KALINDI KHAL EXPEDITION

Trek Beyond Boundaries: Kalindi Khal Expedition

KALINDI KHAL EXPEDITION

Trek Beyond Boundaries: Kalindi Khal Expedition

Base Camp

Gangotri

Region

Uttarakhand

Trek Grade

Difficult Challenging

Trek Distance

99 Kms

Trek Duration

14 Days

Highest Altitude

5,950 m

Best Season

May-June, Sep-Oct

Pick & Drop Point

Dehradun

Nearest Airport

Dehradun

Railway Station

Dehradun/Haridwar

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₹ 1,12,000

₹ 98,500

+5% GST

Region

Uttarakhand

Base Camp

Gangotri

Trek Grade

Difficult Challenging

Trek Distance

99 Kms

Trek Duration

14 Days

Highest Altitude

5,950 m

Best Season

May-June, Sep-Oct

Pick & Drop Point

Dehradun

Nearest Airport

Dehradun

Railway Station

Dehradun/Haridwar

Contact Us

₹ 1,12,000

₹ 98,500
+5% GST

ABOUT KALINDI KHAL EXPEDITION

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is an exhilarating journey that takes adventurers through some of the most breathtaking and challenging terrains in the Indian Himalayas. Named after the high mountain pass it traverses, the expedition offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote and stunning landscapes of the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, India.

The expedition typically begins in Gangotri, a sacred town situated at an altitude of around 3,100 meters (10,200 feet) above sea level. From Gangotri, trekkers embark on a multi-day trekking journey that involves crossing several high-altitude passes, glaciers, and rugged terrain. The ultimate goal is to reach the Kalindi Khal pass, which stands at an altitude of approximately 5,9500 meters (19,500 feet).

 

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is not for the faint of heart. Trekkers face numerous challenges along the way, including extreme weather conditions, altitude sickness, technical terrain, and physical exhaustion. The high altitude and steep ascents require participants to be in excellent physical condition and well-prepared both mentally and physically.

Despite the challenges, the Kalindi Khal Expedition offers unparalleled rewards for those who undertake it. The route passes through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Indian Himalayas, including pristine alpine meadows, towering peaks, and ancient glaciers. Trekkers have the opportunity to witness breathtaking views of iconic peaks such as Shivling, Bhagirathi, and Meru.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Kalindi Khal Expedition provides a unique cultural experience. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with local villagers and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the region. Along the way, they may encounter traditional mountain villages, ancient temples, and Buddhist monasteries, gaining insight into the way of life in the Himalayas.

Organizing a successful Kalindi Khal Expedition requires careful planning and preparation. Participants must arrange transportation to Gangotri, obtain necessary permits and permissions from local authorities, and secure experienced guides and support staff. Since the route is remote and challenging, trekkers must also carry adequate supplies of food, water, and equipment, including cold-weather clothing, camping gear, and emergency medical supplies.

Safety is paramount on the Kalindi Khal Expedition, given the inherent risks of high-altitude trekking. Trekkers must be vigilant about acclimatization, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness. Experienced guides play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the group, providing guidance, assistance, and emergency support when needed.

Kalindi Khal Expedition is akin to stepping into a realm where nature reigns supreme, and the human spirit is put to the ultimate test. This journey is not merely a trek; it is a relentless battle against the elements, a test of endurance, resilience, and determination.

From the moment you set foot in Gangotri, the starting point of this epic adventure, you are thrust into a world where every step is a struggle against the rugged terrain and the unforgiving altitude. The air is thin, the weather unpredictable, and the landscape imposing, with towering peaks and icy glaciers stretching as far as the eye can see.

As you ascend higher into the mountains, the challenges only intensify. The trail winds its way through steep, rocky slopes, precarious ridges, and treacherous crevasses, testing your physical strength and mental fortitude at every turn. Each day brings new obstacles to overcome – from navigating icy river crossings to battling fierce winds and blinding snowstorms.

But amidst the adversity, there is beauty to be found. The stark majesty of the Himalayas unfolds before you in all its glory, with jagged peaks piercing the sky and glistening glaciers shimmering in the sunlight. The sheer awe-inspiring grandeur of the landscape is enough to take your breath away – if the altitude hasn’t already done so.

Yet, amid the raw beauty of the mountains, there is also a sense of vulnerability. The thin air leaves you gasping for breath, the biting cold seeps into your bones, and the constant exertion takes its toll on your body. Altitude sickness lurks like a shadow, ready to strike at any moment, reminding you of the fragility of human life in these harsh and unforgiving conditions.

But for those brave enough to persevere, the rewards are immeasurable. Standing atop the Kalindi Khal pass, with the world spread out below you in all its splendor, you are filled with a sense of triumph and exhilaration unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. You have conquered not just a mountain, but your own limitations, proving that with courage, determination, and a willingness to push beyond your comfort zone, anything is possible.

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is not for the faint of heart. It is a grueling, demanding journey that will push you to your limits and beyond. But for those who dare to take on the challenge, it offers an opportunity to test your mettle, forge lifelong friendships, and experience the raw beauty and power of the Himalayas in all their glory.

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a unique blend of physical challenge, natural beauty, and cultural immersion. While demanding and rigorous, the journey rewards participants with unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. For those with a spirit of adventure and a love for the mountains, the Kalindi Khal Expedition is an opportunity not to be missed.

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FAQs

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is considered highly challenging, with rugged terrain, steep ascents, and high altitude posing significant physical and mental challenges. Participants should be in excellent physical condition and prepared for strenuous trekking.

Yes, it is highly recommended to book the Kalindi Khal Expedition with a reputable and authorized agency. This ensures that you receive professional guidance, support, and safety measures throughout the journey.

Yes, permits are mandatory for the Kalindi Khal Expedition. These permits are typically obtained through the authorized agency organizing the expedition and are necessary for entry into the protected areas along the route.

Yes, experienced trek leaders who are Advanced Mountaineering course Certified and support staff are typically provided by authorized agencies for the Kalindi Khal Expedition. These leaders are well-trained in mountain safety, navigation, and emergency response.

The best time for the Kalindi Khal Expedition is during the summer months, May - June and September - October, when the weather is relatively mild and the trails are more accessible. However, weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it's essential to check with your agency for current conditions.

The duration of the Kalindi Khal Expedition typically ranges from 14 to 15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and logistical factors. This includes trekking days, rest days, and potential delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Yes, most authorized agencies include a reserve day in the itinerary to account for potential delays or unforeseen circumstances. This day allows for flexibility in the schedule and ensures that participants have enough time to complete the expedition safely.

Yes, participants are required to be in excellent physical and medical condition to undertake the Kalindi Khal Expedition. A medical fitness certificate is required by Certified Doctor for the organizing agency, to ensure the safety of all participants.

Yes, prior experience of high-altitude treks is mandatory, and it is highly recommended. Familiarity with high-altitude environments, trekking at altitude, and basic mountaineering skills can greatly enhance your safety and enjoyment during the expedition.

In addition to physical fitness and prior trekking experience, participants are encouraged to undergo altitude acclimatization training, carry appropriate gear and clothing for varying weather conditions, and adhere to all safety guidelines provided by the trek leaders. It's also essential to stay hydrated, pace yourself, and listen to your body throughout the expedition.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Altitude : 3100 m

  • Dehradun to Gangotri is around 250 km

  • Overnight stay in Hotel

    Arrive in Gangotri, a small town nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas and the starting point of the trek. Check into your accommodation and spend the evening exploring the serene surroundings of Gangotri. Get a good night's rest to prepare for the trek ahead.

  • Rest and briefing day

  • Local sightseeing

    Today is dedicated to acclimatization to the high altitude. Explore Gangotri, visit the famous Gangotri Temple dedicated to the Goddess Ganga, and take short walks around the town to adjust to the altitude. Stay hydrated and rest well.

  • Altitude : 3800 m

  • Trek : 14km, 6-7 Hrs

  • Overnight stay in tents

    Embark on your trek from Gangotri to Bhojwasa. The trail passes through lush green forests, alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River. Bhojwasa, situated at an altitude of around 12,500ft, is the last inhabited place on the route. Set up camp for the night amidst the picturesque surroundings.

  • Altitude : 4450 m

  • Trek : 13 km, 6-7 hrs

Continue your trek from Bhojwasa to Tapovan via Gomukh. This stretch offers breathtaking views of the Bhagirathi peaks, including the majestic Shivling peak. Tapovan, situated at an altitude of approximately 14,600ft, is a vast meadow surrounded by towering peaks. Settle into your campsite and soak in the awe-inspiring scenery.

  • Altitude : 4350 m

  • Trek : 8km, 5-6Hrs

    Today's trek takes you from Tapovan to Nandanvan, crossing rocky terrain and glacier moraines. Nandanvan, at an altitude of around 14,270ft, offers panoramic views of several Himalayan peaks, including Bhagirathi, Shivling, and Meru. Set up camp and rest for the night.

  • Altitude : 4875 m

  • Trek : 6km, 5-6 hrs

    Embark on a challenging trek from Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal, a glacial lake situated at an altitude of approximately 16,000 ft. The trail passes through rugged terrain and offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks. Set up camp near the tranquil waters of Vasuki Tal and relax after the day's trek.

● Rest and Acclimatization day

Take a well-deserved rest day at Vasuki Tal for acclimatisation. Explore the area around the lake, indulge in photography, or simply relax and enjoy the pristine beauty of the surroundings. Stay hydrated and prepare for the upcoming trekking days.

  • Altitude : 5180 m/17000 ft

  • Trek : 6km, 5-6Hrs

    Resume your trek from Vasuki Tal to Khara Pathar, a high-altitude meadow located at around 17,000 ft. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks. Set up camp at Khara Pathar and spend the evening stargazing amidst the clear mountain skies.

  • Altitude : 5450 m

  • Trek : 8km, 5-7Hrs

    Continue your journey from Khara Pathar to Swet Glacier, crossing rocky terrain and snowfields. The trail gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Camp near the Swet Glacier and enjoy the tranquility of the remote wilderness.

  • Trek : 6km, 5-6 Hrs

  • Altitude : 5650 m

    Trek from Swet Glacier to Kalindi Base Camp, situated at an altitude of approximately 18,500 ft. The trail traverses across the glacier and involves negotiating crevasses and ice formations. Set up camp at the base camp and prepare for the challenging crossing of Kalindi Khal the next day.

  • Trek : 13km, 8-9 hrs

  • Altitude: 5,950m/19500 ft

    Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you cross Kalindi Khal, a high-altitude pass at an elevation of around 19500 ft or 5,950 meters. The ascent involves crossing steep ice slopes and navigating crevasses. Descend to Rajaparao, located at a lower altitude, and set up camp for the night.

  • Trek : 13km, 8-9Hrs

  • Altitude : 14750 ft

    Continue your descent from Rajaparao to Arwa Tal, a serene glacial lake surrounded by towering peaks. The trail offers stunning views of the Gangotri range and lush alpine meadows. Set up camp near Arwa Tal and unwind after the challenging trekking day.

  • Trek : 12km

  • Altitude : 12500ft

    Trek from Arwa Tal to Badrinath, a sacred town and pilgrimage site nestled in the Himalayas. The trail passes through dense forests and picturesque valleys, offering glimpses of the majestic Neelkanth peak. Reach Badrinath by evening and visit the famous Badrinath Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

● Drive : 300km, 9-11Hrs

Drive from Badrinath to Haridwar, marking the end of your trekking expedition. The journey offers stunning views of the Himalayan landscape as you descend from the high altitudes to the foothills. Reach Haridwar by evening and check into your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day exploring the vibrant streets and attending the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony along the banks of the holy Ganges River.

This day serves as a reserve day, to be used only in case of unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather or delays during the trek. If reserve day is used, it is chargeable ₹4500 per person. If not needed, you can use this day for additional exploration or relaxation in Haridwar before departing for your onward journey.

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THINGS TO CARRY

BASIC GEARS

INCLUSIONS

EXCLUSIONS

POLICY

Booking Confirmation Policy

• The customer receives a Booking confirmation receipt immediately via Email and WhatsApp of a successful booking.

Cancellation policy

In the event you cancel your trek, cancellation policy we follow :

• Cancellation 20 days before the starting date of the trek – Refund with 10% cancellation charges.

FAQs

The Kalindi Khal Expedition is considered highly challenging, with rugged terrain, steep ascents, and high altitude posing significant physical and mental challenges. Participants should be in excellent physical condition and prepared for strenuous trekking.

Yes, it is highly recommended to book the Kalindi Khal Expedition with a reputable and authorized agency. This ensures that you receive professional guidance, support, and safety measures throughout the journey.

Yes, permits are mandatory for the Kalindi Khal Expedition. These permits are typically obtained through the authorized agency organizing the expedition and are necessary for entry into the protected areas along the route.

Yes, experienced trek leaders who are Advanced Mountaineering course Certified and support staff are typically provided by authorized agencies for the Kalindi Khal Expedition. These leaders are well-trained in mountain safety, navigation, and emergency response.

The best time for the Kalindi Khal Expedition is during the summer months, May - June and September - October, when the weather is relatively mild and the trails are more accessible. However, weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it's essential to check with your agency for current conditions.

The duration of the Kalindi Khal Expedition typically ranges from 14 to 15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and logistical factors. This includes trekking days, rest days, and potential delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Yes, most authorized agencies include a reserve day in the itinerary to account for potential delays or unforeseen circumstances. This day allows for flexibility in the schedule and ensures that participants have enough time to complete the expedition safely.

Yes, participants are required to be in excellent physical and medical condition to undertake the Kalindi Khal Expedition. A medical fitness certificate is required by Certified Doctor for the organizing agency, to ensure the safety of all participants.

Yes, prior experience of high-altitude treks is mandatory, and it is highly recommended. Familiarity with high-altitude environments, trekking at altitude, and basic mountaineering skills can greatly enhance your safety and enjoyment during the expedition.

In addition to physical fitness and prior trekking experience, participants are encouraged to undergo altitude acclimatization training, carry appropriate gear and clothing for varying weather conditions, and adhere to all safety guidelines provided by the trek leaders. It's also essential to stay hydrated, pace yourself, and listen to your body throughout the expedition.

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