Gangotri Kedarnath Trek
Area : Garhwal Himalaya
Duration : 19 Days
Grade : Challenging - Tough
Max Altitude : 5450 mts/17876 ft
Season : May to Sep
Auden's Col- derives its name from J B Auden, who first crossed it in 1939-40, The Gangotri – Kedarnath trek crosses the Auden’s Col, which is a mountain pass connecting Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) peaks and is situated at a height of around 5400m. It also binds two glaciers on the opposite sides- Khatling glacier and a glacier belonging to Jogin I. Auden's Col is approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden's Col and Khatling glacier.
Gangotri Kedarnath Trek via Auden's Col :
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet Peak Adventure Tour Representative and then transfer to pre booked hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Haridwar (AC Train) - Rishikesh (25 kms/1 hrs approx)
In the morning take the AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival meet Peak Adventure Tour Guide and drive towards Rishikesh and check into hotel. Evening free to explore the nearby place. The famous Ganga Aarti (a tribute to Mother Ganges – considered to be the source of our civilization) is a sight unlike any other- the mesmerizing chants, the display of the massive oil lamps, and the floating butter lamps in the river is a sight to behold! Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (180 kms/ 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, meet our guide and transfer to Uttarkashi (1150 mt) via the hill towns of Chamba & Tehri taking 5-6 hrs of driving. Witness the highest earth filled dam in Asia with its 2400 MW capacity and the ruins of the famous Old Tehri town (visible during the peak summer time, when the water in the massive Tehri lake receeds to its minimum) Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check-in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the surrounding on your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Uttarkashi located in the wide river valley formed on the river Bhigarathi’s banks is the principle town in the region. Home to a lot of very ancient temples, Ashrams, and Dharamshalas, this town is also home to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Uttarkashi also acts as a gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in the Gangotri area.
Day 04 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).
In the morning view the sun rise on high hills with a cup of tea in hand. Post breakfast drive towards Gangotri via the beautiful Cider covered valley of Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mt) home to the famed Wilson apples, and famous for its uniquely architecture - by covering approx 95 km in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check-into Guest house at Gangotri. After relaxation, visit the temple for prayers. Overnight stay.
Gangotri : The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Cider (Deodar) and Pine (Chir). The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa after his conquest of the Garhwal region during his decade long siege of Indian territory. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine to pay homage to the river Ganga. 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 "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling (Jalmagna Shivlinga) where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A day’s trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.
Day 05: Gangotri (Rest day for acclimatization)
After a leisurely breakfast one is free to explore the holy town of Gangotri, and to acclimatize to the high altitude in the following days . In the first half of the day one can trek towards Pandava caves, with its reference to the famous epic of Mahabharata. The 2 kms hike one way from the Gangotri town acts as a first experience by which to measure one’s stamina. On the second half of the day is spent in absorbing and observing life in the Ashrams showcasing the uniqueness and cultural traits of Hinduism. Evening time is full of the sights and sounds of the famed Ganga Aarti devoted to mother Ganges. Overnight and dinner in the hotel.
Day 06 : Gangotri - Nala Camp (8 km Trek 5 - 6hrs trek)
Early morning marks the time to prepare the gear to commence the adventure journey. The trail starts on the left of the valley with an ascend which continues to take one to the Nala camp. It's a beautiful walk through the forest of pine and birch trees, and following the upstream course of the river Bhagirathi. The view finally gets transformed into a picturesque walk and showcases views of some of the finest Himalayan mountains i.e. Jogin and Kedartal ranges. On arrival at the camp one sets the campsite by the Rudragaira River. Overnight in the tents.
Day 07 : Nala Camp to Rudra Gaira Base Camp (7 km -5 hrs trek)
The day’s trek commences with an ascend which takes one to a ridge and continues into a side stream. After this area, the climb becomes steep till the base camp. The strenuous stretches of hike during the day are compensated by rewarding views of Rudragaira peak, Jogin peak and Auden Col pass. On arrival at the campsite the tiredness and dehydration are cured by a warm cup of tea! Overnight in tents.
Day 08 : Rudugaira BC - Rest day and acclimatization
The day is reserved for rest and acclimatization. One can relax in the camp or involve himself/herself in a small exploratory / photo shoot hike towards the general direction of the Rudragaira peak. Explore and enjoy close up view of the majestic Himalayas. Overnight in the tents.
