16 days
Duration
8
Physicality
India
Location
18+
Age
April- November
Dates

Kalindi Khal Pass Trek is one of the most adventurous and rewarding trek options in Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand State. Passing over a high pass at close to 6000m alttitude, the trek route also crosses many glaciers, lakes and valleys. Joining two sacred Dhams of Gangotri and Badrinath, Kalindi Khal Pass Trek offers the best part of it all; be it for pilgrimage, climbing or encountering elements of nature at their prime. Some of the key locations on this trek include Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Chirbasa, Bojbasa, Nandanvan, Vashuki Tal, Khara Pather, Rajaparav, Arwa Tal, Mana, Badrinath, Joshi-math and Kalindikhal.

The trek starts from Gangotri, taking the adventure further towards Nandavan and on to the base of the Bhagirathi group of peaks where a magnificent view of the Shivling crest can be seen. Moving on to higher altitudes, the quests leads to Vasukital (4900m); the source of the Vasuki Ganga. We then proceed toward the highest point of the trek; Kalindikhal pass (5968m) before descending toward Arwatal and on toward Mana, being the last village on the Chinese frontier. Finally, the trek is concluded with a visit to the holy temple at Badrinath.

Details
  • 16 day Trek
  • Grade: Medium / Difficult
  • Altitude: 5968
  • Approx trekking:
INCLUDED All transportation including airport pickup & dropoff
All necessary paper works and permits
Trekking guide during the trek
All government and local taxes
All accommodation during the package period
All meals during the trek
NOT INCLUDED
Transportation
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Day 1: Drive to Uttarakshi and Exploration

The journey starts with a drive to Uttarkashi, a district in Northern Uttarakhand which is often referred to as the northern Kasi due to its location on the right banks of the River Bhagirathi which is popular for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. Spiritual flavours are plentiful here, as there was also a time when a total of 365 temples existed in the town. Accommodation in the form of a hotel, guest host or deluxe camps will be provided in this town depending on your requirements.

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Day 2: Uttarakshi to Gangotri to Gomukh

The spiritual theme of this trek carries on with further adventure into Gangotri which is one of the sites for the four major Hindu pilgrimages of Uttarkhand; with myths entailing stories of Bhagirath brining the River Ganga to earth from the Heavens at this location. The elaborated version is such that Goddess Ganga, the daughter of Heaven, took the form of a river to absolve the sins of king Bhagirathi’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received Ganga into his matted locks to minimize the impact of her fall. Not surprisingly, this small town is centred around a temple of the goddess Ganga, which was built by the Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th Century. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is re-oponed in May. During this time, the ideal of the goddess is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil. The source of Ganga, Gomukh is 18km further upstream from Gangotri. The trek to Gomukh is gradual, and several pilgrims undertake the journey to pay homage to the river at its known source. Lodging will be provided here overnight at a guest house before venturing onward on the next day.

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Day 3: Gomukh to Cheerbasa

After a rejuvenating breakfast, the trek resumes for the day with an easy climb to Cheerbasa where the route is filled with breath-taking sights as the magnificent scenery unfolds itself at every step. We have lunch on the way and reach a small isolated forest of pines at Cheerbasa where we camp for the night.

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Day 4: Gomukh to Cheerbasa

The day starts with a small uphill walk to the main trail and then the trail gradually moves up to Gomukh. Moving on, after a 9km walk which takes about 4-5 hours, we reach Bhojbassa, a town with used to be known for its small Birch-constructed temple that failed to stand the test of time. Nevertheless, the sites around the town are peaceful yet thrilling as they bare the promise of more to come. Even though we camp here at Bhojbasa, it is advisable that we take the uphill route and back to acclimatize ourselves to the sudden decrease in Oxygen level in the coming days.

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Day 5: Toli to Joshimath via Auli

After Gomukh, the trail is not so well-defined and it is such that one often has to walk over boulder to boulder over the icy glacier. After crossing the moraine and glacier, we finally reach a point where we have left the Gangotri glacier below and take steep uphill climb to Tapovan from where rises the Shivling Peak (6543m) flanked by Meru (6630) and Kedar Dome (6808m). You can see the peaks of Bhagirathi & Sudershan from here and there are various other unnamed mountains around. Here we will rest for dinner and stay overnight in tents, in awe of the clear night time sky and in anticipation of the next parts of the trek to come.

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Day 6: Acclimatization

As the altitude rises, it becomes important to take a day to acclimatize to the oxygen levels and the cold. For this reason, this day will be not require trekking and will be used for this purpose only.

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Day 7: Tapovan to Nandanvan

We descend down to Gangotri glacier to traverse around its glaciers and those of Chaturangi. This trak combines the experience of mountain and rock climibing besides boulder hopping and lacier traversing. A break will be had for a quick yet epic brunch at the junction of the two glaciers. Moving on, a 1 hour climb takes us to Nandanvan which is a small grassy valley of exquisite beauty, surrounded by snow peaks – Bhairathi I, II & III, Kedar-dome, Karchakunda, and Shiblinga.

