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Kalindi Khal Trek

Uttarakhand,Uttarakhand
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Trek Info

Trail Type : A cross over trail through forest and glaciers

Rail Head : Dehradun Railway Station

Airport :Jolly Grant Airport

Base Camp :Gangotri

Best Season :Summer Trek ( May June, July) Autumn Trek ( September, October)

Service From :Rishikesh to Rishikesh

Meals :Veg and Egg

Stay :Camping/ Hotel

Region :Uttarakhand

Duration :16 Days

Grade :Difficult

Maximum Altitude :19495 Ft

Approx Trekking KM :97 Km

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Itinerary

(Uttarakhand To Uttarakhand)
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Day :1 Drive Rishikesh to Uttarkashi
    We drive to Uttarkashi- a district in northern Uttarakhand, often referred to as northern Kasi due to its location on the right banks of River Bhagirathi which is popular for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. Incidentally there was a time when there were a total of 365 temples in this town. Overnight at Hotel / Guest House / Deluxe Camps.
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Day :2 Drive Uttarkashi to Gangotri
    Gangotri is one of the major 4 Hindu pilgrimages of Uttarakhand with stories of Bhagirath bringing the River Ganga from heavens from this point in earth. The elaborated version is such that Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received Ganga into his matted locks to minimize the impact of her fall. Not surprisingly, this small town is centered around a temple of the goddess Ganga, which was built by the Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is re-opened in May. During this time, the idol of the goddess is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil. The Source of Ganga, Gomukh is 18km further upstream from Gangotri. The trek to Gomukh is gradual, and several pilgrims undertake the journey to pay homage to the river at its known source. Overnight at Guest House.
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Day :3 Trek Gangotri to Cheerbasa
    After breakfast we start our trek to Cheerbasa. It’s an easy climb and the route is filled with breathtaking sights as the magnificent scenery unfolds itself at every step. We have lunch on the way and reach a small isolated forest of pine at Chirbasa where we camp for the night.
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Day :4 Trek Cheerbasa to Bhojbasa
    The day starts with a small uphill walk to the main trail and then the trail gets gradual up to Gomukh. It’s about 9km walk and takes about 4-5 hours to reach Bhojbabsa. Bhojbasa has a small temple here which used be full of Birch tree but unfortunately you cannot find it anymore. Nevertheless- the sites around are peaceful as well thrilling as they promise of more to come. Even though we camp right here at Bhojbasa, it is advisable that we take the uphill route and back to acclimatize ourselves to the sudden decrease in oxygen level. Overnight Stay in Tents / Rest House
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Day :5 Trek Bhojbasa to Tapovan
    After Gomukh, the trail is not so well defined and is such that one often has to walk over boulder to boulder over the icy glacier. After crossing the moraine and glacier, we finally reach a point where we have left the Gangotri glacier below and take a steep uphill climb to Tapovan from where rises the Shivling Peak (6543m) flanked by Meru (6630m) and Kedar Dome (6808m). You can see the peaks of Bhagirathi & Sudershan from here and there are various other unnamed mountains around. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
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Day :6 Day for Acclimatisation
    Day for Acclimatisation
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Day :7 Trek Tapovan to Nandanvan
    We descend down to Gangotri glacier to traverse around and then traverse along the Gangotri & Chaturangi glaciers. This trek combines the experience of mountain and rock climbing besides boulder hopping and glacier traversing. Break for a quick brunch at the junction of the two glaciers. Further a 1 hour climb takes us to Nandanvan which a small grassy valley of exquisite beauty, literally surrounded by snow peaks – Bhagirathi II, III & I, Kedar-dome, Karchakunda, and Shiblinga.
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Day :8 Trek Nadanvan to Vasuki Tal
    Today we shall leave the meadow of Nandan Van and get the opportunity to view Bharal (Mountain Goat). While walking through high ridges & Lammergeyer, we arrive at the Vasuki Tal “not so big” glacial lake in the serene surroundings of Chaturangi Bhamak. Left of the lake is Bhagirathi Bhamak, leading to the Bhagirathi group of the peaks. Overnight in Tents
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Day :9 Day for Acclimatisation
    Day for Acclimatisation
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Day :10 Trek Vasukital to Khara Pathar
    A 6 hour trek to Khara Pathar is definitely worth it as today you get to view one of the only two 7,000 m high mountains-Satapanth of the Gangotri glacier. Dinner and overnight in camps.
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Day :11 Trek Khara Pathar to Sweta Glacier
    Today we walk about 10 Km to reach Sweta Glacier, which disappointingly isn’t the best place to camp as it is quite moraine and full of rocks and boulders but going further on this day is not advisable and one needs the short trek to acclimatize as we keep going higher.
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Day :12 Trek Sweta Glacier to Base Camp
    Once we have a spent half of the earlier day acclimatizing we should be now ready to move forward to cross the Sweta glacier. Crossing many boulders you will finally reach the Chatrungi glacier, which basically is a major tributary of the main Gangotri glacier. Chatrungi as a word means four colors and you will see how the moraines over the glacier range from Pink to yellow to brown. With Chandra Prabat at 6728 m towering above us, we get to the Kalindi Bhamak camp, in close vicinity to the Kalindi glacier’s snout. Up ahead lies the Kalindi Khal (5940 m), which is a deep gap between Avalanche Peak (6413 Meters) and Kalindi Peak (6102 Meters).
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Day :13 Trek Base Camp to Rajpara Across Kalindi Pass
    Climbing the Kalindi Khal is not the easiest of tasks and we suggest making an early move. It is a pity that even though the summit camp for the Kalindi Peak is right below this Pass, we cannot in any condition attempt to climb it as for this expedition one requires not only much experience and a climbing fee but a prior permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation as well. However, once on the pass you can make do with a spectacular and almost at reach views of Mt. Kamet (7756 m), Mt. Mana (7272 m), Abi Gamin (7355 m) and Mana Parbat (6797 m). Bonus point when on a clear day you get a view of the Tibetan plateau across the Mana Pass (6728 m); Also seen are the mountains of Gangotri Glacier; Chandra Parbat (6728 m), Vasuki Parbat (6792 m), Bhagirathi Parbat (6512 m). We shall now descend and cross the glacial terrain before reaching the camp of Raj Parav.
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Day :14 Trek Rajparaw to Ghastoli
    We leave Raj Parav early morning and trek to Ghastoli via Arwatal. Trail is all through moraine fields of the Arwa Glacier. The army bound and inaccessible Mana Pass on way to Tibet border lies exactly northwards from this Tal. We follow the Arwa stream till we reach down to the river and see the dramatic change in the terrain right before our eyes as the glacial moraines give way to the glacial streams and small patches of vegetation starts to appear as we reach closer to Ghastoli. Ghastoli has a big grass ground which is idle for camping and is a great site for eyes and feet sore and tired of just grey glaciers and moraines.
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Day :15 Trek Ghastoli to Badrinath and Drive to Joshimath
    As we continue our gradual descent downwards, the terrain changes further and the route is now a dirt road which is under contraction and follows the River Saraswati down stream to Mana and Badrinath. If we are lucky, we can hitchhike an army truck as they come often to drop some food supplies at the army camp at Ghastoli and if not it is a good walk until we meet our awaiting vehicles at Mana to drive us to Badrinath for hot lunch and to visit the famous temple there. Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the Hindu devotees and you are sure to get a feel the high of the devotion of the pilgrims that make their way here in hordes. Just above Badrinath is the spectacular conical Mt. Nilkantha (6596 Meters), literally meaning “Blue Throat” one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Later we drive to Joshimath for Overnight stay in a hotel.
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Day :16 Drive to Rishikesh
    Drive to Rishikesh

