AUDEN’S COL TREK ( Gangotri-Auden's Col- Khatling Glacier- Mayali Pass - Kedarnath)

Audens Col Trek 2019


Auden's Col an Introduction Col is a mountain pass which connects Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) peaks and is reportedly situated at a height of around 5400m. It also 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 approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden's Col and Khatling glacier. Auden's Col gets its name from J B Auden, who first crossed it in 1939-40. This pass was then explored only after late eighties.
Trekking route, schedule, and plan depends on a trekker’s ability, experience, as well as prevailing weather condition. Since the trek is strenuous and dangerous, it is advisable to secure, well in advance, services of a guide who has first hand knowledge of the trek, and possibly has done it several times. A typical route plan in good weather condition is as following.


 • Auden’s Col, 5490m, a high altitude mountain pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley.

• Rudragaira peak, Jogin group of peaks, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.

• Gangotri - the snout of River Ganga.

• The roughness offered by the Khatling glacier.

• The twin lakes of Masar Taal and Vasuki Taal. Holy, Picturesque and Serene.

• Mayali pass at 5300 meters offers great views of Thalay Sagar, Kedar dome and other peaks of Gangotri region

•The holy shrine of Kedarnath

 Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Early Morning Drive to Gangotri Via Uttarkashi (3048m)

Day 02: Gangotri – Nalla Camp (3760m)

Day 03: Nalla Camp – Rudra Base Camp (4350m)

Day 04: A day to acclimatize

Day 05 : Gangotri BC (4500m/14760 ft) 

Day 06: Auden's Col BC (4720m/15480 ft)

Day 07: Cross Auden’s Col (5400m) & descends to       Khatling Glacier Camp I (5110m)

Day 08: Khatling Glacier Camp to Zero Point (12700 ft) - 10 km

Day 09: Exit Khatling Glacier and reach Chowki (3540m)

Day 10: Chowki to Masar Tal (3675m/12050 ft)-08km.

Day 11: Mayali Pass (5000m/16400 ft) to Vasukital Tal (4135m/13560 ft).10km.

Day 12 :Vasukital to Kedarnath (3580m/11750 ft) -08km.

Day 13 :Kedarnath to Rudrapryag via Gaurikund.

Day 14 : Drive to Rishikesh/Dehradun transfer night train to Delhi.



AUDEN’S COL TREK ( Gangotri - Auden's Col - Khatling Glacier- Mayali Pass - Kedarnath)



         Day 01: UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI (3048 mt/Drive 99 km/5 hrs.)

 Meet and Assit by Company Driver atDehradun and drive to Gangotri in the early morning. Breakfast will be on the way. Gangotri is around 240 km from Dehradun and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach there. The road upto Uttarkashi is in good condition. After Uttarkashi, the road traverses a steep gorge to Gangotri. Overnight stay in Guest house on twin/triple sharing basis


         Day 02: GANGOTRI – NALA CAMP (3760m/12335 ft)

We have an early morning breakfast and wait for porter’s to arrive and distribute the loads amongst themselves. We set of on the true left of the Bhagirathi river and walk for about half an hour before we turn south towards the Rudragaira Nalla. Looking back we get beautiful views of the snow capped mountains. The climb is a gradual uphill through the forests of birch and maple. Nalla Camp is just above the tree line and can get quite chilly during the night. Overnight in Tent & Dinner.


   Day 03: NALA CAMP - RUDRAGARIA BC (4350m/14270 ft./Trek 7 km /5 hrs.)

Birch forests give way to green meadows. There are steep climbs and rock fall zones and a river crossing on the way to Rudugaira Base Camp site. Camp site offers views of Rudugaira peak, Gangotri I, Gangotri II, Gangotri III, and Jogin I.


   Day 04: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT RUDRAGAIRA BC.  (4350 mt. / 14270 ft.)

   Rest and Acclimatization day at rudragaira bc (4350 mt. / 14270 ft.)


  Day 05: RUDRAGAIRA BC – GANGOTRI BC(4500mt./14760 ft./Trek 7 km./5 hrs.)

Today 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 tent & dinner.

Day 06: GANGOTRI BC – AUDEN’S COL BC( 4720 mt./15480 ft./Trek 5 km./3 hrs.)

 Post breakfast, continue on the same trail through the moraines, today’s destination is the Auden’s Col base camp. Climbing up and down the boulders, it will take another 5 odd hours to reach the campsite for today. Overnight in tents & Dinner.


