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Kalindi Pass Trek

Kalindi Khal Trek, one of the most challenging treks in India, connects Gangotri and Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 16 Days
  • 100 KM
  • 19,488 FT
  • Ultimate Difficulty
  • ₹ 135000
    $ 1850*
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    The price is for a group of 10 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Expedition

  • Best Time

    May-June, Sept-Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Gangotri, Uttarakhand

  • Pickup Point

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    Railway Station, Dehradun

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

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Highlights

  • The most testing and exciting of all the treks in the Garhwal Himalayas.

  • Treat yourself to lofty perspectives on the neighboring behemoths like Mt. Shivling, Satopanth, and the Bhagirathi I, II, III pinnacles! Additionally, the conversion of the ice sheets Kalindi, Sweta, and Chaturanga is a once in a blue moon incredible sight.

  • You find a beautiful little town Mana, the last Indian town before the Chinese frontier.

Overview

Kalindi Pass, a high altitude trek of 19,488 ft. demanding ultimate level mountaineering techniques and skills is one of the most famous, adventurous and challenging treks in Garhwal Himalaya starting from Gangotri to Badrinath and is considered to be the highest trekkable mountain pass. Be it the mesmerizing rivulets and peaks of Shivling, Baghirath, Meru or the challenging route that includes boulders, moraines, rough and crevassed glaciers; Kalindi Pass offers one of the most beautiful and arduous trekking destinations in India. It's a 16 days long trek with the best time to visit in summers from June to mid- July and then again during the post-monsoon months of September and October.


Talking about the exploration of the route of going to Badrinath from Gangotri across the Kalindi, it hushes up troublesome around 100 km of the trek that begins at Gangotri goes through Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, Kalindi Base, Kalindi, and afterward slides to Arwa Tal, Ghastoli, and finishes at Badrinath. The course goes through one of the most stunning mountainscapes under the shadow of incredible pinnacles of Garhwal-Bhagirathi 1, 2 & 3 Shivlinga top, Vasuki top, Kedar arch, Meru Peak, Sudershan Peak, Chandra Parbat, and Satopanth, etc. One can encounter a wide range of trekking as the course goes through boulders, snow and glacial paths.


Kalindi Pass Trek with Trekmunk assures you the best of experiences and knowledge during the trek. A group of accomplished, certified Trek Leader and professional guides, will guide you for the trek with a suitable itinerary for all. It will cost you Rs. 1,35,000 for a 16 days trek which includes accommodation, transportation from Rishikesh, trek leader, and professionals, meals, safety equipment, and a lot many to experience. Don't miss the chance of experiencing this adventurous and thrilling trekking journey of Kalindi Pass.


Best Time to Visit

Best time to venture out to Kalindi trek is in between summer (June to mid-July) and post-Monsoon (September to early October).

Summers: The climate of Kalindi Trek stays lovely during summers. The Himalayas are beautifully noticeable and the cool wind adds appeal to the feel.

Post monsoon: The rainfall improves the excellence of the trek. The forest becomes rich green and the blossoms exceed in number. The climate stays moderate and lovely.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

This will be the first day of this trek. You will have to reach Rishikesh on your own. From here, we will start our journey from Rishikesh and drive to Uttarkashi. The drive is actually very scenic with picturesque views around the region. After 6 hours of drive, you will finally step into Uttarkashi. You can roam around, embrace the local culture, and enjoy the ecstatic cuisine. The sleepover will be arranged at a hotel or lodge.

Meals : Dinner Only
Accommodation : Hotel
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 10,001 ft.
Distance : 150 km

Covering a distance of 100 km, we will move forward to Gangotri with about 5 hours of drive and we will reach Gangotri. You can roam around, embrace the local culture, and enjoy the ecstatic cuisine. The sleepover will be arranged at a hotel or lodge.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel
Time Taken : 5 hours
Altitude : 9,700 ft.
Distance : 100 km

We'll begin our trek to Bhojwasa after an early breakfast at Gangotri. The whole path towards Bhojwasa experiences thick elevated woods and crosses the tree line of Chirbasa. After Chirbasa, the land is barren till Bhojwasa. At the same time, river Bhagirathi goes with us and as we progress further we will find a workable place with the delightful sight of the Bhagirathi gathering of pinnacles.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 12234 ft.
Distance : 14 km

The trek from Bhojbasa to Gaumukh experiences pine and birch backwoods and rough landscapes. Gaumukh is the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier and the spot from where River Ganga streams down from the ice sheet. After a lofty move from Gaumukh, you'll reach Tapovan. A high-height glade set at a rise of 14,642 ft, Tapovan is a gift for trekkers. Incorporated with wildflowers, wonderful streams, and crowds of blue mountain goats (bharals), with the snow-clad mountains transcending in the background, Tapovan is a flawless campground to investigate and rest.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Altitude : 14,642 ft. via 12,234 ft.
Distance : 11 km