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Guest House, Homestay,Camping
  • Meals - 3 times a day; veg./egg only (includes freshly-cooked meals, snacks, tea /coffee/soup, etc.)
  • Permit Charges in National Parks and Sanctuaries as part of the experience
  • Camping Equipment - sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Technical and Safety Equipment - Wilderness Medical Kit, Ice Axe, Microspikes,Climbing Rope, Climbing accessories, Oxygen Cylinder, BP Meter,oximeter,thermometer etc.
  • Highly Experienced Outdoor Instructor : Grade A in Advanced Mountaineering course
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified from NOLS
  • Mules to carry group equipment
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Exclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • If anyone leaves the trek against the schedule (unable to complete or dropping out for any reason)
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  • Any extra demand like personal guide, personal porter, personal vehicle
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Transport from Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “What's included”.
  • Cost incurred due to change in itinerary due to change in weather conditions, roadblocks or any natural factors beyond human control.
  • Additional services availed during the trek (including mules, assistance, health related support etc.)
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What to carry

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
  • It is not for the first time trekkers. You should have done atleast 2 high altitude treks.
  • All participants are expected to have a fitness level, stamina and the ability to sustain harsh environments.
  • Every trekker will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check every day.
  • Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 10-12 kg – preferably on the lighter side.

Note

  • Normally we expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
  • Charges of offloading backpack:
  • Offloading charges : Rs.650/- day / 10kg bag
  • Incase buffer day is used, Rs.2800 per person / day will be charged.
  • The backpack cannot weigh more than 10 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/ strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
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Cancellation policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavour to make it as easy possible for you. However, please understand we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below-

Cancellation prior to 30 days from start of the event: Get monetary refund with 15% of cancellation charges on trek fee.

Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of event: 50% on trek fee is non refundable and the remaining 50 % will be given as cash voucher which is valid for 1 year.

Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of event: No refund.

Please note cancellation will be only accepted by email.

Note: The Himalayan Daredevils reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arriving due to natural calamities, strikes, wars on any other circumstances that makes the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary changes & trip delays:

We plan itineraries based on the information at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, there are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changes or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc. We will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However The Himalayan Daredevils are not be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

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