If getting hunted by trekking adventure is sought after, there could be no bait better than Kalindikhal trekking expedition in Garhwal. It is also recommended if touring Garhwal has been a dream of long time, as almost half of it gets covered during this trek. A seasoned trekker is a best fit for such a strenuous itinerary. Someone who just wants to try hands on in trekking, this is surely not for them.
The name Kalindi Khal belongs to the pass, trekker would cross after only after reaching in mid of the itinerary, the journey of which begins in Uttarkashi, a town situated at the banks of Rive Bhagirathi (a head-tributary of River Ganges). Trekkers with an interest in mountaineering would have something to enjoy here. Thereafter, it is Gangotri on the schedule; a holy shrine as the seat of River Goddess Ganga, the place is worshipped through a temple (one of the Chardham of Uttarakhand). This is where the trekking expedition gets started.
The other stoppages of the journey include places like Bhojwassa, Nandanvan, Suralya Bamak, Raja Parav, Ghastoli, Badrinath and Joshimath. The trip is eventful as Nature accompanies the trekker throughout the trek in the form of various mountain peaks (Shivling, Bhagirathi, Kedardome, etc), glaciers (Suralya Bamak, Sweta), rivers (various tributaries of Ganges), high altitude lakes (Vasuki Tal and Arwatal) and many other things.
Get the details below of the days in Kalindikhal pass expedition:
Day 1 Delhi - Rishikesh (227 kms/6-7hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive (227 km) to reach Rishikesh. Stop at Haridwar for sightseeing of Ganga Ghats & Temples then proceed to Rishikesh. Arrive & check in at the hotel. Evening free in Rishikesh. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2 Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed for Uttarkashi (1150 mt), which takes 5-6 hrs. Upon arrival check-in at Shikhar Nature Resort. After lunch visit NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) Institute & Museum.
Day 3 Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms)
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mt) by covering approx 95 km in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check-into Hotel / Tourist Banglow.
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 Dharamshalas 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.
Day 4 Gangotri - Bhojbasa (3792 m/12440 ft) Trek (14 kms /5-6 hrs).
Morning after early breakfast start first days trek to Bhojbasa 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 snow capped peaks around. Upon arrival at Bhojbasa, set up camp for overnight stay.
Day 5 Bhojbasa - Nandanvan (4337 m/14230 ft) Trek (6 kms / 3-4 hrs).
Morning trek 4-5 hrs t o reach the beautiful base of Bhagirathi group of peaks, Nandanvan. The trek crosses Gangotri Glacier. From here view the Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu peaks and Kedardome. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal(4880 m/16000 ft) Trek (6 kms / 4-5 hrs)
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.
Day 7 Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak) (5480 m/17975 ft) Trek (6 kms/3-4 hrs).
Morning after breakfast start trek to Suraiaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp. Camping on Moraine
Day 8 Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base (5500 m/18040 ft) Trek (8 kms / 4-5 hrs).
Morning after breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Kalindikhal Base (
Kalindi Khal Trekking
Sweta Glacier) (5500 mt). Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 9 Kalindikhal Base - Raja Parav (4910 m/16105 ft) Trek (12 kms / 6-7 hrs).
Mornings after breakfast proceed your trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). Spend some time at the spot and then trek down to Rajparav for dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 10 Raja Parav - Arwatal
Morning after breakfast proceed your trek to reach Arwatal (3910 mt) 13 km from Rajparav. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 11 Arwatal - Ghastoli (3796 m/12450 ft) Trek (16 kms / 5-6 hrs).
Morning after breakfast proceed your trek to reach Ghastoli (3796 km), which is 16 Km from Arwatal. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 12 Ghastoli - Mana - Badrinath (3096 m/10155 ft) Trek (18 kms / 5-6 hrs).
Morning after breakfast start trek to Badrinath situated on the bank of Alaknanda, standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Naryana peaks, and in the distance soars the resplendent Neelkanth peak. A seven hrs walk brings you to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where you break for lunch. Later a 2 kms drive brings us to town of Badrinath. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit the temple of Badrinath. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight.
Badrinath, Badrinath Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m at the banks of Alaknanda. In the backdrop, is the Neelkanth mountain peak situated between the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan. The name is derived from wild berries called Badri. Adi Shankarcharya established the idol of Vishnu in the temple. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring, Tapt Kund.
Day 13 Badrinath - Joshimath
Early in the morning visit the temple. After breakfast drive to
Shri Badrinath Temple
Joshimath. Morning after breakfast drive down to reach Joshimath 44 Km from Badrinath. Overnight stay in the Hotel Dronagiri.
Day 14 Joshimath - Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive (257 km) down to reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in the Hotel for overnight stay. In the evening after wash and change visit Laxman Jhula, Thirteen storied temple, Geeta Ashram, Parmarth Niketan and later join the Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat. Latter return back to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15 Rishikesh - Delhi
Morning after breakfasts drive to Delhi (227 km). lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to airport for onwards journey.
Cost Includes • Transport: All road transfer by AC SUV Car from Delhi to Delhi. (AC will not run on the hills).
• Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House at all the places according to itinerary. • Meals: All meals on trek. At the hotel/guest house only breakfast will be serving. Meals will be mix of Indian Chinese and Continental. • Camping equipment like tents, mattresses, mess tent, dining tent, camping stools, table etc
• Professional and experienced English speaking local trekking guide who knows the area very well
• Cook and High altitude porters
• All necessary Permits
• Inner Line Permit
• Environment Levy Fees
• Camping Fees
Cost does not includes
• Enroute meal
• Any meals / service not mentioned above
• Liquor, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Travel insurance,
• Evacuation expenses, etc.
• Camera fee