Auden’s Col is a High altitude pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley, named after John Bicknell Auden, a British Geographical Survey officer, who first discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. The pass is at 5490m altitude and connects the ridge coming from Gangotri III (6580m) peak on the north-west and the ridge coming from Jogin I (6465m) on the east, and also binds a glacier coming from Jogin I on the north side of Rudugaira valley, and deadly Khatling glacier on the south side of Bhilangna valley.
Rudra ganga stream or Rudragairu (gairu means deep) or Rudugaira gad drains Rudugaira glacier and eventually flows into Bhagirathi (Ganga) river near Gangotri, and Bhilangna river originates from Khatling glacier and meets Bhagirathi near Old Tehri.
Day 01 : Reach Haridwar/Dehradun
Drive to Uttarkashi. ( Dur 5-6 hours )
Day 02 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).
After breakfast set out for Gangotri via the beautiful hamlet of Harsil- the home of the famous “Wilson Apple” & Bhairon Ghati the course of the Bhairav Ganga river spanned by a steel girder bridge overlooking a very fascinating and deep gorge. The drive takes 4-5 hrs to reach the small town of Gangotri- thought to be established the at the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier centuries ago. On arrival check-into Hotel. By evening visit the Gangotri temple. Overnight stay.
Gangotri : Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from the locks of Lord Shiva- the spot marked by a Goddess Ganga temple where millions of devotees throng to pay homage every year.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Cedar and Pine trees. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and Dharamshalas are located on the far side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock known as "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.
Day 03 : Gangotri - Nala Camp (8 km Trek 5 - 6hrs trek)
Prepare the gear to commence the adventure journey. The trail start on the true left of the valley and a continuous ascend to the Nala camp. The beautiful walk through a Pine and Birch forest, finally gets transformed into a picturesque walk with views of some of the Himalayan peaks i.e. Jogin and Kedartal range. On arrival set the campsite by Rudragaira River. Overnight in tents.
Day 04 : Nala Camp to Rudra Gaira Base Camp (7 km -5 hrs trek)
The day’s trek commences with an ascent taking one to a ridge and continuing to a side stream. Thereafter, it is a arduous climb to the base camp, Apart from the strenuous stretches of hike during the day there are rewarding views of Rudragaira peak, Jogin peak and Auden Col pass. On arrival at the Rudra Gaira base camp (Rudragaira BC) a refreshing cup of Tea is well deserved! Overnight in the tents.
Day 05 : Rudugaira BC - Rest day and acclimatization
The day is spent at this location and altitude for rest and acclimatization. One can relax in the camp or involve himself/herself in hike round the route which takes you towards Rudragaira peak. Explore and enjoy the surroundings surrounded by the majestic Himalayas. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Rudugaira BC - B C Gangotri Group (6 kms/5 hrs app)
The day’s hike involves negotiating moraine and technical surfaces! The ascending path is gradual throughout, but challenging at times. Approach towards the camp makes you feel refreshed with the rewarding views of Gangotri I, II & III peaks. Overnight in tents.
Day 07: B C Gangotri Group - Auden Col BC (6 km/5-6 hrs)
The hike for the day is as challenging as the previous day. The path continues on moraine and finally takes you to the Auden Col base camp. The campsite is not well marked or distinguished but gives an opportunity to camp within a rocky surroundings. Overnight in tents.
Day 08 : Auden Col B C - Khatling Glacier (12 km 10 hrs approx)
An early start is a must for the day! The walk involves technical aspects on the glacier, which continues to the pass. It is a trek of about 5 km to the pass, which takes about 4 hours. A rope is fixed on both sides to negotiate the pass. Looking back at the day’s events, one feels immense satisfaction and a sense of achievement , as one hangs up the trekking boots for the day, with a stunning view of the greater Himalayas all around. The view is a feast for the eyes, well deserved and worth it. A cautious descent with help of technical gear is made on the other side of the pass. After the descent, the day still continues for another 5-6 km on the glacier till finally, the camp is established for the day. Lots of rest and deep sleep energizes one for another grueling day. Overnight in tents.
Day 09 : Khatling Glacier - Waterfall Camp/Zero Point (12 km/10 hrs approx)
The trek on the glacier continues for another 8 kms. The walk is technical and requires useof technical gear. After the glacial stretch, the path goes to the moraine continuously descending to the campsite by the river. Overnight in tents.
Day 10 Waterfall Camp/ Zero Point – Audar Camp /Snout (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
After a trek of 3 km along the river valley, the river is over crossed leading to an open meadow. Trekking further for another 4 km , one reaches Chowki, with a grassy and comfortable place to set campsite. Overnight in the tents.
Day 11 : Audar Camp to Kharsoli ( 11 kms/6 hrs ).
Cross Bilangana River and reach the other bank over log bridge.
Day 12 : Kharsoli – Gangi - Reeh ( 14 kms/ 10 hrs )
Trek through Birch and pine forest along river.
Day 13 : Reeh to Guttu. Drive to Haridwar ( Dur 7 hours )
Cost : On Request (per person) from Haridwar to Auden Col for group size 6 members.
- Guides (two) :
- Basic Mountaineering Course qualified Guide from Summiters.
- Local Guide who has extensive knowledge of the route .
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipments - Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit.
Forest Permits and camping charges .
- 2 nights stay at lodge at Gangotri and Guttu.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping ban liners
- Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Stay at Haridwar.
Q: I do not want to carry my rucksack. Can arrangements be made to carry it?
A:We expect the trekkers to carry their own backpack and recommend the same. In exceptional cases where assistance is needed Summiters can help make arrangements at an extra cost of Rs 1000/day - per backpack for the trek. It is requested, that as far as possible, trekkers inform of this need before the trek.
Q: Is it possible to combine white water rafting at Rishikesh along with this trip?
A:Rafting can be arranged by Summiters from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhoola (Rishikesh) (16 KMs distance) for Rs 800. You can contact Summiters for further details.
Q: Will part of my money be refunded if I drop out of the trek mid way?
A:If you drop out of the trek mid-way the money would not be refunded. Also, the individuals would have to bear actual charges that are incurred, like arranging pony/porter/transportation to get you back safely to the trailhead.
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor before participating in the trek.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -2 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary). Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: Can I charge my phone on the trek?
A: The last point where you can charge it is at Lohajhung but this is subject to availability of electricity during your stay.
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
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Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund