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Auden's Col Expedition (5,490 M)

  • auden's cal
  • situated in the north india's gangotri glacier.
  • elevation 5,490 mtr from sea level
  • overview

    price:

    ₹84,999

    duration:

    15N / 16D

    region:

    Uttarakhand

    P & D

    Uttarkashi To Rishikesh

    best time

    may, june, september, october

    total trekking

    75 KM

    routes

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    Auden’s  Col Expedition

     Brief Description

    Auden’s Col Trek is named after British Geographical Survey officer John Bicknell Auden, who first discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. Situated at an altitude of 5,490 m, Auden’s Col is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Indian Himalayas. The region of Garhwal which connects Rudragaira and Bhilangana valley. Auden’s Col Trek forms a bridge between the north-west ridge of Gangotri III, which is at an altitude of 6,580 m, and the ridge Jogin I coming east at 6465 m. The trek to Odense Col is one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region and hence is the least explored. The journey requires adaptation as it passes through high altitude places and some dangerous moraine, narrow cliffs, rocky and narrow trails. The surrounding area also includes some large glaciers such as the Khatling Glacier, which is at an altitude of about 4,200 metres.
    The Col trek to Auden begins at a distance of 3,048 meters from Gangotri, one of the important Hindu pilgrimage sites and a temple dedicated to the Ganges, the holiest river in India. The road from Gangotri to Nala Camp leads uphill, which is an easy 8 km route. The scenic walk through the pine and birch forest turns into a picturesque walk with views of some of the Himalayan peaks i.e. Jogin and Kedartal range. From Nala Camp, the path continues till Rudragaira Base Camp, which is a gradual climb of 7-8 kms. The route then turns towards the base of the Gangotri Group of peaks and continues through glaciated tracks towards the colonel of Auden. From the Col of Auden the journey continues to the Khatling Glacier and then to the outpost, which is one of the alpine meadows. From the outpost the route leads to Masar Tal and then to Vasuki Tal, two high altitude lakes in the Garhwal Himalayan region. From Vasuki Tal, an 8-km downhill trail leads to Kedarnath, another important Hindu pilgrimage site and the most remote site of the Char Dham Yatra. Later the Col trekking trip to Auden ends at Rishikesh, which can be reached via Gaurikund, Rudraprayag and Devprayag.

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    EXPLORE TO  UTTARKASHI 

    • Explore to Vishwanath Temple.
    • Preparation for further move.
    • Overnight stay in hotel.
    WISIT TO GANGOTRI 
     
    • Auden’s Col expedition starts from the holy city of Gangotri. The drive from Uttarkashi to Gangotri is a 100 km road trip through winding mountain roads. Which will pass through Harshil Valley.
    • After reaching Gangotri, we will attend evening aarti at Gangotri temple. And seek blessings for the successful completion of the campaign. We will spend the night at a hotel in Gangotri
    DAY OF GANGOTRI
     
    • We will visit Gangotri on the day of  Acclimatization such as Surya Kund. Pandava Gufa, Gangotri Mujem, and attend Ganga ji Aarti in the evening.
    • Overnight stay in hotel.
    THE TREKKING TRAIL
     
    • Today is the first day you will be trekking for the Auden’s Col expedition. The day’s walk begins as the holy town for Gangotri. One of the “Char Dham” of Uttarakhand. After offering your prayers at the Gangotri Temple. You head towards a spectacular waterfall called “Surya Kund” on the Bhagirathi River. in the Rudugaira Valley. Will grow A gradual descent will take you past the Pandava Cave. where the Pandavas are believed to have lived at one point in their lives.
      There are deep valleys along the mountain and pleasant shady forests run through. After a few hours you will reach Rudugaira Gad – a small mountain stream. With a long bridge over it, after crossing the Gad there is a gentle climb. Nala Camp, as the name suggests, Nala Camp is situated on the bank of a stream.
    • Overnight stay in tents.
    CLOSE VIEWS OF MOUNTAINS
     
    • Starting early in the morning from Nala Camp. You will start walking towards the Rudugaira Base Camp. Soon after the walk starts, you will leave the tree-line behind and the lush green meadows. of the Rudugaira Valley greet you. This up and down meadow walk continues till about an hour before Base Camp. The last hour of the walk is through a rocky moraine type terrain and on the remnants of the Rudugaira Glacier. The Base Camp is a staging area for many peaks in the vicinity. The three peaks in the Gangotri Massiff (Gangotri – I, Gangotri – II, and Gangotri – III). are all approached from this Base Camp. The technical trekking expedition to the Auden’s Col also has this same location as the Base Camp.
    • Overnight stay in tents.
    ACCLIMATIZATION  DAY
     
    • Base camp acclimatization day.
    • Overnight stay in tents.
    DAY TO AUDEN’S COL BASE CAMP
     
    • Rudugaira base camp to Auden’s Col base camp 6 km trek 
    • Overnight stay in tents 
    DAY TO AUDEN’S COL / KHATLING GALCIER  CAMP
     
    • Auden’s Col to Khatling Glacier 12 km trek 
    • Via to Auden’s Col ( 5,490 m )
    • Overnight stay in tents 
    DAY TO WATERFALL CAMP / ZERO POINT 
     
    • Khatling Glacier to Waterfall camp / Zero point 12 trek  
    • Overnight stay in tents
    REST DAY ZERO POINT 
     
    • Rest Day 
    • Overnight stay in tents
    DAY TO CHOWKI 
     
    • Zero Point to Chowki 8 km trek
    • Overnight stay in tents 
    DAY TO MASAR TAL
     
    • Chowki to Masar Tal 8 km trek 
    • Overnight stay in tents 
    DAY TO VASUKI TAL 
     
    • Masar tal to Vasukital 12 km trek 
    • Overnight stay in tents 
    DAY TO KEDARNATH TEMPLE 
     
    • Vasukitak to Kedarnath 5 km trek explore to Kedarnath temple 
    • Overnight stay in hotel 
    DAY TO GAURIKUND 
     
    • Kedarnath to Gaurikund 14 km trek 
    • Overnight stay in hotel 
    DEPARTURE DAY 
     
    • Gaurikund to Rishikesh 225 km drive 
    • Departure form Rishikesh 

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