Kalindikhal Pass Trek   -  17 days   10 days of trek

High Altitude & Extreme Himalayan Trek, Source of Ganges, Shivling base camp

Trip Route: Delhi/Chandigarh - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Gaumukh - Tapovan - Kalindikhal Pass - Arwatal - Mana - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Delhi

Trip Facts

Garhwal region - Uttarakhand, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 5947 m
Trip Length - 17  days Delhi to Delhi, 15 days Rishikesh t0 Rishikesh, 10 days of Trek and 9 nights of Camp and 5 nights of hotel.
Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time - July, Aug, Sept

Meal: All meals during the trek, Breakfasta and dinner during the hotel

 

Trip Introduction

Starting from Delhi or Rishikesh we drive to Gangotri - the most scenic Dham (pilgrimage site) route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Arriving at Gangotri we commence   our trek as we walk through the lush rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to visit Gaumukh (cow snout). River Ganges gushes out here from the glacier snout overlooked by Shivling (6,543 m).  While crossing the glacier slopes that lead to the vast meadow at Tapovan, surrounded by magnificient peaks Crossing Kalindi Khal pass we arrive at Mana village and drive to Badrinath visiting around we drive to Joshimath. Spending few days exploring the Kumoun Himalaya. We drive back to Rishikesh than finally to Delhi.

Highlights

Trek to Source of Ganges, One of Extreme Himalayan Trek, High passes of Greater Himalayan Range, Magnificent peaks of Uttarakhand

 

Included in the price

  • 9 nights camp with all camping facilities, 8 nightof hotel accommodation

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

 

Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Manali

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.
Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 kms
Day 3: Uttarkashi – Innerline permit.
Day 4: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m), 101 kms, 5 hrs.
Day 5: Acclimatize at Gangotri
Day 6: Trek Gangotri - Bhujbasa (3658m), 14 kms, 5 hrs.
Day 7: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Day 8: Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
Day 9: Trek Nandanvan -Vasukital                                               
Day 10: Trek Vasukital - Khara Pathar (5456m), 4-5 hrs.                     
Day 11: Trek Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base                                
Day 12: Trek Kalindikhal Base - Kalindi pass (5947m) - Rajparav   5/6 hrs.   
Day 13: Trek Rajparav - Arwatal, 6 hrs           
Day 14: Trek Arwatal - Ghastoli, 6/7 hrs                                   
Day 15: Trek Gastoli - Mana 4 hrs, Drive to Badrinath (3133m)
Day 16: Drive to Rishikesh                              

Day 17: Rishikesh - Delhi. fly home

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.

Morning breakfast, afterwards drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx... Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spiritual centre. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also it’s the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh: Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel. 

Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 kms
Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1885 M) by covering approx. 148 kms in 7 hrs. The road climbs up steadily to Srinagar and then onwards steeply. Overnight stay in Hotel.  

Day 3: Uttarkashi – Innerline permit.

Day 4: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m), 101 kms, 5 hrs.
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (4038 M) by covering approx. 101 kms in 5 hrs. En-route visit the Gangotri hot springs. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati. Overnight stay at Tourist Bungalow.

Day 5: Gangotri
With its famous Goddess GANGA, temple at Gangotri only inhabits during summer time. A boulder mark the spot where King Bhagirathi beseeched the goddess to descent to Earth. Temple dedicated to Ganga rises above the river. We explore around Gangotri.
 

Day 6: Trek Gangotri - Bhujbasa (3658m), 14 kms, 5 hrs.
Today we start the 2nd part of our trek to the source of Ganges. And follow a well-defined trail of this pilgrimage route to Gangotri glacier. Enroute we stop for lunch at Chirbasa was once a heavily forested area of Chir tree. Later continue trek Bhujbasa following the river Bhagirathi.  Now we cross on a loose boulder a descent to Bhujbasa which named after a Bhuj tree. Enroute a magnificent view of Shivling and Meru peak. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 7: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Today a fascinating day of trek to Gaumukh the source of river Ganges. After Rajghat we will have the glimpse of Bhagirathi massif rising above 6500 mtrs. While the scene around is fascinating to see a Sadhu meditating half naked, pilgrims praying all around. Arrive at Gaumukh (cow mouth ) than cross the Gangotri glacier , climbing steadily arrive a meadows at Tapovan.Tapovan an open grassland and base camp of Mount Shivaling (6450m), Meru (6660m) and Gaumukh peaks . Overnight camp at Tapovan.

Day 8: Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
After breakfast, ascent towards Nandan Van along the left side of Gangotri glacier. The trek is little steep and challanging. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Trek Nandanvan -Vasukital                                               
Today we trek along Chaturangi Glacier to Vasukital (4898 MT) 3-4 hours. The trek is steady upward. Overnight stay in camp situated by the side of the small lake.


Day 10: Trek Vasukital - Khara Pathar (5456m), 4-5 hrs.                     
Today after breakfast we start trek to Khara Pathar (5456 m) which is named after sheer rock face of the slope. 4-5 hours from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.


Day 11: Trek Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base                                
An exhausting days of trek 10 Km to Kalindikhal Base -Sweta Glacier- (5500 m). Enroute a view of Satopanth (7075 m), Chandra (6739 m) and other groups. A good view of Chandra Parvat. Overnight stay in the camp. 


Day 12: Trek Kalindikhal Base - Kalindi pass (5947m) - Rajparav   5/6 hrs.   
Trek to Rajparav (4910 m) in 5-6 hours spending some time at the Kalindi Pass (5947 m).  Cross the icefall and then climb the Kalindi slopes and finally descend. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 13: Trek Rajparav - Arwatal                                   
Trek to Arwatal (3910 m) 13 km 5-6 hours. Overnight stay in the camp.


Day 14: Trek Arwatal - Ghastoli, 6/7 hrs                                  
Trek to Ghastoli (3796 km), 16 Km in 6-7 hours. On the way there is an ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) check point existed for inner line permission check post Overnight stay in the camp.


Day 15: Trek Gastoli - Mana 4 hrs, Drive to Badrinath (3133m) Rishikesh
Trek to Mana village 14 Km in 5-6 hours on a good pony trail.  Drive 2 Km to reach Badrinath. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Badrinath is one of the four secred shrine (char Dham) of Hindu, situated at 3133 mtrs. Nar and Narayan mountains are on both sides with Neel Kanth peak   providing a splendid back drop. Facing the back of temple by Alaknanda River. Where there is a hot water spring known as TaptKund. Badri Van forest of berries was once carpeted with wild berries. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Badrinath ji built in a 15 mtrs height in a form of cone. Overnight stay at hotel or camp. Visit the holy shrine of Badrinath and

Day 16: Drive Badrinath -  Joshimath
drive down to reach Joshimath 44 Km from Badrinath. Visit Adi guru Shankracharaya temple, Narsimha temple. Visiting these places a trip to Auli (winter sports centre and hill station of Kumoun region. There is a lift way car at Auli. Overnight stay at hotel in Auli.
Auli: Auli the most popular ski resorts in India and winter sports destination of Garhwal hills of Uttranchal. It provides an excellent panoramic view of the giant mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dunagiri..  

Day 17: Joshimath - Rishikesh                              
Drive through Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag to reach Rishikesh 253 kms. Overnight stay at the hotel    

Day 18: Drive Rishikesh Delhi, fly home
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi by covering 230 km. 6/7 hrs