- Duration 12 Days
- Altitute 5495m
- Stay Rooms/Tents
- Difficulty Expedition
Kedartal - Auden's Col Trek
Known for the most beautiful views of the higher Himalayas; this trek moves in the Bhagirathi valley. The idea is to cross one of the most adventurous passes in the Himalayas, via Kedartal , a simply beautiful green water glacial lake that forms the major tributary to Bhagirathi meeting at Gangotri . Over the next ten days you will walk through one of the most alien and bizarre places on this planet, with the most amazing views mountain have to offer.
Trek starts from the small temple town of Gangotri , from where you cross the Bhagirathi and walk into the valley following Kedar Ganga , one of the major tributaries of the Ganges, believed to be Shivas contribution to it. The trek till Kedartal is a gnarly one, with a few rockfall zones in between; one has to be in their wits in order to tackle the walk in the primeval moraines. Camping in the moraines near the snout, you can hear the cracking Glaciers as they move un-noticed to the eye.
Audens Col trek is one of the most extreme and beautiful trek in the Himalayas, connecting Rudurgaira valley and Bhilagna valley. This high altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 5490m joins Gangotri and Kaidarnath , two of the major Hindu temples, which makes it much fascinating for any seasoned trekker to walk this trail. The venture moves into beautiful forests of Rhododendrons and Birch, crossing the tree line coming across magnificent meadows, valleys, streams and waterfalls, amidst the towering peaks of Gangotri Massif.
Having a reputation to be as good as Kalindikhal (the holy grail of treks); if not more, this trek is suggested for experienced trekkers only, as there are a lot of moraine walks throughout the trek; along with the pass and the glaciers being infested with a huge no. of crevasses. Being one of the toughest and most technical treks, only a handful of professional companies carry out this venture.
Day 1: Dehradun - Gangotri (240 kms / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 2: Gangotri - Bhoj kharak (3415m)
Day 3: Bhoj kharak - Kedar kharak (4315m)
Day 4: Kedar kharak - Kedartal (4750m)
Day 5: Kedartal - Kedar kharak
Day 6: Kedar kharak - Patangini dhar (5085m) - Patangini base (4045m)
Day 7: Patangini base - Glacier camp
Day 8: Glacier camp - Audens base (4975m)
Day 9: Audens base - Audens col (5495m) - Audens base
Day 10: Audens base - Nala camp
Day 11: Nala camp - Gangotri
Day 12: Gangotri - Dehradun
Meet your trip leader at Dehradun, board the vehicle and drive to the small temple town of Gangotri, which might take you odd 8 hrs to reach. It’s a beautiful drive along Ganges and Bhagirathi. Later check in the hotel and spend the day at leisure.
Gangotri - Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from the locks of Lord Shiva- the spot marked by a Goddess Ganga temple where millions of devotees throng to pay homage every year.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Cedar and Pine trees. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and Dharamshalas are located on the far side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock known as "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.
Post an early breakfast, we will start the trek to Bhoj Kharak, the campsite for tonight. Climbing up against Kedar Ganga, today you will hike through a birch forest with a rough terrain. Negotiating a few rock fall zones you will reach Bhoj Kharak. Have a fresh brew at the campsite and go for an acclimatization hike nearby.
Today you will hike through beautiful alpine meadows much above the tree line. A bit steep section will land you on the smooth slopes of these golden meadows where you can spot makeshifts of the shepherds that camp there during the season. From here you will descend down through a patch with steep gradient and loose rocks, further away from where; will be your campsite for the day. With the views of giants like Patangini Dhar, Gangotri Massif, Auden’s Col and the Jogin Group of peaks, the campsite for today is just like dream. Sip some ginger lemon tea, and relax as the stars take over the sky.
This day you will walk upto the beautiful Kedartal Lake, the hike to which is again a tough one but surely interesting. You will be walking mostly through an off beaten track of boulders and sharp rocks formed due to continuous rock fall in the area. Walking carefully through such terrains it will take you around 5 to 6 hrs to get the first view of this emerald lake along with the mighty Thalayasagar peak on the northern ridge. Spend the evening meditating or reading a book on the banks of the lake.
An extra day for rest and exploration around the lake, or can be utilized at any point and time of the trek depending on the conditions.
This morning you will be climbing the steep terrains of the Patangini Dhar pass; this will be the highest point till now. You might need to walk in the snow on both sides of the pass; getting down the pass you will either find snow fields or alpine meadows depending on the time of the year you make this journey. Once in the meadows, relax at the campsite and enjoy the evening with a million dollar view right outside your tent window.
Post a healthy breakfast you will start the hike for the day. As you start from the meadows towards the glaciers you will need to get in and out of the moraine and on to the glacier that would require a lot of effort and patience. This is the reason why only seasoned trekkers are suggested to do this trek, moraine walks are the most adventurous as well as tricky part of the trek with no chance of error in such conditions. Negotiating the physical features the mountains are offering, you reach the campsite for the day.
Today you will hike till the base camp of the Auden’s Col. The hike is again through a roughly beaten trail traversing through the glacier and the snout and into the moraines. Spend the night under the stars if the weather allows as tomorrow you climb up the famous Auden’s Col.
Post an early breakfast you will head out for the climb of the infamous Auden’s Col. The gradient rises gradually to a sweet 70 degrees if not more; as you approach the pass. The walk is pretty strenuous and one needs to keep themselves hydrated at all the times. Witnessing the Col you trace back your steps to the base and spend the evening talking about the achievements of the day.
Today you will descend down towards the Nala camp, negotiating the lateral moraines and loose rocks, gradually entering the meadows. You still are above the tree line though one can spot bushes of rhododendrons and junipers in the surrounding.Overnight in tents.
This again is a gradual walk towards Gangotri, as you finish a round trip and reach back the temple town. The last section of the hike will be a bit steep descent but nothing in comparison to what you have been negotiating in past 10 days. Brace your selves at the temple for you have finished one of the most beautiful and tough trek in all of the Himalayas. Overnight in hotel.
Drive / 8-9hrs - Trip End Here !
Accommodation on sharing basis as per the package taken
- Day 1: Overnight in Hotel / guest house (Gangotri)
- Day 2: Overnight in Tents (Bhoj Kharak)
- Day 3: Overnight in Tents (Kedar Kharak)
- Day 4: Overnight in Tents (Kedartal)
- Day 5: Overnight in Tents (Kedar Kharak)
- Day 6: Overnight in Tents (Patangini Base)
- Day 7: Overnight in Tents (Glacier Camp)
- Day 8: Overnight in Tents (Auden's Base)
- Day 9: Overnight in Tents (Auden's Base)
- Day 10: Overnight in Tents (Nala Camp)
- Day 11: Overnight in Hotel / guest house (Gangotri)
Good Quality Of Camping Arrangements
- Good quality of alpine tents
- Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
- Comfortable camping mattresses
- Mess Tent
- There will be 2 toilet tents (Separate for Gents and Ladies) having portable toilet seats
- First Aid / Medical kit
- Day 1: Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 11: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 12: Breakfast
- Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
- Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
- Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
- First aid kit
- Transport of any nature (to include transport click on the transport box above)
- Accommodation in any other location not mention above/
- Porter / mule charges to carry your personal bag
- Any meals / services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- 5% GST
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