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Kalindi Khal Trek

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Kalindi Khal Trek Overview

Explore this adventurous trail that takes you through some of the most captivating meadows, rocky terrains, snowfields, and high altitude lakes by choosing the Kalindi Khal trek. Starting from the Bhagirathi Valley, the trek takes you all the way to Gaumukh which is the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier, the origin of the holy River Ganges. From Gaumukh, you will make a further ascent to Tapovan and Nandanvan through scintillating glacial crevasses. Book your KalindiKhal Pass trek if you are looking for an extremely challenging and adrenaline pumping expedition. Located in the Garhwal Himalayan region, the pass connects famous Hindu pilgrim sites of Gangotri and Badrinath. Witness some of the most breathtaking views that unfold along the trek of the most famous and majestic peaks of the Indian Himalayan range. These include the Shivling, Meru, Kedar Dome, Chandra Parvat, Avalanche Peak, and Kamet, among others. The trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 6,000 meters above sea level and encompasses some of the most thrilling glaciers, which are also its main attraction. Discover the most remote and renowned areas which are popular amongst trekkers such as the Vasuki Tal or the expansive green landscapes of Tapovan.

Highlights of the Kalindi Khal Trek

kalindi khal trek in uttarakhand

Maximum altitude: 5,945 meters

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 15 days

Trekking distance: 100 km

Trail type: High altitude challenging trail

Rail head: Rishikesh railway station

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Snow Season: November to March

Service from: Harsil

Base camp: Gangotri

Best season: Summer and monsoon months from mid-June to early September

Region: Chamoli, Garhwal

Who can participate: Participants need to be physically fit and have completed at least 5 high altitude treks above 4500 m with difficult grade treks beyond 5000 m such as the Pin Parvati Pass, Ronti Saddle, Parang La etc.

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Kalindi Khal Trek Itinerary

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Day 15

Transfer from Dehradun to Harsil (2600m/8 hours drive/280km)

  • You day will start early with a drive from Dehradun to Harsil via the picturesque town of Uttarkashi

  • Explore the quaint village of Harsil set amidst scenic natural beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges

  • Check into a local lodge upon arrival at Harsil and spend the night here

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What to Pack for Kalindi Khal Trek

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Documents

  • An inner line permit issued from the District Forest Officer (DFO) & District Magistrate (DM), Uttarkashi

  • Identity card

  • Passport-size photographs

  • Insurance papers

  • Copy of inner line permit and the identity proof verified by District Administration of Chamoli

  • Sufficient cash

Medicines

  • Basic first-aid

  • Prescription medicines

  • Crocin/Paracetamol

  • Vomistop for travel sickness

  • Band aid

  • Digene

  • Cotton

  • ORS

  • Betadine oral antiseptic cream

  • Pain relief spray

  • Crepe bandage for sprained joints

  • Anti-fungal cream

Clothes

  • 3 -5 layers of warm coats, fleece, and jackets

  • Full sleeved and collared t-shirts to prevent your arms and neck getting sunburnt

  • Hiking pants - Make sure you have a comfortable pair of hiking pants and most importantly quick dry ones

  • Woolen socks - These will keep you warm from the biting cold

  • Cotton socks - Pack at least 3 pairs of cotton socks

  • Thermal wear- Pack one pair of thermal and wear one pair.

  • Other things in clothes that you must carry are scarf, light towel, sun cap, winter cap, gloves, windcheater, raincoat

Shoes:

  • Good quality and well-fitted hiking boots with proper grip

Toiletries

  • Wet wipes

  • Toilet paper rolls

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Hand sanitizer

Other essentials

  • Rope

  • Ice axe

  • Crampons

  • Walking pole

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Lip balm

  • Head torch

  • Plastic bags for wet clothes

Cutlery

  • Steel plate

  • Spoon

  • Glass

  • Water bottles

Backpack:

  • 50 – 60 liters backpack with good hip and shoulder support as well as quick access pockets

Daypack:

20 -30 liters

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Know Before You Go to Kalindi Khal Trek

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

You have to first reach Dehradun, from where you will be driven to the base camp. There are several ways you can reach Dehradun.

By air: You can take a flight from various parts of the country to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. You can take a cab from the airport to the main town which is just about 31 km away

By rail: Dehradun is well connected by the rail network with most parts of the country. So you can board a train directly to Dehradun Railway Station

By road: You can drive down or even take a bus to Dehradun from most major and minor towns across the country.

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FAQs

How long is the Kalindi Khal Trek?

The Kalindi Trek stretches for about 90 km with its highest point at 6000 meters. The high glacial pass connects the 2 vital holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath.

What is the highest altitude of Kalindi Khal trek?

The highest altitude of Kalindi Khal trek is 5,950 meters above sea level. This makes it one of the most challenging and famous trekking passes of the Garhwal Himalaya.

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

The best time to do Kalindi Khal trek is during the summer and monsoon months that is from the middle of June to early September. The weather remains quite pleasant during this time and you can also enjoy some of the best views of the mountains.

What is the Kalindi Khal Trek trail distance?

The Kalindi Khal Trek trail distance is about 100 km. It connects the two holy Hindu shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath above a glaciated pass almost at 6000 meters.

What is Kalindi Khal famous for?

The Kalindi Khal is a high altitude mountain pass situated at a jaw dropping height of almost 6,000 meters above sea level. It is also one of the most popular trekking passes in the Garhwal Himalayan region.