Kalindi Khal Trek

Kalindi Khal is one of the most challenging treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek starts from Gangotri and goes through Nandavan, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers an unparallel view of the Shivling peak. The trail moves on to Vasukital (4900 M). With towering peaks all around the lake, its surface shimmers like a pearl and is the source of the Vasuki Ganga that drains into the Mandakini. From here one climbs on to Sweta Glacier and begin the challenging crossing of the Kalindikhal. 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.

General Information

Location: Garhwal Himalaya
Type: Strenuous
Altitude: 5947 mts.
Best Season: June September
Duration: 13 Days
Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1150 mt), which takes 5-6 hrs. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. After lunch visit NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) Institute & Museum. Evening free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms/3-4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mt) by covering approx 95 km in 3-4 hrs. On arrival check-into Hotel/ Tourist Banglow.
Day 3 Gangotri - Bhojbasa (3792 m/12440 ft) Trek (14 kms /5-6 hrs)
Morning after early breakfast start first days trek to Bhojbasa following the river Bhagirathi on right bank by covering approx 14 kms in 4-5 hrs. Trek is full of fascinating Himalayan sights and you can have beautiful views of snow clapped peaks around. Upon arrival at Bhojbasa, set up camp for overnight stay.
Day 4 Bhojbasa - Nandanvan (4337 m/14230 ft) Trek (6 kms / 4-5 hrs)
Morning trek 4-5 hrs to reach the beautiful base of Bhagirathi group of peaks, Nandanvan. The trek crosses Gangotri Glacier. From here view the Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu peaks and Kedardome. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5 Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (4880 m/16000 ft) Trek (6 kms / 4-5 hrs)
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak) (5480 m/17975 ft) Trek (6 kms/3-4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast start trek to Suraiaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp. Camping on Moraine
Day 7 Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base (5500 m/18040 ft) Trek (8 kms / 4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Kalindikhal Base (Sweta Glacier) (5500 mt). Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 8 Kalindikhal Base - Raja Parav (4910 m/16105 ft) Trek (12 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Mornings after breakfast start your trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). Spend some time at the spot and then trek down to Rajparav for dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 9 Raja Parav - Arwatal
Morning after breakfast trek to reach Arwatal (3910 mt) 13 km from Rajparav. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 10 Arwatal - Ghastoli (3796 m/12450 ft) Trek (16 kms / 5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed your trek to reach Ghastoli (3796 km), which is 16 Km from Arwatal. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 11 Ghastoli - Mana - Badrinath (3096 m/10155 ft) Trek (18 kms / 5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast start trek to Badrinath situated on the bank of Alaknanda, standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Naryana peaks, and in the distance soars the resplendent Neelkanth peak. A seven hrs walk brings you to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where you break for lunch. Later a 2 kms drive brings us to town of Badrinath. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit the temple of Badrinath. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight.
Day 12 Badrinath - Joshimath
Early in the morning visit the temple. After breakfast drive to Joshimath. Morning after breakfast drive down to reach Joshimath 44 Km from Badrinath. Overnight stay in the Hotel Dronagiri.
Day 13 Joshimath - Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive (257 km) down to reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in the Hotel for overnight stay. In the evening after wash and change visit Laxman Jhula, Thirteen storied temple, Geeta Ashram, Parmarth Niketan and later join the Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat. Latter return back to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Required Trekking Gear
* Trekking Shoes
* 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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