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KALINDI KHAL TREK (5950M) : GANGOTRI TO BADRINATH
Kalindi Khal Pass is a high altitude pass located in the Uttarakhand Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 5950 mts at the base of Kalindi peak 

Kalindi khal pass trek that takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley, A strenuous trek covering a total of 99 Km is not viable for amateurs or families and children. One needs to have experience in trekking and have a zest and thrill , Kalindi Khal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition-style traverse of the Kalindi Khal Pass in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas connecting Gangotri

 

This trek is one of the more difficult treks in the region and requires a basic understanding  of mountaineering  An extension of the Nandanvan trek, it runs eastward to Ghastoli and Badrinath via the Kalindhikhal pass (5,967m). This trek requires special permissions.  The trek from Nandanvan to Vasukital must be done only after due acclimatization. There is a gradual ascent of a few kilometres and thereafter, the trek negotiates Kharapathar before a camp at Kalindi base (5,590m). Crossing the Kalindi Pass, one treks down to Arwa glacier and Arwatal (3,980m) to Badrinath via Ghastoli with two rivers crossing the way. From Manna, the trek falls into the Inner Line region.

 

Duration -  20  Days 19 Nights 
Activities - Climbing, Camping & Photography of Nature
Best Time - May, June, September, October
Region - North India
Mountaineering Expeditions in India
Routes - Delhi - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Bhojbasa - Gaumukh (3892M) - Nandanvan (4340 M) - Kharapathar - Vasu ki Tal - Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base - Kalindi Khal - Raj Parav - Arwatal - Ghastoli - Mana - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Delhi

 

Itinerary ::

Day 01: Arrive-Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: 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 03: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
In the morning drive (182 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 Hotel.

Day 04:Uttarkashi - Gangotri
In the morning drive (100 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 05: Rest day.

Day 06: 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.kalindikhal-trek

Day 07:Bhojbasa – Nandanvan / Tapovan
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 08: Rest day.

Day 09:Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal
Morning trek (11 km) along Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital (4898 mts) 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 10: Rest day.

Day 11:Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak)
Morning after breakfast trek to Khara Pathar (5456 mts.) (Suralya Bamak) 8 Km from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 12 : Rest day

Day 13 : Day reserve for if bad weather.

Day 14 : Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base
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 15:Kalindikhal Base - Rajaparavkalindikhal-trekking
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 16: 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 reaching Rajparva. Overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 17: 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 18: 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 19: Badrinathkalindikhal-pass-tour
Witness the puja (prayer) at Badrinath Temple in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 20: 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 excellent view of Nanda Devi mountain range. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 21: Joshimath – Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive (257 km) down to reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in the Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 22: Rishikesh – Delhi
Departure Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the airport, time to catch flight for onward destination.

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Kalindi Khal Expedition Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life, to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. Our representative will receive you at Delhi International airport in a traditional manner and assist you for transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

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DAY 02: DELHI

Morning after breakfast we will take you for a Heritage Tour through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Your leader would be your guide who would unfold the colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. Visit Chandani Chowk---Silver Square (Once the centre of Delhi), to the various places of interest- just as the Royal Mughals would have done centuries ago. To name a few are Maulana Azad Tomb, Jama Masjid- India ’s largest mosque, Dariba Kalan (The Silver Bazaar), Kinari Bazaar, Paranthawalla Gali.

You will also visit The Red Fort (Monday Closed) (Delhi's most magnificent monument was built by Emperor Shah Jehan.Some of the buildings it encloses are Diwani-am, Diwani-Khas, Rang Mahal,The Pearl Mosque etc.) and Raj Ghat ( Set in the midst of deep green lawns, Rajghat is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. A memorial to the father of the nation, Rajghat is a simple square platform with a black memorial stone with "Hey Ram" inscribed on it. "Hey Ram" were the last words uttered by the Mahatma before collapsing after being shot at).

Afternoon proceed for a guided tour of New Delhi covering Rashtrapati Bhawan (is the official residence of the President of India. Formerly the residence of the Viceroy of India, it has a magnificent view of the Rajpath and symmetrical North and South Block Govt. offices), India Gate (is a majestic high arch,42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian Soldiers killed in world war 1).

