All The Way to Kalindi Pass and Back - 17 days, 16 nights

Visit : On Board The Train, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Chirbasa, Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasukital, Kharapathar, Sweta Glacier, Kalindi Pass Base, Rajparav, Arwa Tal, Ghastoli, Badrinath

Connecting the two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath, this trail traverses from one glacier to the other to cross the high pass of Kalindi, which is just under 6,000 m high. We begin by following the age-old 'Pilgrim's Trail' to the source of the mighty Ganges at Gaumukh, and from here we journey into the mountainous heart of Garhwal. We then reach beyond Nandanvan and ...

Connecting the two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath, this trail traverses from one glacier to the other to cross the high pass of Kalindi, which is just under 6,000 m high. We begin by following the age-old 'Pilgrim's Trail' to the source of the mighty Ganges at Gaumukh, and from here we journey into the mountainous heart of Garhwal. We then reach beyond Nandanvan and climb onto the Chaturangi Glacier and for the next 4 days, our route is either on or beside this river of ice as we approach the Kalindi Khal (5,947 m). The walk now is mostly over the moraines and the snow fields with deep crevasses and gives great opportunities to view the high altitude wildlife.

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  • Are you an experienced trekker? If yes, this is the ideal trip for you! The climb here, will leave you awe, as you will even challenge yourself.
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Highlights

  • This trail connects the two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath,
  • Cross the high pass of Kalindi just under 6000m.
  • Experience walking on glaciers and moraines
  • Great opportunity to view the high altitude wildlife.
Start of Tour
End of Tour
  • Day 1Arrive Delhi - Haridwar
    • Welcome to Delhi. Make sure you're here on time. You have a train to catch tonight which will take you all the way to Haridwar. This overnight train journey will make sure that you begin your trek nice and fresh.

    • Meals - None
  • Day 2Haridwar - Uttarkashi
    • We arrive at Haridwar railway station at 3:55 am.We board the vehicles and leave for a 7 hour drive to Uttarkashi and spend the night at our camp.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3Uttarkashi - Gangotri
    • After a relaxed breakfast, we enjoy a 4 to 5 hours drive to the pilgrim town of Gangotri. With the new dam coming up on the Bhagirathi Valley, expect a lot of construction activity. The drive gets picturesque as we approach the village of Sukhi. As we reach Gangotri we can enjoy the views of the snow-capped peaks.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4Gangotri - Chirbasa
    • We visit the temple and the start our 4-hour walk up towards Gaumukh - the source of the river Ganges. The trail follows the river and just before reaching Chirbasa one gets the first views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. Chirbasa is situated at 3,600 m, and it literally means the home of pine. We walk down from the main trail and setup camp close to the river.

    • Trekking Distance - 4 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5Chirbasa - Gaumukh
    • The trail goes along the valley and crosses the campsite of Bhojbasa, which is situated at 3,800 m and is the home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area). We carry on further to camp close to the snout of the Gangotri Glacier.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6Gaumukh
    • We take it easy today and let our body get used to the thinning air. Acclimatisation is extremely important while undertaking high altitude treks like this one. Take the day off and spend it getting acclimatized.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7Gaumukh-Nandanvan
    • We walk up to the meadows of Nandanvan, which is at the base of Bhagirathi. The camp offers majestic views of Shivling - the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Meru, Kharchakund and Kedar Dome would be the other peaks in proximity.

    • Trekking Distance - 5-6 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8Nandanvan - Vasukital
    • Today we walk along the stream with views of Meru and Bhrigupanth. After 5 km, we bypass the outlet of the valley leading towards Bhagirathi and come to a deep gorge that is eroded by the glacier. We descend diagonally towards the snout of the lateral glacier to reach Vasukital. We then camp near the lake at the foot of the North-west ridge of Vasuki Parbat.

    • Trekking Distance - 6-7 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9Vasukital
    • Today's the day we simply rest and recuperate. This helps us acclimatise and get ready to cross the high pass.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10Vasukital - Kharapathar
    • Today we walk over stony rubble and cross moraines. We even cross the glacier coming down from Satopanth, gaining height steadily. The path descends steeply to the Suralaya Bamak from where we walk on undulating glacial moraine to camp at the place called Kharapattar.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11Kharapathar - Sweta Glacier
    • Our walk is fairly tough as we walk over the glacier, going over mounds of moraine debris. We pass small transient lakes in the glacier and again there are great views of the peaks of Sweta, and Chandra Parvat. Our camp is located just before the junction of the Sweta Bamak, which joins the Chaturangi Bamak (glacier bank) from the SE. The campsite is fairly rocky and may need clearing to be done to pitch the tents. We camp and spend the night here.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12Sweta Glacier - Kalindi Pass Base
    • We continue through similar terrain as yesterday, with more moraine rubble and glacial ice, but with the most spectacular scenery; as we are right between the big mountains. We can see Kalindi Pass from our campsite.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13Kalindi Pass base camp - Rajparav
    • We make an early start for the climb to the Kalindi pass, which is at 5,967 m. The trail is on the glacier and is crevassed in places and depending on snow conditions it may be necessary for everyone to rope up. We may also have to negotiate a bergschrund before a final steep slope of approximately 30 metres. After spending some time taking in the breathtaking scenery of snow capped peaks, we begin a steep descent towards the plateau to the east of the pass. We might use fixed ropes for overall group safety. Eventually we cross the permanent snow line and continue the descent to a very pleasant camp by a stream at Rajparav.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14Rajparav - Arwa Tal
    • Our trail is such that we follow an undulating path along the glacier negotiating the now familiar rubble and boulders for the first hour of the day until we reach the glacier's snout. We then follow the Saraswati River, which may necessitate the occasional fording of its icy waters, to arrive at our overnight camp at Arwa Tal (lake). This is a wonderful place with great views of the towering Arwa Spires and other Himalayan peaks. We camp here for the night.

    • Trekking Distance - 5-6 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15Arwatal-Ghastoli
    • As we walk down Arwa nalla we see it with its profusion of wild flowers. We enjoy a leisurely walk to the camp at the village Ghastoli where our Permits/Passports would be checked.

    • Trekking Distance - 5-6 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16Ghastoli -Mana - Badrinath
    • A short final trek of 3 hours, descending on a well defined pony track beside the Saraswati River brings us to the roadhead at the village of Mana. This is where the Saraswati River confluences with the Alaknanda River. Mana village is famous for the fact that Maharishi Vyas wrote the Mahabharata here. The village is also well known for its woollen products such as shawls, blankets and carpets. We have lunch here and then drive direct to Badrinath/Joshimath. After many days of camping this will be our first night in a hotel and it would be very welcoming.

    • Trekking Distance - 5-6 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17Badrinath-Haridwar
    • We visit the temple of Badrinath, and then drive 10-12 hrs to Haridwar. From here we board the overnight Mussoorie Express leaving Haridwar at 11:15pm to arrive in Delhi by 7:20 am.

    • Trekking Distance - 4-5 hrs
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2017

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Delhi 98,800
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

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