Kalindi Khal Trek


kalindi Khal is a high-altitude trekking expedition from Gangotri to Badrinath in the Garhwal Himalayan region of India, which is to be organized by experienced mountaineers and trekkers of West Bengal, India in the month of September, 2015. This 99 kilometer challenging trek route passes through more than ten Himalayan glaciers like Gangotri, Raktabaran, Chaturangi, Basuki, Sweta, Sita, Arwa, Bidum etc. and one of the most breathtaking mountain-scape under the shadow of great peaks of Garhwal like Mt. Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Shivling, Mt. Vasuki, Mt. Chandraparvat, Mt. Meru, Mt. Kalindi, Avalanche Peak etc.

Kalindikhal Trek is an extremely challenging expedition-style traverse of the Kalindikhal Pass (5967m) in spectacular Garhwal Himalayas. The route involves a trek over rough glaciers, rocky screens and crevassed snowfields. At times we need to roped up and require the use of ice axes and crampons. Kalindi khal trek takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. Although prior climbing experience is not required, this trip is one of our most demanding treks suited to only those who want to join a reconnaissance style expedition.

The trek starts from Gangotri and takes you through Nandavan, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers an unparalled view of the Shivling peak. After gaining suitable acclimatization we ascend to Vasukital Lake, a stunning place to camp surrounded by towering snow-covered peaks. From here we climb on to Sweta Glacier and begin the challenging crossing of the Kalindikhal Pass. A tough climb from where you feel that there is little else left to be see. It is as if you are a part of this majestic setting of snow peaks. The trail then descends to Arwatal and to Mana the last village on the Chinese frontier. The trek fittingly ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple and then travel via Rishikesh to Delhi.