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Kalindikhal Trek

15 Days
  • 19,507 ft
  • 100 km
  • Tough
  • Summer - May, June, Autumn - September to October, Winter - November to March
  • Able to run 5 km in under 38 mins before your trek.
  • Dehradun Railway station
  • Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero
  • Comfortable Camping tents with sleeping bags and mats/Guest house/Home stay
  • All meals during the trek
  • 10
  • 60

About Kalindi Khal

The Kalindikhal Trek is a challenging and exhilarating high-altitude trek that takes you through the remote and breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand, India. This trek is known for its stunning mountain vistas, glacial crossings, and the ultimate thrill of traversing the Kalindikhal Pass at an elevation of 5,947 meters (19,511 feet).

The journey begins in Gangotri, a holy town situated on the banks of the River Ganges. From there, the trek follows a rugged trail, passing through picturesque meadows, pristine lakes, and dense forests. As you ascend, you’ll witness the grandeur of towering peaks, including Shivling, Meru, and Bhagirathi.

The highlight of the trek is crossing the challenging Kalindikhal Pass, where you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges. This pass connects the Gangotri and Badrinath regions and requires technical skills and mountaineering experience.

Throughout the trek, you’ll experience the unique culture and traditions of the local mountain communities, adding a cultural element to your adventure. Camping in serene locations, you’ll be surrounded by the raw beauty of nature and the tranquillity of the high-altitude wilderness.

The Kalindikhal Trek is a physically demanding expedition, suitable for experienced trekkers and mountaineers seeking an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure in the majestic Himalayas.

Kalindi Khal Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of towering peaks like Shivling, Meru, and Bhagirathi.
  • Remote and pristine landscapes with picturesque meadows, lakes, and dense forests.
  • Experience the thrill of crossing glaciers and navigating rugged terrain.
  • Camping in serene locations, surrounded by the raw beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Encounter rare flora and fauna, including Himalayan flowers and wildlife.
  • Panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and dramatic valleys.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique culture and traditions of the local mountain communities.

Kalindikhal Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day Highlights: Arrival at Harsil
Day Details: Begin the amazing Kalindi Khal trek by driving from Dehradun to Harsil en route Uttarkashi.
Being a charming little hamlet, Harsil is set amidst the awe-striking natural splendor of the Himalayas.
Upon arrival at Harsil, check into a lodge and relax for the rest of the night.

Day Highlights: Bhagirathi Valley, Temple and holy ghat visits, Gangotri National Park
Day Details: Start the day after breakfast and drive through breathtaking trails from Hasil to the holy township of Gangotri that is bestowed with the sheer beauty of nature beside the banks of Ganga.
Inhabited by many pilgrims and sadhus, traverse through this holy town and visit its beautiful temple and ghats to seek blessings for a successful journey ahead.
Also, take a tour of the Gangotri National Park and get spellbound by the magnificent views of the Bhagirathi mountains.
Upon reaching Chirbasa after a 3-hour trek, set up your camps here and prepare to get acquainted with the climate and altitude of this place.

Day Highlights: Bhagirathi, Shivling, Bhrigu Parbat, Gaumukh, Animal Spotting
Day Details: Begin this day’s short to Bhojwasa and feast your eyes with the splendid sights of the surrounding peaks of Bhagirathi, Shivling, and Bhrigu Parbat.
Settle down your camps here and get acclimatized to the place.
After a delectable lunch, trek up to Gaumukh, and after spending some time here head back down to Bhojwasa.
This place is the origin of the holy waters of Ganga which is a famous tourist attraction site.
Encounter several mountain antelopes or ‘Bharals’ here.
Spend the night in your cozy tents here and enjoy a comfortable night.

Day Highlights: Ascends, Moraines, Shivling, and Meru peak
Day Details: Post a hearty breakfast, continue your trek up to Gaumukh again and trail through several moraines here until you arrive at the striking location of Tapovan.
Take pleasure in the amazing sights of the beautiful place that is adorned with high altitude verdant prairies, charming little rivulets, and stunning mountains serving as the perfect backdrop.
Set up your camps at the Shivlng peak and enjoy the gorgeous views of Meru and Bhagirathi I, II, and III peaks.
Sleep in the comfort of your tents and have a good night’s sleep.

Day Highlights: Spend the day relaxing in the scenic environs of the place
Day Details: Enjoy a splendid day at Tapovan and unearth the beauty of the lush pastures as you acclimatize to the surroundings of the place.
Explore the verdant meadows or climb to the Shivling base camp.
You can even ascend right up to the Kirti glacier or just spend the entire day at the base camp.
End the rested day and retire for the night.

Day Highlights: Ascending and descending the hill, Gangotri Glacier, Moraines, Glaciers, Peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu, and Kedardome.
Day Details: After breakfast, commence the day’s trek and head on out to the other side of Gangotri glacier till you reach the Nandanvan grasslands.
This trail is adorned with glaciers, streams, and moraines.
Post a 3-hour trek, arrive at Nandanvan and relish the vision that is the peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Thelu, and Kedardome.
Stop here and set up your tents for the night where you can retire.

