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Kalindi Khal - Connecting Gangotri and Badrinath

Kalindi Khal Pass is a high altitude pass located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 5950 mts at the base of Kalindi peak. The majestic pass connects Gangotri and Badrinath Dham

The KalindiKhal Pass Trek is considered one of the most difficult treks of Uttarakhand and yet is also widely known owing to its route leading to the pious Badrinath Temple.

The trek starts from the town of Gangotri and passes through an adventurous trail taking you through captivating meadows, high altitude natural lakes like Vasuki Tal and Arwa Tal, rugged glaciers, snowfields, and rocky terrains. Trekking equipment like rope, ice axes, and crampons will come handy in KalindiKhal Pass trek. 

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The journey starting from the Bhagirathi Valley (Gangotri) takes you to Gaumukh, the mouth of Gangotri Glacier from where River Ganga originates. From Gaumukh, you’ll ascent to Tapovan and Nandanvan through glacial crevasses. 

You’ll get to see the mesmerizing views of the Bhagirathi group of peaks and the Shivling peak from here. You’ll move forward to Vasuki Tal (origin of Vasuki Ganga) by crossing narrow ridges and an ice wall. You’ll cross through Suralya Bamak and Sweta glacier to reach KalindiKhal Pass, the base of Kalindi peak. After climbing Kalindi Summit, you’ll start your downward journey to Arwa Tal and Mana Village.

The strenuous journey is marked by awe inspiring views and an adrenaline-filled experience. Keep in mind that the trek is recommended for people familiar with mountaineering and not suitable for beginners.


Cost of Kalindi Khal Trekking Expedition

15 Days budget trek of Kalindi Khal is approx: Rs 99000 + 5% GST

Deluxe trek of Kalidin Khal Pass: Rs 130000 + 5% GST

*Note: The price this trek is tentative only and may vary due to season, services required and number of persons. Buffer days will be charged on pro-rata basis. Cost will be higher for Foriegn trekkers.

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Best Time for Kalindi Khal Trekking Expedition

The best time for Kalindi Khal Pass trek is between the summer and monsoon months from mid-June to early-September.

Summers: The weather remains extremely pleasant during summers with clear blue skies, distinct views of the Himalayan peaks, and soothing cool breeze.

Monsoons: The entire forests, meadows, and valleys come to live during monsoons. The wild flowers, the lush green grasses and leaves, and the entire route looks surreal and magical. The weather remains pleasant during this time. 

Kalindi Khal Expedition (Gangotri to Badrinath Trek) Suggested Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi – Gangotri (Highest altitude: 3100 mts, Distance 495 km/13 hrs)
Start your journey towards Gangotri early in the morning as Delhi from Gangotri covers a distance of about 500 kms and will take about 13 hrs to cover. Upon arriving early, you can enjoy roaming around the scenic Gangotri town while admiring the holy River Ganges flowing peacefully alongside it. You will be briefed about your trek, have your dinner, and sleep overnight at Gangotri hotels.

Tip: 1 day can be used for accalimatization in Gangotri.

Day 02: Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojwasa (Highest altitude: 3792 mts, Trek: 14 km/5-6 hrs)
You’ll start your trek to Bhojwasa after an early breakfast at Gangotri. The entire trail towards Bhojwasa goes through thick alpine forests and crosses the tree line of Chirbasa. After Chirbasa, the land is barren till Bhojwasa. All the while, River Bhagirathi accompanies you and as you progress further you get to see the beautiful sight of the Bhagirathi group of peaks.

Day 03: Bhojwasa – Gaumukh – Tapovan (Highest altitude: 4463 mts, Trek: 13 km/4 hrs)
The trek from Bhojwasa to Gaumukh goes through pine and birch forests and rocky terrains. Gaumukh is the mouth of the GangotriGlacier and the spot from where River Ganga flows down from the glacier. After a steep climb from Gaumukh, you’ll reach Tapovan.  A high-altitude meadow set at an elevation of 4,463 m, Tapovan is a blessing for trekkers. Encompassed with wild flowers, pleasant streams, and herds of blue mountain goats (bharals), with the snow-clad mountains towering in the backdrop, Tapovan is a lovely campsite to explore and rest.

Day 04: Tapovan – Nandanvan (Highest altitude: 4500 mts, Trek: 8 km/4-5 hrs)
The route from Tapovan to Nandanvan goes through the rocky ridges, crevasses, icy sheets, steep vertical ascents, calming streams,and beautiful lush green colourful valley. The 3 km long and 1.5 km wide Nandanvan grasslands provides one of the best views of the majestic Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudershan, and Thelu peaks.

Day 05: Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal (Highest altitude: 4880 mts, Trek: 6 km/4 hrs)
On your way to Vasuki Tal, you will cross the Chaturangi Glacier and come across beautiful views of Meru and Bhrigupanth. Vasuki Tal is a small half frozen lying at the base of Mt.Satopanth and Mt.Vasuki Parbat.

Day 06: Vasuki Tal – KharaPathar/Suralya Bamak (Highest altitude: 5480 mts, Trek: 6 km/4 hrs)
The trail to KharaPatthar is filled with moraines and thick snow beds. Khaera Pathar/Suralya Bamak too is encircled with moraines and you will camp amongst them.

Day 07: Khara Pathar – Sweta Glacier (Highest altitude: 5500 mts, Trek: 4 km/4-5 hrs)
Despite being a short distance trek, the altitude makes the walk quite tough. After covering steep moraine tracks, you’ll reach Sweta Glacier, seated restfully amidst windy mountains and surrounded by the lofty peaks of Gangotri group, Bhagirathi group, and Shivling.

