Kalindi Khal Trek expedition

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Details Kalindi Khal


Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand


15 Days



Max Altitude:

5490 mts/18012 ft

Best Season:

June to Sep

About Kalindi Khal

Set at an altitude of 5,947 meters, the Kalindikhal Pass on the base of Kalindi Peak, which is at an elevation of 6,102 meters, and surrounded by several other snow clad mountains is the world's highest trekkable mountain pass. The journey en route Kalindikhal Pass unfolds some of the majestic peaks of the Indian Himalayan range. From the cluster of 6 thousanders, the Shivling at 6,543 meters, Meru at 6,630 meters, Kedar Dome at 6,808 meters, Bhagirathi I, II and III at 6,512 meters, 6,454 meters and 6,856 meter respectively, Nilkantha at 6,506 meters, Chandra Parvat at 6,728 meters and Avalanche Peak at 6,413 meters are some of the prominent ones along the trek to Kalindikhal Pass. From the group of 7 thousanders, the Mt. Kamet at 7,756 meters, Mt. Mana at 7,272 meters and Abi Gamin at 7,355 meters are visible during a bright sunny day. Further, the trail cuts through several small gushing streams and passes through the alpine meadows and forest enriched with wide range of Himalayan trees and varied species of Himalayan animals and birds. Finally a steep climb leads to dangerous glaciers, which are above 5,000 meters in height like the Suryala Bamak and Sweta. The trek to Kalindikhal Pass also covers some of the high altitude lakes of India, the Vasuki Tal at 4,800 meters approximately and Arwa Tal at 3,910 meters. The Kalindikhal Pass trek, which is one of the toughest treks in the Indian Himalayan belt, located in the Garhwal Himalaya, requires acclimatization and prior high altitude trekking experience. Most of the trail goes through a thick bed of snow and cuts through several glaciated and narrow tracks. The trek involves the use of ice axe, crampons and fixed rope and thus it is one of the adventurous journeys in the Garhwal Himalayan region.

The Kalindikhal Pass trek commences from the Bhagirathi Valley, from an altitude of 3,048 meters at Gangotri, which is one of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites. From Gangotri the trail leads to Bhojbasa, which is at an elevation of 3,792 meters, cutting through a thick alpine bed dotted with wide range of Himalayan trees. Thereafter the trail snakes through the rocky terrain to reach Gaumukh at 3,890 meters. Gaumukh is the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier and the origin point of River Ganga. From Gaumukh the trail winds upward to Tapovan, one of the high altitude meadows at an elevation of 4,463 meters and is a picture perfect campsite with the Bhagirathi group of peaks at the backdrop with crisscrossed bubbling streams and dotted with wild flowers. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on steep mountain edges. From Tapovan, the journey continues towards Vasuki Tal via Nandanvan, cutting through the glaciated tracks of Chaturangi and glimpse of Meru and Bhrigupanth. From Vasuki Tal the trail starts further strenuous as it steps on to the thick bed of snow and heads to Suralya Bamak at 5,480 meters followed by Sweta at 5,500 meters. Thereafter a gradual climb to Kalindi Base and thence further upward climb to the summit of Kalindi. The downhill trail follows to Arwa Tal at 3,910 meters and thereafter leads off at Mana village via Ghastoli. The Kalindi Pass trekking tour later wheels to Rishikesh enroute Badrinath.

Kalindi Khal Tour Highlights

  • Get an opportunity to visit prime Hindu pilgrimage sites like Gangotri and Badrinath
  • Savour sights of lofty Himalayan Mountain Peaks like Bhagirathi, Shivling, Bhrigu Parbat
  • Climb up along the hulking high Chaturangi Glacier
  • Witness the beauty of alpine lakes and lose yourself in its serenity
  • Add to your record, the scaling of 6000m Himalayan Pass
  • Witness the gorgeous meadows of Tapovan and the origin point of River Ganga, Gaumukh

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Kalindikhal trek between summers (mid June) and Monsoon (July to early September).

Summers: The weather of Kalindikhal Trek remains pleasant during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the ambiance.

Monsoon: The rainfall enhances the beauty of the trek. The forest and meadows become lush green and the flowers outgrow in number. The weather remains moderate and pleasant.

