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Kalindi Khal Trek:
If you are an avid trekker on Indian Himalayas and hanging around for some time, Kalindi Khal trek (same as Kalindi Pass trek) has been surely ringing in your ears by now. Maybe you have already this in your bucket list too, as this is probably the “most sought-after trek in Indian Himalayas”. At the same time certainly you have heard scary incidents and challenges on this incredible route. A trek like Kalindi Khal has plenty of overwhelming reasons to venture out and at the same time needs detailed understanding of the trail, adequate experience, and last but not the least – a suitable weather window to safely complete this epic trek.
The below picture gives you an idea how it may look like on a clear day, looking towards north from the pass. The view from the pass is surely unparalleled and unique.
This 100 Km long trail (shortest motorable route is 425 Km!) connects two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath over a glaciated pass almost at 6000 m. Undoubtedly it is the very core of Himalayas, rugged, arid, raw nature at its best. Unpredictable weather, difficult terrain, awkward campsites and acclimatisation challenges will surely test your physical and mental endurance.
Apart from endless peak panorama, this trail literally traverses through the very base of high Himalayan peaks, e.g. Shivling (6543 m), Vasuki Parbat (6792 m), Satopanth (7075 m), Chandra Parbat (6728 m), Avalanche peak (6196 m) and more. Green patch of Nandanvan meadows set a contrast in the barren landscape.
Initially the trail from Gangotri to Bhojbasa is gentle, along Bhagirathi, upstream. After Bhojbasa the glacier valley features abruptly. From Gaumukh onward sometime inside Gangotri glacier and higher glacial valleys.
Treeline already starts receding just after Gangotri and oxygen level is significantly less on this trail. At above 19000 ft above sea level Oxygen is as low as 50% that of mean sea level.
This is a also a trail to follow glaciers and hopping on moraines. You will witness dangerously beautiful glaciers in all forms and colours possible from rocky debris and black ice to pristine blue ice. The major glaciers enroute are Gangotri, Raktavarna, Chaturangi, Suralaya, Shweta and Raj Parav.
Kalindi Khal trek – Prerequisites:
- A trekker must have completed at least 5 high altitude treks going above ~ 4500 m/15000 ft.
- A minimum of 2 Difficult grade treks reaching beyond 5000 m/16500 ft e.g. Pin Parvati Pass, Ronti Saddle, Parang La etc.
- A trekker must be in excellent physical condition along with NO prior acclimatisation issues on high altitude.
Itinerary for the Kalindi Khal Trek:
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun (least by 6 a.m.) to Gangotri ( 3100 m/1017 ft.) – 250 Km – 12 hours Lodge accommodation.
Day 2: Trek to Chirbasa ( 3580 m/11750 ft) – 9 Km, 3/4 hours. Camp.
Day 3: Trek to Bhojbasa ( 3780 m/12400 ft)—5 km—2/3 hours. Camp. Post lunch, we hike to(wards) Gaumukh (4050 m/13285 ft) for an acclimatisation walk. This is a return trip of approximately 3 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Tapovan (4350 m/14270 ft)—8 Km—4/5 hours.
Day 5: Trek to Nandanvan (~ 4450 m/14600 ft) , 4–5 hours. From today, we will walk primarily on moraine till the pass base and the trail keeps changing from season to season.
Day 6: Rest and acclimatisation at Nandanvan.
Day 7: Trek to Vasuki Tal (~ 4900 m/16070 ft, 6 Km, 4 hours).
Day 8: Trek to Khara Patthar – 4/5 hours.
Day 9: Trek to Shweta Glacier, 4/5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Kalindi base camp – 5/6 hours.
Day 11: Ascent to Kalindi Pass (~ 5945 m/19500 ft) and descent to Raj Parav (13 Km, 8–10 hours).
Day 12: Trek to Arwa Tal/Arwa Nala (13 Km, 5-6 hours).
Day 13: Trek to Ghastoli, 12 Km, 5- 5/6 hours. Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Mana village (about 15 Km, 5 hours) and then trek to Badrinath 3 Km – Lodge accommodation.
Day 15: Drive to Rishikesh/Haridwar (10/11 hours).
Day 16: Buffer/Reserve Day (mandatory and will be utilised if required during the trek).
- You need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 latest by 6 am. Arrange your return train/bus tickets from Haridwar on Day 16 evening after 7 pm.
- It maybe particularly helpful to use a Day 0 at Uttarkashi town or Gangotri due to paper works/permit/acclimatisation etc.
- Distance on the moraine is hard to assess plus the trail keeps changing year over year. Estimated Trekking trail length is ~ 90 Km.
Seasons for Kalindi Khal trek:
Like all high altitude treks you can do Kalindi Khal trek in following two seasons:
- Summer: Mid May to Mid June
- Post Monsoon/Fall: September
Access to trek base (Gangotri, 250 Km from Dehradun):
Depending upon the number of trekkers we may arrange a car pickup from Dehradun to Gangotri and return from Badrinath. This will get equally divided amongst the trekkers opting. You pay directly to the driver. At present a Tata Sumo/Maxx type vehicles charge ₹ 8000 for drop from Dehradun to Gangotri. This can accommodate 5-7 persons. Similarly Badrinath to Haridwar is ₹ 9000. Approximately this comes around ₹ 3000 to ₹ 4000 per person (includes pick up and drop) when you share with fellow trekkers.
Alternatively if you wish to reach Gangotri on your own by public transportation then:
- There is a direct bus from Haridwar (Roadways bus stand, opposite to railway station) to Gangotri starting at 4 am. These depends on season and road conditions. Almost 300 Km tiring journey can take 13/14 hours.
