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Auden's Col Trek

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Overview
Bordering Nepal and Tibet, the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon which together form Uttarakhand, are most famous for their holy sites including the source of India’s most sacred River Ganges which each year receives thousands of pilgrims. Located at the very centre of the great Himalayan chain, Garhwal and Kumaon contain a host of 7,000 metre peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet and Trishul, and sub 7,000 metre expedition peaks such as the stunning Shivling, as well as over 250 peaks above 5500 metres, and this makes the region a mecca for mountaineers and trekkers.

The Garhwal Himalayas are characterised by unsurpassed mountain scenery with soaring ridges, deep valleys and huge glaciers and this trek takes us right into the heart of the area. The word ‘Col’ is a geographical term for a saddle-like depression in a ridge between two peaks. Auden’s Col lies between Gangotri III (6537m) & Jogin I (6465m) and the crossing is one of the finest high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. Even in today’s day and age very little is known about this area and every year only a handful of people cross the col.
Board the overnight NDLS Dehradun AC Express leaving New Delhi at 11:55 pm to be in Haridwar by 4:00 am.
Hotel
Board waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Uttarkashi (7 hrs). Breakfast en route.
Guest house
The drive to Gangotri takes around 4 hrs. The aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is as impressive as the temple which sits on the banks of the rushing Ganges.
Guest house
Excursion/Acclimatization walk towards the lake of Kedartal. The trail goes through birch forests and is steep all the way to the small campsite at Bhoj Kharak (3,780 m) and then back to Gangotri.
Homestay
We set off on the true left of the Bhagirathi river and walk for about half an hour before we turn south towards the Rudragaira Nalla. The climb is a gradual uphill through the forests of birch and maple.
Camping
The day starts off with a steep climb to a huge meadow followed by a river crossing and another steep climb right up to the Rudragaira Base Camp and then continue over the glacial moraine to the Gangotri 1 Base Camp.
Camping
A day to relax and acclimatize, we can do some side walks around camps.
Camping
We proceed towards the head of the valley with the Gangotri Range (G1, G2 & G3) to the north and the Jogin group (J1, J2) to the south. We camp at the foot of the col.
Camping
The climb is quite steep through deep snow and could easily take 4-6 hrs depending on the snow conditions. Auden’s Col offers sweeping views of the Khatling Glacier, and the mountain peaks of Jaonli, Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri. From the col we descend against near-vertical walls of ice on fixed ropes to the heavily crevassed Khatling Glacier.
Camping
This is one of the best parts of the trek as we are in the mountainous heart of the Himalayas. Surrounded by high mountains jutting out one next to the other, small glaciers joining the mighty Khatling, glaciers hanging up on high mountains & complex ice formations we negotiate around deep crevasses to get close to the snout of the glacier.
Camping
A short day - we descend through glacial moraine to get to the snout of the Khatling Glacier. Ice walls rise hundreds of feet and it is beautiful to watch the Bhilangana river gush out of the glacier we have been walking & sleeping on for the last two days.
Camping
We have an extra contingency day to allow for bad weather and to have some flexibility in the itinerary. Overnight Camp.
Camping
We walk through the dense mixed Himalayan forests of oak, birch, deodar, fir & rhododendron. Kharsoli has a beautiful campsite in a clearing next to a gushing stream.
Guest house
The walk continues through the dense forest and the warmth of lower altitudes is really enjoyable after days of being up in colder climes. We go past a group of 3-4 houses by the Bhilangana river and then have a steep climb to a fairly large village of Gangi.
Guest house
A long day walk, we slowly descend to pine forests and go past the village of Reeh to finish the trek at the roadhead, 4 kms upstream of Ghuttu. Overnight GMVN Guest House at Ghuttu (1,550 m).
Have a relaxed start, pack up, drive from Ghuttu to Haridwar and board the evening Shatabdi Express to be back in Delhi by 10:45 pm.
what’s included
  • All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail / air as applicable (by non ac car / 2 or 3 tier ac coach)
  • All arrangements for overnight stay while on the trip
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels
  • All group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings etc. and individual climbing kit which would be hired - e.g. climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters
  • All meals, tea/coffee and snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Fees, permit fees, sanctuary fee / royalty where applicable
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
what’s excluded
  • Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
  • Any stay and meals in Delhi (before the trip starts)
  • Sleeping bag, items of personal clothing etc
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, and camera fees
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 16 days
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Indian
Starts/Ends New Delhi, India/New Delhi, India
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