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About the Destination: Set at an altitude of 5,490 meters, Auden's Col is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Garhwal Himalayas that connects the Rudragaira valley and Bhilangana valley. Forming a bridge between the north-west ridge of Gangotri-III and Jogin-I, it reaches an altitude of 5,390m. The trek to Auden's Col is one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region and hence it has been least explored by normal trekkers; a dream for all the ardent trekkers.
The trail passes through the thick alpine forests, meadows dotted with varied species of flowers, gushing streams and cuts through numerous villages. Even being a strenuous trail, the journey is treated with the majestic view of the hulking high peaks like the Rudragaira, Jogin, Bhagirathi and Kedar Dome.
About the Departure with Details:
Auden's Col Trek is filled with Hindu pilgrimage sites and hosts a shrine and views that your eyes can fathom. It takes you through forests, the Himalayan peaks, flower beds and lot more that needs to witnessed and not just read! It will take you through some of the dangerous moraines, narrow cliffs and stony, snaky and twitchy paves. Not just a trek, but an expedition that would rejuvenate and inspire you in everything it offers!
Meal Types: Veg, Non-veg
Activities: Trekking, Camping, Temple Visits
Total Trekking Distance: 40, 070 m / 2600 m
Maximum Altitude: 5490m (18,012ft)
Difficulty Level: Challenging
Tour Ends Here
On the last day of this expedition, start off in a relaxing mode and drive towards Haridwar, from where you can board the Shatabdi Express to reach Delhi by 1045PM.
Arrival in Haridwar, Leisure Day
After reaching Haridwar, board a vehicle and drive straight to Uttarkashi which is a 7 hour journey; en route, have breakfast. Arriving in Uttarkashi, check-in into a hotel and spent overnight.
Bhairon Ghati, Ganga Aarti, Harsil
On this day, you will be driving through Harsil, which is home to the famous 'Wilson Apple' followed by Bhairon Ghati, the course of the Bhairav Ganga river upon which a steel girder bridge overlook a mesmerizing deep gorge. After 4-5 hours of driving, arrive in Gangotri and settle down in a guesthouse. Come evening, visit the ghats and witness the stunning ‘aarti’ ceremony one banks of the holy Ganges.
Excursion to Kedartal Lake, Bhoj Kharak
Today morning; after breakfast, take an excursion or to be more precise, an acclimatisation walk towards the Kedartal Lake. The route takes you through birch forests and is steep all the way to the small campsite at Bhoj Kharak (3,780m). Post this walk, return to the campsite and spend overnight.
Bhagirathi River, Rudragaira Nalla, Jogin & Kedartal Peaks
The walking trail starts from the true left of the valley and ascends to the Nala Camp. Initially, you will set off on the left of Bhagirathi River and walk for about 30minutes before turning towards the Rudragaira Nalla. The climb is a gradual uphill through pine and birch forests offers glimpses of the lofty Himalayan peaks lilke Jogin and Kedartal; overnight stay will be in camps.
River Crossing, Rugaira Base Camp, Gangotri-I Base Camp
The day starts with a steep climb to a huge meadow, followed by a river crossing and another steep climb right up to the Rudragaira Base Camp. Hereafter, it continues over the glacial moraine to the Gangotri-I Base Camp, where you will be halting overnight.
Relaxation Day, Stroll around the Campsite
This is the day to relax and get acclimatised with the climatic condition. A bit of sidewalks around the camp will be the main schedule for the day.
Gangotri & Jogin Range
The hike for the day is quite challenging and one needs to have high energy level. As you proceed towards the head of the valley with the Gangotri Range (G1, G2 & G3) to the north and the Jogin Group (J1, J2) to the south, the route will get a bit difficult. Once in Auden’s Col, settle down in the camp at the foot of the col for an overnight stay.
4-5 Hours Trek, the Jaonli Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri Peaks
An early start is a must today as you will be trekking through glaciers. Expect a bit of tricky walk as the climb gets steeper along the way along with offering astounding views of the Khatling Glacier and the Jaonli Kedarnath, Jogin and Gangotri peaks. Arriving at Khatling Glacier camp, relax and retire for the night.
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