Auden's Col & Khatling Glacier Trek

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Region:

Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand

Duration:

15 Days

Grade:

Tough

Max Altitude:

5490 mts/18012 ft

Best Season:

June to Sep

Auden's Col is the most frequented route to reach two famous Uttarakhand pilgrim site Kedarnath and Gangotri through Mayali Pass and Khatling Glacier. The trail passes through several high altitude lake such as Masar Tal, Pari Tal and Vasuki Tal. British geologist, Mr. J.B. Auden, in 1939-40 crossed the col from Rudugaira side and descended to Bhilangana valley via Khatling glacier for the first time and the col had been named after Auden’s Col binds two glaciers on the opposite One is Khatling glacier and the other one looks like the glacier. Auden’s Col trekking in the great Gharwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand is a challenging trek. High mountain pass that connect ridge at 5490 M (18012 ft). The pass and the glacier Khatling are heavily full with crevasse on the entire route.

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  • Day 01 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
    After breakfast proceed to Uttarkashi (1150 mts), which takes 7-8 hrs drive following the course of the Bhagirathi river valley. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Uttarkashi
  • Day 02 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).
    After breakfast set out for Gangotri via the beautiful Harsil vally drive takes 4-5 hrs to reach the small town of Gangotri- thought to be established the at the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier centuries ago. On arrival check-into Hotel. By evening visit the Gangotri temple. Overnight stay.in the hotel
  • Day 03: Gangotri - Nala Camp (8 km Trek 5 - 6hrs trek)
    Prepare the gear to commence the adventure journey. The trail start on the true left of the valley and a continuous ascend to the Nala camp. The beautiful walk through a Pine and Birch forest, finally gets transformed into a picturesque walk with views of some of the Himalayan Overnight in the camp
  • Day 04 : Nala Camp to Rudra Gaira Base Camp (7 km -5 hrs trek)
    The day’s trek commences with an ascent taking one to a ridge and continuing to a side stream. Thereafter, it is a arduous climb to the base camp, Apart from the strenuous stretches of hike during the day there are rewarding views of Rudragaira peak, Jogin peak and Auden Col pass. On arrival at the Rudra Gaira base camp (Rudragaira BC) a refreshing cup of Tea is well deserved! Overnight in the camp
  • Day 05:Rudugaira BC - Rest day and acclimatization
    The day is spent at this location and altitude for rest and acclimatization. One can relax in the camp or involve himself/herself in hike round the route which takes you towards Rudragaira peak. Explore and enjoy the surroundings surrounded by the majestic Himalayas. Overnight in camp
  • Day 06: Rudugaira BC - B C Gangotri Group (6 kms/5 hrs app)
    The day’s hike involves negotiating moraine and technical surfaces! The ascending path is gradual throughout, but challenging at times. Approach towards the camp makes you feel refreshed with the rewarding views of Gangotri I, II & III peaks. Overnight in camp
  • Day 07: B C Gangotri Group - Auden Col BC (6 km/5-6 hrs)
    The hike for the day is as challenging as the previous day. The path continues on moraine and finally takes you to the Auden Col base camp. The campsite is not well marked or distinguished but gives an opportunity to camp within a rocky surroundings. Overnight in camp
  • Day 08: Auden Col B C - Khatling Glacier (12 km 10 hrs approx)
    An early start is a must for the day! The walk involves technical aspects on the glacier, which continues to the pass. It is a trek of about 5 km to the pass, which takes about 4 hours. A rope is fixed on both sides to negotiate the pass. Looking back at the day’s events, one feels immense satisfaction and a sense of achievement , as one hangs up the trekking boots for the day, with a stunning view of the greater Himalayas all around. The view is a feast for the eyes, well deserved and worth it. A cautious descent with help of technical gear is made on the other side of the pass. After the descent, the day still continues for another 5-6 km on the glacier till finally, the camp is established for the day. Lots of rest and deep sleep energizes one for another grueling day. Overnight in camp
  • Day 09 : Khatling Glacier - Waterfall Camp/Zero Point (12 km/10 hrs approx)