Important Note:

  • The best time for this trek is between Mid June to Early September
  • The inner line permit is a must for touring in this region.
  • Permit will be issued from District Forest Officer (DFO) Uttarkashi & District Magistrate (DM) Uttarkashi.
  • The copy of the permit, list of the trekkers and guide, cook & porters and the photos should is verified by District Administration of Chamoli (DM of the district and SDM of Joshimath) as well as In Charge of the ITBP camp at Ghastoli as after Gangotri that is the only human settlement.
  • All Trekkers, Guide, Porters, Cook & Helper also go through medical tests
  • All trekkers, Guide, Porters, cook & Helper must be insured
  • All Trekkers, Guide, Porters, Cook & Helper must be well equipped with the adventure gear like tents, sleeping bag, snow shoes, gloves, rain proof jacket etc.
  • Carrying of Identity card is mandatory
  • Book the trek with registered organizations only

How to Reach Kalindi Khal?

By Air: The nearest airport for Kalindi Khal airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. The airport is 215kms away from Uttarkashi.

By Rail: Haridwar and Rishikesh are the nearest railway stations for Kalindi Khal Trek. From here taxi/cabs are available for Uttarkhashi and further destination.

By Road: Uttarkashi can be reached from Haridwar/Rishikesh by direct busses or shared jeeps. It takes about 6 - 7 hours to reach. Buses are available from early morning, and it is advised you leave early to reach early or to give yourself contingency time on mountain roads.


Day 1 : Pickup from Dehradun Railway Station and Drive to Gangotri

Total distance – 258 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey – – By taxi

Altitude – Gangotri – 3415 Meter

Night stay – Our Mandakini Hotel – on twin share basis

Dehradun Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Gangotri around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Get in the vehicle from Dehradun and enjoy the picturesque journey along Bhagirathi River’s bank and forest stretches to reach Gangotri base camp. It is the base camp of Tapovan trek

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the most beautiful places in India. The main attraction of this place is Rajpur road go through it and get a glimpse of Dehradun’s beauty. Reach Mussoorie after an hour which is also known as “Queen of Hills”. People visit it heavily during vacations with their family and friends.

After half an hour, stop at Suwakholi Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world. The break will be of maximum 1 hour. Ahead the peaks are visible and further you will come close

Further you will cross the small Chinyalisaur of Dharasu Reach Uttarkashi around 1:30 pm and take a break there for lunch. After having Go through the picturesque zig- zag road to Gangotri via Harshil

Freshen up and enjoy evening snacks in the open Garden with great views. You will be provided some details after which you can go for evening walk but be at the hotel, Mandakini at Gangotri for dinner.


Day 2 : Rest Day + Acclimatization

Today all the equipment will be checked and then go for short hikes nearby and rest for the night.


Day 3 :Trek from Gangotri to Bhojbasa camp via Chirbasa

Trek Distance – 14 km – 7/8 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

The trek to Bhojbasa is long so start the day early. Go through the market then the trail is through forested area. Ahead reach a valley with pine trees, cross it and trek through boulder zone. On the way have a glance of Bhagirathi peaks Gomukh glacier.

The trail is wide and easy now. Pass through many landslide prone areas and encounter the breath-taking views of Bhagirathi peaks, and Mt. Shivling. Here Sanyasis and Sadhus can be seen in the caves. Cross ridges, and now the trail becomes rocky and barren. Bhojbasa is the widest point in the valley. Campsite is in a plain terrain from where you can get magnificent views of snow covered peaks and Bhagirathi River flows beside.

Bhojbasa has a small temple, explore the area in the afternoon. In the evening witness the sun setting behind the Bhagirathi group of Peaks which makes them look glorifying and extremely beautiful.

Relish the beauty, enjoy incredible scenery and sight of Mt. Shivling and retire for the night.


Day 4 : Trek from Bhojbasa camp to via Gomukh to Nandanvan camp

Trek Distance – 08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Nandanvan – 4810 Meter

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

Today the trail is steep and the climb is difficult from Gomukh to Nandanvan is a steep ascent and it will take 2 hours to reach there. You will be crossing Gangotri glacier to reach Nandanvan. Cross Akash Ganga stream, reach Gangotri Glacier and find a way to descent.

On glacier there is thick ice, remains of rocks and big boulders. Trekking on Gangotri glacier is difficult because of its slippery parts and the rocks can fall. Descent and climb up 100 meters to reach Nandanvan, the climb is through a landslide prone area.

This meadow is at the base of Bhagirathi. Reach Nandanvan and witness clear views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru and Kedar Dome. Setup your tents here and retire for the night.


Day 5 : Trek from Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal

Trek Distance –06 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Vasuki Tal – 4978 Meter

Night Stay – Our campsite – on twin share basis

After breakfast trek from Vasuki Tal is the base camp of Mt. Satopanth and Mt. Vasuki. Today, you will be trekking along Chaturangi glacier to reach this sacred pristine lake, it is believed that Lord Vishnu took bath in it.

