Auden’s Col mountain pass is a high altitude mountain pass which is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley. At an astonishing height of 5490 metre or 18011 feet, it is one of the highest mountain passes situated in the world. In the north-west it connects the range of hills of Gangotri III peak (6580m) and Jogin I (6465m) ridge on the east, a spellbinding glacier of Jogin I from the north side of Rudugaira valley, and lethal Khatling glacier on the southern side of Bhilangna valley also joins Auden’s col pass of Uttarakhand.
History of Auden’s Col Mountain Pass:
Auden’s Col mountain pass is discovered by John Bicknell Auden, one of the famous Geologist of Geological Survey of India, he discovered it first in 1995 and in 1939 Mr Auden crossed it successfully. Later, in the late 80’s two explorers from Himalayan Club, Harish Kapadia and Mr Romesh Bhattacharjee repeated the explorations of Auden’s.
Trekking in Auden’s Col Mountain Pass:
According to geologists and explorers, Auden’s Col Mountain Pass is one of the most deadliest and toughest passes to cross. Garhwal Himalayas remains a rugged task for trekkers. Khatling glacier which connects this pass is being counted in the most remorseless glacier to cross because of massively infested with crevasses. If you are planning a adventures trek from Gangotri to Kedarnath temple then you have to cross the Auden’s Col first and then Mayali Pass.
Instructions for Trekkers:
As this trek passes through the durable conditions where the weather changes on every step, so an experienced guide who holds the good knowledge of the area and has conquered this pass several times is necessary, if you are exploring it for the first time. Do check the weather condition before planning a tour. However, completing the trek successfully also depends on the expertise, ability and will power of the trekker. Use modern trekking equipment and advance gadgets as the trek is difficult and deadly.
How to Reach:
The base camp of Auden’s Col Pass is Gangotri(3050m), a holy town situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakahnd. Nearest rail head is Rishikesh. Jolly Grant is the nearest airport situated in Dehradun. From there you can hire local taxis to Gangotri via Uttarkashi for further travel, as it is only connectable through roads.
Before trekking, things which you can do in Uttarkashi: If you want to rent various trekking and mountaineering equipment then Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is an ideal place for you. It is one of the best mountaineering schools in India which is situated in Uttarkashi. You can also hire high altitude porters and guides from Uttarkashi as it is the last city before heading towards Gangotri.
Reaching Gangotri (3050m) – Gangotri to Nala Camp (3760m) – Rudugaira Base Camp (4350m) —Gangotri Group Base Camp (4500m) —Auden’s Col Base Camp (4720m) —Auden’s Col Advanced Base Camp (4975m) -Cross Auden’s Col (5490m) – Khatling Glacier Camp (5000m) – Cross waterfall zone to reach Khatling Base camp at Bhilangna river snout (3800m) — Kharsoli (2880m) —Gangi (2500m) — Ghuttu (1550m)
This trek ends at a tiny hamlet called Ghuttu. Camp sites, as well as GMVN guest house, are also available there. This road is well connected with motorable roads which connects Ghuttu from Kedarnath. You can take public transportation or private jeep from there.