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Kalindi Khal is a slightly unknown trek - but it is such an awesome place that once you embark on this trek only then you will realize the value of suc...
Kalaindi Khal is certainly the most challenging trek in Uttarakhand. No matter how tough the trekking was, but there was so much peace throughout this ...
About the Kalindi khal Trek:
A challenging Kalindi khal trek nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, feel a rush of adrenaline in your blood as you scale right up to a Himalayan pass 6000m high. Not just that, this mesmeric place is a spiritual haven decorated by gorgeous mountains and the grandeur of nature.
Kalindikhal trekking expedition starts from Gangotri banked beside the Ganga waters. After seeking the Gangotri goddess’s blessing start off on your journey to Gaumukh, the birth point of the holy Ganges River. Get enchanted by the grasslands at Tapovan and mesmerized by several rivulets and peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru.
From camping beside the Vasuki Tal, to breathtaking sceneries that include moraine, glaciers and majestic peaks, this tour has it all. After several briefing sessions on the safety measures to be taken on this trek, prepare to encounter the many splendours of nature.
About the Destination:
Perched at a mind-numbing altitude of over 6,000 meters, Kalindi Khal is one of the most offbeat and challenging trekking destinations in India. Bursting will thrill and adventure, the Kalindi Khal trek borders on a proper expedition, and consequently demands some prior knowledge of technical and mountaineering skills. The initial leg of the trek traces the Gaumukh trail, and passes Chirbasa, Bhojbasa, Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, Mana and Badrinath. The trek begins from Gangotri, and exposes you to mind boggling views of the majestic Bhagirathi peaks, and the lofty mount Shivling, which can be seen rising from base to summit in stark entirety!
From Gaumukh, the trek takes place entirely on a stunning glacier which is carpeted with lots of crevasses! These glaciers keep shifting and breaking on and off, which adds to the challenging level of the trek. Since the glaciers keep breaking, the route is not well defined, and needs to be carefully traversed. The trail is treacherous, and if one doesn’t have a decent sense of direction, it is easy to get lost. To get to Vasukital, you must traverse an extremely narrow ridge with steep inclines. The thrill of climbing a petrifying ice wall with a 60 degree incline awaits you, which descends to glaciers laden with crevasses on the other end!
Vasuki Tal, cradled atop 4,900 m is the origin of the Vasuki Ganga that eventually meets Mandakini. The trek to the Kalindi Summit winds through Kalindi Pass, which is quite daunting and equally perilous. It demands exhaustive technicalities on a steep glacier, but the view from the top overshadows all exhaustion! The trek ends at the quaint little village of Mana, which is also the last village of India, beyond which lies the Chinese frontier! There are few other treks that have the privilege of being fenced by such beautiful Himalayan wonders. If you’re looking for some real Himalayan adventure, count on the Kalindi Khal trek to satiate your craving.
Temperature Range: The temperature varies from 10-18 °C, -8 to 5°C, 8-15°C and -10 to 5°C
Trekking Distance: 90Km
Difficulty Level: Difficult.
Transfer from Dehradun to Harsil (2600m, 8 hour drive for 280km)
Begin the amazing Kalindi khal trek by driving from Dehradun to Harsil en route Uttarkash. Being a charming little hamlet, Harsil is set amidst the awe-striking natural splendor of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Harsil, check into a lodge and relax for the rest of the night.
Drive from Harsil (2600m) – Gangotri (3050m, 20 km drive), Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa (3550m, 3 hour trek)
Start the day after breakfast and drive through breathtaking trails from Hasil to the holy township of Gangotri that is bestowed with the sheer beauty of nature beside the banks of Ganga. Inhabited by many pilgrims and sadhus, traverse through this holy town and visit its beautiful temple and ghats to seek blessings for a successful journey ahead. Also, take a tour of the Gangotri National Park and get spellbound by the magnificent views of the Bhagirathi mountains. Upon reaching Chirbasa after a 3 hour trek, set up your camps here and prepare to get acquainted with the climate and altitude of this place.
Trek from Chirbasa – Bhojwasa (3850m, 2 hour trek)
Begin this day’s short to Bhojwasa and feast your eyes with the splendid sights of the surrounding peaks of Bhagirathi, Shivling and Bhrigu Parbat. Settle down your camps here and get acclimatized to the place. After a delectable lunch, trek up to Gaumukh and after spending some time here head back down to Bhojwasa. This place is the origin of the holy waters of Ganga which is a famous tourist attraction site. Encounter several mountain antelopes or ‘Bharals’ here. Spend the night in your cosy tents here and enjoy a comfortable night.
