Auden's Col Expedition


Gangotri to Kedarnath

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Brief Description

Auden's Col is arguably one of the most challenging and least explored treks in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Auden's Col is a high mountain pass that connects Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) peaks and is situated at a height of 5490 m. The name of this trek is based on a British Geographical Survey Officer named John Bicknell Auden, who discovered the pass in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. The pass also links two glaciers on the opposite sides, viz Khatling glacier and Jogin I glacier. The trek begins from one of the famous pilgrimage sites in India, Gangotri and ends at Kedarnath, which is also a prominent pilgrimage destination and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas located in India. The terrain is strenous and the trail passes through moraines, narrow cliffs, Boulders and difficult ridges. The trek offers magnificent views of peaks such as Rudragaira, Gangotri group, Jogin group, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.

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  • Procedures & First Aid Response
  • Mountaineering course qualified HAPs
  • Expeditions listed with IMF as per formal process
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Show detailed itinerary
1 Day 1
DAY 1: Rishikesh to Gangotri ( 3100 M) 8-10 Hrs
2 Day 2
DAY 2: Gangotri to Nala Camp (3750 M) 5-6 Hrs
3 Day 3
DAY 3: Nala Camp – Rudragyara Camp (4350m) 7- 8 Hrs walk
4 Day 4
DAY 4: Acclimatization at Rudragyara Basecamp (4350M)
5 Day 5
DAY 5 : Rudragyara Basecamp to Gangotri Group Basecamp
6 Day 6
DAY 6: Gangotri Group Basecamp to Auden’s Col Basecamp
7 Day 7
DAY 7: Auden’s Col Basecamp to Khatling Glacier Camp via Auden Col
8 Day 8
DAY 8: Khatling Glacier - Waterfall Camp/Zero Point (12 km/10 hrs approx)
9 Day 9
DAY 9: Waterfall Camp/ Zero Point - Chowki (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
10 Day 10
DAY 10: Chowki - Masar Tal (8 kms/6-7 hrs)
11 Day 11
DAY 11: Masar Tal - Vasuki Tal (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
12 Day 12
DAY 12: Vasuki Tal - Kedarnath (5 kms/3 hrs)
13 Day 13
DAY 13: Kedarnath - Gaurikund (14 kms/3-4 hrs)
14 Day 14
DAY 14: Gaurikund to Rishikesh/Dehradun

Big Questions

Eligibility: Is this expedition good for me?

Auden's Col Expedition is made only for highly experienced trekkers/mountaineers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced on the expedition should not be underestimated. It is recommended not to opt for this expedition if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitude regions. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete the expedition.

Eligibility: Experience required

  • A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers.
  • At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 trekking days in the Himalayas.
  • Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 min
  • Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups 15 X 4
  • Lunges & Squats 30 X 4 sets

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals During the Expedition
  • Hotel Stay in Gangotri, Kedarnath & Gauri Kund on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Services of a English Spoken Trek Leader certified in AMC (Advance Mountaineering), special rescue course from NIM, Emergency Responder in wilderness
  • Forest fee, permits & Camping Charges (Upto the amount specified for Indian Nationals)
  • 4 season camping tent , Thermal rated sleeping bags & mattress
  • Exhaustive food as per menu on the trek which includes Indian & Chinese
  • Technical Equipments like Micro spikes, Ice Axe, Gaiters
  • UIAA Safety Equipment like Static Rescue Rope, Harnesses, Carabiners & pulleys
  • First Aid Certified Local Trek guide with extensive trek experience of the route, Cook, Helper
  • Services of Porters for carrying common camping equipments like tents sleeping bags & Services of kitchen stuff
  • Exhaustive first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder of 300 ltrs capacity

What's not Included

  • Forest Charges for carrying still/video cameras etc
  • Meals during hotel stay & any kind of road journey
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc
  • Travel Insurance, if any
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions list

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