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Gangotri - Three Passes Trek

Gangotri - Three Passes Trek

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About The Gangotri - Three Passes Trek

Gangotri 3 passes trek - One of the most coveted trek in the Indian Himalayas, the Patangani Dhaar, Auden's Col and Mayali Pass trek is a dream for any trekker who loves the Himalayas to the core and dares to go deeper and extreme to seek the spiritual blessings of a High Altitude Himalayan Trek.

However, this trek is not for the faint hearted. Its a semi technical trek not advisable for novice trekkers at all. Only very few of the experienced trekkers dare to do this trek. Towering peaks of the Gangotri region, high altitude and rugged terrain of the Garhwal Himalayas, glacial moraines and crevasses makes the crossing of the passes extremely challenging. Only the ones with a calm head and daring attitude are successful on this trek. Experience and previous exposure helps. On the other side, its a mazes of longitudinal and lateral crevasse of the Khatling glacier. The trek is very remote and once you cross Gangotri, no proper civilization is witnessed until you finish the trek and reach Kedarnath.

Auden's Col is named after Sir John Bicknell Auden, who first crossed the pass in 1939. Since then, this route has fascinated lots of trekkers and mountaineers who loves to accept challenges and gets high by the rugged Himalayan Aura.

Starting the trek from Gangotri, the route crosses 3 passes to reach Kedarnath. Both Gangotri and Kedarnath are 2 of the most pious destinations of Hinduism. We cross by Gaumukh, the snout of the river Bhaghirathi, which is a tributary of River Ganga, also believed as India's Lifeline. A mythological story goes like there used to be a saint in ancient India, who used to worship all of the 4 holy shrines of the Hindus - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, on the same day. As I write this, I am also imagining the Himalayas and snow condition of Ancient India. 

There are other smaller routes and direct approach to Auden's Col and return, but we believe that if you are to experience this trek in all its might, this is the itinerary you should follow. We have listed other different itineraries of taking on ther Auden's Col as well in the below pointers.


Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Gangotri - Three Passes Trek

Day 1

 Dehradon to Uttarkashi ( 1400), Drive, 6 - 7 hours.

  • Check in to the hotel
  • Buy important missing stuffs
  • Meet the rest of the team



Day 2. 

Uttarkashi to Gangotri ( 3140m), Drive,  3.5 hours.

  • Drive to Gangotri early morning
  • Check in to guest house
  • Explore and Acclimatize


Day 3. 

Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak ( 3496m), Trek, 4 hours.

  • Trek through birch forests
  • Cross the tree line
  • Camp on meadow


Day 4. 

Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak ( 4279m), Trek, 4 hours.

  • Cross few rockfall zones
  • Camp on meadow
  • Rest out the day exploring and enjoying the surrounding view



Day 5. 

Trek to Kedar Taal ( 4708m), Trek, 4 hours.

  • An short trek for the day.
  • Glacier section and steep ridge walk
  • Enjoy grand views of the Thalaysagar and Bhrigupanth surrounding the lake
  • Trek back to Kedar Kharak


Day 6. 

Kedar Kharak to Patangani Dhar Base Camp (4500m), Trek, 2 hours.

  • Few steep sections
  • Short walk
  • Very small Campsite


Day 7. 

Cross Over Patangani Dhar ( 5100m) to Dhabba ( 4700m), Trek, 6 hours

  • Steeper climb
  • Cross over Patangini Dhar
  • Descend down to Rudragaira valley
  • Scree Zone
  • Camp at Dhabba


Day 8. 

Dhabba to  Moraine Camp ( 4800m), Trek, 5 - 6 hours

  • Level ridge walk
  • Scree zone
  • Get first glimpse of Auden's col
  • Grand views of Jogin and Gangotri peaks.
  • Also know as Auden's Col Base Camp


Day 9. 

Moraine Camp to Auden's Col Advanced Base Camp ( 5000m), Trek, 3 - 4 hours

  • Smaller walk, on glacial moraine
  • Camp on glacial moraine, below the col



Day 10. 

