Kalindikhal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition-style traverse of the Kalindikhal Pass in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas. The route involves a trek over rough glaciers, rocky screens and crevassed snowfields. At times we need to roped up and require the use of ice axes and crampons. Kalindi khal trek takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. Although prior climbing experience is not required, this trip is one of our most demanding treks suited to only those who want to join a reconnaissance style expedition.
|3||Maximum Elevation achieved & where||5500 M Kalindi Pass|
|4||Trek starting point||Gangotri|
|5||Getting to/ From trek starting point & Trek end point||Bus/Train from Delhi to Dehradun . Road journey from Dehradun to Gangotri by taxi. During return, road journey from Badrinath to Dehradun. Bus/Train from Dehradun to Delhi.|
|7||Road Head||Gangotri & Badrinath|
|8||Best Season||Mid June and September to October|
|9||What is included in the fee||• Meals During the Expedition
• Hotel Stay in Gangotri & Badrinath 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
|10||What is not included in the fee||• 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
GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.
* Expedition can be booked by paying Rs 44500/-. Full payment is required atleast 60 days before the departure date.
* After you have made the booking, our team will get in touch with you. In case in their assessment, you do not fulfill the criteria for this expedition, your booking will be cancelled with 100% refund.
* Expedition will only be organized if the total team size is 4 or More. 100% payment will be refunded in case the expedition is cancelled due to less particiipation.
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The only way to reach Gangotri is by road. One can start the road journey either from Dehradun or Rishikesh but with a new route open now, reaching Gangotri via Dehradun is the faster option (around 242 Kms). You will receive the detail of accommodation in Gangotri through an email from us. After reaching here, check into the Guest House/Hotel. Have some rest. Evening can be utilized to explore the local market, temples, etc.
Rest and Acclamatization in Gangotri.
We start in the morning, after breakfast to trek towards Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri you may move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek till Chirbasa is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. We can have our pack lunch in Chirbasa. From Chirbasa, we trek further to Bhojwassa today. The trek is going to be moderate for the day. The terrain, after Chirbasa, becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. Entire trail passes through dense forest till Bhojwassa. There is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. Good place to camp for the day. Excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks to delight you in the evening
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
On this day we start early & head to the great Meru Glacier. After a brief halt to explore Meru Glacier, we trace back to Nandanvan via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasuki Tal, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward.
Rest and Acclamatization Day at Vasuki Taal
Today's trek is of 6 hrs duration. View of Mount Sathopanth makes the whole experience wothwhile which is one of the only two 7000+ meter peaks in India
Today's trek is of relatively short duration. The campsite is a moraine area filled with rocks and boulders, not an ideal campsite but is a must for acclamatization purpose
We will start our day early today. It's a short walk but since most of the trek will be in moraine area it's always good to have time in hand. On the way is Chatrungi Glacier which got its name because of 4 colors (pink, yellow, brown, green) as are visible at this place. This glacial flow from this glacier forms major tributary for Gangotri Glacier. Camping site for today is Kalindi Bhamak which is close to the snout of Kalindi Glacier. Kalindi Khal/Pass is just up ahead an opening between Avalanche and Kalindi Peak.
Today's the D Day and everybody should be up and ready early in the morning. Climb to the pass is not easy by any standard and hence a continuous pace is required till we reach the pass. Once you reach the pass you will realize that all the toil and hardwork was worth every second. You will get spectacular views of Mt Kamet, Mt. Mana, Chandra Parbat, Vasuki Parbat and on a clear day a view of Tibetan Plateau as well. We will camp at Raj Parav today after crossing the glacial terrain.
After a long walk through the moraines we will Ghastoli today. On the way you will see terrain changing dramatically from grey to green a you get closet to Ghastoli. Ghastoli is a beautiful meadow and a treat for the eyes.
It’s a fair amount of walk from Ghastoli to Badrinath. Once we reach Badrinath we can have a bath a hot water springs at Badrinath Temple. Our vehicle will be waiting at Badrinath which will take us to Joshimath. Our stay will be at a hotel in Joshimath.
After breakfast we will start our journey to Dehradun which is good 8-9 hrs drive.