Auden’s Col Trek
Uttarakhand | 15D/14N | 17,717 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3654.9/5
- 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.
Auden’s Col Itinerary
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
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Transportation from Haridwar to Gangotri and vice versa: Transporation from Haridwar to Gangotri and back to haridwar after the trek in a Bolero/Sumo Cab is included in the package.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Haridwar: Food and stay in Haridwar are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Haridwar, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Haridwar and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Whom is the trek for?
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.
Which is the best season to attempt the trek?
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.
What will the weather conditions be during the trek?
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.
What things are needed to be carried?
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. For a complete list, download the checklist from footer.