Cross Auden's Col ( 5500m) to Khatling Glacier Campsite ( 5000m), Trek, 10 hours

  • Crevassed sections, rope up the team
  • Around  4 hours to the Col
  • Great views of the surrounding and the famous Rabbit ears
  • descend to Khatling glacier is steeper
  • rappelling on fixed rope required
  • negotiate highly crevassed zone
  • follow the guide's instruction closely
  • camp on Khatling glacier


Day 11. 

Khatling Glacier to Khatling Snout Campsite ( 3800m), Trek, 6 - 7 hours

  • Cross the rest of Khatling glacier
  • highly crevassed and tricky
  • follow the guide's instruction closely
  • camp beyond the snout of the Bhilangana river


Day 12. 

Cross River To Chowki ( 3600m), 4 - 5 hours.

  • Cross Bhilangana river
  • cross a rockfall zone
  • camp on greens


Day 13. 

Chowki to Masar Taal ( 4500m), 4 - 5 hours

  • gentle + steep climbs
  • visit the serene and holy Masar Taal


Day 14. 

Cross Mayali Pass ( 5200m) to Vasuki Taal (4300m), 7 hours

  • around 2 hours to the base of the pass crossing Masar Top
  • gentle steep climb to Mayali pass, crevassed
  • descend down to Vasuki taal campsite


Day 15. 

Vasuki Taal to Kedarnath ( 3600m), 4 hours

  • visit the holy Vasuki Taal
  • climb up to Vasuki Top
  • descend down to Kedarnath


Day 16. 

Kedartnath to Gaurikund, Drive To Haridwar.


Day 17. 

Buffer Day 1


Day 18. 

Buffer Day 2


Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 18 days/ 18 nights, Uttarkashi to Gaurikund
  • Highest Altitude: 5490m
  • Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Jun, early Jul, mid Sep
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field, glacier, icy, crevasses, boulders
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Gangotri
  • Ends At: Gaurikund
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradoon
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Gangotri
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  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu:
+ Short Travel Itinerary
  • Day 1.    Dehradon to Uttarkashi, Drive, 6 - 7 hours. 
  • Day 2.    Uttarkashi to Gangotri, Drive,  3.5 hours.
  • Day 3.    Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak,  4 hours.
  • Day 4.    Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak,  4 hours.
  • Day 5.    Excursion and Acclimatization trek to Kedar Taal,  4 hours.
  • Day 6.    Kedar Kharak to Patangani Dhar Base Camp,  2 hours.
  • Day 7.    Cross Over Patangani Dhar to Dhabba,  6 hours
  • Day 8.    Dhabba to  Moraine Camp, 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 9.    Moraine Camp to Auden's Col Advanced Base Camp, 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 10.    Cross Auden's Col to Khatling Glacier Campsite, 10 hours
  • Day 11.    Khatling Glacier to Khatling Snout Campsite , 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 12.    Cross River To Chowki , 4 - 5 hours.
  • Day 13.    Chowki to Masar Taal, 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 14.    Cross Mayali Pass to Vasuki Taal, 7 hours
  • Day 15.    Vasuki Taal to Kedarnath, 4 hours
  • Day 16.    Kedartnath to Gaurikund, Drive To Haridwar.
  • Day 17.    Buffer Day 1
  • Day 18.    Buffer Day 2
+ Fixed Departure Dates
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+ Trek Highlights
  • Gangotri Temple - 1 of the 4 holy shrines of the Hindus
  • Goumukh - the snout the Gangotri Glacier,  the start point of Bhagirathi River, a major tributary of River Ganga which is also known as the lifeline of India
  • The glacial lake of Kedar Tal surrounded by Thalaysagar and Bhrigupanth is also considered pious by the Hindus. The name translates to Shiva's Lake where Lord Shiva is the god of destruction according to indu mythology
  • Its perhaps the easiest and shortest of all the treks in the region
  • Auden’s Col, 5490m, a high altitude mountain pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley.
  • Rudragaira peak, Jogin group of peaks, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.
  • The roughness offered by the Khatling glacier.
  • The twin lakes of Masar Taal and Vasuki Taal. Holy, Picturesque and Serene.
  • Mayali pass at 5300 meters offers great views of Thalay Sagar, Kedar dome and other peaks of Gangotri region
  • The holy shrine of Kedarnath
  • Kedar Taal and Patangini Dhar
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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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