Trek from Bhojwasa – Gaumukh (3890m) – Tapovan (4463m, 4 hour trek)
Post a hearty breakfast, continue your trek up to Gaumukh again and trail through several moraines here until you arrive at the striking location of Tapovan. Take pleasure in the amazing sights of the beautiful place that is adorned with high altitude verdant prairies, charming little rivulets and stunning mountains serving as the perfect backdrop. Set up your camps at the Shivlng peak and enjoy the gorgeous views of Meru and Bhagirathi I, II and III peaks. Sleep in the comfort of your tents and have a good night’s sleep.
Relaxation and acclimatization day at Tapovan
Enjoy a splendid day at Tapovan and unearth the beauty of the lush pastures as you acclimatize to the surroundings of the place. Explore the verdant meadows or climb to the Shivling base camp. You can even ascend right up to the Kirti glacier or just spend the entire day at the base camp. End the rested day and retire for the night.
Trek from Tapovan – Nandanvan (4337, 3-4 hour trek)
After breakfast, commence the day’s trek and head on out to the other side of Gangotri glacier till you reach the Nandanvan grasslands. This trail is adorned with glaciers, streams and moraines. Post a 3 hour trek, arrive at Nandanvan and relish the vision that is the peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu and Kedardome. Stop here and set up your tents for the night where you can retire.
Trek from Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal (4880m, 4-5 hour trek)
This day’s trek will be of a moderate level with trails ascending to the lake of Vasuki Tal. For most part of the journey you will have to climb upon the Chaturangi Glacier. There will be a challenging trick crossing just before the lake where the guide will offer a rope for safety purposes. Upon arriving at the lake, take in the scenic sights of the place and come across other trekking teams scaling the nearby peaks. Set up your camps here and get a good night’s sleep.
Relaxation and acclimatization day at Vasuki Tal
Due to the strenuous nature of the upcoming trekking journey, this day will be spent entirely relaxing at Vasuki Tal. Spend the night here in your tents.
Trek from Vasuki Tal – Khara Pathar (5480m, 3-4 hour trek)
Start your day with a healthy breakfast after which you can begin the day’s trek up the moraine-filled paths. Witness the spellbinding network of mountains as you continue trekking until you arrive at Khara Pathar which is also circled by moraine. Settle down your camps here and retire for the night.
Trek from Khara Pathar - Shweta Glacier (5500m, 4-5 hour trek)
Get pepped for a fun day of Kalandi Pass trekking amidst a landscape comprising of glaciers, mountains and moraine. After a 4 to 5 hour trek, set up your base camp on the moraine and spend the night here in tents.
Trek from Shweta Glacier – Kalindi Base Camp (5600m, 4-5 hour trek)
Start this exciting day with a quick breakfast and get started with a trek through breathtaking terrains, a network of mountains and glaciers. After a 4 hour long trek, reach the Kalindi base camp from where you can even catch sight of the route lying ahead till the peak on a clear day. You can stop here and build your camps while the guides will head out for a recce on the remaining trek’s trails to figure out the safest and easiest routes. By nightfall, there will also be a safety briefing and orientation. Then you can indulge in a sumptuous dinner and retire for the night.
Trek from Kalindi Base – Kalindikhal (5950m) – Arwatal (3980m, 8-13 hour trek)
After rising early in the morning at about 1:00 AM, set off on an ascending hike through challenging trails depending on the snow and weather conditions. This will entail crevasses and tricky patches which will require you being roped for the entire climb as well as the descent. You need to be extremely cautious of the snow all along the way as well as the hidden crevasses. After a tasking climb with the help of ropes, arrive at the top of the 6000m high Himalayan pass. Marvel at the jaw-dropping views when at the Kalndi khal peak. Then head on downhill to the campsite through Rajparav and Arwatal with a few breaks along the way. Enjoy a warm cup of tea when reaching the campsite where you can celebrate the day’s thrilling trek. Snuggle in the comfort of your tents here and get a good night’s sleep.
