang in Darma valley to Jolingkong Lake in Kuthi Yanki valleys and remains covered in snow throughout the year. The route to Sin la pass offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Adi Kailash Peak and goes through virgin forests, blooming valleys and remote villages giving you an opportunity to understand the cultures and traditions of people living in Chaudans, Byans and Darma valleys. This moderate to difficult trek snakes through forests, boulder ridden tracks cutting across several streams and involves several steep ascends and descends.

Region : Pithoragarh, Kumaon

Best season : May- June, Sep- Oct

Grade : Tough

Duration : 9 days

Trek Distance : 100 km approx

Max altitude 5495m

Min group

Price : On Request



Start early in the morning and reach Budi by lunch time. After lunch we start our 3km steep ascent to Chiyalekh which opens up the main Byas valley. Another 5 km of walk down a motorable road would take us to Garbyang. Overnight in tents.

Varied varieties of wild flowers and trees take you through the trail to Gunji. Overnight in tents.

The route is relatively untouched and gets more and more scenic as we move forward. Trek through the spectacles and greenery to reach Kutti by evening. Kutti is the mythical village and the name Kutti possible came from Kunti of Mahabharat as it is believed that the Pandavas spend their exile days in this village. The village has very old wooden houses with well carved windows, walls coated with thick layer of mud and roofs insulated by wood and layer of grass. The simplicity in the architecture is appreciable. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Another steep ascend combined with cold winds. Once we reach Jyolinkong we get a spectacular view of the sacred Adi Kailash Parvat. Overnight in tents.

A short hike to Parvati lake would be refreshing and calming.

We start our early on this day as that would give us extra time to deal with weather conditions. Take steep ascents to summit sin la pass. Further a 3 hours of steep descend followed an easy walk in the open meadows takes us to Bidang. Overnight in tents.

We walk along the Darma river on the most scenic route of the entire trek passing through lovely meadows, pine forests and silver birch trees with views of glaciers and Panchachuli peaks. After14km of walk through the beautiful Darma valley we reach the road-head and drive to Dharchula.


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