Trek to Auden's Col

Auden Col Trek

Auden Col Trek

The Auden Col is a mountain pass that connects ridge of Gangotri III (6577m) and Jogin I (6465 m) between Rudugaira glacier and Khatling glacier. British geologist, Dr. J.B. Auden, in 1939-40 crossed the col from Rudugaira side and descended to Bhilangana valley via Khatling Bhamak (glacier), for the first time and the col had been named after him. Auden’s Col binds two glaciers on the opposite sides. One is Khatling glacier and the other one looks like the glacier belonging to Jogin I. Auden's Col is the most frequented route to reach two pilgrim centers Kedarnath and Gangotri through Maiali Pass and Khatling Glacier. One will cross several high altitudes lake like Masar Tal, Pari Tal, Vasuki Tal etc while doing this trek..


Delhi Haridwar Rishikesh Sightseeing Day 1   Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
In the morning take AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs and transfer to Rishikesh by Car. Upon arrival at Rishikesh check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Rishikesh Uttarkashi SightseeingDay 2  Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed for Uttarkashi (1150 mts), which takes 7-8 hrs drive. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the surrounding by your own. Overnight stay at hotel. Uttarkashi is the principle town in the region. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is situated here. It is also the gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Gangotri area.

Day 3   Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).
In the morning after breakfast set out for Gangotri via Harsil & Bhairon Ghati. The drive will take 4-5 hrs to reach here. On arrival check-into Hotel. By evening visit the Gangotri temple. Overnight stay. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairon Ghati over which there is a steel guarder bridge. Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven. There is a Temple of Goddess Ganga where thousands of devotees throng to pay homage to her. Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. 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 Dharamshala are located on the other 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 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.

Gangotri Nala Camp SightseeingDay 4  Gangotri - Nala Camp (8 km Trek 5 - 6 hrs trek)
Its time to prepare gear to commence our adventure journey. The trail start on the true left of the valley with an ascend which continues to take you to Nala camp. Its a beautiful walk through the forest of pine and birch trees. Finally gets transformed into a picturesque walk with involves the views of some of the Himalayan beauties i.e. Jogin and Kedartal range. On arrival we will set our campsite by Rudragaira River. Overnight in the tents.

Day 5   Nala Camp - Rudra Gaira Base Camp (7 km -5 hrs trek)
The days trek commences with an ascend which takes you to a ridge and continues to a side stream. After stream its a steep climb to the base camp, Apart from the strenuous stretches of hike during the day there are compensating and rewarding views of Rudragaira peak, Jogin peak and Auden Col pass. On arrival a tiredness quenching tea is worth it. Overnight in the tents.

Day 6  Rudugaira BC - B C Gangotri Group (6 kms/5 hrs app)
Todays hike involves moraine and technical surface to be accustomed. The path is gradual throughout but challenging at times. Approach near the camp makes you feel cherished and refreshed with the gorgeous views of Gangotri I, II & III peaks. Overnight in the tents.

Day 7   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 on moraine and finally takes you to the Auden Col base camp. The campsite is not well marked or distinguished but gives an opportunity to camp within a rocky colony. Overnight in the tents.

Day 8  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 glacier which continues to the pass. Its a walk of about 5 km to the pass which will take about 4 hours. A rope is fixed on both sides to negotiate the pass. Aaaahhh!!! I have done it is the call from the heart, with stunning views of greater Himalayas all around. The views around are well deserved and worth it. A cautious descend on the other side of the pass with help of technical gear is suggested. After pass the day still continues for another 5-6 km on glacier until we finally camp for the day. Lots of rest and deep sleep is for sure for the night. Overnight in the tents.

Day 9   Khatling Glacier - Waterfall Camp/Zero Point (12 km/10 hrs approx)
The walk on the glacier continues for another 8 kms. The walk is technical and requires enhancement of technical gear as well. After this the path moves on to the moraine continues to descend to the campsite by the river. Overnight in the tents.

Day 10  Waterfall Camp/Zero Point - Chowki (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
After a trek of 3 km the river is over crossed to find a trail that leads to the open meadows. Continue trekking further for another 4 km to reach Chowki, with a fairly distinguished campsite. Overnight in the tents.

Day 11   Chowki - Masar Tal (8 kms/6-7 hrs)
The treks 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 Masar Tal. On arrival camp nearby the beautiful lake. Overnight in the tents.

Day 12  Masar Tal - Vasuki Tal (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
The day continues with the ascend of 3 km to reach 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 the tents.

Day 13   Vasuki Tal - Kedarnath (5 kms/3 hrs)
Trek towards one of the famous and much revered temple pilgrimage center in India. Its descend of 5 km and takes approximately 3 hours. On arrival one can essence the spiritual environment of Hindu culture. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the temple has an architecture which is unparallel. Evening visit the temple. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 14  Kedarnath - Gaurikund (14 kms/3-4 hrs) - Rudraprayag
Awake with a morning full of cherished religious environment followed by a descend of 14 km towards Gaurikund. You will pass a lot of pilgrims proceeding towards the temple of Sri Kedarnathji. Enroute pass through the village of Rambara having several restaurants serving pilgrims. Continue to descend further to reach Gaurikund. From here board the vehicles and drive for 4 hours to reach Rudraprayag, another revered religious place, on the verge of confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 15   Rudraprayag - Haridwar - Delhi
Early in the morning take a holy dip at the confluence and later after having breakfast drive towards Rishikesh via another confluence Devprayag (Alaknanda & Bhagirathi Rivers) from here the holy Ganges start. In the evening catch AC Train from Haridwar to Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs. Trip & Services Ends Here

Cost Includes
Accommodation: Hotel in Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Kedarnath and Rudraprayag on Bed and breakfast basis. While on trek we will provide you Dome/Alpine trekking tents, Kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Camping mattresses, camping stool, table etc would be provided.
Transport: Private Car from Haridwar to trek point and back.
Train: AC Train from Delhi to Haridwar & back
Meals: Breakfast in Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Kedarnath and Rudraprayag, while on trek all meal will be provided. All meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
Porters: For carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 15 kgs).
• Professional & Experienced English speaking local expedition guide who know the area and route very well and already done this trek many times.
• Master chef for cooking fresh meal & Kitchen helper would accompany the group.
• All Entry & permit fees of the trek.
• Fuel Charges, All state & toll taxes, Driver Allowances.

Cost does not include
•    Air fare
•    Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
•    Enroute meal
•    Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
•    Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
•    Any meals/services not mentioned above
•    Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
•    Travel insurance, Evacuation expenses, etc.

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