Day 08: Sweta Glacier – KhalindiKhal Base Camp (Highest altitude: 5600 mts)
A gradual climb through mountains and glaciers will take you to KalindiKhal Base Camp.
 
Day 09: KalindiKhal Base Camp – KalindiKhal Pass – Raja Parav (Highest altitude: 5940 mts, Trek: 13 kms)
The demanding trek towards KalindiKhal Pass starts early in the morning at about 1-2 am and goes through a very challenging trail filled with snow, hidden crevasses, ascents, and descents. However, the grandiosity of the pass makes every drop of sweat and maybe even tears, worth it. The imposing views of the spectacular peaks right in front of you and the vastness of the entire area, will certainly make you gape in wonder. After enjoying the beauty of KalindiKhal Pass, you will begin your descent to Raja Parav which is set at an elevation of 4910 mts, and camp there.

Day 10: Raja Parav – Arwatal (Highest altitude: 4910 mts, Trek: 14 km/6-7 hrs)
The downhill to Arwatal goes through glacial terrains and it is recommended that you start the trek early in the morning before the glacial water level rises. Arwatal is a beautiful camping location beside a lake, set at an elevation of 3,910 mts.

Day 11: Arwa Tal – Ghastoli (Highest altitude: 3910 mts, Trek: 16 km/5-6 hrs)
Ghastoli is a serene meadow at an elevation of 3,796 m, serving as the Indo-China border.As it is a military outpost, ITBP camps are set up here. Having seen only grays for so long, seeing the lush green valleys of Ghastoli provides a sense of fulfilment. You will spend your evening enjoying the peaceful scenery and camp at Ghastoli.

Day 12: Ghastoli – Mana Village – Badrinath (Trek: 18 kms, Drive: 3 kms)
After a heartfelt breakfast, you will start your trek to Mana Village- the last Indian Village in Indo-China border. A 7 hrs easy walk of 18 km will take you to Mana Village. 3 km from Mana Village lies the holy town of Badrinath (3096 mts). You will drive to Badrinath, visit Badrinath Temple, and stay overnight in Badrinath hotels.

Day 13& 14: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rishikesh – Delhi
The drive from Badrinath to Delhi will be convenient if you halt at Rishikesh. You can start the journey from Rishikesh to Delhi on the next day.

Note: 14 Days are minimum for this trekking expedition from Gangotri-Badrinath. It will require some buffer days (in case of bad weather) and acclimatization days in case the group needs it.

   

KalindiKhal Pass Trek Guidelines

  • You must get an inner line permit issued from the District Forest Officer (DFO) & District Magistrate (DM), Uttarkashi to undertake this trek.
  • Carry your identity card and passport sized photographs.
  • The copy of inner line permit and the identity proof of trekkers and guide must be verified by District Administration of Chamoli (DM of the district and SDM of Joshimath) and also by the In Charge of the ITBP camp at Ghastoli.
  • Insurance of trekkers and guides is mandatory.
  • If you are a foreigner, you must ensure that the minimum number of people in your group is 4, for your permit to be issued.
  • The nearest ATM from KalindiKhal Pass is at Harsil. There are no ATMs even at Gangotri. So, ensure that you have sufficient cash and visit the ATM at Rishikesh or Uttarkashi itself.
  • If you are travelling by your own vehicle, get your fuel tank full at Uttarkashi itself. There are no petrol pumps after Uttarkashi.
  • Finding a mechanic in Gangotri is tough as there are no mechanics in Gangotri. You may still get help from people at Gangotri or Harsil. However, if you are looking for good mechanic service, then it will only be available at Uttarkashi.
  • Mobile networks will be available at Gangotri but not on the trek route. BSNL and Airtel have the strongest networks in Gangotri.
  • Do not forget to carry medical kit for headaches, cold, cough, stomach ache, etc. as you could need them during your trek. There is a hospital at Harsil for and a better one at Uttarkashi.
  • Carry appropriate woollen clothing, shoes, and equipment for trekking and camping. Even if you travel in summers, you will need warm clothes for the trek. 
  • Get detailed guidelines for the trek from your guide/agency beforehand and prepare the required items well in advance.
  • The best time to visit KalindiKhal Pass is between summer and monsoon seasons during the months from June to early September.
  • Since, KalindiKhal Pass trek is a high altitude challenging trek, it is advisable to mountaineers who have at least 2-3 high-altitude trekking experience.
  • Owing to the altitude and duration of the trek, altitude sickness and AMS can be a problem for some. Notice if you are feeling nauseous, having headaches, or not feeling well. Inform your group and your guide and practice some relaxation measures like slow deep breathing.  A serious form of altitude sickness is AMS and you shouldn’t neglect it. Any sort of discomfort must be talked through with the group.  To avoid such situations, have water at regular intervals, breathe properly, take regular breaks, and do not over exert yourself. Check our: Guide to High Altitude Trekking Expeditions

   

Kalindi Khal is also know as Kalandani Khal, Kalandani Khal Pass, Kalandani Trek, Kalindi Trek, Gangotri to Badrinath Trek

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What is Kalindi Khal Trek famous for?

Kalindi Khal Trek is famous among tourist as Trekking, Expedition, High Altitude Trek, Camping, Garhwal Trekking, High Altitude Pass.

Kalindi Khal Trek is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups.

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

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