Kalindi Khal Expedition

Kalindi Khal Expedition


Gangotri to Badrinath

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Brief Description

Kalindi Khal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition-style traverse of the Kalindi Khal Pass in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas connecting Gangotri and Badrinath. The route involves a trek over rough glaciers, rocky screens, and crevassed snowfields. At times we need to rope up and require the use of ice axes and crampons. Kalindi Khal trek takes you halfway round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. The journey en route Kalindi Khal unfolds views of some of the highest and most majestic peaks of the Indian Himalayan range - Shivling at 6,543 m, Meru at 6,630 m, Kedar Dome at 6,808 m, Bhagirathi group at 6,856 m, Nilkantha at 6,506 m, Chandra Parvat at 6,728 m, Avalanche Peak at 6,413 m, Kamet at 7,756 m Mana at 7,272 m and Abi Gamin at 7,355 m. 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. Additional note for Foreign Nationals - Due to ILP (Inner Line Permit) requirements, we need a minimum of 4 foreign nationals in the group. In case you are booking for yourself as an individual or in a group smaller than 4 and you are not Indian nationals, please consider the risk of batch cancellation in the event of less than 4 foreign nationals in the batch. We will wait till 2 months prior to departure and if we do not have a minimum of 4 foreign nationals’ booking in the group, we will cancel and issue refunds for all foreign nationals’ bookings. This does not apply to any Indian nationals.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.


Show detailed itinerary
1 Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Gangotri
2 Day 2
Day 2 : Rest & Acclimatisation in Gangotri
3 Day 3
Day 3 : Gangotri to Bhojwasa (12,467 ft) - 14 km
4 Day 4
Day 4 : Bhojwasa to Tapovan (14,632 ft) via - Gomukh (12,795 ft) - 13 km
5 Day 5
Day 5 : Tapovan to Nandanvan (14,271 ft) via Meru Glacier - 8 km
6 Day 6
Day 6 : Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal (16,010 ft) - 6 km
7 Day 7
Day 7 : Rest & Acclimatization at Vasuki Tal
8 Day 8
Day 8 : Vasuki Tal to Khara Patthar (17,060 ft) - 6 km
9 Day 9
Day 9 : Khara Patthar to Sweta Glacier (17,880 ft) - 8 km
10 Day 10
Day 10 : Sweta Glacier to Kalindi Base Camp (18,569 ft) - 6 km
11 Day 11
Day 11: Kalindi Base Camp to Rajaparav (16,076 ft) via Kalindi Khal (19,488 ft) - 13 km
12 Day 12
Day 12 : Rajaparav to Arwa Tal (14,763 ft) - 13 km
13 Day 13
Day 13 : Arwa Tal to Badrinath (9,842 ft) via roadhead at Ghastoli (12,467 ft) - 12 km
14 Day 14
Day 14 : Badrinath to Rishikesh - 295 km drive
15 Day 15
Day 15 : Reserve Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Packing List: What to pack

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

September or October

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kalindi Khal 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.

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

Kalindi Khal Trek

Kalindi Khal is one of the highest passes in the Indian Himalaya, connecting the two pilgrimage towns of Gangotri and Badrinath. The challenging traverse goes through rough glaciers, rocky screens and crevassed snowfield requiring the use of mountaineering equipment.

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

The starting point for Kalindi Khal 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.
Badrinath: The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. According to legend Shankar discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple. The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 m) tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade is built of stone, with arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway, which is the main entrance. The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhist temples. Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared hall that leads to the garbha grha, or main shrine area. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.

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

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.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Meals during road journeys

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