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About Kalindi Khal

The high altitude trekking route from Gangotri – Badrinath, via Kalindikhal is generally known is Kalindikhal Pass Trek. It is more adventurous with requirement of some fundamental knowledge of mountaineering. The trekking starts from Gangotri eastward, via Gomukh, Tapovan, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, Kalindikhal to Gashtoli and then to Badrinath Here is a trek that takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. A trip only for those who have done high altitude treks before; its very mention gives a thrill to even the most seasoned of climbers.

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.

Region: Garhwal Himalayas of Uttrakhand

Altitude: 5946 m/19500 ft

Duration: 15 to 18 Days (6 days travel and 12 days trekking)

Best Season: May mid & June, Mid July – August- Early September

Grade: Challenging - Tough

Group size: Maximum: 12 clients plus leader Minimum: 4 clients Trekking Distance : 100 kms

Itineraries

Day 01

Transfer from Dehradun to Harsil/Uttarakashi (2600m, 8 hour drive for 80km)

Day 02

Drive from Harsil (2600m) – Gangotri (3050m, 20 km drive), Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa (3550m, 3 hour trek)

Day 03

Trek from Chirbasa – Bhojwasa (3850m, 2 hour trek)

Day 04

Trek from Bhojwasa – Gaumukh (3890m) – Tapovan (4463m, 4 hour trek)

Day 05

Relaxation and acclimatization day at Tapovan

Day 06

Trek from Tapovan – Nandanvan (4337, 3-4 hour trek)

Day 07

 Trek from Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal (4880m, 4-5 hour trek)

Day 08

 Relaxation and acclimatization day at Vasuki Tal

Day 09

Trek from Vasuki Tal – Khara Pathar (5480m, 3-4 hour trek)

Day 10

 Trek from Khara Pathar - Shweta Glacier (5500m, 4-5 hour trek)

Day 11

Trek from Shweta Glacier – Kalindi Base Camp (5600m, 4-5 hour trek)

Day 12

Trek from Kalindi Base – Kalindi khal (5950m) – Arwatal (3980m, 8-13 hour trek)

Day 13

Trek from Arwatal – Ghastoli (3796m, 5-6 hour trek)

Day 14

Trek from Ghastoli – Mana Village (5-6 hour trek), Drive from Mana Village – Badrinath (2 hour drive)

Day X

Transfer from Auli – Haridwar/Dehradun (8-9 hour drive)

Accommodation. (Guest house,  Camping).

All Meals while on trek & transits (Veg.) (Egg).

Trek equipments. –  All equipments required for this expedition.

Permits,Permission from IMF, NIM,ITBP, State Govt..

First aid medical kit.

Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.

All transportation during the trek program from Dehrradun to Haridwar.

Any kind of personal expenses.

Insurance.

Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes“.

Meals  during Travel.

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