  Day 07: AUDEN’S COL BC–AUDEN’S COL PASS(5400 mt.)– KHATLING GLACIER (5110 mt./16760 ft./Trek 15 km./8hrs.)

 We start before dawn to take advantage of walking on firm snow. The climb is quite steep through deep snow and could easily take 4-6  hrs depending on the snow conditions. Once we get to the col there are sweeping views of the Khatling Glacier, and the mountain peaks of Jaonli, Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri. From the col we descend down near-vertical walls of ice on fixed ropes to the heavily crevassed Khatling Glacier. We hope that there is enough snow on this section to cover the underlying surface of loose rocks and boulders otherwise the descent could be very technical and dangerous. Once we are down, we walk a further half an hour before we find a flat space on the glacier, suitable for camping. Overnight – Khatling Glacier Camp  (5110m)


  Day 08: KHATLING GLACIER – WATER FALL CAMP/ZERO POINT (3740 mt./12267.2 ft./Trek 07 km./ 6hrs.)

   Today's trek is one of the most demanding and longest days of the expedition. After walking down the glacier another 2 kms, we will reach the moraine. From here, there are no carins or marked trails till the snout of the glacier. The route consists of loose gravel and scree over steep, sometimes exposed, black ice. Just before the snout, we will leave the glacier, descending to a small stream on the right (true right) of the valley and climbing up the valley slopes. After a short climb, you will reach an established trail and follow it down to the campsite at the snout of the Khatling glacier.


Day 09: ZERO POINT - CHOWKI – (3575mt./ 11726 ft./Trek 08 km./6hrs.)

We will continue our trek along the river valley. After a walk of 3 km, we will reach a meadow. We will rest for a while in the meadow and continue our trek towards Chowki. The campsite at Chowki is around 4 km from the meadow. Chowki is a good campsite with grassy surface. Overnight stay in camps.

Day 10: CHOWKI – MASAR TAL ( (3675m/12050 ft)/ Trek 08 km./6hrs.)

Initially we will ascend a steep section with views of Thalay Sagar and cross a ridge above the valley. The route is well defined as we approach the beautiful Masar Tal. After reaching the site, we will pitch our tents near the scenic lake


         Day 11: MASAR TAL – MAYALI PASS (5000mt./16400 ft.)– VASUKI TAL (4135 mt./13560 ft./Trek 12km./8hrs.)

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.

          Day12: VASUKI TAL – KEDARNATH (3580mt./11750 ft./Trek 8 km./ 5 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.     

 Day13: KEDARNATH – GAURIKUND- RUDRAPRYAG (610. mt./2000  ft./Trek 19 km./drive 102 km./9 hrs.).

Awake with a morning full of religious environment  follow by a descend of 18 km. towords  Gaurikund. Countinue to descend further  to reach Gaurikund.From here to drive for 04 hrs.to reach Rudrapryag, another revered religious place, on the confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda.Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.

   Day 14: RUDRAPRYAG – RISHIKESH/DEHRADUN (Drive 140/190 km./7-8hrs.)

We will board a vehicle for Rishikesh/Dehradun. The drive to Rishikesh is along the River Ganges. Board overnight Bus for Delhi from Rishikesh/Dehradun.

Trip Cost


Trip Cost

  55000/ Person          $ 902/Person


 ₹ price of Indians / $ price for Foreigners. Difference in price because of differential permit fee and/or cost of internal flights for Indians & foreigners.



Cost Includes:


  •  Transport from Dehradun to Gangotri & back Gaurikund to Rishikesh/Dehradun by Non Ac Bolero Jeep/Tempo traveler.
  • Accommodation will be provided throughout the trip as mentioned in the itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads entire the trek.
  •  Meals: As per itinerary, Tea /coffee, snacks & drinking boiled water during the trek. All meals would be vegetarian,the food would be a mix of                              Indian,Chinese & Local.
  • Entrance fees, Camping fees & Trekking Permit with all applicable taxes entire the trek.
  • All camping arrangements on the trek with a mess tent, tables & stools,toilet tent etc.
  • Experienced local mountain guide, cook and assistants guide .
  • Porters: For carrying rations, trekking equipments. 
  • Medical Kit with oxygen clyinders.
  • GST 5%


Cost excludes:

    • Items of personal clothing.

    • Any arrangements in Dehradun/Rishikes/Rudrapryag( Meal/Stay)

    • Air Fares, Visas, Insurance, Airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, beverages and bottled water, Souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature.

    • Porters for personal lagguage.
    • Tips for guides, cooks & porters.

    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions,and any other circumstances beyond our control...



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