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Khatling Glacier Trekking Tour Package from Gangotri

Package Duration 14 Days/ 13 Nights
Package Starts From Gangotri to Gaurikund
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Along with the captivating Bhilangana Valley, the high-altitude Khatling Glacier trek offers one of the most distinct scenes throughout its trails. Its routes pass through scenic villages, grassy meadows, crystal clear lakes, glacier moraines, ice sheets, snow-capped-mountains, and captivating flora and fauna. It is the perfect trek for adventure lovers looking for thrill and peace in nature. The initial track is easy but once you start gaining significant altitude, it gets difficult. Hence, the trek is recommended for those who have experience in high-altitude trekking.

The trek route from Gangotri to Khatling Glacier is the most difficult one among the three routes. In fact, this trek route is one of the most challenging trek routes in Uttarakhand and suitable only for experienced high altitude trekkers. In this route, you will cover stunning glaciers and peaks with equally challenging tracks.

The trek route from Gangotri to Khatling Glacier is as follows-

Gangotri – Nala Camp – Rudugaira Base Camp  – Gangotri Base Camp – Auden’s Col Base Camp –Auden’s Col – Khatling Glacier –  Chowki – Masar TalVasuki TalKedarnathGaurikund.      

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Gangotri to Nala Camp

Trek8 kmAlt3450 mStayCamp

As you trek towards the Rudu Valley, you will be accompanied by dense pine and deodar forests and come across interesting spots like Pandu Gufa (where the Pandavas took refuge during their years in exile) and Rudu Gard. 

The entire stretch of Rudu Valley offers a  beautiful sight with its lush greenery and the Ruduganga River flowing beside you throughout the trek. 

The Nala campsite is set amidst meadows and offers mesmerizing views of Jogin and Kedartal ranges. 

Day 2
Nala Camp to Rudugaira Base Camp

Trek7 kmAlt4450 mStayCamp

The trek to Rudugaira Base Camp goes through lush green open meadows. After many ascents and descents through high altitude grazing grounds and small streams on the way, you reach the camp in  5-6 hrs. The camp offers an exceptional picture of the Gangotri and Jogin ranges.

Day 3
Acclimatisation at Rudugaira Base Camp

You will spend Day 04 acclimatizing at Rudugaira Base Camp. As the altitude is quite high and the next days will be challenging, you will spend the day exploring the surrounding areas of Rudugaira and adjusting to the ethereal experience.

Day 4
Rudugaira Base Camp to Gangotri Base Camp

Trek6 kmAlt4500 mStayCamp

The trek route from Rudugaira Base Camp to Gangotri Base Camp is challenging and goes through glacial moraines and moraines. Camp with the Gangotri peaks looming grandiosely in the backdrop. The sunrise and sunset at this spot is worth capturing over and over.

Day 5
Gangotri Base Camp to Auden’s Col Base Camp

Trek6 kmAlt4880 mStayCamp

After passing through rocky terrains, moraines, and the beautiful Sukha Tal, you will reach Auden’s, Col Base Camp. From here, the Auden Col peak can seem to loom in the backdrop.

Day 6
Auden’s Col Base Camp to Auden Col to Khatling Glacier Base Camp

Trek10 kmAlt5490 mStayCamp

You will start your trek early in the morning towards Khatling Glacier Base Camp via Auden’s Col peak. You will reach the legendary Auden Col after trekking for 5 km through moraines and glacier ascent.

 You will also require to use ropes to climb through Auden Col glacier with an inclination of about 30° - 50°. After climbing for about 3 hrs, you will reach the peak which offers breathtaking views of the mountain ranges right in front of you.

You will descend through the steep and narrow snow tracks of the glacier which gives way to a flat valley. The surreal valley is the Khatling Glacier Base Camp set at an elevation of 5,120 m.

Day 7
Khatling Glacier Base Camp to Zero Point

Trek10 kmAlt5120 mStayCamp

The trail to Zero Point (3,870 m) is challenging and an arduous one. However, once you reach the place, you will be mesmerized by the surreal beauty. From Zero Point, you can see Khatling Glacier up close. 

Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, Khatling  Glacier stands tall at an elevation of 3,900 m at an extremely picturesque location. You can choose to go beyond Zero Point and explore the glacier but you will need at least 2 days to complete a thorough tour of the glacier.

You will pitch your tents and stay overnight at Zero Point.

Day 8
Zero Point to Chowki

Trek8 kmAlt4560 mStayCamp

You will start your trek to Chowki early in the morning. The route goes through a river valley and grassy meadows. Chowki is a beautiful grassland set at an elevation of 3,580 m and offers picture-perfect views and an ideal spot for camping.

Day 9
Chowki to Masar Tal

Trek8 kmAlt4560 mStayCamp

The ascent to Masar Tal goes through ridges with the captivating views of Thalay Sagar accompanying you. The pristine lake of Masar Tal is surrounded by dense forests and is seated amongst meandering meadows. The campsite at Masar Tal is set at a location from where you can enjoy the surroundings heartily.

Day 10
Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal

Trek15 kmAlt5400 mStayCamp

The trek from Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (4,135 m) is a long arduous one which goes through Mayali Pass (5,400 m). You will traverse through Mayali glacier, Painya Tal, Teen Tal, boulders, loose moraines, and finally reach the tranquilizing lake of Vasuki Tal.

Vasuki Tal is a holy lake and resembles the snake Vasuki of Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu bathed in this lake during the auspicious occasion of Rakhsbandhan. 

Vasuki Ganga River which joins River Mandakini at Sonprayag emerges for Vasuki Tal. The campsite at Vasuki Tal is surrounded by lush greenery and various flora including the legendary Brahmakamal.

Day 11
Vasuki Tal – Kedarnath

Trek8 kmAlt3553 mStayCamp

The trek from Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath starts with an ascent till Vasuki Top and then continues with descent throughout Kedarnath. The magnificent Kedarnath peak, Kedarnath Temple, Meru, Manda, and Sumeru Parbat are clearly visible from Vasuki Top. 

Kedarnath Temple which literally means  “Abode of Lord Shiva” is a highly revered Hindu Temple and forms one of the 12  Jyotirlingas. Relish the divine experience of visiting Kedarnath Temple and stay overnight at Kedarnath.

Day 12
Kedarnath to Gaurikund

Trek14 km

Today will be your last day of trekking. You will trek down to the road head of Gaurikund. The place of Gaurikund is dedicated to Goddess Parvati as it is believed that Goddess Parvati meditated at this very place to gain Lord Shiva as her husband. Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati.

Day 13

This is the last day of your trip. Departure from Gaurikund.

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