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(13N/14D) Audens Col Trek

Uttarakhand (09 Rating ) ₹108,000 Gutsy Adventure Couples/Group Adventure, Solo Adventure 24 hrs confirmation Expert Instructor Camp Meals

Overview

Auden's Col Trek is a challenging and exhilarating high-altitude adventure in the Indian Himalayas, named after the famous British poet W.H. Auden. Stretching over approximately 58 kilometers, this trek connects the Bhilangana Valley in Uttarakhand with the Gangotri Valley. It traverses through remote and rugged terrain, offering stunning views of towering peaks, glaciers, and pristine alpine landscapes. Trekkers navigate across challenging mountain passes, including the formidable Auden's Col at an altitude of over 5,400 meters, which demands endurance and skill. The route also takes hikers past serene glacial lakes, picturesque meadows, and traditional Himalayan villages, providing a rich cultural and natural experience. Auden's Col Trek is a test of physical fitness and mental resilience, rewarding adventurers with unforgettable memories of the majestic Himalayas.

Highlights

  • Majestic Himalayan vistas: Snow-capped peaks and pristine alpine landscapes abound.
  • Thrilling challenge: Conquer Auden's Col, a formidable pass at 5,400 meters.
  • Serene glacial lakes: Crystal-clear waters mirror the towering mountains.
  • Remote wilderness: Trek through rugged terrain far from civilization's bustle.
  • Cultural immersion: Encounter traditional Himalayan villages along the trekking route.
  • Unforgettable memories: Create lasting impressions amidst awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Itinerary

  • Early in the morning we start our drive from Dehradun to reach Gangnani. This place is famous for its natural hot water spring baths. Guests can take bath in them. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
  • After breakfast we drive to Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri). We can take a halt at Harsil, which is a small hamlet known for the Wilson’s cottage. We reach Gangotri early and can visit the famous pilgrimage. We stay in a guest house at Gangotri.
  • A picturesque gradual Climb amidst pine and birch wooded landscapes will end at the campsite at Nala. The campsite is Picturesque and is juxtaposed by the banks of River Rudragaira. This is our first spot for overnight camping that also gives us our first Glimpse of the Gangotri III peak.
  • This Day we start our Trek towards the Rudragaira Basecamp crossing some beautiful green meadows along the trail towards the camp site. The highlights of this part of the trek are its Rocky trails sometimes challenging, crossing gurgling river and some steep climbs. Camp site offers views of Rudugaira peak, Gangotri I, Gangotri II, Gangotri III, and Jogin I.
  • The trail continues to be intermittently challenging till the Gangotri Group Basecamp. As the name suggest this campsite offers one of the most Stunning views of The Group of Gangotri Peaks I, II and III. We camp here overnight. During the days of clear skies one can get a Glimpse of Auden’s Col from this point.
  • The day has been reserved for rest and acclimatisation.
  • This trail is extremely challenging with Moraine making it more difficult for trekking. A moraine is any glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris ( regolith and rock) that occurs in both currently and formerly glaciated regions on Earth. We need to nourish our body for facing the challenge for this day’s trek. Camping overnight.
  • We start early by 5:00am, as the first part of the trek to Auden’s Col is the most challenging trails on this route. However the trails offers some magnificent views at the pass. Rope are required to be fixed to cross this part of the pass. Descend to Khalting and covered with scre and ice so might require rappelling. At the base of the descent, a deep crevasse runs all along and a couple of snow bridges. After descend, it is a long roped walk through crevasse infested Khatling glacier. Khatling Glacier Camp site offers amazing views of virgin unknown pass and valley on the west side. We camp overnight here.
  • The trails remains full of Moraine and gradually decends towards riverside. As it is a difficult decend requires technical equipment and Professional supervision. We camp by the river tonite. The sound of water sooths the tired body and mind as we recuperate for the next day. We camp by the riverside overnight.
  • The trail runs along the river-side for about 3-4 kms before it reaches an open green meadow. Chowki if further 4 kms approximately from here that leads to a beautiful campsite. We camp here overnight.
  • Masar Tal is one of the most isolated lakes in Garhwal region in Tehri , Bhilangana river being the source of its survival. The lake has been surrounded with mesmerizing meadows, snow clad mountains and dense green woods. Overnight camping besides the lake.
  • This trek from one Tal ( Lake) to the other is a rather interesting one. Vasuki Tal is a sweet water Glacial Lake near Kedarnath. One can witness some exclusive Himalayan Flora and fauna around the placid Lake , Brahma Kamal being one of them. Vasuki Tal is located in Kedarnath Widlife Santuary. We camp here for the night.
  • Kedarnath is one of the most worshipped and popular divine destinations in the Himalayan ranges. The temple of Kedarnath is the highlight of this place. The name “Kedarnath” means “the lord of the field”: it derives from the Sanskrit words “kedara”(field) and “natha”(lord). Close to the source of River Mandakini and open green field pastures set against the backdrop of the Snowclad Himalayan peaks is an experience of a lifetime. There are options for Guest houses and Hotel stay as this place sees a lot of tourists and piligrims. Enjoy the visit to the temple and spend a relaxing night in a hotel with spectacular views.
  • Gaurikund is the basecamp for Kedarnath. The decent has a well defined path however the distance is more hence we need to start early in the morning. Gaurikund also is the last road access point for Kedarnath trek. We board the vehicle to Drive towards RudraPrayag. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag(five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Stay overnight at a Hotel enjoying picturesque views of the town along the river banks.
  • We start our drive towards Dehradun , the concluding destination for this TrillingAdventure of Auden’s Col Trek. We arrive to Dehradun early evening.

