One of the challenging trek I took part so far but I'm so thankful to our guide who was there with us all the time and help us with the walked when we ...
Overall the trip was properly planned, it was tough to complete this without a proper plan or without a good-leader, but Thrillophilia has all, I am ex...
Overnight Train Journey
Board the overnight train NDLS Dehradun A/C Express which leaves New Delhi at 11:55 PM and arrive in Haridwar by early morning (next day); at around 04: 00 AM.
Heart of the Himalayas, Amazing Views
Today’s trek will be an exciting one as it will take you to the heart of the Himalayas.
Enjoy the amazing views of the lofty peaks, scenic glaciers and the complex ice formations and reach the Khatling Glacier Camp-II.
Overnight stay in camps.
Bhilangana River, Glaciers
After the day’s breakfast, start descending through the glacial moraines and make it to the Khatling Glacier’s nose.
The views of the ice walls that reach hundreds of feet are simply stunning and is a true delight for the trekkers; the Bhilangana River also adds to this awe-inspiring view.
Arrive at Khatling Cave or Tambakund, retire for the day in camps.
This day will serve as a buffer day if in case, bad weather hits the itinerary.
Overnight camping in Khatling Cave.
On this day, you will be treading through the lush oak, birch, deodar, fir and rhododendron forests.
Arriving in Kharsoli, you will be camping beside a gushing stream.
Bhilangana River, Scenic Thickets
Waking up in the morning, continue with a walk through the dense forests; after trekking for long in higher altitudes, you can expect a bit warmth during your descend.
On the way, expect a steep climb after passing the few houses beside the Bhilangana River.
Overnight stay will be at a camp/guesthouse in Gangi.
Pine Forests, Reeh Village, Auden's Col Trek Ends Here
Today will be a long day and you will be descending through pine forests and make your way through the Reeh Village.
The trek gets over at the road-head, 4 km away from Ghuttu.
Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse in Ghuttu.
Tour Ends Here
On the last day of this expedition, start off in a relaxing mode and drive towards Haridwar, from where you can board the Shatabdi Express to reach Delhi by 10:45 PM.
Arrival in Haridwar, Leisure Day
After reaching Haridwar, board a vehicle and drive straight to Uttarkashi which is a 7-hour journey; en route, have breakfast.
Arriving in Uttarkashi, check-in into a hotel and spent overnight.
Bhairon Ghati, Ganga Aarti, Harsil
On this day, you will be driving through Harsil, which is home to the famous 'Wilson Apple' followed by Bhairon Ghati, the course of the Bhairav Ganga river upon which a steel girder bridge overlook a mesmerizing deep gorge.
After 4-5 hours of driving, arrive in Gangotri and settle down in a guesthouse.
Come evening, visit the ghats and witness the stunning ‘aarti’ ceremony one banks of the holy Ganges.
Excursion to Kedartal Lake, Bhoj Kharak
Today morning; after breakfast, take an excursion or to be more precise, an acclimatisation walk towards the Kedartal Lake.
The route takes you through birch forests and is steep all the way to the small campsite at Bhoj Kharak (3,780 m).
Post this walk, return to the campsite and spend overnight.
Bhagirathi River, Rudragaira Nalla, Jogin & Kedartal Peaks
The walking trail starts from the true left of the valley and ascends to the Nala Camp.
Initially, you will set off on the left of Bhagirathi River and walk for about 30 minutes before turning towards the Rudragaira Nalla.
The climb is a gradual uphill through pine and birch forests offers glimpses of the lofty Himalayan peaks like Jogin and Kedartal.
Overnight stay will be in camps.
River Crossing, Rugaira Base Camp, Gangotri-I Base Camp
The day starts with a steep climb to a huge meadow, followed by a river crossing and another steep climb right up to the Rudragaira Base Camp.
Hereafter, it continues over the glacial moraine to the Gangotri-I Base Camp, where you will be halting overnight.
Relaxation Day, Stroll around the Campsite
This is the day to relax and get acclimatised with the climatic condition.
A bit of sidewalk around the camp will be the main schedule for the day.
Gangotri & Jogin Range
The hike for the day is quite challenging and one needs to have a high energy level.
As you proceed towards the head of the valley with the Gangotri Range (G1, G2 & G3) to the north and the Jogin Group (J1, J2) to the south, the route will get a bit difficult.
Once in Auden’s Col, settle down in the camp at the foot of the Col for an overnight stay.
4-5 Hours Trek, the Jaonli Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri Peaks
An early start is a must today as you will be trekking through glaciers.
Expect a bit of tricky walk as the climb gets steeper along the way along with offering astounding views of the Khatling Glacier and the Jaonli Kedarnath, Jogin and Gangotri peaks.
