Ancient Route of Gangotri to Badrinath

Kalindi Khal pass is an extraordinary trail with a very challenging terrain situated in Garhwal Himalayas of State of uttarakhand, sitting at an elevation of 5953 m, Kalindi Khal pass is one great human adventure to embark on. The trail was explored for the first time in mid-19th century and its surreal beauty and the great challenge has since then attracted and inspired many climbers and mountaineers. Kalindi Khal pass can be done in Expedition style because some part of the route requires technical equipment of mountaineering to be used, and the altitude also adds up to the challenge. The route to the pass goes through some of the most remote regions and it consist of crossing Glaciers, crevassed snowbound areas, and rough moraines, and steep climbs on snow and ice patches. On the other hand, the route takes you very close to many peaks that rise over 7000 m. Kalindi Khal pass is an true adventure for experienced Himalayan Wanderers.

cost INR 113400   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 16 days
best time May-June, Sept-October
group size max. 08
altitude 5953 m
gradient Challenging 
location Uttarakhand
Day 1: – Dehradun – Gangotri (3047 m)

Our journey will start early on this day as we will be covering a distance of more than 240 km through the lush green mountains of shivaliks. We will start our journey from Dehradun and will reach Uttarkashi via Mussorie and Chamba. After reaching Uttarkashi the whole view changes as we drive deep into Gangotri valley. Accommodation in guest house.

Day 2: – Acclimatisation day

This day we will have an easy and a fun day as we will just walk around the Gangotri region, the holy Gangotri shrine and the meditation point of king Bhagirath, today 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. On this day when we visit the Gangotri shrine you may see many pilgrims taking dip in the holy water of Bhagirathi river and it may look tempting however, we strictly suggest that it might not be a good idea as we will be going further into cold temp and giving a good amount of time for our body to adapt is very important. Accommodation in guest house.

Day 03: Gangotri (3047 m) – Chirbaasa (3600 Mts) – Bhoj-wasa (3792 Mts), 14 kms trek.

We will start in the morning, after breakfast and head on to Chirbaasa first. Starting from Gangotri we will follow a trail which is partially perched and walk on a very gradual ascend towards Chirbaasa, the entire trail till Chirbaasa is on the Left bank of Bhagirathi river. We may have our pack lunch at Chirbaasa. Post lunch we will head to Bhoj-wasa which is another 5 km of very east trail. The terrain, after crossing Chirbaasa it becomes really barren as it is a wide-open valley. In the end you will descend a little bit to Bhoj-wasa for reaching the camp site. In the evening one can enjoy the mesmerizing view of sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks to delight your soul.

Day 04: Bhoj-wasa (3792 Mts) – Gaumukh (3890 mts) – Tapovan (4463 mts), 13 Kms Trek

Starting early in the Morning we will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast we will head towards Gaumukh (3890mt), the snout of Gangotri glacier. Gaumukh is huge cave like opening under Gangotri glacier. The trail after Gaumukh is full of scree and loose boulders, we will have to take precautions here as the small rocks keeps coming down from the mountain. The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent, and as we climb the very unstable part of the climb over the Gangotri glacier the view of the peaks becomes clearer. Tapovan is also known as the base camp of the Shivling peak. This place is home to a huge number of wild life including both plants and animals. On the one side of the camp site is the peaks Bhagirathi I, II, III. and Mt. Shivling which is ever dominating the whole view always keeps you into its trance, and in the distance is the famous MERU.

Day 05: Tapovan (4463 mts) – Meru Glacier – Nandanvan (4340 mts), 8 km trek.

Today we will start early & head straight into the great Meru Glacier. We will spend some time to explore the Meru glacier and then head straight to Nandanvan using the newly made path over the Gangotri glacier, however if the conditions of the route are not suitable for equipment less trekking then we will take the old route by going back to Gaumukh and staying on the right trail next to the Gangotri glacier. The glacier is situated between two ranges and the landslides in the unstable lower section of Gangotri range makes a layer of rocky moraine on the ice of the glacier which makes it easy to compensate ice, however, one has to be very careful at every step as the moraines are always moving with glacier under it and this could lose rocks at any place. There are huge crevasses gaping here and there and they are filled with icy cold water as well. After a walking for about a kilometre there is a very steep ascent and many huge boulders are there on the trail and some of them could be loose because of always changing Gangotri valley. We will pitch our camp at Nandanvan and dinner and overnight stay would be in tents.

Day 06: Nandanvan (4340 mts) – Vasuki Tal (4880 mts), 6 kms Trek.

