Auden's Col Expedition

84000

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.

Why Bikat?

  • IMF approved Expedition Leaders, Specially Trained in Emergency
  • Procedures & First Aid Response
  • Mountaineering course qualified HAPs
  • Expeditions listed with IMF as per formal process
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Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Rishikesh to Gangotri (10100 ft) 270 km Drive
2 Day 2
Rest and acclimatisation at Gangotri (10100 ft)
3 Day 3
Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 ft) - 7 km
4 Day 4
Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 ft) - 4 km
5 Day 5
Rest and Acclimatization at Rudugaira Base Camp (14800 ft)
6 Day 6
Rudugaira Base Camp to Auden's Col Base Camp (16000 ft) via Gangotri Base Camp - 7 km
7 Day 7
Auden's Col Base Camp to Khatling Glacier Camp (16800 ft) via Auden's Col (18000 ft) - 5 km
8 Day 8
Khatling Glacier Camp to Zero Point (12700 ft) - 10 km
9 Day 9
Waterfall Camp/ Zero Point to Chowki (11750 ft) - 7 km
10 Day 10
Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 ft) - 8 km
11 Day 11
Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (14435 ft) via Mayali Pass (16900 ft) - 12 km
12 Day 12
Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 ft) - 7 km
13 Day 13
Kedarnath to Gaurikund (6530 ft) - 14 km
14 Day 14
Gaurikund to Rishikesh/Dehradun
15 Day 15
Reserve Day

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

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Auden's Col is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

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 total 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 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Auden's Col is arguably one of the most challenging and least explored treks in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The trek offers magnificent views of peaks such as Rudragaira, Gangotri group, Jogin group, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June or September

Packing List: What to pack



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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The starting point for Auden's Col expedition is Gangotri, around 500 km from Delhi.
Reach Gangotri By Air: At a distance of around 226 km from Gangotri is located the closest airport named Jolly Grant Airport. Situated in Dehradun, the airport has regular flights from India's capital city of Delhi. So, you can catch a flight to the airport and then you can hire a cab from there to reach the sacred town of Gangotri. Taxi or cab charges will cost you around Rs 4,000.
Reach Gangotri By Train: If you like travelling by train, you'll need to reach the Rishikesh railway station which is also the closest at 250 km from Gangotri. After arriving at the railway station, you'll see plenty of cabs ready to take you to your destination. You'll need to pay anywhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 as cab charges.
Reach Gangotri By Road: The holy town of Gangotri is also well connected by road with all the popular tourist places in the state of Uttarakhand and outside the state. From places like Yamunotri, Mussoorie and Tehri, you can easily catch tourist buses to reach Gangotri. There are both private deluxe buses and state buses to reach the town.
The expedition ends at Badrinath. From Badrinath, Delhi is a 537 km road journey. Alternately, you can drive to Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun (311 km from Badrinath), which has flights connecting to Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Gangotri and Badrinath have coverage for all major networks.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Gangotri Temple: Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda.
Places to visit near the Gangotri Temple
Bhagirath Shila is believed to be the holy rock where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva.
Pandava Gufa, located 1.5 km from Gangotri, is the place where the Pandavas are believed to have meditated and rested en route Kailash. Pilgrims will have to trek up to the Pandava Gufa.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

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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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