Published on: 22/09/2023
Kalindi Khal trek is an extremely difficult and thrilling trekking destination. This trekking spot is situated in the Himalayas at a high altitude of about 600 meters. There are many common to difficult trekking routes in this area and many such inaccessible places, which are surrounded by dense forests, where the going really fills the adventure. The high-altitude trekking route from Gangotri-Badrinath, covering a total distance of 99 kilometres, is known as Kalindi Khal.
Kalindi Khal 99 km trekking starts from Uttarkashi via Gangotri (3048 m), Gaumukh (3892 m), Nandavanavan (m MT), Vasuki Tal (5300 m), Kalindi Base (5590 m), Kalindi Khal ( 5948 m). After reaching Kalindi Khal, the trekking ends at Badrinath (3100 m) via Arwa Tal (3980 m), Ghastnol (3600 m) to come down from the top.
The entire route of Kalindi Khal trekking is surrounded by the most breathtaking hills under the shadow of the great peaks of Garhwal-Bhagirathi Shibalinga, Basuki, Chandraprabhat, Satopanth etc. It is very important to have an experienced person during this trekking because the trail is difficult and a small wrong step can be life-threatening. Make sure to have a proper experienced trek guide or book to go with well known companies with expert guides who can handle any emergency situations.
You will witness vast peaks around the lake during trekking, its surface shines like a pearl and is the source of the Vasuki Ganga River which flows into the Mandakini River. During this trekking, you can also see the last village of India - Mana.
The trekking ends at Badrinath. Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 km / 5 -6 am) Uttarkashi Situated at a distance of 145 km from Rishikesh and at an altitude of 1158 meters, Uttarkashi is a city located in the vast Bhagirathi valley and is famous for learning and religion since the days of the Vedas.
There has been a centre. The name of the city refers to the city of Kashi (Varanasi) as its similarity and location (as the north). Similar to Varanasi, the city of Uttarkashi is situated near a hill called Varunavrit Parvat, and at an altitude of 1158 meters on the banks of the river Bhagirathi, the famous Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
In front of the temple are the unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or the great trident of Shiva, which is made of eight major metals (Ashtadhata). It is believed that Lord Shiva killed Vakasura with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashurama, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali. Trekkers can easily reach Uttarkashi by car from Rishikesh and start trekking the next day.
First day - Uttarkashi - Gangotri
After breakfast in the morning, Trekkers reach Gangotri's holy settlement at around 4-5 am 5 km reach 25 km before Gangotri (3048 m). Trekkers can relax in Gangotri by trekking 25 km.
Second day - Bhojwas (3792 m / 12440 ft) trek (14 km / 5-6 hrs)
The next day the morning trek starts from Gangotri to Bhojawas by taking a light breakfast. The distance from Gangotri to Bhojawas is around 14 km. The trek around the high altitude of Himachal mountain and the stunning snowfall is filled with lush scenery. Trekkers can rest here after reaching Bhojvas
Third Day: Bhojwas - Gomukh (3890 mts / 12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
On the third day in the morning in the Bhojwas amidst the hills. Enjoy a hot tea and then proceed to the next stop. Gomukh means where the Ganges water goes down from the glaciers. The sages called it ‘Gomukh’, explored the Tapovan region and trek one of the finest high-altitude alpine meadows in the area. The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek has to be traversed over the Gomukh glacier, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clear. Tapovan is known for its beautiful Mayans that encircle the base camp of the Shivalinga peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant stunning spot, complete with large grassy ridges, wildflowers and painted camp. Trekkers can relax on their own camps by reaching Gomukh in the evening.
Fourth Day: Tapovan - Nandanvan (4500 m)
Trekking for the fourth day is scheduled from Tapovan to Nandwan. The route to Tapovan leads from the top of the meadow and down to the glacier. From Gomukh one leads to Nandanvan and comes on top of a Gangotri glacier on the right-hand side. It is extremely difficult to walk on the glacier. Trekkers need to be very careful in walking on it, with a little bit of concentration on it. The deficiency may prove to be dangerous. After walking for about a kilometre there is a vertical climb which is not too difficult but trekkers still need to be cautious.
The fifth day Nandanvan - Vasuki Floor (4880 m / 16000 ft) trek (6 km / 4-5 hrs)
The next day trekking begins with the mountains running along the stream from Tapovan to Vasuki Tal like Meru and Offers a close-up view of the fraternity. About 4 km Later, bypassing the valley heading towards Bhagirathi valley, Gaddeda Formed by Su Glacier. There is a lake ahead of the glacier which is also a lake near the Vasuki mountain, which is known as the Vasuki lake.
Sixth Day: Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar (Surya Bamak) (5480 m / 17975 ft) Trek (6 km / 5-6 Hours)
Sixth day after breakfast Trekking begins from Vasuki Tal to Khara Pathar It is ... The candid stone is located at a distance of about 6 km from Vasuki Tal. However, trekking of these six km is a bit dangerous, so trekkers have to complete this trek with an alert.
Day 7: Khara Pathar - Sweta Glacier (5500 m) Trek 4 km / 5-6 pm
Trekking begins on the seventh day, from candid stone to Sveta Glacier ... which is in the middle of 4 km. At 5500 meters, the Swita Glacier is a very beautiful mountain, where you will feel relaxed after reaching, you can admire the mountains from here.
Eighth Day: Sweta Glacier - Kalindikhal Base
On the eighth-day trekkers have reached very close to their destination i.e. Kalindikhal Base . On the eighth day, trekkers begin trekking from Sweta Glacier to Kalindikhal Base. Finally, you will reach Kalindikhal base by doing glaciers and mountains.
Ninth Day: Kalindi Base - Kalindi Peak (Kalindi Pass (5947 m)
After breakfast at Kalindi base in the morning to reach Abri Kalindi Peak. After reaching here, your trekking is finally complete. Trekkers can rest here. PC: flickr.com Tenth day Kalindikhal - Raja Parva (4910 m / 16105 ft) trek (12 km / 6-7 hrs). After trekking in Kalindi, now the turn is to come back down. Trekkers to come back down One has to trek to Raja Parva ... The trekking downhill is steep. Hence, caution is very important.
Eleventh Day Raja Parva - Arva Floor (3910 m) Trek 14 km
There is a great need to pay attention when starting trekking, as the flow in the river increases when the glacier melts, which can cause some problems. This day trek lasts for about 14 km and a total of 6-7 hours. Takes time, ends on the banks of the river.
Twelfth Day: Arva Tal - Ghastanoli (3796 m / 12450 ft) Trek (15 km / 6-7 Hours)
Arva Tal - Ghastano Lee's trekking is about 15 km which goes through dense forests. The trekkers here appear to be settlements in the Indo Tibetan Border Guard (ITBP) camps as the area is close to the China border. Shepherds, their animals, and green patches of grass are a welcome sight.
Thirteenth Day: Badrinath - Rishikesh
Trekkers can drive the next day via the winding hills of the Bhagirathi valley (290 km) and reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in for an overnight stay in the hotel and enjoy Ganga Aarti in the evening, as well as Laxman Jhula, must also visit, and can leave from Rishikesh to Delhi the next day.
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