Morning trek after breakfast we will move along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach the tiny lake in the giant Gangotri Valley named Vasuki Tal, it is also the base for Mt. Satopanth and Mt. Vasuki Parbat and hanging glaciers of both these mountains feed the lake. The lake has a magnificent beauty around it as the high rising towers of Himalayas sits like they are guarding this small source of fresh water. The trek is not very steep all the time but some sections can really take you to the limits. We will camp here for the night.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Vasuki tal (4880 mts).

We will have an easy morning this day and after breakfast we will move for the acclimatization climb and explore the area and try to spend as much time as possible walking around the place and making our senses aligned to the thin air. On acclimatization day we perform some fun exercises and that we will keep a secret as of now.

Day 08: Vasuki tal (4880 mts) – Khara Patthar (5121 m), 5 km trek.

After the complete day rest our body will respond good today and the distance on this day is just 6 km in total and we will walk close to the Mt. Satopanth which rises well above 7000 meters and the view of this amazing peak will dominate our day. The trail goes through the moraines most of the time.  Stay in camps.

Day 09: Khara Patthar (5121 m) – Sweta Glacier (5369 m), 8 km trek

After breakfast in the early hours we will start our day, today the distance to cover is approx. 8 km and the route is through the moraines again however the walking time would be long as the compensating moraines are always a task at that altitude. Our camp site is also a roughly flat land completely filled with rocks and boulders, we will have to camp at this location and find the perfect spot to fix our camps.

Day 10: Sweta Glacier (5369 m) – Kalindi BC (5576 m), 8 km trek.

After breakfast we will head onto our journey further towards the pass, the trail is not marked and goes through moraines which can be misleading at all times so it is important to stay in the visible distance with your team members at all times. Soon we will enter the Chaturangi glacier which drains itself into Bhagirathi river as well. The glacier has got its name because of the multi coloured texture of rock and moraines formation over it. Gapping the distance towards Kalindi glacier we will reach the snout of the glacier and close it we will camp for the night. From here the pass is clearly visible at a great elevation.

Day 11: Kalindi BC (5576 m) – Kalindi Khal pass (5953 m) – Rajaparav (4934 m), 14 km trek.

Our wait for this magnificent day is over now and today we will start in the dark hours of the day to have some extra hours in hand for the long descent. The climb to the pass is a challenging ascend and it requires all the self-motivation one could use. We will be crossing some loose scree sections which stay snow bound most part of year and makes it barren and also some sections with snow and ice conditions. The climb requires a steady motion and no hurry, after reaching the top of the mountain pass you may take a minute or two to catch your breath but the moment you realize the spectacular view of this vastness which holds the giant mountain peaks like Mt. Kamet, Mt. Vasuki parbat, Mt. Kalindi, Mt. Avalanche peak and many more, your every single effort to reach to this place becomes a memory and the moment becomes an achievement. Now after spending some time at pass we will start our descent towards our next camp and the journey is a steep descent through the moraines and glaciers throughout the time, keeping a watch on every step is important while descending.

Day 12: Rajaparav (4934 m) – Arwa tal (4107 m), 13 km trek.

We will have a long walk today and we will be crossing some places with little streams as well so will start as early as possible. Our trail will go through glacial terrain most of the time and it will take approx. 7-8 hours to cover the distance on this day. our trail is not going to be well marked and it will lead us to banks made by network of streams and rivers at this place. Overnight stay in camps.

Day 13: Arwa tal (4107 m) – Ghastoli (3768 m), 14 km trek.

Today again we will have to start early in the morning and set out on the trail is not very difficult to compensate yet a long one. The trail will take you through the series of ups and downs along the valley and soon you will notice the change happening in the terrain as some green patches comes into sight. One may notice an ITBP camp near the border, following the trail we will reach the meadows of Ghastoli and camp there for the night.

Day 14: Ghastoli (3768 m) – Badrinath (3096 m) – Joshimath (1875 m), 3-4 hours’ drive.

Today we will have a relaxed start and after breakfast we will have our cabs ready to pick us up, we will head towards mana pass and cross it over to reach the shrine of Badrinath. After reaching Badrinath we will spend some time at the temple depending upon the time of the year and if the temple is still open for public visit. From here we will head towards the town of joshimath, check into hotel/guest house and enjoy the evening after having some rest.

Day 15: Joshimath (1875 m) – Haridwar (314 m), 9-hour drive.

This day after breakfast at the hotel itself we will head onto a long drive down the hills to reach the old city of Haridwar, the distance is approx. 280 km. our journey ends at reaching Haridwar, accommodation or transport further to this point can be arranged on prior request.

Day 16: Reserve day

This is the day that we keep in reserve for the bad conditions that are very possible at any remote location in Himalayas.


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Department of Tourism, Government Of Uttarakhand

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