Walking on a glacier in Kalindi Khal trek

Kalindi Khal Trek is one the most awe inspiring and rewarding trek options in India. Passing over a high col close to 6,000 m, from camping beside Vasuki Tal, to breathtaking sceneries that include moraines, glaciers and majestic peaks, this tour has it all. Kalindi khal trek adds an interesting flavor to the beauty of Tapovan while exploring undulating alpine meadows, network of gurgling streams and the presence of some of the most renowned Himalayan peaks like Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru.

Combining two sacred Dhams of Gangotri and Badrinath, Kalindi Khal trek offers best of pilgrimage, climbing and elements of nature at its prime.

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  • Dehradun to Gangnani

    Early in the morning we start our drive from Dehradun to reach Gangnani. This place is famous for its natural hot water spring baths. Guests can take bath in them. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Harsil
    Harsil, on the way to Gangotri; PC: Tanuj Martolia
    Gangnani to Gangotri (3,048 m)

    After breakfast we drive to Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri). We can take a halt at Harsil, which is a small hamlet known for the Wilson's cottage. We reach Gangotri early and can visit the famous pilgrimage. We stay in a guest house at Gangotri.

  • Gangotri to Bhojwasa (3,800 m)

    On this day, we start our trek from Gangotri to Bhojbasa. From Gangotri we move along the beaten trail towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.

    Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojbasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest. In Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. In afternoon we are free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks.

  • Day 4: Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (3,900 m) to Tapovan (4,335 m)

    Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast we trek to Gaumukh (3,890 m), the source of the Ganges. We explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.

    The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan has steep ascent, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. They appear to be just a stone's throw away. It is also a little wonder why Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months.

  • Day 5: Tapovan (4,463 m) rest day

    This day is free for us to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna, and mountain landscape. This land is frequented by some of the greatest contemporary mountaineers. The Shivling peak stands tall in front of us. Behind Shivling, towards the right is Meru. A little towards the left of Shivling, is Sumeru. The Bhagirathi peaks are visible further to the left. Bhagirathi III, Meru (Central Peak) and Sumeru have some of the hardest climbing routes in the world. We can visit the Meru Glacier and return to our campsite.

  • Day 6:Tapovan to Nandanvan (4,340 m)

    We start the trek to reach the beautiful base of Bhagirathi group of peaks, Nandanvan.

  • Day 7: Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal (4,463 m)

    On this day we trek along Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a small but beautiful lake at the base of Mt Satopanth and Vasuki Parbat. The trek is steadily upward. We arrive in about 6 hours.

  • Day 8: Vasuki Tal to Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak – 5,450 m)

    We start our trek to Suralaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp is on Moraine.

  • Way to Sweta glacier from Khara Psthar
    Way to Sweta glacier from Khara Pathar; PC: Bachan
    Day 9: Khara Pathar to Sweta Glacier (5,500 m)

    After breakfast, we trek to reach Sweta Glacier (5,500 m)

  • Day 10: Sweta Glacier to Kalindikhal base (5,600 m)

    After breakfast, trek to reach the outlet of Suralaya valley. On the outside of the Chaturangi glacier is the outlet of Khalipet valley which is surrounded by an unnamed peak P, 6730m. and Mana Parvat. Further it’s a steep and tough trek across the Suralaya glacier and along the northern slopes of Chandra Parvat. Camping place is the left lateral moraine of the Sweta glacier near its junction with the Chaturangi glacier.



  • Day 11: Kalindikhal Base to Raj Parav (4,910 m) via Kalindi Khal (5,947 m)

    On this day we trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 m). Spend some time at the beautiful spot and then trek down to camp at Rajparav.



  • Day 12: Raj Parav to Arwatal (3,910 m)

    We start this day’s trek in the morning and reach Arwatal (3,910 m).



  • Day 13: Arwatal to Ghastoli (3,790 m)

    This day′s trek starts early and we reach Ghastoli (3796 m), which is 16 km from Arwatal.



  • Day 14: Ghastoli to Mana to Badrinath

    After breakfast we start our trek to Badrinath situated on the bank of Alaknanda. A seven hours′ walk brings us to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where we take a break for lunch. Later, a small 2 km drive brings us to the town of Badrinath. On arrival check-in to a hotel. Visit the temple of Badrinath in the afternoon. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay. Badrinath, Temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is situated at an altitude of 3130 m on the banks of Alaknanda. In the backdrop, the Neelkanth mountain peak is situated between the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan. The name is derived from wild berries called Badri. Near the temple is a hot water sulphur spring, Tapt Kund.



  • Day 15: Badrinath to Dehradun

    Morning after breakfast drive down to reach Dehradun.

    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Leopard

    Birds

  • Mistle Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Blue-fronted Redstart
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Plain Mountain Finch
  • Chaffinch
  • Grey Bushchat
  • Rock Bunting
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • Common Kestrel
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • White-throated Fantail
  • Rufous-bellied Niltava
  • Greenish Warbler
  • Manda peak (6,511 m), Bhrigu Parbat (6,000 m), Bhagirathi I, II and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively) are visible on the way to Chirbasa from Gangotri. Also, the campsite of Nandanvan is the base for the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Sudarshan peak (6,507 m) is also visible on this route.
  • From Tapovan, the peaks of Shivling (6,543 m) and towards its left, Meru (South - 6,660 m, Central - 6,310 m, North - 6,450 m) are prominently visible.
  • The peaks of Sumeru (6,350 m), Kedar Dome (6,832 m) and Bhagirathi (I, II and III) are also visible from Tapovan.
  • Arwa Tal is the basecamp for the daunting Arwa Tower (6,352 m)
  • Vasuki Parbat (6,792 m), Satopanth peak (7,075) and Sri Kailas (6,932 m) are visible closely from Vasuki Tal
  • Nilkantha (6,596 m), Nar and Naryana peaks are visible on the way to Badrinath
  • Bhagirathi river accompanies us right to its source in the snout of Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 15.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 15 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 1 and Day 15.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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