Auden’s Col Expedition

Auden’s Col Expedition


One of the Toughest Trek in India Discovered by John Bicknell Auden

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Auden’s Col Expedition is a high altitude Pass in Uttarakhand, one of the toughest treks of Garhwal Himalayas because of the exhilarating trails. It connects Rudragaira and Bhilangnala valleys and is located at an altitude of 5,490 meters in Garhwal Himalayas.

This pass was crossed in 1939 by a geographical survey officer John Bicknell Auden.  This is one of the toughest trek in India which is explored by only experienced professionals.

Enjoy the Varieties on Auden’s Col Expedition

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Trek through thick alpine forests, wide and narrow meadows with plethora of flowers, clear streams and through quaint Himalayan villages. On the journey you will be surprised by the views of Rudragaira, Bhagirathi peaks, Kedar Dome and Jogin.

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You will get a chance to see the holy pilgrimage sites and shrines with some mind boggling views at the backdrop. There are dangerous parts of this trek, like narrow cliffs, moraines and crevasses glaciers. Only professionals can go for this expedition because of the difficulty level.

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Trek Fee: Rs.85,000 Per Person (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)

Duration: 15 Days

Level: Difficult

altitudeAltitude: (5,490M)

Best Time:June and September

temperatureTemperature:(3(2°C to -5°C)

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Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri (10100 feet) (245 km)

Day 2: Acclimatization Day at Gangotri

Day 3: Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 feet) (7 km)

Day 4: Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 feet) (4 km)

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Rudugaira Camp

Day 6: Rudugaira Camp to Auden’s Col base camp (16000 feet) via Gangotri base camp (7 km)

Day 7: Aunden’s Col base camp to Auden’s Col (18011 feet) and Khatling glacier camp (16800 feet) (5 km)

Day 8: Khatling glacier camp to Zero point (12700 feet) (10 km)

Day 9: Rest Day

Day 10: Zero point to Chowki (11750 feet) (7 km)

Day 11: Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 feet) (8 km)

Day 12: Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (14435 feet) via Mayali Pass (16900 feet) (12 km)

Day 13: Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 feet) (7 km)

Day 14: Kedarnath to Gaurikund (6530 feet) (14 km)

Day 15: Gaurikund to Dehradun

The trek package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this package?Items that are included in the cost of trek price.

✅ Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee including camping charges
✅ Accommodation in Hotel; Gangotri, Kedarnath and Gaurikund
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ Expertise Trek Leader, fluent in English and Hindi certified in basic and advance mountaineering courses from NIM, IMF or Hanifl Centre.
✅ Experienced local guide
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Porters
✅ Helpers
✅ Mules
✅ All camping gear
✅ High quality camping tents, sleeping bags, mattress liner and pillow
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Micro Spikes
✅ Gaiters
✅ Crampons
✅ Ice Axe
✅ Carabiners
✅ Rescue Ropes
✅ Harness
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

❌ Insurance
❌ Medical Certificate
❌ Personal toiletry Items
❌ First day breakfast and lunch en route
❌ Last day lunch and dinner en route


Full payment confirms your booking

We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.

  1. Day 1 Dehradun to Gangotri (10100 feet) (245 km)

    Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun then leaves for Uttarkashi through the route of Mussoorie. The Tehri Lake can be seen during the journey.

    Drive to Gangotri is along the right bank of River Ganga (Bhagirathi) in middle of the way visit Gangnani, hot spring you can take sulphur bath in it.  On the way you will get the views of Great Himalayas, Harshil and alluring green forest. Check in a hotel and in the evening visit holy city Gangotri, at 7 pm attend Aarti of River Ganga, it is worshiped by the Hindus.

    In the evening you can explore this place on you own have dinner and overnight stay in hotel

  2. Day 2 Acclimatization Day at Gangotri

    Acclimatization is necessary because prevents Altitude Motion Sickness. Today you can explore the nearby surroundings and go for a hike towards Gomukh.

  3. Day 3 Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 feet) (7 km)

    After breakfast leave Gangotri and descend through the valley for around 2 km then you will enter Rudugaira valley. Ascend gradually through the dense forests of oaks and birch, cross a nallah and trek to the valley’s right.

    Now, you can see the receding treeline and from here head towards the wide meadows and grounds which are used for grazing. Before you reach the campsite have a glance at overwhelming sights of Gangotri III and Jogin II.

    The campsite is next to the Nallah where you can set the camps and relax for the night.

  4. Day 4 Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 feet) (4 km)

    The climb today is steep but short, ascend all the way to Rudugaira camp. Bid adieu to the campsite of Nallah and start heading towards the upper grazing fields.

    There are multiple streams on the way, cross them and then a sheer climb starts which leads to the Rudugaira camp, you will reach the base today.

    The campsite offers alluring views Gangotri group of peaks and Jogin. Enjoy the overnight stay in tents.

  5. Day 5 Acclimatization Day at Rudugaira Camp

    You dramatically gained altitude in last two days so allow your body to acclimatize according to the environment. Today you can for a short hike towards Rudugaira peak and from above you can have a glimpse of Auden’s Col.

    Come back to the Rudugaira campsite, rest and retire for the night.