Inclusion

  • Utensils
  • Veg Meals
  • Toilet Tent
  • Camping Tent
  • Accommodation
  • Permits & Fees
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Expert Instructor
  • Cook/ Support Staff
  • Kitchen & Dining Tent
  • First Aid Kits
  • Sleeping Bag/ Mattresses
  • Crampon/ Microspikes/ Gaitors
  • Transportation
  • Sightseeing

Note

  • This trip covers locations based on high altitude and not recommended for people with asthma or other breathing concerns.
  • The trek is not recommended for the children below 12 years.
  • Keeping your safety first, if the weather is poor, the event may be delayed or postpone, and an alternative time slot will be suggested.
  • Please carry an ID proof and passport size photo (PAN card will not be considered as a valid id proof).
  • Kindly read all sections in attachment to know more about the trip.
  • Kindly pay full attention to the briefing provided and follow all guidelines as recommended.
  • Trekking is to immerse oneself in nature, so please expect basic facilities.
  • Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Package includes vegetarian meals only.
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  • Full Refund- If cancelled before 7 days of scheduled departure.
  • No Refund- If cancelled within 7 days of scheduled departure.
  • If participants are unable to or refuse to go through with the experience at site, no refund will be applicable.
  • 100% at the time of booking
  • Rescheduling is subject to availability.
  • Once the cancellation window ends, rescheduling cannot be done.
  • Each booking allows for a maximum of two rescheduling opportunities. After which, no further changes can be made to the booking.
  • Any price differences resulting from rescheduling, such as changes in seasonal rates or availability, will be applicable and will be communicated to the customer during the rescheduling process.
  • In the event that a customer requests a rescheduling but fails to attend the newly scheduled appointment, it will be considered a missed appointment, and our standard cancellation policy will apply.

FAQ

  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek starts from Dehradun. The trekkers need to arrive at Dehradun before 6 AM.
  • By 6:30 AM, start your drive to Sankri. Located on the National Highway 123, the drive from Dehradun to Sankri is beautiful and is laden with valleys and forests.
  • Just before Sankri, the landscape changes and you will feel closer to the mighty Himalayas. You will pass Govind National Park which is known for its beautiful range of unique plant life, specific to this area.
  • The Sankri village in Uttarakhand is referred to as the route to the Paradise of the Himalayas for trekkers. The village offers magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline.
  • Overnight stay at Sankri.
  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek starts from Dehradun. The trekkers need to arrive at Dehradun before 6 AM.
  • By 6:30 AM, start your drive to Sankri. Located on the National Highway 123, the drive from Dehradun to Sankri is beautiful and is laden with valleys and forests.
  • Just before Sankri, the landscape changes and you will feel closer to the mighty Himalayas. You will pass Govind National Park which is known for its beautiful range of unique plant life, specific to this area.
  • The Sankri village in Uttarakhand is referred to as the route to the Paradise of the Himalayas for trekkers. The village offers magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline.
  • Overnight stay at Sankri.
  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek starts from Dehradun. The trekkers need to arrive at Dehradun before 6 AM.
  • By 6:30 AM, start your drive to Sankri. Located on the National Highway 123, the drive from Dehradun to Sankri is beautiful and is laden with valleys and forests.
  • Just before Sankri, the landscape changes and you will feel closer to the mighty Himalayas. You will pass Govind National Park which is known for its beautiful range of unique plant life, specific to this area.
  • The Sankri village in Uttarakhand is referred to as the route to the Paradise of the Himalayas for trekkers. The village offers magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline.
  • Overnight stay at Sankri.
  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek starts from Dehradun. The trekkers need to arrive at Dehradun before 6 AM.
  • By 6:30 AM, start your drive to Sankri. Located on the National Highway 123, the drive from Dehradun to Sankri is beautiful and is laden with valleys and forests.
  • Just before Sankri, the landscape changes and you will feel closer to the mighty Himalayas. You will pass Govind National Park which is known for its beautiful range of unique plant life, specific to this area.
  • The Sankri village in Uttarakhand is referred to as the route to the Paradise of the Himalayas for trekkers. The village offers magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline.
  • Overnight stay at Sankri.
  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek starts from Dehradun. The trekkers need to arrive at Dehradun before 6 AM.
  • By 6:30 AM, start your drive to Sankri. Located on the National Highway 123, the drive from Dehradun to Sankri is beautiful and is laden with valleys and forests.
  • Just before Sankri, the landscape changes and you will feel closer to the mighty Himalayas. You will pass Govind National Park which is known for its beautiful range of unique plant life, specific to this area.
  • The Sankri village in Uttarakhand is referred to as the route to the Paradise of the Himalayas for trekkers. The village offers magnificent views of the Himalayan skyline.
  • Overnight stay at Sankri.
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