Trek from Arwatal – Ghastoli (3796m, 5-6 hour trek
This day comprises of a 5-6 hour long trek where you can begin by surpassing 3-4 river crossings and a fetching walk. Arrive at Ghastoli and encounter army establishment which form the first signs of inhabitation in the trek. This is the border between Tibet and China thus is a crucial point with intense security. Be greeted with a delicious cup of tea and interact with the soldiers. Settle down your camps here beside the charming Arwa River.
Trek from Ghastoli – Mana Village (5-6 hour trek), Drive from Mana Village – Badrinath – Auli (2 hour drive)
Wake up to a hearty breakfast and commence the day’s trek surpassing completely constructed trails from Ghastoli and descending walks till Mana or you can hitch a ride on the army truck. Upon arriving at Mana take in the sheer beauty of this little hamlet which was the last settlement on the Indian side before the Tibet border was drawn. Ride from here to the holy township of Badrinath where you can seek blessings from the god for the journey ahead. Drive ahead and reach the popular skiing destination of Auli where you can retire in a comfortable lodge.
Transfer from Auli – Haridwar/Dehradun (8-9 hour drive)
Wake up to a heart-warming breakfast after which you can depart from Auli and bid adieu to its beautiful environs. Continue onwards on your road journey to Haridwar or Dehradun from where you can head home, your Kalindikhal Pass trek comes to an end .
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Rated : 4.0
Kalindi Khal is a slightly unknown trek - but it is such an awesome place that once you embark on this trek only then you will realize the value of such hidden beauties in our country. great experience guys!!!
Rated : 4.0
Kalaindi Khal is certainly the most challenging trek in Uttarakhand. No matter how tough the trekking was, but there was so much peace throughout this place that I just fell in love with the entire region. Also everyday waking up to something this beautiful is a dream come true. Amazing experience guys!!!
Rated : 4.0
No doubt this is one of the most challenging treks I have ever had. But damn one of the best experience - also this was my first snow trek. Loved walking through thick blanket of snow. The entire experience was great.
Rated : 4.0
Kalindi Khal is not at all an easy trek and I can say that on the basis of my prior experience. I am an ardent trekker since this trek was a bit challenging for me as well but the views that you are likely to get her are just priceless and worth the effort. Loved each and every moment of this treacherous trek.
Rated : 4.0
I had a cool experience as our trek guide was very friendly. The trek was thrilling. Uttarakhand is filled with tourists and trekkers
Rated : 5.0
Our group of 5 trekkers were completely in awe of the different grasslands at Tapovan and were equally mesmerized by the stunning riversr and peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru. The place is breathtaking and if you are the kind who likes to lounge in the mountains on a cold winter day, then this is the place for you. Prep up for an intense trekking session!
Rated : 4.0
Nature in abundance – snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, water streams, glaciers, roar of river flowing down through the rocks, crude treks, variety of trees and much more diversity of beautiful flowers is what we enjoyed during our trek to the Valley of Flowers. Luckily, we did not experience any harsh weather and enjoyed the entire trail with sunny and cloudy weather. This place offered beautiful landscapes of far-away mountains and closeness with colourful flowers as we kept trekking. We found the trek to be moderate – we were told by our experienced guides that the trek was earlier along the river and easy but with the change in the trek through the mountains, the hike became little difficult. But that offered us an opportunity to enjoy lots of views of the valley from the top. There is no other way to reach the valley except trekking by yourself from Ghangharia and no camping is allowed in the valley so that keeps it less crowded, clean and pristine. There is no mobile phone network coverage in the area which helps you truly enjoy peaceful time in nature’s lap.
Rated : 4.0
Though this trek is not involved with a greater height, you should really get some rest and get acclimatise to the atmosphere. The drop in the climate might make you sick. The terrains might also get strenuous at times and requires skilled instructions. As of me, I had a lot of fun and exciting moments with my friends. All thanks to Thrillophilia for keeping us so engaged!
Rated : 4.0
We got to camp beside the Vasuki Tal and got to see some amazing sights while we were there. The area is pretty beautiful and there are shards of ice that greet you as you go up the hills and mountains.
Rated : 4.0
There are many things you can do and so much for you to see in the Kalindi Khal and I think this is the perfect place for you to go with your family. This 14 day trek showed us the real beauty of the northern mountains and it is so beautiful.
What level of fitness is required for this Kalindi khal trek?
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