Kalindi Khal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition type of trek. Very few people cross this pass sucessfully Kalindi Khal Pass in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas connecting Gangotri and Badrinath. This trek Connects the two holy shrines, Gangotri and Badrinath, this trail traverses from one glacier to the other to cross the high pass of Kalindi khal just under 6000m. The walk is mostly over the moraines and the snow fields with deep crevasses and gives great opportunities to view the high altitude wildlife and camp by some small glacial lakes.
This trek is for the most adventurous and fit trekkers only who possess a fundamental ability of high altitude trekking and mountaineering. It is a rare experience indeed. This trip involving visit to two of the most important pilgrimage for Hindus in India, Trekking to the source of the most important living goddess of India and to the heart of Great Himalayas to the base of highest peaks and negotiating high passes.
Shivling (6543m). Shivling is a two-summit mountain which rises not far from the snout of the Gangotri Glacier [the largest glacier in the Himalaya]. It belongs to one of the most beautiful peaks in whole Garhwal. Due to its unusual shape and easy access, it earned the nickname 'Indian Matterhorn'. Shivling is very popular among climbers. About 10 routes have been put up on both of its summits, in spite of the fact that there are still unclimbed peaks not far away. [Regarding its name, connotations of Lord Shiva and the mountain's fallic shape are sometimes mentioned.]
Sumeru Parbat (6331m, left) and Kedar Dome (6831m, right) from the North West.The outstanding and high summit of Kedarnath (6940m) looks from the side of the Kirti Glacier like a big white mountain. In the East a razor-sharp, semi--rocky and semi-corniced ridge joins the main peak of Kedarnath with its subsidiary feature Kedar Dome. ... Kedar Dome has the gentle North West flank that provides perhaps the easiest and most frequented climb in the Gangotri area.
Bhagirathi II, III, and I (left to right, 6512m, 6454m, 6856m), from the West.
The highest peak of the Bhagirathi Group forms a complex and topographically complicated massif. Bhagirathi Parbat has three major peaks. It stands at and dominates the end of the valley leading up to Gaumukh which is the end of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the river Ganga. The upper part of the river Ganga is also called Bhagirathi, and both the mountain and the river are named after King Bhagirath. This King is said to have forced the Goddess Ganga to descend from the heavens in the form of a raging torrent in response to Bhagirathi's 'intense and determined austerities'.
Meru-North (6450m). The Meru massif rises above the upper parts of the Bhrigupanth, Meru, and Kirti valleys. From the east, Meru looks like a long jagged ridge falling down with 800-1200m high, vertical slab walls. The ridge contains number of peaks, the most eminent of them being Meru North (6450m) and Meru South (6660m). Apart from these, Meru West (6361m) lies on the ridge that connects Bhrigupanth and Meru North.
Places that can be explored :
Gangotri Temple: One of the holy places out of 4 Dham's.
Gaumukh : From Where River Ganga Starts.
Tapovan: Base of Shivling
Gangotri Glacier: One of the biggest glacier of Garwal (54 kms)
Vasuki: Vasuki Tal
Suryalaya bamak a story behind
Places can be explored at Badrinath :
The Vyas Gufa near Mana village, is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Bhimpul on the other side of Mana village, is a massive rock forming into a natural bridge, that lies over the roaring Saraswati River. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhima, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
Vasundhara, as the name suggests, is a magnificent waterfall with a height of 122m. This place is 5km from Badrinath out of which 2km is motorable upto Mana, the last Indian village on the border.
Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 17 Nights 18 Days
Destination covered: Rishikesh - uttarkashi - Gangotri - Gaumukh - Tapovan - Vasuki Tal - Suralya Bamak - Kalindi Pass - Arwa Tal - Mana Village - Badrinath - Joshimath - Rishikesh
Altitude: 6002 m above sea level
Grade: Hard Trek
Best Time: May to June and Mid August to October
Kalindi pass is a quite a popular trekking route. It divides the valleys of Chamoli and Uttarkashi. The trek gifts some really nice experience to a trekker trying to get a taste of all round terrains from rocks to ice to moraine fields and snow. The Kalindi peak named after the pass does not need a permit to climb. The height of the peak is approx 20000 feet and if the snow condition is good the trekkers prefer climbing the peak first and then climbing up the pass.One comes across many peaks around Satopanth and also a high altitude lake. En route one also crosses the Arawa valley and there are a lot of unclimbed peaks here. You will find many towering rock faces and the Tibet border is very close. There are many passes leading into Tibet from here and you also come across an ITBP check point on the way.
