KALINDI PASS TREK TREK
Kalindi pass is a quite a popular trekking route. It divides the valleys of Chamoli and Uttarkashi. The trek gifts some really nice experience to a trekker trying to get a taste of all round terrains from rocks to ice to moraine fields and snow. The Kalindi peak named after the pass does not need a permit to climb. The height of the peak is approx 20000 feet and if the snow condition is good the trekkers prefer climbing the peak first and then climbing up the pass.One comes across many peaks around Satopanth and also a high altitude lake. En route one also crosses the Arawa valley and there are a lot of unclimbed peaks here. You will find many towering rock faces and the Tibet border is very close. There are many passes leading into Tibet from here and you also come across an ITBP check point on the way.
This trek is one the most adventures and rewarding trek option in Garhwal region. Passing over high pass at close to 6000 meters, the trek route crosses many glaciers, lakes and valleys. Combining two sacred Hindu sites of Gangotri and Badrinath, the trek offers best of everything. Be it pilgrimage, climbing or experiencing elements of nature at its prime.
Day 01: Rishikesh to Uttarkashi 182 kms Drive 6 -7 Hours:
In the morning drive (182 km) to Uttarkashi (1150 m). Uttarkashi is the base of many trekking and mountaineering expeditions in Gangotri valley. Also India's premier Mountaineering institute 'Nehru Mountaineering Institute' is situated at Uttarkashi. In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Uttarkashi to Gangotri:
In the morning drive (100 km) to Gangotri (3048 m). Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on earth from heaven. Its also the road head for the trekking in Gangotri valley. Visit the temple of Goddess Ganga. Overnight stay in tourist lodge.
Day 03: Gangotri to Bhojbasa:
Trek 14 km to Bhojbasa (3658 m) following the river Bhagirathi on right bank. The trek is gradual ascent for most of the part. From Bhojbasa you can have majestic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 04: Bhojbasa to Nandanvan to Tapovan:
Trek to Nandanvan (4500 m) via Gaumukh - the source of river Ganges. From Gaumukh climb over to Gangotri glacier and trek along it following right bank. Nandanvan is the base camp for climbing Bhagirathi group of mountains.
Day 05: Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal:
Morning trek (11 km) along Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital (4898 mts) Vasuki Tal is base camp for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady ascent till Vasuki Tal. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 06: Vasuki Tal to Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak):
Morning after breakfast trek to Khara Pathar (5456 mts.) (Suralya Bamak) 8 Km from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 07: Khara Pathar to Kalindikhal Base:
Morning after breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Kalindikhal Base at Sita Glacier (5500 mt). The trek follows Chaturangi glacier. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 8: Kalindikhal Base to Rajaparav:
Todays trek is most challening with steep climb to Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). Spend some time at the spot and then trek down to Rajparav (4910 mt). The descent from the pass is very steep over glacier and ice walls. On arrival at Rajparva, set-up camp for overnight stay.
Day 9: Rajparav to Arwa Tal:
Morning after breakfast trek (13 km) to reach Arwa Tal (3910 mt). The trek follows Arwa Bank glacier for most of the time before reaching Rajparva. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 10: Arwa Tal - Ghastoli:
Trek (16 km) to reach Ghastoli (3796 km). The trek is gradual descend following Arwa Nala. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 11: Ghastoli to Mana to Badrinath:
Morning after breakfast trek (16 km) to reach Mana village. Mana is last village in this valley. From Mana drive 3 km to Badrinath. Badrinath is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage place. One of the four Dham in the Himalayas, the temple at Badrinath is dedicated to lord Vishnu. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Badrinath:
Witness the puja (prayer) at Badrinath Temple in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 13: Badrinath to Joshimath:
In the morning drive to Joshimath (46 km). On arrival check-into hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for excursion to Auli. Auli is a large high altitude meadow and a famous ski resort during winter. it offers excellent view of Nanda Devi mountain range. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Joshimath to Rishikesh:
Morning after breakfast drive (257 km) down to reach Rishikesh. Trip End.