This will be the fifth day on the trek. This day will be reserved for the purpose of rest and acclimatization.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

The course from Tapovan to Nandanvan experiences the rough edges, crevasses, frosty sheets, streams, and wonderful rich green bright valley. The 3 km long and 1.5 km wide Nandanvan fields give perhaps the best perspective on the grand Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, and The top.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 3 - 4 hours
Altitude : 14,229 ft.
Distance : 8 km

On our approach to Vasuki Tal, we will cross the Chaturanga Glacier and go over excellent perspectives on Meru and Bhrigupanth. Vasuki Tal is a little half-solidified lying at the base of Mt. Satopanth and Mt. Vasuki Parbat.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 4 - 5 hours
Altitude : 16,010 ft.
Distance : 6 km

The path to Khara Patthar is loaded up with moraines and thick snow beds, Khara Pathar/Suralya Bamak too is surrounded with moraines and we will camp among them.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 - 6 hours
Altitude : 17,979 ft.
Distance : 6 km

Despite being a short trek, the elevation makes the walk very extreme. After covering steep moraine tracks, we'll reach Sweat Glacier, situated relaxingly in the midst of breezy mountains and encompassed by the grand pinnacles of Gangotri gathering, Bhagirathi gathering, and Shivling.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 - 6 hours
Altitude : 18,044 ft.
Distance : 4 km

This will be the tenth day on this beautiful trek to Kalindi Pass. On this day, we will make our way from Sweta glacier to Kalindi Base. A progressive move through mountains and ice sheets will give you breathtaking views throughout the trek.

Kalindi Base is one of the most beautiful campsites in the whole Himalayas. It proves to be a heaven for photographers. Roam around and entice yourself in the beautiful ambiance of this place. Dinner will be served at night and fun activities will be organized. Overnight stay will be set up in camps.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 18,569 ft.
Distance : 6 km

Then comes a climb of distance 3 km through glacial mountains to reach Kalindi Peak. This is the highest point of the whole journey. The feeling of overcoming all the ordeals on the way to reach the summit is exceptional.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 3 - 4 hours
Altitude : 19,511 ft.
Distance : 3 km

Pass begins promptly in the first part of the day at around 1-2 am and experiences an extremely testing trail loaded up with a day off, precipices climbs, and plunges. In any case, the self-importance of the pass makes each drop of perspiring and perhaps fears, justified, despite all the trouble. The overwhelming perspectives on the terrific pinnacles directly before you and the incomprehensibility of the whole territory will make us expand in wonder. Subsequent to getting a charge out of the excellence of Kalindi Pass, you will start your plummet to Raja Parav which is set at a height of 16,108 feet and camp there.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 - 7 hours
Altitude : 16,108 ft.
Distance : 12 km

The declining Arwatal experiences chilly landscapes and it is prescribed that you start the trek promptly toward the beginning of the day prior to the cold water level ascents. Arwatal is a delightful outdoor area beside a lake, set at a height of 12,828 feet.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 - 7 hours
Altitude : 12,828 ft.
Distance : 14 km

Ghastoli is a quiet knoll at a rise of 12,454 feet, filling in as the Indo-China fringe. As it is a military station, ITBP camps are set up here. Having seen just greys for such a long time, seeing the lavish green valleys of Ghastoli gives a feeling of satisfaction. We will go through our night getting a charge out of the tranquil view and camp at Ghastoli.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 - hours
Altitude : 12,454 ft.
Distance : 15 km

From here we will begin to trek to Mana town which is the last Indian Village in the Indo-china border. A 6 hrs simple stroll of 18 km will take us to Mana Village. 3 km from Mana Village lies the sacred town of Badrinath from where we will drive to Badrinath and visit Badrinath temple.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel
Time Taken : 6 hours trek; 2 hours drive
Altitude : 10,157 ft.
Distance : 18 km

The next day we will drive back to Dehradun from Badrinath.

Meals : Breakfast
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 12 hours
Distance : 330 km

How To Reach

We will arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Dehradun after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.


How to reach Kalindi Pass Trek Base Camp (Gangotri) :

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun and is easily accessible, it is just 25 km away from the city. Daily flights from New Delhi are available to this airport. You will have to take a bus or a cab to reach Gangotri.


By Train

Dehradun railway station. Overnight trains that hail from Delhi are Nandadevi Express and Dehradun Express. People often prefer railways over airways because with trains you get to see the landscape in its full glory, it is also cheaper and you will definitely enjoy your way till Dehradun. You will have to take a bus or a cab to reach Gangotri.


By Road

Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate which plies government buses that are safe and you can rely on them more than the private buses. You will have to take a bus or a cab to reach Gangotri.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and Badrinath to Dehradun is included in the package. 
  • 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-course meal plan.
  • Camping 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.
  • Trek 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. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Dehradun and during transit are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation to Dehradun: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. 
  • Personal 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 the 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. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, 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.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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