This trek is one the most adventures and rewarding trek option in Garhwal region. Passing over high pass at close to 6000 meters, the trek route crosses many glaciers, lakes and valleys. Combining two sacred Hindu sites of Gangotri and Badrinath, the trek offers best of everything. Be it pilgrimage, climbing or experiencing elements of nature at its prime.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi :
Met upon arrival at Delhi International Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh :
Drive to Rishikesh (225 km) via Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as 'Gateway to Himalayas' and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Enjoy the 'Ganga Aarti' in the evening. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi :
In the morning drive (155 km) to Uttarkashi (1150 m). Uttarkashi is the base of many trekking and mountaineering expeditions in Gangotri valley. Also India's premier Mountaineering institute 'Nehru Mountaineering Institute' is situated at Uttarkashi. In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Resort.
Day 4: Uttarkashi - Gangotri :
In the morning drive (90 km) to Gangotri (3048 m). Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on earth from heaven. Its also the road head for the trekking in Gangotri valley. Visit the temple of Goddess Ganga. Overnight stay in tourist lodge.
Day 5: Gangotri - Bhojbasa :
Trek 14 km to Bhojbasa (3658 m) following the river Bhagirathi on right bank. The trek is gradual ascent for most of the part. From Bhojbasa you can have majestic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 6: Bhojbasa - Nandanvan :
Trek to Nandanvan (4500 m) via Gaumukh - the source of river Ganges. From Gaumukh climb over to Gangotri glacier and trek along it following right bank. Nandanvan is the base camp for climbing Bhagirathi group of mountains.
Day 7: Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal :
Morning trek (11 km) along Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital (4898 mt). Vasuki Tal is base camp for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady ascent till Vasuki Tal. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 8: Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Suralya
Morning after breakfast trek to Khara Pathar (5456 mt) (Suralya Bamak) 8 Km from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 9: Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal
Morning after breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Kalindikhal Base at Sita Glacier (5500 mt). The trek follows Chaturangi glacier. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 10: Kalindikhal Base - Rajaparav
Todays trek is most challening with steep climb to Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). Spend some time at the spot and then trek down to Rajparav (4910 mt). The descent from the pass is very steep over glacier and ice walls. On arrival at Rajparva, set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 11: Rajparav - Arwa Tal :
Morning after breakfast trek (13 km) to reach Arwa Tal (3910 mt). The trek follows Arwa Bank glacier for most of the time before reching Rajparva. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 12: Arwa Tal - Ghastoli :
Trek (16 km) to reach Ghastoli (3796 km). The trek is gradual descend following Arwa Nala. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 13: Ghastoli - Mana - Badrinath :
Morning after breakfast trek (16 km) to reach Mana village. Mana is last village in this valley. From Mana drive 3 km to Badrinath. Badrinath is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage place. One of the four Dham in the Himalayas, the temple at Badrinath is dedicated to lord Vishnu. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Badrinath :
Witness the puja (prayer) at Badrinath Temple in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 15: Badrinath - Joshimath :
In the morning drive to Joshimath (46 km). On arrival check-into hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for excursion to Auli. Auli is a large high altitude meadow and a famous ski resort during winter. it offers excellant view of Nanda Devi mountain range. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16: Joshimath - Rishikesh :
Morning after breakfast drive (257 km) down to reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17: Rishikesh - Delhi :
Morning after breakfast drive (225 km) to Delhi. Stop en route at haridwar to visit Har-ki-Pauri ghat.
Day 18: Depart Delhi :
Optional sightseeing of Delhi. Later transfer to airport to board flight to onward destination.
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