Starting from Delhi or Rishikesh we drive to Gangotri - the most scenic Dham (pilgrimage site) route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Arriving at Gangotri we commence our trek as we walk through the lush rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to visit Gaumukh (cow snout). River Ganges gushes out here from the glacier snout overlooked by Shivling (6,543 m). While crossing the glacier slopes that lead to the vast meadow at Tapovan, surrounded by magnificient peaks Crossing Kalindi Khal pass we arrive at Mana village and drive to Badrinath visiting around we drive to Joshimath. Spending few days exploring the Kumoun Himalaya. We drive back to Rishikesh than finally to Delhi.
Kalindikhal trek itinerary
Day 1 Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.
Day 2 Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
Day 3 Uttarkashi
Day 4 Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m)
Day 5 Acclimatize at Gangotri
Day 6 Trek Gangotri - Bhujbasa (3658m), 14 kms, 5 hrs.
Day 7 Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Day 8 Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
Day 9 Trek Nandanvan -Vasukital
Day 10 Trek Vasukital - Khara Pathar (5456m)
Day 11 Trek Khara Pathar - Kalindikhal Base
Day 12 Trek Kalindikhal Base - Kalindi pass (5947m) - Rajparav
Day 13 Trek Rajparav - Arwatal
Day 14 Trek Arwatal - Ghastoli
Day 15 Trek Gastoli - Mana 4 hrs, Drive to Badrinath (3133m)
Day 16 Badrinath - Rishikesh
Day 17 At Rishikesh
Day 18 Rishikesh - Delhi.
Drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx... Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spiritual centre. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also it’s the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh: Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1885 M) by covering approx. 148 kms in 7 hrs. The road climbs up steadily to Srinagar and then onwards steeply. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Uttarkashi – Innerline permit.
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (4038 M) by covering approx. 101 kms in 5 hrs. En-route visit the Gangotri hot springs. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati. Overnight stay at Tourist Bungalow.
Acclimatize at Gangotri
Following a well-defined trail of this pilgrimage route to Gangotri glacier. Enroute we stop for lunch at Chirbasa was once a heavily forested area of Chir tree. Later continue trek Bhujbasa following the river Bhagirathi. Now we cross on a loose boulder a descent to Bhujbasa which named after a Bhuj tree. Enroute a magnificent view of Shivling and Meru peak. Overnight stay in camp.
Today a fascinating day of trek to Gaumukh the source of river Ganges. After Rajghat we will have the glimpse of Bhagirathi massif rising above 6500 mtrs. While the scene around is fascinating to see a Sadhu meditating half naked, pilgrims praying all around. Arrive at Gaumukh (cow mouth ) than cross the Gangotri glacier , climbing steadily arrive a meadows at Tapovan.Tapovan an open grassland and base camp of Mount Shivaling (6450m), Meru (6660m) and Gaumukh peaks . Overnight camp at Tapovan.
After breakfast, ascent towards Nandan Van along the left side of Gangotri glacier. The trek is little steep and challanging. Overnight camp.
Today we trek along Chaturangi Glacier to Vasukital (4898 MT) 3-4 hours. The trek is steady upward. Overnight stay in camp situated by the side of the small lake.
Today after breakfast we start trek to Khara Pathar (5456 m) which is named after sheer rock face of the slope. 4-5 hours from Vasukital. Overnight stay in the camp.
An exhausting days of trek 10 Km to Kalindikhal Base -Sweta Glacier- (5500 m). Enroute a view of Satopanth (7075 m), Chandra (6739 m) and other groups. A good view of Chandra Parvat. Overnight stay in the camp.
Trek to Rajparav (4910 m) in 5-6 hours spending some time at the Kalindi Pass (5947 m). Cross the icefall and then climb the Kalindi slopes and finally descend. Overnight stay in the camp
Trek to Arwatal (3910 m) 13 km 5-6 hours. Overnight stay in the camp.
Trek to Ghastoli (3796 km), 16 Km in 6-7 hours. On the way there is an ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) check point existed for inner line permission check post Overnight stay in the camp
Trek to Mana village 14 Km in 5-6 hours on a good pony trail and reach Badrinath.
Badrinath is one of the four secred shrine (char Dham) of Hindu, situated at 3133 mtrs. Nar and Narayan mountains are on both sides with Neel Kanth peak providing a splendid back drop. Facing the back of temple by Alaknanda River. Where there is a hot water spring known as TaptKund. Badri Van forest of berries was once carpeted with wild berries. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Badrinath ji built in a 15 mtrs height in a form of cone. Overnight stay at hotel or camp. Visit the holy shrine of Badrinath
Drive to reach Joshimath 44 Km from Badrinath. Visit Adi guru Shankracharaya temple, Narsimha temple. Continue to Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag to reach Rishikesh 253 kms. Overnight stay at the hotel
Rishikesh - Delhi, fly home.
Activity - Trekking & expedition
Region - Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Difficulty Level - Strenuous
Max Altitude - 5,947 m
Max sleeping altitude - 5,500 m
Lowest trek altitude - 3,050 m
Trip Length - 18 days Delhi to Delhi
15 days Uttarkashi to Rishikesh
10 days trekking
9 nights camping
8 nights hotel / guest house
Best time - Mid June to Mid Sept
Price on request
Open for private booking