Auden’s Col Trek
Uttarakhand | 15D/14N | 17,717 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for 8 or more people)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Ultimate
- Group Size Small Group
Amongst the most challenging and unexplored trails in Uttarakhand, Auden’s Col is a high altitude mountain pass that links Gangotri III and Jogin I. Named after JB Auden who was the first explorer of the pass, the trek stems from Gangotri and extends right up to Kedarnath, the most revered pilgrimage site in India. The trek is arduous and forms a bridge between Khatling glacier and Jogin I glacier. The trail is rugged and challenging, snaking through moraines, mountain ridges, boulders, and loose rocks. It puts your mental and physical strength to test. The trek may be arduous, but the views from the top are worth an arm and a leg (not literally, though)! Behold the stellar views of Kedar Dome, Gangotri group, Jogin group and Bhagirathi group of peaks in a panoramic sprawl!
Max. Altitude – 5,400 m
Duration – 15 days
Level – Ultimate (technical)
1. The lofty peaks of Rudragaira, Kedar Dome and the Jogin group shadow you throughout.
2. The descend from Auden’s Col to the crevasse laden Khatling Glacier is a mind-boggling experience!
3. The trek is ideal for young, beginner mountaineers.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- All Group Climbing Gear
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Meals during Transit
- Backpack Offloading Charges
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses from Rishikesh/Dehradun to Gangotri and Ghuttu to Rishikesh/Dehradun
- Travel expenses from Home city to Dehradun/Rishikesh and vice versa
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
- Day 1 Drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi
Altitude: 1,110 m
Time Taken: 7 hrs drive
- Day 2 Drive to Gangotri
Altitude: 3,050 m
Time Taken: 4 hrs drive
- Day 3 Acclimatisation day at Gangotri; Trek towards Bhoj Kharak and back
Altitude: 3,780 m
- Day 4 Trek from Gangotri to Nalla Camp
Altitude: 3,760 m
- Day 5 Trek from Nalla Camp to Gangotri I Base Camp
Altitude: 4,500 m
- Day 6 Rest & Acclimatisation day at Gangotri I Base Camp
- Day 7 Trek from Gangotri I Base Camp to Auden’s Col Base Camp
Altitude: 4,800 m
- Day 8 Pass Day - Cross Auden’s Col, and trek to Khatling Glacier Camp I
Altitude of Auden’s Col: 5,400 m
Altitude of Campsite: 5,110 m
- Day 9 Glacier Walk; Trek to Khatling Glacier Camp II
Altitude: 4,120 m
- Day 10 Trek from Khatling Glacier Camp to Tambakund (Khatling Cave)
Altitude: 3,400 m
- Day 11 Buffer Day
- Day 12 Trek from Khatling Cave to Kharsoli
Altitude: 2,880 m
- Day 13 Trek from Kharsoli to Gangi
Altitude: 2,650 m
- Day 14 Trek from Gangi to Ghuttu
Altitude: 1,550 m
- Day 15 Drive from Ghuttu to Haridwar; Depart for Delhi
Auden’s Col is a technical expedition and climbs up to 5,400 meters. The challenging level of the trek combined with extremely high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance, and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only fit mountaineers who have scaled heights of at least 4,500 to 5,000 meters should undertake this expedition.
The trek can be enjoyed best during extremelyMay, June, September, and October, when the weather conditions aren’t too extreme. Avoid trekking during July and August, as rainfall makes the area prone to landslides.
The weather is pleasant and relatively sunny during the summers, while post monsoons, the temperatures plummet considerably. During summers, you can expect temperatures to range between 5 to 12 degrees depending on the altitude. Post monsoons, temperatures drop to -2 to 5 degrees.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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