The Major Physical barrier

Situated in the Garhwal region of India this trail is a magnificent semi-technical expedition of over half a month. Auden’s col is a high-altitude pass that stands at 5490 meters from the sea level and it has gained significance because this single experience takes you into multiple Himalayan terrains that range from walking into valleys, moraines, meadows, grasslands, glaciers. Auden’s col is named after John Bicknell Auden of the Geological Survey of India after he crossed it in year 1939. The pass is situated on a ridge that connects Gangotri III (6577 m) and Jogin I (6465 m). The pass is approached from Gangotri region of Bhagirathi valley through Rudugaira glacier and it descends into the Bhilangna Valley through very heavily crevassed Khatling Glacier. Auden’s col trekking expedition is also known as holy grail of treks in India as it requires use of many technical equipment and use of fixed ropes on the route as well.

highlights
cost INR 90000   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 14 days
best time September-October
group size Max. 08
altitude 5490 m
gradient Challenging 
location Uttarakhand
itinerary
Day 01: Haridwar to Uttarkashi

We will board our vehicles in the morning to reach straight away to Uttarkashi. It may take more then 7 hours to reach Uttarkashi. Accommodation in hotel

Day 02: Uttarkashi to Gangotri (3047 m)

Today we will start from Uttarkashi after breakfast and go deeper into Bhagirathi valley along the river. It may take upto 4 hours to reach Gangotri, which is a very famous Hindu Pilgrimage. Accommodation in hotel

Day 03: Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (3047 m)

This day we will have acclimatizing walks around the place to adapt our body for the sudden rise in elevation. We will visit pandavgufa which is 1.5 km walk. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 04: Gangotri to Nalla camp (3760 m)

Today after breakfast we will head onto our journey to Auden’s col on foot with a gradual climb to follow. The day would be easy walk through forest area. Overnight in camps

Day 05: Nalla Camp to Gangotri I Base camp (4510 m)

Today we will have to cover a greater distance so we will have a early start and follow the route that will take us through a vast meadow initially and then to Rudragaira base camp, after some time the trail will turn into a steep climb through moraines and it will lead us to Gangotri I BC. Overnight in camps.

Day 06: Acclimatisation day at Gangotri I Base camp

We will have an active rest day and acclimatize in the thin air to prepare our body for coming days.

Day 07: Gangotri I Base camp to Auden’s col Base camp (4820 m)

Today we will head straight towards the foot of two massive groups of mountains, Gangotri (I, II, III) and Jogin (I, II). The walk would be a steep ascent and through a tough terrain mixed with moraines and snow sections. Overnight in camp

Day 08: Auden’s col Base camp to Auden’s col (5490 m) to Khatling glacier Camp I (5115 m)

We will start early in the morning and head onto the steep climb that goes through deep snow conditions. It is massive face that looks like a gully from distance that goes straight to the pass. The view from the pass is mesmerizing, it offers a splendid view of Khatling glacier and many high rising peaks like jaonli, Gangotri (G1, G2, G3), Jogin (J1, J2), Kedarnath and many more in the distance. The descend goes through a very technical section and it requires fixed ropes to be placed on the almost vertical wall of Khatling glacier to its endless crevasses all over the place. Overnight in camp

Day 09: Khatling glacier Camp I to Khatling glacier Camp II (4200 m)

This day will be a great experience as we walk through the Khatling glacier and we are always surrounded by the high rises of Himalayas. The walk will let us experience the change in the surrounding landscape as well as the air as we get down from high altitude. Overnight in camp

Day 10: Khatling glacier Camp II to Tuambakund (3450 m)

This day we will walk off the Khatling glacier and reach the snout of the glacier which is known as Tuambakund.

Day 11: Tuambakund to Kharsoli campsite (2890 m)

Today we will have a longer distance to cover yet an amazing experience as we walk through the dense Himalayan forest and revitalize our body with Oxygen. The campsite offers a great view of mixed high-altitude vegetation around the place. overnight in camps.

Day 12: Kharsoli campsite to Gangi (2650 m)

The walk would be a mix of ascent and descent today as we finally reach Gangi which is fairly big civilization. It has a government guest house as well. accommodation in guest house.

Day 13: Gangi to Guttu (1550 m)

Today is the last day on foot and it is a long walk in the warm climate after days of chilling winds of high altitude, we will reach the village of guttu which is roadhead as well and accommodate in guest house.

Day 14: Guttu to Haridwar

We will have a easy start this day and board our vehicles to head for Haridwar.

 


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