  6. Day 6 Rudugaira Camp to Auden’s Col base camp (16000 feet) via Gangotri base camp (7 km)

    Leave the Rudugaira campsite, after a short hike you will exit the valley slopes and the moraine climbing starts. Ahead lies two moraine ridges which are not very big in size, ascend to the top of the ridges and after descending reach the Gangotri base camp.

    You’ve reached the half part of today’s trek and you have to go for half more that is Auden’s Col base camp. Cross Sukha Tal, it is a unique clear blue lake hidden behind the moraines.

    The camping site is on a small flat of moraine and from here the trail to Auden’s Col is visible. After setting the camps and having sumptuous food retire for the night.

  7. Day 7 Aunden’s Col base camp to Auden’s Col (18000 feet) and Khatling glacier camp (16800 feet) (5 km)

    You have come to the main day to traverse Auden’s Col, ascend through the moraine section to reach the glacier. The beautiful views of Gangotri and Jogin peaks can be seen on both the sides. Reach the glacier and go to the flat part.

    Take out your ropes and start climbing the slope, this is the time consuming part of the trek which will take 3 hours. Use equipment and skills, follow your trek leader and cross this section.

    Reach the top of this pass and enjoy the overwhelming views of Rudragaira, Bhagirathi peaks, Kedar Dome and Jogin. After spending some time at the top plan descend, it is going to be steep through a snow ice gully of 70 degree.

    Reach the mid part of this gully which gets flattened and wide, there you can see the huge glaciers and high peaks which surrounds the valley. Descending through the glacier will lead to the Khatling Glacier campsite.

    After successfully climbing the toughest pass in Garhwal region celebrate with your teammates. Have delicious food and retire for the night.

  8. Day 8 Khatling glacier camp to Zero point (12700 feet) (10 km)

    Yesterday’s trek was a strenuous one but today’s trek is going to be the longest one. Walk down the glaciers for 2 km and reach the moraine area.

    From this point here are no cairns and trail isn’t market till the glacier’s snout. The terrain has scree and loose rocks and you can see black ice sometimes. Leave the glacier before reaching snout and descend towards the valley’s stream.

    Climb up the slopes of valley and after sometime of trekking you will reach the well-made trail, follow this trail and come to the campsite, you will set up camps at the Khatling glacier snout. After having food retire for the night.

  9. Day 9 Rest Day

    At this campsite rest for today because yesterday’s trek was a long one.

  10. Day 10 Zero point to Chowki (11750 feet) (7 km)

    You will trek along the river valley, walk for 3 km and a meadow will unfold in front of you. Take a rest break there and then head towards Chowki.

    Chowki’s campsite is 4 km away from the meadow, reach there it is all green and is very soothing. Pitch your tents here and admire the beauty of this place, delicious food will be served then you can retire for the night.

  11. Day 11 Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 feet) (8 km)

    Today ascend is going to be steep but the views of Thalay Sagar will not leave your side. Cross a ridge which is right above the valley, the route is well defined until you reach Masar Tal.

    Masar Tal is a beautiful Lake, nearby you can pitch your tents and retire for the night.

  12. Day 12 Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (14435 feet) via Mayali Pass (16900 feet) (12 km)

    Start ascending as soon as the trek starts, it is a steep climb on a ridge over boulders to reach Masar Top. When you reach the Top, rest for some time then descend before you climb the glacier.

    Climb the glacier which leads to Mayali Pass. From Mayali Pass Mt. Thalaysagar and Kedar Dome are visible, descend is going to be steep just like descend through Khatling side.

    Contine descending, you may need ropes to get down depends on the conditions. Reach Vasuki Tal your campsite for today. Setup the tents and retire for the night.

  13. Day 13 Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 feet) (7 km)

    Today the trek is towards a very famous Hindu pilgrimage site, Kedarnath “Abode of Lord Shiva”. From Vasuki Tal it is 7 km away and you can reach there in 3 to 4 hours.

    When you reach there visit the temple in the evening and check in a hotel at Kedarnath.

  14. Day 14 Kedarnath to Gaurikund (6530 feet) (14 km)

    The distance from Kedarnath to Gaurikund is 14 km, it is a well-defined and well maintained path, descend through this trail and reach this pure Kund.

    Gauri Kund is a divine hot water spring, devotees take bath in it and consider it pure. Stay in a hotel nearby.


  15. Day 15 Gaurikund to Dehradun

    Vehicles will be arranged for you till Dehradun, drive is along the banks of River Ganga. Start after having breakfast and have lunch en route.


Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
  • Risk Certificates

Trekkers must bring :

  • Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
  • Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
  • Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
  • Daily wear socks
  • Thermals are very important
  • 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
  • Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
  • 1 raincoat or poncho
  • Jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Trek pants
  • Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletry items

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-

ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Uttarkashi is the last point where you will find ATM.

Mobile Connectivity: BSNL networks will be available at Gangotri there are no other networks ahead, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.

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Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.


(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)


– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)

– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)

– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)

– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)

– Avil – (it treat allergies)

– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)

– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)

– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze




– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.

– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.

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Cancellation Policy?

- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –

(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)