Day Highlights: Moderate trail, Chaturangi Glacier, One trick crossing
Day Details: This day’s trek will be of a moderate level with trails ascending to the lake of Vasuki Tal.
For the most part of the journey, you will have to climb upon the Chaturangi Glacier.
There will be a challenging trick crossing just before the lake where the guide will offer a rope for safety purposes.
Upon arriving at the lake, take in the scenic sights of the place and come across other trekking teams scaling the nearby peaks.
Set up your camps here and get a good night’s sleep.

Day Highlights: Leisure-filled day
Day Details: Due to the strenuous nature of the upcoming trekking journey, this day will be spent entirely relaxing at Vasuki Tal.
Spend the night here in your tents.

Day Highlights: Network of mountains, Moraine trail
Day Details: Start your day with a healthy breakfast after which you can begin the day’s trek up the moraine-filled paths.
Witness the spellbinding network of mountains as you continue trekking until you arrive at Khara Pathar which is also circled by moraine.
Settle down your camps here and retire for the night.

Day Highlights: Moraine, Glaciers, Massive mountains
Day Details: Get prepped for a fun day of Kalandi Pass trekking amidst a landscape comprising of glaciers, mountains, and moraine.
After a 4 to 5 hour trek, set up your base camp on the moraine and spend the night here in tents.

Day Highlights: Network of mountains, glaciers, trek briefing, safety measures orientation
Day Details: Start this exciting day with a quick breakfast and get started with a trek through breathtaking terrains, a network of mountains and glaciers.
After a 4 hour long trek, reach the Kalindi base camp from where you can even catch sight of the route lying ahead till the peak on a clear day.
You can stop here and build your camps while the guides will head out for a recce on the remaining trek trails to figure out the safest and easiest routes.
By nightfall, there will also be a safety briefing and orientation.
Then you can indulge in a sumptuous dinner and retire for the night.

Day Highlights: Challenging Kalindikhal trek patches, 6000m high Himalayan Pass, Rajparav
Day Details: After rising early in the morning at about 1:00 AM, set off on an ascending hike through challenging trails depending on the snow and weather conditions.
This will entail crevasses and tricky patches which will require you to be roped for the entire climb as well as the descent.
You need to be extremely cautious of the snow all along the way as well as the hidden crevasses.
After a tasking climb with the help of ropes, arrive at the top of the 6000m high Himalayan pass.
Marvel at the jaw-dropping views when at the Kalindi Khal peak.
Then head on the downhill to the campsite through Rajparav and Arwatal with a few breaks along the way.
Enjoy a warm cup of tea when reaching the campsite where you can celebrate the day’s thrilling trek.
Snuggle in the comfort of your tents here and get a good night’s sleep.

Day Highlights: 3-4 river crossings, first signs of inhabitation and interactions with the soldiers, Arwa River
Day Details: This day comprises a 5-6 hour long trek where you can begin by surpassing 3-4 river crossings and a fetching walk.
Arrive at Ghastoli and encounter army establishment which form the first signs of inhabitation in the trek.
This is the border between Tibet and China thus is a crucial point with intense security.
Be greeted with a delicious cup of tea and interact with the soldiers.
Settle down your camps here beside the charming Arwa River.

Day Highlights: Descending trails, Temple visit
Day Details: Wake up to a hearty breakfast and commence the day’s trek surpassing completely constructed trails from Ghastoli and descending walks till Mana or you can hitch a ride on the army truck.
Upon arriving at Mana take in the sheer beauty of this little hamlet which was the last settlement on the Indian side before the Tibet border was drawn.
Ride from here to the holy township of Badrinath where you can seek blessings from the god for the journey ahead.
Drive ahead and reach the popular skiing destination of Auli where you can retire in a comfortable lodge.

Day Highlights: The tour ends here
Day Details: Wake up to a heart-warming breakfast after which you can depart from Auli and bid adieu to its beautiful environs.
Continue onwards on your road journey to Dehradun from where you can head home, your Kalindikhal Pass trek comes to an end.

Physical Fitness

Who can participate

1. Age; 10 years.
2. First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
3. The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without stress.
4.  The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

Health Awareness

1 Pulse rate at rest must be between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
2. Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 – 130 mm Hg)
3. The respiratory rate at rest must be between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
4. Should not have Liver and kidney issues
5. Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Very High blood pressure, etc
6.No pacemaker implant
7. People with Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
8. If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

Note

1. Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have the company of a parent/guardian.
2. Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by a parent/guardian.

What's Covered and What's Not

The Cost Includes

  • 1. Pick-up or Drop-off service from Rishikesh to Joshimath (in our own vehicle)
  • 2. Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • 3. Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • 4. Accommodations during the trip in the lodge with a family environment
  • 5. First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise you to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • 6. All the required permits and paperwork and entry fees
  • 7. Dedicated customer support team is available 24/7 to assist clients with any issues or concerns that they may have during the Tour.