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Day 8: Nandavan to Chaturangi Bhamak

Today we shall leave the meadow of Nandanvan and get the opportunity to witness Bharals (Mountain Goats). While walking through high ridges, we arrive at the medium-sized Vasuki Tal glacial lake in the serene surroundings of Chaturangi Bhamak. On the left side of the lake is the Bhagirathi Bhamak, leading to the Bhagirathi group of the peaks. Evening will be spent here in tents and here amazing opportunities exist for photographers to observe the lake and crystal clear skies.

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Day 9: Acclimatization and Relaxation

As we reach for higher altitudes, patience becomes of crucial importance as more time is needed for acclimatization and can doubly act as time for relaxation, gearing up for a difficult section of the trek on the next day.

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Day 10: Chaturangi Bhamak to Khara Pathar

Today and after the well-deserved rest of the day before, a 6 hour trek takes us up to Khara Pathar which enables view of one of the only two +7000m high mountains of the Gangotri Glacier; the Satapanth. Here we will stay overnight in camps where dinner will also be had.

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Day 11: Khara Pathar to Sweta Glacier and Acclimatization

Today we walk about 10km to reach Sweta Glacier which disappointingly is not the best place to camp as it is quite moraine and full of rocks and boulders. However going further on this day is not advisable and one needs the short trek to acclimatize as we keep going higher.

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Day 12: Sweta Glacier to Kalindi Bhamak

After the previous day’s acclimatization, we are now ready to move forward across the Sweta Glacier. Crossing many boulders, you will finally reach the Chatrungi glacier which is basically a major tributary of the main Gangotri glacier. Chatrungi as a word means four colors and you will see how the moraines over the glacier range from pink to yellow to brown. With Chandra Prabat at 6728m towering above us, we get to the Kalindi Bhamak camp, in close vicinity to the Kalindi glacier’s snout. Up ahead lies the Kalindi Khal (5940m), which is a deep gap between Avalanche Peak (6413m) and Kalindi Peak (6102m).

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Day 13: Kalindi Bhamak to Raj Parav

Climibing the Kalindi Khal is not the easiest of tasks and we suggest making an early move. It is a pity that even though the summit camp for the Kalindi Peak is right below this pass, we cannot in any condition attempt to climb it as for this expedition one requires not only much experience and a climbing fee but a prior permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation as well. However, once on the pass, you can make do with a spectacular and almost at reach views of Mt. Kamet (7756m), Mt. Mana (7272m), Abi Gamin (7355m) and Mana Parbat (6797m). One bonus point of this journey is that on a clear day you get a view of the Tibetan plateau across the Mana Pass (6728m); also seen are the mountains of Gangotri Glacier; Chandra Parbat (6728m), Vasuki Parbat (6792m), Bhagirathi Parbat (6512m). We shall now descend and cross the glacial terrain before reaching the camp of Raj Parav where the night will be spent.

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Day 14: Raj Parav to Ghastoli

We leave Raj Parav early morning and trek to Ghastoli via Arwatal. The trail is all through moraine fields of the Arwa Glacier and the army bound and inaccessible Mana Pass on way to the Tibet border lies exactly northwards from this Tal. We follow the Arwa stream until we reach down to the river and see the dramatic change in the terrain right before our eyes as the glacier moraines give way to the glacial streams and small patches of vegetation starts to appear as we reach closer to Ghastoli. Ghastoli has a big grass ground which is idle for camping and is a great site for eyes and feet, sore and tired of just grey glaciers and moraines.

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Day 15: Ghastoli to Joshimath

As we continue our gradual descent downward, the terrain changes further and the route is now a dirt road which is under construction and follows the River Saraswati down stream to Mana and Badrinath. If we are lucky, we can hitchhike an army truck as they often come to drop food supllies at the army camp at Ghastoli and if not, it is a good walk until we meet our awaiting vehicles at Mana to drive us to Badrinath for hot lunch and to visit the famous temple there. Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the Hindu devotees and you are sure to get a feel of the devotion of the pilgrims that make their way here in hords. Just above Badrinath is the spectacular conical Mt. Nilkantha (6596m), literally meaning ‘Blue Throat’; one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Later, we drive to Joshimath for overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 16: Joshimath to Rishikesh

Nothing more to do than drive back to Rishikesh, which is the ultimate end of our gratifying and absolutely thrilling trek.

The journey starts with a drive to Uttarkashi, a district in Northern Uttarakhand which is often referred to as the northern Kasi due to its location on the right banks of the River Bhagirathi which is popular for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. Spiritual flavours are plentiful here, as there was also a time when a total of 365 temples existed in the town. Accommodation in the form of a hotel, guest host or deluxe camps will be provided in this town depending on your requirements.

The journey starts with a drive to Uttarkashi, a district in Northern Uttarakhand which is often referred to as the northern Kasi due to its location on the right banks of the River Bhagirathi which is popular for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. Spiritual flavours are plentiful here, as there was also a time when a total of 365 temples existed in the town. Accommodation in the form of a hotel, guest host or deluxe camps will be provided in this town depending on your requirements.

The journey starts with a drive to Uttarkashi, a district in Northern Uttarakhand which is often referred to as the northern Kasi due to its location on the right banks of the River Bhagirathi which is popular for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. Spiritual flavours are plentiful here, as there was also a time when a total of 365 temples existed in the town. Accommodation in the form of a hotel, guest host or deluxe camps will be provided in this town depending on your requirements.

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