Gupt Khal Trek

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Gupt Khal Expedition - Footsteps of Frank Smythe

Gupt Khal which literally means the 'secret pass' as it is a hidden and not many know about it, has been mentioned in Frank Smythe's book 'Valley of Flowers'. 

The trek crosses over the twin passes of Bhyundar Khal and Gupt Khal. One has to cross over the moraines and glaciers such as Gauri glacier, Rataban Glacier, Tipra Glacier, Bankund Glacier, Nilgir glacier and Nakthani glacier.

This trek is difficult and needs previous trekking experience of difficult treks. Basic knowledge of mountaineering is a must for this trek. At certain places rope has to be fixed to cross deep crevasses. The trek offers close and glorious views of Nilkantha, Hathi, Nilgiri, Rataban, Kamet and Mana peaks.

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Latest Successful Expedition of Gupt Khal Trek

Guptkhal Trek can also be conducted from Ghamsali Village (ahead of Joshimath after Malari Village). The recent group took this route as there was some difficulty to get permits from Valley of Flowers region.

Videos of Live For Adventure Trek Group who successfully completed the Gupt Khal Trek in 2019

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Gupt Khal Trek Travel Tips

  • Basic Mountaineering knowledge is required and previous experience of High Altitude Treks
  • All climbing gears required, with great fitness levels and positive attitude.
  • Permits are required to conduct this trek

Frank Sydney Smythe was the British explorer and mountaineer, after his successful climb of Kamet in 1931 was coming down into the Bhyunder valley when he first saw the valley and as it was covered with flowers, he named it Valley of Flowers. In 1937 Smythe returned to the valley, explored a few high-altitude passes which includes Bhyundar Khal and Gupt Khal Passes and it is mentioned in his book, ‘The Valley of Flowers’.

Guptkhal Trekking Routes

There are two trekking routes to do Gupt Khal Trekking Expedition. Both them are equally good and tough.

Route 1 (via Valley of Flowers): Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Tipra Kharak - Bhyundar Icefall Camp - Bhyundar Khal Base - Bhyundar Khal - Rataban Glacier - Bankund lake - Bankund bend - Garh Camping Grounds - Gupt Khal Base - Gupt Khal - upper Nakthani camp - Nakthani Snout camp - Mana - Badrinath - Joshimath

Route 2 (from Ghamsali Village): Joshimath - Malari - Ghamsali Village - Thur Udiyar - Eri Udiyar - Bank Kund Lake - Garh Camping Ground - Gupt Khal BC - Gupt Khal Pass - Nakthani Snowfield/Glacier - Mana - Badrinath - Joshimath

Gupt Khal Trek Route from Ghamshali


Gupt Khal Suggested Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun/Haridwar to Govindghat/Joshimath
Day 2: Govindghat/Joshimath to Ghangaria (2950 mts, Trek: 13 kms)
Day 3: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Tipra Kharak Camping grounds (3700 mts, Trek: 10 kms)
Day 4: Tipra Kharak to Bhyundar Icefall Camp (4300 mts, Trek: 6 kms)
Day 5: Bhyundar Icefall Camp to Bhyundar Khal Base (4600 mts,  Trek: 5 kms)
Day 6: Bhyundar Base to Bhyundar Khal (5100 mts) to Rataban Glacier (4500 mts, Trek: 10 kms)
Day 7: Rataban Glacier to Bankund Lake (4500 mts, Trek: 6  kms)
Day 8: Bankund lake to Bankund bend (4900 mts, Trek: 6 kms)
Day 9: Bankund Bend to Garh Camping Grounds (5430 mts, Trek: 8 kms)
Day 10: Garh Camping Grounds to Gupt Khal Base (5600 mts, Trek: 4 kms)
Day 11: Gupt Khal Base to Gupt Khal (5835 mts) to upper Nakthani camp (5000 mts, Trek: 3 kms)
Day 12: Upper Nakthani Camp to Nakthani snout camp (4500 mts, Trek: 8 kms)
Day 13: Nakthani Snout camp to Badrinath (3100 mts, Trek: 18 kms)
Day 14: Badrinath to Dehradun/Haridwar

*Note: Take 2 days as buffer days for acclimatization in between the trek. 

Route Map of Gupt Khal Trek done by Snow Scapes Team

 Ashutosh : Trekking Route of 2009 Expedition of Gupt Khal


What is Gupt Khal Trek famous for?

Gupt Khal Trek is famous among tourist as High Altitude Trek, Glacier Trek, Pass Trek, Trekking, Camping, Expedition.

Gupt Khal Trek is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups.

Gupt Khal Trek is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, High Altitude Mountain Pass, Trekking.

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