Arriving at Khatling Glacier camp, relax and retire for the night.
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Rated : 5.0
One of the challenging trek I took part so far but I'm so thankful to our guide who was there with us all the time and help us with the walked when we reach the steeps or terrain, the guide was friendly always keep the group together, answer all the questions and fulfilled our request, the porter was friendly and the entire staff too, nice-accommodation, good foods, everything was well-organized and well-managed... It was hard but worth every single minute.
Rated : 5.0
Overall the trip was properly planned, it was tough to complete this without a proper plan or without a good-leader, but Thrillophilia has all, I am excited with this package and booked it and also no regret after expereince it.
Rated : 4.0
From the start till the end of the tour, everything went perfect with not even a single problem because the leader was good and know how to control and make the group understand. Days and night we get something new to learn and see. The temples visit was great with beautiful shrines ... Exciting and adventurous trekking. Highly-recommended to all trekkers.
The Auden col trek best time is during summer and post monsoon season from May to June and then from September to October. During summers, one can find the weather salubrious and pleasing during summers and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. During post monsoon season, the place looks like heaven on earth.
It is advisable to avoid visiting during winters because of snowfall and the accommodation options are also restricted to few.
This fairly long trek lasts for 15 nights and 16 days in total.
The Auden’s Col trekking route is a fairly difficult and challenging one, and is recommended for expert and seasoned trekkers. Set at an altitude of about 5,940 meter above sea level, Auden’s Col is one of the highest and fairly unexplored passes in the Himalayan Gangotri region. The trail passes through several glaciers, steep ridges, boulders and difficult terrain, owing to its demanding nature. One needs to be adequately physically fit, and possess a good level of mental strength to conquer this trail.
Auden's Col trek is considered as one of the most challenging and least explored treks in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. You will get to encounter with glaciers, steep ridges, boulders, moraines which make thinga difficult but the reward is equally greater.
This trek sets at an altitude of 5,490 meters which is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Indian Himalayan region. And, this trek forms a bridge between the northwest ridge of Gangotri III. The journey requires adaptation because it passes through high altitude spots and the trekking trails runs through the thick forest of alpine trees, varied species of flowers, charming villages, and temples that reflect the religious significance.
All you need is average physical fitness and strong mental strength to complete the Auden's Col trek.
No, drinking and smoking is prohibited while on the Auden’s Col trek, keeping in mind the safety of the trekkers. The Auden’s Col trek is a fairly challenging one, and requires a clear and stable state of mind. Any form of intoxication while on the trek may hamper the trekker’s stability, and ability to navigate the tricky slopes. Drinking can also reduce body temperature, leading to Acute Mountain Sickness or Hypothermia.
Auden's Col trek begins from Gangotri and ends at Kedarnath. Auden's Col connects elevations of Gangotri III from the north-west to the Jogin from the east. Start your trekking from Gangotri into the narrow confines of Rudugaira valley. You get to take the path of least resistance as there are a lot of loose boulders.
On the trail, you get to spot Himalayan bears and snow leopards and then proceed to all the way until Auden's Col base camp. The climb to the Col requires physical and mental strength as you get to climb on a steep slope of hard snow that are about 15 to 18 ft wide. But at the end, you will realize that the trek is not really a trek but you do for beauty.
During your Auden's Col trek, you get to enjoy all the meals with the available options of both veg and non-veg. It is requested to avoid consuming alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
Auden's Col trek is situated in the central Garhwal region and If you are travelling via air then the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun at a distance of 215km. If you are travelling by train then the nearest station is Haridwar railway station at a distance of 225km.
One can also reach Auden's Col via Uttarkashi because there are regular buses and shared jeeps from Haridwar to Uttarkashi are available which takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach the destination. It is advised to leave early as the Buses are available early morning. If you are travelling with a gang then hiring a cab would be a more convenient and quick option.
During your Auden's Col trek, you will have to carry:
- Comfortable trekking shoes, and an extra pair of socks
- Sunscreen lotion
- Water bottles, backpack and energy bars/snacks
- sunglasses and camera
- Caps or hats
- Personal toiletries and basic medication
- Insect repellent and emergency medical kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Comfortable clothes
As the Auden's Col is the high altitude trek, where the weight should be 15kg of your offloading backpack. It is advisable to not bring any extra items but only the essentials needed.
Yes, the guide is necessary for col Auden trek because this trek is bit tricky and challenging and one needs to be physically fit to undertake this trek. This trek entails steep walk on melting glaciers which requires the help of an expert tour guide who has prior experience of trekking on this trail.
To complete the trek, a good supportive guide team is necessary. Guides are well equipped and well versed with the terrain, route, local people and the local culture.
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