Auden's col trek

Auden's col trek

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About Auden's col trek

Experienced trekkers claim that Auden's Col trek is one of the toughest and most challenging treks in India. The Auden Col is a high altitude mountain pass in the Garhwal Himalayan region, located at an elevation of 5500 m. It connects the Rudugaira valley and Bhilangana valley and also connects two glaciers - Jogin-I glacier and the Khatling Glacier.

The Auden's Col expedition begins once you reach Gangotri from Dehradun and start your trekking journey. For the next 15 days, you will be trekking from one site to another till you reach the Zero Point via Auden Col and Khatling Glacier. The trek is only suitable for experienced trekkers as it entails traveling over dangerous moraines, knee deep snow, narrow cliffs and more. During the journey, you will be able to view the majestic mountain peaks of Jogin, Rudragaira, Bhagirathi and Kedar Dome. From the Zero Point, you will head towards the holy pilgrimage site Kedarnath via Chowki to Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal via Mayali Pass. From Kedarnath you will come down to Gaurikund and finally back to Dehradun.

Highlights of Auden's Col trek

Auden's col trek

Maximum altitude: 18000ft. from sea level

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 15 days

Trekking distance: 95 km

Trail type: High mountain pass

Rail head: Dehradun

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun)

Snow Season: Mid May to Mid June (heavy to moderate snow)

Service from: Dehradun

Base camp: Gangotri

Best season: Summer (April to June), Spring (September to December)

Region: Uttarakhand

Who can participate: Age above 15 years, experience of high altitude trek

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Auden's col trek Itinerary

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Day 3
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Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15

Travel from Dehradun to Gangotri (3100 m)( 8-9 hours)

  • Your Auden's col trek will start once you reach Dehradun
  • From Dehradun, you will be driven to Gangotri, one of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand.
  • On your way to Gangotri, you will pass by Uttarkashi, well known for having NIM mountaineering institute.
  • Reach Gangotri and retire for night
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What to Pack for you trek

Auden's col trek


  • Do not carry too many clothes as you have to carry them during your trek.
  • Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.
  • Thermals to keep you warm at night.
  • Heavy Warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers
  • T-shirts and Fleece T-Shirts which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.
  • Raincoat to keep you dry in case there is rain.
  • Head cover such as a cap or balaclava to protect your head during the trek
  • Socks (woolen and regular)
  • Hand gloves

Footwear: Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.

Other Essentials:

  • A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with a good support is an absolute must for a trek. Ensure there is a rain cover as well.
  • Hiking pole for support during the trek.
  • Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.
  • Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problem, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.
  • Snacks ( Dry fruits, ORS, Electoral etc)
  • 2 Water bottles of 1 liter each to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.
  • Sunglasses for protecting the eye.
  • Torch to use at night.
  • Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.
  • Power Bank
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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Trekking routes
Important Tips for trekkers

By Air: You can reach Dehradun by air by reaching Jolly Grant Airport which connects the city to other cities of India. From the airport, travel for 40-45 minutes to reach the city.

By Road: Dehradun is well connected with neighboring cities such as Delhi, Mussoorie, Shimla, Rishikesh, and Agra by road. These buses arrive and depart from Dehradun Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT). You can also travel by NH 58 and NH 72 to reach the city by car or hired cab.

By Train: The city is connected with many other India cities by railroad. You will be able to travel from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, Ujjain, Chennai, Lucknow and Varanasi and reach Dehradun Railway Station, located 1-2 kilometers away from the city.

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Where is Auden Col?

Auden's Col is a high altitude mountain pass at an elevation of 5500 m that connects the Rudugaira valley and Bhilangana valley. It is considered to be one of the most challenging as well as least explored treks in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

How difficult is Auden's Col Trek?

Auden's Col Trek is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The trek takes around 14 to 15 days to complete and consists of walking through moraines, boulders,glaciers, steep ridges etc., making things difficult. However, the more difficult will be your climb, more beautiful will be the scenic beauty.

What is the highest altitude of Auden's Col trek?

The highest altitude of Auden’s Col trek is Auden's Col at 5500 m from the sea level.

What is the best time to do Auden's Col trek?

The best time to do an Auden's Col trek is during the summer months from May to June or during the post monsoon months from September to October. If you go on the trek during the summer months, you will be able to enjoy pleasant weather with a cool breeze. The post monsoon months are when the natural beauty of the area is further enhanced.