AUDEN'S COL EXPEDITION
15 Days - 14 Night
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AUDEN'S COL EXPEDITION
Auden’s Col is one of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayan treks that is both difficult and under-explored. Auden’s Col is a high mountain pass at 5490 metres that links the peaks of Jogin I (6465 metres) and Gangotri III (6580 metres). In 1935, British Geographical Survey Officer John Bicknell Auden discovered Auden’s Col. The pass also connects two glaciers, the Khatling and Jogin I glaciers, which are located on opposite sides of the pass. The trek connects two of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites, Gangotri and Kedarnath, which is also a popular pilgrimage site and one of the country’s twelve Jyotirlingas. Read More The Auden’s Col trek is best for accomplished trekkers with high physical fitness and mental stamina, as it passes through moraines, narrow cliffs, boulders, endless glaciers, and difficult ridges. The trek provides stunning views of peaks like Rudragaira, Gangotri group, Jogin group, Bhagirathi group of peaks, and Kedar Dome, making this expedition a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Auden’s Col trek is best for accomplished trekkers with high physical fitness and mental stamina, as it passes through moraines, narrow cliffs, boulders, endless glaciers, and difficult ridges. The trek provides stunning views of peaks like Rudragaira, Gangotri group, Jogin group, Bhagirathi group of peaks, and Kedar Dome, making this expedition a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Day 1: 270 km drive from Dehradun to Gangotri (10100 ft)
Early in the morning, we’ll take a taxi from Dehradun to Gangotri. Breakfast will be served shortly. Gangotri is approximately 290 kilometers from Dehradun and takes approximately 7-8 hours to reach. The road leading to Uttarkashi is in good shape. The path to Gangotri passes through a steep gorge after Uttarkashi. Stay in a guesthouse for the night on a twin/triple sharing basis.
Day 2: Rest and acclimatization at Gangotri (10100 ft)
After driving up to 10000 ft, we’ll spend the day at Gangotri and take an acclimatization walk to Gaumukh or Bhoj Kharak. In Gangotri, spend the night.
Day 3: Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 ft) – 7 km
From Gangotri, we’ll walk southwest about 2 km down the main valley before turning east into the Rudugaira valley. The path steadily ascends the valley through dense oak and birch forests from here. After a while, we cross the nallah and head to the valley’s right (true left). We’re entering meadows and grazing grounds as the tree line starts to disappear. We’ll set up camp next to the nallah in a small flat bowl.
Day 4: 4 km from Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 ft).
The walk to Rudugaira Base Camp today is short but steep and unbroken. The path ascends to the upper grazing grounds as it moves away from the nallah. We’ll cross a few small streams before ascending a steep spur to Rudugaira Base Camp. The Gangotri and Jogin groups are visible from today’s camp. Rudugaira Base Camp is where you’ll spend the night.
Day 5: Rest at Rudugaira Base Camp & acclimatize your body (14800 ft)
We’ll take a rest day at Rudugaira Base Camp after climbing nearly 5000 feet in the last two days. We’ll ascend to Rudugaira peak for an acclimatization walk throughout the day. We’ll be able to see the notch in the ridge that is Auden’s Col once we’ve climbed a few hundred meters higher. Rudugaira Base Camp is where you’ll spend the night.
Day 6: 7 km from Rudugaira Base Camp to Auden’s Col Base Camp (16000 feet) via Gangotri Base Camp
We’ll leave the valley slopes and begin climbing moraine after a short walk from Rudugaira Base Camp. We arrive at Gangotri Base Camp after ascending two small moraine ridges and descending a short distance. The climb to Auden’s Col Base Camp is slow and undulating from here. Sukha Tal, a stunning azure lake concealed in a moraine bowl, will be passed along the way. Base Camp is located on a small flat moraine patch. The gully leading to Auden’s Col can be seen from here. Auden’s Col Base Camp is where you’ll spend the night.
Day 7: 5 kilometers from Auden’s Col Base Camp to Khatling Glacier Camp (16800 ft) via Auden’s Col (18000 ft)
Today is our crossing of Auden’s Col. The ascent starts with a short section of moraine before arriving at the glacier. We’ll slowly make our way up the glacier, with the Gangotri and Jogin peaks looming on either side. We’ll rope up and start climbing the 30°-50° slope straight up the gully as soon as we hit a flat spot on the glacier, which is often used as a high camp. For a fairly fit and well-acclimatized party, the climb should take about 3 hours. The descent from the col is down a 70° snow-ice gully that is steep and narrow.
Day 8: 10 km from Khatling Glacier Camp to Zero Point (12700 ft)
The trek today is one of the most challenging and time-consuming of the expedition. We will enter the moraine after walking another 2 kilometers down the glacier. There are no carins or numbered paths from here to the glacier’s snout. The trail is made up of loose gravel and scree that is traversed over steep, often exposed black ice. We’ll abandon the glacier just before the snout, descending to a small stream on the valley’s right (true right), and climbing up the valley slopes. After a short climb, you’ll come to an existing trail, which you can follow down to the campsite at the Khatling glacier’s snout.
Day 9: Day of Rest
We’ll take a rest day at our Zero Point camp after the long descent of the Khatling glacier.
Day 10: 7 km from Waterfall Camp/Zero Point to Chowki (11750 ft)
Our path will begin down the river valley. We will arrive at a meadow after a 3-kilometer walk. We’ll take a break in the meadow before continuing on our way to Chowki. Chowki’s campsite is about 4 kilometers from the meadow. Chowki is a pleasant camping spot with a grassy surface. Camps are where you can spend the night.
Day 11: 8 km from Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 ft)
We’ll start by climbing a steep section with views of Thalay Sagar before crossing a ridge above the valley. As we enter the lovely Masar Tal, the direction is clearly marked. We’ll pitch our tents near the scenic lake once we arrive at the campsite.
Day 12: Masar Tal (14435 ft) to Vasuki Tal (14435 ft) – 12 km via Mayali Pass (16900 ft)
The trail to Masar top starts with a steep climb over boulders on a steep ridge. The road then gradually descends before ascending the glacier to the top of Mayali Pass. The descent from Mayali Pass is steep, close to Auden’s Col on the Khatling side, and may necessitate the use of a fixed rope and rappelling. Continue descending until you reach Vasuki.
Day 13: Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 ft) is a 7-kilometer trek.
Today, we will begin our journey to Kedarnath, a well-known pilgrimage site. Vasuki Tal is 7 km from Kedarnath, and it takes 3-4 hours to get there. The temple is one of India’s twelve jyotirlingas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the evening, after we arrive, we will go to the temple. Staying in a hotel in Kedarnath for the night.
Day 14: 14 km from Kedarnath to Gaurikund (6530 ft)
We will descend 14 kilometers to the Gaurikund through a well-maintained road. In Gaurikund, spend the night in a guest house.
Day 15: Drive from Gaurikund to Dehradun is 252 kilometers.
We’ll board a bus bound for Dehradun. The road to Dehradun follows the Ganges River. From Dehradun, take an overnight bus to Delhi.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.