    The trek on the glacier continues for another 8 kms. The walk is technical and requires useof technical gear. After the glacial stretch, the path goes to the moraine continuously descending to the campsite by the river. Overnight in camp
  • Day 10 : Chowki - Masar Tal (8 kms/6-7 hrs)
    The trek for the day involves a steep ascend with switch backs leading to ridge overlooking the valley. The trail is well defined and with presents a picturesque surrounding leading to Masar Tal. Upon arrival camp, near the beautiful lake. Overnight in the camp
  • Day 11 : Masar Tal - Vasuki Tal (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
    The day continues with the ascend of 3 km to reach the ridge, followed by a series of switch backs , finally descending and bringing one to the picturesque lake of Vasukital. Camp by the lake. Overnight in the camp
  • Day 12 : Vasuki Tal - Kedarnath (5 kms/3 hrs)
    Trek towards one of the famous and much revered temple pilgrimage centers in India. The descent of 5 km takes approximately 3 hours. On arrival one can feel the spiritual environment of Hindu religion and culture. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and established by the famous Hindu reformist and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya around 800 CE.boasting an unparalleled architecture. Evening temple visit. Overnight in the hotel at Kedarnath.
  • Day 13 : Kedarnath - Gaurikund (14 kms/3-4 hrs) - Rudraprayag
    Awake in the morning full of religious hustle bustle- chiming temple bells, and aromatic incense! Descend the well laid 6 ft wide trail for the next 14 km till Gaurikund teeming with religious tralellers (Yatris) of all ages and regions of the subcontinent. En route pass through the village of Rambara having several makeshift restaurants serving food to pilgrims. Continue to descend further to reach Gaurikund. Board the vehicles on a 4 hours drive to reach Rudraprayag, another revered religious place, on the flanks of confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda. Overnight in hotel at Rudraprayag.
  • Day 14 : Rudraprayag - Rishikesh
    Early in the morning take a holy dip at the confluence and later after having breakfast drive towards Rishikesh via another confluence Devprayag (Alaknanda & Bhagirathi Rivers) from here the holy Ganges begins. In the evening one can visit the Ashrams & temples at Rishikesh. Explore Rishikesh: "haven of saint and Sadhus"This town is, situated on the banks of river Ganga and flanked on three sides by high mountain ranges is the epicenter of religion and culture of the region. The evening “Arti” held on the Triveni Ghat on the river bank is most fascinating to watch, involving prayer and songs offered by pilgrims lighting a butter lamp with fresh flowers and offering it to the river – setting it adrift! Overnight in hotel.
  • Accommodation (Camping /Guest house/Home stay/Hotel).
  • All Meals during trek (Veg.)
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  • Transportation during the trek program.
  • Trek equipments (tent, sleeping bag, matters etc).
  • Permits & entry fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusion”.

Things to Carry
  • id-proof-icon
    Photo ID Proof
  • backpack-with-cover
    Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof)
  • daypack
    Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
  • trekking-shoe
    Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe.
  • t-shirt
    T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type
  • warm-jacket
    Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill
  • windproof-jacket
    Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater
  • thermal-wear
    Thermal wear
  • trek-pants
    Trek pants
  • raincoat
    Raincoat/Poncho
  • woolen-cap
    Woolen cap
  • hat-bandana
    Hat/Bandanna
  • inner-wear
    Under garments/Inner wear
  • warm-socks
    Warm Socks
  • woolen-gloves
    Woolen gloves
  • woolen-gloves
    Waterproof gloves
  • trekking-sticks
    Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles
  • water-bottle
    Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses -UV protected
  • torch
    Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries
  • lotion
    Sunscreen lotion
  • sanitizer
    Sanitizer
  • tissue-paper
    Wet tissue paper
  • towel
    Small Towel
  • anti-fungal-powder
    Anti-Fungal Powder
  • camera
    Camera with extra cells
  • first-aid-kit
    Medications and a first-aid kit

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