Kalindikhal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition-style traverse of the Kalindikhal Pass (5967m) in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas. The route involves a trek over rough glaciers, rocky screens and crevassed snowfields. At times we need to roped up and require the use of ice axes and crampons. Kalindi khal trek takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. Although prior climbing experience is not required, this trip is one of our most demanding treks suited to only those who want to join a reconnaissance style expedition.
The trek starts from Gangotri and takes you through Nandavan, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers an unparalled view of the Shivling peak. After gaining suitable acclimatization we ascend to Vasukital Lake, a stunning place to camp surrounded by towering snow-covered peaks. From here we climb on to Sweta Glacier and begin the challenging crossing of the Kalindikhal Pass. A tough climb from where you feel that there is little else left to be see. It is as if you are a part of this majestic setting of snow peaks. The trail then descends to Arwatal and to Mana the last village on the Chinese frontier. The trek fittingly ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple and then travel via Rishikesh to Delhi.
Day 01: Uttarkashi - Gangotri (H.3140mts , 100kms,7-8hrs)
Drive to Gangotri 3140mts,100kms 7-8hrs by bus or taxi ( lunch on route ) on arrival check hotel. At afternoon visit Surya Kund , Gorikund and Pandu Gufa ( cave ) .At evening visit Ganga jee temple and see nice Siromani ( Arti).Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Gangotri - Bhojbasa(H.3792mts,14kms ,6-7hrs)
Walk along a gradual, well laid ,pony trial to Bhojbasa (3792mts ,14kms ). First great view of the Bhagirathi Massif and Shivling Mountain 2kms beyond Bhojbasa is the camp site with pack lunch .Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 03: Bhojbasa - Nandanvan (H.4337mts ,9kms,5-6hrs)
After breakfast start trek to Nandanvan4337kms ,9kms Hard walking up to Goumukh 4000mts and then traverse the glacier to get to the beautiful meadows of Nandanvan on arrival check camp . Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 04: Reserve day for Acclimitization.
Day 05 : Nandanvan - BasukiTal (H4900mts,9kms,6-7hrs)
Walk along a pleasant meadow with view of Mts Meru and Brighupanth, Kedardome, Karchkund including many others. Pass a deep gorge and reach Vasuki Tal (lake) on arrival check camp ( with pack lunch ).Camp on the north west ridge of Vasuki Par vat (4950mts ). Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 06 : Vasuki Tal - Surayala Bamark(H.53000mts m11kms)
Traverse the slope of Vasuki parvat (mountain) and pass the sunder valley to get a sudden view of Mt. Satopanth. Trek over an easy glacier and a steep rocky slope to get to our next camp at 5480mts(with pack lunch ) on arrival check cam. Dinner and over night at camp.
Day 07: Reserve/ Rest Day
Extra day to rest or for bad weather.
Day 08 : Surayala Bamark - Seta Bamark(5520mts,10kms)
Steep and tough trek across Surayala Glacier . Trek to the lateral moraine of the Kalindi Glacier and camp below Avalanche Peak ( with pack lunch ). Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 09: Seta Bamark - Kalindi Khal Base(H.5740mts,8kms )
Set off along the Kalindi Glacier carefully avoiding the open crevasses . After sometimes we approach a steep crevasses slope which leads to the Kalindi Khal (pass). Camp at the base of Kalindi Khal. (5400mts).Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 10: Kalindi Khal Base -Kalindi Khal pass(H.5947mts)-Raj parao
Climb a steep crevasses slope leading to the Kalindi Khal pass 5947mts and descend close to Avalanche peak ( with pack lunch ). The route is crevasses and all care has to be taken. then steeply down and reach Raj parao .Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 11 : Reserve day.
Day 12 : Raj parao -Arwa Nala(H.4800mts,12kms )
Morning breakfast at the camp then trek to Arwa Nala 4800mts, 12kms passing through the Glacier ,Moraine and boulders( with pack lunch ) on arrival check camp. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 13: Arwa Nala - Ghastoli ( H.3996mts,9-10hrs )
Pass Arwa Nala and trek to the end of the Arwa valley where the Arwa river meets the Sraswati River . Reach Ghastoli Village and Camp( with pack lunch )Dinner and overnight at camp .
Day 14: Ghastoli - Mana Village- Badrinath (H.3169,11kms,4-5hrs)
Trek down a good Pony trial and reach Mana Village( with pack lunch ) . The river Sraswati is said to go underground here and reemerge at Allah bad to meet the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. 03 kms to drive for Badrinath. On arrival check in to your room in Hotel. At evening visit the temple and see nice Siromani of Goddess Shiva .Dinner and over night at hotel.
Day 15: Badrinath –Joshimath- Haridwar./Uttarkashi.
Drive to Joshimath Town48kms by bus or taxi ( lunch on route ) on arrival check hotel. At evening visit around Joshimath .Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Cost : On Request (per person) from Uttarkashi to Haridwar for group size 9-10 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 in Lohajung.
- 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)
- Food to/from the trailhead (Lohajung)
Q: How do I get to Lohajung from Kathgodam and from Lohajung to Haridwar ? What is the distance, travel time and cost each way?
A:Summiters can help you arrange a vehicle to
a) Pick you up from Kathgodam to Lohajung.
b) Drop from Lohajung to Haridwar
The vehicle can typically accommodate a max of 10 passengers. However, it is recommended that 5-7 folks travel in 1 vehicle for comfort. A typical Sumo costs approximately Rs 5,000/- each way. The cost is to be shared by the members in the vehicle and directly to be paid to the driver.
Typically, the participants take the Ranikhet Express (Train# 15013) to arrive at Kathgodam. The distance from Kathgodam to Lohajung is approximately 270 KMs. The jeep would leave after the arrival of the Ranikhet express and would reach Lohajung in the evening.
The distance from Lohajung to Haridwar is approximately 240 KMs. Typically, the participants leave early in the morning from Lohajung and reach Haridwar by evening.
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.
- The best time for this trek is Mid June to End of Early September.
- The inner line permit is a must for trekking in this region.
- Permit will issue from District Forest Officer (DFO) Uttarkashi & District Magistrate (DM) Uttarkashi.
- The copy of the permit, list of the trekkers and guide, cook & porters and the photos should reach not only to the District Administration of Chamoli (DM of the district and SDM of Joshimath) but also to the In Charge of the ITBP camp at Ghastoli as after Gangotri that is the only human settlement.
- All Trekkers, Guide, Porters, Cook & helper also go through medical test
- If possible will try to arrange Satellite Phone for this trek
- All Trekkers, Guide, Porters, Cook & helper must be well equipped with the adventure gear like tents, sleeping bag, snow shoes, gloves, rain proof jacket etc
- Always carry your Identity card along with you
- Members should be extremely fit to undertake this epical trek.
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