(Last Updated on : 18/03/2019)
Also known as Pindari Kanda, the Traills Pass stands at an elevation of 5, 312 m and is not the highest of mountain passes among the other giants of the Himalayan Mountain Range
. Nonetheless, the pass has its own challenges and even though the Pindari glacier
is frequently visited, the Traills Pass which is at its top still remains an elusive goal.
Location of Traills Pass
The Traills Pass is located between the western shoulder of Nanda Kot peak
and the southern shoulder of Nanda Devi, which is the second highest mountain in India, in the Indian state
in the districts
History of Taills Pass
For a long time the people from the Johar
and Pindari valley had attempted to cross the Traills Pass for trade. And almost a century later, in the year 1830, the first man to cross the Traills Pass was Budha Malek Singh of the Supi village
from the Bhageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand. Later in the same year, G.W. Traill, the first British
Deputy Commissioner of Kumaon division
attempted to cross the pass but in vain.
Since then, the pass has been named as Traills Pass, when earlier it used to be known as the Pindari Kanda. After that almost a century later, the pass was again crossed in the year 1926 by Hugh Ruttledge, he had led the 1933 and 1936 expeditions to Mount Everest.
Overview of Traills Pass
The Traills Pass is a high altitude pass named after a famous explorer and is on the head of Pindari glacier which is one of the most accessible glaciers that lies on the outer ring of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary
in the Kumaon Himalaya
. The Pindari Glacier forms the snout of the Pindar River which forms the main tributary of the Alaknanda River
which further joins the Bhagirathi River to form the Ganga
. The Traills Pass links the Pindari valley with the Lawan Gad, also known as the Johar Valley, which lies to the east of the pass with its catchment being the Gori Ganga Valley.
Traills Pass Trek
The Traills Pass is a popular trekking
destination, and since 1830, Traills Pass has been attempted by more than 90 teams, till now only 17 teams are known to have attained success. In the year 2013, a team named Himalpinist crossed the pass with a group of 3 people and became the first ever smallest team to do so. And 4 years later, in 2017, Sanket Patil of the same group became the youngest man alive to have crossed the Traills Pass.