Khatling Glacier Trek

This lateral glacier situtated in Tehri district is the source of river Bhilangna. The glacier is surrounded by snow peaks of the Jogin group (6466 m), Sphetic Pristwar (6905 m), Barte Kauter (6579 m), Kirti Stambh (6902 m) and Meru. The moraines on the side of the glaciers look like standing walls of gravel mud. The trek which starts from Ghuttu is easily approachable by motor from Dehradun, Tehri, Mussoorie and the Rishikesh railhead. One has to trek about 45 km and pass through remote villages with thick kharsao forest and wide open beautiful lush grassy meadows. The entry to the Bhilangna valley provides excellent spots for camping. The entire trek passes through thick forests and beautiful lush green meadows in the beginning. Later, it crosses two passes above 17,000 ft. and negotiates glaciers, moraines and snow patches.

General Information

Location: Garhwal Himalaya
Type: Strenuous
Altitude: 4572 mts.
Best Season: June & September
Duration: 11 Days
Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi - Rishikesh
Arrive Rishikesh and check into the Hotel or Tourist Rest house Rishikesh . Dinner and overnight in TRH Muni-Ki-Reti, Rishikesh.
Day 2 Rishikesh - Ghuttu
Early morning start of Ghuttu by surface about 9 hours. Overnight in camp / Hotel.
Day 3 Ghuttu - Reeh
From Ghuttu the trek begins. 7-8 km. trail initially cuts through terraed first to Deolang village. From there it's an easy 1.30 hours climb through the forest to Reeh Channi village. Night stay in tent.
Day 4 Reeh - Gangi
7-8 km. climb for an hour to Buranschauri. From Buranschuari its a two hour climb to Gangi village at 2585 mts. Overnight Camp.
Day 5 Gangi - Kharsoli
The trail drops initially for an hour to Deokhri Channi, another winter settlement for the villagers from Gangi. From there its half an hour through the forest to where the trail forks, just beyond the Kalyani stream. The left trail leads to Sahastratal lake 4872 mts. which the trail to Khatling continues straight an open area known locally as Birodh. Legend has it that this place was either the site of the old Gangi village or a meeting place for all the Bhilong villagers. From here it is two hours to Kharsali, which is a large meadow surrounded by giant conifers and Oaks, and an ideal camping place. Overnight in camp.
Day 6 Kharsali - Bhedikharg
Cross the bridge over the Kharsali stream and continue further along the forest track to Bhelbagi. Trail follows the river for about 2 Km. then rises steeply through thick bush passing Bhumkodaar cave to the left of the trail. A further 2 to 3 km. of climbing brings you to Tamakund cave in an area known for its Wild flowers. From there it is just an hour walk to another good camping ground at Bhedikharg.
Day 7 Khatling Glacier
It takes a full day to get to the glacier and back. There are a number of spectacular hanging glacier above the main glacial floor and good view of the peaks.Overnight Camp
Day 8 Bhediklang - Gangi
Back to Gangi. Overnight Camp
Day 9 Gangi - Ghuttu
Trek from Gangi to Ghuttu. Overnight Camp / hotel.
Day 10 Ghuttu - Rishikesh
Start ealy morning for Rishikesh. Overnight in a hotel
Day 11 Rishikesh - Delhi
After breakfast drive to Delhi.
Required Trekking Gear
* Trekking Shoes or Sport Shoes with nice grip.
* Warm Clothes including Inner, Pullover, Jackets and Cap.
* Trousers, Shorts and T-Shirts, Cotton Socks.
* Wind and Rain Suit.
* Personal First Aid Kit & Personal toiletries.
* Backpacks for Clothes, water bottle, Torch & Camera

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