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Auden’s Col Trek

Available Auden’s Col Trek Treks

Group Size
6-12 persons

Difficulty
Challenging

Highest Point
5,400 M

Duration
13 Days

Cost
59,500.00

No Experience Needed

No Mountaineering Certification Needed

Auden’s Col Trek

A Mythical Trek in Central Garhwal

Auden’s Col an Introduction Col is a mountain pass which connects Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) peaks and is reportedly situated at a height of around 5400m. It also binds two glaciers on the opposite sides. One is Khatling glacier and the other one looks like the glacier belonging to Jogin I. Auden’s Col Trek  is approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden’s Col and Khatling glacier. Auden’s Col Trek gets its name from J B Auden, who first crossed it in 1939-40. Auden’s col trek  pass was then explored only after late eighties. Auden’s Col Trek  is arguably one of the most dangerous passes in Garhwal Himalaya as the pass and the Khatling glacier are heavily infested with crevasses. While the trek route to Auden’s Col Trek  is a difficult one – with moraines, glaciers, boulders, steep ridges making things difficult, the reward is equally greater.

Auden’s col trek route, schedule, and plan depends on a trekker’s ability, experience, as well as prevailing weather condition. Since the trek is strenuous and dangerous, it is advisable to secure, well in advance, services of a guide who has firsthand knowledge of the trek, and possibly has done it several times. A typical route plan in good weather condition is as following. Yes, Auden’s col Trek is the toughest trek.

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Trek Highlights

  • Auden’s Col, 5490m, a high altitude mountain pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley.
  • Rudragaira peak, Jogin group of peaks, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.
  • Gangotri - the snout of River Ganga.
  • The roughness offered by the Khatling glacier.
  • The twin lakes of Masar Taal and Vasukital. Holy, Picturesque and Serene.
  • Mayali pass at 5300 meters offers great views of Thalay Sagar, Kedar dome and other peaks of Gangotri region The holy shrine of Kedarnath

Trek Itinerary

Altitude: 9,997 ft (3048 Mt.)
Drive/ Duration: 239 km./10hrs.
Accommodation Type: Guest House/ Hotel

Meet and Assist by Company Driver at Dehradun and drive to Gangotri in the early morning. Breakfast will be on the way. Gangotri is around 240 km from Dehradun and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach there. The road up to Uttarkashi is in good condition. After Uttarkashi, the road traverses a steep gorge to Gangotri. Overnight stay in Guest house on twin/triple sharing basis

Altitude: 12,300 ft (3,750 Mt.)
Trek/ Duration: 08 km./5hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping.

We have an early morning breakfast and wait for porter’s to arrive and distribute the loads amongst themselves. We set of on the true left of the Bhagirathi River and walk for about half an hour before we turn south towards the Rudragaira Nalla. Looking back we get beautiful views of the snow capped mountains. The climb is a gradual uphill through the forests of birch and maple. Nala Camp is just above the tree line and can get quite chilly during the night. Overnight in Tent & Dinner.

Altitude: 14, 8581 ft (4530 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 10 km./6hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

Birch forests give way to green meadows. There are steep climbs and rock fall zones and a river crossing on the way to Rudugaira Base Camp site. Camp site offers views of Rudugaira peak, Gangotri I, Gangotri II, Gangotri III, and Jogin I.

A day to relax and acclimatize, relaxes, or takes a short walk near camp, or try and spot some wildlife. Overnight at Gangotri I Base Camp.

Altitude: 16,334 ft (4980 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 10 km./7hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

Post breakfast, continue on the same trail through the moraines, today’s destination is the Auden’s Col base camp. Climbing up and down the boulders, it will take another 7 odd hours to reach the campsite for today. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

Altitude: 16,760 ft (5110 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 7hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

We start before dawn to take advantage of walking on firm snow. The climb is quite steep through deep snow and could easily take 4-6  hrs depending on the snow conditions. Once we get to the col there are sweeping views of the Khatling Glacier, and the mountain peaks of Jaonli, Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri. From the col we descend down near-vertical walls of ice on fixed ropes to the heavily crevassed Khatling Glacier. We hope that there is enough snow on this section to cover the underlying surface of loose rocks and boulders otherwise the descent could be very technical and dangerous. Once we are down, we walk a further half an hour before we find a flat space on the glacier, suitable for camping. Overnight – Khatling Glacier Camp (5110m)

Altitude: 12,267 ft (3740 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 10 km./ 7hrs.
Accommodation Type: 
Camping

Today’s trek is one of the most demanding and longest days of the expedition. After walking down the glacier another 2 kms, we will reach the moraine. From here, there are no cairns or marked trails till the snout of the glacier. The route consists of loose gravel and scree over steep, sometimes exposed, black ice. Just before the snout, we will leave the glacier, descending to a small stream on the right (true right) of the valley and climbing up the valley slopes. After a short climb, you will reach an established trail and follow it down to the campsite at the snout of the Khatling glacier.

Altitude:  11,611 ft (3540 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 8km./6hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

We will continue our trek along the river valley. After a walk of 4 km, we will reach a meadow. We will rest for a while in the meadow and continue our trek towards Chowki. The campsite at Chowki is around 4 km from the meadow. Chowki is a good campsite with grassy surface. Overnight stay in camps.

Altitude:  12,054 ft (3675 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 8km. /6hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

Initially we will ascend a steep section with views of Thalay Sagar and cross a ridge above the valley. The route is well defined as we approach the beautiful Masar Tal. After reaching the site, we will pitch our tents near the scenic lake

Altitude:  13,562 ft (4135 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 10km. /7hrs.
Accommodation Type: Camping

The day continues with the ascend of 3 km to reach ridge, followed by a series of switch backs descend that brings you to picturesque lake of Vasukital. Arrive and camp by the lake. Overnight in the tents.

Altitude:  11,742 ft (3580 Mt.)
Trek / Duration: 7km. /5hrs.
Accommodation Type: Guest house/Hotel.

Trek towards one of the famous and much revered temple pilgrimage center in India. It’s descended of 7 km and takes approximately 3 hours. On arrival one can essence the spiritual environment of Hindu culture. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the temple has an architecture which is unparallel. Evening visit the temple. Overnight in the hotel.

Altitude:  2000 ft (610 Mt.)
Trek / Drive/Duration: 18km./80km./8hrs.
Accommodation Type: not include.

Awake with a morning full of religious environment follow by a descend of 18 km. towards  Gaurikund. Continue to descend further to reach Gaurikund. From here to drive for 04 hrs. To reach Rudrapryag, another revered religious place, on the confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda.Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.

Travel / Duration: 135km. /6hrs.
Accommodation Type: not include.

We will board a vehicle for Rishikesh/Haridwar. The drive to Rishikesh is along the River Ganges. Board overnight Bus for Delhi from Rishikesh/Dehradun.

Inclusions

What is Included in the Trek

  • Transport by Mountain Bolero Jeep non Ac Dehradun to Gangotri / Gaurikund to Rishikesh.
  • Twin/four Share accommodation for hotel/Guest House in Gangotri / Kedarnath on Room basis.
  • Entrance fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
  • Twin three Share (using 02 men four season dome tent) accommodations in tents with sleeping bag and mat entire the trek.
  • All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs.
  • Common trekking equipments
  • Experienced local mountain guide with Assistance guide.
  • A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, and Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • Medical Kit with oxygen cylinders.

Exclusions

What is Not Included in the Trek

  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Travel/ Personal Insurance.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading)
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control

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