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Kalindi Pass is the real Himalayan Adventure Trek
Kalindi Khal connects Gangotri and Gastoli (a village in Karnataka) and it lies at an altitude of 6,000 meters in Great Himalayas. This expedition is difficult and has associated challenges, it is not for the faint of heart, and you need the zeal to traverse this pass successfully.
Gangotri is the starting point of Kalindi Pass Trek
Glaciers are the majestic grandeur of this place as it is highly glaciated and has perfect thrill and adventure mixed. This expedition starts from a holy place Gangotri (pilgrimage site) from where the sight of Bhagirathi peaks and gigantic Mt. Shivling will leave you speechless. The sight of this gigantic mountain will accompany you from the base till the summit.
Go through some famous trekking destinations in Himalayas
You will go through some of the places which are famous trekking destinations like Gomukh (source of Ganges) traverse glaciers, which is the most challenging part of this expedition. Explore great grasslands of Tapovan with many rivers around and mesmerizing views of the tall standing mountains. Come across “Vasuki Tal” which is at an altitude of 4,900 m.
Compulsion of knowledge and skills
Having prior experience of trekking and knowledge of technical and mountaineering skills is a compulsion! Trek to the summit is exacting and has enormous risk but after traversing the summit (6000 m), the feeling of contentment will be immense.
Himalayan adventure in Kalindi Pass Trek
Endpoint of this trek is “Mana” the last village of India. If you have prior experience of trekking and proper knowledge of technical and mountaineering skills then this a great Himalayan adventure you can experience.
These points should not be avoided
1. Proper conditioning and training of body required
2. Proper gear and clothing for sub-zero temperatures
3. Sturdy hiking shoes are important
4. High altitude requires proper acclimatization
5. Intermittent or no signals
6. Carry travel light
7. Weather is unpredicted so the itinerary is flexible
Our team members will meet you at Dehradun Railway Station and then drive to Uttarkashi, Tehri Dam is on the way. This journey is of 10 – 12 hours but you will go through some picturesque places so you will not get bored.
The journey will be along the banks of River Ganga, if you ever feel that you are losing energy just have a look at the water of sacred river Ganga it will refresh you as the water looks so clear and refreshing. On the way visit Gangnani; hot spring. You will go through lush green forest which will soothe your mind and from the places where you will get the views of the Great Himalayas and Harsil.
Reach Gangotri, which is famous for a holy pilgrimage. Go to a hotel rest there for some time and then explore this place on your own. Ganga Aarti is very famous here don’t miss to attend that.
In Chirbasa there are pine trees all around so it is named as “Chirbasa” meaning of Chir is Pine. You have to go through a market and from that trail you will come to a forest area and when you enter there you will have some majestic views of peaks in front, they look mesmerizing as you get the front view of mountains. Today’s trek is an easy one as you have to walk on levelled trail. Cross a bridge over a stream and after few minutes a valley unfolds which looks beautiful and picture perfect.
After crossing ridges and going through dense pine forest, you will come across many boulders and the way is between two big boulders, you will stones and rocks on the way, this can also be called boulder zone. Walk carefully on that path so you don’t get slipped because of the rocks, continue walking on the same trail to reach Chirbasa.
The way to Chirbasa is through pine forest, we are going to reach there in few minutes. Chirbasa campsite is surrounded by pine trees and Bhagirathi rivers flows near. From here you can have glance of Gaumukh glacier and Bhagirathi group of peaks. Start setting your tents, relax there and dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Today’s trek is easy and you can reach Bhojbasa with no difficulties. Have your breakfast and start your trek. The path is not narrow and the trail will take you through some landslide prone areas.
The peaks glitter in front of you as you go higher Mt. Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks attracts as they are calling you. You can spot Saints on the way in caves, they live permanently here so you take inspiration from them. Small tent shops are on the way where people who come here to worship have tea coffee or other things.
As you go higher the trail becomes barren and rocks are everywhere, bhojbasa campsite is a barren land but the views from there are clearer and spectacular and Bhagirathi River flows beside our campsite. There is a small temple, when you reach there you can explore that area. The sunset from here looks mesmerizing. Enjoy the scenic views then dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Till Gomukh (source of River Ganga) trek is not a difficult one but remains covered in snow and the steep and difficult climb starts from Tapovan.
The trail takes you through boulder zone, then you have to climb Gangotri glacier, it needs to be traversed carefully with safety, follow your guide because the trails are not clear. The views get magnificent and welcome you, saints can be seen here meditating they live here permanently.
Now head towards Tapovan which is famous for its grasslands, it is 2 hours away from Gomukh. Ascending is steep but when you reach there the views will leave you spell bound, Mt. Shivling which was visible from day one now you can get the clearer views of it and the other peaks visible from there are Bhagirathi group of peaks and Mt. Meru.
The beautiful meadow of Tapovan is your campsite with surpassing view of mountains. Set your tents and enjoy spending night in the middle of a meadow.