Post sightseeing return to your hotel. Spend the evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 03: DELHI – RISHIKESH

Morning after breakfast drive (240 Kms) to Rishikesh. Upon arrival check-in the hotel. Evening Arti darshan at Parmath Niketan Ram Jhula. Dinner and for overnight stay in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 04: RISHIKESH - UTTARKASHI

Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (175 Kms). Visit Nehru Institude of Mountainneering - Uttarkashi. Afternoon arrive Uttarkashi and check in at hotel for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 05: UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI

Morning after breakfast drive (100 kms/5 Hrs.) to reach Gangotri (3048 M) . Upon arrival check-in a Guest House. Afternoon free to relax & get acclimatized. In the evening visit Gangotri Temple.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 06: GANGOTRI – BHOJBASA

Morning after breakfast start first days trek to Bhojbasa (3800 mt.) following the river Bhagirathi on right bank by covering approx 14 kms in 4-5 hrs. Trek is full of fascinating Himalayan sights and you can have beautiful views of snowcapped peaks around. Upon arrival at Bhojbasa, set up camp for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 07: BHOJBASA - GAUMUKH – TAPOVAN (4400 M)

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Gaumukh the Source of Ganges'. The river Bhagirathi emerges from the Gangotri Glacier at Gaumukh. After spending some time at Gaumukh, continue trekking (4 kms /2hrs) to reach Tapovan (4400 mt). Overnight stay in camp.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 08: TAPOVAN - NANDANVAN (4500 M)

We retreat back to Gomukh glacier, and then onwards to Nandanvan. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow and down onto the glacier. From Gomukh one turns towards Nandanvan and taking the right hand side, one arrives on top of the Gangotri glacier.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 09: NANDANVAN (4340M) TEK 10 - 12 KMS – VASU KI TAL

Morning trek (8 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.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 10: VASU KI TAL - KHARA PATHAR (SITA GLACIER)

Morning after breakfast start trek (10 kms / 4 -5 hrs) to reach Khara Pathar base camp (4500mt).Arrive and set the base camp for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 11: KHARA PATHAR - SWETA GLACIER (5500 M)

After breakfast, the 700 metres or so walk covering the steep moraine looks deceptively simple, but the altitude makes this ascent an uphill task! The 3 – 4 Kms of the day’s walk take almost 5 -6 hrs to cover. Sweta Glacier at 5500 mts sits on a very windy mountain top and tent pegs are often uprooted and tents lost due to the windy conditions here! Commanding views of the peaks mentioned the previous day are still visible. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 12: SWETA GLACIER (5500 M) TREK 4 KMS / 5-6 HRS– KALINDIKHAL BASE

After breakfast, trek to reach the outlet of Suralaya valley. On the outside of the Chaturangi glacier is the outlet of Khalipet valley which is surrounded by an unnamed peak P, 6730m. and Mana Parvat. Further it’s a steep and tough trek across the Suralaya glacier and along the northern slopes of Chandra Parvat. Camping place is the left lateral moraine of the Sweta glacier near its junction with the Chaturangi glacier. Overnight in Tents

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner.

DAY 13: KALINDIKHAL BASE

At Kalindikhal base day free, Overnight stay in camp.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner.

DAY 14: BASE - KALINDI KHAL (5947 M) - RAJ PARAV (4910 M)

Today trek is most challenging 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 Rajparav, set-up camp for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 15: RAJ PARAV - ARWATAL (3910 M)

Trek to Arwa Tal, surrounded by the moraine fields of the Arwa Glacier. Exactly north from Arwa Tal is Mana Pass (5600 Meters), which was sought by the first Jesuit explorers to Tibet. It was in 1624 when Antonio de Andrade and Manuel Marques went to Tibet by this route. Overnight in Tents.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 16: ARWATAL - GHASTOLI (3790 M)

Today the terrain changes dramatically, a glacial moraine gives way to the glacial streams, also today’s day is full of river crossing. You shall be crossing rivers including the Saraswati river at times. The vegetation also starts to appear. Arrive Ghastoli and set up camp for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 17: GHASTOLI – MANA - BADRINATH

Start trekking with a gradual descend, the route follows the river Saraswati to down streams. We cross the river just after leaving our camp. Throughout the walk we follow the right bank of the river. The river has its origin from the slopes of Mana pass (5600 meters) leading to Tsaparang in Tibet. Also visible are the peaks of Mt. Kamet (7756 Meters) & Mt. Mana (7272 Meters), former being third highest in Indian Himalayas.

You will be met by the vehicles at Mana and shall be transferred to Badrinath, one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. At Badrinath we shall experience an atmosphere of devoted spiritual pilgrimage. For many Hindus this is an emotional experience. Above Badrinath is the spectacular conical Mt. Nilkantha (6596 Meters), literally meaning “Blue Throat” one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 18: BADRINATH - RISHIKESH

In the morning after breakfast drive down to Rishikesh. Arrive and check in at hotel. Spend the evening free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

DAY 19: RISHIKESH - DELHI

Morning after breakfast, drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival check-into Hotel later in the day leisure or shopping nearby hotel. Overnight Stay in hotel.

DAY 20: DELHI DEPART

Morning after breakfast, drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival check-into Hotel later in the day transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destination.

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