The Cost Excludes

  • 1. Porter/Mule charges for carrying personal luggage.
  • 2. Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • 3. Food during transit.
  • 4. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  • 5. Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • 6. Your travel and medical insurance
  • 7. Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • 8. Airfare or train tickets to reach the starting point of the tour

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best time to do the Kalindi Khal trek?

The best time to do the Kalindi Khal trek is during summer (May to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is relatively stable.

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Kalindi Khal trek?

Yes, prior high-altitude trekking experience is highly recommended due to the technical challenges and extreme conditions encountered on the trek.

What is the level of difficulty of the Kalindi Khal trek?

The Kalindi Khal trek is considered to be extremely challenging and requires excellent physical fitness, mountaineering skills, and experience in high-altitude trekki

What permits or permissions are required for the Kalindi Khal trek?

A permit from the Uttarakhand Forest Department and an Inner Line Permit (ILP) are required to undertake the Kalindi Khal trek.

Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Kalindi Khal trek?

Yes, it is highly recommended to hire an experienced guide or join a reputable trekking agency due to the technical nature of the trek.

Are there any age restrictions for the Kalindi Khal trek?

There is no specific age restriction, but participants should be in excellent physical condition and have prior experience in high-altitude trekking.

Are there accommodation facilities along the Kalindi Khal trek?

Accommodation during the trek is primarily in tents and temporary campsites. Basic facilities are available at some camping locations.

What kind of physical fitness is required for the Kalindi Khal trek?

Excellent cardiovascular fitness, endurance, strength, and stamina are required for the Kalindi Khal trek due to the high altitude and challenging terrain.

What are the safety measures taken during the Kalindi Khal trek?

Safety measures include experienced guides, proper acclimatization, medical kits, emergency communication devices, and knowledge of rescue procedures.

What are the major highlights of the Kalindi Khal trek?

The major highlights of the Kalindi Khal trek include crossing the Kalindikhal Pass, stunning mountain views, glaciers, remote landscapes, and a challenging adventure.

Are there any risks of altitude sickness on the Kalindi Khal trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a significant risk due to the high altitude. Adequate acclimatization and a gradual ascent are crucial to mitigate this risk.

What kind of equipment is required for the Kalindi Khal trek?

Essential equipment includes trekking gear, warm clothing, sturdy trekking boots, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and personal hygiene items.

Are there any food and water facilities available during the Kalindi Khal trek?

Food and water facilities are provided by trekking agencies or guides. It is also advisable to carry some energy bars and water purification tablets.

Can the Kalindi Khal trek be done solo?

The Kalindi Khal trek is technically challenging and involves crossing glaciers and high-altitude passes. It is highly recommended to have prior experience in high-altitude trekking and mountaineering skills to undertake this trek. While solo trekking is possible for experienced and skilled trekkers,

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Trek Policies and Guidelines

Why trekkers should take Trek  Insurance?

If someone falls or gets hurt during a trek, the appropriate course of action would depend on the severity of the injury and the location of the trek.

Note: – dbtrekker will not pay for any trekker’s rescue or medical expenses on trekking

All this cost will have to be paid by Trekkers or by whom you have got insurance done.

But we will do every measure to give safety or comfort to our trekkers, Himalayan Hikers team will help by calling the rescue team for trekkers and taking them to the main road head hospital

Guideline for Trekkers 

If the injury is minor, such as a cut or scrape, the trek can usually continue with basic first aid treatment. The injured person should clean and bandage the wound and take any necessary pain relief medication. If the injury is more serious, such as a sprain or broken bone, the trek may need to be paused, and the injured person may need to be evacuated to receive medical attention.
The responsibility for paying for any costs associated with a trekker’s injury or accident will depend on a number of factors, such as the terms of the trekking company’s insurance policy and the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. In some cases, the trekker may be responsible for their own medical expenses, while in others, the trekking company or insurance policy may cover some or all of the costs.
It’s important to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of any trekking company or insurance policy you’re considering and to ask questions if anything is unclear. Additionally, taking steps to minimize the risk of injury, such as following safety guidelines and being prepared with appropriate gear and supplies, can help reduce the likelihood of needing to pay for medical expenses.

However, in general, it is important to have travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses and emergency evacuation in case of injury or illness during the trek. This is especially important when trekking in remote areas like the Himalayas. It is the responsibility of the trekker to ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage and to be aware of the risks involved in trekking at high altitudes

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Here is the Cancellation Policy of dbtrekker

Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

If the trek gets canceled from our side due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster, etc.) then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable

Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable

Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)

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  • 19,507 ft
  • 100 km
  • Tough
  • Summer - May, June, Autumn - September to October, Winter - November to March
  • Able to run 5 km in under 38 mins before your trek.
  • Dehradun Railway station
  • Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero
  • Comfortable Camping tents with sleeping bags and mats/Guest house/Home stay
  • All meals during the trek
  • 10
  • 60