You can just simply rest today at campsite of Tapovan or you can explore places, when we go on a high altitude trek our body needs to adjust according to the environment.
There are divine lakes you can go and see them, explore Neel Tal from where you can see beautiful views of Mt. Meru. The daunting grasslands also needs to be explored so don’t miss out to go there. If you want proper relaxation then you can enjoy the views from your campsite.
Today you will traverse Gangotri glacier which is one of the challenging parts of this trek, have proper breakfast and packed lunch will be provided which you can have in middle of the day. After crossing a ridge and Akash Ganga stream reach Gangotri glacier from there also the views will not leave your side. Descend and find a way and keep following your guide.
Traversing the Gangotri glacier isn’t easy there is thick ice for which you will need ice axe and trekking equipments. It has some associated challenges, it gets slippery and the rocks fall from above so you need to be aware and very careful. This section can take 2 to 3 hours and then Nandanvan is few steps away and the trail is through landslide prone areas.
Today’s campsite is a beautiful meadow of Nandanvan with amazing views of Mt. Kedar Dome and Mt. Shivling. Have dinner and rest for the night here.
The trail to Vasuki Tal from Nandanvan is rocky and ascend is going to be a long one, you may get tired but the terrain isn’t difficult.
It is very cold here in winters and around this heavenly Lake Brahma Kamal grows in abundance. Vasuki Tal is base camp of Mt. Vasuki and Mt. Satopanth, the environment is serene here as very few people visit this place because of its altitude (16332 feet).
It is said that Lord Vishnu took bath in this Lake and it is named “Vasuki Tal” because it resembles snake Vasuki of Lord Shiva which made it sacred, the sight of Chaturangi glacier is beguiling.
This Lake is in an idyllic setting as the views are heart-warming, it freezes in winters. Set your camp near this place and enjoy spending night in untouched surrounding.
Exacting journey will begin from tomorrow so today should be spent relaxing as your body needs to acclimatize to the environment and high altitude.
Have proper amount of food and have relaxing stay in tents at Vasuki Tal.
On today’s trek you can notice the remarkable chain of mountains and you will go through moraine and boulder region, so have good and healthy breakfast so that you don’t lack energy. It is very important to have proper food for a good trek.
You will get the view of mountain chains until you reach Khara Pathar and Mt. Satopanth looks great which is at a height of (7000 m).
Khara Pathar is your campsite rest for the night here.
Trek is through the area of moraines glaciers and mountains, trekking through a landscape with setting of these is adventure and fun both at once.
The campsite is not an ideal location for camping, setup your camps at suitable place and spend your night here.
Have your breakfast early and leave for Kalindi Base camp, today you are going to trek through exhilarating trails and some scary terrains, chain of mountains and glaciers will be all along the way as this place is highly glaciated.
Mostly you are going to go through moraine region and you can see Chaturangi glacier on the way, it is called Chaturango because 4 colours are seen here.
After some hours of trekking you can reach Kalindi base camp from where the Kalindi peak is visible. Set your camps here and before going to tents there will be briefing for tomorrow.
Have appetizing dinner and relax in your tents.
Today is going to be the longest and tough day of your hike so you need to get up very early in the morning and leave for Kalindi khal. You have to ascend all the way through exhilarating trails which lead to your destination. The weather is not predicted and can change anytime, in case the weather changes then you need to add one extra day in this itinerary.
There are crevasses and some of them remain hidden so you have to use your ropes for both ascent and descent. With help of your mountaineering skills and technical knowledge you can reach the top of this pass of 6000 m.
Relish the feeling of contentment you get after successfully reaching the summit. The views are breathtaking and will leave you speechless. Now start descending towards your campsite Arwatal, take rest breaks and after reaching your campsite, you can note that your confidence and enthusiasm is boosted. Have sumptuous food and relax comfortably in your tents.
Today the trek is going to be a very surprising and phenomenal one because you have to cross three to four rivers on the way to reach Ghastoli and the walk is amazing.
At Ghastoli there is establishment of Army with high security and it is the border between China and Tibet. Beside your campsite Arwa River flows, enjoy spending your night here.
Trek starts from Ghastoli to Mana then you will go Badrinath and Auli by taxi. The trails are well marked and constructed, descend till Mana, the last village of India with surpassing beauty.
Drive by a taxi till Badrinath, visit this famous temple of Lord Vishu which is one of the Char Dham’s and then leave for Auli, there you can stay in a hotel.
Trek ends here, have breakfast and depart from Auli to Dehradun bidding goodbye to the serene environment and of this place.
Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
Forest Permit and entrance fee
Accommodation in Hotel
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner
All camping gear including
Separate Tent, High quality
Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table
Guide, Porters, cook, Helper
Mules, Kitchen team
Good Experience local Trek Leader guide
Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s
Personal Toiletry Items
Personal Medical Kit