Kalindi khal pass trek that takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. A trip only for those who have done high altitude treks before; its very mention gives a thrill to even the most seasoned of climbers. Kalindi khal Trekking is 5950mtrs, 19500feet above sea level, dividing the watersheds of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda river systems, discovered by Shipton and Tilman in 1934 (though legend exists of folk knowing the route from ages).Connecting the two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath. The walk is mostly over the moraines and the snow fields with deep crevasses and gives great opportunities to view the high altitude wildlife and camp by some small glacial lakes.
Drive to Gangotri Early morning. Check in hotel meets the all members and Guide and supporting staff and some brief about trek etc.Gangotri is the starting points for this trek. Here you will meet your trekking crew and porters. In the evening, you will witness the puja and aarti at Gangotri temple – one of the four sacred dhams for Hindu in the Himalayas. Overnight stay Hotel/Guest house.
The walk begins with gradual ascent through pine trees, alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on your left hand side. This trail keeps following the river and just short of Cheerbasa, we will get the astonishing views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. Cheerbasa literally meaning “the home of pine tree” is situated at 3600mt. We reach our campsite surrounded by birch and pine trees. Overnight in tents & Dinner
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gaumukh (4000mt), the source of the Ganges. Gaumukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it ‘Gaumukh’, because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow’s mouth. Explore the area and trek to Nandanvan. Overnight tent & Dinner.
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasukital Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.
Day free & Acclimatize and who not feel good any medical problem comes back down from there.
Morning after breakfast start trek to Suraiaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Camping on Moraine. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
Today’s walk is fairly hard on glacier and moraine. We pass small lakes and camp just before the junction of the Sweta and Chaturangi glaciers. Overnight In tents & Dinner.
Trek through moraine and glacier keeping to the left side of the Chaturangi bamak following the beautiful Chandra Parvat to Kalindi Khal base at 5600mts. Kalindi top can be seen from the base. Overnight Tents & Dinner.
Leaving early we climb up to the Kalindi pass (5950 mt.) walking on snow and ice. After spending some time taking in the breath taking scenery of the snow capped peaks views of Mt. Kamet (7756 m), Mt. Mana (7272 m), Abi Gamin (7355 m) and Mana Parbat (6797 m). If weather is clear you get a view of the Tibetan plateau across the Mana Pass (6728 m), we begin a steep descent on more snow and ice to a nice camp by a stream at Rajparav.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
Morning after breakfast proceed your trek to reach Arwatal (3910 mt) 13 km from Rajparav. Overnight n tent & Dinner.
The walk is through boulders and moraine terrain as we quickly descend to the tree line and then through jungles to camp in the village of Ghastoli back to civilization. Overnight Tents & Dinner.
As we continue our gradual descent downwards, the terrain changes further and the route is now a dirt road which is under contraction and follows the River Saraswati down stream to Mana and Badrinath. If we are lucky, we can hitchhike an army truck as they come often to drop some food supplies at the army camp at Ghastoli and if not it is a good walk until we meet our awaiting vehicles at Mana to drive us to Badrinath for hot lunch and to visit the famous temple there. Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the Hindu devotees and you are sure to get a feel the high of the devotion of the pilgrims that make their way here in hordes. Just above Badrinath is the spectacular conical Mt. Nilkantha (6596 Meters), literally meaning “Blue Throat” one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Later we drive to Joshimath for Overnight stay in a hotel.
Nothing more to do than drive back to Rishikesh, which is the ultimate end of our gratifying and absolutely thrilling trek.