Day 09 : Rudugaira BC - B C Gangotri Group (6 kms/5 hrs app)
The day’s trek involves walking over moraine and technical surface. The path follows a gradual climb throughout, but is challenging at times. Arrival near the camp makes one feel cheerful and refreshed, and the highlight is a gorgeous view of Gangotri I, II & III peaks. Overnight in tents.
Day 10 : B C Gangotri Group - Auden Col BC (6 km/5-6 hrs)
The hike for the day is equally challenging as the previous one. The path continues over moraine and finally takes one to the Auden Col base camp. The campsite is not well marked or distinguished but gives an opportunity to camp within a rocky surrounding. Overnight in tents.
Day 11 : Auden Col B C - Khatling Glacier (12 km 10 hrs approx)
An early start is must for the day. The walk involves technical aspects on the glacial ice, which continues till the pass. The walk totaling about 5 km to the pass takes about 4 hours to complete. A rope is fixed on both sides to negotiate the pass. The sense of achievement on reaching the top of the pass, is highlighted with stunning views of greater Himalayasas far as the eye can see! The views around are well deserved and worth it. A cautious descend on the other side of the pass with the help of technical gear is suggested. After the pass, the day still continues for another 5-6 km on the glacier until one finally camps for the day. Lots of rest and lots of sleep is a must for the night. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Khatling Glacier - Waterfall Camp/Zero Point (12 km/10 hrs approx)
The walk on the glacier continues for another 8 kms. The walk continues to be technical and requires use of technical gear as well. After this stretch, the path moves on to the moraine, and continues to descend to the campsite by the river. Overnight in tents.
Day 13 : Waterfall Camp/ Zero Point - Chowki (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
After a trek lasting 3 kms, the river is over crossed to reveal a trail that leads to open meadows. One continues trekking further for another 4 km to reach Chowki, with a well marked campsite replete with a large grassy area, streams, shepherds, and lots of sheep cow’s and horses for company. Overnight in tents.
Day 14 : Chowki - Masar Tal (8 kms/6-7 hrs)
The trek for the day involves a steep ascend with switch backs leading to ridge overlooking the valley. The trail is well defined and with picturesque surrounding leading to the Masar Tal lake. On arrival camp nearby the beautiful lake. Overnight in the tents.
Day 15 : Masar Tal - Vasuki Tal (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
The day continues with the ascend of 3 km to reach the ridge, followed by a series of switch backs descend that brings you to picturesque lake of Vasukital. Arrive and camp by the lake. Overnight in tents.
Day 16: Vasuki Tal - Kedarnath (5 kms/3 hrs)
Trek towards one of the famous and much revered temple pilgrimage center in India. The 5 kms of descent takes approximately 3 hours. On arrival one can feel the essence the spiritual environment of Hindu culture. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the temple has an architecture which is unparalled. Evening visit the temple. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 17: Kedarnath - Gaurikund (14 kms/3-4 hrs) - Rudraprayag
Awake in a morning full of unique religious hustle and bustle around the temple area, with conch shells blowing and temple bells clanging! Follow the well marked 14 km trail descending towards Gaurikund. One will pass a lot of pilgrims proceeding towards the temple of Sri Kedarnathji. En route pass through the stopover village of Rambara with several restaurants serving freshly prepared meals to pilgrims. Continue to descend further to reach Gaurikund. From this point board the vehicle and drive for 4 hours to reach Rudraprayag, a revered river confluence, of river Mandakini and Alaknanda, and another much visited religious place. Overnight in hotel.
Day 18 : Rudraprayag - Rishikesh
A holy dip at the confluence and breakfast is followed by a drive towards Rishikesh via another river confluence at Devprayag (convergence of rivers Alaknanda & Bhagirathi). From this point the river is christened the Ganga! In the evening one can visit the Ashrams & temples at Rishikesh, and the peaceful and picturesque valley is often dubbed -"haven of Saints and Sadhus". Rishikesh, situated on the banks of river Ganga and surrounded on two sides by the Ganga river valley, is called the gateway to the mountains,a and is considered a great pilgrimage centre of India. At Triveni Ghat "Ganga Aarti", the prayer to Godddess Ganga is considered to be a fascinating religious ceremony, and is a spectacle worth witnessing. Overnight in hotel.
Day 19: Rishikesh - Delhi
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive towards Delhi via Haridwar. By evening arrive Delhi and check into hotel. Overnight stay.
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