- From Dehradun take morning bus at 5 am (just beside railway station) for Uttarkashi town or you can get shared vehicle/Tata Sumo. Reach Uttarkashi by latest 2 pm. There is a bus from Uttarkashi to Gangotri which starts 2/2:30 pm. Also you will get shared vehicle/Tata Sumo to Gangotri.
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Duration: 12 days of trekking; Dehradun to Dehradun in 15 days. Additional one day of mandatory reserve/buffer, total 16 days.
Prerequisite: Prior multiple high altitude trekking experiences along with good physical fitness and no reported acclimatisation issues.
Grade: Difficult, often referred “Trekking Expedition”
Trail Length: 100 Km
Highest Point: Kalindi Khal ~ 5950 m/ 19500 ft
Seasons: May/June (summer) and September (Post monsoon/fall)
Further Option: Side trip to Tapovan plateau, Kirti Bamak or Sumeru Bamak
Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Gangotri, 245 Km from Dehradun.
Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)
Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)
Upcoming scheduled dates for Kalindi Khal trek:
- You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of 16 days itinerary).
- At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
- If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
- You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
- Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 9 am) or the previous night. Return to Haridwar/Dehradun on Day 16 evening (around 8/9 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Dehradun railway station|
|REPORTING TIME||9:00 AM for a prompt departure to Uttarkashi (Day 1)|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 9:00 PM (Day 16)|
How to reach Gangotri (The trek base):
Nearest Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)
Nearest Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)
Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Gangotri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 7000 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 11000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver/owner.
If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public transportation:
- There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. The 200 Km journey will take around 10/12 hours. The busses start at 5:30/6/7 am.
- While returning from Bhatwaria take the morning bus to Dehradun/Vikasnagar and reach by 7 pm.
How to reach Dehradun:
For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.
For more options to reach Haridwar you can check here.
Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.
Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.
You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.
There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.
KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)
UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)
DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]
Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
You can reach Dehradun easily from New Delhi by train or bus (~ 6/7 hours) and is around 260 Km.
Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.
DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives DDN in the evening @ 9:10 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Dehradun and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives DDN early morning @ 5:40 am)
Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.
For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals. Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back buses are available. Normally these buses take up to 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. You can book an auto rickshaw for Railway Station (5 Km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT.
[There are two major bus terminus in Dehradun. The buses from Delhi/Haridwar goes to the ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) and the other one is the Parvatiya Depot (Hill Depot, from where you can get the buses going up the hills like Uttarkashi, Barkot, Purola etc) located just beside the Railway station.
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant is 25 Km away from Dehradun. book a private taxi to reach Dehradun city. This airport is accessed from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh easily. The flights are mostly via Delhi.
For night stay in Dehradun:
Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Dehradun. There are several options in Dehradun for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to state run Tourist Rest Houses.
State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Drona complex is 10 minutes walking from the railway Station. You can book an auto rickshaw. From ISBT it is around 5 Km. You can book an auto rickshaw to Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. The have restaurant and room service.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
Return from Dehradun:
Normally you reach Dehradun from any trek base by 6/7 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.
Access to Gangotri (The trek base): Depending upon the trek members we can arrange a pick up from Haridwar to Gangotri and back to Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis.
Otherwise if a trekker wants to reach Sankri by public vehicle then here is how:
1)Take early moning bus from Haridwar to Uttarkashi from the Roadways/ISBT bus stand (opposite to Railway station) or a private one from G.M.O.U bus stand ( on the same main road, 2 minutes walk). This will take 7/8 hours. Change the bus to Gangotri (starts around 2 pm in the afternoon) from here, which will take 4/5 hours to cover the remaining 100 Km.
2) While returning from Gangotri take the morning bus to Uttarkashi and then then change to Haridwar/Rishikesh.
TREK FEE: ₹ 95,000 (Gangotri to Badrinath) per person + 5% GST
The above cost is based on an assumption of 5 members. You can choose any date as you prefer within the season window. For a group of 8 to 10 members, cost will be reduced to an extent.
In case of a published Fixed Departure date the above TREK FEE remains same as mentioned above. If 5 of you join a group departure, you will get a flat 10% off on the TREK FEE.
For custom or group departures, maximum group size will be up to 10 trek members.
One night’s accommodation at Gangotri (Day 2) and one night at Badrinath (Day 14) in lodge on sharing basis and dinner. Uttarkashi accommodation and meals are NOT included.
All meals during the trek (starting from Day 2 lunch and ending with Day 14 dinner). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food including eggs during the trek, breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
Excellent trekking guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around. We will provide one guide for every 5 trekkers. At least one guide will be mountaineering course(s) certified apart from on ground experiences.
Specialised Cook, Support staff, High Altitude Porters (HAP) for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
Stay in tents (2/3 persons dome shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.). Any technical equipment like static/dynamic rope, carabiners, sling, ice axe, gaiters, micro spikes/crampon etc.
Kitchen tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
Processing of Inner Line Permit (ILP).
Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
Travel and Medical insurance policy (covering illness, AMS, evacuation, accidents etc) covering high altitude trekking and mountaineering up to 6500 m. (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Dehradun.
Mandatory insurance for all support staff.
Transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and return from Badrinath. (₹ 3000 – 4000 per person for the pick up and drop when shared with fellow trekkers)
Accommodation and meals at Uttarkashi.
Note that offloading of rucksacks is NOT permitted on this trek. You need to carry your own backpack along with all your personal belongings, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress (provided by HT or your personal one). This is mandatory for a difficult trek and is aimed at the safety of the trekkers individually. A trekker must be physically fit to carry a rucksack of 12 to 15 kg comfortably on high altitude.
Cost of buffer/reserve day, i.e. Day 16. If we use this during trekking, you need to pay additional ₹ 5000. This will be collected at Badrinath after the trek.
Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.
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