If you are an avid trekker on Indian Himalayas and hanging around for some time, Kalindi Khal trek (same as Kalindi Pass trek) has been surely ringing in your ears by now. Maybe you have already this in your bucket list too, as this is probably the “most sought-after trek in Indian Himalayas”. At the same time certainly you have heard scary incidents and challenges on this incredible route. A trek like Kalindi Khal has plenty of overwhelming reasons to venture out and at the same time needs detailed understanding of the trail, adequate experience, and last but not the least – a suitable weather window to safely complete this epic trek.
This 100 Km long trail (shortest motorable route is 425 Km!) connects two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath over a glaciated pass almost at 6000 m. Undoubtedly it is the very core of Himalayas, rugged, arid, raw nature at its best. Unpredictable weather, difficult terrain, awkward campsites and acclimatisation challenges will surely test your physical and mental endurance.
Like all high altitude treks you can do Kalindi Khal trek in following two seasons:
Summer: Mid May to Mid June
Post Monsoon/Fall: September
All the participants are requested to assemble at GMVN-Tourist Rest House Gangotri for dinner and overnight stay.
After having breakfast, start your trek to Bhojbasa for 14kms. Dinner and overnight stay at TRH, Bhojbasa. Bhojbasa has rough terrains alongside the Bhagirathi river.
After breakfast, acclimatisation/load ferry trek to Tapovan with packed lunch. In the afternoon, trek back to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay.
On day 4, post breakfast, pack your lunch and trek for 10 kms to Nandanvan. Enjoy the lavish meadow there. Dinner and overnight stay in a camp.
After breakfast, acclimatisation/load ferry trek 7 kms to Vasukital with packed lunch. In the afternoon, return trek to Nandanvan for dinner and overnight stay in camp.
After breakfast at Vasukital, set off for a 6 kms trek to Suralaya Bamak also known as Khara Patthar (5456 mts) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Next morning, after an energising breakfast, start trekking to Sweta Glacier (Kalindi Base 5500 mts) for 10kms. Pack your lunch with you before starting for the trek. Reach Kalindi Base. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
After breakfast, cross Kalindi Pass (5947 mts), and then trek down to Rajparav (4910 mts) for 12 kms. Dinner and overnight stay in a camp.
On the 9th day of the trek, pack your lunch and take a 13 kms trek to Arwatal (3910 mts). Dinner and overnight in camp.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, start trekking for 16 kms to Ghastoli (3796 mts) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp.
On the final day of the trek, hike for 16 kms to Badrinath, via Mana village with packed lunch. On arrival, visit the temple of Shri Badrinath Ji. Tour concludes.