Kalindi Khal Trek
Located in Uttarakhand, Kalindi Khal Trek is the most famous trekking pass of the Garhwal Himalayas. Kalindi Pass or Kalindi Khal is a high-altitude mountain pass that connects Gangotri and Gastoli. The expedition is filled with thrilling adventures and passes through several historic spots and peaks from Indian mythology, including Gaumukh (origin point of Ganga), Vasuki Parvat, and many more.
The expedition starts from Delhi and reaches the Khalindi Pass height of 19521 ft. The Kalindi Khal itinerary crosses some of the scenic destinations of Uttrakhand. Including Dehradun, Mussoorie, Harsil, Gangotri, and plenty more. It is one of the most scenic road trips accompanied by the great Himalayan views alongside lush natural settings.
Notice how the terrain changes since the starting of the trek. As the nature of the road changes from plains to a little curvy mountain view roads. Cross through Harshil, the hidden gem of Uttarakhand. The village name, Harsil has a beautiful mythological tale. According to the local legend, once the river Bhagirathi and the Jalandhari argued over their significance. Vishnu, also known as Hari, was summoned and transformed into a massive stone (shila), absorbing their rage. Even now, the waters of the two rivers have become less tumultuous since Hari-Shila (or Harsil).
Throughout the trek, you will hike through glaciers, mountains, and moraines. Hence, adventure is guaranteed. And don't worry about your safety. You will be roped, carefully while you cross the crevasses and tricky patches. Not to mention, guided under the supervision of highly trained professionals. Besides, you will be journeying alongside a spellbinding network of mountains, circled by moraine and setting camps at some of the most serene & stunning mountain backdrops.
Another mythological spot in the trek is Gangotri. It is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrim sites, which is also one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. According to Hindu folklore, it is at this spot where Goddess Ganga descended on the earthly plain when the almighty Shiva released the mighty river from his dreadlocks. Take a small tour of beautiful temples around the town, inhabited by sadhus and pilgrims. Later, start your trek to Chirbasa.
Hike through various river streams, gradually ascending on the way forward. En route, you will also make a short trek to Gaumukh, the holiest place of Hindus worldwide. In 1972, Mauritius' then-Prime Minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, transported holy Ganga water from Gomukh and combined it with water from Grand Bassin in Mauritius, renaming it Ganga Talao for Mauritian Hindus. You can now appreciate the significance and effect of this location.
The Kalindi Pass is located at an astonishing height and is majorly covered in snow. This is why you will be hiking with proper acclimatization breaks throughout the route. Apart from this, capture the glimpse of Bhagirathi, Bhrigu Parbat, Kedar Dome peak, and other magnificent peaks. In addition to that, you will spend a day camping and acclimatizing beside the charming Vasuki Tal.
Also See: Brahmatal Trek
Lastly, enjoy the jaw-dropping views from the Kalindi Khal peak and head back to Mana Village via Arwatal and Ghastoli. Mana is the last settlement before the Mana Pass and is situated just 26 kilometers from India and Tibet border. Later take a driveway to the Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath, followed by visiting a popular skiing point- Auli. Retire in a comfortable lodge, since the next day marks the end of the Kalindi Khal expedition.
Also See: Popular Treks in Uttarakhand
Wake up on the last day of the trek, have your breakfast and start your forward journey to Delhi. The kalindi khal trek ends at reaching Delhi.
1. Shirts / T-shirts –5/6, Trekking Pants -5-6
2. Windproof jacket of decent quality preferably with a hood
3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler
5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (5-6 pairs)
6. Comfortable Trekking (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel
9. Water bottle (sturdy ones)
10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole
12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
14. Personal toiletries
15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack
16. Hand Sanitizer
17. Extra face masks
18. Valid government ID proof (Passport)
1. All Stays during the trek
(i) Stay in Lodge / Hotel on Day 1, 2 & 15 on a sharing basis,
(ii) Stay in Tents during the trek from day 2 - 14 on a sharing basis.
2. Transportation from Delhi to Guest House/ Hotel on day 1 and back to Delhi on day 16.
3. All meals included from Day 1 Light snacks to Day 16 evening snacks. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.
4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route
5. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.
6. Mules/Porter for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.
7. Experienced trek leader (English speaking) who has ample knowledge of the route.
8. Basic First aid Kit with a portable oxygen cylinders
9. Forest entry and permit fee
1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).
2. In case if
your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force
majeure"", medical emergency, or by personal choice after you arrive
at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or
replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
3. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.
4. Permit fee for foreign travelers.
4. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.
1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.
2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.
5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed.
6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.
9. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
10. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.
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