Kalindikhal is the most challenging expedition in Uttrakhand. Trekking across Kalindi khal ranges is actually bringing the high adventure in a very remote and spiritual region.
Kalindikhal Trekking gives the most thrilled camping night at the base of the Shivling peak 6543m, called the Matterhorn of Garhwal) along with the sightings of Gaumukh, the source of Ganges- the most revered river in the world. The trek takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley takes you through Nandanvan, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers an unparallel view of the Shivlinga peak and then towards the Alaknanda Valley. After gaining suitable acclimatization the trekkers can find the opportunity to ascend to Vasukital Lake, a stunning place to camp surrounded by towering snow-covered peaks. From here steeping across Sweta Glacier will begin the challenging crossing of the Kalindikhal Pass which is a tough climb from where the trekkers can feel Height and beauty of the pass. Finally, the Kalindikhal trail then descends to Arwatal and to Mana- the last village on the Chinese frontier. The trek fittingly ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple.
Trek type: Hard
Trek Distance: 90 kms
Best time: May-June, September- October
Day 1: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi
Arrival at Rishikesh and after breakfast proceed to Gangotri(3050 m), which takes 8-9 Hours
On arrival check-into Hotel for Night stay.
Day 2: Gangotri – Bhojwasa
Morning after early breakfast start trek to Bhojbasa following the river Bhagirathi on right bank by covering approx 14 kms in 4-5 hrs. Trek gives fascinating Himalayan sights and you can have beautiful views of snow capped peaks around. Upon arrival at Bhojbasa, set up camp for overnight stay.
Day 3: Bhojwasa – Nandanvan
Post Breakfast rap up and start trek to reach the beautiful base of Bhagirathi group of peaks, Nandanvan. The trek crosses Gangotri Glacier. From here view the Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu peaks and Kedardome. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal
After breakfast start trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Vasuki Tal – Khara Pathar (Suralya Bamak)
Post breakfast start trek to Suraiaya Bamak (Khara Pathar) with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp in Moraine .
Day 6: Khara Pathar – Kalindikhal Base
Morning after breakfast trek 10 Km to reach Kalindikhal Base (Sweta Glacier) (5500 mt). Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 7 : Kalindikhal Base – Raja Parav
Today after early wake up start trek (12 km) to Kalindi Pass (5947 mt). It is tough climb to the pass for 5-6 Hours but the view is beath taking from the top.Spend some time at top and then trek down to Rajparav base camp for overnight stay .
Day 8: Raja Parav – Arwatal
Morning after breakfast trek to reach Arwatal (3910 mt) 13 km from Rajparav. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 9 : Arwatal – Ghastoli
Post breakfast proceed your trek to reach Ghastoli (3796 km), which is 16 Km from Arwatal. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 10: Ghastoli – Mana – Badrinath
Morning after breakfast start trek to Badrinath situated on the bank of Alaknanda, standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Naryana peaks, and in the distance soars the resplendent Neelkanth peak. A seven hrs walk brings you to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where you break for lunch. Later a 2 kms drive brings us to town of Badrinath. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit the temple of Badrinath. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight. Badrinath.
Day 11: Badrinath – Rishikesh
After breakfast drive (297 km) down to reach Rishikesh. End of the Memorable Tour
Accommodation while on trek
Meals while on trek
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff and High Altitude Chef
Any kind of personal expenses
Food during the transit
Insurance (Travel & Trek)
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”
If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.
If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter. Charges of offloading backpack 400per Day. Inform us in advance so that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (50-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.