The aura here is divine, many of the places in Uttarakhand are of great significance to Hindus and Vasuki Tal is one of them. Pass through rocky terrain, ascent isn’t very steep but the distance is long so you may get tired. On the way get entrancing views of Chaturangi glacier.

Vasuki Tal lies amidst snow covered mountains and it remains frozen in winters. Witness rare Himalayan Brahma Kamals and other flowers growing in abundance around this exciting lake. Explore this and relish the beautiful views offered.

Setup your tents near nearby and enjoy your meal there afterwards retire for the night.


Day 6 : Acclimatization Day at Vasuki Tal

Let your body adjust according to the environment to prevent altitude sickness, you can relax today or go for a short hikes nearby. From tomorrow the difficult part of this expedition starts.
Have healthy food and retire for the night early.


Day 7 : Trek from Vasuki Tal to Khara Patthar

Trek Distance –10 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On Foot.

Altitude – Khara Patthar – 17979 feet

Night Stay – Our camp – on twin share basis

The trek today is through moraine area and boulder zone, the views of mountains chain will be the phenomenal part of the journey. Some parts will need energy so be sure you have healthy breakfast for good energy.

The chain of mountains will not leave your side until you reach Khara Patthar. From this campsite Mt. Satopanth the second biggest mountain in Gangotri siblings will be visible. Setup your camps here and retire for the night.


Day 8: Trek from Khara Patthar to Shweta Glacier

Distance – 05 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey –On foot

Altitude – Shweta Glacier – 18044 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

The trek will be challenging because of the glaciers and moraines, but they can be crossed using technical skills.

The landscapes will change and setting of these will show you different sides of the places, you can experience the thrill and adventure both.

Reach your campsite Shweta glacier and find a place where you can set your tents and retire for the night.


Day 9: Trek from Shweta Glacier to Kalindi base

Distance – 04 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey –On foot

Altitude – Kalindi base – 18, 372feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Today you have to reach Kalindi Base Camp, the trails are thrilling and scary but the glaciers and chain of mountains will accompany you because it is all glaciated.

Have glimpse of Chaturangi glacier (4 colors) en route and most of the time you will be trekking through the moraine area. After a long hike reach Kalindi Base Camp.

From the Base Camp you can catch the views of Kalindi Peak, this sight will energize for the trek further. Pitch your tents here and get the briefing for tomorrow, the safest route and techniques will be discussed.
After having food retires for the night.


Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Go on short hikes, acclimatization prevents altitude sickness. Overnight stay in camp


Day 11: Trek from Kalindi base to Kalindi Pass (19685 feet) and descent to Arwatal

Distance – 07 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey –On foot

Altitude – Kalindi Pass – 19,685 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

You have come to the main day of this expedition and today is going to be the longest and toughest day. Get up early and leave for Kalindi Pass (19685 feet). Keep one thing in mind that weather can change so you need to be prepared and add up extra day in the itinerary for summit attempt.

Ascend through the thrilling trail and you will see some crevasses which are not visible, use the ropes for ascending and descending both and be aware and very careful. Use your skills and follow the instructions of professional guide and you can reach the summit.

Standing at the top of Kalindi Pass will be joyous and ecstatic because of the successful climb. The mountain views will be very close and mind boggling. Do not spend much time there because descent is going to be time consuming.

Your campsite is Arwatal, descend using ropes when you reach the levelled part, take rest breaks and come to the campsite. Celebrate the success of traversing this huge pass, it will boost your confidence to next level fill your heart with happiness and joy.

Wait for the food to be served and retire for the night.


Day 12: Trek from Arwatal to Ghastoli camp

Distance – 08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey –On foot

Altitude – Ghastoli camp – 12,454 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

The trek will surprise you with three to four rivers you have to cross on the way to reach Ghastoli. The hike is surely going to be amazing and it will offer new rewards.

Ghastoli has an Army establishment and the security level is high there because it is the border between Tibet and China. Your campsite is beside River Arwa.

The camps will be pitched at peaceful setting and in the reviving environment. So set up the tents, have food after relaxing and retire for the night.


Day 13: Trek from Ghastoli to Mana (5/6 hours) Drive from Mana to Badrinath

Distance – 09 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey –On foot

Altitude – Badrinath – 10,830 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Leave Ghastoli and descent to India’s last village Mana. Reach there and vehicles will be arranged.

Drive is towards Badrinath and you can visit Lord Vishnu’s Temple which is a famous pilgrimage site and one of Char Dhams. Arrangements will be made in a hotel there.


Day 14: Trek from Badrinath to Dehradun

Distance – 380 km – 11/12 Hours journey

Mode of journey –By Taxi

The expedition ends here, post breakfast depart to Dehradun.


What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)