Mayali Pass Garhwal Himalayas

Situated at a height of 5,000 metres above sea level, Mayali Pass trekis another hidden gem in Uttarakhand Himalayas. In ancient times, it used to bethe preferred trail for the adventurous pilgrims travelling from Gangotri to Kedarnath and vice versa.

The adventure cocktail comprising of Auden’s col, Khatling glacier and Mayali Pass is regarded as the toughest trek in Garhwal Uttarakhand and is rarely challenged by trekkers. Nevertheless, the Mayali Pass trek is a potpourri of unparalleled natural beauty, rustic hill lifestyle and adrenaline rush. The trek to Mayali Pass can be undertaken from two routes – one is from Ghuttu and other is from Mala village near Uttarkashi. While the trek route from Mala offers postcard-perfect scenic beauty, it is a 2-week trek. The trek route from Ghuttu is shorter one (9-10 days). 

Mayali Pass Trek Route

Rishikesh – Ghuttu – Reehi – Kharsoli – Chowki – Masar Tal – Vasuki Tal – Kedarnath – Gaurikund – Rishikesh.

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Rishikesh – Ghuttu (138 km, 8-9 hours)

Leave Rishikesh early in the morning for Ghuttu, which is located 138 kms from Rishikesh and will take around 8-9 hours. Reach Ghuttu by the evening and check into the hotel or guesthouse for overnight stay.

Day 2: Ghuttu – Reehi (10 kms)

The trek starts from Ghuttu village towards Reehi village which is located 7-8 kms up hill. The trekking trail passes through Deolang village amidst lush greenery. Reach Reehi village by evening. Overnight stay in the tents or GMVN rest house.

Day 3: Reehi – Gangi (12 kms)

Leave early to towards Gangi village which is located 12 kms from Reehi. An hour-climb will take us at Buranschauri. From there, it will take 2-3 hours to reach Gangi village which is perched at an elevation of 2,500 meters. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4: Gangi – Kharsoli (15 kms)

The trekking trail towards Kharsoli passes through Deokhri Channi which is the winter settlement for the dwellers of Gangi village. Pass through green forestry as we trek towards Kharsoli which a beautiful meadow. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Kharsoli – Chowki (12 km, 4-5 hrs)

Perched at an elevation of 4,000 meters, Chowki is located 10-12 kms from Kharsoli meadow. Start the trek early in the morning to cover as many distance as possible before the noon. Reach Chowki by late afternoon and camp beside the Doodh Ganga river. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 6: Chowki – Masar Tal (8kms, 6-7 hours)

We ascend some kilometres before crossing the ridge and descend towards the mesmerizing Masar Tal located at an elevation of 3,000 meters. We pitch our tents beside the lake and enjoy the scenery. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 7: Masar Tal – Vasuki Tal via Mayali Pass (12 kms, 6-7 hrs)

Leave early for the trekking towards Vasuki Tal (4800 m) which involves ascent for about 3kms. The rest of the distance is a descent towards Vasuki Tal which takes around 6-7 hours. We pitch our tents beside the lake and enjoy the scenery. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 8: Vasuki Tal – Kedarnath (5 kms, 3 hrs)

The revered shrine of Kedarnath is located 5 kms from the Vasuki Tal which will take 3-4 hours to reach. Reach Kedarnath by late afternoon and check into hotel/guesthouses. Visit the temple in evening and call it a night. 

Day 9: Kedarnath – Gaurikund (14 kms, 3-4 hrs)

Wake up early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Post breakfast leave for Gaurikund which is an easy 14-km descent from the Kedarnath temple. Overnight stay in guesthouse in Gaurikund.

Day 10: Gaurikund – Rishikesh

After a nice breakfast, leave Gaurikund for Rishikesh which will take 8-9 hours. Reach Rishikesh in late afternoon. Board overnight bus for Delhi from Rishikesh.

What is Mayali Pass famous for?

Mayali Pass is famous among tourist as Hardest Trek in Garhwal.

Mayali Pass is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Trekking.

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