Kalindi Khal Expedition

Region

: Uttarakhand Himalayas

Duration

: 16 Days

Level

: Difficult

Trekking distance

: 135 Kms

Max Altitude

: 5950 Meters

Best Season

: June to October

About the trek KALINDI KHAL trek snuggled in the lap of the Himalayas, feel a rush of adrenaline in your blood as you scale up to a Himalayan pass 6000m high. Not just that, this place is a spellbinding spiritual heaven decorated by beautiful Himalayan mountains and the grandness of nature. KALINDIKHAL trekking excursion begins from GANGOTRI banked alongside the Ganga waters. After seeking the GANGOTRI goddess’s blessing start off on your travelling to GAUMUKH, the birth point of the divine Gange River. The trek is full of charge and risky venture and involves some primal knowledge of mountaineering. The trek enters from GANGOTRI across the KALINDI KHAL.The trek starts from Gangotri and takes you through Nandanvan, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers an unparallel view of the Shivling peak. The trail moves on to Vasuki Tal (4900 M). With towering peaks all around the lake, its surface shimmers like a pearl and is the source of the Vasuki Ganga that drains into the Mandakini. We proceed to cross the Kalindikhal pass (5968 M), a tough climb from where you feel that there is little else left to be see. It is as if you are a part of this majestic setting of snow peaks. The trail then descends to Arwa Tal and to Mana the last village on the Chinese frontier. The trek fittingly ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple


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  • Day 1 Transfer from Dehradun to /Uttarakashi / Gangnani/Harshil
    (2600m, 8 hour drive for 80km)
    Early in the morning we start our drive from Dehradun to reach Gangnani. This place is famous for its natural hot water spring baths. Guests can take bath in them. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
  • Day 2 Gangnani to Gangotri (3,048 m) 1.5-2 hours drive: 53 km
    After breakfast we drive to Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri). We can take a halt at Harsil, which is a small hamlet known for the Wilson's cottage. We reach Gangotri early and can visit the famous pilgrimage. We stay in a guest house at Gangotri.
  • Day 3 Gangotri to Bhojwasa (3,800 m) 7-8 hours trek: 14 km
    On this day, we start our trek from Gangotri to Bhojbasa. From Gangotri we move along the beaten trail towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojbasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest. In Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. In afternoon we are free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks.
  • Day 4 Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (3,900 m) to Tapovan (4,335 m) 7 hours 9 km
    Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast we trek to Gaumukh (3,890 m), the source of the Ganges. We explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan has steep ascent, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. They appear to be just a stone's throw away. It is also a little wonder why Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months.
  • Day 5 Tapovan (4,463 m) rest day
    This day is free for us to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna, and mountain landscape. This land is frequented by some of the greatest contemporary mountaineers. The Shivling peak stands tall in front of us. Behind Shivling, towards the right is Meru. A little towards the left of Shivling, is Sumeru. The Bhagirathi peaks are visible further to the left. Bhagirathi III, Meru (Central Peak) and Sumeru have some of the hardest climbing routes in the world. We can visit the Meru Glacier and return to our campsite.
  • Day 6 Tapovan to Nandanvan (4,340 m) 6-7 hours trek 12 km
    We start the trek to reach the beautiful base of Bhagirathi group of peaks, Nandanvan.
  • Day 7 Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal (4,463 m) 6-7 hours trek 10-11 km
    On this day we trek along Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a small but beautiful lake at the base of Mt Satopanth and Vasuki Parbat. The trek is steadily upward. We arrive in about 6 hours
  • Day 8 Vasuki Tal to Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak 5,450 m) 7-8 hours trek 9-10 km
    We start our trek to Suralaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp is on Moraine
  • Day 9 Khara Pathar to Sweta Glacier (5,500 m) 5-6 hours trek 4-5 km
    After breakfast, we trek to reach Sweta Glacier (5,500 m)
  • Day 10 Sweta Glacier to Kalindikhal base (5,600 m) 6-7 hours trek 4-5 km
    After breakfast, trek to reach the outlet of Suralaya valley. On the outside of the Chaturangi glacier is the outlet of Khalipet valley which is surrounded by an unnamed peak P, 6730m. and Mana Parvat. Further its a steep and tough trek across the Suralaya glacier and along the northern slopes of Chandra Parvat. Camping place is the left lateral moraine of the Sweta glacier near its junction with the Chaturangi glacier.
  • Day 11 Kalindikhal Base to Raj Parav (4,910 m) via Kalindi Khal (5,947 m) 10-11 hours trek: 15-16 km
    On this day we trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 m). Spend some time at the beautiful spot and then trek down to camp at Rajparav.
  • Day 12 Raj Parav to Arwatal (3,910 m) 8-9 hours trek 13 km
    We start this day trek in the morning and reach Arwatal (3,910 m).
  • Day 13 Arwatal to Ghastoli (3,790 m) 8-9 hours trek 15-16 km
    This day′s trek starts early and we reach Ghastoli (3796 m), which is 16 km from Arwatal.
  • Day 14 Ghastoli to Mana to Badrinath 6-7 hours trek: 16 km 2 km drive
    After breakfast we start our trek to Badrinath situated on the bank of Alaknanda. A seven hours′ walk brings us to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where we take a break for lunch. Later, a small 2 km drive brings us to the town of Badrinath. On arrival check-in to a hotel. Visit the temple of Badrinath in the afternoon. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay. Badrinath, Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m on the banks of Alaknanda. In the backdrop, the Neelkanth mountain peak is situated between the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan. The name is derived from wild berries called Badri. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring, Tapt Kund.
  • Day 15 Badrinath to Dehradun Rishikesh drive 340 kms
  • 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

Trekking, Tour and adventure actives in Himalayan region carry an inherent risk to life and goods. The natural calamities may cause injury and loss of life, which is beyond any control. Himalayas Adventure does its best to minimize all types of risks, discomfort and hazard to the best of their ability, yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps and deficiency in service.


Advisory:

  • Any delay from the customer’s side will lead to cancellation of trek/ tour/ adventure activities.
  • Trekking maybe cancelled due to some unavoidable circumstances i.e- weather condition, govt. notification, land sliding or any other natural calamity.
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  • Total decided package cost will not be affected if there is any reduction in the number of persons
  • Minimum required 50% of amount to get confirmed the trek/tour/adventure activities.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 10-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-10 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases, we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days or can be adjusted in other trek or adventure activities.