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  • Auden’s Col is the Holy Grail of trekking in the Himalayan region of Garhwal in Uttarakhand , offering the finest multi-terrain challenge you will encounter.
  • The Auden’s Col is situated on the connecting ridge of Gangotri III (6577 m) and Jogin I (6465 m), small depression between the two mighty massifs – we approach the Col from Rudugaira glacier and descend through the ice falls and the heavily crevassed Khatling glacier. We start our expedition by driving up the Bhagirathi valley right till the end of the road at Gangotri. From here we move south towards the Gangotri range establishing a series of camps. With proper acclimatization, we cross the col and abseil to the mighty Khatling glacier. We descend the Khatling glacier and exit along the Bhilangana river, which surges from the mount of the Khatling. This is one of the most scenic walks in the Himalaya, all the way till Reeh, where the road has moved up the valley.
  • The Auden’s Col Trek is named after John Bicknell Auden, a British Geographical Survey officer, who first discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939.

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Trek Duration

More Than Five days

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Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

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Auden’s Col

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We are one of India’s leading adventure tour operator, that specialises in Treks & River Rafting in the Indian Himalayas and beyond. Offering personalized itineraries and routes you’d be hard pressed to find a more experienced, fun loving, safety conscious tour operator in India. We are the only Indian adventure outfitter to be on the 2008 & 2009 list of the world’s best adventure travel outfitters in the first Authoritative Rating of Adventure Tour Operators, selected and conducted in a global survey by National Geographic Society. If you’ve dreamt of a particular journey or an adventure in India, let us know. We’ll make it happen. No matter how bizarre or wild or difficult. If you choose to travel with us all you have to worry about is having the time of your life. We have been running trips and tours for the discerning traveller throughout the Indian Himalayas since 1995, yet the experience of our travel personnel dates well beyond that, to years of leading trips throughout the Indian Himalayan belt. We believe that an adventure travel outfit is only as good as its guides. Good equipment, food and guides is what makes an outdoor trip an experience to savour.

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Day 1
Delhi-Uttarkashi-Kuflon (1550m)
Arrive Haridwar by overnight / day train. Board waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Kuflon Basics in the Assi Ganga valley (7hrs). Breakfast enroute. Overnight Kuflon.

Day 2
Kuflon-Gangotri (3042m)
After breakfast, we depart Kuflon for a 4 hr drive to Gangotri. This small town is centered around a temple of the goddess Ganga, and the impressive falls of the Bhagirathi at Gauri Kund. Gangotri was built by the Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is a must – see. Overnight Guest House at Gangotri (3050m).

Day 3
Acclimatisation day in Gangotri (3042m)
We leave after an early meal and walk on the trail leading to the lake of Kedartal. The trail goes through birch forests and is steep all the way to the small campsite at Bhoj Kharak (3780m). Back to Gangotri late afternoon. Overnight Guest House at Gangotri (3050m).

Day 4
Gangotri – Nalla Camp (15.85 km; 3754 m)
We have an early morning breakfast and wait for porter’s to arrive and distribute the loads amongst themselves. We set of on the true left of the Bhagirathi river and walk for about half an hour before we turn south towards the Rudragaira Nalla. Looking back we get beautiful views of Chirbas Parbat, Matri, Yogeshwar and the other snow capped mountains. The climb is a gradual uphill through the forests of birch and maple. Nalla Camp is just above the tree line and can get quite chilly during the night. Overnight Nalla Camp (3760m)

Day 5
Nalla Camp – Rudugaira Base Camp – Gangotri 1 Base Camp (5.9 km ; 4527m)
The day starts off with a steep climb to a huge meadow followed by a river crossing and another steep climb right up to the Rudragaira Base Camp. After lunch at the grassy campsite we continue over the glacial moraine to the Gangotri 1 Base Camp. Overnight Gangotri 1 Base Camp (4500m)

Day 6
A day to acclimatise
A day to relax and acclimatise, read, relax, or take a short walk near camp, or try and spot some wildlife. Overnight Gangotri 1 Base Camp Camp (4500m)

Day 7
Auden’s Col Base Camp (8.14km ; 4888m)
We proceed towards the head of the valley with the Gangotri Range to the north and Jogin group to the south. Auden’s Col is at the head of the valley in the depression between the two massifs. We camp at the foot of the col. Overnight Auden’s Col Base Camp (4800m)

Day 8
Cross the Auden’s Col (4.98 km ; 5490m) & descend to Khatling Glacier Camp I (2.8 km ; 5091 m)
We leave very early today, to make the climb to the col easier in the firmer morning snow. The climb is steep and can easily take 4-6 hrs depending on the snow conditions. Auden’s Col offers excellent views of the Khatling Glacier, and the mountain peaks of Jaonli, Kedarnath, Jogin & Gangotri. From the col we abseil down near-vertical walls of ice on fixed ropes to the heavily crevassed Khatling Glacier. Overnight Khatling Glacier Camp (5110m)

Day 9
Khatling Glacier Walk, Snout (12.25 km ; 3903 m)
Today is a very long day and one of the best days of the trek, we are surrounded by high mountains massifs, with small glaciers feeding the main trunk of the Khatling glacier as we descend towards the snout of the Khatling, negotiating crevasses along with way. We will be roped up initially for the overall safety of the group. Overnight Snout Camp

Day 10
Snout to Khatling Cave and onwards to Tambakund (9.4 km ; 3441m)
Today we descend through moraine to get to the snout of the Khatling Glacier, from the mouth of which emerges the Bhilangana river, a tributary of the Bhagirathi which meets it at the Tehri dam. We continue to camp on true right of the river near a natural cave. Overnight Tambakund (3400m)

Day 11
Rest day / Contingency
We have a rest / contingency day to allow for bad weather and to have some flexibility in the itinerary. Overnight Camp

Day 12
Tambakund – Kharsoli (11.72 km ; 2902 m)
We walk through dense mixed Himalayan Forests of oak, birch, deodar, fir & rhododendron. The gradient is gradual and this walk in the woods gives a great opportunity to commune with nature. People are allowed to enjoy the walk at their own pace and guides spread out a bit. Kharsoli has a beautiful campsite in a clearing next to a gushing stream. Its hard to resist the temptation of jumping into the stream. We will find plenty of drift wood by the stream to enjoy a big campfire in the evening.

Overnight Kharsoli Camp (2880m).

Day 13
Kharsoli – Gangi (17.8 km ; 2650m)
The walk continues through dense forest, shepherd hutments and the first signs of civilisation. Overnight Camp / GMVN Guest House at Gangi (2650m).

Day 14
Gangi – Reeh (10 km ; 1550m)
During a long day’s walk, we slowly descend to pine forests and go past the village of Reeh to finish the trek at the roadhead, 4kms upstream of Ghuttu. The road has come quite close to the village of Reeh. Overnight Camp / GMVN Guest House at Ghuttu (1550m).

Day 15
Ghuttu – Delhi
Have a relaxed start, pack up, drive from Ghuttu to Haridwar and board the evening Shatabdi Express to be back in Delhi by 10:45pm.


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What’s Included:

  • All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail as applicable (by non ac car / 2 or 3 tier ac coach)
  • All group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings etc. and individual climbing kit which would be hired climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels
  • All meals
  • Professional guide fee
  • Sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team
  • Camp staff
  • Cook, etc.

What’s Excluded:

  • Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
  • Any stay and meals in Delhi
  • Meals enroute to reaching first days destination and back on the last day (due to road journey being 5 hrs or more)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Insurance
  • Camera fee
  • And any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

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    5490 Meters
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