Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass Expedition is one of the High altitude and difficult pass (5490m) in Uttarakhand similar to Kalindi Khal Pass, Panpatia Col, Trail’s Pass and connects the ridge coming from Gangotri III (6580m) peak on the north-west…
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Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass Expedition is one of the High altitude and difficult pass (5490m) in Uttarakhand similar to Kalindi Khal Pass, Panpatia Col, Trail’s Pass and connects the ridge coming from Gangotri III (6580m) peak on the north-west and the ridge coming from Jogin I (6465m) on the east, and also binds a glacier coming from Jogin I on the north side of Rudugaira valley, and deadly Khatling glacier on the south side of Bhilangna valley and also connects Gangotri in Uttarakashi District to Kedarnath in Rudraprayag District and Ghuttu in Tihari District. It discovered by John Bicknell Auden in 1935 who is British Geographical Survey officer during British rule and successfully crossed in 1939.
Gangotri is the base of Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass Expedition and one of the shrine in Chardham Yatra, Every year thousands of devotee visit this shrine mostly in Summer in the month of June & July. Gangotri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and origin of Bhagrathi River is Gomukh which falls in Gangotri Glaciers approximately 22 km from Gangotri. Gangotri is 100 km distance from Uttarakashi and well connected by roads during rainy season sometime road problem so Trekkers should avoid the rainy season and plan their trek before July or second week of September.
Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass Expedition quite challenging trek, trekkers should ensure their fitness and should have past experience of some high altitude treks because of high altitude there is chance AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness) which is often in Mountains and fall us in problematical situation. This expedition requires permission from forest department and district administration of Uttarakashi. this trail offeres magnificent view of Himalayan peaks like Jogin Group of peaks, Gangotri range of peaks, Giant glaciers of this valley, Vasuki Tal – A Scenic Lake in lap of Himalays, and holy Shrine Gangotri and Kedarnath. Trekkers need to keep 2-3 days reserve for this trek.
Trek Grade : Challenging & Difficult
Region : Garhwal region (Uttarakashi, Tihari and Rudraprayag District)
Days require : 15 Days
Elevation : 5490 meter
Attractions : Gangotri, Auden’s Pass, Mayali Pass, Masartal, Kedar Tal, Kedarnath.
Dehradun/Rishikesh to Gangotri (2940m)- 250 km
Acclimatization Day, Preparation, Backpacking, Clearing permission, Temple visit and Aarati.
Gangotri to Nala Camp (3761 m) - 7 Km
Nala Camp to Rudrgaira BC (4513m) – 4.5 Km
Rudrgaira BC to Gangotri BC (4663m) - 5 km
Acclimatization Day at Gangotri BC
Crossing Auden’s Col (5490m) ant trek to Khatling campsite (4970m) : 5.5 Km
Khatling Campsite to Khatling Base camp (3765m) via waterfall (4300m)
Khatling Base camp to Chowki Campsite (3630m) Crossing Bhilangna river : 6 km
Chowki Campsite to Masar Tal(4550 m) : 7 km
Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal(4330) via Mayali Pass(4990m) : 12 km
Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath & Temple visit : 7 km
Kedarnath to Sonprayag/Guptakashi via Gaurikund: 16 km Trek
Sonprayag/Guptakashi to Rishikesh/Haridwar : 230 km : 8-9 Hours
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