Kunth Khal is an offbeat trek close to Valley of Flowers which is meant for the thrill seekers. This route had been closed for 45 years and opened for trekkers on 2016. The Kunth Khal ridge is full of the endangered flower Brahma Kamal.
This pass is an unknown one across the trekking enthusiasts in Garhwal due to its difficult terrain and rocky outcrops on the trek which entails rope usage. However this trek has recently become a good training ground for budding mountaineers and professional trekkers due to its close proximity to civilization and easy access from the Alakhnanda Valley. The pass was first mentioned by Frank Smythe in his book about his explorations in the Garhwal Himalayas.
The trek starts from Govindghat in the Alaknanda Valley and follows the same route as the Valley of flowers route. From the village of Ghangharia the trek separates and heads towards the Kunth Khal. The final stretches towards the pass are filled with rocky outcrops and need to be crossed with the help of fixed ropes. The descent on the other side is also not easy and needs the help of a guide throughout. It is best to do this trek in groups of 3-4. The trek ends in Hanuman Chatti Village in the Alaknanda Valley.

Below is the short itinerary for Kunth Khal Trek -

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Karanpryang - 7-8 h drive
  • Day 2: Karanpryang to Govindghat (1920 m) drive and Trek to Ghangaria (2950 m) - 4-5h trek, 11 km
  • Day 3: Ghangaria (2800 m) to Valley of Flowers (3510 m) back to Ghangaria - 2-3 h, 8 km
  • Day 4: Ghangaria to Kunth Khal base (4,350 m) - 5-6 h trek
  • Day 5: Kunth Khal base to Palsi Udiar (3,225 m) via Kunth Khal (4,430 m)- 7-8 h trek
  • Day 6: Palsi Udiar to Hanuman Chatti (2,548 m)- 4-5 h trek + 20 min drive
  • Day 7: Badrinath to Dehradun- 10 h drive

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  • valley of flowers

  • Day 4:

  • Nearby Peaks - Hathi Parvat, Ghora Parvat, Nilgiri Parvat, Rataban, Neelkanth
  • Ganga during first and last day's drive Devprayag.
  • Alaknanda during the drive from Devprayag.
  • Madnakini is visible from Rudryaprayag
  • Pindari river is visible from Karanpryang
  • Nandakini is visible from Nandaprayag
  • Dhauli Ganga meets Alaknanda at Vishnupryag
  • Pushpawati river at Govindghat
  • Lakshman Ganga at Ghangaria

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.

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 7 breakfast.

Accommodation throughout the trek.

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 300 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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