Gangotri Badrinath Trek

Region : Garhwal Himalayas of UttrakhandGangotri Badinath Trekking
Style of Trek : Indian Leader
Altitude :5946 m/19500 ft
Duration : 16 Days
Season : June - July & August
Grade : Challenging - Tough

The high-altitude trekking route from Gangotri - Badrinath, via Kalindikhal is popularly known as Kalindikhal Pass Trek. The trip is more adventurous and requires some fundamental knowledge of mountaineering. The trek starts from Gangotri heading eastward, via Gomukh, Tapovan, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, Kalindikhal, Gashtoli and then onwards to Badrinath the speciality of this trek is that it takes one half way round Garhwal, starting from the Bhagirathi Valley, all the way to the Alaknanda Valley. The trip is advised only for those who have a prior experience of high-altitude treks; and its very mention gives a thrill to even the most seasoned of climbers.

The trek starts from Gangotri and takes one through Nandanvan- the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, that offers an unparalleled view of the Shivling peak. The trail moves on to Vasuki Tal (4900 M), with towering peaks all around the lake. The lake surface shimmers like a pearl and acts as the source of the Vasuki Ganga that later drains into river Mandakini. One proceeds to cross the Kalindikhal pass (5968 M)- a tough climb from where one feels at the top of the world. The trail finally descends to Arwa Tal lake and Mana- the last Indian village towards the Chinese border. The trek fittingly ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple.

Itinerary for Gangotri Badrinath Trekking Tour :

Day 01: Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6-7 hrs approx)

In the morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to explore the nearby area by your own. The Ganga Aarti (prayer to Goddess Ganga) is a must visit, and is a brilliant show of lights, chanting, and floating butter lamps Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 5 -6 hrs)

After breakfast, proceed towards Uttarkashi (1150 mts), taking 5-6 hrs of driving time. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel. After lunch visit NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) Institute & Museum, and various temples of repute. Later return to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Uttarkashi: Situated at a distance of 145 km from Rishikesh and at an elevation of 1158 m on the bank of river Bhagirathi, this picturesque town acquires importance because of very significant pilgrimage centers: Gangotri, Yamunotri, and is home to some famous temples, Ashrams and Dharmshalas.

Day 03 : UttarkashiGangotri Badinath Trekking

Day reserved for medical test, permit verification and visit to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/10,000 ft) Drive (100 kms/4-5 hrs)

After breakfast drive along the Bhagirathi valley going upriver to reach Gangotri via destinations like Harsil approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mts) and Bhairon Ghati (known for its famed gorge, and the bridge across it) The landscape transforms dramatically after the descent after Sukkhi top, and Cider groves give the travelller company all the way to Gangotri. The 95 km journey is covered in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check into Hotel/Guest house.

Day 05 : Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3792 m/12440 ft) Trek (14 kms /5-6 hrs).

In the morning meet our trekking team and a brief introduction with entire staff. After breakfast start first day's trek to Bhojwassa following the river Bhagirathi's course upstream, and covering approx 14 kms in 4-5 hrs. The leisurely trek following a continuous incline is full of fascinating Himalayan sights and one gets to witness beautiful views of snow clapped peaks throughout. Upon arrival at Bhojwassa, set up camp for overnight stay.

Day 06 : Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)

Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek towards Gomukh (3890mt)- the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is the point where the water trickles down from the glacier, and forms the river. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high-altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent, and as one climbs, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer, and look as if close enough to be touched. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak consist of a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and a perfect campsite. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are seen clamouring the steep rock faces. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. Owing to the isolation and tranquillity of the spot Sadhus and ascetics choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months. Arrive Tapovan and set up camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Gangotri Badinath TrekkingDay 07 : Tapovan - Nandanvan (Trek 4-5 hrs)

On tracing back to Nandanvan via Gomukh glacier, the route leads from the upper section of the meadow taking a dip and onto the glacier. From Gomukh one turns towards Nandanvan (4340m) a smaller meadow in comparison to the former, and turning on right one arrives on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 08 : Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (4880 m/16000 ft) Trek (6 kms / 4-5 hrs).

An early morning start along with Chaturangi Glacier terminates at Vasuki Tal, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parvat with a small lake - the source of the Vasuki Ganga (which merges with the Bhagirathi river. The trek is a continuous upward climb. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.

Gangotri Badinath TrekkingDay 09 : Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak) (5480 m/17975 ft) Trek (6 kms/3-4 hrs).

One starts immediately after breakfast to Suraiaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp. Camping on Moraine.

Day 10 : Khara Pathar - Sweta Glacier (8 kms / 4-5 hrs).

After breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Sweta Glacier) (5500 mts). Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 11 : Sweta Glacier - Kalindikhal Base

Post breakfast set out for Base camp. Overnight stay in tent.

Day 12 : Kalindi Base - Kalindikhal - Raja Parav (4910 m/16105 ft) Trek (12 kms / 6-7 hrs).

Mornings after breakfast proceed your trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 mts). Spend some time at the spot and then trek down to Raj Parav for dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 13 : Raja Parav - Arwa Tal

Post breakfast proceed to reach Arwa Tal (3910 mts) 13 km from Raj Parav. Overnight in the camp.

Gangotri Badinath Trekking Day 14 : Arwa Tal - Ghastoli (3796 m/12450 ft) Trek (16 kms / 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast proceed to reach Ghastoli (3796 km), which is 16 Km from Arwa Tal. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 15 : Ghastoli - Mana - Badrinath (3096 m/10155 ft) Trek (18 kms / 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast start the descend to Badrinath situated on the banks of river Alaknanda, standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Narayan peaks, and in the distance soars the resplendent Neelkanth peak. A seven hrs walk brings one to Mana Village, the last village before the border, which is the stopover for lunch. Later a 2 kms drive brings one to town of Badrinath. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit the temple of Badrinath. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight.

Day 16 : Badrinath - Haridwar - Delhi

Immediately after early breakfast, board the vehicle and drive (310 km) to reach Haridwar and from here take an AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

Trip & Services Ends Here.